Academic Honesty

Since Bethel University is a Christian academic community, its fundamental purpose is the pursuit of knowledge and the development of growing Christian persons. Essential to the success of this educational mission is a commitment to principles of ethical academic integrity. Each member of the university community is responsible for upholding the highest standards of honesty at all times. Students, as members of this community, are also responsible for adhering to the principles and spirit of academic honesty.

Violation of honesty standards can result in denial of credit (U or F) in a course.  Penalties are given at the discretion of the faculty member.  Repeat or serious offenses may be subject to additional penalties up to and including dismissal from the university at the discretion of the Associate Provost for the College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School.  Students charged with a violation have the right to appeal any disciplinary action and should contact a Student Success Advisor for details on the Academic Petition.

Academic Dishonesty Definitions

Activities that have the effect or intention of interfering with education, pursuit of knowledge, or fair evaluation of a student’s performance are prohibited. Examples of such activities include, but are not limited to, the following definitions:

  • Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, material, or study aids in examinations or other academic work, or preventing or attempting to prevent another from using authorized assistance, material, or study aids. Examples: using a cheat sheet in a quiz or exam, altering a graded exam and resubmitting it for a better grade, etc.
  • Plagiarism: using the ideas, data, or language of another without specific and proper acknowledgment. Examples: misrepresenting another’s work (paper, lab report, article, or computer work) as one’s own original creation and submitting it for an assignment, using someone else’s ideas without attribution, failing to cite a reference or to use quotation marks where appropriate, etc.
  • Fabrication: submitting contrived or altered information in any academic exercise. Examples: making up data for an experiment, misrepresenting data, citing nonexistent or irrelevant articles, etc.
  • Multiple submission: submitting, without prior permission, any work submitted to fulfill another academic requirement. Example: submitting the same paper for two classes, etc.
  • Misrepresentation of academic records: misrepresenting or tampering with, or attempting to tamper with, any portion of a student’s transcripts or academic record, either before or after coming to Bethel University. Examples: forging a registration form or a change of grade slip, tampering with computer records, etc.
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty: knowingly helping or attempting to help another violate any provision of this code. Example: working together on a take-home exam or other individual assignment, etc.
  • Unfair advantage: attempting to gain unauthorized advantage over fellow students in an academic exercise. Examples: gaining or providing unauthorized access to examination materials (either past or present); obstructing or interfering with another student’s efforts in an academic exercise; lying about a need for an extension for an exam or paper; continuing to write even when time is up during an exam; destroying, hiding, removing, or keeping library materials; etc.
  • Computer crimes: damaging or modifying computer programs without permission. Examples: software piracy, hacking, constructing viruses, knowingly introducing viruses into a system, copying programs and data belonging to others, etc.

Academic Petitions

Students who have concerns about any academic policy matter (e.g. grades, schedules, instruction etc.) should first confer with the instructor. If a satisfactory solution is not reached, the student may file an academic petition by contacting their student success advisor.

Petitions may be made by students who believe they are not being treated fairly or in accordance with announced policies, or who have extenuating circumstances beyond their control that warrant an exception to a policy. In this case, a student may contact his or her Student Success Advisor to initiate an Academic Petition.

Academic Petitions fall into two categories:

Exception Requests

  • Completion of degree requirements from a prior catalog year

  • Extension of time to complete a degree

  • Extension of time on credit expiration [include this for the Seminary catalog only]

  • Grade change for a course

  • Registration changes – Late Adds, Late Drops (with or without request for tuition refunds), Withdrawal past deadline (with or without request for tuition refund)

  • Required course or independent study substitution

  • Residency requirement

  • Exception to other academic policy

Appeals

  • Academic Dismissal

  • Co-curricular Dismissal

  • Denial of an Exception Request

Academic Petitions must be filed no later than 60 days after the student has reasonable notice of the circumstances (e.g., the faculty or administrative action affecting the student) that give rise to the issues presented in the petition, and must be filed according to the process defined for CAPS, Seminary, and GS, which is in compliance with Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.09, subdivision 4, paragraph (c).

