Larry Shackleton, B.A., M.S.
Vice President for Administrative Information Management and Registrar
Tom Calvert, B.S.
Dawn Sandas, B.S., M.A.
SEMESTER CREDIT SYSTEM
The University operates on the semester system. The unit for counting credit is the semester hour. A semester hour of credit consists of the equivalent of one 50-minute period of class work for fifteen weeks, with an assumption of two hours of outside preparation or two 50-minute periods of laboratory work for each semester hour.
PART TIME vs. FULL TIME
To qualify as a full-time undergraduate student, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours. A part-time student must be enrolled from six to 11 credit hours.
SEMESTER LOAD AND OVERLOAD
The usual semester load for full-time undergraduate students is 14-17 hours per semester. Students must secure permission to take more than 18 hours in a semester. A student who has established a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better may, with the approval of the Department Chair, take up to 20 hours; 21 hours requires the Dean’s signature and a cumulative GPA of 3.50. Students will be required to pay additional tuition for any hours over 18. Students who have not declared a major must request this permission from the Dean of the Center for Academic Support and Advising Services. The maximum load a student may carry is 21 hours per semester. This includes courses from all sources.
The classification of students at Liberty is based on their degree level and number of earned semester hours.
Classification Semester Hours Earned Freshman 23.99 Sophomore 24.00—47.99 Junior 48.00—71.99 Senior 72.00—and above
GRADES, QUALITY POINTS, AND GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)
All work is graded by letters, which are assigned quality points as indicated below:
Grade Meaning Quality Points Per Semester Hour A Excellent 4 AU Audit 0 B Good 3 C Average 2 D Poor 1 F Failure 0 FN Failure for Non-Attendance 0 I Incomplete 0 IP In Progress 0 M Medical Incomplete 0 NP Did Not Pass 0 P Pass 0 Q Academic Amnesty 0 R Course Repeated 0 W Withdrew 0
To determine the grade point average, (GPA) the quality points earned are divided by the semester hours attempted (quality hours). Only courses taken at Liberty are used in computing the GPA. Only grades of A, B, C, D, F, and FN are used in the calculation of the GPA.
Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more hours in the fall or spring term with a GPA of 3.50 or above are placed on the Dean’s List. The Dean’s list is not awarded for the summer semester.
Each student will be assigned a Professional Advisor based on their major upon arrival on campus. The advisors will guide students during their time at the University. All questions concerning academic issues should be directed to the advisors. Students are encouraged to contact their advisors for help with any academic-related problems they may encounter during the academic year.
Assessments in math and English are available for all new resident students, both first-time college students and college transfer students. In addition, required assessments for all new students are given in information technology and information literacy. These assessments assist in placing students in the proper course level in these disciplines. Further, follow-up assessments are administered to assist the University in determining the effectiveness of the instruction in these core areas. A fee is charged for each assessment.
TRANSFER OF CREDITS
Only courses and degrees from a regionally accredited institution or those nationally accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer of credit. Applicants must request that official transcripts be sent directly from the Registrar(s) of the previous school(s) to the Registrar’s Office at Liberty University. These transcripts must be received before an admission decision will be made.
Credit will be accepted for those courses that are undergraduate level in which applicants have made a grade of C or better. Transcripts are evaluated under the guidelines established by the Senate Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Internships, capstone courses, special topics, remedial courses, workshops, seminars, independent studies, and varsity courses are not transferable. Students may appeal their transfer evaluation with a course description and Transfer Inquiry Form.
At any point prior to degree conferral, students may petition to have courses that are listed as electives substitute for required courses by using the Course Substitution form.
INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER CREDIT
The evaluation of international transfer credit requires students to submit a translated official transcript in conjunction with course descriptions prior to the approval process. International transfer credit is accepted only from an institution recognized by the government of the country in which the institution is located.
Foreign students are encouraged and sometimes required to use foreign credential evaluation services such as World Education Services (www.wes.org) to have their transcripts validated and evaluated before sending them to Liberty University. A credential evaluation service must be a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) before it can be accepted at Liberty University.
CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
Liberty University offers students the opportunity to be awarded academic credit toward their undergraduate degrees through testing. Credit may be earned through the Advanced Placement, CLEP, ICE, DSST, Excelsior and Aviation programs.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
Students who receive a score of 3 or higher on the following College Board Advanced Placement examinations will be awarded academic credit toward an undergraduate degree. Credit will be awarded only in those areas applicable to the Liberty curriculum.
