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Southeastern University    
 
    
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
2017-2018 Southeastern University - Extended Education Catalog

Academic Policies


Contents

Southeastern University is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning. The educational programs of Southeastern University are designed to foster successful academic achievement in order to equip students to discover and develop their divine design, to serve Christ and the world through Spirit-empowered life, learning, and leadership. We are committed to equipping the next generation of leaders so that they can go into the world as influential servants in their careers and their communities.

This catalog gives general information on the academic regulations and degree requirements. In upgrading all areas of the university, Southeastern University reserves the right to change the rules regulating admission, instruction, graduation and any other activity affecting the student body, including prospective students and currently enrolled students.

New Students

New students must complete all of the Admission process before they may register for classes. New students must submit:

A high school transcript with the graduation date listed by the beginning of the semester. Transfer students with at least 60 earned credits on a college or university transcript that are eligible for transfer will not need to submit the high school transcript.

Test scores (ACT, SAT, COMPASS, PERT) in order to be placed in the correct Math and English courses. Students that are eligible for a course waiver due to test scores must make up the waived credit in general elective.  A waiver does not grant academic credit.

Students who have completed the admission process will receive an instructional email from the Registrar’s office that includes all of the needed information for new student registration. Students needing assistance may call or email the Registrar’s office (phone: 863-667-5015; email: registrar@seu.edu) or the Academic Advising office (phone: 863-667-5082; email: advising@seu.edu).

Class Attendance Policy

Students are both expected and encouraged to attend classes regularly. The lack of attendance may affect a student’s grade.

In online courses, attendance is collected in the first week when the student completes the SEU Student Acknowledgement. Failure to complete the quiz will result in the student being dropped from the course. Ongoing participation in the online course is expected through class discussions, assignment submissions, and other integrated assessments. Please review the online course syllabus for details.

For extension site and blended evening courses , a student may miss a class without penalty equal to the number of times a class meets per week as follows:

  • If the class meets once a week, a student may miss one class.

  • If the class meets two times a week, a student may miss two classes.

  • If the class meets three times a week, a student may miss three classes.

If a student’s absences exceed the number of times a class meets per week, a professor may:

  • Subject the student to a penalty of not more than one letter grade based on attendance alone.

  • Recommend to the Registrar that a student with excessive absences be withdrawn from the course.

Working within the framework of the above guidelines, faculty will clearly articulate their attendance policy in the course syllabus.

Prolonged and/or unusual absences not covered by the policy may be appealed to the Office of the Registrar by either the professor or the student. Appeals must be submitted in writing.

Orientation

Upon acceptance, new students will receive a link to access the new student virtual orientation.  While receiving answers to many frequent questions along the way, students will learn about financial aid details, student support services, and how to decide and execute registration for the appropriate courses. The virtual orientation also directs students to our online bookstore where they can purchase all required textbooks and course materials they will need. This portal walks each student through all necessary steps to launch a successful start!

Educational Testing Services (ETS) Proficiency Profile

Southeastern University students are required to take the ETS (Educational Testing Services) Proficiency Profile assessment twice, in order to assess learning. New students with 18 or less transfer credits are required to take the ETS before they begin their freshman year. SEU undergrad students take the exam again to be assessed on General Education competencies in their junior year. This national ETS exam is mandatory and necessary for SEU’s continued accreditation, programs and coursework. Students may not graduate without fulfilling this requirement. Students will be notified once achieving 64 earned  credit hours or more in order to take the ETS Proficiency Profile online.

The Academic Year

Southeastern University offers nontraditional programs to non-residential students through an online format, as well as evening classes that are four weeks and/or eight weeks in length. Online and evening Programs are designed for adult learners, who desire to complete a degree while continuing with work and life activities. Online and evening Programs feature a limited number of degrees, described under the Academic Programs section.

Southeastern University has established extension sites in a variety of locations throughout the United States. These sites consist of students who are enrolled in online and face-to-face courses in specific degree programs, and are facilitated by meeting with a face-to-face professor and a coordinator for the site. They are advised by our Office of Academic Advising and served by the School of Extended Education.

Classification of Students

A student is classified as a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student.

Degree Seeking

Definition of Degree Seeking: A student who is systematically pursuing a degree program and is classified by the number of earned semester hours of credit. The minimum qualifications for each class are:

  • Freshman 0 to 31 hours

  • Sophomore 32 to 63 hours

  • Junior 64 to 95 hours

  • Senior 96 or more hours

Non-Degree Seeking

A student who is not pursuing a degree program.

  • Audit status - The student is enrolled in a course for which he or she will not earn credit. An audit student may enroll for a class during the regular registration period, but the enrollment will be held until students taking the course for credit have been placed.

  • Special status - An individual taking any course for personal or professional reasons without the intent of acquiring a degree.

  • Academy Program - student taking annual courses to obtain certification, licensing or ordination with the Assemblies of God.

  • Transient status - The student classified as a degree candidate from another institution who enrolls for the purpose of transferring credits back to his or her original school. A transient student must present an official statement attesting to good standing at his/her institution, and approval of courses to be taken at Southeastern University generally in the form of a transient letter.

  • Dual-Enrolled status - The high school student taking courses to gain both high school and college credit. Courses taken must be approved through the student’s high school guidance counselor.

Students Seeking a Second Bachelor’s Degree

Any student with an earned bachelor’s degree from any school including Southeastern University may apply for a second bachelor’s degree. The transferring degree is evaluated on a course-by-course basis, according to the credit transfer policies described in the credit transfer policies section of this catalog. The student may have the unofficial transcript evaluated by submitting it to his/her Admission Counselor prior to admission. The student must complete all degree program requirements that have not been met by transfer or other acceptable credit granting means as described in the credit transfer policies of this catalog. The student must take a minimum of 25% of the program requirements in pursuit of the second degree at Southeastern. These students are generally admitted at the senior level, when the transferred credit was earned from a regionally accredited institution.

Permission to enroll in a graduate course is not recognized as admission into the graduate program. The student may subsequently apply for a graduate degree program by completing the Graduate Application and meeting all requirements for admission.

Course Schedules and Registration

The class schedule is developed with the degree seeking student in mind. Certain courses are offered every semester. Others are offered during alternate semesters or as needed. The university reserves the right to regulate the number of students in a class and to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment to justify its continuance.

Students may use the drop/add period to adjust their schedules due to cancelled classes without incurring fees. Students are responsible to check the web site, their student web access, and contact the Office of the Registrar (863-667-5015) during the drop/add period for class cancellations and additions, class enrollment fluctuations, and assigned faculty changes.

