SDI has adopted a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy aligned with Federal Department of Education regulations to promote the successful completion of each student’s academic program.

Each student’s academic progress will be evaluated at the end of each term/semester using grade and pace standards. For a student to meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) the student must have a cumulative grade point average at the end of each term/semester of 2.0 and demonstrate successful completion of at least 67% of courses taken toward the program of study. The pace is designed to ensure completion of the program within the 150% maximum time frame.

All transfer credits that are accepted by the Institute and applied to the student’s program of study will be treated as both credits attempted and credits earned. Courses with a temporary grade of Incomplete will not be used in the SAP evaluation until a final grade is entered. All attempts for repeated coursework will be treated as credits attempted and the passing grade will replace failed grades in the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). Courses may not be repeated for credit if the student has already achieved a passing grade. Individual courses from which a student withdraws up to the 75% point in the course will be treated as credits attempted but not earned, impacting pace but without impact to the CGPA.

A student who fails to achieve the standards of CGPA and/or pace under this policy will be placed on one term/semester of Academic Warning. At the completion of the warning period, a student who fails to achieve standards of CGPA and/or pace is subject to dismissal. If at any point, the student fails to achieve a CGPA or pace that ensures completion within maximum time frame, a student will be subject to withdrawal in addition to losing eligibility to funding.

The Institute will notify the student of any result of an evaluation that may affect funding. This notification will be given within 7 days of any negative determination. During the Academic Warning period, students can receive guidance to assist them in attaining acceptable progression requirements, and are still eligible for funding. SDI may require students to fulfill specific conditions including modifications to course loads or registration in specific courses.

In extenuating circumstances, the Institute may consider an appeal from a student who fails to achieve SAP after the Academic Warning period. Consideration of such appeal would include determination of the student’s ability to re-establish acceptable progression. Students appealing must file an appeal in writing to the VP of Student Affairs, including the reason why the student failed to make satisfactory academic progress and what has changed in the student’s situation that will allow the student to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress at the next evaluation point. Students approved for the appeal will be placed on Academic Probation. The duration of the Academic Probation period is one semester in length. By completion of this semester, the student must have achieved a CGPA of 2.0 and demonstrated successful completion of at least 67% of courses taken toward the program of study to be removed from Academic Probation status. If a student does not appeal, or if the appeal is denied, the student will not be eligible to receive financial assistance until all SAP requirements are met. If the student wishes to continue studies, alternative arrangements for paying tuition and fees must be established until SAP is once again met. If acceptable payment arrangements are not made, the student will be withdrawn.


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