Catalog Archives 2005-2006
  Academic Requirements and Policies General Policies
  Core curriculum Semester credit hours
  Goals Student classification
  Majors and degrees Course loads
  Degree status Class registration and withdrawal
  Student-at-Large (SAL) Repetition of courses
  Future Scholars program Grades and reports
  Second Major program Academic Honesty Policy
  Summer session Quality point system
  Graduation requirements

Dean's List and Dean's Recognition List

  Transfer students Student academic standing
  Degree Completion and Adult Programs Probation and dismissal
  Second Major program Academic Amnesty Policy
  Scholars Program Withdrawal from the University
    Student leave of absence
    Application for graduation
    Graduation honors
    Student records and disclosures
    University Promotional Photos
    Educational Records: Disciplinary and Counseling
    Student Right-To-Know Act
    Freshman Admissions
    Transfer Admissions
    International Admissions
    Continuing Studies
    Financial Policy
    Financial Aid
     
     
     
     
Academic Requirements and Policies
     
Rationale
The purpose of the following academic requirements, regulations and policies of Benedictine University is twofold:
1. To establish and secure an academic standard for all students that determines the value and quality of the associate's and bachelor’s degrees for all graduates; and
2. To protect both the student’s and the University’s interests by assuring maximum accuracy in all academic records.
     
Advisors are provided to assist in planning students’ academic programs. They are not authorized to change established policy of the University. The final responsibility for satisfying University and major requirements rests with the student.
     
     
Core curriculum
The academic goals of Benedictine University are addressed in the liberal arts core curriculum requirements and in the requirements of the major. Through the major, students engage in an in-depth study of a particular discipline. In the core, students explore a broad body of knowledge. The combined requirements of the core curriculum and of the major are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for college graduates.
     
What makes our curriculum distinctive is what it draws from the resources of the Catholic and Benedictine traditions. These provide a particular vision of the individual in community, a vision which respects and promotes personal freedom and social harmony, with an understanding of the means necessary to secure both.
 
The long-term aim of the liberal arts core and the major is to prepare students for a lifetime of continued learning, rewarding careers, and active and responsible citizenship.
     
Goals
Through the core curriculum students will:
1. Demonstrate an effective level of cognitive, communicative and research skills;
2. Achieve a college level of computational skills and an ability to understand and interpret numerical data;
3. Acquire a knowledge of the history and heritage of western civilization to include:
  a) the contributions of religious faith and philosophical thought to understanding the individual in community;
  b) the relationship of the individual to society: membership and participation in groups and institutions;
  c) scientific literacy through a knowledge of the history, the methods and the impact of science on the individual, society and the environment;
  d) artistic and literary heritage;
4. Develop an understanding of global society: cultural diversity, mutual relationships, interdependence of peoples and nations;
5. Apply liberal learning in problem solving contexts as preparation for active participation in society; and
6. Make informed ethical decisions that promote personal integrity, the legitimate rights and aspirations of individuals and groups, and the common good.
     
     
Majors and degrees
Students may earn the following degrees by choosing a major program (see below).
     
The University offers professional programs approved by the State of Illinois in teacher education in the following areas: biology, business/marketing/ management, chemistry, elementary education, English, mathematics, music education, physics, social science, Spanish and special education.
     
In addition, pre-professional education is available in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry and veterinary medicine.
     
 
Majors
 
     
Bachelor of Arts: Bachelor of Business Administration: Bachelor of Science:
Arts Administration Accounting Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Business and Economics Finance Biology
Communication Arts Health Administration Chemistry
Economics Management and Organizational Behavior Clinical Laboratory Science
Elementary Education Marketing Computer Information Systems
Engineering Science   Computer Science
English Language and Literature   Environmental Science
History   Health Science
International Business and Economics   Information Systems
International Studies   Mathematics
Management   Nuclear Medicine Technology
Music   Nursing (R.N.s only)
Organizational Leadership   Nutrition
Philosophy   Physics
Political Science   Radiation Therapy
Psychology    
Social Science    
Sociology    
Spanish    
Special Education    
Studio Art    
World Literature    
Writing and Publishing    
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Degree status
Degree status is the recognition accorded a student who is formally admitted through the admissions process described in the section, “Admission to Benedictine University.” Any student who does not have degree status is designated a student-at-large. A student may receive only one bachelor's degree from Benedictine University but other majors for which requirements have been completed may be listed on the transcript.
     
     
Student-at-Large (SAL)
A student-at-large is either a full- or part-time student who does not have degree status. The SAL is taking courses for his or her own enrichment and is not working toward a degree. Interested persons may apply with the Academic Resource Center. All academic policies and institutional regulations apply to the SAL, except that the student is not identified with any class year. The SAL may later request admission to degree status through the formal admission process. Admission and acceptance of credits completed is subject to the discretionary approval of the University.
     
Courses taken as an SAL ordinarily do not count toward the residency requirement if the SAL student is later admitted to degree status. SAL credit may fulfill other graduation requirements, with the approval of the program chair. Regardless of status, all courses taken for credit will become part of the student’s official record at Benedictine University. The graduation requirements a student must meet are those in effect at the time of admission to degree status, which may be different from those in effect during the SAL period. SAL status is ordinarily not available to students denied regular admission to Benedictine, those who have recently been dropped by the University for poor scholarship, or those who have been dismissed from the last institution of attendance within the previous 12 months.
     
     
Future Scholars program
As “Future Scholars,” superior high school students may take regular University courses, prior to their graduation from high school, and receive a special scholarship. Courses are available during the regular school year and the summer session. Credits earned will be posted on an Benedictine University transcript and will apply toward a degree at Benedictine or may be transferred to another college. Students will normally be limited to one course per semester and must maintain a “C” average to have the scholarship renewed.
     
     
Second Major program
This program is designed for people who already have a degree in one area and would like to gain expertise in another of our more than three dozen majors. The primary benefit of this program is that your courses focus on the requirements of the major, allowing you to concentrate on courses that will be most beneficial to you at this time. The entrance requirement is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university. You will receive a certificate upon completion.
     
     
Summer session
These sessions are offered to regular students and residents of the community. The University offers a broad range of courses during the 10-week summer session.
     
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Graduation requirements - Bachelors Degree
     
1. Liberal arts core requirements:
  a. Skills requirements:
    Unless a student can demonstrate proficiency, he/she must complete 12 credit hours in Basic Skills. A student must receive a “C” or better in each of these courses to meet this requirement. The Basic Skills courses and the ordinary methods of demonstrating proficiency are as follows:
    1) Argumentative Writing: RHET-S101 or Person in Community, Writing Colloquium: RHET-S103; Research Writing: RHET-S102.
Proficiency: by examination, or by passing HNRS-190 and HNRS-191.
    2) Basic Speech Communication: RHET-S110
Proficiency: by passing HNRS-191 or by examination.
    3) Quantitative Skills: MATH-S105, S108 or S110
Proficiency: by earning CLEP credit in College Algebra; by placement above MATH- S105, S108 or S110 on the Math Placement Test; by passing MATH-111, 115, 170, or any 200- or 300- level math course.
       
  b.

First Year Seminar: HUMN-101..3 credit hours [0 hours for students who completed RHET-S103]
This seminar introduces first year students to the academic community through readings and discussion based on the theme “person in community.” Readings will be mainly from contemporary authors. In this seminar students will also further develop the skills of critical thinking and writing. [Students who successfully complete RHET-S103 are exempt from this requirement].

       
  c.

Cultural Heritage Series..............9 credit hours [12 hours for students who completed RHET-S103]
This interdisciplinary series consists of four courses covering successive periods in history:
HUMN-220: The Mediterranean World
HUMN-230: The Baptism of Europe
HUMN-240: Converging Hemispheres
HUMN-250: The Contemporary World [Required of all students]

     
    The courses highlight the origins and development of western civilization, including both the way other cultures have influenced the west and how they have been impacted by it. Drawing upon the resources of the Catholic and Benedictine traditions, the overall approach is historical, with various components of human thought and expression emphasized throughout the series, including religion, philosophy, art, music, literature, social institutions and approach to nature. Because they are organized in chronological sequence, the courses should be taken in order.
       
