Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]
Luke Gentala, B.S., M.A.R.
Michael Shenkle, B.S., M.B.A.
Senior Associate Registrar
Kailyn Cheung, B.S., M.S.
Associate Registrar for Academic Operations
Helene Vance, B.A., M.B.A.
Associate Registrar for Online Undergraduate Programs
Dina Johnston, B.S., M.A.
Assistant Registrar for Online Undergraduate Programs
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. Online courses are equivalent to the number of classroom contact hours (750 minutes per credit hour) expected in a synchronous residential course.
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 Liberty University Online semesters consist of several sub-terms. Most sub-terms are 8-weeks or 16-weeks in length, and may begin and end at different times within the semester.
The usual semester load for full-time undergraduate online students is 12 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 Associate Registrar, take up to 21 hours; 22-24 hours requires approval of the Associate Registrar and a cumulative GPA of 3.50. In certain circumstances, exceptions above 24 hours may be approved.
CERTIFICATE ENROLLED STUDENTS
Certificate students are required to abide by some of the same policies as Undergraduate degree seeking students. These policies include: change of major, course registration, class attendance, drop and withdrawal processes, Repeat Policy, broken enrollment, academic and personal codes of honor, incompletes, recording of grades and the grade appeal process, FERPA, and Academic Transcript processes. Those policies that do not pertain to the certificate seeking student will be noted in the following sections.
The classification of students at Liberty is based on their degree level and number of earned semester hours.
Classification Semester Hours
Freshman 0—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:
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 NP Did Not Pass 0 P Pass 0 Q Academic Amnesty 0 R* Course Repeated 0 W Withdrew 0
A student’s cumulative GPA is comprised of all coursework completed at the current academic level (Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral, etc.) regardless of prior degree conferral, broken enrollment or a program/major change. 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.
*“R” is no longer an active option for a grade. Please see the Undergraduate Repeat Policy section for the current policy.
Undergraduate associate and bachelor level students who earn 12 or more GPA hours with a term GPA of 3.50 or above are placed on the Dean’s List. This does not apply for certificate level students.
Students are expected to have adequate experience in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, database, Internet research, media presentations, and email communication. Undergraduate students lacking such experience should register for INFT 110, Computer Concepts and Applications, in their first semester.
A course planning schedule is provided in order for students to plan their classes for upcoming semesters. The planning schedule presents every class offered and the terms where it is scheduled to be taught. This schedule is sorted alphabetically by class. The course planning schedule is published online at: http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=23103.
TRANSFER OF CREDITS
Normally courses and degrees from regionally accredited institutions or those nationally accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.) will be evaluated for transfer of credit. However, on a limited basis Liberty does accept transfer credit via experiential learning, advanced placement and professional certificates from unaccredited institutions under certain terms and conditions established by Committee on Academic and Admissions Standards. Credit earned through this process will not be counted toward the required minimum of 50% of the major and 30 hours of credit that must be completed through Liberty University. Also, credit earned through the portfolio process or professional certificate evaluation cannot exceed 30 credit hours. 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 Federal Aviation Administration programs. The items listed above and following credit by examination options are not applicable to certificate seeking students.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Students who receive a score of 3 or higher on the 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
LU Course(s) Credit
Art History 3 CSTU 101 3 Biology 3 BIOL 101 / 103 4 Calculus AB 3 MATH 126 3 4 MATH 131 4 Calculus BC 3 MATH 126 3 4 MATH 131 / 132 8 Calculus AB Sub-score 3 MATH 126 3 4 MATH 131 4 Chemistry 3 CHEM 121 / 122 8 Chinese Language & Culture 3 CHIN 101 / 102 6 4 CHIN 101 / 102 / 201 9 5 CHIN 101 / 102 / 201 / 202 12 Comparative Politics 3 GOVT 330 3 Computer Science A 3 BMIS 212 3 Computer Science AB 3 CSCI 111 / 112 6 Economics - Micro 3 ECON 213 3 Economics - Macro 3 ECON 214 3 English Language 3 ENGL 101 3 English Literature 3 ENGL 102 3 Environmental Science 3 ENVR 215 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: U.S. 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 211 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. Students may take the CLEP exam at a local testing center in their area. Students can find an approved testing center by checking www.collegeboard.com/clep. Upon completion of the CLEP exam, students should request the official scores to be sent directly to Liberty University for evaluation.
