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Academic Policies and Procedures

Policy for Verifying Student Identity

The United States Department of Education (ED) requires that all institutions offering distance education courses certify that the student registering for a course is the same student who participates in the course or receives course credit. The ED requires that one or more of the following mechanisms be employed:

  1. A secure login and pass code;
  2. Proctored examinations; or
  3. New or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification.

All methods of verifying student identity in distance learning protect the privacy of student information. There are no fees associated with the verification of student identity. Personally identifiable information collected by Post University may be used, at the discretion of the University, as the basis for identity verification.

In compliance with these federal requirements, Post University has adopted the following policy.

  1. All students will be issued a unique e‐mail account with a secure logon and pass code upon being admitted to an online program. This username and password will remain in effect throughout the student’s tenure at Post University. All e‐mail communication between Post University and the student will be through this e‐mail account.
  2. All electronic courses at Post University will be offered through Blackboard, which students will access with their secure unique logon and pass code. All users of the Blackboard system are responsible to comply with Post University’s Policy Governing Information Technologies (IT) Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Support. This policy is located within the catalog at the following link: https://post.edu/student-services/academic-affairs/university-catalog. Students are held responsible for knowledge of the information contained within this policy.Failure to read the guidelines, requirements, and regulations will not exempt students from responsibility.
  3. Unauthorized use of an ID belonging to another user, unauthorized reading, use of, or deletion of private files or email belonging to another user, sharing user IDs and pass codes with other users or any other person and any attempt to circumvent system protection and security features is prohibited.
  4. Users are responsible for maintaining the security of usernames, pass codes, and any other access credentials assigned. Access credentials may not be shared or given to anyone other than the user to whom they were assigned to for any reason.
  5. Instructors will emphasize the academic integrity policy in their syllabi and use normal pedagogical practices (reviewing student writing samples, conferencing with students in person or through Internet technology, etc.) to verify student identity.
  6. Instructors may, at their discretion, require proctored examinations or use other technologies that are effective in verifying students’ identities.

Failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary action, including loss of computing privileges and other sanctions deemed necessary. Any student found to have permitted another person to represent them for any portion of an online course will be subject to dismissal from the course and may not be permitted to take any other online courses at or through Post University.

The Information Technology Department is responsible for issuing student email and Blackboard login and pass code information. The Office of the Provost is responsible for ensuring compliance with the provisions of this policy and that Deans and Program Directors are informed of any changes in a timely fashion. Deans and Program Directors are responsible for ensuring that faculty are aware of this policy and comply with its provisions. Deans and Program Directors are also responsible for ensuring that academic awards and degree programs within their units comply with the provisions of this policy.

The Academic Degree

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 Office of the Registrar. 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 or Academic Success Counselor prior to changing their major as it may impact their length of time at Post 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 complete a double major must have both declared majors on record with the Office of the Registrar prior to applying for graduation. Students who complete a double major earn only one degree. Both majors will be listed on the student’s Post University official transcript and diploma. 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 Academic Advisor or Academic Success Counselor. Students choosing to earn a dual degree must have both declared majors/degrees on record with the Office of the Registrar 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 or Academic Success Counselor and filing with the Office of the Registrar. Students choosing to earn a minor must have their declared minor on record with the Office of the Registrar 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 “enoute” Associate degree. Their cumulative grade point average from their Associate degree will be carried forward to their baccalaureate work.

Single Concentrations for Undergraduate Students
Certain baccalaureate degree programs require students to choose a concentration to complete 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 or Academic Success Counselor prior to graduation.

Dual Concentrations for Graduate Students
Some graduate programs permit students to complete more than one of the concentrations within their degree program. Students must complete all coursework required in both concentrations to fulfill the requirements for Dual Concentrations. 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 or Academic Success Counselor 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 or Academic Advisor.

Residency Requirements
Candidates for a baccalaureate degree must earn at least their last 30 credits at Post University and must satisfy all degree requirements for the program. 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 University degree, but grades earned for those transferred courses will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average. 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 cumulative grade point average. A minimum 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, you must please complete, sign and submit a Post University Transcript Request Form.

Course Syllabus
Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the current syllabus posted for each course in which they are enrolled. The requirements and procedures outlined in the instructor’s syllabus are in effect as governing policies for that course.

Honors Program

To learn more about the Honors Program visit their section on the post website at post.edu/honors.

Graduating with Honors Program Distinction
In order to graduate with Honors Program Distinction, students must:

Earn at least 24 Honors-level course credits.

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
  2. Participate in specialized Honors Program professional development and enrichment activities.
  3. Complete community engagement requirements.
Honorary Organizations

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society 
Post University sponsors the Connecticut Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi, a national college honor society. Students from all disciplines may qualify for admission. Membership is limited to the top ten percent of an institution’s juniors, seniors, and graduate students. In addition, juniors and seniors must have earned a minimum of 24 credits at Post University. Graduate students must have completed at least 15 semester hours of graduate credit at Post University. Eligibility is determined twice per year.

Phi Theta Kappa
Post University sponsors the Omega Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for associate degree seeking students. Membership is offered when a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale is achieved after 24 credits has been earned at Post University. Eligibility is determined twice per year.

Tau Upsilon Alpha
The National Organization of Human Services honor society (Tau Upsilon Alpha) was created with the purpose of honoring academic excellence and fostering lifelong learning. Tau Upsilon Alpha promotes excellence in service to humanity as well as learning, leadership, and development in the field of human services. Membership is offered to undergraduate and graduate students who have shown a commitment to working in and advancing the field of human services. Students must have completed at least 12 credits in their program of study and demonstrated academic excellence. Potential inductees are selected based on academic and professional eligibility once they have met the criteria outlined above.

Alpha Phi Sigma–Iota Psi Chapter (National Criminal Justice Honor Society)
In 2008, Post University established the Iota Psi chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the nationally recognized honor society for students majoring in Criminal Justice. The honor society recognizes academic excellence in undergraduate in criminal justice. To become a member, students must declare a major or minor in Criminal Justice or a related field, have completed three full-time semesters or equivalent at Post University, and have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.00 scale and rank in the top 35% of their class. A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field. Eligibility is determined in the spring semester and/or Term 4. Inductees will be selected and contacted based on the criteria outlined above.

Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society
In 2014, Post University established a chapter of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, the internationally recognized society honoring outstanding academic achievement among students earning degrees in business. Candidates for Delta Mu Delta are baccalaureate degree or master’s degree students who have completed 75% or more of the work required for their degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 of better, and who are in the top 10% of their college class. Twenty-four credits must be completed at Post University. Once accepted into the society, membership is for life.

 
Chi Alpha Sigma
In 2017, Post University established Chi Alpha Sigma, The National College Athlete Honor Society. Chi Alpha Sigma is an organization of college athletes with high academic achievement, exemplary character, and positive attitudes. Membership is offered to undergraduate and graduate students who have earned a letter in a varsity intercollegiate sport(s) sponsored by the NCAA or NAIA, have achieved at least a junior standing by their 5th semester of 7th quarter, have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale), have endorsement from his or her head coach, and are of good moral character. Once accepted into the society, membership is for life.
 
National Society of Leadership and Success
In 2018, Post University established a chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. The Society is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. The Society provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online. Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country.
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 terms, will be named to the President’s List for that period. Students earning a grade less than C, IN, P, or W during this period are not eligible. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must be in an undergraduate degree program.

