ACADEMIC POLICIES & PROCEDURES

 


Undergraduate academic policies and procedures


English and Math Course Placement: Main Campus Students

First-year students are placed in an English section based on a writing sample or previous grades and performance on SAT/ACT tests. They are placed into Mathematics courses according to their individual abilities as demonstrated by previous grades and performance on SAT/ACT tests. Please contact the Office of Admissions or Academic Advising for a list of the Summer Orientation Days.

Major

Students must declare a major field of study upon admittance to the University. Students may change their major at any time by filing a request through the Office of the Registrar. Students should consult with their Academic Advisor prior to changing their major as it may impact their length of time at the University. Available majors are identified in the Academic Programs or Online Degrees section of the website.

Double Major

Students may fulfill the requirements for two majors at the baccalaureate level. Both majors will be listed on the transcript. If the majors are under different degrees (B.S. or B.A.), the student must decide which degree will appear on the diploma. Students receive only one degree. Students must declare their major or double major prior to graduation. Completion of a double major may increase the length of time necessary for a student to graduate.

Dual Degrees

In order to earn two degrees simultaneously, a student must obtain permission from his/her advisor and the Provost. Prior to graduation, the student will complete two (2) Applications for Graduation, pay two graduation fees, and receive two diplomas as long as two different degrees are completed (B.S. and B.A.).

Minors

Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree may elect a minor, which entails a minimum of 15 credits within an established discipline that offers a Minor. Students who wish to declare a minor may do so by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Students must declare a minor prior to applying for graduation.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

In certain instances, it is possible for students to complete the work for two distinct baccalaureate degrees successively. A minimum of an additional 39 credits is required beyond the traditional 120-credit baccalaureate program. Students must satisfactorily complete all of the requirements outlined in each of the two baccalaureate programs. A form is available for this purpose in the Office of the Registrar and must be signed by the student’s academic advisor. If the student graduates and wishes to return to the University to receive another degree at a later time, the student’s GPA starts anew.

En-Route Associate Degree

Associate degree recipients who continue in a baccalaureate program within two years will be considered to have taken an “en route” degree. As such, their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) will be carried forward to their baccalaureate work. Associate degree recipients who subsequently enroll in a baccalaureate program after an absence of two or more years will be considered as newly admitted for baccalaureate study. As such, their CGPA earned in the course of their studies toward an associate degree will not be carried forward to their baccalaureate studies.

Single Concentrations for Undergraduate Students

Some undergraduate degree programs require students to choose a concentration or focus for their degree. The concentration courses are included within the 120 credit degree requirement that a student has to complete. If enrolled in a concentration required program, students must identify their concentration with their Academic Advisor prior to graduation. If a student is enrolled in a non-concentration required program but wants to focus on a specific area of interest, the student should consult with their Academic Advisor regarding completing a minor.

Dual Concentrations for Graduate Students

The Graduate School offers dual concentrations in certain areas. Students should investigate where these are offered within one’s program. The best way to do this is through one’s Academic Advisor or the respective Program Director/Manager.

When undertaking a dual concentration, a student must first complete all required prerequisites, any foundation courses, as well as any and all core courses within the over-arching program. Once students have worked with their respective advisor and/or Program Director/Manager, they must complete all designated concentration courses prior to entering a capstone course. Capstone projects for dual concentrations must contain substantive elements from both concentrations for full credit to be provided.

Residency Requirements

Candidates for a baccalaureate degree must earn at least their last 30 credits at Post University and must satisfy all degree requirements. This must include at least 15 credit hours in the major. Candidates for an associate degree must earn at least their last 30 credits at Post University and must satisfy all degree requirements, including at least 9 credit hours in the major.

Taking Courses at Another University

Post University students who wish to take courses at another accredited college or university and transfer the credits earned at that institution to Post University must have permission from the Office of the Registrar. Students must be aware that taking a course at another university in which they received an “F” grade at Post University will not change their grade point average. A minimum grade of “C”’ will be accepted for the transfer of credit.

Official Transcripts which are sent electronically from another institution will be accepted on a case by case basis. All electronic official transcripts must be sent by the institution directly or by an organization contracted with that institution to send transcripts in a secure manner over the Internet.

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HONORS


Post Scholars: Full-Time Students

Matriculated undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding academic excellence by earning a grade point average of at least 3.9 upon graduation are named Post University Scholars, and are eligible to receive an additional 10 percent tuition discount beyond the 10 percent Alumni grant on a master’s degree program at the University. The Post University Scholars tuition grant is contingent on the student maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or better as a graduate student. Post University Scholars who drop below a 3.5 GPA in any given module will forfeit the additional10% tuition grant.

President’s List: Full-time Students

Matriculated undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic excellence by earning a grade point average of at least 3.75, while carrying a minimum of 12 credits in a semester or 2-MOD period, will be named to the President’s List for that period. Grades of C or IN are not eligible.

