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2013-2015 Catalog 
    
2013-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Office of Academic Affairs



The Mission of Academic Affairs

The mission of the Office of Academic Affairs at Saint Augustine’s University is to create, implement, and assess learning that embraces and promotes the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Augustine’s University. The mission is achieved through academic policies that facilitate students learning through the mastery of core competencies that are transparent, transferable, and transportable. The core competencies are the basis of the Transformative Education Program (TEP).

In keeping with the institutional goals, Academic Affairs prepares students for graduate and professional studies, or employment through a transformative education program built on nine broad transferable sets of skills and a tenth competency that reflects the culmination of these skills. These core competencies (communication, critical thinking, identity, wellness, STEM and quantitative literacy, civic engagement, global perspective, servant leadership and teamwork, innovation, creativity, and artistic literacy) are abilities that all fields of study require to be an effective leader and contributor. The last competency, the capstone encounter, represents an experience or experiences that build on many of the earlier competencies in a culminating manner that helps to define the signature Saint Augustine’s University student. Core competencies ensure that a well-rounded signature student is developed and celebrated within their major field of study, as well as inside and outside the classroom.

1. To ensure that students attain competencies in the foundational skills of reading, writing, oral communication, mathematics and technology;

2. To help students acquire a historical perspective of the impact of race, gender and culture and the requirements of citizenship in American society;

3. To foster in students a critical understanding of the influence and contributions of diverse cultures in a global context;

4. To provide students with the requisite skills and analytical reasoning ability necessary for the successful pursuit of graduate and professional studies in their major discipline;

5. To develop, review, and revise curricula that will prepare students for meaningful careers including employment in business, government, STEM fields, social and behavioral science fields, the military, education, the arts and health and wellness fields; and

6. To regularly assess the effectiveness of Academic Affairs in fulfilling its mission through regular evaluations of student outcomes, reviewing comparative institutional indicators of institutional effectiveness, and conducting continuous assessment of faculty teaching.

 

The signature Saint Augustine’s University graduate will be able to demonstrate the following defined competencies.

  1. Communication: The ability to impart, interchange information or expressions within a meaningful context with the appropriate delivery and interpersonal skills. This includes the ability to inform, influence, inspire or motivate others.
  2. Critical Thinking: Critical thinking is characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. This requires one to analyze arguments, evaluate evidence, and engage in skeptical inquiry on a variety of topics in and out of one’s specialty, as well as being able to apply this skill to problems both abstract and concrete.
  3. Identity: The overarching perception that we have of ourselves and the way that other people view us from a personal, social, spiritual, informational, or technological perspective; how we are viewed through the lenses of self-awareness, introspection, morals, ethics or values.
  4. Wellness: Ability to understand, develop and adopt positive behaviors and life strategies that promote economic, physical, mental, emotional, social or spiritual growth and well-being.
  5. STEM & Quantitative Literacy: The ability to understand, interpret and apply scientific, engineering, and mathematical concepts to solve real world problems. Problem solving includes designing, evaluating, implementing a strategy to answer an open ended question or achieve a desired goal.
  6. Servant Leadership/Teamwork: The ability to foster positive cooperation and collaborative growth of a diverse group of individuals by being able to serve others before one’s self. The servant leader will exhibit characteristics of empathy, listening, stewardship and commitment of personal growth to act as an effective leader to reach a common goal or accomplish a task or outcome.
  7. Global Perspective: A diverse, multicultural understanding and appreciation of social, political, environmental, legal, and economic forces that influence and shape our very existence, both personally and professionally.
  8. Civic Engagement: Civic engagement is working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
  9. Innovation, Creativity, & Artistic Literacy: This competency can be demonstrated through creative/innovative approaches to course-based assignments or projects that allow students to create a valued product. The Artistic Literacy portion of this competency means one may create, interpret and evaluate artistic expression considering the cultural context in which it was created and/or describe how issues in multiple disciplines may be addressed through creative expression and innovative practice.
  10. Capstone Encounter: An experience or experiences that allow students to organize and synthesize core competencies, knowledge and skills acquired from a variety of sources, including in-class and out-of-the class settings that occur during their undergraduate experience.

Academic Policies

The Academic Year

The academic year at Saint Augustine’s University is divided into two semesters of approximately sixteen weeks, including exams. In addition, the University will attempt to offer an accelerated four-week summer session(s) and five-week nontraditional program sessions. Students may begin their matriculation at the University at the beginning of the semesters or at the start of the summer session.

Degrees Awarded

Bachelor degrees are awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits and who satisfy all other relevant graduation requirements provided in this catalog, which may be amended from time to time. Saint Augustine’s University is on task to offer its first Masters degree in Physician Assistants and students can now take Pre-PA courses in anticipation of enrolling. Saint Augustine’s University has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Saint Augustine’s University’s School of Applied Health & Medical Sciences anticipates matriculating its first class in September of 2015, pending provisional accreditation in May of 2015. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards. At present most of the academic programs at Saint Augustine’s University lead to two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts and/or a Bachelor of Science. Candidates for either degree must complete all courses in their major, including required supporting courses from other disciplines, with a minimum grade of “C.” The degrees are awarded in the following majors.

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Communication Political Science
Elementary Education Psychology
English Religious Studies
Film Sociology
History Theatre
Liberal Studies Visual Arts
Music  

Bachelor of Science Degrees

Accounting Electrical Engineering
Athletic Training Engineering Mathematics
Biology Exercise Science
Business Administration Forensic Science
Business Administration-Real Estate Mathematics
Chemistry Organizational Management
Computer Engineering Public Health Science
Computer Information Systems Sociology
Computer Science Sport Management
Criminal Justice  

Minors

Accounting History
Computer Information Systems Homeland Security
Computer Science International Business
Criminal Justice Psychology
E-Commerce Real Estate
English Religious Studies
Foreign Language (French/Spanish) Sociology
  Social Work

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for graduation must have: passed all TEP competency requirements; earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; earned a minimum grade of “C” in ENGL 131 ; earned a minimum grade of “C” in all major courses, including required supporting courses from other disciplines; and earned the last 25% of semester hours of course requirements in a major in residence at Saint Augustine’s University. Candidates for graduation are expected to participate in all commencement exercises, unless excused in writing by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Candidates for graduation must submit an application to their respective advisors to verify their eligibility for admission to candidacy for graduation. The Candidacy for Graduation form can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office and must be reviewed and signed by the student’s advisor and submitted to the School Dean one year in advance of the planned graduation date (by February 15 or by October 1 one year prior to the semester in which the student expects to finish). The School Dean will review the student’s academic record to determine whether all requirements for graduation have been successfully completed.

In summary, in order to be eligible for graduation, students are expected to know and satisfy all relevant degree requirements published in the Saint Augustine’s University Catalog in effect when they declared their current major, including TEP competency requirements, School requirements, as well as the major requirements. While students may expect to receive guidance in course selections and assistance in familiarizing themselves with the University’s academic policies from faculty advisors, Department Chairs and School Deans, students shall be held responsible for satisfying all requirements necessary to earn their degrees. A student’s failure to satisfy all relevant degree requirements is not a basis for making exceptions to the University’s academic requirements and/or policies.

Candidates must also be financially cleared with the University. Students should review the financial Information section of this Catalog for a listing of graduation fees.

Independent Study Policy

Offering courses through Independent Study provides students an opportunity to complete courses required for graduation, but which may not be offered in the semester needed to complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree. Students needing to complete a required course in their major through Independent Study must obtain an application from the Office of the Registrar. Only students with the class standing of Senior are eligible to apply for an independent study unless otherwise approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The application requires prior written approval from the instructor teaching the course; the signature of the School Dean from the academic department offering the course; the signature of the School Dean in the student’s major; the signature of the Vice President for Academic Affairs; and the signature of the Registrar.

The following policies shall govern Independent Study:

  • Independent Study is limited to students with Senior standing who are currently enrolled at Saint Augustine’s University who must complete required courses in their major;
  • A student is limited to a maximum of three (3) Independent Study courses. Independent Study may not be used to repeat a course unless otherwise approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; and
  • A student may not enroll in an Independent Study course in any semester that the course is offered as part of the regular schedule of courses.

The faculty member teaching an Independent Study course must:

  1. Provide the student with a standard syllabus for the course; and
  2. The syllabus must include required meeting dates, weekly assignments/topics and graded assignments including an assignment that forms the basis for a mid-term and final grade.

Honor Graduates

In order to be eligible for honors at graduation, a student must have: completed all requirements for the degree within seven years of enrolling in the University; must have earned a minimum of sixty (60) credits at Saint Augustine’s University and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or greater. Recognition at graduation for honors in academic performance is as follows:

Summa Cum Laude
3.80 to 4.00

Magna Cum Laude
3.60 to 3.79

Cum Laude
3.40 to 3.59

Transformative Education Program Mission Statement

The purpose of the Transformative Education Program (TEP) at Saint Augustine’s University is to support the University’s mission by ensuring that its graduates are proficient in the core competencies of: communication; critical thinking; identity; wellness; civic engagement; STEM and quantitative literacy, civic engagement, global prospective, servant leadership, teamwork; innovation and creativity, and artistic literacy, culminating with a capstone course or experience.

