Students register for classes online. Once the registration process has been completed, the student’s name will appear on the class roster. Please inform the office if you believe your name is missing from a class list.
Students may request to withdraw from the course. Students who stop attending a course are NOT automatically withdrawn from that course, and must notify in writing, the administration (Rabbi Engel) and the instructor of their decision (otherwise, the student can receive a grade of “F”, as if they have not completed the work). Students can withdraw from the course only before they have completed 30% of the course.
There is NO REFUND upon withdrawal.
Students may audit a course (taking the course for no credit). It is not possible to retroactively receive a grade for courses that have been audited. Students should notify the office at the time of registration that they will be taking the course as “auditing” students. There is no reduction in tuition when auditing a course.
Attendance is a component of the final grade, as outlined in the syllabi of every Pirchei Shoshanim course. Attendance is measured in the frequency of communications between the instructor and the student. Students are expected to meet with the instructor (via Skype, phone, or email) at least once a week, and have at least four significant written communications throughout the course.
Class Participation Policy
Class participation is a component of the final grade, as outlined in the syllabi of every Pirchei Shoshanim course. Class participation is measured by the quality of the interactions and communications between the instructor and the student.
Students are required to meet with the instructor at least once a week (via Skype, phone, or email), to discuss, clarify, and inquire about the studies material. In addition, students are required to have at least four meaningful written communications with the instructor, throughout each course. These serve to monitor and evaluate student’s progress and understanding.
Communications should reflect the following elements:
Preparedness – communications are relevant to the material
Understanding – Communications demonstrate comprehension of the material and sources
Higher Order Thinking – communications reflect any/ all of the following: application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
The final grade reflects the student’s performance. The syllabus details the course requirements and the components of the final grade (i.e. what percentage is exams, class participation etc.).
All exams must be taken at proctored locations. Exams taken not in accordance with proctoring policies will receive an automatic Fail.
Students may take an exam only upon receiving permission from the instructor. The permission to register for an exam is given based on the instructor’s assessment of the student’s performance and progress. Students who do not demonstrate mastery of the material in their course communications (as described above) will be required to re-study the material before they can register for the exam.
Students are responsible to identify a proctor in their vicinity, in accordance with the requirements detailed below. The candidate proctor must complete a Proctor Approval Form to be sent to the Registrar’s office. Once a proctor has been approved, all exams will be sent directly to the proctor. Students coordinate exact dates and times with the identified proctor directly. Students are responsible to ensure that the exams are taken before assigned deadlines.
- Proctors should hold one of the following positions:
- Congregation Rabbi
- Public or private community college or university faculty or staff
- Public or private K-12 faculty
- City or county librarian
- The proctor cannot be a family member, even if s/he holds one of the positions described above.
- The exam must be taken in the presence of the proctor.
Pirchei Shoshanim students are expected to practice academic integrity and uphold their religious values which preclude any form of cheating, forgery, and plagiarism.
All course materials are protected by copyright; Redistribution or commercial use is prohibited without express written permission.
All Pirchei Shoshanim staff members will provide reasonable accommodations to a student with a disability
Students are responsible to complete all coursework within the assigned time frame. Students who received written permission from the administration for extension, have one year from the last day of the course to complete all coursework and examinations which have not been submitted on schedule. A grade of “F” will be assigned automatically to all “incomplete” grades after this time.
Students can appeal a grade within one month after the student has received their transcript. Appeals should be made to the registrar’s office (Rabbi Lankry) AND to the instructor. No changes will be made after this date has passed.
A = 4 A- = 3.666 B+ = 3.333 B = 3 B- = 2.666
C+ = 2.333 C = 2 C- = 1.666 D = 1 F = 0
These are calculated by multiplying the numerical value of the grade by the number of credits for the course. E.g. a 3 credit course at A- grade: 3×3.666 = 10.998
Grade Point Average
The grade point average is calculated on a 4.00 point system by dividing the number of grade points by the total number of credits completed (including courses failed). The average is rounded to the second decimal place.
A 96-100 A- 91-95
B+ 87-90 B 84-86 B- 81-83
C+ 77-80 C 74-76 C- 70-73
D 60-69 F 0-59