    The Cultural Heritage courses are described in this Catalog under the HUMN course descriptions. Courses required to meet state or national accreditation requirements may supersede institutional policies as approved by the Registrar.
       
  d. Core Electives:
    Arts and Humanities...............12 credit hours
One course each from the specified courses in Fine Arts/Music, Literature/Foreign Language Literature, Philosophy and Religious Studies. Core elective courses are labeled with a “C” in the Catalog and in the
Course Schedule.
       
    Natural Sciences.......................9 credit hours
At least three credit hours must be taken from the specified courses in Physical Sciences and at least three credit hours from the specified courses in Life Sciences. Core elective courses are labeled with a “C” in the Catalog and in the Course Schedule.
       
    Social Sciences.......................9 credit hours
3 credit hours in Psychology or Sociology
3 credit hours in Economics or Business
3 credit hours in either Anthropology or
Political Science. Core elective courses are labeled with a “C” in the Catalog and in the Course Schedule.
       
   

Courses required to meet state or national accreditation requirements may supersede institutional policies as approved by the Registrar.

       
      Note: Transfer, Degree Completion and Adult Program students see below for exceptions to the above requirements.
       
2. A student must earn 120 credit hours to qualify for graduation and must maintain a “C” average (2.00) in all Benedictine University coursework.
  Courses with a number below 100 do not count toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation.
 

University-level courses completed to fulfill a condition of admission count toward the 120 hour graduation requirement, but do not satisfy University Core requirements.

     
3. a. A student must select a major field of study before completing 60 credit hours, and must complete the requirements set forth in the catalog under the heading for the selected major. Only courses in which a student has received a “C” or better may be applied to the major requirement.
     
  b. A major field of study requires at least 36 credit hours, of which a minimum of 24 credit hours must be completed at the 200-level or above, of
which at least nine credit hours must be at the 300-level or above.
     
  c. Students are encouraged to supplement their major and core programs with appropriate minors. The minor can be used to round out a program of study by complementing the required major. For example, a student who selects a major in a technical or professional area might select a minor in the liberal arts to gain additional analytical and communication skills and vice versa.
     
  d. A minor consists of at least 21 and no more than 30 credit hours of courses completed from the specified list for the minor program. At least 12 credit hours at the 200-level or above, including at least three credit hours at Benedictine at the 300-level, must also be completed. Only courses in which a student has received a grade of “C” or better may be applied to the minor. Any credit hours completed for a minor may be used to fulfill core or major requirements. Successfully completed minors are designated on the transcript following graduation.
     
  e. A concentration is a grouping of courses within a student’s major. This grouping consists of at least 12 semester hours of required or recommended courses designed to focus on a particular aspect of a major, and/or to focus on a particular career opportunity for graduates of that major.
       
4. At least 55 of the 120 credit hours for graduation must be completed at a four-year regionally accredited college and at least 30 of the final 45
credit hours must be completed at Benedictine University including at least 12 credit hours at the 200-level or above in the major. Courses completed at Benedictine prior to formal admission to degree status normally may not be used to fulfill this academic residency requirement. Such credit may fulfill other graduation requirements with the approval of the department and division chairpersons.
       
  Note: Students who qualify for the Degree Completion Program and the Adult Program are exempted from the 45 credit hour academic residency requirement. See Degree Completion Program.
       
5. A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through any one or combination of external credit programs may be applied with the approval of the University toward the 120 credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree. These credits will not normally satisfy the academic residency requirement. Applications may be obtained in Benedictine Central.
       
  a.   The Advanced Placement Program — ETS tests are offered to high school sophomores, juniors or seniors once a year and the scores are sent to Benedictine. Students who score three, four or five are given credit in the appropriate course area.
       
  b. CLEP Tests — CLEP is an acronym for the College Level Examination Program which gives students the opportunity to show that they
have the knowledge necessary to gain course credit without actually taking the course. CLEP credits are not acceptable as transfer credits from other institutions, but evidence of CLEP scores will be evaluated for credit toward the Benedictine University degree. The applicant must submit a copy of the grade report sent by Educational Testing Service or a reasonable facsimile of the same. CLEP tests should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year. Students may not receive CLEP credit in a subject area in which they have completed course work. CLEP credit in major courses must be approved in advance by the department chair.
       
  c. Work/Life Experience Credit — Work/Life experience credit represents attainment through work or other non-academic experiences, of the
same degree of competence in a subject (of at least a “C” level) that University undergraduates obtain in the classroom. Application for life
experience credit must be for a course specifically described in the University Catalog.
       
  d. ACT PEP Test — PEP is an acronym for the Proficiency Examination Program. At Benedictine, PEP allows BS nursing students to be examined in the three nursing areas of Maternal and Child Nursing, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, and Adult Nursing. Successful completion of all tests results in 24 credit hours. These 24 hours are not considered external credit and therefore do not count toward the 30
credit hour limit.
       
  e. Other External Credit — Benedictine University allows students to apply, toward the 120 credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree,
acceptable hours which have been earned through military experience and/or courses.
       
6. A student may apply internship credit towards graduation credit as follows: Humanities, 12 hours; Business Programs, 12 hours; International Business & Economics, 12 hours; Political Science, 12 hours; Health Care, 3 hours; Nutrition, 12 hours; Sociology/Psychology, 6 hours; Computer Science, 12 hours; Mathematics, 12 hours; Biology, 12 hours.
       
7. Waivers of University or program requirements may be made for sound cause acceptable to the University when extenuating circumstances arise. Three graduation requirements which are never waived are the 120 credit hour minimum, the minimum grade point average of 2.00, and the minimum credit hour residency. The student begins a request for a waiver by seeking the approval of his/her academic advisor. The number of additional approvals depends on the nature of the waiver.
       
8. A student must earn the recommendation of the faculty of his or her major program for graduation. Normally this recommendation is based
upon fulfilling the program requirements, including a comprehensive examination or other integrating experience.
       
9. One must be in good standing and have settled all financial accounts with the University to qualify for graduation.
       
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Transfer students
       
Credits to be transferred from other institutions are evaluated on the basis of their equivalent at Benedictine University. This determination is made by the coordinator of transfer credit evaluation and the appropriate program director upon receipt of application and official transcripts. Transfer grades are not counted in the cumulative grade point average earned at Benedictine University.
       

Liberal Arts Core Requirements for Transfer Students:

1. Transfer students with more than 20 transferable hours:
  RHET-S101, S102, S110 or equivalent, or proficiency; MATH-S105 or S108, or S110 or proficiency [a student must receive a "C" or better in each course to meet the requirement]; three natural science courses with at least one from life sciences and one from physical sciences, for a total of at least nine semester hours; four arts and humanities courses for a total of at least 12 semester hours with at least one but no more than two from FNAR/MUSI, and at least one but no more than two from LITR/FRLG LITR, PHIL, RELS, the remaining two courses are to be chosen from COMM, FNAR, MUSI, FRLG, HIST, LITR, PHIL, RELS; three courses from the social sciences from at least two different disciplines. Equivalent transfer courses, if taken prior to admission, may meet these requirements. Any course taken to fulfill these requirements after admission to Benedictine must be a core elective course (labeled with a “C” in the Catalog and in the Course Schedule) or a designated history course (labeled with an “R” in the Catalog and in the Course Schedule). (No further restrictions apply to the above courses.)
       
  Two of the Cultural Heritage courses must be taken at Benedictine University, of which one must be HUMN-250: The Contemporary World. One of the Cultural Heritage courses may count for one of the arts and humanities requirements (other than the FNAR/MUSI requirement), or for one of the social science requirements.
       
