2024-2025 University Catalog (DRAFT) 
    
    May 21, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog (DRAFT)

Academic Regulations and Policies


Academic Records and Registration

The Registrar’s Office maintains students’ academic records. The office produces records including transcripts, degree audits, and diplomas.

 Degree Audit

Following admission, official transcripts from other institutions are evaluated and a degree audit prepared that itemizes degree requirements and indicates progress to degree. Students may access their degree audit at any time in MyPark. The degree audit identifies degree requirements, including liberal education, major, minor, and concentration, as applicable. It also identifies other degree requirements such as minimum hours to graduate, along with upper division and residency credit requirements. It shows how Park and transfer courses, along with any prior learning credit apply to Park degree requirements. The degree audit is intended to show the student’s progress toward the degree and is to be used as advising tool. It does not constitute an agreement or a contract. If errors are discovered, they will be corrected. A final review of degree progress is made prior to graduation to ensure completion of all degree requirements.

 Transcripts

Students may obtain a copy of their transcript (academic record) by submitting an official transcript request along with the per copy fee. Transcripts will be issued only for students who have completed at least one graded Park University course. When issued to the student, official records will be marked, accordingly. Transcripts, in full or in part, may be withheld (in compliance with applicable regulations) if students owe a balance. Unofficial transcripts and grade reports are available to students in the MyPark portal.

Transcripts and other documents submitted to the University by or for the student (including unofficial or official transcripts from other institutions) will not be returned or provided to the student. Students must request transcripts directly from the originating institution. 

Records Retention

Park University protects and maintains necessary educational records. The University permanently maintains grade, degree, and transcript records for all students. Additionally, the University permanently maintains records of legal name changes. Other demographic information, including address records, are maintained for a minimum of ten years after last term of attendance/graduation. Other academic records, such as degree program offerings and degree requirements, are maintained in accordance with the University’s Document Retention policy.

Notification of Rights under FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution at any age.) FERPA is designed to protect the privacy of students’ educational records. Educational records* are those maintained by official units of the University and include grades, course materials, voice messages/recorded calls, correspondence, class rosters, financial aid and accounting records, disciplinary records, academic achievements, attendance/participation, and residential life records. Specifically, FERPA provides the following rights:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records* within 45 days after the University receives a request for access. A student must submit a written request to the Registrar (registrar@park.edu) that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. A school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Access may not involve the physical handling of the documents. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to amend a record must submit a written request to registrar@park.edu, clearly identifying the part of the record the student believes should be changed and specifying the reason(s) the change is warranted, along with supporting documentation or evidence. If Park University decides not to amend the record as requested, the student will be notified in writing of the decision. Should the student not be satisfied, the student may submit a Concern Form requesting a hearing. If a student requests a hearing, additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided.The right to provide written consent before Park University discloses Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Directory information may be released to a third party by the institution without prior written consent. Park defines directory information as:
  • ​Student’s name, address, email address, telephone number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Dates of attendance at the University, major fields of study, current classification, degrees, honors, and awards
  • Heights and weights of members of athletic teams
  • Participation in officially recognized activities
  • Full or part-time status
  • Photograph

Directory information is released for various purposes including but not limited to employment, academic honors and honor societies, athletic participation, and other non-commercial reasons. In compliance with the Solomon Amendment, Park provides directory information to military recruiters.

In accordance with §99.31, Personally Identifiable Information may be disclosed without consent. This includes but is not limited to:

  • School officials with a legitimate educational interest. A school official is typically a person employed by the institution, serving on the board of trustees, or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. School officials typically have a legitimate educational interest if the records are necessary to perform their professional responsibilities for Park University. This may include faculty and administrative staff performing research when authorized by the department chair, Associate Dean, Dean of Students, Provost, or President; or student organizations if authorized by the Dean of Students, Provost, or President.
  • Organizations providing financial support to a student. (It is the University’s policy to release an official transcript to such organizations upon the student’s written request or authorization and payment, when applicable.) 
  • Officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies and entities designated by them for purposes of auditing, enforcing, and/or evaluating sponsored programs.
  • Comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.
  • Appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency.

  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the requirements of FERPA. 

Student Privacy Policy Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

The following offices are authorized to release non-directory information: Registrar, Career Services, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Students, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services, Provost, and President.

*There are some records to which access may not be permitted. Such records include confidential letters of recommendation, parent’s confidential financial statements, personal files of faculty or administrative personnel which are in “sole possession of the maker” and are not available to other staff/faculty, admissions records of nonmatriculated students or individuals not yet enrolled, and medical/psychological records, though those are reviewable by a physician or psychologist of the student’s choice.

For more information or questions regarding FERPA, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@park.edu.

 

Attendance/Participation

Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes, laboratories, and field work for which they are enrolled, and complete all work assigned by the instructor. Refer to the Tuition and Fees  section of the catalog for the Student Attendance/Participation Policy for Financial Aid.

 Athletic Participation Policy

Athletic participation is an important component of student life. Athletes are required to abide by all NAIA and Park University rules and regulations in order to participate in athletics. Athletes are expected to attend class sessions and are only permitted to miss class for athletic purposes when University-sanctioned competitions (including travel to or from the destination) conflict with classes. (It is not permissible for student-athletes to miss class for on campus practices, weight training, or related activities.)

The student-athlete is responsible to notify his/her instructor at least one week prior to the missed class period(s) (excluding clinical and fieldwork experiences that have different requirements) and to make arrangements for missed coursework. Providing the faculty member has been notified by the student-athlete, the faculty member will make arrangements for class assignments, quizzes, exams, or other assignments that conflict with contest or related travel dates. Faculty are encouraged to allow the student to make up missed exams and/or assignments upon the student’s return or, in some cases, may require that the work be submitted by the established deadline. All make up work and exams must be submitted by the last day of the session.

Students in accredited programs with required clinical or fieldwork experience must abide by the policies contained within the student handbooks of their programs. Program handbooks define the maximum number of clinical and or fieldwork experiences that can be missed. Because the University cannot always guarantee the availability of a make-up hours with its clinical and fieldwork partners and some clinical learning outcomes cannot be met effectively through alternative means, students are not guaranteed excused absences for missing these experiences for travel and games.

Students are responsible for submitting a Request for Alternative Clinical or Fieldwork Assignment form to the Chair of the program at least three weeks in advance of scheduled travel/games*. The Chair will communicate with the student and Athletic Director no later than one week in advance whether the clinical or fieldwork can be made up without penalty to the student.

If student-athletes have difficulty making arrangements to complete course requirements resulting from University-sanctioned competitions, students should contact the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students.

Continuous Enrollment

Students must complete the degree requirements in effect at the time of admission. These requirements remain in effect even if the University updates degree requirements in subsequent years, as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment in the program. Under the following conditions, students will be updated to the current catalog and degree requirements:

  • The student defers entry for one year or longer after being admitted
  • The student discontinues classes for a period of two or more years (at least one course must be completed within two years, excluding withdrawn courses)
  • The student changes majors
  • Master’s degrees must be completed within seven years of admissions
  • The program is eliminated and the teach out period has expired*

*Teach Out: When programs are suspended or eliminated by the University (and thus new student admissions are closed), the programs are phased out over a period of time to allow current students an opportunity to complete the program. Once the teach out period has expired, any student remaining in that program is expected to select a new major. The teach out length is determined by degree type:

Degree Type Teach Out Period
Bachelor  3 years
Associate  2 years
Certificate  1 year
Master 1 year


In most Park University graduate programs, continuous enrollment is expected. Continuous enrollment requires enrollment in at least one course. If the student discontinues enrollment for two calendar years or more, readmission is required. Should readmission be granted, it will be based upon the requirements and regulations effective at the time of the readmission. All requirements for a master’s degree must be completed within seven years.

International nonimmigrant students on F-1 visas must enroll full-time in each fall and spring semester. Readmission for international students is required after one year.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an integral part of the academic program of Park University. Advisors are full-time faculty or staff. The advisors serve as a central academic resource and mentor of Park University students. Each student has an advisor who provides guidance in academic planning and who is available for counseling on academic and related issues and concerns. Each student is expected to work closely with his/her advisor in the design and pursuit of a coherent course of study shaped by his/her goals and interests and by University and departmental requirements.

Academic advising at Park University is viewed as a cooperative educational partnership between advisor and advisee, grounded in mutual respect and a common commitment to student growth and success. The advisor/advisee relationship respects the autonomy and intellect of each student and acknowledges the broader developmental and educational contexts within which academic advising occur.

Although advisors and advisees work together in all areas related to academic planning, academic decision-making responsibilities, including the responsibility for meeting each of the graduation requirements of the University, rest ultimately with the student. Primary responsibility for timely, effective use of the academic advising system also remains with the student.

