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					    English Language Institute
                   Central Michigan University

                        STUDENT HANDBOOK

Updated February 2008

                                       Table of Contents
The ELI Office ···················································································· page 3

Welcome to the ELI ·············································································· page 4

ELI Programs and Curriculum ·································································· page 5

ELI and CMU Academic Advising ···························································· page 7

ELI Placement Test ··············································································· page 7

Admissions Policy ················································································ page 8

ELI Class Registration ··········································································· page 11

ELI Proficiency-Level Advancement Policy ················································· page 12

ELI Classroom Policies ·········································································· page 13

Mid-Term and Final Class Evaluations ······················································· page 14

ELI/CMU Grade Grievance Policy ···························································· page 14

ELI Academic Dismissal Policy ································································ page 16

Tuition and Housing Payment Information ··················································· page 17

                                    The ELI Office
Anspach 002
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Phone: (989) 774-1717 or (989) 774-2567
Fax: (989) 774-7106

Office Hours:
The ELI office is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Office Staff:
Director: Chris Dunsmore
Office Professional: Rae Barrett

Office Services:
English Proficiency Testing
ELI class placement
ELI class registration
Student advising (language classes and related matters)
Consultation with prospective students
ELI student record maintenance

                                Welcome to the ELI
I. Description of the English Language Institute:

        The English Language Institute (ELI) at Central Michigan University (CMU) was
established in 1992 to provide English courses for international non-degree, undergraduate, and
graduate students. The ELI prepares international students for academic classes and helps
university-enrolled international students achieve greater academic success. To meet these goals,
ELI students practice academic tasks such as writing research papers, giving oral presentations,
and participating in group discussions and projects.
        In addition to English instruction, the ELI provides orientation, conversation partners,
cultural experiences, social events, and recreational activities.

Every semester, students in the English Language Institute participate in trips to local
destinations of cultural and recreational interest. Students have enjoyed canoeing, shopping,
skating, bowling, watching sporting events, and visiting the State Capitol and local schools and

II. Instructors and Instructional Approach:

The ELI instructors are highly-trained professionals. Most have advanced degrees in
Teaching English as a Second Language or Linguistics, and many have lived or taught in
countries outside the United States. Many have studied foreign languages themselves and,
therefore, understand the difficulties faced by second-language learners in their classrooms.

While instructors in the ELI may utilize a variety of different approaches to teaching, the
Communicative Approach still dominates our philosophy. The Communicative Approach
is based on the idea that people learn languages primarily because they want to
communicate with others. As such, we seek to increase our students’ ability to produce (not
only recognize or understand) English that is adequate for both academic and non-
academic situations.

                        ELI Programs and Curriculum
The ELI curriculum was developed by ESL professional instructors and reviewed by the English
Department and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences curriculum committees. It was
approved by the Academic Senate of Central Michigan University. The last revision of the
curriculum was implemented in the fall semester, 2006.

I. The Intensive English Program (IEP):

The Intensive English Program offers personal attention in small classes, recreational activities,
social events, and 18 hours of ESL instruction per week. The IEP is for:
     Students who have no TOEFL scores
     Students who have TOEFL scores below 61iBT (500 pbt or 173 cbt)
     Students who want to study only English

There are three levels of instruction in the IEP (Level1: Beginning, Level 2: Intermediate, Level
3: High Intermediate) and three courses for each level. The courses are described below:

Intensive Program Classes
      Course                               Course Description                          Contact

 Integrated Skills      The primary emphasis of this class is on listening,               8
(ELI 051,ELI 061,       speaking and pronunciation skills; reading, writing, and
     ELI 071)           grammar are also emphasized.

     5 credits
  Reading and           The Reading and Writing classes focus on developing               7
     Writing            analytical reading and writing skills. Students will read
(ELI 052, ELI 062,      texts and then respond both informally and formally in
    ELI 072)            writing. Integrating reading and writing will help the
                        students to acquire new vocabulary and grammatical
    4 credits           structures.
   Grammar              Grammar classes will work on improving the accuracy of            3
(ELI 053, ELI 063       students’ overall language ability. Considerable time
    ELI 073)            will be given to problematic areas such as verb tenses
                        and developing the ability to construct simple and more
      3 credits         complex sentence structures.

