Academic Forms & Policies

Click the links below to access the following student academic policies and forms:




Any students desiring to appeal an academic decision may appeal, using the Academic Petition Form below, to the Academic Affairs Committee. Students may appeal the decision of the committee to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The decision of Vice President of Academic Affairs is final in all instances except those involving disciplinary dismissal. Disciplinary dismissal may be appealed to the President of the College, whose decision in such cases is final.

Academic Petition Form
Students may add or drop courses after registration has been finalized. This must be done by completing and submitting the appropriate form. The date of the drop/withdrawal is the date that the official drop form, complete with required signatures, is returned to the Office of Academic Affairs. Failure to attend class does not exempt students from tuition charges, and reimbursements will be based on the official withdrawal date on the form according to the schedule found under “Refund Policy” in the “Finances and Student Accounts” section of the Davis College Catalog.
Unofficial withdrawals will result in an “F” on the student’s transcript. A “VWD” grade will be noted on the student’s transcript for any course dropped during the first three weeks of the semester as published on the academic schedule for the last day to drop a course with a “W.” Grades of “VWP” (Voluntary Withdrawal – Passing) or “VWF” (Voluntary Withdrawal – Failing) will be noted on the student’s transcript for any course dropped from the fourth to tenth week as published on the academic schedule for the last day to drop a course with a “WP” or “WF.” The last day of the tenth week of the semester is the last day that a student may officially withdraw from a course.
Students enrolled in a course through Davis Online Learning (DOL) are expected to follow the Davis Online Learning (DOL) Participation Policy. A “VWD” grade will be noted on the student’s transcript for any course dropped by the tenth day of the DOL course. Grades of “VWP” (Voluntary Withdrawal – Passing) or “VWF” (Voluntary Withdrawal – Failing) will be noted on the student’s transcript for any course dropped by the last day of Week 3 within the course. The last day of Week 3 within the course is the last day that a student may officially withdraw from a course. Non-participation for 21 consecutive days results in a failing grade for non-participation.
Faculty will be notified of students who have officially dropped courses. Faculty are responsible for reporting students to the Office of Academic Affairs who are enrolled in a course but not attending. It should never be assumed that a student has dropped a course because he or she is not in attendance or has claimed to have dropped a course. Only students officially withdrawn should receive a “W” grade at the end of the semester. All others who fail to meet the course requirements should receive an “F” grade.
The last day to add or drop a course is published with each current semester schedule. Requests to add a course after the final “add” date has passed will not be approved.
Add / Drop Form
Students wishing to change their program and/or concentration must complete the Change of Program form below and obtain the necessary signatures.

Change of Program Form
Students may request approval to complete a course through independent study by completing and submitting the appropriate form. Independent study is an option in the following circumstances and will not be granted solely for student convenience:

  1. If a required course is not available during the year the student will be graduating.
  2. If the student needs two campus courses that meet during the same course period and neither course is available through Davis Online Learning.
  3. If the student lives more than an hour’s drive away from Davis College.

An “Independent Study Request” Form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Upon approval, the request will be forwarded to the student’s academic advisor. Upon the advisor’s approval, the request will be forwarded to the course instructor.

The following limits will be applied:

  1. A fee will be charged in addition to regular tuition charges. Tuition and fee schedules are published by the Business Office.
  2. Instructors who have misgivings about conducting a course through independent study are not required to do so.
  3. A learning contract must be written between the student and the instructor stipulating requirements and time limits for completion (not more than one semester).
  4. The instructor will verify that a minimum of 150 hours of work has been built into the independent study design for a three credit hour course.
  5. Generally, a non-graduating student who has completed less than 60 credit hours will not be permitted to take a course by independent study.
  6. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be completed by independent study, and not more than two independent study courses may be engaged at the same time.
  7. Exceptions to these guidelines must be requested through the current Academic Petition process.

 

Independent Study Request Form
Any student disagreeing with the grade received in a course may appeal the grade. The student must follow the formal steps for contesting the grade.

  1. The student must meet with the instructor within 30 days of the beginning of the subsequent semester. If the instructor determines that the grade is in error, he or she may submit a Grade Replacement Request to the Registrar’s Office.
  2. If the instructor disagrees with the request, the student may formally appeal the decision in writing to the Academic Affairs Committee within 10 business days of the meeting with the instructor. The Academic Affairs Committee will have 30 days from the receipt of the grievance to review the information and make a decision.
  3. The Vice President of Academic Affairs has the final decision regarding the grade grievance.

