Academic Life

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Academic Life

For complete academic policies, see Alberta Bible College Academic Calendar.

Someone once said, “Don’t let school get in the way of your education.” It is true that there is much to learn that happens away from school. At the same time, there is much to learn in an academic setting. At Alberta Bible College (ABC), we strongly desire that you will be transformed through your classes. Therefore, we work hard to go beyond simple information to things that will change you. Still, you have to know the information to get there.


Full-time students (those taking twelve hours or more for credit) who obtain a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better, will be placed on the “Honour Roll” for each semester. Those receiving 3.5 or better will be listed as “First Class Honours.” “Honour Roll” computation is based solely on work taken through ABC.

Auditing a course

If you want to attend a class but are not concerned about receiving credit, you may audit the class for a lesser price. You must get permission from the instructor. There may be some restrictions on your involvement in the class.


% G.P.A. Comment
A+ 97-100 4.0 -EXCELLENT-
Displays superior performance and demonstrates excellent accomplishment of learning outcomes
A 94-96 4.0
A- 90-93 3.7
B+ 85-89 3.3 -VERY GOOD-
Above average performance demonstrates a very good level of accomplishment of learning outcomes
B 80-84 3.0
B- 75-79 2.7
C+ 70-74 2.3 -SATISFACTORY-
Average performance and basic level of accomplishment of learning outcomes
C 65-69 2.0
C- 60-64 1.7
Marginal performance and minimum understanding of content.
D 50-56 1.0
F Below 50 0 -FAILING-
Unsatisfactory performance failure to meet course requirements

Assignments and Exams

Every course has objectives that the instructor works to accomplish in you. Assignments and exams help to fulfill these objectives in two ways: They help you learn the information and skills. They also help the instructor evaluate you on this information and skills. Even exams are designed to help you learn the material and skills. First and second year courses usually have more, smaller assignments and tests. Third and fourth year courses usually have less assignments but these require more intensive study and are usually longer. At any college or university, you should plan to spend at least 2 hours doing homework for every hour you spend in class. Most classes run for 2.5 hours per week. This means you should plan on about 5 hours per week of homework for each class. Full time students spend about 15 hours in class. This means you should plan on about 30 hours of homework each week. In case you forget what you learned in English 30, we have ABC Writing Guidelines available both online and hard copy in the Learning Resource Centre. You will find some very useful information there.

Assignment Extensions

Late assignments usually lose 3-5% each day. If you have a very good reason, you can request an extension on your assignment. You must initiate this process before the due date. You must use an Extension Form (available in the front office). The instructor may or may not grant the extension. The extension time is one week.


If there are very serious circumstances so that you are not able to complete your assignments by the end of the semester, you may ask permission to take an Incomplete. Again, you must initiate this process ahead of time and use the Incomplete Form (available in the office). The instructor may or may not grant the incomplete. If the request is granted, your course grade so far will be submitted with an “I.” You then have three weeks to finish your assignments. Then the instructor gives the new grade to the office. If you still do not complete, your existing grade will remain. Grading: You find out how you are doing in class by your grades. These come from a variety of things including class participation (attendance and attitude), assignments and exams.

If you receive scholarship funding for your program, the condition for this is a 2.0 G.P.A. (65% average) for any semester to which the scholarship funding is applied, unless otherwise stated.

Receiving your grades

Grades may be accessed throughout the semester on our course management system, Populi. At college, your report cards are called “Transcripts”. Transcripts are available within four weeks of the end of each semester if you have fulfilled all business requirements. ABC reserves the right to send transcripts to parents or others who sponsor you financially.

Appealing your grades

If you think you have been graded unfairly on an assignment or a whole course, you can do the following.

  1. First discuss your concern with the instructor.
  2. If necessary, write to the Director of Learning Services within four weeks of receiving the grade.
  3. The Director will arrange a meeting with the instructor to discuss the matter and hopefully arrive at a mutual agreement.
  4. If you are still not satisfied, an independent and objective arbiter will receive all the relevant information and make a final decision within four weeks of receiving the information.

It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure your transcripts are accurate.

Academic probation and suspension

We realize that not all students get ‘A’s but we hope that all students can do well. However, if your semester grade point average falls below 2.0, you are placed on Academic Probation. (Your first semester at ABC is usually exempt.) This means that you have another semester to improve. If you do, that is great! If your semester average stays below 2.0, you will be notified that you are on Academic Suspension for one year. This means that you may only take four (4) credit hours each semester. The hope is that you can focus on this course and raise your marks. If at the end of that year your marks are above 2.0, you may ask to re-enter full-time studies. Note also that all scholarships are dependent on maintaining a 2.0 G.P.A. When you finish a semester below 2.0 your scholarship will be charged back to your account.

Attendance Policies

Absences and lates: To get something from a class, you are expected to be present at least 80% of the time. If not, you are in danger of not receiving a grade for that class. In Canadian culture, being on time for appointments is important. Occasional lateness may happen to anyone. Consistent lateness is simply rude and disrespectful. Being on time is a life skill that you need to have. If your absence or late is for medical reasons, a doctor’s note should be provided.

Withdrawing from a course

To withdraw or change courses, you must fill out the Course Withdrawal Form (available in the office), get it signed by both the instructor and the Dean of Learning Services and return it to the office.

  • If you withdraw from a course during the first week of class, you receive a tuition credit. There are no refunds after the first week.
  • If you withdraw after the first week of class, and are passing the course at that point, you will receive a WP; if you are not passing, you will receive a WF and this will affect your average.
  • You may not withdraw from a class after 10 weeks of the semester. Some exceptions may be made for medical or compassionate reasons.

Intellectual Integrity and Academic Dishonesty

At ABC, we hope that you will develop morally as well as intellectually. Therefore we expect you to show an intellectual integrity in your school work – hopefully reflecting your growth and maturity in Christ.

Intellectual integrity means that you will not take part in dishonest practices like plagiarism or cheating. Plagiarism means taking the work or words of another and passing it off as your work or words. It might be using someone else’s paper entirely or partially. Or it might mean handing in something that you already handed in for another class without the prior agreement of the instructor. Cheating means communicating answers to another student, using material that you are not allowed to use in the exam, or reading answers from another student’s exam. And, if you consciously help another person with plagiarism or cheating, you are also being academically dishonest.

If an instructor or the Dean is convinced that you have cheated or plagiarized, you will normally fail that assignment or exam and be placed on probation. If you do it again, you will normally fail that course and be expelled from ABC for at least one year.