Dean’s List: Full-Time Students

Matriculated undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence by earning a grade point average of at least 3.5 while carrying a minimum of 12 credits in a semester or 2-MOD period will be named to the University Dean’s List for that period. Grades of C or IN are not eligible.

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BACCALAUREATE DEGREE HONORS


To qualify for honors, baccalaureate candidates must have earned a minimum of 60 credit hours in residence at Post University and achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.

Summa Cum Laude- 3.90 to 4.00    Magna Cum Laude- 3.75 to 3.89    Cum Laude- 3.50 to 3.74

Associate Degree Honors

To qualify for honors, Associate candidates must have earned a minimum of 60 credit hours in residence at Post University and achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.

Highest Honors- 3.90 to 4.00    High Honors- 3.75 to 3.89    Honors- 3.50 to 3.74

Master’s Degree Honors

To qualify for honors, Masters candidates must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. Those Masters candidates earning a 4.0 will earn their degree “With Distinction.”

Alternative Credit Options

Post University provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate college-level proficiency in certain subjects where learning has occurred in non-traditional ways, such as advanced placement courses, correspondence study, independent study, on-the-job training, or work experience. Students earn course credits by examination or portfolio, but no grade is assigned.

Advanced Placement

Credit is awarded to entering students if a grade of three, four or five is achieved on the Advanced Placement Examination of the College Entrance Examination Board. Students may also receive advanced placement with credit by obtaining a passing grade on selected CLEP examinations. Upon taking the examination, the student should direct the CEEB to refer the test score report to:

Post University
Main Campus Admissions Office
P.O. Box 2540
800 Country Club Road
Waterbury, CT 06723-2540
Telephone: 203.596.4555 or 800.345.2562
Fax: 203.841.1163
Email may be directed to: admissions@post.edu

Grade Point Average (GPA) Computation

A student’s term Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by multiplying the graded credit hours attempted (“A-F” Grades) by the quality point value of each grade received. This result is the number of quality points earned. The total quality points earned are then divided by the total number of graded credit hours attempted. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is based on all course work completed to date.

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Grading Policies


The following grades are used on academic records and carry the quality points indicated:




GRADE

QUALITY
POINT VALUE

APPROXIMATE
NUMERICAL EQUIVALENT

A

4.0

95 - 100

A-

3.7

90 - 94

B+

3.3

87 - 89

B

3.0

83 - 86

B-

2.7

80 - 82

C+

2.3

77 - 79

C

2.0

73 - 76

C-

1.7

70 - 72

D+

1.3

67 - 69

D

1.0

63 - 66

D-

0.7

60 - 62

F

0.0

Below 60



Pass/Fail Option
Main campus students may take one elective course with a pass/fail option. Students wishing to do so must declare their intention when registering. The decision, once taken, is irrevocable.

Grade Changes
No grade will be changed six (6) months after the conclusion of the term in which the course was taken. No grade will be changed after a degree has been awarded.

Grade Reports
Main Campus Students who are at risk of failing a course will be notified at the mid-term of the semester. Final grade reports are mailed to a student’s home within two weeks of the end of the semester, or 21 days after the end of the MOD.

University Policy for Final Grade Appeals by Student
Informal Appeal of Grade: If a student has a question or complaint about a final course grade, the student should first try to work out the issue with the instructor on an informal basis.

Step 1 of Appeal: If not satisfied, the student can appeal the final course grade by notifying the instructor of the question/grievance IN WRITING using the “Grade Appeal by Student” form via the student’s Post University e-mail address, within fifteen (15) calendar days of the end of the semester or MOD. Supporting documentation must be included at this time. A copy must be forwarded to the Academic Program Manager (APM) in charge of the program, or the appropriate Dean, if the Program does not have an APM.

Step 2 of Appeal: The Instructor must respond to the student in writing, via Post University e-mail address, within fifteen (15) calendar days of receipt of the appeal with a grade change or an appropriate explanation of the original grade given. A copy should be sent to the APM in charge of the course in question.

Step 3 of Appeal: If the matter is still not resolved, the student should appeal in writing, via Post University e-mail address, to the Academic Program Manager in charge of the course in question. All supporting documentation, including any forms, etc., should be included. (If the instructor is an APM or if no APM is assigned to the course subject, go directly to step 5.)

Step 4 of Appeal: Having reviewed all supporting material, including the justification by the instructor, the APM will respond to the student’s concerns within fifteen (15) calendar days via Post University e-mail.

Step 5 of Appeal: If the student is still not satisfied, then they should appeal in writing to the Dean of the school in which the course is housed and represents the instructor being grieved. APMs should forward all supporting documentation, including notes from any meetings, with said student or instructor, to the Dean for his/her review. The Dean should respond in writing, via Post University e-mail address, to the student with his/her final decision within fifteen (15) calendar days of being notified by the Academic Program Manager.

