Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 31

Academic Information
is approved, the student will be placed on academic
monitoring/probation and will be required to meet
regularly with the academic counselor during the
semester. The student will have that semester to
achieve a 2.00 cumulative GPA to be removed from
academic monitoring/probation and continue their
enrollment at the college.
Any student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0
may not participate in extracurricular activities such
as student government, athletics, music and missions
Academic Dishonesty
It is the responsibility of the faculty member to
pursue suspected incidents of academic dishonesty
occurring within his/her courses. If a student is
found to be guilty of cheating, plagiarism or another
form of academic dishonesty, the faculty member
is required to document the incident in writing and
submit the report to the Vice President of Academic
Affairs. The first documented incident of academic
dishonesty will result in the student failing the
assignment or the course at the instructor’s discretion
depending on the severity of the incident, and the
student will become ineligible for any academic
awards that semester. Any subsequent documented
offense of academic dishonesty by that student
(regardless of whether it occurs in the same or any
other course taken by the student at the college) will
result in automatic failure of the course and expulsion
of the student from the college for a minimum of
one academic year.
Student Appeal Process
Grade Appeals
Any student who believes that a grade received for a
course, assignment, or examination has been awarded
improperly or unfairly should address his or her
concerns directly to the faculty instructor involved,
and then, as necessary, with the department chair.
If satisfactory resolution is not reached through this
informal process, a student may submit a written
appeal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Appeals must be submitted within one month of the
occurrence of the incident and should provide a clear
description of the incident along with an explanation
of why the student believes the action was unfair.
The faculty member will be invited to submit a
written response to the student’s appeal. The Vice
President of Academic Affairs will constitute an
appeals committee within a week following the
submission of the appeal. The committee will
consist of:
The Vice President of Academic Affairs.
One full-time faculty member chosen by the
faculty member whose decision has been appealed.
One full-time faculty member chosen by the
One full-time faculty member chosen by the
Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The appeals committee will read the student’s written
appeal and the faculty member’s response. They
may request the student and/or faculty member
be available to respond to questions relating to
the issue. The committee will consider all of the
information and come to a decision relating to the
appeal. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will
be responsible for communicating the decision in
writing to the student and faculty member.
Appeals of Academic Dismissal
A student subject to academic dismissal because
of a low cumulative GPA or because of academic
dishonesty may appeal by submitting a letter to the
Vice President of Academic Affairs within two
weeks of being notified of dismissal, along with an
explanation of why the student believes the dismissal
was unfair. The student’s request will be reviewed by
the Academic Affairs Council with input from the
student’s advisor, faculty who have had the student
in recent classes, and the academic counselor. The
council will make a decision on the appeal which will
be communicated in writing to the student by the
Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Appeals of Student Development
Department Disciplinary Decisions
Should a student’s conduct put his/her standing
with the school in jeopardy because of violations
of student policy, the issue shall be brought before
the Student Life Deans. If, after their careful
consideration of the issue, they conclude it is in the
best interests of the individual and the college for
the student to be dismissed, it is in their power to
take such action. Should the student wish to appeal
that decision, he/she may do so through the Dean
for Student Life within forty-eight hours. The appeal
must be made by the student; appeals from outside
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