Oct 24, 2020  
SCPS College Catalog 2020-2021 
    
SCPS College Catalog 2020-2021

Academic Policies



Academic Advising

One of the unique features of the School’s programs for adults is its emphasis on individualized academic advising. Admissions staff and Academic Advising Coordinators are available to assist the student with the decision to pursue a degree. They will discuss basic program requirements and review previous coursework for possible credit. After the formal application has been made, the student will be assigned to an academic advising coordinator by program of study. The advisor will work with the student to provide assistance and guidance through the college experience regarding:

  • Major/Minor/Concentration Program requirements
  • Course prerequisites
  • Registration procedures
  • Approved transfer credits
  • Graduation requirements

Change of Major/Minor

Students who wish to change their major or minor are encouraged to speak with their academic advising coordinator to determine how their completed coursework fits in the requested major/minor program. Students must then complete the “Request for Change of Degree or Major” form in JayWeb.

Credits/Residency

All Elizabethtown College programs require minimum numbers of academic credit for completion.

  • Associate Degrees (64 credits)
  • Baccalaureate Degrees (125 credits)
  • Graduate programs require 30-42 credits (depending upon program of study)
  • Graduate certificates (12-18 credits)

Distribution of Credits

The credits stipulated above must be distributed in such a way that all curriculum requirements for the program/major are met. This means that a particular student may need to take credits beyond the minimum required in order to meet the requirements of his or her major curriculum and/or the core curriculum.

Residency Requirements

Residency means courses/credits completed through Elizabethtown College. The minimum number of Elizabethtown College courses needed to satisfy the requirements varies depending on the program.

  • Associates: Students must have at least 9 credits in their major and a minimum of 15 of the last 30 credits in the program overall from Elizabethtown College.
  • Baccalaureate degrees: A minimum of 30 of the last 60 credits must be taken from Elizabethtown College. Elizabethtown College credits must include 15 credits in the major, 9 of these must be upper division. Core Program Capstone must be taken at Elizabethtown.

To recognize completion of a minor on the transcript, a student must have completed at least six credits of the requirements at Elizabethtown College while enrolled in a bachelor degree program. These are the general requirements, but they may vary slightly by major. Students should refer to the policies in the catalog for their particular major and/or check with their academic advising coordinator.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit Policies – Master’s Degree Programs

In the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Strategic Leadership programs, students may transfer up to six credits of graduate level work. Courses transferred must be related to the intended field of study.

In graduate programs with a concentration, up to six credits of graduate level work may transfer if courses are evaluated as fully equivalent to a course within the masters with concentration curriculum.

Transfer Credit Policies – Graduate Certificate Programs

While not generally accepted in the Graduate Certificate Programs, the School will consider transfer credits up to three credits, evaluated on an individual student basis.

Transfer Credit Policies-Undergraduate Accelerated Degree Programs

During the application process, admissions staff, in consultation with the Office of Registration and Records, will work with students to maximize the number of credits from previous college work that they can transfer into their Elizabethtown College program. Students will be required to provide official transcripts in order to have transfer credit posted to their Elizabethtown College transcript.

Transfer Students with Earned Associate Degrees

Students admitted to Elizabethtown College through the Office of Admissions with an earned associate degree, consisting of at least 40 corresponding general education credits, will be recognized as meeting all of the requirements of the Elizabethtown College Core Curriculum with full junior standing. The foregoing provision does not supersede curricular prerequisites or departmental program requirements established in the College catalog. Nor does it exclude the student from completing the Foundations for Accelerated Learning (FS1500) and the Core Program Capstone (IDC4900) requirement, or residency requirements, for completion of a bachelor’s degree. Elizabethtown College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Elizabethtown College will accept the transfer of credits up to a maximum of sixty-four applicable semester credit hours from a two-year institution. Students may earn up to a maximum of 32 credits earned through examination (i.e., AP, IB, CLEP, etc.). Exam credits do not count toward residency or GPA calculation. Official certification of exam scores and official college transcripts are required for credit transfer. Transfer credit will not exceed the maximum of 95 total credits. Students must meet all residency requirements.

Foundations for Accelerated Learning (FS1500) and Core Program Capstone (IDC4900) will be waived for students that have already earned a bachelor degree.

Credits taken at other institution of higher learning must carry a grade of at least C- to transfer into an undergraduate program.

Such institution should normally be accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies like the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). However, credits from a non-regionally accredited institution will be evaluated on an individual basis; such credits, when combined with relevant work experience and other factors may transfer. For more information, see the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) policy.