All grade change forms must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar.

THE DECISION OF THE DEAN IS FINAL.

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Course Syllabi

 

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the current syllabus posted in each course in which they are enrolled. At all times, the requirements and procedures outlined in the instructor’s syllabus are in effect as governing policies for that course.

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REPEATING A COURSE

 


Main Campus Students

Students may repeat a course as often as they wish. When a course is repeated, each repetition appears on the transcript, but only the most recent grade is included in the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

ADP Students

Students may repeat courses already taken under the following circumstances:

  1. The student seeks to improve an already received passing grade or to gain additional knowledge. Students may repeat a course one time only. Students who have passed a course and wish to retake the course may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid through Title IV for retaking the course once. Please check with a University financial aid representative to see if you qualify.
  2. The student repeats a class after receiving a failing grade. Students are limited to repeating a failed course taken at Post University an additional two times. Students wishing to retake a failing course a third time must obtain permission from the appropriate academic dean. Students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid through Title IV for each course that is repeated. Please check with a University financial aid representative to see if you qualify.
  3. The student retakes a failed Post University course at another institution. Students must obtain prior permission from the appropriate dean for their degree program to retake a failed course at another accredited institution. The grade for a course taken at another institution will not be appear on a student’s transcript or be calculated into his/her Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). The failed Post University course will remain on the student record.

When a course is repeated, the repetition appears on the transcript, but only the most recent grade is included in the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). Please be aware that you only earn credit once for a course that is repeated.

Graduate Students

Any course in the program of study that resulted in the student receiving a grade of less than a ‘C-’ must be retaken. The student is also advised to note the Handbook policy on “Academic Standing” in this regard. Upon successful completion of the retaken course, the below ‘C-’ grade will be dropped from the student’s cumulative GPA. See Capstone Courses for failure policy specific to capstones.

Students may retake a course after failure or withdrawal up to two (2) times. Students wishing to retake a course for a third time after failure or withdrawal must receive written permission from the Dean of the applicable school.

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ASSESSMENT AND SURVEYS

 

Post University is committed to the development and delivery of the highest quality academic and instructional experiences. To achieve this and other quality-related educational objectives, the University applies a variety of tools and studies to monitor and continuously assess the performance of its academic programs, faculty teaching and student outcomes. The tools include an outcome-based assessment process to test the effectiveness of our program curriculum, and variety of student surveys to evaluate our course performance and teaching practices. As part of the assessment process, a random sample of student work is anonymously collected and assessed by assigned faculty members. The consolidated score of that assessment is reviewed by the Assessment Committee and other stakeholders and acted on by the Post University Deans and Academic Program Managers as necessary for program improvement. The consolidated assessment data will also be used as part of informing the public about Post University and will not affect student grading.

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ACADEMIC STANDARDS



Undergraduate Academic Standards

Periodically, the University will conduct a review to determine if students who are having academic difficulty are still in good standing. Students who fall below the required standards stated below may be placed on warning, probation, suspension or be dismissed. Each case is reviewed and, whenever possible, students are given the opportunity to continue with their education. In order to receive financial aid and continue studies, students must meet the following minimum academic standards:

Total Credits    CGPA
0-30                   1.70
31-60                 1.85
61+                     2.00

Students must also successfully complete at least 67% of the credits attempted (cumulatively). A review of Academic
Progress will occur at the end of MODs 2, 4 and 6. For Main Campus students, this will be at the end of each Semester. Students not maintaining the minimum cumulative GPA or the 67% completion rate for the first time are subject to Probation. Students on Probation and not raising their cumulative GPA above the required minimum or fail to complete 67% of their coursework, will be dismissed from the institution.

In addition, any incoming students, (freshmen), who do not earn above a 1.0 in their first semester or first two Modules will be academically dismissed.

Academic Warning
Undergraduate students whose average falls below 2.0 will be notified after participation in a semester/two-module period. Failure to make necessary improvement could jeopardize the student’s enrollment at the University.

Probation
Students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree are placed on academic probation.
Students on probation may not enroll for more than twelve credits in a given semester or 2-MOD period and they may also be required to retake courses in which they performed poorly. Students placed on academic probation will be notified in writing by the Office of the Registrar.

Graduate Academic Standards

GPA Minimum
Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students whose GPA is below a 3.0 may be placed on academic warning or probation and/or require an academic improvement plan to be approved by the applicable program Director or Dean. A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 has the next two (2) registered modules (or as otherwise noted in an individualized probationary plan) within which time the GPA must return to the 3.0 minimum. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

Students failing to maintain a 3.0 GPA at the time they are ready to register for the Capstone Course will not be allowed to enter this course until the student has successfully brought the GPA back up to a 3.0 or above. In most circumstances, this will require the student to repeat a course or courses already taken with the goal of improving his/her grade in that course or courses.

