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The Academic Degree

English and Math Course Placement: Main Campus Students
First year main campus students are asked to complete a Math placement exam and an English placement exam prior to attending a Main Campus Summer Registration Day. Their achievement on the Math placement exam helps the Math faculty identify the correct MAT course placement. Their achievement on the English placement exam helps the English faculty identify students who may be in need of additional writing help during their first semester at Post.

Major
A major is an academic program of study offering both depth and breadth in a particular discipline or field of study. The requirements and the curriculum for a major are determined by Academic Affairs and approved by the State of Connecticut. Students at Post must have a declared major on file with the Registrar’s Office. Students may change their major at any time by filing a request through the Office of the Registrar. Students should consult with their Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ADP) prior to changing their major as it may impact their length of time at the University. Available majors are identified in the Degree Programs section of the catalog and website.

Double Major
Students who fulfill the requirements for two majors within a single degree (BS or BA) at the baccalaureate level may graduate with a double major. Students choosing to earn a double major must have both declared majors on record with the Registrar’s Office prior to applying for graduation. Students who complete a double major earn only one degree, so they must indicate to the Office of the Registrar which major they wish to have represented on their diploma. Both majors will be listed on the student’s Post University official transcript. Completion of a double major may increase the length of time necessary for a student to graduate.

Dual Degrees
Students who fulfill the requirements for two degrees (BS and BA) simultaneously at the baccalaureate level may graduate with a dual degree. Students who complete a dual degree have fully met the requirements of both degrees- this includes at least 39 additional credits specific to the second degree, for a minimum of 159 credits in total. In order to earn two degrees simultaneously, a student must obtain permission from his/her advisor and the Provost. Students choosing to earn a dual degree must have both declared majors/degrees on record with the Registrar’s Office prior to applying for graduation. Prior to graduation, the student must complete the Application for Graduation, and pay the graduation fee for each degree. The student will receive a Post University diploma for each degree.

Minors
A minor is a program of study in a particular discipline or field of study that is less in-depth (typically 15 credits) than a major. A minor is typically completed to complement or supplement a major in a subject area outside of a student’s major. The requirements and the coursework in a minor are determined by Academic Affairs. Students are not required to complete a minor. Students who wish to declare a minor may do so by contacting their Academic Advising (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ADP) and filing with the office of the Registrar. Students choosing to earn a minor must have their declared minor on record with the Registrar’s Office prior to applying for graduation.

En-Route Associate Degree
Associate degree recipients who continue on to a baccalaureate program, regardless of how much time has passed between degrees, are considered to have taken an “en-route” Associate degree. Their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) from their Associate degree will be carried forward to their baccalaureate work.

Single Concentrations for Undergraduate Students
Some baccalaureate degree programs require students to choose a concentration or focus for their degree. The concentration courses are included within the 120-credit degree requirement. If enrolled in a program that requires a concentration students must identify their concentration with their Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ADP) prior to graduation.

Dual Concentrations for Graduate Students
Some graduate programs permit students to complete more than one of the concentrations within the degree program. Students must complete all coursework required in both concentrations to fulfill the requirements for Dual Concentration. The only exception is the concentration capstone course, which may count towards both concentrations if the topic studied includes substantive elements from both concentrations. Interested students should contact their Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ADP) to learn the specific requirements around this opportunity. Financial Aid limitations and increased workload may apply to dual concentrations. Students should speak with their Financial Aid Advisor and discuss the alternate option of pursuing a graduate certificate with their Academic Success Counselor.

Residency Requirements
Candidates for a baccalaureate degree must earn at least their last 30 credits at Post University and must satisfy all degree requirements. This must include at least 15 credit hours in the major. Candidates for an associate degree must earn at least their last 15 credits at Post University and must satisfy all degree requirements, including at least 9 credit hours in the major.

The residency requirement can be waived if a student is participating in a Post University articulated academic partnership with another accredited college or university, wherein the agreement between Post and that other Institution states that the student will complete the last portion of their degree at the other Institution.

Taking Courses at Another University
Post University students must have permission from the Office of the Registrar prior to taking courses at another accredited college or university, if they intend to transfer those credits back to Post. Transferring courses in from another Institution may earn students credit towards their Post degree, but grades earned for those transferred courses will not impact the student’s Cumulative GPA (CGPA). If a student completes a course at another Institution that has been previously failed at Post, the course may transfer to Post, but the F earned at Post will remain in the student’s CGPA. A minimum grade of “C” will be accepted for the transfer of credit. To authorize Post University’s Office of Admissions to request your transcripts from other Universities, please complete, sign and submit a Post University Transcript Request Form, which is available for download at http://post.edu/docs/default-source/default-document-library/transcriptrequestformonline41715.pdf?sfvrsn=0.

Course Syllabus

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the current syllabus posted in each course in which they are enrolled. At all times, the requirements and procedures outlined in the instructor's syllabus are in effect as governing policies for that course.

Honors
President’s List: Full-time Students

Matriculated undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic excellence by earning a grade point average of at least 3.75, while carrying a minimum of 12 credits in one semester or two modules, will be named to the President’s List for that period. Students earning a grade less than C, IN or W during this period are not eligible.

Dean’s List: Full-Time Students
Matriculated students who demonstrate excellence by earning a grade point average of at least 3.50-3.74, while carrying a minimum of 12 credits in one semester or two modules, will be named to the Dean’s List for that period. Students earning a grade less than C, IN or W during this period are not eligible.

Post Scholars: Full-Time Students
Matriculated undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding academic excellence by earning a grade point average of at least 3.90 upon graduation are named Post University Scholars, and are eligible to receive an additional 10 percent tuition discount beyond the 10 percent Alumni grant within a master’s degree program at the University. The Post University Scholars tuition grant is contingent on the student maintaining a GPA of 3.50 or better as a graduate student. Post University Scholars who drop below a 3.50 GPA in any given module will forfeit the additional 10% tuition grant.