2. Transfer Students with 20 or fewer transferable hours or the equivalent of less than one full semester of transferable work will be responsible for taking or transferring all of the courses described in the Benedictine University Core Curriculum. The First Year Seminar and the Cultural Heritage courses must be taken at Benedictine.
       
       
Degree Completion and Adult Programs
       
Degree Completion Program
       
The University provides an exception to the normal academic residency requirement of 45 semester hours for students who are eligible for the Degree Completion Program.

A maximum of 60 transferable semester hours of any combination of community college course credit, external credit or test credit can be used toward determining Degree Completion Program (DCP) status. A minimum of 15 of the 75+ transferable semester hours required for DCP status must be from a four-year regionally accredited college or university earned prior to the start of BU coursework. The determination of DCP status is made prior to entry. Credit earned later will not be used to reclassify a student to DCP status.

Degree Completion Program students must:

1. Satisfy general entrance requirements;
2. Complete at least the last 30 credit hours of their undergraduate degree through coursework at Benedictine University as a degree status student; and
3. Complete at least 12 credit hours of coursework at the 200-level or above in their major field at Benedictine University.

Degree Completion Program students may receive credit and/or waiver of course requirements through examination and experiential learning assessment, but these credits will not normally be part of the final 30 credit hours.

       
   
       
Liberal Arts Core Requirements for Degree Completion Program Students
1. Successful completion of the skills courses RHET- S101, S102, S110 and MATH-S105, S108, or S110. A student must receive a grade of "C" or better in each course to meet this requirement.
       
2. Successful completion of two natural science courses (at least six semester hours from at least two of the areas of math/computer science, physical sciences and life sciences); three arts and humanities courses (from at least two of the areas of communications, literature, foreign languages, fine arts, history, philosophy and religious studies); three courses from the social sciences (from at least two of the areas of business, economics, anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology). Any course taken to fulfill these requirements after admission to Benedictine must be a core elective course (labeled with a “C” in the Catalog and in the Course Schedule), or a designated history course (labeled with an “R” in the Catalog and in the Course Schedule).
       
3. Cultural Heritage Courses:
    Successful completion of the HUMN-250: The Contemporary World course, to be taken at Benedictine University. This course may count for one of the arts and humanities OR for one of the social sciences requirements described in 2 above.
       
       
Adult Program
       
The University provides an exception to the normal academic residency requirement of 45 semester hours for students who are enrolled in the Adult Program.

Adult Program students must:

1. Satisfy general entrance requirements;
2. Complete at least the last 30 credit hours of their undergraduate degree through coursework at Benedictine University as a degree status student; and
3. Complete at least 12 credit hours of coursework at the 200-level or above in their major field at Benedictine University.

Adult Program students may receive credit and/or waiver of course requirements through examination and experiential learning assessment, but these credits will not normally be part of the final 30 credit hours.

       
Liberal Arts Core Requirements for Adult Program Students
1. Successful completion of the skills courses RHET- S101, S102, S110 and MATH-S105, S108, or S110. A student must receive a grade of "C" or better in each course to meet this requirement.
       
2. Successful completion of two natural science courses (at least six semester hours from at least two of the areas of math/computer science, physical sciences and life sciences); three arts and humanities courses (from at least two of the areas of communications, literature, foreign languages, fine arts, history, philosophy and religious studies); three courses from the social sciences (from at least two of the areas of business, economics, anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology). Any course taken to fulfill these requirements after admission to Benedictine must be a core elective course (labeled with a “C” in the Catalog and in the Course Schedule), or a designated history course (labeled with an “R” in the Catalog and in the Course Schedule).
       
3. Cultural Heritage Courses:
    Successful completion of two Cultural Heritage courses to be taken at Benedictine University, one of which must be HUMN-250: The Contemporary World course.
       
       
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Second Major program
This program is designed for persons who already have a degree in one area and would like to gain expertise in another major. The courses focus on the requirements in the new major.
       
Second Major Program students must:
       
1. Submit an official transcript indicating completion of a bachelor’s degree, from an institution which was an accredited four year college, in a major different from the new one being sought;
       
2. Select one of the University’s major programs and complete all requirements for that major as listed in the catalog which is in effect at the time of
admission to the program. (If a student enters the program the first semester after graduation from Benedictine University, then the requirements in effect will be those in the catalog of the original term of entry);
       
3. Enroll for at least one course in the major each semester, or have a valid Leave of Absence form on file; and
       
4. Ordinarily complete all work on the Second Major within seven years of admission to the program.
       
Life experience credit, transfer and CLEP exam credit (see Registrar) may he counted toward the program requirements, if appropriate, as determined by each department. However, at least 12 hours of 200/300- level classroom courses must be completed at Benedictine University.
 
Applicability of courses taken as Student-At-Large prior to admission to the Second Major Program will be determined upon admission to the program.
       
Courses taken in the Second Major Program are applicable to a second bachelor’s degree for graduates of other colleges. Those courses will also be counted toward the second degree’s residency requirement.
       
Upon completion of the program a notation on the transcript will be made that all requirements for a second major have been met. A certificate will also be awarded. Application for this program should be made to the Benedictine Central.
       
       
General Policies
       
Semester credit hours
One credit hour is counted for each clock hour of class or lecture time – or each two or three clock hours of laboratory work – per week during the semester. A three credit hour lecture course, for example, meets three hours per week. This format does not apply to adult format courses. Adult courses are described in the University College section. The academic year is divided into two semesters from August through December and January through May.
       
       
Student classification
The classification of students is determined at the beginning of each semester according to the number of credit hours completed, as follows:
       
      Freshmen Less than 30 credit hours
Sophomores 30 to 59 credit hours
Juniors 60 to 89 credit hours
Seniors 90 or more credit hours
       
Since students progress toward the completion of degree requirements at different rates, the classification will not necessarily coincide with a student’s class year.
       
       
Course loads
A full-time student is registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours. The normal course load is 15 credit hours per semester. No student may register for more than 18 hours of credit per semester without the permission of the faculty advisor. (An additional tuition fee is required of those students registering for more than 18 hours.)
       
       
Class registration and withdrawal
Credit is given by the University only for those courses in which a student is properly registered. Students are responsible for their own academic programs and for meeting the requirements of their major programs. It is recommended that each student meet with his/her faculty advisor for counseling at least once each semester. No student will be registered without the faculty advisor’s approval.
       
Approval to withdraw from a course or to change registration in any way must be received by Benedictine Central. Not attending class does not constitute a legitimate withdrawal. A student may withdraw from a course before completion of two-thirds of the course by filing the proper form with Benedictine Central or processed in MyBenU. For reasons of a compelling personal nature, a student may request a course withdrawal after the completion of two-thirds of the course. A written statement from the student, including supporting documentation, must be submitted to the Registrar to justify this late course withdrawal.
       
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Repetition of courses
With the specific prior approval of the advisor, a student may normally repeat a Benedictine University course in which he or she previously enrolled. Repetition and attainment of a grade of “C” or better shall be required if the student received a grade of “D” or “F” and wishes to apply the course credits to his or her major or minor; or the student may desire to repeat the course for a higher grade.
       
In an authorized repetition of a course, the student will not receive additional credit hours if he or she already earned credit hours in the course. The original grade will remain on the transcript, but only the more recent grade will be used in computing the grade point average. However, for an accurate account of the student’s academic history, all attempts in the same course will appear on the academic record. Only courses repeated at Benedictine University can be considered for authorized repetitions.
       
       
Grades and reports
The student’s final grade is determined by the instructor. The system of grading is as follows (quality points are in parenthesis):
      A — Excellent (4.00)
B — Good (3.00)
C — Satisfactory (2.00)
D — Passing (1.00)
F — Failure (0.00)
I — Incomplete*
W — Withdrawal*
P — Pass*
X — Deferred*
IP — In Progress*
       
  *Note: The grades are not calculated in academic G.P.A.
       
Academic grade reports for all students are issued at the end of each grading period. A change of grade is permitted only for clerical errors. Grade appeals must be initiated before the end of one semester after the course in question has been completed. The final grade is recorded on the permanent record.
       