II. Dual Program:
The Dual Program is for:
    Students with TOEFL scores between 61iBT and 78iBT (500 -547 pbt or 173 -210 cbt),
    Students who place into this level on the ELI Placement Test,
    Students who have successfully completed the Intensive Program.

The Dual Program has one level (Level 4: Advanced) and is primarily for CMU conditionally-
admitted degree-seeking students. Some non-degree students may also take Level Four classes
with permission. There are four classes in the Dual Program (there are separate writing classes
for graduate and undergraduate students). The courses are described below:

Dual Program Classes
    Course                                Course Description                              Hrs.

Speaking and       This course focuses on speaking and listening and note-taking           4
Listening          skills required for success at the university level. Students listen
                   to a variety of materials, take notes, and respond to tasks either
ELI 081            orally or in writing. Speaking tasks will mirror those students
                   will encounter in their academic classes. Students give oral
                   presentations, group presentations, and participate in group
                   discussions. Some attention is given to pronunciation as well.
Advanced           This course focuses on reading academic texts. Students practice        3
Reading            guessing meaning in context; understanding sentence structures,
                   main ideas, and details; skimming; and scanning. In addition to
ELI 082            reading, students are required to respond to readings in an oral or
                   written format and often lead group discussions on reading
                   selections of their choice.
Advanced           This course focuses on advanced structures such as complex verb         3
Grammar            tenses and modals, noun and adjective clauses, and passives.
                   Attention is given to form and meaning, with considerable
ELI 083            emphasis placed on use. The goal is to reduce student error in
                   the context of the student’s oral or written work.

Advanced           This course focuses on writing academic texts. Students review          3
Writing            paragraph structure and move quickly to different types of essay
(Undergrad)        structures. By the end of the course, students will be integrating
                   source material into their texts.
ELI 084
Writing            This course focuses on writing graduate-level academic texts.           3
Seminar            Students review essay structure with source integration and
(Grad)             practice different types of academic writing tasks such as data
                   commentary, summary and critique, and research paper writing.
ELI 094

                     ELI and CMU Academic Advising
I. ELI Class Advising:
Please see the Director of the ELI for advising related to English Language Institute courses.
Call 774-2567 for an appointment. The Director will help you choose appropriate ELI courses
and help you understand the CMU registration system if needed. The ELI Director may not be
the best person to answer questions related to CMU courses or UP (Undergraduate Program)

II. CMU Class Advising:
Your advisor for regular CMU courses is determined by where you live. Please consult the
CMU website or Undergraduate or Graduate Bulletins to locate your advisor. This person will
help you determine which regular courses you should be taking. Your academic advisor may
consult with the Director of the ELI if necessary.

                                    ELI Placement Test
I. Description
Using the CMU English Language Institute Placement Test, students will be tested in five skill
areas (speaking, writing, reading, grammar, and listening) before they begin their first semester
of study. The test results will determine which courses students take.

If ELI Placement Test
                                       Students enroll in                       Credit Hours
    results indicate:
                                                                           12 credit hours of ELI
   Intensive Program               Intensive Program classes                      courses
   Courses Required                     From Levels 1-3                   (18 hours of instruction
                                                                                 per week)

 Dual Program Courses              Dual Level 4 classes and                 3-13 credits of ELI
       Required                   CMU classes (if admitted to             courses and the balance
                                           CMU)                            of 12 or 13 credits in
                                                                               CMU courses

II. ELI Placement Test Policy

   1. You have the right to view the results of your placement test in a timely manner. This report will
      be in the form of a test report sheet that will contain:

           (1) your placement information: Intensive, Dual, or No English Required
           (2) your percentage score on each subtest of the placement test

       This will be made available to you within two business days of having taken the test. You must
       stop by the ELI Director’s office in Anspach 002 to pick up your results and sign up for the
       appropriate classes if needed. Results will NOT be sent to you.

       The range of percentages for each level in the ELI Intensive and Dual Programs will be posted on
       the ELIPT Bulletin Board in the ELI Office (Anspach 002). Students may compare their
       percentages to the different levels in each program.