When registering for specific courses, students are expected to note prerequisites or other special requirements. Students are not permitted to register for courses without completing prerequisites unless special permission is obtained from the department chair and Academic Dean of the School of Extended Education..

The four digit numbering of courses represents the level of enrollment: freshman-1000; sophomore - 2000; junior - 3000; senior - 4000. The credit value of a course is listed with the description of the course in this catalog and appears in the Student Information System (JICS) under the course offerings each term.

Registration

There are three registration periods: pre-registration, regular registration and late registration. Pre-registration is available to continuing students only. All other registration opportunities are available to newly admitted students, readmitted former students and students continuing at Southeastern.

Pre-Registration

  • Is preceded by approximately 10 days of advising. Students are encouraged to discuss their academic plans with advisors. Although advisors are available to guide students in course selection and degree fulfillment, the student is ultimately responsible for his or her own educational choices, by following the four year plans and degree program schedules.

  • Returning students will have first registration preference.

Regular Registration

  • To qualify for regular registration, the student must complete all requirements for admission or readmission, and be accepted to the university.

  • Incoming students may register for classes after receiving registration information from the Office of the Registrar. This indicates the student has met requirements for Admission.

  • New students may use registration information sent to them, to guide them in the selection of courses. New students will be assisted by an Academic Advisor who will review or assist in selection of courses to meet their educational goals.

  • A student should indicate their major or program of interest on their initial application..

  • The student’s advisor is listed in the JICS Student Information account under the Advising tab.

  • Four-Year Plans and Audit Sheets are available on the Programs of Study webpage. Students can find these plans at the top right side of each program page. Contact your advisor for assistance.

Late Registration

All students register for courses according to the 2 or 4 year plan associated with their degree program.  Degree plans can be located in the Extended Education catalog, and personalized degree programs can be located in the online JICS Student Information System. New online students will have a schedule created for them by their Student Support Specialist in their first semester, and sent via email to the student’s official SEU email.

Students should check SEU email daily, as this is SEU’s official form of communication. Technical issues should be reported to helpdesk@seu.edu. Questions registration may be directed to registrar@seu.edu or advising@seu.edu. Academic Advisors are available to students year round, by phone, email or appointment.

Drop/Add Procedure

Drop/add deadlines three  days after the start of all nontraditional courses, as designated in the Academic Calendar. The drop/add period only takes place at the beginning of each semester, and covers the first and second eight week session of the term. Schedules should be set in place for the entire term by the drop/add deadline. Students may add, drop or make changes to their class schedule during this period. Students should contact an academic advisor prior to making a scheduling change; however, the student is ultimately responsible for his or her educational choices, and following the course plan for his or her degree.

Students registered in online courses are required to complete the SEU Student Acknowledgement to access the content within the course by the drop/add period. Students, who do not complete the SEU Student Acknowledgement, will be reported as absent and will be removed from the course. Students registered in face-to-face courses at an extension site or regional campus, as well as blended courses are required to attend all classes during the drop/add period to reserve their seats in classes. Students who do not attend or do not have a school-sanctioned absence will be reported as absent  and may be removed from the  class. This does not absolve the student from responsibility to add/drop from the class. The student will be charged for every class on their schedule.

The web registration permissions will be inactivated at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the drop/add period. Failure to attend class, access your online course, or drop the course via your online account access is not proper procedure and may result in the recording of “F” grades. Technical difficulties on the final day of the drop/add period do not absolve the student from responsibility. Contact the Office of the Registrar (863-667-5015) for assistance.

The entry of the dropped course(s) will not appear on any permanent academic record, and full tuition refund is permitted within this period. The drop/add period ends three days after the start of all nontraditional courses and no additional changes are normally permitted.

Financial Aid is based on the total of hours a student is enrolled in on the last day of drop/add period. While some additions may be allowed mid-semester, drops are not permitted after the drop/add deadline for this reason. Registration errors may be appealed by contacting the Office of the Registrar  during that same semester.

Course Load

The normal academic load is 15-16 hours per semester. This enables the student to complete degree requirements in approximately four years. A student may register for up to 17 hours per semester after consultation with his or her academic advisor. To register for 18 to 21 hours, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and permission from the Academic Advisor or the Registrar. The maximum course load permitted with special approval is 21 hours.

The minimum course load for full-time classification is 12 hours per semester. Students registered in nontraditional courses will be billed per credit hour.

Semester Continuance Policy

A student may occasionally have an issue or life event that prohibits him/her from finishing a semester successfully within the eight-week term. This Semester Continuance Policy is designed to assist a student in completing a semester of courses successfully by extending the deadline for a specified time in order to complete required coursework. Reasons can be varied and unexpected. Triggers for continuation may be identified as medical issues or events such as an accident resulting in an injury, emotional and psychological issues or events such as personal trauma or criminal attack, and death or serious illness of an immediate family member.

In order to be granted a semester continuance, a student must have successfully completed 60% of the course or courses, which is five weeks of an eight -week term with satisfactory progress in each course under consideration for an extension of the coursework deadline. Continuance will be considered for each course separately, independent of the other courses in progress.

Non-medical requests for Semester Continuance are submitted to the Director of Academic Advising. Requests for Medical Semester Continuance are submitted to Office of Academic & Auxiliary Services. Submissions of medical or other appropriate documentation will be required.. If the student has not yet completed 60% of the course and course work, it will be recommended that the student withdraw from the course. Depending on the situation and the amount of time that has been spent so far in the course or courses, a written appeal to drop the course or courses and financial charges or pro-ration of charges will be considered. Southeastern University is under no obligation to drop charges for any course that has been attempted past the drop/add deadline.

Professors of each course under consideration for an extension of the deadline will be consulted, and must be in agreement in order to offer the extension. The extension will be determined and documented in writing, with a definite list of expectations and the new deadline for all assignments to be submitted. Failure to finish the course work by the new deadline will result in the grade earned by the student. If satisfactory progress has not been made in a course at the point of the need for continuance, the professor and the Director of Academic Advising will recommend the student withdraw from the course. A grade of W will be posted, which does not impact the GPA. The student may appeal to have a late withdrawal granted after the 60% mark has passed. The Director of Academic Advising will assist in notifications to all departments.

Directed Study

Directed Study is a regular course taken by special arrangements under the supervision of an instructor. A student enrolled as a degree-seeking candidate may apply for Directed Study. Forms for Directed Study are available from the Office of the Registrar. Directed Study must be approved by the supervising instructor, department chair, and Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education prior to registration.

The following apply to Directed Study registration:

  1. Students may earn a maximum of 12 hours through Directed Study. Of these, only six can be in their major.

  2. Directed Study is available only for 3000 and 4000 level courses.

  3. Students must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and at least 64 earned credit hours (junior status) to apply.