CLEP 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 with essay required 50 ENGL 102 3 Analyzing and Interpreting Literature without essay required 50 ENGL 1XX 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 63 FREN 101/ 102/ 201/ 202 12 German Language 38 GRMN 101 3 50 GRMN 101/102 6 57 GRMN 101/102/201 9 63 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 ENGL 221, CSTU 101 6 Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 INFT 110 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, HIEU 201 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
Instituional Challenge Examinations (ICE)
To apply for credit by examination, students must submit the ICE Request form to the ICE Coordinator. A registration fee of $50 will be charged for each ICE registration. A $45 passing fee will only be applied if a student should pass the exam. Such requests are subject to the following guidelines:
BIBL 104 Survey of Biblical Literature BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey BIBL 110 New Testament Survey BIBL 450 Daniel-Revelation BIBL 497 Bible Prophecies BMIS 200 Enterprise Business Applications and Communications THEO 104 Introduction to Christian Thought THEO 201 Theology Survey I THEO 202 Theology Survey II
Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)
Undergraduate college credit may be earned through the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) program, which is administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) in conjunction with DANTES. Examinations are available to both military personnel and civilians. Students may find an approved testing center and view fact sheets for various tests that are offered at www.getcollegecredit.com. A complete list of accepted exams, course equivalency and the minimum required score is available at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=32080.
Excelsior College Exam Credit
Excelsior College exams are approved for credit in the Liberty University Online program. Undergraduate college credit may be earned through Excelsior College Exams. For further information on earning credit through Excelsior exams, go to: http://www.excelsior.edu/ecapps/exams/creditByExam.jsf. The following courses are subject for credit, based on the scores earned.
|Excelsior Exam||Minimum Score||LU Course(s)||Credit Hours|
|Abnormal Psychology||C||PSYC 430||3|
|Adult Nursing*||C||HLTH 4XX||8|
|Anatomy and Physiology||C||BIOL 215||6|
|College Writing||C||ENGL 101||3|
|Community Focused Nursing*||C||HLTH 4XX||4|
|Corporate Finance||C||BUSI 320||3|
|Cultural Diversity||C||SOCI 3XX||3|
|Earth Science||C||PHSC 210||3|
|English Composition||C||ENGL 101||3|
|Essentials of Nursing Care: Chronicity*||C||HLTH 2XX||3|
|Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Differences*||C||HLTH 2XX||3|
|Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Safety*||C||HLTH 2XX||3|
|Essentials of Nursing Care: Reproductive Health*||C||HLTH 2XX||3|
|Ethics: Theory and Practice||C||PHIL 3XX||3|
|Foundations of Gerontology||C||PSYC 336||3|
|Fundamentals of Nursing*||C||HLTH 2XX||8|
|Health Differences Across the Life Span I*||C||HLTH 2XX||3|
|Health Differences Across the Life Span II*||C||HLTH 2XX||3|
|Health Differences Across the Life Span III*||C||HLTH 2XX||3|
|Human Resource Management||C||BUSI 342||3|
|Interpersonal Communication||C||SCOM 325||3|
|Introduction to Philosophy||C||PHIL 201||3|
|Juvenille Delinquency||C||CJUS 310||3|
|Labor Relations||C||BUSI 343||3|
|Lifespan Development Psychology||C||PSYC 210||3|
|Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School||C||EDUC302||3|
|Maternal and Child Nursing*||C||HLTH 4XX||8|
|Organizational Behavior||C||BUSI 340||3|
|Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing*||C||HLTH 4XX||8|
|Psychology of Adulthood & Aging||C||PSYC 235||3|
|Religions of the World||C||ANTH 203||3|
|Research in Nursing*||C||HLTH 4XX||3|
|Reseacrh Methods in Psychology||C||PSYC 255||3|
|Social Psychology||C||PSYC 312||3|
|Transition to the Registered Professional Nurse Role*||C||HLTH 2XX||3|
|World Conflicts||C||GOVT 340||3|
|*Credit restricted to non-Nursing majors|
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CREDIT
A maximum of 30 hours of Life Experience credits can be awarded and applied towards an undergraduate degree at Liberty University.