Academic advisors are responsible for providing their advisees with appropriate, accurate information concerning the academic policies, programs, procedures, and resources of the University. Advisors also assist advisees in defining, developing, and pursuing an educational plan consistent with their academic, career, and life goals, including the selection of an academic major consistent with their interests and abilities within the broader liberal educational curriculum. Advisees are encouraged to meet regularly with their advisors in order to realize the full educational potential of the advising program. More specifically, each student shall work carefully with his/her advisor to structure an appropriate course schedule, based on the student’s short and long-term academic objectives as well as his/her career interests and goals. (Advisees will receive a response from their Advisors in a reasonable time.*)

In addition to ongoing general discussions concerning academic planning and scheduling, career goals, and academic progress, students and advisors will want to discuss at least the following:

  • Taking less or more than a standard load
    • International nonimmigrant students should be aware that they are required by federal law to enroll in and complete a full course load each semester; failure to do so may result in the loss of their lawful non-immigrant status. The International Student Services should always be consulted prior to any schedule adjustments that would result in registration in less than a full course load.
  • Dropping a course in progress
  • Changing the schedule in any way
  • Selecting and declaring a major or minor
  • Changing a major or minor
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Internship possibilities
  • Going on leave or withdrawing from the University

Priority Enrollment

Student enrollments in Air Force on-base education services sponsored programs will be given the following priority: (1) active duty military personnel, (2) civilian employees of Department of Defense agencies, and (3) family members of active duty military, military reserve and guard members, retired military personnel. Community civilians may be admitted on a space available basis and to the extent of compatibility with local base security and essential mission commitments.

Student enrollments in Army on-post education services sponsored programs will be given the following priority: (1) active duty military, (2) family members of active duty military personnel, (3) Department of Defense civilians employed on post, (4) retired military personnel, (5) family members of retired military personnel, and (6) civilians.

Student enrollment in Marine Corps on-base education services sponsored programs will be given priority as follows: (1) active duty Marines, (2) reserve components, (3) family members of active duty personnel, (4) DOD employees and their family members, and (5) civilians on a space available basis when programs are not otherwise conveniently available.

Student enrollment in Navy on-base education services sponsored programs will be given priority as follows: (1) active duty military personnel, (2) family members of active duty military personnel, (3) Department of Defense civilians employed on post, (4) military reserve and guard members, (5) retired military personnel, (6) family members of retired military personnel, and (7) civilians.

Park University awards four semester hours of lower level electives for completion of Basic Military Science and six semester hours of upper level electives for completion of Advanced Military Science. Textbooks and uniforms are furnished by the government.

Academic Grievances and Grade Appeals

A student who believes that he/she has an academic grievance must first discuss the concern with the faculty member in charge of the course in which the concern has arisen. If a mutually satisfactory resolution is not reached, the student must then submit a Concern Report to the appropriate Department Chair or Campus Center Academic Director. If no resolution is reached at that level, or if the Department Chair or Campus Center Academic Director is the faculty member named in the first instance, the concern should be taken to the appropriate academic Associate Dean/Dean. The decision of the Associate Dean/Dean will be considered final. Students may petition the Vice President for Academic Affairs only in instances where he/she feels due process or University policy was not followed.

Park University has developed the following procedures for assuring students have the opportunity to have academic issues reviewed.

To best serve our students, we have contacts that may be able to facilitate resolutions to issues:

  • For Online Student issues, please email onlinestudents@park.edu
  • For Canvas issues, please contact the Canvas 24/7 help number (844) 470-5727
  • See Student Success Center for details on procedures for many topics (e.g., traffic appeal, financial aid appeal)

 Academic Complaint

An academic complaint is an informal, unofficial claim regarding how an Instructor has issued a grade. No written report(s) on the incident or the outcome of the investigation is required.

These are typically represented by informal verbal communications or emails to the Instructor or their academic supervisor. If a mutually satisfactory resolution is not reached, the student may file an Academic Grievance. This is typically done with the appropriate Department Chair or Campus Center Academic Director.

 Academic Grievance

An academic grievance is a formal, written allegation of any form of discrimination that impacts:

  • Any graded assignment(s) and/or a course grade.
  • Academic grievance procedures apply only in cases involving a perceived academic impropriety arising from a decision taken by:
    • an individual instructor or researcher;
    • a college, school, department, or program;
    • a unit charged to administer academic policies (e.g., Registrar)
  • They do not pertain to expressing dissatisfaction with a University policy on the basis that a policy is unfair. They do not pertain to individual college, school, department, or program academic policies, as long as those policies are consistent with general University policy.

An academic grievance is typically submitted to the immediate academic supervisor of the individual(s) named in the grievance (e.g., Department Chair or Campus Center Director). If no resolution is reached at that level, the concern should be taken to the appropriate Dean’s Office. The decision of the Dean’s Office will be considered final.

*Students may petition the Vice President for Academic Affairs only in instances where he/she feels due process or University policy was not followed.

 Undergraduate Academic Grade Appeal Procedures

  • The grade appeal form process must be initiated with the Instructor within 30 calendar days of the date the final grade to be challenged was recorded by the University. The grade appeal form cannot be filed until the following has occurred:
    • The course grade has been officially posted to your degree audit, this includes an “I” (Incomplete) being finalized into a letter grade.
    • You have contacted the Instructor regarding the posted grade to confirm there is NOT a mutually, satisfactory resolution.
    • After communications with the Instructor, you have contacted the Department Chair or Campus Center Academic Director and attempted to resolve the dispute over the grade.
  • If, after discussions with the faculty member and the Department Chair or Campus Center Academic Director, a resolution has not been reached, the student may file a grade appeal (see form and electronic submission; it will state at the URL when you are in MyPark: https://my.park.edu/ICS/Student/Grades/Grade_Appeal.jnz) with all documentation to support your case. The form and documentation will be forwarded to the appropriate Dean’s Office.
  • All students intending to file a formal grade appeal must:
  • Once the Grade Appeal is received by the Dean’s Office, the student will be notified that the grade appeal has officially started.
  • Once submitted all communications regarding grade appeal should be done electronically with the Dean’s Office in an effort to further document the case. Someone from the Dean’s Office may request additional information from the student, instructor or any people or units that could aid in ascertaining specific details in the investigation.
  • Within 7 calendar days of the receipt of the completed grade appeal, the faculty member named in the appeal will be informed via email by the Dean’s Office that the student has formally advanced the complaint/grievance to a formal grade appeal and all the documents the student has submitted.
  • The Instructor has 14 calendar days to submit a response via email and their own documentation to the Dean’s Office. It is not required for the Instructor to respond but the Dean’s Office cannot advance the investigation until the 14 calendar days has passed. The deadline can be extended in rare instances due to Instructors having extenuating circumstances, such as Instructors being ill or on vacation. In the event of an extension, the Dean’s Office will notify the student of the new time line and the reasons for the change.
  • The grade appeal form, the documentation provided by the student, the rebuttal/documentation provided by the Instructor will together form the Grade Appeal Dossier.
  • The Dean’s Office will review the case and render a decision. In rare instances, the Dean’s Office may also convene the assistance of an Appeals Board, typically 3 full-time faculty members. In cases where such an Appeals Board is assembled to hear a case involving a student from a Campus Center, the Dean’s Office will ensure that the appropriate Campus Center Academic Director is formally involved in the process. The decision of the Dean’s Office will be rendered within 14 calendar days of the completion of the Grade Appeal Dossier. However, this date may be pushed back if an Appeals Board is convened or the investigation produces issues that can take time to retrieve, such as assistance from Information Technology Services or the Learning Management System Company. In the event of an extension, the Dean’s Office will notify the student of the new time line and the reasons for the change.
  • The Dean’s Office will notify the student of the decision via email. The decision and a summary of the findings will be provided to the student. The documents detailing the entire investigation will be housed with the Dean’s Office.
  • If a change of grade is required the Change of Grade Form will be filed by the Dean’s Office and submitted to the Registrar on behalf of the Instructor that issued the original grade.
  • The decision of the Dean’s Office will be considered final. Appeals to the Provost or designee can be made only on the basis that the established policy outlined here was not followed. Simply disagreeing with the decision is not grounds for further appeal.

Students may contact the Student Success Center for assistance with these guidelines and procedures.

 Graduate Academic Grade Appeal Procedures

It is the responsibility of the student to work to resolve the matter with their instructor informally within 30 calendar days subsequent to posting of grades. The instructor should correct the grade if an error was made or communicate with the student and explain the rationale for the grade. If the problem is not resolved informally in discussion with the instructor, the student may file an appeal by submitting, in writing and using the Grade Appeal Form, to the appropriate graduate program director, within 45 calendar days subsequent to the posting of the grade. Except in extraordinary circumstances that include medical emergency and military service, failure to appeal the grade within the time limit constitutes waiver of the right to appeal.

Exception: If the instructor is unavailable because of death, prolonged illness or absence, or is no longer employed with the University, the program director or designee shall handle the situation in place of the faculty. In such a situation, the program director or designee may correct an obvious error, or in consultation with a colleague who is knowledgeable in the discipline, make a grade adjustment if it is warranted.

