Catalogue: Adult Program
Belhaven University believes that well-rounded personal and social development can best be accomplished within a Christian community. Therefore, in order to meet individual needs while working for the needs of the community, it is necessary to establish guidelines for conduct. Belhaven's adult studies student handbook describes in detail guidelines governing general college regulations. The system of standards set forth in the student handbook is intended to maintain a balance between individual freedom and the good of the community. Believing that every aspect of life should be lived to the glory of God, Belhaven University seeks to apply consistently these standards with a concern for the total development of the individual.
Belhaven reserves the right to withdraw or dismiss any student who, in its judgment, displays conduct in violation of the standards of the University.
Grievance Policy for Written Student Complaints
The student grievance or complaint policy insures that students have adequate lines of communication wherein to file written complaints. Students are encouraged to inform the proper university official, as described in this Catalogue and the student handbook, any time they feel one of their student rights or privileges has been denied.
Grading is viewed by Belhaven University as a contractual relationship between faculty member and student; and although students have the right to protest, actual changes in grades are both rare and at the discretion of the faculty member. The Dean will intervene only in extreme circumstances or when the course materials or curricular items are concerned. Should a student believe there is concrete reason to protest a grade for a course, the procedures are as follows:
- The student shall contact the faculty member for discussion within seven calendar days of receiving the grade.
- If the student continues to feel justified in making a grade appeal, a petition to change a grade form can be accessed from Student Services within 30 calendar days of the completion of the course. The form and necessary supporting documentation (i.e. documented correspondence and copies of graded works in question) should be submitted through Student Services to the Academic Appeals Committee
- The Academic Appeals Committee shall review the student's appeal and reach a decision. When the Committee or university official takes action, the student will be notified in writing of the decision and a copy of all correspondence will be forwarded to Student Services and the Registrar's Office for placement in the student's
file. Decisions made by the Academic Appeals Committee are final and may not be appealed.
Academic grievances concerning a faculty member should be submitted to the campus Dean. Decisions made by the campus Dean shall be final.
Academic Disability Accommodation
Belhaven University offers students disability accommodation in accordance with the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The student must make his or her disability known to the Office of Student Services and must provide current documentation, within 3 years, of the disability from an appropriate licensed professional and complete the Belhaven ADA Request Form for accommodation. The student must provide such a request to Student Success at least two weeks prior to the beginning of each semester for which the accommodation is requested. Approved accommodations will be made within a reasonable time period after completion of the official request.
Grievance Procedure for Disabled Students
Belhaven University has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints alleging any action prohibited by regulations implementing the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other pertinent federal, state, and local disability anti-discrimination laws.
For grievances related to academic accommodations, The campus Dean shall serve as the Complaint "Coordinator".
- Applicants or students shall file complaints, in writing, with the Coordinator. A complaint shall contain the name and address of the person filing it and a brief description of the alleged violation. If the complainant needs an accommodation in order to file the complaint, he/she should inform the person taking the complaint.
- Such complaints must be filed within 45 calendar days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation.
- An investigation, as may be appropriate, shall follow the filing of a complaint. The Coordinator will conduct the investigation.
- The Coordinator shall issue a written determination regarding the complaint and a description of the resolution and shall forward a copy to the complainant within a reasonable time.
- The complainant may request a reconsideration of the case in instances where he/she is dissatisfied with the resolution. Persons with complaints should make requests for reconsideration to the Assistant Vice President for Adult Studies within 30 calendar days of the date of the written determination issued by the Coordinator.
- The Assistant Vice President for Adult Studies shall issue a decision regarding the appeal within a reasonable time, and this decision shall be final.
For grievances related to non-academic accommodations, the policy in the student handbook should be followed.
Anti-hazing Policy (Florida)
In compliance with Florida statutory requirements, the following anti-hazing policy is in effect: Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purposes of initiation or admission into or affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in any organization operating under the sanction of or recognized by Belhaven University is expressly prohibited at Belhaven University.
Appropriate employment information that is provided by employers to Belhaven University will be posted on the online job board that is accessible through http://bcblazenet.belhaven.edu, the campus intranet. Students and alumni can access the job board using an assigned user name and password.
On the Jackson campus, job placement and career planning services are provided for Belhaven University students and alumni through the office of student services.
Warren A. Hood Library
The Warren A. Hood Library houses more than 115,000 items. In addition to book and periodical collections, the library provides access to a vast array of electronic indexes and databases, media collections, archival materials, and reference materials for all fields of study at Belhaven.
