Academic Honor Code
To a large extent, a College’s reputation depends upon the quality and the integrity of the academic work that its students produce. Maintaining high standards of academic honesty is the responsibility of both Goldey-Beacom College students and faculty. As students begin or continue their career pursuits, it is critical that they bring high ethical standards to their work. The Academic Honor Code System at Goldey-Beacom College will strive to enhance ethical awareness in each student.
Definition of Academic Dishonesty
Cheating: An act or attempted act by which a student seeks to misrepresent what the student has mastered on an academic exercise. Cheating includes but is not limited to the following examples:
- Copying from others during an examination.
- Collaborating on a test, quiz, or project with others without authorization.
- Using unauthorized materials to complete an exam or assignment.
- Programming of notes, formulas, or other aids into a programmable calculator or electronic dictionary without prior authorization.
- Using a communication device such as a cell phone, pager, PDA, or electronic translator to obtain unauthorized information during an exam.
- Using online resources such as Web sites or email while completing an online exam without the permission of the instructor.
- Copying computer files from another person and representing the work as the student’s own work.
- Taking an exam for another student or permitting someone else to take a test for the student.
- Allowing others to do research or writing of an assignment; e.g.,
- Using the services of a commercial term paper company,
- Using the services of another student,
- Using Internet services to access another’s work.
- Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit in more than one course without consulting the second instructor (and the first instructor if the courses are concurrent at GBC).
Fabrication: the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Fabrication includes but is not limited to the following examples:
- Citation of information not taken from the source indicated. This may include incorrect documentation of secondary source materials; e.g., using the bibliographic information from a source instead of going to the original source yourself.
- Listing sources in a bibliography not used in the academic exercise.
- Submission in a paper or other academic exercise of false or fictitious data, or deliberate and knowing concealment or distortion of the true nature, origin, or function of such data.
- Submitting as the student’s own work any academic exercises prepared totally or in part by another.
Plagiarism: the inclusion of another’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own work. This covers unpublished as well as published sources. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to the following examples:
- Quoting another person’s words, sentences, paragraphs, or entire work without acknowledgment of the source.
- Utilizing another person’s ideas, opinions, or theory without acknowledgment of the source.
- The use of resources without documentation on a task that is to be completed without resources.
- Copying another student’s essay test answer.
- Copying, or allowing another student to copy, a computer file that contains another student’s assignment, and submitting it, in part or in its entirety, as one’s own.
- Working together on an assignment, sharing the computer files and programs involved, and then submitting individual copies of the assignment as one’s own individual work.
Academic Misconduct: other academically dishonest acts. Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to the following examples:
- Stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining all or part of an unadministered exam.
- Selling or giving away all or part of an exam, including answers; e.g., telling someone in the 10 a.m. class what was on the 8 a.m. class exam.
- Bribing another to obtain an exam.
- Copying and distributing an unadministered exam.
- Continuing to work on an exam or project after the specified allotted time has elapsed.
- Changing, altering, or being an accessory to the changing or altering of a grade on a test, assignment, or project.
- Falsifying an excuse to obtain an extension on a deadline for a test, assignment or project.
- Attempting to use technology to alter grades or academic records.
- Violating copyright laws and/or regulations. Guidelines on the appropriate use of copyrights are available at http://www.gbc.edu/academics/academic-resources/library-technology-services/copyright.html.
Procedures for Handling Student Violations of the Honor Code
Any student, staff or faculty member has the right and is expected to report suspected student violations of the Academic Honor Code to the instructor of the course or to the Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee. The instructor should handle suspected violations in the following way:
- Satisfy oneself that there is credible evidence that a violation has occurred.
- Document everything completely.
- As soon as Steps 1 and 2 are completed, the following three steps should be done concurrently.
- Take action appropriate to the violation (e.g. “0” on the assignment, grade reduction, etc.)
- Submit a Violation Report to the Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee and the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The instructor should only submit the Report and keep the supporting evidence in their file for a minimum of two years.
- Notify the student promptly in writing that a Violation Report has been filed. This will be done via email with “return receipt requested” to the student’s GBC Email account.
A reported incident of academic misconduct will be handled by the instructor by one of the following means:
- written reprimand,
- assignment of additional work,
- lowering the assignment or course grade,
- assigning an “F” grade for the course.
All communication with the student should be in private and completely documented. The instructor must apprise the student of the appeal process.
Student Appeal Process
If a student disagrees with the faculty action, the student should request a meeting with the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. After meeting with the Provost/Vice President, the Provost/Vice President may document the meeting and any resulting decision and communicate the information to the student via the student’s GBC Email address. If, after meeting with the Provost/Vice President, the student still disagrees, the student may appeal the faculty action to the Academic Integrity Committee. The appeal should be handled in the following way:
Student appeals must be made in writing and submitted within ten (10) business days of the meeting date with the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, or the date of the Provost/Vice President’s email, whichever is later. The written appeal should include a brief summary of the alleged violation of the Academic Honor Code, the faculty action taken, and the student’s reasons for appealing the action. The appeal should be submitted to the Chair of the Academic Integrity Committee who will hold a formal administrative hearing to consider the appeal. Such hearings occur during standard business hours during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Parties involved in the administrative hearing process have the following rights and responsibilities:
- At least five (5) business days prior to the hearing, the Student shall be sent written notice via the GBC Email account and letter of the administrative hearing specifying the suspected violation, the time and the place of the hearing, and a copy of the procedures which will be used during the hearing.
- Shall be given the opportunity to present an explanation of the alleged academic dishonesty.
- Is entitled to be present during the hearing while evidence is being presented and may remain until the deliberations have begun. If the student elects not to appear at the hearing, the hearing shall be conducted in the student’s absence.
- Shall have the right to produce witnesses, written documents, and other evidence to substantiate the student’s case.
- Shall have the right to ask questions, which shall be directed to the Chair of the hearing who will pose all questions to all witnesses.
- Shall have the right to refuse to answer any question(s) or to make a statement.
- May have someone present to advise them, e.g., a faculty member, fellow student, or staff member of the College Community. Legal counsel is not permitted to be present during the hearing. Should the suspected academic dishonesty have the potential for criminal prosecution based on the activity that is the subject of the violation, an exception may be granted to allow for the presence of legal counsel. Should legal counsel be permitted, the counsel’s role is limited to legal advisor to the student, not advocate, and the person may not ask questions of witnesses or otherwise participate in the hearing.
- At least five (5) business days prior to the hearing, the Instructor shall be sent written notice of the hearing specifying the suspected academic dishonesty, the time and place of the hearing, and a copy of the procedures which will be used during the hearing.
- Shall be given the opportunity to present an explanation of the suspected academic dishonesty. Is entitled to be present during the hearing while evidence is being presented and may remain until the deliberations have begun.
- Shall have the right to produce witnesses, written documents, and other evidence to substantiate the case.
- Shall have the right to ask questions, which shall be directed to the Chair of the hearing, who will pose all questions to all witnesses.
The Academic Integrity Committee:
- Shall base its findings upon the preponderance of evidence.
- Shall make all decisions by majority vote at a meeting with the appropriate quorum of members.
- Shall submit its findings, decision, and action to be taken within ten (10) business days following the hearing.
- Shall keep summary minutes of the hearing, which will be available to the student, upon request, within ten (10) business days following the hearing.
