General Academics

Registration and Enrollment

Students are required to register for classes each quarter during the announced registration period and to pay a Registration Fee, tuition and related fees. Students must register for the required minimum number of quarter units, as applicable for their course within the announced registration period. A late registration fee will be assessed for registrations made beyond the registration period. No late registrations will be accepted beyond the Add-Drop period.

Credit Hour Definition

California Trinity University awards academic units based on quarter credit hours. One unit of credit for each 50-minute class session per week. For each credit in the graduate program, students are expected to complete a minimum of two hours of academic work (study, preparation, etc.) outside of class each week. The policy on academic credits is based on those generally accepted in degree-granting institution of higher education. A quarter at CTU typically consists of 10 weeks excluding final exam week. Student at CTU are advised to limit their job and social commitments in order to give their coursework adequate attention.

Disclosure: Enrollment Agreement

As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to singing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

Class Location

All undergraduate and graduate classes are held six days a week, Monday through Saturday, on the campus premises of California Trinity University at 2333 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Continuing students are expected to meet the academic standards required by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, California Acupuncture Board and the Accreditation Commission for Colleges of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine. CTU adheres to a program for tracking the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) of all students.

For the purpose of determining Satisfactory Academic Progress, students must maintain satisfactory quantitative as well as qualitative academic progress. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements of CTU are:

  1. Students entering into the first quarter of the Master of Business Administration and Associate of Arts in Accounting degree programs are expected to complete the graduation requirements no more than 36 quarters, averaging satisfactory completion of at least 8 units per quarter for MBA and at least 12 units per quarter for AA in a 12-month academic year (as a full-time student).
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (“B-”) for courses attempted at CTU with no single grade lower than 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale.

Under special mitigating circumstances, the Academic Dean may rule that a student who does not meet the above standards is nonetheless considered to be making satisfactory academic progress to stay eligible for financial assistance.

Add and Drop Policy

To add or drop a course during the first ten days of instruction, students must obtain a signature of approval from his/her instructor on a “Drop/Add” form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office no later than the tenth day of the quarter.
Courses may be added or dropped through the tenth day of the quarter without penalty. (No entry will be made on the student’s permanent record until after the tenth day of the quarter.)
Dropping a course will not be permitted during the last three weeks of instruction except under the following conditions:

1. Serious illness or accident resulting in considerable loss of class time.
2. Serious financial difficulty or other personal problems of grave nature which require withdrawal from an overburdening academic load.
3. Verified emotional disturbances requiring professional attention.
4. Other pertinent reasons and mitigating circumstances that were clearly beyond the control of the student, such as a natural disaster or major misfortune in the family.

Attendance Policy (Classroom)

Students are required to attend at least 80% of the scheduled class meetings to be eligible to take the final examination, unless an acceptable reason is given and approved by the faculty in charge of the course. If a student misses a final examination due to an unforeseen circumstance, a make-up examination may be arranged, subject to the prepayment of make-up examination fee.

Excusable Absences

Absence may be excused for childbirth, documented illness, injury, death in the family, or other emergency situations. Students should call the Student Services as soon as possible on the first day of absence and give an estimate of the duration of the absence.


Two incidences of tardiness (over 30 minutes) are the equivalent of one absence.

Excessive Absence

Excessive absence is defined as absence in excess of 30% of scheduled classroom hours in academic courses

To receive credit for the course, all work missed due to absence or tardiness must be made up to the satisfaction of the instructor. Instructors will normally arrange for make-up examinations in case of excused absences. Instructors are not required to provide make-up for exams missed due to unexcused absence or lateness, unless the reason for absence or lateness is acceptable; otherwise, a failing grade may be assigned.