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

Provost’s List: Half-Time Students
Matriculated undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence by earning a grade point average of at least 3.50 in a degree program, while carrying between 6 and 11 credits in one semester or two terms, will be named to the Provost’s List for that period. Students earning a grade less than C, IN, P, or W during this period are not eligible. To be eligible for the Provost’s List, a student must be in a undergraduate degree program.

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% tuition reduction beyond the 10 percent Alumni grant within a master’s degree program at Post 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 term 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 a cumulative 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, master’s candidates must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.00, with a maximum of nine (9) transfer credits. Masters candidates earning a 4.00 will earn their degree with a with distinction designation.

English and Math Course Placement

First year Main Campus students are asked to complete a math placement exam and an English placement exam prior to attending a 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.

Credit Hour Policy

This policy defines a credit hour 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.

Post University offers a variety of learning modalities including Main Campus based courses and accelerated courses, accelerated online courses, hybrid site courses, blended courses, Independent Study, Internship, or Prior Learning Assessment. Regardless of modality or type of course, students are responsible for engaging in 45 contact hours of academic learning time for each credit of a course during a term.

16-week Term
In a 16-week term, 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 16-week term 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 s study to total nine hours per week. Over the course of 45 sessions, there are 136 hours of engaged academic time per three-credit-hour term course.

8-Week Term
In an eight-week, 3 credit-hour course, there is an expectation of 17 hours of engaged academic work per week. In an eight-week 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 136 hours of engaged academic time per three-credit hour accelerated course.

Independent Study, Internship, or Prior Learning Assessment
In either an independent study or internship, there is an expectation that students will engage in academic work totaling 136 hours per 3-credit course, regardless of modality. At its discretion, Post University may award credit hours for learning acquired outside the institution, such as Prior Learning Assessment. 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 is calculated by dividing the total quality points by the total number of credit hours hours attempted with an earned grade of A-F. The cumulative grade point average is based on all course work completed to date.

Grading Policies

The following grades are used on academic records and carry the quality points indicated.

GRADE

QUALITY
POINT VALUE
APPROXIMATE
NUMERICAL EQUIVALENT

A

4.00

95 – 100

A-

3.70

90 – 94

B+

3.30

87 – 89

B

3.00

83 – 86

B-

2.70 80 – 82

C+

2.30

77 – 79

C

2.00 73 – 76
C- 1.70

70 – 72

D+ 1.30

67 – 69

D 1.00

63 – 66

D-

0.77 60 – 62

F

0 Below 60
P 0

Pass Option

F^ 0

Fail Option

T

0 Transfer Credit

W

0 Withdrawal

CR

0 Alternate Credit
UF 0

Unearned F

AU 0

Audit

IN 0

Incomplete

M 0

Military Withdrawal

PR 0

In Progress


Pass/Fail Option

See Pass/Fail Option Policy.

Transfer Credit

A grade of “T” represents the transfer of credit from another institution. A grade of “T” does no calculate into a student’s cumulative grade point average but does count toward pace of completion. Please see the Transfer of Credit Policy for further information.

Alternate Credit

A grade of “CR” represents credit awarded by optional methods such as CLEP and DANTES exams, portfolio, or prior work experience. A grade of “CR” does not calculate into a student’s cumulative grade point average nor does it count towards the pace of completion. Please see the Optional Credit Policy for further information.

Unearned F
For Accelerated Degree Programs, faculty members will assign a grade of “UF” (unearned F) to a student that does not complete graded academic activity after the midpoint of a course. When a student receives an “UF” 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 “UF”, a student’s enrollment status may be modified to withdrawn and Post 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 “UF” may also impair future course registrations and financial aid availability. “UF” grades also count as failing grades in the student’s cumulative grade point average and pace of completion. In addition, please see the policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Audit
Undergraduate students who wish to enroll in a course, without receiving academic credit, may audit the course. Audit status must be declared at the time of registration 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. Audited curses will appear as an “AU” on the student’s transcript and not impact cumulative grade point average or pace of completion.

Incomplete
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 if the student meets the criteria as stated above.

If an “IN” is granted, the student must complete the missing coursework in the timeframe indicated on the incomplete contract, not to exceed eight weeks from the end of the prior semester (for 16-week courses) or four weeks into the next term (for 8 week courses). Any extension to this timeframe is subject to Dean approval.  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.

If a student who is on a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status of Academic Warning or SAP Review requests and is assigned a grade of incomplete for a course, the terms of the incomplete must be resolved and an earned grade must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office before the student may receive their next financial aid disbursement.  Students on a SAP status of Academic Warning or Academic Review are not eligible for an extension to the Incomplete timeframe described above.

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

Withdrawal
A grade of “W” is assigned when a student withdraws, or is administratively withdrawn, from a class. The “W” grade is not included in the calculation of a student’s cumulative grade point average but is calculated in the student’s pace of completion progress toward completing the program of study.

Grading Policies - Pass/Fall Option

Pass/Fail Grading Policy – Effective Term 2, 2020

Students have the opportunity to select pass/fail grading on a course-by-course basis by completing the pass/fail opt-in form available on the Student Portal.  The opt-in form must be submitted by the end of Week 2 of the Term or Semester. 

Students who have selected pass/fail grading and wish to opt out may do so by completing the pass/fail opt-out form available on the Student Portal.  The opt-out form must be submitted by the end of week 4 for an 8-week ADP course and the end of week 8 for a 16-week Main Campus course.  Students should contact their Instructor or Campus Advisor/Academic Success Counselor with any questions. 

Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate students who select pass/fail grading and earn a D- or higher in the course will be assigned a grade of Pass (P), which will not impact GPA.  Undergraduate students who select pass/fail grading and earn less than a D- in their course will earn a Fail (F), which will impact GPA.  The grade of UF will remain unchanged and will be assigned to students in ADP courses who have not participated since Week 4.  Students enrolled in a Bachelors-level program may select pass/fail grading for a total 12 credits; only 6 of the 12 credits can be in the major courses*.   Students enrolled in Associate-level programs may select pass/fail grading for a total of 6 credits; only 3 of the 6 credits can be in the major courses*. Students must get permission from Program Chair to take a capstone course pass/fail.  Internships and practicum courses cannot be taken pass/fail.

Graduate Students: Graduate students who select pass/fail grading and earn a C- or higher in the course will be assigned a grade of Pass (P), which will not impact GPA.  Graduate students who select pass/fail grading and earn less than C- in their course will earn a Fail (F), which will impact GPA.  The grade of UF will remain unchanged and will be assigned to students in ADP courses who have not participated since Week 4. Students enrolled in the Masters-level programs may select pass/fail grading for a total of 3 credits.  Students must get permission from Program Chair to take either of the first two courses in the degree program or a capstone course pass/fail.

Certificate Students: Courses that have been graded using the pass/fail option may not be counted towards undergraduate or graduate certificates.

Please note that courses that were completed using the COVID-19 Academic Relief Plan pass/fail grading option in the Spring semester 2020 and Terms 5 and 6 2020 do not count towards the credit limitations presented in this policy.

*Major courses include major core courses, major elective courses, major concentration courses, and major designated writing courses.