TEP Goals

Students who graduate from Saint Augustine’s University share certain characteristics based on common learning experiences. Upon completion of the TEP course requirements, students should:

  • Think critically and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in written and oral expression;
  • Understand and apply mathematical concepts;
  • Understand essential elements in the physical and natural sciences;
  • Possess a basic understanding of social and behavioral sciences, and of the human environment and think in an informed manner about social and political issues;
  • Possess an appreciation of cultural and spiritual values, creative expression and the history and experience of human society through courses in the humanities, fine arts, and languages;
  • Reflect upon ethical and spiritual questions related to their intellectual interests, social responsibilities, and personal growth; and
  • Know how to lead a healthy lifestyle based upon an understanding of the importance of physical, spiritual, emotional, economic and psychological wellness, which often includes exercise and the principles of physical and natural science.

Listed below are the core competencies and the T1 courses that satisfy the competencies. Students must satisfy all of the competencies with at least one T1 course. T2 courses are courses that supplement and extend core competencies and are optional. T2 experiences may be attained inside or outside of the classroom. While a particular T1 course may satisfy multiple competencies, it can be used to satisfy only one core competency. Courses that satisfy a core competency may also be used to satisfy major requirements if applicable. The list of T1 courses below is not exhaustive. As part of the University’s annual review, additional T1 courses will be considered for inclusion and some courses may be removed. Please consult your academic advisor for an up-to-date listing of the T1 and T2 courses. Students must pass the course and the competency to earn TEP credit.

SAINT AUGUSTINE’S UNIVERSITY CORE COMPETENCIES, SLO’S AND COURSES
August, 2013
Core Competency: COMMUNICATION  

Written Communication Definition:
Written Communication is the ability to impart and interchange information or ideas within a meaningful context using various rhetorical modes such as descriptive, informative, analytical and argumentative writing.

Criteria: 21 Credits
Requirements:

  • ENGL 131  (3 credits)
  • ENGL 132  or COMM 204  (3 credits)
  • APPLIED WRITING COURSE LIS 150  (3 credits)
  • Advanced Writing Course (3 credits)
  • Oral Communication - 3 Credits Required
  • Second Language 6 Credits Required

Foreign Language/Sign Language

Written Communication

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of context, audience, and purpose that is responsive to the assigned writing task(s).
  2. Student uses relevant and compelling content to illustrate an appropriate level of skill that conveys the writer’s understanding of the assignment and develops ideas throughout the work.
  3. Student demonstrates an awareness of standard conventions particular to a specific discipline and/or writing task(s) including organization, content, presentation, formatting, and stylistic choices.
  4. Student demonstrates skillful use of high-quality, credible, relevant sources to develop ideas that are appropriate for the discipline and genre of the writing.
  5. Student uses appropriate language that skillfully communicates meaning without errors and with clarity and fluency.
  6. Students can demonstrate the ability to convey or understand a message delivered using a language other than their native language (under revision for foreign language)
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Written Communications:
ENGL 131 , ENGL 132   or COMM 204 
APPLIED WRITING COURSE
LIS 150 
ADVANCED WRITING COURSES
ART 332 , ATH 425 , BIOL322, BIOL 332 , CHEM 441  (F2013), CHEM 442 , CHEM 442L , CJ 480 , COMM 218 , CSC 480 , EDUCA 301 , ENGL 225 , EXSC 430 , FIM 325  (F2013), HIST 450 , LIS 301  (SP2014), MATH 232 , MUS 344 , PE 326 , PHS 440 , POLS 444 , PSYCH 325 , REM 204 , ROW 300 , ROW 336 , SM 326  (Fall2013), SOC 451 , THE 230 

 

ADVANCED WRITING
BUS 223 , PHIL 231 , PHIL 235 , PHS 440 , ROW 335 , SOC 342 

 

Oral Communication Definition:
Oral communication is the ability to impart, interchange information or expressions within a meaningful context with the appropriate delivery and interpersonal skills; including the ability to inform, influence, inspire or motivate others.

Oral Communication

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students will demonstrate the ability to use delivery techniques such as posture, gesture, eye contact, and vocal expressiveness.

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of context, audience, and purpose when delivering a speech.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to write and deliver a speech that organizes relevant content using appropriate language choices with supporting materials around a central message.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to use delivery techniques such as posture, gesture, eye contact, and vocal expressiveness.
  4. Students can demonstrate the ability to convey or understand a message delivered using a language other than their native language (Foreign Language only under revision)
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Oral Communications
ATH 375 , BIOL 332L , BUS 223  (SP2013), CHEM 342L  (F2013), CHEM 441 , CHEM 442 , COMM 201 , ENGR 101 , FIM 310  (F2013), HIST 231 , HIST 232 , MATH 174 , POLS 444 , REL 346 , REM 456 , ROW 336 , THE 120 

 

Oral Communications
BUS 223  (F2012), COMM 300 , HIST 231 , HIST 232 , ROW 335 
 

 
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Second Language
FL131, FL132, SIGN1, SIGN2, CHIN 131 , CHIN 132 , CHIN231, FREN 131 , FREN 132 , FREN 231 , FREN 232 , SPAN 131 , SPAN 132 , SPAN 231 , SPAN 232 

 
 
Core Competency: CRITICAL THINKING  

Critical Thinking Definition:
Critical thinking is characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. This requires one to analyze arguments, evaluate evidence, and engage in skeptical inquiry on a variety of topics in and out of one’s specialty, as well as being able to apply this skill to problems both abstract and concrete.

Criteria: 6 Credits

  • 3 Credits must be from a PHIL course
  • 3 Credits from any source required

CRITICAL THINKING

Student Learning Outcomes (All SLO’s required)

  1. The student can describe and clarify the issue or construct a problem statement so that understanding is not seriously impeded by omissions.
  2. Students use information from source(s) with enough interpretation/ evaluation/skepticism to develop coherent analysis, synthesis or solution.
  3. Student identifies and analyzes own and others’ assumptions and several relevant contexts when presenting a position or solution.
  4. Student’s positions or solutions take into account the complexities of an issue. Others’ points of view are acknowledged.
  5. Student’s conclusions and related outcomes (consequences and implications) are logical and reflect student’s informed evaluation.
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Philosophy Requirement (Pick at least one):
PHIL 100 , PHIL 231 , PHIL 235 , PHIL 375 

Critical Thinking
ART 132 , ART 331 , ATH 355 , BIOL 134 , BUS 346 , CJ 201 , COMM 360 , CIS302, CSC 250 , EDUCA 451  (F2013), ENGL 245 , ENGR 120 , EXSC 340 , FIM 320  (F2013), LIS 221 , MATH 230 , MS 402  (F2013), MUS 232 , ORGD 455 , PE 432 , POLS 100 , POLS 370 , PPS 300 , PSYCH 500 , ROW 235 , SM 461 , SOC 231 , THE 210 

 

Critical Thinking
ART 331 , CJ 400 , COMM 328 , ENGL 300 , ENGL 441 , EQ3-2, EQ3-4, HON100.2, MATH 435 , MS 402 , REL 232 

 
Core Competency: IDENTITY  

Identity Definition:
The overarching perception that we have of ourselves and the way that other people view us from a personal, social, spiritual, informational, or technological perspective; how we are viewed through the lenses of self-awareness, introspection, morals, ethics or values.

Criteria: 9 credits

HIST 224  (Required)
HIST 225  (Required)
Other Identity course - 3 Credits Required

IDENTITY

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Identify multiple social identities and factors that recognize and accurately represent contrasting points of view and contribute to developing self awareness.
  2. Describe the similarities, differences, and linkage in the dynamics of ethnic, cultural, gender/sexual, age-based, class, regional, national, and global identities and their interaction between them.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of one’s own identity and values through making decisions based on religious, ethical, social-economic, cultural, and/or moral convictions
  4. Analyze and evaluate a personal event, choice, or circumstance in which one’s ethnicity factored prominently; and evaluate how the same might be interpreted differently from another ethnicity’s perspective.
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements START HERE T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Identity
HIST 224  (Required)
HIST 225  (Required)
Identity
ART 334 , ART 335 , ART 338 , BIOL 133 , BIOL 442 , CJ 325 , EDUCA 326 , ENGL 250 , ENGL 318 , ENGL 328 , ENGR 491 , EXSC 210 , FIM 160 , HIST 223 , HIST 234 , LIS 200 , MATH 339  (F2013), MUS 238 , PE 224  (F2013), PE 231 , PHS 200  (F2013), PSYCH 310 , REL 231 , REL 241 , REL 242 , SM 261 , SOC 261 , SOC300, SOC 327 , SW 200 , THE 342 

 

Identity
HON100.2, HON100.5, MS 432 , POLS 444 ,

Core Competency: WELLNESS  

Wellness Definition:
Ability to understand, develop and adopt positive behaviors and life strategies that promote economic, physical, mental, emotional, social or spiritual growth and well-being.

