Southern Alberta Institute of Massage
~ POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ~

SAIM ClassAttendance

After three (3) absences in any one class without a reasonable excuse, the student will be required to attend a remedial review to determine if a mandatory withdrawal is necessary. A reasonable excuse must describe circumstances requiring the students absence (e.g. medical, family emergency).

After five (5) consecutive absences without a reasonable excuse, students will be terminated from the program and any loan funding received will be immediately cancelled. This is called a "deemed withdrawal". To provide a reasonable excuse, the student must contact the institution before or during the five absent days and this information will be recorded in the students file. The effective date of the students withdrawal will be the first day that the student was absent. The institution must use this effective date when following guidelines for reporting withdrawals and for refunding tuition. For students who are funded by a loan through Alberta Student Funding, the school will notify Advanced Education of the termination and funding will be immediately terminated.

To truly benefit from this program, you are strongly encouraged to attend all classes, tutorials and labs to familiarize yourself with all the program requirements related to attendance. You are expected to conform to the particular attendance requirements of a course.

Determination of Final Grade

At the beginning of each new program, you will be given a program outline. This outline specifies the program aims, objectives, topics, and the program evaluation to be used for credits and distribution of marks, penalties for late assignments and assigned reading. If there is a lot of change to the course outline as credits and distribution of marks, you will receive notice from your instructor.

Examination Policies

You are expected to complete final exams and are to be available for examinations up to the last day of examinations as specified. You may not take any notes, books, laptops, or related materials into the examination room, unless approved by your instructor. You may not enter an exam room after half an hour has elapsed from the start of the exam. Please note that students who have not paid their tuition will not be allowed to write their final exams.

You may not leave and enter the examination room during examination. Cigarette breaks or coffee breaks are not permitted. If you must use the washroom, the instructor must grant permission first. Respect the quiet atmosphere of the exam room, especially if you leave the room.

You are not permitted to talk during an examination or as you exit the room. Doing so can result in a zero for your exam mark. Students with special needs are responsible to make any necessary arrangements well in advance of the day of an examination.

Students at work at Southern Alberta Institute of MassageGrade Point Average

Calculation of your Grade Point Average is not an average of your final marks. Each class has a different value. We figure out the value for each class, then multiply your grade for that class by the value of that class to get your grade point. After we receive your grade point for all classes, we then add them all together and your grade point average is tallied accordingly. The grade point averages will only be calculated to a maximum of two decimal places.

Grade Reappraisals

- Faculty have the right and responsibility to provide program outlines, careful evaluation, and timely assignment of appropriate grades.
- There is the assumption that grades assigned are correct. Should you choose to appeal a grade, it is your responsibility to prove otherwise.
- In the absence of compelling reasons, such as instructor or clerical error, prejudice or capriciousness, the grade assigned by the instructor is considered final.
- It is taken into consideration that in many programs, there are no definite right or wrong responses and there are often multiple points of view and interpretations among students, faculty and recognized experts.
- Faculty and students must maintain respect and dignity for all parties.

Grounds for Appeal

  1. Compassion: If you have had personal problems or difficulties that have interfered with your academic performance, you may be able to appeal your grade. You must have documentation as it will be needed to support your claims.
  2. Merit of Work: If you think that your work was not accredited for what it was worth, you may be able to appeal.
  3. Discrimination: If you think that your grade was based on considerations other than on the merit of your work, you may be able to appeal.
  4. Harassment: If you feel you have been subjected to improper conduct, objectionable acts or comments by an individual causing personal intimidation or threat, and that the individual knew or ought reasonably to have known their actions would cause offence or harm, you may be able to appeal.