- At the discretion of the Chair, an audio record may be made. Deliberations need not be recorded.
The student will receive written notice via the GBC Email account with “return receipt requested” and letter either hand delivered or mailed by certified mail within ten (10) business days following the hearing informing the student of the Committee’s decision. Copies should be sent to the faculty member, the appropriate Department Chair, and the Academic Affairs Office.
The decision of the Academic Integrity Committee may be appealed to the Appellate Board within ten (10) business days after the notification of the Committee’s decision. The written appeal should include a detailed summary of the alleged violation of the Academic Honor Code, the faculty action taken, and the student’s reasons for appealing the action. The appeal should be submitted to the Chair of the Appellate Board who will hold a formal administrative hearing to consider the appeal. Such hearings will occur during standard business hours during the Fall and Spring semesters. The student will receive written notice via the GBC Email account with “return receipt requested” and letter either hand delivered or mailed certified within ten (10) business days of the Appellate Board’s decision. The decision by the Appellate Board in all Academic Honor Code cases is final.
Sanctions for Repeat Violations
Individuals with documented repeat violations of the College’s Academic Honor Code may be subject to the following sanctions:
- Disciplinary warning: A disciplinary warning is an official written notice expressing that the student’s conduct violates one or more College rules, regulations, or policies.
- Loss of Scholarship: A student may have all Goldey-Beacom College funded or endowed scholarship(s) revoked for engaging in behaviors that are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the Alcohol and Drug Policy, or the Housing Policy Handbook. Upon dismissal from the College, all College-funded scholarships are permanently revoked.
- Probation: Probation is a period of review during which the student must comply with all College rules, regulations, and polices. This action is a period of official censure. A probation action may specify any conditions with which the individual must comply or any privileges which may be withheld. Probation may include, but is not limited to, the loss of privilege to represent the College in an official capacity (e.g., varsity intercollegiate events, holding office, or participation in campus government or related organizations).
- Suspension: Suspension from the College is the termination of student status for a specified period of time. A student may not attend classes, take exams, receive grades, or be on College property. After this period of time, the student must seek written approval from the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs to return to the College. The hearing officer may establish additional requirements which must be fulfilled to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs’ satisfaction prior to reinstatement. There will be no refunding of tuition or fees.
- Dismissal: Dismissal is the permanent, involuntary separation from the College due to academic violations. A student is not permitted on College property. There will be no refunding of tuition or fees.
Academic Integrity Committee:
The Academic Integrity Committee consists of nine (9) members and requires a quorum of five (5) members of:
Maintenance of Academic Honor Code Violation Records
All reports involving Academic Honor Code violations will be housed in the Academic Affairs Office. The files may be discarded after a ten (10) year period.
This policy supersedes any previously published Academic Honor Code policies of Goldey-Beacom College.
Academic Year Definition
The College has three standard academic terms within an academic year. The three academic terms are Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Session.
Students Receiving Title IV Aid
The Fall and Spring semesters are required periods of enrollment for undergraduate students receiving Title IV aid (federal financial aid). Summer is an optional semester of enrollment which does not impact a student’s ability to receive federal aid or maintain deferment of federal student loans.
Students on an F-1 Student VISA
Enrollment in the Fall and Spring semesters are required for students on an F-1 Student VISA to maintain status as a full-time student. (See additional requirements here).
Advanced placement is granted to eligible students in some subject areas. For more information, students should contact the Registrar’s Office.
Auditing a Course (Listener Status)
Permission to audit a class (listener status) may be requested from the Advising Office no later than the official add/drop period for the course.
Students must be enrolled in the course they wish to audit and pay normal associated tuition charges. Courses under audit (listener) status are transcribed on a student’s academic record as non-degree and an L grade is posted signifying audit/listener status. Credits are not awarded upon completion.
Title IV aid and Veteran’s benefits cannot be used if the student audits or enrolls in a course as a “Listener” since the course’s status is listed as non-degree.
Change of Address
Students who wish to update their current address(es) while enrolled at the College can submit the information to the Registrar’s Office in two ways:
1) Using Campus Web (log in, click on the Personal Information link in the upper right corner of the window, then click the Biographical Info tab), or;
2) Via email to the Registrar’s Office.
Change of Curriculum/Major
The process of students selecting a major begins in the Admission process on the student’s application to the College. When the student begins enrollment at the College, the major the student selected becomes their official major. Students can change their major within the same division at any time during their enrollment by contacting their Advisor. (Note: Understand that by a student changing their major, their anticipated graduation date may be delayed).
Students are assigned a catalog year that aligns with their first semester of enrollment and carries through to degree completion. If a student takes a leave of absence or temporarily withdraws and re-enters the College, the latest and current catalog year will supersede their original catalog year.
Class Attendance and Tardiness
All students are expected to attend punctually, and for the full class time, every scheduled meeting of each course in which they are registered. Students who do not attend the first class meeting may jeopardize their federal financial aid funding or, in the case of F-1 visa students, be reported out of status to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Absences are recorded beginning with the first scheduled class meeting.
Poor attendance and/or habitual tardiness to class may not only negatively impact a student’s academic success, but may also jeopardize the student’s continued enrollment at the College. Exceptions may be made in cases of serious illness or other documented emergency.
Students are held responsible for all work missed as a result of absences. Each faculty member shall assess each course they teach to determine what class attendance requirements are necessary to complete a course successfully. Students will be informed in writing of these requirements for each course at the beginning of the semester by the professor. Students can contact the Advising Office for information about their class absence records for any given course or semester.
Students who do not attend the first week of class and have not secured their schedules may be dropped from their class(es) if they do not provide notice to the faculty or Advisor.
Class Scheduling, Format, and Registration
Classes may be held in any of the following formats:
- Face-to-Face (F2F) - Completely face-to-face. Every class meeting is held in-person, and in-person attendance is required.
- Hybrid (HYB) - Alternating weeks in-person and online. Attendance during in-person weeks is expected to be in-person, and attendance during online weeks is expected through Zoom.
- Online (ONL) - Courses are taught one of two ways: Virtually trough Zoom, and attendance through Zoom is expected; or 2) Containing a mixture of prerecorded lectures, required coursework, and faculty office hours.
- Live-Online (LVO) - Blended courses. Students have the option of attending in-person or via Zoom from class meeting to class meeting. These courses are held entirely synchronously.
The three letter codes associated with the formats are indicated throughout course schedule information to provide format information easily to the College community.
Undergraduate classes are held in 7 and 15-week sessions between 8:30 AM and 10:30 PM and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. At the end of the Fall semester and the beginning of the Spring semester, one-week seminars are scheduled from Monday through Friday from 4:30 AM - 10:30 PM, and on Saturday from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
With each undergraduate Saturday class meeting representing 25% of the total class time, make-up dates are published for Saturday classes. A fifth class date is scheduled and published on the Academic Calendar as the make-up date for each session if needed. The make-up date is for College-wide cancellations due to circumstances beyond the control of the College, such as inclement weather. On rare occasions, an instructor may need to use the make-up date instead of a regularly scheduled class date. Students are expected to keep their schedules open on that date in case the College or the instructor determines that a make-up session is needed.
Final examination timing is determined by each individual faculty member for each of their classes. Information will be contained in the course’s syllabus.