The chart below provides information on student populations for whom pass/fail grading may not be the recommended option:

Student Population

Concern

Recommended Action for the Student

Students on Military Tuition Assistance or VA Education Benefits

Due to the GPA and letter grade requirements of the various military service branches’ tuition assistance policies, military students using a tuition assistance program may not be able to choose Pass/Fail grading.

Contact your Military ASC to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of Pass/Fail grading.  Before opting in to Pass/Fail grading, students must sign a disclosure that explains this choice may negatively affect the GPA used for Tuition Assistance in the future.

Students using Employer Benefits

Employers often have a minimum grade that must be earned to receive tuition benefits.  They may not accept Pass/Fail grading.

Check with your employer to determine if they will accept a Pass (P) grade.  If they will, contact your Campus Advisor or ASC to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of Pass/Fail grading.

MS Counseling and Human Services Students

MS Counseling and Human Services students may one day choose to apply for counseling licensure in various states.  It is uncertain if licensing boards will accept Pass/Fail grading.

Contact your ASC to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of Pass/Fail grading.

Students in Honors Courses or completing Honors Course Contracts

To earn Honors Program Distinction credit or Honors Program Recognition credit for an Honors course (or as part of an Honors Course contract), students must earn a B- or higher.

Contact your Campus Advisor or ASC to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of Pass/Fail grading.  For further information, contact Linda Kobylarz (LKobylarz@post.edu) or Caitlin Grant (CGrant@post.edu).

Dually-enrolled High School Academy Students

High Schools may require students who are dually-enrolled in college courses to earn a grade for their high school transcript.  They may not accept Pass/Fail grading.

Check with your high school to determine if they will accept a Pass (P) grade for the spring semester or Term 5.  If they will, contact Nicholas Lagasse (nlagasse@post.edu) to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of Pass/Fail grading.

Main Campus Student Athletes

Main Campus student athletes on probation must maintain a 2.00 to remain eligible to play.  The NCAA has determined that Pass grades will suffice to demonstrate that students are making progress towards the terms of their probation.

Contact your Campus Advisor to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of Pass/Fail grading.

Students on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Warning and SAP Review

Most students on SAP Warning or SAP Review need to achieve a specific GPA to ensure satisfactory progress to graduation. 

Contact your Campus Advisor or Academic Progress Specialist to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of Pass/Fail grading.

Steinbeis School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) Students

It is uncertain whether Pass/Fail grading will be accepted as transfer credit back to SIBE.

Check with your SIBE advisor to determine if SIBE will accept a Pass (P) grade.  If they will, contact your ASC to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of Pass/Fail grading.

Students seeking  President’s List or Deans’ List recognition

Students who choose Pass/Fail grading for one of more of their courses will not be eligible for the President’s List or Deans’ List

Contact your Campus Advisor or ASC to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of Pass/Fail grading.

Other

It is uncertain whether Pass/Fail grading will be accepted (1) as transfer credit to another University or (2) to meet graduate school admissions requirements.

Contact your Campus Advisor or ASC to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of Pass/Fail grading.

 

Grade Appeal Process

 A student with a question or complaint about a final course grade should first attempt to address the issue with the instructor through an informal grade appeal immediately following the posting of final grades per the Academic Calendar. All communication should be done via Post University email addresses with both parties retaining copies of that communication.

The formal grade appeal process involves a student taking the below steps. If the appeal results in a change of grade, the instructor, Program Chair, Dean, or person responsible for the specific step in the appeal process will complete the Change of Grade form and forward it to the Registrar to complete the grade change.  The grade appeal process is as follows:

  • Step 1 of the Grade Appeal-Student describes the specific reason for the appeal and provides supporting documentation.
  • Step 2 of the Grade Appeal-Instructor reviews the information from the student and makes a decision.
  • Step 3 of the Grade Appeal-If the appeal is not resolved, student appeals the decision to the Program Chair or Dean (whoever oversees the instructor).
  • Step 4 of the Grade Appeal-The Program Chair or Dean reviews the information from the student and makes a decision. If the Dean is making the decision in Step 4, the decision is final, and the Appeal Process ends with Step 4.
  • Step 5 of the Grade Appeal-If the appeal is not resolved, the student appeals the decision to the Dean of the course and the Dean makes the final decision.

The first step in the process should be completed within seven (7) business days from the date the semester and/or TERM final grades are due, as indicated on the Academic Calendar. Each step in the process should be completed within seven (7) business days either with a grade change completed by the responsible party or an explanation of the decision of the appeal. All communication with supporting documentation should be completed in writing from the student’s and responsible parties’ Post email addresses.

Academic Freedom Policy

Post University is committed to presenting an inclusive and diverse educational environment that promotes the ability of faculty, staff, and students to cultivate their ideas and exchange them in a safe and open atmosphere. The academic excellence of Post University depends upon the maintenance of such an atmosphere of academic freedom that promotes the ability to share one’s ideas and viewpoints within the classroom, through publication of research, and by artistic expression, strengthened by civil discourse.

The University’s environment includes classes that meet both in person and online, and our students, faculty, and staff must be encouraged to present their ideas without risk that those ideas will be censored or sanctioned because they are different than the ideas of someone else. Therefore, members of the Post University community are encouraged to engage in intellectual debate without worrying about being censored. Both students and faculty have the right to express their views across platforms that includes, but is not limited to, speech, writing, and electronic communication in the physical classroom setting, in the electronic classroom, and in settings where faculty, staff, and students congregate.

Academic freedom requires maintenance of academic standards and respect for other’s thoughts and efforts in the pursuit of educational exchanges, including faculty having authority in grading assignments.  Post University faculty shall always maintain integrity in the grading process which shall never be impacted by biases, prejudices, or different points of view. Faculty have the right to teach as they deem appropriate within the framework of the courses and programs as designed by the respective Program Chairs. Within the classroom, both faculty and students are encouraged to share their opinions on subjects pertaining to the course. Differing opinions should be encouraged and respected as long as all parties present those opinions in a responsible and respectful manner as informed by Post University’s expectations of civility.

Faculty, staff, and students have the right to express their viewpoints, opinions, and ideas as long as that expression is not done in a manner that substantially impairs, harms, or jeopardizes the rights of others. Freedom of expression should be upheld as long as it is not defamatory and is devoid of ad hominem attacks; further, such freedom of expression does protect against the use of racist and inflammatory language which perpetuates unfair expressions based on gender, race, and sexuality, and/or language and ideas which infringe on the rights of others. Faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity and obligation to challenge one another’s views by engaging in intellectual debate and discussion without fear of ramification that those views will jeopardize their professional, academic, or student standing at the University.

Main Campus Attendance Policy & Appeal Form

Main Campus Attendance Policy

At Post University, we recognize that attendance represents a key to student academic success. Our courses are designed to engage students and include them in the learning process. Main Campus students completing a 16-week semester, or an 8-week term are expected to attend every class meeting.  Attendance may take place virtually or in-person, with the expectation that the student will primarily attend class based on their modality selection at the start of the semester.   Instructors will take attendance for every class meeting.  All students are expected to inform their instructor of an illness or other reason for missing class (or unexpectedly attending virtually) prior to the class session. 

Missed classes are categorized as either excused absences or unexcused absences.