 

Grade Replacement Request

Realizing that some students will apply to Davis College after they have had many years of experience in the work force and/or Christian ministry, it is the College’s desire to reward that accomplishment with college credit for this life experience. In accordance, the following guidelines must be adhered to in order to maintain appropriate accountability.
Students who have work experience or Christian ministry experience and desire that to be applied to the academic curriculum should contact the Office of the Registrar for an individual appraisal. Credit may be granted by the Office of the Registrar in consultation with the instructor of the particular course related to the field of experience.
The following guidelines must be met in order to consider credit for life experience:

  • Student should submit a Request for Life Experience Credit Form and resume to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Student must be a minimum of twenty-five (25) years of age. (Military veterans under this age may apply for military-related experience.)
  • All experience must be comparable with current catalog courses.
  • The student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for twelve (12) credit hours before Life Experience Credit is approved for program requirements and grades issued.
  • Students must provide the Office of the Registrar with a portfolio of the work accomplished. (Description available upon request.)
    No more than twelve (12) credits will be granted for life experience.
  • The student must demonstrate that a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) hours of work/ministry in the field, per three (3) credit hour course, was accomplished.
  • The student will pay an evaluation fee for each portfolio presented. A fee schedule is available at www.davisny.edu.
  • Courses would be listed on the transcript as Life Experience Credit and may not be accepted by other colleges or institutions if the student transfers out of Davis College.

 

Life Experience Credit Form

Students who find it necessary to withdraw from school (all classes) must complete an official withdrawal form. Forms may be acquired from the Office of Academic Affairs. Failure to officially withdraw will result in a loss of any financial rebate, plus failure of all courses for that semester. Students may officially withdraw after registration has been finalized. This must be done by completing and submitting the form below. The date of the withdrawal is the date that the official form, complete with required signatures, is returned to the Office of Academic Affairs. Failure to attend class does not exempt students from tuition charges, and reimbursements will be based on the official withdrawal date on the form according to the schedule found under “Refund Policy” in the “Finances and Student Accounts” section of the Davis College Catalog.

Official Withdrawal Form
Requests for extension of courses (a request for an “Incomplete”) will be considered on a case by case basis. The form below must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar. If approval is granted, students will be assessed a surcharge for each course involved.

Request for Incomplete Form
What is It?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education records. This federal law, known as the Buckley Amendment, was enacted to establish procedures for disclosing information contained in student records, to insure the privacy of these records for the student, to establish the rights of students to inspect their educational records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate data through informal and formal hearings. Davis College is in compliance with the FERPA guidelines.
The Act applies to students enrolled in higher education institutions as well as K–12 students. If a student is a minor (e.g., under the age of eighteen), the parents or legal guardians are afforded the rights. Only when the student has signed a written release giving their parent(s) or legal guardian access to their record is an institution allowed to release information from the student’s education record to parents. The Act also applies to former students but does not apply to applicants for admissions.
According to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers the essence of the Act as it affects higher education students and institutions is:
College students must be permitted to inspect their own education records.
Institutions may not disclose information about students nor permit inspection of their records without written permission, unless such action is covered by certain exceptions permitted in the Act.
What is Davis College’s Policy on FERPA?

An education record is defined as a record maintained by an educational institution and includes information that makes a student personally identifiable. Davis College will permit students to inspect and review their education records. It will not disclose education records about students nor allow inspection of student records without a written request. Davis College will also release educational records to parents of students only upon receipt of a written request from both the student and parent. Davis College will maintain a record of each request for access to and each disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records of each student. The College at its discretion may disclose directory information, but students may protect all or part of this data from disclosure. When an individual requests student information from Davis College, the College will respond in accordance with FERPA guidelines.
What information may an Institution Disclose?

