School Policies

Definition of Unit of Credit

One semester credit hour equals, at a minimum, 15 classroom hours of lecture, 30 hours of laboratory, and 45 hours of practicum. The formula for calculating the number of quarter unit hours for each course is: (hours of lecture/15) + (hours of lab/30) + (hours of practicum/45)

Complaint/Grievance Procedure

Any student who feels that he or she has been subjected to unfair treatment by the University by any of its employees, entities, policies, procedures or programs may report the matter in writing to the Dean of Student Affairs for review and action. On making the complaint, the student will be advised of the next step, depending on the nature of the complaint.

The first step would be to attempt to resolve the complaint informally. If the complaint is resolved satisfactorily to all parties concerned the case shall be closed, with a written notice to that effect sent to the complainant and the respondent.

If no informal resolution is possible, and the student wishes to pursue the complaint, the grievance may be referred to the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) State of California, P.O. Box 980818, W. Sacramento, CA, 95798-0818,, 916-431-6959

If a student does not feel that the school has adequately addressed a complaint or concern, the student may also consider contacting, CIBU’s accreditor, ACICS. All complaints considered by ACICS must be in written form, with permission from the complainant(s) for ACICS to forward a copy of the complaint to the school for a response. The complainant(s) will be kept informed as to the status of the complaint as well as the final resolution by ACICS. Please direct all inquiries to: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, Suite 980, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4241, (202) 336-6780.


Attendance Policy

Students are required to attend all class sessions and events, and to observe the specific guidelines of each faculty member. This includes mid-term and final exams, and other important events in each class schedule. If a student misses two classes, the Dean of Academic Affairs or the appropriate Dean will contact the student and counsel the student on CIBU’s attendance policy.

Two unexcused absences from a class in the 10 week quarter will affect the student’s course grade as per the syllabus. In addition, there are possible visa implications with the U.S. government. If a student accrues more than two unexcused absences per course in a quarter the student will receive a written warning and may be placed on academic probation. Additional absences may result in expulsion from CIBU.

Tardiness is a disruption of a good learning environment and is to be discouraged. Tardiness without legitimate reason on two occasions in one class will be considered as one unexcused absence. Cutting of classes will be considered as unexcused absences. Students with three unexcused absences in any class will receive written notification of academic probation for a period of one month. Any unexcused absences during such probationary period will be a cause for interruption of the educational program.

Academic Integrity Policy

CIBU expects that all academic work submitted by students be original, or in the case of cited material, properly acknowledged as the work, ideas, or language of another. Further, all acts of academic dishonesty are strictly prohibited.  These include, but are not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, unauthorized collaboration, misappropriation of resource material, or any other violation of University regulations.