Students can register for classes in two different ways:
1) Using the Course Registration Feature located on Campus Web under the Registration tab;
2) Contacting the Advising Office
To drop or withdrawal from a course, students must contact the Advising Office.
Requests that are unusual in nature (such as the request for an Independent Study, course substitution, or credit-hour overload) require approval from the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs or designee. Students can begin the process of such a request by submitting an explanation to their Advisor either verbally or via email. Each request is reviewed on an individual basis, and approval is not automatically guaranteed.
Prerequisites are designated to ensure students are academically prepared for coursework in a subsequent class based on knowledge gained from a previous course. To request a prerequisite waiver, follow the process found above in “Special Requests”.
Classification of Students
Student classification refers to the familiar names of the four undergraduate years: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. Student classification is not determined by the number of years students have enrolled in undergraduate coursework, but the number of earned credits that have been accumulated.
|If you have earned…
||then you are a…
|1 to 29 credit hours
|30 to 59 credit hours
|60 to 89 credit hours
|90 or more credit hours
Credit Hour Definition
One credit hour is awarded for fourteen hours of structured instruction over a fourteen week period, or a designated college session, utilizing the standard academic 50-minute hour. This is exclusive of registration or outside study time. Structured instruction time includes lecture, testing, regularly scheduled face-to-face consultation, supervised group work, class presentation time, electronic media assignment modules, required laboratory time, or regularly scheduled tutorial sessions. Each credit hour should be complemented by at least 120 minutes of outside assignments or study time per week.
Cumulative Index (Cumulative Grade Point Average)
For undergraduate students, the scholastic average is computed after the first final grade for a course is received by the Registrar’s Office and is updated with every subsequent final grade received thereafter. This includes every course a student has completed at Goldey-Beacom College, at Beacom College, and at Goldey College. Courses which no longer apply to a new degree due to a change of major, and courses no longer offered at the College all count in the cumulative grade point average.
Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average
An undergraduate student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in order to meet the minimum academic requirement for degree conferral.
A student may repeat a course to improve skills, enhance knowledge and/or affect their cumulative index. All grades will appear on the official transcript but only the higher grade will be included in the cumulative index.
If a student is receiving veterans tuition benefits, funding will only be paid for a repeated course if a passing grade is required to continue to make progress in their degree program. If the failed course is an elective, the student’s veterans benefits cannot be used to repeat the course.
Developmental Courses for Non-Degree Credit
Grades earned for undergraduate preparatory courses, commonly referred to as “0-level courses” do not count toward any of the College’s Undergraduate degree programs and are not included in the student’s undergraduate cumulative grade point average. These courses are reflected on a separate non-degree transcript.
The College reserves the right to change curricula and course requirements. Such changes must go through the appropriate academic channels of the College before being implemented. The Registrar’s Office is apprised of changes in a timely fashion so that students are properly advised and directed.
Once a student has secured their course schedule for a specified academic term with the Business Office, it is the student’s responsibility to make changes to their course schedule within the drop/add timeframe for that academic term. The student must contact the Advising Office via GBC Email to drop a course. By attending a course, the student accepts financial responsibility for the full cost of the tuition and fees for that course. A student or parent cannot request a course schedule drop/add after the academic drop period has ended for a particular academic term. By securing their course schedule, the student has acknowledged receipt of the course schedule and is responsible for all tuition charges for the academic term.
Students dropping or adding undergraduate seven-week courses, eight-week courses, fifteen-week day courses, or one-week seminars must do so during the College’s official Drop/Add periods.
Those Drop/Add periods are:
- Seven-week Session I or Session II courses: first week of each session
- Fifteen-week day courses: first two weeks of each semester
- One-week seminars: before the second scheduled day/night of class (The adding of seminars after the first class meeting has begun is not permitted.)
- Saturday classes: before the second scheduled day of class (The adding of Saturday classes after the first class meeting has begun is not permitted.)
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT): within 30 days of the start date listed on the Form I-20, a student may request a non-refundable tuition credit on account for the amount of the tuition charges less any applied scholarships. Student must submit to the Advisor (1) a written request for the non-refundable credit, and (2) a letter of separation from the employer.
Students who drop a course during the Drop/Add periods are charged 20% of the tuition charges, except for CPT courses. For details on tuition charge or refund information, please contact the College’s Business Office at (302) 225-6268. The College reserves the right to drop a student’s course(s) if the student has not attended the course(s) and their schedule has not been secured for the academic term in which the course(s) is(are) scheduled.
Enrolled students who choose to drop a fifteen-week course during the Drop Period, third week of the semester, are charged 50% of the total tuition charges. Students can only drop courses during this period, not add, by contacting their Advisor.
Academic Drop Period
Students may drop undergraduate courses without academic penalty during the Session I, Session II or fifteen-week semester Academic Drop periods. Students will receive a grade of “W” instead of a final grade. The “W” does not affect the student’s cumulative grade point average; the student will not earn credits for the course. In addition, students who drop courses during the following Academic Drop periods will be charged 100% of the total tuition charges. Students must contact their Advisor to drop a course.
- Seven-week Session I or II courses: second week to the end of the fourth week of the session
- Fifteen-week undergraduate day courses: fourth week to the end of the tenth week of the semester
- One-week seminars: prior to the fourth class meeting
- Saturday classes: prior to the third class meeting
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT): after first 30 days of the CPT start date.
After the Academic Drop Period
A student or parent may not request a course schedule drop/add after the academic drop period has ended for a particular academic term. Once the schedule is secured, it is the student’s responsibility to make changes to the course schedule within the drop/add timeframe for that academic term. A student who contacts an Advisor after the academic drop period has ended will not be considered for a semester charge reduction regardless of class attendance, how payment was made, or if an outstanding balance is presently owed. The student will be charged 100% of the total tuition charges.
Drops for Medical/Work-Related Reasons
For a student who finds it necessary to drop courses due to documented medical or work-related reasons, the student should review the following tuition credit descriptions to see if the student is eligible for a tuition credit.
Description of Tuition Credit
Medical Tuition Credit - A medical tuition credit will be considered if the student’s medical condition has caused the student to miss two consecutive weeks of classes.
Work-Related Tuition Credit - A work-related tuition credit will be considered for any student whose supervisor has required/requested them to change work hours and the new hours are during the class hours. Medical and work-related tuition credits are non-refundable.
Prior to consideration being granted for a possible tuition credit, the student must:
- Speak to the professor to see if it is possible to make up the work missed, even if it means taking an incomplete for the course and completing the work beyond the academic term.
- Contact the Advising Office if the student is unable to complete the required coursework to officially drop the course(s) at the current refund percentage. The charge will be corrected if necessary when the tuition credit is approved.
Complete the Goldey-Beacom College Medical and Work-Related Tuition Credit Request form and submit it with the required documentation to the Assistant Director of Finance. See part three for the required documentation.
All medical and work-related tuition credit documentation must be submitted within 30 days of the incident, in order for the tuition credit to be considered. Listed below is the medical and work-related documentation that would need to be provided to the Assistant Director of Finance.
Medical Tuition Credit - supporting documentation from the doctor and/or hospital that includes the dates for which the student was being treated and a brief explanation for why the student was not able to attend and/or complete the class.
