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Academic Load for Master's Programs

 

The following chart shows the enrollment status for a graduate student according to the number of hours for which he/she is registered per semester or term. This chart functions as a guide to determine status for veteran’s certification. Please note this chart does not determine status for Financial Aid purposes. Students registering for more than 12 credit hours during any semester must have the approval of the appropriate academic dean.

ACADEMIC LOAD

 

TERM OF

ENROLLMENT

 

 

You are considered

FULL-TIME

 

You are considered

THREE-QUARTER TIME

 

You are considered

HALF-TIME

 

You are considered

LESS THAN HALF-TIME

 

You are considered

QUARTER TIME OR LESS

 

 

If you are

enrolled in at least:

 

If you are

 

If you are

 

If you are

 

If you are

FALL

9 hours or more

6.75-8.99

4.50-6.74

2.26-4.49

0.50-2.25

SPRING

9 hours or more

6.75-8.99

4.50-6.74

2.26-4.49

0.50-2.25

LONG SUMMER

3 hours or more

2.25-2.99

1.50-2.24

0.76-1.49

0.50-0.75

SUMMER 1

3 hours or more

2.25-2.99

1.50-2.24

0.76-1.49

0.50-0.75

SUMMER 2

3 hours or more

2.25-2.99

1.50-2.24

0.76-1.49

0.50-0.75

LONG WINTER

3 hours or more

2.25-2.99

1.50-2.24

0.76-1.49

0.50-0.75

SHORT WINTER

3 hours

2.25-2.99

1.50-2.24

0.76-1.49

0.50-0.75

MINI-TERMS

3 hours only

2.25-2.99

1.50-2.24

0.76-1.49

0.50-0.75

 

Academic Load for Doctoral Programs

 

DBU doctoral students taking a minimum of 6 hours in a Fall, Spring, or Long Summer term are considered full-time status. Doctoral students taking a minimum of 3 hours in a Summer 1, Summer 2, Long Winter, Short Winter, or Mini-Term are considered full-time status. Doctoral students taking a minimum of 3 hours in a Fall, Spring, or Long Summer term are considered half-time status. Doctoral students working on the completion of a dissertation are considered full-time for enrollment status. Doctoral students registering for more than 6 credit hours during any semester must have the approval of the program director and dean.

Audit Policy for Master's Programs

 

Occasional visitation of classes by currently enrolled students is allowed with the consent of the instructor. Any extended attendance requires registration and payment of appropriate fees. Auditors are admitted to classes on a space available basis under the following guidelines:

  • Any interested person, including currently enrolled students, may audit one or more courses.
  • Non-students must complete an application for admission and be approved for enrollment by the Office of Graduate Programs. A non-refundable $25 application fee will be charged.
  • Individuals who desire to audit graduate courses must be admitted for graduate study or have documentation indicating the completion of a baccalaureate degree and approval from the Director of Graduate Programs.
  • The only period during which students may register for an audit, change a credit class to audit, or change an audit class to credit is during late registration as published in the University calendar.  Appropriate tuition and fees will apply. Individuals must complete a Registration Form or Change of Schedule Form (add/drop) as appropriate. The audit class(es) should be clearly marked as such by the advisor by placing AUDIT ONLY in the course description section of the appropriate form.
  • Enrollment as an auditor is subject to the approval of the Dean of the related college. It is recommended that prospective students consult the instructors of courses in which they are interested before they register.
  • Policies governing prerequisites and academic load will be applicable.
  • An auditor is not entitled to have work evaluated by the instructor and the degree of participation is determined by the instructor and Dean. Individuals who wish to participate fully and engage in all instructional activities must register for credit and pay full tuition.
  • Auditing grants only the privilege of hearing and observing and does not grant credit. An auditor’s name will appear on the instructor’s class roll. In order for the designation “AU” to appear on the transcript; however, the instructor must certify at the end of the course that the individual attended at least 75% of the class meetings as an auditor. If the student attends less than 75% of the class meetings, the designation of “X” will appear on the transcript.
  • Audit and other appropriate fees, as prescribed in the University Schedule of Classes, are due at the time of registration.
  • Full-time faculty and staff members are eligible for audit tuition benefits consistent with the guidelines established in the University Tuition Remission Policy.

 

Continuous Progress (CP)

This is a non-traditional system of course progress for students who have been admitted to the University. CP courses are regularly scheduled courses that students may not be able to take because of a conflict in their schedule. Special approval is required from the Vice-President of Graduate Affairs and the Director of Graduate Programs for a total of more than six (6) hours of Continuous Progress courses, Independent Study/Research courses, or a combination of both. All necessary conferences are to be scheduled individually between the student and the instructor. The following policies apply to Continuous Progress courses:

  1. Only students who have been admitted to the University may register for these courses during the regular registration period as published and must complete the course before the end of that semester.
  2. Course work cannot begin until enrollment is completed and the course fee is paid.
  3. There is a $100.00 fee per course over and above the regular tuition for each CP course. Refunds and withdrawal policy are based on the standard refund schedule and withdrawal policies as published in this catalog.
  4. Authorization to take CP courses will not be given except in extenuating circumstances.
  5. The dean of the college involved will approve both the student and faculty instructor for all CP courses.

