The grading system utilized by the University of Alternative Studies instructional team conforms to recognized educational standards for exams and essays:
A students status is incomplete until the student has successful graduated or withdrawals from a program or course. Students may take their exam(s) and send in their essay (if applicable) at any time post-exams at the students own pace. The final grade is determined by all exams taken and/or essay provided. In order to graduate and receive a degree or certificate, a student must receive a grade of 70% or higher on each exam and their essay. Students can study full-time or part-time and take a leave of absence at any time.
:: Cause for Probation, Suspension or Dismissal
- Academic dishonesty of any kind.
- Several attempts at passing a single certification or second-degree program in a short amount of time.
:: Grounds for Academic Dishonesty/Misconduct
- Plagiarism – Presenting the work of another as one’s own in an essay. Acknowledgment must be given for the use of another’s ideas or language and an essay is to be created of unique content.
- Other Forms – Other forms of academic dishonesty include: selling or purchasing examinations or essay and submitting or resubmitting the same paper for two different classes without explicit authorization. Misconduct also includes any form of spam or harassment involving our chat or blogging features.
:: Student Record Privacy
The University of Alternative Studies has established procedures that protect the accuracy and integrity of all student records. In all cases, students are afforded the right to privacy as dictated by law.
1. Record supervision and access is afforded to appropriate personnel for purposes of recording grades and course hours as well as start dates and graduations dates.
2. Name, date and location, program undertaken, dates of graduation and certificates awarded may be provided on the University’s website unless the request to omit such information is presented by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Students may withdraw from a course at anytime. Refunds for textbooks, application fees, or certificate/diploma fees are non-refundable.
:: Refund Policy
Any program or introductory course you enroll in at the University of Alternative Studies is eligible for cancellation. Refunds for textbooks, application fees, or certificate/diploma fees are non-refundable.
:: Students with Disabilities
Reasonable accommodations exist to balance opportunities for students with disabilities, not to lower academic standards or to alter the essential nature of the course or program requirements. To that end, accommodations at UAS do not include: (1) reduced standards of academic performance, (2) special courses or programs for students with learning disabilities, (3) evaluation or diagnostic testing of learning disabilities, (4) separate or special tutorial programs for students with disabilities, or (5) waivers of essential academic courses.
If a student chooses to disclose a disability requiring an accommodation, we ask that the student please fill out the form linked below and click the submit button when the form is completed. UAS staff will then inform the course or program professor that the student will require additional time to take exams. The course or program professor will then adjust the student’s account on the e-learning platform to reflect this accommodation.
Students who require other accommodations besides those currently offer by UAS (extended exam time) are required to contact UAS prior to enrollment to make sure we can meet such accommodations.
:: Teaching Methods
The face and climate of today’s world is changing rapidly. Alternative field growth and the constantly transforming needs of modern society can provide exciting and challenging opportunities for qualified graduates. The University of Alternative Studies is at the forefront of these changes and is dedicated to assisting graduates find direction in increasing their knowledge base. Our innovative approach to alternative studies helps our graduates achieve the skills and self-confidence needed to be successful in these fields. The University of Alternative Studies seeks to give its students relevant knowledge, leading to a satisfying personal or professional enrichment and maximizing their potential. The University is able to achieve these goals through carefully constructed programs and introductory courses..
:: Code of Ethics – The Psychical Oath
“I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-earned progress and achievements of experients in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of life, all measures that are required, avoiding those twin traps of carrying to excess or nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to psychical practice as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh such practices.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call upon my colleagues when the skills of another are needed.
I will respect the privacy of those to whom I practice for or with, for their problems and achievements are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. However, it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I am not an individual practicing alone for self-serving proposes, but exist as a function of nature and society with a gift to offer.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow beings, those mentally and physically sound, as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life, be respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of practicing for the benefit of myself and others.”
(Adapted from the book “A Quantum Approach Series” by Theresa M. Kelly.)