Religious Holidays and Observances
Institute Calendar and Term Schedule
Cummings Graduate institute operates continuously with terms beginning throughout the year. Spring I, II, and Fall courses are twelve (12) weeks and the Summer term is seven (7) weeks in length. A one (1) week break will be scheduled between each term. All United States federal government holidays will be observed, and classes will not be in session nor will assignments be due on those dates.
Religious Holidays and Observances
Cummings Graduate Institute respects and honors the religion and cultural traditions of our diverse students. Cummings Graduate Institute faculty members will work with students to accommodate reasonable deadline extensions so that students can observe holidays and cultural traditions. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate the need for flexibility with due dates or other deadlines for assignments, tests, etc. due to a religious or cultural observance not already part of a planned holiday break for the program.
To view institute calendars, including term start and end dates, for current, future, and prior academic years visit the Academic Calendar Archive.
Culminating Project Resources
Skills for Success in Online Learning
The Cummings Graduate Institute’s Academic Advising program supports students’ academic success and degree completion. Academic Advisors are assigned to students upon admission to Cummings Graduate Institute.
Academic Advisors work with a student collaboratively from admission through graduation, advising each on their academic performance, helping them to navigate institutional structures, and connecting the student with resources to support educational and professional performance and research.
Culminating Project Resources
The Cummings Graduate Institute offers the following academic resources to all students to aid in their success and development.
- Institutional Review Board (IRB) support through a partnership with the University of New Mexico
- Statistical Data Support & Validation
- All Academic Advisors and Faculty provide extensive academic support to students on assignments to enhance success in the program.
- The Library has a unique set of LibGuides, which are a collection of resources specific to student success with in the Culminating Project.
Available to students remotely, the Cummings Graduate Institute’s state-of-the-art online library, Cummings Online REsources (CORE) has an extensive, integrated online collection of evidence-based resources.
Accessed via the Cummings Graduate Institute's website, CORE's online collection will include tens of thousands full-text journals and online reference works providing students and faculty with access to eJournals and databases seamlessly through online search engines.
CORE is committed to supporting the academic research needs of students, faculty and staff. The CORE Library and its Librarian deliver this support and aim to fulfill the mission of Cummings by helping students and faculty to discover, acquire, adapt, and innovate with information, in addition to teaching information literacy skills that assist students to interpret, use, and share what they learn.
Library services include the following:
- Research Databases – Access to databases containing thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers, and other information resources in the fields of health, medicine, psychology, and business.
- Research Assistance – The CORE Librarian is available to help students with research projects and assignments. Students may book an appointment with the CORE Librarian on the library’s website.
- Library Tutorials – Pre-recorded user guide videos and tutorials are available on the CORE website. The tutorials provide in-depth information about using CORE resources and services. Students are strongly encouraged to view a CORE tutorial prior to beginning coursework.
- Library Hours – The library’s resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information on the CORE Library and its services, please visit the library’s website: http://azhin.org/cummings.
Skills for Success in Online Learning
In cases when a student does not demonstrate competency or confidence in their ability to manage and navigate the Learning Management System (myCGI) and/or the Student Information System (Populi), they may opt into the student service, Skills for Success in Online Learning, to help them achieve competency and confidence in the technical requirements of the DBH program. Skills for Success in Online Learning is an online course, which delivers a higher level of support tutorials and exercises utilized in online course at Cummings Graduate Institute. The course will not result in a grade reflecting on a student's GPA or SAP status at Cummings Graduate Institute, but rather a successful completion status, which is accessed by the Academic Advisor to monitor progress.
If a student feels as though this service would be beneficial to them, the student must contact their Academic Advisor to request access. The Academic Advisor will then notify the Registrar who will enroll the student into the Skills for Success in Online Learning course. The fee associated with Skills for Success in Online Learning is reflective of a one-credit hour course at Cummings Graduate Institute. The tuition of $350 will follow the same refund policy as any other course at Cummings Graduate Institute. The course tuition can be paid through the student information system, Populi. For any question regarding the student service, Skills for Success in Online Learning, or the fee associated with the course, students should contact their Academic Advisor.
The Student Advocacy and Assistance service at Cumings Graduate Institute guides students in resolving educational, personal and other academic impediments toward successful completion of their academic goals. Student Advocacy and Assistance’s purpose is to empower students to overcome obstacles to their growth both inside and outside the classroom by providing students with resources to make informed decisions and take a proactive role in the resolution process so that they may maintain progress toward earning a degree.
