Admissions / Policies
Welcome to South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary. If this is your first visit, or if you are now seriously contemplating earning a degree (undergraduate or graduate), thank you for considering us and visiting our institution’s web site.
The process of college enrollment can seem like a daunting task, but we strive to make that process as easy as possible. This web site is constructed to provide the clearest understanding of our organization, policies, requirements, courses, and degree programs. Many of your questions can be answered within this site. Also, be sure to visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for additional information.
You may download the following forms (in PDF format) to begin your application process. Please note all forms must be completed as part of the admissions process (except the Life Learning Credit form). Follow all instructions carefully. International students must also complete additional forms under the International Students page. (If you do not have Acrobat® Reader® on your PC, go to our Catalog page and download the free software. Acrobat® Reader® will permit you to view and print the following PDF-formatted forms. )
However, if at any time you require personalized assistance, please do not hesitate to Contact Us. Our students, and potential students, are important to us, and every member of our organization is available when assistance is needed.
The SFBC&TS College Experience
SFBC is a place to grow academically in the context of a community that will help you get to know Jesus and his Word in a deeper way and to discern his calling on your life. The College and Seminary are committed to maintaining a friendly, informal atmosphere while fostering a serious academic environment conducive to spiritual formation. In the past decade, many steps have been taken to build on the community core by broadening SFBC&TS’s academic experience. SFBC&TS is uniquely combining the best of our history as a Bible Institute with the academic strength resulting from the emergence as a college, strategically placed in the middle of an active, growing city. South Florida is known as the “Venice of America,” public transportation readily available to take students to attractions, parks and gardens, and the ocean.
SFBC&TS’s blending of the spiritual impact of a Bible College experience with the academic advantages of a college education has resulted in a unique package that can truly offer you “the best of both worlds.” The experience at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary includes these strategic elements:
- An environment where students build social networks that facilitate services and amenities necessary to campus involvement.
- A campus where students learn and practice leadership, appreciation, and interpersonal skills.
- A place for understanding of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- An institution where a student discovers his or her destiny, dream, and calling for life.
- An education that is meaningful for each learner, according to personal strengths, talents, and abilities.
- A campus where students feel at home with other peers, faculty, and staff.
- A place of learning with technology and equipment in a healthy, safe, and well maintained facilities.
A Christian Setting for the Study of Scripture
A focus on Bible training, offering a broader theological and denominational perspective of a non-denominational institution that encourages spiritual and academic growth. The Word of God is studied to change the student’s heart, mind and actions.
Faculty are caring and offer the one-on-one mentoring needed to assist students in their participation in the college’s dynamic spiritual formation program. Faculty and administrators care about students and often know the names of many of the faculty and administrators.
Students take leadership roles in the Chapel Service, which provides them opportunities for leadership and spiritual development.
A Christian Setting for Competition
The excitement of competition is obvious in a variety of sports settings. Competition defined in a Christian setting is possible through activities such as intramural settings or through competitive settings in smaller settings than large universities and colleges.
A Christian Setting to Expand Social Opportunity
Student-led social activities serve to develop leadership skills in students.
The opportunity for social interaction in a Christian context is in itself a learning experience for students.
A Plan for Service Opportunities
- Instructors are committed to ministry.
- Training to fulfill the call of God on student’s lives
- Develop networking relationships with established ministries
Secular society has a different motivation for service: self gratification. Christian society promotes service to others based on agape love and reflects the basic theology of caring for others to build a healthy society.
An Opportunity for Ministry . . . Leadership
The higher education experience provides many opportunities to be a leader. Degree programs at SFBC&TS about leadership in the church setting and an education experience that puts students into learning situations as soon as possible provide motivation as well as experience for students.
A Setting for Developing Personal Independence
The security of caring counselors, spiritual classes with God-centered instruction, and a structure of accountability is often the stage of development where crucial questions concerning core beliefs and long-held values are asked. At SFBC&TS, critical thinking questions are encouraged but the safety net of godly instructors and positive peer groups are present. Students have the opportunity to focus on their purpose and seek God’s will for their future.