   2. You have the right to have your results on any portion of the placement test explained to you. For
      test security purposes, you will NOT be allowed to view the actual questions and answers you
      selected. You will, however, be given an explanation of the subject matter you missed. For
      example, if you missed a grammar question dealing with infinitives vs. gerunds, we will explain
      that to you. Make an appointment with the ELI Director if you wish to request such an

   3. You have the right to see the scoring rubrics used to grade the writing sub-test and your speaking
      sub-test. You may make an appointment with the ELI Director or Testing Coordinator to discuss
      how these rubrics are used to rate your performance. (These rubrics are posted on the ELIPT
      Bulletin Board in the ELI office – Anspach 002)

   4. You have the right to review your essay from the writing portion of the exam and have your
      results explained to you. For test security purposes, you may NOT keep the essay. Please make
      an appointment with the ELI Director to do this.

   5. You have the right to view the ELI Testing Series Report based on a study of the test conducted
      by Dr. Leslie Grant, the former CMU professor who developed the test. This report explains how
      well the ELI Placement Test performs its mission of placing you into ELI classes. It also explains
      how the ELIPT relates to the paper-based TOEFL. If you would like to see a copy of this report,
      please contact the ELI Director.

   6. You have the right to request a re-test. You may make an appointment with the ELI Director to
      explain your request. If the Director determines your reasons to be valid, a re-test will be given at
      a time and place to be determined by the Director. All re-tests must be done within the first week

                                    Admissions Policy
I. Undergraduate Students:
Undergraduate students with TOEFL scores equal to or above 79 iBT (550 pbt, 213 cbt) may be
admitted to CMU as REGULAR students if they meet all other admissions criteria. No English
Language Institute classes are required.

Undergraduate students with TOEFL scores from 69 iBT (500 pbt, 173 cbt) to 78 iBT (547 pbt,
210 cbt) may be CONDITIONALLY admitted (assuming all other requirements are met) and
must take ELI courses in the DUAL program. The number of courses taken will be determined
by the sub-test scores on the ELI Placement Test. Students having two or more courses to
complete will be required to take at least two Dual ELI courses per semester. Students who fail
ELI Dual program courses will be required to REPEAT those courses the following semester IN
ADDITION to the two-course per semester policy. This means that failing ELI courses will
result in your having fewer opportunities to take CMU degree courses. Remember that taking
CMU degree courses is a privilege not a right when you are a Dual Program student. Any

exceptions to this policy must be discussed and agreed upon by the department of your major and
the ELI Director.

Conditional students must complete the Dual program to change their status to REGULAR
admission. No further ELI courses will be required after a student successfully passes the Dual

II. ELI Only Students:
Prospective undergraduate students with TOEFL scores below 69 iBT (500 pbt, 173 cbt) may
apply to the English Language Institute and take courses in the INTENSIVE program until they
have achieved the proficiency level needed to enter the DUAL program. At this point, the
students may re-apply to CMU. If accepted, such students will be CONDITIONALLY admitted
and may start their academic programs while taking their required DUAL program courses in the

If you applied only to the English Language Institute and decide you would like to take regular
CMU classes after completing the ELI Intensive Program, you must apply for admission as
either a graduate or undergraduate student. Admission to the ELI does NOT mean that you
are admitted to CMU; that is a separate application, and it must be processed BEFORE
you can register for any classes other than ELI classes. Graduate students should contact
Graduate Studies in Foust Hall; undergraduate students should contact the Office of
International Education in the Bovee University Center.

III. Bridge Program Students:
The Bridge Program is for students who have not met either the regular (79 iBT) or conditional
(61 iBT) admission TOEFL standards, but meet all other requirements for admission to CMU as
undergraduate students. Students that are accepted into the Bridge Program at CMU are
CONDITIONALLY admitted undergraduate students and have no TOEFL scores required.
Bridge students agree to take the ELI Placement Test and to complete any language requirements
determined by the test results. These students will be allowed to begin their academic programs
once they have completed the Intensive English Program and become Dual program students.
As Dual program students, Bridge students will take up to two ELI English courses along with
regular CMU courses in their academic disciplines. Once all Dual program classes are
completed, Bridge students will become REGULARLY admitted students. No further ELI
courses will be required after a student successfully passes the Dual program.

