Graduate Business Academic Policies and Procedures

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Graduate Business Academic Policies and Procedures

In addition to all statements provided in the syllabus for each course, students are subject to the following graduate business program and institutional policies.  It is the student's responsibility to know these policies as well as those in the Graduate Catalog and Graduate Student Guide.  The two sections related to Covid-19 were added in Fall 2020 in response to the pandemic.  These sections apply to in-person instruction.  

Minimizing Spread of COVID-19 (Applied to In-Person Classes)

Because of state regulations and university policy, faculty will be enforcing the following safety measures. Students will be asked to leave the classroom if they do not follow these expectations. Students must:

  • Wear a close-fitting face covering at all times in class.
  • Maintain six-foot physical distance as much as possible.
  • Refrain from moving the furniture in the classrooms.
  • Sit in the seats assigned by the instructor.

 Students are also encouraged to:

  • Sanitize their desk upon entering the classroom.
  • Contact Robert Norwood ( or the appropriate college dean if they feel that these COVID-19 expectations are not followed or if they have any questions about the expectations.

Attendance and Excused Absence Policies for Fall 2020 (Applies to In-Person Classes)

As part of the efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 this fall, all faculty must follow these modifications to normal policies:

  • Class attendance will be used solely for contact tracing purposes and may not be used in any way in grade calculations.
  • Absences due to illness of the student will be treated as excused absences, and students will be allowed to make up for full credit work missed. Faculty should take students at their word on illnesses. The university nurse will not be able to verify student illness.

Grading Scale

The following grading scale is used in all graduate courses.







93 - 100 

83 - 86.99 

73 - 76.99 

90 - 92.99 


80 - 82.99 


64 - 72.99 

87 – 89.99 


77 - 79.99 


00 – 63.99 

Final Grades and Grading Scales 

Grades reflect student accomplishment, not effort. Faculty will discuss and clarify grades and will recommend strategies for improving performance. All courses in the Graduate Business Programs apply the same grading scale, and percentage scores are converted into letter grades according to the scale below. Curves or other adjustments to grade distributions are a prerogative of the instructor. A graduate level course in which a grade lower than “C” was received cannot be applied toward a graduate degree and must, therefore, be retaken.  

Format for Academic Writing

The Online Undergraduate program utilizes APA- 6th edition for academic writing.  All writing assignments should conform as closely as practical to APA guidelines.  Your instructor will address any questions you have on assignments.

Academic Expectations

John Brown University is a selective academic institution that consistently ranks among the top southern universities in the U.S. News and World Reports college rankings. As a student here, you are expected to devote significant time and effort to your academic courses as well as demonstrate abilities of critical thinking and articulation, broad engagement with a diverse set of ideas, and respectful dialog.  A variety of materials will be employed for the sake of learning.  Selection of material is based solely upon content for the purpose of academic learning.  Regular and ongoing interaction among learners is anticipated and is an essential learning motif for all courses.   

Graduate courses have been designed with the expectation that students will spend, on average, approximately 12 to 15 hours per week watching lectures, reading and studying assigned material, and completing assignments. Furthermore, an “A” grade in a course signifies exceptional achievement, not merely completion of assignments. 

See the Graduate Student Guide or Graduate Catalog for more on Student Expectations and to view the Articles of Faith.

Statement on Academic Integrity

As a Christian institution of higher education, John Brown University seeks to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Violations of these standards will result in substantial penalties.  At a minimum, any instance of cheating or plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment and a report submitted to the Dean.  Further infractions will result in failure of the course and possible suspension.  For additional information, see the Academic Integrity section of the Graduate Catalog or the Graduate Student Guide.  Violations and definitions are as follows:

  1. Plagiarism: Submitting as part or as all of one's own work material that is copied or paraphrased from another source, including online sources, without the proper acknowledgement of that source.  Examples include: failing to cite a reference, failing to use quotation marks where appropriate, misrepresenting another's work as your own, etc.
  2. Cheating: Using unauthorized material or study aids for assistance on examinations or other academic work.  Examples include: looking at a peer's exam, altering a graded exam, using notes without permission, etc.
  3. Fabrication: Submitting altered or contrived information in any academic assignment.  Examples include: falsifying data, text material, or sources.
  4. Facilitating academic dishonesty: Helping another student violate this policy.  Examples include: allowing one's work to be copied, working together on an assignment where collaboration is not allowed, doing work for another student.