There are two types of information distinguished under FERPA: personally identifiable information and directory information. Certain conditions exist with regards to disclosure of each kind of information.
Personally Identifiable Information

Davis College will not disclose personally identifiable information from the student’s education records except with the written consent of the student. Examples of personally identifiable information are:

  • The name of the student’s parent or other family member
  • The address of the student or student’s family
  • A personal identifier such as the student’s Social Security Number or another student identifier
  • Other information that would make the student’s identity easily traceable

Prior consent, in the form of a signed and dated document, must be provided by the student to the Registrar’s Office to authorize Davis College to disclose personally identifiable information. The consent:

  • Must specify records that may be disclosed.
  • Should state purpose of disclosure.
  • Must identify party or class of parties to whom disclosure may be made.

Primary Exceptions

In relation to postsecondary institutions, prior consent is not required to disclose personally identifiable information:

  • To a school official who has a legitimate educational interest. A school official is defined as administrative and clerical personnel, faculty, Board of Trustees, persons employed by or under contract to Davis to perform a special task, such as an attorney or auditor, and student workers performing assigned tasks. The school official has a “legitimate educational interest” if the official is acting in the student’s educational interest and needs the student record information for the effective functioning of his or her office position.
  • To Federal, State and local authorities involving an audit or evaluation of compliance with education programs.
  • To financial aid agencies (including for disbursement, repayment, or enrollment verification).
  • To the student.
  • To individuals or organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of an educational institution.
  • To regional or professional accreditation organizations.
  • To parents of a dependent student (see “What Is It?” section).
  • To comply with a judicial order or subpoena. A reasonable effort must be made to notify the student beforehand—unless ordered by the subpoena not to do so.

In the event of a health or safety emergency where the information is required to resolve the emergency. Data considered directory information, so long as the student has not previously requested nondisclosure of this information. Data that is the result of a disciplinary hearing where the student is the perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense. Under this exception, information may be released to anyone, including the media. No information on the victim or witnesses may be released. Of a student under the age of 21 who has committed a drug or alcohol related offense (e.g., reporting the offense to the parents of the student).
Directory Information
Directory information is defined as information that would not generally be considered harmful to the student or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory information may be released at the discretion of college officials without written permission of the student. Consistent with federal law, Davis College has defined directory information as including, but not limited to:

-Student’s name
-Local address
-Local telephone listing
-Photograph
-Date and place of birth,
-Major field of study
-Dates of attendance
-Grade level
-Enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate, full-time or part-time)

-Participation in officially recognized activities and sports Weight and height of athletic team members
-Degrees, awards and honors (includes Dean’s list) received and pertinent dates
-The most recent educational institution or educational agencies attended and dates of attendance
According to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the following is not considered directory information and may not be disclosed to a third party except with the written consent of the student or to a school official with a legitimate educational interest:

  • Student identification numbers
  • Ethnicity/race/nationality
  • Social Security numbers
  • Gender

Students may withhold directory information by notifying the Registrar’s Office and filing a request for non-release within one week after the first day of class for the term. They may also protect a subset of this information, referred to as locator information, which includes: name, local address, local telephone listing. As a result of placing a privacy restriction on directory and/or locator information, a student will not be included in the Davis College Student Directory and will not receive mailings from the Alumni Association. Only materials related to an educational program will be mailed to students.
Access to Academic Records
Students who wish to view their records should notify the Registrar’s Office by submitting a signed written request. An appointment will be made for the student to view the file within a reasonable amount of time (limited by law to 45 days). Students may receive copies of their records by submitting a signed written request. The fee for copies of educational records other than transcripts is $1.00 per page. No transcripts or copies of any other educational records will be issued unless the student’s or former student’s financial account is current.
Parents desiring to inspect and review the education records of the student should address a written request accompanied by a signed letter of permission from the student whose record is requested or a court order directing the release of the information to the parent to the Registrar’s Office.
If records are found to be inaccurate, the students or parents shall have the opportunity to request a hearing to challenge the contents of any institution record. If students or parents desire to challenge such a record and a solution is not reached informally, they must do so by filing a written request with the Registrar’s Office. A committee appointed by the President of Davis College will conduct the hearing within 30 days of the written request. Students will have a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issues raised. A decision shall be rendered in writing within two weeks of the conclusion of the hearing. If the decision of the review committee is unsatisfactory to the students or parents, they may place record statements with the College commenting on the information in the records stating the reasons for disagreeing with the decision.

Student Information Release Form (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)