The difference between accepted Bridge Program Students and ELI only students is that Bridge
Program Students are guaranteed admission to CMU if they successfully complete all ELI

Changing your admissions status through submitting updated TOEFL scores:
All CONDITIONALLY admitted undergraduate students should complete their ELI Dual
Program courses in the first two or three semesters (not including summer) at CMU or submit a
new TOEFL score to the Office of International Education at least two weeks prior to the
beginning of the semester. In this case the student must still complete his or her current ELI
courses with a passing grade (C or better) to have their status changed from conditional to
regular admission.

Words of Caution
As an undergraduate, Bridge, or ELI only international student, you are required to register for at
least 12 credit hours of classes. Dropping below this number or not attending ELI classes violates
the conditions of your student visa status; any such changes must be discussed with the ELI
director and the Office of International Education. Not successfully completing a required ELI
course could result in a denial by the university to change your conditional admittance status.

If you are a CMU conditionally admitted undergraduate student, your first obligation is to
fulfill your English proficiency requirement – that is the CONDITION of your admission.
Therefore, while taking academic courses is important, your focus should be on developing
your English proficiency first. The ELI will make every effort to fit your regular academic
courses into your semester schedule. However, where there is a conflict between regular
academic classes and ELI classes, ELI classes will have first consideration. This means you
may be required to drop an academic course if it conflicts with a required ELI course.

IV. International Graduate Students:
For MOST of CMU’s international graduate students, there are three types of admission based
on TOEFL scores only.

    1. TOEFL scores of 79 iBT (550 pbt, 213 cbt) and above = Regular Admission: no ELI test
       or ELI courses required. (NOTE: Some departments like MSA, MBA, and MSIS may
       have higher TOEFL iBT speaking and writing sub-score standards for regular
       admission – check with your department)
    2. TOEFL scores between 61 and 78 iBT (500 -547 pbt, 173-210 cbt) Conditional
       Admission: ELI entrance test required + enrollment in ELI DUAL PROGRAM.
    3. TOEFL scores below 61 iBT (500 pbt, 173 cbt) NO GRADUATE ADMISSION
       POSSIBLE: Student may apply to the ELI Only for enrollment in ELI INTENSIVE
       PROGRAM .

(If a graduate application has been submitted, it will be kept on file in the College of Graduate
Studies for one year, and will be considered when the applicant has placed in the ELI Dual
Program or submitted other acceptable proof of English proficiency.)

(You should be aware that even if you meet the TOEFL requirement for regular admission, you may be given
conditional admission if your department requires you to take prerequisites or places other conditions on you)

Words of Caution:
Students MUST take their ELI courses seriously or failure will likely result. ELI classes are just
as demanding as regular academic courses. ELI courses require a grade of ―C‖ or higher to pass.
Remember that students must repeat (and pay tuition for) any class they fail until a passing score
is achieved.

If you are a CMU conditionally admitted graduate student with an ELI requirement, your
first obligation is to fulfill your English proficiency requirement. Therefore, while taking
academic courses is important, your focus should be on developing your English
proficiency first. The ELI will make every effort to fit your regular academic courses into

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your semester schedule. However, where there is a conflict between regular academic
classes and ELI classes, ELI classes will have first consideration. This means you may be
required to drop an academic course if it conflicts with a required ELI course.


                              ELI Class Registration

I. Intensive Program Students:
Intensive Program students cannot register for ELI classes on their own. They must register
through the Director of the English Language Institute. The best time to sign up for classes is
when you receive your initial placement results or at the end of each semester when you get your
final grades.

II. Dual Program Students:
Dual program students admitted to CMU may sign up for regular CMU classes during phase I or
Phase II registration periods (see the CMU Class Schedule book that is printed every semester
for your assigned registration time). You can sign up for these classes using the CMU on-line
computer registration system found through your student portal. Please pick up a copy of the
ELI course schedule before you do this, however, to make sure your regular classes will not
conflict with ELI courses. Remember that ELI classes will take priority over your regular
courses. You will sign up for ELI classes through the ELI Director at the end of each
semester. You cannot sign up for ELI Dual Program courses through the computer system.