Formal Grade Appeal

  • Step 1: If the problem is not resolved informally with the instructor, the student may appeal the grade formally to the appropriate graduate program director. The formal grade appeal request must be made in writing, using the Grade Appeal Form and submitted within 45 calendar days subsequent to the posting of grades in an attempt to resolve the matter. Except in extraordinary circumstances that include medical emergency and military service, failure to appeal the grade within the deadline constitutes waiver of the right to appeal. The appeal should clearly state and document the informal effort made to resolve the problem, reasons for the appeal and relevant documents such as a copy of the course syllabus, copies of exams, quizzes, assignments, etc., which the student believes are necessary to support the appeal. The appeal may also include a statement as to what the student feels should be the appropriate grade. The appropriate program director will promptly notify, in writing, the faculty member of the appeal, requesting a written response, with all supporting documentation. The response and documentation should be received from the faculty member by the program director within five business days of receiving the notice. If the program director was the instructor of the course, the student files the appeal with the dean of the College in which the graduate program resides.
  • Step 2: Within 10 business days of receipt of the appeal, the program director or designee shall make a recommendation for or against the grade change, with justification in writing, and send the recommendation to the dean of the College in which the student is enrolled.
  • Step 3: Within 10 business days of receiving the recommendation, the dean of the College shall inform the student of the final decision. The dean reserves the right to appoint a grade appeal committee to assist in the decision-making process. If such a committee is appointed, a recommendation must be forwarded in writing to the dean of the College within five business days of completing the review. The dean resolves the case either by affirming the committee’s recommendation or by modifying it if necessary. The dean will inform the student in writing of the final decision within five business days of receiving the committee’s recommendation or after the dean has determined the outcome. The dean’s decision on the appeal is final with no other appeal process available for either the student or faculty member.

Academic Honesty

 

Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty at www.park.edu/current-students.

Definitions

Academic dishonesty includes committing or attempting to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, unauthorized possession or distribution of academic materials, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the student.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, discussion threads, projects, or any class assignment intended to be individually completed. Cheating includes the unauthorized use of another’s work, copying of course materials, or any other deceit or fraud related to the student’s academic conduct. Cheating also includes arranging with others to complete work (paid or unpaid); allowing others access a student’s Learning Management System, other proprietary University systems, or third-party sites used for a class or academic program (also see the University’s Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy); and any other form of unauthorized assistance with some or all of a student’s coursework. 

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source; the use of another’s idea without acknowledging the source; providing irrelevant or falsified citations. Plagiarism also includes paraphrasing another’s work without acknowledging and documenting the source or submitting paraphrased work generated by computer application (e.g., spinbots). Plagiarism includes the submission of coursework prepared by another person or generated via Artificial Intelligence (AI) without the permission of the instructor. Plagiarism may also include submitting work prepared for a previous course without the permission of the instructor of the current course.

Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to: altering grades or other academic records. Unauthorized possession or distribution of academic materials may include the unauthorized selling or purchasing of examinations, term papers, or other academic work; stealing another student’s work; using information from or possessing exams that an instructor did not authorize for release to students.

Unauthorized distribution of academic materials includes preparing, offering to prepare, selling, or distributing material with the knowledge, or under circumstances in which s/he should reasonably have known, that such material is to be submitted by another person for academic credit at any college, university, or education institution. Examples of unauthorized distribution include, but are not limited to: submitting course materials (quizzes, essays, other assignments) to Chegg, Course Hero, or similar sites, or submitting material obtained from such sites; providing login credentials for other students to access proprietary Park systems, content, or third-party sites used for a class or academic program (also see the University’s Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy); and sharing academic materials (quizzes, essay, other assignments) with other students outside of what has been allowed by the instructor.

Other academically dishonest acts include, but are not limited to: stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member; receiving or giving assistance on a task that was expected to be performed individually; lying to or deceiving faculty; not abiding by the requirements in place for remotely proctored examinations.

Procedures

The primary responsibility for the initial handling of Academic Dishonesty rests with the instructor. As a first step, the instructor will notify the student in writing that evidence of academic dishonesty has been detected. The instructor will make an effort to schedule a personal meeting or telephone conference with the student to discuss the allegation. Whether or not the meeting occurs, or the student admits to academic dishonesty, if the instructor remains convinced that the alleged violation occurred, either based on evidence or personal observations, the instructor may assign a penalty, such as coaching, required re-submission of work, verbal warning or lowered grade. Possible sanctions and the Student Conduct Code can be found on the Park website at: www.park.edu/student-life. The instructor bringing the charge is required by the University to document the observation of academic dishonesty and report any penalty or outcome using the University’s Academic Dishonesty Incident Report form.

A student who wishes to report an alleged incident of academic dishonesty by another student may do so by reporting the incident on the Academic Dishonesty Incident Report form. The report form may be sent to the appropriate instructor and/or academic program leader. Upon receiving the report, the instructor will make an effort to schedule a personal meeting or telephone conference with the accused student to discuss the allegation. Whether or not the meeting occurs, or the student admits to academic dishonesty, if the instructor remains convinced that the alleged violation occurred, either based on evidence, the instructor may assign a penalty, such as a verbal warning or lowered grade. Possible sanctions and the Student Conduct Code can be found on the Park website at: www.park.edu/student-life. The instructor bringing the charge will report any penalty imposed to the Department Chair on the Academic Dishonesty Incident Report form.

If the student does not dispute the charge, the faculty member may then assign a penalty, such as a warning, lowered assignment grade, etc. Possible sanctions and the Student Conduct Code can be found on the Park website at: www.park.edu/student-life/. All outcomes will be recorded by the faculty member on the Academic Dishonesty Incident Report form and filed (with any supporting documentation) with the academic program leadership.

If the student disputes the allegation of academic dishonesty, he/she may request a review of the issue by the appropriate Department Chair or designee within 10 business days following the initial meeting with the faculty member. The Department Chair may informally resolve the matter in discussion with the student and the instructor.

If the student is unsatisfied with the resolution offered by the Department Chair, the student may request a formal hearing from the appropriate academic Dean within 15 business days of the Department Chair’s response. The Dean or designee will review the case and render a decision. That individual may also employ the assistance of a college/school appeal board.

The decision of the Dean will be considered final. Appeals to the Provost or designee can be made only on the basis that the established policy outlined here was not followed. Simply disagreeing with the decision is not grounds for further appeal. Grades and/or degree(s) may be withheld pending the outcome of the appeal process.

Penalties in the Event of Academic Dishonesty

In the event of academic dishonesty, the following courses of action are available to Park University, based upon the severity of the violation:

Issue a verbal and/or written warning.

Assign a lower grade on the test/paper/project in question, with an explanation from the faculty member.

Assign a grade of “F” in the course.

Note: Although a course instructor may determine that one or multiple instances of academic dishonesty will result in failure of the course, instructors may not bar a student from attending class. If course instructors are concerned about student conduct issues relating to academic dishonesty, they should contact the Dean of Students.

Possible sanctions and the Student Conduct Code can be found on the Park website at: www.park.edu/student-life.

Egregious or Repeated Instances of Academic Dishonesty

The Dean of Students serves as the Student Code of Conduct Administrator and advises on University-level sanctions when there is a single violation that is especially egregious or a repeat offense.

A repeat offense review is triggered by two (2) or more substantiated academic dishonesty violations. The Office of the Dean of Students will notify the student in writing, which constitutes formal warning. The Student Code of Conduct Administrator will consult with the relevant Dean(s) and Provost to determine and document the sanction(s).   

Generally, three (3) or more substantiated academic dishonesty violations (or Student Code of Conduct violations, which may or may not include academic dishonesty) will result in University-level sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Possible sanctions and the Student Conduct Code can be found on the Park website at: www.park.edu/student-life.

The Office of Academic Affairs routinely reviews Academic Dishonesty Incident Report form submissions to understand patterns and to enhance the resources provided to students and instructors.

 

Undergraduate Placement Policy 

Undergraduate Placement Policy 

Some entering, degree-seeking students will be required to take a placement test in math, or to enroll in a section of Park’s required first-year writing course (EN105) that includes extra support in the form of supplemental instruction (SI). 

For Math

Students will be provided with a log-in that enables them to take a free math placement test online. The results of the test will determine the math class best suited for them and if a developmental course is indicated. Entering students should monitor their Park University email for information about the placement test, or contact their admissions advisor or success coach about the process.

Preparing for the Math placement test:  Retakes of the math placement test are not allowed. Students who seek additional preparation for the math placement test may enroll in a free, non-credit bearing self-paced online preparatory course called FDMA101, Foundational Math. Access to the course can be granted by a student’s success coach. Successful completion of the self-paced online course prepares students to complete the placement test. The results of the test will indicate if students should enroll in MA102, MA125, MA135, MA120, or MA171. Students who aren’t required to take the math placement test (see exemptions below) but who would like a free refresher on foundational math concepts are welcome to enroll in the course.