AP Title Required Score LU Course(s) Credit Hours Art History 3 HUMN 101 3 Biology 3 BIOL 101 & 103 4 Calculus AB 3 MATH 131 4 Calculus BC 3 MATH 131 4 4 MATH 131 & 132 8 Calculus AB Sub-score 3 MATH 131 4 Chemistry 3 CHEM 121 & 122 8 Comparative Politics 3 GOVT 330 3 Computer Science AB 3 CSCI 111 & 112 6 Economics – Micro 3 ECNC 213 3 Economics – Macro 3 ECNC 214 3 English Language 3 ENGL 101 3 English Literature 3 ENGL 102 3 European History 3 HIEU 201 & 202 6 French Language 3 FREN 101 & 102 6 4 FREN 101, 102 & 201 9 5 FREN 101, 102, 201 & 202 12 German Language 3 GRMN 101 & 102 6 4 GRMN 101, 102 & 201 9 5 GRMN 101, 102, 201 & 202 12 Government & Politics: US 3 GOVT 220 3 Human Geography 3 GEOG 200 3 Physics B 3 PHYS 201 4 4 PHYS 201 & 202 8 Physics C – Mechanics 3 PHYS 231 4 Physics C – Electricity 3 PHYS 232 4 Psychology 3 PSYC 101 3 Spanish Language 3 SPAN 101 & 102 6 4 SPAN 101, 102 & 201 9 5 SPAN 101, 102, 201 & 202 12 Statistics 3 MATH 201 3 Studio Art Drawing 3 ARTS 210 3 U.S. History 3 HIUS 221 & 222 6 World History 3 HIEU 201& 202 6
Information about these examinations may be obtained by writing to: The College Board; Advanced Placement Examination; PO Box 977; Princeton, New Jersey 08450.
COLLEGE-LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), sponsored by The College Board, offers a unique opportunity to gain college credit for knowledge that a student has acquired. The program includes several tests covering a variety of subjects. Students who meet or exceed the Liberty University minimum score will receive the corresponding credit. A registration fee of $50 will be charged for each CLEP test attempted. A $80 CLEP administration fee will be charged on the day of the test. Testing is computer-based and administered in the Bruckner Learning Center, Testing Services.
CLEP tests cannot be taken after classes begin, during the student’s final semester.
Subject Area Minimum Score LU Course(s) Credit Hours American Government 50 GOVT 220 3 American Literature 50 ENGL 201/202 6 Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 ENGL 2XX 3 Business Law 50 BUSI 301 3 Calculus Elem Functions 50 MATH 131 4 College Algebra 50 MATH 121 3 College Math 50 MATH 115 3 College Composition 50 ENGL 101 3 College Composition Modular 60 ENGL 101 3 Educational Psychology 50 PSYC 311 3 English Literature 50 ENGL 215/216 6 Financial Accounting 50 ACCT 211 3 General Biology 50 BIOL 101/102 6 General Chemistry 50 CHEM 121/122 8 French Language 38 FREN 101 3 50 FREN 101/102 6 57 FREN 101/102/201 9 59 FREN 101/ 102/ 201/ 202 12 German Language 38 GRMN 101 3 50 GRMN 101/102 6 57 GRMN 101/102/201 9 60 GRMN 101/102/ 201/202 12 History of US I 50 HIUS 221 3 History of US II 50 HIUS 222 3 Human Growth & Development 50 PSYC 210 3 Humanities 50 HUMN 101 ENGL 2XX 6 Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 INFT 1XX 3 Introduction to Psychology 50 PSYC 101 3 Introduction to Sociology 50 SOCI 200 3 Macro-Economics 50 ECON 214 3 Management 53 BUSI 310 3 Marketing 50 BUSI 330 3 Micro-Economics 50 ECON 213 3 Natural Sciences 50 BIOL 101 PHYS 101 6 Pre-Calculus 50 MATH 128 3 Social Sciences and History 50 SOCI 200 HIST 2XX 6 Spanish Language 38 SPAN 101 3 50 SPAN 101/102 6 57 SPAN 101/102/201 9 63 SPAN 101/102 /201/202 12 Western Civilization I 50 HIEU 201 3 Western Civilization II 50 HIEU 202 3
INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE EXAMINATIONS (ICE)
To apply for credit by examination, students must submit the ICE Request form to the department of the University in which the course is offered. A registration fee of $50 will be charged for each ICE attempted. A $80 ICE administration fee will be charged on the day of the test. Such requests are subject to the following guidelines:
BIBL 105 CSCI 110* ISYS 211* BIBL 110 CSCI 111* ISYS 212* BIBL 323 CSCI 112* MATH (all BIBL 364 EVAN 101 above 121) BIBL 425 GREK 201 MUSC 105 BIOL 213 GREK 202 MUSC 106 BIOL 215 GREK 301 NURS 210 CHEM 107 GREK 302 PHYS (all) CHHI 301 ISYS 110* THEO 201 CHHI 302 ISYS 201 THEO 202 *Must be taken in prerequisite order
DANTES SUBJECT STANDARDIZED TESTS (DSST)
Undergraduate college credit may be earned through the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) program. The DSST program is administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) in conjunction with DANTES. Examinations are available to both military personnel and civilians. A minimum score of 50 is required for Liberty University Online programs. Computer-based tests in the DANTES DSST program are administered in the Bruckner Learning Center, Testing Services. The Liberty University registration fee is $50. The DSST fee is $80.