A precedent has been established for the following fields, and these credits will be awarded to students who can document proof of licenses, certificates, and training programs in the fields below. Students are not required to enroll in GEED 205 or submit portfolios for the following:
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 may petition for credit via portfolio for courses in which they feel they can show sufficient proof of learning and knowledge. The Portfolio Guidelines are as follows:
Please note that credit earned through the portfolio process and/or a certificate of completion will be limited to a combined maximum of 30 hours.
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 major maximizes the use of their existing credits.
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.
COURSEWORK AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS
Prior to registering for any course at another institution, students must submit a Transient Request Form to guarantee transferability. The online form can be found at http://www.luonline.com/index.cfm?PID=14241.
CHANGE OF CERTIFICATE
Liberty University Online students select their certificate of study when they apply. If a student decides to change the certificate they are seeking, the online student must contact the Academic Advising Department and request to change his/her certificate of study via phone or Liberty University webmail account. Certificate changes become effective for the semester following their request.
CHANGE OF MAJOR
Liberty University Online students select their major when they apply. If a student decides to change their major, the online student must contact the Academic Advising Department and request to change his/her major via phone or Liberty University webmail account. All requests for a change of major will be processed by the Registrar’s Office upon receipt, and will be effective the following full term of enrollment.
Undergraduate associate and bachelor level students who wish to complete a double major must contact the Academic Advising Department and declare the double major via phone or their Liberty University webmail account. Double majors are not applicable to certificate seeking students.
Students pursuing a bachelor's degree must have 30 unique hours within the core of the first or 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 in each major must be earned at Liberty University.
Students who wish to earn an A.A. degree with two majors must have at least 15 unique hours in the core of the first or second major.
Students with a conferred A.A. degree who wish to earn a second A.A. degree must complete at least 15 additional hours through Liberty University, and there must be at least 15 unique hours in the core of the first or second major.
Students who currently hold a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue an associate’s degree will need to take a minimum of 15-hours through Liberty University of which 15-hours must be unique in the core of the major.
Students who currently hold a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue another bachelor’s degree will need to take a minimum of 30-additional hours through Liberty University of which 30-hours must be unique in the core of the major.
In the event that a student earns credit for the same course more than one time, whether at Liberty, at another college, or through standardized testing, that course/credit may only count one time toward the completion of his/her degree. The only exception to this would be if the course/credit is approved by the academic department or administration to be used more than one time toward a student’s degree/major.
CERTIFICATE TO ANOTHER CERTIFICATE OR DEGREE SEEKING PROGRAM
Online certificate students who would like to either select another certificate after completing one certificate or move onto a degree seeking program upon completion of the certificate must contact Liberty University Online Admissions to apply for readmission to another certificate or degree-seeking program. All courses taken within the undergraduate certificate will transfer directly into the undergraduate certificate or degree program, only if applicable. Students must have at least one outstanding course requirement for the new certificate in order to have the new certificate awarded.
If a student chooses not to finish the undergraduate certificate and switch to a degree seeking program, a new application must be submitted and accepted in order to proceed to a degree seeking program. Upon acceptance to the new program, the previously earned courses will only apply to that new program if the courses meet the grade and GPA requirements necessary for that certificate or degree program.
CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLAN AUDIT
The Certificate Completion Plan Audit (found under Degree Completion Plan Audit via ASIST) provides real-time advice and counsel, making it possible for students to track progress towards certificate completion at their convenience. It also enables students to see immediately how their credits will apply towards a different program. PDF versions of all CCPs are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=2981.
