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Can a university not pay for teaching a student who later drops out?

Question Details: The online university where I teach pays by the student; full-time instructors have yearly quotas and part-time instructors are paid a dollar amount per student taught. The university, however, only pays for those students who remain enrolled for at least 60% of the course. Any students who drop at the 50% mark are not counted in our quotas or paid for when part-time wages are calculated. Our time teaching those students, who quit for a variety of reasons, is completely uncompensated. Is this legal?

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