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Student Rights under the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)
The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) was established by the Legislature to protect any California resident who attends a private postsecondary institution from losing money if you prepaid tuition and suffered a financial loss as a result of the school closing, failing to live up to its enrollment, or refusing to pay a court judgment. To be eligible for STRF, a student must be a "California Resident" and reside in California at the time the enrollment agreement was signed or received lessons at a California mailing address from an approved institution offering correspondence instruction. Students who reside temporarily in California for the sole purpose of pursuing an education, especially those who hold student visas, are not considered California Residents.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, a student must file a STRF application within one year of receiving notice from the Bureau that the school is closed. If the student does not receive notice from the Bureau, the student has four years from the date of closure to file a STRF application. If a judgment is obtained, the student must file an STRF application within two years of the final judgment.

To document enrollment, the student should keep a copy of any enrollment agreement, contract, or application to document enrollment, financial aid papers, receipts and any other information that documents monies paid to the school. To verify the total amount of tuition paid, the student should retain tuition receipts or canceled checks. In addition, the student should retain records that indicate the percentage of the course that was completed before closure. These records substantiate a claim for reimbursement from the STRF. For further information or instructions contact: Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, 1027 Tenth Street, Fourth Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814-3517 or telephone (916) 445-3427.

Academic Advisors
When a student enrolls in a certificate or degree program, the AUCM Dean's Office will assign a faculty advisor to the student based upon the student's program and particular interests the student has indicated. He or she will meet with the student early on in the first semester to get acquainted, to discuss the student's career goals and aspirations, and to answer any questions regarding the academic program. Since the AUCM programs' curriculum is defined in terms of specific requirements, prerequisites, and sequences of courses, usually a minimum of academic advising is required. However, the advisor will meet with the student at least once a semester to review the student's progress, counsel him or her, as needed, regarding performance problems, and provide professional socialization.

In the case of master's or doctoral degree students, the faculty advisor assists the student with professional and institutional issues until the student selects either a master's project advisor or a doctoral dissertation mentor or chair, respectively. Once selected, the master's project advisor or dissertation mentor or chair becomes the student's advisor for the remainder of the program.

Externships/Internships
Esternships and internships are completed in AUCM's Community Clinic in Beverly Hills, under the supervision of AUCM's clinical faculty members.

Student Code of Conduct
AUCM encourages the utmost professional and ethical academic conduct by each student. The Dean will review all cases of academic dishonesty or behavior which disrupts the orderly activity of the University.
(See Student Handbook for details).

Incomplete
An Incomplete (I) grade is given at the instructor's discretion to a student who has demonstrated satisfactory attendance and assignments throughout the majority of a class (including independent study), but cannot finish the remainder of his/her required assignments before the end of the course. A student is obligated to notify the instructor of his/her need for an Incomplete, obtain an Incomplete Grade Form, sign the form, and submit it to the instructor, who files it with the student's final grade for the course.

An Incomplete must be made within one-year of the course. If the Incomplete is not completed by the student before the stipulated deadline, the student's final grade becomes [I], and the student receives no credit for the course.

AUCM's academic year is based on the trimester system.

Students may enter degree or certificate programs in the Spring (January), Summer (May), or Fall (September) Trimesters. Application deadlines typically are six weeks before the start of the Trimester in which the student wishes to enter, although occasional exceptions may be made. Students must complete all admissions requirements to be accepted into the program.

Holidays Observed
New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Winter Holidays.

Attendance
Students are expected to attend all class meetings of courses in which they are enrolled. A minimum of 85% attendance is required and students are encouraged to make up missed classes. Excessive unexcused absences may affect the student's final grade.

Academic Grading Symbols

Grade Point
A Exceptional 4.0
A- Exceptional 3.7
B+ Above Average 3.3
B Average 3.0
B- Below Average 2.7
C+ Unacceptable 2.3
C Unacceptable 2.0
C- Unacceptable 1.7
D Unacceptable 1.0
F Failure 0
CREDIT or PASS Credit 0
NO CREDIT No Credit 0
Unauthorized Withdrawal No Credit 0
Withdrawal No Credit 0
Incomplete No Credit 0
Auditor No Credit 0

Grades of C+ and C are not acceptable in a graduate program. A graduate student must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to earn a degree. A cumulative GPA below 3.0 will place a student on academic probation.

Grade Point Average
Grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of units completed in letter- graded courses. If a course has been repeated, only the units and grade points earned for the higher passing grade are computed in the GPA. In letter graded courses, units with grades of NC, W, I, NR or are not computed in the GPA. In CR/NC graded courses, the UW grade is equivalent to NC. In letter graded courses, the UW grade is equivalent to an F; units with a UW grade are computed in the GPA with zero grade points.

Grade Reports
The Registrar's Office issues grade reports during the fourth week of the trimester following course completion. Students who want to know a specific course grade prior to receiving the official grade report should leave a self-addressed postcard with the instructor.