Baccalaureate Degree Honors 
To qualify for honors, baccalaureate candidates must have earned a minimum of 60 credit hours in residence at Post University and achieved accumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.

Summa Cum Laude- 3.90 to 4.00
Magna Cum Laude- 3.75 to 3.89
Cum Laude- 3.50 to 3.74

Associate Degree Honors
To qualify for honors, Associate candidates must have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours in residence at Post University and achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.

Highest Honors- 3.90 to 4.00
High Honors- 3.75 to 3.89
Honors- 3.50 to 3.74

Master’s Degree Honors
To qualify for honors, Masters candidates must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. Those Masters candidates earning a 4.0 will earn their degree “With Distinction.”

English and Math Course Placement

Main Campus Students First year main campus students are asked to complete a Math placement exam and an English placement exam prior to attending a Main Campus Summer Registration Day. Their achievement on the Math placement exam helps the Math faculty identify the correct MAT course placement. Their achievement on the English placement exam helps the English faculty identify students who may be in need of additional writing help during their first semester at Post.


Alternative Credit Options

Alternative Credit Options

Post University provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate college-level proficiency in certain subjects where learning has occurred in non-traditional ways, such as advanced placement courses, on-the-job training, standardized examinations, or work experience. Students earn course credits by examination or portfolio, but no grade is assigned. The maximum number of credits that may be earned through any combination of CLEP, DANTES, or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is 15 credits toward an associate degree and 45 credits toward a baccalaureate degree.

Advanced Placement

The University recognizes advanced standing for superior secondary school performance as indicated by scores of 5, 4, or 3 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. The Advising Office makes decisions regarding the acceptance of AP examinations for advanced standing credit. A maximum of 15 credits may be earned through AP examinations.

Standardized Examinations

CLEP:
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers examinations in courses, mostly at the introductory level. Students may earn three credits per exam passed.

DANTES: DANTES affords students the option to take examinations in introductory and upper-level courses, including technological areas. Examinees receive three college credits per exam based on a pass/fail formula score.

The CLEP and DANTES examinations are not administered by Post University. For information concerning sites and dates, consult the College Board website. The official score report must be sent to Post University for credit to be granted. A maximum of 15 credits (total) may be earned through CLEP and DANTES examinations.

Upon taking the examination, the student should direct the College Entrance Exam Board (CEEB) to refer the test score report to:
Office of the Registrar
Post University
800 Country Club Road
Waterbury, CT 06723-2540
Telephone: 203.596.4615
Fax: 203.841.1152
Email: registrar@post.edu

Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Program

As part of the Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Program, Post University allows eligible, matriculated, undergraduate students to apply for college credit for life experiences and completion of select licensure examinations. Through submission of portfolios, students may earn a maximum of 45 credits towards a Bachelor’s degree or 15 credits towards an Associate’s degree . Information regarding policies and procedures is available from Academic Advising (MC) or Academic Success Counselors (ASC). There are certain courses and subject areas that are not eligible for portfolio credit. Please consult with Academic Advising (MC) or Academic Success Counselors (ASC) to review any restrictions.

Prior Learning Assessment Credit

RN to BSN students will be awarded 30 credits as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits in recognition of having completed a registered nurse program and passing the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Verification of valid RN licensure will be required to receive PLA credit.

Credit Hour Policy

This Policy defines credit hour at Post University in accordance with applicable federal and state regulations. This policy describes the relationship between instructional contact hours and credit awards, as well as defines engaged academic time at the University.

Post University offers a variety of learning modalities: main campus, semester-based courses; main campus, accelerated courses; accelerated online courses; hybrid site courses; blended courses; independent studies and internships; and experiential learning. Regardless of modality or type of course, students are responsible for engaging in 45 hours of academic learning time for each credit of a course.

16-week semester
In a 16-week semester, a credit hour is an academic unit earned for 55 minutes per week of classroom instruction coupled with two hours per week of outside study. Typically, for a three-credit-hour semester course, there is an expectation of three hours of in class learning and six hours of outside study for a total of nine hours of academic work per week. For a blended 16-week course, there is an expectation for in class and outside study to total nine hours per week. Over the course of 45 sessions, there are 135 hours of engaged academic time per three-credit-hour semester course.

8-week module

In an eight-week, 3 credit-hour course, there is an expectation of 17 hours of engaged academic work per week. In an eightweek 3 credit-hour site course, there is an expectation of three hours of in class learning and 14 hours of outside study for a total of 17 hours of academic work per week. For a blended 8-week course, there is an expectation for in class and outside study to total 17 hours per week. Over the course of 8 weeks, regardless of modality, there are 135 hours of engaged academic time per three-credit hour accelerated course.

Independent Study, Internship, or CLWEP
In either an independent study or internship, there is an expectation that students will engage in academic work totaling 135 hours per 3-credit course, regardless of modality.

At its discretion, the University may award credit hours for learning acquired outside the institution, such as Credit for Life Work Experience (CLWEP). When such credit is allowed, it may be used to satisfy degree requirements or to reduce the total number of remaining hours required for a degree.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Computation

A student’s term Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total quality points by the total number of graded credit hours attempted with an earned grade of A-F. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is based on all course work completed to date.