In order to register for a CP course, a Continuous Progress Form must be completed and the form must state the definite plan for accomplishment of the course objective. The plan must include the course syllabus and work schedule. After the Continuous Progress Form has been completed by the instructor and signed by the student and instructor, it is then submitted by the student for approval to the dean of the college in which the course will be taught. Upon final approval by the dean of the college, regular registration procedures are followed.

Independent Study/Research Courses

 

This is a non-traditional system of course progress for students who have been admitted to the University. Independent Study/Research Courses are devised by professors to permit students to explore material not offered in regularly scheduled courses, or to do guided research on their own in a given discipline. Experimental course numbers (courses with a “9” as the third digit) are to be used in Independent Study/Research courses. Special approval is required from the Vice-President of Graduate Affairs and the Director of Graduate Programs for a total of more than 6 hours of Continuous Progress courses, Independent Study/Research courses, or a combination of both. All necessary conferences are to be scheduled individually between the student and the instructor. The following policies apply to Independent Study/Research courses:

  1. Only students who have been admitted to the University may register for these courses during the regular registration period as published and must complete the course before the end of that semester.
  2. Course work cannot begin until enrollment is completed and the course fee is paid.
  3. Authorization to take Independent Study/Research courses will not be given except in extenuating circumstances.
  4. The dean of the college involved will approve both the student and the faculty instructor for all Independent Study/Research courses.

In order to register for an Independent Study/Research course, an Independent Study/Research Form must be completed and the form must state the definite plan for accomplishment of the course objective. The plan must include the course syllabus and work schedule. After this form has been completed by the instructor and signed by the student and instructor, it is then submitted by the student for approval to the dean of the college in which the course will be taught. Upon final approval by the dean of the college, regular registration procedures are followed.

Adding and Dropping Courses

 

Within the Add/Drop deadlines as recorded in the Academic Calendar, a student may change course sections, add one or more course(s), or drop one or more course(s), with no change recorded on the permanent record. In every case the student must submit a properly executed Add/Drop Form. To be properly executed, the form must be signed and dated by the student’s academic advisor and be received in the Registrar’s Office. The student must withdraw from the course within the first 60% of the term, according to the date and time specified in the Schedule of Classes and the Academic Calendar. After that date, the student will not be allowed to officially withdraw from a course. If the student has entered into a financial aid agreement, the student should meet with the Financial Aid Office. In every situation, the student is responsible for making sure that the form progresses through each step in the Add/Drop process, whether the process is conducted in person on the main campus or through faxes and telephone conversations.

 

Any appropriate refund will be calculated according to the date the Add/Drop Form is received in the Registrar’s Office. Students are subject to a fee each time a course is dropped.

 

Note: International students are responsible for maintaining appropriate course loads per INS guidelines. All add/drop/withdrawals

can only be processed upon approval of the International Office and appropriate academic advisor.

 

Extended Leave

In the rare event that a Ph.D. student finds that his or her unusual and unforeseen circumstances have made it impossible to continue the program, however temporarily, the student may formally petition the Ph.D. Faculty Committee in writing for an extended leave of absence for a specific period of time.  The Ph.D. Faculty Committee will consider the petition at its next regularly-scheduled meeting, render the decision either to grant or to deny the request based upon a number of factors on a case-by-case deliberation, and communicate its findings in a timely manner to the student in writing.  If the petition is granted, the student may exit his or her program and rejoin another cohort at the same place at a later time according to the specifics outlined by the Ph.D. Faculty Committee.

 

Official Withdrawal

 

It is the student‘s responsibility to officially withdraw from the University when necessary. Failure to officially withdraw through the Registrar’s Office will cause the student to receive an “F” in each course regardless of the record at the time the student ceased to attend class. (Withdrawal from the University does not automatically withdraw the student from housing.)

After the Add/Drop deadlines recorded on the Academic Calendar, a student may drop one or more courses; this is defined as Withdrawal. Withdrawal from ALL courses on ANY date is known as Official (full) Withdrawal from the University. If the Official (full) Withdrawal occurs prior to completing 60% of the semester or term, a pro-rated portion of all Federal Financial Aid received during the semester must be returned to the federal aid programs within 45 days of withdrawal. In every case the student must submit a properly executed WITHDRAWAL FORM. To be properly executed, the form must (1) be signed and dated by the instructor for EACH course and (2) be received in the Registrar’s Office. If the student has entered into a financial aid agreement, the student should meet with the Financial Aid Department. Federal Financial Aid recipients who withdraw from all classes before 60% of the semester is completed, will be required to return a portion of the Federal Financial Aid received. In every situation, the student is responsible for making sure that the form progresses through each step in the withdrawal process, whether the process is conducted in person or through fax and telephone conversations.  Any appropriate refund will be calculated according to the date the withdrawal form is received in the Registrar’s Office. Students are subject to the appropriate fee.

