View VFMC’s Academic Policies listed below.
Grading System Policy
The following grading scale will be used at VFMC:
|Numerical Grade/Transcript Entry||Corresponding Letter Grade||Percent Equivalent|
I = Incomplete: An “incomplete” is an administrative mark that is given only by recommendation of the individual instructor and approved by the Office of the Dean. Incompletes are only given in the case of an illness or emergencies beyond the students’ control. An “incomplete” will not be reflected on a student’s transcript as a permanent entry. If an incomplete grade is recorded for a term, the incomplete must be resolved no later than 15 days after the end of the semester. If no grade is entered by the 15th day, the incomplete grade will convert to an “F”. Exceptions may be made by the Office of the Dean.
W = Withdrawal: Beginning with the day after the add/drop period up to the week prior to mid-term exams, a student following prescribed procedures may withdraw from a course without penalty, and the notation of “W” will be made on the permanent record.
WP = Withdrawn Passing: Beginning with the day after mid-term exams to two weeks prior to the last day of class, a student following prescribed procedures may withdraw while passing from a course and the notation of “WP” will be made on the permanent record.
WF = Withdrawn Failing: Beginning the day after mid-term exams to two weeks prior to the last day of class, a student following prescribed procedures may withdraw while failing a course and the notation of “WF” will be made on the permanent record.
AU = Audit: The status of a student who registers for and participates in a credit course on a non-credit basis. A request for and approval for an Audit status is rare and will only be granted by the Office of the Dean.
TR = Transfer Credit: Signifies a course taken at another institution, which received a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) and is transferred into the student’s degree program.
Students may repeat a course if their original grade was 1.0, (D) or lower. A student may not repeat a course, if they have already completed the next course in a sequence, e.g., a student may not repeat EN 101 after completing EN 102. When a course is repeated, the quality point average will be recomputed based on the new grade assigned. Both the original and new grade will be recorded on the transcript, with an annotation that the course has been repeated.
Students may not take a course lower in sequence, in any field, after having completed a higher course in that sequence, i.e. a student may not take EN 101, if they have completed EN 102. A course progression sequence must progress from the lower difficulty course, to the higher difficulty course.
Gold Star (Dean’s list) is awarded to students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester. Star leave for Gold Star students is one additional long weekend leave (after last duty Friday until 1845 hours Sunday), to be taken during the semester immediately following the award. Leave dates must be coordinated with the Company Tactical Officer. Walkout leave for Gold Star students is extended until 2130 hours.
Silver Star (Honor Roll) is awarded to students who earn a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.4 for the semester. Silver Star students receive one additional short weekend leave (after last duty Saturday until 1845 Sunday), to be taken during the semester immediately following the award. Leave dates must be coordinated with Company Tactical Officer. Walkout leave on Wednesday is extended to 2100 hours.
Red Star (Merit List) is awarded to students who earn a grade point average of 2.7-2.9 for the semester. Walkout leave on Wednesday for Red Star students is extended until 2030 hours.
Grade Appeal Policy
- Student meets with professor or instructor and attempts to settle any disputes within one (1) week after the posting of the final grade. If the professor or instructor agrees, he/she submits a Grade Change Form to the College Registrar.
- If the meeting with the professor or instructor does not result in a grade change, the student may submit a Grade Appeal Request Form to the office of the Associate Dean of the college within one (1) week of meeting with the professor or instructor.
- The Associate Dean will review the appeal request to insure that the process has been followed and will make a determination after reviewing the student’s claim and the professor/instructor grade appeal response. The Associate Dean will recommend the grade change to the Dean.
- A written response to the grade appeal will be sent to the student and professor/instructor informing them of the decision. The correspondence will be forwarded via the Appeal Decision Form.
- If the appeal results in a grade change, the instructor will need to complete a Grade Change Form indicating what the grade will convert to. After the form is signed by the Dean, it is forwarded to the College Registrar for processing.
- If the appeal does not result in a grade change, no further appeals are authorized.
Early Academic Intervention Meeting (EAIM)
The purpose of the EAIM is to identify those students who are experiencing academic difficulties early in the term and to make an attempt to intervene before they find themselves in more serious academic jeopardy. The board members, in concert with other identified staff and faculty representatives, will sit down with an academically troubled student in an informal, non-threatening venue to identify the source of the student’s difficulty and provide a road map for academic success. At the end of this discussion, the board will then offer specific strategies to overcome those identified barriers to academic success and urge the student to take necessary steps to start on the path to academic success.
Specific actions will be recommended for the student to take. When applicable, these actions will be assigned an accomplishment date or some other checkpoint. These actions, with the appropriate completion date/checkpoint, will be recorded on the attached Information and Action Sheet. The student will acknowledge concurrence by signing the completed sheet, as well as the understanding that failure to follow these recommendations will result in a formal Academic Board conducted by the Dean. The academic advisor will provide copies of the form to each involved faculty/staff member, including those who are not in attendance, with additional copies for the student’s file and the Dean of the College.
The academic advisor is responsible for monitoring compliance. Any failure on the part of the student to meet the agreed commitments will be reported to the Dean for further action.
Academic Progress Policy
In order to earn an Associate in Arts, Associate in Business, or an Associate in Science degree, students are required to attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum of 60 credits in Core, program, concentration, and elective courses. Developmental course work in Math and English does not fulfill graduation credit requirements.
