Program Policies

Attendance in IEP courses is required. Students are expected to attend all class sessions, except in cases of excused absences. If students have excessive absences, they could fail their English classes and be out of status with their I-20.

Students should arrive for class before the scheduled time to begin. Being late is considered rude behavior at American universities because it disrupts the entire class, and students who are late will miss instructions or information. If a student is more than 15 minutes late three times, it will count as one absence.

  • After five absences from class, the student will receive a warning e-mail from the IEP Program Manager, Dr. Thu Tran.
  • After eleven absences, a meeting will be scheduled with Dr. Tran. At this time, students could be asked to sign a performance contract. A verbal or written warning of potential dismissal from the program will be given to the student.
  • After fifteen absences, the Program Manager will notify the Office of International Affairs and schedule an appointment for the student. The student will meet with his or her International Student Advisor and Dr. Tran. A recommendation will be made on the student’s progress in the IEP and the effect it has on the student’s immigration status.
  • After twenty absences, the student could be dismissed from the Applied Language Institute. This dismissal will be reported through the SEVIS student database and if the student is sponsored, an alert memo will be sent immediately to his or her sponsor. Sponsors receive reports of grades and absences.
  • Note: “One absence” refers to missing one class, not one whole day of classes. It is possible to miss fifteen classes in only three days!

Copying all or part of another person's work or using reference materials without citations are forms of cheating that will not be tolerated at the IEP. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense.  The following are examples of such: Stealing an exam to study, giving another student answers during a quiz or test, handing in work or papers written or completed by someone else, downloading a document from the internet, and taking a test for someone else. If we find that you were involved in an incident of cheating, your instructor will notify you.

Plagiarism is stealing another person’s idea or illustration and using it as one’s own without giving credit to the original author or artist. Copying sentences or paragraphs directly from a book, article, webpage, or other student’s paper without giving credit to the author is illegal. Even if a student changes the wording a little bit, the idea still came from the original author, and he or she must receive the credit for the idea.

The IEP has a zero tolerance policy on cheating, academic dishonesty, and plagiarism. All problem cases will be forwarded to the Associate Provost of International Affairs. If the student is a sponsored student, the case will be sent to that student’s sponsor.

All students should:

  • Be prepared for class.
  • Complete all homework assignments before class.
  • Participate in all class activities.
  • Have all needed materials with them in the classroom.
  • Be cooperative in the classroom.
  • Be respectful of the teacher & other students.
  • Buy all necessary texts and supplies.
  • Speak English at all times while in class.

Unacceptable classroom behavior includes:

  • Talking to another student while the teacher is speaking.
  • Interrupting another student who is talking to the teacher.
  • Making unnecessary noises or gestures.
  • Talking too much so that no other students have a chance to answer questions or participate.
  • Verbally or physically threatening the teacher or other students.

1. If students are disruptive in class or have bad classroom behavior, they must meet with Dr. Tran.
2. If a student must meet with Dr. Tran three times, he or she will be asked to sign a contract stating intentions to have better behavior.
3. After the fourth violation, the student will be reported to the office of International Affairs  and could be dismissed from the IEP.

  • Grade reports are distributed at the midterm and the end of each semester.
  • A grade of A or B is required for promotion to a higher level in the program.