 

Note: Once the withdrawal period has expired, the grade of “F” will be assigned for courses not completed.

 

Grading and Retention for Master's Programs

 

Incomplete Grades. Grades of “I” may be awarded only upon the approval of the faculty member involved. The student must remove the “I” no later than thirty calendar days preceding the end of the first long semester following the awarding of the “I”  (such date to be published in the Academic Calendar); otherwise the “I” will become an “F.” The grade “I” may be assigned only when the student is currently passing the course and in situations involving extended illness, injury, death in the family, or as a result of employment or government reassignment (documentation required). These events must be the cause of a student’s inability to complete course work.

 

Students who receive more than one “I” in a semester will be reviewed by the respective college’s Dean and the Program Director to determine his or her eligibility for continued enrollment.

 

“W” Grades. A student may withdraw from a single course, or from the University completely, and be eligible to receive a “W” for the course(s). This grade will indicate that the student will not receive credit for the course nor will the course be computed in the student’s GPA. The student must withdraw from the course by the deadline date and time specified in the Schedule of Classes and the Academic Calendar. If an Official (full) Withdrawal occurs prior to completing 60% of the semester or term, a prorated portion of all Federal Financial Aid received during the semester must be returned to the Federal Aid Programs within 45 days of withdrawal.

 

Listed below are graduate grades and the corresponding number of grade points per credit hour:

 

Grade Point Evaluation

Grade

Description

Per Credit Hour

A+

-----------------------------------------------------

4.00

A

--------------------Excellent--------------------

4.00

A-

-----------------------------------------------------

3.67

B+

-----------------------------------------------------

3.33

B

---------------------Good-----------------------

3.00

B-

-----------------------------------------------------

2.67

C+

-----------------------------------------------------

2.33

C

-----------------------------------------------------

2.00

C-

-----------------------------------------------------

1.67

F

----------------------Fail-------------------------

0.00

W

-------------------Withdraw---------------------

*

AU

----------------------Audit------------------------

*

 

(Attendance 75% or more)

 

X

----------------------Audit------------------------

*

 

(Attendance less than 75% )

 

I

------------------Incomplete--------------------

*

CR

---------------------Credit-----------------------

*

NC

--------------------No Credit -------------------

*

                                                                          

                                           *Not Computed

 

Grade Report

Students may access their grades through DBU’s WebAdvisor information system.  Grades are available for viewing upon entry

of the grade by the instructor. The address for WebAdvisor is webreg.dbu.edu. Grades will not be given out through departments

but may be received from the instructor at the instructor’s discretion. Grades cannot be distributed by phone or e-mail.

 

Grading for the Doctoral Program  

 

Each professor determines the requirements and method of evaluating students in their courses. Students must earn a “C” or higher in every course or seminar. While a student may earn a “C” or better in all courses or seminars, all work in the doctoral program must meet program standards. Students are required, however, to maintain a grade point average of 3.25 in order to qualify for C

According to DBU policy, students may access final grades online through the WebAdvisor System.  Program faculty will not, in accordance with FERPA policies, provide grade information to students via telephone, e-mail, posting, or any other source that may compromise student confidentiality.

Probation and Suspension for Master's Program

A student whose cumulative grade point average drops below 3.0 will be placed on Academic Probation and must raise his/her cumulative GPA to 3.0 or better during the next semester. A student placed on Academic Probation for two consecutive terms or a total of three times in nonconsecutive terms will be suspended from academic studies.

 

Failing Grades

A student who receives a failing grade (F) must retake and pass the failed course within 12 months if the failed course is a requirement for the degree(s) the student is pursuing. 

A minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 is required in order to graduate with a Master's degree.

Admissions Status:  Full

A student granted Full Admission who receives a failing grade and/or whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) drops below 3.0, but not lower than 2.5, will be placed on Academic Probation and must raise his/her cumulative GPA to 3.0 or better during the next semester. If the cumulative grade point average drops below 2.5, the student will be placed on Academic Probation, receive notice of Academic Suspension Pending, and be advised to resolve low grade(s) and raise GPA to 3.0 or better during the next semester or face Academic Suspension.

 

 

Admissions Status: Provisional. 

A student granted Provisional Admission who receives grade(s) below “B” and/or whose cumulative grade point average drops below 3.0 will be placed on Academic Probation, receive notice of Academic Suspension Pending, and be advised to resolve low grade(s) and raise GPA to 3.0 or better during the next semester or face Academic Suspension.

   

Academic Probation, Pending Academic Suspension and Academic Suspension Defined:

 

Academic Probation is defined as a conditional enrollment period of one term wherein the student must achieve and maintain a grade point average (GPA) not less than 3.0 or face Pending Academic Suspension.  A student placed on Academic Probation for two consecutive terms or a total of three times in nonconsecutive terms will be suspended from academic studies.

Pending Academic Suspension is defined as a probationary enrollment period of one term wherein the student must achieve and maintain a GPA not less than 3.0 or face Academic Suspension.  Please note that an earned failing grade or an earned grade less than “B” during this probationary period will automatically result in Academic Suspension.  The grading system at Dallas Baptist University allots 2.67 grade points for a grade of “B-,” which can result in a GPA that is below 3.0.