The Academic Petition form will be made available to the student upon correspondence with the Student Success Advisor, who should be the first point of contact when concerns arise. Initial filing of the Academic Petition must be submitted to the Student Success Advisor who shall transmit it to the appropriate decision-making person or committee.

Academic Progress, Probation, and Dismissal 

1. Academic Warning

Students may be given an academic warning any time their cumulative GPA is below 3.0. Academic warnings are advisory and are not recorded on the transcript.

2. Academic Probation

Students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the end of an academic term. A student may not remain in a program on academic probation for more than two consecutive academic terms.

3. Academic Dismissal

The following students will be subject to academic dismissal:

  • Students who have not achieved a cumulative 3.0 GPA after two consecutive academic terms of academic probation;
  • Provisionally admitted students who do not meet the requirements of their provisional acceptance; and/or
  • Students who do not meet the stipulations set at the time of being placed on academic probation.

Patterns of poor performance not listed above may also lead to academic dismissal. Academic warning and academic probation do not always precede academic dismissal.

Attendance Policy

Attendance and Online Participation Policy

The model of learning practiced in the College of Adult & Professional Studies and in the Graduate School relies on active, self-directed students who enhance each other’s learning interactively. Students are accountable not only for completing individual work, but also for participating in all interactive learning activities designed by course faculty in the following ways:

  • Online interaction as directed by faculty.
  • Energetic participation in classroom sessions.
  • Participation in clinicals, field tours, etc.

A student is considered to have participated in an online course by participating in measurable activities as assigned such as graded work, synchronous, interactive, and collaborative activities. 

The attendance and participation policy emphasizes faculty and student responsibility for interactive adult learning in the following ways:

  • In course syllabi, faculty will designate the value of participation in interactive learning activities in the classroom, in the field, and online.
  • Students are responsible to participate in and complete all interactive learning activities and to master their content.
  • Full (100%) course participation is defined by completion of all activities as assigned.
  • Course syllabi will indicate whether make-up work is or is not appropriate for attendance in the classroom or participation in designated learning activities.
  • Absence or non-participation due to illness or other emergency may be excused at the discretion of the faculty.
  • Students should expect that non-participation in interactive activities associated with more than 20% of the schedule of the course will reduce a course grade or risk course failure.  For face-to-face and hybrid courses, this includes attending at least 80% of scheduled face-to-face time.
  • At the discretion of the institution, lack of participation during the first two weeks of a course may result in course registration being dropped; this may affect financial aid award. Multiple instances of course registrations being dropped for non-participation may result in all registration being dropped for the student and an unofficial withdrawal being recorded.

Program-specific Attendance Requirements

In addition to those programs listed here, other programs may communicate additional attendance requirements by means of a program handbook and/or in individual course syllabi.

Physician Assistant Program Attendance

The Physician Assistant (PA) Program is committed to the development of PA professionals. Courses are designed to build upon previous knowledge as well as cover large volumes of material in a short amount of time. Because of these factors, attendance is mandatory. The PA Student Handbook will be reviewed with students at a mandatory program orientation and has more details about attendance including the policy on medical leave. The faculty does recognize that students have outside obligations, and that situations may arise that cause a student to be absent or tardy. Therefore, the following guidelines will serve as the basis for faculty actions:

  1. Attendance on all class days and clinical days is expected. Tardiness, with rare exception, will not be allowed for professionalism issues.
  2. It is expected that students will utilize term or rotation breaks for vacation and other personal needs such as weddings, trips, etc. Vacations are not permitted during class days.
  3. It is understood that unscheduled absences during the program are possible, including illness and other unforeseen problems that prevent a student from attending clinical or class. Excessive absence, however, may be grounds for dismissal. Greater than 3 absences during Summer Session or greater than 5 absences during Spring Semester or Fall Semester will be referred to the PA program's Progress & Promotions committee for assessment of the situation and recommendations.