By standard academic practice, quarter credit hour courses are evaluated at a reduced number of full semester credit hours. The College cannot accept Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in transfer.

Credits considered for transfer are not normally “aged” or rejected because the student completed them too long ago. However, the College may request that the student retake certain major credits rather than transfer due to changes in the field of study.

When considering transfer courses, please keep in mind that in order to graduate with Latin honors, students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at Elizabethtown College and earn a grade point average of 3.60 or better for cum laude, 3.75 for magna cum laude, or 3.90 or better for summa cum laude.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

PLA is a process by which learning mastered outside of a formal classroom is reviewed for college-level equivalency. Credit for PLA may be granted for learning acquired from work and life experiences; civic, community, or volunteer work; individual study; and in-service training sponsored by associations, business, government, and industry, including the military. PLA is a rigorous process in which a student must demonstrate that he or she has college-level learning, which entails knowledge, skills, and competencies obtained as a result of prior experiences in a particular area. PLA is awarded based on learning, not experience. PLA provides students the opportunity to validate their relevant learning. 

To obtain PLA credit for the types of learning listed above, the student should contact his or her academic advisor for available information on approved providers for PLA evaluation. Students would then enroll in an assessment program and follow all of the necessary steps for evaluation, which may involve additional fees/expenses. Once the assessment is complete and a transcript is available, the student may submit an official copy to the Registration and Records Office for evaluation of transfer credits into their Elizabethtown College degree program.

Course Equivalency Proposals (CEP)

To have work and/or life experience be considered for academic credit in the SCPS program, a student can submit a Course Equivalency Proposal (CEP) to which experience is equated to an SCPS academic course.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to complete a CEP, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a matriculated student who has earned at least 15 credits from Elizabethtown College
  • Have completed or transferred FS1500 Foundations or Accelerated Learning and EN1000 Writing and Language
  • Have GPA of 3.0 or higher

Course Equivalency Proposal (CEP) Process

  1. Discuss completing a CEP with your Academic Advisor to determine your eligibility and to see if an SCPS course can be identified. Once a course is identified, complete the SCPS Course Equivalency Proposal Questionnaire in JayWeb. 
  2. If approved, complete the Course Equivalency Proposal Application. 
  3. An invoice will be sent via email requesting payment for the $50 application fee and the $200 per credit evaluation fee. Typically, students will receive 3 credits for a course; therefore the invoice will likely total $650. Financial aid funds cannot be used for CEP evaluation.  
  4. Upon confirmation of payment of the invoice, a faculty member will be identified to mentor the student and both will be enrolled in the CEP course in Canvas.
  5. Student completes the CEP five-week course through Canvas. All work must be completed during the course term as per the assignment deadlines scheduled. At the end of the five-week course, the faculty will determine whether or not experiential credits will be awarded based on a pass/no pass model. Credit will only be awarded with a passing grade. All faculty decisions are final.
  6. If a passing grade is received, credit will be posted to the student’s transcript satisfying the credits for the equivalent course.

Registration

Course schedules are published in October for winter, spring, and summer sessions and in March for fall sessions.  The academic calendar will indicate the date students may begin to register for classes.

Matriculated students will have access to the web-based registration system through their student portal, JayWeb. This allows students to add and drop courses directly (see Registration Holds below for exceptions), print out their individual class schedule, and access a variety of other information relating to their academic records and information.  Registration deadlines are listed in the School’s calendar and important dates.

Students will be responsible for obtaining their materials of instruction The required textbook material and course assignments can be found in the syllabus.

If there are any questions at all about the appropriateness of a course, students should check with their academic advising coordinator first. The student’s account must be paid in full before he or she may register for the next semester. This includes library fines, parking tickets, etc.

Due to the accelerated nature of SCPS courses, it is recommended that students discuss course planning with their academic advising coordinator.

Registration Holds

A student’s account may have a hold placed on it, identified in the student portal, JayWeb. The hold will affect a student’s ability to add/drop classes; the student will still have access to all other information and functions in JayWeb.

  • Business Office Hold: a student will not be able to register for upcoming classes when there is an account balance. Contact the Business Office (717-361-1417) for assistance.
  • Continuing Education/GPA Hold: this hold is placed on a student’s account when the GPA goes below good academic standing. It will remain on the account until the GPA is raised. Students should contact their academic advising coordinator for assistance and to register for classes.
  • Preliminary Check in Hold: this hold is placed when a student needs to complete and verify the information on their academic record.  The hold will automatically be removed after the form(s) are submitted via JayWeb.