  • Excused Absence: An excused absence is an absence that is pre-approved between the student and instructor to warrant missing class. In rare instances, an excused absence can also include an absence that is not pre-approved but has been defined as excused by the instructor. Students with excused absences will be granted extensions on in-class work missed during the absence. Unless specified in writing by the instructor, students with excused absences are still responsible for completing out-of-class assignments by the original due date.
  • Unexcused Absence: An absence that is not an excused absence is consider an unexcused absence. As described below, unexcused absences may lead to course failure. Students with unexcused absences should consult the course syllabus and the instructor to determine if late work will be accepted. It is the practice of Post University that instructors strive to support students’ observance of their religious traditions by allowing absence from classes for such purposes and providing ample opportunities for students to make up work without penalty for such occasions.

Students with an excused or unexcused absence from class are responsible for making up any missed work and learning missed class content. Course instructors are responsible for documenting accurate records of student attendance at each class meeting.

Main Campus attendance is assessed in two ways:

  1. By Course: Students are expected to attend every class meeting. If a student exceeds four (4) unexcused absences in a single semester course or two (2) unexcused absences in a single 8-week term course, the student may be immediately assigned an F for the course grade.  The decision to assign an F is at the discretion of the instructor.  The student has 14 calendar days to submit an appeal for change of grade to their Dean.  
  2. By Semester: If a student does not attend any of their regularly-scheduled classes in a 14-day calendar period and the student has not communicated a date of return in the current semester, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the University as of their 14th consecutive calendar day of absence. Excused absences (see above) do not restart the 14-day attendance clock. If a student requires extended medical leave beyond 14-days, the student should contact his instructors and Main Campus Advisor. Financial Aid recipients who are administratively withdrawn from all courses may be responsible to repay their financial aid to the federal government. Students are encouraged to consult their financial aid advisors before withdrawing from the University.

 

High School Academy Students Attendance Policy

At Post University, we recognize that attendance represents a key to student academic success. High school students enrolled in the High School Academy will follow the attendance policy and its requirements of their high school and not the attendance policy of Post University.  Students are advised to review their high school’s current attendance policy to ensure understanding and to seek clarifications from their teachers as needed.  Students violating their high school’s attendance policy will be subject to consequences stated within it. 

 

Main Campus Attendance Policy Appeal Process

Attendance By Course
This appeal process is for students who have been found in violation of the Main Campus Attendance Policy (by course) and would like to appeal the course grade of F assigned by their instructor. The student must submit the completed appeal within ten (10) calendar days of receiving communication from the instructor that he/she has been assigned a grade of F. Otherwise, the grade stands and is not eligible for appeal. Post University highly recommends that students continue to attend class and completes assignments while the appeal is under review.

To appeal, students must complete the Main Campus Attendance Policy Appeal Form and submit the form to Danielle Courtemanche (dcourtemanche@post.edu). The completed appeal will be reviewed by the student’s Program Chair or Dean within three (3) days of receipt. The decision rendered by the Program Chair or Dean is final.

  • If the appeal is approved, the assigned grade of F is removed. The student is responsible for any missed work and may not have any additional unexcused absences in the course. If the student has another unexcused absence in the course, the grade of F will be reassigned and cannot be appealed.
  • If the appeal is denied, the grade of F stands.

Attendance By Semester
Students who wish to appeal the Main Campus Attendance Policy (by semester) must speak directly with their Dean immediately upon learning that they have been removed from all their courses. The decision of the Dean is final.

Main Campus Attendance Policy Appeal Form

Repeating a Course

Students may repeat courses already taken under the following circumstances:

  1. A 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 previously-earned passing grade 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. Please check with a financial aid representative regarding qualifications.

  2. A 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 (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 School Dean. Students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid through Title IV for each course that is repeated. Please check with a financial aid representative regarding qualifications.

  3. A student retakes a failed Post University course at another institution. Students must obtain prior permission from the Program Chair 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. If the course is successfully completed at another accredited institution, the failed Post University course will remain on the transcript, but will not calculate into his/her cumulative grade point average. 

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. 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 grade point average and replaced with the passing grade.

A record of all failed classes will remain on the student’s transcript, even though the attempt is not counted in the cumulative grade point average. 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 School Dean. Students who fail their capstone courses will not be eligible to graduate. Students are allowed (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.

Final Exam Policy

Main Campus students are required to attend all end-of-semester final exams and/or other required final grade activities (e.g., in class presentation) at their scheduled times during final exam week. Final exam week for the fall and spring semesters are identified on the academic calendar and is available to students at the beginning of the academic year (July). Students will not be granted early release and early access to final exams without presenting a compelling reason (e.g., a previously scheduled surgical procedure) with documented evidence to substantiate the reason (e.g., medical orders). The student’s request, rationale and documentation for early release and early access to final exams must be submitted to the School Dean of the student’s degree program no less than 14-days prior to the start of finals week. The Dean will review and rule on the student’s request.

Pre-arranged travel plans (e.g., air flight booking) do not constitute a compelling reason by itself. Travel plans must accommodate final exam week. All students are required to be on campus during this final week of the semester.

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 qualityelated educational objectives, Post 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 and outside professionals. The consolidated score of that assessment is reviewed by the Assessment Committee and other stakeholders and acted on by the School Deans and Program Chairs 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.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards

In order to verify academic progress and to determine eligibility for Federal s Aid (FSA) funds as outlined in the Federal Student Aid Handbook, Post University has established minimum academic standards for measuring students’ academic progresses.

A review of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is conducted for both Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program students after each term/payment period. A term/payment period consists of one semester or two consecutive terms. Students on Warning are required to retake two failed courses during the Warning period. For undergraduate-level students this includes courses with a grade of F or UF.  For graduate-level students, this includes courses with a grade of D+, D, D-, F, or UF.  If satisfactory improvement is not achieved by the end of the Warning period, then the students’ aid eligibilities will be suspended and they will be dismissed from Post University. Each case is reviewed and, whenever possible, students are given the opportunity to continue with their educations.

Qualitative Standards
Qualitative standards measure students’ Cumulative Grade Point Averages.

Post University uses the following escalating scale that undergraduate students must satisfy in both the Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program programs in order to remain in good academic standing:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Associate’s Programs)

Total Credits

Cumulative Grade Point Average

0-12

1.50

13-30

1.70

31-60

2.00

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Bachelor’s Programs)

Total Credits

Cumulative Grade Point Average

0-12

1.50

13-30

1.70

31-60

1.85

61+

2.00

New undergraduate students who have a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 0.00 in their first term/payment period, regardless of number of credits attempted, will have their FSA eligibilities suspended and will be dismissed from Post University without first being placed on Warning.

Post University uses the following escalating scale that graduate students must satisfy in both the Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program programs in order to remain in good academic standing:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Master’s Programs)

Total Credits

Cumulative Grade Point Average

0-52

3.00

In graduate programs, an earned course grade below a C- (i.e., D+, D, D- and F) is considered a failing grade. Students who receive grades lower than C- will be required to repeat the courses and obtain passing grades (i.e., C. – or better). Failure to do so will result in federal financial aid eligibility being suspended and being  dismissed from Post University. In addition, graduate students must maintain the required 3.00 cumulative grade point average to register for programs’ capstone courses. If they fall below the minimum requirement, they will need to repeat course(s) in the program(s) in which they earned lower grades to increase their cumulative grade point averages.

New graduate students who have a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 0.00 in their first term/payment period, regardless of number of credits attempted, will have their FSA eligibilities suspended and will be dismissed from Post University without first being placed on Warning.