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              ELI Proficiency-Level Advancement Policy

ELI classes do not result in a reported grade; they will not affect your CMU grade point average.
They are classified as non-degree courses and are graded on a credit/ no credit system. Credit /
no credit is determined by your total percentage achieved in each class. Students must achieve
an overall percentage of 74% or higher in each class to receive a passing (credit) score. Failure
to do so will result in having to repeat and pay for the course in its entirety.

I. Intensive Program Advancement:
Students complete the Intensive Program by passing all required courses determined by the
initial ELI placement procedures or subsequent teacher written recommendations; no final
examination is required to test out of the program. Advancement generally follows the course
sequence depending on initial placement test results—from Level 1 to Level 2, etc. For example,
students who take ELI 062 (Reading Writing II) in the fall semester and receive a C (74%) or
better in the class will take ELI 072 (reading Writing III) in the spring semester. In rare cases, an
exceptional student may be allowed to skip a class or classes in a subsequent semester based on
WRITTEN instructor recommendations. These written recommendations must come from ALL
of the instructors who taught the student during the previous semester and must be unanimous.
Class grades, although important, will not be a sufficient reason to recommend a student into a
higher level; all instructors must agree that the student’s language development would be better
served by the move than by staying in his/her current level.

II Dual Program Advancement:
Students move through the Dual Program by successfully completing required coursework (74%
or higher course grades). Students having two or more courses to complete will be required to
take at least two Dual ELI courses per semester. Students who fail ELI Dual program courses
will be required to REPEAT those courses the following semester IN ADDITION to the two-
course per semester policy. This means that failing ELI courses will result in your having fewer
opportunities to take CMU degree courses. Remember that taking CMU degree courses is a
privilege not a right when you are a Dual Program student. Any exceptions to this policy must
be discussed and agreed upon by the department of your major and the ELI Director.

III. Advancement through TOEFL scores:
Some students may choose to take the TOEFL test during the semester. The TOEFL subtest
scores are NOT recognized by the ELI for individual class placement. However, if Intensive
Program students take the TOEFL and receive between a 61 and 78 iBT score, they may enter
the Dual Program the following semester. If the students score 79 or higher on the iBT, they will
have no additional English required starting the following semester.

NOTE: If you take the TOEFL and receive the appropriate score to change your status
(Dual or No English Required), official copies of your score must be submitted to the
Graduate School Admissions Office (if you are a graduate student) or Office of
International Education (undergraduate students) at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of
a semester in order to take effect that semester.

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Please note that the ELI programs were not designed to teach you how to take the TOEFL; they
were designed to improve your English ability and your knowledge of American academic
culture. Our classes are difficult by design to give you the greatest chance of success at CMU.
Passing the TOEFL may get you into the university, but you will have missed all the benefits
ELI courses would have provided. Sometimes the easiest way meet your language requirement
is not the best way.

                               ELI Classroom Policies

I. Attendance Policy:
The English Language Institute requires at least 80% attendance for each course to receive credit
for each course. Students who exceed 20% absenteeism will not receive credit for the course.

II. Tardiness:
To insure the most effective use of class time, all students must come to class on time. If a
student does not arrive to a class at the scheduled start time, the student will be considered tardy.
Excessive tardiness may result in additional absences (review your instructor’s syllabus for
his/her tardiness policy).

III. Plagiarism:
Copying another student’s work or taking information from an outside source and submitting it
as your own is considered cheating and is a serious academic offense. All outside information
must be cited and credit given to the original source.

Plagiarism is intentionally or carelessly presenting the work of another as one’s own. It
includes submitting an assignment purporting to be the student’s original work which has
wholly or in part been created by another person. It also includes the presentation of the
work, ideas, representations, or words of another person without customary and proper
acknowledgement of sources. Students must consult with their instructors for clarification in
any situation in which the need for documentation is an issue, and will have plagiarized in any
situation in which their work is not properly documented.

If plagiarized information is submitted, the instructor will likely give the assignment a
failing grade. Your instructor will use the internet to check your papers and will easily find out
if you have plagiarized, so DONT DO IT!

