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Academic Policies
  Transfer of Credit
  Student Load
  Auditing Courses
  Repeating Courses
  Course Numbering System
  Grading System
  Academic Good Standing
  Petitions for Special Action
  Academic Dishonesty and Grievance
  Graduation and Commencement
  Time Limit
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Matters upon which there are no specific policy statements for graduate students are governed by general regulations of the College or by action of the Graduate Council.


Academic advising for graduate students is the responsibility of the appropriate program director. Designated academic advisors will advise students in the corresponding graduate program area. Students should consult with the academic advisor regarding questions about course selection, graduation requirements and related matters. For each registration period, the student’s advisor must authorize enrollment before the registration is complete. These procedures provide each student contact with an academic advisor who can assist in assuring that all requirements are completed in sequence and on schedule. Each student, however, has the ultimate responsibility for monitoring his or her own graduation requirements.


Students must be officially admitted to a graduate program before enrolling in graduate courses (exception: admitted as a special student – see above section). Manchester College reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment. Questions about classes and registration may be addressed to the Coordinator of Graduate Programs or the Registrar.

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit taken at other regionally accredited graduate schools may be transferred and applied toward either the MAT or the MEd, provided that such credit is approved by the appropriate program director and the registrar. Credit cannot be earned through proficiency examinations.

Student Load

Full-time enrollment in the Master of Education program is six or more semester hours per semester. Full-time enrollment in the Master of Athletic Training program is eight or more semester hours per semester. Students may not enroll in more than 16 semester hours in the fall or spring semesters, 12 semester hours in summer, or four semester hours in a single summer or January session.

Auditing Courses

Graduate students may, with permission of the program director, audit graduate courses for no credit or grade.  Registration is required and official audits will be recorded on the student’s academic record.  Audit fees per course are equivalent to tuition and fee charges for credit courses.  While not responsible for required course assignments and examinations, students auditing a course are expected to attend class and participate.  Changes in status from audit to credit are not permitted.

Repeating Courses

A student may repeat any course with the approval of the program director and registrar prior to registering for the repeat course. The credit for a repeated course can be counted only once in the total hours earned, and only the last grade received is counted in the cumulative grade point average. In the rare circumstance when a student earns a passing grade in the first but not the second attempt, both grades will be included in determining the cumulative GPA.

Courses counted toward MAT degree completion may be repeated a maximum of one time.

No more than five courses may be repeated in the MEd program.

Course Numbering System

Courses numbered at the 500 and 600 level are open only to graduate students admitted into a graduate program.

Grading System

A four-point grading system is used to compute grade point averages for graduate work.
The grading system for graduate courses is:

Grade Description Grade Points
A Highest passing grade 4.00
A-   3.70
B+   3.30
B   3.00
B-   2.70
C+   2.30
C Lowest passing grade 2.00
F Failure 0.00
Other grading symbols:  
AU Audit  
I Incomplete* (Temporary grade) Student unable to complete work for reasons beyond his/her control.  
NR Grade not reported* (Temporary grade) Course extends beyond end of semester/session.  
UW Unauthorized Withdrawal (Failure, 0)  
W Withdrawn Passing  
WF Withdrawn Failing (0)  
*Work must be completed by the midsemester date of the next regular semester, otherwise a failure (0) is recorded.

Withdrawal from a course
A student may withdraw during the first two-thirds of a course, receiving a grade of W. Withdrawing later in the course will result in a grade of WF. A student who does not withdraw but stops attending class receives a grade of UW. Withdrawal forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.

An Incomplete grade may be assigned at the end of a semester when conditions beyond the control of the student preclude completing coursework. In such cases the student must be doing passing work and must be able to complete the unfinished work without further class attendance. Students must complete required work by the midsemester date of the next regular semester; otherwise, an F is recorded.

Academic Good Standing

A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required for good standing in the graduate program. Any student falling below a 3.00 grade point average is disqualified but may petition the Graduate Council for permission to continue study.

Petitions for Special Action

Students who believe extenuating circumstances merit consideration may petition the Graduate Council for exceptions to stipulated policies and regulations. Petitions must be in writing and are to be filed with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Action on petitions will be taken only at regular meetings of the Graduate Council and will not be considered as a precedent for any future action. The decision of the Graduate Council is final and no further appeal procedure shall exist within the College.

Academic Dishonesty and Grievance

Membership in the Manchester College community requires a devotion to the highest principles of academic and personal integrity, a commitment to maintain honor, and a continuous regard for the rights of others. There can be no rights without individual responsibility.

Manchester College faculty are committed to teaching and learning as a career and a profession. Each instructor is presumed to develop and use methods and techniques which enhance learning and which best fit his or her personality and subject matter area. At the same time, the instructor is expected to abide by the general principles of responsible teaching which are commonly accepted by the academic profession. These principles suggest that faculty keep complete records of student performance and that they develop and apply express, uniform criteria for evaluating student performance.

Students are free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study. While they may reserve judgment about matters of opinion, they are responsible for learning the content of any course in which they are enrolled. At the same time, students are expected to abide by the general principles of academic honesty which are commonly accepted in educational settings. When a student chooses not to follow the general principles of academic honesty, the following policies and procedures will apply.

