Catalog Student Must Follow
The catalog in existence at the time a student first enrolls at Avila University is the one a student must follow in order to fulfill graduation requirements. With school or college approval, a student may choose to fulfill degree requirements under a subsequent catalog in existence during the student’s attendance at Avila University. Once a student changes catalogs, the student may not revert to the earlier catalog. Forms to change a catalog are available in the Registration and Student Records Office.
If a student does not attend Avila University for four consecutive semesters (not including summer sessions), the student must then fulfill the requirements of the catalog in existence at the date of re-enrollment. The dates of the catalog a student follows to fulfill degree requirements must be stated on the degree application.
Progress Toward Program Completion
A student accepted into a Graduate Program is expected to work consistently toward the completion of the program and to register in the program until all requirements are met.
A student who does not register for graduate courses during two consecutive years will be required to reapply for admission to the Graduate Program; no fee is required for readmission.
To be granted a degree or certificate, all coursework must be completed within seven years from the time admitted to the Graduate Program.
Transfer of Credit
Avila University accepts transfer credits towards any Master’s degree as recommended in the transfer credit practices directory published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Ordinarily, six (6) hours of “A” or “B” graduate coursework may be transferred into the MBA, nine (9) hours for Psychology, Management and Organizational Development and fifteen (15) hours for the Counseling Psychology programs. Students transferring from another accredited institution’s doctoral psychology program or an international psychology Master’s program may be able to transfer more than the maximum hours noted above. The Education Master’s program will transfer up to fifteen (15) hours of approved graduate coursework. Only courses accepted to meet degree requirements will be transcripted. All transcripted courses are included in the grade point average (GPA). Transcript grade will not include ‘+’ or ‘-‘.
Students must consult with their assigned academic advisor prior to initial registration. Students are encouraged to contact their advisor at other times throughout the program for information about course selection, university policies, services or professional opportunities.
Student Responsibility for Degree Completion
Students should discuss their specific degree requirements with their academic advisors throughout their academic career. While an academic advisor is to be of help to a student in planning and confirming the student’s progress toward graduation, ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the requirements for graduation, and to be aware of the number of hours completed towards graduation. Please check your individual program or school for deadlines to file for graduation.
Exceptions to Academic Policies
A student may request an exception to an academic policy or the degree requirements. An “Exception to Academic Regulations/Policies” form may be obtained from the Registration and Student Records Office. The request must be completed by the student with recommendations from the academic advisor and the dean of the school or college. The form is submitted to the Academic Affairs Office for the final decision.
Students should register prior to the beginning of classes. Late registration or class section changes may be permitted:
- During the first week of an 11- or 15-week course, including arranged classes;
- Up to one week prior to the beginning of a weekend intensive course;
- On the first day of class for 5-week, 6-week, 7-week, 8-week and summer classes, excepting ED intensive courses with pre-assignments.
A late registration fee will be charged.
Permission to Attend Another College
A student in a degree program must have the written approval of the academic advisor and the Registrar to take courses at another college. Students not obtaining written permission prior to studying off campus may risk not receiving credit at Avila University. Permission forms may be obtained from the academic advisor.
Repeated Course Work
Graduate students may repeat courses according to the policy of the program in which they are enrolled. The most recent grade earned is reflected in the cumulative grade point average. However, all course entries remain a part of the permanent record and credit is forfeited for all previous attempts. The number of “C” grades allowed per student varies by graduate program, but can never exceed 20% of the total program hours. The student can only repeat a given course one time.
- MBA Program: Students may repeat a course in which they earned a grade of “C,” “D,” or “F.” Only one repeat of a required MBA course will be permitted.
- Education Program: Only one course may be repeated during the entire program.
- Psychology Program: Only two courses may be repeated during the entire program. This includes students who are pursuing a second psychology degree.
- Organizational Development Program: Only one course may be repeated during the entire program.
- Management Program: Only one course may be repeated during the entire program.
