Courses and Attendance
COURSE NUMBERING GENERAL GUIDELINE
100-199 Introductory courses usually considered first year or sophomore level.
200-299 Intermediate courses usually considered freshmen and sophomore level.
300-399 Advanced courses for sophomores and juniors.
400-499 Advanced courses normally taken by juniors and seniors.
500+ Courses offered at the graduate level. Some 500 level courses may be available to qualified undergraduate seniors by department permission.
Note: The University reserves the right to change degree requirements, major and minor requirements, and course offerings, and to cancel any course not elected by a sufficient number of students at the time offered.
COURSE NUMBERS COMMON TO ALL UNDERGRADUATE DEPARTMENTS
293 Seminar Course – Sophomore level, non-regular courses offered occasionally which cover selected topics selected by the department.
391/491 Independent Study individualized study of a topic of interest beyond the content of regular course offerings, involving a minimum of 1 – 3 meetings with instructor during semester. Available to Juniors or Seniors. Contract required.*
392/492 Directed Study is a faculty directed study of a topic of interest beyond the content of regular course offerings, involving a minimum of 50 minutes per week with instructor during semester. Available to Juniors or Seniors. Contract required.*
393 Seminar Course – Junior level, non-regular courses offered occasionally which cover selected topics selected by the department.
435 Internship – Course and grade based on time spent in practical experience; required in several major and minor programs. Contract required*.
475/476 Senior Seminar Required of seniors in many majors.
Contract courses are defined as all non‑classroom instruction for which credit is given with the exception of social work practicum and student teaching. These include: Independent Studies Directed Studies, Practicum and Internships
General Contract Procedures
1. All contract courses must be completed under the control of an appropriately completed contract.
2. A student may register for a contract course by filing a contract, appropriately approved, with the Registrar's Office.
3. All contract courses will be subject to the same policies as regular classroom courses with reference to Drop/Add and submission of grades deadlines.
4. Registering for a contract course requires the approval of the faculty member, the advisor, the department chair, and the Academic Dean.
INDEPENDENT AND DIRECTED STUDIES are made available to students at junior or senior standing, and are differentiated by the amount of faculty time invested.
1. Independent Study is individualized study of a topic of interest beyond the content of regular course offerings, involving a minimum of 1 – 3 meetings with instructor during semester.
2. Directed Study is a faculty directed study of a topic of interest beyond the content of regular course offerings, involving a minimum of 50 minutes per week with instructor during semester.
For Major/Minor requirements:
1. All independent study within the major or minor shall have specific prerequisites and maximum credits limitations.
2. Each department may limit the number of credit hours a student may take as an independent or directed study, and may set additional requirements for an independent or directed study in their department.
For Elective Credit:
1. In addition to hours counting toward a major or minor, no more than 9 semester hours of the 124 semester hours required for a degree may be earned through independent studies with no more than 6 semester hours of any one prefix.
2. All independent study work on the 300 level presumes at least 12 semester hours of classroom instruction with the same prefix as a prerequisite.
3. All independent study work on the 400 level presumes at least 18 semester hours of classroom instruction with the same prefix as a prerequisite.
4. All students seeking to take independent study must be juniors and have a 2.75 grade point average.
5. A student may not take more than 3 semester hours of independent study outside the major or minor in any one semester.
1. Any junior or senior needing a course in their major/minor which is not currently being offered or is in schedule conflict may obtain contract forms in the Office of the Registrar and see the appropriate Dean/Department Chair for permission to register for a directed substitution. The following factors will govern the decisions, which will be made by the Dean/Department Chair:
a. validity of need;
b. inability to substitute an offered course;
c. availability of a teacher;
d. student’s ability and willingness to meet the demands of directed study.
2. Directed Substitutions will use the regular course’s number and description, and involve a minimum of 50 minutes per week with instructor during semester.
1. Courses based on time spent in practical experience, are required in several major or minor programs.
2. Requirements for these courses are under the major/minor department’s control and approval.
3. Students are required to register for an internship during the academic term within which the internship activity ends.
PASS/FAIL OPTION FOR SENIORS
For Traditional Undergraduates
1. A senior in an undergraduate program with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 may take up to 4 semester hours per semester on a pass/fail basis.
2. Courses under this option may not be in the student’s major or minor department and may not be used to meet any major, minor, or foundational requirements.
3. The decision to take a course pass/fail must be made by the end of the Drop/Add period and may not be subsequently changed.
4. The pass/fail student will be identified to the faculty member. The student must meet the same requirements as other students enrolled in the course.
5. The student will be awarded a grade of P, D, or F, with a grade of C or better being recorded as a P.
6. A grade of P does not affect the GPA. A grade of D or F does affect the GPA.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ACTIVITY COURSES
For Traditional Undergraduates
1. One credit hour of an activity course is required for graduation. This activity course should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
2. Three additional PE activity courses (3 hours) may be taken as electives.
3. No more than one (1) semester hour of PE credit may be taken in any one semester.
4. The letter grades received in the physical education activity classes will be included in determining GPA.
5. No more than four semester hours of physical education activity courses (PE prefix) may apply toward graduation. This includes Varsity Athletics (PE 108).
