Academic and Program Policies
Welcome to the English Language Institute at Pace University! We are excited to meet you at your placement test! We understand that learning a language is not an easy process for everyone. To help make the transition easier you can use the information below to help with your first days at the ELI.
- General Statement
- Payment & Tuition Cancellation Policies
- Attendance and Lateness Policy
- Assessment Make-up
- Extra Credit
- Course Grades
- Grade Appeal Policy
- ELI Level Progression Policy
- Student Grievances
- Level Recommendations
- Electronic Devices
The University reserves the right, at its sole discretion and with or without prior notice, to promulgate new academic and nonacademic rules, policies and practices, as well as to amend or rescind existing academic and nonacademic rules, policies and practices. By applying for enrollment and by enrolling each applicant and enrolled student, respectively, agrees to be bound by all of the University’s rules, policies, practices, including, without limitation, the Guiding Principles of Conduct. Applicants and enrolled students who fail to comply with the University’s rules, policies and practices are subject to discipline that may include but is not limited to, denial of admission, denial of academic credits or a degree, suspension and/or dismissal from the University.
INSTITUTION FEE: Please note that in addition to the course tuition fees, the University charges a General Institution Fee (GIF) each time a student registers. All Pace students must pay the GIF. This fee is for the use of Pace facilities, including the library, the computer labs, the multi-media labs, etc. ELI students pay a reduced price during the 3-week session.
REFUND POLICY*: If you wish to withdraw from (drop) a course or courses, you must submit a "Registration Action Form" to Student Accounts and Registrar Services. If you do not submit this form, you will not receive a refund and you will receive an F for the course at the end of the term. Refunds are calculated as follows:
|Calendar Date||Eligible Refund|
|On the 5th business day of the session or earlier||100%|
|On the 10th business day session or earlier||25%|
|After the 10th business day of the session||0%|
|Calendar Date||Eligible Refund|
|Before the 3rd class session||100%|
|Before the 4th class session||25%|
|After the 4th class session||0%|
*Daytime Programs begin 7:00 am - 5:00 PM. Evening Programs begin after 5:30 PM
Additional fees paid to Pace University, including health insurance, GIF, or technology fee, are only refundable on the 5th business day of the session or earlier. After the 5th business day of the session the fees will no longer be refunded.
Students with credit balances on their student account, resulting from tuition cancellations, etc., are issued refunds to their Pace University HigherOne Card. Payments made by credit card are issued refunds to the credit card. Student refunds take a withdrawal and does not relieve the student of his or her financial obligation, or entitle the student to a refund. A student who registers for class and does not attend class remains fully responsible for all financial obligations.
Before the 5th business day of the session, students may exchange one course for another or change levels at no extra charge. To change courses or levels, speak to your professor for approval. The professor will fill out "Drop/ Add Form" and then submit it to Alison Wofford for the approval. There is no fee for changing courses or levels.
Full pay for tuition and fees is due at the time you register before classes begin. There is no partial payment or payment plan available. Pace University accepts cash, check, money order (drawn on a US bank), VISA, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, or American Express. Make checks and money orders payable to Pace University. Write you Pace ID number (U00xxxx) and your address on the check or money order. We also accept online payment through Flywire.com. Please speak with an ELI Staff member for instructions to use Flywire for an online tuition payment.
ELI/Global Pathways Attendance Policy
Full attendance is crucial to your success and an important part of your academic experience. In addition, students with F-1 visas must be full-time (18 hours) and attend regularly in order to remain in status with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). Failure to meet the guidelines of the attendance policy requirements may lead to withdrawal from classes and termination of F-1 visa status.
Minimum Attendance Rate:
Students are required to maintain a minimum attendance rate of *85% in every English Language class in which they are enrolled.
(*The minimum attendance rate is 83% in 6-week ELI Summer courses.)
- In a 14-week Spring or Fall ELI or Global Pathways course that meets 28 times, students are required to attend a minimum of 24 times (85%). Four absences are permitted.
- In a 7-week Spring or Fall ELI course that meets 14 times, students are required to attend a minimum of 12 times (85%). Two absences are permitted.
- In a 12-week Summer ELI or Global Pathways course that meets 26 times, students are required to attend a minimum of 22 times (85%). Four absences are permitted.
- In a 6-week Summer ELI course that meets 12 times, students are required to attend a minimum of 10 times (83%). Two absences are permitted.
- Students who miss between 5 and 30 minutes of a class will be marked “late”. Three “lates” in a course equals one absence.
- Students who miss more than 30 minutes of a class will be marked “absent”.
- No additional absence allotment shall be granted for any reason. Students who may require an extended absence due to extenuating circumstances (such as a personal, family or medical emergency) should meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss the possibility of withdrawal.
Meeting Attendance Standards:
·Failure to maintain the minimum 85% attendance rate* in every English Language course will result in the student being placed on Attendance Probation for the following term.
·A student on Attendance Probation must maintain the 85% minimum attendance rate* in every English Language course or potentially face Attendance Dismissal at the end of the term.
·Attendance Dismissal at the end of the term will be determined by the Administration for any student who does not maintain the minimum 85% attendance rate* in every English Language course for two semesters (consecutive or inconsecutive) during their enrollment in the English Language Institute / Global Pathways program. The Administration’s decision to dismiss a student is final and may not be appealed.
*The minimum attendance rate for 6-week ELI Summer courses is 83%.
