Graduate Academic Policies

 

With the exception of the policies listed below, graduate and undergraduate academic policies are the same (refer to Undergraduate Academic Policies section, if necessary).

Students enrolled in a distance learning program or course must adhere to the same academic policies as those enrolled in traditional on-campus programs or courses as presented in this Catalog.

It is the graduate student’s responsibility to become familiar with the academic regulations and policies of the University as well as the degree and special requirements of his/her own academic program. Individual program requirements may be found in the section of this catalog specific to each program. 

Overview

It is the graduate student’s responsibility to become familiar with the academic regulations and policies of the University as well as the degree and special requirements of his/her own academic program. Individual program requirements may be found in the section of this catalog specific to each program. 

The University is committed to providing graduate degree-level programsthat are rigorous and build on the academic foundation developed during students' undergraduate experience. Post-baccalaureate profesional degree programs and graduate degree programs are progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate programs. Content and rigor of post-baccalaureate degree programs are designed to show mastery of a specific discipline area.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is a SACSCOC Level V degree granting institution offering a post-baccalaureate professional doctoral degree program of study in nursing practice for nurse anesthesia (DNP-NA) and a post-baccalaureate professional doctoral degree program in physical therapy (DPT). Program curricula are designed to teach the skills and knowledge of the professions while embedded best practice, evidence-based scholarly inquiry applicable to the clinical environment. The post-baccalaureate professional doctoral degree programs provide academic paths for students to achieve advanced practice skills while developing their leadership capabilities and influence their profession.

The University also offers post-baccalaureate professional (clinical) master's degree programs in physician assistant studies (MMS), nursing for family nurse practitioner (MSN-FNP), nursing with an administrator and educator educator concentration (MSN) and nutritional sciences (MSNS), as well as health administration (MHA). The purpose of the post-baccalaureate professional (clinical) master's degree programs is to prepare students for advanced practice roles in the clinical setting. The gradaute master's degree programs are structured to enhance students' knowledge in discipline specific areas while preparing them for the potential of future doctoral study.

The graduate level degree programs at the University are administered by the Deans of each school, who report to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA). The University's graduate faculty, represented by the Gradaute Council, serve as an advisory council to advise the VPAA on graduate policies, courses and curricula. Gradaute courses are developed by the gradaute faculty and approved by the Graduate Council.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

To comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly called FERPA or the Buckley Amendment, the administration of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University informs students of their rights under this Act. The law affords students rights of access to educational records and partially protects students from the release and disclosure of those records to third parties. Educational records are those records, files and other materials that contain information directly related to a student’s academic progress, financial status, medical condition, etc., and are maintained by the University or a party acting on behalf of the University.  

Students’ Rights to Confidentiality

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. 

    A student should submit to the Office of the Registrar a written request 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. 
     
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records when the student believes information is inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. 

    A student who wishes to ask the University to amend a record should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested, the University will notify the student, in writing, of the decision, as well as the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
     
  3. The right to provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. 

    The University discloses education 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 1) a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic research or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); 2) a person or company with whom the University has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using University employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent); 3) a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or 4) a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting 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 University.
     
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University 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, DC  20202-5901

Directory Information

At its discretion, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University may provide “directory information" in accordance with the provisions FERPA. Directory information is defined as that information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Designated directory information at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University includes the following: student’s name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities, dates of attendance, enrollment status, degrees, honors and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended.

Students may block the public disclosure of directory information by notifying the Office of the Registrar in writing. Students are advised to consider very carefully the consequences of a decision to withhold directory information. A non-disclosure block will call for the University not to release any or all of this “directory information;" thus, any future requests for such information from non-institutional persons or organizations will be refused.

The University will honor indefinitely the student’s request to withhold directory information, but cannot assume responsibility to contact the student for subsequent permission to release this information. Regardless of the effect upon the student, the University assumes no liability for honoring instructions that such information be withheld. Although the initial request may be filed at any time, requests for non-disclosure will be honored by the University until removed, in writing, by the student.