The required Cumulative Grade Point Average will vary depending on whether or not the certificate being pursued is undergraduate or graduate:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Certificate Programs)

Total Credits

Cumulative Grade Point Average

0-12

1.50 or 3.00

13-30

2.00 or 3.00

Course in-completes, withdrawals, and transfers of credit from other institutions are not used as part of the calculation. Once course in-completes have been converted into earned grades, they will retroactively be used as part of the calculation.

 


Pace of Completion Standards
Pace of Completion measures students’ progresses towards completing their programs of study. Pace of Completion is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours the students have successfully completed by the cumulative number of credit hours the students have attempted. The calculation is performed for both the coursework attempted at Post University as well as overall attempted coursework, including course in-completes, withdrawals, repetitions, and transfers of credit from other institutions. In making this calculation, the institution is not required to include remedial courses.Post University uses the following escalating scale that undergraduate students must satisfy in both the Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program programs in order to remain in good academic standing:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Associate’s Programs)

Total Credits

Pace of Completion

0-12

50%

13-30

60%

31-60

67%

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Bachelor’s Programs)

Total Credits

Pace of Completion

0-12

50%

13-30

60%

31-60

67%

61+

67%

Post University uses the following escalating scale that graduate students must satisfy in both the Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program programs in order to remain in good academic standing:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Master’s Programs)

Total Credits

Pace of Completion

0-52

67%

The required Pace of Completion for all certificate programs is 67%:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Certificate Programs)

Total Credits

Pace of Completion

0-12

67%

13-30

67%

150% Maximum Timeframe
Students must complete their respective degree requirements by the maximum timeframe specified by Post University, which is set at no more than 150% of the published length of time of the programs.

For example:

  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies = 45-49.5 credits (30-33 x 1.5)
  • Associate of Science in Accounting = 90 credits (60 x 1.5)
  • Bachelor of Science degree = 180 credits (120 x 1.5)
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management = 18 credits (12 x 1.5)
  • Master of Business Administration = 78 credits (52 x 1.5)

Warning
Students who do not meet SAP as outlined above are placed on Warning. Students on Warning are required to retake two failed courses during the Warning period.  For undergraduate-level students, this includes courses with a grade of F or UF.  For graduate-level students, this includes courses with a grade of D+, D, D-, F, or UF. Students on Warning are eligible to receive FSA for the next eligible term/payment period in which they are enrolled.

Financial Aid Suspension/Academic Dismissal
For students who are placed on Warning, the University will conduct a review of academic progress at the end of the Warning period. Students who do not meet the minimum SAP standards by the end of the Warning period will have their FSA eligibilities suspended, be removed from any current and future courses, and be dismissed from Post University . Students may appeal this decision by following the Appeal Process.

Appeal Process
Students whose FSA eligibilities have been suspended and have been dismissed from Post University and wish to appeal must submit their appeals in writing to their respective Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will review the appeal, which includes a letter of explanation of the mitigating circumstances that caused the decline in academic performance, supporting documentation of those circumstances, and a plan for improvement.

Students may begin submitting appeal letters one week before the end of the term/payment period when they expect to have their FSA eligibility suspended and be dismissed from Post University. Students must submit their appeal letters one week before the start of a term/payment period to be considered for return that term/payment period.

If the studentsappeals are submitted and approved before the end of the add/drop period of the term/payment period after they were dismissed from Post University , the students will be re-enrolled in any current and future courses, and be placed on Probation.

Probation
Students whose FSA eligibilities have been suspended and have been dismissed from Post University and wish to appeal must submit their appeals in writing to their respective Academic Dean. Students whose appeals are approved will be placed on Probation. Students on Probation have one term/payment period to raise their Cumulative Grade Point Averages and/or Pace of Completion above the minimum requirements outlined by the SAP policy. Students who are placed on an Academic Plan will have additional time to improve their Cumulative Grade Point Averages and/or Pace of Completion according to the requirements of the plan.  All Probations are reviewed at the end of each grading period. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their Probation period will have their FSA eligibilities suspended and will be dismissed from Post University.

Repeating Coursework
Students are permitted to repeat courses for which they have already attempted, and the highest grade is calculated into the students’ Cumulative Grade Point Average. When calculating Pace of Completion, attempted credits will include all courses even though prior grades are excluded when calculating the Cumulative Grade Point Average. Students may only repeat failed courses taken at Post University a total of three times. Students who wish to retake courses a fourth time must obtain permission from their respective Academic Dean.

With respect to FSA, the following conditions must be observed:

Undergraduate students may receive financial aid for one repetition of a previously passed course in which they have earned grades of D- or above, or for any failed course until it is passed.

Graduate students may receive financial aid for one repetition of a previously passed course in which they have earned grades C- or above, or for any failed course until it is passed.

Review
Post University will review SAP at the end of each grading period. At the time of review, if the SAP criteria are not met, students are notified of their status for the following term/payment period. Post University notifies students by submitting information to the e-mail addresses maintained in the students’ files.  All periods of students’ enrollments are counted in the Cumulative Grade Point Average and Pace of Completion calculations, except as noted above for students who change their Programs of Study.

Students are provided one term/payment period, hereafter referred to as the Warning period, to meet the required academic standards. If students are not able to meet SAP by the end of the Warning period, their FSA eligibilities will be suspended and they will be dismissed from Post University. Students who fail to enroll for their Warning period will remain on Warning until enrollment in their next eligible term/payment period.

Reestablish Aid Eligibility
Students may reestablish their FSA eligibilities by reaching or exceeding the applicable minimum SAP requirements. Students who regain eligibility may receive their Federal Pell Grant and their Direct Loan funds for the term/payment period in which they become eligible.

 
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 grade point average of 3.00 and permission from the Provost. In no instance will a student be permitted to carry more than 21 credits.

Accelerated Degree Program students enrolled for 12 or more credits during two consecutive 8-week terms are considered full-time students. Accelerated Degree Program students enrolled in 11 or fewer credits during two consecutive 8-week terms are considered part-time students. Accelerated Degree Program students who want to register for nine credits in an 8-week term must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and permission from their Academic Success Counselor. A request to register for twelve credits or more in an 8-week term must receive the Assistant Provost’s approval. Students should contact their Financial Aid Advisor about any additional costs associated with taking more than six credits per term.

Course Loads for International Students

Undergraduate Students
An international student attending 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.

  1. Annual Vacation
  2. Illness or Medical Condition. This is a medical, emotional or physical problem documented by a doctor or counselor.
  3. 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 or Academic Advisor.
  4. International students in their final semester of study may take a reduced course load if fewer credits than the full time status equivalent allows 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 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 terms) in on-campus or hybrid classes. If a student is taking one on-campus course during a term, 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 term, 6 or more credits during two consecutive terms is considered full time. Students attempting three credits during two consecutive terms is considered part time. Permission to take more than two courses per term may be granted, providing the student has maintained a minimum 3.00 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 Integrity

Academic Integrity Policy

The purpose of the Academic Integrity Policy is to ensure that students at Post University perform and submit their own, original work and/or give proper credit when incorporating the work of others.  Post University faculty, administration, and staff are dedicated to ensuring a positive education experience for every student.  As such, enforcement of the Academic Integrity Policy is taken seriously, and violations of the Policy will not be tolerated.