Grading Policies

Grading Policies
The following grades are used on academic records and carry the quality points indicated:

GRADE

QUALITY
POINT VALUE

APPROXIMATE
NUMERICAL EQUIVALENT

A

4.0

95 - 100

A-

3.7

90 - 94

B+

3.3

87 - 89

B

3.0

83 - 86

B-

2.7

80 - 82

C+

2.3

77 - 79

C

2.0

73 - 76

C-

1.7

70 - 72

D+

1.3

67 - 69

D

1.0

63 - 66

D-

0.7

60 - 62

F

0.0

Below 60

UF

0.0

Unearned F


Pass/Fail Option

Main campus undergraduate students may take one elective course with a pass/fail option. Students must declare their intention take a course Pass/Fail when registering for the course. They have until the add/drop deadline to revoke this decision and take the course for a grade.

Grade Changes
No grade will be changed six (6) months after the conclusion of the term in which the course was taken. No grade will be changed after a degree has been awarded.

Incomplete (IN) Grade

A grade of IN (Incomplete) may be requested by a student if the student has completed at least 60% of the required coursework in a course, and has a compelling reason for not being able to complete the remainder of the coursework by the end of the term. The decision on granting an Incomplete will be at the instructor's discretion as long as the student meets the criteria as stated above.

If an IN is granted, the student must complete the missing coursework in the time frame indicated on the Incomplete contract, typically within eight (8) weeks of the end of the term. It is the student's responsibility to complete and submit the missing course work within the indicated time frame. Once completed, the course grade will be changed from an IN to the earned letter grade by the course instructor. An IN grade that is not rectified within the specified time frame will be automatically changed to the default grade entered by the instructor on the Incomplete contract. The default grade is the grade originally earned by the student at the time that final grades for the term were due.

The student should include his/her Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ADP) on all communication to instructors when requesting an incomplete, so the Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ADP) is aware of the approval or denial, and can assist the student if the approval is granted.

University Policy for Final Grade Appeals by Student

The following policy addresses final course grade appeals only. This grade appeal policy does not address complaints about specific class assignment grades. 

Informal Grade Appeal
If a student has a question or complaint about a final course grade, the student should first try to work out the issue with the instructor on an informal basis.

Formal Grade Appeal
Claims made at each step of the following process and the response to those claims must address the previous claims/response directly with documented evidence to support it as indicated and appropriate.

Step 1 of Appeal: If the matter is not resolved, the student can appeal the final course grade by notifying the instructor of the question/grievance IN WRITING using the "Grade Appeal by Student" form via the student's Post University email address within 15 calendar days from the day semester and/or MOD final grades are due, as indicated on the Academic Calendar. Supporting documentation must be included at this time. A copy must be forwarded to the Academic Program Manager (APM) in charge of the program or the appropriate Dean if the program does not have an APM.

Step 2 of Appeal:
The Instructor must respond to the student in writing, via Post University email address, within 15 calendar days of receipt of the appeal with a grade change or an appropriate explanation of the original grade given. The instructor's response must directly address all claims made by the student regardless of merit without supporting documentation, if warranted. A copy should be sent to the APM in charge of the course in question.

Step 3 of Appeal: If the matter is still not resolved, the student should appeal in writing, via Post University email address, to the APM in charge of the course in question. All supporting documentation, including any forms, etc., should be included. The APM's response must directly address all claims made by the student, regardless of merit, with supporting documentation when warranted. (If the instructor is an APM or if no APM is assigned to the course subject, go directly to step 5.)

Step 4 of Appeal: : Having reviewed all supporting material, including the justification by the instructor, the APM will respond to the student's concerns within fifteen (15) calendar days via Post University email.

Step 5 of Appeal: If the student is still not satisfied, then they should appeal in writing to the Dean of the school in which the course is housed and represents the instructor being grieved. APMs should forward all supporting documentation, including notes from any meetings, with said student or instructor, to the Dean for his/her review. The Dean should respond in writing, via Post University email address, to the student with his/her final decision within fifteen (15) calendar days of being notified by the Academic Program Manager. All grade change forms must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar. THE DECISION OF THE DEAN IS FINAL.

Repeating a Course

Students may repeat courses already taken under the following circumstances:

1. The student seeks to repeat the class after passing the course previously. Most often this is requested so the student may improve a previously-earned grade or to gain additional knowledge in the subject area. Students may repeat a course with a previous-earned passing grade only one time. Students who have passed a course and wish to retake the course may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid through Title IV for retaking the course once. Please check with a University financial aid representative regarding qualifications.

2. The student repeats a class after receiving a failing grade. Students are limited to repeating a failed course taken at Post University an additional two times without financial aid implications (for a total of 3 attempts at the course). Students who wish to retake a course a fourth time must obtain permission from an Academic Dean. Students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid through Title IV for each course that is repeated. Please check with a University financial aid representative regarding qualifications.

3. The student retakes a failed Post University course at another institution. Students must obtain prior permission from the Academic Program Manager for their degree program, using the “Permission to take an outside course” form to be permitted to retake a failed course at another accredited institution. The grade for a course taken at another institution will not appear on the student’s Post University transcript or be calculated into his/her Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). The failed Post University course will remain on the transcript and continue to calculate into a student’s GPA.

When a course is repeated, the repetition appears on the transcript, but only the most recent grade is included in the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). Students may only earn credit once for a course that is repeated.

Graduate Students

All courses in the graduate program of study that result in the student receiving a grade of less than a C- must be retaken. Upon successful completion of the retaken course, original grade of less than C- will be dropped from the student's cumulative GPA and replaced with the passing grade.

Please note: A record of all failed classes will remain on the student’s transcript, even though the attempt is not counted in the cumulative GPA. Students may retake a course after failure or withdrawal up to two (2) times (total of three attempts).

Students wishing to attempt the course for a fourth time after failure or withdrawal must receive written permission from the Dean of the applicable school. Students who fail their capstone courses will not be eligible to graduate.

