Attendance and Participation Policy

Course-based Programs

The academic week begins on Monday at 6:00 a.m. Mountain Time and ends on Monday at 5:59 a.m. Mountain Time. Students must actively participate in courses by turning in assignments and posting to discussion forums each week (except in project-based programs).. Students must post at least one time in week one to be considered as an active student in the course. Failure to post in week one classifies a student as a non-start. Students classified as non-starts who are receiving federal financial aid are automatically dropped from the course. Students who add a course on the last day of the add/drop period may extend the first week of the term (only) through the following Tuesday at 5:59 a.m. Mountain Time.

Attendance

American Sentinel takes attendance at the start of each term or 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. Failure to post in week one classifies a student as a non-start. Students classified as non-starts who are receiving federal financial aid are automatically dropped from the course.

Participation

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.

Project-based Programs

The academic week begins on Monday at 6:00 a.m. Mountain Time and ends on Monday at 5:59 a.m. Mountain Time. Students must actively participate in the weekly sessions with the faculty coach to be considered as an active student in the project-based programs. Failure to participate in the week one session classifies a student as a non-start. Students classified as non-starts who are receiving federal financial aid are automatically withdrawn from the 16 week project. Students who are added to a project on the last day of the add/drop period may extend the participation requirement of the first week of the 16-week period (only) through the next scheduled meeting with the faculty coach.

Attendance

American Sentinel takes attendance at the start of each 16-week period. The start of the second week is designated as the census date. To be counted in attendance for census purposes, a student must have participated in the first week’s session with the faculty coach. Failure to meet the week one participation requirement classifies a student as a non-start. Students classified as non-starts who are receiving federal financial aid are automatically withdrawn from that project.

Participation

Active student and faculty coach participation in the online classroom results in an enriched educational experience for all students. Meaningful participation in the weekly sessions with the faculty coach is required. Failure to participate in the weekly sessions will result in removal from the 16-week project period. Active-duty military should discuss any participation limitations with the instructor.

Continuous Enrollment

Continuous enrollment is defined as being enrolled in a program at American Sentinel without a break of eight or more consecutive months. Re-admission is necessary for any student who wants to resume degree candidacy after any of the following situations occur:

  • Withdrawal from university.
  • Failure to begin a project within eight months.
  • Interruption of continuous enrollment.
  • Disciplinary suspension or expulsion.

If readmitted, students must follow the catalog in effect at the time of their re-enrollment. In cases when the university no longer teaches required projects/competencies, the appropriate dean may designate a reasonable substitute.