Types of Student (subject to change at the discretion of SFBC&TS)
- Degree Seeking students (undergraduate and graduate)
- Dual Enrollment students
- CEU students (may or may not have a degree classification)
- Transfer Students
Subcategories Types of Student categories
- General Equivalency Diploma (GED) students and Non-traditional High school programs
- See requirements for: Degree seeking students and Auditors
- Graduate Students (Master and Doctoral Candidates)
- See requirements for: Degree seeking students and Auditors
Placement Testing Policy
South Florida Bible College uses placement tests to assess skills in reading, writing and mathematics for Undergraduate Students. South Florida Theological Seminary uses placement tests to assess graduate students in reading, writing, and critical thinking. The results are used to place students into courses and/or academic support groups in order to provide them with the best opportunity to succeed.Academic support groups may be integrated into subsequent coursework/classes or required in addition to enrollment requirements for a given semester. Courses are available for students who need developmental work as determined by placement testing. These courses do not count toward degree requirements.
All students are required to take Placement exams upon entering SFBC&TS. All non-traditional students, including transfer students, and distance learners, should contact the college to discuss placement exams and how they are administered.
General Exemptions from Placement Testing
The following students do not need to take the placement tests:
- Students auditing courses.
- Students who do not intend to register in a degree program but do intend to take courses other than courses with math and English placement prerequisites (e.g., non-degree seeking students.)
Placement for English as a Second Language
Students whose first language is not English and who need English as a Second Language courses may be referred to take the TOEFL exam.
Students are exempt from taking the TOEFL exam if they meet the following criteria:
- Students who have taken over 30 credits at a regionally-accredited post-secondary institution in the U.S. or another English speaking country
- Students who have attended a high school in the U.S. for more than three years and have not taken ESL courses to fulfill their core English requirements
- Students who have attended a foreign secondary or post-secondary school whose primary language of instruction is English
Accommodations for students with special needs will be made with the approval of the college. Please contact the Department of Admissions for more information.
English Placement (Undergraduate)
Before registering for courses, students who apply for admission into a degree program are placed into English I (ENG 101) and ENG II (ENG 102) unless exempt from the course in the following ways.
- Completed college level courses (with a grade C or higher) comparable to ENG 101 and ENG 102. Student must provide transcripts to support this claim.
Student may not be exempt from ENG 101.
If students need remedial work before being eligible for ENG 101, they must begin their developmental courses in their first year at the college and complete the developmental sequence as determined by the test before enrolling in ENG 101. NOTE: Students who score well on the ACT, SAT, or the English placement exams are not exempt from taking ENG 102.
Mathematics Placement (Undergraduate)
For initial mathematics placement, all students who will need a mathematics course for the completion of their A.A. degree or General Studies requirements must take the Mathematics Placement Test before enrolling in their first semester (unless they meet noted exemptions). The SFBC A.A./General Studies program requires that all SFBC students complete College Algebra (MAC 101) unless exempt from both courses in the following ways.
- Completed college level courses (with a grade C or higher) comparable to MAC 101. Student must provide transcripts to support this claim.
If students need remedial mathematics coursework, they must begin the developmental sequence in their first year at the college. NOTE: Students who score well on the ACT, SAT, or the Math placement exams are not exempt from taking MAC 101.
English Placement (Graduate)
Before registering for any courses, students who apply for admission into a graduate program must take the English Placement exam. There are no exemptions for graduate students.
If students need developmental work before being eligible for graduate school, they must begin their developmental courses in their first year at the college and complete the developmental sequence as determined by the English test.
Critical Thinking Placement (Graduate)
Before registering for any courses, students who apply for admission into a graduate program must take the Critical Thinking Placement exam. There are no exemptions for graduate students.
If students need developmental work before being eligible for graduate school, they must begin their developmental courses in their first year at the college and complete the developmental sequence as determined by the Critical Thinking test.
Student ID Cards
Students (external and internal students) will need to purchase a Student ID Card at the time of registration. Internal students must show this card each week in order to enter the classrooms and to access the library. External and Internal students must use their Student ID to access Student Login and Library resources.
General Admissions Policies
SFBC&TS considers all applicants for admission, regardless of religious affiliation, race, ethnic heritage, gender, age, or physical ability. Students who have graduated from high school or the equivalent (General Education Development (GED) certificate holders), individuals whose high school class has graduated, as well as current high school students who meet the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program criteria or the Supplemental Enrollment criteria may apply for admission to SFBC&TS. Students will be charged a non-refundable registration/application fee.
Admission to the college does not automatically qualify a student for all courses and curricula of the college; some of the course offerings and programs have special prerequisites.