A course is considered to be successfully completed if a grade of “A,” “B” or “C” is achieved. The grade point average used for all purposes at Benedictine University, including graduation honors, the Dean’s List, and the Dean’s Recognition List is based only upon courses taken at Benedictine University.
       
A grade of “I” may be requested by a student for a course in which he or she is doing satisfactory work, but, for illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control, as determined by the instructor, the required work cannot be completed by the end of the semester. To qualify for the grade, a student must have satisfactory academic standing, be doing at least “C” work in the class, and submit a written request with a plan for completion approved by the instructor stating the reason for the delay in completing the work. Arrangements for this “I” grade must be made prior to the final examination. One may not receive an “Incomplete” in a semester in which he or she is already on academic probation.
       
An “I” is a temporary grade. Failure to complete the course work and obtain a final grade within 180 days from the end of the term in which the “I” was received will result in the “I” automatically becoming an “F” grade.
       
A grade of “W” is recorded to indicate that a student has withdrawn from a course. The student may continue to attend the class (without credit) to the end of the term, except for labs, with the instructor’s approval.
       
A grade of "IP" is recorded to indicate that the course is in progress when the term in which the course has been scheduled ends. The "IP" grade will be replaced when the course ends and the permanent grade is earned.
       
Students are invited to enrich their programs by auditing courses with the permission of the instructor and registrar. Auditors are entitled to participate in class activities to the extent the instructor permits. No attendance or achievement records are kept for auditors, and no entry is made on the permanent record. A student may change from credit to audit or audit to credit only during the first week of class. Audited courses are not available for later credit or proficiency by examination. If a course has stated enrollment limits, students taking the course for credit will be enrolled before students auditing the course.
       
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Academic Honesty Policy
The search for truth and the dissemination of knowledge are the central missions of a university. Benedictine University pursues these missions in an environment guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and our Benedictine Heritage.
       
Integrity and honesty are therefore expected of all University students. Actions such as cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, forgery, falsification, destruction, multiple submission, solicitation, and misrepresentation are violations of these expectations and constitute unaccepatble behavior in the University community.
       
To access the complete Academic Honesty Policy, which includes student responsibility, responsibility and authority of faculty, violations, reporting and communicating, responsibilities of the provost, appeals, composition of the academic appeals board, procedures of the academic appeals board, and records, please select the following link: www.ben.edu/ahp.
       
       
Quality point system
Final grades in each course are converted to quality points according to the following schedule: A grade of “A” in a course is converted to four quality points for each credit hour. Thus in a three credit hour course, an “A” is worth 12 quality points; a grade of “B” is worth three quality points per credit hour; a grade of “C” is worth two quality points per credit hour; a grade of “D” is worth one quality point per credit hour; other grades receive no quality points. The quality point or grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of quality points earned, at Benedictine University, by the total number of credit hours attempted, at Benedictine University.
       
       
Dean’s List and Dean’s Recognition List
The Dean’s List is computed and published once each semester. To qualify, a student must be enrolled full-time and must have at least a 3.5 semester average with a grade of at least “C” in each course and must not have received any “I” or “X” grades.
       
The Dean’s Recognition List is also computed and published once each semester. To qualify, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of three semester hours and must have at least a 3.5 semester average with a grade of at least “C” in each course and must not have received any “I” or “X” grades.
       
  Note: The Dean’s Recognition List is intended for students who are not enrolled full time.
       
       
Student academic standing
Satisfactory academic standing for all students is a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) as determined at the end of each semester (or other designated grading period). Students who do not achieve satisfactory academic standing will be placed on academic probation or dismissed for poor scholarship.
       
       
Probation and dismissal
Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic standing during their university careers. If a student fails to achieve satisfactory academic standing at the end of a semester (a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.00), that student will either be placed on academic probation during the following semester (if the term G.P.A. was at least 1.00), or will be dismissed for poor scholarship (if the term G.P.A. was below 1.00). If a student fails to achieve satisfactory academic standing at the end of the probationary period, the student is dismissed from enrollment because of poor scholarship.
       
Any student dismissed for poor scholarship may submit an appeal to the Committee on Academic Standing seeking a one semester reinstatement. Criteria that the Committee on Academic Standing will consider include:
  Current semester grade point average (G.P.A.)
  Cumulative G.P.A.
  Likelihood that the student is capable of achieving “satisfactory academic standing” before graduation
  Recommendation from the Dean of Students
  Student’s explanation for prior G.P.A. and plan to remedy the situation.
       
In the event that the Committee on Academic Standing is unable to approve the appeal for extension of the probationary period, the student’s enrollment will be terminated for poor scholarship. Such a student may be readmitted at a later time for enrollment, provided evidence is presented which in the judgement of the University indicates that there is improved potential for academic success. The period of dismissal will be for a minimum of two academic semesters. Academic semesters are fall or spring semesters and do not include summer school or interim sessions.
       
All probation and dismissal policies apply in the same way to each part-time and full-time student.
       
       
Academic Amnesty Policy
Students who have left the University with a cumulative grade point average less than 2.00 may have the option to reenter under the academic amnesty policy. The conditions for readmission under amnesty include:
1. An absence of at least five years from the last term in attendance and
2. Approval by the Admissions Committee which will require an interview and a written personal history. Intervening transfer course work must be at least at the 2.00 G.P.A. level.
       
The implications of readmission under academic amnesty are:
1. The new Benedictine University cumulative grade point average will be calculated based only on courses taken subsequent to re-entry. All courses taken and grades earned previously will appear as a separate entity on the transcript;
       
2. Academic probation will be a condition of admission;
3. “Re-entry Under Amnesty” will appear in the Remarks section of the transcript;
4. Amnesty may be used only once by a student;
5. Students must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours after re-entry to be eligible for graduation;
6. Graduation honors eligibility will be based on grades after re-entry amnesty; and
7. The Catalog of reentry will be followed for graduation requirements.
       
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Withdrawal from the University
A student who wishes to withdraw from the University during the semester begins by contacting the Academic Resource Center for the appropriate form. The student who plans to return within two full academic years should complete the leave of absence form. (See the Student Leave of Absence section.) The student who does not intend to return to Benedictine University must complete the withdrawal form. An exit interview is required as part of the withdrawal process.
       
If the student has not applied for a leave of absence and later decides to return, application must be made through the admissions office. The student’s record will be re-evaluated and the student is responsible for completing all new graduation requirements according to the University Catalog in effect at the time of readmission.
       
The amount of financial credit for withdrawal from all courses during the semester is determined by the date the completed form(s) is/are returned to Benedictine Central. (See General Refund Information.)
       
Students receiving financial aid of any kind must also consult Benedictine Central.
       
       
Student leave of absence
Any full- or part-time student in satisfactory academic standing who must interrupt a degree program may apply to the Academic Resource Center for a leave of absence for two full academic years or four consecutive semesters (not including summer terms). The student’s files will remain active both in Benedictine Central and with the faculty advisor for the period of time requested. At the end of the leave of absence period, the student must notify the registrar and/or faculty advisor of his or her intention to register. (Application through the admissions office is not required.) The student on leave may take advantage of early registration along with regularly enrolled students.
A student on leave does not qualify for special monetary loans or grants or other special arrangements which presuppose the status of a regular student.
       
       
Application for graduation
Students must apply to the registrar for graduation by the following dates: by December for August graduation; by February for December graduation; by September for May graduation. See current academic calendar for specific deadline dates.
       
       
Graduation honors
Graduation honors are awarded to students who have achieved cumulative grade point averages for Benedictine University course work as follows:
      • 3.90 — summa cum laude
• 3.75 — magna cum laude
• 3.50 — cum laude
Eligibility for the above graduation honors is contingent upon completion of at least 55 undergraduate credit hours (not including external credit) at Benedictine. Graduation honors are awarded to students who earn 30-54 undergraduate hours at Benedictine University as follows: 3.50 - with honors
       
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Student records and disclosures
Benedictine University maintains an educational record for each student who is or has been enrolled at the University. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (hereafter “Act”), the following student rights are covered by the Act and accorded to all eligible Benedictine University students:
       
1. The right to inspect and review information contained in the student’s educational records.
       
2. The right to request amendment of the contents of the student’s educational records if believed to be inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation
of the student’s privacy or other rights.
       