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. PDF versions of all DCPs are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=2981.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR OUT OF STATE STUDENTS
In addition to Liberty University’s general education requirements, distance education students may also be required to fulfill additional requirements set by their home states. Specific Degree Completion Plans for each state whose requirements differ are available from Liberty University Online Advising. This does not apply for certificate seeking students.
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 internships, 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 students in a Bachelor's program who wish to declare a minor, however, are encouraged to contact the Academic Advising Department 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. Minors are not applicable for associate level or certificate seeking students.
SPECIAL STUDENT REGISTRATION
COURSE REGISTRATION, ACTIVATION, AND COMPLETION DATES
Students may register for courses online through ASIST. A student’s enrollment period (course activation) begins the first day of the upcoming sub-term, provided that the student is in good academic standing and has completed Financial Check-In. Students are encouraged to allow sufficient time to review their course materials before the beginning of the sub-term. See the University calendar for sub-term dates.
The student has 8 weeks from the sub-term course activation date to complete the course. In some cases, courses are 16 weeks in length. For these courses, the student has 16 weeks from the sub-term course activation date to complete the course. Students are expected to submit tests and course work throughout the term. At the end of the first week of each sub-term, courses are reviewed to determine if the student is attending in the course. If the student has not submitted an academic assignment (such as the course requirements checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, email to a professor, or other academic event), the student will be dropped from the course roster at the end of week one and will not be allowed to submit further course work. The student may appeal to their instructor to remain in the course.
Students who begin attendance by submitting an academic assignment but eventually cease progressing toward the completion of the course will be assigned a grade of FN during the semester.
If the student receives all FNs in a term, the student is subject to the Unofficial Withdrawal procedure which includes the reduction and/or return of all Financial Aid.
Students receiving all Fs in a term must appeal to Financial Aid to receive aid in their next term of enrollment.
Students may drop a course for a full refund, through the day prior to the sub-term begin date. Beginning on the first day of the sub-term, students may withdraw from a course for a grade of W. Failure to submit any or all of the coursework may result in a grade of F or FN.
ONLINE CLASS ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting an academic assignment (such as the course requirements checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic event) will be dropped from the course roster at the end of week one and will not be allowed to submit further course work. The student may appeal to their instructor to remain in the course.
The student alone assumes responsibility for course work missed from non-attendance. A student who presents the instructor with an adequate and documented reason for absence may be given an opportunity to make up the work missed.
Students who begin attendance by submitting an academic assignment but eventually cease progressing toward the completion of the course will be assigned a grade of FN during the semester.
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.
LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY
If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by Liberty Webmail. Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:
Students who wish to audit an online course may do so for a fee. 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 by emailing the Registrar’s Office. Requests to audit a course will only be accepted during the registration timeframes before a term starts. Audit requests will be processed and added, pending availability. A student wishing to change from credit to audit status for a course may only do so until the last day of the registration deadline. Requests to change to or from audit status after the registration deadline will be denied.
A Course Substitution request may be made when a student wishes to substitute one course for another required course when a clear relationship exists between the two. This form may also be used when an academic department approves a complete replacement for a Liberty course requirement. Students requesting these exceptions must submit a “Course Substitution Request” form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that an approved substitution will apply toward the degree requirement(s), but will not change the course number on the student’s transcript. Also, a lower-level course substituting for an upper-level requirement will not count toward the total number of upper-level hours required. Course substitutions are not applicable for certificate seeking students. Changing programs or breaking enrollment may invalidate the request.
DROPPING, ADDING, WITHDRAWING FROM COURSES
Liberty University Online students may drop a course at any time prior to the sub-term begin date for a full refund. Students may drop the course by selecting ‘drop via web’ on their current schedule through the add/drop page under registration on the “Student” tab on ASIST (up until two weeks before the start of the course), or by contacting Liberty University Online Advising by phone or email any time before the first day. The course must be dropped prior to the start date of the course. This is also possible during the first week of class if completed prior to attendance.
