Catalogue: Online Campus Administration of the Curriculum

Online Campus Semester System

Required courses are taken in 8 week increments with a minimum of two classes being offered in each 8 week term. Online class meetings are required. Students receive course credit toward graduation on the basis of semester hours. Semester hour credit for each course is shown in the Required Courses section.


  • Belhaven University reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is an enrollment of fewer than 12 students.
  • Courses for which no prerequisites are specified have no prerequisites.
  • Credit hours are indicated in parentheses following course titles.

Departmental Abbreviations

Accounting ACC
Biblical Studies and Ministries BIB
Biology BIO
Business BUS
Business Administration (Undergraduate) BBA
Business Administration (Graduate) MBA
Business Leadership MSL
Criminal Justice CJU
Economics ECO
Education EDU
English ENG
Geography GEO
Health Administration (Undergraduate) BHA
Health Administration (Graduate) MHA
History HIS
Interdisciplinary Studies IDS
Mathematics MAT
Ministry MIN
Physics PHY
Public Administration MPA
Psychology PSY
Reading REA
Sociology SOC
Sports Administration MSA
Worldview Curriculum WVC

Grades and Quality Points
The meaning of the course grade is as follows: A, Superior; B, Good; C, Average; D, Passing; F, Failing; I, Incomplete; AU, Audit; NA, No Audit; W, Withdrew Before Grades; WC, Withdrew Course; WP, Withdrew Passing; WF, Withdrew Failing; AW, Administratively Withdrawn; S, Satisfactory; U, Unsatisfactory; ES, Examination Satisfactory; CR, Credit; NC, No Credit.

The grades S (Satisfactory) and U (Unsatisfactory) are used for courses completed on the Pass-Fail option. The grade ES (Examination Satisfactory) is used for credit given by examination in foreign languages and mathematics. The grade CR (Credit) is given for nonacademic courses to indicate that credit has been earned. The grade NC (No Credit) is given for nonacademic courses to indicate that no credit has been earned.

A plus/minus system of grading was implemented in the fall semester of 1985. The plus/minus changed the quality points associated with the letter grades; therefore, the letter grade A now carries 4.00 quality points; A- 3.66; B+ 3.34; B 3.00; B- 2.66; C+ 2.34; C 2.00; C- 1.66; D+ 1.34; D 1.00; D- 0.66; F 0.00. A grade point average is calculated at the end of each semester by dividing the number of quality points earned by the number of semester hours attempted, grades of F being counted as hours attempted. Only the grades listed immediately above carry quality points. Cumulative totals are also computed following each completed grade period.

Transfer work does not affect the Belhaven cumulative grade point average (GPA). The Belhaven cumulative GPA is based entirely upon work done at Belhaven University.


The grade "I" is given at the discretion of the instructor and only in case of a prolonged illness or other emergency and indicates that all requirements in a course have not been met. In order for students to receive the grade "I", they must have made satisfactory progress in the course up to the point of illness or emergency. The grade "I" cannot be given prior to the last day to drop a course without an F. Students receiving the grade "I" should make the following arrangements with their professors and the Registrar's office before the end of the semester:

The student (or one representing the student) must obtain the incomplete request form from the Registrar's office. In filling out this form, students and their professors agree upon the dates of completion for all work. Should a student fail to complete the required work within 30 days following the date of the last class meeting for which the grade of "I" was given, the grade "I" will automatically be changed to a grade of F by the Office of the Registrar.

Independent Study

Independent study courses will be available only for degree-seeking seniors facing imminent graduation who are unable to get a needed course at the regularly scheduled time.

Students must complete a Special Request Form and obtain permission from the Academic Dean in order to register for the course. The professor is not authorized to grant final approval for an independent study course. The request should be made as soon as possible, but must be submitted to the Academic Dean no later than one week prior to the start date for the course.

No course intended to be used for the forgiveness policy can be taken as independent study; furthermore, all forgiveness policy courses must be taken at Belhaven University.

Forgiveness Policy on Repeated Courses

An undergraduate student may request in writing to repeat up to four courses, or 12 hours for forgiveness. A graduate student may request in writing to repeat up to two courses, or six hours for forgiveness. The grade for both courses will appear on the permanent record. The forgiveness policy can be used one time per course. Repeating a course may influence a student's financial aid or sports eligibility.

