Academic Advisement All students are assigned an advisor in their major program of study. The advisor must approve the initial registration of the student as well as any exceptions to registration policy (recommending course overloads, etc.). While the advisor gives all possible direction to the student, it remains the responsibility of each student to complete the selected major program of study. In an effort to help students exercise and fulfill their responsibility, students are encouraged to consult with an advisor prior to registration each semester.
Calendar System and Credits Brenau operates on an academic calendar system consisting of three semesters (fall, spring, summer). Credits are measured in semester hours.
Enrollment Status/Course Load A graduate student must be enrolled for at least three (3) semester hours to be considered half-time and for a minimum of six (6) semester hours to be considered full-time.
Registration Overload Policy Graduate students desiring to register for more than 18 hours per semester must possess a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 and obtain the signatures of their academic advisor and appropriate department chair on a Registration Overload Request Form. This form must accompany a Registration/Course Change Form and be submitted, with the required signatures, to the Registrar’s Office for processing. In the event students do not possess the required grade point average but feel that unusual circumstances warrant an exception, they may request that an exception be made to this policy. Such requests should be made in writing to the dean of their college and attached to the Course Overload Form. The dean’s response will be written on the attached exception request or on the Overload Form. Graduate students may not register for more than 21 hours in a single semester.
Registration periods as well as academic calendar information and deadlines are published on the Registrar’s Office web site.
Late Registration Students currently enrolled at Brenau University must complete the registration process by the registration deadline published in the schedule of courses to avoid the Late Registration Fee of $75.00. Students may register for classes until the end of the full credit drop/add period. The drop/add period is published on the Brenau web site.
Course Cancellation Brenau reserves the right to cancel any course listed in its course schedule. Students registered for a course that is canceled will be automatically removed from the computer by the registrar’s office. If needed, the student can add another course to replace the cancelled course. Pursuant to registration policy, the student must add any courses before the end of drop/add for the session in question.
Course Changes: Dropping or Adding. Students may register for classes until the end of the full-credit drop/add period. The drop/add period is published on the Brenau web site. If the student drops after the first week of classes, a $25 Late Drop Fee may be charged. Withdrawal from a course after the fourth Wednesday for a seven week course or after the eighth Wednesday for a full-term course will result in a grade of WF unless special circumstances or an emergency exists and approval is granted by the provost and vice president for academic affairs. The drop dates are clearly outlined on the Registrar’s Office website under “calendars and schedules”. Students are responsible for seeing that a Course Change Form or Drop Form is completed and processed to correct their academic and billing records. Students’ names are retained on the official class roll after the third week of the semester.
These provisions in no way guarantee the refund of tuition; for refund policy, see the Financial Information section in this Catalog.
In rare occasions, students are permitted to register with special status. In all circumstances, the Registrar’s office and the department chair or dean must authorize enrollment. Students wishing to enroll in one or more graduate courses but who do not seek a degree and are not currently enrolled at another institution must complete a Special Status/Transient application through the Office of the Registrar. The application can be found online at www.brenau.edu and click on forms. Students enrolled at another institution, please see the Transient Status section of this catalog. Special Status students are not eligible for financial aid and must adhere to the following policies:
- All prerequisites will apply for any courses attempted. The student may be required to produce an offical transcript in which the prerequisite was earned.
- Students will provide an official transcript containing a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Special Status students will be registered for courses only if space is available.
- Students will be required to sign and date a statement that they understand and accept the university policy that no more than six hours for one semester of enrollment only, will be allowed for students registered as Special Status.
- All students who are classified as Special Status will be subject to the academic policies and procedures governing probation and suspension.
- Special Status student may not web register for classes.
- To become a regular degree seeking student, Special Status students must apply for admission to the University through the Office of Graduate Admissions and meet all program admission criteria.
Students enrolled as a transient student at Brenau A student enrolled as a regular student in a degree program in another accredited college or university may apply for transient status at Brenau. Such a student is one who expects to return to the college or university of previous enrollment and must have the permission of the home institution to attend Brenau. The applicant who desires transient status must submit a Special Status and a transient letter from the home institution. Transient students should contact the Registrar’s Office for admission and are admitted on a semester basis only.