Academic Suspension is defined as enforced academic withdrawal from all university classes due to unsatisfactory academic progress with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0. A suspended student may only be reinstated to the Graduate Program upon written request and subsequent approval of the Masters Degrees Admission Committee. Upon reinstatement to the University, a student must retake the failed course in the next term in which that course is available.

 

Probation and Suspension for the Doctoral Program

 

Academic Probation

A student who fails to achieve and/or maintain an overall 3.25 grade point average during any semester of enrollment will be placed on academic probation for one semester.  At the end of the probationary semester, the student’s academic standing will be evaluated by the Academic Director of the doctoral program in consultation with program faculty and the Ph.D. Committee. If the student has failed to bring up the grade point average to 3.25, the student may be given one final semester to make sufficient academic progress.  If, following that semester, the grade point still falls below the 3.25 required for Comprehensive Examinations, the student will be disallowed further study in the program.

 

Dismissal from the Ph.D. Program

Although it is not expected, a student may be dismissed from the Ph.D. program for any of the following reasons:

  • Academic dishonesty
  • Failure to remove a “conditional status” within one academic year will result in prevention from further participation in the program.
  • Failure to complete the program in the allotted time. Students are allowed six years to complete the course of study. The six years is calculated from the first July semester matriculation and terminates on the last regular business day of June of the sixth year.
  • Failure to maintain continuous enrollment in the summer, fall, and spring semesters each year and pay the required fees will result in prevention from further participation in the program.
  • While it is possible for a student to earn a “C” in the Ph.D. program, he or she must maintain a grade point average of 3.25 in order to sit for both the Research and Statistics (2nd year) and the Seminar Content and Bibliography (3rd year) Comprehensive Examinations.  Failure to maintain the required minimal grade point will constitute a basis for dismissal from the program.

Application for Graduation

Application for graduation from Dallas Baptist University must be made through the Registrar’s Office BEFORE the published Deadline in the Academic Calendar, and preferably at least one semester before the semester of graduation. All grades must be officially transmitted to the Dallas Baptist University Registrar’s Office at least four days prior to the date of graduation. Applicants who apply for graduation and fail to meet requirements must reapply and pay additional fees. The Registrar‘s Office will officially certify the completion of degree requirements.

 

Transcript of Credits

The transcript of college credits is an official copy of the student’s permanent record, bearing the school seal and the signature of

the Registrar. Copies of the student’s transcript are available on the student’s written request from the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts are $5.00 each. Payments are made in advance to the Cashier’s Office. 

A student should allow a minimum period of two working days for delivery of the transcript after the request has been submitted either in person or in written form. A minimum period of three weeks should be allowed for the receipt of the transcript at the close of the semester for which grades are being requested. 

Transcripts will not be released if the student owes money to the University except as occasionally required by law. This policy includes, but is not limited to, the library, bookstore, athletic department, or any other department or agency considered a part of the University.

Academic Conduct Policy

 

Consistent with the Christian character and values of Dallas Baptist University and in order to encourage and preserve the honor and integrity of the academic community, the University expects its students to maintain high Biblical standards of personal and scholarly conduct.

Honor Code  

 

Consistent with the Christian character and values of Dallas Baptist University and in order to encourage and preserve the honor and integrity of the academic community, the University expects its students to maintain high Biblical standards of personal and scholarly conduct.

 

HONOR CODE

 

The Integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.  – Proverbs 11:3

 

It is the purpose of Dallas Baptist University to provide students with an educational experience that will allow them to grow in every aspect of their lives.  Central to the success of the student is the knowledge that God made us in His own image.  This reminds us that in the vast universe that reflects God’s glory, humans are uniquely “crowned with glory and honor” (Arthur F. Holmes, The Idea of a Christian College).

 

Through the Honor Code at Dallas Baptist University students are to uphold the integrity of themselves, their fellow students, and God by maintaining the highest moral and ethical character in all aspects of their college career.

   

THE HONOR PLEDGE

 

As a student at Dallas Baptist University, I pledge to uphold the honor and integrity of myself, my fellow students, and my God to the highest moral and ethical standard.  As I grow in my understanding of servant leadership, I promise to abide by all University policies and procedures.  I will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate this behavior in others.  I pledge to confront and expose any attempt to undermine the success of the academic or university community at DBU.

Faculty members are encouraged to remind students in their classes of this written statement of policies and procedures developed by the University in regard to cheating on examinations, plagiarism, collusion, and other academic-related misconduct.

 

All instructors or proctors shall have the right to examine materials in the student's possession during quizzes, examinations, and/or laboratory sessions.

 

In instances of cheating during an examination or other classroom or laboratory activity or exercise, the instructor shall have the right to suspend the student(s) who is (are) cheating from further work on the examination or exercise and to deny the student(s) credit for the examination or exercise.