3. The right to prevent disclosure without consent, with certain exceptions, of personally identifiable information from the student’s educational records.
       
4. The right to secure a copy of the University’s policy.
       
5. The right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Benedictine University to comply with the provisions of the Act.
       
Each of these rights, with any limitations or exceptions, is explained in the University’s policy statement, a copy of which may be obtained in Benedictine Central.
       
The University may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Act without the written consent of an eligible student unless it is requested in writing that such information not be disclosed (see below). The items listed below are designated as directory information and may be released for any student for any purpose at the discretion of Benedictine University unless a written request for non-disclosure is on file:
       
     

Category I: Name, address, telephone number, dates of attendance and class.

Category II: Previous institution(s) attended, major field of study, awards, honors and degree(s) conferred.

Category III: Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, physical factors of athletes (height and
weight) and date and place of birth.

       
Current eligible students may prohibit general disclosure of this directory information by notifying the registrar in writing, within 10 calendar days after the first scheduled class day of each fall term. The University will honor the request for one academic year only; therefore, the student must file the request on an annual basis. The student should carefully consider the consequences of any decision to withhold any category of directory information. Regardless of the effect upon a student, Benedictine University assumes no liability that may arise out of its compliance with a request that such information be withheld. It will be assumed that the failure on the part of a student to request the withholding of directory information indicates the student’s consent to disclosure.
       
       
University Promotional Photos
Benedictine University and its representatives on occasion, take photographs for the University’s use in print and electronic publications. This serves as public notice of the University’s intent to do so and as a release to the University giving permission to use such images as it deems fit.
       

If you should object to the use of your photograph, you have the right to withhold its release by contacting the Public Relations office at
(630) 829-6090.

       
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Educational Records: Disciplinary and Counseling

Information from student disciplinary or counseling files is considered a confidential, educational record and is not available to unauthorized persons on campus. To comply with federal law, as well as for reasons of confidentiality, disciplinary records/files may not be released to anyone off-campus unless there is legal compulsion or in cases where the safety of persons or property is involved. A student’s disciplinary record/file may only be reviewed by the student within the confines of the Benedictine University campus and the guidelines designated by the appropriate university administrator. Only the student and authorized persons may have access to such records.
       
The University is not obligated under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment) to reproduce a student’s disciplinary records/files. The University is obligated to take all reasonable steps to insure that the confidentiality of student educational records is maintained.
       
Any questions concerning the student’s rights and responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act should be referred to Benedictine Central.
       
       

Student Right-To-Know Act

In accordance with the Student Right-To-Know Act, the graduation/completion rate of new entry full-time freshmen into Benedictine University is available through the Office of Institutional Research.
       
       
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Freshman Admissions

Freshman Candidates
Freshman candidates are defined as individuals who have earned a high school diploma, completed a home schooling program, or earned a General Educational Development certificate within the same academic year of enrolling at Benedictine University.

Freshman Admission
Admission is based on a review of each student's total academic and extracurricular record. It is necessary for some applicants to complete a University assessment test, attend a personal interview and/or submit graded coursework from their high school. The Benedictine admissions office philosophy is to select students who will perform successfully in our academic programs and become active members of the University community. Requests for admission are considered without regard to the applicant's race, religion, gender, age, national origin or disability. In determining an applicant's qualifications, the following criteria are considered, but in no particular order:

  1. Graduation from an accredited high school or completion of home schooling in a college- preparatory curriculum or completion of a G.E.D. certificate;
  2. The high school record of scholastic achievement;
  3. Results from the ACT, SAT or TOEFL;
  4. Recommendations from appropriate school and community persons;
  5. Judgments made as a result of written personal statement (required of some applicants); and
  6. Judgments made as a result of University assessment test results, personal interview and/or graded coursework from high school (required of some applicants).
How to apply (freshman candidates)
Send all materials to: Enrollment Center, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532-0900. A personal interview with an admissions counselor is generally advisable and occasionally required. Official transcripts bearing the signature of the registrar and the institutional seal must be issued by direct mail from the institution to Benedictine's Enrollment Center. Consideration for admission will take place when all the necessary information is received. Applications should be submitted as early as possible during the senior year of high school. Admission can be granted on the basis of six semesters of high school credit, provided that the senior year is completed satisfactorily.
  1. Submit a completed application form and non-refundable, one-time application fee of $40.
    a. Apply or download an application online.
    b. Request a hard copy application by contacting us at: (630) 829-6300, toll free outside Illinois (888) 829-6363, or e-mail at admissions@ben.edu.
  2. Submit official high school transcript. Home school transcripts should include letter grades, length of courses and texts used.
  3. Submit official copy of ACT, SAT or TOEFL test scores.
  4. Complete the application for (or waiver of) financial aid (see financial aid section on the application).
  5. Submit high school counselor recommendation form (see recommendation section on application) to be completed by high school counselor rating your academic ability, motivation and potential for growth.
  6. A personal statement may be required of some candidates.
High School Academic Preparation
In conjunction with The Illinois State Board of Education, Benedictine University requires its students to complete the following high school curriculum. If a student enrolls at Benedictine University not having satisfied the requirements, the student will be required to do so while enrolled at the University. Courses with a number less than 100 do not count toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation. University-level courses (100 level or above) completed to fulfill a condition of admission will count toward the 120-hour graduation requirement, but do not satisfy the University Core requirements. NOTE: a unit, as identified below, is equivalent to one full year of study in a given subject area.
  1. Four units of English (emphasizing written and oral communication and literature);
  2. Three units of social studies (emphasizing history and government);
  3. Three units of mathematics (introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry or fundamentals of computer programming);
  4. Three units of science (laboratory science); and
  5. Two units of modern language.
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Transfer Admissions

Transfer Candidates
Transfer candidates are defined as individuals with college credit whose high school graduation or G.E.D. completion date is prior to the academic year of enrolling at Benedictine University; intending to enroll in traditional daytime program.

Transfer Admission
Admission is based on a review of each student's total academic and extracurricular record. It is necessary for some applicants to complete a University assessment test, attend a personal interview and/or submit graded coursework. The Benedictine admissions office philosophy is to select students who will perform successfully in our academic programs and become active members of the University community. Requests for admission are considered without regard to the applicant's race, religion, gender, age, national origin or disability. If applicant has 20 or more transferable* semester hours, the following criteria are considered, but in no particular order:

  1. Scholastic achievement records from all colleges or universities previously attended;
  2. Recommendations from appropriate school and community persons (required of some applicants);
  3. Judgments made as a result of written personal statement (required of some applicants); and
  4. Judgments made as a result of University assessment test results, personal interview and/or graded coursework (required of some applicants). If applicant has less than 20 transferable* semester hours, the following criteria are considered, but in no particular order:
    1. Criteria one through four above;
    2. The high school record of scholastic achievement; and
    3. Results from the ACT, SAT or TOEFL. *Grades of "D" or better will be accepted as transfer credit from regionally accredited colleges unless a grade of "C" or better is required to satisfy Benedictine University requirements, as stated in the University Catalog.
How to apply (transfer candidates)
Send all materials to: Enrollment Center, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532-0900. A personal interview with an admissions counselor is generally advisable and occasionally required. Official transcripts bearing the signature of the registrar and the institutional seal must be issued by direct mail from the institution to Benedictine's Enrollment Center. Consideration for admission will take place when all the necessary information is received. If applicant has 20 or more transferable semester hours:
  1. Submit a completed application form and non-refundable, one-time application fee of $40.
    a. Apply or download an application online.
    b. Request a hard copy application by contacting us at: (630) 829-6300, toll free outside Illinois (888) 829-6363, or e-mail at admissions@ben.edu.
  2. Submit official transcripts directly from each college or university attended.
  3. Complete the application for (or waiver of) financial aid (see financial aid section on the application). If applicant has less than 20 transferable semester hours:
    1. Steps one, two and three above;
    2. Submit official high school transcript;
    3. Submit official copy of ACT, SAT or TOEFL test scores.
  4. A personal statement may be required of some candidates.

