The academic guidelines contained in this section represent a general set of rules for learners. Each program in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies may have additional requirements that are listed along with the program’s curriculum.
Program Formats - SGCS
On ground Format - On ground programs in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies use the accelerated, cohort model, in which an entering group of learners stays together for the entire program. Cohorts average 12-15 learners. Classes meet one evening per week for four hours. In some programs, coursework, both in class and outside the classroom, is completed by learners working in collaborative learning teams.
Online Format - Online programs in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies are also accelerated and can be cohort-based, but some are offered in a flexible enrollment model. Online programs do not require on-campus study and are delivered via the internet through a learning management system. Emphasis is placed on faculty-student and student-student engagement in online courses throughout all SGCS online programs.
School of Theology and Christian Ministry Formats
Modular Format - Modular courses meet for one concentrated week of study on Olivet’s campus. Modular courses require appropriate off-campus study before that week and additional off-campus study after that week, which will require internet access. Assigned work following the class session must be completed and submitted to the instructor for grading no later than 30 days following the end of the session. Students with extenuating circumstances may request an extension, not to exceed four weeks, from the instructor.
Traditional Format - In the most traditional format, a course meets on campus two or three times a week for a full semester. Variations can include half semesters, or blocks, meeting once a week or once every other week, depending on the class and program.
Online Format - Online courses do not require any on-campus study. Most online courses are part of a specific program sequence, however students can utilize online courses across programs with approval and when appropriate.
Blended Format - Some programs allow for students to use a blend of module, traditional, and online courses. With the assistance of an academic advisor, these courses may be selected as necessary.
Attendance and Late Work Policy - SGCS
NOTE: Unless otherwise defined by program-specific documentation, the following policies are in effect.
It is the responsibility of the student to attend all scheduled class sessions in all on ground and online classes. In emergency circumstances, a student may be permitted to miss a class session under the following terms:
- The student must seek approval from the instructor prior to the missed class. Failure to contact the instructor prior to the missed class will result in zero points for all assignments due that week.
- The student must make arrangements with the instructor to complete all assignments and make up work if assigned by instructor.
Failure to follow this policy may result in an F for the course.
Instructors will address tardiness on an individual basis. Learners are expected to arrive for class on time and remain for the entire class period.
To be considered present in online classes, the student must log in and post at least one substantive forum post or assignment during the week. No points will be given for late work or missed discussion postings.
Late Work Policy
Late work is not accepted. In extreme circumstances, a student may submit late work with prior written approval from the instructor.
Transfer of Credit, Graduate Programs - SGCS
Transfer work is normally not considered for packaged programs due to the nature of these degrees. With the exception of the M.Div. program (a 72-credit hour program), up to two courses (6 credit hours) of graduate credit with a grade of B or higher may be accepted as substitute for comparable core courses in programs that permit transfer credit if work was completed within five years of a student’s Olivet matriculation. The M.Div. program allows up to 36 credit hours to be transferred from another institution, and up to 36 credit hours (no more than half) from certain M.A. degrees in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Olivet may be transferred toward this program. All students must submit a “Request to Transfer Credit” form, the course description(s), and a copy of the catalog cover, and the course syllabus to the Dean at the SGCS prior to beginning a graduate program. To determine transferability of credit, a recommendation for transfer must come from the Program Director.
For the MSN program, only NRSG 626 and NRSG 653 are eligible for transfer.
For the CIED program, the following courses are eligible for transfer:
EDUC 609 - Habits of Exemplary Teachers
EDUC 614 - Integrating Technologies
EDUC 616 - Understanding Today’s Children
EDUC 632 - Integrating the Curriculum
EDUC 646 - Applied Learning Theory
EDUC 647 - Assessing for Student Achievement
EDUC 649 - Exceptional Learners
EDUC 656 - Critical Issues in Education
For the READ program, the following courses are eligible for transfer:
EDUC 773 - Foundations of Reading
EDUC 778 - Literature and Resources for Children and Youth
For ESL/Bilingual/ELL Endorsement programs, the following courses are eligible for transfer:
ESL 601 - Linguistics for Teachers
ESL 615 - Methods and Materials for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students in Bilingual Programs
For the LBS1 program, the following course is eligible for transfer:
EDUC 749 - Teaching Diverse Populations
There is no provision for proficiency testing in graduate-level courses.
Transfer of Credit Policy, Undergraduate Programs - SGCS
Students may transfer in up to 98 credit hours. A maximum of 82 credit hours may be accepted from community/junior colleges. Minimum 30 credit hours must be earned from ONU (for BAS, not more than 64 hours of applied credits accepted). For course work taken beyond the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, each program has identified specific letter grade minimum requirements that must be met.
Olivet is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows transfer of completed Illinois-transferable general education core curriculum between participating institutions. Students who enter bachelor’s degree-completion programs at Olivet with Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities will have met all general education requirements for graduation from Olivet, except for the two upper-division religion courses and, in some cases, international culture. However, these students may be required to complete additional elective courses beyond the required core courses in their programs to satisfy the 128 credit-hour requirement for graduation from Olivet.
Students who enter bachelor’s degree-completion programs with associate degrees other than Associate of Arts or Associate of Science (for example, A.A.S., A.L.S. or A.G.S.) from regionally accredited colleges or universities will likely have to complete additional courses to satisfy Olivet’s general education requirements and take additional elective courses beyond the required core courses in their programs to satisfy the 128 credit-hour graduation requirement. As part of the 128 hours, a minimum of 40 credits in upper-division courses (courses numbered 300 or above) are required; this requirement is generally fulfilled within the program of study.
A student with an AA or AS degree would typically be advised to transfer these credits into a BS degree not the BAS degree program. A student who has an AAS degree would be advised to transfer credits into the BAS program since these credits are more vocational in nature. These students receive block credit for their AAS credits, allowing them to move along faster toward that bachelor’s degree. Beside the block credit, credits transferred will be evaluated for any Gen Ed’s or program core course requirements, as well.
Students who enter bachelor’s degree programs at Olivet with a previously-completed bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited colleges and universities will have met all general education requirements for graduation from Olivet, except for the two upper-division religion courses. Students whose previous bachelor’s degree is from Olivet, however, are not required to complete the additional religion courses.
Transcripts of students without Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine transferable credits. Academic Advisors will assist and advise students in preparing plans of study to meet program, general education, and graduation requirements.
College credit may be earned through additional classes; credit for academically relevant experiences; proficiency, CLEP, and/or Regents College Examinations, and under specific circumstances, for appropriate prior learning experiences.
