A holistic Approach to learning
Grades are based on attendance, participation, completion of assignments, and test/quiz scores. Students will be given a letter grade for each course based on the following scale:
A+ 98-100 A 94-97 A- 90-93
B+ 87-89 B 84-86 B- 80-83
C+ 77-79 C 74-76 C- 70-73
D 69 or below is a failing grade
* Testing will consist of written and practical (hands-on) exams.
* Grade reports with written comments are given at the middle and end of each semester
* Transcripts of coursework are given upon program completion.
* For certain technique courses related to the core curriculum, a designation of satisfactory or unsatisfactory will be given based on demonstration of an acceptable level of skill
* Students will receive an overall grade point average for the entire program.
SATISFACTORY: A STUDENT WHO
* ADHERES TO ALL POLICIES AND RULES OF THE SCHOOL
* MAINTAINS AN OVERALL GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF "C" OR BETTER
* MAINTAINS 95% ATTENDANCE IN ALL CLASSES
* HAS MISSED NO MORE THAN 28 HOURS TOTAL FOR THE PROGRAM
* COMPLETES ANY MAKE-UP WORK FOR TIME MISSED FORA NY REASON, WITHIN ONE WEEK OF ABSENCE
* IS CONSISTENTLY ON TIME FOR ALL CLASSES
UNSATISFACTORY: A STUDENT WHO
* FAILS TO MEET THE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS AS DESCRIBED IN THE SECTION ABOVE
* IF A STUDENT IS HAVING DIFFICULTY MAINTAINING MINIMUM STANDARDS, IT IS THAT STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR(s) FOR ASSISTANCE, ADDITIONAL TUTORING, OR REFERRAL TO OTHER RESOURCES.
A successful gradualte shall:
* Complete all coursework with a passing grade or designation of satisfactory, where applicable.
* Have an overall grade average of "C" or above.
* Have an overall attendance record of 95%.
* Have completed all work required outside of class including massage practice, papers, projects, and any make-up work.
* Return all library materials borrowed. If materials are not returned OR are returned damaged, the student must pay the replacement cost of the item(s) before being allowed to graduate.
* Pay all tuition and fees in full.
INSTRUCTORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT ADVISING ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS. A MEETING CAN BE ARRANGED BY CONTACTING THE INSTRUCTOR IN PERSON OR BY PHONE
A student will be considered late if he/she arrives at class 10 minutes after roll is taken. Excessive tardiness will be considered violation of school conduct policy.
Absences are classified as excused or unexcused by the class instructor. Time missed for any reason will require make-up work.
*IN ALL CASES, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR REGARDING MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENTS
An absence may be excused at the discretion of the instructor. The following cases may apply: Emergency, Illness, or a legitimate confilict (absence arranged ahead of time).
* TO ARRANGE AN EXCUSED ABSENCE AHEAD OF TIME, SUBMIT THE DAY AND TIME YOU WILL BE GONE TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR IN WRITING PRIOR TO ABSENCE
* IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY YOU MAY CALL THE SCHOOL AT 605-321-8838
An unexcused absence means that a student did not attend class and did not contact the school. Sleeping through class will be considered an unexcused absence. Each unexcused absence will result in a drop of one-half a letter grade. No credit will be given for any assignment due that day and make-up work will be required.
The South Dakota School of Massage Therapy reserves the right to dismiss a student for violations of school policy. The school reserves the right to vary or revise disciplinary procedures at its discretion. Students will be treated in a reasonable and fair manner and will be given a fair and sincere opportunity to be heard. A student has the right to request a reevaluation of disciplinary measures.
GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL
X The student is found to be under the influence, or is suspected of using drugs or alcohol before or during school hours. The student will be terminated immediately.
X Behavior which does not reflect positively upon the reputation of the school or the massage therapy profession.
X Behavior which is disruptive to a positive learning environment, or is interfering with other students' rights.
X The student is not maintaining the minimum acceptable academic standards of progress.
X The student does not pay tuition and/or fees on time.
TERMINATION POLICY: MISCONDUCT PROCESS FOR DISMISSAL
FIRST TIME OFFENSE:
The student will get a verbal warning
The student will get a written notice placing the student under a two week probation. During this time, the student must show reasonable effort to improve the situation and abide by the conditions set forth for the probationary period.
The student will get a written withdrawal form dismissing the student from the program. In the case of dismissal, refund policy does NOT apply.
THE STUDENT WILL BE TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY IF THE STUDENT IS FOUND TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE , OR IS SUSPECTED OF USING DRUGS OR ALCOHOL BEFORE OR DURING SCHOOL HOURS.
APPEALS: COMPLAINTS OR REEVALUATION OF DISCIPLINARY MEASURES
Complaints or requests for reevaluation of disciplinary measures must be presented in writing to the School Director. Each situation will be evaluated by the Director and Faculty, and a response will be given withing ten days of receipt of the complaint.
A Student may also make an appointment with a faculty or staff member to express his/her concerns. Any discussion will be considered confidential.
If a student chooses to leave the program prior to graduation, the following will apply:
Leave of Absence
A leave of absence due to an emergency or illness may be arranged and must not exceed two weeks during any semester. Upon returning to class, all missed hours and work must be made up prior to graduation. If circumstances require a longer leave of absence, the student may be required to withdraw and repeat the semester during the next available class within one year. If the student is required to repeat a semester, he/she will owe full tuition for that semester regardless of previous tuition paid. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by base basis.
For any student wishing o return to the program, the following rules apply:
The South Dakota School of Massage Therapy supports affirmative action in all of its activities, including the recruitment of students and staff. The school does not discriminate based on gender, race, creed or religion.