Tuition/Housing Deposits

To complete the admissions process, commuter students are required to submit a $125 tuition deposit and resident students are required to submit a $250 tuition/room and board deposit. Students are encouraged to submit their deposit as soon as possible. The tuition deposit is refundable until May 1, 2006 for fall enrollment or December 1, 2005 for spring enrollment, or until the student accepts his/her Benedictine University financial aid, whichever comes first. The room and board deposit is refundable until May 1, 2006 for fall enrollment or December 1, 2005 for spring enrollment. All requests for refunds, special consideration or extensions must be submitted, in writing, and addressed to: Enrollment Center, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532-0900.

Health Form Requirement

All students admitted to the University should provide certain medical information to the student health service office. The state of Illinois requires that all students born after 1956 and attending a four-year college or university must provide a verified immunization history in order to register for a second term. All commuter and resident students must have this information on file, along with a completed health form that includes a brief personal/medical history and a signed consent for treatment. International students have additional requirements that are listed on a separate health form and can be obtained through either the international student office or the student health service office. The required health form is included in your admission packet and is also located on Benedictine University's Web site for your added convenience. Please call the student health service office at (630) 829-6046 for any further questions about completing this form or other health issues. All health-related information will be maintained in their office and is strictly confidential.

Readmission

Former Benedictine University students, not currently enrolled as degree-seeking students, may apply for readmission. An application must be submitted and the admissions committee will review it for an admissions decision. Applicants who experienced academic problems should be prepared to demonstrate to the committee sufficient reasons for reconsideration. If a student's enrollment has been terminated for poor scholarship, such a student may be readmitted after a minimum of two academic semesters, provided evidence is presented which, in the judgment of the University, indicates that there is improved potential for academic success. The period of academic dismissal will be for a period of two academic semesters. Academic semesters are fall or spring and do not include summer school or interim sessions. All college courses for which the student registered in his/her absence from Benedictine University must be presented in the form of official college transcripts. For readmission under amnesty, see Academic Policies section.

General Admissions Policy

Benedictine University reserves the right to deny admission, continued enrollment or re-enrollment to any applicant or student whose personal history and background indicate that his or her presence at the University would endanger the health, safety, welfare or property of the members of the academic community or interfere with the orderly and effective performance of the University's functions. Some programs have special admissions standards. If you are considering a particular program, you need to determine the admissions standards for that program by reviewing the descriptions contained later in the catalog or by contacting the faculty responsible for the program. Failure to provide Benedictine University with a correct and complete academic history will result in revoking of acceptance and/or administrative withdrawal.

International Admissions

All prospective undergraduate students with citizenship other than that of the United States, and those who are not in "permanent residency" status, are considered international applicants. International students studying full time at Benedictine University require an F-1 visa. Students are encouraged to complete the application process prior to submission deadlines; applications are evaluated after all required documentation has been received.

Applications from international students should be received by Benedictine University no later than June 1 for the Fall term or by October 1 for the Spring term of the year in which the student plans to enroll. Students are encouraged to complete the application process prior to submission deadlines; applications are evaluated only after all required documentation has been received.

Recognizing the academic and cultural benefits of having international students in classes and on campus, Benedictine University is pleased to accept applications from this student group. International student applicants are evaluated by the same admissions standards as those established for American students.

Language Proficiency
All international applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English-language proficiency as a term of admission to the University. Proficiency may be evidenced by:

  1. Providing official documentation verifying a 550 score or above (paper-based) or 213 or above (computer-based) of the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL);
  2. Supplying an original U.S. high school transcript from the school from which the applicant graduated and completed two years of study without English as a Second Language instruction;
  3. Completing two years of full-time study at a university where the language of instruction is English; or
  4. Presenting formal assessment through the Intensive English Language Studies Program at Benedictine University.
Application Materials
International students applying for admission as freshmen or transfer students must have official transcripts (from all high schools and college-level schools attended) submitted directly to Benedictine University. Incoming freshmen provide secondary school transcripts and certification of graduation; transfer students need transcripts from all universities attended.

Although facsimile and electronically transmitted documents may be used for advising purposes, they are considered "unofficial" documents and are not acceptable for admission purposes. "Official" credentials are those issued by the school attended, printed in the original language that bear the school's official seal and signature of the appropriate official.

Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official translation; a translation agency or university language department can issue this documentation. The translation must appear on official stationary and the translator must attest proficiency in the original language; affirm accuracy of the translations; and list his or her name, address, and phone number.

Student applicants must have all non-United States academic credentials evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE): It identifies U.S. education that is equivalent to programs studied in other countries. ECE applications are included in the admissions packet, are available in the Enrollment Center and from ECE's website at http://www.ece.org/.

The following materials are required to complete the application process:

  1. Benedictine University's Application
  2. A non-refundable application fee payable by personal check or money order of $40.
  3. Official transcripts from your current University and high school, with an English translation.
  4. Official ECE evaluation of any home country transcripts
  5. Official results of any Standardized Test - ACT, SAT or TOEFL. Contact ACT by e-mail at http://www.act.org and SAT at http://www.collegeboard.com.
  6. Two letters of reference written by school officials or professors.
  7. Evidence of high level English proficiency demonstrated by a TOEFL scorse of 550 or above (paper-based test) or 213 or above (computer-based test)
  8. Confidential Financial Statement of Support with official bank statement, letter of sponsorship or other supporting documents
  9. International Student Health Form
  10. Proof of insurance
  11. Housing Preference Form (if applicable)

Undergraduate freshman and transfer admissions applications, document instructions, and general university information can be obtained from the Enrollment Center by calling (630) 829-6300 or e-mailing admissions@ben.edu. Graduate students should also contact the Enrollment Center to obtain more information regarding admission to Benedictine University’s graduate programs.

 

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Adult Accelerated Undergraduate Programs

The Adult Accelerated Undergraduate Programs were created to best serve the needs of adult and returning students who are 24 years of age and older.

The Academic Programs Adult Accelerated Non-Cohort Programs

Our adult programs were developed to provide an environment that supports adults in taking responsibility for their own learning and which values and uses the experience which an adult brings to the classroom. Rooted in the idea of responsible learning, the adult programs offer flexible scheduling, accelerated program options and credit for life learning. This model is built on the assumption that adults can engage in guided independent study outside the classroom. The classroom experience focuses on the integration of theory and practice and emphasizes application, analysis and synthesis of information through collaborative and cooperative learning. Degree programs offered in:

Bachelor of Arts

  • Business and Economics
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Psychology
Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Health Administration
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing
Bachelor of Science
  • Computer Science
  • Nursing (Degree Completion)

Adult candidates are defined as individuals with college credit whose high school graduation or G.E.D. completion date is prior to the academic year of enrolling at Benedictine University; intending to enroll in adult accelerated undergraduate non cohort program.

Adult Accelerated (Undergraduate Non Cohort Program Admission)

Admission is based on a review of each student's total academic and extracurricular record. It is necessary for some applicants to complete a University assessment test, attend a personal interview and/or submit graded coursework. The Benedictine admissions office philosophy is to select students who will perform successfully in our academic programs and become active members of the University community. Requests for admission are considered without regard to the applicant's race, religion, gender, age, national origin or disability.

If applicant has 20 or more transferable* semester hours, the following criteria are considered, but in no particular order:
1. Scholastic achievement records from all colleges or universities previously attended;
2. Recommendations from appropriate school, professional and community persons (required of some applicants);
3. Judgments made as a result of written personal statement (required of some applicants); and
4. Judgments made as a result of University assessment test results, personal interview and/or graded coursework (required of some applicants).