1. Every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks or appropriate indentation and
must be properly acknowledged by parenthetical citation in the text or in a footnote or endnote.
2. When material from another source is paraphrased or summarized in whole or in part in one’s
own words, that source must be acknowledged in a footnote or endnote, or by parenthetical
citation in the text.
3. Information gained in reading or research that is not common professional knowledge must be
acknowledged in a parenthetical citation in the text or in a footnote or endnote.
4. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the use of papers, reports, projects, and other
such materials prepared by someone else.

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III. Classrooms:
The primary ELI classrooms are 308 and 257A in Anspach Hall. Other rooms in Anspach Hall
and in other campus buildings are used as needed. Students will receive a detailed class schedule
from the ELI office upon registration.

                  Mid-Term and Final Class Evaluations
Each semester, students will receive both a mid-term and final class evaluation.

I. Midterm Evaluations:
The Midterm Evaluation will calculate your class grade and attendance for the first 8 weeks of
the semester. This evaluation should be used to reflect on your performance during the first half
of the semester. If you are failing, you will be required to meet with the ELI Director to discuss
how you can improve and hopefully get a passing score by the end of the semester.

II. Final Evaluations (End of Semester):
At the end of each semester, you will be given a Final Evaluation form that will list each ELI
course taken, final grades for each class, percentage of attendance, and whether or not you
received credit for passing the class (remember that you must have obtained 74% in the class
AND have attended at least 80% of the classes to get a passing score). The report will also
summarize all of the ELI courses you were either exempted from or have passed during your
time in the ELI. The form will indicate which classes you still need to pass in order to fulfill
your language requirement and what classes you need to take the following semester.

                     ELI /CMU Grade Grievance Policy
1. The University recognizes that it is the instructor’s prerogative to determine a
grade. Responsibility for resolving grade disputes is shared among the instructor,
the student, the department, and the college. If a question is raised by a student
concerning a grade, the instructor should discuss the matter willingly and give
evidence to make clear his/her basis for determining the grade. (In turn, the
student should recognize the need to demonstrate a valid basis for complaint.) At
any time, either upon the student inquiry or upon his/her own initiative, the
instructor who believes a change of grade is justified may initiate a request for a
change of grade.

2. A student who desires discussion of a complaint about a grade shall contact the
instructor or if the instructor is unavailable, the department chairperson, either in
person or in writing as soon as possible, but in no case later than sixty days after
the beginning of the next regular semester. Any exception to the time limitation
shall be for unusual and most compelling reasons. Ordinarily, the student should
accept the instructor’s decision. However, if the student is still not satisfied,
he/she may request in writing a joint consultation with the instructor and the

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chairperson of the department involved. In case the student’s request for joint
consultation involves an instructor who is also chairperson of the department, the
student’s request in writing should be sent to the Dean of the college involved. In
such cases the Dean shall act in place of the department chairperson.

3. The following procedures are available for review of allegations of capricious
grading. They are not for review of the judgment of an instructor in assessing
the quality of a student’s work, nor are they to be used in cases involving
academic dishonesty. Determination of the grade in such cases is left solely to the
instructor. A student who is not satisfied after consultation with the instructor and
department chairperson, and who alleges that the semester grade is the result of
capricious grading may file an appeal within ninety days of the start of the next
regular semester to the Dean of the instructor’s college for forwarding to the
College Committee on Review of Change of Grade. The student shall file the
appeal by submitting a written statement particularizing the basis for the
allegation that the grade was the result of capricious grading, and present any
evidence he/she may have.

Capricious grading, as the term is used herein, constitutes any of the following:
(a) the assignment of a grade to a particular student on some basis other than
his/her performance in the course; (b) the assignment of a grade to a particular
student by resort to more exacting or demanding standards than were applied to
other students in that course. It is understood that standards for graduate credit
may be different than standards for undergraduate credit; (c) the assignment of a
grade by a substantial departure from the instructor’s previously announced

4. The appeal shall be dismissed if (a) the appeal was not timely; (b) the allegations,
if true, would not constitute capricious grading; or (c) the student has not
attempted to confer with the instructor or chairperson of the department. If the
appeal is not dismissed, the Committee 1 shall submit a copy of the student’s
written statement to the instructor of the course with a request that the instructor
promptly submit a written response thereto, a copy of which shall be made
available to the student. If, upon the basis of these papers, it appears that the
dispute may be attributable to inadequate or incomplete communication between
the parties, the Committee may arrange to meet individually or together with the
student and instructor to discuss the problem.