The following stipulations apply to this policy:

  1. Undergraduate students cannot use this option to repeat a course in which a grade of A, B, or C was earned. This can only be used to replace a grade of C- or below. Graduate students can use this option to repeat a course in which a grade of B- or below was earned. A grade of an F will not forgive a grade of an F; both F's will be calculated in the GPA.
  2. The highest grade earned will be the one used to recalculate the GPA.
  3. The student cannot use the forgiveness policy to replace a grade that was earned at another school, nor may grades earned at Belhaven be replaced by grades earned at another school. This policy will only affect the Belhaven grades and quality point index.
  4. A course intended to be used for the forgiveness policy cannot be taken as independent study and must be taken at Belhaven University.

Academic Standing

A quality point index is calculated at the end of each semester. ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN A GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF 2.0 (3.0 FOR GRADUATES) WITH NO QUALITY POINT INDEX DEFICIENCY, REGARDLESS OF THEIR CLASSIFICATION. The formula for calculation of quality point index is:

Belhaven earned quality points - (Belhaven attempted hours times two) = quality point index.

Administrative Withdrawal

Students may be administratively withdrawn for nonpayment of tuition, misconduct, noncompliance with academic policy, and/or nonattendance.


An undergraduate student's classification is determined by the number of semester hours he/she has to his/her credit. For sophomore standing a student is required to have earned 24 semester hours of credit, for junior standing 54 semester hours, for senior standing 90 semester hours, and for graduation 124 semester hours and 240 quality points.

Course Load

In the online studies program, a normal course load in a four-month period should not exceed 12 semester hours. No student may receive credit for more than 18 hours in a semester.

Grade Reports

At the conclusion of an online campus course, final grade reports will be available on the Belhaven website. The Office of the Registrar will not show students their grades. Grades will not be discussed or given out by phone or e-mail. Course grade reports will indicate course completed, credit received, and grades assigned.


A student who desires a transcript must fill out a request form available on or in the Business Office at least two weeks before the time he/she needs to have the transcript sent. The Registrar is not permitted to issue transcripts for a student who is in debt to the University. The request for a transcript must be signed by the person whose record is to be released. The cost of each transcript is $10.00 for the first two copies and $2 for each additional copy in a single request, and must be paid in advance by cash, credit card, or money order. Personal checks are accepted; however, the transcript request will be held for two weeks to allow time for the check to clear.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

Belhaven University informs students of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. The act, with which the institution intends to comply fully, was designated to protect the privacy of educational records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act.

Belhaven University accords all the rights under law to students who are declared independent. No one outside the institution shall have access to nor will the institution disclose any information from students' education records without the written consent of students except to personnel within the institution, to accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, to persons in compliance with a judicial order, and to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. All these exceptions are permitted under the act.

Within the Belhaven community, only those members individually or collectively acting in the student's educational interest are allowed access to student education records. These members include personnel in the office of the registrar, provost's office, admission's office, student services office, financial aid office, business office, and office of institutional improvement.

Students may not inspect and review the following as outlined by the act: confidential letters and recommendations associated with admission, employment or job placement, or honors to which they have waived their rights of inspection and review, or education records containing information about more than one student, in which case the institution will permit access only to that part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student.

Class Attendance Policy

The online class attendance policy assumes that students will be present for all classes. Belhaven University Online Campus policy requires that students attend at least 75 percent of class meetings during a term in order to receive credit.

Class attendance is mandatory. The nature of the fast pace of the program requires that students turn in all assignments by the weekly deadline:

A maximum of two absences are allowed for an eight-week course that does not have any live online meetings. All reasons for absences (illness, power outage, internet or technical problems, emergencies, late registration, etc.) are included in the maximum number of absences. An absence in a course that has no live online meetings is interpreted thusly:

  • If the student does not log into the online course and does not actively participate in the class (e.g. student fails to submit at least one assignment, take a quiz, or respond to at least one discussion question), it cannot be confirmed that the student is actually attending the class, so the student will be counted absent. Simply viewing a hall video does not constitute attendance.
  • If the student is absent (as described above) for more than the maximum number of allowed absences, the student will automatically be withdrawn from the course. In this case, a student must consider that financial aid may be affected.

Academic Plan

A student's academic plan is available upon entering an educational program.