Work-Related Tuition Credit - supporting documentation from the student’s supervisor explaining that the student requested/required the student to change their work hours and list the hours that the student is now required to work.
The documentation may be mailed to Brittanie Krauss, Assistant Director of Finance, Goldey-Beacom College, 4701 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808, or sent by email to email@example.com.
Students can change to Listener Status during the College’s official Drop/Add periods by notifying their Advisor. Students will be charged full tuition; a grade of “L” will be assigned. Please note that veterans tuition benefits cannot be used for Listener-Status.
SAM 2016 License & Certification Program
Once a student activates the SAM 2016 license in the SAM 2016 License & Certification Program, the activation cannot be reversed and the charge of $75 will apply. At that point, there is no refund of the Program charge.
If the student would like to appeal the decision regarding the tuition charge, the student should submit a written appeal request to the Assistant Vice President for Financial Services & Human Resources within 30 days of receiving the decision. At this time, the student should present any and all documentation that fully describes the circumstances that would warrant a change in decision. The Assistant Vice President for Financial Services & Human Resources will respond within ten working days. The decision of the Assistant Vice President for Financial Services & Human Resources will be final.
Requests for exceptions to any academic policies must be submitted in writing to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for review.
Grade Appeal Process
Students who wish to appeal a final grade received in a course completed at Goldey-Beacom College that is not the result of an Academic Honor Code violation* must follow the grade appeal procedures. (The grade a student earns is solely at the discretion of the instructor, and the Academic Integrity Committee cannot override the grading judgments of the instructor. This process addresses cases in which the student believes a grade deviates from the given grading policy of either the instructor or the College. The student must submit documentation that indicates how the grade deviates from either policy. The Committee will then discuss the submitted documentation with the instructor).
- The student must discuss their concern with the individual faculty member who assigned the grade as the first step in this process. There is no “grade appeal” without this initial step.
- If the student feels that there is a discrepancy between the faculty member’s written grading policy and the way the grade was assigned, the student should complete this Grade Appeal form, including documentation, within 30 days of the official end of the semester in which the grade was assigned.
- The Academic Integrity Committee will render a decision within ten (10) business days and communicate the decision to the student via the GBC Email account with return receipt requested.
- If the student wishes to appeal the decision of the Academic Integrity Committee, the student must submit the appeal in writing, within ten (10) business days of receiving the decision, to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs with supporting documentation attached.
- The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will review the case and make a final determination within ten (10) business days from receipt of the appeal. The student will receive written notice via the GBC Email account with return receipt requested within ten (10) business days. The decision of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs is final.
*Any grade that is the result of an Academic Honor Code violation must be dealt with through the Academic Honor Code appeal process.
Students: After discussing the grade concern with the instructor, if the student would like to appeal the final grade in a GBC course (per the policies stated above), the student should complete the GBC Grade Appeal Form available by visiting Grade Appeal Form.
In each course a student will receive one of the following grades at the end of the semester. The grade of D is the lowest passing grade which is considered minimally acceptable at the undergraduate level. A failing grade of F is given for work which is unsatisfactory. The grade of W/X indicates a withdrawal from a course and is not computed into the grade point average.
The following scale will be utilized to assign grades in the undergraduate courses at Goldey-Beacom College:
||Quality Points Per Credit
||64 or below
||Successful completion of a specified course; not figured in cumulative index, but figured in credit hours earned.
||Failing a specified course. Zero (0) quality points per credit; figured in cumulative index, but not figured in credit hours earned.
||Course drop or withdrawal without course evaluation.
||Official/unofficial drop from a course or a withdrawal from the College without evaluation during the Academic Drop Period; not figured in cumulative index. (Dates adjusted for shorter sessions.)
||Incomplete, withheld grade; not figured in cumulative index.
||Officially enrolled auditor (listener).
||Repeated course; lower grade removed from cumulative index and higher grade counted in cumulative index.
The “I” grade is assigned because of incomplete work when circumstances were beyond the control of the student. The student must make arrangements with the instructor of the course to complete the missed work/examination within three weeks after the next regular academic term begins (fall, spring, summer). Otherwise, the “I” will be replaced by the Registrar in accordance with the previous directions of the instructor, and the student will be notified of the change of grade via GBC Email.
Academic credit is given for the grades A+ through D. A student may repeat a course to improve skills, enhance knowledge, and/or affect their cumulative index. All grades will appear on the official transcript but only the higher grade will be included in the cumulative index.
NOTE: A student who officially/unofficially drops a course(s) or withdraws from the College after the Academic Drop Period may receive a final grade(s). A grade of W/X will be considered in consultation with the faculty member and Registrar.
Graduation & Commencement
At the undergraduate level, there are two academic requirements established by the College to receive degree conferral:
1) A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher;
2) All of the credit hours and required courses in the student’s program have been satisfied.
All students completing their degree requirements must complete the following steps, regardless of whether or not they plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony:
1) Ensure that all degree requirements have or will be met. Students can review their degree audit via Campus Web on the Registration tab or contact the Advising or Registrar’s Office to verify that all academic requirements are expected to be met by the end of a given semester.
2) Complete an Application to Graduate through the Registrar’s Office. Information is disseminated each semester by the Registrar’s Office about the Application to Graduate process. The purpose of this application is to communicate important information to the College, such as how students want their name to appear on their diploma, whether or not they will process at the Commencement Ceremony and regalia information.
3) Satisfy all financial obligations with the College, including a $95 Graduation Application Fee. This may include working with the College’s Business Office to agree to a payment plan or special payment arrangement. The $95 Graduation Application fee is applied toward the cost of the student’s diploma, regalia (cap and gown), and other expenses related to Commencement. The graduation fee is refundable if the student delays completion of their program requirements to a future academic year.
NOTE: While all care is taken by the Advising and Registrar’s Offices to assist students in staying on-track for degree completion, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to ensure their degree requirements will be satisfied in the timeframe they wish. This is especially important when a student fails, withdraws, or drops a course and needs to register for the same course in a subsequent semester.
There is one Commencement Ceremony each academic year at the conclusion of the Spring semester, which is published in the College’s Academic Calendar. Students who complete their degree in summer are permitted to participate at the Commencement ceremony, though they will not receive degree conferral until all academic requirements are met. Only students who have completed degree requirements within the academic year are permitted to process.
Issuance of Diplomas
Once the Registrar’s Office has completed the process of conferring degrees for the most recent semester, diplomas are ordered through a 3rd-party printing company. Once ordered, diplomas will be mailed and will arrive to the student’s address on file no later than four (4) weeks. Diplomas are not released to student’s with outstanding financial obligations or to students who are federal loan recipients that have not completed required Exit Counseling.
Honors and Awards
Undergraduate students who have attained superior academic achievement are recognized. There are two different recognitions at the Undergraduate level: Degree Honors and Semester Honors.
These honors are awarded at the time of degree conferral and recognize a student’s overall academic achievement throughout their degree progress. Degree Honors are indicated on a student’s academic transcript and on their diploma.
