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Application for Graduation
The student must officially apply for graduation. The student must meet all requirements to graduate in the semester of application to graduate. The student is cautioned that: (1) application for graduation
must be made before the published deadline (See Academic Calendar)
and preferably at least one semester before the semester of
graduation, (2) all grades must be officially transmitted
to the Registrar's Office at least four days prior to the
date of graduation, (3) applicants who apply for graduation
and fail to meet requirements must reapply for graduation. NOTE: If the student does not apply for graduation in the semester in which requirements are completed, then the degree will be posted in the next graduation after the official application has been received.
Attendance in class is considered a necessary factor in the
learning process. Therefore, absences for all reasons must
be kept to a minimum and should not exceed 25 percent of the
total class time. Students are held responsible for all academic
work required or performed during their absence regardless
of the reasons for those absences. Students who register late
are responsible for work missed. The policy concerning class
attendance for individual courses, seminars, or other guided
learning experiences will be determined by the faculty members
in charge of such course, seminar, or learning experience;
and this policy will be communicated to the students in the
Chapel attendance is a required
part of the educational experience at Dallas Baptist University.
Chapel programs are presented on Monday and Wednesday at 10:00
a.m. for all students and Friday at 10:00 a.m. for first year students
that have not completed 30 hours or two long semesters (Fall/Spring) of University course credit at DBU or in transfer [not counting dual credit, CLEP, or AP credit]. Each non-exempt student must complete the Chapel requirement each fall and spring semester. The only
students exempt from Chapel are:
- Students 25 years of age or older as of
first class day of first enrolled semester at DBU
- Graduate students
Chapel credit will be administered and tracked by the Spiritual Life Office. Students must have their valid DBU student
I.D. with them during Chapel in order to scan their I.D. and
receive credit for that day. First year students are required to attend
thirty-three Chapel services each semester, while upperclassmen
must attend twenty-two for credit. Responsibility for making
sure the Chapel requirements have been met and duly recorded
rests solely upon each student. Students arriving late for
Chapel will not receive credit for that day's Chapel service.
Students who come to DBU with 0-14 hours [not counting dual credit, CLEP, or AP credit] are
required to attend 8 semesters of Chapel in order to graduate.
Transfer students will receive credit for Chapel according
to the scale below. A transfer student is defined as one who
has been out of high school for at least one full semester
(fall/spring) and has attempted some college or university
work for credit [not counting dual credit, CLEP, or AP credit].
Credit hours transferred
semesters of Chapel
In some instances students may qualify for
a Chapel Waiver for a specific semester. For example, part-time
students may wish to apply for a waiver if they will not be
taking any classes on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. To be
waived from Chapel for a semester, a student must submit a Chapel waiver form online from WebAdvisor. After evaluating
each waiver, Student Affairs will notify the student after
the 10th class day regarding their request via e-mail. Students are encouraged to keep a copy of the e-mail for their records. Students should continue to attend
Chapel while their petition is being considered. Chapel Waivers
will be granted in only the most imperative circumstances.
Excuses such as work schedule, driving distance, or excessive
class or workload are not acceptable excuses to receive a
Chapel Waiver. Students must re-apply for a Chapel Waiver
every semester in which they wish to be considered. Students must also complete the Chapel requirement every semester, regardless of waiver application.
Day Student Registration Policy
Day Student Registration Policy restricts undergraduate traditional program students with less than 45 college credit hours from taking evening classes after 5:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semester. Undergraduate students enrolled through the College of Professional Studies are excluded from this policy.
Traditional Age Online Policy
DBU undergraduate resident students with 24 or more hours may register for two additional online classes per semester, provided that the undergraduate student enrolls or maintains enrollment in at least 12 hours of on-campus classes in the regular semester, not including mini-terms.
Undergraduate commuter students (non-PRST) with more than 24 hours of college credit may enroll in online classes.
Undergraduate resident and commuter students may take online classes during the winter and summer terms, regardless of the number of credit hours earned, after the first semester of enrollment.
After matriculation, a student may transfer a maximum of 12 credit hours to DBU.
