Standards of Conduct
South Florida Bible College is a community of students, faculty, staff, and administration who are joined together for the purposes of academic enrichment, personal development, spiritual growth, and preparation for Christian ministry. Relationships and responsibilities in this community are built upon: (1) the teachings and principles of the inerrant and authoritative Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16,17), (2) the personal accountability of each member to a loving and sovereign God (1 Peter 1:17), and (3) the inner resources and attributes of the Holy Spirit to guide and minister to each other in all relationships (John 16:13,14).
Members of the South Florida Bible College community should seek first and foremost to achieve the goal of 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” All activities and relationships should seek to accomplish this ultimate objective.
Undergraduate Students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0 at the end of any academic term will be placed on academic probation. Graduate Students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 3.0 at the end of any academic term will be placed on academic probation. Periodic meetings with the academic advisors are mandatory while remedying the situation. Tutorial services are available for all students upon formal request.
Standards of Progress
A student who has not maintained satisfactory progress (Undergraduate – 2.0 GPA or better, Graduate - 3.0 GPA of better) at the end of any quarter will be placed on Academic Probation for the next quarter. If the student has not attained satisfactory progress by the end of the probationary period, the student’s educational benefits will be terminated for unsatisfactory progress. Students who do not meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy are warned and placed on probation for one term. Students who do not meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy may appeal to the financial aid committee to have their aid reinstated by submitting a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form to the Office of Student Financial Aid along with supporting documentation of extenuating circumstance. This must be submitted in writing or electronically. This appeal must be completed within one week after the student has been denied Federal Assistance because of Standards of Progress violations. Common circumstances reviewed include:
· Death of a relative
· Personal injury or illness
· Physical disability
· Academic Petitions Committee actions
· Documentation that standards are now being met
· Documentation to revise established time frame
· Other extraordinary circumstances
Notification of action taken by the Office of Student Financial Aid will be made by mail or by email within 20 days of the request. Financial aid will be awarded at the time of reinstatement provided funds are still available for the current academic year. All costs of attendance incurred during the period of time in which a student is not receiving financial aid are the sole responsibility of the student.
A student who has been dismissed and returns to the school may not receive federal assistance until the student has re-establish satisfactory academic progress. A re-instatement fee may apply. Students will be provided a written progress or grade report at the end of each quarter. A copy of the report will be placed in the student’s permanent file maintained by the school.
Time Frame represents the maximum number of SFBC attempted credits for which the student may receive financial aid funding. For each student, Time Frame is computed individually according to the following formula:
(Published Program Length) x 150%
Students will be ineligible to receive financial aid funding for credits attempted beyond the Time Frame maximum
Students who receive an Incomplete ("I") grade or who repeat courses will be ineligible to receive aid beyond the time frame for completion of a degree regardless of whether they have completed the necessary course requirements for the degree.
Students who receive a failing grade ("F") in all of their courses will be required to submit documentation that they attended classes or be subject to repayment of their financial aid.
Student Grievance Procedure
SFBC&TS’ business and student operations are designed to be administered in an atmosphere of collegiate congeniality. Civility, respect, the Golden Rule, and Christian attitudes and actions are expected of all faculty, staff and students. Whenever a situation occurs that results in a student feeling that he/she has been slighted, harassed, or abused—intentionally or unintentionally—SFBC&TS will not tolerate such behavior and will act to correct the situation. In order for SFBC&TS to officially respond, the student must submit a “Grievance Form.” The “Grievance Form” may be obtained from the Academic Dean, the Provost, the Registrar, or any staff member in the front office. The following provides the next steps required of the student who is reporting an offense.
A. Complete the entire “Grievance Form” and send it to the Academic Dean. The student will be asked to meet with the Academic Dean to discuss the problem and the circumstances involving the incident(s).
B. The Academic Dean will undertake the first level of response. The Academic Dean will meet and speak with the offender and inform him/her that his/her actions may be in violation of SFBC&TS’ policies. The offender will be instructed to cease any offending actions and warned not to repeat the behavior. If the offender is a SFBC&TS student, the student’s file will be annotated to reflect that he/she received an official warning regarding inappropriate behavior. If the offense continues, the Academic Dean will escalate the issue to the Provost.
*If the offender is a member of SFBC&TS’ faculty or staff, the problem is immediately escalated to the Provost and to the president. The Provost after investigating the accusation will determine the punitive measures, if any are needed.
C. If the problem is escalated to the Provost, the student offender will be counseled and warned assertively. The Provost will determine the punitive measures the student will receive, and these can include suspension and expulsion. In the event a student is expelled, no monetary refunds will be made under any circumstances. Any request by the student to reapply to SFBC&TS must be made by letter to the Provost. The Provost will determine if and under what circumstances the student may re-matriculate at SFBC&TS. If the student is permitted to reapply, the student must enroll as a first-time student and pay all applicable fees, tuition, etc.
D. Any student deemed culpable of inappropriate actions may appeal the Provost’s decision to SFBC&TS’ president. The president, after reviewing all documents and interview records, may elect to speak with the student. If the president feels the process has been adjudicated appropriately, the president will uphold the Provost’s decision.