The prospective student must give evidence of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior. Space is provided on the application form for the applicant’s testimony.
Degree Seeking Applicants
Students may apply for admission to credit courses on a degree seeking basis. Degree seeking applicants are considered undergraduate and graduate students, including Master’s and Doctoral students, who intend to complete a terminal degree in a particular department at SFBC&TS. Degree-seeking students are expected to complete all assigned course work and, if a commuter/campus student, attend class regularly.
Degree Seeking Applicants (Undergraduate and Graduate)
- Complete the Application Form and return it to the Admissions Office.
- Submit your Personal Testimony with your application.
- NOTE: Writing skills are evaluated based upon this document.
- Submit the Non-refundable Application Fee of $75.00 and Non-Refundable Registration Fee of $75.00 ($150.00 Total)
- Submit all official transcripts of high school, college and/or graduate work. Use the enclosed form and duplicate if necessary.
- Recent Digital Photo.
- Letter of recommendation from your pastor.
- Register for Placement Exams
- Register for Freshman Orientation (if applicable)
Priority will be given to applications received four (4) weeks or more before the first day of classes each term. It is important to note that the processing of all applications and durations of time associated with each application are at the discretion of the Admissions Office.
International students and students for who English is their second language must satisfy additional requirements for admission. See International Admissions Policies and Procedures.
Master’s Degree Minimum Admissions Requirements
In addition to the General Procedures listed above, the Graduate student must:
- Have earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited College or institution (one hundred twenty (120) hours credit or more, including transfer and assessed credit). All prerequisites for degree programs must be met. Acceptance of previous degree(s) is at the discretion of the Dept. of Admissions.
- If the Masters Student does not have the appropriate Biblical background in their previous degrees, or if in the estimation of the Seminary the student needs reinforcement in certain identifiable subjects, the Seminary reserves the right to assign remedial work to the student. Students in this criterion will be considered provisionally admitted until the completion of the remedial course(s) in question. SFBC&TS retains the rights to assign remedial work.
- Submit a full set of transcripts for all colleges and/or graduate schools attended. The Dept. of Admissions may request catalogs from those schools listed on the student’s transcripts for review. Please be prepared to provide these documents upon request.
- Student should submit a sample of writing illustrating their level of knowledge. The college and/or department chair of their respective field may request an interview with the student prior to entry.
Master’s Degree Candidates: Graduate Requirement(s)
- All M.Div. students are required to write a Thesis. The Thesis must be typewritten, double spaced, and not less than fifty (50) pages, covering a topic in the student’s field of study. It must cite twenty (20) different sources. The Thesis is in addition to the program requirements. The Thesis is six (6) credit hours. There is a one (1) year time limit for the Thesis. After completion of their course of study, one professionally bound copy is to be provided to SFBC&TS.
- Each degree program reserves the right to require additional requirements for graduation. It is the responsibility of the student to inquire about these potential requirements with their faculty advisors.
The REACH Adult Degree Completion Program (Relevant Education for Adult Christians)
The REACH Adult Degree Completion Program at SFBC&TS is a unique alternative to the traditional method of earning a college degree. The program is designed to provide adult students a non-traditional opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree for the advancement of their professional careers and for personal achievement.
The REACH Program is designed to equip students with a basic knowledge of the Word of God in order to prepare them for success in the global, professional, and Christian world.
As a student in the REACH Program you can finish your bachelors degree in a traditional classroom at an accelerated pace. Courses are offered to students once a week for a five (5) week period. Transfer credit from accredited community colleges and other post secondary schools can be used toward your four-year degree. Additionally, you may be able to receive academic credit for military credits or other certifications you have earned. Academic credit may be awarded for continuing education courses and other training, from CLEP, or challenge exams. To find out if these qualifications apply to you please contact the Admissions Department.
The Department of Continuing Education currently offers two B.A. tracks for students (1) a B.A. in Business Administration and Management and (2) a B.A. in Leadership and Ministry. For specific course details and information please review the Adult Degree Completion tracks listed in the “Undergraduate Programs” section of this catalog.
NOTE: Students will not be granted an A.A. degree from this program. Student unable to complete the REACH Program should contact the Department of Admissions for withdrawal procedures.
- Students in the REACH Program must meet the requirements for admissions into SFBC&TS degree-seeking B.A. programs (see sections above and below for details.)