 

Human Subjects Policy

Dallas Baptist University is committed to the ethical treatment of humans involved in research, safeguarding their rights and welfare; therefore, any research involving human subjects must be in compliance with DBU human subjects policies and guidelines. In order to ensure that human subjects are fully informed of their roles, the potential risks of their participation, and their rights as participants, all research is to be conducted with the utmost integrity and professionalism, under the guiding principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.  If the proposed research involves human subjects, the researcher must have approval from his or her professor, program director, dean and the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) prior to contacting the research subjects.  Failure to gain approval before interacting with research subjects will result in a denial of the research, disciplinary action, and possible legal ramifications for the researcher.  Responsibility for obtaining approval from the CPHS for research resides with the researcher under the supervision of a faculty member.

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

 

Cheating shall be defined as copying from another student's test paper, laboratory work, other written work, or computer files and listings; using, during a test or laboratory experiment, material and/or devices not authorized by the person in charge of the test, including the sharing of calculator results or information and the unauthorized use of cellular telephones, palm pilots, blackberry devices and other electronic tools to improperly access or share information; willfully cooperating with or seeking aid from another student during a test or laboratory experiment without permission; knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in its entirety or in part, the contents of a test or other assignment unauthorized for release; substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself, to take a test or other assignment or to make a presentation.

 

Plagiarism shall be defined as the appropriation, theft, purchase, memorization, or obtaining by any means another's work, and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of that work as one's own offered for credit. (Appropriation includes the quoting or paraphrasing of another's work without giving credit thereof.)

 

Collusion shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing work offered for credit. A student is not guilty of collusion if he or she merely discusses with another a matter relevant to the work in question.

 

Abuse of resource materials shall be defined as mutilating, destroying, concealing, or stealing such materials.

 

Computer misuse shall be defined as unauthorized or illegal use or destruction of computer software or hardware through the DBU Information Technology Department or through any programs, terminals, or freestanding computer owned, leased, or operated by DBU or any of its academic units.

 

Classroom misconduct shall be defined as any conduct by a student during a class meeting which is disrespectful of another person or disrupts the progress and continuation of the class in the judgment of the instructor, regardless of the time and location for the class meeting.

 

Possible Actions

 

Any one or more of the actions listed below may be taken with regard to a student who has engaged in academic misconduct.

 

A.      Action by the Faculty Member

  • Handle as a confidential matter between the student and the faculty member.
  • Notify the dean that an incident has occurred and has been dealt with.
  • Assign a grade of "F" (or a zero) for the examination or assignment.
  • Recommend to the dean that the student be dropped immediately from the course with a grade of "F." This grade cannot be changed by student-initiated withdrawal.
  • If the alleged incident occurs during a final examination, an "I" (incomplete) shall be given to the student until a decision is made.

 B.     Action by the Dean

  • Place a written incident report in the student's permanent University record.
  • Recommend to the Vice President for Graduate and Corporate Affairs that the student be placed on probation at the University for a specified period of time.
  • Recommend to the Vice President for Graduate and Corporate Affairs that the student be suspended from the University for a specified period of time.
  • Recommend to the Vice President for Graduate and Corporate Affairs that the student be expelled from the University.

 

C.    Action by the Vice President for Graduate and Corporate Affairs

  • Place the student on probation at the University for a specified period of time.
  • Suspend the student from the University for a specified period of time.
  • Expel the student from the University.

 Academic Appeal and Academic Misconduct Procedures

 

Applications for a formal academic appeal are available in the Office of the Registrar. In order to ensure an appeal process that is fair and timely to all parties involved, the following procedure is in place for academic appeals.

 

  • If the student wishes to file a formal concern regarding classroom procedure, the process starts with step 1a below.
  • Should the faculty member find a student subject to academic misconduct as defined in the University catalog, the process starts with step 1b below.
  • If a student wishes to raise grounds for challenging a specific academic policy of the University, not the resolution of an academic matter with a faculty member or other responsible person, the appeals process begins with step 7 below.

 

Upon receipt of a formal written appeal in the Office of the Registrar, the procedure below will be followed.

 

1a. The student should schedule a conference with the faculty member (or other individual directly responsible) within 14 calendar days after the posting of grades. The faculty member (or other individual) may resolve the problem at that point. (Skip to step 2.)

 

1b. If there are reasons for a faculty member to believe that a student has engaged in academic misconduct, the faculty member shall notify the student of the charges. The student should contact the faculty member within 14 calendar days after the posting of grades to arrange a conference with the faculty member.

 

2. If the faculty member is unavailable, the student shall notify the dean of the appropriate college in writing within seven additional calendar days that he/she is seeking a conference with the faculty member. The conference shall be held at the earliest possible convenience of the faculty member and the student.

 

3. If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student, he/she may submit a written appeal to the dean of the appropriate college (and the chair of the appropriate department, if applicable) within seven calendar days of the conference.

 

4. The dean of the appropriate college (and the chair of the appropriate department, if applicable) shall schedule a conference with the student and/or other involved persons within seven calendar days of receiving the appeal from the student.