  4. Registration for Directed Study must be completed during the regular registration period as stated in the academic calendar.

  5. Directed Study courses must be completed within one semester. Extensions must be requested and approved in the same manner established for standard courses (see university policy on incompletes).

  6. The regular grading scale applies to courses completed by Directed Study.

  7. The following additional conditions must be met for Directed Study requested in a fall, spring, or summer semester:

    1. The course is required for the student’s major.

    2. The student has an unavoidable scheduling conflict.

    3. The course will not be offered again before the student’s scheduled graduation date.

  8. Directed Study is restricted by faculty availability.

  9. Directed Study may be utilized to pursue an area of study that can be individually designed by the professor in collaboration with the student.

  10. The professor and the student should not proceed with the course of study until the registration is approved, entered, and reflected on the student’s official course schedule.

Grades and Quality Points

The following scale of letter grades is used in recording a student’s academic progress:

Grade

Explanation

Points Range

Quality Points

A

Superior performance in all aspects of the course with work exemplifying the highest quality-Unquestionably prepared for subsequent courses in field.

94-100%

4.0

A-

Superior performance in most aspects of the course; high quality work in the remainder-Unquestionably prepared for subsequent courses in field.

90-93%

3.67

B+

High quality performance in all or most aspects of the course-Very good chance of success in subsequent courses in field.

87-89%

3.33

B

High quality performance in some of the course; satisfactory performance in the remainder-Good chance of success in subsequent courses in field.

84-86%

3.0

B-

Satisfactory performance in the course-Evidence of sufficient learning to succeed in subsequent courses in field.

80-83%

2.67

C+

Satisfactory performance in most of the course, with the remainder being somewhat substandard-Evidence of sufficient learning to succeed in subsequent courses in field with effort.

77-79%

2.33

C

Evidence of some learning but generally marginal performance-Marginal chance of success in subsequent courses in field.

74-76%

2.0

C-

Minimal learning and substandard performance throughout the course-Doubtful chance of success in subsequent courses.

70-73%

1.67

D+

Minimal learning and low quality performance throughout the course-Doubtful chance of success in subsequent courses.

67-69%

1.33

D

Very minimal learning and very low quality performance in all aspects of the course-Highly doubtful chance of success in subsequent courses in field.

64-66%

1.0

D-

Little evidence of learning-Poor performance in all aspects of the course-Almost totally unprepared for subsequent courses in field.

60-63%

.67

F

Failure to meet requirements of the course-Unprepared for subsequent courses in field.

0-59%

0.0

W

Course Withdrawal

 

N/A

WF

Administrative Withdrawal/Fail

 

N/A

WD

College Withdrawal

 

N/A

I

Incomplete

 

N/A

P

Pass

 

N/A

S

Satisfactory

 

N/A

CR

Credit

 

N/A

NC

No Credit

 

N/A

 

GPA Calculation

Quality points are the numerical equivalent of the letter grades and are assigned for each credit hour earned as indicated by the above scale. For example, a three credit hour course with an earned A grade equals 12 quality points.

In determining a grade point average (GPA):

Total number of quality points earned divided by total number of semester hours attempted for which quality point values are assigned = GPA.

Grades for all attempted courses will remain on the student’s permanent record. If a course is repeated, the highest of the grades will be computed in the student’s grade point average (GPA). Students who wish to appeal a grade must do so within the immediate succeeding semester. Otherwise, the recorded grade is permanent and can be changed only by repeating the course. No grades, GPA or test scores may be changed or added after the degree and diploma are awarded.

Incomplete Grades

An “I” grade indicates incomplete coursework and may be recorded when a student is passing but cannot complete the course due to illness or serious personal emergency. The student is required to initiate consultation with the professor and the department chair or Academic Dean of the School of Extended Education by filing a written request for an “I” grade. Supporting documentation must accompany the written request which must be submitted to both the professor and the department chair or Academic Dean for the school of Extended Education. An “I” may be recorded for a maximum of one semester and is not computed in the student’s GPA. If an “I” is not changed by the end of the immediate succeeding semester, the grade automatically converts to an “F” and is recorded on the student’s permanent record. An “F” grade is computed in the GPA. Students with an incomplete in a previous semester may not register for more than 17 hours including the current semester and the previous incomplete hours. Students should be aware that an incomplete course may hinder the award of financial aid in a subsequent semester.

Grade Forgiveness Policy

In order to improve their knowledge of a subject and cumulative grade point average, students may elect to repeat a course in which they have earned a less than satisfactory grade, especially a “D” or an “F.” The higher grade will be the grade that contributes toward the cumulative grade point average. In situations where the course needed to be repeated is no longer available or offered, a similar course may be substituted with the approval of the Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education and the Registrar. A course in which a grade of “F” was earned at Southeastern can be repeated only at Southeastern.

Academic Integrity

“Academic dishonesty” refers to plagiarism or cheating (see definitions below). Should a professor suspect academic dishonesty of any kind, the professor will follow the guidelines below and will refer the student to the Academic Intervention Coordinator at the Academic Center for Enrichment by submitting an Early Alert (the Early Alert link is available through JICS). The Intervention Coordinator will note the instance in the student’s file and will follow up to make sure that all consequences dictated by the professor and university policy have been completed.  To effectively counter academic dishonesty, professors must follow these guidelines in all instances of plagiarism and cheating.

Level 1

Academic Dishonesty for undergraduate students will be considered a Level 1 offense when it is the first instance of plagiarism in a student’s career at Southeastern AND it consists of a small part (less than 25%) of the assignment. Consequences for a Level 1 offense must include one or more of the following:

  • Correcting the plagiarism in the assignment for a grade; AND/OR

  • Receiving a grade penalty up to the total grade value of the assignment; AND/OR

  • Being referred to ACE to receive further instruction in plagiarism avoidance; AND/OR

  • Completing an Academic Integrity (AI) course that includes strategies for avoiding plagiarism and cheating.

Level 2

Academic Dishonesty will be considered a Level 2 offense when it is:

  • The second instance of plagiarism in an undergraduate student’s career at Southeastern; OR

  • The first instance of plagiarism of up to 50% for a graduate student; OR

  • Consists of a substantial part (between 25% and 50%) of the assignment; OR

  • The first instance of cheating on a test or assignment.

Consequences for the student for a Level 2 offense must include:

  • Completing an AI course that includes strategies for avoiding plagiarism and cheating (required if not already taken); AND

  • Receiving a grade penalty in the course; AND

  • Receiving a Z grade annotation (may only be removed by successful completion of the AI course).