Faculty Action Regarding Violations of Academic Integrity

  • All violations of the academic integrity policy will be reported to the appropriate academic dean, who will maintain a file on student offenses.
  • First offense:  In the first case of dishonesty, the faculty member will normally give the student a zero for the assignment or test on which the student has been dishonest.  Faculty members are free to impose more severe penalties if such penalties are announced in the course syllabus.
  • Second offense:  A second violation of the integrity policy in the same course or in any other course will result in an F in the course.
  • Third offense: Any further violations of the integrity policy may result in suspension or dismissal from the university.
  • Appeals:  A student who feels that he or she has been unfairly accused or unjustly treated may appeal to the appropriate academic dean.  Final appeals will be handled by the All-Campus Judiciary Committee.


For all online classes, students are expected to login to the Blackboard module regularly (at least 3 days a week) to check the syllabus and work schedule, and complete all assignments for the week. The due date for assignments may not be extended for purposes of achieving attendance. In eight-week online courses, being counted absent for three sessions will result in a grade of "F."  An “absence” for online courses is defined in two ways (either of which will incur an absence).

  • not turning in any assigned work for the week;
  • not demonstrating evidence of reading assigned chapters or viewing assigned videos, tutorials, or other media posted by the professor. Evidence includes posting to discussion forums, responding to other students’ posts, and generally logging in to participate and engage in course materials. Students are responsible for providing written evidence by email (with any supporting documentation attached) to substantiate "authorized absences."

For onground courses, a student who misses 50% or more of scheduled contact time for any course will not receive credit for that course. The instructor, at his or her discretion, may impose a penalty for any absence and/or require compensatory work for some absences.

Substantial tardiness, as well as missing an entire class session, may be charged against the 50% limit.

Late Assignment Policy

Students are required to submit all assignments when due.  Homework is designed to prepare students for class collaboration.  On a case-by-case basis, instructors may accept late work for partial credit at their own discretion.  If late work is accepted it is subject to a 10% reduction per day late.  In no event, shall homework be accepted for credit if it is not submitted within seven days of the original due date (before the next class meeting).

Final Exam Policy

Students must sit for the final exam at the specified time. The only exceptions are death or serious illness of a member of the student's immediate family, or illness of the student as documented by a medical professional. Any exception to the final exam policy must be approved by Dr. Rebecca Lambert, Associate Dean of Academic Services and Registrar.


All official correspondence between JBU faculty and students will be accomplished using JBU email accounts.  Students are expected to check their JBU email accounts on a timely basis.  Faculty will use their JBU email accounts for all official JBU business and will not send any official correspondence to non-JBU student accounts.

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement

Students with documented disabilities who need academic accommodations should make an appointment with Mr. Jarrod Heathcote, Coordinator of Disability and Testing Services, to begin the accommodation process. Students without documented disabilities who feel they may have difficulty with their courses are also encouraged to make an appointment with their instructor to discuss what steps need to be taken to be successful. Contact information for the Coordinator of Disability and Testing Services: Mr. Jarrod Heathcote, 2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs, AR 72761, phone - 479-524-7464, email - 

Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright laws and Fair Use policies protect the rights of those who have produced the material. Whether it is a book, a monograph, a photograph, a video, a sound recording, or an Internet web page, the owner/creator of that work has the right to be protected under the laws of copyright and fair use. The University requires all members of the University community to familiarize themselves and to follow copyright and fair use requirements. You are individually and solely responsible for violations of copyright and fair use laws. The University will neither protect nor defend you nor assume any responsibility for employee or student violations of copyright and fair use laws. Violations of copyright laws could subject you to federal and state civil penalties and criminal liability as well as disciplinary action under University policies.

Graduate Business Policies 

Please refer to the John Brown University catalog and Graduate Student Guide for information about policies, student expectations and the Articles of Faith. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with this information.