Academic Policies

At Right On Mission, we want students to act with integrity as Christ followers,

even in the face of opposition.

General Policies

Right On Mission's academic policies apply to all courses, programs, and services of the Seminary.  

  • Students are allowed to take up to fifteen courses a year.

  • Students are advised to take seven courses a year.

  • Students are allotted three years to complete their Governance Credential.

  • Students are allotted up to seven years to complete their first Vocational Certificate.

 

Learning Culture

At all times our intention is to promote a learning culture.  Therefore we insist on having class environments that give space for students to listen, absorb, think, process, raise questions, respond, argue, discuss, and interact respectfully with others.  We want students to be able to learn out loud honestly and openly without fear of being evaluated unfairly.  Real learning is discipleship-oriented because the more we understand truth in every sphere, the easier it becomes to trust God.

 

Three Levels of Learning

At Right On Mission, we want students as possible to act with integrity as Christ followers, even in the face of opposition.  Thus we established three different ways to take our courses.  NOTE:  There is no Audit option, however, for Strategic Futuring, only Pass/Fail or a letter grade.

 

  • Audit — To audit means to "hear.” Auditors are those who participate in class as active students. Auditors do not get credit or receive a grade. Auditors are strongly encouraged, but not required, to engage the required reading assignments (so as to be able to follow the class discussions).  If an auditor’s questions derive from a lack of reading, the professor is not obligated to address those questions.  Auditors who do not complete the course end with an “I” (Incomplete) on their transcript.

 

  • Pass/Fail — Students who "Pass" are those who opt to do the course assignments for credit, yet without receiving a letter grade for the course.  Any student who demonstrates mastery of at least 70% of the course material by fulfilling the course requirements passes the course.   

 

  • Letter Grade — Students who take the course for a letter grade are those who opt to take the course for credit in order to gain competencies for life and professional work.  Any student who demonstrates mastery of at least 80% of the course material by fulfilling the course requirements passes the course. Students are allowed to enter the course intending to take it at one level, but then switch to a different level sometime later during the course. For example, a student may enter the course intending to take it for a letter grade, but then switch to Pass/Fail or Audit--or vice versa.   

 

If at any time a student wants Right On Mission to use a Pass/Fail grading system with them on any course, we are happy to do that. However, we recommend students use our Letter Grade system on any course that deals with the competencies that the student wants to feature on his or her resume.  The high standards at Right On Mission reflect our Mission and Core Values.   

 

If any student drops out of the course or fails to submit an assignment without first securing an extension on the due date from the professor, that student will receive an Incomplete “I” from Right On Mission.  Students who receive a grade of “I” can later replace that “I” with a different grade by retaking the course.  Students must pay full price to retake the course again.

 

Grades

The grading system at Right On Mission is unique.  To begin, we resist the "halo effect" that has diminished and lowered the quality of grading in many schools.  In other words, we do not assign students higher grades than they actually earned.  We want students to see where their work truly ranks as honestly assessed by our faculty.  Our heart is to give students the unusual advantage of receiving the faculty's sharpest feedback.  Sharpened students make sharp graduates.

Legend:

"Aced the course" = 97-100% accuracy on all the work

"Mastered the course" = 90-96% accuracy on all the work

"Mastered most of the course" = 80-89% accuracy on all the work

"Passed the course" = 70-79% accuracy on all the work

"Polished work" = virtually no typos or incorrect grammar

 

A+ means the student aced the course, submitted polished work, and interacted w/ required texts

A means the student mastered the course, submitted polished work, and read all required texts

A- means the student mastered the course, but did not submit polished work or complete the reading

B+ means the student mastered most of the course, submitted polished work and only read Neh and Ps 139

B means the student mastered most of the course, but did not submit polished work or complete the reading

B- means the student submitted polished work, but mastered less than 85% of the course

Pass = 70-79% accuracy and submitted all the work

Fail = less than 70% accuracy and/or did not submit all the work

Incomplete means the student did not do the whole course.

 

NOTE:  All academic issues, including (tardiness, absences, work submitted late, etc.) should be processed directly between the student and faculty member before other Right On Mission workers intervene.  If the matter becomes too grave to be peacefully resolved even with the aid of Right On Mission workers, then the matter shall be referred to a church tribunal of Right On Mission's choice. 