Additionally, the consequences may include any or all of the following:

  • Correcting the plagiarism in the assignment for a grade; AND/OR

  • Failing the course; AND/OR

  • Losing eligibility to take online courses for the remainder of their careers at Southeastern.

Level 3

Academic Dishonesty will be considered a Level 3 offense when it is:

  • The third (or higher) instance of plagiarism in an undergraduate student’s career at Southeastern; OR

  • The second (or higher) instance of plagiarism in a graduate student’s career at Southeastern; OR

  • Consists of most (more than 50%) of the assignment; OR

  • Is the second instance of cheating on a test or assignment for any graduate or undergraduate student

Consequences for Level 3 offenses must include the following:

  • Receiving a grade penalty in the course;AND

  • Completing an AI course that includes strategies for avoiding plagiarism and cheating (required if not taken previously); AND

  • Receiving a Z grade annotation (required, see below);

Additionally, consequences may include any or all of the following:

  • Failing the course; AND/OR

  • Losing eligibility to take online courses for the remainder of their careers at Southeastern; AND/OR

  • Expulsion from the University at the discretion of the provost

Definitions

Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when a writer uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original material without acknowledg­ing its source.

Plagiarism includes unattributed use of any source, in any medium, published or unpublished.  Work already submitted for a grade in another course may not be resubmitted unless the professor specifically states otherwise. Some examples of plagiarism include but not limited to:

  • Quoting or paraphrasing material without attributing it to its source

  • Copying segments from the work of others without giving proper credit

  • Submitting original work written entirely by someone else

Cheating

Cheating is attempting to present, as one’s own, work that one has not performed, or using improper means to pass an examination. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • The sharing of unauthorized information regarding specific content of assignment/examinations or using books, notes or other material without the instructor’s permission.

  • The discussion of any aspect of the assignment/examination before all students have completed it.

  • Speaking or otherwise communicating with one another in English or any other language or manner during an examination.

  • Submitting work the student has not done him- or herself. This includes papers, projects, homework assignments, computer programs, etc.

  • Submitting of the same paper or assignment, or material portions thereof, for more than one course (except by both instructors’ approval and in accordance with criteria established by each of them).

  • Falsification of research data.

  • Preventing student or faculty access to course material. This includes mutilating or stealing library material or disabling computer equipment or databases.

  • Using electronic devices such as cell phones or calculators to store information or materials that are not authorized by the instructor.

Other violations may include:

  • Failing to follow any other explicit regulation or expectation announced by the instructor, and/or circulated to each student. It is the responsibility of the student to confer with an instructor when procedures are unclear.

  • Falsifying a signature on any official university document.

  • Altering the contents and/or intent of any official university document.

  • Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this policy.

For Level 2 offenses only, students who successfully complete the AI course may have the Z grade removed from their transcripts upon petitioning the professor of the course.

Z Grade Annotation

When a professor, Review Committee, or Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education concludes that cheating has occurred (plagiarism or some other form of cheating), the student’s course grade will be preceded by the letter Z (ZB, ZC, ZD, ZF, with +/- designations as appropriate). The transcript key will indicate that the Z grade annotation is assigned in cases of cheating. If the student has withdrawn from the class in which the cheating occurred, he or she should be added back to the roster and assigned a Z grade annotation. When submitting final grades, the intervention coordinator will inform the Registrar’s Office, which will affix a “Z” in front of the grade. The intervention coordinator will also inform the faculty and Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education involved in this process.

After the first cheating offense in the student’s SEU career, the student may complete a required AI course, normally prior to the start of the next eight-week term. At the discretion of the professor of the course in which cheating occurred, the student may be required to retake the academic course the next time it is offered to replace the grade. Upon receiving documentation of successful completion of the AI course and, if required, the retaken academic course, the professor awarding the Z (or Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education , if the professor is no longer at SEU) will instruct the Registrar to remove the Z from the student’s transcript. After second or subsequent cheating offenses, the Z grade annotation cannot be removed. This penalty may be applied at the professor, coordinator, chair, Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education , Executive Director for the School of Extended Education , or Review Committee level. The processes stated in the Student Appeal and Complaint Policy are to be utilized should a student seek an appeal of any decision rendered under the Academic Integrity policy.

Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorney fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504 and 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.

Transcripts

The official academic record for each student is maintained in the Office of the Registrar. Signed authorization from the student must be received before an official transcript can be released as is required by law. Students should request a transcript through the  SEU website, which leads to the  transcript ordering service through Credentials, Inc. Manual transcript requests are also accepted in the Office of the Registrar with cash payment or money order only. The student may submit a transcript request in person or through the web service found on the university’s web site. Transcripts are normally processed within five days upon receipt of the request. A transcript cannot be released if the student has financial obligations to the university or other account holds. This includes past due payments on financial aid. Some of these hold types are listed below:

  • Business Office Hold - Call 863.667.5018

  • Library Fine or Property Hold - Call 863.667.5089

To order a transcript from Southeastern University’s site:

  • Go to www.seu.edu

  • Click “Transcripts/Verifications’ link under “Academics”  at the bottom of the homepage

  • The Office of the Registrar page will open

  • Click on “Transcript Request”

  • Choose the first link for ordering a transcript or the second link for checking on the status of your transcript order

The Credentials, Inc. web service will require the following information:

  • Full name including maiden if married; student’s current mailing address

  • Social security number and date of birth

  • Name and complete address for recipient of transcript

  • If not automatically authorized, student’s signature and date

  • Number of copies requested

  • Make sure you get a transcript order number after clicking the “submit” button

  • Check your email or fax machine for updates on your transcript request, as you may be sent an authorization form to sign and return to us

  • Payment for transcripts ($7.00 per copy — no personal checks accepted)

A rush option is normally available, except during the Christmas holidays. To make sure all grades are included for a semester, check your Student Information account to see if the grades have been posted. Current semester grades are posted approximately two weeks after final exams end.

Withdrawals

Withdrawal from a Course

Students may withdraw from a course without academic penalty through the withdrawal deadline, which is the 60% mark (end of Week 5) of the course. The official course withdrawal date will be the date the Course Withdrawal form is filed with the Office of the Registrar. A grade of “W” will be recorded on the student’s record. Complete withdrawal from the university is not part of this policy. Forms for course withdrawal are available through the Office of the Registrar. There is no refund for a course withdrawal. Too many “W” grades will hinder academic progress and financial aid coverage. Withdrawn courses are also not covered by Veteran’s benefits

Withdrawal from the University

Withdrawing from your existing college may affect your class credits and financial aid. In order to make a well-informed decision we recommend that you contact our Retention Office to get the facts as they pertain to you. Contact the Retention Office by phone at 863.667.5999 or fill out a submission form by logging into MySEU. The Retention Coordinator will contact you within 24 hours to schedule an exit interview.