Students must take final examinations within the official final examination period as designated. To apply for a change of examination time within this period, students should contact their instructors and the chair of the department within which the course in question is offered.
No examinations (including final exams) or tests may be given during the final week of classes.
In order to assure maximum benefit from class instruction, it is important for students to attend class and complete readings and assignments. Students are personally responsible for class attendance. Instructors will explain to students at the beginning of each course their attendance expectations and grading policies with respect to absences from class sessions. Instructors will report excessive absences to the registrar’s office.
In the case of: (a) hospitalization or serious illness (as determined by a physician), (b) Asbury University approved group event or travel (i.e., class trip, athletic team trip, etc.) (c) death or serious illness of family member, or (d) other unusual circumstance, the registrar will issue an excused absence (with permission to make up work) to be presented to the instructor. Students may not be penalized for any absence approved by the registrar’s office.
Decisions regarding absences resulting from such circumstances as travel difficulties, bad weather, conflicting schedules, oversleeping, minor sickness, doctor or dentist appointments, job interviews, discretionary trips (such as weddings), and family responsibilities will be left to the discretion of the instructor.
For Traditional Undergraduates
In the Traditional Undergraduate program Asbury University operates on a policy of required chapel attendance. Attendance records are kept from the first chapel with punctual and regular attendance expected. Students are expected to keep track of their own chapel attendance and to be familiar with the attendance policy.
1. Chapel meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 a.m. in Hughes Auditorium. Students are counted present only when sitting in their assigned seats on time.
2. Permission to sit out of an assigned seat, for any reason, is reserved for students in good standing and will only be granted at the discretion of the Chaplain’s office. Permission must be secured in the Chaplain’s office before the chapel period. Students should not approach the chapel checker or the Chaplain at the beginning of chapel for permission to sit elsewhere.
3. Eight chapel absences per semester are permitted for full-time students. (Full-time status is set by student’s registered hours at the end of Drop/Add. Any later course withdrawal or change in registered hours will not change the chapel attendance requirement for the remainder of the semester.) Students are advised to save these for such unexpected or unforeseen situations as travel difficulties, bad weather, conflicting schedules, oversleeping, minor sickness, doctor or dentist appointments, job interviews, discretionary trips (such as weddings), and family responsibilities.
4. Part-time students will have a reduced requirement based on their number of academic hours. (This will be based on the registered academic hours at the close of Drop/Add. Any later course withdrawal or change in registered hours will not change the chapel attendance requirement for the remainder of the semester.)
5. Disruptive behavior such as being tardy, studying in chapel, whispering, sleeping, use of any electronic device, etc, will be counted as a one‐third absence.
6. In the case of: (a) hospitalization or serious illness (as determined by a physician), (b) institutionally approved group event or travel, (c) death or serious illness of family member, or other unusual circumstances, a student may petition the Chaplain’s office to have such absences excused.
7. All students who are required to attend will be registered for chapel (CH 021) for zero credit hours. Students will receive a P (passing) by attending the appropriate number of chapel services and an N (not passing) if they do not. This will appear on a student’s transcript as a part of their permanent record.
8. Any student who earns an “N” will be placed on chapel probation for the following semester. Any student who earns a grade of “N” for two semesters may be suspended from the University for one semester.
9. A student who flagrantly violates the chapel attendance policy with more than 14 unexcused absences may be suspended without a period of probation. (“Flagrantly” is defined here not only in terms of total absences, but also in failure to respond to requests to address the problem.)
10. Last‐semester seniors are expected to satisfy their final chapel attendance requirement. You must have a passing grade in your final chapel registration in order to graduate. Any seniors who do not, must petition the Academic Petitions Sub‐Committee concerning the right to graduate. Additional requirements (such as papers or reviews) may be placed upon a student in order to meet the chapel attendance requirement prior to graduation.
11. Students who are parents of young children living at home will be granted a reduction of one chapel per week. Forms for this purpose are available at www.asbury.edu/chapel and must be submitted prior to the start of the semester.
12. A student may appeal chapel suspension to the Academic Petitions Sub‐Committee. These written appeals should be addressed to the Campus Chaplain, who will refer them to the Academic Petitions Sub‐Committee. The decision of the Academic Petitions Sub‐Committee will be considered final.
13. Students with unique circumstances (e.g., student teaching, internship, work) may request special chapel consideration. Forms for this purpose are available at www.asbury.edu/chapel and must be submitted prior to the start of the semester.
Summer Chapel Attendance
1. Students who are living on campus and commuter students who attend morning classes on campus are required to attend chapel during the weeks that they are attending class.
2. You will receive a P (passing) if you attend the appropriate number of chapel services and an N (not passing) if you do not. This will appear on your transcript as a part of your permanent record.
3. Probation: Any student who earns an “N” in summer chapel will be placed on chapel probation for the following semester.
4. Graduating seniors who have a summer chapel before finishing must meet the attendance requirement to graduate.
2012-2013 BULLETIN 09/14/2012