Academic Standards

Following are academic standards the Department of Aerospace Studies will adhere to:

1. Graded Work. Letter grades represent the following levels of achievement as defined by the University of North Carolina:

A = Highest level of achievement
B = Strong performance
C = Totally acceptable performance
D = Marginal performance
F = Unacceptable performance

The following conversion table will be the grading standard for all Aerospace Studies courses:

UNC Standard Quality Points Det 590 Percent Scale
A 4.0 100-93
A- 3.7 92.9-90
B+ 3.3 89.9-88
B 3.0 87.9-83
B- 2.7 82.9-80
C+ 2.3 79.9-78
C 2.0 77.9-73
C- 1.7 72.9-70
D+ 1.3 69.9-68
D 1.0 67.9-60
F 0.0 59.9-0

Cadets cannot take Aerospace Studies academic courses as Pass-Fail. Graded work performed or submitted late will incur severe penalties. Late is defined as the inability to make a presentation on the class day scheduled, or submitting an assignment after the beginning of class period on its due date. There is no tolerance for lateness. Only extraordinary circumstances, such as hospitalization for a serious illness, will be considered for submitting work late. Also, in almost all circumstances, prior arrangements must be made with the instructor. The penalty for late work is a reduction of one letter grade per 24-hour period, with no credit after 72 hours (3 days).

2. The Honor System. All students at UNC have agreed to obey and enforce the UNC Honor Code, which “prohibits lying, cheating, or stealing.” Additionally, cadets will abide by the Cadet Honor Code, “We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.” Honor and integrity are critical to becoming a professional Air Force officer.

3. Documentation. When submitting work for academic credit, it is assumed the work is the students’ own. Plagiarism is the act of using another person’s ideas, expressions, or thoughts without acknowledging the source. If students use quotations, text, or ideas from a source other than themselves, documentation is required. For written work, documentation is given using footnotes, references, or bibliographies. If help was received from another person in the accomplishment of an assignment, that collaboration must be documented.

4. Class Attendance. Students are expected to attend all classes. Lateness for class will not be tolerated and will count as an absence. All foreseeable absences must be coordinated with your instructor in advance. Except in cases of sickness or emergency, if it is necessary for a cadet to miss a class, a request to do so will be submitted to the instructor by military letter prior to the beginning of class to receive credit for the work due that day. University policy requires any student who misses three consecutive lessons, or misses more lessons than the instructor deems advisable, be reported to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Missing class without a valid excuse, due to circumstances within the student’s control, will result in significant loss of class participation points. Additionally, cadets missing more than 30% of Aerospace Studies classes will receive a failing grade in accordance with AFROTC directives. Students are academically accountable for all material covered while absent.

5. Classroom Conduct. Cadets are expected to adhere to proper military customs and courtesies. Cadets’ conduct, bearing, preparedness, and attendance are part of their class participation evaluation. Cadets will address the instructor as “Sir” or “Ma’am” or by military rank and last name. Disagreement and free expression of opinion is encouraged, but must be professional and courteous. To promote free expression, academic freedom and non-attribution will be observed. There will be no retribution for ideas or opinions expressed in class and students may not attribute an idea or opinion to an individual outside the classroom without that person’s consent. The classroom will be called to attention when the instructor enters the classroom, and when a senior officer enters the room (usually the instructor will do this). Cadets will wear their uniforms to class in accordance with AFROTC directives and the commander’s uniform wear policy. Civilian attire may be worn on days that the uniform is not required to be worn. Civilian attire should be conservative in nature. Stray talking, smoking, and eating is not allowed.

6. Individual Counseling. Once each semester cadets are required to meet individually with their instructor for mid-term counseling. This is an opportunity for the instructor to talk to cadets one-on-one, monitor their academic progress for the current term, review their academic plan (Form 48), and discuss any issues relating to AFROTC with them. The two weeks prior to fall/spring break is the usual time for these meetings. Cadets should see their instructor to schedule this appointment. All students are, however, free to stop by the instructor’s office at any time to discuss matters of interest.