Attendance Requirements for Students Auditing a Course

Auditing is defined as “observation in the classroom setting.” Auditors are required to meet the attendance and other requirements set by the instructor. Auditors who do not meet the attendance and other requirements will be graded WZ. Participation for auditors beyond attendance in class activities is at the instructor’s discretion. A student may change to or from audit status with the instructor’s approval only during the first 60% of the course.

Calendar and Student Load

Bethel University operates on a semester calendar. For each cohort, the calendar of class sessions for the full program is found through MyBethel (my.bethel.edu).

Student load for each academic term is as follows:

  1. Full time = 6 credits or more
  2. Part time = fewer than 6 credits
    1. Three-Quarter time = 4.5 to 5.99 credits
    2. Half time =  3 to 4.49 credits
    3. Less than half time = fewer than 3 credits

Receiving an extension or a grade of Incomplete in a course does not extend a student’s enrollment beyond the final date of class. Dropping below full-time or half-time status may affect the student’s eligibility for certain financial aid programs and deferment of existing loans.

Changes in Registration

  1. Students needing to add, drop, or change course registration may do so through my.bethel.edu. Log in (my.bethel.edu) > Home tab > Academics box (top left) > Registration box (top middle) > Add or Drop Classes > Add or Drop Classes > Term or Date Range > Continue > . Drop classes through the Action menu above the course listing. Add classes through the Add Classes Worksheet (use Class Search to find course registration numbers). Contact the Office of Student Success for further assistance.
  2. The student is responsible for all charges incurred (see: Tuition and Financial Aid) and for any loss of financial aid or change of loan deferment status.
  3. A new course may not be added when a registration hold has been placed by the Business Office.
  4. Regulations for dropping a course are explained in this catalog (see: Grading System—Grade of W). Courses can be dropped through the first week of the course and withdrawn through 60% of the total course length. 
  5. No change of registration is complete until the change is displayed through my.bethel.edu.

Commencement

 Bethel holds a winter commencement and a spring commencement each year. Exact dates, application, and details are published on the my.bethel portal channel for Commencement

  • Eligibility to Commence: Refer to the “General Requirements for a Degree” section in this catalog or contact your Student Success Advisor.

  • Commencement Application and Information: bethel.edu/events/commencement
    • Application Dates: October 31 for Winter ceremony; March 31 for Spring ceremony. 

For ceremony questions contact:  caps-sem-gs-commencement@bethel.edu; 651.635.8049 (800.255.8706, ext. 8049).

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment provides an opportunity for students enrolled in one Bethel school (CAS, CAPS, Seminary, or GS) to take specific courses in another Bethel school with a guest status.  Students must consult their Academic Advisors in CAS or Student Success Advisors in CAPS, Seminary, or GS before undertaking the dual enrollment process.  Requests are subject to approval by advisors, department chairs or program directors, and deans.  Limitations may include prerequisites, available space, and program restrictions.  Students are also limited to the number of courses for which they may dual enroll.

Extracurricular Activities

Students in the College of Adult & Professional Studies or in the Graduate School are ineligible to participate in extracurricular organizations and programs sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, including competition sports, music performance groups, study abroad programs, etc.

Freedom of Inquiry

All students have the right to free inquiry and scholarly investigation. Students are encouraged to discuss all topics freely and to exchange ideas in a mutually respectful manner. They are also free to publish any findings or recommendations, either individually or in association with others, provided they make no claim to represent the university without due authorization, and they have secured the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals if necessary.