Criteria: 10 credits

4 Wellness Seminars
(FYE 101 /WEL001 - two credits)
(WEL102, WEL103, WEL104 - 1 credit each)
Activity courses - 2 Credits Required
Wellness course - 3 Credits Required

WELLNESS

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Students can identify the thoughts, attitudes, choices, and behaviors associated with lifelong health and wellness.
  2. The student can demonstrate an understanding of the multiple dimensions of wellness (i.e. economic, physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual), the various factors affecting each dimension, and how the dimensions are interrelated.
  3. The student can demonstrate an understanding of the rules, regulations, playing strategies and etiquette of the activity.
  4. The student can show improvement in their fitness i.e. strength, endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance.
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Activity Courses: PE 103 , PE 104 , PE 105 , PE 107 , PE 111 , PE 113 , PE 114 , PE 115 , PE 116 MS 402 , MUS 101 , MUS 201 , MUS 301 , MUS 401 

Wellness Courses:
AHS101, BIOL 344 , BUS 301 , BUS 322 , PE 101  (1 credit), PE 120  (SP2014), PE 123  (2 credits), PE 234 , PE 329 , PHS101, PSYCH 132 , PSYCH 320 , PSYCH 462  (GW), REL 343 , SW201, SW 210 

Wellness Seminars: FYE 101 /WEL 101 , WEL 201 , WEL 301 , WEL 401 

 

Wellness Courses
HON100.1, HON100.3, HON100.6, REL 234 , REL 235 , REL 241 , REL 332 , MS 101 , MS 101L , MS 102L , MS 201L , MS 202L 

 
Core Competency: STEM AND QUANTITATIVE LITERACY  

Stem Literacy Definition:
The STEM competency represents the ability to understand, interpret and apply scientific, engineering and mathematical concepts to solve real world problems., Problem solving includes designing, evaluating, implementing a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal

Quantitative Literacy Definition:
This competency addresses the comfort in working with numerical data such that the student demonstrates the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems. This includes mathematical calculations and computations and the ability to communicate them in a variety of formats including tables, graphs, mathematical expressions

Technology Literacy Definition:
The ability to utilize computers and other forms of technology to improve learning, problem solve, increase productivity, communication, and performance (US-DOE 1996)

Criteria: 10 credits

Course with lab - 4 Credits Required
Technology course - 3 Credits Required
Quantitative Literacy course - 3 Credits Required

STEM LITERACY

Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)
The STEM competency represents student’s ability to:

  1. Understand STEM concepts
  2. Relate, combine and connect themes and concepts
  3. Apply STEM concepts to solve real world problems
  4. Solve problems by designing, evaluating and implementing strategies

Quantitative Literacy Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

  1. Students can provide accurate explanation of information in mathematical forms (interpretation)
  2. Student can convert relevant information into an appropriated and desired mathematical portray (representation)
  3. Student can successfully and sufficiently solve problems using appropriate calculations
  4. Student can use quantitative analysis of data as the basis for competent judgments, and draw reasonable and appropriate conclusions from this work
  5. Student can effectively use quantitative information to support an argument or the purpose of work

Technology Literacy Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

  1. Students can demonstrate proficient use of various software applications and computer programs including, but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, AutoCAD, and SPSS.
  2. Students can demonstrate an understanding of the internet and computer networking solutions and technologies.(i.e. cloud computing, hardware such as routers and switches)
  3. Student can trouble shoot and solve common technological problems
  4. Students can demonstrate the ability to use web-based tools and applications to produce relevant products and solutions. (i.e. Google Drive, Prezi (online presentation software-similar to PowerPoint), Webs.com (Website builder), and Survey Monkey).
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

STEM LAB
AHS101, BIOL 131L , BIOL 133L , CHEM 141 , CHEM 141L , MATH 331 , CIS 240 , PHYS 131 

 

STEM
PPS 300 

 

Quantitative Literacy:
BIOL 131 , BIOL 133 , ECON 235 , ECON 236 , EXSC 380 , MATH 131CL , MATH 131 , MATH 135 , MATH 231 , PHS 101, PHS 210 , PHYS 243 , PHYS 243L , PSYCH 324 , ROW 236 , SOC 365 

 

Quantitative Literacy
POLS 441 , PSYCH 325 , PSYCH 410 , PSYCH 431 , SOC 499 

 

Technology:
ART 225 , CIS 203 , CIS 240 , CIS 306 , CIS 405 , CSC 140 , CSC 305 , EDUCA 241  (F2013), FIM 375  (F2013), MUS 253 , ROW 200 

 
 
Core Competency: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT  

Civic Engagement Definition:
Civic engagement is working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivations to make that difference; this means promoting the quality of life in a community through political and non-political processes.

Criteria: 3 Credits Required

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Students can reflect on how their own attitudes, values and beliefs are different from those of other cultures and communities.
  2. Students can analyze knowledge from one’s own academic experiences, making the relevant connections to civic, engagement and one’s participation in civic life, politics and/or government.
  3. Student can effectively communicate civic context showing ability to express, listen and adapt ideas and messages, based on others perspectives.
  4. Student will demonstrate the ability and commitment to work actively within community contexts and structures to achieve a civic aim.
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Civic Engagement:
ART 408 , ART 434 , BIOL 325 , BUS 336 , COMM 412 , COMM 430 , CSC 403 , EDUCA 114  (F2013), ENGR 436  (F2013), EXSC 400  (F2013), FS 446 , MATH 325  (F2013), MUS 469 , POLS 100  (F2012 only), PHS 400 , POLS 210 , POLS 440 , PHS 400, PPS 100  (F2013), PSYCH 405  (SP2013), REM 354  (GW), SOC 436 , SOC 443 , SW 310 

 

Civic Engagement:
HON 100 , HON100.4, SW 200 

 
Core Competency: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE  

Global Perspective Definition:
Global perspective includes a diverse, multicultural understanding and appreciation of social, political, environmental, legal, and economic forces that influence and shape our very existence, both personally and professionally.

Criteria: 3 Credits Required

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. The student can identify or recognize his/hers own cultural rules and biases.
  2. The student can demonstrate understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another society.
  3. The student can describe cultural differences using verbal and nonverbal communication and begins to negotiate a shared understanding based on those differences.
  4. The student can develop questions about others cultures and seek out answers to the questions.
  5. The student can begin to initiate and develop interactions empathetically with people from different cultural backgrounds without being judgmental.
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Global Perspective:
ART 331 , ART 333 , BIOL 444 , CJ 240 , COMM 202 , CSC 450 , EDUCA 310 , ENGL 231 , ENGL 232 , ENGL 331 , ENGL 332 , ENGR 470 , EXSC 420  (F2013), FIM 111 , FS 201 , GEO 331 , HIST 133 , HIST 134 , INTBU 451 , LIS 301 , MATH 495 , MS 432 , MUS 247 , PHS 400 , POLS 336 , PSYCH 206 , REL 232 , REM 201  (F2013), SM 260 , SOC 132 , SOC 436 , THE 340 , THE 341 

 

Global Perspective:
FYE 102 , PHIL 231 , PHIL 235 , PSYCH 132 

 
Core Competency: SERVANT LEADERSHIP  

Servant Leadership Definition:
The ability to foster positive cooperation and collaborative growth of a diverse group of individuals by being able to serve others before one’s self. Service is a fundamental goal in the belief that anyone accepting the role of leader should do so out of the desire to be of service to others. The servant leader will exhibit characteristics of empathy, listening, stewardship and commitment of personal growth to act as an effective leader to reach a common goal or accomplish a task or outcome.

Criteria: 3 credits

Servant Leadership - 3 Credits Required

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Student Learning Outcomes(SLOs)

  1. Identify personal strengths and weaknesses and learn strategies to tap into the strengths of others.
  2. Develop and demonstrate the principles of servant leadership with other models of leadership.
  3. Apply leadership skills that promote Saint Augustine’s University’s mission to sustain a learning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world.
  4. Integrate and internalize the principles and practices (knowledge, styles, skills and tools) of servant leadership to empower self and others within University and Community settings.
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Servant Leadership:
BIOL 401 , BUS 495 , CIS 405 , COMM 425 , EDUCA 460  (F2013), ENGR 200  (F2013), EXSC 290  (F2013), FS405 (SP2014), LEAD 101 , LEAD 301 , LIS 400 , MATH 201  (F2013), MS 401  (F2013), PE 226  (2 credits), PE 234 , PE 331  (2 credits), PE 332  (2 credits), PE 336 , PHS 330  (F2013), POLS 333 , POLS 335  (SP2014), PSYCH 435 , REL 344 , REL 345 

 

Servant Leadership:
HON 100 , MS 201 , MS 202 , MS 301 , MS 302 , PHS 430 , SOC 335 , SOC449

Core Competency: TEAMWORK  

Teamwork Definition:
Teamwork is two or more individuals with a common goal. Teams have specific roles that require that members interact with one another to coordinate their efforts to achieve a common goal or outcome. Teamwork usually requires the adjustment of self on the part of team members in an effort to accomplish common goals.