Students are allowed a total of two (2) attempts to pass their capstone with a grade of C or better. Students must petition the Dean or Director of the program to take the capstone course(s) for a third time.

Assessment and Surveys

Post University is committed to the development and delivery of the highest quality academic and instructional experiences. To achieve this and other quality-related educational objectives, the University applies a variety of tools and studies to monitor and continuously assess the performance of its academic programs, faculty teaching, and student outcomes. The tools include an outcome-based assessment process to test the effectiveness of our program curriculum, and a variety of student surveys and performance indicator tools to evaluate our course performance and teaching practices.

As part of the assessment process, a random sample of student work may be anonymously collected and assessed by assigned faculty. The consolidated score of that assessment is reviewed by the Assessment Committee and other stakeholders and acted on by the Post University Deans and Academic Program Managers as necessary for program improvement. The consolidated assessment data will also be used as part of informing the public about Post University and will not affect student grading.

Students are expected to complete the course evaluation for every class in which they are enrolled.

Academic Progress Standards

Undergraduate Academic Standards
In order to verify academic progress, the University conducts a review of student academic standing after each semester (MC) or two modules (ADP) (i.e. payment period). Students who fall below the required standards stated below will be placed on Academic Warning*. If they remain below the required standards after the following semester or two modules, they will be Academically Dismissed from the University. Students must meet the following minimum academic standards to remain in good academic standing and continue their education:

Total Credits    CGPA
0-12                     1.50
13-30                   1.70
31-60                   1.85
61+                       2.00

*NEW students who have a CGPA of 0.00 in their first semester or first two terms (regardless of number of credits attempted) will be dismissed from the University without first being placed on Academic Warning.

Students are given the opportunity appeal an Academic Dismissal to the Provost (appeals@post.edu). Each appeal is thoroughly reviewed by the Provost collaboratively with the Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ADP). If a student is permitted to return to the University, they do so under Academic Probation, with a specific academic improvement plan (i.e. coursework that must be retaken with specific grade requirements) that must be executed by the student in order to return to the University. See below for further details.

Note that Satisfactory Progress for Financial Aid is based on successful completion of 67% of attempted credits. This is described in Section 5 of the University Catalog.

Academic Warning
Undergraduate students whose academic standing falls below the required Cumulative GPAs outlined above (after participation in a semester/two-module period) will be receive notification from the Office of the Registrar that they are on Academic Warning. Failure to make necessary improvement during the next semester or two modules will lead to Academic Dismissal from the University. Students should contact their Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ADP) to help them create a plan return to good academic standing.

Academic Probation
Students who successfully appeal an Academic Dismissal will return to the University on Academic Probation. Students on Academic Probation will be given an academic improvement plan in their letter from the Provost that they must execute to remain at the University. The plan may indicate: the student is limited to a lighter course load, specific courses that must be retaken, and/or the required grades that must be achieved in the retaken courses.

Graduate Academic Standards

GPA Minimum
In order to verify academic progress of graduate students, the University conducts a review of student academic standing after each module. Students who fall below the required standards stated below will be placed on Academic Warning. If they remain below the required standards after the following one registered module, they will be Academically Dismissed from the University. Graduate students must meet the following minimum academic standards to remain in good academic standing and continue their education:
Total Credits    CGPA
0-51                      3.00

Graduate students are given the opportunity appeal an Academic Dismissal to the Provost (appeals@post.edu). Each appeal is thoroughly reviewed by the Provost collaboratively with the Academic Program Manager and Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ADP). If a student is permitted to return to the University, they do so under Academic Probation, with specific academic improvement plan (i.e. coursework that must be retaken with specific grade requirements) that must be executed by the student in order to return to the University. See section above for further details.

In graduate programs, an earned course grade below a C- (i.e., D+, D, D- and F) will be considered a failing grade. Students receiving a grade lower than a C- will be required to repeat the course and obtain a passing grade (i.e., C- or better). Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program. In addition, graduate students must maintain the required 3.00 CGPA in order to register for the program’s Capstone Course. If they have fallen below this minimum, they will need to repeat course(s) in the program in which they earned lower grades to increase their CGPA.

Note that Satisfactory Progress for Financial Aid is based on successful completion of 67% of attempted credits. This is described in Section 5 in the University Catalog.

Course Loads
Course Loads for Undergraduate Students

Main Campus students enrolled for 12 or more credits each semester are considered full-time students. Main Campus students registered for 11 or fewer credits are considered part-time students. The maximum course load is 18 credits per semester. Main Campus students wishing to register for more than 18 credits per semester must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and permission from the Provost. In no instance will a student be permitted to carry more than 21 credits.

ADP students who want to register for nine credits per MOD must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and permission from their Academic Success Counselor. A request to register for twelve credits or more must receive the Provost’s approval. Students should contact their Financial Aid Advisor about any additional cost associated with taking more than six credits per MOD.

Course Loads for International Students

Undergraduate Students
An international student attending the University in F-1 status is required by immigration regulations to be “pursuing a full course of study” in order to maintain his/her immigration status. For undergraduate students, “a full course of study” is full time, or 12 credit hours. If a student wishes to reduce his or her course load to fewer than 12 credits, the student must first consult with the International Student Advisor and then his or her Academic Advisor. The student must obtain the Academic Advisor’s signature on the “Add/Drop” form and submit a copy of the form to the International Student Advisor before the add/drop date.

There are limited, but important, exceptions to the “full course of study” requirement:

  • Annual Vacation

  • Illness or Medical Condition. This is a medical, emotional or physical problem documented by a doctor or counselor.

  • Academic Reasons. Initial difficulties with the English language, initial difficulties with reading requirements, unfamiliarity with American teaching methods, or improper course level placement must be documented by the student’s instructor of Academic Advisor.

