• Undergraduate Torah Studies: James Striar School

  • Policies

    Attendance

        Our Yeshiva aims to provide a positive learning environment where each student can reach his full potential in Torah study.  We provide varied learning programs, reflecting the diverse interests and skills of our students, along with an outstanding array of Roshei Yeshiva, Rebbeim, faculty, mashgichim and administrators who are concerned about the Torah growth and personal welfare of each student.  Our faculty and administration alike are accessible to students to discuss their individual needs and concerns.  
        Progress in Torah learning is achieved through consistent effort, patience, a modicum of struggle, and keeping to a set schedule.  In fact, the word “Yeshiva” means to sit - in a beit midrash or a classroom; without disciplined regularity there cannot be growth.  To that end, we have formulated an attendance policy to further these aims and to be of assistance to students who are having difficulty meeting these expectations.

    1.    Students are expected to attend all classes and to be present promptly on time.
    2.    2-3 weeks into the semester attendance lists are compiled and submitted to the office.
    3.    Students missing more than two periods of class per week are contacted by the office.
    4.    Attendance is then reviewed 2 weeks later. If the student’s attendance has not improved since the warning, he must meet with a UTS administrator.
    5.    Students are able to accrue up to four absences for courses that meet twice a week and eight absences for courses that meet four times a week without penalty.
    6.    Beyond the allowable number of absences the instructor can lower a student’s final grade.
    7.    Ten minutes late is the equivalent to ½ absent, twenty minutes late is the equivalent to absent.
    8.    Students are expected to give their full attention to the class. Students that are texting or surfing the web during class will be marked absent.
    9.    If a student is absent more than 50% of the course, an automatic grade of “G” is recorded and the student does not pass the course.
    10.    Students with a final semester GPA below 2.0 are subject to probation.
    11.    Two semesters in a row of probation are grounds for possible dismissal from the university.

    Probation

    Students must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 2.0 (C). To remain at Yeshiva University, students must maintain a satisfactory academic level in the Mechinah Program. Failure in any course in the program results in a student being placed on Judaic Studies probation for the next semester.

    A student on probation in the Mechinah Program must pass all his Judaic Studies courses. He may not accept employment outside Yeshiva University, and he may not participate in extracurricular activities that might distract him from his studies.

    If the student does not fulfill these terms, he may be dismissed from the Mechinah Program and Yeshiva University.


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