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General School Information

Course Participation

Prompt and regular online participation is required to successfully complete a course. More specific information on participation requirements is provided in the grading page of the “Getting Started” section of every Berklee Online course. In addition some instructors will provide detailed information on their policies in the announcement section of the course. It is important students review all of this information as each instructor has their own individual policies. Instructors may issue an unsatisfactory grade for non-credit courses or a failing grade for courses taken for credit due to lack of participation.

Failure to attend classes does not constitute an official withdrawal from courses. The grade of “F” for credit bearing courses and a grade of “Unsatisfactory” for non-credit courses will be recorded for failure to attend, complete, or properly withdraw. Please visit the Withdrawal and Refund page for more information on how to withdraw from a course.

Absences and Participation Requirements

Prompt and regular online participation is required to successfully complete all Berklee Online courses. The weekly lessons are cumulative; therefore, it is imperative that students stay current with their course work and assignments. In addition, student-to-student communication and collaboration are essential elements to the overall Berklee Online educational experience. Students who fall behind in their course work not only miss out on the cumulative curriculum but the community aspect of their course as well. Please read the policies and frequently asked questions regarding absences and student participation requirements below:

What should I do if I’m away for a few days?

If you plan to be away from your online course for a few days, please inform your instructor via a private message and/or e-mail. Make every effort to continue working on the course while you’re away. If this is not possible, make a plan with your instructor to catch up upon your return. Each instructor has his or her own policy for accepting late work. It is important that you contact your instructor as soon as possible to determine what, if any, arrangements can be made for your situation.

What should I do if I’m away for a week?

If you plan to be away for a week, please inform your instructor via a private message and/or e-mail. Make every effort to continue working on the course while you’re away. More specific information on participation requirements is provided in the grading page of the “Getting Started” section of every Berklee Online course. Instructors may issue an unsatisfactory grade for non-credit courses or a failing grade for courses taken for credit due to lack of participation. Each instructor has his or her own policy for accepting late work. It is important that you contact your instructor as soon as possible to determine what, if any, arrangements can be made for your situation.

What should I do if I’m falling behind in the course?

Students falling behind should make every effort to catch up as soon as possible. Contact your instructor via a private message and/or e-mail with a proposed plan to catch up for the instructor’s approval. It’s much harder to catch up the further behind you fall, so attempt to make a plan early on. More specific information on participation requirements is provided in the grading page of the “Getting Started” section of every Berklee Online course. Instructors may issue an unsatisfactory grade for non-credit courses or a failing grade for courses taken for credit due to lack of participation. Each instructor has his or her own policy for accepting late work. It is important that you contact your instructor as soon as possible to determine what, if any, arrangements can be made for your situation.

Can I get an extension to complete my work after the course ends?

Brief extensions are granted on a very limited, case-by-case basis. To qualify, you must have successfully completed at least two-thirds of the coursework by the last week of the course. To request an extension, send a private message and/or e-mail to the instructor, explaining the reason why an extension is needed, and outline a proposed plan for completing all coursework. An extension request must be submitted by the last day of the class and be approved by the course instructor to be in effect.

What should I do if I need to start the course late?

It is recommended that you begin your course promptly when the term begins. If you do need to start the course a few days late, contact your instructor via a private message and/or e-mail as soon as possible after the course has opened. We do not recommend a student start a course more than one week late.

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