  • International students in their final semester of study may take fewer than 12 credits if no more are required for them to complete their degree. Any drop below a full course load will be reported to the Department of Homeland Security.

Graduate Students
International students pursuing a graduate degree at the University with an F-1 Visa are required to maintain full time status. Full time status is defined as 6 credits in a period of enrollment (2 MODS) in on-campus or hybrid classes. If a student is taking one on-campus course during a MOD, the student may take an additional course either on-campus or online, after consulting with their Academic Advisor. The student must maintain on-campus or hybrid courses equaling 6 credits in a period of enrollment, and cannot substitute an online course to meet their full-time status. A student can only drop below full-time status temporarily, by filing a request with the assistance of the International Student Advisor, and receiving approval from their Academic Advisor.

There are limited exceptions to the “full course of study” requirement, as noted above.

Course loads for Graduate Students

For graduate students taking courses in 8-week module, 6 or more credits during two consecutive MODs is considered full time. Students attempting three credits during two consecutive MODs is considered part time. Permission to take more than two courses per module may be granted, providing the student has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and receives approval from the Provost. Approval to exceed two courses per mod will require the student to demonstrate that he or she is not currently employed (i.e., retired, leave of absence, summer break, on medical leave, unemployed, etc.).

Students who are seeking financial aid are advised to contact the Financial Aid Office, as there may be a minimum number of courses/credits required to receive such aid.

Academic Dishonesty

The University as a whole (including students, faculty, and administration) has the important responsibility to uphold and protect academic integrity and therefore will not tolerate academic dishonesty of any kind. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, unauthorized use of digital materials, introduction of viruses, willful interruption of systems, and may include complicity in others’ academic dishonesty. Instructors regularly monitor assignment submissions utilizing, but not limited to, plagiarism detection software. No papers or projects submitted in a previous course (at this or any other University) will be accepted in subsequent courses. Intentionally assisting others in acts of cheating and plagiarism is also considered academic dishonesty. Any cases of academic dishonesty will be reported to the appropriate Academic Program Manager and other University personnel as the situation dictates. Confirmed dishonesty may result in penalties up to, and including, dismissal from the University and denial of any financial reimbursement. Students have the right to appeal decisions made through this policy up to the office of the Provost.

Definition of Plagiarism
Plagiarism occurs when a student (intentionally or unintentionally):

  • Uses someone else's language, ideas, or other original materials without acknowledging the source

  • Directly copies someone else's language, ideas, or other original materials without using quotation marks, even if a citation is used    

  • Uses paraphrasing software tools to disguise the appropriation of non-original content to appear to be original work

  • Resubmits their own previously written material without acknowledging the source (self-plagiarism). Previously submitted assignments may not be resubmitted without substantial revision

Students are required to cite sources correctly according to APA Style, or other University approved citation formats, in order to avoid plagiarism. Resources to assist students with proper citation formats include the University Learning Center, the Traurig Library, and tutor.com.

Penalties for Academic Dishonesty

Post University generally employs a three-strike process for acts of academic dishonesty; however, a flagrant violation of academic integrity may involve immediate dismissal from the University and denial of any financial reimbursements.

Strike One: The student will receive a zero for the assignment in which the act of academic dishonesty occurred.

Strike Two: The student will immediately fail the course in which the second act of academic dishonesty occurred, even if the first incident occurred in a different course.

Strike Three: The student will immediately be expelled from the University and receive an 'F' on the final transcript.

The student may appeal the final grade or disciplinary action as stated in the Grade Appeal or Dismissal Policy. Confirmed dishonesty may result in penalties up to and including dismissal from the University and denial of any financial reimbursement.

Academic Civility Code

The Post University community is committed to practicing civility among the students, faculty, staff and administration.

Civility is defined as conducting oneself with respect for others and behaving in a manner that promotes and encourages a positive social and academic environment. Post University embraces:

  • Respect for faculty, staff, students, guests, and all university property, policies, rules and regulations.

  • Promoting the exchange of ideas and diverse opinions through tolerance, integrity, dignity, and respect while upholding academic integrity to the highest standard.

  • Taking personal responsibility for individual choices and actions and accepting the consequences thereof.

  • Communicating in a professional and courteous manner across all platforms (verbal, non-verbal, written or electronic).

  • Abstaining from actions that are intimidating, bullying, demeaning or hostile to another person.

The University's goal is to achieve and maintain a high standard of civility to increase students’ capacities to achieve success at the University and in their future careers.

Schedule Changes

A schedule change consists of adding or dropping a course or changing from one course section to another during the add/drop period, or withdrawing from a course during the withdrawal period.

Add/Drop Period

The period from the start of the term through the add/drop deadline, as defined by the Academic Calendar. The add/drop deadline is typically 5pm on the first Friday of the term. Military students have an extended add/drop deadline of 5pm on the second Sunday of the term.

[NOTE: Spring 2017 main campus undergraduate courses have an atypically add/drop deadline. See the Academic Calendar for details.]

Withdrawal Period
The period between the add/drop deadline and the “last day to withdraw”, as defined by the Academic Calendar. The “last day to withdraw” represents the 60% mark in the term.

  • Main Campus Undergraduate - 5pm on the 10th Friday of the semester

  • Main Campus Graduate - 5pm on the 5th Friday of the MOD

  • ADP - 5pm on the 5th Friday of the MOD

Students will only be permitted to add courses during the add/drop period if prerequisites have been met and there are openings in the course(s) they wish to add. Any change to the student’s schedule should be discussed with the Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ADP) to ensure students have met prerequisites for the course and that the schedule change will keep the student on track to graduate.