Students may be exempted from taking the math placement test if they provide one of the following:

• Official transcript(s) from an acceptable accredited post-secondary institution(s) from which the student has earned credit for an articulated math course that satisfies the Park University general education requirement 

• ACT or SAT Math sub scores meeting the minimum pre-requisite requirements to enroll in Park’s required math courses: MA135, MA120, or MA171

For English

Park offers some sections of the required first-year writing course (EN105) that are embedded with extra support in the form of supplemental instruction (SI). A course with SI includes graded supplemental instructional activities such as access to a consistent tutor who can work with students regularly during the term.

Any student may be enrolled in a section of first-year writing (EN105) with embedded SI; enrollment is required for students who do not furnish one of the following:

• Official transcript(s) from an acceptable accredited post-secondary institution(s) from which the student has earned credit for an articulated English course that satisfies the Park University general education requirement

• Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exam score which qualifies as review for credit 

• ACT English sub score of 21 or higher

• High school GPA of 3.5 or higher

• College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES, or DSST exam score which qualifies as review for credit

• If applicable, English proficiency scores meeting the following:

o 79 for TOEFL

o 6.5 for iELTS

o 3.9 for iTEP

o 105 for Duolingo

For Modern Language

The modern language requirement pertains to BA degrees only. However, students seeking BS degrees can take modern language courses for elective credit. Students who are interested in taking a modern language course must contact the Academic Success Center or the Department of English and Modern Languages for instructions on how to take the Modern Languages Assessment at no cost to the student. The assessment will then be used to determine the student’s first Park University modern language course.

Basic Skills

These courses are designed for those students who need to review the fundamentals of reading, writing and mathematics and are considered developmental courses. In addition, courses to develop skills for college success and career development are offered. Credit for those courses do not count toward the total semester hours needed to graduate, nor does it count towards the Dean’s List. The grade, however, does count in the cumulative grade point average. These courses are not intended for transfer but are available to enhance the student’s success in his/her pursuit of a university degree.

Dean’s List and Presidential Scholar’s List

 Dean’s List

A student’s name is placed on the Dean’s List when the following conditions are met:

  • Twelve or more graded undergraduate hours at Park University are completed in any combination of fall terms for the fall Dean’s List and any combination of spring terms for the spring Dean’s List. (Basic Skills courses are excluded from the calculation.)
  • Must be a certificate or degree seeking student at Park University.
  • Must have earned a grade point average of 3.600 or better in any combination of fall terms for the fall Dean’s List and any combination of spring terms for the spring Dean’s List.
  • Must have received no Incomplete grades in any combination of all terms for the fall Dean’s List and any combination of spring terms for the spring Dean’s List.

A student’s name may be removed from the Dean’s List for violations of the Student Conduct Code. Dean’s List is not retroactive for those students receiving changes of grades or changes of Incompletes.

 Presidential Scholars

A student’s name is placed on the Presidential Scholar’s List when the following conditions are met:

  • Student is enrolled at the Parkville Daytime Campus Center.
  • Student has earned 30 or more graded hours at Park University.
  • Student was enrolled for 12 or more hours for the semester.
  • Student must be degree seeking at Park University.
  • Student has a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or better.
  • Student has received no Incomplete grades for the semester.

 Academic Standing

 Undergraduate Procedures

A student is considered in good standing as long as the student’s cumulative GPA stands at 2.00 or better, and the student continues to achieve a Park University GPA of 2.00 or better at end of Fall and Spring semesters. No fixed incremental rate of progress toward a degree is required. Park University assesses students’ academic standing at the end of each semester. Individual programs may set program-specific requirements for staying in good standing.

  1. Academic Warning
    If a student’s GPA falls below a 2.0 during any academic semester/term, the student will receive a warning letter from the Office of Academic Affairs after the fall/spring semester. A copy of the letter will be placed in the student’s academic file.
  2. Academic Probation
    A student who fails to achieve a 2.00 cumulative Park University GPA will be placed on academic probation until his/her cumulative Park University GPA increases to 2.00 or greater and until he/she meets any specific conditions stated in the probation letter. A letter will be sent to the student by the Office of Academic Affairs after the fall/spring semester. A copy of the letter will be retained in the student’s academic file. Failing to make academic progress may affect a student’s ability to obtain and remain eligible for veteran benefits. The length of the probationary period is dependent on the student’s academic performance and is lifted once students (a) meet the GPA requirement and (b) fulfill any other conditions as set forth by the program/university to maintain good academic standing. 
    Recipients of VA educational benefits who are placed on academic probation are reported to the VA. VA beneficiaries who fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements by the end of the evaluation period are suspended from the program and will be reported to the VA. Benefit certifications for the program may be terminated and the VA beneficiary may be in debt to the VA. The VA has final and sole determination on how beneficiaries are affected by students’ academic performance.
  3. Academic Suspension
    In cases where a first-time Park University undergraduate student (in his/her first term or semester at Park University) meets the criteria for academic suspension, he/she will be placed on academic probation rather than on academic suspension. This provision applies to all first-time Park University undergraduate students, including students who enter Park University with transfer credits.
    VA beneficiaries who fail to meet Park University’s requirements of making meaningful progress toward a degree by the end of the evaluation period described above are suspended from the program and will be reported to the VA.

    A student seeking a bachelor’s degree will be placed on suspension according to the following:
    0 - 27 Total Earned Hours*
    Below a 1.00 Cum Park University GPA
    28 - 57 Total Earned Hours*
    Below a 1.50 Cum Park University GPA
    58 or more Total Earned Hours*
    Below a 1.75 Cum Park University GPA
    *includes transfer hours

    A student seeking an associate’s degree will be placed on suspension according to the following:
    0 - 15 Total Earned Hours
    Below a 1.00 Cum Park University GPA
    16 - 30 Total Earned Hours
    Below a 1.50 Cum Park University GPA
    31 or more Earned Hours
    Below a 1.75 Cum Park University GPA

    A student seeking a certificate will be placed on suspension if they receive below a 1.00 cumulative Park University GPA.

    When a student’s GPA falls below the thresholds identified above, a letter will be sent to the student by the Office of Academic Affairs after the fall/spring semester. Any student who has been suspended may appeal in writing to the appropriate academic Dean or designee; information regarding the process and timeline for sending an appeal will appear in the suspension letter. After being academically suspended from Park University, a student may not enroll in the subsequent term. A student who wishes to return/re-enroll after one or more terms of suspension is required to apply for readmission; information regarding the process for applying for readmission will appear in the suspension letter.

    International nonimmigrant students who have been academically suspended and are unable to gain readmission may lose their lawful visa status.

  4. Readmission Following Academic Suspension
    A suspended student must submit a written request for Readmission to the appropriate academic Dean or designee if s/he wishes to reenroll at the University. A decision is rendered following consultation with the appropriate parties. If the student is readmitted, s/he will be placed on probationary status, and s/he may take no more than six (6) credit hours in the first term of readmission, and no more than twelve (12) credit hours in the first semester of readmission. Students who have been readmitted to the University following a term of suspension will not be suspended again if they maintain a 2.0 GPA throughout each subsequently enrolled Fall and Spring semester.

 Graduate Procedures

Graduate students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward a degree. Determination of satisfactory progress is based on the following criteria.

  • Continuous enrollment in most Park University graduate programs is expected.
    • Continuous enrollment requires enrollment in at least one course. If the student discontinues enrollment for two calendar years or more, readmission is required. Should readmission be granted, it will be based upon the requirements and regulations effective at the time of the readmission. All requirements for a master’s degree must be completed within seven years.
    • International nonimmigrant students on F-1 visas must enroll full-time each fall and spring semester. Readmission for international students is required after one year.
  • Successful completion of all required program coursework and electives with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA). (Programs may have a higher grade point average or grade requirements than the minimum University requirements for graduation. Refer to the Academic Degree Programs section of the catalog for program-specific requirements.)
  • Students may have no grade lower than a “C” and no more than six (6) credit hours graded “C” in their declared graduate degree program coursework at the time of graduation.
  • Students are not permitted to repeat any course in which the student earns a grade “B” or better.  A course in which a student earns a grade “C” or lower may be repeated one time.  No more than six (6) credit hours may be repeated in a declared program.
  • Fulfillment of all program requirements (as outlined in the catalog), including but not limited to the successful completion of comprehensive examinations, thesis, portfolio, Major Field Test, final assessment or a final project.