Criteria: 3 credits

Teamwork/Collaboration - 3 Credits Required

TEAMWORK

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Helps the team move forward by communicating merits of different ideas.
  2. Engages team members in ways that facilitate their contributions to the group.
  3. Completes assignments and meets deadlines; work is thorough and comprehensive and advances the project.
  4. Constructs a team climate by treating others with respect, motivates the team and offer assistance to others.
  5. Resolves conflict in a manner that is constructive and helps build team cohesiveness.

Teamwork:
ART 413 , BUS 352 , CIS 405 ,COMM 313 , COMM 411 , COMM 427 , MUS 404 , EDUCA 329  (F2013), ENGR 205 (F2013), EXSC 370  (F2013), FIM 250 , FS 445  (F2013), ORGD 415  (SP2014), PE 122  (2 credits), PE 327 (changed to SM 227  F2013), PE 336 , PHS 430 , PHYS 243L  (1credit), THE 220  (SP2014)

Teamwork:
HON 100.1, MS 102 , MS 201 , MS 202 , MS 301  (F2013), MS 302 , PHS 430 

 
Core Competency: INNOVATION and CREATIVITY  

Innovation and Creativity Definition:
Demonstrate creative/innovative approaches to course-based assignments or projects. Create, interpret and evaluate artistic expression considering the cultural context in which it was created; describe how issues in multiple disciplines may be addressed through creative expression and innovative practice

Criteria: 3 credits
Course in Innovation and Creativity - 3 credits required

INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. The student can successfully create new objects, ideas, expressions, and solutions that are appropriate to their domain and follow the guidelines of the assignment.
  2. The student develops a logical and consistent plan for problem solving, and can clearly articulate their rationale behind their decision making.
  3. Students will organize and perform selected works or present original research in a lecture presentation.
  4. Students experiment with creating a novel or unique idea, question, format, or product.
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Innovation and Creativity
ART 100 , ART 234 , ART 226 , ATH 365  (F2013), BIOL 310 , BIOL 310L , BUS 322 , CHEM 331 , CHEM 331L , COMM 311  (Fall 2013), COMM 351 , CSC 310 , EDUCA 361  (F2013), ENGL 237 , ENGL 238 , ENGL 239 , ENGR 208 , EXSC 320  (F2013), FIM 290  (F2013), MATH 334  (F2013), MUS 332 , MUS 336 , PE 422 , REM 202  (F2013), SM 360 , THE 250 

 

Innovation and Creativity
HON 100 , HON100.5

Core Competency: ARTISTIC LITERACY  

Artistic Literacy Definition:

Artistic literacy is the knowledge and understanding of the centrality of the arts to human existence. Artists and the arts reflect, respond to, and interact with their community. Artistic literacy necessitates learning about and engaging in the creative and performing arts. Visual, verbal, and somatic expression will evolve from a study of historical and cultural contexts. Active, experiential engagement will foster an aesthetic sensibility, which includes cognitive and emotional responses that lead to critical analysis and evaluation.

Criteria: 3 credits
Course in Artistic Literacy - 3 Credits Required

Course must be taken outside of Major Program of Study

ARTISTIC LITERACY

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (including visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature and film). USE IF AN INTRO TO ARTISTIC LITERACY COURSE IS INTRODUCED
  2. Distinguish between art forms and identify major characteristics and artists of each in terms of historical and theoretical contexts. USE IF AN INTRO TO ARTISTIC LITERACY COURSE IS NOT INTRODUCED
  3. Describe major characteristics and artists of an art form (including visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature and film) in terms of their historical and theoretical contexts.
  4. Define and use terminology for an art form.
  5. Develop an artistic sense using the conventions of an art form that allows the student to communicate creatively to a particular audience.
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Artistic Literacy
ART 130 , ART 131 , ART 227 , ENGL 260 , ENGL 319 , ENGL 329 , MUS 247 , THE 110 

 

Artistic Literacy
ENGL341, ENGL 431 , HON100.3, HON100.5, HON100.6

Core Competency: CAPSTONE COURSE OR EXPERIENCE  

Capstone Experience Definition:

An experience or experiences that allow students to organize and synthesize core competencies, knowledge and skills acquired from a variety of sources including in-class and out-of-the class settings and situations that occur during their undergraduate experience.

Criteria: 3 Credits
Capstone Experience - 3 Credits Required

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Students will work on projects large enough to require teams of several students over at least one semester or one student with a substantial project, thesis or research endeavor that is approved by a department or campus research committee
  2. Student will apply concepts from more than one course and includes more than one competency in a final product
  3. Student’s project requires substantial design effort that will be evaluated and presented,
  4. Student can present their work using formal oral presentations and written reports, and produce an interesting, working artifact
T1 - Fulfills Competency Requirements T-2 Supplements and Enhances Competency

Capstone Experience:
ACCT 334 , ACCT 471 , ART 411 , ART 412 , ART 435  (F2013), BIOL 420 , BUS 496 , CIS 401 , CJ 420 , COMM 458  (SP2014), CSC 460 , EDUCA 461 , ENGL 450 , ENGR 492 , EXSC 450  (F2013), FIM 490 , FS 447 , HIST 448 , LIS 450 , MATH 339 , MATH 496 , MS 310 , MUS 479 , ORGD 465  (GW), PHS 420 , PHS 421 , POLS 405 , PSYCH 470 , REM 300 , REM 301 , SM 463 , SOC 499 , THE 490 

 
 

Time Limit (Seven - Year Rule)

Students matriculating as degree-seeking students at Saint Augustine’s University are allowed seven consecutive years to complete degree requirements under the catalog in effect when they entered the University or when they declared their current major, whichever event is the most recent. If students have not met the requirements for graduation under the Catalog within the seven-year time frame, they will be denied eligibility for graduation under that Catalog. Students whose time limit has expired will be graduated under the current University Catalog. Students exceeding the seven-year time limit may appeal in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for exceptions to this rule.

Residence Requirements: 25% Rule

All students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program are required to complete the final 25% of semester hours of academic credit toward the degree in residence at Saint Augustine’s University. The student should be enrolled at the University during the year in which the degree is granted. This requirement also applies to transfer students who are admitted to the University. Coursework taken within the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC) Consortium is considered “in residence.” The Department Chair, School Dean, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs must give prior written approval to students, who have attained senior classification, for a waiver of the 25% rule to support the completion of graduation requirements, including waivers for TEP competency requirements or major requirements as well as CRC coursework. Official transcripts from the CRC institutions where academic credit was earned must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar prior to Commencement. Students who have earned a grade of “D” or “F” in a course required for graduation while enrolled at the University must repeat that course at Saint Augustine’s University or one of the CRC colleges and obtain a grade of “C” or better. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may make exceptions to residence requirements in conjunction with the approval support of the School Deans and the Department Chairs.

Earning a Second Baccalaureate Degree

Students wishing to pursue a second degree are responsible for initiating and coordinating any action relating to the majors, whether pursuing two degrees concurrently or successively. Saint Augustine’s University will not permit a student to earn more than two baccalaureate degrees.

Prior to pursuing courses in the second major, students are encouraged to meet with the Department Chairs and the School Deans to obtain a full understanding of the courses and/or other requirements necessary for graduation. School Deans, Department Chairs, and faculty advisors are encouraged to meet regularly with students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree to ensure that candidates for a second degree remain thoroughly familiar with all graduation requirements.

With the exception of TEP requirements, students may not use one course to satisfy two sets of academic requirements. Students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree at the University will not be awarded credit towards the second major for courses that were required to complete the first major. Thus, students who plan to graduate with two degrees and dual majors must satisfy the requirements for each major, including all supporting courses and electives with separate courses. Credit for supporting courses completed at another institution for other than the first major may be transferred to Saint Augustine’s University as part of the maximum number (i.e., 90) of transferable credits. Students who satisfy all graduation requirements for two degrees shall receive two diplomas. Students pursuing a second degree at the University must satisfy all internal graduation requirements of the School in which their majors are located.

Concurrent Pursuit of a Second Degree at Saint Augustine’s University (Dual Degree)

A student may earn two degrees concurrently at Saint Augustine’s University by meeting the following requirements:

  • Earn a minimum of 60 hours at Saint Augustine’s University;
  • Receive written approval from the School Dean in which the second major is located;
  • Meet all graduation requirements for both degree programs;
  • Satisfy all requirements for the two majors with separate courses; and
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in required major’s coursework.