A student who is registered for classes is financially and academically obligated to follow withdrawal policy. A student must obtain and complete a withdrawal form from the Retention Office and complete a short exit interview with the Retention Coordinator to officially withdraw from the university. Withdrawing from all classes and/or not attending classes does not constitute an official withdrawal and could result in a grade of “F” for each course. Professors have the right to recommend administrative withdrawal for students who do not attend class or participate in an online class. This does not absolve the student from responsibility to follow proper withdrawal procedure.

Failing to properly withdraw obligates the student to tuition and other fees incurred. A grade of “WD” will be recorded for official withdrawal. The date of official withdrawal will be the date the completed form is filed with the Retention Office. The policy on refunds is described in the Financial Information chapter.

Leave of Absence Policy

Students seeking to take a leave of absence (LOA) must submit an application prior to the add/drop deadline of the academic semester in which they plan to take the leave.  An LOA cannot be initiated after the add/drop deadline at the beginning of the semester.

To request an LOA, students must submit the Leave of Absence form in MySEU, providing an explanation and rationale for the leave.  The Leave of Absence form will be reviewed for approval. If approved, the Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education will notify Registrar’s Office. If the request is denied, students must enroll in class or forfeit their place in the program.

A leave of absence will significantly impact students’ financial aid status.  Students receiving any financial aid are required to consult with a Financial Aid Counselor prior to submitting the application.

Leave of Absence Guidelines

  • Students may request one 8-week leave of absence in a 12-month period.  

    • Military students may take a leave of absence up to 180 days in a 12-month period due to military necessity with documentation.

  • Summer terms do not require a leave of absence request, only fall and spring terms.

  • When possible, students must be registered for future courses to begin after the completion of the leave of absence.

  • If student fail to return after the leave, they will be withdrawn and will be required to reapply for future admissions.

  • If students requests are denied, they must register for the upcoming term or forfeit their places in the program.

  • Academic advisors will remain in contact with students during the leave of absence period to notify them of upcoming registration information.  Students will communicate, as needed, with the academic advisor during the LOA.

  • If the LOA form is not completed, or students do not return to class after the approved LOA, students will need to re-apply to their program with corresponding application fees.

Transient Policy

Transient enrollment means a degree seeking student is enrolled at a second school with the intention of transferring credits to Southeastern. A request for a transient letter from Southeastern University to the second school is required for credits to be considered for transfer. Transient letters are issued by the Office of the Registrar. Students who have earned an associate degree or 64 semester hours may not enroll at the junior college level unless they are deficient in specific general education courses. Students are responsible for the applicability of courses taken elsewhere to their Southeastern program. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain written advisor, department chair, or Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education approval for major core course transiency.

Transfer credit on the college level is accepted according to the following guidelines, from regionally accredited schools:

Up to 62 general education credits are accepted with a State of Florida AA degree in order to cover our general education core. AS and AAS degrees are evaluated on a course-by-course basis for acceptance into the general education core.

Up to 96 transfer hours can be accepted when a student comes to SEU, but there will be no other transient credits approved during the student’s tenure at SEU.

Transient status is allowed for current students, with specific limitations, including the following:

  1. Transient credit must be taken at a regionally accredited school.

  2. The Transient Status form, available on the MySEU website, must be submitted and approved by the Office of the Registrar in order to consider any course for transfer while you are a student at SEU.

  3. Seniors will not be approved for transient credit unless SEU does not offer the course required for the degree program. Major core requirements must be completed at SEU. Any exception made must be approved by the Registrar, department chair, or Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education.

  4. Once a student is accepted at SEU, he or she may not take transient courses if they have transferred in 80 hours or more. For example: if we accept 65 credits as a transfer student, the student may take 15 transient credits while at SEU, for a total of 80 maximum transferred credits allowed.

If a student initially transfers: The student may take as a transient student while at SEU:

  • 0 - 65 credits: 15 credits
  • 68 credits: 12 credits
  • 71 credits: 9 credits
  • 74 credits:  6 credits
  • 77 credits:  3 credits
  • 80 – 96 credits: zero credits
  1. Students are responsible for the applicability of courses taken elsewhere to their Southeastern program.  A transient course must receive a grade of “C” or above to be considered for transfer to SEU.

  2. Students must obtain written department chair or Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education approval for financial aid coverage of the transient registration.

A student’s enrollment in an SEU-approved program of study at a different college or university may be considered for the purpose of applying for financial aid assistance through SEU.  Please contact the Office of the Registrar (863-667-5015)  for more information, or you may contact the Student Financial Services department (863-667-5018)

Academic Advising

The Office of Academic Advising provides comprehensive services to help you achieve academic success. Academic advising is an interactive process in which the advisor helps the student set and achieve academic goals, acquire relevant information and services, and make responsible decisions consistent with degree requirements. Advising is personalized to consider the needs of each student, which may include appropriate referral services.

Your academic advisor will: Help you plan an educational program consistent with your interests and abilities, assist you by monitoring your academic progress, using the JICS degree audit, advise you on course selection which moves you forward toward graduation, refer you to university services as needed, help you understand university policies and procedures.

Declaration of Major

Every student who is accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student should declare their major as soon as possible, for the best advisement and degree plan. We will honor your initial indication of a major or interest in a major when you apply. If no major has been indicated, a Declaration of Major form must be filed with the Office of the Registrar by the 48th earned hour, which is the end of the first semester of the sophomore year. A student may change his/her program of study by filing a new Declaration of Major form at any time during his/her period of enrollment, at no cost. Change of major may place a student under different catalog requirements. Counsel from academic advisors is encouraged as students consider degree programs and vocations. Students may schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time throughout their period of enrollment.

If a student chooses to declare more than one major, any course transcripted by Southeastern University onto a student’s record can be used to meet any and all same requirements of the student’s declared majors and/or minors. This multiple-use policy has only one limitation and that is the student must meet the appropriate number of credit hours for his or her primary major, or major requiring the highest number of credit hours.

A student may not declare a minor which is in the same discipline as their declared major.  For example: Music Education and a Music minor are in the same discipline.

Academic Conditional Process

Academic Probation

The Office of Academic Advising will recommend that students in the following groups be placed on academic probation: 1) Students who complete one semester without sufficient academic progress as evidenced by the student’s cumulative G.P.A., and 2) Students who are under sanction and fail to meet the minimum G.P.A by the end of the second semester of sanction. Thus students will generally have two semesters of academic probation before being placed on academic suspension.

