Jan 17, 2022  
2021-2022 Student Handbook 
    
2021-2022 Student Handbook

Academic Policies


Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar for 2021-2022 can be found here.

Academic Honesty and Dishonesty 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY - STATEMENT OF THE HONOR CODE 

Students and faculty at Anderson University are expected to conduct themselves with integrity and to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavors. Just as academic honesty is vitally important to the value of a college education, academic dishonesty is a serious offense because it diminishes the quality of academic scholarship and defrauds other students, faculty, the institution, and society. 

By enrolling at Anderson University, students agree to uphold the standards of academic honesty and integrity described in Anderson University’s Catalog. Students commit to refrain from all forms of academic dishonesty and, by their example, promote the ideals of honesty, responsibility, trust, fairness, and respect that are central to Anderson University’s mission and values. 

Students are expected to adhere to the following honor code pledge in all academic activities. “In keeping with Anderson University’s ethical standards of academic integrity and institutional values guided by its Christian mission, on my honor I pledge that I have not given, received, and/or witnessed any unauthorized assistance on this work.” 

The complete Academic Honesty and Dishonesty Policy can be found under Academic Policies in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog. 

Co-Curricular Graduation Requirements 

Anderson University has two types of co-curricular graduation requirements: the Curriculum Enhancement Program and the Journey Program.

Curriculum Enhancement Program

The purpose of the Curriculum Enhancement Program (CEP) is to enrich the student’s academic experience by providing co-curricular opportunities that reinforce the educational and personal development of students within the framework of the 18 Common Learning Outcomes (CLOs) as outlined in the AU Gold Core Curriculum. Students will participate in required CEPs designed to assist with the transition into the AU community, promote professional readiness, and foster financial literacy. In addition to the required CEPs, students will attend at least 11 CEPs from the Student Selected offerings on campus. 

Successful completion of the Curriculum Enhancement Program is required in order to graduate from Anderson University. All traditional, full-time, degree seeking students must participate in a minimum of twenty-four (24) approved CEPs to be eligible for graduation. Students who do not complete this requirement will not be eligible for graduation until the requirements have been completed. 

There are no exemptions for this graduation requirement. Students who fail to meet the CEP requirements as outlined or students who violate the Community Values and Expectations while in attendance at a CEP will be subject to discipline in the Office of Student Development. Students who are 25 years or older are not required to complete CEPs but are strongly encouraged to participate as part of their educational experience.  

Students may find the weekly list of CEPs on the AU411 or at AUnited. Students receive credit for CEPs by scanning their AU ID card at the end of each event. It is the student’s responsibility to have their IDs scanned by the CEP student employee.

CEP credits will be tracked electronically in the student’s Self-Service account. Students are responsible for monitoring their credits online and must ensure that they earn the appropriate credits in order to be eligible for graduation.  

CEP Completion Plan
First Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
First Year Ron Blue 1 AU PRO Signature  Series 5 Student Selected CEP 
First Year Ron Blue 2 AU PRO Signature  Series 6 Student Selected CEP 
First Year Ron Blue 3 Student Selected CEP  Student Selected CEP 
AU PRO Signature  Series 1 Ron Blue 4 Student Selected CEP  Student Selected CEP 
AU PRO Signature  Series 2 AU PRO Signature  Series 3 Student Selected CEP  Student Selected CEP 
Student Selected CEP  AU PRO Signature  Series 4 Student Selected CEP  Student Selected CEP 
FIRST YEAR CEPS (3 CEPS TOTAL): 

The Office of Student Development hosts 3 required CEPs every fall and all new students are expected to participate in these CEPs. Students are expected to attend these CEPs with their AU101 group. Transfer students should attend these sessions with their alpha leader. Students arriving in the spring will participate in these CEPs online. These events are specifically designed to support a new student’s transition into the AU community. 