Plagiarism is the presentation of information (either written or oral) as one’s own when some or all of the information was derived from some other source. Specific types of plagiarism encountered in written and oral assignments include the following:

  • Sources have been properly identified, but excerpts have been quoted without proper use of quotation marks; or the material has been slightly modified or rephrased rather than restated in the student’s own words.
  • Key ideas or items of information derived from specific sources that present material that is not common knowledge have been presented without proper identification of the source or sources.
  • Unidentified excerpts from other sources have been woven into the student’s own presentation.
  • A paper or speech may be a mosaic of excerpts from several sources and presented as the student’s own
  • An entire paper or speech has been obtained from some other source and presented as the student’s own.
    Texts in another language are translated into English and presented as the student’s own.

Cheating consists of any unpermitted use of notes, texts or other sources so as to give an unfair advantage to a student in completing a class assignment or an examination. Intentionally aiding another student engaged in academic dishonesty is also considered cheating. Submission of the same work (essay, speech, art piece, etc.) to fulfill assignments in separate classes requires the permission of both faculty members (if both courses are being taken in the same semester), or the permission of the second faculty member (if they are taken during different semesters).


  • Unintentional Plagiarism. In cases of plagiarism which no deception is intended (such as ignorance of proper citation of sources), the student should expect a reduction in the paper’s grade; in some cases, the student may be given an option to rewrite the paper. No disciplinary letter will be filed.
  • Deliberate Plagiarism and Cheating. In cases of deliberate plagiarism, and in all cases of cheating and attempted cheating, the work assigned will be failed. At the instructor’s discretion, the student may also fail the course (regardless of the grade-weight of the work assigned). In either a case of deliberate plagiarism or cheating a disciplinary letter recording the deception will be sent to the student, with copies sent to the vice president and dean for academic affairs, the vice president and dean for student development, and the student’s academic advisor.

Given the incompatibility of deceptive behavior with the integrity of the community, students guilty of academic dishonesty a second time during the course of their academic career are liable to disciplinary probation, suspension, and possible expulsion. These actions will be initiated by the vice president and dean for academic affairs. The student has the right to appeal probation, suspension or expulsion for academic dishonesty to the president (or his/her designee) of the College within five days of the receipt of the probation, suspension or expulsion letter. The president shall render a final decision.

Any student who is convinced that he or she has been charged inappropriately with deliberate plagiarism or cheating, or who believes his or her final course grade is inaccurate, has the right to file a grievance. In accordance with established procedures, grievances unrelated to academic performance may be referred directly to the Office of Academic Affairs.


  1. The student and the professor should discuss the student's grievance, possibly including a mutually agreed upon third party, and make every effort to reach a solution that is satisfactory to the student and the professor.
  2. If an agreement cannot be reached, the student will bring the issue to the program director of the involved faculty member. Grievances related to academic dishonesty charges must be brought before the program director as soon as possible and no later than five days following the initial filing of the disciplinary letter. Final course grade grievance must be brought before the program director no later than March 1 for fall semester and January session grades, and October 1 for spring semester and summer session grades.

    a. The program director will request a detailed written summary from each party.
    b. The program director will inform the vice president and dean for academic affairs of the grievance.
    c. The program director will meet with both parties together, hear their concerns and attempt to resolve the grievance.
    d. If an agreement is reached, the program director will inform the vice president and dean for academic affairs of the result in writing. The written summaries will be forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs (see a above).

    Exception: If the involved faculty member is the program director, the director will request that the vice president and dean for academic affairs appoint another graduate program director to hear the concerns and attempt to resolve the grievance.

  3. If an agreement cannot be reached through the program director, the student, if he or she wishes, may initiate the formal grievance procedure.

    a. The student will obtain an Academic Grievance form from the Office of Academic Affairs.
    b. The completed form will be forwarded by the student to the Office of Academic Affairs.
    c. The Graduate Council (or their designated representative) will review the grievance only if procedures 1 & 2 have been completed. The written summaries initially provided to the program director can be used by the Graduate Council and/or the committee may wish to interview both parties individually.
    d. The Graduate Council will render a final decision. The decision of the Graduate Council is final and no further appeal procedure shall exist within the College.

    Exception: If the involved faculty member is a member of the Graduate Council, that faculty member will be excused from any meetings in which the grievance is being reviewed or discussed.

Preparation for Graduation and Participation in Commencement

Degrees are conferred at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Diplomas are awarded at the May commencement.

Students expecting to complete all requirements by September 1 of the year of graduation must submit the Diploma Application to the Office of the Registrar by December 1 prior to commencement the following May. Students who participate in the May commencement with requirements to be completed during the following summer must have all grades submitted to the Office of the Registrar by September 1 to be included in the graduating class of that year. Those who complete graduation requirements after September 1 will be included in the following year’s graduating class.

No diploma or transcript will be released until all financial obligations to the College have been met.

Time Limit

All requirements for the MAT degree must be completed within three years of admission to the program or the date of enrollment in the first graduate course at Manchester College, whichever is later.

All requirements for the MEd degree program must be completed within six years of admission to the program or the date of enrollment in the first graduate course at Manchester College, whichever is later.