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Variable Credit Courses
Courses with a variable credit designation
may be taken for a different number of
credit hours.  Students should consult the
course instructor or the department offering
the course to determine the number of
semester hours for which they may register. 
A variable credit course cannot be taken
again unless it is clearly designated as
repeatable.
Penalties for Grade Point
Deficiencies
Academic Probation
Graduate students will be placed on
Academic Probation if they fail to attain a
3.0 cumulative grade point average
necessary to be in Good Academic
Standing.  Students will be notified by the
University in writing of their probationary
status.
Students on Academic Probation will be
limited to a course load of 7 semester hours. 
It is the students' responsibility to contact
their advisors so that their course loads can
be adjusted to the 7 hour limit.  Students on
Academic Probation may lose financial aid.
If students do not earn a 3.00 cumulative
grade point average during a probationary
semester, their continued enrollment at
Grand View University will be subject to
review by the Graduate Council.  This
review could lead to either Academic
Suspension or admission to an additional
probationary semester.
Academic Suspension
The Graduate Council places graduate
students on Academic Suspension when
students do not meet the minimum
cumulative grade point average in a
probationary semester. If a student’s GPA
indicates inability to be successful in
graduate school, the Graduate Council may
suspend a student after an initial semester
of graduate study.
Graduate students suspended will need to
reapply to the Graduate Council and
demonstrate the ability to be successful in
graduate school. They must speak to the
reasons they were suspended and how they
have rectified their situation at the time of
re-admission.  
Class Attendance
Regular attendance at classes is expected of
all students.  There is no system of allowed
absences or class cuts.  Special attendance
regulations are the responsibility of each
faculty member, who will announce the
policy to the students at the beginning of
each course.
Students incurring absences due to
participation in off-campus experiences and
trips approved by the Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs or Dean of
Graduate Studies have the responsibility of
clearing such absences with faculty whose
classes they will miss and arranging for any
make-up work prior to being absent. 
Because approved trips are considered to
be supportive of the total University
program, faculty are strongly encouraged
to allow students to make up work that has
been missed.  Final permission to make up
work because of absence for ANY reason
rests with the individual faculty member.
Even though the attendance policy is up to
the discretion of each faculty member, non-
attendance is monitored in the classroom as
required by federal regulation (34 CFR
668.22).
Students are responsible for submitting the
Change in Registration form to drop any
class they are not attending.  If students
never attend a particular course, they are
administratively dropped from the course
after the first week of the semester or session. 
The Registrar's Office notifies students in
writing when such action is taken.
STUDENT COMPLAINTS
AND GRIEVANCES
Student Complaints
A student complaint is limited:  1) to a
dispute or difference regarding the
interpretation or application of established
Grand View policies or procedures OR 2) to
addressing an issue for which the University
does not have an established policy or
procedure.  A student complaint must be in
writing and must set forth all of the relevant
facts upon which it is based, the policy or
procedure involved, and the relief sought.  A
student complaint must be submitted to the
appropriate member of the President's
Council (vice president or his/her designee).
Student Grievances
Procedures to appeal or reexamine a
previously made decision have been
established by several administrative units of
the University.  Formal grievance procedures
exist:
To appeal a final course grade or
instructor's final academic disciplinary
action (Dean of Graduate Studies). Graduate
students who wish to appeal a final course
grade or other final academic disciplinary
action of an instructor must complete and file
an Academic Appeal form to the Dean of
Graduate Studies within 14 calendar days
after the end of the academic term in which
the issue of disagreement occurred.
To appeal decisions regarding admission,
progression or graduation in the graduate
program (Dean of Graduate Studies).
Graduate students who wish to appeal a
previously made decision must submit a
Letter of Intent to File a Grievance to the
Dean of Graduate Studies within 14 days
after the incident.  The student must
subsequently complete a Statement of
Grievance within 48 hours after the Letter of
Intent is received in the Dean’s office.
To appeal a parking ticket (Office of the Vice
President for Student Affairs).  Students who
wish to appeal a parking ticket must
complete and submit a Parking Appeal Form
to the Office of Student Life within 10 days
after receiving a citation.
Academic Honesty
Grand View is dedicated to the
development of the whole person and is
committed to truth, excellence, and ethical
values.  Personal integrity and academic
honesty in all aspects of the University
experience are the responsibility of each
faculty member, staff member, and student.
A student has an obligation to do work that
is his or her own and reflects his or her
learning and quest for academic
knowledge.  Dishonesty and cheating are
not acceptable behaviors.  Examples
include helping others during exams,
writing papers for others, falsifying
data/records, copying other students’ work,
taking work directly from the Internet or
any printed source and claiming it as one’s
own, and downloading/purchasing papers
online.  Students who cheat could risk
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