Student Advocacy and Assistance strives to make appropriate referrals and contacts to help address students’ personal concerns and negotiate through the various administrative options available to them as a student of CGI. Student Advocacy and Assistance can help students define the problem and find the best resources to address their concerns during difficult times. Some of the possible means for resolving educational barriers and difficulties include:
- Absence Letters
- Course Incomplete
- Course Withdrawal
- Compassionate Withdrawal
- Medical Withdrawal
To request the support of Student Advocacy and Assistance, students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 285-1761 ext 1 at the first sign of difficulty, distress, or concern in their personal or academic lives.
Graduate Level Course Grade Requirement
Appealing a Final Grade
Administrative Course Codes
Academic Performance Grades
Grades are based on the faculty member’s academic judgment that the student has demonstrated a specified level of performance based on objective and subjective evaluations such as papers, presentations, assignments, examinations, projects, and discussions. Students are graded according to their individual performance in the course and not on a curve. Students are not compared with each other to determine a grade or performance ranking. Criteria for awarding grades for achievement may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Preparation of assignments, including accuracy, clarity and promptness;
- Contribution to faculty member-student discussions;
- Demonstrated understanding of concepts on exams, papers, assignments, etc.;
- Application of skills and principles to new and real-life situations;
- Organization, presentation and professionalism of written and oral reports; and
- Originality and reasoning ability demonstrated in working through assignments.
Grade points are assigned to each of the following grades as indicated and used to calculate a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for each student:
Satisfies Minimum Requirements
Does Not Meet Requirements
- P (Passing) denotes satisfactory progress (80% (B average) or higher) in the Foundations (DBH 1000) or Culminating Project (DBH 9100-A, 9100-B, 9100-C). The “P” grade does not contribute to the calculation of Cumulative Grade Point Average.
- F (Failing) denotes unsatisfactory progress in a Foundations (DBH 1000) or Culminating Project (DBH 9100-A, 9100-B, 9100-C). The “F” grade does not contribute to the calculation of the Cumulative Grade Point Average. Students earning a grade of “F” are required to repeat the course.
Graduate Level Course Grade Requirement
Cummings Graduate Institute considers a grade of "C-" to be the minimum passing grade for doctoral courses in the DBH program with the exception of DBH 1000 and DBH 9901. Students earning a grade below the minimum must retake the course. When retaking the course, the higher of the two grades is recorded on the transcript. The student must pay tuition to retake the class the second time. If the student receives a second “D” or “F” grade in the retake course, they will be dismissed from the institution. Any student who earns a second F for a Culminating Project course will be dismissed from the program. Students are required to have a minimum of a 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average and a passing grade in all courses to graduate.
Grades for all assignments in all courses in the Doctor of Behavioral Health degree program are based on the Grading Scale above. Rubrics are used for most assignments to help students understand how their assignments will be graded before they submit the assignment in an effort to help the student meet expectations and be successful. Instructors are expected to post grades for assignments within seven (7) days of the due date. Students are expected to stay informed of their course grades by checking the online gradebook frequently, and communicating directly with the instructor with any questions about assignment grades. Once the semester closes, students can expect to see their finalized grade in their student account after ten (10) calendar days.
Appealing a Final Grade
A student may appeal a final course grade. The appeal must be made in writing to the faculty member for the course. Grade appeals must be submitted no more than ten (10) business days after grades are posted. All grade appeals are reviewed by the Director. The appeal decision made under the authority of the Director is final; however, students have the right to file a grievance, using the Grievance Procedure.