Grading System

Coursework is evaluated on the following scale:

Grade Definition Grade Points
A Exceptional 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B Good 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C Satisfactory 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D Minimally Acceptable 1.0
F Failing 0.0
AU Audit NA
CR Credit NA
I Incomplete (courses with letter grades) NA
IN Incomplete (courses graded S/U) NA
IP In Process NA
N No Grading NA
NR Not Reported NA
S Satisfactory NA
U Unsatisfactory NA
W Withdrawal NA
WZ Audit Withdrawal NA

An instructor has the option of affixing a minus to the grade of A, a plus or a minus to the grades of B and C, and a plus to the grade of D. A plus increases the number of grade points awarded by 0.3, and a minus decreases the number of grade points awarded by 0.3.

All grades are considered final and are not subject to change except for errors in calculation, or as a result of a formal grade appeal process. Contact your SSA for this procedure. The grade of I or IN is changed when work is completed or the deadline has been reached (see: Grade of I or IN).

The GPA is determined by dividing the number of grade points by the number of credits the student has attempted. Courses with the following grades are not included in the GPA calculation: AUCR, I, IN, IP, N, NR, S, U, W, and WZ. When a course is repeated, only the last attempt is used in computing the GPA unless the course is designated as repeatable.

The graduate school GPA is calculated only on the basis of credits attempted at the Bethel University Graduate School. 

Grade of AU

The grade AU is given when a student audits a course. Students wishing to audit a course must secure the consent of their student success advisor and the course instructor at the beginning of the term for such enrollment status. Not all courses are available to audit. Auditing at Bethel is defined as observation in the classroom setting. Auditors are required to meet the attendance requirements set by the instructor. Students who do not meet the attendance requirements will be graded WZ. Participation beyond attendance in class activities is at the instructor’s option. A student may change to or from audit status with the instructor’s approval only during the first 60% of the course.

Grade of CR

The grade CR is used for coursework that is excluded from GPA calculations.

Grade of I or IN

The grade I or IN is given when a student is unable to complete the course requirements in the regular time due to extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. The incomplete must be negotiated with and approved by the instructor before a grade of I or IN will be allowed. Remaining work must be of the kind that can be done largely through independent effort. Unless the grade of I or IN is removed by the deadline designated by the instructor, the student will be graded for the course using the default grade designated by the instructor.

The maximum deadline the instructor can assign for the removal of the I or IN grade is six months from the end of the course. Assignment of the maximum deadline or an earlier deadline is at the discretion of the instructor. Students with multiple grades of I or IN may be required to withdraw from their original cohorts and finish their program with another cohort after all grades of I or IN have been resolved.

Incompletes in doctoral individualized projects, internships, or practicums may be handled differently. The following courses have a one year maximum extension: 

EDUC 883Scholarly Advancement in K-12 Leadership3
EDUC 885Individualized Project in Higher Education3-4
EDUC 886Principal Internship3
EDUC 887Superintendent Internship3
EDUC 888Teaching Internship1-4
EDUC 889Director of Special Education Internship3
PSYC 781Practicum I4
PSYC 783Practicum II4
PSYC 785Practicum III1-3

Incompletes in a Master’s Capstone are handled differently. The following courses are included in this policy:

ATRN 790Athletic Training Master's Project II3
COUN 790Internship II3
EDUC 790Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project3
LEAD 795Integrative Team Capstone3
NURS 793Nurse-Midwifery Master's Project2
NURS 798Master's Capstone II1
PHAS 790Evidence-Based Medicine Project/Thesis2
PSYC 790Comprehensive Examination3
PSYC 792Thesis II3

The incomplete period for a Master’s Capstone will carry no fee for the first two academic terms. Subsequent to these two free terms, students will be automatically enrolled each term for an additional extension until they complete the capstone or reach the maximum time for degree completion. Each additional extension term will carry a fee equivalent to one credit of tuition; registration policies apply to paid extension terms. The full fee will be assessed for the final extension even if the student completes the capstone or withdraws before the full academic term has elapsed.

The maximum total time to complete a master’s degree is five years, including all enrolled terms and extension terms.