Late Registration

Students cannot enroll in a course after the first day of a session.  See academic calendar for specific session dates.

Course Cancellations

Although the college will make every effort to run all scheduled courses, it reserves the right to cancel courses at its discretion. In such cases, every attempt will be made to contact students enrolled in the cancelled course in time to allow rescheduling.

Repeating courses (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Courses that are eligible to be repeated must be taken at Elizabethtown College and not at another institution as a transfer course.

Undergraduate students may repeat any course in which they earned an F or NP and may attempt failed courses as many times as needed until the course is passed. Under certain conditions, students may be able to repeat a course in which they earned a C- or a grade in the D range. To do so, the following conditions must be met:

  • The course to be repeated must be in their major/minor or be a course that is a prerequisite to a Core Program requirement.
  • The student must submit a request to his or her academic advisor who will seek the approval of the Dean of the School.
  • The student must submit a course repeat request form in JayWeb.

Under federal financial aid (Title IV) guidelines, a previously passed course that meets these conditions may be repeated only one time. This includes courses in which a program requires a minimum grade in the course (i.e., students who have previously passed a course have one opportunity to repeat the course for a better grade).  When repeating a course in order to earn a different grade, the original grade remains on the transcript but is removed from calculation of the grade point average, course credits are counted only once toward degree and program requirements, and only the last (i.e., most recent) grade earned for the course is counted in the grade point average.

Graduate students may repeat any course in which they earned an F or NP. Students will only receive one attempt at retaking the course. A request to repeat a course in which a C or higher is earned must be approved by the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Taking Courses at Another Institution

Once the SCPS has accepted an adult student into a degree program, that student may request approval to take courses at another accredited institution and transfer credits to the School, assuming the request meets all transfer and residency policies. Students are required to complete the Off Campus Approval form in JayWeb for each course prior to enrolling.

When considering transferring credits, it is recommended that students consult with their academic advising coordinator. The student is responsible for not duplicating any credit already earned. Credit(s) will be granted upon receipt of an official transcript verifying completion of the course(s) with a grade of C- or higher for undergraduate students and a B or higher for graduate students.

Credit by Examination

Students, accepted for enrollment through our Admissions Office, may receive academic credit or advanced placement through examination. Credits earned through examination are transcribed, but not the grade, thus credits earned through examination are not calculated into the students grade point average (GPA).  Students can earn up to a maximum of 32 credits through examination. A student will not receive duplicate credit through examination, or any other college courses taken before or after enrolling at Elizabethtown College.

College Board’s Advanced Placement Examinations

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by College Board, which offers nationally recognized college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Students who perform satisfactorily on a College Board AP Examination, earning a score of four or better, earn academic credit.  Departmentally approved AP Examinations and their Elizabethtown College equivalent are outlined on the Office of Registration and Records’ website.

CLEP Examinations

Elizabethtown College participates in the CLEP program of the College Board accepting a score of 50 or higher in subject areas upon matriculation to the college. 

All CLEP examinations must be completed prior to the achievement of sophomore status (30 or more completed credits). In addition, any currently enrolled student must receive written approval from the Registrar, and their academic advisor, before completing the examination. Any student with advanced knowledge in the CLEP subject, earned at Elizabethtown College or another credit-granting institution, will be prohibited from earning transfer credit through CLEP examination.

A complete list of CLEP Examinations and the Elizabethtown equivalent is available on the Office of Registration and Records’ website.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Elizabethtown College recognizes International Baccalaureate (IB) for the purpose of admission, course credit, advanced standing or placement. Students do not have to earn an IB Diploma to receive academic credit. The college does not award credit for standard level (SL) examinations.  

IB Diploma recipients, earning a total score of 30 or higher, will earn 32 credits (equivalent to sophomore status). 

IB Certificate recipients receive credit (depending on the subject) for scores of five or better on higher level (HL) examinations.

Other course credits from institutions outside of the United States are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  For example, Cambridge International (Advanced Level or A-Level) examinations. 

Students are required to request the organization to submit official transcripts and/or scores directly to the Office of Registration and Records. For precise placement determinations, we may request a review of the course syllabus or examples of written work.  If an accurate evaluation of foreign credentials is not possible, the student may be requested to secure, at their expense, a professional evaluation from a nationally recognized organization like World Education Services (WES), www.wes.org.