Prior Learning Credits
Students in Olivet Nazarene University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies degree completion programs may be eligible to earn credit for prior learning through multiple forms of prior learning assessment, including through military and professional training, licenses, and certifications, through certain proficiency exams, and through the analysis of life experience by portfolio development and submission. A maximum of 48 hours may be earned through the combination of proficiency credit via CLEP, AP, and departmental proficiency exams; credit awarded through prior learning assessment; and/or credit earned on the basis of recommendations made by the American Council on Education.
Military or Professional Training, Licenses, and Certifications
Students who have military, law enforcement, or other professional experience that involved non-college sponsored training, licensing, certification or other learning experiences may be awarded college credit for those experiences when applicable to their degree programs. Students interested in submitting professional experiences for review should be aware of the following guidelines:
- While the university may use American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations as a guide where applicable, ONU academic departments determine whether the certifications/licenses in question are equivalent to college learning. A maximum of six ACE recommended credit hours are accepted, excluding military credit.
- Official documentation of the learning experiences will need to be provided as evidence of completion.
Students may also earn credit for courses through standardized exams, including both CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and AP (Advanced Placement) exams. These typically apply to general education courses. The ONU Catalog provides a listing of the CLEP and AP exams ONU currently accepts along with relevant guidelines. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) may be used to establish credit for students on approved CLEP general and/or subject tests. CLEP tests are available at open test centers throughout the country. Scores required for credit on CLEP tests are available through the Olivet Registrar’s Office. Students who receive credits in these areas should not take equivalent courses at Olivet Nazarene University or elsewhere, since credit cannot be given twice for the same course. Questions about the CLEP program should be directed to an Academic Advisor at 877.4.OLIVET or email@example.com.
Students who believe their work, training, volunteer, self-directed, and/or personal life experiences equate to learning experiences deserving of college credit may register for GNS 200: Career Portfolio Development. When these credits are applied to courses within the Olivet catalog, the credits will appear on the student’s transcript and will be appended with “(CAEL).” When learning meets the requirements of coursework outside of the Olivet catalog, they will be treated as elective credits and will be listed as “PLA” (Prior Learning Assessment) on transcripts.
Prior Learning Guidelines
- Prior learning assessment (PLA) can only be applied to a transcript after that student has completed 12 credit hours at ONU.
- It is recommended that an initial review of PLA be conducted during the enrollment/transcript evaluation process prior to admittance to the university or within the first 12 weeks of the student’s course work at ONU.
- A maximum of 36 hours may be earned at ONU through PLA.
- Students may not earn PLA for credit they have already received either through transfer or through ONU course credit.
- PLA credits are posted on the ONU transcript as credit, but they are not graded and do not impact the student’s grade point average (GPA).
- PLA credits that replace upper division courses do not count toward the university’s upper division course hour requirement.
- All PLA credits must be posted on the student’s transcript prior to the last semester or course. No PLA may be added after the last scheduled semester/course in the program sequence.
One form of prior learning at Olivet Nazarene University is Mapped Assessment. Mapped Assessment credits are earned for completion of an Olivet Nazarene University Professional Development program along with evidence of learning based on predetermined outcomes. The student then documents learning through the following: a summary of concepts; identifying key learning; application; observations and reflection.
- Student must successfully complete approved ONU Professional Development learning.
- The required evidence of learning documentation is submitted along with a review fee for each course. A faculty member will then review the document. The faculty member will then grade the document utilizing a rubric with learning outcomes on a “has met requirements” or “has not met requirements” basis.
- If the document is returned to the student with any portions graded “has not met requirements” that student will have an opportunity to respond to the instructor’s concerns and submit one additional time.
- Once the evidence of learning documentation has met requirements, credit hours will be added to the student’s official transcript with a grade of K.
Student Withdrawal/Change in Status - SGCS
Withdrawals from the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies may be one of the following: a leave of absence, a program withdrawal, a course withdrawal, or an administrative withdrawal.
Leave of Absence Policy
A leave of absence may be processed if, for example, a learner is required to travel for his or her company for an extended period, in the case of illness, or other unexpected emergencies that would cause the learner to miss several classes in succession. A leave of absence would allow the learner to re-enter the program at a later date. If financial aid is involved, the maximum leave of absence from the program is 180 days without having to return loan monies to the lender. Any additional break in attendance is considered a program withdrawal, and unused loan monies are returned to the lender, and re-application for additional monies is necessary upon re-entering.
In order for a leave of absence to qualify as an approved leave of absence:
- All requests for leaves of absence must be submitted on a leave of absence form and include the reason for the student’s request.
- The student must be enrolled and attending class at the time the request for a leave of absence is made.
- There must be a reasonable expectation that the student will return from the leave of absence to continue his or her education.
- The institution may not assess the student any additional institutional charges, the student’s financial need may not increase, and the student is not eligible for any additional federal or state financial assistance.
To process a leave of absence, students should contact their academic advisor, or the Academic Advising Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.4.OLIVET to request the necessary form. The form must be returned promptly, because the balance on the learner’s account is determined according to when the signed request form is received. Informing a course facilitator of intentions to take a leave of absence does not mean a learner has officially been granted a leave. The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies must receive official documentation from the learner.
NOTE: Please consult program directors for all programs in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry for applicable leave of absence policy.
A program withdrawal is to withdraw completely from the program. Should it be necessary to withdraw from a program, students should request a withdrawal from their academic advisor, or the Academic Advising Team at email@example.com or 877.4.OLIVET. A program withdrawal must be filed to initiate a tuition refund, and the balance on the learner’s account is determined according to when the withdrawal request is received in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The refund is processed according to the refund policy of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.
A learner may change registrations for individual courses before the first night of class without charge. A course may be dropped without grade or notation on the transcript when official changes are processed prior to the second night of class. If a learner attends more than one session, a grade of W is issued.
Once a student has attended 50% of the course or more, the grade posting will be either WP (withdrawn passing) or WF (withdrawn failing).
NOTE: In matters relating to withdrawing from graduate courses and programs, students must notify their academic advisor, or the Academic Advising Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.4.OLIVET. Failure to notify of course withdrawal may result in an “F” for that course.
If a learner is absent more than 29 days in either an online or on-ground course without contacting his/her academic advisor, or the Academic Advising Team at email@example.com or 877.4.OLIVET, he or she may be withdrawn by the administrative staff of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. This is considered an administrative withdrawal, with a grade of W. If an administrative withdrawal occurs, the date of withdrawal is the date the withdrawal notification is received.
Note: In the case of a withdrawal for any reason, the Office of Financial Aid is notified immediately upon withdrawal.