The Virtual Library is accessed through the Library web page (www.belhaven.edu/Library) and also taps into a large collection of online full text and citation databases including EBSCOhost, Grove's Dictionary of Art, Oxford Music Online, Christian Periodical Index, Mergent Online, CQ Researcher, and Classical Music Library. Additionally, library patrons have access to more than 35,000 e-books. These e-books are accessible 24/7 through netLibrary from any computer with an internet connection.
The library is open approximately 80 hours per week during the Fall and Spring sessions. Hours are slightly reduced during holidays, breaks and during the summer session. The library hours are intended to sufficiently provide Belhaven faculty, staff, students, and administration access to collections, services and professional assistance.
The library staff is well trained to assist all faculty and students with a wide range of research activities. It is the librarians' intent that each student at Belhaven develops transferable skills to ensure life-long learning through instruction and skilled use of the materials (both physical and online) available through the Warren A. Hood Library as well as any library or research facility throughout the world.
Professional librarians are available for subject specific reference consultations. Advance appointments may be scheduled by contacting the library at 601-968-5948, 1-800-808-5002 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To supplement resources provided by the Warren A. Hood Library, Houston students who are Texas residents may utilize TexShare, an extensive library network of public and academic libraries. Among the services available through TexShare are remote access to online databases and a card that allows some checkout privileges at member libraries, including libraries at publicly funded state universities. The Houston Public Library system is a member of TexShare. Any Texas resident who holds a valid library card to a TexShare-member institution may take advantage of these resources. Students are responsible for any incidental fees, interlibrary loan fees, copy fees, fines, etc.
Belhaven students who are Memphis area residents are allowed library use and privileges at the University of Memphis. Students may request a "Special Privilege Card" by showing a photo ID, such as a driver's license, and completing a form which is available in the McWherter Library Circulation Department (University of Memphis, Main Library). Students are responsible for any incidental fees, interlibrary loan fees, copy fees, fines, etc.
To supplement resources provided by the Warren A. Hood Library, Belhaven University has an agreement with the University of Central Florida (UCF) to make UCF library resources and services available to Belhaven University students. The services provided through UCF's library include circulation of materials, interlibrary loan, research and document delivery services. Students desiring to use UCF resources must first request a "Special Borrower" card from Belhaven's Academic Dean at the Orlando Campus. Students are responsible for any incidental fees, interlibrary loan fees, copy fees, fines, etc.
In addition, Orlando students have access to services at the Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) (Orlando Campus). Available services include in-house use of library resources and circulation of up to five titles. RTS will issue a library card to Belhaven students who present a valid ID, phone number, and email address. Students are responsible for any incidental fees, interlibrary loan fees, copy fees, fines, etc.
In addition to textbooks and supplies, the Belhaven Bookstore, located in the McCravey-Triplett Student Center, offers a variety of Belhaven memorabilia such as shirts, mugs, trade books, and Christian books and music.
Students will participate in the book borrowing plan. Students will be issued a textbook prior to each course start and must return the textbook once the course is completed. Students may purchase new textbooks at a rate charged for all new textbooks or purchase books that have been used multiple time at a rate charged for used textbooks. A maximum of two classes' textbooks can be signed out to the student. In the event a student requests textbooks for any classes beyond the two class maximum, no further textbooks will be issued until a return is initiated.
Jackson adult and graduate students should contact the student accounts office in Student Financial Planning located on the first floor of Preston Hall.
Atlanta, Chattanooga, Desoto, Houston, Memphis, and Orlando students can contact the Office of Student Financial Planning concerning their tuition accounts toll-free at 1-800-960-5940 and ask for Student Financial Planning.
Writing Center (Jackson Campus)
The mathematics lab is available to help students with math skills. The lab is in operation during the fall and spring semesters. Hours of operation vary with each semester, but are posted throughout the campus. The center is not open during the summer months. Students may come by during regular business hours, or they may call 968-8710 to schedule an appointment. Individual tutors are available at branch campuses.
Mathematics Lab (Jackson Campus)
The mathematics lab is available to help students with math skills. The lab is located on the first floor of Fitzhugh Hall (Room 113) and is in operation during the fall and spring semesters. Hours of operation vary with each semester, but are posted throughout the campus. The center is not open during the summer months. Students may come by during regular business hours, or they may call 968-8710 to schedule an appointment. Individual tutors are available at branch campuses.
Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society
Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society which was founded "to recognize adult students in continuing higher education who achieve academic excellence while managing the responsibilities to family, work, and the community." Eligibility for the honor society is open to matriculated undergraduate Adult Studies students who
1. have earned 24 or more credits at Belhaven University, and a total of 90 credits.
2. are in the top ten percent of the student pool remaining after completion of step one, and
3. have a GPA of 3.5 or above.
Letters inviting eligible students to join the honor society are issued once a year, in the spring term.