- Summa Cum Laude - Final Cumulative GPA of 4.000
- Magna Cum Laude - Final Cumulative GPA between 3.800 - 3.999
- Cum Laude - Final Cumulative GPA between 3.600 - 3.799
Candidates for graduation who are participating in the annual Commencement Ceremony are also recognized with honors. The GPA used to calculate anticipated honors is based on the GPA at the end of Spring session I for students whose degree has not yet been conferred (for example Fall semester graduates), due to the close proximity of Commencement with the end of the spring semester and that the summer session has not yet begun.
These honors are awarded at the end of each academic term to recognize a full-time student’s academic achievement during a specific timeframe. Semester Honors are indicated on a student’s academic transcript.
- Semester GPA of 3.850 - 4.000
- 12+ earned credits during the semester
- Semester GPA between 3.600 - 3.849
- 12+ earned credits during the semester
International Students on F-1 Visas
International students who are F-1 visa holders are expected to comply with all College policies and procedures while in attendance at Goldey-Beacom College. In order to remain in compliance with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration regulations, certain enrollment obligations must be fulfilled. These include:
Undergraduate F-1 visa holders must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours in each fall and spring semester. Students will have their Form 1-20s cancelled if not continuously enrolled in subsequent required semesters/ sessions. A student can request consideration for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) after nine (9) months of consecutive enrollment at Goldey-Beacom College. Enrolled students must also meet the undergraduate Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress by maintaining a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or higher and earn all credits each semester. A student will be placed on academic warning status or dismissed from the College if Standards are not met at the conclusion of each semester.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is the database of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State to track F visa holders. All students of Goldey-Beacom College on F-1 visa status are registered through SEVP. While enrolled at the College, students’ personal information housed on the database must be kept current. Students are required to notify their Advisors of all such changes in address, visa status, and employment status. Goldey-Beacom College is required by law to report to SEVP any student who is not in full compliance with federal regulations and institutional policies which includes, but is not limited to, attendance, financial obligations, academic dishonesty, and unapproved departure from the United States during a required period of enrollment. A student’s Form I-20 and CPT authorization will be reviewed and may be terminated in SEVIS if non-compliance occurs. Additionally, Optional Practical Training (OPT) will not be granted.
International students are expected to fulfill the following additional obligations while attending the College:
- Comply with the Goldey-Beacom College Student Code of Conduct.
- Comply with all Goldey-Beacom College academic policies.
- Maintain a valid passport and valid Form I-20 at all times. Provide updated copies of passport and visa to an Advisor.
- Contact an Advisor to request an extension to the Form I-20 prior to the current Form I-20 expiration date.
- Do not skip enrollment in any required academic term. If a required period of enrollment is skipped, the student is reported as out of status with SEVP. Consequently, CPT would be cancelled or not approved, and/or requested OPT would be denied.
- Complete all course schedule changes prior to the day the class begins by contacting an Advisor.
- Make timely tuition and fees payments to the College’s Business Office through Campus Web or other payment method. Collection costs and/or legal fees, up to and including 50% of the delinquent balance may be charged to the student’s account by Goldey-Beacom College. Students with outstanding balances are not permitted to register for future semesters. If enrollment in a future semester is prohibited, the student is reported to SEVP as an unauthorized withdrawal and the Form I-20 is terminated.
- Attend every scheduled class meeting for the duration of the class. A student’s class absences are recorded and regularly reported to the College’s Registrar’s Office by faculty. Failure to attend the first class meeting of any course may be reported to SEVP and the student will be considered out of status. As a result of this change in status, the following consequences would apply: CPT would be cancelled or not approved; requested OPT would be denied; and an unauthorized withdrawal from the program of study would be noted in SEVIS.
- Notify the Professor when the student needs to miss a class meeting due to an emergency situation. This is deemed an action of courtesy and has no impact on a student’s SEVP compliance.
- Provide any requested documents, such as travel or medical, when requested to do so by a Designated School Official or the Principal Designated School Official.
- Comply with the Obligations of a Student at Goldey-Beacom College found in the Student Code of Conduct.
- Update an Advisor whenever changes of addresses occur.
- Work only with approved CPT work authorization and an Advisor’s/ Designated School Official’s signature on the student’s Form I-20 which is updated to include CPT approval.
- Submit a Request for Departure form to a Designated School Official, when requesting to leave the United States, at least one month prior to the intended travel dates. The College reserves the right to deny or to approve the request. Departure from the United States during required periods of enrollment may result in the College’s right to cancel the student’s Form I-20 and re-issue a new Form I-20 at a later date. The student will pay for all expenses related to mailing the Form. College approval to re-issue a new Form I-20 requires a thorough review of academic, attendance, payment, and Student Code of Conduct records.
International students holding F-1 visas who have questions regarding maintaining proper visa status, procedures for working in the United States on CPT or OPT, renewing visas, or other academic matters should contact the International Student Services Office. Detailed information on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is available on its website at http://www.uscis.gov/.
Internships, which facilitate the transition from academic coursework to the world of work, may be available to interested and eligible students. For more information, students should contact the Career Services Office.
Undergraduate students who wish to earn another undergraduate degree must fulfill additional credit and course requirements. Some additional degree requirements have reciprocity with other majors at the Undergraduate level, meaning that students need not complete all of the degree requirements of the second degree since they have already completed some requirements for their first degree. In the chart below, the minimum course and credit requirements are listed. Additional degree requests can be made to the Advising or Registrar’s Offices where an individual review of completed courses will take place, and specific course requirements will be outlined for the additional degree(s).
||Minimum of 5 Additional Courses (15 Credits)
||Minimum of 5 Additional Courses (15 Credits)
|AA or AS
||Any Bachelor’s Degree
||Minimum of 20 Additional Courses (60 Credits)
|BS Business Admin w/Concentration
||BS Business Admin w/Concentration
||4 Additional Courses (12 Credits)
|BS Business Admin w/Concentration
||BS (non-Business Admin)
||Minimum of 10 Additional Courses (30 Credits)
|BS Business Admin w/Concentration
||Minimum of 10 Additional Courses (30 Credits)
|BS (non-Business Admin)
||BS Business Admin w/Concentration
||Minimum of 10 Additional Courses (30 Credits)
|BS (non-Business Admin)
||BS (non-Business Admin)
||Minimum of 10 Additional Courses (30 Credits)
|BS (non-Business Admin)
||Minimum of 10 Additional Courses (30 Credits)
||BS (Any major)
||Minimum of 10 Additional Courses (30 Credits)
||Any Bachelor/Associate Degree
||All Bachelor/Associate program requirements must be completed.
Minors are available in some fields of study. You can find more information about minors here. Students interested in obtaining a minor should consult with the Advising or Registrar’s Office.
Privilege of Attendance
Goldey-Beacom College extends to students the privilege of attendance. The expectation is that they will put forth a genuine effort. Poor attendance and/or habitual tardiness to class may not only negatively impact a student’s academic success, but may also jeopardize the student’s continued enrollment at the College. The privilege of attendance is extended to enrolled students only. Guests of the students, such as friends, spouses, or other family members, are not permitted in the classroom during class time. Students with special needs requiring assistance in the classroom should contact the Advising Office.
Upon enrolling, every student automatically accepts the obligation to comply with the College rules and regulations. Students are expected to comply and be familiar with the College’s Academic Honor Code and Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. A student may be dismissed from the College for poor academic performance or be suspended or expelled for disciplinary reasons. Owing an outstanding balance to the College may affect a student’s enrollment in subsequent semesters. Students who owe outstanding balances to the College and who are not registered for courses are not permitted to attend class(es).
