Attendance and Participation Policy
Students are graded on weekly participation for the academic week, which starts on Monday at 5:00 a.m. and runs through the following Monday at 4:59 a.m. (seven full days). To confirm that students have started a course, they must post during the first week of the course. To accommodate students who add a course on the last day of the free add/drop period, the first week of each term (for purposes of student participation) will be extended 24 hours to the following Tuesday at 4:59 a.m.
American Sentinel takes attendance at the start of each term/semester. This is designated as the census date. To be counted in attendance for census purposes, a student must post to the online classroom at least once in the first week. Students receiving federal financial aid who fail to post a substantive comment during week one will not be counted in attendance and will be administratively withdrawn from the class.
Students may add or drop a course during the first week of the semester. Students wishing to add or drop after the first week of the semester must contact their student academic advisor.
Active student and faculty participation in the online classroom results in a rich educational experience for all students. Meaningful participation in the classroom discussions is expected and is graded. Failure to participate in the online discussions will impact the grade for the course. Active-duty military should discuss any limitations on participation with the instructor.