Incompletes in a Doctoral Dissertation final phase are handled differently. The following course is included in this policy:

EDUC 891Dissertation Phase Two6

The incomplete period for a Doctoral Dissertation final phase will carry no fee for the first 20 academic terms. Subsequent to these twenty free terms, students will have the option to be enrolled each term for an additional extension until they complete the dissertation or reach the maximum time for degree completion. Each additional extension term will carry a fee equivalent to one credit of tuition; registration policies apply to paid extension terms. The full fee will be assessed for the final extension even if the student completes the capstone or withdraws before the full academic term has elapsed.

The maximum total time to complete a doctoral degree is fifteen years, including all enrolled terms and extension terms.

Grades of IP, N, and NR

The grades IP, N, and NR are generated for administrative use only.

Grades of S and U

The S/U grading option is used in designated courses as indicated in the course description. Other courses are graded on an AF basis. The S grade indicates achievement equivalent to at least a grade of B. A student may change to and from AF grading or S/U grading with the instructor’s approval during the first 60% of a course that is designated as “graded on an AF or S/U basis.”

Grade of W

The grade W is given to a student who officially withdraws from a course by the end of the week in which 60% of the course time has elapsed. Students may withdraw from a course (or may change from credit to audit) anytime before the withdrawal deadline. Course withdrawals are official on the date the request is received by the student success advisor. Any student dropping a course after that time will receive the grade they have earned to that point. Extenuating circumstances that may warrant exception to the withdrawal policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Note that scheduled online sessions count as “class sessions” when determining refunds and grades. Any refund due to withdrawal will be governed by the refund policy (see: Tuition and Fees Refund Schedule).

Honor Societies

The following academic society has been approved to award honors cords to graduates to wear in the commencement ceremony:

  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing

Graduates requesting to wear honors cords from societies that are NOT on the approved list must submit requests by March 1 or October 1 for the spring and fall ceremonies respectively. The graduate will be informed of the decision (approved or denied), and approved societies will be listed in future catalogs.

Graduate level students cannot retroactively request to wear honors cords from their undergraduate degree.

Immunization Requirements

Minnesota state law requires some students attending college, graduate school, or seminary to show proof of immunization. The law makes others exempt from the requirement. For students in the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Bethel Seminary, and the Graduate School, the following applies:

Students who do not need to provide proof of immunization

  • Any student born before 1957
  • Any student who graduated from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later.
  • All CAPS students enrolled only in CAPS classes unless required by their program to be immunized*
  • GS and Seminary students who: 
    • Attend only evening or weekend classes
    • Study only in online classes who are not otherwise required to provide proof of immunization because of their field of study
    • Have intensives or residencies that are seven or fewer consecutive days

Students who must provide proof of immunization

  • Any student who attends face-to-face classes during weekday daytime hours if they are not otherwise exempted by the statute because of their age or year of graduation from a Minnesota HS
  • Students in particular fields of study (usually in the medical professions)*
  • Students who come to campus for residencies or intensives that are longer than seven consecutive days if not otherwise exempted by the statute because of their age or year of graduation from a Minnesota HS
  • “Dual Enrollment” students in CAPS, Seminary, or GS who take CAS classes or Seminary daytime classes if not otherwise exempted by the statute because of their age or year of graduation from a Minnesota HS

*Programs that require proof of immunization currently include all students in nursing programs (BS in Nursing, MS in Nurse Educator, MS in Nurse Midwifery) and students in the MS in Physician Assistant program.

Individualized Study

Individualized study policies are listed under the specific type of individualized study: Academic Internship, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), or Directed Study (DS).

Academic Internship

An academic internship is preferably an off-campus learning/practicing experience in which the student applies a body of knowledge and skill in a structured, non-classroom setting. It can take place in many settings: governments, social organizations and agencies, churches, or business enterprises. It can make use of almost every knowledge and skill area in Bethel’s curricula. Credit is available through some departments to qualified students in their majors. Inquiries should be made to the Office of Student Success.