- Complete Application and fees that apply
- Student must have completed 48-60 credits (with a grade “C” or higher) prior to entry into this program.
- Student must complete a minimum of 50% of their degree at SFBC&TS.
- Student must complete 120 credit hours in order to graduate from SFBC&TS.
- In both programs, student in the REACH track will need to complete additional Credits to obtain their degree. (Check with the Department of Adult Degree Completion for more details.)
- Students may take classes through the Distance Education Program or on-campus in order to complete additional credits towards their degrees.
- SFBC&TS may consider life learning, CEU, and CLEP credits for course credit.
- Students accepted into this track must meet the admissions requirements listed above and below for “traditional, degree seeking students” prior to entry into this program. (Please contact the Department of Admissions for details.)
- Students should be a minimum of 23 years of age to enter this program
Dual Enrollment Program
This program is designed to provide an opportunity for qualified high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit. High school credit may or may not be granted according to the discretion of the participating high school. Dual enrollment affords students educational enrichment in specific areas where unusual ability and interest are displayed, especially in courses and academic areas not available in the student’s high school. Please note: Students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment program are not eligible for Title IV funding.
Qualifications for the Dual Enrollment Program
- Be working toward high school graduation requirements.
- Have attained junior or senior high school standing prior to applying for the SFBC&TS program.
Application Procedures for the Dual Enrollment Program
- Complete a College application.
- Submit written approval from their authorized high school official for each semester of attendance.
- Mail or bring the application and a letter of authorization to the SFBC&TS Admissions Office prior to enrolling in any classes. Applicants may print an application here.
- There is a $50 Application processing fee.
- Comply with basic skills assessment and any additional approvals or prerequisites established by the department for the course(s) in which the student wishes to enroll.
- Complete the CEU Application Form and return it to the Admissions Office.
CEU students must sign up for the course and pay any incurred fees. CEU students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. The student must complete the assigned coursework within a three month period in order to receive credit for the course. In case of lost or misplaced certificates, a student may request another copy of the certificate or a copy of their transcripts for a minimal cost. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.
It is important to note that the processing of all applications and durations of time associated with each application are at the discretion of the Admissions Office.
International students who wish to take CEU credits must consult the Office of International Students for more information.
Information contained in a student’s educational record becomes the property of SFBC&TS and will not be released or copied to the student unless requested by the student or guardian if student is under the age of 18 (e.g. official or unofficial transcripts).
All new students may request an advisor or counselor upon admission to the college. Academic advisors and counselors are available to provide information on skill prerequisites, help students plan class schedules, discuss curriculum choices, and provide academic personal support. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor or counselor prior to their first semester and at least annually thereafter. As students progress in their program of study, advisors or counselors can identify courses that are yet to be completed.
General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
Persons with a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) from any state must achieve a minimum total SAT score of 960 (reading and math) or an ACT score of 20. Applicants with a GED should also submit high school transcripts from any school attended for review by the Office of Admissions.
Non-traditional High School Program
Persons applying for admission who are participating in a non-traditional high school program must present credentials equivalent to those listed above for GED students.
Students may apply for admission to credit courses on a non-credit basis as auditors. Auditors are given less rigid standards than those applied to non-degree seeking and degree seeking students. Students may change from audit to credit or credit to audit only during the official drop and add period.
Transfer Admissions Requirements
Transfer of Credit Policy
SFBC&TS will accept credits for relevant subjects from other schools accredited either by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE; formerly the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges), or any national accrediting agency approved by the Department of Education or the CHEA. The acceptance of credits from a non-accredited school will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students must complete at least twenty five percent of their degree at SFBC&TS.
Transfer of credit from this institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Conditions of Transfer
Applicants must present a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (4.0=A) on all attempted college work. In order to consider advance standing, the student must submit transcripts from each post-secondary school attended, cumulatively indicating the completion of 60 or more transferable credits by the application entry term. If you have received credit through examinations such as, but not exclusively, the College level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP), you must provide official exam results as well.
Students awarded an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college are admissible to SFBC&TS. Pre-requisites for the major must be met.
All undergraduate transfer and second baccalaureate students who have completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign credentials evaluated by an accredited independent evaluation service. For a list of accredited evaluations services please see the list of frequently used National Associate of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Members. The evaluation should contain a course-by-course description and a grade point average from each institution attended. Please do not send foreign credentials to SFBC&TS. Please send them directly to the evaluation agency.
