Reinhardt University SACSCOC Compliance Certification

4.3 Publication of Policies

The institution makes available to students and the public current academic calendars, grading policies, and refund policies. (Publication of policies)

Judgment check box Compliance

 

Narrative

Reinhardt University maintains policies related to academic calendars, grading, and refunds.  These policies are widely available to students and the public on Reinhardt University’s official website, the specified webpages for the University’s Registrar Office and Business Office.  Reinhardt University implements these policies and publishes them in the University’s Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 and the Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017.

Academic Calendar
The academic calendar is developed, reviewed, and approved through Reinhardt University’s faculty governance process and the University’s administration. [1]  The proposed academic calendar is initially developed by a faculty committee, the Academic Standards, Policies, and Procedures Committee (ASPPC), and then reviewed, modified as appropriate, and approved by the Faculty Senate. [2]  Next, the academic calendar is reviewed by administrators in the Registrar’s Office and the Business Office. The final, approved academic calendar is included in the University’s Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 and the Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 as well as published on the University’s website. [3] [4] [5] The University website also publishes specialized academic calendars for the online, professional degree-completion programs [6] and courses in Reinhardt’s Police Academy. [7]

Grading Policies

Reinhardt University’s grading policies, established through faculty governance with administrative approval, adhere to accepted post-secondary grading standards. [8] These grading policies are included in the Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 and the Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, which are published on the University’s website.

The Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 includes information about grades and notations, how to calculate grade point average, and how to resolve an incomplete (I) grade. [9] The Catalog also publishes information about grades and academic performance, possibly leading to academic warning. [10] In addition, the University published policies for dropping a course, [11] appealing a grade, and withdrawing from the University. [12]  The  Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 includes information about grade notations, grades and academic performance, grade appeals and the polices for dropping a course. [13]

In addition to the academic catalogs, grading policies are included and published on individual faculty course syllabi, like the following: ENG 101 (first year English syllabus) [14] EDU 550 (a graduate syllabus),[15] and CRJ 300 (an online course). [16]

Refund Policies

Reinhardt University’s refund policies adhere to federal government and institutional business policies.  The official refund policies apply to undergraduate and graduate students and are made available to students and the public on the Reinhardt University Business Office website and the Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017 and the Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017. [17] [18] [19]

Conclusion

Through its official website, its academic catalogs, and course syllabi, Reinhardt makes available to students and the public current academic calendars, grading policies, and refund policies.

 

Supporting Documents

[1] The role of the Faculty in the Faculty Handbook, 2016-2017, p. 23

[2] The ASPPC description in the Faculty Handbook Appendices, 2016-2017, p. 3

[3] Academic Calendar, Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017,
pp. 292-94

[4] Academic Calendar, Reinhardt University Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017,
pp. 4-5

[5] Registrar’s Academic Calendar webpage

[6] Academic Calendar, online programs, webpage

[7] Academic Calendar, Policy Academy, webpage

[8] Role of the Faculty in the Faculty Handbook, 2016-2017, p. 23

[9] Grades and notations/ calculating a GPA, Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, pp. 49-50

[10] Grades and Academic Performance, Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, pp. 47-48

[11] Grades and dropping a course, Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, pp. 48-49

[12] Grade appeals, Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017, p. 51

[13] Grading policies, Reinhardt University Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017,
pp. 26-30

[14] Grading policies, ENG 101, fall 2016, p. 5

[15] Grading policies, EDU 550, spring 2017, p. 7

[16] Grading policies, CRJ 300, spring 2017, p. 4

[17] Refund policies, Business Office website

[18] Refund policies, Reinhardt University Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017,
pp. 22-25

[19] Refund policies, Reinhardt University Graduate Academic Catalog 2016-2017,
pp. 19-20