Successive Pursuit of a Second Degree

Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree either from Saint Augustine’s University or another regionally accredited university or university may earn a second baccalaureate degree at Saint Augustine’s University by meeting the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours towards the requirements for the second baccalaureate degree at Saint Augustine’s University;
  • Satisfy all current requirements for the second major, including all course prerequisites;
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in the required major coursework; and
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all coursework earned at Saint Augustine’s University.

Students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree at Saint Augustine’s University or at another regionally accredited institution and who wish to acquire a second baccalaureate degree from Saint Augustine’s University must satisfy the current major requirements in effect when they enroll for the second baccalaureate degree.

Semester Credit Hours

A semester credit is defined as one 50-minute class per week (or its equivalent) for one semester. For example, a three-hour class may meet for three 50-minute periods per week, or for two 75-minute periods per week, or for a combination of the two formats per week for one semester. Laboratory and studio classes normally require two to four hours in class per week to be equivalent to one credit hour. Credit for internships, fieldwork courses and practica is determined according to this prevailing standard as well.  For instance, 1/4-time internships, etc., that require about 10 hours per week per semester earn 3 credit hours. 

Overall, one credit hour equates to about 3 hours of the student’s time (i.e., 50 minutes in class and 2 hours of out-of-class student work per week over a semester for a semester hour. Most three-credit courses at Saint Augustine’s University meet for 150 minutes per week of in class instruction and the faculty and administration expect its students to spend at least 6 hours per week engaged in out-of-class preparation for each class hour.  Therefore, students spend about 10 hours per week on each course.  The University considers the 10-hour-standard both sound and acceptable for a 3 credit course.

 

Credits Earned at Accredited U.S. Colleges

Once a student has matriculated at Saint Augustine’s University, he/she may not pursue courses at another accredited college or university as transfer credits towards a degree without obtaining, in advance of registration for such courses, written approval from the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The University may not accept courses taken without such prior approval. Further, after a student has earned 65 or more semester hours of academic credits at another college, credits earned after enrolling in Saint Augustine’s University from a junior college, community college, technical institute or other comparable institution will not be accepted as transfer credits.

Students transferring from regionally accredited community colleges and/or technical institutes will receive appropriate credit for courses completed. The student must, however, meet the requirements of the Saint Augustine’s University major, even if this involves pursuing freshman and sophomore level courses. The respective School Dean and/or Department Chair will review the record of the transfer student and will make the final recommendation on the course’s applicability towards the major. This procedure will also apply in cases where the transfer student has earned the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science degree from a state-approved program or programs approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All transfer credits will be evaluated where applicable, but will not be computed in the grade point average at Saint Augustine’s University.

Credits Earned at Foreign Colleges

Students transferring credit from courses taken or degrees completed at colleges and/or universities in foreign countries must have their transcripts forwarded to either World Educational Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., (ECE) for the evaluation of foreign educational credentials. The student should request that the transcript evaluation be sent from WES or ECE to the Office of the Registrar at Saint Augustine’s University. The student must also provide the Office of the Registrar with an official copy (including the foreign colleges or university’s seal or stamp) on the transcript. The Registrar shall forward a copy of both the transcript and WES’ or ECE’s evaluation of the transcript to the Department Chair. The respective School Dean and/or Department Chair will review the transcript and the transcript evaluation of the international student and will make the final determination on courses to be taken and/or credit accepted towards the degree. The international student must, however, meet the graduation requirements as found in the current Saint Augustine’s University Catalog, even if this involves pursuing freshman and sophomore level courses.

Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC)

Through an agreement with North Carolina State University, Shaw University, Meredith College, William H. Peace University, and Wake Technical Community College (i.e., the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges or the “CRC”), students may take courses and pursue programs of study, including courses leading to a minor, when such courses are not offered at Saint Augustine’s University. Fall and Spring Semester credits earned through the CRC are not considered transfer credits and, therefore, are computed in the students’ semester and cumulative grade point averages. Students who are enrolled at Saint Augustine’s University and who are interested in taking courses through the CRC must receive written permission prior to registration at the CRC institutions from the Department Chair, the School Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. During the summer there is no inter-institutional program with local colleges.

Students who have previously enrolled in courses at Saint Augustine’s University and who received a grade of “D” in courses required in the major must repeat such courses at Saint Augustine’s University or one of the CRC institutions when not offered at Saint Augustine’s University. Where there are extenuating circumstances that students believe warrant consideration in the application of this policy, students should appeal in writing to the Department Chair of the department in which the course is offered and written authorization must be granted prior to enrolling in the course through the CRC by the School Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Articulation Agreements

Students who enroll as transfer students from a North Carolina Community College System institution and who have earned either an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science two-year degree are able to transfer and enter into Saint Augustine’s University at the junior class level with all general education requirements satisfied. However, in the event that a major course requires a pre-requisite that has not been satisfied as part of the community college curriculum, then the student will be required to take that pre-requisite in order to satisfy the major course requirement.

If a student earned a two-year degree with an Associate in Applied Science, then the student’s academic coursework will be transferred on a course-by-course basis. Course applicability is at the discretion of the academic School Dean upon the recommendation of the major department Chair.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students may submit evidence that they have met the student learning outcomes (SLOs) required for the Transformative Education Program or major curriculum through life and/or work experience. Students who demonstrate that they have mastered competencies in the prescribed SLO’s may receive college credit and are not required to take courses covering the mastered content. Prior learning may be demonstrated by

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Examination
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Credit by examination
  • Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Self-Acquired Competency
  • National Guide to Educational Credit for Training
  • European Patterned Education
  1. A maximum 60 credits toward bachelor’s degrees may be established by examination.
  2. Maximum credit awarded for Self-Acquired Competency (SC) will be 30 credits toward a bachelor’s degree.
  3. Credit for Prior Learning may be applied toward graduation, but not toward residency requirements.
  4. Application for Credit for Prior Learning must be submitted prior to the completion of 90 credits for bachelor’s degree programs.
  5. No credit may be established by examination in any course in which the examinee has previously earned a grade below “C,” or in any course previously attempted or audited by the student.
  6. Credit earned by departmental examination will usually be restricted to lower-division (100 and 200 level courses).
  7. Tuition and fees may be charged prior to examination or for posting of credit above eighteen (18) hours.
  8. All credits earned through Prior Learning options will be counted for purposes of the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress policy.

For consideration

Self-Acquired Competency is academic credit for learning that occurred outside the classroom. Current students or applicants may request credit by submitting a written request and a portfolio documenting mastery of the content area(s) and the outcome(s) to a faculty member or the appropriate faculty committee. Portfolios will be externally evaluated through the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) American Council on Education (ACE) CREDIT or approved faculty member(s) with expertise in the major field of study will evaluate the portfolio and determine whether credit should be granted.

The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs published by the American Council on Education lists credit recommendations for programs and courses sponsored by non-academic organizations to employees or members. In most instances, Saint Augustine’s University will accept these recommendations and award appropriate credit. For more information, contact the Registrar.

International Baccalaureate Degree: Students who achieve 5, 6, or 7 in an individual higher level examination may receive credit for an equivalent course at Saint Augustine’s University. Official transcripts must be issued by the International Baccalaureate North American Office.

European-Patterned Education: Students may earn up to one year of credit for completing the courses and the national examination for advanced high school work equivalent to a thirteenth year of school, depending on examination results, course syllabi and subjects taken. Saint Augustine’s University requires an officially certified copy of externally issued exam results that show the scores for each exam subject, with an official English translation. Advanced credit is most often awarded for these programs:

British GCE Advanced-level or AS-level examinations
Canadian (Quebec) two-year College d’enseignement General et Professionnel
Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) when two units are completed
Danish Studentereksamen
Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto
French Baccalaureate exams
German Abitur exams
Hong Kong HKALE
Icelandic Studentsprof - Menntaskoli exams
Italian Maturita
Lebanese Baccalaureate
Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappellijk Onderwijs (VWO)
Norway Vitnemal
Singaporean Advanced-level exams
Swedish Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan
Swiss Federal Maturite exams

Other European Baccalaureate: Students seeking credit for educational experiences in the armed services must provide AARTS or SMART transcripts, verified by the services, and evaluated and endorsed by ACE.

Academic Credit Travel Program Credit: Academic programs that provide travel courses and study abroad carrying one to three credits. To register for these courses, a student must submit a petition to a special review committee consisting of the chair of the appropriate Division, the Coordinator of the appropriate program, Director of Global Study Abroad and a faculty member. The student must prepare and submit a portfolio including a written report describing the experience to the committee for its approval before credit can be granted.

To be considered for credit, the travel must be a bona fide, full-time intercultural experience of intensity and depth, which exposes the student to another culture, either interurban or international. In general, one credit is granted for each week of travel to a maximum of six credits.