Students may enroll for independent study with the permission of the instructor and the dean of the school or college. For students in Education and in Psychology, independent study is limited to three credit hours; however, for students in Psychology independent study may not apply to state licensure. See advisor for details.
Courses Offered for both Graduate and Undergraduate Credit
Students enrolled in Graduate Programs may take courses which are cross-listed and offered for both graduate and undergraduate credit. Students must take a minimum number of credits in courses exclusively reserved for graduate students as indicated below:
Students are expected to attend all sessions of courses for which they are registered. Excessive absence may result in a grade of “F.”
Active Military Duty
Avila University supports students who are members of a branch of the United State armed services and makes efforts to accommodate them academically when possible if they are called to active duty. All requests under this policy must be sent to the Academic Affairs Office.
Avila University expects and requires academic honesty from all members of the university community. Cheating, plagiarism and falsification of documents will not be tolerated and appropriate sanctions will be imposed.
The university defines “cheating” to include the following practices: stealing an exam; collaborating on projects where not allowed by the instructor; copying during exams; exchanging information during exams; using unallowable information as designated by the instructor; and buying, selling or stealing copies of exams or other projects.
The university defines “plagiarism” as taking ideas from another and passing them off as one’s own. Included would be the practice of incorporating portions from a printed or online book or article into a paper and not acknowledging the source; copying a whole paper or report directly from a book or article; securing a paper or report from another person or an online source and submitting it as one’s own work.
The instructor who discovers that a student has cheated or plagiarized has the right and duty to impose an appropriate sanction. The maximum sanction available to the instructor is to dismiss the student from class and administer an “F.” Lesser sanctions, appropriate for the offense, may be selected at the discretion of the instructor. An attempt must be made by each instructor to treat each offense in a consistent manner within the same course. Repeated offenses may result in dismissal from the university.
After informing the student of the sanction, the instructor may (if this is a first offense) notify Academic Affairs as to the nature of the offense and the sanction imposed. After the student’s second offense, the instructor must notify Academic Affairs.
For the third reported offense of cheating or plagiarizing, the student will be required to appear before the Academic Progress Committee. After hearing the case, this board has the right to impose a further sanction beyond that imposed by the instructor. The maximum sanction available to the University Academic Progress Committee is to dismiss the student from the university for repeated offenses. See Master of Science Degree Programs in Psychology for additional information about policies related to professional conduct for Counseling Psychology and Psychology students.
Records of accumulated reported offenses of cheating and plagiarizing will be maintained in the office of Academic Affairs. When the student graduates from Avila University, these records will be destroyed.
Program Changes and Withdrawals
Program changes and withdrawals are official when forms that are available in the Registration and Student Records Office have been obtained, completed and returned by the student to that office. Students who do not officially withdraw from a course by the date published in the class schedule will receive a final grade of “F.”
All schedule cancellations or complete withdrawals will result in charges of $25.00; all other changes in schedule will be charged $15.00 for each change. There is no fee for changes made as a result of classes cancelled by the university.
The MBA Program meets on a trimester calendar (11-weeks). The fall trimester begins in early September and runs through the week prior to Thanksgiving. The winter trimester begins early January and runs through mid-March. The spring trimester begins late March and runs through early June. The summer session typically runs mid-June through mid- August. The last date to change to audit or drop a trimester-long MBA class will be prior to the seventh class meeting.
Credit Hours and Grading System
||Points per credit hour
|A = Excellent
|B = Good
|C = Minimum Pass
|D = Below Passing
|F = Failing
CR = Credit (not included in GPA).
NC = No credit (not included in GPA).
W = Withdrawal without academic assessment
AU = Audit. Courses may be taken for audit with the approval of the instructor. Students may also change an audit course to credit with the permission of the instructor prior to the SECOND week of classes. Students auditing a course are required to meet the attendance and participation requirements of the course. If these requirements are not met, students will be withdrawn from the course by the instructor. A final grade of “AU” is recorded on the transcript.