International students attending the College on an F-1 visa must comply with the College’s academic, financial, and disciplinary policies. Students not meeting their obligations to the College may have their Form I-20s canceled.
The Obligations of a Student at Goldey-Beacom College
With the privilege of attendance at college, come certain obligations and commitments. To ensure that every student derives the maximum benefit from their learning experience, and to further ensure that every student enhances the learning environment for others, Goldey-Beacom College sets forth the following student obligations. Every student shall:
- Read, be familiar with, and comply with the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
- Conduct coursework with honesty and integrity, refraining from cheating, plagiarism, or falsification, in accordance with the Academic Honor Code.
- Attend only classes for which the student is officially registered; attend all classes regularly to fully meet expectations of faculty.
- Submit assignments and coursework in a timely manner as expected by faculty.
- Contact faculty or Advisors to discuss attendance or other performance problems in the classroom before it is too late.
- Maintain acceptable levels of academic progress as defined in the Student Handbook.
- Show respect, civil language, appropriate dress, and proper decorum at all times on campus, both in and out of the classroom.
- Respect fellow students, their ideas, and their differences so that diversity is a strength and not an impediment on the GBC campus.
- Respond promptly to any and all requests for meetings with faculty and staff.
- Regularly check GBC Email accounts, the primary method of communication with students.
- Meet all financial obligations to the College.
- Maintain a drug-free and weapon-free campus at all times.
- Dispose of all waste in the proper trash receptacles and help to keep the campus clean and free of debris.
- Meet all State, Federal, and local laws at all times on campus.
Progress Toward Degree/Maximum Timeframe for Completion
A student must complete the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree program within six academic years (an academic year equals two semesters and summer session) of full-time study (minimum of 12 credits per semester) or twelve academic years of half-time study (minimum of 6 credits per semester).
A student must complete the Associate in Science or Associate in Arts degree program within three academic years (an academic year equals two semesters and summer session) of full-time study (minimum of 12 credits per semester) or six academic years of half-time study (minimum of 6 credits per semester).
Re-Entry to the College
A student who has not been continuously enrolled at the College and is interested in resuming degree program coursework must first make the request in writing to an Advisor. Consideration for re-entry will require a review of the student’s prior academic record, previous financial payment history at the College, and compliance with the College’s Student Code of Conduct and/or Housing Guidelines. If the student was an International student (F1 visa holder) when previously enrolled, SEVIS records will be reviewed for compliance. Additional information or documentation may be requested from the student to accompany the request. The written request with supporting documentation will be forwarded to the Academic Integrity Committee for their review.
Approval to return is contingent upon course availability and may be deferred to a future semester or session.
Previous coursework completed at Goldey-Beacom College will be evaluated according to current programs. A student who has not been enrolled at GBC for several semesters may be required to successfully complete additional courses to earn a degree. Depending on course content, any credits earned which is more than 10 years old may no longer apply to a current degree program.
Credits earned for previous coursework at Goldey-Beacom College which are not required in the current program chosen are still included in the total number of credits the student has earned but do not apply directly to the new program.
Students who are approved to re-enter the College will not automatically receive previously awarded Goldey-Beacom College sponsored merit and need-based scholarships. Consideration for the reinstatement of the scholarship awards will be included in the review of the student’s prior record while in attendance at the College.
A student may be granted approval to re-enroll at the College but may not be eligible to apply for federal financial aid funding if the student did not meet the Standards of Academic Progress while previously enrolled. Federal financial aid questions can be discussed with an Advisor.
Release of Academic Information for Deceased Students
The following requirements protect the confidentiality of academic information upon the death of a former student of Goldey-Beacom College, Beacom College or Goldey College.
The Registrar will evaluate each written request for the release of a transcript or other academic information of a deceased student. Goldey-Beacom College reserves the right to deny any verbal or written request in whole or to release only part of the requested student’s academic information. The College does not release academic information of deceased students to the news media or for research purposes.
The closest living next-of-kin may submit the completed Request for Deceased Student’s Academic Information form along with the following notarized documents in English:
- Death certificate of former student
- Birth certificate of requestor to prove next-of-kin relationship
The Executor of the deceased student’s estate can request academic information if there is no living next-of-kin. The Executor of the estate completes and submits the Request for Deceased Student’s Academic Information form along with a notarized copy of the Letter of Appointment of Executor for the student. Both documents must be in English and submitted to the Goldey-Beacom College Registrar’s Office. The Request for Deceased Student’s Academic Information form can be obtained from the College’s Registrar’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the student has an outstanding obligation to Goldey-Beacom College, the requestor will be notified via email.
Release of Grades Policy
Students can access grading information in a few different ways:
1) The student’s Official Transcript, which may be requested from the Registrar’s Office.
2) The student’s Unofficial Transcript, which may be accessed through Campus Web under the Advising & Registrar tab.
3) The student can view Gradebook Information on Campus Web. This grade may differ as faculty may use one method of grading in Campus Web and submit a different grade to the Registrar’s Office; in this case refer to the faculty member’s syllabus which will detail grading method.
Official and Unofficial Transcripts are not released to students who have an outstanding financial obligation to the College, however under limited circumstances transcripts may be released to certain entities that provide employer/tuition reimbursement.
Release of Student Information (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides eligible students certain rights with respect to their educational records. Those rights are:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days after the day the College receives a request for access. A student should submit a written request to the Registrar’s Office that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. A Goldey-Beacom College official will be present during the inspection.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to ask the College to amend a record should communicate in writing to the Registrar’s Office, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the College decides not to amend as requested, the Registrar will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. FERPA permits the College to disclose educational records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including security personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using College employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or any person (including another student) engaged by the College to provide clerical or other support services to another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College. Upon request, the College also discloses educational records without the student’s written consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. FERPA also permits the College to disclose without a student’s prior written consent appropriately designated “directory information”, which includes the Goldey-Beacom College’s student’s: name; local college, home, and cell phone numbers; local college and home address; e-mail or other electronic messaging address; age; major and/or minor fields of study; full-time or part-time status; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; class standing; weight and height of members of athletic teams; honors, awards, and scholarships earned; photographs; dates of attendance; degrees(s) received; post-graduate plans; and most recent previous educational agency or institution attended. A request that directory information not be released without prior written consent may be filed in writing to the Registrar two weeks prior to enrollment. In addition, the Soloman Amendment requires the College to grant military recruiters access to campus and to provide them with student recruitment information, which includes student name, address, telephone listing, age or year of birth, place of birth, level of education or degrees received, most recent educational institution attended, and current major(s).
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
List of illustrative examples of disclosures that Goldey-Beacom College may make without consent:
- To other school officials, including faculty, staff, administration and trustees within Goldey-Beacom College whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions.
- To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer.
- To authorized representatives of the United States or state/local educational governmental entities.
- In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, the amount of aid, the conditions of the aid, or enforce terms and conditions of the aid.
- To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the College, in order to (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction.
- To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.
- To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes.
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.
- To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency.
- Information the school has designated as “directory information”.
- To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of § 99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding.
- To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21.
