All students are expected to maintain a satisfactory level of academic progress while enrolled at LAPC. These standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) have been established following guidelines adopted by the U.S. Department of Education. In order to maintain SAP as established by LAPC, a student must meet the items below.
For purposes of determining Satisfactory Academic Progress, each course is divided into evaluation periods. Students receive a letter grade based on the
institution’s grading system.
Satisfactory Academic Progress standards are consistently applied to all students within categories of students, e.g., full-time, part-time, and other programs established by the institution.
– LAPC grades students according to the following system:
|A||90 – 100||Excellent||4.0|
|B||80 – 89||Good||3.0|
|C||70 – 79||Average||2.0|
|D||60 – 69||Below Average||1.0|
|F||0 – 59||Failing||0.0|
Students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled classes. Students must be present and on time for all class sessions. If a student drops below 80% cumulative attendance for any session, he/she will be placed on Attendance Probation. More information regarding attendance probation and appeal are found in the Satisfactory Academic Progress section (see Attendance Probation (i)-(k)). Students must also have maintained a minimum cumulative attendance rate of 80% in order to be eligible to graduate.
If a student does not submit a written request within 14 consecutive days of absence, the student is considered withdrawn.
It is the responsibility of a student to telephone in advance to advise the school when he/she will be absent or late, just as it would be necessary to inform an employer.
Excused absence shall be treated as an absence in the attendance roster but the student shall be allowed to receive make-up work.
In general, LAPC does not allow make-up work except for extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. In order to request make-up work, the student must provide appropriate documentation that justifies the absence and the necessity for a make-up assignment or exam. The student can submit the documentation to the Student Services Director who will forward the documentation to the Academic Director for review and approval. The Academic Director will confer with the student’s instructor to determine how and when the makeup work will be arranged. The timeframe for the make-up work will vary depending on the course’s progress.
A student who is late to class is considered to be tardy. Tardiness is a disruption of the learning process. Three incidents of tardiness equal one absence. Students who are more than 15 minutes late to class will receive one incident of tardiness.
An early departure occurs anytime a student departs class less than 15 minutes early from the end of class without prior approval by the instructor. Three incidents of early departures equal one absence. Students who leave more than 15 minutes early from the end of class will be considered absent.
Students are responsible for their behavior on-campus, off-campus and online. LAPC reserves the right to suspend or terminate any student whose conduct is deemed unacceptable. Such conduct includes excessive absences, tardiness or early departures, failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, inappropriate behavior toward the institute’s staff, failure to abide by school rules and regulations, or any other conduct deemed inappropriate. Students who have been suspended or terminated may request reinstatement by writing to the President.
LAPC believes in providing students with opportunities to recognize their potential; therefore, the institution takes its responsibility to evaluate each applicant for re-entry as a serious matter. Students applying for re-entry must provide a request in writing, which includes a statement detailing the reasons for applying for re-entry. The decision on re-entry is made by the Academic Director and with input from faculty members.
Students who withdraw from the institution will be evaluated on coursework completed at the time of withdrawal. Students with incomplete coursework will be issued an incomplete grade. The incomplete grade will not be used in the grade-point calculation. On a case-by-case basis, the student has up to one session to complete the coursework for a grade; otherwise the student will receive a failing grade. The institution does not offer non-credit remedial course work. A student may repeat a module only once, with the higher grade earned being the grade on record.
A student has the right to withdraw from a course of instruction at any time. If a student withdraws from the course of instruction after the period allowed for cancellation of the agreement, the school will remit a refund, less the $75 (certificate program), or $100 (degree program) registration fee, within 30 days following the student’s withdrawal. The student is obligated to pay only for educational services rendered and for unreturned equipment. If a student withdraws for California Educational Code, Section 94318.5(e) prior to completion of the course he/she is enrolled in, the refund shall be the amount the student paid for instruction multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of hours of instruction for which the student has not received but for which he/she has paid, and the denominator of which is the total number of hours for which he/she has paid.
If the student received any equipment from the school, the student may return the equipment in good condition within thirty days from the date of the student’s withdrawal. If the student fails to return the equipment in good condition within the 30-day period, the school may subtract the documented equipment cost to the institution from the refund. The student is liable for any amount by which the documented equipment cost to the institution exceeds the refund amount calculated and must make arrangements to pay any balance due.
The drop and withdrawal periods vary depending on the length of the course as described in the table below. A prorated refund schedule for drops can be found in section VI.
Foreign students who must withdraw under special circumstances (such as returning to home country, change of status, etc.), will be required by Student Services to submit supporting documentation. Those students will be designated “withdrawal under special circumstances” in their records.
|Course Duration||Drop without “W”||Withdrawal|
|4-6 weeks||Within 1 week (5 business days)||After 1 week (5 business days)|
|8 weeks||Within 2 weeks (10 business days)||After 2 weeks (10 business days)|
|12 weeks||Within 3 weeks (15 business days)||After 3 weeks (15 business days)|
|16 weeks||Within 4 weeks (20 business days)||After 4 weeks (20 business days)|