DSST Examination

DSST, formally Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES), exams are college subject tests taken to earn college credit for knowledge acquired outside of a traditional classroom. In accordance with the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations, students taking DANTES - DSST exams earn credit by earning the ACE recommended minimum score of 400, or higher as determined by the department governing the course discipline.

Attendance Policy

Academic programs offered through the School are in an accelerated format; therefore, it is expected that students attend all scheduled face-to-face classes and complete all online requirements for the entire session in order to achieve the course outcomes.

For face-to-face or blended classes, students are expected to attend all scheduled class sessions for the full class time. Arriving late or leaving early could have an impact on the student’s grade. If absence or lateness is unavoidable, students must notify the facilitator as soon as possible, prior to the class meeting. The result may be missed points or make-up work assigned by the facilitator; this is at the facilitator’s discretion. If a student is aware of a conflict at the time of registration, he/she are encouraged to contact the facilitator immediately to discuss the scheduled absence. Depending on the class session affected, it may be prudent to select a different course that is not impacted by the scheduled absence.

For online or blended classes, students are expected to fully participate in online activities, discussion boards, and assignments throughout the course. If lateness of an assignment or absence from a scheduled on-line session is unavoidable, students must notify the facilitator as soon as possible, prior to the assigned activity. The result may be missed points or make-up work assigned by the facilitator; this is at the facilitator’s discretion.

In consideration of the learning experiences that occur in the classroom and the value of those interactions for all students enrolled in the class, students are not permitted to bring any additional persons to class who are not enrolled in that class.  This includes any family members (spouses, children, siblings, etc.), friends and co-workers.

Due to the accelerated nature of the courses, students who do not complete coursework in the first week may be administratively withdrawn if they do not show their intent to complete the course by participating academically in the second week.

Students who determine they are unable to complete a course in which they have participated must contact their academic advisor immediately to discuss options. For most situations, students should refer to the SCPS Withdrawal and Refund Policy. Medical Withdrawals or Incomplete Requests are for extraordinary circumstances and require additional documentation.

Failure to properly withdraw from a course or request a medical withdrawal or incomplete within the appropriate timeframe may result in a student earning a failing grade.

Course Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Withdrawal from classes after the start of a session may affect your academic record, tuition charge, financial aid, and/or VA benefits (if applicable).

Students may self-drop a class using JayWeb until 11:59pm EST of the first day of a session*. Students MUST self-drop from JayWeb to initiate and complete this process.  Contact your academic advisor for questions on the drop process.

Students may withdrawal from a course from day 2 until 11:59pm EST of day 5 of a session. Students MUST complete the Course Withdrawal Form in JayWeb to initiate the process. Forms MUST be received by Registration and Records to finalize the withdrawal process. Contact your academic advising coordinator for questions on the withdrawal process.

To determine the effect dropping or withdrawing from a course may have upon your financial aid status, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 717-361-1404.

*NOTE: “Session” means the actual start date of each term (F1, F2,  etc.) per the academic calendar.  It is NOT the first date that the course meets in a session.

  4-Week Winter Online, 4-Week and 7-Week Undergraduate and 7-week and 8-Week Graduate Accelerated Sessions  

Session Dates

Tuition Refund

Grade on Transcript
End of Day 1 of Session (Self-Drop in JayWeb REQUIRED) 100% Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript. Students drop themselves in JayWeb. Self-drop REQUIRED. No form needed.
Day 2 through end of Day 5 of Session (Course Withdrawal Form REQUIRED) 50% Withdrawal. Course/W will appear on transcript. Students cannot drop in JayWeb. Course Withdrawal Form REQUIRED.
After Day 5 of Session 0% Students are financially responsible for the course. Course/earned grade will appear on transcript.

Students may self-drop a class using JayWeb until 8:00am EST of the first day of a weekend seminar. Students MUST self-drop from JayWeb to initiate and complete this process.  Contact your academic advisor for questions on the drop process.

  Weekend Seminar Courses  
Session Dates Tuition Refund Grade on Transcript
Prior to Start of Session (Self-Drop in JayWeb REQUIRED) 100% Course is dropped. Course/grade will not appear on transcript. Students drop themselves in JayWeb. Self-drop REQUIRED. No form needed.
After Start of Session 0% Students are financially responsible for the course; course/earned grade will appear on transcript.

Fifteen-Week Semester

Please refer to the Elizabethtown College’s withdrawal policy.