A Travel Program experience may be developed as an Independent Learning Plan (ILP) to meet the student learning outcomes for the Global Perspective Competency. Students must work with a faculty member and the Director of Global Study Abroad to develop methods for demonstrating and documenting required outcomes within the experience, and identify methods by which the experience may be assessed. The ILP must be reviewed and approved on the Study Abroad Approval Form by the review committee, which may require alterations to the ILP. The committee will review documentation of the experience and review or conduct appropriate assessments before credit for achievement of the student learning outcome for Global Perspective is granted. It is possible for one Travel Program experience to meet outcomes in more than one area. For example, an experience could meet outcomes for the Business program and also meet the competency for Global Perspective.

Credit by Examination

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is a national program of credit-by-examination that offers students the opportunity to obtain recognition for College-level achievement. CLEP offers Subject Examinations. CLEP credits will be reflected on the student’s transcript as transfer credits. No more than twenty-four (24) hours of credit can be received through CLEP tests for both general and subject examinations combined.

To be considered for credit students must achieve scores of 50 or higher for each CLEP exam. No credit may be granted for CLEP tests, which are repeated. If a student fails a CLEP test and then retakes the test, the student may not receive credit even if the subsequent score meets the criterion.

The amount of credit to be awarded is to be determined by the Registrar and School Dean in whose department/School the test falls. Credit will be granted only when an official CLEP score report is sent directly from the College Board to the Office of Registrar. Duplicate reports, examinee’s copies or score reports received in any other manner, with the exception of a CLEP examination administered at the College are not acceptable.

Advanced Placement Examinations

Part A

Saint Augustine’s University awards Advanced Placement and/or degree credits for certain college-level courses based on the results high school students may obtain on some of the College Examination Board Advanced Placement Examinations. A list of courses, which are acceptable for exemption by Saint Augustine’s University, has been included in the following chart. Students who wish to receive Advanced Placement for subjects not listed below, and who have earned a score of 3 or higher, should request that the School Dean and Department Chair of the department in which the subject is located review their examination scores for the assignment of Advanced Placement credit. Students desiring to receive credit for Advanced Placement examinations should request that the examination scores be sent to the Office of Admissions at Saint Augustine’s University by contacting:

Advanced Placement Service
Post Office Box 6671
Princeton, New Jersey 08541
Telephone #: 1 (888) 225-5427
E-mail: apexams@info.collegeboard.org

Part B

Additionally, Advanced Placement credits may be awarded to high school students who have enrolled in selected courses at the University upon enrolling as a matriculating student at Saint Augustine’s University. Under certain circumstances, high school students classified as juniors or seniors, with a grade point average of 3.00 or better, and a letter of recommendation from their high school principal, may be granted permission to take university course work. Upon matriculation and approval by the School Dean and Department Chair of the department in which the course was taken at Saint Augustine’s University, the student will be granted college credit.

Advanced Placement
Examination
Score Course Eligible for Exemption Credits
Awarded
Art History 5, 4 or 3 ART 130 Art Appreciation   3
    ART 331 Survey of Art History I   3
Art Studio 5, 4 or 3 ART 131 Introduction to Drawing   3
    ART 132 Color and Design   3
Biology 5 or 4 BIOL 131 Fundamentals of Biology   4
    BIOL 133 Principles of Biology I   4
    BIOL 134 Principles of Biology II   4
Chemistry 5 or 4 CHEM 141 General Chemistry I   4
    CHEM 142 General Chemistry II   4
Economics 5, 4 or 3 ECON 235 Principles of Microeconomics   3
    ECON 236 Principles of Macroeconomics   3
English          
Literature/Composition 5, 4 or 3 ENGL 131 English Composition I   3
Language/Composition 5, 4 or 3 ENGL 132 English Composition II   3
French          
Language 5, 4 or 3 FREN 131 Elementary French I   3
Literature 5, 4 or 3 FREN 331 Survey of French Literature   3
German 5, 4 or 3 GERM 131 Elementary German I 3
Government/Politics          
American 5, 4 or 3 POLS 210 American National Government   3
Comparative 5, 4 or 3 POLS 332 Comparative Politics   3
History          
American 5, 4 or 3 HIST 231 American History I   3
      or    
American 5, 4 or 3 HIST 232 American History II   3
Mathematics          
Algebra 5, 4 or 3 MATH 131 College Algebra   3
Calculus (AB or BC) 5, or 4 MATH 231 Calculus I   4
  3 MATH 232 Calculus II   4
Music          
Listening/Literature 5, 4 or 3 MUSIC 135 Music Appreciation 3
Theory 5, 4 or 3 MUSIC 131 Music Theory and Ear Training I   3
Physics          
Physics B 5, 4 or 3 PHYS 241 General College Physics I   4
      or    
      242 General College Physics II    
Physics C   PHYS     4
Mechanics, Electricity/Magnetism 5, 4 or 3 PHYS 243 General Physics I   4
    PHYS 244 General Physics II   4
Spanish          
Language 5, 4 or 3 SPAN 131 Elementary Spanish I   3
  5, 4 or 3 SPAN 331 Survey of Spanish Literature   3

Proficiency Exam

Students enrolled at Saint Augustine’s University may have developed knowledge and skills that match the knowledge and skills to be achieved in certain courses at the university. A student may request credit by examination for the purpose of validating this knowledge of the material presented in a course. In order to be eligible to take a proficiency exam a student must show evidence of preparedness, such as high achievement in private or public secondary schools, military service, or work experience which will qualify one for advance standing; documentation must be provided. Challenge procedures:

  • To challenge a course, a student must have the approval of the School Dean, after consultation with their advisor, to take a proficiency test in a particular course.
  • No student will be allowed over two examinations for credit per semester, up to a maximum of 15 hours per degree.
  • No freshman student will be allowed to earn credit by examination for 300 or 400 level courses.
  • Only grades of “C” or better will be approved for credit toward graduation.
  • Students may not challenge courses in which they have previously made a grade other than “W”.

The appropriate department will administer the examination. The standard fee (existing tuition and fees) will be charged, payable after the proficiency exam has been authorized. No fee paid to take a proficiency exam will be refunded regardless of the result of the examination. Only the Vice President for Academic Affairs may make an exception to these rules upon the recommendation of the School Dean.

Military Credit

Credit earned while a student was a member of the United States armed forces, including credit earned for military training, may be accepted at Saint Augustine’s University upon review by the Department Chair and School Dean and upon the written approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may require that the student submit an evaluation of credit earned while in the armed forces from such national organizations as the American Council on Education.

Class Load Limits and Excess Credits

As part of the University’s completion agenda Falcon 15: Focus on the Finish, all students are encouraged to take at least 15 credit hours per semester. The minimum academic load during a semester for a regular, full-time student is 12 semester hours. The normal full-time class load is defined as 12 to 18 semester hours per semester. A class load in excess of 18 hours is considered an overload and will require the approval of the Department Chair, School Dean and written authorization from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. A student whose cumulative grade point average is less than 3.00 may not register for overload hours in any semester. No freshman may take an overload. Authorization for registering for excess credits must be granted in writing by the last day of registration as reported on the University’s current academic calendar for the semester in which an overload is requested. Additional tuition and fees will be charged (see the section of this catalog on Financial Information) for overloads. Students with class loads of less than 12 hours are part-time and will be billed accordingly.

Classification of Students

A student is classified as a freshman at the time the student enrolls at the University. The classification of students is based upon the number of credits earned as follows:

Enrollment Level
Class Level Number of Semester Hours
Freshman 0 - 29 semester hours
Sophomore 30 - 59 semester hours
Junior 60 - 89 semester hours
Senior 90 semester hours and above
   
Enrollment Status
Full-time Students who are pursuing a minimum of 12 semester hours
Part-time Students who are pursuing less than 12 semester hours

Class Attendance

With the intent of optimizing student performance and ensuring that students have the opportunity to achieve academic success, students are expected to attend all classes. Faculty members shall provide as part of their course syllabi a clear explanation of their policy on unexcused absences and class attendance including the consequences of violating their policy. The faculty member’s policy on unexcused absences and class attendance must be distributed to students within the first week of classes each semester. Excessive absences may result in a failing grade. It is the sole responsibility of the student to withdraw from a course they are no longer attending prior to the deadline. The deadline will be announced and should be published in the Academic Calendar. The instructor may administratively withdraw students failing to attend the first week of any class and the instructor must notify the Registrar’s Office by the end of the day of the second class meeting.

Students who occasionally fail to attend class may have a valid documented reason for their absence. Students who possess acceptable documentation for their absence from class will be allowed to make up and/or complete class assignments, tests, quizzes, papers, etc. Students must, whenever possible, provide prior notice to the faculty of their intended absence and upon the request of the faculty provide documentation that will account for their absence on the date(s) of the class assignments, tests, quizzes, papers, etc. For example, faculty members may request that students provide documented evidence of:

Personal Sickness, e.g., a written statement from a nurse, doctor, or hospital records.