A student enrolled at Dallas Baptist University who wishes
to enroll for a course at another college must secure the
written permission of the Registrar at Dallas Baptist University
two weeks before registering for the course. Failure to obtain this
approval in advance may result in the refusal of this University
to accept credit earned at other institutions. Students should seek full understanding
of the conditions under which transfer credit is accepted. A Permission Request form may be obtained from the student's advisor.
NOTE: Graduating students are not allowed to transfer hours
taken at another institution if the hours are taken during
their final semester at Dallas Baptist University.
Concurrent Graduate Coursework
Senior DBU undergraduate students who have been accepted into the Graduate Programs at Dallas Baptist University pending completion of their undergraduate degree and who possess a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA are allowed to register for up to 12 graduate credit hours in the final semester of their undergraduate degree at DBU. Any student registering for any combination course load exceeding 12-credit hours must have the approval of the Director of Admissions and the appropriate academic Dean.
Graduate students cannot receive credit for cross-listed courses already completed at the undergraduate level. In situations where repeated courses are required, substitutions will be allowed by the appropriate Academic or Program Director and Dean.
Graduate courses at the 5000-level cross-listed with undergraduate 4000-level courses will include specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.
Continuous Progress Course (CP)
This is a non-traditional system of course progress for students
who have been admitted to the University. There are no regularly
scheduled class meetings; all necessary conferences are scheduled
individually between the student and the instructor. The following
policies apply to Continuous Progress Courses:
- 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.
- Course work cannot begin until enrollment
is completed and course fee paid.
- 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.
- Authorization to take CP courses will not
be given except in extenuating circumstances.
- The dean of the college involved will approve
both the student and the faculty instructor for all CP courses.
Registering for a Continuous Progress Course.
In order to register for a CP course, a Continuous Progress
Form must be completed for each course listed in the section
of this catalog titled "Course Descriptions." The form must
state the definite plan for accomplishment of the course objective.
The plan must include the course syllabus and work schedule,
defining blocks of material to be completed in specified times.
After the Continuous Progress Form has been
completed by the instructor and signed by the student, 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
Whereas students at any level may take Continuous Progress
Courses, only juniors or seniors are allowed to take Independent
Study/Research courses. In addition, while regular course
numbers should be used in the case of CP courses, only experimental
numbers (courses with a "9" as the third digit) may be used
in Independent Study/Research courses. Finally, no limits
are placed on the number of CP courses a student may take,
yet limits are placed on the number of Independent Study/Research
courses that may be taken.
Resident Study Programs (3190-3390)
and Research Problems (4190-4690) are regulated by the following:
- Resident study programs are available only
to juniors and seniors with the exception of the foreign
- Research problems are available only to
- The student must have a minimum GPA of
2.50 in the field of study for 3190-3390 and 4190-4690 courses.
- The student must have a minimum of nine
hours in the field of study for 3190-3390 courses.
- The student must be a major in the field
of study for 4190-4690 courses.
Students will be limited to nine hours per
discipline in any combination of independent study courses.
In no case will the student be permitted to accumulate more
than six hours of independent study courses per discipline.
In any case, the student will be limited to 12 over all credit
hours in any combination.
- No faculty member should accept a combination
of more than five students for Continuous Progress, Independent
Study, or Research courses during one semester.
- The Independent Study/Research Course Form
must be used to report enrollments in 3190-3390 and 4190-4690
- Enrollment for Independent Study/Research
Courses can be accomplished only during registration
- The original form for Independent Study/Research is taken to the Registrar's Office when the student registers. A copy is provided to the student, the professor, and the dean of the college.
The basic difference between the Continuous
Progress Courses and the Independent Study/Research Courses
is that CP courses are regularly scheduled courses that students
may not be able to take because of a conflict in their schedules,
whereas 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.
A maximum of 30 credit hours of correspondence work will be
considered for transfer toward degree requirements at Dallas
Baptist University, as long as the work comes from another
regionally accredited institution. After matriculation, a
student may only transfer a total of 12 credit hours to DBU.
The acceptance of the correspondence work is subject to prior
approval of the Registrar. Final determination regarding acceptability
of transfer course work will be made within each discipline
when questions arise.
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