College Withdrawal (Voluntary)

Students who withdraw from the College during a semester also withdraw from all of their classes in every session of that semester. Students electing to withdraw from the College are required to submit the online “College Withdrawal Form”, located in JayWeb. 

A student who withdraws without notification receives no refunds and may incur the full costs of enrollment. Failure to comply with the withdrawal procedures may result in loss of the privilege of readmission to the College and the right to the release of a transcript of credits earned. Please contact the Business Office for information about pro-rated refunds.  For more information about the voluntary withdrawal process, contact your academic advising coordinator.

Medical Withdrawal (Voluntary)

A medical withdrawal for a physical health or mental health reason is defined as a withdrawal from the College for at least the remainder of the semester in which it is initiated. The withdrawal may extend through subsequent semesters (and all course sessions in those semesters) depending on the nature and course of the health concerns. The transcript will indicate “W” for all current courses.

A medical withdrawal for physical or mental health reasons is requested voluntarily by the student or the identified individual on the students FERPA release form and may be approved if, in the judgment of a licensed medical or mental health provider, it is determined to be in the best interest of the student. A Medical Withdrawal Documentation Form must be signed by the student and completed by the student’s treatment provider.

During a medical withdrawal, the College expects the student to participate in professional healthcare treatment with a licensed medical or mental health provider as the primary method of resolving or managing the health concerns which led to the medical withdrawal.

Prior to being considered for readmission by the College, the student must have his/her treatment provider submit the Medical Withdrawal Re-Entry Documentation Form to his/her academic advisor.

Students must also complete the Online Application for Readmission or Re-Entry available on the Office of Registration and Records webpage.

Students are also encouraged to consult with Financial Aid and the Business Office regarding implications for individual financial aid and the Institutional Refund Policy.

Involuntary Withdrawal

The Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies may impose an Involuntary Withdrawal when a student exhibits behavior that has not been appropriately resolved through the grievance process or is threatening to the safety and well-being of the college community.

Each situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis through an individualized assessment of the student’s ability to safely participate in college programs. The Dean will consult with the SVPAA and other college stakeholders as necessary to fully consider available medical knowledge and the observed, documented behavior which prompted the review in order to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be made or if a withdrawal is recommended.

If a withdrawal is recommended, the Dean will confer with the student to explain the advantages of a voluntary withdrawal or voluntary medical withdrawal and the conditions for re-entry which may include a medical clearance from a licensed physician or psychologist. If the student declines to take a voluntary withdrawal or voluntary medical withdrawal, the Dean may impose an involuntary withdrawal. The Dean will explain the implications for the student including the conditions for re-entry which may include a medical clearance from a licensed physician or psychologist.

During an Involuntary Withdrawal, the student is immediately administratively withdrawn from all classes. The transcript will indicate “W” for all currently enrolled courses. The student may be eligible for a refund according to the course withdrawal policy.

In an emergency situation, the College will take immediate steps to protect the health, safety, and welfare of students, employees, and the campus community including the imposition of an Interim Separation by the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The subsequent individual assessment may result in an Involuntary Withdrawal.

Appeal of an Involuntary Withdrawal

A decision to impose an Involuntary Withdrawal may be appealed by the student to the President within five (5) business days of the decision. Appeals should be in writing and include specific reasons for the appeal. The President has five (5) business days to review the information presented and inform the student in writing of a final decision. The President may uphold the decision of the Dean, adjust the finding, refer the matter back to the Dean for additional consideration or reverse the decision and reinstate the student. The President’s decision is final.

Leave of Absence

Students in good academic standing may take a leave of absence from the College for a period of time not to extend beyond the academic year in which the leave is taken.  Leaves of absence must be approved by the Dean.

In order to return to the College following a leave of absence, students must submit a re-entry/readmission request to the Office of Registration and Records.

Students are also encouraged to speak with a member of the Business and Financial Aid offices to determine the financial impact of a leave of absence.

Readmission

Students who leave the College in good academic standing (minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average) can request readmission with the Office of Registration and Records by completing the appropriate Readmissions Form.

Students who leave the College in academic difficulty (below 2.00 cumulative grade point average) must petition the SCPS Dean for readmission.

Policy for reservists/students called to active duty

While the Veterans Administration and the American Council on Education have not mandated policies for colleges/universities whose students are called to active duty, the American Council on Education has provided guidelines for these situations:

  • 100% tuition refund through the 3rd week of the session.
  • No notations made on the permanent record card.
  • After the 3rd week, grades of “I” (incompletes) or “W” (withdrawals) are given – based upon the students’ preference.
  • Tuition refund is given for only courses with grades of “W.”
  • If the withdrawal is during the last two full weeks of the session, full course credit is to be awarded and grades earned by the time of activation shall be posted. 
  • A copy of the activation paper is filed in the SCO’s file and the Advising folder.

