UNIVERSITY AND JBU ONLINE COURSE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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UNIVERSITY AND JBU ONLINE COURSE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 

It is your responsibility as a student to know the following policies and procedures as well as those outlined in the Online Undergraduate Catalog.  These policies and procedures apply to all courses.

Grading Scale

Percentage

Grade

Percentage

Grade

Percentage

Grade

93-100

A

80 - 82.99

B-

67 - 69.99

D+

90 - 92.99

A-

77 - 79.99

C+

60 - 66.99

D

87 - 89.99

B+

73 - 76.99

C

0 - 59.99

F

83 - 86.99

B

70 - 72.99

C-

 

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 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

As a student of John Brown University, you are expected to devote significant time and effort to your academic courses.  This course has been designed with the expectation that students will spend, on average, approximately 10-16 hours per week on course materials. Furthermore, an “A” grade in this course signifies exceptional achievement, not merely completion of assignments.

 Blackboard Integration and Assignment Submission 

Refer to the tutorial inside your Blackboard course under Course Information.

 Collaboration on Assignments Outside of Class

Each student is expected to complete his or her own work for submission. Study groups are encouraged, but not required.  

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement

It is the goal of John Brown University that all enrolled students be given equal opportunity to succeed in their quest for a higher education that is based upon our "Christ Over All" philosophy and that integrates the educational principles of "Head, Heart, and Hand." 

In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008, John Brown University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students who are disabled. Students having documented disabilities are encouraged to contact the Director, Jarrod Heathcote, by email to jheathcote@jbu.edu. 

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.

Email

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.

Class Schedule

  • Module beginning and ending periods: Each course (module) is scheduled over a 7 week (summer) or 8 week (fall and spring) period. Each course/module begins on Monday at 6:00 a.m. and ends on a Monday at 5:59 a.m.  Modules follow each other immediately so the end of one module is immediately followed by the beginning of the next. There are some holidays and breaks in the schedule which could expand the period between the start and end of a class. 
  • Pre-work and Blackboard Opening: Blackboard shells will open one week before the start of each module and students are expected to review the Blackboard shell and begin the assigned work in order to meet assignment deadlines.
  • Weekly or unit boundaries: If weekly or unit boundaries are included, they should align with the master calendar weekly rotation.  
  • Assignment Deadlines: Assignment deadlines (work posted by students) will fall within the scheduled beginning and ending dates of each module.  Instructors need to avoid excessive workload at the beginning and end of the module to facilitate the transition from one module to the next and avoid putting a burden on students due to course overlaps.