Academic Policies

Grading

A letter system is used for purposes of recording grades. An A, B,C, or D is a passing grade, while an F represents failure and necessitates repeating the course. For purposes of averaging, percentage equivalents and grade points are as follows:

A  = 95-100 = 4.0
A- = 93-94 = 3.7
B+ = 91-92 = 3.3
B = 85-90 = 3.0
B- = 83-84 = 2.7
C+ = 81-82 = 2.3
C = 75-80 = 2.0
C- = 73-74 = 1.7
D = 68-72 = 1.0
F = 67-0 = 0.0

A course grade may be listed temporarily as Incomplete. This designation is given when assignments are lacking for excusable reasons. Except for an extension granted by the faculty, an Incomplete must be made up within 30 days after the end of semester examinations; otherwise, zeroes will be averaged into the course grade for the missing assignments.

A course average from 65-67 will entitle the failing student to the possibility of raising his grade average to a 68 by successfully completing a make-up examination or assignment. The make-up must be arranged by the student, at the convenience of the professor, to be taken no later than two weeks after the beginning of the next semester.

Semester grades will be supplied within 30 days after the end of the semester. A transcript (“progress report”) of all course work is kept up-to-date and is made available to all students with current accounts.

Drop-Add Deadline

No course may be added or dropped by a student except by notifying the Registrar. A “drop-add” form from the Registrar should be completed by the student immediately upon making any course change; the date of completion makes official the change and may affect possible refunds due the student. In the case of adding a course, written consent of the professor involved must be obtained.

Courses may be added up through the third week of classes, and any courses dropped in this time will not be shown on the transcript.

Courses dropped during the fourth to tenth weeks of the semester will be shown on the transcript as withdrawn passing (W/P) or withdrawn failing (W/F). Any course dropped after the tenth week will be recorded with a letter grade based upon relevant course and attendance requirements.

Attendance

Recognizing that the greatest benefit from a course will be derived only through consistent attendance, the student should make every effort to attend all class sessions. However, to provide for illness and emergencies, one class-hour absence in a particular course is allowed without penalty for every credit hour in the course. Unexcused absences above the allotted amount will adversely affect the student’s grade. Excessive absences may result in failure of the course.

Auditors also must attend the minimum number of class hours in order for the audited course to be recorded on the transcript.

Academic Probation and Dismissal

Students must maintain a cumulative grade average of at least a C (2.0 GPA). Those who have averages falling below this minimum will be automatically placed on academic probation until the cumulative grade average is raised above the probationary level. The Faculty will exercise special oversight of probationary students. Any student on academic probation whose semester average falls below a C (2.0 GPA) will be suspended from the Seminary for a minimum period of one full semester. Thereafter he may seek reentrance by appealing to the Academic Office in writing. A student dismissed a second time shall not be readmitted.

These basic standards take for granted that a student will conduct himself in a mature and professional manner and will demonstrate Christian conduct. The Seminary reserves the right, by action of the faculty, to dismiss any student whose behavior is not in harmony with the biblical standards accepted by the Seminary.

Academic Requirement for Graduation

Students shall hold a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average in their program in order to be considered a candidate for graduation.