Any grade below a C- (i.e., D+, D, D- and F) will be considered a failing grade. Students receiving a grade lower than a C will be required to repeat the course and obtain a passing grade (i.e., C- or better). Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

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Course Loads


Course Loads for Undergraduate Students

Main Campus students enrolled for 12 or more credits each semester are considered full-time students. Main Campus students registered for 11 or fewer credits are considered part-time students. The maximum course load is 18 credits.

Main Campus students wishing to register for 18 credits or more a term (August–December or January–May) must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or permission from the Provost. In no instance will a student be permitted to carry more than 21 credits.

ADP students enrolled for 12 or more credits during two consecutive MODs are considered full-time students. ADP students enrolled in 11 or fewer credits during two consecutive MODs are considered part-time students. The maximum course load is 18 credits.

Students must take into account the time commitment required to complete their course work when planning their schedules. Students should anticipate that for every credit they are enrolled in, they will be expected typically to spend three hours preparing for class. Thus, a three-credit course at Post will require the student to budget at least nine (9) hours each week.

Main campus students who wish to take ADP classes must maintain a cumulative GPA of no less than a 2.50 and must complete the request form with their advisor and gain the approval of the Provost or his designee.

Course Loads for International Students

An international student attending the University in F-1 status is required by immigration regulations to be “pursuing a full course of study” in order to maintain his/her immigration status. For undergraduate students, “a full course of study” is full-time, or 12 credit hours. If a student wishes to reduce his or her course load to fewer than 12 credits, the student must first consult with the International Student Advisor and then his or her Academic Advisor. The student must obtain the Academic Advisor’s signature on the “Add/Drop” form and submit a copy of the form to the International Student. Advisor before the add/drop date. There are limited, but important, exceptions to the “full course of study” requirement:

  1. Annual Vacation
  2. Illness or Medical Condition. This is a medical, emotional or physical problem documented by a doctor or counselor.
  3. Academic Reasons. Initial difficulties with the English language, initial difficulties with reading requirements, unfamiliarity with American teaching methods, or improper course level placement must be documented by the student’s instructor or Academic Advisor.

International students in their final semester of study may take fewer than 12 credits if no more are required for them to complete their degree. Any drop below a full course load will be reported to the Department of Homeland Security.

Course loads for Graduate Students

For ADP graduate students, six (6) credits in a period of enrollment (2 MODs) is considered full time, and three (3) credits in a period of enrollment is considered part time.

Under normal circumstances, students take one course per eight week module for two modules consecutively, which is considered a “Full Time” course load at a graduate level. However, a student may enroll in a maximum of two (2) courses (6 credits) per academic module. Permission to take more than two (2) courses may be granted, providing the student has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and receives approval from the program advisor. Approval will require the student to demonstrate that he or she is not currently employed (i.e., retired, leave of absence, summer break, on medical leave, unemployed, etc.). Students who are seeking financial aid are advised to contact the Financial Aid Office, as there may be a minimum number of courses/credits required to receive such aid.

Students may go to the Registrar’s office for more information.

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Credit Hour Policy



Purpose
This Policy defines credit hour at Post University in accordance with applicable federal and state regulations. This policy describes the relationship between instructional contact hours and credit awards, as well as defines engaged academic time at the University.

Definitions

Credit Hour: An academic unit earned for engaged academic time, including classroom instruction or online instruction and outside study.

Carnegie Unit: An hour is defined by using the traditional “Carnegie Unit” measurement of 50-minutes.

Engaged Academic Time: Time students are engaged in academic learning activities related to a course. These activities include both in-class, out-of-class, and online activities such as readings, lectures, group work, videos, presentations, webinars, research, writing, surveys, discussions, practice exercises, web development, creating, producing, studying, and any other learning experiences that contribute to the achievement of course outcomes.

In Class Learning: Academic learning activities that occur in the classroom.

Outside Study: Academic learning activities that occur outside the classroom and may include online learning activities.

Statements
Post University offers a variety of learning modalities: main campus, semester-based courses; accelerated online courses; hybrid site courses; blended courses; independent studies and internships; and experiential learning. Regardless of modality, students are responsible for engaging in 45 hours of academic learning time for each credit of a course. 

Main Campus
A credit hour is an academic unit earned for fifteen 50-minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session. Typically, for a three- credit-hour semester course, there is an expectation of three hours of in class learning and six hours of outside study for a total of nine hours of academic work per week. Over the course of 45 sessions, there is 135 hours of engaged academic time per three-credit-hour semester course.

Accelerated Online or Hybrid Site
In an accelerated eight week three-credit-hour online course, there is an expectation of 17 hours of engaged academic work per week. In an accelerated eight week three-credit-hour site course, there is an expectation of three hours of in class learning and 14 hours of outside study for a total of 17 hours of academic work per week. Over the course of 8 weeks, there is 135 hours of engaged academic time per three-credit hour accelerated course.