Grades and Grade Reports

Information is provided in the course syllabus explaining how various elements are weighted and how the grading scale is used.  In consideration of FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act), students agree, by registration in a course, to the electronic exchange of course assignments and/or grades with the facilitator.

Grades are due one week after the session ends. Once grades are recorded, matriculated students may immediately view their grade through JayWeb.  Electronic copies of the grades are available to print via JayWeb.

Students who need an official transcript of their coursework may request one through the office of Registration & Records. There is no charge for transcripts. No transcripts will be issued to students who have an outstanding balance on their account.  Electronic transcripts are also available via TranscriptsPlus for a fee.  Information about transcript requests can be found on the Registration & Records website.

Grading Standards

The grading standards established for undergraduate courses are:

            A          =          94 – 100%

            A-        =          90 – 93%

            B+       =          87 – 89%

            B          =          84 – 86%

            B-        =          80 – 83%

            C+       =          77 – 79%

            C         =          74 – 76%

            C-        =          70 – 73%

            D+       =          67 – 69%

            D         =          64 – 66%

            D-        =          60 – 63%

            F          =          < 59%

The grading standards established for graduate courses are:

            A          =          94 – 100%

            A-        =          90 – 93%

            B+       =          87 – 89%

            B          =         84 – 86%

            B-        =          80 – 83%

            C+       =          77 – 79%

            C         =          73 – 76%

A grade less than 73% results in a failing grade.

Incomplete grades

A student may request a grade of incomplete (I) for a course when extraordinary circumstances prevent completing the course prior to grades being due.

An incomplete is not simply to allow additional time to complete course work; it is only to be requested when extenuating circumstances cause a sudden interruption in the student’s ability to complete a session.

Student requests for an incomplete will only be considered if the student has completed at least 50% of the course work at the time of the request. Incompletes are dependent upon the availability and approval of the facilitator; not all Elizabethtown College courses may lend themselves to this process.

To request an incomplete, the student must contact their advisor to initiate the process.  The student must complete the incomplete request through JayWeb no later than one week after the session has ended. 

Once the form has been submitted by both the student and the facilitator, an (I) will be entered for the student’s grade.  Outstanding work MUST BE completed five weeks from the end of the course session for undergraduates and eight weeks from the end of the course session for graduate students.

If any of the remaining coursework to be completed, is not finished prior to the designated deadline, the student’s grade will be calculated based upon the grades earned out of the total possible course points up until the time of the request. A zero will be earned for each remaining unfinished assignment and included in the calculations for the final course grade.

Grade Appeals

Questions concerning a course grade should be brought to the attention of the course facilitator immediately upon the student’s receipt of the official grade report. Formal grade appeals must be submitted by the student within 30 days of the date on which the grade was issued by the College. A grade appeal must have a valid basis in order to be brought forward, such as the following:

  1. A mathematical error in calculation of the grade
  2. A clerical/technical error in recording of the grade (for example, Canvas and Jayweb grades are inconsistent)
  3. Harsher grading standards were applied to one student when compared with other students in the course
  4. The assigned grade was not calculated using the standards stated in the syllabus

The grade appeal process consists of the following steps:

  1. The student requests a meeting with the course faculty to identify the concern, provide evidence to support position, and seek resolution. This meeting can occur face-to-face, over the phone, or virtually. If the faculty determines there is a need to change the grade, the faculty may submit the Change of Grade form.
  2. If the student-faculty meeting does not resolve the issue to the student’s satisfaction, the student may submit a Grade Appeal Form to the Dean. The Dean will review the evidence provided by the student and seek to resolve the concern with the facilitator. A decision will be communicated to the student and the academic advising coordinator within 10 business days. If the decision is to change the grade, the Dean will submit the Change of Grade form. The decision of the Dean is final.

Quality Points and Grade Point Average Requirements

A 4.0 quality point system and plus/minus grading is used.

Undergraduate quality points are assigned as follows.  Students in undergraduate degree programs must have a great point average of 2.0 overall and 2.0 in the major, and 2.00 in any declared minors. 

Letter grade                             Quality Points per Semester Credit

A                                                          4.0

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-                                                        0.7

F                                                          0.0

Graduate quality points are assigned as follows. Students in graduate degree programs must have a grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the major to receive their diploma.