AU PRO SIGNATURE SERIES (6 CEPS TOTAL): 

Professional Readiness Opportunities Beyond the Classroom is a distinctive program designed by Anderson University to improve student preparation for the working world through a set of co-curricular opportunities. AU PRO will equip students with a stronger sense of professionalism through written communication skills, nonverbal indicators of a professional image, and oral communication skills. Students should attend these 6 CEPs during the first 6  semesters enrolled at AU.  

RON BLUE FINANCIAL LITERACY CEPS (4 CEPS TOTAL TO BE COMPLETED ONLINE):

The Ron Blue Center CEPs will offer a framework for thinking differently about money. Students will learn how to handle money from a confident place - empowered by biblical financial wisdom. Each of the Ron Blue Center CEPs will teach students about financial management through the 4 H system: Heart, Health, Habits, and Hope. Sophomore students will receive an email informing them of how to access their online CEPs during sophomore year. 

STUDENT SELECTED CEPS (11 CEPS TOTAL): 

These CEPs will include art exhibitions, musicals, plays, and music performances from the South Carolina School of the Arts, lectures and presentations from other academic departments, and a range of topics that support the AU Gold Core Curriculum. These CEPs allow students to experience art, culture, and history as well as explore a range of student issues. 

Transfer Students will:

Transfer Students are defined as previously degree seeking full time students at another college or university; dual enrollment credits are excluded 

• Participate in the First Year CEPs in the fall semester or participate in online First Year CEPs if the student arrives during the Spring semester. 

• Complete 6 AU PRO CEPs prior to graduation.  

• Complete 4 online Ron Blue Financial Literacy CEPs prior to graduation.

• Be responsible for completing 1 Student Selected CEPs per semester of full-time enrollment at AU. 

CONTACT INFO FOR CEP TRACKS: 

First Year CEPs: 

Office of Student Development 

Third Floor of G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Student Center 

Tonya Landrith 

tlandrith@andersonuniversity.edu 

864-231-2075

AU PRO Signature Series: 

Center for Career Development 

864-231-2149 

Ron Blue Financial Literacy CEPs: 

Ron Blue Center 

Vandiver 302 

Dr. Gordon Smith 

gsmith@andersonuniversity.edu 

864-622-6024 

Student Selected CEPs: 

Office of Student Development 

Third Floor of G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Student Center 

Tonya Landrith 

tlandrith@andersonuniversity.edu 

864-231-2075 

The Journey Program

Students are required to attend the Journey Program every semester that they are enrolled as full time traditional students, up to eight (8) semesters. They must attend eight (8) Journey Program events EACH semester. Journey Program attendance is recorded by scanning the student’s ID card immediately following the program, and students are expected to bring their ID cards to each event. The Journey Program is reflected on the official transcript as JP 100 and will have a grade of either CR (credit) or NC (no credit). While this grade does not calculate into the student’s grade point average, the student must complete these requirements before being cleared for graduation. Part-time students are invited but not required to attend the Journey Program.  

Students may check their current Journey Program credits by going to Self Service. Under the AU Apps tab, there is a section called “Check Co-Curricular Credits.” You can find your credits there. 

Students are encouraged to contact the Campus Ministries Office if they fall behind on their requirements. Do not wait until graduation to make contact. It is very difficult to remedy the situation at that point. 

JOURNEY EXEMPTIONS: Every student who is 25 years or older is exempt from the Journey Program requirements. Also, student teachers, students who study abroad, and students in other off-campus internships during the semester are exempt for that semester. No make-up work is required in these instances.

JOURNEY EXCEPTIONS: Students whose course load is mostly online courses as part of a traditional four-year academic program, and who live off-campus, 30 minutes or more, may register for an online Journey Program alternative. 

All Journey exemptions and exceptions must be approved ahead of time and registered with the Office of Campus Ministries in Sullivan Hall before midterms. For additional information, contact  Rebekah Harrison in the Office of Campus Ministries. 

PLEASE NOTE: Journey credits and CEP credits are not the same. The requirements for CEP are calculated differently. Please refer to the respective sections of the Student Handbook for more information. 

