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Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

Liberty University Online Student Services

Online Advising

Carissa Kregenow, B.S., M.B.A.
Director of Academic Advising

Each student has access to professional Academic Advisors who will assist the student with choosing and scheduling courses and are available to answer any questions the student may have or to help solve unexpected problems. In addition, every course is managed by a faculty member who is available to answer course-related and academic questions.

New students will need to contact an Admissions Specialist who will guide students in course selection for the first semester and assist in all other preparations until the first day of class. On the first day of the first sub-term in which students are enrolled, all questions concerning academic issues should be directed to the Academic Advising Department. Students are encouraged to contact the Academic Advising Department for help with any school-related problems they may encounter during the academic year.

Online services include Webmail and ASIST (Automated Student Information Services Tool). Webmail serves as the primary means of communication between the University and the student. Every student is assigned a personal Webmail account, which he is advised to check at least weekly. Using ASIST, students may register and drop courses, access and update their personal information, view their account balances, make online payments, view individual test and final course grades, email professors, view and calculate GPA, and apply for financial aid.


Liberty University Bookstore

Students purchase all course materials from MBS Direct. Purchases can be made online by accessing the web page at http://www.mbsdirect.net/liberty. Students should purchase materials after registration but prior to the sub-term begin date (course activation). Liberty does not guarantee that required course materials will be available after the sub-term activation date.

Materials for practicums and required intensives can be purchased from MBS Direct.

Tuition does not cover the cost of course materials.


Intensives

Intensive course schedules, enrollment procedures, tuition and fees, transportation and lodging information are accessible online at http://www.luonline.com/index.cfm?pid=14244.


Liberty University Online Library Services

Jeffrey M Dull, B.S., M.S.L.S.
Liberty University Online Librarian

The A. Pierre Guillermin Integrated Learning Resource Center (ILRC) functions are organized and serviced through a well-qualified faculty and staff. The ILRC provides a broad range of services to help students and faculty use information resources and technology effectively. These services include classroom-based instruction, personalized research assistance, and software support.

The ILRC provides many of its library services and resources to students in the Liberty University Online programs. Online students can access virtually all database resources through a proxy login system. In addition, they have direct toll-free telephone and email access to a librarian specializing in online support. The ILRC is committed to being the primary library for Liberty University Online students by offering timely personal contact and document delivery in order to meet their special needs. This includes the delivery of books and journal articles as well as research and reference services. Fees are assessed for copying, mailing, and faxing.

Liberty University Online students can contact the ILRC by email research@ liberty.edu or phone 434-582-2821


Disability Support

The Liberty University Online Office of Disability Academic Support (LU ODAS) exists to coordinate support services for online students with a documented disability. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, we seek to provide "reasonable" accommodations and create equal program access to all students. Our office works in conjunction with students and faculty to ensure that reasonable accommodations are made for students with documented disabilities. For more information, visit the ODAS web page https://www.liberty.edu /index.cfm?PID=15659 (login required) or contact the Liberty University Online ODAS staff at luoodas@liberty.edu.


Career Center

The Career Center strives to assist students in realizing their God-given potential through developing career and education decisions that are rooted in their faith and values. They provide services and resources to help students utilize their academic training in preparation for their professional development. Through the Virtual Career Center, residential and online students, as well as alumni, have access to career services without closing hours.

CAREER SERVICES

       http://www.liberty.edu/career
       Career Assessment – Focus 2
       Local and Regional Career Fairs
       Online Job Database – LUnetWORK for full-time, part-time and internship opportunities
       Resume and Cover Letter Critiques and Workshops
       Job Search and Research
       Graduate School Preparation
       Experiential Learning Programs
       Internships and Externships

Several programs are available to assist students in determining career goals and implementing appropriate educational plans. Through the Virtual Career Center, online job listings, career counseling, and a computerized career assessment, students are encouraged to explore various occupational fields, develop job-hunting skills, and research graduate education programs. Students are also encouraged to participate in experiential education programs, such as externships and internships, which provide practical work experience and complement their formal education.

For more information on any of the stated topics, please visit the Career Center website at http://www.liberty.edu /career.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
All students are encouraged to complete an internship to assist with career planning and gain practical experience within their chosen field of study.  Approximately sixty-percent of all interns receive a full-time job offer.  Students may earn from one to six (in some cases nine) semester hours of credit.  Many majors require at least three credits.  All applicants for credit internships, which are listed in the University’s Catalog, are processed through the Liberty University Career Center. 

Completed applications must be submitted to the Career Center by the appropriate deadline (NO EXCEPTIONS).
The Career Center also provides a special internship opportunity through the Washington Semester Fellowship (WSF). This program allows students to live and work in Washington D.C. where they are placed in internships relevant to their career or academic interests. Students in the WSF earn six credits of internship while taking six online credits. Additional leadership and professional development training are also available to participants.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING INTERNSHIPS AND CLINICAL PLACEMENTS
Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, or practica through their Liberty University program should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, finger printing, or drug screening.  In such situations, each student is responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening process and for delivering required documentation to the facility.  Although the university will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences and internship, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to work at that facility. 

Students should further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the State certification body.  Students seeking licensure are urged to contact the relevant licensing agency to determine the licensing requirements for the jurisdiction.  Successful completion of a program of study at Liberty University does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.


Online Advocate Office

Jason Byrd, B.S., M.B.A.
Director of Online Advocate Office

The Liberty University Online Advocate Office is committed to making the student’s experience at Liberty University both positive and life changing.  The Online Advocate Office works directly with advisors as well as university support offices to help students overcome obstacles on the journey from enrollment through graduation.

Additional information can be accessed online at http://www.luonline.com/index.cfm?PID=14289.


Liberty Online Ministries

Liberty Online Ministries provide spiritual resources to encourage and strengthen online students.

Various online resources are offered including Bible studies, articles on a variety of life issues of interest to students, and prayer ministry resources.  All of this is available through a community web page designed to connect online students with other Liberty students within their geographic area. More information on the resources and services provided is available at http://www.liberty.edu/communities.


Convocation and Campus Church

Rev. Johnnie Moore, Jr., B.S., M.A.R.
Vice President for Executive Projects and Spiritual Programs

As a dynamic institution vitally interested in the whole person, Liberty provides for physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the Liberty community. To meet these needs, Liberty provides opportunities for students to gather and serve as a community through convocations and campus church services.  Liberty University Online students are encouraged to attend church services as well as convocation when completing on campus intensives.



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