DEFINITION OF ATTENDANCE
In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. Attending is defined as completing an academically related activity which includes, but is not limited to:
Beginning on the first day of the sub-term through the last day of the sub-term, students who have begun attending a course may withdraw with a grade of “W” and receive a pro-rated tuition credit based on the date of the withdrawal and attendance in the course.
Students who do not attend their intensive(s), will be dropped from the course roster. An intensive may be dropped without a grade or a tuition charge, prior to the start date of the course. Class attendance is defined, with the above definition.
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
Online students withdrawing from the University must contact the Liberty University Online Academic Advising Department via the student’s Liberty University email account or via the phone to start the process. The withdrawal date will generally be the date the student submitted the intent to withdraw form. If the withdrawal request is mailed or faxed to the Academic Advising Department, the withdrawal date will generally be the date the withdrawal request is received by the University.
Grades of W will be recorded for all courses from which the individual withdraws. A student may not withdraw after the last official day of the course or if all coursework is completed. For intensive courses, a student may not withdraw after the final exam has begun. Students requesting to withdraw 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. See Financial Information section.
Students who wish to withdraw from one or more courses in a given semester must contact the Liberty University Online Academic Advising Department in writing, via their Liberty University email account or by phone. Students who withdraw from all courses in which they are enrolled will be subject to the Title IV withdrawal regulations and will be reported as withdrawn from the University. However, it will not be necessary to reapply unless more than 12 months have elapsed since the original deadline date of the student’s last enrollment period. Students only withdrawing from all courses in a given semester will be allowed to re-enroll in the next semester. However, the student will be subject to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy administered by the Financial Aid Office.
The U.S. Department of Education requires that every university monitor the attendance of their students. Liberty University uses the earlier noted definition of attendance to determine what constitutes attendance.
Students who begin a course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not withdraw, will be assigned a grade of "FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance), dated to the student’s last date of attendance (based on the definition provided below). A grade of "FN" will be assigned when a student stops attending and/or participating in a class for a period of 21 consecutive days or longer.
The student alone assumes responsibility for course work missed from non-attendance. If a student receives all FN’s in a term, he/she is subject to the Unofficial Withdrawal procedure that includes the reduction and/or return of all Financial Aid. Students are fully responsible for all resulting charges on their student account. To review the entire Financial Aid Withdrawal policy, go to www.liberty.edu/fapolicies.
WITHDRAWAL FROM COURSES
Students requesting to withdraw from courses during the semester must submit a withdrawal request via the link they will receive when they contact Liberty University Online Academic Advising. Generally, the withdrawal date will be the date the student submitted the intent to withdraw form. A grade of W will be assigned to all courses from which the student withdraws.
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
UNOFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL FOR NON-ATTENDANCE APPEAL PROCESS
Students who receive a grade of "FN" may appeal to their professor to have the grade removed to allow a resumption of work in the course. This appeal must be communicated in written form to the faculty member. Please note, that appeals are reviewed on a case by case basis. If the appeal is granted the student must complete the course with an earned grade.
Students must complete and receive final grades for all courses in a semester before they will be allowed to enroll in the next semester. Students receiving all F’s in a term must appeal to Financial Aid to receive aid in their next term of enrollment.
Students may drop a course for a full refund, through the day prior to the sub-term begin date. Beginning on the first day of the sub-term, if a student has
attended, he or she must withdraw from a course for a grade of W. Failure to submit coursework after initially attending may result in a grade of F or FN.
BREAK IN ENROLLMENT
A break in enrollment occurs when a student is not actively taking a class each academic year. The academic year begins with start of the fall semester and ends with the conclusion of the summer term.
Students who break enrollment will be required to follow the degree requirements in effect at the time of re-entry to the University.
Students must maintain satisfactory academic standing in order to remain at Liberty. Satisfactory academic standing for students enrolled in and undergraduate 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 for Liberty University Online students is calculated only at the end of the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.
Students failing to attain and maintain the scholastic standing required are placed on Academic Warning. During the next semester, Liberty University Online undergraduate students should plan to limit enrollment to a 13-semester-hour course load and may be required to take CLST 100 or 101.