Readmission - SGCS
A learner who has withdrawn or has been administratively withdrawn (as defined above) from a program may file a petition for readmission with the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Readmission is allowed or disallowed on the merits of the petition and may require a personal interview with the Dean at the SGCS and the Program Director/Coordinator. A non-refundable charge of $50 will be required for each readmission petition. Readmission does not guarantee a place in the learner’s previous group and is contingent upon an available group.
Repeating a Course - SGCS
- Students are able to repeat courses to improve both their overall GPA and the grade for a specific course. When a course is retaken, only the higher of the two grades is calculated into the overall GPA. Students should verify with their academic advisor and Financial Aid if Financial Aid is able to be used for the course retake. If Financial Aid is not available, the course may still be taken as an out of pocket expense to the student. Specific program handbooks (like nursing) may restrict the number of course retakes a student may take.
- If a course was previously taken at Olivet, then the course must also be retaken at Olivet.
- If a course was previously taken at another school, then students have the option to retake the course at any other accredited school. They do not have to repeat the course at the same school it was first taken.
Auditing a Course - SGCS
To audit a course means to take it for neither grade nor credit. An audit, satisfactorily completed, is recorded as such on the transcript. No record is made if the audit is not satisfactorily completed. Contact an academic advisor, or the Academic Advising Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.4.OLIVET, to request an audit. Auditing of courses is allowed for on-ground courses only and is charged at $50/credit hour.
For the learner, the only requirements in an audited course are proper registration and attendance. For the faculty, the only responsibility is validating attendance.
Independent Study - SGCS
An independent study is a course offered in an individualized program of instruction and supervised by a faculty member. Independent studies may occasionally be recommended for learners who are unable to take regular courses because of scheduling conflicts. An independent study course requires the same amount of work and carries the same amount of credit as a regular course. Grading standards established for regular courses are applied to independent study courses.
- While independent study is valuable and sometimes necessary, no more than six semester hours of independent study are permitted for the entire degree program.
- An independent study is considered only if all previous coursework is complete, as demonstrated by the learner’s Olivet transcript.
- Upon receipt of the registration form from the learner, the Associate Dean or Director of Programs at the SGCS contacts the Program Director/Coordinator to secure a faculty member to supervise the independent study.
- In order to receive credit for an independent study, the learner, in consultation with the course facilitator, must submit appropriate documentation of the plan of the study to the Associate Dean or Director of Programs. The independent study form should provide a thorough description of the project or coursework to be undertaken, including an indication of papers, assignments, test dates, conferences, and completion date. The proposal must be approved by the course facilitator, the Program Director, and the Associate Dean or Director of Programs.
- Independent study forms are to be completed and the independent study approved before the learner begins working on the project.
- An independent study course must be completed within the term length of the regular course (e.g. 6 weeks for a 6-week course). Weekly attendance (as defined by the independent study agreement) will be required.
- While independent studies may begin at any time, financial aid covering independent study costs will only be available to students who are enrolled in a program that is eligible for financial aid, and that start and end the independent study within the program term structure. Independent studies may be completed outside of the program schedule/term structure, but all associated costs would be the responsibility of the student.
Discussion Forum Code of Conduct & Confidentiality - SGCS
Discussion forums are vital for effective online learning experiences. Students are expected to project a scholastic demeanor and to interact by posting responses to class activities. Be aware, however, that online discussions remove the visual and verbal cues of language, requiring even greater clarity in your writing and further attention to how your writing may be misread and/or misunderstood.
There is also a sense of false anonymity present with online writing/discussions, and this can lead to the temptation to say something you would never say in a face-to-face discussion. Students, at all times, are expected to be respectful of their peers, the institution, its facilities, and its personnel. Demeaning comments, inappropriate, inflammatory, derogatory language, and/or ethnic, racial, or gender-based comments, suggestions, or undercurrents will not be tolerated
All posts to the discussion forums should be done so with discretion and sensitivity, while keeping content shared in strict confidence for use within the class context only. Use prudence in sharing personal information about yourself or others so as not to cause problematic issues within or outside the workplace.
Academic Integrity - SGCS
Statement of Academic Integrity
Seeking after truth is at the heart of an education at a Christian university like Olivet. ONU expects students to be truthful in all areas of life, including the academic arena. Those who engage in any form of academic dishonesty value their own gain more than their desire to seek truth; consequently, their behavior is incompatible with the goals and objectives of the University. Such dishonesty takes the form of cheating, plagiarism, or falsification. Specific examples include, but are not limited to:
- Submitting another’s work as one’s own or allowing others to submit one’s work as though it were theirs.
- Failing to properly acknowledge authorities quoted, cited, or consulted in the preparation of oral or written work. All work submitted by students must represent their original work. Outside sources used as references should reveal the name and source and the extent to which the source is used.
- Tampering with experimental data to obtain a “desired” result or creating results for experiments not conducted.
- Lying or otherwise deceiving university personnel about academic matters.
- Falsifying college records, forms, or other documents.
- Students who knowingly assist another in dishonest behavior are held equally responsible.
An instructor who has a more detailed definition of academic dishonesty than the policy above has the responsibility and obligation to so inform students, in writing, at the beginning of the course.
Sanctions for violations of the academic integrity policy
Consistent with the University’s mission, the sanctions are progressive in nature. In every case, the incident is first reported to the program director, area dean, and the University Registrar. The University Registrar will indicate if the student has a prior history of academic integrity violations in any other class, even a minor infraction, so an appropriate sanction can be issued. The seriousness of the offense is also taken into consideration when determining an appropriate sanction. A minor infraction is defined as an obvious and unintentional mistake.
Any student engaging in academic dishonesty is subject to the following consequences:
- For the first infraction at the university, the professor may choose one of the following:
- Send a written reprimand to the student (only suitable for a minor infraction); or
- Require the student to resubmit the test, project, or assignment, which may include a loss of points at the instructor’s discretion; or
- Require the student to take a new test or turn in a different project or assignment, which may include a loss of points at the instructor’s discretion; or
- Assign a lower grade or grade of zero on the test, project, or assignment.
- For the second and third infraction at the university, the professor may choose to:
- Assign a lower grade or grade of zero on the test, project, or assignment, or
- Lower the final course grade by one full letter grade (e.g., B+ to C+), or
- Submit a grade of “F” for the course (when the infraction is of major proportion).
- Upon any further infractions of the academic integrity policy OR if any infraction represents an egregious, flagrant violation of the policy, the area dean and University Registrar will issue one of the following administrative sanctions at their discretion:
- An administrative grade of “F” in the course, or
- Suspension from the university.
