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Academic Information


Time and length of class:
All classes are taught on Monday and Tuesday evening beginning at 7:00pm and ending at 9:00pm.  Each class is 55 minutes long.  Each quarter is approximately 8 weeks in length.

Each class will start promptly.  If you are tardy, please take a seat at the back of the class in order to avoid being disruptive.

Class 1 will begin at 7:00pm and end at 7:55pm
Class 2 will begin at 8:05pm and end at 9:00pm

There is a 10 minute break between classes in order to use the restroom, get a drink of water, and stretch your legs.  Please, do these things during the break and not during class.

Ministry Hours:
Each second-year student is required to earn five or more ministry hours per quarter, in order to receive credit for that quarter.  Hours can be obtained from volunteering at any ministry function that has been approved by the Director.  You will be required to record the time and function and have the signature of your immediate supervisor.  Excess hours can carry over to the next quarter only.

Grading system:
The grading system at SLSM will be by letter grade using the 4 point system.  They are set as follows:

                             Scores                             GPA
A                          100-92                            4.0-3.6
B                            91-83                            3.5-2.7
C                            82-74                            2.6 -1.8
D                            73-65                            1.7-0.9
F                             64-0                              0.8-0.0


Any grade less than 74 / 1.8 is a failing grade and the student will not receive credit for the class.  In order to receive credit for the course, the student must retake the course and pass with 74 GPA or above.  In order to receive a One-year certificate you must have 16 credits and to receive a Two-year Diploma you must have 32 credits and have 5 documented Ministry Hours for each of the last four quarters.  Anyone not fulfilling these requirements will not receive a certificate/diploma.

Exams:
Examinations are selected and given by each instructor.  There will be a final exam for each class on the last night of the quarter.  Each exam will have a minimum number of 25 questions.

Registration and Tuition:
Registration and tuition is due one week prior to the beginning of each quarter.  Tuition is due in full before you will be allowed to take final exams.  If there is a financial need, see the Director.

Any one wishing to take individual classes without being in the 2 year diploma program may do so.  The cost is $50 per course.  We encourage everyone who cannot be in the 2 year program to take classes as they are able.

Refund Policy:
If for any reason a student withdraws from school after registration, the tuition will be pro-rated and the refund will be mailed to the payor within 30 days or applied to the next quarter, if the student prefers.  In order to receive a refund, the student must officially withdraw via written request.  The refund will be determined by the number of classes that has taken place before withdrawal and the price of class material that the student has received.

Cell Phone Policy:
Please turn all cell phones off or on silent mode in order to prevent disrupting class.

Dress Code Policy:
The dress code policy for SLSM is:
Modest apparel only, please.  No shorts, halters, tank tops, or mini skirts.
We do not want someone’s dress to be disruptive or offensive to others.
This is a non-smoking facility.

Attendance Policy:
The attendance policy for SLSM reflects the importance placed on fulfilling God’s purpose for each individual.  You cannot learn and mature if you consistently miss class.
Each course has approximately eight 55 minute classes.  Each student is allowed 2 absences per class per quarter.  Anyone missing 3 or more classes will not receive credit for the class, nor be allowed to take the final.  If there is an emergency or hardship that comes up, please see the Director for assistance.
Tardiness is greatly discouraged.  Entering a class after it has begun is disruptive to the instructor and other students.  If you are late, please take a seat at the back of the class room to avoid being disruptive.  Being tardy two times will equal one absence.  Students are not to leave class after it has started, except in case of emergency.  There will be a 10-minute break between classes each night.

Each student is required to regularly attend church services at a church of their choice.

Classroom Etiquette:
Students must not talk during class.  If you have a question, write it down and either ask it during an instructor’s question and answer period or give it to him/her after class.  The instructor will try his/her best to answer your question promptly.  We ask that you do not talk to other students during class, as this is not only disruptive to that student but also to the whole class.  We are here to help you mature in your place in the body, but we must have set guidelines in order to make that possible.  We want to get the maximum gain from each class and we can only do that with your assistance.  Please, clean up your desk area before you leave.

Class CDs:
Each class will be recorded for the benefit of our students.  CDs will be made available to our registered students at the cost of $3.50 per CD. 
You must pay for the CD at the time of order.  These CDs are not made to be used as a correspondence course for unregistered students.  Please, do not duplicate and distribute these CDs.  Your purchase of the CD implies concurrence with this policy.

Food and Drink:
In order to provide a good learning atmosphere, we ask that you do not bring food into the classroom.  We also ask that you bring only drinks with a closable top in order to prevent spills.  We must be good stewards of the space God has provided and not cause undue problems that food and drink can cause, such as insects and stained carpet.

Visitors:
Please, do not bring visitors to class with you.  This causes a disruption to the other students, is unfair to the visitor because they have not had the privilege of hearing the teaching that preceded that night’s, and is generally not conducive to a good learning environment.  If someone is interested in becoming a student, please have them call 478 477-9727 and speak with the Director.

By registering as a student and attending classes, you imply agreement with all rules and regulations set forth by SLSM.