The School of Aeronautics Testing Center serves as a Federal Aviation Administration’s official Federal Aviation Testing Site for the Airman and A&P Knowledge Tests. All test candidates, not just students in the Liberty University Aviation program, are eligible to use the FAA aviation computer-based testing center. For scheduling please call 434-582-2183.
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CREDIT
Credit may be granted to students who demonstrate that they have already acquired, through life experiences such as job training, non-college courses, etc., course knowledge required for the degree program in which they are enrolled. Credit will be limited to a maximum of 30 hours.
There are some portfolios/courses that will not be admitted, such as COMS courses, GOVT 200, internship courses, capstone courses, as well as other courses not approved by academic departments. Please note that admission of a portfolio does not guarantee that credit will be awarded.
Students must receive tentative approval from the Department Chair for each course for which they are seeking credit. A separate portfolio must be submitted for each course. An administrative fee of $100 will be charged for each portfolio submitted for assessment. (Liberty University Online students seek tentative approval from the Portfolio Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Each portfolio must define learning in terms of college-level competencies for specific course credit. All documentation submitted in portfolios will remain in the student’s personal file at the University.
A 3-hour course (GEED 205) is required to assist students with the development of portfolios that demonstrate that the required knowledge has been attained. Liberty University Online Education students must take EDUC 205 which offers a portfolio option for teachers. Students may submit portfolios for experiential learning credit at any time prior to graduation. Credit earned through this process will not be counted toward the required minimum of 30 hours of credit that must be completed through Liberty University. Also, portfolio credit cannot exceed 50% of the major. Further information may be found on the Internet at http://www.luonline.com/portfolio.
Liberty University will evaluate students’ prior military experience and develop a degree plan for each student to follow. Evaluations will be based solely upon the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) guidebook, Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Students will generally find that the Interdisciplinary Studies major offer through Liberty University Online maximizes the use of their existing credits.
COURSEWORK AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS
Prior to registering for any course at another institution, students must submit a Transient Approval form. The online form can be found on the registrar’s office webpage.
CREDIT FOR SEMINARS
As part of the “action-oriented” curriculum at Liberty, certain seminars and travel opportunities are offered for academic credit. Students who wish to obtain credit for such activities must receive prior approval from the Registrar.
DECLARATION OF UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR
Students may declare their major at any time prior to the completion of 60 semester hours. They must declare a major by the time they complete 60 semester hours of undergraduate credit. Declaration of a major does not imply acceptance into programs such as Athletic Training, Cinematic Arts, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, or teacher licensure. Such programs have specific requirements before acceptance is granted.
A student’s computer competency must be demonstrated within the first 45 hours of a student’s program. Transfer students must complete this within their first year at Liberty.
Acceptance into a major does not constitute acceptance into the Teacher Licensure Program.
CHANGE OF MAJOR
All requests to change degree programs, majors, cognates and concentrations must be submitted in writing to the Center for Academic Support and Advising Services. Requests must be signed by the student in order to be processed. Major changes become effective for the semester following their submission.
Students who wish to complete a double major (BS/BS or BA/BA) or two separate undergraduate degrees (BA/BS or BA/BM or BS/BM) must meet with their professional advisor in CASAS to work out a completion plan.
Students must have 30 unique hours within the major core of the second major or degree. The foundational and investigative studies may be shared if they are the same. However, if any requirements are different, the student must fulfill the higher of the two requirements.