- Permanent expulsion from the university.
- Any charge of academic dishonesty should be quickly investigated (typically within five business days of discovering the incident) by the instructor in consultation with the program director in such way that the student’s confidentiality is protected. The instructor will copy the director, the area dean, and the University Registrar so they may determine if the student has a prior history of violations.
- Instructors will notify students in writing of the facts and evidence, and should provide a clear statement regarding how the student’s action violated academic integrity and offer a determination and explanation of any planned sanction.
- Students have five business days to respond to the instructor.
- Failure to respond within five business days indicates acceptance of the instructor’s determination and sanction.
- If the student responds to the instructor, the instructor will review the response and make a final decision in consultation with the director within an additional five business days.
- The final decision will be communicated in writing to the student, the director, the area dean, and the University Registrar.
- Students may appeal an instructor’s sanction imposed under this policy:
- Student must write to the dean of the school or college for the specific discipline within five business days of the instructor’s final decision. The area dean will collaborate with the graduate and continuing studies dean. All relevant documentation must be provided by the student.
- The dean may request to meet with the student and/or instructor to resolve the issue. Both parties may bring a third party as witness, but as these are not legal proceedings, legal representation is not permitted.
- The dean will communicate the final decision, regardless of the outcome, to the student and the instructor, within five business days. The director and the University Registrar will be copied, so the decision can be recorded.
- The dean’s decision is final, and may not be appealed.
- Note: In rare instances, the dean may be the instructor. In such cases, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will appoint a dean from another school or college to oversee the appeal process through the regular channels as established by the grade appeal process.
- In cases where an administrative sanction is issued, the area dean and University Registrar will communicate the final decision. Such sanctions may not be appealed, because they are issued only when there are multiple prior violations of the academic integrity policy, or when a violation is egregious and flagrant.
Special cases: For students who engage in academic dishonesty outside of instructional activity (e.g., lying or otherwise deceiving university personnel about academic matters, or falsifying college records, forms, or other documents) the University Registrar will investigate and determine the appropriate sanction. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, written reprimand, academic probation, suspension, or permanent expulsion. The university reserves the right to invalidate and remove all academic credit earned at ONU for students who provide falsified documents to gain admission or obtain credit. These sanctions are made in consultation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and may not be appealed.
Note: Minor infractions are recorded, but the first two are not taken into consideration when responding to external questions regarding any academic disciplinary action.
Guidelines for Preparation of Written Assignments - SGCS
All written work must adhere to the style conventions stated in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), except for programs in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, which use Turabian style.
- Review all aspects of their written assignments using the APA or appropriate style manual to ensure compliance before submitting written assignments for grading.
- Edit their work carefully before submitting it for a grade.
- Learners should keep a copy of everything submitted to Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ faculty and staff. This protects learners from work lost by themselves, staff, the institution, electronic transmittal, or the U.S. Postal Service. It is vital that learners take responsibility for preserving their SGCS-related work-product, records, and documents.
In addition, specific templates and guidelines for all written work have been put in place for use on Olivet’s Portal at https://my.olivet.edu and all updates will be posted there if courses and assignments are changed.
Written Work, Minimum Standards - SGCS
The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies is committed to helping learners develop mature, effective writing skills. The following criteria must be met in written work before passing grades can be given for that work:
- Clear thesis statements.
- Thoughts supported by evidence, relevant details, and examples.
- Proper paragraph structure and effective transitions from paragraph to paragraph.
- Clarity of sentences.
- Care, creativity, and variety in the choice of words, phrases, and sentence structure.
- Substantially free of mechanical errors: spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure.
- Introduction and conclusion.
- Clear citations provide appropriate support and integration.
- Final projects, theses, and research projects should be submitted in two forms, namely:
- Permanent digital media (e.g., CD, DVD, flash drive)
- Bound paper copy, including signature page for approvals
Oral Presentations, Minimum Standards - SGCS
The School of Graduate and Continuing Studies is committed to helping learners develop mature, effective oral presentation skills. These criteria for both content and presentation must be met before a passing grade can be given for oral work:
- Ability to explain study.
- Clear explanation of concepts.
- Proper methodology.
- Organization of main points.
- Presentation of all sides of the issues.
- Answering of all class questions with explanations and elaboration.
- Evidence of preparation.
- Organization of ideas: strong beginning, middle, end; sequenced and logical.
- Appropriate selection of visual aids and technology: visual aids are simple, clear, and easy to interpret, and free of misspellings or grammatical errors.
- Eye contact with audience, seldom returning to notes.
- Strong elocution: clear voice and correct, precise pronunciation of terms so that audience can hear.
- Creativity apparent: presented with imagination and freshness; captures the attention of the audience.
Grading - SGCS
Evaluation for each course is the responsibility of the course facilitator. Evaluation of the learner may include performance in the classroom, group participation, outside assignments, problem-solving exercises, take-home tests, and examinations. Generally, guidelines for appropriate assignments and evaluation checklists are provided for each course, but individual facilitators may modify assignments and formulate their own evaluation criteria for a given course, prior to the course start. In programs/courses where the collaborative learning team approach is used, the course grade is affected by learning team performance, and team attendance and participation are mandatory.
Program curricula and courses offered by the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies are subject to modification without advance notice to students. In the event curricula or courses are modified, those currently enrolled in affected programs will complete the modified curricula or courses.
All coursework, including authorized rework of assignments, must be completed by the last night of a course unless defined otherwise in the syllabus. No rework is permitted once the facilitator has submitted the course grades. If an emergency occurs that requires an extension of time to complete coursework, the learner may receive a grade of Incomplete at the discretion of the course facilitator. (See section on ‘Incompletes.’)
A record of attendance and scholarship is kept for each learner. Formal grades can be retrieved through Oasis, by the student upon completion of each course. Approximately two weeks are needed to process grades after the completion of a course.
The following alphabetical system of grading, with + or - added at the discretion of the facilitator, is used to denote the quality of work done in a course. Some programs may have more stringent standards than noted below (refer to program requirements).
||Average (minimum passing grade for graduate level)
||Passed, Below Average (not given for graduate work)
||Failure; the course must be repeated to receive credit
||Audit (no credit earned)
||Satisfactory Work (credit toward graduation, but not computed in GPA)
||Satisfactory Work (credit toward graduation, but not computed in GPA)
||Unsatisfactory Work (no credit toward graduation)
||Work in Progress (e.g., continuing thesis)
||Withdrawn with Failure
||Incomplete (calculated as an F until work is completed)
Grade Evaluation Criteria, Graduate Courses - SGCS
The grading scale for School of Graduate and Continuing Studies graduate courses, with the exception of the Nursing program, is as follows:
||Superior Graduate Work
||Satisfactory Graduate Work
Grade Evaluation Criteria, Undergraduate Programs - SGCS
The grading scale for the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies undergraduate courses with the exception of the Nursing program, is as follows:
||Above Average Work
Grade Evaluation Criteria, Education Programs - SGCS
In order to pass the courses, one must complete all required clinical experience hours (if applicable), as well as the mastery assessment assignment with a grade of 80% or higher.