Blended
In a blended course, there is an expectation to engage in academic work per week that totals the 135 hours of engaged academic time per 3-credit course.  For a blended semester course, there is an expectation for in class and outside study to total nine hours per week.  For a blended accelerated eight-week course, there is an expectation for in class and outside study to total 17 hours per week.

Independent Study/Internship
In either an independent study or internship, there is an expectation to engage in academic work per week that totals 135 hours of engaged academic time per 3-credit course.  For a semester course, there is an expectation for in class and outside study to total nine hours per week.  For an accelerated eight-week course, there is an expectation for in class and outside study to total 17 hours per week.

Experiential Learning
At its discretion, the institution may award credit hours for learning acquired outside the institution, such as Credit for Life Work Experience (CLWEP). When such credit is allowed, it may be used to satisfy degree requirements or to reduce the total number of remaining hours required for a degree

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Academic Dishonesty


Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, unauthorized use of digital materials, introduction of viruses, willful interruption of systems, and may include complicity in others’ academic dishonesty. Instructors regularly monitor assignment submissions utilizing but not limited to plagiarism detection software. No papers or projects submitted in a previous course (at this or any other University) will be accepted in subsequent courses. Any cases of academic dishonesty will be reported to the appropriate Academic Program Manager and other University personnel as the situation dictates. Confirmed dishonesty may result in penalties up to and including dismissal from the program of study and denial of any financial reimbursement. Students have the right to appeal decisions made through this process through the proper channels and ultimately up to the office of the Provost. However, students wishing to appeal are required to follow the appropriate path as outlined in the appeal policy for grades and dismissals.

The University as a whole (including students, faculty, and administration) has the important responsibility to protect academic integrity and thus will not tolerate academic dishonesty of any kind. Together we are a learning community, respectful of individual scholarship and respectful of each other.

Definition of Plagiarism

In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a student deliberately (or with disregard for proper scholarly procedures) uses someone else’s (or their own previously written material) language, ideas, or other original material without acknowledging its source. Proper scholarly procedures require that all quoted material be identified by quotation marks or indentation onthe page, and the source of information and ideas, if from another (or in a previously written work by the author), mustbe identified and be attributed to that source, Students are responsible for learning proper scholarly procedures, andinadvertent plagiarism (done unknowingly) will not be accepted, and is not an adequate defense.

Post University utilizes the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual guidelines for writing (in some instances MLA may be used), and students are required to be familiar with the contents. Numerous other resources are available to assist the student in proper writing techniques through the chosen Program of Study, the Writing Center, and the Post University Library.

Penalties for Plagiarism/Cheating

Post University generally employs a three-strike process if students have cheated/plagiarized; however, an egregious violation of academic integrity may involve immediate dismissal.

Step One: Depending upon the severity of the plagiarism/cheating, an Instructor may choose to give a grade of zero on any work found to be plagiarized. It is up to the Instructor (with assistance from the Academic Program Manager if appropriate) to decide if this course of action will be taken. If the incident is considered to be relatively minor, the instructor may choose to allow a rewrite or some other form of disciplinary action may be taken. Again, this decision is up to the instructor and the Academic Program Manager.

Step Two: A second confirmed incident of plagiarism and/or cheating will result in the student receiving a grade of zero for the course. If it is found that a second incident of cheating or plagiarism has occurred, but in a different course, the course of action will continue to be a grade of zero for that particular course.

Step Three: If a third incident of plagiarism or cheating is confirmed throughout the student’s tenure at Post University, the student will immediately be expelled from the University regardless of the week or time frame in the semester or module. The instructor must inform the Academic Program Manager who will inform the Dean of the respective school and the Provost (in the Office of Academic Affairs).

In all cases listed above the student may appeal the grade or disciplinary action as stated in the Grade Appeal or Dismissal Policy.

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Academic Civility Code


The Post University community is committed to practicing civility among the students, faculty, staff and administration. Civility is defined as conducting oneself with respect for others and behaving in a manner that promotes and encourages a positive social and academic environment. Post University embraces:

  • Respect for faculty, staff, students, guests, and all university property, policies, rules and regulations.
  • Promoting the exchange of ideas and diverse opinions through tolerance, integrity, dignity, and respect while upholding academic integrity to the highest standard
  • Taking personal responsibility for individual choices and actions and accepting the consequences thereof
  • Communicating in a professional and courteous manner across all platforms (verbal, non-verbal, written or electronic)
  • Abstaining from actions that are intimidating, bullying, demeaning or hostile to another person

The University’s goal is to achieve and maintain a high standard of civility to increase our students’ capacities to achieve success at the University and in their future careers.

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Schedule Changes


Students may make changes to their schedule during the “add/drop” period at the start of a term or MOD. A schedule change consists of adding or dropping a course or changing from one course section to another.