Death in Family, e.g., a funeral program, documentation from the funeral director, and/or minister.

Emergencies, e.g., appropriate evidence sufficient to document the particular emergency.

Participating in Required School Activities, e.g., a written statement from the appropriate University official such as a coach, band director, choir director, etc.

Students on academic probation are allowed no absences unless approved through the Office of Academic Affairs. Students who fail to meet this condition are subject to suspension.

The academic schools of the university may adopt supplementary rules on attendance not inconsistent with these general rules with the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs has the authority to suspend any student who fails to meet scholarship requirements or to abide by academic regulations.

Academic Standing

Academic Warning

A student is placed on academic warning when the student’s semester grade point average is below 2.00, but the cumulative grade point average is 2.00 or higher.

Academic Probation

Students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0 at the end of any given grading period (semester) are automatically put on academic probation. In addition, a full-time student may be placed on probation if they earn less than 6 credit hours in a semester. Students on academic probation are restricted to thirteen (13) credits per semester. Students shall remain on academic probation until their cumulative GPA rises to a 2.0 or better, and students must abide by the 13 credit hour limit during the entire period of their probation. Probationary status is reviewed at the end of each semester and students who fail to abide by the credit limits for probation may have their schedules administratively adjusted by the Registrar in order to ensure compliance with the University’s policy on academic probation.

Academic Suspension

Academic suspension occurs when a student fails to meet the Standards of Minimum Progress listed below. A full-time student may be considered for suspension or withdrawal when a student has been on probation and/or shows extreme failure to meet the academic standards of progress towards a degree - for example, if the student has a semester or cumulative average at or near 0.0 and/or passed (“C” or better) 3 or less credits in a given semester. A student who has been academically suspended may improve his/her academic standing by attending summer school at Saint Augustine’s University. Attendance at summer school, however, does not result in automatic readmission to the University. Students may be readmitted to the University at the discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Students who are academically suspended must submit a letter of appeal to the Provost. Such appeals shall be in writing and must be submitted thirty days prior to the start of the term in which the student is requesting readmission. Students who are readmitted after academic suspension are on academic probation and must meet the requirements for students on academic probation until their cumulative grade point average (GPA) is a 2.0 or better. A student who has been readmitted following academic suspension and who maintains a current term GPA of 2.0 or better shall not be academically suspended although his/her cumulative GPA at the end of the spring semester may be less than a 2.0. Students receiving a second academic suspension must wait one complete year before applying for readmission.

Standards of Minimum Progress

In order to avoid being academically suspended from the University, a student must meet the following minimum standards of progress:

  • A student that has attempted 24 to 49 semester credit hours must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 1.75;
  • A student who has attempted 50 to 79 semester credit hours must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 1.85;
  • A student who has attempted 80 or more semester credit hours must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00.

Grading

The grading system is based upon semester hours. The faculty may award the following grades:

Letter Grade Description Numeric Grade Quality Points Per Semester Hour of Credit
A Excellent 90 and above Four
B Good 80 to 89 Three
C Fair 70 to 79 Two
D Passing but poor 60 to 69 One
F Failure Below 60 None
I Incomplete Quality points will not be used to compute the student’s term GPA.

Please note:

  • Students must pass all courses in their major including supporting courses from other disciplines, with a grade of “C” or better. Thus, students who receive a grade of “D” or “F” in any course in their major are required to repeat that course at Saint Augustine’s University.
  • “W” Withdrawal is Non-Punitive (not used to compute the student’s cumulative GPA)

Grade Change Policy

It is the University’s policy that once a final grade is recorded, no changes are allowed. The only exceptions to this policy are as follows:

An “I” (incomplete) grade may be given in exceptional cases to a student whose work in a course has been satisfactory, and, due to documented illness or other documented emergencies beyond the student’s control, he/she has been unable to fulfill specific course requirements such as the final examination, a notebook, an experiment, or a research or term paper. The student must complete the work by the end of the second week from the beginning of class in the next semester following the granting of an incomplete (“I”) grade; otherwise, the “I” grade is automatically converted to the Guaranteed Grade. Although a petition for the “I” grade may be initiated by the student or by a faculty member, the recording of the “I” grade must be approved by the Department Chair and by the School Dean. The Office of the Registrar provides faculty with a special form for the removal of an “I” grade.

The grade must be removed by the end of the second week following the beginning of class (in the semester following the one in which the “I” was granted) as stated on the academic calendar or the Incomplete (“I”) will automatically convert to the Guaranteed Grade. An incomplete grade (I) shall not be recorded as a mid-term grade by a faculty member.

Recording error(s) and/or miscalculations of a grade must be changed no later than the end of the semester following the recording error or miscalculation. Grade changes must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and supported by the Department Chair and the School Dean. All grade changes requested because of recording error(s) and/or miscalculations of a grade must be supported by documentation from the faculty member who made the error; i.e., grade books, papers and examinations and calculation records.

Within the first 30 days of a degree being conferred by the President of Saint Augustine’s University, a graduate may challenge his/her grades. The graduating student has the right to challenge only the grades earned in the final semester. Grades from previous semesters shall not be changed. Once that time period has expired, the transcript is officially sealed and neither grades nor earned credits will be changed.

Academic Appeals

The Academic Appeal Process requires that a student first discuss the academic dispute with the faculty member who accused the student, or assigned the grade, or initiated the penalty, or with whom the dispute first surfaced. If the dispute is not resolved in conversation(s) with the faculty member, the student shall next address the matter with the Chair of the department in which the course is taught. If the matter is still in dispute following the investigation and determination by the Department Chair, the student has a right to appeal to the Dean of the School in which the dispute arose. In cases where the recommended penalty is that the student be suspended or expelled, or where the student’s degree or certification is revoked, students may appeal in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Specifically in cases involving allegations of academic dishonesty students shall be provided with: (1) adequate notice of any offense with which they are charged; and, (2) an opportunity to be heard by the Dean of the School in which the offense is alleged to have occurred.

Credit for Repeating a Course

Students are permitted to repeat only courses in which a grade of “D”, “F” or “W” has been earned. The grade that is used is the highest according to the computer program. Students must repeat all courses in the major including supporting courses required in other disciplines, as well as selected TEP courses in which a grade of “D” (or “F”) was received (see TEP section for those courses). In order to receive credit for repeating a course, the new course must contain the identical (i.e., course, prefix and number) with regards to the department in which the two courses are located. The repeated courses must be taken at Saint Augustine’s University or at a CRC school during the fall or spring semesters with permission from the Office of Academic Affairs. The student’s transcript will reflect that the course has been repeated.

Grade Reports

Grade reports are not mailed. Student grades may be accessed online. After grades are submitted by the instructor, they are processed and issued by the Office of the Registrar. Students should examine their grade report carefully. If no grade report is received, the student should contact the Office of the Registrar immediately.

Any error in a grade report must be reported in writing by the student who received the grade or by the instructor who issued the grade to the Department Chair and the School Dean by the last day to withdraw from class (as reflected on the University’s current academic calendar) in the semester following the issuance of the grade. Any grading error not reported by such time shall become the permanent grade on the student’s transcript.

Dean’s List and Honor’s List

The Dean’s List is achieved by having a semester grade point average of 3.00 and above for a minimum of 12 credit hours and no grades below a “C”. The Honor’s List is achieved by having a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above with a minimum of 30 credit hours earned at Saint Augustine’s University and no grades below a “C”.

Dropping Classes

Students may drop classes without academic penalty according to the deadline published in the University’s current academic calendar. Students are advised that discontinued attendance does not constitute dropping a class. Failure to report for any class that appears on students’ schedules or discontinuation of attendance without officially dropping the class or withdrawing from the course or the college will result in a grade of “F,” which is computed in the semester and cumulative averages. Students should refer to the financial Information section of this catalog to determine the billing and financial impact, if any, of dropping classes.

Withdrawal from a Course

Withdrawing from a course is recognized as officially and permanently leaving that course after the drop/add period. Students may withdraw from a course according to the deadline published in the University’s current academic calendar or publicized widely on campus. Students who desire to withdraw from a course should secure a Course Withdrawal Form from the Office of the Registrar. Processing of the withdrawal form will begin after the student has returned it to the Office of the Registrar, with the signatures of their academic advisor and the School Dean in the student’s major. Students officially withdrawn from a course are assigned a permanent grade of “W” by the Registrar. Students should refer to the financial Information section of this catalog to determine the billing and financial impact (if any) of withdrawing from a course.