 

5. The dean shall notify all parties in writing of his/her decision within seven calendar days after the conference.

 

6. If the student believes the decision of the dean is unwarranted, he/she may appeal to the appropriate undergraduate or graduate Academic Appeals Committee in writing within seven calendar days after receipt of the decision of the dean.

 

7. The Academic Appeals Committee shall establish a regular monthly meeting date for the purpose of hearing appeals. The date shall be published in all appropriate university publications. The deadline for filing an appeal shall be one week prior to a meeting. Appeals filed after the deadline will be heard at the next meeting of the committee. All parties involved shall be notified of the meeting date at which the appeal will be heard and given the opportunity to be present.

 

8. The Academic Appeals Committee shall notify all parties in writing of its decision within seven calendar days.

 

9. If a student believes the decision of the Academic Appeals Committee is unwarranted, he/she may appeal to the Vice President for Graduate and Corporate Affairs writing within seven calendar days after receipt of the decision of the Academic Appeals Committee.

 

10. If requested, the Vice President for Graduate Affairs shall schedule a conference with the student and/or other involved parties to be held within 14 calendar days of the receipt of the student's appeal.

 

11. The Vice President for Graduate Affairs shall notify all parties in writing of his/her decision within 14 calendar days after the conference.

 

Note 1: The Academic Appeal and Academic Misconduct Appeal Procedure is an internal academic process of the University and legal counsel may not participate in any conference or hearing.

 

Note 2: Faculty members have the same right of appeal as the student at each stage of the above process.

 

NETWORK ACCESS POLICY

Computer facilities are provided to students and faculty at Dallas Baptist University to enrich the learning and teaching experience. This service can only operate successfully if users act responsibly when using these facilities. Unreasonable behavior will disrupt the work of other users. To help users understand their responsibilities to each other and to the University, this policy describes students’ proper use of computer facilities, including resident access to the DBU network. Use of Dallas Baptist University computer facilities is a privilege granted by the university. All students, staff, and faculty are responsible for seeing that these computer facilities are used in an effective, efficient, ethical, and lawful manner. Any violation of these policies can result in disconnection from the DBU network and disciplinary action. 

Setup and Authorized Use

Each semester, a student must register with the Information Technology department to have access to the DBU network.

Understand that the Information Technology department can offer assistance in purchasing, installing, or configuring your computer with the staff resources we have available at that time. Phone support will be available if you are unable to make your computer work properly. Help sheets are available in the Academic Computer Lab for your general information. You expressly assume all responsibility and liability for the use of the recommendation and help sheets. If you suspect that there is a problem with your Internet connection, a member of the Information Technology staff will test your connection for you within 24 hours of notification of the problem to verify a working connection to your room.

No other individual is allowed to use your dorm connection. You are the only person authorized to use the dorm connection, and you will be held responsible for the activity of anyone to whom you give access. The University may monitor your e-mail and Internet access on the Dallas Baptist University computer network at any time.

Please understand that from time to time servers will be down for system upgrades and maintenance.

 

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject you to civil and criminal liabilities.

U.S. Copyright Law protects a wide range of creative works and grants to the owners of the work the exclusive right to make copies of the work, to make new works using part of the original work, distribute copies of the work, and display or perform the work publicly. Works protected by copyright include (but are not limited to) written works, movies, music, photographs, art, software and other original works of authorship.

Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws.

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees.

For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

Dallas Baptist University is committed to ensuring copyrights in creative works are respected and used appropriately by DBU staff, faculty and students.

Therefore, members of the DBU community using university computers, library and networks are expected to abide by both United States and international copyright laws. Failure to comply with copyright laws may result in disciplinary action or termination of access, in additional to potential civil or criminal damages. With respect to unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct and Policy on Intellectual Property will be taken against students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the institution's information technology system.

DBU responds to all notices from copyright holders alleging inappropriate activities across our network. If you host or exchange files unlawfully, you are personally responsible for any civil or criminal consequences from that activity since ignorance of the law is not a valid defense. The University strongly recommends that everyone using the university's network and computers read the rules on copyright laws before sharing files online.

For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ's at www.copyright.gov/help/faq. For information about legal alternatives to file sharing, please go to www.dbu.edu/computers.

COMPUTER USE RESPONSIBILITY

Your use of Dallas Baptist University computing equipment must comply with the corresponding university policies for its use. In addition, Dallas Baptist University is not legally responsible for the personal on-line activities or publications of students, faculty, and staff, which are solely a result of their individual independent judgment. By registering on the DBU network, you ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE that if you use the resources and e3uqipment of DBU to personally publish any opinions, material, or other information, you EXPRESSLY ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY for that publication and waive any right to make claims against the university resulting from your use. This includes claims for libel and copyright infringement.  By signing below, you further agree to HOLD HARMLESS and INDEMNIFY Dallas Baptist University for any claim that may arise out of your personal on-line activities or publications which are solely a result of your individual independent judgment including, but not limited to, personal opinions, personal emails, or other personal information.