The requirements from one major can be used as electives for the second major, and vice versa. At least 50% of the course work for each major must be earned at Liberty University.
DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Once a student has declared his or her major through CASAS, a Degree Completion Plan (DCP) may be retrieved at www.liberty.edu/dcps. The student is required to follow the DCP for the academic year in which the declaration becomes effective.
Grades of D are not acceptable in upper-level (300-400) courses within the student’s major. For certain majors, a grade of D is not acceptable in upper- and lower-level courses within the major.
If a major includes directed electives or support courses, it is possible to use them to also meet a general education requirement or a minor requirement. Courses cannot fulfill both a major requirement and a general education requirement.
A student with an already completed bachelor’s degree must take an additional 30 hours or more in order to earn a second bachelor’s degree at Liberty, in conjunction with completing all requirements unique to that degree. The same rule applies to those students who have completed a degree at another accredited institution. Courses may transfer to Liberty from a completed undergraduate degree, but only courses that apply directly to the degree being pursued.
DEGREE COMPLETION PLAN (DCP) AUDIT
The Degree Completion Plan (DCP) Audit provides real-time advice and counsel, making it possible for students to track progress towards degree completion at their convenience. It also enables students to immediately see how their credits will apply towards a different degree program.
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.
Students at Liberty University are not required to complete a minor. Those who wish to declare a minor, however, are encouraged to meet with their professional advisor to review the requirements for that minor. A minor on the student’s transcript indicates the completion of a block of courses that academic departments have specified as meeting the requirements of their minor.
Consequently, since the selection of a minor is not a graduation requirement for any major at Liberty, students may use courses required for any given major to also count toward a minor if such courses are required for the minor. Students must earn a “C” or higher in all upper level courses in their chosen minor. At least 50% of the course work must be earned at Liberty University.
Finally, students who are completing requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree, that requires twelve hours of a language, may take one additional, approved course in the chosen language and declare a minor in that language.
SPECIAL STUDENT REGISTRATION
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY
For the good of the Liberty University student body, a consistent attendance policy is needed so that all students in all majors will understand the expectations of faculty in all their courses. In general, regular and punctual attendance in all classes is expected of all students. At times, students will miss classes. These absences will be identified as either excused or unexcused and will be handled per the policy below.
CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY
From time to time it may be necessary to cancel a class because of insufficient enrollment or other extenuating circumstances. The decision for such a cancellation is ultimately that of the Provost of the University. Every effort will be made to provide notice of the cancellation at least two weeks prior to the first scheduled meeting of the class. The Registrar’s Office will advise the student of the cancellation and any other options including the possible rescheduling of the class. The University does not assume responsibility for any delay in the anticipated graduation date of individual students that might result from such class cancellations.
Students may request to do an independent study project in a major field or related discipline. This option is limited to graduating seniors, students who have changed majors and have no other course of action, and students who may have approved extenuating circumstances Permission for the independent study will be granted only upon approval by the Department Chair, the Dean of the School, and the Registrar. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office and on the Registrar’s webpage.
Students who wish to audit a residential course may do so for a fee (see Expenses and Financial Policy section). Audit fees are not covered in block-tuition billing, and audited courses will not be used to determine full- or part-time status. Auditors will not be expected to take quizzes or examinations. A grade of AU will be recorded on the auditor’s permanent record.
Course audits may not be added via ASIST, but must be requested in person at the registrar’s office. Requests to audit a course will only be accepted during add/drop week (or the week before the start of a summer term for summer courses). Audit requests will be processed and added on the last day of the add/drop period, pending seat availability. A student wishing to change from credit to audit status for a course may only do so until the last day of the add/drop period. Requests to change to or from audit status after the add/drop period will be denied.
Lecture-only courses may be audited. Courses considered lecture/lab, labs, private instruction, etc. may not be audited. Audited courses will not count toward graduation requirements.
DROPPING/ADDING/WITHDRAWING FROM COURSES
Changes are discouraged after a student and advisor have arranged the student’s schedule for the semester.
Resident students desiring to take an online course must enroll in the course during the prescribed Liberty University Online registration period. A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher is needed before a residential student may register for an online course. Resident students taking online courses will be charged resident tuition.
A Fall/Spring course may be dropped without a grade, tuition, and fee charges within the first five days of the semester. From the sixth day until around the 10th week of class (see academic calendar for exact date), a Fall/Spring course may be withdrawn with a grade of W. The student will be responsible for the tuition and fees for the course. All course withdrawals after the 5th day will be recorded as W. W grades are not used in calculating a GPA. Course withdrawals with grades of W are used in determining a student’s academic load for the semester, upon which tuition charges are based.