Types of Academic Integrity Infractions 

Infractions of the Academic Integrity Policy involve any unethical behaviors at the University and/or actions associated with University classroom learning and content.  Infractions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Cheating, including:

  • Submitting work that is not your own original work product, either in part or whole.
  • Working with one or more persons on an exam or assessment that is to be taken as an individual.
  • Using unauthorized materials (e.g., a “cheat sheet”) during an exam or assessment.
  • Acquiring information for assigned projects from another student in a manner inconsistent with the guidelines for the project.
    • Students should refer to the course assignment and/or syllabus for the rules associated with collaboration for every assignment.
    • When in doubt, students should consult their professor for guidance.
  • Observing and/or copying work from another individual’s exam.
  • Providing information to another student at the University related to an exam or assessment that is meant to be taken individually.
  • Purchasing and/or downloading past University course materials from sources (e.g., tutoring websites) that purport to be a source of Post University course content.
  • Selling, sharing, and/or posting digital or hard copy University course materials in a manner intended to induce others to cheat.
  • Authorizing another to complete course work on your behalf.
  • Submitting work on behalf of another University student.

Plagiarizing, including:

  • Presenting the words, ideas, data, images, videos, or other original materials of another as one’s own without giving proper credit, attribution, or citation to the original author.
  • Any source or materials used must be properly cited and referenced when quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing.
  • Students must adhere to the University’s expectations for properly citing sources.
  • Attempting to receive credit for work performed by another, including papers obtained in whole or in part from individuals or other sources.
  • Self-plagiarizing previously submitted work in whole or in part without first checking with one’s instructor and/or substantially revising it.
    • Students are expected to submit their own, original work in each class they take to strengthen their skills and demonstrate competency in the learning outcomes of each course.

Masking, including:

  • Using digital paraphrasing tools to alter or disguise the original work of another as your own.
    • Using print and/or digital tools for the limited purpose of checking and/or enhancing the grammar of your own, original work is not considered a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
    • Well-known examples of acceptable resources for checking and/or enhancing the grammar of your own, original works include, but are not limited to, Grammarly®, Academic Writer®, and TutorMe®.

Falsifying information, including:

  • Intentionally falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic activity at the University.
  • Presenting – either written or oral – results of research or practice experience hours that have not been performed.
    • Authorizing and/or providing log-in information to another for the purpose of accessing Post University courses or academic platforms.

Utilizing course materials in an unauthorized manner, including:

  • Reproducing University course content in violation of the University Copyright Protection Policy (re-stated below):

Post University courses contain copyrighted resources that may not be reproduced, revised, or distributed without the written permission of Post University.  Students in violation of Post Copyright Protection Policy are subject to civil and criminal liabilities associated with the Federal Copyright Act and could be subject to dismissal from the University.  This policy includes providing materials to websites that allow students to download or purchase course materials, exams, assignments (both completed assignment or the assignment prompt), study guides, and course materials.  Distributing Post University copyrighted materials or purchasing/downloading any Post University course materials or assignments from these sites is cheating and may result in legal action against the student and dismissal from the University.

Conspiring, planning, or attempting, including:

  • Conspiring, planning, or attempting to achieve any of the above acts (i.e., cheating, plagiarizing, masking, falsifying information, and/or utilizing course materials in an unauthorized manner) as enumerated above.

Miscellaneous:

  • Any other act or omission by a student that is directly or indirectly contrary to the objectives of the Academic Integrity Policy.

Process for Reviewing Suspected Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy

In the event that there is a suspicion that a violation (“Suspected Violation”) of the Academic Integrity Policy has occurred, the Suspected Violation will be reviewed by the appropriate University personnel, as the situation dictates.

The appropriate University personnel will review the Suspected Violation in a timely manner.  During the review process, the appropriate University personnel may request additional information from the student and/or other individuals involved in the Suspected Violation.  At the completion of the review process, the Decision will be communicated to the student and documented in the Academic Integrity Database.  The University maintains the right to review work by the student from previous assignments, exams and/or courses when reviewing a Suspected Violation.

In the event that the review process determines that No Violation has been committed, there will be no follow-up steps required by the student or University.

In the event that the review process determines that a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy (“Confirmed Violation”) has occurred, the Instructor or appropriate University personnel will assign one of the following sanctions:

  • Integrity Warning; or
  • Infraction

It is at the discretion of the Instructor or appropriate University personnel reviewing the Confirmed Violation to consider whether the Confirmed Violation constitutes an Integrity Warning or an Infraction.  The severity and/or the student’s intention in the Confirmed Violation will be used to determine whether the student receives an Integrity Warning or an Infraction.  There is no limit to the number of Integrity Warnings a student can receive.

In the event an Integrity Warning is issued, the student involved in the Confirmed Violation will be assigned a zero on the assignment with the opportunity to resubmit new coursework for the assignment under review.  If the Confirmed Violation involves an exam or an assessment, it will be at the discretion of University personnel to determine whether the student may re-take the exam or assessment.

In the event an Infraction is issued, the student may be issued an Infraction 1, Infraction 2 or Infraction 3.  The penalties associated with the Infractions are as follows:

  • Infraction 1:  Student is assigned a zero on the assignment or assessment with no opportunity to resubmit.
  • Infraction 2:  Student is issued the grade of an F in the course.  Student is removed by the Registrar from the course in which the Confirmed Violation occurred.  Student may retake the course.
  • Infraction 3:  Student is academically dismissed from Post University.  Student will not be eligible for financial reimbursement.  Student may not reapply for readmission to the University.

Typically, infractions 1 through 3 are assigned consecutively upon additional infractions of the Academic Integrity Policy.  Unless noted otherwise, the first instance a student earns an Infraction will result in an Infraction 1, the second instance the same student earns an Infraction will result in an Infraction 2, and the third instance a student earns an Infraction will result in an Infraction 3.

The University reserves the right to deviate from consecutive assignment of infractions in the event it the consecutive infraction is deemed to be not suitable considering the specific facts of the Confirmed Violation.  Instead, University personnel may assign a different infraction or a different penalty that is more appropriate considering the specific Confirmed Violation.  The alternative infraction or penalty assigned may be more or less severe than the infraction listed above.  In particularly severe cases, an Infraction 3 may be issued, and the student will be academically dismissed from the University, regardless of whether the student has previously received an Infraction 1 and/or an Infraction 2.

A student may receive an Integrity Warning after receiving an Infraction 1 or an Infraction 2 without affecting the above-described progression of Infractions.

Students receiving an Integrity Warning, Infraction 1 or Infraction 2 may be required to schedule an appointment at the Center for Academic Success (CAS) to discuss the Confirmed Violation.

Confirmed Violations may be appealed by the student.  The appeal process is detailed at the following locations.

Course Grade Appeal (Integrity Warning, Infraction 1, or Infraction 2):
https://post.edu/student-services/academic-affairs/academic-policies-and-procedures/

Dismissal Appeal (Infraction 3):
https://post.edu/about/student-satisfaction-and-performance/student-complaints/

Student Questions

Students are encouraged to contact their instructor, advisor, or the Center for Academic Success (CAS) if they have any questions about Post University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Questions may also be answered through tutorials on current APA format and documentation styles available through the Library.

Civility Code

Post University is committed to having an educational environment that welcomes diversity of opinion and experiences which recognizes the need to protect independent thought and expression. Civility is the key to forming an inclusive university community. The Post University community promotes respectful communication and actions. All members of the University have the right to express their opinions and ideas in an environment that fosters freedom of expression in a non-demeaning and professional manner.

