School Policies

The Intensive English program follows the policies established by Valencia College as outlined in the college's Policy Manual.The policies below are for the ESL for Teens program and they conform to college policy, as well as immigration regulations and regulations of other governing agencies.

Attendance & Lateness

The Intensive English Program (IEP) requires attendance for both F-1 and non F-1 students because we feel that students will not learn English if they do not attend class. Class attendance is also a requirement for F-1 students by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Any F-1 student who violates this attendance policy may be terminated from the program.


To help students succeed in learning English, the IEP requires that all students must attend at least 70% of classes. Students will be placed on attendance probation if absent for more than 30% of a course for a maximum of 3 sessions. This may result in termination from the program.

  • Important information is given at the beginning of class. If you miss that information, you risk falling behind. If you are late or absent, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find out what you missed in class.
  • If you leave the room and do not return, you will be marked absent.
  • Emergencies are defined as severe illness, death of a family member, or a national emergency. Students must see the advisor immediately regarding any absences.


It is important to attend class on time. If a student is late 3 times in one session, it will be accounted as one absence.

Attendance Probation

Below is the progression of communication regarding our attendance probation policy.

Initial Notice:
Student will receive an email with policy reminder

Second Warning:
Meet with Advisor and receive first official letter

Third Warning:
Student will receive second official letter

Notice of Termination:
Student will receive an official letter stating that they will be terminated in days and will need to leave the country immediately.

Classroom Expectations

  • Active participation is essential for succeeding in this course.
  • Arrive on time and prepared.
  • Listen and respect everyones input and ideas.
  • Do not waste class time.
  • Stay on task during group work and class discussion.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Use English only in the classroom.
  • Do not disturb other students or disrupt the classroom by talking off topic. If you choose to talk to another student during class, you will be asked to separate your seats.


  • You are required to complete ALL assignments.
  • Assignments are to be completed legibly, neatly, and completely, or points may be deducted from any given assignment or the assignment may not be graded.
  • Homework is due on the announced date at the beginning of class, and all assignments should be completed and prepared to turn in at the beginning of class, NOT during class.
  • No late work will be accepted once assignments have been graded and returned to the class.

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Socializing while the instructor or other students are talking.
  • Regularly getting up and leaving the classroom.
  • Making loud noises in the classroom, hallway or student lounge.
  • Chewing gum.
  • Smoking on campus.

Use of Electronic Devices

  • The use of cell phones and other electronic devices is prohibited during class and labs as it is disrespectful and a distraction to your instructors and other classmates. Please turn off all electronic devices. This includes:
    • Cell phones
    • Pagers
    • MP3 players or iPods
    • Laptops
    • Game devices
  • This includes speaking and text messaging.
  • Electronic translators are not allowed in class.
  • Grade points may be taken off the final grade due to cell phone usage.
  • If you have a special need, please discuss limited use of the cell phone with your instructor prior to class

Academic Probation

  • Students who receive a grade of 'F' are automatically placed on academic probation.
  • Students are not permitted to move up to the next level and must remain in the same level until they receive a minimum grade of 'D'.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to take up to two more courses (four weeks) in order to raise their grade.
  • Once the student receives a grade of 'D' they will be removed from academic probation.
  • After taking two additional courses, the student still has not received a grade of 'D' they will be terminated from the program.
  • Students on an F-1 (student) visa will be given 10 days to transfer to another school or to leave the country
  • Students can only be placed on an academic probation one time.
  • Any relapse is cause for immediate termination from the program


  • Cheating is a form of academic dishonesty. It is the use of ideas, language, images or work of another without sufficient reference to show that the material is from another person.
  • If a student is caught cheating at any time, the instructor may give the student a zero and contact the appropriate person about the matter. This can cause the student to fail and be put on academic probation.