I = Incomplete. Incomplete grades are only issued at the instructor’s discretion due to extenuating circumstances. All assigned incomplete grades must have a Contract for an Incomplete Grade Form completed and submitted by the instructor to the Registration and Student Records Office within one week of grade entry through MyAU. Coursework required for a grade must be completed within six weeks after the last day of the course. If not completed by the due date stipulated on the Incomplete grade form, the grade of Incomplete will be changed to an ‘F’ in the Registration and Student Records Office. If the student and instructor wish to extend the original due date for the work to be completed, that extension must be submitted in writing by the instructor to the Registration and Student Records Office. If the timeframe will extend beyond six weeks after the last day of the course (not counting summer term), the extension must be approved by the Academic Affairs Office. See MBA program for policy on incomplete (I) grade in a graduate directed study or research course.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The basis for determining the academic standing is the point-hour ratio. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is obtained by dividing the total number of semester hours, including transfer credits, but excluding grading assessments of W, AU and I. Transcript letter grades will not be assigned ‘+’ or ‘-‘. All grades for courses retaken will be displayed on the transcript, but only the most recent grade will be averaged into the GPA.
For graduate students, only transferred courses that meet requirements will be transcripted and averaged into the grade point average.
Probation and Dismissal
The following criteria apply for all graduate students (contact the graduate program of choice for additional information):
- Graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- A student will be placed on probation if the cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 or if the student earns a grade of “D” or “F.”
Final student grades are available on-line. Paper grade reports are only mailed by specific request.
Students who have satisfied all financial obligations to the University are entitled to an official transcript of their academic record.
Due to the confidential nature of a student’s record, transcripts are issued only on written authorization of the student concerned. Telephone requests will not be accepted. Written requests should be directed to the Registration and Student Records Office.
OFFICIAL and UNOFFICIAL transcripts can be forwarded directly by mail to other institutions as well as issued to the student for personal use. The fee for an official transcript is $8, payable in advance. Unofficial transcripts are also available on-line via a student’s MyAU account.
Students may also order official transcripts online with a credit card via the “Transcript” link on the university homepage. This service is provided by the National Student Clearinghouse, which charges a processing fee in addition to the $8.00 transcript fee.
Procedure for Grade Appeal
Students have recourse to an appeals procedure for the review of student course grades received at Avila University. Guidelines and request forms are available in the Office of Academic Affairs. The deadline for appealing a grade is fourteen (14) Avila University business days after grades are due for the course being appealed.
Application for Degree
All students must submit an application for degree to the Registration and Student Records Office during the semester prior to their final semester at the university, stating the expected date of degree completion.
If students do not complete the degree requirements by the expected date of completion, they must submit a new degree application in the Registration and Student Records Office.
After the degree application is received with the Registration and Student Records Office, a survey of all academic work is reviewed by the Registrar to verify degree requirements still needed to be satisfied. Written notification of those requirements will be sent from the Registrar to the student.
Please check the Avila website for graduation application due dates: http://www.avila.edu/student-services/graduation-information.
A student can be enrolled in only one Master’s degree program at a time. Concurrent admission in cross unit degree programs or certificate programs is prohibited. Upon completion of the first graduate degree or graduate certificate, a student may enroll in another degree or certificate program.
Requirements for earning an additional degree after having been awarded a Master’s degree:
- Completion of a minimum of twenty-four (24) additional semester hours at Avila University after the awarding of the first Master’s degree.
Participation in Commencement
Graduate students in Education, traditional Psychology, and MBA with nine (9) hours or less of coursework to complete in the summer term may participate in the May graduation ceremony. Advantage Graduate Students with six (6) hours or less of coursework to complete in the summer term may participate in the May graduation ceremony. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be submitted in writing to the Academic Affairs Office. Students may only participate in one graduation ceremony for a given degree.
Course Numbering System
- 500-599 Foundational graduate courses and Education graduate certification courses.
- 600-699 Graduate courses.
The number in parentheses after the course title indicates the credit in semester hours.
The letters following the course description indicate the semester in which the course is given. Fall semester course offerings are indicated by FA; spring semester, SP; summer session, SU. Where frequency of course offering is not indicated, the course is given as required.