Intellectual Property Rights 

Anderson University encourages and supports scholarships and research, technical and creative efforts, artistic or literary works, and other academic and service activities and products of its faculty, staff, and students. As part of the mission of the University, employees and students produce new written materials and many other expressions of research, creativity, and scholarly activity. These works often involve the rights and rewards of ownership, as well as responsibilities and a need for protection during development. As these concerns affect the campus (faculty and  students, technology, funding, etc.), ongoing revision is needed to keep this policy current. 

The following are the guiding principles of this policy: 

A. The University encourages the discovery and development of original works and dissemination of knowledge as part of its academic mission. 

B. The University recognizes that the development of original works and the rights to, benefits from, and responsibilities for these works may arise from a variety of efforts. 

C. The University recognizes that ownership and benefit from intellectual property may be multifaceted and strives to ensure appropriate benefits to all contributors. 

This policy applies to all Creators who are Anderson University faculty members (including part time faculty and visiting scholars), staff (including ancillary staff), students, and non-employees of the University engaged on a contracted basis, and others who make use of University facilities, equipment, or other resources or who receive funds from the University in the form of salary, wages, stipend or other support, not including student financial aid. The University will ordinarily waive its rights to intellectual property created by student Creators where the use of University facilities, equipment, or other resources has been properly authorized, except when: faculty or staff involvement is substantial; the work is part of a larger University work or specifically commissioned  by the University; the use of University resources is substantially in excess of the norm for educational purposes; or the intellectual property resulted from the student’s employment with the University. All aspects of the ownership and administration of intellectual property arising from University Research that is funded in whole or in part by an external sponsor, specifically including  matters dealing with royalties, will be governed by this policy and the terms of the agreement between the University and the sponsor. 

Withdrawal from Individual Courses 

Important: Please note any changes in enrollment during the add/drop period or course withdrawal at any point of the semester may result in revisions to financial aid and/or billing for the semester. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to determine the impact of such changes on financial aid eligibility prior to adding/dropping or withdrawing from courses.

Students may drop a traditional semester course within the first eight class days of the semester without the course appearing on their transcript. Students will receive a grade of “W” in any course from which they withdraw after a designated date in the semester. If a student withdraws from such a course after the designated date, they will receive a grade of “W” and must utilize the Course Withdrawal Form provided by the Registrar’s Office web page. Students in all programs - traditional, adult studies, and graduate, should refer to posted information each semester for specific drop and withdrawal dates. Any course in which a grade of “W” is received is subject to tuition charges. Any student who withdraws from a course after the last date to withdraw with a “W” will receive an “F” for the course, unless the student is approved for a medical withdrawal from the course.  Students should refer to the Financial Aid section of the catalog for specific information pertaining to charging for withdrawn courses. 

Students who cease to attend/participate in classes are administratively withdrawn by the University. The faculty will report a grade of WP or WF to the Registrar for a student who is consecutively absent or non-participating for 25% of the length of the semester or term.  If a student exceeds the number of absences allowed in the course after the deadline for withdrawing from courses, the student will receive the grade of “WF” for the course. Students receiving federal financial aid will have eligibility reviewed and adjusted per regulations.

Withdrawal from the University 

The University recognizes that certain situations may necessitate withdrawal from the University during an academic term. This process for official withdrawal typically begins with the Center for Student Success for traditional students and with the Academic Success Coach for post-traditional students.  Grades of “W” or “F” may be assigned, depending on the date of official withdrawal. Students receiving federal financial aid will have eligibility reviewed and adjusted per regulations. If the withdrawal date is after the deadline, the grade of “F” is assigned for all courses registered. If a student’s withdrawal from the University after the deadline is caused by a documented medical issue, it may be approved by the Center for Student Success to receive the grade of “W.” Students who withdraw from the University may be eligible for a partial refund. Refer to the Financial Information section of this catalog for the refund schedules.