Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]
Helene Vance, B.A., M.B.A.
Lori Baker, B.S., M.A.
Senior Associate Registrar for Student Services and Records
Program Manager for Commencement
Jaime Velastegui, B.S., M.A.
Assistant Registrar for Student Services and Records
Martin Granda, B.S., M.A.
Assistant Registrar for Transfer Evaluations
Jason Byrd, B.S., M.B.A.
Associate Registrar for Academic Operations
Assistant Registrar for Academic Operations
Sarah Dohme, B.S., M.Ed.
Assistant Registrar for Academic Support
Tracy Godsey, B.S.
Associate Registrar for Academic Policy
Amanda Collins, B.S.
Assistant Registrar for Academic Policy
Tom Calvert, B.S., M.A.
Associate Registrar for Academic Success
Ashley Coleman, B.S., M.Ed.
Assistant Registrar for Academic Success
Dina Johnston, B.S., M.A.
Associate Registrar for Degree Conferral
Carrie Hodges, B.S., M.A.
Assistant Registrar for Graduate Degree Conferral
Rebecca Saville, B.S., M.A.
Assistant Registrar for Undergraduate Degree Conferral
Luke Gentala, B.S, M.A.R.
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 student is considered part-time student when enrolled in 11 credit hours or less.
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 College of Applied Studies and Academic Success. The maximum load a student may carry is 21 hours per semester. This includes courses from all sources. In certain circumstances, exceptions above 21 hours may be approved by the Dean.
A student is enrolled when they are registered for a course and have attended the course and/or completed academic work for the course after its start date. For enrollment verification purposes, the University policy can be viewed at https://www.liberty.edu/administration/institutionaleffectiveness/index.cfm?pid=30130#/policy/355.
CERTIFICATE ENROLLED STUDENTS
Certificate students are required to abide by some of the same policies as Undergraduate degree seeking students. These policies include: academic standing, 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 Earned Freshman 0.00—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 NF Failure for Non-Attendance Pass/Fail courses 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
A student’s cumulative GPA comprises 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. Cumulative GPA is calculated to the hundredths place, and is not rounded.
*“R” is no longer an active option for a grade. Please see the Undergraduate Repeat Policy section for the current policy.
Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more GPA hours in the fall or spring semester 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 term. This does not apply for certificate level students.
First-year and Second-year students have access to personalized advising through their assigned Professional Advisor, based on the student’s academic area of study. All Undecided majors are required to meet with Career Counselors in the Liberty University Career Center. Juniors and Seniors will meet with faculty, as needed, in the Academic Department that corresponds with their major. Both Professional Advisors and Faculty will assist students with reaching their spiritual, academic, and personal goals. For additional information, visit www.liberty.edu/advising.
Placement into English and Math courses are based on a combination of scores including required Math / English assessments for all new resident students, first-time college students, and college transfer students that did not transfer in the Math or English course needed for their specific major. A fee is charged only for the information technology and information literacy assessment.
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 available at: https://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. Transfer credit will be awarded grades of P and will not be used in computing the Liberty GPA. 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.
In order to receive direct credit for a course, the description must overlap the Liberty University course content at least 60%. Courses that do not match a Liberty University course by at least 60% are eligible to transfer as elective credit where allowable. Elective credit is coded as 1XX – 4XX, depending on the level of the course.
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. Additionally, duplicated or repeated institutional and/or transfer credit will only be counted once toward total earned credit hours, unless courses are deemed repeatable.
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 receive 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. For further details, please visit: https://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=30373.
For information on the CIE (University of Cambridge International Exams) policy please visit: http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=31875.
For information on the IB (International Baccalaureate) policy please visit: http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=26684.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Students who receive the required score 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 CSTU 101 3 Art: Studio Art- 2-D Design 3 ARTS 113 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 CSIS 212 3 Computer Science AB 3 CSIS 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: US 3 GOVT 220 3 Human Geography 3 GEOG 200 3 Physics 1 3 PHYS 201 4 Physics 2 3 PHYS 202 4 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.
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 course knowledge through life experiences such as job training, non-college courses, etc., for the degree program in which they are enrolled.
There are some courses that will not be admitted, such as COMS 101, GOVT 200, internship courses, capstone courses, as well as other courses not approved by academic departments. Please note that submission of documentation for life experience or submission of a portfolio does not guarantee that credit will be awarded.
A separate portfolio for each course petitioned is required. An administrative fee of $100 will be charged for each portfolio submitted for assessment. Please note that credit earned through the portfolio process, certificates of completion, and/or other training documentation will be limited to a combined maximum of 30 hours.
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.
Students may submit portfolios and/or experiential-learning documentation no later than the semester before they are to graduate. Credit earned through this process is considered transfer credit and will not be counted toward the required minimum number of credit hours that must be completed through Liberty University. Further information may be found online at http://www.liberty.edu/online/experienceplus/.
Liberty University will evaluate a student’s prior military experience and develop a degree plan for the 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.
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 WHILE ENROLLED AT LIBERTY
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 on the Registrar’s Office webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=28460.
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 the ability to pursue 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
Major changes become effective for the semester following their request. The process for changing/declaring a major can be found by visiting the Registrar’s Office, accessing http://www.liberty.edu/registrar, or by calling (434) 592-5100. 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.