Students receiving financial aid should consult with the Office of Student Finance to determine how their award package may be affected by adding, dropping or withdrawing from courses. The Office of Student Finance makes disbursements after the end of the Add/Drop Period in order to determine a student’s enrollment status and eligibility.

If a student must withdraw from all courses in a term, an action equivalent to withdrawing from the University, he or she must do so by officially notifying the Registrar’s Office (see the end of this Section 10). Withdrawal from the University must take place prior to the last week of the semester. Official notification occurs when the student provides the Registrar’s Office with written or oral notification of the withdrawal. The Registrar’s Office will require that the student confirm the oral notification of withdrawal in writing.

Schedule Changes: Main Campus Courses
Students taking main campus courses may make schedule changes through the add/drop deadline. Students may no longer add courses after the add/drop deadline. Students who wish to withdraw from a main campus course after the add/drop deadline may do so during the withdrawal period. Students withdrawing from a main campus course during the withdrawal period will have a “W” recorded for the course on their transcript. Students may not withdraw from a course after the last day to withdraw. Students wishing to withdraw from a main campus course must submit a withdrawal form to the Registrar’s Office.

Schedule Changes: ADP Courses
Students taking ADP courses may make schedule changes through the add/drop deadline. Students who change their schedule prior to 5 p.m. EST on the Friday before a MOD starts will incur no additional fees and receive a full refund for tuition and fees charged. Students who choose to change their ADP course schedule after this point, but prior to the add/drop deadline, will be charged an administrative fee of $150 for each course dropped. Students are responsible for confirming course drops in writing from the Office of the Registrar prior to end of the Add/Drop Period. Those who fail to do so will remain in the course and may receive a grade of “F.”

Students who wish to withdraw from an ADP course after the add/drop deadline may do so during the withdrawal period”. Students withdrawing from an ADP course during the withdrawal period will have a “W” recorded for the course on their transcript. Students may not withdraw from a course after the last day to withdraw. Students wishing to withdraw from an ADP course must submit a withdrawal form to the Registrar’s Office.

Military students taking courses have an extended add/drop deadline (as defined above) and incur no drop fees if courses are dropped prior to the add/drop deadline. Military students who withdraw from a course in the first 7-13 days of the course are refunded 50% of tuition.

Course Substitutions

Course substitutions can be made with approval from the appropriate Advisor (MC), Academic Success Counselor (ADP), and Academic Program Manager., as documented on the Course Substitution Form.

Auditing a Course

Undergraduate students who wish to enroll in a class without receiving academic credit may audit the course. Audit status must be declared during the registration period and requires the permission of the instructor. Audit status, once declared, may not be changed. The cost to audit a course is half the current rate of tuition.

Electronic Course Materials and Ordering Course Materials Through the Online Bookstore

Electronic Course Materials
Electronic Course Materials (ECMs) are course materials that are available in a completely electronic format and are used exclusively in approximately 65% of Post University courses.  ECMs are comprised of materials that are developed and gathered by faculty to address specific program and course outcomes, and that best support effective student learning in the course.  These materials include everything from electronic versions of textbooks, articles, case studies to narrated PowerPoint presentations, YouTube videos, and electronic access codes that allow students to access customized publisher materials. ECMs are covered by an ECM fee, and are available to students in their courses on Day 1 of the term.
 
Post University has worked with book publishers to negotiate the lowest possible prices, thus Post University strongly advocates that students take advantage of the automatic, Day 1 access to ECM content for all ECM courses There are a few ECM courses where students will be provided the opportunity to opt-out of the ECM fee, these are the courses that make use of one (1), non-customized publisher e-book that is available through VitalSource.  Students enrolled in these courses will automatically be provided access to the E-book and charged the ECM fee, but they may choose to opt-out of the e-book access through a link specific to the course available on Post’s online bookstore.  Student who opt-out of the e-book access will have the ECM fee removed from their bill.
 
Students who choose to opt-out of ECM content, as described above, are responsible for purchasing the required course materials elsewhere, and they will not be eligible for an extension on course assignments while they await arrival of their course materials.  The opt-out process will be available one week prior to the start of the term and must be completed by the add/drop date for the term.
 
Online Bookstore
Course materials for Post University courses are available for purchase in the online bookstore at www.postbookstore.edu.  Students should plan to order course materials two weeks prior to the start date of the course in order to ensure that the materials, particularly textbooks, will be available for that class. It is the student’s responsibility to place their order with the Online Bookstore. Students may have the order shipped to their homes or shipped to the University and picked up at the Mail Room at East Hall.

Textbook Buyback Policy

The Campus Store no longer sponsors a textbook buyback program.
 
Textbook Refund Policy

Textbooks purchased from our Online Bookstore may be returned to the Online Bookstore provided that book returns are made within 21 days of the start of the semester and/or wrapped items or sealed CDs are NOT opened.

Academic Participation and Unearned F

Main Campus Course Participation
Regular class participation is essential to the educational process. Failure to participate in class or complete assignments may result in a failing grade. Even students who have an excused absence (either due to athletic games or absences approved via prior communication with the instructor) are responsible for all course materials missed or due on the date(s) class was missed.

Online Academic Course Participation
Post University considers a student to have participated in a course if the student engages in an academic activity within the first full week of a course. Academic activity is defined as posting to a discussion board, submitting an assignment, taking a quiz or a test, or other measurable academic activity. Students that have not engaged in an academic activity by 11:59PM on the 2nd Monday following the beginning of a module will be dropped from the course and will be charged a drop fee. The student’s financial aid may also be impacted by not engaging in each enrolled course. If the student is registered in more than one course in the module, the University will evaluate whether the student began each course and the student will be dropped only from those courses in which the student has not begun.

