In order to receive a passing grade for class participation, a student must demonstrate regular, punctual attendance. Any student, having more than two (2) unexcused absences during a semester, will receive a failing grade for the class participation portion of his or her grade. Excessive tardiness and early departure to and from class will also affect the class participation portion of a student’s grade. “Tardiness”is defined as “arriving more than five (5) minutes subsequent to the scheduled time for class.” A student is considered to have “excessive tardiness” when he or she “arrives more than five (5) minutes subsequent to the scheduled time for class, at least twice each month.”
During “on time” or early registration, class schedule changes may be made with no penalty or fee. However, during the week of late registration, a $10.00 change of schedule fee is assessed. This fee must be paid at the time of the schedule change. The final day to drop or add a class is the last day of late registration. To officially drop or add a class:
You must complete a drop/add form in the Registrar’s office;
You must receive a revised class schedule; and
You must pay the $10.00 change of schedule fee.
Grading System and Grade Point
The Instructor is the absolute authority in the classroom. The Instructor will regulate the evaluation of assignments and tests. Course grading is as follows:
A = 90% - 100%
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F = 59% and below
WP = Withdraw Passing
WF = Withdraw Failing
I = Incomplete
Students receiving a failing grade (F) are encouraged to repeat the course to receive credit.
The over- all grade point system is as follows:
GRADE POINT AVERAGE [G.P.A.]
A Excellent 3.7 – 4.0
B Good 3.0 – 3.6
C Average 2.0 – 2.9
D Poor 1.0 – 1.9
F Failing None
WP Withdraw Passing None
WF Withdraw Failing None
I Incomplete None
Grades earned are recorded on each student’s transcript at the conclusion of each semester. Final grades are sent to the student’s most recent address on file at DFMI School of Biblical Studies. Final Grades and Transcripts will not be issued to students who have outstanding debts with DFMI School of Biblical Studies.
Special Designations of Withdraw/Passing, Withdraw/Failing, and Incomplete will have no impact on the student’s grade point average. However, a student may only receive a special designation grade in extenuating circumstances such as a prolonged illness, or any situation that is approved by the office. Any student seeking a special designation grade must submit a petition in writing to the office of DFMI School of Biblical Studies, at least one week prior to the end of the semester.
I = Incomplete: The student has six weeks after the semester has ended to complete course work to the satisfaction of the professor who will file the student’s grade for the course. This grade will automatically revert to an “F” if the work is not completed as specified.
WP = Withdrawal/Passing: Withdraw at least one week prior to the end of the semester and is passing.
WF = Withdrawal/Failing: Withdraw at least one week prior to the end of the semester and is failing.
A special designation grade must be made up within six weeks after the semester has ended or the student will automatically receive a failing grade (F).
A student must withdraw from a course on his or her own volition or at the advice of an instructor at any time prior to the deadline established by the office of DFMI School of Biblical Studies.
To withdraw from a course, the student must complete the appropriate course withdrawal form and return it to the office of DFMI School of Biblical Studies. Once the student has withdrawn from the course, his or her transcript will reflect the appropriate special designation.
A credit of hours will be extended to persons who have received training through a recognized school. Training time and tuition will be reduced in proportion to the amount of satisfactory credit from previous training. Transcripts will not be evaluated for credit until the student has been accepted. DFMI reserves the right to withhold recognition of credits received at any institution. Veterans receiving VA education benefits must submit evidence of prior training for evaluation for transfer credit.
In the event that illness or emergency causes a student to be absent on the day and time an exam is given, the student must provide appropriate written documentation justifying the absence to his or her instructor for approval. Absences during exams for vacations or ministry or business trips will not be excused. Only students who have received written approval from their instructors will be allowed to make up exams.
Exams must be made up at the times they are offered. Failure to make up an exam during the make up period will result in that exam not being made available to the student. Dates and times for makeup exams should be scheduled with the instructor. All regular exams and class assignments will be developed and administered by the instructor.
Students are recognized at the end of each semester for exceptional scholastic achievement in the following categories:
3.8 to 4.0 High Honor Roll
3.5 to 3.7 Honor Roll
We will also have a graduation ceremony for all students completing their certificate or degree program. Honor graduates will be acknowledged during the ceremony.
See section on “Academic Programs” in the catalog.
Overall, the following evaluation techniques will be used to evaluate student performance:
· Objective tests
· Written assignments
· Written compositions including essays
· Term papers
· Individual projects including notebooks, scrapbooks, prayer journals, etc.
· Book reports
· Speech evaluations
· Oral evaluations of preaching; and
· Audiotape audition for vocal technique performance.
Each course carries a reading assignment which weighs heavily toward the student’s final course grade. These books will also prove invaluable to building your ministerial library. Students are required to purchase textbooks prior to the start of class. The DFMI Bookstore carries required reading material as well as supplemental books for suggested reading applicable to each course topic.
Chapel Service is mandatory for all Bible School Students (except those who cannot make it because of employment obligations). Chapel Service is held every Monday morning from 5:00 pm. until 5:30 pm (South Campus) Zoom Classes