Academic Internship Policy

  1. An acceptable internship is one that expects the student to:
    1. Make a deliberate application of one’s academic knowledge and skills.
    2. Continue to learn as stimulated by the problems and issues encountered.
    3. Grow in one’s personal maturity and confidence in one’s abilities.
    4. Develop empathy with and understanding of persons, groups, and settings typically not encountered on campus.
  2. The proposed internship must embody significant academic purpose and content, equal in quality to a regular course, yet be of such a nature that it cannot be obtained within the existing course structure.
  3. It is conducted under joint supervision of a Bethel faculty member and an onsite supervisor. Both parties agree on the specific objectives and assignments before beginning and jointly evaluate the student’s work during the experience and at the end. There should be a plan for ongoing processing of the experience (log, weekly meetings, etc.). It is expected that the Bethel faculty supervisor will meet at least bi-weekly with the student.
  4. The internship position may be part-time or full-time and may be salaried or non-salaried. Routine jobs or work that repeats experience does not qualify for an academic credit internship. The work must provide an opportunity to meet academic/educational objectives.
  5. The student must meet the following criteria:
    1. Declare a major or minor in the department of the internship being proposed.
    2. Hold junior, senior, or graduate standing. Individual departments may permit qualified sophomores to undertake exploratory internships under special circumstances.
    3. Have a minimum of 10 credit hours completed in the department.
    4. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in the major. Individual departments may require a higher GPA.
    5. Meet additional criteria as established by each department.
  6. An internship must be two to four credits with the following minimum time required onsite:
    Two-credit internship 90 hours
    Three-credit internship 135 hours
    Four-credit internship 180 hours
  7. A maximum of nine credits in internships may be taken. Each separate internship must have goals and objectives different than the prior ones taken for credit.
  8. Internships are graded S/U (see: Grading System).
  9. This policy identifies minimum college-wide requirements. Departments may choose to supplement this with additional requirements.
  10. Students must submit a completed and signed Contract for Academic Internship to their student success advisor for approval no later than the final day of the preceding semester. The form is available through the Office of Student Success.

Curricular Practical Training

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum for international students that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. The Bethel University Graduate School curriculum includes opportunities for CPT either through required or optional, credit or non-credit, full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, on-campus or off-campus internships. To qualify as CPT, the internship must be formally approved by the student’s program director (signifying that the CPT is relevant to the student’s program of study) and by the Associate Dean for International Students and Programs (signifying that the CPT is in regulatory compliance with current legislation). Course number 576 in the appropriate discipline is assigned to non-credit CPT, and the student will be billed a $400 course fee per term of non-credit CPT. Course number 776 in the appropriate discipline is assigned to CPT for credit, and may be taken for 1–6 credits per term. This course is repeatable.

Policy

  1. An acceptable CPT experience is one that expects the student to:
    1. Make a deliberate application of one’s academic knowledge and skills.
    2. Continue to learn as stimulated by the problems and issues encountered.
    3. Grow in one’s personal maturity and confidence in one’s abilities.
    4. Develop empathy with and understanding of persons, groups, and settings typically not encountered on campus.
  2. The proposed CPT must embody significant academic purpose and content, equal in quality to a regular course, yet be of such a nature that it cannot be obtained within the existing course structure.
  3. It is conducted under joint supervision of a Bethel faculty member and an onsite supervisor. Both parties agree on the specific objectives and assignments before beginning and jointly evaluate the student’s work during the experience and at the end. There should be a plan for ongoing processing of the experience (log, weekly meetings, etc.). It is expected that the Bethel faculty supervisor will meet at least bi-weekly with the student.
  4. The CPT position may be part-time or full-time, and may be salaried or non-salaried. Routine jobs or work that repeats previous experience does not qualify for an academic credit CPT. The work must provide an opportunity to meet academic/educational objectives.
  5. The student must meet the following criteria:
    1. Be currently enrolled in the Graduate School.
    2. Declare a major in the department of the internship being proposed.
    3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in the major. (Individual departments may require a higher GPA.)
    4. Meet additional criteria as established by each department.
  6. CPT for academic credit requires minimum time onsite:
    One-credit internship 45 hours
    Two-credit internship 90 hours
    Three-credit internship 135 hours
    Four-credit internship 180 hours
    Five-credit internship 225 hours
    Six-credit internship 270 hours
  7. A maximum of nine credits in internships may be taken. Each separate internship must have goals and objectives different than the prior ones taken for credit.
  8.  Internships are graded S/U (see: Grading System).
  9. This policy identifies minimum college-wide requirements. Departments may choose to supplement this with additional requirements.
  10. Students must submit a completed and signed Curricular Practical Training Form  form for approval to their student success advisor no later than the final day of the preceding semester. The form is available through my.bethel.edu (home>Offices>International Student Programs and Services>Living in the U.S.--Employment>Curricular Practical Training--Curriculum Practical Training form).   https://www.bethel.edu/international-services/living-in-us/employment

