Tardiness and Missed Classes
PALS students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings. Instructors take attendance at every class and report daily attendance to the PALS Office. Generally, students can be absent two times and not have it affect their grades as long as they keep up with the work. After three or more unexcused absences, however, one letter grade is deducted from the final grade for each absence.
Two late arrivals or two early departures equal one absence. After five absences, students will receive an automatic F and must repeat the course, even if all their test, essay, and presentation scores resulted in a passing final grade.
Doctor and legal appointments should be scheduled outside of class time. Only serious medical emergencies will be considered as excused absences.
Withdrawal from the Program
The only official means of withdrawal from PALS is to notify the PALS Office in writing of the reason for withdrawal. The date the PALS Office receives such written notice shall be considered the official date of withdrawal. A student who withdraws from all PALS courses after registration will NOT receive a refund.
Failure to Report
Students who do not report for the PALS session for which they have registered have two weeks following the start of the session to contact the PALS Office and submit a written withdrawal from that session. At that time, they will have the opportunity to register immediately for the following session and can use the same tuition already paid for the session from which they are withdrawing.
After two weeks, students who fail to report must register again and pay full tuition and all pertinent fees. In other words, if a written withdrawal is not submitted and/or there is no registration for the session immediately following, PALS will not refund any of the tuition paid.
Academic Probation means that one's status as a student in PALS and/or for the visa is at risk due to one or more of the following circumstances:
- A student who fails to pass a course after two attempts is automatically placed on Academic Probation. The student must move down a level for that course.
- A student who has three or more unexcused absences in three or more courses during a session may be placed on academic probation.
- A student who earns three or more failing grades (D or F) per session is automatically placed on Academic Probation.
Academic Dismissal means that a student must leave PALS due to repeated or consistent problems with class performance or behavior. F-1 students and other types of visa may not be able to maintain the visa status and are at risk of having to leave the country.
- Students on probation for earning three or more failing grades have one additional session to improve their GPAs. Otherwise, they could be dismissed from the program.
- Students on probation for poor attendance who then accumulate three or more unexcused absences during the next session could be dismissed.
- Any student who is caught plagiarizing could be subject to dismissal.
PALS uses the following grading system in its courses:
A 95-100 · A- 90-94 · B+ 87-89
B 83-86 · B- 80-82 · C+ 75-79
C 70-74 · D 60-69 · F 0-59
In order for students to successfully move to the next level in a course, they must achieve a final grade of 70 or higher. Anyone who earns a D or an F must repeat the class. Repeated failure of classes could result in Academic Probation or Academic Dismissal. F-1 students who do not pass their ESL courses put their status in jeopardy.
Acceptable documentation for excused absences:
- Doctor's note
- Letter of proof of embassy appointment
- Letter from advisor for any organization appointments.
Dismissal Due to Improper Conduct
Students may be dismissed from PALS due to improper conduct, including but not limited to the following behaviors/actions:
- Terroristic threats
- Physical violence
- Exceedingly and continuously disruptive classroom behavior
- Discriminatory remarks based on race, gender, religion, or sexual preference
Students who have been dismissed from PALS do not receive any refunds.
Keep in mind that possession of an I-20 does not automatically grant you an F-1 visa. You MUST schedule an interview with the US embassy in your home country to obtain a student visa.
Students who do not report for a PALS session because they have been denied a student (F-1) visa have four weeks to notify the PALS Office. If the office is not notified within four weeks, any student will have to apply again with a new payment of the application and processing fees.
Application and processing fees are not refundable.