Grading Policy

Grades are based on the completion of courses and final exam. Grades are reported at the end of the quarter within two weeks by instructors. Passing grades are A, B, and C or D unless otherwise specified in the course descriptions. The grading system adopted by CTU is as follows:

Grade Evaluation Percent Grade Point
A Excellent 95-100 A = 4.0
A- Superior 90-94 A = 3.7
B+ Very Good 87-89 B+ = 3.3
B Good 83-86 B = 3.0
B- Satisfactory 80-82 B- = 2.7
C+ Satisfactory 77-79 C+ = 2.3
C Average 73-76 C = 2.0
C- Below Average 70-72 C- = 1.7
D+ Below Average 67-69 D+ = 1.3
D Below Average 63-66 D = 1.0
D- Minimal 60-62 D- = 0.7
F Failure 0-59 F = 0.0
P Pass 0.0*
I Incomplete 0.0**
TC Transfer Credit 0.0 “P”
W Withdrawal 0.0
AU Audit 0.0
R Repeated Course 0.0

Pass with Credit (P)

A student receiving an “P” grade denotes a “Pass with Credit” when no letter grade is given. No more than 25 percent of credits earned at CTU may be graded with a “Pass with Credit”. P grades are not included in the calculation for GPA.

Incomplete Grades (I)

A student receiving an “I” grade must contact the course instructor or Academic Dean and make up the necessary requirements within two quarters or it will be converted into “F” grade.

Transfer Credit (TC)

TC denotes a credit earned through a “Transfer of Credit” from another institution which may be applied toward the minimum course requirements for undergraduate and master’s degrees. No letter grade is given and TC grades are not included in the calculation for GPA.

Audit Courses (AUD)

Students who wish to audit a class may do so if they have previously taken and passed a course at CTU. Audited and other non-credit courses are not included in fulfilling the requirements for SAP.

Repetition of Course (R)

A student, in order to raise his/her grade point average, may repeat only those courses in which a grade of B-, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or F was given. Students who repeat a course more than once must obtain the prior approval of the Academic Dean. Lower grades, therefore, will be removed from the student’s permanent record.

Withdrawal (W)

Students may withdraw from courses after the third week of the quarter without affecting their grade point average. After this period, courses may be dropped only for compelling reasons. If the request for dropping course/s is/are approved, a “W” grade will be awarded. Students who do not officially withdraw from a course will automatically receive a grade of an “F”.

Make-up and Exam Policies

Make-up assignments for missed classes, quizzes, exams, re-tests, or other special arrangements are made only by the instructor and only at the instructor’s discretion. Only the original or specified substitute instructor may administer a makeup exam or re-test. If makeup exams or re-tests are approved, special fees will have been assigned.

If a student takes a final exam and fails the exam, the student’s instructor may recommend that a re-test be given. The instructor must indicate in writing (on an Examination Request Form) to the Academic Dean. The re-test, if approved by the Academic Dean, shall be scheduled in agreement with, and at the convenience of the instructor. The exam must be completed before the end of the fourth week of the next quarter.

Leave of Absence (Local Students)

If a student anticipates being unable to enroll for the next quarter, he or she should apply to the Registrar for a Leave of Absence. Three consecutive quarters (one calendar year) will be the maximum non-medical Leave of Absence granted.

Medical disability or military service Leaves of Absence may justifiably extend the time limit for completion of degree requirements. Students who fail to re-register after an approved Leave of Absence expires will be regarded as withdrawn from CTU and subject to current admission policy requirements.

Violation of Academic Honesty

All students at CTU are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty in the performance of all academic work. Students will be subject to disciplinary action for committing any form of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism and the use of materials prepared by another.

Violators will be subject to severe disciplinary action, subject to academic probation, suspension, or dismissal. The use of commercially prepared term or research papers, in whole or in part, for completion of any course requirements, will be considered the most serious offense, and will include criminal penalties by the State of California for the sale or distribution of such materials.

Academic Probation Policy

Any student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.7 (B-) on a 4.0 scale will be placed on academic probation. No record of this status will be placed on the student’s permanent record. Probation begins with the quarter following notification. A student on academic probation may not be allowed to take a full course load. A student who receives a Notice of Academic Probation is required to schedule monthly conferences with the Academic Dean and submit a plan for improving his/her grade point average. During this period, the Academic Dean will closely monitor the probationer’s academic activities to determine the cause of unsatisfactory academic performance and recommend remedial measures. Academic probation may be removed when a student improves his/her grade point average to 2.7 or higher.

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