In order to ensure that students are making satisfactory progress, academic status is assessed twice annually, at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters. These are referred to as review periods. The Fall review period includes coursework taken in summer and fall sessions, while the Spring review period includes spring sessions. Students who do not meet progression standards are notified of their status at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Academic Probation
To remain in good academic standing, graduate students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If the cumulative GPA for Park graduate courses falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on Academic Probation. Academic status is assessed only for review periods in which the student is enrolled in and attended courses. Students have two review periods in which to return to good academic standing by achieving a 3.0 cumulative GPA. To remain on Academic Probation and continue enrollment, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their coursework during each review period(s). Students whose academic program cumulative GPA at the end of any review period is above 3.0 are removed from Academic Probation and return to good academic standing

Academic Suspension
Students will be suspended if they: 

  • Earn less than a 3.0 GPA for courses taken during each review cycle while on academic probation. 
  • Fail to raise their cumulative GPA to a 3.0 or higher within two review cycles (in which the student was enrolled). 

Students may be suspended at the end of an 8-week session if they do not meet the conditions of probationary admission or readmission, have excessive low grades, or would be unable to meet the minimum progression standards of the institution or program by the end of the full semester. The Graduate Program Director will notify the student of the suspension. 

Academic Suspension Appeal
A student who has been suspended from a graduate program at Park University may petition for an exception from Academic Suspension policy.
Domestic students who have been academically suspended from a graduate program at Park University may petition for reinstatement, but will not be allowed to enroll in the following semester until their appeal is adjudicated. 
International students placed on academic suspension will be permitted to enroll in the following semester upon submitting a formal petition to appeal the suspension.  International nonimmigrant students on F-1 visas who are suspended are in violation of the lawful visa status, which may result in the termination of the SEVIS record.

All appeals must be at least one-page in length, typed, double spaced, with standard margins.  It must be submitted within one week following formal notice of being placed on academic suspension to the Director of their program.  The appeal should include explanation of those circumstances that contributed to the academic suspension, explaining the reasons why the student was not successful academically. Supporting documents should be presented as evidence in support of the appeal if available and appropriate.  The student should provide a clear and achievable plan for their regaining academic good standing. A committee chaired by the student’s graduate Program Director and of two other graduate program directors will adjudicate the appeal and notify the student of their decision prior to the beginning of the following semester.

Withdrawal Policy

 Academic Withdrawals

Academic withdrawals are student-initiated requests to discontinue enrollment in classes. There are two types of academic withdrawals: 1) Course Withdrawals and 2) Session/University Withdrawals. Both types of withdrawals may have implications for financial aid. Students with financial aid should refer to the financial aid policies in the Tuition and Fees section of the catalog. Park University follows the VA’s policy on how withdrawals will affect beneficiaries. The VA’s policy generally requires that withdrawals, adjustments, and/or terminations are VA-certified within 30 days of the last date of attendance. The VA has sole determination with regard VA debt-related issues, but Park University may explain the circumstances that resulted in the VA debt. Additionally, international nonimmigrant students who withdraw from a course(s) may lose their lawful nonimmigrant status. Student-athletes who withdraw from a course(s) may jeopardize their eligibility.

  1. Course Withdrawal

A course withdrawal is an official, student-initiated request to discontinue enrollment in one or more, but not all, courses in a session (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring, Maymester, etc.). The notification to discontinue enrollment in a course(s) occurs after the enrollment adjustment period and, therefore, results in a grade of “W” (withdrawn) or “WF” (withdraw failure). (Students who request to discontinue enrollment prior to the end of the enrollment adjustment period are dropped, in which case the course does not appear on the transcript.) Students who withdraw within the first two-thirds of the session receive a “W”. Students who withdraw during the last third of the session receive a “WF”. Home campus and distance students must request a course withdrawal through the Student Success Center or by e-mailing advising@park.edu. Students at campus centers must notify their campus center or student success coach. Students may not initiate an academic withdrawal from a class if the course instructor has submitted an academic dishonesty form implicating the student in a violation of the Academic Honesty policy. In the event that an academic dishonesty allegation results in a finding of no-fault, the effective date for withdrawal will be adjusted as needed.

  1. Session/University Withdrawal

A session/university withdrawal is a student-initiated request to discontinue all courses within a session (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring, Maymester, etc.). To request a session/university withdrawal, students must complete the Session/University Withdrawal Form (access to the form requires students to be logged into MyPark) or contact the Registrar’s Office (3rd floor Mackay; academiccompliance@park.edu; 816-584-6270). Students are able to initiate a session/university withdrawal until the last day of the session. When requesting a session/university withdrawal, refunds (if applicable, see refund policy) and grades (see grading policy) for all withdrawn courses are based on the date the withdrawal request form is submitted or the date the student provides official notification to the Registrar’s Office of intent to withdraw from a session. Withdrawals that occur prior to the term or during the Enrollment Adjustment period are considered drops and do not appear on the transcript. There may be academic and/or financial implications from withdrawing so students are encouraged to discuss their plans with their Success Coach and financial aid advisor. Students who are unable to officially withdraw due to military deployments, hospitalization, or other extenuating circumstances must submit supporting documentation to academiccompliance@park.edu. Exceptions to the grading and/or refund policies are granted at the sole discretion of the University.

*For information and resources about student loan repayment, or to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit www.wsac.wa.gov/loan-advocacy or contact the Student Loan Advocate at loanadvocate@wsac.wa.gov.

 Administrative Withdrawals

Administrative withdrawals are course or institutional withdrawals initiated by Park University. The University reserves the right to withdraw students for reasons such as non-attendance, non-payment/non-confirmation, failure to meet program requirements or course prerequisites, academic suspension, or misconduct. Administrative withdrawals may also be initiated by Park University as a result of verifiable institutional error. If a student does not initiate the academic withdrawal process and has not participated in an academically-related activity in a class during the first two weeks, the University will initiate an administrative withdrawal from the respective course(s). Course withdrawals for non-attendance, non-participation, or institutional error will be treated as drops. Tuition and fees will not be assessed, and the course(s) will not appear on the transcript. Administrative withdrawals for other reasons may have academic and/or financial implications.

 Unofficial Withdrawals

An unofficial withdrawal occurs when a student begins participating in class but ceases participation prior to the end of term without ever officially withdrawing from the course. Refer to the Unofficial Withdrawal  section for information about how unofficial withdrawals affect financial aid.

Enrollment Adjustment Period

It is the student’s responsibility to initiate and complete the necessary procedures for making course schedule changes such as adding, dropping, exchanging, or withdrawing from courses. Adding, dropping, exchanging or withdrawing from courses may affect financial aid previously awarded. Online (i.e. self ) registration for the semester/term will close one (1) week before classes begin, on the Monday before the beginning of the semester/term. This helps prevent situations where students must be dropped from classes for non-payment. In the event that University holidays/closings impact this deadline, online registration will close the next business day.

The first eight calendar days of a session constitutes the Enrollment Adjustment Period. Students are entitled to 100% refund of tuition and fees during the enrollment adjustment period. Within this time, the student will be permitted to evenly exchange class(es) during the first four calendar days. The final day to add or exchange a course (face-to-face or online) will be the fourth (4) day of a session. The last day to drop a course will be the eighth (8) day of a session, except for two week classes. If a student drops a course within the 8 day enrollment adjustment period, the course will not appear on their transcript. The drop date for non-payment of late registrants will be the eighth (8) day of the session. Night classes or other single day classes may be added up to 1 day prior to the first class. For any adjustment other than even exchange, the student will be responsible for charges associated with the Enrollment Adjustment as detailed in the Refund Policy section. Adding or dropping class(es) must be arranged by the student with their success coach, faculty advisor, or by sending an email to advising@park.edu via their Park email account.

*For information and resources about student loan repayment, or to submit a complaint relating to your student loans or student loan servicer, please visit www.wsac.wa.gov/loan-advocacy or contact the Student Loan Advocate at loanadvocate@wsac.wa.gov.

Leave of Absence/Emergency Leave Procedures

A student may request a Leave of Absence from all courses if s/he needs to be absent for more than two consecutive weeks of class(es). The formal institutional guidelines for this procedure are:

  1. Students must request the leave of absence in writing, signed and dated, prior to the leave of absence unless unforeseen circumstances prevent the student from doing so. If that is the case, the circumstances must be documented.
  2. Documentation supporting the request should be submitted concurrently with the request.
  3. The written request and documentation should be sent to the Registrar’s Office and to the appropriate Campus Center Director or Department Chair.
  4. All faculty members concerned will be provided the requested materials for review. This is necessary so that potential problems associated with grading or required assignments can be handled. The faculty member may make arrangements to allow the student to complete the coursework that s/he began prior to the leave of absence. The student cannot begin a new semester/term without having completed all conditions of the previously approved leave of absence.
  5. Faculty members will respond, in writing, to the Registrar’s Office and Campus Center Director or Department Chair, concerning their agreement or disagreement to the terms of the leave of absence.
  6. The student and faculty must agree, in writing, on the nature of the coursework that must be completed in order to successfully receive credit for the class.
  7. The appropriate Associate Dean or Regional Director will be provided all materials pertaining to the leave of absence in order to provide the final approval.
  8. If all parties agree to the terms of the leave, the leave may be granted. There must be a reasonable expectation that the student will return to school. If there is not a reasonable expectation, the Dean of Students Office can provide assistance.
  9. The approved leave request and all supporting documentation will be forwarded to the following individuals as appropriate for the students:
    • Provost or designee
    • Controller
    • Faculty
    • Dean of Students
    • Campus Center Director
    • Student Financial Services
    • Associate Dean
    • Registrar
    • Regional Director
    • College Dean
  10. If the student wants to appeal the final decision or has concerns regarding the final decision, the student should contact the Dean of Students.
  11. A student may be granted no more than one leave of absence in any 12-month period and it may not exceed 180 days. The institution will not place additional charges on the student’s account for completion of the course work upon return from the leave of absence. An approved leave of absence will not affect a student’s in-school status for the purposes of deferring Federal loans.
  12. A student may be granted no more than one leave of absence in any 12-month period and it may not exceed 180 days. The institution will not place additional charges on the student’s account for completion of the course work upon return from the leave of absence. An approved leave of absence will not affect a student’s in-school status for the purposes of deferring Federal loans. An enrolled student may elect to take a leave of absence for up to one academic year because of pregnancy and/or disability; the birth, adoption, or placement of a child; and/or to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition. Park may extend the leave term in the case of extenuating circumstances or if medically necessary due to the health of the student.
  13. If a student does not return from an approved leave of absence, the student’s withdrawal date and the beginning of the student’s grace period for federal loans will be the date the student began the leave of absence. This may exhaust some or all of the student’s grace period for federal loans, putting the student into repayment status.

In order to totally withdraw: Students must complete the Request for Session/University Withdrawal form in the MyPark portal under My Student Academic Tools>Academic Information>Request for Session/University Withdrawal Form or contact the Registrar’s Office (3rd floor Mackay; academiccompliance@park.edu; 816-584-6270). Please see the Session/University Withdrawal section for more information. 

Graduation and Commencement

An Application for Graduation is required of all students who expect to complete a certificate or degree. Additionally, students who wish to participate in commencement and/or receive a diploma are required to pay the graduation/diploma fee. The Application for Graduation is accessible in MyPark. Students must submit an application for each credential they expect to earn. Students may contact their advisors for assistance.

Students who plan to participate in a commencement ceremony must adhere to the following deadlines:

  • For Kansas City Area students and those participating in the commencement ceremony for the main campus, the graduation application is due March 15th for the Spring commencement ceremony. If this date falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to the next business day.
  • Graduation applications for Campus Center commencement ceremonies are due 60 days prior to the ceremony the student plans to attend.
  • Students who apply by the deadline will have their names published in commencement booklet. Those who apply after the deadline may not appear in the commencement publication.
  • Students not participating in a commencement ceremony must apply no later than the final day of the session in which the student plans to graduate. Applications received after the session ends will be conferred at the end of the following session.

Students who need to change data from their graduation application (such as diploma name or address, commencement location, or expected graduation session) must contact the Office of the Registrar (registrar@park.edu) to have their record updated.

 Degree Check and Graduation

Once the student submits a graduation application, the Office of the Registrar will review the student’s audit and coursework. All enrolled classes and any remaining requirements will be annotated on that application; an email containing those annotations will be sent to the student, the Student Success Coach, faculty advisor and/or campus center for group awareness and review.

The Office of the Registrar confers degrees at the end of each primary session (Fall 1, Fall 2/Fall semester, Spring 1, Spring 2/Spring semester, and Summer). For a student to receive a graduation date at the end of the session, all graduation requirements must be met by the last day of the term. Any requirements not met by the last day of the term will defer the student’s graduation eligibility to the next session.

Students who enter into a Contract for Incomplete cannot graduate until the end of the session in which the Contract for Incomplete is cleared. Additionally, any outstanding transcripts, test scores, portfolios, capstone assessments, comprehensive exams, or other graduation-relevant materials must be received by the Office of the Registrar no later than three weeks (21 days) of the end of the session in order for the student to graduate that session. Any transcripts or test scores are received after the three-week deadline will defer the student’s graduation to the following session.

All correspondence concerning graduation and commencement will be sent to the student’s Park University email address. Students are responsible for checking their Park email.

 Graduation Honors

Eligibility for graduation honors is eligible for bachelor degree level and shall be based upon the following criteria:

  1. 30 or more earned hours from Park University
    The cumulative Park University grade point earned as follows:
     
    Cum Laude 3.500 to 3.699
    Magna Cum Laude 3.700 to 3.899
    Summa Cum Laude 3.900 to 4.000
  2. Graduation Honors are not retroactive for those students receiving changes of grades or Incompletes. 

Undergraduate Classification

Class division is determined by the number of accumulated hours as follows:

Freshman 0 - 27
Sophomore 28 - 57
Junior 58 - 87
Senior 88 - ∞

Copyright Policy — Classroom

It is the intention of Park University to comply with the provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976 and all related legislative acts (the TEACH Act). The material(s) in any Park University classroom is/are only for the use of students enrolled in that course for purpose(s) associated with the course and may not be retained and/or further disseminated.

The use of material(s) is limited to personal study and research related to the completion of the course. Material(s) found in the classroom may not be reproduced in multiple copies and/or for further distribution without the permission of the course instructor unless otherwise noted. Enrolled students in the course may display the material(s) on their computer screen and/or equivalent device(s) or make a single printed copy for the sole purpose of personal reference.

Students may not make multiple copies of any material for redistribution, redistribute the material(s) by electronic means to any other person(s) or machine(s); modify or create derivatives of the material(s); reproduce, display, distribute, or modify the material(s) for commercial purpose(s) or for financial gain. The list of prohibited use(s) is not meant to be exhaustive.

For permission to copy, distribute, and/or reproduce material(s) in excess of the above guidelines and/or to publicly display and/or modify material(s), please contact the course instructor.

Course Repeats

When a Park University course is repeated, both the granting of credit and computation of the cumulative GPA will be based upon the second attempt. Title IV aid availability is dictated by the federal repeated coursework policy. The policy may be found on the Student Financial Services page at www.park.edu/apply-financial-aid.

Full-time Status, Overload Approvals 

 Definition of Credit Hours

Active student engagement with other students, the instructor, and the course content is required to throughout the entire semester/term in all modalities, face-to-face, online, and blended, as indicated on the academic calendar.

16-week:  All courses are valued in semester hours. Fifty minutes of classroom or direct faculty instruction and two hours out-of-class student work each week for 15 weeks, plus 50 minutes reserved for a final exam, for one semester hour of credit.

8-week:  All courses are valued in semester hours. One hundred minutes per week of classroom or direct faculty instruction and 240 minutes out-of- class student work each week for 8 weeks for one hour of credit. In eight-week courses, students and instructors are required to interact and complete educational objectives through the final day of the eighth week of the term as indicated on the academic calendar.

These semester/term interaction requirements are equally applied to face-to-face, online, and blended courses. In blended courses, this means that in addition to the final face-to-face meeting, students and instructors are required to continue instructional activities via virtual seat time through the final day of the calendar term (i.e., Sunday of the eighth week).

For online and blended courses, active student engagement with other students, the instructor, and the course content combine to form the equivalent amount of time (100 minutes per week required for each of all eight weeks throughout the calendar term).  For blended courses, this means that in addition to the final face-to-face class meeting, students are required to complete virtual seat time requirements up through the final day (i.e., Sunday) of the eighth week of the calendar term.  Finally, in keeping with the requirements for face-to-face courses, in online and blended courses, students complete other out-of-class requirements designed to achieve course learning outcomes for the approximately 240 minutes of such work for each one hour of credit, throughout the entire eight weeks of the calendar term.

Courses scheduled for a different number of weeks and other academic activities such as laboratory work, internships, practica, and studio work, have an equivalent number of hours as reflected in the combination of direct faculty instruction and out of class student work for the same amount of credit as listed above.

 Full-time Status and Overload

Students can take a combination of both sixteen and eight week courses to establish their enrollment status. [NOTE: At times, specialized term configurations are put into place to accommodate a course. These terms take place within the semester framework.]

Undergraduate full-time course load is twelve (12) credit hours per 16 week semester. A student may enroll in no more than nine (9) hours per 8-week term without written prior approval from his/her Associate Dean or Dean/ (18) credit hours per 16 week semester without prior written approval from his/her Associate Dean or Dean.* The student shall have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for consideration of an overload.
A full-time load for summer is 12 hours.

Graduate full-time course load is six or more credit hours during a 16-week semester. [NOTE: This definition of full-time status governs graduate assistantship awards.] Enrollment in three to five hours in a 16-week term will constitute half-time graduate student status. Two credit hours of enrollment during the semester will constitute part-time status.A minimum of six credit hours in any combination during a 16-week semester is considered full-time graduate enrollment by Park University.   A graduate student may enroll in no more than six (6) hours per 8-week term without written prior approval from his/her Program Director, Associate Dean, or Dean. The student shall have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for consideration of an overload.