Letter grade                             Quality Points per Semester Credit

A                                                          4.0

A-                                                        3.7

B+                                                       3.3

B                                                         3.0

B-                                                        2.7

C+                                                       2.3

C                                                         2.0

F                                                          0

Academic Standing

Good Standing

Undergraduate students in academic good standing maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 overall and a 2.0 in their major.

Graduate students in academic good standing maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in their major.

Academic Probation

Undergraduate students falling into the following categories at the end of each academic semester are placed on academic probation:

Semester Hours           with      Cumulative Grade

Attempted (Local)                   Point Average below:

1-18                                         1.7

19-34                                       1.9

35 or more                               2.0

Graduate students falling into the following categories at the end of each academic semester are placed on academic probation:

Semester Hours           with      Cumulative Grade

Attempted (Local)                   Point Average below:

1-18                                         2.0

19+                                          2.5

Students on academic probation will be notified by the School in writing. Students should work closely with their academic advisor to review their degree requirements, develop a course plan for upcoming semesters, and identify resources that can aid in their success.  Students should refer to the School’s policy on repeating courses.

The status of Academic Probation does not prevent a student from registering for courses in upcoming sessions. However, financial aid eligibility may be impacted, in accordance with the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards http://www.etown.edu/offices/financial-aid/sap.aspx. Eligibility for use of VA education benefits may also be impacted, as the School is required to report a change in academic status for any student using such benefits.

Academic Dismissal

The College, upon recommendation of the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, may dismiss a student who continues to experience difficulty on academic probation and/or is not making progress toward degree completion.

Readmission for Academically Dismissed Students

A student who is dismissed from the College due to academic difficulty or probation must petition the admission’s review panel for readmission.  Consult with an academic advisor or an admission’s representative for information on the readmission process.

Students are also encouraged to reach out to the Financial Aid Office to ensure understanding of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards that must be met to be eligible for financial aid. 

A student who is readmitted to the College after an absence of five successive years may, upon completion of 15 consecutive credits at Elizabethtown College and earning a grade of C or better in each class, have previous grades of F removed from the cumulative grade point average.

Academic Recognition and Program Completion

Dean’s List

To be eligible for the School’s Dean’s List, undergraduate students have to complete nine graded credits in the fall semester and nine graded credits in the spring semester (for a total of 18 credits) and achieve a GPA of 3.6 or higher in each semester. The Dean’s List distinction is noted on a recipient’s transcript each summer.

Program Completion / Degree Conferral

Degrees are conferred in May, August, and January. All coursework must be completed and prior to the date of degree conferral. This includes work taken at other colleges or through testing; all official transcripts must be received prior to the date of degree conferral. 

Commencement

Elizabethtown College celebrates the achievement of its graduates through an annual commencement ceremony, held in May. All degree-seeking students are invited and encouraged to participate. Students completing a Graduate Certificate are not eligible to participate in commencement.

Students must have completed all degree requirements prior to the May commencement date in order to participate in that year’s ceremony.  Students completing after the May commencement date will be invited to attend the following May’s ceremony.

Diplomas are mailed to students following the August and January degree conferral. Diplomas are presented at commencement to students with a May degree conferral date, provided they do not have a hold on their student account. Diplomas are mailed to May graduates that do not attend commencement.

Graduating with Honors

Undergraduate Latin Honors

Undergraduate students will graduate with Latin honors after having completed a minimum of 60 credits from Elizabethtown College and earning a grade point average for those credits of:

  • 3.60 or better for cum laude
  • 3.75 or better for magna cum laude
  • 3.90 or better for summa cum laude

Bachelor degree students should keep honors’ residency requirements in mind when considering the option of taking credits at other schools.

Undergraduate SCPS Honors

SCPS Honors is awarded to undergraduate students who achieve a 3.60 or higher GPA and complete a minimum of 30 credits with Elizabethtown College, but less than 60 credits, which is the residency requirement to receive Latin Honors. SCPS Honors is also awarded to Associate degree candidates with a 3.60 or higher GPA. 

