Because of the interactive nature of the program, class attendance is mandatory. Illness or family emergencies are the only circumstances under which absences will be permitted without prior approval of the course professors and the program directors. We also recognize that participants have responsible positions in their companies and that business needs may sometimes require that a participant miss part of a class day. However, such absences require prior approval of the course professors and the program directors.
Students missing class sessions of a course will be required to make-up the work in a manner agreed to by the course professors. If a student misses more than 25% of the class sessions for a course, he or she will be considered to have missed the entire course. If a student misses a course, he or she will be permitted to complete the course, subject to pre-approval by the program office, in one of the two ways:
1. By taking the same course in the following year of the program (Recommended)
2. By taking an equivalent course at Fudan University
There may be some courses for which the professors will not permit absence.
General classroom policies are set up to maintain a beneficial learning environment. These policies include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Mobile phones are to remain turned off during the class session. Mobile phone calls can be made during the class break.
2. Smoking is prohibited everywhere in the Starr Building except in designated smoking areas outside of the Starr Building.
3. Any deliveries for students should be sent to the program office on the 7th floor of the Starr Building. Students expecting deliveries should advise the program office in advance. The program office will inform the student of the delivery at the next break after it arrives but cannot interrupt class to inform students of the delivery.
4. Laptops are to remain closed while class is in session in the main classroom, unless the faculty requires the use of laptops as part of the teaching in the course. Internet access on the 4th floor may be turned off unless internet usage is required by the faculty.
Grades are awarded on a Pass/Fail basis. A grade report is generated roughly within six weeks of the completion of each course. Timely grade reporting requires timely assignment completion by the students.
High Pass (HP or H) is awarded at the professor’s discretion for exceptional quality work. This distinction is generally limited to fewer than 20% of the class. Pass (P) indicates a course has been satisfactorily completed.
Low Pass (LP or L) The minimally acceptable level of performance.
No Pass (NP or N) Performance is below passing quality.
Withdrawal (W) is used for instances when illness or another extenuating circumstance requires withdrawal from a course prior to completion.
Incomplete (I) Course work is not complete on the date that grades are recorded. Incomplete turns to NP after 60 days unless arrangements have been made by professors.
The professor of a course has full authority over the grades students receive and has the right to impose reasonable deadlines and penalties for missed assignments if he or she believes that these deadlines and penalties enhance student learning. Students wishing to appeal a grade decision should first contact the faculty member involved. The program directors’ roles are to ensure that the matter is resolved in a speedy and fair way. The final decision remains the decision of the faculty member.
Academic Performances Standards
The academic performance of all program students is reviewed at the end of each grading period. To be considered in good academic standing, you must pass all courses with “Pass” or “High Pass” grades.
Upon receipt of one “Low Pass” grade, you are encouraged to work with the professor and the program directors to outline a course of study for mastering the material and raising the grade.