I e-mail Penn Foster and explain that I'm currently on deployment. I ask if I can continue on with the course even though the class participation portion is still being worked on. Given the short amount of time before receiving a response, its easy to tell that the "instructor" didn't even take time to think it over before replying and tellin me no. Gonna do my best to pass the class but I'm gonna be pissed if I run out of time because of the class participation.
Online college is sham. How are you supposed to party every night & meet hot chicks with online classes? F online college. They don't offer my main study. HAVING A GOOD FUGGIN TIME.
On a more serious note: F your instructor! You're deployed for god sake!
I take my online courses through Coastline Community College and they have been extremely flexible with me and my deployments. Especially since I am in an extremely high op tempo billet. I got an F once due to not fnishing a class due to a sudden departure and was able to get it stricken with a letter from my command stating my circumstances.
I would seek out some legal advice, but that's me, and my cousin is an attorney.
Side note: For future reference everyone, go to ratemyprofessor.com before choosing which instructor you want. It's helped me more than I can tell.