Penalties for Misuse

  

Students who are suspected of violating policies regarding computing equipment will be confidentially reported to the appropriate faculty, supervisors, Academic Computer Lab staff, Department Chair, and the Dean, and may be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs. Disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the provisions of the DBU Student Handbook and this access policy. Any violation of these policies can and may result in disconnection from the DBU network.

 

Activities Specifically Prohibited Include, but are not Limited to, the Following:

  • Viewing Internet material deemed inappropriate by Dallas Baptist University;
  • Attempts to find out another user’s password or attempts to break into or hack another user’s account. A computer, computer account, or electronic mail account assigned to an individual must not be used by others without explicit permission from DBU. You are responsible for proper password protection;
  • Attempts to circumvent authentication procedures;
  • Use of another user’s dorm connection to the DBU network;
  • Use of any equipment which interferes with or disrupts the use of the DBU network services of other users;
  • Any attempt to hack or otherwise break into or disrupt service;
  • Deliberate acts which jeopardize the integrity of any computer equipment, systems, programs, or any other stored information, including the deliberate propagation of computer viruses;
  • Attempts to make unauthorized copies of software or otherwise violate applicable copyright laws;
  • Disconnection, connections, or switching of any DBU equipment including printers, servers, etc.;
  • Failure to follow the university e-mail and Internet policies; conduct which violates the DBU Student Handbook;
  • Fraudulent, harassing, or obscene messages and/or materials are not to be sent, viewed, or stored;
  • Electronic communications facilities (such as e-mail) are for university related activities only. E-mail and Internet access can be monitored by the university at any time. Chain letters and other forms of mass mailings are not allowed;
  • Loading or installing personal software onto the network;
  • Use of DBU computers, printers and other equipment or accounts for commercial or non-university related purposes;
  • Modifying or tampering with network services, wireless access points, wiring, and ports in your room or elsewhere on campus without explicit written permission. This includes extending the network beyond the single network outlet (using a hub, wireless access point, remote access servers, routers, etc.);
  • Establishing a server (for example, game servers) or providing a service that utilizes the shared university bandwidth;
  • Registering an outside domain host name that refers to an IP address within the dbu.edu domain;
  • Only certain wireless devices are allowed on our network at this time, please check with Information Technology for the currently accepted wireless devices;
  • Any wireless device or other network device found in unauthorized usage on the DBU network will be confiscated without notice and held pending disciplinary action;
  • No system or network files may be copied from the DBU servers to your DBU personal account or removable media;
  • No system or network files may be copied from external sources to your DBU personal account or into the DBU file servers, or run from removable media;
  • No broadcast messages may be sent from your DBU e-mail account to anyone through the use of any system message utility;
  • No student will be allowed to configure any part of their system for sharing with another student. This includes hard drives, printers and other such resources;
  • No global e-mail messages can be sent without approval;
  • No sending or downloading large files that could impede or disrupt network speed for other campus users;
  • No changing of your IP address to anything other than the one assigned to you by Information Technology;
  • No using any file sharing applications. This also includes file and print sharing.
  • Due to wireless interference, it is prohibited to have a 2.4 GHz phone in your residence hall or apartment. If you are found with this device it will be confiscated.

ELECTRONIC MAIL POLICY

 

The use of electronic mail (e-mail) through the University network is a privilege, not a right. Its use is limited to staff, administration, faculty, and enrolled students. Violations of this policy may be dealt with in the same disciplinary manner as violations of other university policies. The full range of disciplinary sanctions is available including the loss of network usage privileges, dismissal from the University, and legal action. Violation of some of the policies may constitute a criminal offense. The purpose of the e-mail policy is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of campus communication. All persons using a DBU computer lab must also comply with the applicable DBU computer lab access policy.

 

The following policies govern the responsible use of e-mail:

  • E-mail should reasonably relate to University matters and educational uses. Items such as chain letters, fund raisers, commercial use, and mass national distribution are not allowed. Accordingly, the DBU campus e-mail system cannot be used as an avenue to advertise the selling of goods or soliciting donations from students, faculty, staff, or student organizations. USE OF THE DBU NETWORK FOR PERSONAL TRANSACTIONS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Server failures and other computer problems will sometimes occur. Despite having an excellent computer staff, the University makes no warranty or guarantee about the operation of its computers, network, or access to the Internet.
  • Fraudulent, harassing, obscene, or pornographic messages and images are not to be sent, received, printed, requested, or stored. E-mail which relates to participation in gambling or which constitutes copyright infringement is prohibited. Any communication that violates DBU policies and/or local, state, or federal laws and regulations is likewise prohibited.
  • The content, confidentiality, and maintenance of an electronic mailbox is the responsibility of the person to whom the e-mail account is assigned.
  • Each person is responsible for deleting outdated and unnecessary messages. Accounts accumulating excess e-mail will be reviewed and addressed by the Information Technology Department.
  • Any college or department may send e-mail to 10 or more users within the college or department with the approval of the academic dean or the head of the department.
  • Any e-mail addressed to 10 or more users (including all users) that has not been previously approved, or 10 or more users outside your college or department, must be approved by the appropriate vice president.

