Grade Appeal

Students who believe they have been unfairly graded can appeal for course grades. It is essential for students who are appealing a grade to keep in mind that the burden of proof lies with the student. A student's request for a grade adjustment can only be approved if they can demonstrate that their initially assigned grade was unfair or unreasonable.

Students who wish to appeal a grade must do so online within fourteen days after the end of the term. As a result, the Course Instructor can explain the rationale for the grade, and the student can also point out any mistakes or misjudgments in the grading process. Course Instructor and student discussions are often enough to get things back on track.

The Office of Academic Affairs must be notified whenever a course instructor decides to modify a student's grade. To address a Grade Appeal, the Course Instructor can raise, lower, or leave the student's final grade as-is at his or her own discretion. To reflect the new grades, the Office of Student Services will make the necessary adjustments to the student's academic record and overall grade point average.

A Grade Appeal Form can be requested from the student's Academic Advisor if the student and the Course Instructor cannot agree. Within 30 days after the term's end, the completed form must be submitted to the Academic Affairs Office at No appeals will be allowed after the deadline.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Student Services will review and process any grade appeals that have been submitted. Students are informed in writing of the decision of the Student Affairs Committee by the Office of Student Services. They have the last say, and the Committee's decisions are binding. As a result, the student's official academic record will include a record of the final judgment and any supporting documentation.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities.

IHLSI complies with all laws and regulations regarding the access of disabled individuals to education and works to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is denied the benefits of, or is excluded from participation in, any school program or activity.

Nondiscrimination Notice 

IHLSI will abide by all federal and state laws that forbid discrimination and related retribution on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age, genetic information, or veteran status both in the classroom and in online courses. Additionally, a climate free from prejudice based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression will be upheld.

Student Conduct 

All students enrolled at the Institute are required to adhere to the concepts of common decency and appropriate behavior, so as to foster a positive learning environment. The Student Guidebook has a thorough explanation of the Student Code of Conduct.


Students should also examine the Rules of Netiquette to learn more about how to engage with other students in an online discussion forum. 

Acts of Academic Dishonesty

  • Plagiarism, representing the work of another as one's own work;
  • Preparing work for another that is to be used as that person's own work;
  • Cheating by any method or means;
  • Knowingly and willfully falsifying or manufacturing scientific or educational data and representing the same to be the result of scientific or scholarly experiment or research;
  • Knowingly furnishing false information to a university official relative to academic matters;
  • Soliciting, aiding, abetting, concealing, or attempting conduct in violation of this code.

Academic Honesty

  • All students are expected to adhere to a strict code of academic honesty. You are expected and encouraged to work with others in the class in order to understand the material presented and the assigned problems. However, you are expected to complete the assignments on your OWN unless you are doing group projects.
  • Copying someone else's work is against school policy. Assignments that are substantially the same as someone else' will result in a reduction in grade. This reduction can range from lowering the grade to zero for the assignment.
  • When you submit any work that requires research and writing, it is very important to quote all the source materials. Any material cited in this course should use the style guide developed by the American Psychological Association (APA) for reference.


The most successful online students are self-motivated and possess solid time-management skills. Some students work well when determining their own deadlines and pace. IHLSI courses are conducted asynchronously with synchronous capability, allowing students to participate at any time of the day. However, at times students may be required to participate in course discussions. The time and date of these discussions are determined upon agreement by the instructor and the students. Full participation in every aspect of the course is not only required; it is essential to the online learning process.

All students are expected to complete all work assigned and to notify the teacher when emergencies arise that may affect regular participation in coursework. A course syllabus is provided in each course to assist students in planning effectively. Students should print a hard copy of the syllabus and use it to guide them in the completion of their coursework.

IHLSI offers flexible enrollment options for students. Planning adjustments may be made depending on individual course completion goals. As a baseline, students should plan to spend a minimum of 4-5 hours per day working on their online course requirements to remain on track for successful course completion. This time estimate includes planning for any required reading, research, participation in discussions and chats, and quizzes/exams and other course-related requirements occurring outside the classroom.

Students not demonstrating regular participation in coursework risk jeopardizing their chances of success and may be temporarily withdrawn from the course due to non-participation.

IHLSI assesses attendance using a performance-based system which includes monitoring of the following elements:

  • Frequent and regular submission of classroom assignments
  • Frequent and active participation in discussion forums
  • Participation in online chats as required
  • Performance on all required homework assignments, projects, quizzes and exams
  • The frequency and amount of time a student spends in the course

**The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the course calendar with prior notice given to the student

Communication Policy
To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, "any pace" still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with their course instructors or Adademic Advisor. 

Privacy Policy

International Holistic Life Sciences Institute is committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with this privacy statement, which governs the collection of personally identifiable information through the International Holistic Life Sciences Institute website, its related websites, and their content ("Website"), as well as the services available through this Website ("Services"). Read more

Title IX Statement 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as modified, prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in any educational program or activity run by beneficiaries of federal financial aid. As stipulated by Title IX, IHLSI does not discriminate on the basis of gender in any of its educational programs or activities, including admission and employment.

IHLSI is committed to establishing a sex-discrimination-free environment and provides a variety of supportive measures, such as resources and services, to aid students, professors, and staff. Sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and relationship violence have a significant influence on academic, social, professional, and personal life, and severely impact friends and family, fellow students, and members of the institution community.

To combat this complex social problem, IHLSI provides a variety of resources designed to prevent sexual violence and other forms of sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, provide information on what to do in the event of an incident, and raise awareness of campus and community resources for support and response.

Students, students, and staff who are victims of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, or interpersonal violence are encouraged to seek assistance and report the occurrence. IHLSI has hired a Title IX Coordinator to oversee the institution's reaction to Title IX reports and formal complaints, develop training and education programs/materials for faculty, staff, and students, and assess the efficacy of Title IX education activities.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator ( or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, or both.

We reserve the right to update or change any of these policies at any time, without notice. 

For other policies, please refer to Institute's Catalog.