I.  Academic Probation: Level  1

A career GPA of less than 2.0 after having attempted 12 credits at SEU will result in a student being placed on Academic Probation 1. While on Probation 1 status, the student will be placed on a limited load registration status and may not register without advisory clearance.  Other requirements designed to improve GPA may also be placed on the registration, depending on the individual student GPA. The site director will work with the student to limit responsibilities outside of the classroom and institute mandatory study hours during the probationary period. 

The student will remain on Academic Probation 1 status for one semester.  The following terms will apply:

  1. If the student GPA is raised above a 2.0 at the end of the Probation 1 semester,  Probation  status will be removed and the student may proceed through regular registration.

  2. If after receiving advisory clearance and recommended improvement strategies the student does not make academic progress by the end of the Probation 1 status, the student will be recommended for  academic suspension.

  3. If the student is following required strategies and making academic progress but does not reach the required 2.0 GPA by the end of the Probation 1 semester, the student may be placed on Probation Level 2 at the discretion of the academic progress committee.

NOTE: At any point of probation status, students may be required to register and pay for a one-credit elective academic study skills and strategies course to assist in GPA recovery. 

II. Academic Probation: Level 2

If a student is placed on Academic Probation level 2, he/she will be allowed that term to continue efforts to raise the GPA to 2.0. Failure to follow required strategies and/or make academic progress while on Probation Level 2 will result in academic suspension.

III. Academic Suspension

  1. The student will be placed on academic suspension if he or she does not make progress during Probation Level 2 and/or fails to follow required strategies for any two consecutive terms

  2. The period of suspension is for one regular term

  3. If a student is placed on academic suspension, he or she may not attend SEU for one regular term (a regular term is defined as spring, summer or fall)

IV.  Readmission after Suspension

Students must reapply to Southeastern University through the Admission office after one regular term of suspension. If admitted, the student must follow the appeal process (see complaint policies).. The student must agree to a set of conditions that must be met for continued enrollment until the student has successfully raised the G.P.A. to the minimum of 2.0. If the student fails to meet one or more of the conditions, a dismissal notice will be issued. For additional readmission procedures, refer to Readmission of Former Students in the Admission section of this catalog.

Academic Intervention Initiative

The Office of Academic Advising, in collaboration with the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE), administers a process in which students in jeopardy of failing courses or having an unsatisfactory attendance record are identified and referred . This intervention initiative occurs during the midterm of each semester. Students who are identified in the initiative will be required to participate in online tutoring for  subjects that directly relate to their status and are required to contact with their academic advisor.

Willingness to participate in the Academic Intervention Initiative on the part of the student will be considered in the probation/suspension process.

Credit and Transfer of Credit

Definition of Credit Hour

One semester credit hour will be awarded for a minimum of 750 minutes (50 minute class x 15 weeks) of formalized instruction that typically requires students to work at out-of-class assignments an average of twice the amount of time as the amount of formalized instruction (1,500 minutes). It is acknowledged that formalized instruction may take place in a variety of modes.

While awarding of semester credit hours typically occurs for instruction delivered in accordance with an institution’s standard semester calendar, it may also occur for instruction that may not follow the typical pattern, as long as the criteria for awarding such credit is met. The expectation of contact time inside the classroom and student effort outside the classroom is the same in all formats of a course whether it be fully online, a hybrid or face-to-face contact with some content delivered by electronic means, or one delivered in lecture or seminar format. Courses that have less structured classroom schedules, such as research seminars, independent studies, internships, practicums, or any other academic work leading to the award of credit hours should state clearly learning objectives, expected outcomes and workload expectations that meet the standards set forth above.

This credit hour policy applies to all courses at all levels (graduate, professional, and undergraduate) that award academic credit (i.e. any course that appears on an official transcript issued by the University) regardless of the mode of delivery including, but not limited to, self-paced, online, hybrid, lecture, seminar, and laboratory. Academic units are responsible for ensuring that credit hours are awarded only for work that meets the requirements outlined in this policy.

For other academic activities, labs, internships, clinicals, studio work, online, nontraditional programs, blended, accelerated, capstones and other academic work leading to the awarding of credit, an equivalent amount of work as required for a face-to-face course is expected. For most class types, one credit hour is awarded per 15 hours of contact, instruction, or engaged learning activity.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Southeastern University awards college credit to students who participated in the Advanced Placement program in high school. Students receive college credit based on credit recommendations of the College Board. Details can be found at www.collegeboard.com. Most courses with a score of three, four or five earn three college credits. No grade or quality points are assigned for awarded credit. Applicants must submit original AP scores to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program provides opportunity for a student to earn college credit by examination.

We offer all CLEP exams listed on www.collegeboard.com, with these exceptions:

  • Intro to Educational Psychology

  • Freshman Composition

  • College Composition Modular.

CLEP exams are offered through the Office of Testing and Proctoring Services . Contact the Office of Testing and Proctoring Services (863-667-5116) to schedule a CLEP exam.

To receive credit a CLEP test must be taken before a student earns credit in a comparable college/university course or subject area. Credit cannot be duplicated. To receive credit, a minimum scaled score at or above an established national percentile must be earned on each area tested. Details are available at www.collegeboard.com. Official CLEP scores must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar before the student’s 96th hour of earned credit for evaluation. Seniors are not allowed to receive CLEP credit. No grade or quality points are assigned for awarded credit. Students may earn up to 45 credit hours through a combination of CLEP, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and military credit.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Students who have received the International Baccalaureate Diploma and have earned a score of four or better in the higher level and standard level examinations may qualify for credit for subjects taken. Without the earned diploma, a score of five is required and credit is only given for higher level examinations. No grade or quality points are assigned for awarded credit. Applicants may submit IB scores to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.

Credit for Military Education

Veterans who have successfully completed courses in the military service training program may submit a record of the courses to the Office of the Registrar for review. The amount of credit granted will not exceed that recommended by the American Council on Education in the “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces.” No credit is awarded for technical or vocational training. No grade or quality points are assigned for awarded credit. A grade of “CR” is recorded. Students must submit a transcript available from the military. AARTS Transcripts are for Army and Army National Guard personnel and reservists. SMART transcripts are for Navy and Marine Corp personnel.  Request transcripts for all branches of the military from https://jst.doded.mil/official.html. .  