Brenau does not guarantee that transient students will be able to secure the courses desired, nor is Brenau responsible for advising transient students of courses that are applicable to their program or transferable by the home institution. Transcripts are sent only at the written request of the student.
All policies and procedures regarding student enrollment will apply. This includes but is not limited to course pre-requisites, drop/add procedures and academic policies regarding attendance and probation and suspension.
Independent Study courses are standard graduate courses taught on an independent format. They are not to be confused with directed independent study (D.I.S.), which are courses individually designed for specific student’s purposes. Enrollment in Independent Study requires written approval of the advisor, department chair and instructor.
The following are guidelines to be followed for graduate independent study courses:
- Independent Study courses must be courses listed in the current Brenau Catalog and part of the student’s required program of study.
- Although the learning experience is not exactly the same as the classroom course, the content must constitute a comparable substitute.
- Independent Study will carry the same course number as listed in the Catalog with a section code that will designate it as being the special study format.
- Independent Study must be approved using the appropriate form prior to the beginning of the semester or no later than the end of the drop period for a course which has been cancelled.
- The student must be in good academic standing.
Medical Withdrawal Policy
A student requesting to be withdrawn from class(es) after the Drop/Add period because of a medical emergency or severe illness must adhere to the following requirements:
- A letter must be sent to the University Provost stating the reason for the withdrawal request. The student should clearly state the date of the onset of the illness/injury and the medical conditions which preclude course completion. The following documents must accompany the letter:
1) A complete list of courses (course & section number) for which the student is currently registered and from which the student wishes to withdraw
2) A statement from the student’s primary physician delineating the circumstances/medical conditions preventing the student from completing the coursework in the required time frame
- Requests for Medical Withdrawals must be submitted to the University Provost before the last day of class of the semester or session for which the withdrawal is requested. Any requests received after this date will not be considered eligible for Medical Withdrawal and all applicable university policies regarding grades, refunds, financial aid, etc. will apply.
- Online students must present documentation from their physician which indicates that it is medically impossible to complete coursework presented in an online format.
- If the reason for the withdrawal request is related to an emergency or illness of an immediate family member, medical documentation should pertain to the family member’s illness. Medical documentation will also be required stating that the necessity for the student to function as a caretaker precludes the possibility of him/her completing course requirements.
- No institutional official other than the University Controller may authorize refunds
- In cases where a Medical Withdrawal has been granted by the University Provost, refunds will be adjudicated on an individual basis by the University Controller in order to apply consistent and reasonable practices. Generally, refunds will be considered from the effective date of the completed Medical Withdrawal.
- The refund/forgiveness of any financial aid funding must be adjudicated by the Financial Aid Office based on policies set forth by the federal government and other agencies providing financial resources for the student’s educational costs. Students should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine the disposition of their aid
- package. Return of most government funded financial aid is time sensitive and based on the date of withdrawal.
- Residential Students: Room and Board payment(s) will be refunded based on the number of weeks remaining in the semester after the week of withdrawal. If the student is receiving federal or state aid, policies pertaining to those programs will dictate the refund amounts.
It is recommended that students attending evening or weekend classes attend all class meetings; particularly the first class meeting. If a student must miss class due to a serious emergency, the student should notify the professor as soon as possible. Students will be responsible for the work missed due to absence from any class period or any portion thereof. Grades will be affected by any absences or tardiness, at the discretion of the professor.
Students may register for classes until the end of the published drop/add period.
Any evening or weekend classes missed due to an institutional decision (e.g. snow) will be made up at the discretion of the instructor.