A student may repeat a course to improve skills, enhance knowledge and/or affect their cumulative index. All grades will appear on the official transcript but only the higher grade will be included in the cumulative index. A student who is receiving federal financial aid assistance should speak to an Advisor about the impact repeating a course has on financial aid eligibility as well as Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
If a student is receiving veterans benefits, funding will only be paid for a repeated course if a passing grade is required to continue to make progress in their degree program. If the failed course is an elective, veterans benefits cannot be used to repeat the course.
Return to School After Medical Leave
After an absence for medical reasons, the student must submit appropriate documentation to the student’s Advisor before returning to school. The documentation should provide reasonable explanation as to the reason for the absence. Additionally, the College reserves the right to request medical clearance from the appropriate medical professional when any student requires medical or psychiatric care. This documentation may be required to return to campus or the Residence Halls if the illness or condition is serious, contagious, prolonged, or could pose a threat to the returning student or others.
Students who have received one degree and who wish to earn another degree in a different curriculum must complete additional course requirements and fulfill a minimum of 5 three-credit courses for an Associate’s degree and a minimum of 10 three-credit courses for a Bachelor’s degree beyond the first degree. Students interested in obtaining a second degree should consult with an Advisor.
Students may also be able to earn an additional concentration in their Business Administration major by completing at least four (4) additional three-credit courses in the new concentration. Students interested in obtaining a second concentration should consult with an Advisor.
Minors are also available in some fields of study. You can find more information about minors here. Students interested in obtaining a minor should consult with an Advisor.
Standards of Academic Progress
Goldey-Beacom College academic and financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards are in accordance with federal regulations for undergraduate students. The College makes its SAP policies applicable to all federal and state financial aid as well as institutional aid. The Satisfactory Academic Progress standards apply to all periods of enrollment regardless of whether financial aid was awarded. The undergraduate periods of enrollment are: fall semester, spring semester and summer session.
A student receiving veterans benefits funding will have their benefits terminated when the student no longer meets the College’s Standards of Academic Progress.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Procedures
Goldey-Beacom College evaluates a student’s academic progress in a degree-seeking program at the end of periods of enrollment. That review process determines if a student is eligible for subsequent federal and state financial aid as well as institutional aid and if a student is achieving academic success. Given the extent that a student is not succeeding academically, the student may be placed on Academic Warning or dismissed from the College.
Academic Warning Procedures
A student is on Academic Warning after their academic transcript has been reviewed by an Advisor at the end of a stated enrollment period* and if the student is academically deficient in accordance with the applicable graduate Standards of Academic Progress. Students remain eligible for federal and institutional funding if on Academic Warning. When a student has been determined to be on Academic Warning, the student is notified via GBC Email.
Academic Warning requires that an academic action plan be developed for the graduate student with input from the Advisor, Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics. The action plan is to identify the student’s academic deficiencies and focus on strategies that can lead to academic success and continued federal and state aid eligibility. All students are required to meet in person with an Advisor and/or Associate Provost for Academic Programs to discuss the academic action plan. A student’s continued federal and state aid as well as institutional aid may cease should the student choose not to attend the prescribed meeting or not agree to the recommended academic action plan.
It is the federal government’s and Goldey-Beacom College’s expectation, that the student will successfully achieve their agreed upon academic action plan through prescribed strategies. An example of a particular strategy would be the requirement of a student to reduce their course load for a given semester or require the student to earn a certain final grade in a particular course registered for in a stated academic term.
The Advisor will monitor the student’s academic progress toward completion of the academic action plan through email communications with the student and their faculty. A student may be required to regularly meet with an Advisor and/or Associate Provost for Academic Programs to discuss progress of the academic action plan.
Academic Action Plan Outcomes Procedures
Any student who meets the agreed upon academic action plan continues to be eligible for federal and state financial aid as well as institutional aid. The student will be removed from Academic Warning status when the academic action plan has been achieved. The student will be notified of the determination by the Advisor using GBC Email. Students who demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the completion of the action plan but may not have met the action plan can appeal to have the plan extended with approval from the Advisor, Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Vice President of Student Affairs and Athletics and Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. If approved, the student remains on Academic Warning and the monitoring process by the Advisor continues.
Any student who is unable to successfully achieve the academic action plan as documented and monitored by the Advisor will be forwarded to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Provost for Academic Programs for final review and determination of dismissal or continued enrollment. A student who is permitted to continue enrollment in the next regular semester at the College is not eligible for federal and state financial aid and may not be eligible for institutional financial aid. The final decision will be communicated to the student using GBC Email.
Dismissal from the College
Any student who is dismissed from the College may petition the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for possible reinstatement to the College, but may not do so until taking a full academic term break from the College after the dismissal.
Petitioning is defined as submitting an appeal in writing for consideration to be reinstated. Reinstatement grants permission to register and enroll in classes. The student’s written request should state the reasons for the failure to make academic progress and what has changed that will now enable the student to succeed. The petition is reviewed by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs may request an interview with the student. A decision will be rendered in writing to the student within ten (10) business days of receipt of the petition. All decisions by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs are final. The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will communicate the final decision regarding reinstatement using GBC Email.
Students reinstated at Goldey-Beacom College must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards prior to receiving federal and state aid. Students who re-enter the College will not automatically receive previously awarded Goldey-Beacom College sponsored merit and need-based scholarships. Consideration for the reinstatement of the scholarship awards will include a review of the student’s prior record while in attendance at the College.
Final Grades and Satisfactory Academic Progress
The final grade(s) that an undergraduate student receives at the end of each semester or session has a direct effect on the academic progress standards:
- For a course in which a final grade of “F”, “W” or “X” (which is a result of courses dropped or an official withdrawal from the College) is received, the credits for that course are included in a student’s attempted credits but not in earned credits.
- A final grade of a repeated course is added to attempted credits each time it is repeated but is added to earned credits only once if a grade of “D” or better is received.
- Course credits for a grade of “I” are added to attempted credits at the end of the semester. However, earned credits for incomplete courses are not added until the “I” is replaced by a final grade of “D” or better. If a final grade of “F” replaces the “I” grade, no credits will be included in earned credits.
- Transfer credits are not included in attempted or earned credits. Therefore, a student cannot earn credits at another institution in order to make up any earned credit deficiency at Goldey-Beacom College.
- Courses that are taken as listener status are not included in attempted or earned credits. (Note: A student who enrolls in a course as a listener cannot receive financial aid for that course.) The courses also do not count toward the degree requirements.
NOTE: A reduction in course load during and after the College’s official drop/add and drop periods, repeating courses, and withdrawing from the College have major effects on a student’s continued financial aid academic progress eligibility. The Financial Aid/Advisement Office recommends that students contact an Advisor prior to dropping/adding a course, withdrawing from the institution, receiving a non-passing grade, or rescheduling a previously taken course to request a review of continued financial aid eligibility.
Students accepted by the College’s Admissions Office as a Special Student or on Probational Status must achieve a 2.0 cumulative grade point average*, earn the required number of earned credits as defined on the Earned Credit Progress chart below, and enter a degree program. Students must meet with an Advisor in the Financial Aid/Advisement Office to complete this process and to apply for financial aid in a subsequent semester.