At the end of the first semester, any student who does not achieve a minimum 1.75 grade point average will be placed on Academic Probation. The following conditions apply:
- Weekly tutorial sessions with subject area instructors.
- Peer tutoring, as needed, for all courses falling within the probationary status (1.74 GPA or lower).
- Restriction on course load for the following semester to 12 credit hours or 4 academic courses exclusive of military science course.
- No participation in athletic competitions or extra curricular activities; students may participate in practice sessions.
At the end of the second semester, any student who does not achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and complete 28 semester hours (including MSL courses), will be places on Academic Probation. The following conditions apply:
- No participation in athletics or extracurricular activities; no participation in practice sessions.
- Restriction on course load to 12 credit hours or 4 academic courses exclusive of Military Science courses.
- Weekly tutoring sessions with subject area instructors and peer tutors.
- Twice monthly meetings with Academic Advisor.
Transfer Credits Policy
Credits may be awarded for coursework completed through an accredited college or university prior to attending VFMC. A cumulative total of 15 credits may be transferred into a VFMC program during a student’s career, to be eligible for a VFMC degree. In order for transfer credits to be considered by VFMC, the student must have received a “C” or better in the course. Course work completed prior to enrollment at VFMC is accepted for credit only, and is not calculated into a student’s grade point average. All requests for transfer credits are evaluated by the Office of the Registrar and the Office of the Dean.
Students may add or drop courses during the first two weeks of the semester. Any courses dropped from a student’s schedule during this period are not recorded on a student’s transcript. Any courses dropped after the official end of the add/drop period will be treated as withdrawal from the course.
Students have the opportunity to drop courses from their schedule after the official end of the add/drop period, prior to mid-terms. Any courses dropped from a student’s schedule during this period will be considered a withdrawal from the course, and will be recorded on a student’s transcript as a “W”. All withdrawals must be approved by the course instructor and the Office of the Dean. Students may not withdrawal from a course if the withdrawal causes the enrolled credit hours to fall below the minimum credits required (12 credits) for a full-time student.
Official records of students who withdrawal from a course after mid-term exams until two weeks prior to final exams, will reflect not only the withdrawal, but also the student’s current standing in the course, either passing or failing. This will be annotated as either “WP” for withdrawal passing, or “WF” for withdrawal failing.
Students are required to attend the course until the withdrawal is approved through Office of the Dean.
Valley Forge Military College maintains that consistent attendance is critical to academic success and enforces a policy of mandatory class attendance; class attendance is a duty. A student is required to attend all scheduled class periods unless authorized by an appropriate member of the Office of the Dean. Failure to meet VFMC guidelines will result in a failing grade for the course.
If a student earns two unexcused absences within one course, the student’s final grade will be automatically reduced by one letter grade. If a student earns three unexcused absences for one course, he/she will automatically receive a grade of “F” (failure) for the course. Failure due to attendance, will affect any Federal funding, scholarship monies, and full-time status.
In certain instances, a student may be authorized to miss class. These instances have been defined by the office of the Dean. A student will only be authorized to miss class for one of the following reasons:
- Medical Emergencies: Absences as a result of medical emergency are authorized absences. Scheduled appointments are not considered a medical emergency and do not meet the criteria for authorized absences. A student must schedule appointments for times that do not conflict with their class schedules.
- Emergency Leave: Approved by the Office of the Dean and the Commandant’s Office.
- Special Leave: As approved, in advance, by the Office of the Dean. Authorization for Special leave is approved for reasons such as College visitation for sophomores.
- Approved VFMC functions: These functions include such events as sports competitions, performing group commitments, and academic trips pertaining to instruction. All requests must be approved, in advance, by the Office of the Dean.
It is the student’s responsibility to manage their absence status and to provide evidence that the absence is authorized. A student MUST INFORM THEIR INSTRUCTOR PRIOR TO THE ABSENCE. For example, if a student is traveling with the band, and knows that they will be missing classes, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the appropriate instructors that they will be missing class. The student must provide evidence at the time that the absence is authorized. IF A STUDENT FAILS TO INFORM THE APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTORS PRIOR TO THE ABSENCE, THE ABSENCE IS CONSIDERED UNEXCUSED.
It is the student’s responsibility to inquire, from their instructor the specifics of missed course work and deadlines for submission of missed homework, projects, quizzes, or exams.
Students arriving ten or more minutes late will automatically be marked with an unexcused absence for that class period.
All late minutes are cumulatively totaled. When late minutes total 10 or more, the unexcused absence is invoked.
Section marchers will report absences to the faculty member at the beginning of each class and late arrivals at the end of class. Faculty will post attendance to CAMS on a daily basis.
A letter will be sent, from the Office of the Dean, to any student who has acquired three unexcused absences, informing them they have failed the course.
Academic Support List Policy
To facilitate student success, the College maintains a weekly Academic Support List. The list commences two weeks after the first day of the semester. The purpose of the Academic Support List is to provide the student with an early warning that their academic efforts fall below the level necessary to achieve academic success. A student will be placed on the list for the following reasons:
Cumulative course average falls below a 2.0
Student fails to complete any course requirement
The Academic Support List will be published on a weekly basis.
Restrictions include weekend restrictions, and removal from extra-curricular activities and sports competitions.
Restoration of privileges will occur after a student has met with the course instructor and satisfied academic course requirements.