Grading Systems and Policies

GRADING POLICY: Students in our IACT program are assessed on a criterion-referenced grading system, which is based on a fixed numeric scale (100-0) that equates to a letter mark (A-F), from which the faculty assign grades based on the individual performance of each student. There are some portions of our program that are judged on a pass/fail basis.

GRADING SCALE: Throughout the program, you will receive grades on individual assignments and class participation within each of the classes listed in our course catalog that comprise the IACT program. Most, if not all, of the individual classes within the IACT program are graded using a traditional A-F grading scale (A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=59 and below). In those instances when a pass/fail score is given, a passing grade is defined as meeting 75% or more of the requirements and objectives for any given exercise, assignment, or examination.

FEEDBACK: While the letter mark will appear on the transcripts, the students will receive more detailed feedback for most assignments. The Training Director aims to provide feedback on most assignments within 48 hours of their due date, although the longer paper assigned toward the end of the course may require a full week to complete for everyone. Students will also be provided written/oral feedback on their progress in the course bi-weekly throughout the course, or upon request if a student feels they are close to the pass/fail border line.

Writing Assessment Policy

The IACT program involves extensive writing exercises and papers. Therefore, average to above average proficiency in writing is essential to be successful in this program. In order to address this need and to ensure that all students admitted in the program are able to cope fairly well with the writing requirements, IACT instructors will use the assigned writing assignments during the first week of class to conduct a writing assessment for each student.

These proctored writing tasks will assess each student’s skill level in:

  • Organization (Logical organization, Coherence)
  • Level of Content (Synthesis of ideas, in-depth analysis)
  • Development (Main points, quality and quantity of support)
  • Grammar and Mechanics (Spelling, punctuation, grammar)
  • Style (Sentence structure, transitions, sentence variety)
  • Format
  • Ability to incorporate feedback in subsequent drafts/assignments

If the results of the assessments indicate that a student might benefit from extra help/tutoring, he/she will be required to meet with a writing instructor on a periodic basis to remedy any writing issues and to plan out the larger writing assignments involved in the Capstone project. This will be an ongoing process and may involve further assessment and/or remedial steps based on the discretion of the writing instructor and training director.

Attendance Policy

Your attendance makes up a portion of your grade for the IACT program. We take attendance daily and audit those results weekly. Attendance rate is based on a comparison of the scheduled program hours against the student’s actual attendance. Students are expected to attend all class sessions offered during their IACT program. If a student’s absences exceed 10% of the scheduled hours in the training program (or 40 hours), the student will be withdrawn from the program and receive certificates for the individual courses they completed.

Tardiness. Any student reporting to class more than 30 minutes late will be considered tardy. Students must notify one of our staff members if they are going to be tardy. Being tardy three times counts as one absence.

Missed Classes. If a student must miss any portion of the training for any reason, he/she must let the Training Director know (in advance, if possible, or immediately afterward if not) and then make every effort with the Training Director and instructor to make up any assignments not completed. It is the student’s responsibility to seek out the Training Director or other WSARC training staff to inquire about makeup work! Students have the option of making up classes by attending the same or similar class offered during the next course offering at the discretion of the Training Director. Any absence by a student who fails to report for class and does not notify our training staff within 24 hours will be considered an unexcused absence and make-up work will not be allowed.

Leave of Absence. Due to the amount of material covered in the IACT program at such a quick pace, we do not allow for a leave of absence. Any student missing more than 10% of scheduled classes is required to withdraw from IACT and must re-apply to complete the program.

Please see the Warning & Probation Periods, plus Dismissal section for more information on the steps that will be taken if a student does not meet the attendance requirements outlined here.

Warning & Probation Periods, Plus Dismissal (Academic or Attendance)

Students may be placed on probation for either academic or attendance reasons, as outlined here. If a student has <75% GPA at the end of any week, he/she will be placed on Warning for two weeks, after which the Training Director will review his/her progress. If a student misses 32-hours of class (or 8%), he/she will be placed on Warning Status.

If the student fails to maintain a 75% GPA while in Warning Status, the student will be placed on Probation for two additional weeks. If the student misses 40-hours of class (or 10%), he/she will be placed on Probation.

If the student still fails to achieve a 75%+ GPA, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. If the student misses more than 40-hours of class (or more than 10%), he/she will be withdrawn from the program. At the point it becomes mathematically impossible for a student to complete the program or reach the minimum GPA or Attendance Rate by the scheduled ending date of the term they will be withdrawn from the program.

If a student is removed from the program for these reasons, our staff will notify the student’s educational benefits provider (if applicable), the VA (if applicable), and our Security Director (to cease processing of the student’s security clearance).

Students will be issued individual certificates for each of the blocks they successfully completed. The student’s transcript will reflect the received letter grades for any blocks successfully completed and “W”’s for all blocks that occur after the student was withdrawn from the program.

Additional tutoring and/or remediation is available, upon written request to the Training Director or School Director, for any section of the IACT program from the individual instructor or our training staff.

Grievance Procedure

Any student with a grievance/concern about our training programs or administration is encouraged to communicate with the Director of Training in person or by email ( If the grievance/concern is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student is encouraged to contact the School Director at any time (

If the student’s grievance is still not settled to his/her satisfaction, the student has the right to contact the State of Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools via any of the following means:

30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481

Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414

(614) 446-2752 (phone)

(614) 466-2219 (fax)

(877) 275-4219 (Toll Free) (email) (website)