Students who enroll in graduate courses to complete an undergraduate degree must meet the graduate standards of academic progress for those courses enrolled in a given academic term. Undergraduate students enrolled in graduate coursework must achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and earn all course credits in which they are enrolled.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
The Satisfactory Academic Progress standards are two-fold. A student must make satisfactory academic progress according to both Grade Point Average Progress and Earned Credit Progress criteria to continue receiving federal or state financial aid as well as institutional aid.
- Grade Point Average Progress
Students must maintain a satisfactory cumulative grade point average (CGPA) as outlined below according to the appropriate program of study.
|Cumulative Credits Attempted
||Minimum GPA Required
|3 - 15
||1.25, but 2.0 after the completion of four academic terms
|16 - 30
||1.50, but 2.0 after the completion of four academic terms
|31 - 45
||1.75, but 2.0 after the completion of four academic terms
|46 or more
||2.00, after the completion of four academic terms
- Earned Credit Progress
In order for a student to maintain academic progress each period of enrollment, the student must complete the prescribed number of enrolled credits listed in the chart below.
The minimum cumulative earned credits required for:
||Each completed period of enrollment when the student has completed two or more periods
||Initial completed period of enrollment when the student has not completed additional periods of enrollment
(12 + credits)
- A full-time (enrolled in 12 + credits) student who has completed the Fall 2018 semester and has not completed any additional academic terms is required to earn at least 9 credits.
- A student completed four semesters/sessions: Fall 2018 semester (enrolled in 15 credits), Spring 2019 semester (enrolled in 15 credits), Summer 2019 session (enrolled in 6 credits) and Fall 2019 semester (enrolled in 9 credits).
||Minimum cumulative earned credits required for each period of enrollment
||15 credits = full-time
||15 credits = full-time
||6 credits = half time
||9 credits = three-quarter-time
|Total minimum cumulative earned credits required:
It is each student’s responsibility to understand the academic standards of Goldey-Beacom College and the degree requirements of the program in which the student is enrolled. For assistance in interpretation of the requirements, the student may see an Advisor. All students who are accepted into a degree program and begin enrollment at Goldey-Beacom College are to complete their required courses at the College.
Transcripts of Academic Records
As a service to students, the College provides transcripts to students free of charge. Transcript requests are processed by the Registrar’s Office typically every Tuesday and Thursday, however during periods of high student need (such as commencement or registration) or during holidays or school closings, a slight delay may occur.
Please note that transcripts will not be released to students who have outstanding debts to the College and to Federal Loan recipients who have not completed Exit Counseling.
Unofficial transcripts may be accessed by students through Campus Web under the Advising & Registrar tab.
Transfer of Credits
A maximum of seventy-five (75) undergraduate level credits can be evaluated, approved, and accepted as credit toward a Bachelor’s degree program. A maximum of thirty-six (36) undergraduate level credits can be evaluated, approved, and accepted as credit toward an Associate’s degree program. This means that matriculated students are required to complete a minimum of fourty-five (45) credits in a Bachelor’s degree program, and twenty-four (24) credits in an Associate’s degree program to achieve residence for degree conferral at Goldey-Beacom College.
Transfer credits are granted for:
- College coursework - Students may submit official transcripts from other institutionally accredited colleges or universities in all modes of delivery to be evaluated for transfer credit. A grade of C or above is required to accept any Undergraduate-level credits. Such credits generally transfer as applicable curriculum substitutes.
- Non-Accredited Institution Coursework - Students may submit official documentation of credits earned at non-accredited institutions and/or through non-traditional programs for review; however, there is no guarantee that the credits may be accepted. Documentation needs to include an in-depth description of material covered, number of contact (classroom) hours, mode of delivery, amount of time required outside of class, and a grade equivalent to a C or better. Such credits will be reviewed on an individual basis. Some examples include Delaware Bankers Associate/FEA transcripts, coursework evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE), and military Joint Service Transcripts (JST).
- Institutions outside the US - Transfer credits may be awarded for college-level coursework completed at institutions outside the United States. Overseas institutions must be accredited. Students may submit transcripts translated into English, along with documentation demonstrating the institution’s accreditation, for evaluation. The College may require the student to submit the documents for formal evaluation by a third-party translation and evaluation service if there is any doubt regarding accreditation or credit hour equivalency.
- Advanced Placement/CLEP credits - These credits may be awarded for above-average scores/grades, and if the subject matter is deemed appropriate for the program of study being pursued.
Generally, transfer credit can be awarded for coursework completed within ten (10) years of the date of transfer credit evaluation.
Students who wish to attend Goldey-Beacom College must provide the College with the information listed under Admissions Requirements as well as official transcripts from each graduate program previously attended. Students who defer enrollment may be subject to a re-evaluation of their transfer credits for the new year and term in which they enroll. This re-evaluation may require a student to submit updated official college academic transcripts.
A student is considered to have withdrawn from a payment period or academic term if the student: (a) does not complete all of the days in the payment period or academic term that the student was scheduled to complete or (b) fails to enroll in the next required academic term.
An undergraduate student must provide a written withdrawal confirmation by notifying an Advisor via GBC Email. If a student withdraws without providing written notification, the withdrawal date will be determined by the student’s date of last class attendance or academic action such as submission of coursework or documented interaction with the faculty member.
The required period of enrollment for an undergraduate student is fall or spring semester. The timeframe a student has to satisfy degree requirements is not suspended using the period when the student has not registered for coursework.
Student withdrawals due to substantiated medical reasons require the submission of medical documentation within thirty (30) days from the date of withdrawal. The official withdrawal date will be determined as the date on which the official email notification from the student was received by the Financial Aid/Advisement Office.
A student who withdraws owing an outstanding debt to the College is expected to contact the College’s Business Office to immediately clear the debt. Student referral to collection agencies and credit bureaus is at the discretion of the College. Collection costs and/or legal fees, up to and including 50% of the delinquent balance, may be charged to the student’s account by Goldey-Beacom College in the collection of a delinquent balance.
Federal Financial Aid Recipients
In the event of a withdrawal from the College, a student who has received federal student loan funds at any time during their studies at the College must complete Federal Student Loan Exit Counseling through www.studentloans.gov. The purpose of this important counseling is to select a repayment option and review the total amount of federal student loans borrowed to date.
The College is required to report to the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS) the actual date of withdrawal of a federal grant and/or student loan recipient. A student who has withdrawn from the College is recommended to research their federal grant or student loan data on www.nslds.ed.gov.
Return of Title IV Funds
In accordance with federal regulations, the College is required to perform a Return of Title IV Funds calculation if a student receiving federal aid does not complete all of the scheduled days in a period of enrollment. The College’s policy regarding this process is located in the Financial Aid Policies and Scholarship section of this catalog.
Leave of Absence
A student who requires a leave of absence from their studies at the College should contact the Registrar’s Office to complete a Leave of Absence form. A leave of absence may be requested for academic, financial, medical, work-related, military, or other personal reasons.
Return to School after Medical Leave
Should the leave of absence result from medical reasons, the student must submit appropriate documentation to the student’s Advisor before returning to school. The documentation should provide reasonable explanation as to the reason for the absence. Additionally, the College reserves the right to request medical clearance from the appropriate medical professional when any student requires medical or psychiatric care. This documentation may be required to return to campus or the Residence Halls if the illness or condition is serious, contagious, prolonged, or could pose a threat to the returning student or others.