Add/Drop Policy: Main Campus Students

Students may drop a course without any entry being made on their transcript during the first week of a term. If withdrawal occurs after the first week, but before the end of the second week following the mid-term date (as indicated on the Academic Calendar), a grade of “W” will be recorded. Students may not withdraw from a course(s) after that date. Students wishing to withdraw must submit a withdrawal form to the Registrar’s Office. Those who fail to do so will receive a grade of “F.”

If a student must withdraw from all courses, an action tantamount to withdrawing from the University, he or she must do so by officially notifying the Registrar’s Office. Official notification occurs when the student provides the designated school office (the Registrar’s Office) with written or oral notification of the withdrawal. The Registrar’s Office will require that the student confirm the oral notification of withdrawal in writing.

Add/Drop Policy: ADP Students

Post University ADP students who wish to make schedule changes must do so prior to 5 p.m. EST on the Friday before a MOD starts to add and drop courses with no additional fees and receive a full refund for tuition and fees charged. Thereafter, students may continue to add and drop courses until the end of the Add/Drop period, but will be charged an administrative fee of $150 for each course dropped. No entry will be made to a student’s transcript prior to the end of the Add/Drop period, which is Friday 5 p.m. EST the end of the first week of a MOD. Students are responsible for confirming drops in writing or e-mail from the Office of the Registrar prior to end of the Add/Drop Period. Those who fail to do so will receive a grade of “F.”

If a student must withdraw from all courses, an action tantamount to withdrawing from the University, he or she must do so by officially notifying the Registrar’s Office. Official notification occurs when the student provides the designated school office (the Registrar’s Office) with written or oral notification of the withdrawal. The Registrar’s Office will require that the student confirm the oral notification of withdrawal in writing.

Students receiving financial aid should consult with the Office of Student Finance to determine how their award package may be affected by adding, dropping or withdrawing from courses. The Office of Student Finance makes disbursements after the end of the Add/Drop Period in order to determine a student’s enrollment status and eligibility.

Graduate Programs Add/Drop Policy

Post University ADP students who wish to make schedule changes must do so prior to 5 p.m. EST on the Friday before a MOD starts to add and drop courses with no additional fees and receive a full refund for tuition and fees charged. A student may withdraw without a grade from a course prior to 5:00PM ET on Friday of the first week of class. After that time, the student will receive a “W” grade. University policy states that withdrawals after the first week of class will result in loss of tuition money. However, withdrawal with a “W” grade must occur prior to the end of the 5th week of the module. Withdrawals that occur after the fifth week will result in a failing grade.

Add/Drop Request

To add or drop a course, students must complete the Add/Drop Form. For more information about Post University’s Add/ Drop policies, read the Registration Information document and download the Add/Drop Form at
www.Post.edu/adddrop.

IMPORTANT: Students should not stop attending classes for any non-emergency reason without submitting the completed Add/Drop Form. to the Registrar’s Office. Students who have an emergency should contact their Academic Advisor, Dean of Students, or the Office of Academic Affairs. Failure to complete the appropriate paperwork, may result in an earned grade of ‘F’ for the course.

If you are considering dropping or withdrawing from one or more courses, please consult the Tuition Refund Policy in the Financial Aid section of this catalog.

Course Substitutions

Course substitutions can be made with approval from appropriate Academic Program Manager.

Auditing a Course

Undergraduate students who wish to enroll in a class without receiving academic credit may audit the course. Audit status must be declared during the registration period and requires the permission of the instructor. Audit status, once declared, may not be changed. The cost to audit a course is half the current rate of tuition.

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Textbooks

 

Ordering Through the Online Bookstore

Students should order textbooks two (2) weeks prior to the start date of the course in order to ensure that a text will be available for that class. It is the students’ responsibility to place their order with the Online Bookstore at www.postbookstore.com. Students may have the order shipped to their homes or shipped to the University and picked up at the Mail Room at East Hall. Students who do not order textbooks two weeks in advance may be moved to a waiting list.

Textbook Buyback Policy

The Campus Store no longer sponsors a textbook buyback program. Students can sell back their books through the Online Bookstore at www.post.edu/maincampus/bookstore.shtml.

All books must be in good shape. Bindings must be in good condition with all pages intact. Study guides and workbooks must be like new, with less than 3 pages written in. If your text was sold as part of a package containing the book and a computer disc, an audiotape or a workbook, these items must be included.

The Online Bookstore will buy current editions, provided they are not overstocked and the professor has ordered the book for use in the next term.

Current edition textbooks not purchased on our campus or not being used by a professor in the following term, may be sold back if the book is “in demand” nationally. In this case, you will be paid the current market price.