Grade Evaluation Criteria, Nursing Programs - SGCS
The Nursing programs adhere to a special grading scale, which is listed below. Additional specific program grade requirements follow the grading chart.
||non-passing scores FNP program
||non-passing scores BSN & MSN program tracks
||64.9 or lower
- A minimum grade of C (2.0) must be earned in all Nursing courses and in all required supporting courses.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required to progress in the Nursing courses and to graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required to remain in and successfully graduate from the program.
- No more than one C (including C+) is permitted in the coursework. A student may fail a didactic or practicum course due to administrative withdrawal, withdrawal failing, failure/unsatisfactory, or earning more than onc C or C+. More than once C/C+ requires a learner to repeat the course.
- A student can repeat two different courses (for a total of two retakes during the MSN program). Only ONE repeat of the same course is allowed during the MSN program or Post-Graduate FNP Certificate track.
Grading Guidelines, Graduate Programs - SGCS
Grades of A, A- (Excellent)
To earn an A in a class, learners must consistently demonstrate superior performance. A mark of this order suggests a very high level of performance on all criteria used for evaluation. Contributions deserving an A are distinguished in virtually every aspect. They show that the individual (or group) significantly shows initiative, creativity, insight, and probing analysis where appropriate. Further, the achievement must show careful attention to course requirements as established by the instructor. On assignments, A learners should demonstrate insight into the material, articulate their ideas clearly and comprehensively, and integrate ideas previously learned in the program or in life experiences. In class and collaborative learning teams, A learners should demonstrate outstanding preparation for and enthusiastic participation in discussions and activities.
Grades of B+, B, B- (Satisfactory)
To earn a B in a class, learners consistently perform at an adequate, or average, level or, perhaps, fluctuate between average and excellent work. This category of achievement is typified by adequate, but unexceptional performance when the criteria of assessment are considered. It is distinguished from A level work by problems such as
- One or more significant errors in understanding.
- Superficial representation or analysis of key concepts.
- Absence of any special initiatives.
- Lack of coherent organization or explication of ideas.
In class and collaborative learning teams, B learners demonstrate average preparation, and they participate in discussions and activities, although with less enthusiasm and consistency than an A learner. The work of a B learner usually meets all the requirements, but only on an adequate level.
Grades of C+, C, C- (Below Average)
Work that is barely adequate as graduate-level performance.
Grade of F (Failing)
Work that is unsatisfactory or not submitted.
Grading Guidelines, Undergraduate Programs - SGCS
Grades of A, A- (Excellent)
Clearly stands out as excellent performance; has unusually sharp insight into material and thoughtful question; sees many sides of an issue; articulates well and writes logically and clearly; integrates ideas previously learned from this and other disciplines; and anticipates next steps in progression of ideas.
Example: “A” work should be of such nature that it could be put on reserve for all students to review and emulate. The “A” student is, in fact, an example for others to follow.
Grades of B+, B, B- (Satisfactory)
Demonstrates a solid comprehension of the subject matter and always accomplishes all cursory requirements; serves as an active participant and listener; communicates orally and in writing at an acceptable level for an undergraduate student; work shows intuition and creativity. A “B” learner usually meets all the requirements, but only on an adequate level.
Example: “B” work indicates a good quality of performance and is given in recognition for solid work; a “B” should be considered a good grade and awarded to those who submit anything less than the exemplary work described above.
Grades of C+, C, C- (Below Average)
Quality and quantity of work in and out of class is below average and barely acceptable for an undergraduate student; has marginal comprehension, communication skills, or initiative.
Example: “C” work is passing by a slim margin, but is unacceptable if repetitive in nature.
Grades of D (Poor) or F (Failing)
Quality and quantity of work in and out of class is unacceptable for an undergraduate student.
Example: This work does not qualify the student to progress to a more advanced level of work.
Honor Points, Graduate Programs - SGCS
In order to graduate, the student must earn a grade point average of 3.0. Honor points are based on quality of work performed and are determined as follows: A = 4 points per credit hour; A- = 3.7; B+ = 3.3; B = 3.0; B- = 2.7; C+ = 2.3; C = 2.0; C- = 1.7. Grades lower than C- (C in the Nursing program) are not acceptable for graduate students.
Honor Points, Undergraduate Programs - SGCS
In order to graduate, learners must earn twice as many honor or grade points as the semester hours of work attempted. Honor points are based on quality of work performed and are determined as follows: A = 4 points per credit hour; A- = 3.7; B+ = 3.3; B = 3.0; B- = 2.7; C+ = 2.3; C = 2.0; C- = 1.7; D+ = 1.3; D = 1.0; D- = .7; F = 0. The grades of H, S, U, X, and W are neutral. Grades lower than C are not acceptable in the Nursing program’s required core and supporting courses.
Incompletes - SGCS
Learners who fail to complete all course requirements on a timely basis due to crisis circumstances may receive the grade of Incomplete (I) at the discretion of the course facilitator. A grade of “I” is given as a result of illness or other emergencies and not for unsatisfactory work or failure to submit work. Learners may receive an “I” provided they have demonstrated effort toward meeting the course requirements.
A learner receiving an “Incomplete” will have a specified length of time from the final meeting date of the course to complete course requirements and remove the grade of “I” from the record. Keep in mind, however, that late work generally does not receive full credit. Length of time is specified by the course facilitator and does not exceed 60 days. If, at the end of the 60 day extension, the learner fails to remove the “I,” the grade becomes an “F” (see graduate programs for specific project guidelines). A Supplemental Grade Report must be prepared and submitted to SGCS to process the final grade.
Learners who do not complete course requirements during the extension period are required to repeat the course at the current tuition rate and purchase the necessary textbooks for the course (if the textbooks have changed). The original course with the grade of “F” remains permanently on the official transcript. The repeated course is added with the new grade. While both grades remain on the transcript, only the new grade is figured into the grade point average.
In the event of an extreme situation, a written request for an extension may be submitted to the Program Director/Coordinator and must include the anticipated date of completion. A learner with more than one incomplete on his or her record is subject to academic suspension.
