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Academic Policy Overview

Further explanation and additional university policies can be located in the most recent Academic Catalog. Students are encouraged to review for thorough understanding.


Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty is a serious breach of conduct at North Central University and violations can result in serious discipline including the possibility of dismissal from the University. Academic dishonesty is defined as intentional plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, or attempting to help others to be dishonest which includes, but is not limited to, roster fraud and attendance deception.


Plagiarism is commonly defined as intentionally using the words, phrases, or ideas of another person as if they were your own. Direct quotations must be properly identified and cited. Standard protocols for acknowledgement of source is required when material from another source is copied directly, paraphrased, or summarized in an academic assignment.

The procedures for violating any academic integrity policy is listed in the most recent Academic Catalog located in Skyline.




Attendance for an online course at North Central University is assessed by student interaction utilizing the designated online platform.

Students meeting any one of these three criteria in a given calendar week will be deemed as having academically attended the course for that week if the student:

  • Submits an academic writing assignment due that week
  • Completes a required quiz or exam scheduled to be taken that week
  • Makes a meaningful discussion post that meets all of the following conditions:
    • Addresses the topic of the discussion for that week
    • Adds an additional academic aspect to the discussion by responding to another student or makes an original post relevant to the topic, and
    • Is submitted in the week for that week

Calendar weeks are counted from Monday to Sunday and include holidays.

Students who have not academically attended the course by midnight of day five of the course will be dropped administratively from the course.

Students whose absence from online activity totals more than two calendar weeks will be subject to mandatory withdrawal from the course, in accordance with university policies governing excessive absences.




For all 100 and 200 level courses, the following standards will apply:

Class MeetsCredit ValueAbsences Allowed

For 300, 400, and graduate-level courses, the instructors shall have the right to set any policy they choose, as long as it is not more stringent than allowing one classroom hour of absence for each credit.

*Class attendance Policy for Education Majors
Education Clinicals will be scheduled during the semester for 8 concurrent school days in order to meet state licensure requirements. In order to facilitate this for our Education students, an exception to the Attendance Policy will be granted for all students enrolled in EDUC350, EDUC351, and EDUC450. The Education Majors Attendance Policy will contain the following provisions:

  • Students will be excused from attending daytime classes during established clinical days, with the exception of evening and online classes.
  • Students are responsible for completing all make up work in a timely manner and should not be penalized for missed due dates. Students should maintain their workload in evening and online classes during this period with no extensions on due dates.
  • The faculty member teaching the class will receive an Education Attendance Exception Form from each Education major currently enrolled in a clinical at the earliest date possible. Students must obtain the Professor’s signature on a form and turn this in to the Education Office.


* Student Athletes
Student Athletes do have to miss class from time to time for athletic contests. Student Athletes will be given the opportunity to make up any class work, quizzes, or tests that are missed due to athletic events. Also, students who exceed the accepted number of class absences due to athletics events will be given an exception to the class absences policy. However, if a student Athlete exceeds the number of class absences by missing class for reasons other than an athletic event, the class policy will still be enforced.

Documented Disability

Students who have documented disabilities and wish to discuss academic accommodations should make an appointment with the professor within the first two weeks of the semester. Students with disabilities need to ensure that these disabilities or conditions are documented with the Student Success Center (not Academic Affairs or Academic Success Center).

Work Load Expectation

NCU Credit Hour Policy states that for every course credit hour, the typical student should expect to spend a minimum of three clock hours per week of concentrated attention on course-related work, including but not limited to time in class, as well as out-of-class time spent reading, reviewing, organizing notes, preparing for upcoming quizzes/exams, problem solving, developing and completing projects, and other activities that enhance learning. Thus, for a three credit course, a typical student should expect to spend a minimum of nine hours per week dedicated to the one course.

Adding the Class Late

Students who add the course after the first class meeting are held to the same syllabi expectations as students who start the course on the official start date. These expectations include, but are not limited to assignments and attendance policy. It is the responsibility of the student to make up missed assignments, class notes, etc. The professor is not responsible.

COVID-19 Classroom Safety Guidelines

Students are responsible for following all university health and safety guidelines, including those pertaining to the classroom environment. University guidelines are subject to change and will be communicated through official university communication channels, including but not limited to NCU email, the Skyline web portal, and the NCU website. Students are responsible to know and follow all updated guidelines throughout the course of the academic year.

Security – Emergency System

In the event of an emergency, North Central will send a notification message to the community via email, phone call, text message and social media.  The message will provide information about the emergency and the proper response.  All students and employees are automatically opted into the emergency notification system.  A student may change or update their information at: