Adult Studies Student Handbook

Adult Studies

Student Handbook 2011 - 2012

History

Southwestern Christian University was birthed in the fall of 1946 on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. In the 1960’s the student body expanded and studies in various programs were developed. The college received accreditation by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1973 and was later approved by North Central as a four-year baccalaureate level degree-granting college.

August of 1996 saw the beginning of the Adult Studies program. The original ABLE program, Applied Biblical Leadership Education, was delivered in one week modules. The implementation of the Adult Studies program was a fulfillment of the vision of University founder, Dr. R.O. Corvin, to provide a program for ministers to complete their education in a non-traditional format.

The Adult Studies program has grown and expanded to include four degree majors: Biblical Leadership, Business Leadership, Human and Family Services, and Business Administration. The delivery method was changed in fall of 2001 to the current format of one night a week. The addition of the LINK program in August of 2003 allows adults to earn their general education requirements in the evening accelerated format.

University Mission Statement

Southwestern Christian University is a Christ-centered liberal arts institution equipping students for a life of learning, leadership, and service; integrating faith, learning, and living; and empowering graduates to excel and to positively impact their world for Jesus Christ.

Adult Education Mission Statement

Consistent with the mission of Southwestern Christian University the Adult Studies mission is to educate adult students by providing a quality, Christ centered and biblically integrated education, to equip adults for leadership and service, and to empower them to impact their world for Christ.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Academic Responsibility

The student is expected to commit herself/himself to the highest level of academic integrity when involved in and fulfilling requirements for all courses. Academic dishonesty on any level and of any form will not be tolerated. This applies not only to active involvement but also to passive knowledge.

Any student involved in academic dishonesty will be dropped from the course and assigned a grade of “F” for the course. Furthermore, academic dishonesty may result in the dismissal or expulsion of the student from the program and/or the university.

Evaluation and Grading

Evaluation for each course is the responsibility of the course instructor. Evaluation of the student may include performance in the classroom, group participation, outside assignments, problem solving exercises, take-home tests, and examinations. The course syllabus will specify the method of evaluation. All assignments, unless specified otherwise in the syllabus, are to be individually completed by each student.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used in all Adult Studies courses will be the University standard. Grading will be based upon the following scale:

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59-0 F

Grade Points

Grade points are numerical weights, which are assigned to letter grades as follows:

Grade A carries 4.0 grade points for each hour of credit.
Grade B carries 3.0 grade points for each hour of credit.
Grade C carries 2.0 grade points for each hour of credit
Grade D carries 1.0 grade point for each hour of credit.
Grade F carries 0 grade points for each hour of credit

A grade point average (GPA) is the quotient obtained by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of hours attempted.

Student Portal

Once you have your financial aid complete, you will receive an email from the financial aid department with the information on how to log on to the CAMS Student Portal. The email will be sent to the email that you listed on your FAFSA application. The Student Portal contains a lot of information that will be beneficial to you. With the Student Portal you can view your:
• Grades
• Transcript
• Schedule
• Financial Aid
• Ledger Balance

Probation Status

It is essential that an Adult Studies student maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) each semester in the program. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to graduate. A student who fails to meet the minimum 2.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation for the following semester of enrollment. If the student fails to meet minimum satisfactory progress at the end of the probation semester, he/she will be suspended for one semester.

Students being accepted on probationary status must meet the required 2.0 grade point average every semester they are in the program. Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA will result in suspension for one semester.

Complaint, Appeals, and Grievance Policy

In an effort to serve SCU students more effectively, all complaints or appeals concerning a course grade or any aspect of a course should be addressed to the Instructor. If a satisfactory resolution is not found, a written appeal to the Director of Adult Education is to be submitted. Grievances concerning general aspects of one’s experience at SCU should be directed to the Director of Adult Education or the Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Student Email
We will use this to communicate with you and send out pertinent information. Important info will be sent to your email; such as information regarding your schedule, graduation, job opportunities, class cancellations, and much more. We will not be held responsible for information you did not receive because you did not check your email.

Please go to: www.swcu.edu and click on the word EMAIL at the top right corner

Your username will be: firstname.lastname
Your password to get in will be: scunewuser
Your email address will be: firstname.lastname@swcu.edu
**WHEN SENDING WORK TO YOUR PROFESSOR BY EMAIL, ALWAYS COPY TO MYDEGREE@SWCU.EDU.
(If we don’t get it, they don’t get it).

Attendance Policy

Accelerated courses have a limited amount of classroom time. It is necessary for students to attend every class session to learn the course material. There exists a no tolerance policy regarding absences in the accelerated courses. Absence from a session will result in a ten point deduction from the final grade of the student. A student will be dropped from the course and assigned a grade of “F” after missing more than one session. In the case of major emergencies, the professor will assign extra course work for the student in place of the 10 point reduction. The Program Director must approve exceptions to this policy.

Tardiness is unacceptable; it disrupts the class and disturbs other classmates. Therefore, please be punctual for all classes; this includes designated “Breaks.” If a student is late for class, she/he will be marked as absent; it is her/his responsibility to notify the professor of her/his presence after the immediate class session. Failure to report to the professor is not an acceptable excuse. Please comply.

Transfer of Credit

Transcripts from regionally accredited colleges and colleges accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education will be accepted by SCU for transfer credit. All courses on the accepted transcript will be placed on the student’s transcript and the transfer transcript cumulative grade point average (GPA) will become part of the student’s cumulative GPA. Courses utilized in the student’s major must carry a grade of C or better.

Students may choose to earn additional credits through CLEP and AP examinations. CLEP Subject Examinations, available for students either before or after enrollment in college, test in specific subject fields corresponding to semester or full-year courses. Ordinarily, these exams may not be repeated, nor is credit conferred if the student has earned college credit for a similar or a more advanced course in the same area. Scores at or above the 50th percentile by national norms qualify for credit.

CLEP and AP subject examinations will be used for the conferral of credit only if the student completes the prerequisite introductory course exam early in the first semester of registration for advanced course work.

Language tests and other exams are available for special purposes. Prospective students are encouraged to confer with the Director of Adult Studies prior to registering if special tests for advanced placement or credit are desired. Normally, a period of three to four weeks is required for ordering and administering such examinations.

A student may earn up to 15 semester hours of credit by examination. Credit by examination is recorded only for regular matriculated students after a term of study in residence has been completed.

Graduation Requirements

A student who plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Christian University must fulfill all applicable course requirements for his or her chosen major and the following requirements:

  • At least a 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average. At least a 2.50 CGPA for work in the major.
  • A minimum of 50 hours of upper division courses.
  • Fulfillment of all contracts (ie. financial) and obligations to the University.
  • At least 30 semester hours of resident work at SCU(15 hours for the Associate of Arts degree).

Alpha Sigma Lambda

Alpha Sigma Lambda a national honor society for nontraditional, adult full and part-time students. It was established for the recognition of adult students who have distinguished themselves scholastically. Membership also means the student has leadership potential for a socially useful and satisfying career of service. The Adult Studies office will provide the Alpha Sigma Lambda application forms.

Students in the Major and LINK programs are eligible to join after they have completed 24 college hours with 12 hours at SCU, a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better, and are otherwise in good standing. There are scholarship opportunities through Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation for members of the honor society. Members receive honor cords to wear with their regalia at commencement as well as an insignia pin.

ADA Compliance

Estimated times of completion for accelerated programs at Southwestern Christian University do not include necessary accommodations for students with disabilities as defined by federal regulation. Students who claim learning or physical disability must self-identify and provide documentation of their disability prior to admission to the program if they knew or should have known of their disability.

Documentation provided to the University of any disability must be less than three years old and must contain specific recommendations for accommodation appropriate to the diagnosed disability. Documentation must be provided by a licensed professional in the area of the claimed disability. Based on such documentation, in consultation with the Adult Education office of Southwestern Christian University, the student will be advised of any program modifications necessary to complete the compressed format of the accelerated curriculum.

Library Information
The lower level of the C.H. Springer Learning Center is the library, which contains about 30,000 volumes. The library includes volumes in both religion and general education, as well as reference materials, periodicals, and a microfiche collection of American church history studies. Because of the specialized nature of the collection in the field of religion, the holdings are comparable to the religion collection in many libraries of 100,000 or more volumes.

All books and materials in the library are catalogued by the Library of congress classification. The library has a collection designated the Pentecostal Research Center. This section of the collection is comprised of books by Pentecostal authors and periodicals published by various Pentecostal publishing houses.

Computer lab
The library also houses the audio-visual department and the computer lab, which consist of 8 computer stations. All the computers have internet access. A few academic courses are taught in the computer lab to utilize current technology. Library hours are varied and flexible, allowing students plenty of access to computers.

You may print papers in the computer lab by using a flash drive. In order to print you must download files from your flash drive/ USB keys to the computer, by using these steps:
1. Make sure you have a red background on the computer desk top ( if not exit out of all programs till the desk top appears red)
2. Insert USB key into USB port on the front of the computer/ thin client.
3. Open USB key and select the file that you need to access.
4. Drag and drop the file into the “My Documents” folder.
5. Verify that your file was placed in “My Documents”.
6. Exit out of all windows.
7. Log into insvo.insinc.biz by clicking on the internet explorer icon.
8. Click on the tab at the top of the screen that says insvo.insinc.biz.
9. Log in and open “Netman”.
10. Open the “My Computer” folder.
11. Open up the “U: Drive”, locate and open your file.

From here you can open and edit, or print the file.
You may contact the librarian by phone @ 405.789.7661 extension # 3451 or by e-mail, marilyn@swcu.edu

Online Databases
Remote Access for Southwestern Christian University

SIRS Researcher
Login URL: http://www.sirs.com
User Name: OK57527H
Password: 73008
Firstsearch
Login URL: http://newfirstsearch.oclc.org
Authorization: 100137985
Password: fxg6erase

EBSCOhost
Login URL: http://search.epnet.com
User ID: s6783382
Password: password

STUDENT INFORMATION

Diagnostic/ Counseling Services

The Counseling and Diagnostic Center offers a variety of services to all students. The director of the center is a psychometrics and licensed counselor.

Counseling is available on an individual basis for students who are experiencing personal or relational challenges which can be facilitated by conversation therapy. When students have needs which are beyond the scope of the campus counselor, they are referred to sources outside the community. Couple counseling and small group counseling are also available when appropriate.

The diagnostic function of the center facilitates both students and professors. When students struggle with particular courses, they can come to the Diagnostic Center for evaluation, assessment, and prescriptive direction. They may come on their own initiative, or they may be referred by a professor.

Aptitude, achievement, and attention instruments can be administered on an individual level and can be scheduled when necessary. There are also several personality tests which are available to all students upon their request. Many students enjoy learning about their personality types and make use of this privilege.

Students will be allowed six (6) free sessions per semester. Sessions beyond six will cost $10.00 per session. Students who schedule appointments but do not cancel their appointment with a member of the Diagnostic Center at least 24 hours prior to the appointment will be subject to a $10.00 fee.

Appearance and Dress

Students are expected to be accountable for maintaining a standard of dress designed to be in harmony with generally accepted guidelines for good taste and modesty. As an institution that adheres to Christian principles and seeks to maintain a relaxed, professional, educational environment, dress may be casual but must appropriately support the adult, modest, professional atmosphere desired by the faculty and administration of the University. A faculty member may advise a student when his/her attire is considered to be inappropriate. Examples of inappropriate dress would be any type of clothing that does not fully cover the following: bosom, bottom, belly, and back.

Classroom Deportment

Students are expected to project a scholastic demeanor and to interactively respond to class activities. Students, at all times, are expected to be respectful of their peers, the institution, its facilities, and personnel. The instructor will be in control and responsible for all class activities. Up to twenty minutes in ‘break-time’ may be planned and authorized by the instructor for each four-hour class session. Cell phones must be turned off or silenced. Calls may be returned during the break.

Identification Card

A student ID card is furnished to each Adult Student. See the Student Development Department for your student ID card.

Children on Campus and in Classrooms

Minor children are not allowed on campus unsupervised. They must be in the presence of a parent or responsible adult. No infant or child will be permitted in a regularly scheduled class.

Fire arms and explosives

Students may not possess or discharge firearms, fireworks, or explosives, in any building on campus. Firearms and explosives are banned on the campus of SCU. Adult students possessing firearms as a requirement for their profession (police, guards, etc.) are required to lock their weapon, out of site, in their vehicle while on campus.

Confidentiality of Student Records

Southwestern Christian University is the custodian of many types of student records and recognizes a duty to protect the confidentiality of information therein. The university reserves the right to notify the general public of general information about students, such as address, telephone number, college major, classification and graduation date, if applicable. All student records are available for official use to authorized personnel who demonstrate a need to have access to such records.

Oklahoma State Vaccine Requirements

Beginning the 2004-2005 academic year, public or private postsecondary educational institutions are required to provide information and the availability of the meningitis vaccine to all students. Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, and MMR vaccines are highly recommended for all students attending the institution. The Oklahoma State Department of Health recommends all students attending classes on a college campus to receive the following vaccinations:

Meningococcal Vaccine

  • The Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by bacteria.
  • Meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord coverings and it can also cause blood infections.
  • This disease causes more than 260 deaths each year and infects over 2,600 people.
  • It is highly communicable.
  • The Meningococcal vaccine can prevent two of three important types of Meningococcal Meningitis in adolescents and adults.
  • The cost for this vaccination is approx. *$58.00 per dose and only one dose is required except in specialized cases.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

  • Hepatitis B is a serious illness. Caused from having multiple sex partners or homosexual relations, contact with needles used by drug addicts or people with disease, being exposed to blood or bodily fluids, or contact with individuals having the disease.
  • Three doses are required for this vaccination in order to be immune to the disease. Each dose costs approx. *$34.00.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella are serious diseases that are spread from person to person through the air.
  • Anyone who is 18 years or older and was born after 1957 should receive at least one dose of the vaccination.
  • This vaccination is provided at no charge through the county health department.

For More Information:
• National Meningitis Association - www.nmaus.org
• American College Health Association - www.acha.org
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov
These vaccinations may be received at theOklahoma County Health Department located at: 921 N.E. 23rd.Street (On the corner of NE 23rd and Kelly). For hours, directions, and current cost information, please call: 405.425.4450

As with any vaccination, please consult your doctor or physician about the full benefits and risks associated with the vaccines.

*Costs are based on the OCHD estimates

GENERAL INFORMATION

Parking areas

A vehicle shall be parked within a designated parking stall in the university parking lot. Each student must have the SCU parking permit decal in the bottom of the driver’s-side front windshield, or a fine of $25 may be given. Commuter students are discouraged from parking in front of the dorms, as the resident students need those spaces.

Vehicles shall not be parked in fire lanes, or within 25 feet of a fire hydrant, loading zone, handicapped parking, or in front of trash bins. These areas may be labeled or coded. Vehicles in violation of this, or inoperable vehicles left in disrepair, are subject to impoundment or fine.

The speed limit on campus is 10 miles per hour. Regardless of the stated speeds, a vehicle operator shall not drive at speeds that are excessive for existing road, weather, or traffic conditions. All state and local laws are in force on the campus.

Vehicle violations

All parking area violations may incur a $25 fine for each violation. Citations may be issued by any faculty member or any other person designated by the University Administration. SCU reserves the right to inspect automobiles on campus when it has reason to believe that university regulations are being violated. SCU also reserves the right to restrict the use of a personal vehicle on the campus.

Inclement Weather Policy

The Vice President of Academic Affairs, in consultation with the President of SCU, will make the decision to cancel classes should the need arise. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will notify the appropriate metro television stations, so that the closing of the university will be on the school closing list at the earliest possible time. All efforts will be taken to notify students of closure as early as possible.

CAMPUS CONTACT INFORMATION

Registrar (405) 789.7661 X 3458

  •  To add or drop a course
  • Information relative to veteran’s benefits
  • To request a transcript
  • Information regarding a course grades

Financial Aid (405) 789-7661 X 3456 Or 3431

  • Any assistance concerning financial aid
  • Information concerning scholarships
  • Information on work-study program

Business Office (405) 789-7661 X 3421

  • Information concerning your student account
  • Information regarding a student bill

Library (405) 789-7661 X 3451

Adult Studies……………………………………………… (405) 470-2636

  • Course enrollment
  • Communication with faculty
  • Class Attendance questions
  • Prior Learning credit