Initial Academic Status of Transfer Students
Transfer students whose cumulative grade point average at the transfer institution(s) is 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale are admitted on CLEAR academic status.
A transfer student whose cumulative grade point average at the transfer institution(s) is less than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is admitted only on ACADEMIC PROBATION. The transcript will read ADMITTED ON ACADEMIC PROBATION.
Have earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited College or institution (one hundred twenty (120) hours credit or more, including transfer and assessed credit). All prerequisites for degree programs must be met.
If the Masters Student does not have the appropriate Biblical background in their previous degrees, or if in the estimation of the Seminary the student needs reinforcement in certain identifiable subjects, the Seminary reserves the right to assign remedial work to the student. Students in this criteria will be considered provisionally admitted until the completion of the remedial course(s) in question.
Additional Student Requirements
SFBC&TS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, or physical handicap.
Students are required to perform Christian service under the supervision of a pastor or other qualified supervisors. This service is usually performed on a weekly or quarterly basis. Christian service is a vital part of training and character building. Depending on the service provided, up to four credit hours may be awarded. Total hours required for the Bachelor of Arts program will be one hundred sixty (160) hours; The Associate of Arts program eighty (80) hours; and for all graduate programs the requirement is eighty (80) hours. Any questions about Christian service should be directed to the Office of Student Services.
SFBC&TS believes every aspect of a Christian’s lifestyle must reflect an awareness of God’s Kingdom. It is the special responsibility of those serving as leaders in the body of Christ to live exemplary lives and to encourage excellence in others. These areas include recognition of the authority of God’s Word, service to the Lord, Christian character, modesty in dress and language, and sensitivity toward the needs of others.
Active involvement in a local church is an essential part of the Christian’s life and growth process. It is also a key element in preparation for effective ministry. SFBC&TS requires and expects all students to be a member of, and actively participate in, their local churches.
Two types of students avail themselves of a quality education at SFBC&TS: commuters and distance learners. Commuters are students who attend one or more days per week, or on weekends, to complete degree requirements in a classroom environment. Performance is evaluated from attendance, class participation, examinations, and written papers. Commuters experience special camaraderie with classmates as they proceed through their programs and interact regularly.
Distance learners are students who need or prefer independent study, due to time, job, family constraints, or location. They either earn a degree or gain personal enrichment from the convenience of their homes, and at their own pace. Independent study courses utilize the same curricula commuters follow, but distance learners are required to perform additional reading and research. Distance learners must complete their coursework within three months.
Students’ courses are evaluated in credit units at SFBC&TS. A unit is defined as a 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). Typically, courses at SFBC&TS range between 1-4 credit units. Please review the course descriptions for courses and their associated credit units.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), established by Congress in 1974 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. This right includes the distribution of official and unofficial transcripts [Please review Student Record section listed above.]
Report cards are issued at the end of each semester after all financial obligations are met. Grades will not be released until all accounts are paid in full. [Please review Admissions requirements for additional clauses.]
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
Because SFBC&TS’ students are either commuters or distance learners, housing is not provided. However, on request, SFBC&TS can direct students in locating suitable housing.
South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary seeks to provide an atmosphere conducive to reverent worship, serious study, and the development of each student’s special calling in Christ. It is, therefore, necessary all students be dressed and groomed modestly and in good taste.
- Muscle shirts are not permitted.
- Hair must be neatly groomed.
- All extreme or faddish modes of dress, grooming, and/or decorative ornamentation are to be avoided.
Student Disclosure Form
At the time of application, each student must sign a Student Disclosure Form, which states that he/she has read the SFBC&TS Catalog and is in agreement with SFBC&TS’ standards and practices.
Christian Standards of Living
SFBC&TS believes every aspect of an individual’s lifestyle should reflect an awareness of the Kingdom of God. It is the special responsibility of those who would serve the Body of Christ in leadership roles to live an exemplary life in order to encourage excellence in others. A truly Christian school environment cannot neglect this dimension of training.
- Recognition of the authority of the Word of God, specifically with regard to moral standards.
- Strong personal desire to develop Christian character: “the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.”
- Desire to serve the Lord as expressed in service to one’s fellow man.