Credit by Assessment

Credit by Assessment is a means to gain credit for courses offered at Southeastern University by demonstrating knowledge of the course content. Students enrolled at Southeastern University who wish to attempt credit by examination or other appropriate assessments, or to challenge a course in which they are enrolled, may petition the department chair or Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education for the opportunity to demonstrate competency in the usual material covered in the course. The petition must be approved by the department chair or Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education . The department chair and/or Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education will determine if a standardized test is appropriate. The testing instrument will become part of the student’s academic record.

For the successful petition, the examination or assessment will be scheduled at the convenience of the Office of Testing and Proctoring Services. At the equivalent minimum grade of “C” earned on the examination or assessment, a grade of “CR” will be recorded on the student’s academic record for the subject tested. Credit by Assessment fees must be paid prior to test administration. Credit by Assessment forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.

A maximum of 32 hours may be earned through the credit by assessment method.

Prior Learning Assessment

Students with significant experience in a subject area that could possibly be aligned with a course at a college or university may be able to gain credit through the prior learning assessment process. For guidance through the process, read the document, Student Instructions on Gaining Credit Through PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) and the Prior Learning Assessment Handbook. A maximum of 45 semester hours of credit may be earned through any combination of the following: AP, CLEP, IB, Military, Credit by Assessment, Credit by Examination or Specialized Training/Certification that are approved by the Office of the Registrar.

Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions

Southeastern University participates in an articulation agreement with Florida community colleges. Students who transfer from a regionally accredited Florida community college with an Associate of Arts degree are admitted at the junior level. These transfer hours will satisfy the general education requirements and a portion of general electives for most degrees. The religion core credits required will be reduced in proportion to the number of transfer credits. Please consult the Office of the Registrar for specific guidelines related to the articulation agreement and the degree being sought.

Students transferring from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor degree are admitted at the senior level into a program of study. The final 25 percent of their credits must be earned at Southeastern University. Former Southeastern graduates may apply for a second but different bachelor degree. They must complete no less than 25 percent of the new degree requirements to earn a second bachelor degree.

An applicant admitted in transfer must complete the total number of hours required in his/her program to meet graduation requirements. The Office of the Registrar will enter all transferred credits into the computer system. Students may access transfer information through their online accounts. Student aims representing the declared major will be added to the student’s online account once a major is officially declared with the Office of the Registrar. Major/Minor Declaration forms are available on the University website at the following links:.

Southeastern University accepts transfer credits from ABHE - Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation institutions into SEU programs.  All courses, credits, and faculty credentials must be vetted by SEU staff for approval. Southeastern University retains the right to approve or deny specific substitutions of transferred courses for SEU course requirements within programs. All normal conditions for transfer of credit by SEU will apply.

General Conditions for All Credit Transfer

  • New transferring students must submit an official transcript from all previous institutions by the end of the student’s first semester in order to have credit transferred in. An official transcript is submitted in a sealed envelope from the college or university. We will not be able to accept an opened transcript as official. Electronic transcripts may be provided from the institution directly to Southeastern University’s Admission department. Electronic transcripts received from the student will not be processed

  • After a student has completed 75% of his program the university will not accept course work in transfer.

  • The final 25 percent of credit for any program must be earned at Southeastern University.

  • Once accepted into a degree program at Southeastern University, a student must obtain a transient letter to have credits accepted from another institution.

  • Credits accepted in transfer must be graded with a “C-” or higher.

  • Courses accepted in transfer are calculated into the student’s GPA.

  • Southeastern University requires all college-level work to be represented on an officially approved and sealed transcript from the originating institution.

Transfer Practices

  1. The Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers is referenced.

  2. The university reserves the right to deny credit for specific courses from any college or university, regardless of accreditation.

  3. Credits earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association are transferred on an unconditional basis with the exception of developmental, vocational, technical, or occupational courses.

  4. Southeastern University will normally only accept in transfer credits earned at an institution which is regionally accredited or complies with article one of this transfer policy.

  5. Students who are transferring from an unaccredited institution may petition the Office of the Registrar for an exception to the policy by requesting that their credits be evaluated on a course by course basis. The student may petition by completing the Credit Evaluation Worksheet form in its entirety and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. The Credit Evaluation Worksheet is available in the Office of the Registrar. Southeastern University recognizes that quality instruction and learning can and does take place in nontraditional settings, but the university is also committed to the concept that coursework transferred or accepted for credit must represent collegiate coursework relevant to the degree being sought, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in Southeastern University’s own degree programs.

    1. To facilitate the evaluation of the student’s credits, he or she will be asked to supply the following documentation:

      • an official transcript;

      • full course descriptions form the awarding institution;

      • information regarding the credentials of instructors;

      • information regarding course contact hours;

      • information regarding textbooks used;

      • any other documentation deemed necessary by the Registrar or the department in which the course of study is being pursued, for example, exams, research papers, original course syllabus, and other relevant documents by which the rigor of the course may be determined by the appropriate faculty or evaluator at Southeastern University. A positive evaluation is essential for the credit to be accepted.

    2. A maximum of 32 credit hours may be accepted in transfer and are normally applicable to general education or electives in any given degree program. Courses may be applied to general education or major requirements upon the advice and consent of the appropriate department chair or Academic Dean for the School of Extended Education and the Registrar.

    3. Course-by-course petitions require the transfer of credit be held pending the documentation of successful work during the student’s first semester (12 credit hours minimum) of attendance at Southeastern University. Credits will not be transferred if the student fails to meet a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

    4. The student must provide scores from E-ACT or SAT to demonstrate the ability to work at the baccalaureate level.

  6. International credits must come from a college or university recognized by the country’s department of education or ministry. Credits will only be reviewed after an official transcript has been submitted to the Office of the Registrar and an evaluation has been performed by an approved independent evaluation service. Contact the Office of the Registrar for a list of approved service providers. The student is responsible for the cost of this service.

  7. Southeastern University does not generally accept credit given by one institution for another institution’s transferred credits.

  8. Credits eligible for transfer will not be removed at a student’s request.

Degree Requirements

A candidate for the bachelor’s degree must complete the required number of hours for his/her chosen degree program with an overall average grade of 2.0. Various colleges and departments within the university may require a higher GPA to qualify for graduation. Refer to the program’s section of the catalog for details. Each candidate for a degree must complete the required general education core, including 6 hours of college-level math and 6 hours of English Composition, unless ACT or SAT scores qualify the student for an exemption from English Composition I. Each candidate for a degree must complete the required general education core and major requirements in the selected program of study.

Degree requirements are based on the requirements in effect at the time the student first declares a major. Students may elect to complete the requirements in effect at the time the student first declares the major or they may elect to complete the requirements of the current catalog. The degree requirements of the current catalog must be applied for all students who are readmitted to degree seeking status and have not attended Southeastern University for two or more semesters.