No course can be added after the first week of classes without signed approval from the course instructor and the Registrar’s Office.
Exceptions to these deadlines may be granted by the Registrar in unusual circumstances, such as extreme illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control.
No course is considered officially added or dropped until the add/drop form is submitted to the Registrar’s Office and processed. This form may require the written approval of the instructor of the course.
A 1-2 week intensive course may be dropped without a grade or tuition charges through the first day of that class up to 4 p.m. A 1-2 week intensive course may be dropped with a grade of W from the second day of class through noon on the last day of that class. The student will be responsible to pay the tuition and fees for the course.
A summer school course (3-8 week) may be dropped without a grade or tuition charges through the third day of class until 4:00 pm. The student is responsible for tuition and fees after this deadline. A summer school course (3-8 week) may be dropped with a grade of “W” by 4:00 pm on the fourteenth business day after the first day of class.
REMEMBER: Any change in status (i.e., from full-time to part-time, etc.) may cause the reduction or cancellation of your financial aid award. In other words, your out-of-pocket expenses may increase.
WITHDRAWAL FROM LIBERTY
Students withdrawing from the University during the semester must meet with a representative from the Student Advocate Office for exit counseling. As a part of this process, the student must also meet with a representative from the Financial Aid Office and the Student Accounts Office (if there is an outstanding balance on the student’s account), and will be required to submit a signed statement of withdrawal. The student’s official withdrawal date is the date they begin the withdrawal process by notifying a representative from the Student Advocate Office of his/her intent to withdraw.
Students withdrawing before the semester begins must only contact the Student Advocate Office in order to initiate the withdrawal process.
Any student who withdraws from the University during the first eight weeks of classes will receive a tuition refund. (See Expenses and Financial Policy Information: Withdrawals section). This is in effect even if the student drops classes in such a way as to go below full-time status during add/drop week.
If a student withdraws from all classes in a term, the student has officially withdrawn from the University. Financial Aid Recipients are subject to the Title IV withdrawal calculation.
Students receiving all grades of FN will be considered to have unofficially withdrawn from Liberty. The withdrawal date will be determined by the Registrar’s Office and will be based upon University information indicating the student’s last date of attendance in class. Students with Federal grants and/or Federal loans will be subject to the Title IV withdrawal calculation. The Title IV withdrawal calculation will result in the reduction and/or cancellation of all Financial Aid. Consideration will be given to students withdrawing due to circumstances beyond their control. The Registrar’s Office will determine the official withdrawal date based upon the extenuating circumstances.
An expulsion resulting from violation of the disciplinary system will result in an administrative withdrawal. A grade of W will be recorded in all courses for which the individual is officially registered.
A $50 fee will be charged for the processing of an official, unofficial, or administrative withdrawal. This fee will be deducted from any refund due on the student’s account or he/she will be responsible for payment of this fee.
Anyone who withdraws from the University is considered to be breaking enrollment. Students who break enrollment must apply for readmission and will be subject to the requirements of the catalog and degree requirements in effect at the time of his or her readmission.
A student may not withdraw after finals begin or final exam/paper has been submitted.
UNDERGRADUATE REPEAT POLICY
The Liberty University Undergraduate Repeat Policy is designed to assist undergraduate students in raising their cumulative grade point average by repeating courses in which they previously performed unsatisfactorily and by removing the previous grade from the GPA calculation.
Undergraduate students are subject to the following conditions:
*Final grade has been earned and posted
Students must maintain satisfactory academic standing in order to remain at Liberty. Satisfactory academic standing for students enrolled in bachelor’s programs is:
Minimum GPA Level 1 (0–23.99 hours) 1.50 Level 2 (24–47.99 hours) 1.65 Level 3 (48–71.99 hours) 1.85 Level 4 (72 or more hours) 2.00
Academic Standing is calculated only at the end of each fall and spring semester. At the end of each fall and spring semester, students on Academic Warning, Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal will be sent a notification by the Registrar’s Office.
Any University organization that has students who represent Liberty University in activities that involve student traveling (exclusive of one-time missions exposure trips) must first provide a list of students on the team to the Registrar to verify if the students are in good academic standing. Students who are not in good academic standing are prohibited from traveling.