If applicant has less than 20 transferable* semester hours, the following criteria are considered, but in no particular order:
1. Criteria one through four above;
2. The high school record of scholastic achievement; and
3. Results from the ACT, SAT or TOEFL.

*Grades of "D" or better will be accepted as transfer credit from regionally accredited colleges unless a grade of "C" or better is required to satisfy Benedictine University requirements, as stated in the University Catalog.


How to apply (Adult Accelerated Undergraduate Non Cohort Candidates)

Send all materials to: Enrollment Center, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532-0900. A personal interview with an admissions counselor is generally advisable and occasionally required. Official transcripts bearing the signature of the registrar and the institutional seal must be issued by direct mail from the institution to Benedictine's Enrollment Center. Consideration for admission will take place when all the necessary information is received.

If applicant has 20 or more transferable semester hours:
1. Submit a completed application form and non-refundable, one-time application fee of $40;
a. Apply or download an application online.
b. Request a hard copy application by contacting us at: (630) 829-6300, toll free outside Illinois (888) 829-6363, or e-mail at admissions@ben.edu.
2. Submit official transcripts directly from each college or university attended;
3. Personal statement may be required of some applicants;
4. Letter(s) of reference from faculty and/or professional associates to evaluate the potential success of the candidate for the program may be required of some applicants; and
5. Complete the application for (or waiver of) financial aid (see financial aid section on the application).

If applicant has less than 20 transferable semester hours:
1. Steps one, two and three above;
2. Submit official high school transcript; and
3. Submit official copy of ACT, SAT or TOEFL test scores.

The Academic Programs - Adult Accelerated Undergraduate Cohort Programs
Our adult programs were developed to provide an environment that supports adults in taking responsibility for their own learning and which values and uses the experience which an adult brings to the classroom. Rooted in the idea of responsible learning, the adult programs offer flexible scheduling, accelerated program options and credit for life learning. This model is built on the assumption that adults can engage in guided independent study outside the classroom. The classroom experience focuses on the integration of theory and practice and emphasizes application, analysis and synthesis of information through collaborative and cooperative learning.

In a cohort format, a group of students take each prescribed class in the degree program together, from start to finish. Each four-hour class meets one night a week - and the same night of the week - for the duration of the program. Students within each cohort also form study groups to complete class assignments and enrich their learning experiences. Study groups must meet four hours per week.

Degree programs offered in: Associate of Arts in Business Administration; Bachelor of Arts in Management.

How to apply (Adult Accelerated Undergraduate Cohort Candidates)

Send all materials to: Cohort Programs, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532. Official transcripts bearing the signature of the registrar and the institutional seal must be issued by direct mail from the institution to Benedictine's Cohort Programs Office. Consideration for admission will take place when all the necessary information is received.
1. Submit a completed application form and non-refundable, one-time application fee of $40.
2. Submit official high school transcript or copy of high school diploma (AABA applicants)
3. Submit official transcripts directly from each college or university attended (BAM applicants)
4. Personal statement may be required of some applicants.
5. Letter(s) of reference from faculty and/or professional associates to evaluate the potential success of the candidate for the program may be required of some applicants.

Advising
Our programs are designed for working adults. Students in these programs are highly self-directed with multiple demands on their time. Consequently, advising is designed to meet these needs. Often, all that is needed is a phone call to your advisor.

Identification Cards
Students must obtain a picture ID from the public safety office.

Parking permits
Registration cards for parking permits may be completed in the public safety office. Parking permits must be displayed when parking on campus. Tickets will be issued to vehicles that are illegally parked.

Refunds
Refunds for withdrawal will be made after a withdrawal form has been submitted to Benedictine Central. The date of notification will be used to determine the amount of tuition credited to your account. See the refund policy for more information.

Registration
You may register for multiple modules and courses or for one at a time. We encourage you to register early as courses reach capacity quickly.

Graduation
Applications for graduation are available in Benedictine Central or in the course schedule on the Web. You must apply for graduation; it is not an automatic procedure. There is a graduation fee. December graduation applications are due the prior February. May graduation applications are due the prior September. August graduation applications are due the prior December.

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Financial policy

Benedictine University is a non-profit corporation. Its endowment primarily consists of the contributed services of the Benedictine monks who teach at the University. The annual income from a student's fees covers only a portion of the cost of his or her education. Therefore, to meet its educational objective, and in fairness to all students, the University must insist on the following regulation: Payments or financial arrangements must be made prior to the first day of the term.

Deposits
After acceptance to Benedictine University, new students are encouraged to place on deposit a $100 tuition deposit and a $100 housing reservation deposit. These deposits are refundable until May 1, 2006. In addition, all resident students must place on deposit a $100 security deposit. For continuing resident students, the $100 security deposit will serve as a housing deposit until final termination of residency. At that time, the $100 security deposit, less any assessments, will be returned to the student.

Tuition
Tuition and fees are incurred at the time of registration. Tuition is due in full within seven calendar days after the first class meeting. Benedictine University has partnered with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to provide payment plans for those students seeking arrangements to balance their tuition payments over an extended period of time.

A "Statement of Accounts" is generated the first week of each month. This statement reflects only that activity which has taken place on your student account in the last billing cycle (similar to your checking/savings/credit card statements of account).

Payment Options

  1. Payment in full - Benedictine University accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. PAYMENT DEADLINE: within seven calendar days after the first class meeting.
  2. Payment plans through TMS - For an annual fee of $45 ($55 after August 1), or term-based fee of $35, students can make monthly payments toward their tuition balance. Students may contact Tuition Management Services at (800) 722-4867 or www.afford.com to set up a payment schedule. Be sure to have your actual or estimated full-year expenses (tuition and fees minus financial aid) ready when you call or visit their Web site.
  3. Tuition reimbursement from employer - Students may arrange with TMS a single tuition payment plan due at the end of the term (plus a five week grace period) with proper documentation from their employer. Documentation of your employer's reimbursement policy must be submitted to Benedictine University before the second week of each term before TMS may authorize a single pay plan. Failure to meet Options 1, 2 or 3 before the second week of the term will result in a late payment fee of $100. For general questions regarding billing, please call Benedictine Central at (630) 829-6500.
Student withdrawal and refunds
Students who withdraw after the first week of class will receive a "W" on both the grade report and the transcript. Students who do not withdraw properly will receive the letter grade of "F".

Student may drop from a course up to 7 calendar days after the first class meeting for a full refund.
Student may drop from a course 8 - 14 calendar days after the first class meeting for a 75% refund.
Students dropping from a course 15 - 21 calendar days after the first class meeting will receive a 50% refund.
Student dropping from a course 22 calendar days or more after the first class meeting will receive no refund.
Courses that have a condensed meeting schedule will have no refund available after the first class meeting.

All drops must be done in writing with the office where the student registered for the course.
Notifying the instructor that you want t
o drop a course does not officially withdraw a student from a course.
Non-attendance in a course will not constitute a drop.
Students who do not officially drop a course in writing will be financially responsible for the entire cost of the course.
Students enrolled with full time tuition (12-18 hours) who make schedule changes during the add/drop period will receive a tuition adjustment only if their hours change to a different tuition category (part time tuition is assessed for schedules with less than 12 hours; overload fees are assessed for schedules with more than 18 hours.)
Recipients of Federal financial aid who officially withdraw from the university will be subject to Federal Title IV refund guidelines.
Students who are expelled or suspended from the University during the course of an academic term are responsible for all financial obligations.

SUMMER TERM

Student may drop from a course up to 3 calendar days after the first class meeting for a full refund.
Student may drop from a course 4 - 6 calendar days after the first class meeting for a 50% refund.
Students dropping from a course 7 calendar days or more after the first class meeting will receive no refund.
Courses that have a condensed meeting schedule will have no refund available after the first class meeting.