Grade Appeal - SGCS
An appeal of a grade occurs at the conclusion of a course and is based on a student’s belief that their final grade is incorrect. Students may not appeal grades for individual assignments while a course is in progress, but should contact the instructor if they believe a grade for any assignment is incorrect.
Grade appeal process
- Students who believe their final grade is incorrect must contact the instructor in writing within seven calendar days of the official posting of the grade to the transcript. Students must provide a written rationale and provide any appropriate documentation.
- The instructor will review the student’s concern and determine if the grade was correct as originally reported within five business days upon receipt.
- If the grade was incorrect due to a simple error in calculation, the instructor will submit a grade change request to Academic Services.
- If the grade was incorrect due to any other error on the part of the instructor, the grade change must be approved by the relevant program director/dean. The program director’s responsibility is twofold: to ensure that all students in the class are evaluated consistently and to protect the instructor from undue pressure or outside influence. The director will submit a grade change request to Academic Services signed by both the instructor and director.
i. Note: Grades will not be changed on the basis of a reevaluation of the quality of a student’s work or completing additional work after the semester is over.
- If the instructor determines the original grade is correct, he or she will provide the student’s written rationale and documentation to the program director, along with a brief explanation of the decision to maintain the original grade. If the director has any concerns about the decision, he or she will notify the instructor within one business day. The instructor will then make a final decision and notify the student.
- Students may appeal the instructor’s decision by writing to the Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences or associate dean for the specific program within five business days of the decision. The Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences or appropriate associate dean will collaborate with the Dean of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. All relevant documentation must be provided by the student.
- The dean may request to meet with the student and/or instructor to resolve the issue. Both parties may bring a third party as witness, but as these are not legal proceedings, legal representation is not permitted.
- The dean will communicate the final decision to the Registrar within five business days, regardless of the outcome, so the decision can be recorded.
- The dean’s decision is final, and may not be appealed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President, or the Board of Trustees.
- Note: In rare instances, the dean may be the instructor. In such cases, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will appoint a dean from another school or college to oversee the appeal process.
Probation, Suspension, Dismissal and Student Retention Planning - SGCS
Students are placed on probation if the GPA falls below 2.00 for undergraduates, 2.75 for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs or 3.00 for graduate programs. The student is given up to two consecutive courses to satisfactorily raise his or her GPA. If the student successfully raises the GPA, probationary status is removed.
Note: Probationary status may be removed by raising the GPA after either the first or second course taken while on probation. If the student’s GPA falls below the required GPA again in a subsequent course, the student will be place on probation again. A student entering probation for the second time will be referred to meet with the Program Director and Dean of SGCS. Failure to remove the second probation may result in suspension from the program. The student who is suspended from the program will be notified of the academic suspension in writing.
A student with two grades of failure (F) on an academic record is suspended by the Dean of SGCS when the grades are posted.
Once a student is suspended, he or she may reapply for admission after six months. A petition for readmission is made in writing to the Program Director and Dean of SGCS and may require a personal interview. A non-refundable charge of $50 is required for each readmission petition. If re-admitted, the Program Director will work with the student to determine the conditions of re-admission after the six month window has expired. For suspensions due to low GPA, a re-admitted student will return on probation and must remove probationary status within the first two courses to be fully re-admitted.
If a student has previously served an academic suspension and, due to any of the above reasons, qualifies for a second suspension, he or she will be dismissed as a student from Olivet Nazarene University and may only reapply upon petition to the Program Director and Dean(s) with evidence of meeting the minimum required GPA at an accredited institution of higher education other than Olivet Nazarene University.
Student Retention & Academic Improvement Plans:
The Dean of SGCS may (in consultation with the Program Director) waive the academic suspension if:
- The Academic Advisor works with the student to develop an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP).
- The AIP demonstrates a path for the possibility of academic program completion with the appropriate GPA.
- The academic performance plan includes a student re-taking courses to raise his or her GPA and/or other possibilities for a student completing the program with an acceptable GPA.
Course Progression Ed.D. Students
The following program progression and retention policy pertains to Ed.D candidates only.
Candidates must successfully complete each course with a B- or higher to remain in the program, however, no more than two grades of B- are permitted in the program. A candidate earning a non-passing grade or a third grade of B- may repeat a course. A candidate can repeat two different courses (for a total of two retakes during the Ed.D. program). Only ONE repeat of the same course is allowed. If a candidate must repeat more than two courses, or has failed the same course twice, the result is automatic administrative withdrawal from the program.
*Nursing students should refer to their individual program student handbook for further guidelines on program progression and retention.
Please note: Academic progression policies stated above may differ from Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Please see the Financial Information - SGCS section of the Catalog for more information.
Learning Team Conduct and Participation - SGCS
It is essential to the program and to students’ academic and professional success that students work in an efficient and appropriate manner with their collaborative learning teams. Conflicts that cannot be resolved within the group should be brought to the instructor; if required, to the adviser; and finally, to the ONU administration. ONU will take any steps that they deem necessary and appropriate to resolve the problem(s) up to and including removal of individual(s) from the program.
Academic Policy Appeals
Students have the right to petition for exceptions to any academic policy. The Academic Standards Committee is chaired by the University Registrar and includes four faculty appointed by the Steering Committee and two students appointed by the Associated Student Council. Most requests for exception are institutional in nature such as requests to overload, requests for substitutions, and similar items. The committee’s responsibility is to balance the academic integrity of the institution with legitimate hardships students face. All requests for exceptions to institutional policy are made in writing at the Office of the Registrar.
In some cases, departments have internal policies unique to their programs. Students may request an exception to those policies through whatever internal process is in place in that department. If those requests are not approved, students may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee. In reviewing such cases it is essential to have faculty from the department involved in making decisions about exceptions; it is also necessary to have faculty from outside the department to ensure consistency across the university and to prevent conflicts of interest.
Departmental policy appeal process
- Students who have been denied an exception to a departmental policy, and have compelling evidence demonstrating extenuating circumstance, may appeal that decision. They must submit a petition in writing to the Academic Standards Committee with all relevant documentation attached.
- Note: Students should be aware that departmental policies are typically critical to the success of the program, and exceptions are rarely granted. In some cases, external accrediting bodies may have standards that actually prohibit an exception.
- Within ten business days, the University Registrar contacts the relevant dean, and an ad hoc sub-committee of the Academic Standards Committee is appointed. Co-chaired by the University Registrar and the department chair or program director, additional members include one additional faculty from the department and two of the four faculty representatives of the Academic Standards Committee, who must be outside of the relevant department.
