Policy on Academic Honesty*
A University is a community of faculty and students dedicated to the acquisition and transmission of knowledge. Every individual in this community has an obligation to uphold its intellectual standards, which alone make learning and education worthwhile. It is the responsibility of the faculty to try to communicate both knowledge and respect for knowledge. It is equally the responsibility of the student to respect knowledge for its own sake. Only thus does the student prove herself deserving of a university education. A student is not an empty receptacle into which the faculty pour knowledge: the student’s role in education is an active one, and the student bears the responsibility for his work. Whoever refuses this responsibility is unworthy of a university education. A student who steals work or cheats in anyway is refusing the responsibility that is hers and so forfeits the right to remain a member of the academic community unless she is willing and able to recognize the seriousness of her offense and demonstrates such recognition by no further violation of academic propriety.
The Ignatius University would rather educate than cut off the offender. It recognizes that one instance of cheating may not be a sign of an incorrigibly corrupt person; but it will not tolerate dishonesty, and it will not offer the priviliges of the community to the chronic cheater.
The student must avoid not only cheating, but the very appearance of cheating. He must be responsibly aware that certain actions in an examination leave him open to the accusation of cheating. The instructor is authorized to question the student on the basis of suspicious appearance. Anyone who helps another person cheat on an examination is considered guilty of cheating.
Plagiarism in any form, either from published works or unpublished papers of other students, is cheating. Using a ghost-writer is cheating. The student is responsible for acknowledging explicitly in her papers all sources consulted and used. The proper procedure for such acknowledgement is outlined in style manuals approved by specific departments. Ignorance of the rules is no excuse. If a student is in doubt about the propriety of a particular academic procedure, he should consult one of his instructors or the Dean of Students for appropriate guidance. Organizations or individuals who make a practice of collecting papers for resubmission will be considered guilty of fostering plagiarism and subject to the penalties imposed on the plagiarist.
*Adopted from UCLA’s Position on Cheating by Hofstra University.
Change of Address / Major
Students must report a change of their major, home or local address to the Registrar immediately.
Senior Citizen Tuition Discount
The Ignatius University provides for a 50 percent tuition discount for senior citizens registered in credit undergraduate courses only. To be eligible for this discount, a registrant must be at least 65 years of age.
Students enrolled in an accredited institution wishing to take courses at the Ignatius University are required to submit written approval from their home institution
There is no general Academic Calendar because courses may begin at any time; further ,legal and religious holidays vary from country to country. Deadlines for examinations are set between the student and the faculty member. However, all courses must be completed within fifteen weeks.
Semester Hour ( Credits )
Semester hour is the tem used to describe the number of credits received by the student for successfully completing a specific course. Fifteen sessions of 50 minutes each are usually given one credit. Most courses are given between two and four semester hours; a full time student normally registers for 15 to 17 semester hours, consisting of five or six courses for each semester, chosen with the aid of a faculty adviser. No student may register for over 18 semester hours without special permission.
An elective is a course a student may choose to take because of special interest. Limits are placed on the number of elective credits students can earn and students are advised to consult with a faculty adviser.
A student who has satisfied admission requirements and has been officially accepted into a degree program at the University is matriculated.
Since most students will be involved in Distance Learning, each should schedule study time of minimally 45 hours per credit. This should be balanced out over the number of weeks the student is planning to take the course.
In its attempt to provide students with the best possible education the University engages in a continuing program of self-evaluation. At the end of each course, the student will fill out a course and instructor evaluation without name; these are filed with the Dean.
Availability of Records
To Parents and Students: The University complies with all provisions of Public Law 93-380 (Privacy Rights of parents and Students- disclosure law). Students may make an appointment to inspect any record included in the terms of the Law.
To Others: In compliance with the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment), this statement reflects the University’s policy.
The following directory information may be released by telephone : a) student’s dates of attendance; b) date of graduation and degree earned. Other kinds of directory information, such as student’s address, telephone listing, major field of study, awards received, and the most recent previous education agency or previous institution attended will be released only in response to a written request. The University reserves the right to refuse the above information if the reason for the request is not considered to be a sufficient need to know.
Information regarding the student’s record: grades, courses, GPA, social security number and other personal information will not be released without the student’s written consent.
It is the policy of the Ignatius University not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, handicap, national or ethnic origin in its educational programs, student activities, or admissions policies, in the administration of its scholarship program, or in any other University administered program. This policy complies with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service Procedure 321-1, Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments as amended and enforced by the Department of Education.