Huntington University of Health Sciences is an attendance taking institution, therefore, prior to receiving a federal student aid disbursement; HUHS will verify participation in each registered course at the end of Week 1 in each module. If a student chooses not to attend the first week, the student will be institutionally withdrawn from the course. The dropped course will not appear on the student’s academic record, and the student will be refunded for any tuition and fees that has been paid for the specific course. After attendance is established, if at any point during the module a student fails to engage in an academically related activity for more than 14 consecutive days, the student will be institutionally withdrawn from the course and will receive a “WF” for the final grade. A “WF” will be counted as 0 GPA points in the GPA calculation; additionally, a “WF” will impact both pace of completion and maximum timeframe calculations.
Academically related activities include, but are not limited to —
- submitting an academic assignment,
- taking an exam, an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction,
- participating in an online discussion about academic matters, or
- initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.
Academically related activities do NOT include activities where a student may be present, but not academically engaged, such as —
- logging into an online class without active participation or
- participating in academic counseling or advisement.
In a distance education context, documenting that a student has logged into an online class is not sufficient, by itself, to demonstrate academic attendance by the student. A school must demonstrate that a student participated in class or was otherwise engaged in an academically related activity, such as by contributing to an online discussion or initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course-related question.
Participation in academic counseling and advising are no longer considered to be academic attendance or attendance at an academically related activity.
During Week 1 of each module, the student is required to establish attendance in each course by successfully engaging in an academically related activity during this 1st week before the established deadline. After the end of Week 1, on the following day, attendance in each course is taken. If a student has not established attendance in a course during the first week, he/she will be dropped from the course. The dropped course will not appear on the student’s academic record, and the student will be refunded for any tuition and fees that has been paid for the specific course. Additionally, the Director of Financial Aid will review the student’s financial aid eligibility and make adjustments based on the student’s current enrollment status.
In addition to receiving a weekly progress notice, attendance will be monitored and recorded for each student on the appropriate course grade tracker. Student’s must engage in academically related activities regularly in each course in order to remain enrolled in the course. Any student that has not engaged in at least one academically related activity for 14 consecutive days will be institutionally withdrawn from the course and will receive a “WF” for the final course grade. The full procedure for processing a student’s institutional withdrawal may be found in the University’s Withdrawal Policy.