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 and updated in Fall 2021 in response to the pandemic.  These sections apply to in-person instruction.  

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

Students must wear masks in all classrooms and labs, and they should also try to maintain three-feet distancing in these spaces. Faculty do not need to wear masks if they are able to maintain six-foot distancing. These guidelines will remain in effect until modified or rescinded by administration.

Attendance and Excused Absence Policies for Fall 2021 (Applies to In-Person Classes)

Faculty will work with students in isolation or quarantine due to COVID to determine the best way to facilitate their continued learning experience. It is the student’s responsibility to reach out to faculty as soon as possible in these situations. Students should refer to course syllabi for additional information about specific course policies related to illnesses and absences.

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

JBU's graduate business program utilizes APA 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.


For all online classes, students are expected to log in 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 student's 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 on-ground 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 Graduate 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.