Within the first two weeks of each term, late homework may be accepted by your instructor if the assignment is submitted by the start of the next class. Starting in Week 3 of the term, late homework may only be accepted in extenuating circumstances with the prior approval of your instructor. Late homework submissions may receive a reduced grade.
Students will take an in-class cumulative midterm and final exams, based on the work covered in class.
Make-ups for quizzes, exams, and presentations may be permissible only with the prior approval of your instructor. Make-ups may receive a reduced grade.
Extra credit grading will not be included in any ELI course. If you would like additional practice, please speak to your instructor. Practice work is not included in final grade calculations.
Grades will be based on a standard university letter grade system. Students should attend class regularly, participate in class activities, complete all assignments, pass the final exam and demonstrate sufficient proficiency with a grade of B- (80%) or better.
As a general principle, the instructor has sole authority to establish standards of performance and to exercise judgments on the quality of student performance, but in a manner that reflects reasonable and generally acceptable academic requirements. Grades assigned in this fashion are final except as the instructor may wish to review them. No faculty member, administrator, or other individual may substitute his judgment of the student’s performance for the reasonable judgment of the instructor.
Students who believe that a final grade received in a course was not determined in a manner consistent with the principle described above may challenge that grade by first arranging, within a reasonable period of time (approximately 5 school days from the time that the student knew or should have known of the final course grade), to meet informally with the instructor to establish a clear understanding of the method by which the grade was determined. Every effort should be made to resolve the matter at the level of the instructor and the student. Students who have difficulty arranging a meeting with the instructor should consult, Lisa Kraft, Director of the English Language Institute.
If after meeting with the instructor, the student wishes to continue the grade challenge, the student may appeal in writing (with a copy to the instructor and academic advisor) to the ELI Director within a reasonable amount of time. The statement should clearly state the basis for questioning the grade received in the course.
The Director’s decision to have a grade reviewed or not is final. If the Director decides that the method by which the student’s grade was not proper, the Director will apprise the instructor of the basis for questioning the grade and request that the instructor review the grade. If the instructor, for any reason, does not review the grade, the Director will request that at least one other faculty member qualified to teach the course in question review the grade. In the process of such a review, the faculty member(s) is (are) authorized to assign a grade change and may, if necessary, require additional examination of the student’s performance as a basis for the grade change.
Students may, at any point in this appeal process, solicit the advice and assistance of an individual faculty or staff member. This individual’s authority in these matters is limited to mediating the relationship between the student and the instructor and/or Director.
Progression through the 050 Advanced-Beginner, 060 Low-Intermediate, 070 High-Intermediate, and 080 Advanced courses are based on a minimum B- (80%) final course grade and a level recommendation from course instructors. ELI students who do not meet this 80% standard in their courses may be placed on Academic Probation and may be given one chance to repeat the course(s) and pass. Students may not remain on Academic Probation for more than one term.
After the 080 Advanced level, a student may apply to progress to the 090,091/084 levels, which comprise the Pre-Undergraduate and Pre-Graduate Programs at ELI. Acceptance into these programs is based on an 80% cumulative average of all 080-level courses weighted equally with no single course grade below a 77%. Students must also pass a Writing Exam and be recommended for Pre-Undergraduate and Pre-Graduate study by their 080-level instructors.
The University views students as responsible citizens who are integral members of the academic community. Policies and practices pertaining to student relations and services should reflect this point of view. All University officers will make every effort to ensure that this philosophy is implemented. It is recognized, however, that regardless of how well-intentioned people may be, complaints and misunderstandings are bound to arise. It is the purpose of the Student Grievance Procedures to ensure that these disagreements are expressed, explored, and resolved promptly and confidentially.
The Pace University Grievance Procedure states that “claims relating to academic standing, grading or discipline are within the jurisdiction of the Academic Standing Committees and the Deans of the Colleges/Schools.” In lieu of an Academic Standing Committee or Dean of the English Language Institute, academic grievances are within the jurisdiction of the Institute’s Directors.
Please view the English Language Institute Student Grievance Policy and Procedure (PDF) for detailed instructions on filing your grievance and ELI Staff contacts.
Level recommendations are made by the instructor towards the end of the term. ELI instructors fill out a level recommendation form to recommend that a student continues at the same level or move up to the next level. Typically, students who have been at one level for 7 weeks will continue in the same level, even if they have passed the 7-week course. Most students take one level for 14 weeks. Only those students with outstanding improvement and demonstrated proficiency can move to the next level in 7 weeks.
Level recommendations are made usually in the 5th or 6th week of classes. Regardless of the recommendation made by the instructor, students must complete the rest of the 7-week course.
Being recommended to the next level does not guarantee passing the class. If a student fails the class, they will need to repeat the course.
English Language Institute instructors have the authority to determine if and how personal electronic devices are allowed to be used in the classroom. An ELI instructor may restrict or prohibit the use of personal electronic devices in his or her classroom, lab, or any other instructional setting. Audio or video recordings of classroom lessons are strictly prohibited without prior written consent of the instructor. Any recordings that an instructor has authorized by written consent are to be used for educational purposes only and may not be disseminated by the student. If the student does not adhere to the Policy, he/she may be asked to leave the classroom.
The English Language Institute Policy on Electronic Devices is based on Sections 1 and 25 of Pace University’s Guiding Principles of Conduct. The complete Guiding Principles of Conduct are available within Pace University’s Student Handbook.
All above policies are current as of April 2016. Please refer to your course syllabi for additional classroom policies set forth by your instructor and approved by the ELI Academic Committee.