PROCEDURE: APPEALING A FINAL COURSE GRADE
Administrative Course Codes
|DR (Dropped)||This course code is assigned when a student cancels their participation in a course during the first week of the course session. Students must initiate the process to drop from a course. Dropped courses do not appear on the student’s transcript. Students dropping a course are eligible for a full or partial refund in accordance with the Cummings Graduate Institute’s Refund Policy.|
|I (Incomplete)||In the event that an unforeseen circumstance threatens a student’s ability to complete a course by the course end date, the student may request an Incomplete Grade. Incomplete Grades may be requested by submitting an Incomplete Grade Request Form to the Registrar at email@example.com. The incomplete grade request must be approved by a faculty member if the student qualifies based on the institutional eligibility criteria listed below. Faculty members are not obligated to approve an Incomplete Grade request and the faculty’s decision is final. Students may be eligible for an “I” grade if the following apply:
Students are required to adhere to institutional policies during the “I” grade extension period. These include but are not limited to the following:
|Z||If a student requires additional time beyond the term of enrollment to complete assigned deliverables for one or more Culminating Project cohort courses, a Z (“in progress”) grade may be requested. This grade indicates that the student has entered into a planned agreement with the faculty advisor for completion of the remaining deliverables, and that the student is currently making progress towards those deliverables under the supervision of the advisor.|
|W (Withdrawal)||The student has canceled enrollment in the course after the first week of instruction and before the end of the course. A withdrawal may only be granted if the student has a passing status in the course or the Director has given approval. A student may not withdraw from a course after the faculty member has submitted a final grade or after the course end date. Students must send requests to withdraw from a course to their Academic Advisor. See Cancellation and Refund Policy for tuition refunds. Course withdrawals may negatively impact Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP); see SAP Policy for details.|
|WL (Withdrawal due to Leave of Absence)||“WL” indicates that a student has taken a Leave of Absence (LOA) or Military Leave of Absence (MLOA) before the course end date. Students returning from an approved leave of absence may re-register for the course(s) from which they withdrew without paying course tuition again. “WL” grades do not apply towards GPA.|
|XE (Failure due to Academic Dishonesty)||“XE” denotes failure due to academic dishonesty. The XE grade will be recorded on the student's official and unofficial transcript with the notation "failure due to academic dishonesty." The XE grade shall be treated in the same way as an "F" for the purposes of grade point average and determination of academic standing. The XE grade will remain on the transcript permanently if it was awarded for an act of academic dishonesty involving significant premeditation. If an XE grade is conferred, and another violation of academic integrity occurs in a subsequent course, the student will be dismissed from the Cummings Graduate Institute for Academic Dishonesty.|
Many students enrolled in our courses are required to take one or more online tests with remote proctoring, where students’ picture IDs are checked. Individual faculty members may decide whether to require proctored examinations for students.
CGI uses a secure, online proctoring service called RP Now, provided by Software Secure, for proctored exam management. Remotely proctored exams are seamlessly integrated into the learning management system.
Students participate in a recorded interview prior to taking the test, where they must present a photo ID that is captured via webcam in the RP Now application. Student exam records are then reviewed by two RP Now certified proctors to authenticate the student ID.
Student forms are available on a self-serve basis, here.
To access a form once on the Student Forms page, click on the form name, complete the fields as instructed, and select the finish button to submit your form for processing.
Cummings Graduate Institute expects students to pursue the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Institute in their work with colleagues, faculty, and staff, as well as in their work in their local communities. As a Doctor of Behavioral Health candidate and graduate, you will represent an innovative profession with both great power and great responsibility for improving healthcare for the greater good. As such, we expect students to live true to professional codes of ethics for behavioral health providers as well as for healthcare quality professionals.
Behavior deemed to be in violation of the CGI Mission, Vision, and Values, or in violation of professional codes of conduct will be subject to review by the Student Disciplinary Committee.
Students are required to maintain communication with all Administrative and/or Faculty members at Cummings Graduate Institute. They are expected to enter into their online classrooms and actively participate as members of the course. They are expected to return all communication for Administrative and/or Faculty members within seventy-two (72) hours of initial contact. Students are required to use their Cummings Graduate Institute email for all program communication.
A new student orientation is offered through a self-paced online learning course to all newly admitted degree seeking and non-degree seeking students. The orientation course covers a broad range of topics and information necessary to navigate and succeed as a student in Cummings Graduate Institute. Students are expected to complete the course prior to the first day of their first term at Cummings Graduate Institute. Students will have continued access to the orientation course and course materials during all terms when they are enrolled.
The Office of the Registrar manages student academic records and course enrollments on behalf of the Cummings Graduate Institute.
The Registrar's Office can help students to do the following
- Order and view transcripts
- Run a degree audit (degree completion worksheet report)
- Apply for graduation
- Apply for readmission to the Institute
- And more!
The Registrar’s Office provides a wide range of services for academic departments and faculty as well.
The Registrar’s Office can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-285-1761.
The Office of Finance manages student financial account records, billing, payments, and refunds.
The Office of Finance can help students with the following tasks:
- Pay tuition
- Set up a payment plan
- Process scholarships and private loans
- Process third-party questions and payments
- Access tuition payment records
- Process refunds
The Office of Finance provides a wide range of services for academic departments and faculty as well.
The Office of Finance can be contacted at: email@example.com or call 480-285-1761.
The Cummings Graduate Institute is dedicated to serving students with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations for everyone to be successful in furthering their education at our institution. Students with disabilities are encouraged to disclose and submit a special needs request for disability to the Director at minimum of two (2) weeks before the start date of classes or immediately after diagnosis.
The Director will review all requests for accommodations and may require documentation of disability to determine whether the disability identified falls under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Director will then make reasonable accommodations that can be made without fundamentally altering the essential nature of the DBH academic program requirements and if the student can be successful in our program. The Director will notify the student in writing of the accommodation request status including approved accommodations for educational purposes. Appropriate faculty and select Institute staff members with an educational need to know will also be informed of any approved accommodations.