Academic Withdrawal From Brenau Any student who desires to withdraw from class(es) after the full-credit drop period but prior to the end of the semester must complete a Drop Form. These forms are available on the Registrar’s Office web site and can be accepted by the Registrar’s Office in person, by fax, or scanned and emailed from the student’s Brenau email account. Students are responsible for making sure that the drop form is filled out to correct their academic and billing records. In addition, all students should contact their advisor and instructors to advise them of this change. Students not completing the appropriate paperwork to withdraw will automatically receive an WF. Withdrawals after midterm will result in a grade of WF unless special circumstances or an emergency exists and approval is granted by the provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Class standing and academic progress are determined by grades submitted by the instructors at the conclusion of each semester. Final grades represent a combination of cumulative quantity and quality in a student’s course work for that semester.
||Passing, but below average (Please see the note below in grade narrative section.)
||Passing (Pass - Fail courses only)
* While grades of I, P or W are not used in computation of grade point average (GPA), a grade of IF is used in the GPA.
||A grade of “A” signifies an exceptional, clear and creative grasp of the concepts of the course with demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to specific problem situations. It also means that the student has actively participated in class activities and has completed all material in a neat and timely manner. The material indicates that the student spent extra time, personal energy and critical reflection in an effort to demonstrate exceptional work.
||A grade of “B” signifies a solid and required understanding of the major concepts of the course and the ability to apply those concepts. It also means that the student’s effort and class participation have met requirements for the course. All assignments were judged to be solid in content and were completed in a timely manner. This is deemed to be the minimum criteria acceptable for graduate level student performance.
||A grade of “C” signifies a marginal demonstration and application of the concepts of the course and/or inadequate preparation in class activities. It may also indicate that assignments were not completed in a satisfactory or timely manner. This is unacceptable for a graduate level student. Individual programs may require that the course be repeated.
|D or F
||A grade of “F” signifies that the student has not demonstrated adequate understanding or application of the course material. It may also indicate that the student has not met the attendance or assignment requirements. A grade of “D” or “F” requires that the course be repeated. A grade of F may also be assigned when a class is dropped past the final drop date.
||Incomplete. An incomplete grade may be given when circumstances beyond the control of the student interfere with the student’s ability to complete the course or to satisfy the competencies specified therein. Students must make up a grade of I within one semester after such a grade is awarded. For this purpose, the summer sessions count as a semester. Before the Incomplete can be awarded, the instructor must complete an Incomplete Grade Contract. No incomplete grade will be awarded in the absence of a completed contract. This contract outlines the specific requirements and provides the students with assignment dates for completing the coursework. If the coursework has not been completed within the specified time, the grade of I will be converted by the registrar to an IF. Grade changes for course work completed after a grade of IF has been assigned must be approved by the provost and vice president for academic affairs. A student must be passing a course when an Incomplete Contract is approved.
||Incomplete Failure. If the course work has not been completed and a grade awarded by the end of the next semester, the grade of I must be converted to an IF by the registrar.
||In Progress. Grades of In Progress (IP) are awarded only for select graduate level courses in which students are progressing toward a completed research project or for approved field-based learning or internships. The student enrolls in the select course or courses until requirements are met. This may require permission of the department. The IP grade does not affect grade point average and hours associated with IP count toward attempted, but not earned, hours.
||Students enrolled in a seminar, practicum, internship or other activity course may elect to receive grades of P (Pass) or F (Fail) if the instructor, students and appropriate department chair so agree at the beginning of the semester. Courses for which the student receives a grade of P will count toward the hours required for graduation where applicable. A grade of P is acceptable for courses requiring a grade of C or better. However, such grades carry no quality points and thus are not figured into the grade point average.
||Withdrawn. A student is entitled to withdraw within one week of the beginning of the semester and no reference will appear on the transcript. After the first week a grade of W will be awarded for withdrawals up to midterm. Withdrawals thereafter can only take place with the permission of the advisor and the department chair. See Academic Withdrawal above.
||Withdrawn Late. A grade of WF is awarded when a student withdraws from a course past the approximate mid-point of the session. Those dates are published on the Registrar’s Office website, academic calendar. A WF is calculated in the GPA as a failing (F) grade.
||Audit. Student has been approved to audit the course; no academic credit is given.
For a grade of F or WF, no credit is given; the student must repeat the failed course or take an acceptable substitute to earn equivalent credit.
Pass (P) Fail (F) Option Graduate students enrolled in an approved seminar, practicum, internship or other activity course may elect to receive grades of P (Pass) or F (Fail) if the instructor, students and appropriate department chair so agree at the beginning of the semester. Courses for which the student receives a grade of P will count toward the hours required for graduation where applicable. A grade of P is acceptable for courses requiring a grade of C or better. However, such grades carry no quality points and thus are not figured into the grade point average.
