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Standards and Expectations

Ethics and Discipline, Code of Ethics | Student Handbook
Grades and Honors | Grades and Quality Points | Repeat Courses
The Eight-Year Forgiveness Policy/Academic Forgiveness Policy
Minimum Academic Standards | Academic Warning
Dean's List | President's List | Academic Appeals

Ethics and Discipline, Code of Ethics
Christian higher education has always been a major concern and integral part of Baptist life in North Carolina. Consequently, over the years, Christian universities and the church have stood as partners. Campbell University plays an important role in the mission of the church and the mission of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Campbell University is Christian but not sectarian. Each year, many religious denominations and faiths are represented on the campus. However, it is expected that all those who attend the University will be sympathetic to its stated purposes.

As a Baptist university, Campbell is committed to teaching students to think with Christian values as their basic guidelines. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon the University to provide its students with a code of honorable behavior that in its observance makes more nearly possible an environment whereby the student can grow spiritually, morally, and intellectually.

To perpetuate these Christian ideals and principles, it is the responsibility of each student to maintain a high standard of personal behavior. Thus, a student who matriculates at Campbell University should demonstrate a willingness to abide by the following code while a member of the student body.

The code of Campbell University arises directly out of the institution’s statement of purpose.

The basic principles which guide the development of Christian character and govern Christian behavior are to be found in the Scriptures. Moral law is the gift of God and is fully revealed in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The student, by virtue of his enrollment, agrees to abide by the rules and moral precepts which govern the University community. Because of the University’s commitment to the Lordship of Christ over every area of life, wholehearted obedience to moral law as set forth in the Old and New Testaments and exemplified in the life of Christ applies to every member of the University community, regardless of position.

  • While the Bible does not provide a specific teaching regarding all social practices, its emphasis on general principles is unmistakable, particularly in circumstances where lack of self-restraint would be harmful or offensive to others.
  • Out of these general principles come certain concrete expectations which should be viewed not negatively but as practical guidelines for conduct and for a productive way of life:
  • To uphold at all times and in all places, both on- and off-campus, the University’s statement of purpose.
  • To protect the property rights of others from theft, damage, or misuse.
  • To adhere to all college policies and regulations, including the rules governing the use of facilities, housing on and off the campus, and campus organizations.
  • To obey, respect, and uphold the law of the land.
  • To refrain from the possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages and drugs.
  • To maintain a standard of dress which insures neatness, cleanliness, and appropriateness of attire.
  • To exhibit good taste, decency, and restraint at all times, refraining from disorderly conduct and indecent, profane, or obscene expression.
  • To be honest in all behavior, never cheating, plagiarizing, or knowingly giving false information.
  • To abstain from any sexual relations outside the bonds of marriage.
  • To exemplify principles of honor, integrity, and morality, and to help others fulfill their obligations under this code.

Student Handbook
The Student Handbook is published each year by the student personnel staff. Student activities, campus services, academic regulations and policies, and regulations governing student affairs at Campbell University are stated in the Student Handbook.

Every student is expected to become thoroughly acquainted with the Student Handbook. Students are responsible for complying with the policies and regulations presented in the annual edition of the Student Handbook.

Grades and Honors

Grades and Quality Points
The grading scales with the assigned quality points are as follows:

Grade Quality of Work 4-Point Scale
A Superior/Excellent 4
B Above Average 3
C Average 2
D Below Average 1
F Failure/Non-mastery of material 0
FX Failure due to Honor Violation 0
I Incomplete 0
IC Incomplete Continued 0
WF Failing at time of withdrawal 0
WP Passing at time of withdrawal 0
AU Audit 0
P Passing (Graduate only) Hours Only

Grades of "A, B, C, D, F, FX, I, and WF" are included in semester hours attempted and will affect the grade point average. Grades of "IC, WP, AU, and P" will not affect the grade point average.

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total quality points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted.

A grade of "I" (Incomplete) must be removed by the completion of the work within 30 days after the opening of the next semester; otherwise, it will be recorded as an "F". A grade of "IC" must be removed by the completion of the work within 120 days. A student may appeal a grade within a period of one academic year from the semester in which the grade was assigned. No changes to the transcript will be made after a twelve-month period unless a professor acknowledges in writing that an error in grade reporting has occurred.