An entire area of our administration exists to enhance student life on campus. The Office of Student Services oversees the day to day activities associated with Student life at SFBC&TS. Student Services would like to help students with the following:
- Develop practical career training and opportunities
- Provide opportunities for Christian Service
- Provide Academic Support
- Develop Student Activities on and off Campus
- Increase Student Awareness and Capacity of Student Council
Personnel in the Office of Student Services goal is to assist with the transition to college life by helping students gain the most from their college experience. While placement assistance is offered at SFBC&TS, employment cannot be guaranteed upon completion of programs.Detailed information is available about the various programs from the Student Life Office or by consulting the SFBC&TS Student Handbook. A brief summary of some of the activities, services, and requirements students may expect are described below.
The SFBC&TS Student Council enjoys a reputation as a concerned and effective group of student leaders committed to enhancing the quality of campus life. Council members formulate proposals to change policies governing student life, gain valuable experience working with a constitutional organization, and sponsor significant services and programs each year.
Annual crime statistics can be seen on our web site by Clicking Here. All students have a right to know their on-campus safety here at South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary.
Students are encouraged to form special clubs around particular programs. Normally, these organizations are requested by students and function with the advisement of a faculty or staff sponsor.
SFBC&TS students have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of recreational, entertainment, and sightseeing activities. South Florida abounds with famous tourist attractions and natural beauty that make this area the number one vacation destination.
The area also offers many other cultural opportunities including art galleries, parks, museums, and professional sporting events. Swimming, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, diving, and boating are great leisure activities available to those who live in the area surrounding SFBC&TS.
Students at SFBC&TS develop strong relationships with college staff and faculty. Employees of the college make themselves available in a wide array of Student Life activities.
Students have a right to know the yearly graduation rates here at the college and seminary. These annual rates can be seen on our website by Clicking Here
The College is committed to making every reasonable effort to provide students with a healthy learning and living environment. The college community has access to emergency and general medical physicians in close proximity to the campus. The Student Life Office has personnel that are available to assist in directing students toward medical care and to provide transportation if necessary.
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 and Theological Seminary 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.
Guidelines for student conduct at South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary are few but important. Failure to live up to these guidelines may result in discipline, suspension, or dismissal. The guidelines of conduct are enforced.
- Any conduct that could lead to physical injury or property damage.
- The use of obscene or profane language.
- The failure to act with financial responsibility for bills, including rent of house or apartment.
- The use of tobacco in any of its forms on or off campus.
- The use or possession of alcoholic beverages, narcotics, addictive or hallucinatory drugs on or off campus.
- The use of pornographic materials in any form, including the use of college computers to access pornographic sites on the Internet.
- Untruthfulness, dishonesty in any relationships.
- Plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Students should neither participate in cheating nor encourage cheating by allowing it to go unreported. (See academic policy statements that deal with consequences of plagiarism and academic dishonesty.)
Students are also to acknowledge the following:
- As members of a Christian community, we are admonished to avoid certain practices, including, but not limited to, fornication, sexual promiscuity, adultery, pornography, any form of sexual misconduct (including behaviors such as voyeurism, indecent exposure, etc.) and homosexual acts. Students who demonstrate an attitude of disdain or disrespect toward these standards may be subject to disciplinary action.
- Students who are convicted of a felony while enrolled at SFBC&TS will be subject to immediate disciplinary suspension.
The following categories of discipline will apply to students who experience conduct and/or character difficulties.
Students who fail to observe college regulations will be subject to one or all of the following disciplinary procedures:
- Consultation with the Director of Student Development.
- A required appearance before the student life committee composed of the director of student development, one counseling faculty member, one additional faculty member, one staff member, and a student approved, and appointed, by the student development office.
- Dismissal from college.
Student rights to due process in disciplinary procedures are specified in the current Student Handbook.
Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Amendment
In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1989 and Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Amendment of 1989, South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary clearly prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs, alcohol, and unlawful substances by students and employees on campus property or as any part of campus activities. A copy of the statement of policy is distributed annually to all students and employees.
Student Consumer Information
Prospective and enrolled students may obtain complete consumer information concerning financial assistance costs, eligibility, and programs by contacting the financial aid office at the college address.
Campus Crime Awareness
Reports of criminal or campus violations are to be made to the business office. A complete record of campus crime and/or violation is kept on record for both campus security authorities and local police agencies.
Privacy Act (FERPA)
South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) which gives the student the right to know what information the college maintains about that student, the right to ensure the accuracy of that information, the right to know who has access to files of information and for what purposes, and the right to control to a significant extent the distribution of that information outside the institution.