These standards apply to all graduate programs at Park University.

  • This definition of full-time graduate student status does not meet the federally mandated full-time enrollment requirements for students receiving federal financial aid and/or student loans, or for international nonimmigrant students on F-visas.
  • The definition of full-time graduate student status mandated by the federal government for students receiving financial aid and/or student loans and for international nonimmigrant (F-1) students supersedes the definition of the University’s full-time graduate student status.
  • The minimum 6 credit hours of enrollment each 16-week semester for international nonimmigrant students must be in face-to-face courses (online courses do not fulfill federal full-time enrollment requirements); online courses may only be taken in addition to the minimum 6 face-to-face credit hours.
  • International nonimmigrant students who wish to enroll in credits for the second 8-week term of any semester must be enrolled in those credits at the beginning of the 16-week semester; failure to meet the full-time enrollment requirement at the beginning of each 16-week semester will result in the Termination of the student’s SEVIS Record and loss of their lawful visa status.

Blended, Online and Summer Courses

 Blended Courses

Some blended courses may be offered as “Pirate Patch” courses in which the face-to-face portion of the blended course is facilitated by an instructor who engages face-to-face with students at a host site, and via synchronous web conference with students at a remote site. For students participating at the remote site, the class is considered distance learning. Students at remote sites should contact their Campus Center Director to determine if the “Pirate Patch” course will meet the in-residence requirements for VA benefits.

These courses will be identified as blended courses and Pirate Patch courses in the class schedule so that students will be aware of the delivery format; student participation in both components of the course is required. All courses offered are defined in the Park University Undergraduate catalog, and there is no indicator on the transcript as to the  delivery method or location of the course delivered.  All Park University courses count toward residency and contain the same content rigor no matter the instructional format.

All Park University blended classes require weekly contact with the instructor.

 Online Courses

Courses offered online are from the current Park University catalog and are taught in an eight-week format, five (5) terms per year. Students may register for online courses any term during their Park University career. The courses offered will supplement the traditional classroom or complete a degree online. International nonimmigrant students should contact the International Student Services prior to enrolling. All Park University online courses will count toward residency. Park University prides itself on the quality of its courses in all modes of instruction.

During the term, online classroom contact with the instructor must be made on a weekly basis for assignments and online interaction within the Learning Management System (LMS). Syllabi for online courses are available online according to University-wide assessment procedures. Online courses contain the same core assessment and learning outcomes as Parkville campus courses. Students will find instructor contact information in the course syllabus.

The student must have his/her own access to the Internet. Additional information about online courses may be obtained on the Park Distance Learning website.

 Summer Courses

The Parkville Daytime Campus Center offers a variety of on-campus programs during the summer semester/terms. The Parkville Daytime Campus Center program, offers two, four and eight week sessions. These programs provide an opportunity for students to accumulate a maximum of fifteen credit hours over the entire summer program, provided a student meets the course overload requirements. Additionally, these summer programs are available to those students from other colleges or universities who are home on vacation and wish to accumulate additional credits during vacation time. For additional information concerning summer programs, please visit www.park.edu/enroll.

 Remote Proctoring

Park University utilizes remote virtual proctoring for some of the exams for students in certain classes (not all Park courses require proctoring – check the course’s syllabus for requirements).  

 Audit Course 

The designation of “Audit” is a registration status used when students officially register for a class without earning a grade or credit. Online courses are not eligible for audit. Students must request course audits in writing prior to end of the course add period for the session. Audits are permitted only if space is available within the course. Students are charged one-half of the regular tuition rate and full fees for audited courses. Audited courses do not apply to degree requirements and are not eligible for federal financial aid. Students may not receive credit by exam or VLE (Validated Learning Experience) credit for audited courses.

Cancellation of Classes

Park strives to structure class sizes to be optimal for student learning and engagement. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment or other factors at the discretion of the Academic Dean, Provost or Campus Center Director. The University makes every effort to cancel courses as early as possible to provide adequate time for students to make any necessary adjustments and to discuss changes with their academic and financial aid advisors. Students are informed of course cancelations through their University issued email address, and enrollment management staff attempt to proactively contact affected students. 

Grading Policy

A - Excellent 4 grade points
HA - Honors Excellent 5 grade points
B - Good 3 grade points
HB - Honors Good 4 grade points
C - Average 2 grade points
HC - Honors Average 3 grade points
D - Poor 1 grade points
HF - Honors Failure 0 grade points
F - Failure 0 grade points
Cr - Passing A mark used when students “test out” of the class
W - Withdrawal Withdrawal without assessment of performance-issued between the last date to officially enroll and a date not later than the 10th week of the semester or 5th week of a term. Not available for two week sessions. No later than the third week of a four week session. The “W” is a student-initiated withdrawal.
WF - Withdrawal Withdrawal issued after the 10th week of a 16-week semester, 5th week of an 8-week term or 3rd week of a four-week summer session. Not available for two-week sessions. The “WF” may be student-initiated or instructor-initiated and will receive the same grade points as an “F”.
WF - Withdrawal Instructors will initiate a “WF” when a student does not officially withdraw from the course (remains enrolled) but failed to participate in course activities through the end of the period. It is used when, in the opinion of the instructor, completed assignments or course activities or both were insufficient to make normal evaluation of academic performance possible. The “WF” may be student-initiated or instructor-initiated and will receive the same grade points as an “F”.
Au - Audit* Audit
P - Pass* Pass
NR - Not Reported*  

*A grade of “Cr,” “Au,” or “P” will not affect a student’s grade point average; however, it may impact financial aid eligibility.

Grade Change Policy

No grade changes shall be granted more than one calendar year from the original grade submission deadline. Any change of grade, prior to the deadline, will be initiated by the  faculty member only who assigned the grade. All requests must be adequately documented.

A grade may be changed, prior to the deadline, for the purpose of correcting clerical or administrative error, or to correct an error in the calculation or recording of a grade. A change of grade will not occur as a result of additional work performed or re-examination beyond the established course requirements.

Incompletes

An Incomplete grade (“I”) is issued at the discretion of the instructor and may not be issued to a student who has unexcused/excessive absences or limited participation in the course. A grade of Incomplete indicates that the coursework was not completed in the time allotted in the semester/term through no fault of the student as determined by the instructor. If a student cites a medical or disability reason for being unable to complete the coursework, the instructor will contact Disability Services for confirmation. An Incomplete cannot be granted as a disability accommodation unless approved by Disability Services. An Incomplete grade may be issued only upon submission of a “Contract for Incomplete” by the instructor. The Contract for Incomplete is due by midnight of the last day of the term/semester. Under the Contract for Incomplete, the instructor works independently with the student to determine new deadlines for the material, as well as any additional assignments that the student needs to complete. Final assessment of the grade is postponed to no later than the last day of the semester/term immediately following the semester/term in which the Incomplete was granted, unless an earlier deadline was established by the instructor. Failure on the part of the student to complete the work will result in a grade of “F”. Students who are granted an Incomplete may opt out of the Incomplete within one week of notification.

NOTE: A grade of Incomplete may suspend the student from financial aid or graduate assistantships.

Independent Study

Independent Study is a means by which a degree-seeking student may complete a course. The requested courses must be out-of-class academic work which cannot be met through the existing curriculum, for which a course number and supervision are available, or a catalog course not scheduled for an academic year.

  • Undergraduate Requirements
    The application must have attached a detailed proposal to include title, resources to be used, course objectives, content and evaluation aspects of the study. Applications must be signed by the student, the instructor, Department Chair, and Associate Dean or Dean. The application must be filed in the Registrar’s Office prior to the last day of the enrollment adjustment period.
  • Graduate Requirements
    The student must be in good academic standing with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A minimum of 25 percent of the degree requirements must be completed, unless an exception is granted by the program director or dean. If qualified, the student must request an Independent Study Agreement from the program director. A student is allowed a maximum of six (6) credit hours through independent study to complete the requirements. The program director must approve all independent study courses. All charges, regardless of funding, must be paid in full when the independent study is approved. A syllabus with proposed topic, readings, assignments and scheduled meetings are to be submitted to the program director.

The student and the faculty member may interact face-to-face, in an online classroom, via email or through a combination of these methods to complete academic activity.

Major/Degree Declaration

 Major Declaration

A major must be declared prior to accumulating 60 hours of work. For transfer students with more than 60 hours, majors must be declared at the time of admission or during the first enrolled semester/term thereafter.

 Dual Degrees

A student is considered a dual degree when the student is concurrently enrolled in two separate degree programs (ex. Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts). A student may pursue a dual degree if the chosen degrees are approved and readily available at the student’s Campus and/or online. A student must complete all graduation requirements for both degrees before the student is eligible to graduate. When the student graduates from a dual degree pursuit, a diploma for each degree program will be issues (ex. one Bachelor of Science and one Bachelor of Arts). Students pursuing dual degrees who wish to graduate with one degree must submit a Declaration of Major to drop the second degree. (Those who elect to complete one degree may return for a subsequent/second degree provided they meet the criteria for earning a second degree.)