Students failing to attain and maintain the minimum GPA required are placed on Academic Warning. During the next semester, undergraduate students are limited to a 13-semester-hour course load and are required to take CLST 101, 102, 103 or 105, and may not represent the University on any team without approval from the appropriate committee. A student may not drop or withdraw from the course without permission from the Director of the Bruckner Learning Center.
At the end of the semester on Academic Warning, students who fail to raise the GPA to the required academic level (see above) are placed on Academic Probation. These students are required to sign an academic plan from CASAS indicating the grades necessary to remove Probation status. During the next semester of attendance, undergraduate students are limited to a 13-semester-hour course load, are required to take CLST 101, 102, 103 or 105, and may not represent the University on any team without approval from the appropriate committee. A student may not drop or withdraw from the course without permission from the Director of the Bruckner Learning Center.
At the end of the semester on Academic Probation, students who fail to raise the GPA to the required academic level (see above) are placed on Academic Suspension. Students who desire to return to Liberty in the future must appeal to the Registrar’s Office in writing. If approved to return, the Registrar/CASAS will determine a plan that will prepare students for a successful re-entry to Liberty. These students are required to sign an academic plan from CASAS indicating the grades necessary to remove the Academic Suspension status. During the next semester of attendance, undergraduate students are limited to a 13-semester-hour course load, are required to take CLST 101, 102, 103 or 105, and may not represent the University on any team without approval from the appropriate committee. A student may not drop or withdraw from the course without permission from the Director of the Bruckner Learning Center. Students should not expect automatic readmission after serving a period of Suspension.
Students who are enrolled for 12 or more hours and fail all courses will be Academically Suspended.
Students who are readmitted to Liberty after serving a period of suspension and who fail to raise the GPA to the required academic level (see above) by the end of the semester will be Academically Dismissed and will not be allowed to return to Liberty unless qualifying for Academic Amnesty.
Students academically suspended or dismissed from the university must satisfy the subsequent guidelines for readmission under academic amnesty:
Liberty University students, faculty, administrators, and staff together form a Christian community based upon the values and goals of the Bible. These are defined in our foundational statements, including our Doctrinal Statement, our Philosophy of Education and Mission Statement, the Statement of Professional Ethics for the Faculty, and our Student Code. Together, these statements situate Liberty University within the long tradition of university culture, which in its beginnings was distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth.
Anyone, whether Christian or non-Christian, who shares our values and goals, is both welcome and valued in our community. We want all students to feel comfortable in our community of learning, and we extend to all of our students our spiritual and academic resources, with the goal of fostering spiritual growth, character development, and academic maturity.
Communities are based upon shared values and practices. This Code of Honor, an expression of the values inherent in our Doctrinal Statement, defines the rules and principles by which our community functions. At the core of this Code are two key concepts: a belief in the dignity of all persons and an insistence on the existence of objective truth.
While we understand that everyone will not agree with the statements that follow, we do expect that our students respect and uphold these standards while enrolled at Liberty University. Abiding by the principles and behaviors established in this Code of Honor makes possible the success of our students and the strengthening of the Liberty community.
A. ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to plagiarism, cheating and falsification.
Plagiarism is the intentional failure to give sufficient attribution to the words, ideas, or data of others that the student has incorporated into his/her work for the purpose of misleading the reader. In some cases, a student may be careless and fail to give credit to the words, ideas or data of others. In such situations, plagiarism has still occurred, but the professor may choose a sanction as deemed appropriate. In order to avoid plagiarism, students must conscientiously provide sufficient attribution. Attribution is sufficient if it adequately informs and, therefore, does not materially mislead a reasonable reader as to the true source of the words, ideas, or data. Students who have any doubt as to whether they have provided sufficient attribution have the responsibility to obtain guidance from their professor or other person to whom they are submitting their work.
Cheating is a form of dishonesty in which a student gives the appearance of a level of knowledge or skill that the student has not obtained, provides unauthorized aid, or wrongly takes advantage of another’s work. Examples include, but are not limited to:
Falsification is a form of dishonesty in which a student misrepresents the truth, invents facts, or distorts the origin or content of information used as authority. Examples include, but are not limited to:
B. PROCEDURES FOR THE INVESTIGATION, ADJUDI-CATION, AND LEVELING OF SANCTIONS FOR THE VIOLATIONS OF THE ACADEMIC CODE OF HONOR
1. Processing Allegations
When an alleged violation of the Academic Code of Honor has been reported to the instructor or administration, the instructor will confront the student within ten business days of the discovery of the infraction. The instructor may issue an oral (or written) reprimand, send written notification to the Department Chair or Program Director, reduce a grade, adjust credit on an assignment and/or require additional work. The instructor may determine that a failing grade for the course is the appropriate sanction. In any event, the instructor will inform the student of the decision.