Post University requires all students within our community in academic, social, and athletic environments to uphold the following expectations for civility when on campus, online, at a Post sponsored event, through Post University branded social media, or when acting in any capacity as a representative of Post University. Accordingly, the Post University student community shall abide by the following civility standards:

  • Abstain from actions that are intimidating, intolerant, bullying, harassing, demeaning, or hostile to another person.
  • Respect and encourage all opinions regardless of professional title, status, and personal/social identity (race, gender, sexual orientation, political viewpoints, primary language, etc.).
  • Remain open-minded, listen, and recognize that others may have different views than oneself.
  • Communicate and act courteously when expressing one’s viewpoints.
  • Maintain civil use of language and tone in all interactions and modes of communication while fostering respectful behavior.
  • Recognize the importance of having an inclusive environment that generates a healthy discussion on topics which enable us to learn from each other.
  • Exercise patience with each other when making decisions and solving problems.

Violations of Post’s civility code will not be tolerated and should be reported in a timely manner. Post University’s goal is to achieve and maintain a high standard of civility for all members of the University community. Any person reporting a violation of the above expectations can do so freely and without the worry of receiving any form of retaliation for reporting the specific incident. 

Depending on the severity of the incident, the appropriate academic personnel may include the Program Chair, Dean who oversees the location where the incident occurred, Academic Dean of the student’s major, and/or an assigned designee who will review each violation to determine the appropriate repercussions. Consequences for a violation of the civility code include, but may not be limited to, a warning up to expulsion from the University depending on the severity of the offense. Students who remain at the University will receive intervention and guidance based on their violation of the civility code.  Students may appeal the final decision of the civility code violation with the appropriate Dean.

Schedule Changes and Add/Drop Policy

A schedule change consists of adding or unscheduling a course or changing from one course section to another during the Add/Drop period, or withdrawing from a course during the withdrawal period.

The Add/Drop period is the time 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. Beginning in the spring of 2018, Main Campus undergraduate courses have an atypical Add/Drop deadline so students are advised to review the academic calendar for details.

The withdrawal period is 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 as follows:

  • Main Campus Undergraduate: 5 pm on the 10th Friday of the Semester
  • Main Campus Graduate: 5 pm on the 5th Friday of the Term
  • Accelerated Degree Program: 5 pm on the 5th Friday of the Term

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 or Academic Success Counselor, 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. Official notification occurs when the student informs the Office of the Registrar of his/her withdrawal.

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 course after the Add/Drop deadline may do so during the withdrawal period. Students withdrawing from a 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 course must submit a withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar.

Schedule Changes: Accelerated Degree Program Courses
Students taking Accelerated Degree Program 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 Term starts will incur no additional fees and receive a full refund for tuition and fees charged. Students are responsible for confirming course drops with the Office of the Registrar prior to end of the Add/Drop period.

Students who wish to withdraw from an Accelerated Degree Program course after the Add/Drop deadline may do so during the withdrawal period. Students withdrawing from an online Accelerated Degree Program 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 Accelerated Degree Program course must submit a withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar.

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 Main Campus advisor and Academic Success Counselor for Advanced Degree program students, and Program Chair as documented on the course substitution form.

Auditing a Course

Undergraduate students who wish to enroll in a course, without receiving academic credit, may audit the course. Audit status must be declared at the time of registration 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.

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. For additional details on the Main Campus Attendance Policy please see Section 10.22 Main Campus Attendance Policy.

Online Academic Course Participation
Post University considers a student to have participated in a course if the student engages in an academic activity. 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 11:59 PM on the 2nd Monday following the beginning of a term 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 enrolled in more than one course in the term, Post 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 any 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’s enrollment status may be modified to withdrawn and a calculation may be required to be performed 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. 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 cumulative grade point average and pace of completion and may impact satisfactory academic progress.

Course Materials and the Online Bookstore

Post Online Bookstore
Course materials are available for purchase from the Post Online Bookstore at www.postbookstore.com. Students should plan to check for course materials two to four weeks prior to the start date of the course to ensure that textbooks will be available in time for class. Students can arrange for materials to be shipped to their homes or (for main-campus and local students) to Post University for pickup in the Mail Room in East Hall during normal business hours.

Electronic Course Materials
Electronic Course Materials (ECMs) are course materials that are available in a completely electronic format. ECMs are used exclusively in many courses. Materials may include electronic versions of textbooks, articles, case studies, YouTube videos, and eLearning platforms that allow students to access customized publisher materials. A special fee covers the costs of these materials which are available to students on the first day of the term. Post University has worked with book publishers to negotiate the lowest possible prices. Students are strongly advised to take advantage of the automatic, day-one access to Electronic Course Materials.

Students enrolled in these courses will automatically be provided access to the eBook and charged the fee, but they may choose to opt out of some eBooks through a link on the Post Online Bookstore home page (www.postbookstore.com). The link can be accessed by clicking the “eBook Choice” button. Opt-out becomes available one week prior to the start of the term and must be completed by the Add/Drop date for the term. Opt-out is not available for all course materials.

Students who opt out of their eBooks will have the fee removed from their bill. Students who choose to opt out, 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 wait for their course materials to arrive.

Textbook Refund Policy
Textbooks purchased from the online bookstore may be returned, provided the following stipulations are met.

  • Print book returns are within 21 days of the start of the semester.
  • Books are in original condition.
  • Items are wrapped or sealed CDs are NOT opened.
  • Books are accompanied by valid sales receipts.

Non-Shippable Course Materials Refund Policy
Electronic items purchased from the online bookstore may be returned, provided the following stipulations are met.

  • eBook returns are within 14 days from redemption date.
  • Access codes and eResources: Please contact the Bookstore (click Contact at top right of the Online Bookstore) and request the return. Include the order number and any other relevant information in the request to expedite processing.

Intellectual Property Policies

Copyright Protection
Post University’s courses contain copyrighted resources created by the University and licensed from various third parties. In compliance with U.S. Copyright Law, these resources may not be reproduced, revised, or distributed without the written permission of Post University. Individuals found to be in violation of this policy are subject to civil and criminal liabilities associated with the Federal Copyright Act, and risk dismissal from the University under the Academic Integrity Policy.  Unless otherwise noted, student access to these materials are limited to the period of time they are enrolled in the course. Students should contact the library (library@post.edu) for information on which resources can be printed.

Intellectual Property Protection
Post University requires all contracted Course Developers to sign an Intellectual Property Agreement which governs the rights to both arising and background intellectual property as well as Copyright notice requirements. All developed course materials are the property of Post University.

Graduation

Degree Audit and Application for Graduation
Post University awards degrees at the end of every term/semester. Commencement exercises are held once a year in May. Undergraduate students may participate in the graduation ceremony provided they are within 6 credits of their degree into which they are enrolled and 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 second term.

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

Students are able download the graduation application from their student portal once they are in a pending graduation status. An email is sent to the student’s Post email address notifying them that the application is now available.