- Within the next 10 business days, the sub-committee reviews the specific policy, the student’s written rationale, and all relevant documentation provided by the student and the department.
- After review and consideration, the sub-committee makes a final decision which is communicated to the student in writing.
- The sub-committee’s decision is final, and may not be appealed to the dean of the school or college, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President, or the Board of Trustees.
Grievance Procedure - SGCS
Students may file a grievance when they believe their student rights, as outlined in written university policy, were violated or there was a lack of due process as defined by university policy. Students must file their written grievance within 30 calendar days of the alleged incident. If the concern is regarding a final grade, the student should follow the grade appeal process. If the student is requesting an exception, they should follow the process for exceptions to departmental policy. If the student is alleging sexual discrimination or harassment, they should file an incident report with the Title IX coordinator.
- Often a student’s concern is based on a simple miscommunication or misperception. Students should contact the faculty member and seek to resolve the issue informally within 10 business days of the alleged issue.
- If the issue is not resolved, the student should contact the program director within seven days to attempt to resolve the issue informally.
- If the issue remains unresolved, the student may file a formal written grievance with the dean of the school or college for the specific discipline. The area dean will collaborate with the graduate and continuing studies dean on all non-traditional programs.
- Upon receipt, the dean will respond to the student within two business days to acknowledge the grievance has been received.
- Within five business days the dean will appoint an ad hoc committee, to include at least two members of the department (excluding the named instructor) and three faculty from outside the department.
- The University’s HLC Ombudsman or other designated individual will provide oversight and counsel to ensure due process is followed.
- The members of the committee will collectively elect a chair from among the three outside members.
- Within five business days of their initial appointment the committee will convene and will call witnesses as needed on behalf of the student or the university. Any member of the campus community called as a witness is expected to respond openly and candidly, either in person or in writing.
- Both student and the faculty member have the right, but are not obligated, to meet the committee individually. Since this a non-judicial process, legal representation is not permitted.
- The committee is responsible to maintain minutes of their meetings and all supporting documentation.
- The committee will review all the evidence, including witness testimony, and make a decision within 10 business days of being appointed. That decision is communicated to the dean, along with copies of all minutes and supporting documentation with 48 hours of the decision.
- The dean will notify the student and faculty member of the final decision (and possible remedies as appropriate) along with the program director within 48 hours of receiving the decision.
- This decision is final. If either party believes that due process was not followed, they may appeal, in writing, to the dean of the school or college for the specific discipline within seven business days.
- The dean will review all relevant documentation, including the committee’s minutes, to determine if both parties were provided due process within five business days.
- If the dean determines that due process was not violated, the committee’s decision stands. The decision may not be appealed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President, or the Board of Trustees.
- If the dean determines that due process was violated, a new committee will be appointed within 48 hours of the determination.
- Note: In rare instances, the dean may be the faculty member involved. In such cases, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will appoint a dean from another school or college to oversee the appeal process.
Transcripts - SGCS
The learner’s official transcript is prepared by the Olivet Nazarene University Office of the Registrar and shows the course, grade, credit, and semester of instruction for each course. Upon successful completion of the required curriculum, credits awarded from the assessment are recorded on the transcripts.
Requests for transcripts of coursework at Olivet Nazarene University must conform to the Privacy Act of 1974, which requires that all requests for transcripts or other grade reports be submitted in writing and signed by the learner. A transcript request form may be requested from the Office of Admissions and Student Services or be printed from Olivet’s internet via the Learning Management system. A transcript is not issued to any individual who is indebted to the University. A fee is assessed for each official transcript requested.
Diplomas are granted in October, January, March, May, and August. However, if official certification of degree completion is needed prior to the conferral date, a learner may make a special request of the SGCS for an official transcript which is marked “completed degree requirements” and carries the date of program completion.
Program Time Limits - SGCS
Most programs at Olivet are planned for a two- to three-year sequence. A student is allowed a time limit of four years from the beginning of the first course to complete the entire program. Coursework over four years will be evaluated by the program director. Students may be expected to meet current program requirements, which may mean retaking one or more courses.
This guideline does not apply to the following programs: the Master of Ministry and Master of Divinity, which allow six years to complete the degree program. Students may be expected to meet current program requirements, which may mean retaking one or more courses.
Time Limit for Completing Course Assignments - SGCS
Generally, course assignments must be completed by the last day of classes. However, due to the delivery mode of various graduate degrees, some programs have specific requirements for completing course assignments. See each program section for time limits specific to that degree.
At the discretion of the instructor, students with extenuating circumstances may be granted an extension. The length of time is determined by the course facilitator. Extensions may not exceed 60 days. Requests for extensions must be made in writing by the instructor and submitted to the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies office.
Research Options, Graduate Programs - SGCS
Candidates for the doctoral program should refer to the Dissertation in Practice Manual. Master’s degree programs may require a scholarly research paper, a creative project, or other alternatives, such as capstone courses, internships, and practica. Each candidate must show evidence of scholarly interest and proficiency by registering for and satisfying the requirements of the research options as required in specific degree programs.
In general, the following are guidelines for the various research options. Candidates should rely on more specific details available through their program.
The thesis option allows the graduate student to become a specialist in a particular aspect of academic inquiry and to develop the necessary background skills for the possibility of continued graduate work. A thesis reflects the use of a recognized research methodology to test an adequate hypothesis. Implementation of a credible research design is possible only when the problem being addressed is within the scope appropriate to the master’s degree program at Olivet. The specific style required for the thesis paper is determined by the individual program. In general, these components should be clearly evident:
- A clear and concise statement of the problem.
- The development of and rationale for hypothesis(es) to be tested.
- A review of related research/literature.
- An identified, defensible research methodology and design appropriate to the hypothesis(es) being tested (i.e., historical, descriptive, experimental).
- The study, including evaluation of the findings.
- Conclusions of the study and implications for the larger problem in the discipline.
The creative project allows the graduate student to look reflectively at issues and strategies within his or her own context. Although similar in some respects to the more traditional thesis, the creative project is fundamentally action research, which has an application orientation. The creative project draws upon existing research relating to particular issues and strategies as a foundation for the creative development of innovative approaches to address critical issues or improve practices in the student’s workplace. The creative project document may assume various forms, depending on program. However, in general, these elements must be present:
- Clear and concise statement of the issue or practice to be addressed in the project and a rationale for its merit.
- An adequate review of related literature reporting current research on the educational issue or practice to be addressed.
- A description of the project design, action plan, and time line.