Directed Study

Depending on the major, a student may be required to complete a directed study experience or may have the option of completing an elective directed study experience in his/her major under the guidance of a faculty member. The directed study may consist of independent reading and/or research, or travel with related study. Students design such an experience in cooperation with the supervising faculty member. A directed study will receive course number 470 in the appropriate discipline.

Directed Study Policy

Students may engage in a directed study under the following regulations:

  1. The proposed study must embody significant academic purpose and content, equal in quality to a regular course, yet be of such a nature that it cannot be obtained within an existing course. The amount and distribution of work should be similar to that of a regularly offered course of comparable credit.

  2. Students must have demonstrated in program coursework that they have the capability and background to study independently. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher as certification of this ability.

  3. Students may take only one directed study per term and no more than a total of two directed studies toward graduation. A faculty supervisor may direct no more than two study projects (directed studies and courses by arrangement) per term.

  4. Upon fulfilling the agreement, students receive credit on their transcript for the course as titled. A directed study is graded on an A–F basis, not S/U.

  5. Complete the following procedures to obtain approval of a directed study proposal:

    1. The Directed Study Agreement form is available through My.Bethel.edu (Home tab >offices> registrar > forms> caps-gs-directed-study-application).

    2. The student meets with the faculty member who will supervise the study. They jointly prepare the electronic Directed Study form, including submitting a syllabus with the objectives of the study, its relationship to the student's overall program, the specific content and procedures of the study, the definition of student and faculty roles, the product or response to be made by the student on which his or her learning will be evaluated, and the number and frequency of regular contacts between the student and supervisor. Students doing research off campus will contact their supervisor by phone at regular intervals at the student’s expense.

    3. When the student submits the electronic Directed Study form it is automatically sent to the Registrar and to a designated Dean, who confers with the Student Success Advisor, the Program Director, and the divisional Dean to determine approval.

    4. If approved, the Registrar creates the course, registers the student, and notifies the student and instructor that the course was approved and the registration is complete.

    5.  Processing of the agreement by the registrar validates the agreement.

Intellectual Property Rights

In addition to the responsibilities students have to abide by standards of academic integrity, students are also entitled to protection of their intellectual property rights.

  • Work submitted in Bethel University courses is to be used solely for educational purposes within the context of the course in which the student is enrolled.
  • Any other use of student work must credit the student as the author of the work and must be authorized by the student. (If a student seeks to publish research involving human subjects, s/he must have secured the appropriate review/approval from Bethel’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to collection and analysis of data.)
  • Students have the right and responsibility to redact any sensitive, personally identifiable information (e.g., names of businesses cited in case studies, demographic information related to research subjects, etc.) prior to releasing their work for applications outside of the classroom.
  • Although students may choose to co-author with a faculty member, students own their research and any other materials they design independently.
  • Students are encouraged to copyright written materials when releasing them outside of the classroom. Students who complete theses, dissertations, and capstone projects acknowledge, by completing the project, that they are aware that a copy of the work may be retained by the University Library.