Repetition of Courses When a student repeats a course, only the last grade earned will be used to compute the grade point average, provided the latest grade is not lower than the prior grade. Both grades will appear on the student’s permanent record and will count toward academic status. Students are responsible for indicating repeated coursework and requesting that their grade point average be adjusted by notifying the Registrar’s Office.
Grading Information All faculty must submit final grades for courses to the registrar. All grades are entered into the student’s permanent records at the end of each semester. Grades are available online through the web-based student information system (CampusWEB).
Grade Point Average The grade point average is computed by multiplying the quality points earned by the credit hours of each course and dividing the total quality points earned by the total credit hours attempted. Below is an example of the GPA computation for a 12 credit hour semester load:
|3 sem hrs of B = 3 x 3
||= 9 quality points
|3 sem hrs of A = 3 x 4
||= 12 quality points
|3 sem hrs of B = 3 x 3
||= 9 quality points
|3 sem hrs of C = 3 x 2
||= 6 quality points
||36 total quality points
36 quality points divided by 12 hours attempted = 3.0 GPA
AU, I, P and W grades are not included when computing a student’s grade point average, but will be recorded on a student’s transcript. The hours attempted in any course for which an IF or WF is awarded will be counted in the calculation of the student’s grade point average.
Grade Changes A course grade which has been reported by the instructor to the Registrar’s Office cannot be changed except in the following circumstances. Unless the grade change is due to institutional error, no separate grade report is issued to the student.
Error in grade An incorrect course grade will be changed by the registrar upon receipt of a properly executed Change of Grade form signed by the instructor of the course and the department chair.
Removal of a grade of I A student receiving a grade of I (Incomplete) is expected to consult with the instructor within the prescribed time limit and to complete all necessary work. See the description of the grade of I in the previous section. A completed Change of Grade form approved by the department chair must be submitted by the instructor in order for the registrar to change the I to any grade other than IF. Changes from IF to another grade must be approved by the provost and vice president for academic affairs in addition to the appropriate department chair.
When a student has substantial grounds to dispute a final grade and is prepared to present evidence to support a grade appeal, the student must initiate the procedure by speaking first with the professor who assigned the grade in question. If there are no errors in the computation of the grade or other substantial evidence to support an appeal, the student is encouraged to accept the grade assigned. However, in cases where there are substantial grounds for a review of the grade and a resolution cannot be reached between the student and the professor, the student has the following recourse:
- Within two weeks following the official end date of the session for which the grade was assigned, the student must submit to the appropriate department chair a letter of appeal with evidence supporting the need for an external review of the grade in question. The department chair will review the student’s material and consult with the professor before deciding if the assigned grade should stand. The department chair must provide a written response to the student, with a copy to the school dean.
- If a student does not accept the decision of the chair, there is one additional and final level of appeal. The student may submit documentation to the appropriate school dean who will determine if new information or insufficient consideration of the student’s case merits further review of the assigned grade by a review panel. The dean’s decision to proceed or not to proceed will be final in all cases.
- If the dean determines that further review is warranted, s/he will convene and chair a panel of five faculty members. Both the student and the professor will have the opportunity to address the panel. Legal counsel may represent neither party. However, the dean may exercise discretion to invite other faculty or students, who can provide relevant information, to address the panel. The review panel’s decision will be final, with no recourse on the part of the student or professor for any further appeal.
- The entire appeal process must be completed within four weeks of the time the grade was issued.
- When the dean or department chair is the teacher of record, the dean will substitute for the department chair and the provost and vice president for academic affairs will replace the dean.
Graduate Course Numbering System
500-599: Post Baccalaureate
All graduate programs require a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to graduate. A minimum 3.0 GPA must be maintained while at Brenau to be considered in good standing. Students falling below a cumulative 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students whose subsequent semester cumulative GPA is still below 3.0 and has remained the same or is lower will be placed on Academic Suspension. Students whose subsequent semester cumulative GPA is still below 3.0 but has improved may, after review, continue on Academic Probation. Departmental review of program continuation may differ.