The college considers some information to be directory information which may be disclosed to others without student permission. This includes, but is not limited to, items such as name, address, telephone number, e-mail addresses, photographs, dates of enrollment, classification, full or part-time status, degree(s) received, awards, honors, program of study, previous institutions attended, date and place of birth, and participation in activities. If a student does not want this information released, he or she must submit a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form to the registrar’s office. This request remains in effect until revoked in writing by the student.
Educational records will not be released to individuals other than the student except as provided for by FERPA. This provision includes: (1) A parent who claims a student as a dependent on their most recent federal income tax form. The parent must submit a Parental Affidavit for Academic Information to access the student’s record. (2) A person to whom a student grants access to his/her educational record by submitting a Student Consent for Release of Records. These forms must be submitted for each request.
Information regarding FERPA and forms necessary to withhold or release information may be obtained through the registrar’s office.
Academic Probation: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
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: Academic Probation Procedures
A student who has not maintained satisfactory grade point averages (Undergraduate – 2.0 GPA or better, Graduate – 3.0 GPA or better) at the end of any semester will be placed on Academic Probation for a minimum of the next semester. 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 generally warned and placed on probation for one term. Students may appeal any determination given by the Probationary Review Committee in writing. If a student’s educational benefits are terminated, the student may appeal to the Financial Aid committee to have their aid reinstated. Both options are to be completed by submitting a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form to the Financial Office along with supporting documentation of extenuating circumstances. This must be submitted in writing, either typed or electronically. This appeal must be submitted within one week after the student has been denied Federal Assistance. Common circumstances and procedures used in appeals are:
Notification of action by the Academic Dean to the Financial Office will be mailed or emailed to the student within 20 days of the request.
If a student is readmitted with financial benefits, the student will be awarded all available funds for the current academic year. All costs of attendance incurred during the period of time which a student did not receive financial aid is considered by SFBC&TS the 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-established satisfactory academic progress.
Students who have been reinstated 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.
Attendance: (Commuter/On Campus Students only)
Attendance will be taken at all class sessions. A substantial portion of student grades includes participation in class discussions. SFBC&TS believes class interaction is necessary to enrich student education. Prompt and consistent attendance is expected for all students enrolled at SFBC&TS. Chapel attendance is mandatory. On chapel nights, attendance will be taken by the students’ teachers as part of the students’ grades. Below are the classifications used by SFBC&TS to determine attendance.
- Unexcused Absence – When a student does not provide a formal excuse. If a student has four (4) unexcused absences for a 12 week course or three (3) unexcused absences for a 6 week course, then the student will be automatically withdrawn from that course, which may result in a failing grade (“F”).
- Excused Absence – To qualify as an “excused absence”, your absence must have a formal excuse and be approved by your instructor prior to the particular class absence in question. 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 arriving at least fifteen (15) minutes after the official start time of a particular class. Three (3) “tardies” will be counted as one (1) unexcused absence
Students Seeking Readmission
Students returning to SFBC&TS after one year of non-attendance, are required to submit an application for readmission and official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended since the last date of attendance at SFBC&TS. Students in this category may be required to complete the admissions process. This determination is at the discretion of the Registrar and the Office of Admissions.
NOTE: Returning students are eligible for readmission only if they are in good standing for the last term of attendance. Students who are not in good standing or who have not served designated suspension periods may request readmission by appeal to the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. Please see and follow the process for denial of admission listed below.
Appeal Process for Denial of College Admission
Applicants who meet minimum requirements and are denied admission to the college may appeal the denial. The decision to admit or uphold denial of admission will be based upon the merits of the applicant’s appeal. SFBC&TS consider appeals submitted within 8 working days of the start date for the desired semester of attendance insufficient time to complete the appeal process. All appeals in this criterion will be reviewed for admittance in the following semester. The appeal process shall consist of the following steps:
Step 1: Admissions Staff Member
If an Admissions staff member denies admission to the applicant, the Admissions staff member shall provide the applicant with a copy of the appeal process. If the applicant wishes to appeal the denial, the staff member shall arrange an appeal meeting with the Dean of Admissions within two (2) working days of the denial.