The reporting procedure is as follows:
If the professor determines that a sanction is called for, the professor may issue an oral or written reprimand, adjust credit and/or require additional work. The professor also maintains the right to assign the grade of F for the course if the investigation determines that it is the appropriate sanction. In this instance, the Registrar will record the F, which will appear on the student’s transcript. The repeat policy may not be applied to this grade.
If the student is found guilty of academic dishonesty (either blatant or non-blatant) in any subsequent course where a grade of F for academic dishonesty is posted, he or she will be dismissed from the University.
In determining the sanction to be imposed, the following will be considered: the student’s intent to violate the Code of Honor, the degree of carelessness, the gravity of the offense and the student’s overall conduct while enrolled at Liberty University. Student Affairs and Registrar may be consulted during this process.
In cases of proven academic misconduct in a particular course, the Department Chair or Program Director will usually defer to the course professor’s recommendation. In some cases, however, where the Department Chair or Program Director perceives a clear conflict of interest or faulty judgment on the part of the faculty member, or where the sanctions suggested by the professor are demonstrably inconsistent with those that resulted from other similar instances of academic misconduct, the Department Chair or Program Director reserve the right to adjust the sanction(s) as appropriate.
A written copy of the decision shall be mailed or e-mailed to the student.
Please Note: All cases of alleged academic dishonesty will be resolved with the utmost concern for strict confidentiality by those individuals involved in the proceedings. Information about the case will be provided only to those with a need to know in order to perform their job duties.
3. Appeal Procedure
In cases where an allegation of any Academic Code of Honor violation occurs and the student does not admit guilt, he/she may pursue the process below. The student will be given an opportunity to provide written evidence in opposition to the charge. Persons who threaten or conduct other acts of retaliation against those individuals who acted in good faith (i.e., honestly and with intentions of being fair) in reporting (even if mistakenly) alleged instances of academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible suspension or expulsion from Liberty. Any report of alleged academic dishonesty not made in good faith will also be subject to disciplinary action.
Examples of retaliation include, but are not limited to:
A complete overview of the appeal process follows:
Upon receiving two or more grades of F for academic dishonesty, the student will be dismissed for violation of the Code of Honor. Following dismissal, the student may not be considered for readmission for a minimum of five years. Readmission to the University will follow the academic amnesty policy described in the Academic Catalog. The Dean of the School has the right to refuse readmission of the student to the same degree program from which he or she was dismissed for academic dishonesty.
Students who are unable to complete coursework by the last day of class due to unavoidable circumstances such as personal illness/injury or family emergencies may appeal to their instructor for a temporary course grade of “I” (Incomplete). The authority for the decision to grant an incomplete completely lies with the instructor. Denial of the request for an incomplete may include, but is not limited to, the student’s inability to earn a passing grade with completion of the remaining requirements, as well as an insufficient reason for the request. Students must initiate the request for an incomplete directly to the instructor by the last day of class (before the final exam period for residential classes).
The instructor will establish a new deadline for the completion of the remaining coursework, based on the circumstances. The instructor may grant up to two weeks beyond the last day of the term (or sub-term for Liberty University Online courses) for non-medical circumstances and up to four weeks beyond the last day of the term (or sub-term for Liberty University Online courses) for personal medical circumstances.
For extreme personal medical circumstances, a maximum of eight weeks for Liberty University Online courses and 16 weeks for residential courses may be given as long as sufficient medical documentation (from a medical professional) is presented along with the request. However, while the decision to grant an extended incomplete remains with the instructor, the request and medical documentation needs to be submitted to the registrar’s office. The instructor will be responsible to communicate the remaining requirements, as well as the extended deadline, to the student.
The instructor will post a final grade within two weeks from the deadline established for the incomplete. If a final grade is not posted within two weeks of the deadline, a grade of “F” will be posted by the registrar’s office. A grade of “I” may not be changed to a withdrawal.
The GPA is unaffected by the incomplete until a final grade is posted after the deadline. However, grades of “I” will count as hours attempted and not completed, and will negatively affect a student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
GRADING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Liberty University Faculty members, both residential and online, must submit final grades for all students to the Registrar at the end of each term. Faculty teaching online courses should have grades submitted to the Registrar on or before the second Wednesday after the course ends. Faculty teaching residential courses should have grades submitted to the Registrar one week after the end of each semester. Liberty University Faculty members, both residential and online, are urged to promptly complete and submit final course grades. Confidentiality of student grades falls under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. Please see the FERPA section and policies for more information.