 

  • Be aware of forged mail. If a person has acquired another individual's password, forged mail can be sent. Also, e-mail that originates from outside DBU may not be subject to strict security. If a message appears out of character for the sender, it may be a forgery and you should contact the sender by another means for verification.

 

  • Although there are individual access passwords to voicemail, e-mail, and computer network systems, these systems are accessible at all times to and by the University and may be subject to periodic, unannounced inspections by the University for business purposes. Backup copies of e-mail and voicemail may be maintained by the University and may be reviewed.

 

  • Dallas Baptist University is not legally responsible for the personal online activities or publications of individuals, which are solely a result of their individual, independent judgment. Persons who use the resources and equipment of DBU to individually publish any opinions, material, or other information expressly assume all responsibility and liability for that publication and waive any right to make claims against the University for injury or damages resulting from that use. This includes claims for libel as well as copyright and patent infringement.

Internet Policy

All users of the Internet through the DBU computer network must conform to DBU policy for use of its computer facilities and also conform to all federal and state laws. Use of the Internet should be consistent with DBU's emphasis on Christian values and guidelines. The DBU user is responsible for his/her actions while using campus computer network services, including the Internet. While a limited, reasonable amount of personal use is permissible, access of the Internet through the DBU network should generally relate to University matters and educational uses. USE OF THE DBU NETWORK FOR PERSONAL TRANSACTIONS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Server failures and other computer problems will sometimes occur. Despite having an excellent computer staff, the University makes no warranty or guarantee about the operation of its computers, network, or access to the Internet.

 

The Internet is not to be accessed through the DBU network by any individual using another person's login and password. The person to whom an account is assigned will be held responsible for activities that take place with that account.

 

The posting of any Internet messages by DBU users, including through a "LISTSERV" group, which purport to have or indicate sponsorship by the University, is prohibited unless specifically authorized in advance by the appropriate vice president.

 

It is required that you have an active anti-virus scanning program running on your PC.  If found without this software, your Internet privileges may be revoked.

 

Spyware is becoming a more prevalent way of attacking your PC from the Internet.  We recommend that you download some type of spyware scanning program.  Please see Computer & Technology for software suggestions.

 

Use of the DBU computer network, including access to the Internet, is a privilege, not a right. It may be revoked at any time for misuse. Examples of misuse include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • placing unlawful information on a system;
  • hacking within or outside the campus community;
  • accessing, sending, printing, or storing fraudulent, harassing, racist, obscene, or pornographic material;
  • copyright and patent infringements;
  • participation in gambling;
  • plagiarism;
  • creating, downloading, or sending viruses;
  • commercial purposes, such as operating a business;
  • any activity that unreasonably limits or drains DBU network resources and/or is illegal, such as some Internet gaming or downloading videos, movies, large quantities of music, or other excessively large files.
  • connecting any hardware to the Internet that is not sanctioned by Computer & Technology.

Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action. The University has the ability to identify Internet addresses accessed by campus users and may periodically monitor such usage.

 

Dallas Baptist University is not legally responsible for the personal online activities or publications of individuals, which are solely a result of their individual, independent judgment. Persons who use the resources and equipment of DBU to individually publish any opinions, material, or other information expressly assume all responsibility and liability for that publication as well as  waive any right to make claims against the University for injury or damages resulting from that use. This includes claims for libel as well as copyright and patent infringement.

 

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

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Course Descriptions graduate program requirements
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M.A. in Children's Ministry / M.A. in Christian Ministry
M.A. in Children's Ministry / M.A. in Counseling
M.A. in Children's Ministry / M.A. in Management
M.A. in Children's Ministry / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Children's Ministry / Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Children's Ministry / Master of Liberal Arts
M.A. in Christian Education / M.A. in Christian Ministry
M.A. in Christian Education / M.A. in Counseling
M.A. in Christian Education / M.A. in Global Leadership
M.A. in Christian Education / M.A. in Teaching
M.A. in Christian Education / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Christian Education / Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Christian Ministry / M.A. in Communication
M.A. in Christian Ministry / M.A. in Global Leadership
M.A. in Christian Ministry / M.A. in Student Ministry
M.A. in Christian Ministry / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Christian Ministry / M.A. in Worship Leadership
M.A. in Christian Ministry / Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Communication / M.A. in Management
M.A. in Communication / M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
M.A. in Communication / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.A. in Communication / M.A. in Worship Leadership
M.A. in Communication / Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Global Leadership / M.A. in Management
M.A. in Global Leadership / M.A. in Student Ministry
M.A. in Global Leadership / M.A. in Teaching
M.A. in Global Leadership / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Global Leadership / Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Management / M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
M.A. in Management / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.A. in Management / M.Ed. in Kinesiology
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Management
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Teaching
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Student Ministry/M.A. in Worship Leadership
M.A. in Student Ministry/M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.A. in Teaching / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.A. in Theological Studies / M.A. in Worship Leadership
Master of Business Administration / M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
Master of Business Administration / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction / M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction / M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in School Counseling
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in Special Education
M.Ed. in Higher Education / M.Ed. in Kinesiology
M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language / M.Ed. in Special Education
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
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