Graduate Honors in the Discipline

Graduate students will graduate with Honors in the Discipline having completed their program with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

Academic Integrity

Elizabethtown College and the School for Continuing and Professional Studies assumes that all students will act honorably. Students are expected to adhere to the following Pledge of Integrity:

Elizabethtown College Pledge of Integrity

“I pledge to respect all members of the Elizabethtown College community, and to act as a responsible member of the College community. I pledge to respect the free exchange of ideas both inside and outside the classroom. I pledge to represent as my work only that which is indeed my own, refraining from all forms of lying, plagiarizing, cheating, and academic dishonesty. As a member of the Elizabethtown College community, I am responsible to represent and uphold these values.”

Standards of Academic Integrity

Academic work is expected unequivocally to be the honest product of the student’s own endeavor. Academic dishonesty – including, but not limited to, the examples below – constitutes a serious breach of academic integrity:

Breach of confidentiality. Integral components of courses are based on student and facilitator self-disclosure (the use of personal experiences) for the purpose of facilitating learning. The School expects students to honor confidentiality as it relates to student disclosure. No one should ever use information, comments, or opinions expressed by the students or the facilitator during classroom discussion in a manner intended to humiliate, embarrass, harass, damage, or injure others in their personal, public, or business lives. Confidentiality requires that no information be disclosed which would identify any particular individual. The student has a right to choose how much information to disclose and a responsibility to respect the limits of disclosure set by other students and facilitators.

Fabrication, falsification, or invention of information, data, or citations in any assignment. To knowingly help or attempt to help another student to commit an act of academic dishonesty is considered to be an equivalent breach of academic integrity and is treated as such.

Cheating, defined as using, giving, or receiving unauthorized information as part of an examination or other academic exercise. This includes handing in any work that was originally undertaken to satisfy requirements of the same course by another student.

Plagiarism through the failure to acknowledge, appropriately and accurately, the extent of the student’s reliance on or use of someone else’s words, ideas, data, or arguments, even when such material has been paraphrased, summarized, or rearranged. Conscious intent is not necessary for plagiarism to take place; committing plagiarism from ignorance still constitutes a serious violation of academic integrity.

Self-plagiarism by handing in any work that was part of work submitted previously in the current course or a prior course. Students are expected to create original work for each assignment, even when re-taking a course.

Violations of academic integrity are reviewed individually and according to the circumstances of the violation.

Procedures for Dealing with Violations of Academic Integrity involving course work

Student Meeting: When a facilitator discovers evidence of academic dishonesty in any form, a meeting is scheduled promptly with the student. This meeting can take place via e-mail, telephone or in person.  The facilitator will explain the breach of academic integrity found and discuss the situation with the student.  If this discussion resolves the issue and the facilitator determines that there was no breach of academic integrity, the process is complete.  If, after the meeting, the facilitator determines there is sufficient evidence of an academic integrity violation, the Written Notification step is initiated. If the facilitator is unable to reach the student to discuss the situation or the student does not respond to the facilitator within three business days, the notification process to the School will proceed to Written Notification without a meeting.

Written Notification:  The facilitator will inform the student in writing via email using the Academic Integrity Violation Form. Facilitators exercise discretion in determining the recommended penalty; this discretion includes re-submission of work, assignment failure, and/or course failure.  The Form is then reviewed within 10 days of receipt to determine whether a Review Committee is required and signed by the Dean. In addition, Recommended Actions will be made to facilitate student development so that a future violation is less likely to occur. This formal documentation will be sent to the student and academic advisor, who will place a copy in the student’s advising file.

Review Committee: If the violation is of sufficient seriousness, or forms a pattern of abuse by the student, the Dean of the School may appoint a Review Committee to evaluate the violation and/or history of violations.  Recommendations from the Review Committee may include failure of an assignment or course up to expulsion or dismissal from the School and College. The Dean will notify the student in writing within 30 days of receipt of the initial form of the decision and the factors that influence that decision.

The student may appeal the decision of the Review Committee to the Dean. The appeal must be presented in writing to the Dean within 5 days of receipt of the decision.  A meeting will be held with the student and the Dean.  The Dean will review the matter and will inform the student in writing of the final outcome. The Dean’s decision is final.

Time Zone Policy

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies runs courses on Eastern Standard Time (EST). Courses begin at 12:00 am EST of the first day of the session and end at 11:59 pm EST on the last day of the session. To maintain equity among all students, assignment due dates and web conferences will be set according the Eastern Standard Time. Students who do not complete any academically-inclined work by 11:59 pm EST of Sunday the first week of the session will be marked as non-attending for financial aid purposes. Students who are unable to participate in web conferences due to their scheduled time will have the opportunity to complete an equivalent activity, through viewing a recording of the web conference and/or completing an alternate assignment.