NOTA BENE:  Right On Mission seeks to partner with entities who can issue Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to students who pass our courses.  

 

Transcripts

A student’s transcript will show all courses, including courses in progress.  It is the student’s responsibility to direct any concerns or discrepancies with the Registrar.

 

Transcripts will not be released unless all financial obligations to the Seminary have been fulfilled. It is the student's responsibility to clear all holds on his or her account before submitting a transcript request. An outstanding balance will cause the transcript order to be cancelled.

 

Right On Mission is not responsible for any transcript orders that are lost or delayed by the postal service. Right On Mission cannot guarantee the transcript’s arrival or the time it will reach the destination once it is sent.

If you have questions, contact the registrar at registrar@rightonmission.org or (530) 768-7068, ext. 2.

Transcript Payment and Fees

Transcript orders are purchased through Right On Mission’s website with a major credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).  Standard processing is 5-10 business days.  Note: Delivery times may vary depending on locations and whether or not the process is slowed by holidays or emergencies.

 

Unofficial Standard Electronic Transcript:  No fee

The unofficial transcript can be emailed directly to the student and marked: “Unofficial - Issued to student”. There is no “Rush” option for unofficial transcripts.

Official Standard Transcript Fee: $6 per address

Standard processing is 5-10 business days. 

ORDER TRANSCRIPTS HERE

Early Registration Deadline Policy

At Right On Mission, we reward students for early registration payment for our regular courses. When you make full tuition payment by 12pm PST (noon California time) one week before a course intensive starts, you receive a $50 tuition discount. This brings the already-low tuition of $350 down to only $300 for regular courses. (This discount does not apply to Specialty Courses or Tutorials.)  

Late Payment Policy

It is still possible to take a course past the registration deadline. Tuition then increases to $400 for a regular course. However, until the $400 is paid in full, the student will not be allowed to participate in follow-up Zoom sessions nor will they be able to complete the course.     

Course Recording Policy

Plan to attend all course sessions so that you can engage deeply with your professor and fellow classmates. For confidentiality reasons and the protection of the privacy of each student, Right On Mission does not provide recordings for any class session.  

Class Etiquette

During intensives and online discussions, students must give their full attention to what is taking place in class—or else to step outside the class until they can come back in and reengage.  

Students must use their computers judiciously.  Students shall not view/respond to emails or text messages during class or conduct extraneous searches or play games during class.  If a student needs to communicate with someone via phone or computer, that student is required to do so outside of the physical classroom so as not to disrupt class.  If any student is found during class using a laptop for purposes other than class or doing anything else that is considered by the faculty member as being inappropriate time during class, the faculty member may call for a class break in order to speak privately with the student to ask him or her to cooperate immediately.  If the student does not cooperate, the faculty member may ask the student to excuse himself or herself from the class.  If the student elects not to excuse himself or herself from class in cooperation with the faculty member's request, the faculty member may expel the student from the course altogether.  No refund shall be granted to any student who is expelled from Right On Mission. 

 

As a matter of routine, students are required to keep their cell phones off during class (unless the student is an on-call physician or the parent of children who may need that parent’s immediate attention during class).  During breaks, students are encouraged to check their phone messages and make preparations so that they can fully be attentive during class time.

 

Students are encouraged to stay hydrated during class.  Water bottles are especially welcome in class.

 

Incivility (either from the teacher or the student) impedes the educational process.  Any ongoing pattern of student incivility establishes sufficient grounds, in and of itself, for that student's dismissal from a course and for that student to be assigned a failing grade.  The Gonzales and Lopez study on “student incivility” identifies six categories of student incivility defined as obstructing the learning process by appearing to be: disengaged, disinterested, disrespectful, disruptive, defiant, or displaying disturbed behaviors (See: Gonzales, V. and Lopez, E., “The Age of Incivility,” AAHE Bulletin, vol. 53, No. 8, pp. 3-6).  If any student displays incivility toward the teacher or other students, the teacher is preauthorized to ask that student to leave class until the student can return with behavior that appears to be respectful toward others in the faculty member's opinion.  Conversely, if a faculty member displays incivility toward a student, students are encouraged to contact Right On Mission headquarters at info@rightonmission.org to report in writing whatever incident the student perceives to have happened.