Step 2: The Board of Appeals
The Dean of Admissions shall convene the Board of Appeals within three (3) working days of the applicant’s appeal to the Board and advise the applicant of the date, time, and location of the appeal meeting. The Board of Appeals Chairperson shall notify the applicant of the Board’s decision within three (3) working days from the date of the applicant’s appeal meeting and shall provide the applicant with a written copy of the decision. The Board of Appeals shall consist of the following members:
- Dean of Student Life
- Academic Dean
- Member of the Faculty
- Dean of Admissions
The decision of the Admissions Board of Appeals is final and will be reached by simple majority vote. A copy of the Board of Appeals decision shall be maintained in the Admissions Office for two (2) years.
The College and Seminary reserve the right to deny admission to an applicant because of past misconduct, regardless of location, that may adversely affect the college community. Therefore, it is important for all applicants to provide complete and accurate information on the admissions application in regard to disciplinary action for scholastic or any other type of misconduct.
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 or faculty member feeling that he/she has been slighted, harassed, or abused—intentionally or unintentionally— the student or faculty member has a right to formally submit a grievance to the College or Seminary. SFBC&TS will not tolerate such behavior and will always act to rectify the situation. In order for SFBC&TS to officially respond, the student or faculty member must submit a “Grievance Form.” The “Grievance Form” may be obtained from the Dean of Student Life, the Provost, the Registrar, or any staff member in the front office. The following provides the next steps required of the student or faculty member who is reporting an offense. Note: more details about Faculty Grievance procedures are provided in the Faculty Manual.
- Students: Complete the entire “Grievance Form” and give it to the Dean of Student Life. The student will be asked to meet with the Dean of Student Life in order to discuss the problem and the circumstances involving the incident(s).
- Faculty: Complete the entire “Grievance Form” and give it to the Dean of Faculty. The faculty member will be asked to meet with the Dean of Faculty in order to discuss the problem and the circumstances involving the incident(s).
- Note: If the offender is a SFBC&TS student, the student’s file will be noted to reflect that he/she received an official warning regarding inappropriate behavior. If the offense continues or either party does not agree with the determination of the Dean of Student Life, the Situation will be escalated to the Provost and or President. In this situation, the Provost will counsel the student offender and provide them with a warning which will be placed in their permanent record. The Provost will determine the punitive measures the student will receive, which may include suspension and/or expulsion. In the event a student is expelled, no monetary refunds will be made under any circumstances.
- Note: If the offender is a member of SFBC&TS’ administration, faculty, or staff, the problem should be documented and given in written form to the Provost for evaluation. If the situation cannot be resolved by the Provost, the President should be involved with the process.
- Dean of Student Life: The Dean of Student Life will undertake the first level of response. The Dean of Student Life 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.
- Appeal Clause: Any student or faculty member deemed culpable of inappropriate actions may make a formal appeal to the Provost and/or President of SFBC&TS. The Provost and President, after reviewing all documents and interview records, may elect to review the determination and speak with the appealer. If the President or Provost feel the process has been adjudicated appropriately, the president will uphold the If the President or Provost determine the action or process biased they reserve the right to overturn the decision without further consultation.
- SFBC&TS will retain all documentation on-file in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.
In the case of unresolved conflict, contact the Commission for Independent Education at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll free telephone number (888) 224-6684 .
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.
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 at SFBC&TS.
SFBC&TS will provide transcripts to students and other institutions on request for a minimal fee, providing all other financial obligations have been met. Contact the Registrar for the fee amount.
South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary employs letter grades based on a four point grading system, scaled as follows:
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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:
- Cheating: 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.
- Plagiarism: “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.
Students are subject to the responsibility of academic integrity, which demands honesty and giving credit to the proper sources. Students who violate these guidelines will be counseled, reprimanded, and punished with a view towards restoration.
Upon completion of all requirements, distance learners may participate in the annual commencement ceremony.
All students are eligible to attend graduation ceremonies and receive earned degrees. The following must be met to fulfill graduation requirements:
- Successful program completion (2.0 or higher).
- A passing average on all written assignments, examinations, and research.
- Completion of Christian service criteria.
- Payment of all fees.
- If all requirements are not met, a degree will not be issued to the student. There are no exceptions.
Students may also be eligible to graduate “with honors.” A GPA of 3.75 or higher constitutes “with honors.”
NOTE: Grade Point Average Requirements
Students graduating from SFBC&TS must meet the following GPA requirements in order to receive their diploma(s):
- Undergraduate students: minimum 2.0 GPA
- Graduate students: minimum 3.0 GPA