Unearned F
Faculty members will assign an unearned F grade to a student that does not complete graded academic activity after the midpoint of a course. When a student receives an unearned F grade, the faculty member will determine the date the student submitted his or her last graded academic activity and this will be considered the student’s withdrawal date from the course.

As a result of receiving an unearned F, a student may be administratively withdrawn and the University may be required to perform a calculation to determine how much financial aid the student has earned for the term. This calculation may result in the return of unearned financial aid to the U.S. Department of Education or other third parties and the student may be obligated to pay for charges originally paid by the unearned financial aid and/or return any excess funds paid to the student. Receiving an unearned F may also impair future course registrations and financial aid availability. Unearned F grades also count as failing grades in the student’s GPA and pace of completion. Please see the policies on Administrative Withdrawal and Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Graduation

Degree Audit and Application for Graduation
Post University awards degrees at the end of every module/semester. Commencement exercises are held once a year in May. Undergraduate students may participate in the graduation ceremony provided that: 1) they are within 6 credits of their degree into which they are enrolled; and 2) they have a minimum 2.00 grade point average. Students anticipating a December graduation must complete their degree requirements by the end of the fall term or module 2.

Potential graduates must meet with their advisors prior to their last 15 credits to make sure they have completed all required courses. While faculty advisors may assist each student in the selection of courses, the responsibility for fulfilling the requirements of the program and all University academic requirements rests with the individual student.

Deadlines for Graduation Applications:
Module 1: September 25, 2016
Module 2: November 20, 2016
Fall semester: November 20, 2016
Module 3: February 12, 2017
Module 4: April 9, 2017
Spring semester: April 9, 2017
Module 5: June 4, 2017
Module 6: July 30, 2017

Graduation Fees
Undergraduate students must submit a $90 non-refundable graduation fee
Graduate students must submit a $115 non-refundable graduation fee.
Download the Graduation Application Packet
 

Commencement Fees
Students who wish to participate in the Commencement Ceremony are responsible for the purchase of their cap and gown. They will be made available on the vendor website in early spring. The prices include shipping and are as follows:
Undergraduate $35.50
Graduate $59.00

Graduation Requirements
In order to receive a degree from Post University, students must:

  • Be matriculated in a program

  • Satisfactorily complete all degree program requirements: at least 60 credit hours for an Associate of Science degree; at least 120 credit hours for a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree; or the required number of credits for a Master’s degree

  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.00 for undergraduate students and a 3.00 for graduate students

  • Fulfill the residency requirement for the degree program they are pursuing

  • Pay in-full all charges and fees incurred while in attendance at the University

  • Complete an Application for Graduation and pay a non-refundable graduation fee

For Graduate students the Connecticut Office of Higher Education requires students to complete a culminating experience to exhibit adequate comprehension and acquisition of knowledge from pursuit of their Master’s education. At Post University, we have developed a series of “Capstone Courses” which meet the CT OHE requirements, as well as aid students in producing a final product they can be proud of and possibly implement post-graduation.

Students who fail their capstone courses cannot graduate. Students have a total of two attempts to pass capstone with a grade of C- or better. If you have not passed after two attempts, you must petition the Director or Dean take the classes a third time.

Requirements to Walk in the Graduation Ceremony

Undergraduate
Walking Candidates In order to walk (participate) in the graduation ceremony a student must meet all of the following requirements

  • have six credits or less to complete at the end of the spring semester and/or MOD 4

  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00

  • indicate an intent to participate in the ceremony on the graduation application

  • be registered for their final courses

A diploma will not be awarded until all credits are completed. Since students who walk in the May ceremony are short two or fewer courses, these students should not expect to officially graduate or receive a diploma until a subsequent graduation date when all graduation requirements have been met.

Graduate Walking Candidates
In order to walk (participate) in the graduation ceremony a student must meet all of the following requirements

  • have three credits to complete at the end of MOD 4 and 2) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and indicate an intent to participate in the ceremony on the graduation application submitted by the deadline and 4) be registered for their final course

A diploma will not be awarded until all credits are completed. Since students who walk in the May ceremony are one course short, these students should not expect to officially graduate or receive a diploma until a subsequent graduation date when all graduation requirements have been met.

Program Time Limit

Undergraduate students do not have a set program time limit. After 5 years of non-attendance, a student is readmitted under the new curriculum in the catalog at the time of readmission.

The graduate student must complete a program of study within a five (5) year time limit from the date of admission to degree status. Should extenuating circumstances arise, students may petition for a one-time, one-year extension for completion of their program of study. Such petitions must include the signed endorsement of the student’s Academic Program Manager and Dean. The Provost will rule on the petition and make the final decision.

University Withdrawal

Active/Inactive Students
An Active student is a student who is enrolled in a course in the current semester or MOD. An Inactive student is a student who is not enrolled in the current semester or MOD. Upon enrolling in a course, an Inactive student will be considered Active.

Official Withdrawal (Withdrawal from University Initiated by Student)
A student wishing to Officially Withdraw from Post University must do so in writing by submitting the withdrawal request to the Office of the Registrar, and copying the Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ASC) or and Financial Aid Advisor. Should the student withdraw from the University prior to the end of a module or semester, the official transcript will reflect a “W” (withdrawal) grade for all attempted courses in that term.

A student who has Officially Withdrawn from the University and would like to be readmitted within one year should contact his/her Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ASC). After a period of one year from the Official Withdrawal date, the student will need to go through the Admissions process to be officially readmitted to the University (see Section 10.20)

Administrative Withdrawal (Inactive Student Status)
Inactive students (those not currently enrolled in a course) will be Administratively Withdrawn from the University. Administratively withdrawn students in satisfactory academic-and civic-standing are welcome to enroll in courses for a one-year period without going through the Admissions process. Post University’s Student Account’s Department reports Inactive students as Administratively Withdrawn from the University, for purposes of Title IV financial aid.