 

NOTE A:  Appropriately expressed disagreement with the instructor does not constitute incivility.  Students are encouraged to ask hard questions, argue but not quarrel, and yet be respectful at all times in their words, body language, attitude, and relational posture. Right On Mission Vocational Seminary promotes a learning environment both online and in person. 

 

Any student who displays incivility must be notified by the professor in writing within two hours (during intensive class time) or within three days (if online) and be informed of the student’s precise offense(s).  If the student agrees in writing to correct the behavior, the student is to be received back into class and given opportunity to reform the behavioral display of incivility.  If a duly notified student demonstrates incivility again at any time in the duration of the course, the professor/instructor may expel the student from the course altogether.  Right On Mission reserves the right not to refund a student who is expelled on the grounds of incivility.   

 

NOTE B:  It shall not be considered an act of incivility if a professor faithfully communicates the truth of Scripture to a student or class.  God's Word reveals what sin is.  It does not constitute incivility for a Right On Mission professor to call sin "sin." 

 

NOTE C:  Any and all Right On Mission students (or clients) agree that by paying their tuition or any fee for any Right On Mission service, they are thereby agreeing not to sue Right On Mission in federal or state court for any reason, especially with regard to Right On Mission's theological approach to rendering services.  All students and clients at Right On Mission are considered to be "ministers" in training and/or development.  When any student or client pays for any Right On Mission service, that student or client thereby offically agrees to deal with any complaint or set of complaints about Right On Mission and/or its services by accessing, rather than bypassing, Right On Mission's grievance policy and procedures.   

Student Grievance Policy
The goal at Right On Mission is for everyone to be treated lovingly and redemptively with proper accountability and community support.

If a student sincerely believes that his or her work was unfairly assessed, the student can submit a grievance by first speaking directly to the professor in person or on the phone; if the matter is not resolved, then the student can take up his or her grievance by contacting the Operations Manager who will then involve the President.  The President will appoint a three-professor, mixed gender committee from within Right On Mission to collectively re-assess the student's grade.  If the student has a grievance against a professor who is also the Right On Mission President, the student's grievance will nonetheless be decided by a three-person, mixed gender committee from within Right On Mission whose decision regarding the matter will be final, except the committee, in this case, will be selected by the Business Manager, not the President.  Whatever the professors decide will be the final decision regarding the student's grade.

If any student is mistreated by having any Right On Mission worker express a racial slur or some other kind of specific, degrading statement regarding how the student's ethnicity, that student must report the problem to Right On Mission in writing within one week from the time of the occurrence in order for Right On Mission to be able to address the problem in a time-sensitive way.  Right On Mission sees acts of "partiality," in the biblical sense, as being sinful and unacceptable.

If the grieved student violated any part of the Class Etiquette policy, that student may be suspended from taking more courses. The student's grievance will be automatically be dismissed if the student uses any profanity or obscene language in the process.  It is possible that Right On Mission may come up with a creative solution that satisfies all parties involved; if that happens, then the matter will be considered to have resolved.  If the matter becomes too difficult for Right On Mission to solve itself, then Right On Mission will seek a church tribunal to decide the matter in order to keep the matter out of court.  Upon making any payment (even if the payment is refunded), all Right On Mission students acknowledge and agree to submit to a church tribunal, not a secular court, for a final decision about any academic dishonesty, incivility, or professional misconduct.

If the student has a grievance that he or she wants to submit in order to help Right On Mission function more biblically and Christianly, that student is strongly encouraged to write directly to Right On Mission at info@rightonmission.org and ask for an appointment with the appropriate person at Right On Mission who can hopefully improve the Vocational Seminary.  Any student who offers constructive criticism that significantly increases the effectiveness of Right On Mission may possibly be awarded a discount on a future course or positively featured in our newsletter or commended in a formal letter written to the student by the Right On Mission President.

If the student's teacher, after having been afforded due process, is implicated for being racist or uncivil or for using obscene language with students or workers or anyone associated with Right On Mission, then Right On Mission holds the right to dismiss that teacher and consider the teacher's contract with Right On Mission null and void.

If ever a crime is involved or behavior that jeopardizes the safety of any person, then students and faculty members and Right On Mission workers are strongly encouraged to call the police or dial 911.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment is not allowed at Right On Mission (ROM).  In accordance with the owner’s faith, the definition of “sexual harassment” at ROM is being spoken to or written to with lewd language; or being offered a suggestive comment that communicates the intention of a sexual advance; or being stalked; or being touched by another person or forced to provide physical contact in a sexual way; or being pressured toward any kind of sexual involvement.
 

