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Program Guidelines

Course Attendance

Course attendance for the Online Program is defined as posting at least one or more times to any area of the online classroom EACH week. The Online Program course week begins on Monday and ends the following Sunday.

You must meet the attendance minimum to stay active in the course. If you do not meet this attendance requirement (post in any area of the online classroom) for 14 consecutive days you will receive an AW for the course which may affect your financial aid funds for payment of the course. Financial aid and tuition adjustments will be calculated based on the day you last posted to the online classroom. Merely logging into the online classroom is not considered a posting for attendance or participation purposes.

Course Participation

You are expected to actively participate and contribute to the learning experience in your course. Participation means providing substantive comments, questions and contributions that advance the learning process for you and/or other students in the course. If you actively participate in the course, you should not have an attendance issue. For grading purposes, the faculty member will determine quality of postings for participation. Merely logging onto the classroom website is not considered posting for attendance or participation purposes.

Collaborative Learning

Online courses may incorporate one or more collaborative learning assignments that utilize “virtual teaming”. In collaborative assignments, a group of students works on and submits an assignment as a team.

Validation of Enrollment/Non-Attendance

Registration for each online course must be validated by attending class (posting one or more times to any area of the online classroom) during the first seven days of the term. Failure to validate enrollment when courses begin will result in a grade of NA (never attended) and removal from the course. An NA will be recorded on your transcript and financial aid funding may be affected.

Withdrawal Procedure

If you wish to withdraw from an active online course, you must notify your academic advisor by phone or email prior to the published last day to drop a class, which is the last day of the fifth week of the term. A grade of W will be recorded on your permanent record. Informing the course faculty member is not sufficient notice for a withdrawal.

If you do not withdraw from the course before the last day of the fifth week of the term, you will receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F as appropriate) in the course based on what work you did complete in the course in relationship to the total course requirements. The policy of attendance for the program is a minimum to stay registered in the course. Upper Iowa University does not distinguish among types of absences.

Administrative Withdrawal

Prior to the last date to withdraw, if a learner stops attending an online class (has not posted one or more notes to any area of the online classroom) for 14 consecutive days, the university will initiate an administrative withdrawal. A grade of AW will then be recorded in the student’s permanent record.

This will affect financial aid funding.

Technical Requirements

It is UIU’s goal to make the student’s online learning experience the best it can be. One way to achieve this goal is to ensure that certain essential tools are available when the student accesses their online courses. To ensure you meet the minimum requirements, take the technical requirements assessment.

Web-based Classroom

The UIU Online Program utilizes the Pearson LearningStudio (PLS) for your web-based classroom environment. All students who enroll in online courses are expected to complete the student orientation tutorial and have appropriate knowledge to use the system effectively. The classroom can be found at www.uiuonline.com. Students in the online classroom must activate their @peacocks.uiu.edu email. The system is supported by a 24/7 Helpdesk available at helpdesk@uiuonline.com or 800-553-4150. Failure to post correctly and submit assignments/exams as required does not provide the basis for appeals of tuition and/or resubmission of work.

Individuals interested in learning more about the online classroom can visit the Demo Course at www.uiuonline.com. The Demo Course offers individuals the opportunity to see what a course will look like using the Pearson LearningStudio.


As a candidate for graduation, regardless of whether you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must file an application for graduation with your academic advisor. There is an application fee of $65 to be paid whether you attend the commencement ceremony or not.