At the end of the semester on Academic Warning, students who fail to raise the GPA to a satisfactory level (see above) are placed on Academic Probation. During the next semester of attendance, Liberty University Online undergraduate students should plan to limit enrollment to a 13-semester-hour course load, and may be required to take CLST 100 or 101.
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 continue their studies must submit a written appeal to the Registrar’s Office. The Associate Registrar will review the appeal, and if it is approved, an Academic Contract will be formulated. The student must agree in writing to abide by the terms of the contract before being permitted to register for courses. If a student is a re-applicant to Liberty University Online, the student must agree in writing to abide by the terms of the contract prior to being approved for re-admission. Students who are enrolled for 12 or more hours and fail all courses within any academic term will be Academically Suspended.
Students who are permitted to take classes while on the status of Academic Suspension and who fail to raise the GPA to the required academic level (see above) by the end of the semester or fail to meet the terms of their Academic Contract will be Academically Dismissed, and will not be allowed to return to Liberty unless qualifying for Academic Amnesty.
At the end of each semester, students on Academic Warning, Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal will be sent a notification by the Registrar’s Office.
Approval for readmission under Academic Amnesty must be granted by the Office of the Provost. To qualify for academic amnesty, a student must have been academically suspended or academically dismissed from the University, as well as must satisfy the subsequent guidelines for readmission.
ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL CODE OF HONOR
Liberty University is comprised of a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.
Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.
While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University. Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.
The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.
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).
Liberty University understands the demands placed on today’s service member and we are willing to work with our students when their military duty causes delays in their academic progress. According to military policy for Tuition Assistance, the University must posts grades within 30-days of the end date of the course. If a military student needs additional time to complete their course requirements due to deployments, extended cruises, unit operational tempo, or other duty-related extenuating circumstances, they have two options:
Military students must notify their Military Education Office of a course Incomplete if they are receiving Tuition Assistance. Incomplete requests and supporting documents may be faxed to (434) 455-1287 or scanned and emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to: Liberty University; Liberty University Online; Office of Military Affairs; 1971 University Blvd.; Lynchburg, VA 24515.
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
RECORDING OF GRADES
All grades will be recorded in the Registrar’s Office as reported by the instructors in charge of the various courses. Requests for grade changes may be submitted in writing only by the instructor.
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
Liberty encourages students to have open and respectful communication with their professor to resolve any concerns regarding individual course assignment grades and/or the final grade for the course. The Grade Appeal Process and form can be found at http://www.liberty.edu/online/student-advocate-office.
Criteria for appeal:
Only final posted grades may be appealed beyond the professor. Appeals are accepted only when the grade assigned conflicts with:
Appeals, other than those mentioned above, will not be reviewed. The student must provide written documentation that demonstrates the occurrence of one or more of the above grounds for appeal. Documentation may be in the form of email correspondence, graded assignments, proof of timely submission, etc.
A student wishing to appeal a final grade must submit the appeal to their professor and seek to resolve the situation with them. If the student wishes to appeal further they must follow the process outlined below:
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. 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
Bachelor degree students 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. Graduation honors are not applicable to certificate seeking students.
CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
All matriculated students, whether Resident or Liberty University Online, must meet the same academic requirements for certificate completion. Online certificate-seeking students must have all courses within the certificate successfully completed before being considered candidates for the awarding of a certificate.
All matriculated students, whether Resident or Liberty University Online, must meet the same academic requirements for graduation. Undergraduate students must have all courses in the General Education core and in the declared major and minor completed before being considered candidates for graduation.
All candidates for graduation must be approved by the Faculty and the Board of Trustees.
Degrees are granted throughout the academic school year. All candidates for degrees may participate in the annual graduation exercises which take place in May.
TIME LIMITS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION
Students pursuing a certificate must complete the certificate requirements within three (3) years of the date of matriculation.
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 ten (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/Certificate Completion Plan (DCP/CCP) in effect at the time of his/her readmission.
A break in enrollment occurs when the student fails to enroll in at least one course during an academic year. The academic year begins with the start of the fall semester and ends with the conclusion of the summer term. 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.