Anyone at ROM being sexually harassed is to report it immediately in writing so as to register the existence of the problem to the Registrar, Operations Manager, or Business Manager or President.  

It is ROM’s intention to prevent sexual harassment from happening in the first place and to halt it as soon as possible after the matter is made known.  

ROM believes in due process as a mechanism for seeking out truth; thus it is ROM’s intention to listen to both sides of any conflict and to provide ROM students and employees access to ROM’s Grievance Policy, including when the conflict pertains to an accusation or denial of sexual harassment. 

Anti-Partiality Policy

Right On Mission (ROM) is a closely-held-for-profit corporation.  As such, it is to be counted as a “person” that is protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.  According to the text provided in the United States Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) covers “any exercise of religion, whether or not compelled by, or central to, a system of religious belief.”  Having this Anti-Partiality Policy is part of “the exercise of religion” of ROM’s owners.

The owners of ROM sincerely believe that “partiality” in this context refers to “unfair bias that denigrates the image of God that each and every person equally bears despite their demographic information.”    

The Lord has self-revealed that “God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation, the person who fears God and does what is right is welcome to God” (Acts 10:34-35) and that God impartially judges every person in accordance with the perfect standards of God’s holiness (I Peter 1:17).

God commands:

  • “You shall not show partiality in judgment” (Deuteronomy 1:17).

  • “Do nothing in a spirit of partiality” (I Timothy 5:21).

  • “But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the Law as transgressors” (James 2:9). 

  • For whoever does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong that the person did, and that without partiality” (Colossians 3:25).


In light of God’s commands, the owners of ROM see themselves as accountable to God to foster a workplace culture that honors the human dignity of each person.

Religious Grievance Policy

Every grievance in Right On Mission will be processed in conformity to our Religious Freedom policy.  All Right On Mission workers, including faculty, consultants, team members, and employees, agree upon being hired to submit to all Right On Mission policies.  Right On Mission is committed to promoting repentance and restoration rather than covering up any person's misdeeds. No one at Right On Mission stands above the law of Christ or outside the realm of loving accountability that accords with truthfulness, justice and integrity.  All people benefit from God's grace, and yet grace does not ignore the need for character reparation in each one of us.

Right On Mission is a privately held company that promotes an orthodox view of Christianity.  Because we openly honor biblical standards, we rely on the First Amendment for our religious freedom to make internal decisions regarding conflicts that arise with faculty, students, clients and any other workers in Right On Mission.   

 

 

No conflict or grievance in Right On Mission shall be resolved in a civil court. When a student pays tuition, that student thereby agrees not to file suit against Right On Mission.  A grieved student, however, is entitled to become eligible to appeal for a full refund from any course if the student appeals in writing to info@rightonmission.org within five calendar days of the occurrence of a perceived offense that happens during an intensive or online session.

 

Religious Freedom Policy

In 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States recognized that Americans do not lose their religious freedom when they run a family business.  The Court allowed “closely held” for-profit corporations to be exempt from a regulation its owners religiously object to, if there is a less restrictive means of furthering the law’s interest, according to the provisions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).  The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, born of US Congress in 1993, requires “strict scrutiny” when a neutral law of general applicability "substantially burden[s] a person's exercise of religion.” Strict scrutiny requires a law to be “the least restrictive means” of furthering a compelling government interest.  Right On Mission, a closely held corporation, reserves the right to run its Services, including its Seminary Services, in full accordance with its owners’ sincerely held religious beliefs.  

Video/Audio/Photography Policy

By enrolling in Right On Mission or registering for a course or purchasing any Right On Mission educational service, all students thereby consent to allow Right on Mission to record them in the classroom setting through video, audio and/or photography for evaluative purposes unless the student withholds permission for such in writing.  All recordings and photos shall be used at the discretion of Right On Mission for purposes such as marketing, developing higher quality services, and for orienting team members, consultants, clients, students, potential students, and faculty members into Right On Mission's movement-building culture.  Any student or faculty member who does not wish to be recorded or photographed must notify Right On Mission in writing to request to be excluded from photographs that Right On Mission features on its website, Facebook page, or other marketing materials. 

 

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