Academic Honors & Services

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Dean's Honor Roll
The Dean's Honor Roll is announced at the end of each semester. To be eligible students must have a GPA of 3.5 or better in at least 12 credits of graded residential work, or 10 for Sterling College Online students. A student receiving a grade of F or Incomplete (I) in any course (including Chapel/Convocation) will not be eligible for consideration.

Kelsey Scholars and Alpha Chi
At the end of the spring semester of each year, full-time students who have met the following standards are designated as Kelsey Scholars and are recognized at Keynote Convocation the following fall. From this group, a limited number of students are eligible during their junior or senior year for membership in Alpha Chi, a national honorary scholastic fraternity.

Requirements:

  1. Sophomore standing or above
  2. GPA of 3.5 or above in both residential and cumulative GPA
  3. Minimum of 2 semesters in residence at Sterling College
  4. No incompletes on record

Graduation honors
Students who complete at least 60 credits at Sterling will be eligible for graduation honors. Residential GPA and cumulative GPA will be considered independently and both must meet the following criteria. If the GPAs are at two different levels, the lower GPA will determine the honor.

3.90 and above Summa Cum Laude
3.70 to 3.899 Magna Cum Laude
3.50 to 3.699 Cum Laude


Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Sterling College grants the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. All candidates for the baccalaureate degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Candidates must be recommended by the Faculty and approved by the Board of Trustees;
  2. Candidates must have completed 124 credit hours (no more than 65 credit hours from a 2-year college - see page 16), with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C). A cum gpa of 2.5 is required for education licensure;
  3. Candidates must have completed at least 24 of their last 30 credit hours at Sterling College;
  4. Candidates must have fulfilled the requirements of the general education portion of the liberal arts curriculum, including the Chapel and Convocation requirement of attendance at 14 chapels and 2 convocations for each semester of full-time enrollment;
  5. Candidates must have fulfilled the requirements for all declared majors and programs, including professional licensure and certification requirements, and must have attained a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in their declared majors and minors. Education students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in both major and licensure requirements;
  6. Candidates must complete testing required for institutional assessment in both general education and the major upon recommendation of the Assessment Committee; and
  7. Candidates must attend the graduation ceremony to receive their diplomas.

Degree Requirements Exemption
In order to receive exemption from any degree requirement a student must file a written petition with the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). The student's major adviser should also make a recommendation to the VPAA. Final authority rests with the VPAA working with the Academic Affairs Committee.

Graduation Ceremonies
The annual baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies are held at the end of the spring term each year. Students who will have all of their degree and licensure requirements completed by the end of August (prior to the start of the new academic year) may participate in the spring ceremony. Students who complete their work at the end of the fall semester will not receive their diplomas and participate in the ceremony until the following spring commencement; however, the fall graduation date will be posted to the transcript. The program for each commencement ceremony carries the names of all students who have completed the requirements for graduation within that academic year and also the names of those who will have completed such requirements prior to the beginning of the fall semester of the next academic year.

Academic Integrity
Sterling College faculty and students form an academic community committed to the Biblical principles of justice and honesty and to the core values of faith, calling, learning, integrity, service, and community. Within this context, Sterling College has a covenant with its students - past, present, and future. Our commitment to academic integrity requires that each student and faculty member be responsible for creating an environment of trust and respect in which the search for knowledge, truth, and wisdom can be successfully accomplished. These are the expectations:

Students will:

  • Perform and represent honestly their own academic work.
  • Properly acknowledge others' ideas, words, and creations when appropriate.
  • Respect the learning environment and the expression of others' ideas and opinions.
  • Demonstrate good stewardship in the use of academic resources.

Any violation of these expectations will be considered academic misconduct and will result in disciplinary action. A record of these violations will become a part of the student's permanent academic record at Sterling College. The following activities are considered a violation of the Sterling College Academic Integrity Policy:

Plagiarism: The presentation of someone else's words or ideas as the student's own.

Cheating: Obtaining unauthorized help on a course activity. Assistance of any kind on course activities will be considered cheating unless the instructor has explicitly expressed consent for such assistance to take place.

