The American Language Institute provides these policies for your information. Please be aware that you will receive additional information regarding these policies during your orientation. Faculty and staff at the institute are always available for questions concerning these policies, so please do not hesitate to ask. We love to help.
A condensed version of the American Language Institute's policies are immediately below, and full PDF versions are available at the end.
A.L.I. Policies and Procedures
All policies at the American Language Institute (hereafter, ALI) are posted at the institute’s website (americanlanguageinstitute.org) and are subject to change and/or modification. All students studying at the American Language Institute are required to follow all policies. Students must download and read the A.L.I. Student Handbook (English version). The handbook can be downloaded at americanlanguageinstitute.org.
Under enrolled Students
F-1 visa students must have at least 20 hours (equivalent to 12 credit hours/per term for the ALI courses) of study weekly. If you need to add another class, see an advisor at the ALI office immediately for a schedule change within the first three days of the term.
Student Conduct Policy
Students at the institute must follow the Student Code of Conduct of The University of Toledo. The Student Code of Conduct may be viewed at https://www.utoledo.edu/policies/main_campus/student_life/pdfs/3364_30_04_Student_code_of_conduct.pdf.
There are no excused absences and no excused tardiness. Since A.L.I. classes are performance-based and require active participation for academic success, any missed class time is simply treated as missed class time, regardless of the reason. Instructors keep a daily record of missed class time. Late arrival or early departure for any reason is counted as missed class time. Students should keep track of their own missed time and should confirm the accuracy of their attendance records on a regular basis.
Missed quizzes, tests, exams, reports, and projects can be made up within a strictly limited time period specified by the instructor for the following reasons:
- Documented medical reasons
- Pre-arranged religious observance
- Documented court date
Please note: Absence for medical reasons or religious observance, however, will be counted as missed time for the class.
All students are required to attend all courses and all sessions during their time at the institute. Students must have a total A.L.I. class attendance of 85% in order to meet the requirements for academic progress on advancement and transfer policies.
Please note that the A.L.I. follows the protocols concerning attendance established by the Department of Homeland Security for F1 and J1 students. Failure to fulfill the attendance requirements is also failure to meet the requirements of F and J visas. Students who do not meet these requirements are in violation of their status, placed on probation, and must apply for reinstatement.
Sponsored Students Policy
Students who are sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) are required to follow the SACM policy of 100% attendance. The student’s SACM advisor will be notified if attendance drops below 95%.
Sponsored students are responsible for the following:
- Keeping their financial guarantee current.
- Requesting A.L.I. to write letters to sponsors that request financial guarantee extensions, completion of classes, enrollment, recommendations, or other actions.
- To start this process, students should complete a Letter Request Form available at the A.L.I. front office desk.
- The requested letter is written by A.L.I. staff and signed by the A.L.I. Director.
- Students decide if they will pick up the letter or have it mailed to the sponsor.
If a student has a problem with a fellow classmate or a faculty member, the student shall attempt to resolve the problem with the affected classmate or faculty member first. If no resolution can be achieved, the student may request a meeting with the institute director.
Students are required to read the information posted on the A.L.I. website. They are also required to know and understand all rules and regulations. “I didn’t know” is not a good answer.
Academic Information Access
If students want to have someone pick up their schedule or final evaluations, or access other academic information, they will need to fill out a form at the A.L.I front desk.
In an effort to promote the highest levels of health and well-being, effective August 1, 2014 The University of Toledo has become a tobacco-free zone.