A student may choose to attempt a class without accommodations and to self-identify later in the process. However, if the student opts for this approach, any grades that have been earned without the use of accommodations remain as published.
Disability records are kept confidential and separate from academic records.
In addition, registration with Disability Services may take place at any point during the term. Once the student has provided the appropriate documentation, the accommodations can be instituted.
The Cummings Graduate Institute does not discriminate based on disability. We are committed to compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and all other applicable laws prohibiting disability discrimination.
Student Grievance Policy
Cummings Graduate Institute is committed to integrating institutional objectives in innovative ways to demonstrate excellence, access and impact in our online program. When an issue is brought to our attention, Cummings Graduate Institute will take appropriate action to seek resolution. Students are encouraged to pursue Cummings Graduate Institute’s internal grievance procedures found in our Institute catalog for any complaints before contacting external sources for resolution.
If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the Cummings Graduate Institute grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. Complaints must be filed within three (3) years of the student’s last date of attendance. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is 1400 W. Washington Street, Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007, Phone: 602-542-5709, Fax: (602) 542-1253, www.azppse.gov or www.ppse.az.gov.
Student Grievance Policy
A grievance is an educational or personal issue or condition that a student believes to be unfair, inequitable, discriminatory, or a hindrance to his/her education. The institute's mission is to resolve a grievance quickly and to the satisfaction of the grieving party. With some exceptions, students should first attempt to resolve difficulties informally by bringing those concerns directly to the person responsible for the action, or with the student's Academic Advisor, the program Director, or the immediate supervisor of the person responsible for the action.
To pursue a formal grievance, students must adhere to the following:
- Students should first attempt to resolve difficulties informally by bringing those concerns directly to the person or persons with whom there is a disruptive issue or condition.
- If informal efforts to resolve the grievance have failed, students must file their written grievance complaint & supporting documentation, using the Complaint/Grievance Form, with the Director. At this time, anyone may obtain the Form by emailing the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org). Such written complaint must be filed within three (3) months of the incident that is the subject of the grievance. The grievance complaint must include a concise statement of the allegations that form the basis for the student's complaint, including a careful statement of the facts, a summary of the informal attempts at resolution, and a suggested remedy.
- The Director will review the grievance complaint, conduct a thorough investigation, and provide a written response to the student within ten (10) business days.
- A student who wishes to appeal the Director’s response must file a copy of the grievance complaint and the Director’s response with the President of the Institution within five (5) business days of receiving the Director’s response.
- The President will conduct an investigation, and render a final written response to the student within fifteen (15) business days of receiving the copy of the grievance complaint and the Director’s response.
Privacy rights of students, faculty, and staff will be respected. Access to the summaries for all legitimate purposes will be afforded to all parties until the grievance is resolved. Copies may be retained only by those parties against whom a grievance is alleged. Neither students, staff, nor faculty members will have these records made part of any permanent record.
Please Note: If the student complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting this grievance procedure as listed above, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. Complaints must be filed within three (3) years of the student’s last date of attendance. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is 1400 W. Washington Street, Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007, Phone: 602-542-5709, Fax: (602) 542-1253, www.azppse.gov or www.ppse.az.gov.
Instructions: A grievance is an educational or personal issue or condition that a student believes to be unfair, inequitable, discriminatory, or a hindrance to their education. Students who have a complaint or grievance about their DBH program experience should complete the Complaint/Grievance Form and submit it to the program Director. Students should allow ten (10) business days to receive a written response to their complaint or grievance.
If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting this grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. Complaints must be filed within three (3) years of the student’s last date of attendance. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board address is 1400 W. Washington Street, Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007, Phone: 602-542-5709, Fax: (602) 542-1253, www.azppse.gov or www.ppse.az.gov.
The Cummings Graduate Institute invites all graduates to become a member of our Social Media alumni groups. These groups allow networking amongst alumni.
A quarterly newsletter including exciting updates, alumni accomplishments, career workshops, and announcements is distributed to all alumni via email.
The Cummings Graduate Institute is committed to providing opportunities for networking and collaboration, real-world learning opportunities, and national and global field experiences using virtual applications, so that students can observe and learn from experts in the field of integrated care, no matter where they are located. Cummings Graduate Institute hosted conferences may be accessed virtually, so that students, graduates, and field experts may come together via online technology to share innovations and opportunities in this rapidly evolving field.
For more information about the conference, visit: http://cummingsinstitute.com/conference/