Withdrawal for Military Leave
Military students who have been activated or deployed with orders and are unable to continue their studies for an academic term (Semester or Module), must do the following:

  • Notify their Instructor(s), their Academic Advisor (MC) or Academic Success Counselor (ASC), and the Registrar’s Office that they have military orders that will prohibit them from continuing as a student in the current academic term.

  • Provide the Registrar’s Office with a copy of their military orders or other documentation that demonstrates a need to withdraw from the current academic term to meet the military needs of their branch of the service

Students who meet the criteria listed above are eligible for the following:

  • If the request for withdrawal is during the first half of the Module/Semester, students will receive a grade of “W” for each course in which they are enrolled, no course credit shall be awarded, and the term shall not be counted as a term in residence. A full refund of tuition and/or room and board will be granted.

  • If the request for withdrawal is after the first half of the Module/Semester, students can elect to 1) withdraw (W) from their classes and receive a full refund of tuition or 2) request an Incomplete (IN) from their instructors and make arrangements to complete all required course assignments within a specified timeframe. (See Incomplete Policy in the University Catalog). The term shall count as a term in residence

In the event that a military student’s absence will extend into multiple terms, the student will be granted a Military Leave of Absence while they are deployed. The Military Leave of Absence will expire six (6) months after the end of the deployment. Students on a Military Leave of Absence will be able to resume their education without the need of reapplying to Post University by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

Unofficial Withdrawal (No notice by student of intent to Officially Withdraw)
If a student stops attending/participating in class(es) and fails to notify the Registrar’s Office in writing that they are Officially Withdrawing from the University, they will be considered active and enrolled, and will receive earned grades for the course(s).

Dismissal from the University

Academic Dismissal
The University maintains the right to dismiss students from an undergraduate or graduate program if they:
a) Fail to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in accordance with the SAP policy.
b) Are conducting themselves in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the University or hostile to the welfare of students or faculty (in breach of the Civility Code);
c) Violate of the Academic Dishonesty Policy (see Academic Dishonesty Policy for details)
d) Are not suited to the program in which they are registered;

Readmission to the University
Students who have unpaid balances must resolve any outstanding issues prior to requesting readmission. Resumption of enrollment or readmission is at the discretion of the University and is subject to any conditions imposed by the University.

Readmission after Withdrawal
Students seeking readmission who have been inactive (not been enrolled in a course) for greater than one (1) year and Military students who have exceeded the 6-month grace period after an approved Military Leave must reapply to the University through Admissions and satisfy all current admission criteria for their program.

If a graduate student’s GPA is less than a 3.00 then the student must agree to an academic improvement plan satisfactory to the Program Director or Dean. Appeals of the Director’s decisions may be made to the Dean of the applicable School.

Readmission after Dismissal
Students who have been dismissed from the University for failing to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) may apply for readmission one year from the date of dismissal. Also see Section 10.7 Academic Progress Standards for the Dismissal Appeal Process.

  • Students seeking readmission in an undergraduate program must meet the current application requirements, provide all current documentation and deliver a letter requesting readmission providing details as to why the student will be successful if allowed to return to study.

  • Students seeking readmission to a graduate program of study will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Director of the program with an appeal to the Dean. Where no Director exists, the readmission decision rests with the Dean and may be appealed to the Provost.

Readmitted students may be asked to participate in an academic improvement plan as designed by the Director of the program or Dean of the School as part of the readmission process. The academic improvement plan will provide for conditional admission for the student’s next 2 modules or one semester. If the student violates the academic improvement plan, the student will be dismissed from the program of study with no appeal process.

Students who have been dismissed from the University for breach of the Civility Code or the Academic Dishonesty Policy are not welcome to apply for readmission to the University.

Students with Disabilities

In alignment with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Post University provides reasonable accommodations for enrolled students with disabilities. The purpose of accommodations is not to provide an unfair advantage, but rather to “level the playing field” for students with a disability in order to maximize their potential for academic success.

Based on the documentation provided by the student (see below), the Title IX and Disability Coordinator will work with the student to identify the nature and extent of the accommodations the University can provide to meet his/her needs. Once accommodations are identified, the Coordinators continue to work closely with the students and their professors to implement those accommodations to help students complete their course work.

Disclosure
Students with disabilities are not required to disclose their disability to the University. However, if students wish to receive accommodations, they must contact the Title IX and Disability Coordinator.The Coordinator is the only University officer authorized to address these special needs, and accommodations can only be granted through the Coordinator. Disclosure should occur at the time the student is accepted to the University. All information shared by the student is confidential.

The Coordinator may not release accommodation information to instructors without the expressed permission of the student, via email, telephone, or in person. This permission must be granted prior to each term and must specify which instructors should be informed. Once the student has given permission, the Coordinator may only reveal the accommodations to the identified instructor; no other information related to the student’s disability will be revealed to any faculty/staff members at the University without the student’s consent. Students may choose to sign a waiver, allowing the Coordinator the opportunity to speak about the student’s disability with other University Support Services. These areas may include, Academic Affairs, Athletics, Counseling Center, University Learning Center, and Residence Life.

Required Documentation

To request accommodations, students must provide the Coordinator with official documentation of their disability on letterhead from an appropriate licensed medical practitioner. The documentation must include:

  • Identification of the disability

  • A list of the academic/learning limitations caused by the disability

  • A clear suggestion of the appropriate learning accommodations based on classroom setting (online or on ground)

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Labate, Title IX and Disability Coordinator at 203.596.6027.