Textbook Refund Policy

Textbooks purchased from our Online Bookstore may be returned to the Online Bookstore provided that:

  • Book returns are made within 21 days of the start of the semester
  • Books are in original condition
  • Wrapped items or sealed CDs are NOT opened
  • Books are accompanied by valid sales receipts

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Participation


Although Post University is not an attendance-taking institution, regular class participation is essential to the educational process. Failure to participate in class or complete assignments may result in a failing grade. Students may drop a class during the first week of the term or semester. After the first week of classes and before the final 1/3 of the term or semester, the student may withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” This is not an earned grade and will not affect the student’s grade point average. During the last 1/3 of the term or semester, students may not withdraw from a class unless they are officially withdrawing from the University.

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Graduation


Degree Audit and Application for Graduation

Post University awards degrees in May, August and December. Commencement exercises are held in May. Students may participate in the graduation ceremony provided that: (1) they are within 6 credits of their degree into which they are enrolled; and (2) they have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Students anticipating a December graduation must complete their degree requirements by the end of the fall term or MOD2.

Potential graduates must meet with their advisors prior to their last semester or MOD to make sure they have completed all required courses. While faculty advisors may assist each student in the selection of courses, the responsibility for fulfilling the requirements of the program and all University academic requirements rests with the individual student.

Deadlines for Graduation Applications:

January 15 - May Graduation
July 15- August Graduation
October 15- December Graduation

Graduation Fees

In addition, undergraduate students must submit a $90 nonrefundable graduation fee and graduate students must submit a $115 fee. Failure to submit the completed application and fee to the Office of the Registrar by the specified dates will mean a delay in graduation.

Graduation application forms can be downloaded at http://www.post.edu/online/registrarForms.shtm.

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive a degree from Post University, students must:

  • Be matriculated in a program
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree program requirements: at least 60 credit hours for an Associate of Science degree;
  • at least 120 credit hours for a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree; or the required number of credits for
  • a Master’s degree
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.0. for undergraduate and a 3.0 for graduate students
  • Fulfill the residence requirement for the degree program they are pursuing
  • Pay in-full all charges and fees incurred while in attendance at the University
  • Complete an Application for Graduation and pay a non-refundable graduation fee

For Graduate students the Connecticut Office of Higher Education requires students to complete a culminating experience to exhibit adequate comprehension and acquisition of knowledge from pursuit of their Master’s education. At Post University, we have developed a series of “Capstone Courses” which meet the CTOHE requirements, as well as aid students in producing a final product they can be proud of and possibly implement post-graduation.

Students who fail their capstone courses cannot graduate. Students have a total of two attempts to pass capstone with a grade of C- or better. If you have not passed after two attempts you must petition the Director or Dean take the classes a third time.

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Alternative Credit Options


Post University provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate college-level proficiency in certain subjects where learning has occurred in non-traditional ways, such as advanced placement courses, correspondence study, independent study, on-the-job training, or work experience. Students earn course credits by examination or portfolio, but no grade is assigned.

Advanced Placement

The University recognizes advanced standing for superior secondary school performance as indicated by scores of 5, 4, or 3 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. The Advising Office makes decisions regarding the acceptance of AP examinations for advanced standing.

Standardized Examinations

CLEP: The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers examinations in courses, mostly at the introductory level. Students may earn three to six credits per exam passed.

DANTES: DANTES affords students the option to take examinations in introductory and upper-level courses, including technological areas. Examinees receive three college credits per exam based on a pass/fail formula score.

The CLEP and DANTES examinations are given off-campus. For information concerning sites and dates, consult the College Board website. The official score report must be sent to Post University for credit to be granted. The maximum number of credits that may be earned through any combination of CLEP, DANTES, or Credit for Life Work Experience is 15 toward an associate degree and 30 toward a baccalaureate degree.

Life Experience

Post University awards matriculated undergraduate students credits for life experiences upon review of a student portfolio. To receive college course credit for experiential learning, a student can apply for the Credit for Life/Work
Experience Portfolio Program. This process allows students to earn three credits per course based on their work/volunteer experiences.

Students can earn up to a maximum of 12 credits in this manner. Information regarding policies and procedures is available from the academic advising department. There are certain subjects that are not eligible for portfolio credit. Please consult with the advising department for any restrictions.

Program Time Limit

The graduate student must complete a program of study within a five (5) year time limit from the date of admission to degree status. Should extenuating circumstances arise, students may petition for a one-time, one-year extension for completion of their program of study. Such petitions must include the signed endorsement of the student’s Program Director I Manager. The Provost will rule on the petition and make the final decision.

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University Withdrawal


Official Withdrawal

A student may provide official notification of his or her intent to withdraw from the University by following the proper procedures for withdrawing from Post University. Official notification from the student is any official notification that is provided in writing or orally to the designated school official, i.e. the Registrar’s Office. The withdrawal date will be the date the student begins the school withdrawal process. Students who notify the Registrar’s Office orally may also be asked to complete an official University withdrawal form. Should the student withdraw from the University prior to the end of the semester, the official transcript will reflect a “W” (withdrawal) from all courses.