- The project materials and pre-post-assessments, an evaluation of the project’s effectiveness, and a reflective essay regarding the project’s objectives, outcomes and future implications.
Before grades are officially recorded, theses/projects must be submitted to the Dean at the SGCS and have a minimum grade of B, unless otherwise stated.
In lieu of scholarly research or projects, some programs include completion of capstone courses, internships or practicum experiences. Students should refer to their program curriculum and the Course Descriptions section for details.
Research Option Completion Deadlines, Graduate Programs - SGCS
Failure to complete the research option within the prescribed program sequence may result in a grade of Incomplete (I). A learner receiving an Incomplete has no more than 60 days from the final date of the course to complete the project and remove the grade of “I” from the record. If, at the end of the 60 day extension, the learner fails to remove the Incomplete, the grade becomes an “F”. A learner who receives an “F” for the final thesis, project, capstone course, internship, or practicum must complete the entire course when offered with a subsequent cohort group.
Graduation Requirements, Graduate Programs - SGCS
Additional specific program requirements for graduation can be found in the section relating to that program.
- Grade Point Requirements: All master’s degree candidates must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. All doctoral candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Thesis/Dissertation in Practice: Where appropriate, the candidate submits copies of a thesis meeting standards outlined in “Guidelines for Preparation of Thesis” (available in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies office). Doctoral candidates will submit the Dissertation in Practice meeting standards outlined in the “Dissertation in Practice Manual.” This information is submitted after any required written or oral examination relative to the thesis is complete. The deadline for submission is December 15 for January conferral of degree, February 28 for March conferral, April 15 for May conferral, May 15 for June conferral, June 15 for July conferral, August 1 for August conferral, September 1 for September conferral, and November 1 for November conferral. Theses must be on file in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies office with a minimum grade of B-, unless otherwise stated.
- Degree candidates are required to file an “Intent to Graduate” form, which is provided to prospective graduates by the program specialist. This form must be received at least two months prior to the expected date of graduation for January, March, May, June, September, and November conferrals, and six months before August conferral.
- Payment of all tuition and fees.
Graduate candidates (masters-level only) may participate in Commencement as August graduates only if they are within 6 hours of graduation before the May ceremony, and have filed a plan of studies with the Dean of SGCS by April 1.
Degree candidates are expected to meet the requirements for graduation in effect at the time of initial enrollment, assuming they complete the degree within the normal program cycle (or within one year of completion of program cycle).
In cases where a candidate’s years of enrollment at Olivet exceed specified time limitations, the candidate is expected to meet the requirements of the Catalog in effect for the academic year in which he or she graduates.
Ed.D. candidates must complete all requirements, including Dissertation in Practice, before participating in the Commencement ceremony.
In cases where a candidate’s years of enrollment or leave of absence from the Ed.D. through Olivet Nazarene University SGCS exceed specified time limitations, the candidate is expected to meet the requirements of the Catalog in effect for the academic year in which he or she will graduate.
Note: Only one graduate degree is conferred in a given Commencement exercise.
Graduation Requirements, Undergraduate Programs - SGCS
Degree candidates are personally responsible for meeting all requirements for graduation, including payment of all tuition and fees.
All bachelor’s degree candidates are required to complete at least 128 hours, 40 of which are Upper Division (300 or 400 level) hours, in addition to completion of General Education Requirements (see Undergraduate Programs section), and completion of specific courses required for the major.
Grade Point Requirements are as follows: the Bachelor of Business Administration and the Bachelor of Science with major in Practical Ministries programs require a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0; the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and a minimum grade of C in all Nursing and supporting courses.
Degrees are conferred in January, March, May, June, July, August, September, and November, but Commencement exercises are held only in May. Graduating learners are encouraged to participate in the Commencement activities. All requirements must be successfully completed, with grades, transcripts, and credits received by the Dean at the SCGS by established deadlines in order to participate in graduation ceremonies and/or for degree conferral.
Degree candidates are required to file an “Intent to Graduate” form, which is provided to prospective graduates. This form must be received at least two months prior to the expected date of graduation for January, March, May, June, July, September, and November conferrals, and six months before August conferral.
Undergraduate learners may participate in Commencement as August graduates only if they are within 12 hours of graduation before the May ceremony, and have filed a plan of studies with the Dean by April 1.
Degree candidates are expected to meet the requirements for graduation in effect at the time of initial enrollment, assuming they complete the degree within the normal program cycle (or within one year of completion of program cycle).
In cases where a learner’s years of enrollment at Olivet exceed specified time limitations, the learner is expected to meet the requirements of the Catalog in effect for the academic year in which he or she graduates.
Learners who completed an “Intent to Graduate” form for a specific graduation date, but did not graduate on that date, must complete a new “Intent to Graduate” form prior to the anticipated graduation date.
Additional requirements for graduation that are program-specific are discussed in the program descriptions.
Honors - SGCS
Graduation Honors (Bachelor’s programs only)
Baccalaureate degree candidates with outstanding scholarship qualify for honors recognized at Commencement. Learners who qualify for honors receive honor cords at Commencement, are noted in the Commencement program, and are recognized during the ceremony.
Learners with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher are eligible for graduation with honors. To qualify, graduates of continuing studies programs must complete all required courses within the major at Olivet. The honor ranks are as follows:
- Cum Laude (with honors) requires a grade point average of 3.50-3.69.
- Magna Cum Laude (with high honors) requires a grade point average of 3.70-3.89.
- Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors) requires a grade point average of 3.90 or higher.
Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence
At each Commencement, one student is selected to receive the Ralph E. Perry Student Award of Excellence. The criteria for selection include outstanding scholarship and excellent leadership. The selection is made by the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies administrative team based on recommendations presented by program coordinators, faculty, and classmates.
Statute of Limitations - SGCS
Coursework must be completed within certain time limits of the date of the first registration in a degree program. Learners not completing within these time limits must re-enroll and pay for the entire core. See undergraduate and graduate specifications on this issue.
Core Courses and Student Load - SGCS
The student must complete every course of a core program Up to two courses (6 credit hours) of graduate credit with a grade of B or higher may be accepted as substitute for comparable core courses in graduate programs that permit transfer credit if work was completed within five years of a student’s Olivet matriculation.
For SGCS term-based programs, except ABSN and graduate religion programs, full-time enrollment is defined as 6 credit hours or more within a term. Full-time enrollment in the ABSN program is defined as 12 or more credit hours in a term. Full-time enrollment in graduate religion programs is defined as 9 or more credit hours in a term. For all other, non-term based programs, a student is considered full-time if he or she carries the number of hours called for in a packaged program during a given term.