 Double Majors

A student is considered a double major when the student is concurrently enrolled in two separate majors in the same degree program (ex. Bachelor of Science with a major in Criminal Justice Administration and a major in Social Psychology). A student may declare a double major by submitting a Declaration of Major form or an Application for Admission. Declaring a double major will update the student’s entire degree audit to the current catalog in effect. A student must complete all graduation requirements for both majors before the student is eligible to graduate from the degree program. When the student graduates from a double major pursuit, a single diploma listing both majors will be issued. Double majors who wish to graduate with one of the majors must complete a Declaration of Major to drop the second major. (Students who elect to complete one major may return for a subsequent degree provided they meet the criteria for earning a second degree.)

Note for veteran benefits recipients: Dual Objective programs, requiring more hours than a standard degree, which are reasonably related to a single career field, may be pursued by veterans. The student shall file a statement pertaining to his/her ‘career field of pursuit’ showing the relatedness of the objectives that is approved by school officials. The programs of pursuit must be approved by the State Approving Agency of jurisdiction in which the campus presides. Contact your Veterans Affairs representative on campus for more information.

Requirements for Double Major:
Associate’s
  1. Minimum of 15 residency hours - Associate of Arts/Sciences. At least nine of these credits must be in the major.
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  3. Core requirements fulfilled for each major.
  4. Requirements outside major division fulfilled.
  5. A minimum of 60 semester hours accumulated.
Bachelor’s
  1. Minimum of 30 residency hours. At least 15 of these credits must be in the major.
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  3. Core requirements fulfilled for each major.
  4. Complete Liberal Education course distribution.
  5. A minimum of 120 semester hours (B.S., B.S.E., B.M., B.P.A.), 122 (B.A., B.F.A., B.S.W.), or 126 (B.S.N.) semester hours accumulated.
When all core courses for both majors and the liberal education requirements are completed, one diploma listing both majors will be issued.

When adding a major after the initial evaluation, the student’s entire degree program will move to the new catalog, including the previously declared major, any minors, and the liberal education requirements. The previously accepted transfer credit will remain transcribed; however, the application of credit may change.

 Second Degree

When adding or changing a major, minor, or certificate through the Declaration of Major Form, the student’s entire degree audit, including the original major, will update to the current Catalog in effect. A student who has completed a bachelor’s degree at Park University must submit a new admissions application.

  1. The accepted credit listed on the student’s transcript remains the same, but the accepted credit will be applied toward the second degree according to the catalog at the time the student re-enrolls.
  2. A second degree audit is generated. Students who have previously earned a Park University degree must complete an additional 30 hours of residency hours.
  3. Students entering Park University with a bachelor’s degree from an acceptable accredited  college or university are required to meet the residency, major and/or certification requirements.

Graduate Comprehensive Exam

When applicable, a student who fails the final comprehensive exam, except in the cases of plagiarism, may repeat the exam one time, with the permission of the program director. Any further attempts would only be permitted upon the recommendation of the program director and the approval of the College dean. If a student fails a comprehensive exam due to plagiarism the policies for comprehensive exams, stated under Sanctions against Academic Dishonesty apply.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Work

Students must take the core courses of the program in which they wish to receive their degree; however, they may take electives in other Park University graduate programs, with the approval of their adviser and program director. The electives should be a reasonable part of their academic and professional plans. The number of hours chosen, as electives, will vary with the program and may not exceed nine (9) credit hours. (See appropriate sections of the Catalog). Students wishing to receive an interdisciplinary graduate degree must contact graduate student success services.

Master’s Thesis Procedure

The writing of a thesis is a highly valued academic exercise especially suitable for students who wish to continue their graduate education in pursuit of a doctorate degree after completing the master’s degree. The thesis is traditionally regarded as the culminating activity in a master’s degree program. Students may earn up to six hours of graduate credit for writing a thesis, earned through fixed or variable credit courses, depending on the graduate program offered. Continuous enrollment for an additional one hour is possible, with the approval of the thesis committee chair.

Students should carefully plan their activities, in order to ensure that they develop a workable proposal, conduct the research, write the thesis and get it approved by the thesis committee, in a timely manner. A copy of the completed thesis should be submitted to the major adviser no later than six weeks prior to the date of Commencement. College dean should receive a copy for final approval no later than three weeks prior to the day on which the degree is to be conferred.

 Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship

The conduct of research and scholarship must conform to the highest standards of ethical and professional integrity. Every aspect of research, including data collection, research design, research procedures, conclusions drawn and the dissemination of results must adhere to superior ethical standards, transcending personal gain, financial consideration or other individual or institutional advantage. Research involving human and animal subjects must meet the requirements of all applicable laws and regulations, as well as University procedures, to ensure the well-being of the human and animal subjects. See Institutional Review Board information at www.park.edu/academics/institutional-review-board.

 Thesis Committee

Candidates should consult their major adviser in forming a thesis committee and clarifying the role of the committee members in the research and writing process. The primary responsibility for directing the thesis resides with the adviser. The committee should consist of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty, including the major adviser in the discipline area. It is advisable to include additional faculty member(s) from outside the discipline, as faculty external to the discipline can bring fresh perspectives or provide valuable assistance in the conduct of research.

 Thesis Procedures

The candidate must register for the appropriate thesis course to begin the process of developing a thesis proposal. Registration allows the student to receive advice from a faculty member and to utilize University facilities to prepare for the thesis. While enrolled in this course, the student is expected to actively work on developing a formal proposal related to an area of research interest, under the direction of a faculty member who will be the major adviser or the Committee chair.

At minimum, the research proposal should identify the problem, clarify the thesis statement, select an appropriate research methodology (including the data gathering instruments and data analysis techniques) and provide an effective overview of the scholarly literature. The following general outline may be helpful in developing a proposal.

  • Key concepts and definition of the project. Concisely and clearly state what the project intends to accomplish. What are the basic questions to be explored?
  • Significance of the study. Why should the scientific community be interested in this study? What contribution will it make to the discipline, the profession and society?
  • Review of relevant literature. How does your research relate to the work of others? Where are the gaps in literature? What do you hope to add to the literature?
  • Methodology. How do you plan to approach the subject? What is your methodology and what instruments or procedures will you use to gather the data/information that you would need to address the questions? What is the justification for the use of this methodology? Do you have the resources to conduct the study, such as access to people, data, archives, collections, time, etc.?
  • Plan of work and timetable. Present a realistic timetable including specific dates by which you plan to complete specific facets of the research. It will help you and the Committee to decide if you can realistically complete the project.
  • Bibliography. Present a working bibliography that includes scholarly books and articles. You will revise and expand this bibliography as you continue with your project.

 Proposal Defense and Submission

When the proposal is ready for defense, the student must work with the Committee chair in setting a date for the proposal defense. The defense must be conducted at least one semester prior to graduation and the proposal must be submitted to the dean of the College once it is approved by the chair and all members of the Committee. The student must work with the Committee chair in submitting the proposal to the Committee members for their approval. Once approved by the Committee, the chair will forward the proposal to the dean of the College at least one semester prior to the semester in which the student is expected to graduate.

 Human Subjects Protection and IRB Review

In preparing the thesis proposal, students must be aware that any research which involves human subjects must be approved by the Institutional Review Board of the University in order to ensure compliance with applicable federal regulations and University policies. The proposal must be reviewed and approved by the IRB according to the University procedure. Failure to gain the IRB approval will result in denial of the proposal. It is a violation of the procedures to contact human subjects prior to the IRB approval of the proposal. It is highly recommended that the IRB approval be received prior to the submission of the proposal. Additional information related to the IRB may be found at www.park.edu/academics/institutional-reveiw-board/irb/.

 Data Collection

Following the approval of the thesis proposal, students may begin data gathering. Data may be collected using qualitative, quantitative, participatory, documentary or action research methodologies, as may be appropriate. The writing of the thesis may then begin, with the guidance of the Committee chair. Students are encouraged to consult the chair regularly, to ensure that they receive timely and useful feedback throughout the research and writing process.

 Thesis Defense

An oral defense of the thesis must be satisfactorily completed and approved by the Committee, and the result of the defense must be submitted to the dean of the College three weeks prior to graduation. Thesis defense is open to the University community.

 Enrollment in XX 799 (1 cr.)

When additional time is needed to complete the thesis work, enrollment in XX 799 is permitted, in consultation with the chair. For additional information on the thesis procedure, please consult the director of your graduate program.

 Acceptable Use Policy

 

Policy Statement

Park University is committed to protecting student, employee, partner and the university’s sensitive information and systems from illegal or damaging actions by individuals, either knowingly or unknowingly, while maintaining a culture of openness, trust and integrity.
This policy outlines the expectations for the use of electronic information and systems at the university.

You can learn more about this policy at this link: https://park.policystat.com/policy/14330858/latest/