A graduate student will be suspended from the university when the student earns a second semester cumulative GPA of below 3.0 with the cumulative GPA remaining the same or lower than that earned the previous term. Graduate students placed on suspension may submit an appeal for reinstatement to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs within two weeks from the end of the semester. Factors for reinstatement include progression in the program and recommendations from the advisor. Students who are denied reinstatement or who do not appeal may not enroll in course work for the two following semesters and then request reinstatement in a letter to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students reinstated following an Academic Suspension will continue on Academic Probation and subject to that policy.
Students granted a suspension appeal reinstatement or readmitted after a suspension, return on Academic Probation. Earning another semester GPA below 3.0, which has remained the same or has decreased, will result in an Academic Dismissal from the university. Students on Academic Dismissal will be prohibited from taking courses one calendar year from the end of the semester in which the dismissal occurred, after which students may apply for readmission to the university using the procedures followed by any new student. Students readmitted following an academic Dismissal are placed on Academic Probation and are subject to the grade point average requirement listed above. A subsequent GPA below 3.0, and which has remained the same or decreased, will result in a final dismissal from the university with no option for appeal.
Beginning fall 2015, to accommodate Brenau’s growing number of graduates, graduation will be held in fall and spring semester. The traditional spring commencement ceremonies, held in May, for the University and the Women’s College follow the same format but are scheduled separately to reflect the individual characteristics and traditions of the respective divisions. The fall ceremony will be a composite ceremony of all students. The May ceremony will be comprised of spring graduates and the December ceremony will be for summer and fall graduates.
Attendance Students who cannot attend graduation should send notification to the Registrar’s Office at least six weeks prior to the ceremony by either tiger email or by an InAbsentia form which is available on the Registrar’s Office website.
Application for Graduation Students must submit their application for graduation no later than Dec. 1 for spring graduation and May 1 for summer/fall graduation. Compliance with these deadlines will allow Brenau to review each student’s record through a graduation audit. Any student who does not apply by the deadline will be charged a Late Graduation Application Fee in addition to the regular graduation fee. Once a graduation audit has been completed, the graduation fee is non-refundable. The fee covers the cost of diploma and other administrative costs. The fee does not pay for cap and gown. The graduation fee must be paid prior to receiving an official transcript with the degree posted.
Graduation Attendance - Who can attend? Students must complete their program of study by the end of spring semester in order to participate in the graduation ceremonies held in spring.
Students who will not complete the program of study until the end of summer session, may appeal to the Office of the Provost to participate in the graduation ceremonies. To qualify, the student must lack no more than 9 semester hours to graduate and agree to complete the hours by the end of the summer session. The form to approve summer graduation must be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. A Registrar’s Office representative must sign the form prior to submitting to the Provost. Beginning spring 2016, there will be no exceptions granted.
Honor Society - Phi Kappa Phi students in the top 10 percent of the graduating class are eligible for membership to Phi Kappa Phi, the nations oldest all-discipline honor society. Brenau students who qualify will receive an invitation for membership from the Brenau chapter (#301) of Phi Kappa Phi.
Graduation Requirements The specific requirements for each graduate and educational specialist program may be found in the graduate section of this Catalog pertaining to each degree. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for all programs.
Applicable Catalog Requirements Students have the right to graduate under the catalog edition for the academic year in which they begin their coursework or any subsequent catalog edition during their continuous attendance at Brenau. More than five semesters of non enrollment will make students subject to the requirements of the most recent catalog published by the university or any new requirements approved during their absence. Students are required to reapply for admission after two semesters of non enrollment to bring their files current status.
Residency Requirement Brenau has the expectation that its graduate students will successfully complete the prescribed coursework in their program of study at the Gainesville campus or approved Brenau off-campus instructional site.
Brenau has a long standing commitment to and concern for, protection of student rights and privacy of information. Brenau complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which defines accessibility and confidentiality of student records.
- Admissions: Information used in the process of admission which will be sent to the registrar upon matriculation and information relative to past applicants who never matriculated to Brenau.