The Grade of "FX"
A faculty member has a number of courses of action available to deal with academic dishonesty.  In less flagrant situations involving students with no previous record of academic dishonesty, the faculty member may refer the case to the Office of Student Life or the faculty member may choose to assign a grade of “FX.”  The “F” indicates failure of the course; the “X” indicates the reason for that failure (i.e., academic dishonesty).  The “X” will remain on the student’s record until he or she graduates or transfers to another college or university.  The “F” may be replaced if the student retakes the course.  If the student believes that the “FX” grade is not justified, he or she may appeal the “X” portion of the grade to the Student Judicial Committee unless the violation is plagiarism in which the appeal is to the Faculty Executive Committee.  The Committee will hear the appeal and may affirm the “X” or direct the registrar to remove it from the student’s record.  The University Executive Cabinet is the final appellate body on issues involving academic dishonesty.

Faculty members assigning a grade of “FX” should notify the Vice President for Student Life.  The Office of Student Life will notify the student in writing of the “FX” grade and procedures for appeal.

Repeat Courses
For repeat courses, the last attempt only will affect the final grade point average. Previous hours attempted, previous hours passed, and previous quality points will not be considered, although they will remain on the permanent record. All grades from all attempts are recorded and remain on the transcript permanently. Alternative course credit (e.g. CLEP and DSST) will not replace a grade. Additionally, a grade of "WP" or "AU" will not replace a grade.

The Eight-Year Academic Forgiveness Policy
Campbell University has an academic forgiveness policy for which eligible candidates may apply. To be eligible a candidate’s course credits must be at least eight years old. Under the terms of the policy, credit will be awarded (hours only) for courses for which the candidate earned a grade of "C" or better. Students will not be required to repeat courses for which they have earned a "D"; however, no credit hours toward graduation will be allowed for "D" grades. Under the terms of the eight-year forgiveness policy, failing grades will not be charged against a student’s grade point average.

Minimum Academic Standards for Satisfactory Progress
To be eligible for continued enrollment, students must have met the following cumulative grade point average on all college-level work attempted:

  1. Students who have attempted fewer than 48 semester hours must have a quality-point ratio of 1.4.
  2. Students who have attempted 48 but fewer than 78 semester hours must have a quality-point ratio of 1.6.
  3. Students who have attempted 78 but fewer than 110 semester hours must have a quality-point ratio of 1.8.
  4. Students who have attempted 110 but fewer than 130 semester hours must have a quality-point ratio of 1.90.
  5. Students who have attempted 130 or more semester hours must have a quality-point ratio of 2.0.

Students not meeting the minimum academic standards will be advised to attend summer school at Campbell to improve their grade point average.

N.B. I: Students of junior standing or less (64 semester hours or less) whose GPA falls below a 1.800 will be allowed to register for a maximum of 13.5 semester hours.

Academic Warning
The University Retention Committee convenes in May of each year to review the academic progress of undergraduate students. The Committee issues an "Academic Warning" to any student whose composite grade point average is less than 2.0. A student who fails to show progress toward graduation may receive more than one "Academic Warning" until such time as the quality point deficit is reduced in its entirety. However, a student who has not made satisfactory progress during any grading period may be suspended without further "Academic Warnings."

Students who incur quality point deficits of 40 or more are normally declared "academically ineligible" for a minimum of one semester. Students who have been ruled ineligible for readmission may appeal to the Retention Committee.

To receive financial aid under Federal Title IV Programs, a student must be making "satisfactory progress" toward graduation as defined herein. In addition, all full-time students must pass an average of 9 hours each semester during the first two years and an average of 11 hours during the remainder of the undergraduate study.

Dean’s List
The requirements for the Dean’s List are as follows:

  1. A minimum class load of 12 semester hours.
  2. An average of 3.25 or better on work completed during a semester.
  3. No grade below a "C".
  4. Not more than one "C" grade.
  5. No incomplete grades.
  6. No penalty points in effect.

President’s List
The requirements for the President’s List are as follows:

  1. Be eligible for the Dean’s List.
  2. Complete at least a second semester of residence at Campbell University.
  3. Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.50 on a 4-point scale on all work attempted.

Note: The honor lists are prepared at the end of the fall and spring semesters each academic year. In order to be eligible, a student must meet the requirements at the time the lists are prepared.

Academic Appeals
Academic appeals are handled within the appropriate college or school. Any grievance of a student relating to an academic matter shall first be discussed with the appropriate faculty member. Every effort should be made to resolve the matter at this level. If the grievance cannot be resolved with the faculty member, the student shall discuss the matter with the appropriate department chair. If the grievance cannot be resolved with the department chair, the student shall discuss the matter with the appropriate dean. The decision of the dean in academic matters is final.



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