NEW CHARGES

Late Registration Fee: $100 per course late fee registration for enrolling after the drop/add period.
Students involved in non-term based cohort programs may follow a modified refund policy. Your cohort director can provide you with a copy of such policy.

All tuition remission students and consortium students must pay applicable fees such as activity, graduation, health service, technology and lab fees. (Fees are subject to change without further notice.) Refund checks are issued to students when excess funds exist on their accounts after crediting Title IV funds.

All drops or withdrawals are dated as of the date in which they were submitted to Benedictine Central. No tuition charge will be assessed during the first seven calendar days after the first class meeting. Whether or not you attend classes, the period of attendance will be computed as the number of days from the scheduled date of opening class in each term to the date shown on the drop or withdrawal slip. See the "Financial Aid" section for information regarding the use of financial aid in the case of a withdrawal.

The boarding fee is pro-rated from the date of confirmation of registration to the day of withdrawal. Students who withdraw from campus housing within 30 days of the beginning of the academic term will be charged for room fees on a pro-rated basis. No refunds are given after 30 days of the term have expired.

Students who are expelled or suspended from the University during the course of an academic term will not be allowed any financial credit on tuition charges. Similarly, resident students who are expelled or suspended from campus housing and from the accompanying food service plan, either permanently or for a temporary period during the course of an academic term, will not be allowed any financial credit on room and board charges.

Courses which require the leasing of off-campus facilities from off-campus agencies require pre-payment in full. Therefore, NO refunds can be made of the tuition or lab fees for such courses.

Courses requiring professional liability insurance require the purchase of such insurance from off-campus agencies demanding pre-payment in full; therefore, NO refund can be made for the professional liability insurance charge.

For such programs as the Federal Student Loan and the State Monetary Awards, cash refund of credit balances will not be made until funds are received from the agency in question and the required procedures are completed.

Other policies

  1. Enrollment shall be considered as signifying knowledge of all conditions, rules and regulations and shall be deemed as acceptance thereof.
  2. The University shall not be responsible for any damage or loss of personal property from any cause whatsoever.
  3. Bills for University services or monetary sanctions such as library fines, residence hall fines, parking fines or extra student health charges must be paid in full 10 days prior to final examinations for the semester.
  4. Students are not entitled to receive recommendations, degrees, honors, grades or transcripts of credit until all bills are paid and National Direct/Defense Student loans and Perkins loans are in current status.
  5. In the event of default in the payment of any amount due, and if the account is placed in the hands of an agency or attorney for collection or legal action, the student agrees to pay an additional charge equal to the cost of collection including agency and attorney fees and court costs.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid

Benedictine University's Financial Aid Office administers a variety of federal, state and institutional programs of student financial assistance. Each of these programs carries specific student eligibility requirements. In general, students must be formally admitted as degree-seeking and enrolled for a minimum number of credit hours. All financial aid recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the published, "Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Recipients."

The fundamental purpose of the Financial Aid program at Benedictine University is to make it possible for students to attend college who would normally be deprived of a college education because of inadequate funds. Every qualified student should be able to obtain a college education regardless of financial means. The process of financing an education is a partnership. Although the student and his/her family has primary responsibility for meeting college costs, Benedictine University, as well as the federal and state governments have a variety of financial aid programs available to students who need financial assistance.

Benedictine University will not unlawfully deny educational services to any otherwise qualified student on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Application procedures
All students applying for financial aid are asked to complete the following documents:
· Benedictine University Financial Aid Application
· Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Students must reapply for financial aid each award year. Priority is given to students who meet the financial aid priority deadline date, April 15th of each year.


Types of aid
After completing the financial aid application process, the student will receive a financial aid award notification letter. The award letter will include the program(s) that the student is eligible to receive and the award amount(s).
Grants/Scholarships - Grants and scholarships are considered to be gift assistance. Gift assistance does not have to be repaid.
Loans - Loans are considered to be a form of self-help assistance. Loan programs provide funds for educational purposes and are paid back with interest.
Employment - Part-time jobs on campus are available to students through the University and Federal Work-Study program. Students working on campus receive a bi-weekly paycheck


Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal regulations require that Benedictine University establish standards of satisfactory academic progress for students receiving federal financial aid funds. Minimum standards of academic progress are established to encourage students to successfully complete coursework for which financial aid is received and to make progress toward a degree. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has also instituted these same standards for recipients of the Illinois Monetary Award Program.

All federal, state and Benedictine University financial aid programs are subject to this policy. All students currently receiving federal, state and/or Benedictine University financial aid funds are subject to this policy. Benedictine University students who have not previously received financial aid are required to meet the cumulative grade point average requirement of this policy prior to receipt of financial aid.

The policy:
Satisfactory academic progress includes three criteria:

  1. Academic standing based on the student's cumulative grade point average;
  2. The student's progress towards successful degree completion; and
  3. Degree completion within a maximum time frame. In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must: Remain in good academic standing or on academic probation as defined in the University catalog; Maintain a completion rate of coursework equal to at least 67 percent of the total number of credit hours attempted; and Complete their degree requirements within 150 percent of the required hours to complete their degree (180 credit hours).
Satisfactory academic progress review process
Satisfactory academic progress is reviewed at specified times during the award year. Academic standing (cumulative grade point average) is reviewed at the end of each term. Successful progression towards degree completion and maximum timeframe criteria are reviewed at the end of each academic year.

Probation: If a student fails to meet the requirements of satisfactory academic progress, the student will be placed on financial aid probation for one academic year.

Cancellation: If a student on financial aid probation fails to meet the minimum requirements of satisfactory academic progress, the student will be ineligible for continued assistance.

Reinstatement: A student may regain eligibility for financial aid once the student has met the minimum requirements of satisfactory academic progress.

If a student fails to make satisfactory academic progress at the end of an academic year and the student enrolls in summer school, the summer school credit hours completed will be considered in the student's eligibility for continued financial aid.

It is the student's responsibility to contact the Financial Aid Office to request a review of his/her satisfactory academic progress for reinstatement of assistance.

Cancellation of financial aid due to student's failure to meet satisfactory academic progress may be appealed if extenuating circumstances (illness, family problems, death of a family member, etc.) led to academic difficulties. The student's appeal must be in writing and submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

Definitions
Completion of Courses: Hours completed are based on grades of A, B, C, D and P. Hours with an F (failure), W (withdrawal), I (incomplete), X (deferred), IP (in progress) are counted in the number of hours attempted, but not in the number of hours completed. Note: It is the student's responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office when an incomplete grade has been satisfactorily completed. Class repeats, transfer hours and developmental course hours are counted in the total number of hours attempted/completed.

State and federal grants

Illinois State Monetary Award Program
Source: Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Eligibility: U.S. Citizens or eligible noncitizens, Residents of Illinois, Demonstration of need (FAFSA)

Federal Pell Grant
Source: Federal Government
Eligibility: U.S. Citizens or eligible noncitizens, Demonstration of need (FAFSA)

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Source: Federal Government
Eligibility: U.S. Citizens or eligible noncitizens, Demonstration of need (FAFSA)

Information on federal and state programs may be subject to change at any time due to changes in legislation.

Loans

Federal Perkins Loan
Source: Federal Government through Benedictine University
Eligibility: U.S. Citizens or eligible noncitizens, Demonstration of need (FAFSA)
Interest rate: 5%

Federal Stafford Loan
Source: Your local lending institution
Eligibility: U.S. Citizens or eligible noncitizens, Demonstration of need (FAFSA)
Registered for at least six semester hours
Variable interest rate; 8.25% cap.

Federal Parent Loan Program (PLUS)
Source: Your local lending institution
Amount: Cost of education less other financial aid
Eligibility: Registered for at least six semester hours

Employment

Federal Work Study - FWS
Source: Federal Government through Benedictine University
Amount: Hourly wages up to 20 hours per week
Eligibility: U.S. Citizens or eligible noncitizens, Demonstration of need (FAFSA)

University Employment
Amount: Hourly wages up to 20 hours per week
Eligibility: Registered student

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