General Policies

Asbury University students in all program levels are subject to all academic policies unless the policy is specifically labeled for actions and requirements unique to particular programs.


BECOMING A STUDENT

In order to be an Asbury student with access to class registration you must have completed all admissions requirements, and be confirmed as “accepted and final” by the appropriate admissions office for the applied for program level. Students must submit all official transcripts and documents to be fully admitted. 

PROGRAM LEVELS

A. All students enter Asbury University through one of the following program levels.

  • Traditional Undergraduate [TUG] – undergraduate level – primarily on campus, face-to-face and some online classes.
  • Asbury Academy [ACAD] – high school dual enrollment within the traditional undergraduate level.
  • Adult Professional Studies Undergraduate [APS] – undergraduate level – adult learners, primarily online classes.
  • Graduate Professional Studies [GRAD] – all graduate level programs. Online or on campus depending on degree and area of study.

B. Selection of a program level will determine admissions requirements, program costs, financial aid availability, and academic calendar of courses. Specific course, major, and degree availability is determined by the program level.

C. Students must apply to and meet the requirements for acceptance at each program level.

D. To change to a program in a different program level students must complete the full admission process and be admitted to each of the above level.  Students, however, may change majors within the program level without reapplying.

E. Students are considered “Active” in only one program level at a time. When applying to move to a new level, the start and end dates of a registered classes in the current and future program levels may not overlap.

 

OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION THROUGH ASBURY UNIVERSITY EMAIL ACCOUNT   

Asbury email is the official means of communication between students and office representatives and faculty at Asbury University. An Asbury email account  will be created for all students. The required log in identifies communications as being from the student.  Students are responsible for reviewing and responding to emails in a timely manner. Students should pay close attention to email from the representatives of the offices of registrar, financial aid, or student accounts; these are often time sensitive.

 

ADVISING

The role of the academic advisor is to aid students in the choice of courses as well as to provide general guidance.  The academic advisor should normally be the person of first recourse for a student who needs help in any area of adjustment to University life.  Prior to each semester’s registration, students should discuss a proposed schedule with a faculty advisor in the major to review the semester’s class choices. The purpose of this personal attention is to help students make successful academic progress toward graduation. 

All undergraduate [TUG, APS] students are assigned an academic advisor based upon indicated field of interest.  Based on the program entered or the major chosen by the student the academic advisor will be a faculty member in that department.  Traditional undergraduate students who are undecided in their major will be advised by the Coordinator of New Student Advising. All APS undergraduates, and especially those who are undecided majors,  can contact the APS Advising Center as an additional resource to online students. Email: advisingcenter@asbury.edu

All graduate program [GRAD] students will be assigned an advisor within the program entered.  All steps in the graduate program will be accomplished in consultation with the advisor.  (In Graduate Education, students will enroll in a required orientation with the first field component or first course in the leadership programs.)  It is the responsibility of the graduate student to become thoroughly informed about the general regulations and policies governing the master’s program. The graduate student is also responsible for completing all program requirements within the permitted time limit.

The Office of the Registrar is available to all university students for general help and advising on academics.

On the main campus, students may seek help from the Office of Student Development for personal matters.

 

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

One of the goals of Asbury University is to provide an optimal opportunity for success for qualified students with disabilities without compromising the caliber of instruction or the self-confidence of the learner.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.  Section 506 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that post-secondary institutions that receive federal monies provide "reasonable accommodations" for students with disabilities.

The Academic Support Program through the Center for Academic Excellence [www.asbury.edu/academics/cae] will work with students who have a certified learning disability to see that appropriate and adequate accommodations are provided.  These accommodations may include such services as additional time on tests and exams; taping of classroom lectures; assistance with class scheduling and selection; tutoring services; personal counseling; and the encouraging of academic independence.   Email: centerforacademicexcellence@asbury.edu.

The Vice President for Student Development’s Office will work with students who have a physical disability to make certain that appropriate and adequate accommodations are provided. 

Students with further concerns about disability accommodations should notify the Academic Dean’s Office.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Academic integrity, the embodiment of the moral and spiritual principles to which we adhere, is the essential basis of the Asbury University academic community.  Integrity, as partially defined by the Student or Program Handbook on Community Life Expectations, is “both knowing the right thing to do and doing it regardless of the circumstances.”  This definition may be applied to all of the scholastic interactions of the academic community.  Every member of the community shares responsibility for maintaining mutual trust, respect, and integrity.  Violations of such trust and specific acts of academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action.  