Graduation with Honors

To graduate cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude, a baccalaureate degree seeking student must have earned a minimum of 60 academic hours carrying quality points at Belhaven University. At the time of graduation the student must have established a cumulative quality point index on the Belhaven University record and meet the minimum below to be eligible:
cum laude, 3.4; magna cum laude, 3.7; summa cum laude, 3.9.
To graduate "with honors," a student must have a minimum of 45 academic hours carrying quality points at Belhaven University and a 3.4 cumulative grade point average at Belhaven University

Belhaven University baccalaureate degree-seeking students who graduate with academic honors will wear Belhaven University honor cords for the graduation commencement ceremonies. Students are not allowed to wear any other regalia from societies, sororities, or organizations not affiliated directly with Belhaven University.

Veterans' Regulations

Each recipient of VA benefits enrolled at Belhaven University is expected to become familiar with, and to adhere to, all academic policies stated in the current issue of the Belhaven University catalogue.

Tutorial Work

The term "tutorial" is applied to final coursework being completed by a nonresident Belhaven student

Alternative Credit (For undergraduate degrees only)
(All alternative credit must not exceed 30 credit hours toward the undergraduate degree.)

  • Standardized Testing
    Belhaven University recognizes the CLEP and ACT PEP standardized tests for credit and accepts the recommended score scale. Alternative credit, including CLEP, AP, and ACT PEP may not exceed 30 hours. Students may not CLEP core courses in their major. CLEP courses, when allowed, become Gen Eds or electives and are counted as part of the alternative credit limit. CLEP of the basic Gen Ed courses ENG104/105, MAT202 is not permitted.
  • Foreign Language Proficiency Exams
    Foreign students may not register for credit in their native language. Students may earn college credit for Spanish, French, or German only by taking the CLEP examination at the elementary or intermediate levels. Students may earn up to the required number of credit hours in the general education core for their major in a single language through completion of the CLEP examination with a minimum score of 50 or above or through proficiency credit. The CLEP standardized examination will preclude the use of departmental examinations except in those areas where CLEP examinations are not available.

    The method of testing and the number of credit hours to be awarded for languages other than Spanish, French, or German will be determined by the chair of the foreign language department or their designee. For testing other than CLEP, a $100 fee is charged for administering a proficiency exam; an additional fee of $100 is charged if the exam is completed and credit is to be awarded.
  • Military Credit
    Credit for military service may be awarded as four credit hours of physical education if credit has not already been achieved in this area. These credits are awarded as non-academic hours. Other military training courses are individually assessed by the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. Alternative credit, including military credit, may not exceed 30 hours.
  • Documented and Experiential Learning Credit (Maximum credit - 15 hours)
    Belhaven University is among more than 600 colleges and universities involved in assessing documented learning for academic credit toward an undergraduate degree. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), an educational association founded in 1974 to promote the acceptance of the awarding of college credit for documented and experiential learning, has led the way in developing and implementing assessment techniques. Belhaven University uses the guidelines developed by CAEL. In order for the credit to be granted officially and recorded on the transcript, the applicant must have completed successfully a minimum of 12 semester hours of academic course work at Belhaven University. This type of credit is not necessarily transferable into or out of Belhaven University. A $150.00 assessment fee is paid at the time the portfolio is turned in for assessment. Upon awarding of credit, the student is charged $75.00 per semester hour of credit and must pay the full amount before the credits are recorded on the student's permanent record. Students wishing to earn academic credit must submit the required portfolio information for assessment upon completion of EDU 290. A maximum of 15 hours may be earned through portfolio assessment. Credit is awarded and applied only as elective credit. The process for experiential credit should be completed prior to the beginning of the last course required for degree completion. An additional fee must be paid prior to the beginning of the course for additional software usage required for the course.
  • Documented Learning - Portfolio I
    Credit for professional or technical courses, licenses, certifications, workshops, etc., can be awarded if documented thoroughly. Faculty members assess the validity of substantial documentation based on completion, clock hours, and content. The Portfolio I must include a resume, an autobiographical sketch, and a value of learning statement for each topic area. One semester hour of credit may be awarded for 20 hours of instruction that is determined by faculty to be college level.
  • Experiential Learning - Portfolio II
    Experiential learning credit assessments, in the form of portfolios, are methods by which students may earn academic credit for college-level learning completed outside of the traditional classroom setting. It is designed to assist adult learners in attaining their academic and career goals by validating their professional competencies acquired through experiential learning.