Liberty University incorporates a standardized 1,000 point system across all undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate utilizes a 100 point scale to differentiate between letter grades, while the graduate programs utilize three distinct scales: 80, 70 and 60 point scales to differentiate between letter grades. Each academic department determines the scale used within the department. The grading scale for each course will be posted within the syllabus for each course. Students are encouraged to review the syllabus for each course individually to verify the grade scale.
Undergraduate Grading Scale
(100 point scale)
A 900 to 1,000 B 800 to 899 C 700 to 799 D 600 to 699 F 599 and Below
Any extra credit assignments that are a part of the instructor’s syllabus must be completed prior to the final exam for the course. A student may not submit assignments for extra credit after the semester has ended and a final exam has been given.
GRADE APPEAL PROCESS
The appeal process for believed errors on grade reports is as follows:
Official transcripts are made only at the written, signed request of the student concerned. No transcript will be issued for anyone who has failed to meet all financial obligations to the University. Requests for transcripts are to be made directly to the Registrar’s Office. There is a $10.00 fee for one transcript. Additional transcript requests made at the same time are $1.00 each.
FERPA – PRIVACY OF STUDENT RECORDS: FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT
Students attending, or who have attended, Liberty University are given certain rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended (20 U.S.C. 1232g) and Rules of the Department of Education (34 C.F.R. Part 99) implementing this Act. Department of Education FERPA site: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.
Additional information and University policies regarding the protection of student records are published online at http://www.liberty.edu/ferpa.
Honors for graduation will be determined by the cumulative grade point average earned at Liberty. Bachelor’s degree students who have earned 60 or more hours at Liberty must meet the following GPA standards to earn the corresponding academic distinction:
3.50 – 3.66 cum laude 3.67 – 3.84 magna cum laude 3.85 and above summa cum laude
Those who have earned less than 60 hours at Liberty must meet the following GPA standards:
3.60 – 3.76 cum laude 3.77 – 3.94 magna cum laude 3.95 and above summa cum laude
The specific honor calculated on or around April 1 of the student’s graduation year will be printed in the Commencement program, and the student will wear that particular honor cord. The final cumulative GPA will be determined after all grades have been recorded and that final cumulative GPA will determine the specific honor that will be printed on the diploma and transcript.
Associate degree students who have a 3.50 cumulative GPA will receive honors at Commencement.
Students graduating in the honors program wear a gold medallion during commencement.
To receive the distinction of graduating with honors in the University Honors Program, a student must meet the following requirements, in addition to those mentioned above:
All undergraduate residential students must meet these requirements for graduation.
After the matriculated bachelor’s degree candidate has completed 75 hours toward graduation, the Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS) will evaluate the academic and Christian/Community Service record using the transcript and any approved exceptions to the program which might have been placed in the file.
The associate’s degree student will be evaluated after completing 30 hours toward graduation. Every attempt will be made to keep students informed of curricular changes so that time is given for correcting any deficiencies prior to graduation.
Students are also encouraged to utilize the DCP Audit on ASIST in order to determine which requirements may still be outstanding.
Students who break enrollment will be required to follow the degree requirements in effect at the time of re-entry to the University.
All candidates for graduation must be approved by the Faculty and the Board of Trustees. Conditions such as transfer credit and incomplete grades should be removed by the beginning of the candidate’s last semester.
Degrees are granted throughout the academic school year. All candidates for degrees may participate in the annual graduation exercises which take place in May. All CLEP and ICE tests must be completed prior to the start of the student’s final semester.
TIME LIMITS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION
Students pursuing an associate’s degree must complete the degree requirements within seven (7) years of the date of matriculation.
Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the degree requirement within 10 years of the date of matriculation.
Any student who does not complete coursework within the permissible time limit for any reason, including discontinued enrollment, must reapply for readmission and will be subject to the requirements of the Catalog and Degree Completion Plan (DCP) in effect at the time of his/her readmission.
A break in enrollment occurs when the student fails to re-enroll from one semester to the next. Students who break enrollment must apply for readmission and will be subject to the requirements of the Catalog and degree requirements in effect at the time of their readmission.
Highlighted text indicates a change from the official version of the catalog.