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PROGRAM ORIENTATION
All newly admitted graduate students are
required to attend an Orientation to
Graduate Study that is scheduled at the
beginning of their first class, Leading for
Change I.  The Orientation to Graduate
Study is intended to introduce students:
To the mission and purposes of Grand
View and Graduate Studies.
To graduate program policies and
procedures.
To the programs and services
available to support their success. 
To the Dean and faculty of Graduate
Studies.
To their cohort classmates.
To the concept of mentoring employed
by Graduate Studies.
Advising
All students admitted to Graduate Studies
will be advised by the Dean during their
initial term of enrollment. The Dean will
prepare and distribute to each student
enrolled in the graduate program a two-
year Plan of Study which identifies the
courses that are to be taken, the
requirements that are to be satisfied, and
the academic term in which courses and 
requirements are to be completed.  Before
the end of the first term of graduate study,
the Dean will assign a permanent academic
advisor from the track in which the student
is pursuing specialization.
Graduate students are encouraged to meet
with their academic advisor regularly. 
Graduate students are required to meet
with their academic advisor at least once
each academic term to register for courses
for the coming term.
Graduate students are required to complete
a Petition to Graduate by February 1 in the
year in which they plan to graduate. 
Petitions to Graduate will be submitted to
the Dean of Graduate Studies by the
academic advisor and submitted, reviewed,
and filed with the Office of the University
Registrar.
The Graduate Community and
Mentoring
Much of life’s journey occurs in
community—in our families, at our places
of work or service, in our educational
endeavors, and with the friendships that
we develop.  Graduate study is a complex
and challenging undertaking.  Grand View
University places a high priority on
mentoring and on the development of
community among those students who are
engaged in graduate study.
Grand View’s commitment to these goals
occurs through::
1.  Activities, events, and programs
scheduled by the Graduate Council both
after students have been admitted and
before they begin their graduate study as
well as during their years of formal study.
2.  The relationship that each graduate
student establishes with his/her academic
advisor and with other faculty members
who teach and guide graduate level study.
Grand View University strives, as our
mission statement declares “to engage,
equip, and empower students to fulfill their
ambitions and to serve society.”
ACADEMIC INFORMATION
Registration
Graduate students register and progress
through the program as a cohort.
New students may register in advance
according to information that will be sent
after the acceptance process is completed. 
In addition, registration is possible on days
specified in the University calendar.
Returning students will pre-register for the
following semester according to the
schedule distributed by the Registrar's
Office each semester.
The times of registration for Graduate
Students are stated in connection with the
announcement of course offerings prior to
the opening of each session.
In every instance registration is complete
when students have enrolled for a schedule
of courses and have completed financial
arrangements in the Business Office.
Academic Load
Full time graduate load is 9 semester hours. 
Those enrolled for fewer than 9 hours are
considered part-time students.  Half time is
considered 5 semester hours. Typically a
semester is designed to have  7 credit hours.
Changes in Registration
When necessary, changes in registration
may be made.  However, students should
plan their academic programs carefully so
that subsequent changes are kept to a
minimum.  After the first five class days of
the fall or spring academic terms, no new
courses may be added to students'
schedules without the instructors' written
approval.
For other academic terms, the add/drop
period is the first 7% of the term.  Specific
dates are listed on the course schedule for
each term.
Withdrawal from Courses or from
the University
Individual Course Withdrawal
Students may officially withdraw from an
individual course during the first 60% of a
semester.  If withdrawal occurs after the
first five class days of the fall, spring or
summer academic terms and before the end
of the first 60% of the semester, the registrar
will place the symbol W on a student's
transcript.  Students who drop individual
courses after the first 60% will receive an F
(fail) grade for those courses.  For academic
courses of irregular length, the withdrawal
date shall be 60% of the length of the
course.  If withdrawal occurs after the first
7% of the academic term and before the
final withdrawal date, the registrar will
place the symbol W on a student's
transcript.  An F (fail) grade will be
recorded for any irregular length course
that a student drops after the withdrawal
deadline.  The specific date for this deadline
is listed on the course schedule for each
academic term, which is distributed by the
Registrar's Office.  If students have been
found guilty of academic dishonesty and a
penalty of an F (fail) grade is assigned, a W
cannot be granted.
Withdrawal from Grand View
Students may withdraw from the
University and receive a W for each course
if withdrawal occurs before the end of the
first 60% of the semester.  A failing grade
will be recorded for all courses if the
University withdrawal is made after the
first 60% of the term.  Students who
withdraw from Grand View’s graduate
program will need to apply for
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