International (F-1) Student Load

Under the Code of Federal Regulations [8 C.F.R §214.2 (f)(6)(i)(G)], for F-1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken online or through distance education and does not require the student’s physical attendance for classes, examination, or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An online or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing. If the F-1 student’s course of study is in a language study program, no online or distance education classes may be considered to count toward a student’s full course of study requirement.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Program prerequisites are listed with each program’s admission requirements.

Course prerequisites are listed with each course description. A course’s prerequisite(s) usually must be completed prior to the course. If a prerequisite can be completed concurrently, this will be stated in the course description.

Course corequisites are listed with each course description. A course with a corequisite requires concurrent registration with the corequisite.

Readmission Procedure

Former students who wish to re-enroll must request registration and cannot have a registration hold on their account from the Business Office. Program director permission to readmit is required for any student whose academic status was not "Good Standing" at the time of dismissal or voluntary withdrawal. In addition, students who have not been registered for one full academic year (three consecutive academic terms) or more must file an Application for Readmission and receive program director permission to readmit. Contact the Office of Student Success for forms and procedures.

Registration at Other Institutions

Students who are registered at Bethel University may take courses at other regionally accredited institutions for transfer credit if they have prior consent of the program director and SSA. Only graduate-level courses with a C grade or better will be accepted in transfer.

Student Success Advisors

Location: Anderson Center 

651.635.8800 (800.255.8706, ext. 8800)

Each program has a designated Student Success Advisor (SSA) who serves as the first point of contact for student advising and support. The SSA can assist students with course selection, program planning, and other academic and registration questions. They are also able to provide referrals to a number of other support offices on campus, based on each student's particular needs. Contact your program's SSA with your questions or concerns using the contact information found below. You can also visit the Office of Student Success & Retention website for more information. 

  • Leadership Division:  M.A. Organizational Leadership, M.A. Strategic Leadership, Certificate in Leadership Foundations; gs-business-leadership@bethel.edu; 651.635.2460

Summer Session

Summer Session counts as a full academic term, along with Fall Semester and Spring Semester, for academic status and grading policies. Some programs require coursework during day or evening hours in the summer months. Consult the course schedule, which shows the calendar of class sessions for the full Summer Session.

Transcripts

Official transcripts are available showing all academic work completed to date at Bethel University. Both electronic and paper versions of official transcripts are available for $8.  Electronic transcripts are processed instantly.  Paper transcripts will be printed and mailed the next business day.  Some exceptions apply.  Transcripts can only be sent if all outstanding financial obligations are met. Questions regarding transcripts should be addressed to the Office of the Registrar.

To order an official transcript, please visit: https://www.bethel.edu/registrar.

Transfer Credit Policies

Students who have completed graduate-level courses at other regionally accredited institutions of higher education may receive credit for those courses that are equivalent to work required in their program at Bethel. The amount of credit, the courses to be accepted, and the method of evaluation will be determined by the nature of the courses.

At least 80% of the credits used to meet the requirements of a degree or certificate must be taken in programs that meet Bethel residency requirements except in cases where formal agreements with other institutions exist. In each major, certain courses are required to be taken in residence. Students who complete the requirements for transfer of credit will receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) indicating which Bethel courses may be waived, which must be audited, and which courses from other institutions will be accepted in transfer.

Credits earned prior to entering a graduate program at Bethel University may be accepted in transfer with the approval of the registrar based upon the evaluation of the program director when:

  • Bethel’s Graduate School has directly received an official transcript.
  • The transfer credit has been earned at a regionally accredited institution.
  • The transfer credit is no more than three years old unless approved by program director.
  • The credits are clearly designated as graduate credits. For doctoral programs, the work must have been completed beyond the requirements of a master’s degree.
  • A description of course content, such as that found in the college catalog or course syllabus, must be submitted for the purpose of determining whether course(s) will be accepted in transfer.
  • The course grade is a pass or at least a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).