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree must complete the final 25 percent of their program of study at Southeastern University.

Confidentiality of Student Records

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

  • Eligible students have the right to inspect and review their education records maintained by Southeastern University. SEU is not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records.

  • Eligible students have the right to request that SEU correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading.

  • Generally, SEU must have written permission from the student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;

    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;

    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

    • Accrediting organizations;

    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. SEU notifies students annually of their rights under FERPA.

Disclosure of Information in Health and Safety Emergency

Based on 34 FERPA CRF 99.36, an educational agency or institution may disclose personally identifiable information from an education record to appropriate parties, including parents of an eligible student, in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

SEU may include in the education records of a student appropriate information concerning disciplinary action taken against the student for conduct that posed a significant risk to the safety or well-being of that student, other students, or other members of the school community;

SEU officials may disclose appropriate information to teachers and school officials within the institution who it has been determined have legitimate educational interests in the behavior of the student; or

SEU officials may disclose appropriate information to teachers and school officials in other schools who have been determined to have legitimate educational interests in the behavior of the student.

SEU officials may take into account the totality of the circumstances pertaining to a threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals, in making this decision. If the institution determines that there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals, it may disclose information from education records to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

Graduation

Application

In order to participate in commencement, a student must fulfill the following responsibilities by the deadline provided by the Office of the Registrar. Students gain a thorough understanding of these requirements in the published graduation documents in MySEU.

  • Clear all incomplete grades in courses;

  • Provide transcripts of all transferred courses by the semester deadlines that are 6 weeks before graduation;

  • Complete the exit exam required for student’s major;

  • Complete the ETS Proficiency Profile with an acceptable score after 64 hours were earned;

  • Have no departmental holds on the student’s account;

  • Meet all academic requirements, non-academic, and program-specific requirements to graduate.

Students on academic probation or otherwise academically deficient will not be eligible to apply for graduation or participation in commencement until the condition of probation or deficiency is removed.

Senior Degree Audit Policy

Students who have earned 96 credit hours and are within one year of graduation must file an Application for Graduation Form to the Office of the Registrar. Graduation advisors in the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) use this application to process and complete a student’s graduation degree audit.

A degree audit is an outline of degree requirements based on a specific catalog year that enables the student and his/her advisor to assess the student’s academic progress and additional coursework needed to fulfill specific minor, undergraduate and graduate requirements. The audit is a valuable tool in guiding students in the right direction towards academic planning, course selection and degree completion.

How to Complete an Application for Graduation

  1. Obtain and submit an electronic Application for Graduation Form from the Graduation Information page on MySEU.
     

  2. After the request form is submitted, an official graduation audit will be processed and completed by a graduation advisor (OAA). The student will receive an email from the advisor (OAA) directing him/her to contact them to review the analysis of the degree audit, highlighting final degree requirements for the student. All final academic requirements specified on this audit must be completed in order for the student to graduate.

Honors

Honors recognition is made at commencement based on the cumulative grade point average at the end of the penultimate semester. If the grades of the final semester change a student’s honors status, the correct status is noted on the official transcript.

A transfer student must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours of credit at Southeastern University to be considered for honors. In addition, the hours and quality points accumulated at previous schools will be averaged with the Southeastern GPA to determine the GPA for honors recognition.

A candidate for the bachelor’s degree will graduate with honors as follows:

  • Cum laude (honors) -cumulative grade point average of 3.50-3.74

  • Magna cum laude (high honors) -cumulative grade point average of 3.75-3.89

  • Summa cum laude (highest honors) -cumulative grade point average of 3.90-4.00

Adornment

Honor cords and approved medallions are the only graduation adornment that graduates will be allowed to wear at official graduation ceremonies of Southeastern University. Graduation stoles, decorations, or other adornment are not permitted. Honor cords should represent high academic achievement by graduates as recognized through their respective departments and colleges. Membership in departmental honor societies may also be represented by appropriate honor cords.

Recognition of Academic Excellence

Alpha Chi

Alpha Chi is a national honor scholarship society which promotes academic achievement, ethical character, and professional advancement. Members of this society must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, comprise no more than 10% of junior and senior classes, and be elected to the society by the faculty. Alpha Chi sponsors forums, seminars, scholarships for students, and regional and national conventions for the exchange of scholarly papers and for professional networking.

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of Undergraduate and Graduate students of Criminal Justice, as well as Juris Doctorate students.

The four goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership, and unity.

Alpha Phi Sigma is the only Criminal Justice Honor Society which is a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies and affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Southeastern University’s assigned chapter name is Pi Beta Kappa. This chapter has been organized to promote the highest standards of criminal justice practice and to recognize and promote the four goals of Alpha Phi Sigma.  

Student members must have declared a major in Criminal Justice and must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

Dean’s Honor

Southeastern honors students who excel academically may qualify for the Dean’s Honor List. To qualify, a student must be enrolled for 12 hours or more and attain or surpass a scholastic average of 3.5 from the previous semester of enrollment. Letters of Achievement are awarded to honor students who demonstrate good Christian character, attitude, and sincerity in all areas of university life.

Delta Mu Delta

Delta Mu Delta is a business honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities to create a DMD community that fosters the well-being of its individual members and the business community through lifetime membership.

Military Honor Cord

A red/white/blue cord designates faculty or graduating students who are honorably discharged U.S. veterans, are currently serving in the U.S. military (active duty, National Guard, or Reserves), or will be commissioned upon graduation.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, promotes excellence in scholarship and advancement in the science of psychology. Qualification for membership requires the completion of three semesters, or the equivalent, of college or university courses, completion of nine semester hours or the equivalent toward a declared major or minor in psychology, a 3.0 GPA in psychology courses, a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and rank in the upper 35% of their class in general scholarship.

Sigma Chi Pi

Sigma Chi Pi, the honor society for the Alliance for Assemblies of God Christian Higher Education, accepts into membership qualified graduates from Southeastern University. Nominations for membership are restricted to no more than seven percent of the graduating class and are made by the Registrar. Qualifications for membership require a scholastic average of not less than 3.5 on a four point system, or the equivalent, approved Christian character, and diligent servant leadership.

Legal Name Changes

Students and former students/alumni may submit documentation of a legal name change to the Office of the Registrar via the online form on MySEU. A court order or marriage certificate is required. Submit to Alumni Office once you have graduated via the alumni page on SEU website.

Constitution Day

Pursuant to federal regulations, (Division J of Pub. L. 108-447, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005,” Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 Section 111), Southeastern University sponsors a Constitution Day annually, open to students and members of the community, with political and government representatives as featured speakers. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.