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 first or second major or degree. The Core Competency Requirements 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.
Students who wish to earn an associate degree with two majors must have at least 15 unique hours in the core of the first or second major.
RETURNING TO LU FOR A SECOND DEGREE
Students with a conferred associate degree who wish to earn a second associate degree must successfully complete at least 15 additional hours through Liberty University, and there must be at least 15 unique hours in the core of the second major. *Note: The 15 additional hours may also count toward these unique hours.
Students who currently hold a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue an associate degree will need to take a minimum of 15-hours through Liberty University. Additionally, 15 hours must be unique in the second major. *Note: The 15 additional hours may also count toward the unique hours.
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. Additionally, 30 hours must be unique in the second major. *Note: The 30 additional hours may also count toward the unique hours.
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.
INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CREDIT
Students who are members of Liberty Intercollegiate Athletic teams may earn one hour of academic credit for a completed season. Such credit may not be used more than one time for each sport in which the student participates. This credit is not intended for transfer.
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 immediately view 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 PLANS
Once a student has declared his or her major through the registrar's office, a Degree Completion Plan (DCP) may be retrieved at http://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, an integrative course requirement, or a minor requirement. Courses cannot fulfill both a major requirement and a general education or integrative 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.
Suggested course sequences for resident undergraduate degree programs are available inside the Degree Completion Plan.
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. Minors are not applicable for associate level or certificate seeking students.
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. Though at times, students will miss classes. Absences for 100-200 level course fall into two categories:
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. Thought at times, students will miss classes. Absences for 300-400 level course fall into two categories:
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. 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/Administrative Dean of the School, the Vice Provost, 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.
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 complete a “Course Substitution Form” and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. Approval of the course substitution is under the oversight of the Dean presiding over the required course. 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
Changes are discouraged after a student and advisor have arranged the student’s schedule for the semester.
A Fall/Spring course may be dropped up to and during Drop/Add Week. From the sixth day of the semester until around the 12th week of class (see academic calendar for exact date), a normal Fall/Spring course may be withdrawn with a grade of "W". Courses with an early or non-traditional end date may be withdrawn up until the last day of class.
“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. The student will be responsible for the tuition and fees for the course.
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. If a student is unable to withdraw for a specific reason (e.g., death, incapacitation, incarceration, hospitalization, etc.) an administrative grade change to “W” may be approved by the Registrar’s Office.
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.
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, but is not limited to, any required submission to Blackboard, any required submission outside of Blackboard, initiating any communication with the professor regarding an academic subject, or physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students within the enrollment dates of the course. If the student has attended, he or she must withdraw from the intensive(s) and will be liable for tuition and fees. Please note that while students are given access to their courses in advance of the start date to allow for an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the course, assignments will NOT be accepted until the start date of the course. Students should not submit any assignments until after the current sub-term begins.
REMEMBER: Any change in status (e.g., 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.
RESIDENT STUDENTS TAKING ONLINE CLASSES
Resident students desiring to take an online course must enroll in the course during the prescribed Liberty University Online registration period. A cumulative Liberty GPA of 2.00 or higher is needed before a residential student may register for an online course. Note: Residential courses that are available to resident students as either a hybrid or in a strictly online format do not fall under these restrictions. Resident students taking online courses will be charged resident tuition.
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: Official Withdrawal Policy 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.
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 but has not yet completed.
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.
In accordance with Title IV regulations which require that universities have a mechanism in place for determining whether or not a student who began a course and received or could have received a disbursement of Title IV funds unofficially withdrew, the University has established a procedure for students enrolled in residential courses. This procedure is used to determine if students are progressing toward the completion of their courses.
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.
DEFINITION OF ATTENDANCE
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:
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 the Expenses and Financial Policy – Resident Program section in this catalog.
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.
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 resume work in the course. This appeal must be communicated in written form to the faculty member. If the appeal is granted the student must complete the course with an earned grade.
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 12-14-semester-hour course load and are required to take CLST 101 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 Academic Success Center.
At the end of the semester on Academic Warning, students who fail to raise their cumulative 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 12-14-semester-hour course load, are required to take CLST 101 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 Academic Success Center.
At the end of the semester on Academic Probation, students who fail to raise their cumulative 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 12-14-semester-hour course load, are required to take CLST 101 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 Academic Success 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 their cumulative 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.
Approval for readmissions and Academic Amnesty must be approved by the Provost. In order 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.
Students who have been granted Academic Amnesty are not eligible for graduation honors.
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.
Plagiarism in papers, projects or any assignment prepared for a class shall include the following:
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 three 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 unless the course is still in session.
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 residential and online 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.
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. 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
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. Cumulative GPA is calculated to the hundredths place, and is not rounded.
Associate degree students who have a 3.50 cumulative GPA will receive honors at Commencement. Graduation honors are not applicable to certificate seeking students.
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:
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.
After the matriculated bachelor’s degree candidate has completed 75 hours toward graduation, the College of Applied Studies and Academic Success (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.
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 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.
BREAK IN ENROLLMENT
A break in enrollment occurs when the student fails to enroll in at least one course during a fall or spring semester. 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.
Any military students wishing to be readmitted who broke enrollment due to deployment must contact the Office of Military Affairs.
Highlighted text indicates a change from the official version of the catalog.