Withdrawal from the University

A student is not officially withdrawn from the University until an application has been signed by the appropriate university administrators and returned to the Office of the Registrar. Students are encouraged to notify their instructors when withdrawing from the University. University property (such as dorm keys and ID cards) must be returned to the Office of Student Development and Services at the time of withdrawal. Upon completion of the withdrawal procedure, the student’s transcript is annotated with a grade of “W” for all courses in which a student is enrolled at the time of withdrawal as well as the date of withdrawal. A student who stops attending class and/or leaves the University without processing a formal withdrawal application form shall receive an “F” grade in each course in which the student is registered.

A student may withdraw from the University at any point up to two weeks before the date for the start of final exams. Students should refer to the dates listed on the current academic calendar. Students who withdraw from the University and who do not re-enroll within one academic year must meet the requirements of the current catalog, including TEP, as well as requirements in the major. Students who have withdrawn from the University and more than an academic year has passed since they re-enrolled may appeal in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for a review of circumstances that may warrant consideration of an exception to the application of this rule. Students should refer to the Financial Information section of this catalog to determine the billing and financial impact, if any, of withdrawing from the University.

Class Cancellation Policy

Classes can be cancelled based upon low enrollment. A department chair may recommend cancellation of a class for approval of the Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Class cancellations can also originate from the Office of Academic Affairs. The students are advised of the pending cancellation and the other options by either the instructor on record or the chair of the department. When a class is cancelled, the students are dropped without financial penalty or any record of the class on their transcripts. Additionally, the students are required to meet with their academic advisors and/or department chairs to obtain alternative classes.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, gives students the right to: (1) inspect and review their educational records; (2) consent to release of educational records to a third party; (3) request amendment of information believed to be incorrect that is included in the educational records; and (4) be notified of their rights under FERPA. Also under FERPA, the student must authorize, in writing, the release of any part of his/her records including grades. It is the policy of Saint Augustine’s University to comply with the terms and conditions of FERPA.

Majors and Minors

Declaring a Major

Students may declare their major discipline of study when they are admitted to Saint Augustine’s University. Students who do not declare a major at the point at which they are admitted to the University are regarded as “Undecided”. All freshman students, even if they declare a major will be assigned an academic advisor from the Academic Advisement Center. After their first year of study, students in good standing will be assigned academic advisors in the departments of their chosen majors.

Special Design Major

The Special Design Major allows students whose particular interests, background, or professional objectives are not served by a traditional BA or BS degree programs offered at Saint Augustine’s University. The purpose of the Special Design Major is to make available to students who satisfy the prerequisites for the program the opportunity to design, with faculty approval, a flexible interdisciplinary curriculum. Admission to the Special Design Major is limited to students whose individualized programs can be organized around a special topic or a cross-disciplinary inquiry that is original and involves work in more than one department.

The Special Design Major is not intended to bypass normal graduation requirements and may not be used to duplicate formally structured degree programs at Saint Augustine’s University. It is reserved for students who cannot find an established degree program that meets their special interests and career goals that cross disciplinary lines. Students will be able to take courses in disciplines not offered at Saint Augustine’s University through the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium (CRC).

Concentrations within a Major

A concentration is a series of defined courses, usually nine (9) to twelve (12) hours, required within the major course requirements. A concentration provides the student with an increased measure of proficiency in a specific area within the chosen major. These courses, selected in conjunction with the academic advisor, generally carry the course prefix of major courses offered by the School. A major concentration is not printed on the University transcript.

Change of Major

The Change of Major Form is required in order for students who were formerly “Undecided” to declare a major or for students to change their current major. A Change of Major Form is available from the Office of the Registrar and students must secure the appropriate signatures and return the form to the Registrar. When students change their major, however, they are required to satisfy the current requirements in effect at the time the Change of Major Form is completed.

Qualitative Performance in the Major

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses in the major, including supporting courses required in other disciplines. Courses in the major in which a grade of “D” or “F” as received must be repeated at Saint Augustine’s University or at one of the CRC schools with permission.

Declaring a Minor

Students may declare a minor (in departments in which there are published requirements for a minor) in departments other than the one in which their major is located. The minor must be published in the current Catalog. A student who wishes to minor in a particular discipline must successfully complete eighteen (18) credit hours of required courses in the minor. Students who successfully complete the requirements for a minor shall have the minor indicated on their transcript. Except for TEP requirements, no course at Saint Augustine’s University may be used to satisfy two or more requirements. Thus, the 18 credit hours must be in elective courses that the student is not using to meet School, Departmental, or major requirements. However, the elective courses for the minor can be used to satisfy TEP competencies. In order to successfully complete a minor, the student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required in the minor. Students who have earned a grade of “D” in a course required in the minor but who have otherwise completed all other requirements for graduation may graduate but will not have the minor recorded on their transcript. Students are advised to confer with the department chairs in which the minor is offered prior to declaring a minor.

Academic Honor Code

Academic Dishonesty

The primary mission of the faculty at Saint Augustine’s University is to teach students the major paradigms and the content of their respective discipline. The faculty encourages each student to achieve the highest academic ideals. The faculty also strives to make certain that their evaluation of students’ academic performance accurately reflects each student’s true merit. Because academic dishonesty interferes with the faculty’s mission of educating and evaluating students, academic dishonesty will not be tolerated at Saint Augustine’s University. The policy of the University is that any student found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall fail the assignment and may fail the course. The student may also be referred to the School Dean in which the student’s major is located and to the Provost for additional disciplinary action. All instances of academic dishonesty are subject to the full range of penalties at the University’s disposal.

Penalties for Academic Dishonesty

Any student found to have engaged in academic dishonesty at the University shall fail the test or assignment for which the student cheated and may be subjected to one or more of the following penalties including: failure of the course in which the academic dishonesty occurred; written reprimands from the Department Chair, School Dean, and/or the Vice President for Academic Affairs; and suspension and/or expulsion from the University. Suspension is for a specified period, not to exceed two years. On the other hand, expulsion is the permanent separation from the University. Depending on the severity of the academic dishonesty, a student may be suspended or expelled although the accused student has never received a lesser penalty for previous academic misconduct. Finally, when an act of academic dishonesty is found to invalidate a major academic requirement for a degree, then the penalty may include a recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs to revoke a certification or not grant a certification, and/or to revoke a degree. Students who have engaged in academic dishonesty may also be required to participate in counseling, take reduced credit loads, and/or be denied admittance to certain majors or programs. In addition to the aforementioned penalties, other sanctions may be imposed, such as, but not limited to, financial restitution, campus or community service, and additional educational requirements.

Types of Academic Dishonesty

Below is a list of common forms of academic dishonesty. The list is not intended to be an exhaustive representation of all the possible forms of academic dishonesty.

Cheating

Cheating is the use of or the attempted use of unauthorized information such as books, lecture notes, study aids, answers or other materials from students and/or other sources, for the purpose of submitting a part or all of the unauthorized information as one’s own individual effort in any class, clinic, assignment, or examination. Helping or attempting to help another student commit any act of academic dishonesty is also a form of cheating.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the submission, either orally or in writing, of words, ideas, drawings, or other works of another person as one’s own without providing the appropriate citation or otherwise referencing the source of such words, ideas, drawings, or other works of another person for the purpose of receiving credit for having completed an academic assignment.

Abuse of Academic Materials

Abuse of Academic Materials is destruction of the University’s property including defacing the University’s academic resource materials stored in the library, archives, faculty and administrative offices.

Stealing

Stealing is the unauthorized taking, or withholding the property of another and thereby permanently or temporarily depriving the owner of its use or possession.

Lying

Lying is making any oral or written statement, which the student knows, or should know, is not true or accurate.

Academic Dishonesty Appeal Process

The procedure for resolving disputes of academic dishonesty or for resolving any dispute concerning a student’s academic standing at Saint Augustine’s University is the Academic Dishonesty Appeal Process. The Academic Dishonesty Appeal Process requires that a student first discuss the academic dispute with the faculty member who accused the student, or assigned the grade, or initiated the penalty, or with whom the dispute first surfaced.

If the dispute is not resolved in conversation(s) with the faculty member, the student shall next address the matter with the Chair of the department in which the course is taught. The Department Chair shall: investigate the matter thoroughly; make a record of the relevant evidence; make a determination about the nature of the dispute or appropriateness of the accusation, the grade, or the penalty imposed on the student. If the matter is still in dispute following the investigation and determination by the Department Chair, the student has a right to appeal to the School Dean in which the dispute arose. In cases where the recommended penalty is that the student be suspended or expelled, or where the student’s degree or certification is revoked, students may appeal in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Specifically in cases involving allegations of academic dishonesty students shall be provided with: (1) adequate notice of any offense with which they are charged; and, (2) an opportunity to be heard by the School Dean in which the offense is alleged to have occurred. The penalty imposed by (or approved by) the School Dean shall be based on evidence collected and recorded by the faculty member, the Department Chair, and/or the School Dean. The School Dean in which the student’s major is located shall also be notified of the academic dishonesty and of the penalty imposed by the School Dean in which the academic dishonesty occurred.