5. If such a meeting is not held or, if held, such meeting does not result in a mutually
agreeable solution, the Committee shall proceed to hold a fact-finding session
concerning the allegations set forth in the appeal. Both the student and the
instructor shall be entitled to be present throughout this session and to present any
relevant evidence, including testimony by other persons. The student and
instructor both may be accompanied by a person to assist them in presenting
evidence. The session shall not be open to the public.
6. At the close of the session, the Committee shall deliberate privately. If a majority
find the allegations of capricious grading to be supported by substantial evidence,
the Committee shall proceed to determine the most appropriate remedy. The

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Committee may direct the instructor to grade the student’s work anew or to give
the student a new examination in the course, or may take such other action as will
bring about substantial justice in the individual case. However, except in the most
extraordinary circumstances, the Committee itself should not award the student a
new grade in the course. The decision of the Committee shall be final and shall
be reported in writing to the student, instructor, and the departmental office.
7. College Committee on Review of Change of Grade may also resolve complaints
involving suspected violation of grading policies for incomplete and deferred
grades, dropping a class, or withdrawal from the University. The same
procedures as outlined above for review of alleged capricious grading shall be

                        ELI Academic Dismissal Policy
I. Intensive English Program Students

Students in the ELI Intensive English Program, whether degree seeking (Bridge) or non-degree
seeking, will be subject to academic dismissal if they have failed 2 or more classes per semester
(earned less than 74% in the class) for two consecutive semesters. Students will be given a
warning letter at the end of the first semester in which this occurs and will be required to meet
with the ELI director for consultation. If the student fails to improve in the following semester by
passing at least 2 of the 3 required courses, the student will receive a dismissal letter and will not
be allowed to enroll for a third semester. A dismissal letter from the ELI is effectively the same
as dismissal from CMU; you will not be allowed to continue your studies.

A student who has been dismissed from the ELI may appeal the dismissal and request a meeting
with the ELI Director and the student’s most recent ELI instructors. At the meeting, the student
must present reasons for his/her poor performance and a written plan of action for correcting the
behavior. The board will hear the student’s arguments, review the plan of action, and decide
whether or not the student deserves an additional semester of study. Students who are granted a
third semester must pass all of the courses in which they are enrolled or they will be dismissed
after the third semester. No further appeals will be heard.

II. Dual Program Students

Students taking ELI Dual Program classes (Level 4) but who are not admitted to CMU or who
are considered non-degree seeking will be subject to the same academic dismissal policy as
Intensive English Program students (please see the Intensive English Program Dismissal Policy).

Dual Program students who are degree seeking (conditionally admitted CMU students –
including Dual Bridge students) will be subject to the CMU Academic Dismissal Policy (see
CMU academic policies in the CMU undergraduate or graduate bulletin or on the CMU website
at ). This policy is related to your
CMU grade point average (GPA). Remember that although the grades in ELI classes do not
count toward your GPA, the number of credits attempted in the ELI will be used in your overall
GPA calculation. If you do not do well enough in your CMU degree courses, you could be

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dismissed from CMU because of a low overall GPA. This is especially important in your first
semester of taking regular CMU degree courses. You need to do well in your first semester
taking degree courses.

Degree seeking Dual Program CMU students who continually fail their ELI classes but pass their
regular classes will have this information brought to the attention of their academic advisors, and
recommendation for appropriate action will be made by the ELI Director. Remember,
conditionally admitted students will not be allowed to graduate without having completed their
language requirement. Therefore, the best course of action is for the student to pass ALL classes,
not just academic classes.

             Tuition and Housing Payment Information:
After the ELI Director has registered you for classes, CMU will send a request for payment to
your CMU email account and tell you the due date. You will not receive a paper copy in the
mail. You may pay for your tuition, residence hall room and meal plan at the Student Services
Court in the Bovee University Center or on-line at the CMU website: The
Student Services Court can answer payment related questions if needed. The Office of Residence
Life can answer room and board related questions. You may also ask the ELI Director for
assistance if needed. Check your CMU e-mail every day so you can pay all of your fees on time.
Failure to pay on time may result in a late charge!

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