Graduate Program Enrollment Standards

The minimum enrollment for the term will vary depending on the program. Full-time enrollment for the fall and spring semesters is nine credit hours.

Institutional Graduate Student Enrollment Status

Enrollment Status

Fall and Spring

Summer

Full time

9 or more credits

6 or more credits

1/2 time

5-8 credits

3-5 credits

Less than 1/2 time

1-4 credits

1-2 credits

Credit Hour Formula

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University graduate courses are allocated credit hours based on the following formula:

One theory hour per week of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work

x

15 weeks

=

1 credit hour

MSN clinicals/lab practicum hours per week

=

45 contacts hours

=

1 credit hour

PA Clinical Practicum

=

45 contact hours

=

1 credit hour

Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Program

=

120 contact hours

=

1 credit hour

FNP Practicum
FNP Lab
= 80 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
= 1 credit hour
MHA Practicum
MHA Lab
= 80 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
= 1 credit hour
MSNS        

 

Federal Student Aid Enrollment Standards

The minimum enrollment standards for federal student aid are defined below for all graduate students, regardless of program and the institution's definition.

Enrollment
Status

All Graduate Students

Fall and Spring

Summer

Full time

9 or more credits

6 or more credits

3/4 time

7-8 credits

4-5 credits

1/2 time

5-6 credits

3 credits

Less than 1/2 time

1-4 credits

1-2 credits

 

Graduate Grading System

Grades of D, F, I, WA, W or AU may not be used for degree progress. All grades are translated into the following quality points:

Grade

 

Meaning

 

Quality Points Per

Credit Hour

A

 

 

 

            4

B+

 

 

 

            3.5

B

 

 

 

            3

C+

 

 

 

            2.5

C

 

 

 

            2

D+

 

 

 

            1.5

D

 

 

 

            1

F

 

Failure

 

            0

P

 

Passing*

 

Not computed

UF

 

Unsatisfactory Practicum Failure*

 

Not computed

I

 

Incomplete**

 

Not initially computed

WA

 

Administrative Withdrawal

 

Not computed

W

 

Withdrawal 

 

Not computed

AU

 

Audit (no credit)

 

Not computed

***Grading scale may vary by program

Notes: *        Grade has no effect on the GPA; credit is awarded.
            **        See Incomplete Grades Policy

Grade Appeal Policy

 Students who have a dispute with grades for their coursework or for the final course grade should first approach the course instructor for a resolution. If the dispute is not resolved at the course level, the grade appeal process may be initiated.

Coursework grade appeals must be initiated with the director of the program in question by filing a Grade Appeal form within (1) week after grades are posted in Moodle or coursework is returned, whichever comes first. The grade appeal form may be obtained via the Portal or from the Dean's office.

Final course grade appeals must be initiated with the director of the program in question by filing a Grade Appeal form within (1) week after grades are posted in Webservices. The grade appeal form may be obtained via the Portal or from the Dean's office.

Final decisions on grade appeals will be made at the school level and by the appropriate school dean. A dean’s decision regarding a grade appeal is final and may not be appealed further. The grade appeal process is outlined in the Grade Appeal section of the student handbook.

Good Standing

A graduate student is considered to be in good standing when his/her overall graduate grade point average is 3.0 or higher and his/her semester grade point average is 3.0 or higher.

Academic Probation (may vary by program)

A graduate student is placed on probation when his/her overall grade point average is below 3.0 and/or his/her semester grade point average falls below a 3.0.

Academic Suspension (may vary by program)

A graduate student is suspended when he/she is on probation and does not raise his/her overall or semester grade point average to a 3.0.

Academic Dismissal (may vary by program)

A graduate student is dismissed from the University when he/she was previously suspended from a graduate program, returns and is unable to achieve a grade point average of 3.0. 

Graduation Requirements for Graduate Program

To earn a graduate degree from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Successfully complete all requirements of the graduate program.

  2.   An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate courses.

  3.   Submission of an Intent to Graduate form to the Office of the Registrar by the appropriate deadline.

  4. Clearance of all indebtedness to the University including the return of all Library materials borrowed.

  5. Formal Board of Trustees approval for graduation.