All university community members—faculty, students (graduate, undergraduate—on campus, online, APS), administrators, professional staff, support staff, and volunteers—-share the following responsibilities:

  • knowing academic integrity policies and consequences;
  • knowing where policies are available for view;
  • modeling integrity;
  • being able to identify violations of academic integrity;
  • knowing to whom to report violations of academic integrity;
  • knowing the appeal process for violations of academic integrity.

Particular community members will be faced with academic integrity issues more often and in more specific ways than will the larger community.  Faculty members are expected to live a life of personal integrity inside and outside of the classroom to make students aware of what constitutes honesty and dishonesty in academic work. Course syllabi should include definitions of academic integrity, cheating, and plagiarism and what penalties will occur if a student engages in academic dishonesty.  Issues related to academic integrity might include, but are not limited to, class notes, papers, examinations, projects, presentations, and labs.

Asbury students need to be honest in their endeavors and be good examples to their peers.  Students are expected to live a life of integrity that includes intentional and specific attention to academic honesty.  For purposes of clarification, students will find in the Student/Program Handbook a list of acceptable and not acceptable actions during the creation and implementation of a project, lab, paper, or presentation.  Students need to check with individual professors for specifics or variations from the list and for specifics related to take-home and in-class essay exams and other projects.

Academic integrity policies and consequences

a. Plagiarism

1)    Definition of plagiarism:  The use of another’s ideas, words, thoughts, or organization without appropriate credit and documentation.

2)    Consequences for plagiarism:  If you are found to have plagiarized at Asbury University, you will be subject to one or more of the following consequences:  lowered grade, F or 0% on paper or project, meeting with the Dean of the appropriate school; F in course; meeting with Academic Integrity Committee, suspension or expulsion from AU

3)    The point: Whether intentionally or unintentionally, if you do not clarify from where or from whom you take information that you use for a project, paper, presentation, or exam, you are being dishonest—-taking credit for what someone else worked hard to discover and record.

b. Other types of academic dishonesty

1)    unauthorized collaboration

2)    fabrication of data

3)    unauthorized access to sources on an exam

4)    excessive revision by someone other than the student

5)    re-use of previous work without permission

6)       other situations as described by faculty for specific classes

c. Specific consequences for academic dishonesty (incidences of academic dishonesty are recorded on student’s permanent record)

1)       Plagiarism/unauthorized collaboration consequences

1st offense—lowered grade, F or 0% on paper or project; meeting with Dean of the school

2nd offense—F in course; meeting with Academic Integrity Committee

3rd offense—suspension from AU

2)       Cheating on exams consequences

1st offense—F or 0% on exam; meeting with Dean of the school

2nd offense—F in course; meeting with Academic Integrity Committee

3rd offense—suspension from AU

d. Communication of academic integrity policies and procedures

1)       Academic integrity policies are listed on AU’s website and in the AU Bulletin

2)       Faculty members will communicate to students definitions of and consequences for plagiarism and other academic integrity violations

3)       Faculty members will communicate to students specific instructions related to take-home and in-class essay exams and other projects.

e. Process for academic integrity violations

1)       Faculty member confronts student with evidence

2)       Faculty member explains consequences to student

3)       Faculty member sends report of violation to the Dean of the appropriate school

4)       Dean of the school meets with student

f. Appeal process for violations of academic integrity: Student follows Academic Appeals process listed in Bulletin

1)       Meet with faculty member in whose class the alleged violation has occurred

2)       If issue is not resolved, meet with chair of the department in which the alleged violation has occurred

3)       If issue is not resolved, meet with Dean of School.

4)       If issue is not resolved, file a written appeal to Dean of School within 30 days of meeting with the Academic Dean

5)       Academic Dean will review the appeal, and if unable to resolve the matter to the satisfaction

of the student, will refer the matter to the Academic Petitions Sub-committee of the Academic Policies and Curriculum Committee.

6)       The student will receive a decision in writing.  The decision of the Academic Policies and Curriculum Committee will be considered final.

 

2014-15 BULLETIN   08/04/2014