E. SFBC&TS will retain all documentation on-file in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.
Rarely is it necessary for disciplinary actions to be imposed at SFBC&TS. When these occasions arise, SFBC&TS follows the restoration and reconciliation process described in Matthew 18:15. Students may be placed on a sixty-day probationary period, which affords ample time for reform.
A student who has been officially dismissed for any reason from South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary will have two weeks to apply for reinstatement. The student’s entire school record will be reviewed and a personal interview with the Provost is required for reinstatement. A reinstatement fee may apply.
Students may enroll in any course on an audit-only basis. Students in an audited course will not take examinations nor be required to complete any of the assignments. However, any course taken on an audit-only basis cannot be assessed later for credit. Regular class attendance is required to maintain an audit on the transcript.
A unit of measure representing the traditional academic value of learning activities. One semester hour of credit represents approximately forty-five hours of time (fifteen hours in class and thirty hours of preparation).
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), established by Congress in s1974 was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for correction of inaccurate or misleading data.
SFBC&TS bases class standing on the number of credits earned at the beginning of any new term, as follows:
Freshman: Less than 29 credits
Sophomore: 30-59 credits
Junior: 60-89 credits
Senior: More than 90 credits
SFBC&TS takes student withdrawals seriously. Students considering such actions should seek counsel from their advisors, and especially from God through prayer. Most adverse circumstances can be resolved. Students electing to withdraw must do so in writing. Contact the Registrar’s Office to withdraw.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Should a student’s enrollment be terminated or cancelled for any reason, all refunds will be made according to the following refund schedule:
- Cancellation can be made in person, by electronic mail, by Certified Mail or by termination.
- All monies will be refunded if the school does not accept the applicant or if the student cancels within three (3) business days after signing the enrollment agreement and making initial payment.
- Cancellation after the third (3rd) Business Day, but before the first class, will result in a refund of all monies paid, with the exception of the registration fee (not to exceed $150.00
- Cancellation after attendance has begun, but prior to 40% completion of the program, will result in a Pro Rata refund computed on the number of hours completed to the total program hours.
- Cancellation after completing 40% of the program will result in no refund.
- Termination Date: When calculating the refund due to a student, the last date of actual attendance by the student is used in the calculation unless earlier written notice was received.
Refunds will be made within 30 days of termination of the student’s enrollment or receipt of a Cancellation Notice from the student.
Registration and application fees are non-refundable and must be paid in U. S. dollars.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
All students are eligible to attend graduation ceremonies and receive the earned degrees. The following must be met to fulfill graduation requirements:
1. Successful program completion (2.0 or higher).
2. A passing average on all written assignments, examinations, and research.
3. Completion of Christian service criteria.
4. Payment of all fees.
Students may also be eligible to graduate “with honors.” A GPA of 3.75 or higher constitutes “with honors.”
The President’s Award
This award is given annually to outstanding graduates. The selection is made by the president and faculty based on the student’s total academic experience.
SFBC&TS will provide transcripts to students and other institutions on request for a minimum fee, providing all other financial obligations have been met. Contact the Registrar for the fee amount.
Attendance (“Commuter”) only - Attendance will be taken at all class sessions. A substantial portion of student grades is participation in class discussion. South Florida Bible College believes class interaction is necessary to enrich student education. Prompt and consistent attendance is expected for all students enrolled at South Florida Bible College. Chapel attendance is mandatory. On chapel nights, attendance will be taken by the students’ teachers as part of the students’ grades.
Unexcused Absence - When a student has four (4) unexcused absences from any one course, it will result in automatic withdrawal from that course, which may result in failure of that course.
Excused Absence - To qualify as an “excused absence”, your absence must be approved by your instructor prior to the class. Excused absences are not cause for automatic withdrawal or reduction of final score.
Tardiness - Classes start promptly at the scheduled time. “Tardy” is defined as being at least fifteen (15) minutes late to class. Three (3) “tardies” will be counted as one (1) unexcused absence.
South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary employs letter grades based on a four point grading system, scaled as follows:
The Registrar reports grades in writing to the students after each quarter. All work submitted to SFBC&TS for a final grade becomes the property of the college or seminary.
It is the desire of SFBC&TS to create an environment of scholarly inquiry within the bounds of integrity. Christian witness demands scholars present their research in truth and originality. Consequently, SFBC&TS’ administration and faculty take very seriously the issue of academic integrity.
Academic integrity includes a wide range of activities such as writing, testing, etc. The integrity of a student’s work is violated when he/she has been involved in one or more of the following acts:
Because of SFBC&TS’ commitment to truth and moral behavior, any form of cheating will not be tolerated. A student who is suspected of cheating will be confronted, and if found in violation, will be disciplined.
“To take ideas, writing, etc., from another and pass them off as one’s own” (Webster’s New World Dictionary, 1980, p. 1087). In order to avoid plagiarism, the student must cite completely and accurately all sources from which an idea or phrase originates. Plagiarism also encompasses the misuse of another’s ideas and is not isolated to words or phrases.