Students may be withdrawn from any or all classes or from the University by the appropriate University administrator if they display unjustifiable behavior, disrupt or impede the learning of other students, fail to answer University summons, or refuse to pay balances after due notification. Students who have been administratively withdrawn from the University may not register for courses offered by the University, whether on-ground or online.

Unofficial Withdrawal

If students stop attending classes and fail to notify the Registrar’s office in writing that they are withdrawing from the University, they will continue to be considered enrolled and will receive earned grades for the course(s). If a Main Campus (day) student completes a semester and fails to return for the next semester without providing notification to the University, the student is considered to have been administratively withdrawn from the University. If an ADP student completes a MOD but fails to return for the next two MODs without providing notification of withdrawal from the University, the student is considered to have been administratively withdrawn from the University. In each case, unless the University has obtained written confirmation from the student that he or she intends to continue the program by enrolling in the subsequent semester or MOD, the student will be withdrawn administratively and the requirements for the Return of Title IV aid and reporting of enrollment status of less than half time to the National Student Loan Data System will apply.

Withdrawal for Military Leave

Students in the Armed Services who have been activated or deployed with orders and are unable to continue their studies for an academic term (Semester or Module), must do the following:

  • Notify their academic advisor, instructor and the Registrar’s Office that they have military orders that will prohibit them from continuing as a student in the current academic term
  • Provide the Registrar’s Office with a copy of their military orders or other documentation that demonstrates a need to withdraw from the current academic term to meet the military needs of their branch of the service

Students who meet the criteria listed above are eligible for the following:

  • If the request for withdrawal is during the first half of the Module/Semester, students will receive a grade of “W” for each course in which they are enrolled, no course credit shall be awarded, and the term shall not be counted as a term in residence. A full refund of tuition and/or room and board will be granted.
  • If the request for withdrawal is after the first half of the Module/Semester, students can elect to 1) withdraw (W) from their classes and receive a full refund of tuition or 2) request an Incomplete (IN) from their instructors and make arrangements to complete all required course assignments within a specified timeframe. (See Incomplete Policy in the University Catalog). The term shall count as a term in residence.

In the event that the student’s absence will extend into multiple terms, a student serving in the Armed Services will be granted a Military Leave of Absence while they are deployed. The Leave of Absence will expire six (6) months after the end of the deployment. Students on a Military Leave of Absence will be able to resume their education without the need of re-applying to Post University by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

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Exiting Programs


Undergraduate Academic Dismissal

The University reserves the right to dismiss students who, in the opinion of University authorities do not maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students who have earned a cumulative GPA below a 1.0 after attempting more than 6 credits at Post University will be dismissed from the University without a probationary period. Students who have been placed on Academic Probation in the immediate preceding period of enrollment will be dismissed if they do not earn a cumulative GPA in accordance with the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.

Graduate Academic Dismissal

The University maintains the right to terminate students from a graduate program if they are not (a) suited to the program in which they are registered; (b) conducting themselves in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the University or hostile to the welfare of students or faculty; (c) adhering to the University’s academic standing standards (see section on Academic Standards). Students who have been dismissed from the University may not take courses at the University on ground or online.

Voluntary Departure

Students who do not enroll in courses for a period of one (1) year will be considered to have withdrawn from the University and must reapply for admission.

Readmission

Main campus students who have been dismissed for unsatisfactory scholarship may apply for readmission after one term. Main campus students are encouraged to first successfully complete courses at another college before applying for readmission to Post University.

ADP students are not required to take courses at another institution.

Readmission after Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed may apply for readmission after one year from the date of dismissal.
Students seeking readmission must meet the current application requirements, provide all current documentation plus deliver a letter requesting readmission providing details as to why the student will be successful if allowed to return to study. The student must also agree to an academic improvement plan created by the Director of the program or Dean of the School as part of the readmission process. The academic improvement plan will provide for conditional admission for the student’s next 2 modules, will limit the student to registering for one class per module for the remainder of his/her program and such other provisions as required by the applicable program Director or Dean. If the student violates the academic improvement plan, the student will be dismissed from the program of study with no appeal process.

Students seeking readmission to a graduate program of study must go through the readmission process. Readmission to the program is not guaranteed and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Director of the program with an appeal to the Dean. Where no Director exists the readmission decision rests with the Dean and may be appealed to the Provost.

Readmission without Dismissal

Students returning who were not dismissed from the University or who have not been enrolled in a course for one (1) year must reapply and satisfy all current admission criteria for their program. If a graduate student’s GPA is less than a 3.0 then the student must agree to an academic improvement plan satisfactory to the Program Director or Dean. Appeals of the Director’s decisions may be made to the Dean of the applicable School.

Students who have been dismissed from the University may not take courses at the University on ground or online.

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