- advisors: Copies of various transcripts, grade reports of academic work undertaken at Brenau and students’ programs of study.
- Career Services: Credential files, including reference forms.
- Controller: Students’ accounts.
- Department Chairs and Deans: Recommendations for employment, ratings, other evaluative materials and placement credentials for Brenau University students.
- Financial Aid: Information relative to financial aid, scholarships and VA educational benefits.
- Registrar: Academic records of work undertaken at Brenau, transcripts from other educational institutions, applications for admissions and supporting documentation for students who have matriculated at Brenau, periodic correspondence and information, test scores, academic awards and honors and the Catalog.
- Student Health Services: Residential student health forms and student medical statements.
- Student Services: Permission and emergency contact forms, disciplinary records and housing contracts and miscellaneous correspondence for Women’s College residential students.
Official Transcripts and Copies of Records As a general rule, copies of students’ records may be obtained from the registrar upon submission of a written request by the student. Upon request, one transcript is furnished to each student at no cost up to one year after posting of degree. At any other time, each official transcript issued will cost $5 while unofficial transcripts are $2 each. A transcript processed on a rush basis and sent by overnight mail will cost $25. Students may incur additional charges for overseas transcript requests sent by overnight mail. Transcript fees must be paid prior to processing and transcripts are issued only if a student’s account is paid in full. Transcript requests received by fax will be processed provided that the request contains the student’s signature, relevant information concerning the transcript request and transcript processing fee arrangements. Copies of transcripts will not be faxed to the student or specified institutions. Such copies will not be considered official transcripts and Brenau cannot assume responsibility for the confidentiality of such records. Copies of appropriate records will be available for issuance to other individuals, corporations, other educational institutions and prospective employers on the same basis upon submission of a written request by the student desiring release of the records. A printable transcript request form is available on line.
Release of Information Directory information concerning any student will be distributed by Brenau only as herein provided. Directory information includes the student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in collegiate activities, dates of attendance, degrees conferred, awards and honors earned, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student and other similar information. The student has the right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all the categories as directory information. If students choose to exercise the right of refusal, they must do so in writing to the registrar within 30 days of the beginning of each academic semester. It is understood that appropriate Brenau officials will have access to such information and records as shall be necessary for them to perform their professional responsibilities. All official use of student files shall be in accord with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and shall be duly recorded and shall be documented as required by its regulations.
The following information and records shall not be covered by this policy and access shall not be provided to students: information related to pending admissions decisions, financial records or information relating to students or parents/guardians; confidential statements of recommendation placed in the record prior to Jan. 1, 1975 or obtained subsequent to receipt of a statement from students waiving the right to open accessibility of the placement record; all information relative to the application for and receipt of financial aid; records created or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist or other professional or paraprofessional acting or assisting in a similar capacity in treatment of a student; institutional employment or faculty files; alumni information; and sole access educational records. Sole access records are those records of instructional, supervisory and administration personnel and educational personnel that are in the sole possession of the makers and are not accessible or revealed to any other individual except a temporary substitute.
In other situations not described in this policy, the use of and access to educational records shall be in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and regulations established for its implementation by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
Procedure for Review and Correction Pursuant to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Brenau students have the right to inspect their educational records and correct such records if necessary. Students desiring to review their records should make this request to the appropriate official in writing. Such written request will be granted within a period of no more than 45 days from the date of request, with copies of the pertinent records being furnished at a cost of ten cents per copy upon request.
In the event the record contains inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate information, every effort will be made to correct or delete such material and the student will be so informed of such action in writing. Should such efforts not be satisfactory to the student, a written challenge to the particular record should be filed with the provost and vice president for academic affairs who will provide a hearing conducted in accordance with regulations issued by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to a written challenge, students may also file a written explanation of any material contained in their records; such statements will automatically become a permanent part of the record challenged. Brenau reserves the right to deny such requests for review and correction if made for frivolous or malicious purposes. The decision of the provost and vice president for academic affairs as to the appeal of the student shall be made in writing within 45 days of the conclusion of the hearing. The student may file appeals from unfavorable decisions of the provost and vice president for academic affairs to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.