Graduation Fees
Graduation fees are non-refundable.
Undergraduate $90.00
Graduate $90.00

Commencement Fees
Students who wish to participate in the commencement ceremony are responsible for purchasing their caps and gowns. Caps and gowns will be made available on the vendor website in early spring. The fees 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:

  1. Be matriculated in a program
  2. 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
  3. Achieve a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.00 for undergraduate students and a 3.00 for graduate students
  4. Fulfill the residency requirement for the degree program they are pursuing
  5. Complete an Application for Graduation and pay a non-refundable graduation fee

Please note: Diplomas and official academic transcripts cannot be issued if the student has an outstanding account balance with Post University.

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. We have developed a series of capstone courses which meet this requirement. Students who fail their capstone courses cannot graduate. Students have a total of two attempts to pass the capstone course with a grade of C- or better. If the course is not passed on the second attempt, a petition to the Dean or Program Director is necessary to take the class 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 term 5.
  • 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.

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 term 5.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Indicate an intent to participate in the ceremony on the graduation application submitted by the deadline.
  • Be registered for their final course.

A diploma will not be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students until all credits are completed. Students with credits remaining who are allowed to walk in the May ceremony are not officially graduated until all credit requirements are met. Diplomas will not be granted until all graduation requirements have been met.

Program Time Limit

Undergraduate students do not have a set program time limit. After two (2) years of non-attendance, students are readmitted under the new curriculum in the catalog at the time of readmission. If the original program of study is no longer offered, readmitted students are required to choose a new major. Coursework completed under the previous major may be transferred into the new major, based on course equivalencies and substitution policies.

Graduate students 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 programs of study. Such petitions must include the signed endorsement of the Program Chair and Dean. The Provost will rule on the petition and make the final decision.

Withdrawal from Post University

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

Official Withdrawal (Withdrawal from University Initiated by Student)
A student requesting to officially withdraw from Post University must inform the Office of the Registrar. In turn, the Office of the Registrar will notify the student’s Academic Advisor or Academic Success Counselor and Financial Aid Advisor. The official date of withdrawal is the date the Registrar’s Office was informed.

Should a main campus student withdraw after the add/drop period and prior to the end of a semester, the student’s official transcript will reflect a “W” (withdrawal) for courses attempted in that semester. A grade of “F” will be assigned for any courses where the student has not participated for 14 consecutive days (per the Main Campus Attendance Policy). Should an online student withdraw after the add/drop period and prior to the end of the term, the student’s official transcript will reflect a “W” (withdrawal) for courses attempted in that term. A grade of “UF” will be assigned for any courses where the student has not participated since the fourth week of the term (per the ADP UF Policy).

A student who has officially withdrawn and would like to be readmitted within one year should contact his/her Academic Advisor or Academic Success Counselor. 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 Post University.

Administrative Withdrawal (Inactive Student Status)
Inactive students, those not currently enrolled in a course, will be administratively withdrawn. 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, for purposes of Title IV financial aid.

Withdrawal for Military Leave
Military students who can no longer begin or continue their education due to a Military service obligation must do the following:

Notify their Academic Advisor for Main Campus students or Academic Success Counselor for Accelerated Degree Program students, and the Office of the Registrar and/or Military Admissions that they have a Military service obligation that will prohibit them from  continuing as a student in the current academic term.

Provide the Office of the Registrar 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 term/semester, students will receive no grade for the courses in which they are enrolled, no course credit shall be awarded, and the term shall not be counted toward in the pace of completion for satisfactory academic progress. 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 term/semester, students can elect to:

  1. Withdraw (W) from their classes and receive a full refund of tuition*, or,
  2. Request to receive no credit or grade for the course, or,
  3. Request an Incomplete (IN) from their instructors and arrange 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.

*If the students elect to take a W for the course, this may impact their satisfactory academic progress in the future and should be discussed with their Academic Success Coordinator.

If a military student’s absence will extend into multiple terms, the student will be granted a Military Leave of Absence while they are performing their service obligation. The Military Leave of Absence will expire five (5) years after the end of the service obligation.  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 Office of Military Admissions or the Office of the Registrar.

Dismissal from Post University

Academic Dismissal
Post University maintains the right to dismiss students from an undergraduate or graduate program under the following circumstances:

  1. Failing to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements.

  2. Behaving in a manner prejudicial to the interests of Post University or hostile to the welfare of students or faculty in breach of the Civility Code.

  3. Violating of the Academic Integrity Policy.

Readmission to Post 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 Post University and is subject to any imposed conditions.

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 through admission and satisfy all current admission criteria for their program.

If a graduate student’s cumulative grade point is less than a 3.00 the student must agree to an academic improvement plan that is satisfactory to the Program Director or Dean. Appeals of the Program Director’s decisions may be made to the appropriate Dean.

Readmission after Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed for failing to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress may apply for readmission one year from the date of dismissal or after of one parent term.  Please refer to the Academic Progress Standards for the Dismissal Appeal Process.

Students seeking readmission to a graduate program of study will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director of the program with an appeal to the Dean if necessary. For programs without a Program Director, 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 Program Director of the program or Dean as part of the readmission process. The academic improvement plan will provide for conditional admission for the student’s next 2 terms 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 for breach of the Civility Code or the Academic Integrity Policy are not eligible to apply for readmission.

Optional / Alternative Credit Options

Within the limits stated below, 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 30 credits towards a bachelor’s degree and 15 credits towards an associate’s degree.

The Office of the Registrar administers the alternate credit options policy. Questions regarding the credit policy, regulations, and procedures should be directed to this office. In the case of questions regarding the viability of documentation, the final decision will be made after consultation with the Provost’s office. For graduate programs, the Dean of the School or Program Chair of the program to which the perspective student is applying, will make the final decision as to the awarding of credit.


Advanced Placement – Non-Graduate Programs

Post 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 – Non-Graduate Programs

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers examinations in courses, mostly at the introductory level. Students may earn three credits per exam passed. 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 (www.collegeboard.org). 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 – Non-Graduate Programs
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 30 credits towards a bachelor’s degree or 15 credits towards an associate’s degree. Information regarding policies and procedures is available from Academic Advising for Main Campus students or Academic Success Counselors for Accelerated Degree Program students. There are certain courses and subject areas that are not eligible for portfolio credit. Please consult the Office of the Registrar or Academic Advising to review any restrictions.

Prior Learning Assessment Credit – RN to BSN
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. Perspective students are advised that alternate credit options do not apply to the RN to BSN program.

Alternate Credit Options – Graduate Programs Accepting Transfer Credit for Prior Field Practicum Experiences

Post University graduate programs do not accept transfer credits for field practicum at the graduate level. In special circumstances, students may request a waiver of this policy by applying to the Dean of the School or Director of the Program to which he or she is applying. Applications for waiver must include the following information about the practicum for which the student seeks credit.

  • Syllabus of the course at the time it was taken.
  • Supervisor evaluation records.
  • Learning contract if applicable.
  • Other course related materials that were provided during this experience.
  • Proof that the practicum was completed with a grade of B or higher.
  • The field experience placement must have been completed at the site, and be comparable in quality to the experience that would have been approved by the applicable program. Appeals for adverse decisions are decided by the Dean of the applicable program, whose decision is final.

Policy on Accepting Portfolio, Life Experience, and Undergraduate Credit
Post University graduate programs do not accept portfolio and/or life experience for credit. Undergraduate coursework will not be considered for graduate-level credit.

Policy on Accepting Transfer Credit for Capstone Courses
Post University graduate programs do not accept transfer credit or course substitutions for capstone courses.

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