False Information: Creation or manipulation of false information (including lying) in or with regard to any course related activity.

Recycling: Use of work submitted in another course to meet course requirements without explicitly expressed consent of both instructors.

Supporting Academic Integrity Violations: Assisting a student in committing any of the violations listed above (plagiarism, cheating, false information, or recycling) where such assistance has not been approved by the instructor through explicitly expressed consent.

Disrupting the learning process and/or experience: Willful and repeated violation of classroom behavior policies as outlined and/or described in the course syllabus.

Simultaneous Offenses: Once an offense has been discovered, the instructor must notify the student and the VPAA's office before the next class meeting. Simultaneous offenses (multiple offenses by one studentwhich are reported to the VPAA before the student has had the benefit of a first offense warning), will be treated as one offense.

Appeal: If a student wishes to appeal the instructor's decision and/or findings, the appeal will go to an Associate Dean for review by the Associate Deans and the VPAA. The appeal process begins when the student speaks with an Associate Dean. The decisions of the VPAA and Associate Deans are final. No appeal will be heard regarding the punitive consequencesof an academic integrity violation.

Consequences: The consequences of an academic integrity violation are:

First Offense: After due process has been granted by the instructor to the student (student has been presented with the evidence of academic misconduct and given a chance to explain), the instructor will forward to the VPAA the name of the student and the evidence of academic misconduct. After confirmation that this is the first offense, the instructor may decide on the penalty. Recommended penalty is a failing grade (zero) on the assignment and a one letter grade reduction in the final grade for the class. The VPAA will notify the student in writing that he/she has been found guilty of a first offense of academic misconduct, and the student will meet personally with an associate dean to discuss how to correct the behavior in the future and to sign a document which states that he/she understands what the subsequent penalties for academic misconduct are.

Second Offense: Upon confirmation of the second offense, which includes the due process above, the student will be withdrawn from current semester courses and will receive an F for the class in which the academic misconduct occurred and will be withdrawn (with a W) in all other classes. The offense will be recorded on the student's transcript as the reason for withdrawal. When a student is withdrawn, there fund policy stated in the current catalog will be applied based on the date the violation occurred. The student may return to Sterling College following the schedule below:

On Ground Students:

 

Semester of Offense

Semester Suspended

Semester Return to SC

 Grade

Fall

Fall

Spring

F in class/W in rest

Interterm

Interterm

Fall or May term*

F in class

Spring

Spring

Fall

F in class/W in rest

May term*

May term

Interterm

F in class

Summer*

Summer

Interterm

F in class

*When courses are offered.

Sterling College Online Students:

 

Term of Offense

Term Suspended

Term Return to SC

Grade

Fall 1

Fall 1

Fall 2

F in class/W in rest

Fall 2

Fall 2

Spring 1

F in class/W in rest

Spring 1

Spring 1

Spring 2

F in class/W in rest

Spring 2

Spring 2

Summer 1

F in class/ W in rest

Summer 1

Summer 1

Summer 2

F in class/ W in rest

Summer 2

Summer 2

Fall 1

F in class/ W in rest

Third Offense: Upon confirmation of the third offense, the student will receive an F for the class in which the academic misconduct occurred and a W in all other classes. The offense will be recorded on the student's transcript and the student will be immediately and permanently expelled from Sterling College.

Student Academic Appeals Process

Students may appeal an academic decision when the basis of that appeal would be:

a. inappropriate application of syllabus standards in grading by a faculty member, or inappropriate application of an academic policy or procedure by the Registrar.

b. unethical conduct in grading or in regard to academic policy or procedural decisions.

The appeal process must begin by the end of the seventh (7th) week of the following semester.

Note: It is in everyone's best interest if the issue can be resolved at the lowest level, between the student and the faculty member or the Registrar. While the student may discuss his or her concern privately with anyone, an appeal is not considered to be official until the student submits a written appeal to the appropriate person. In that written appeal, the student should request a written response.

Order of Appeal Procedure

For syllabus standards and/or grading appeals:

  1. Instructor
  2. Academic Dean/VPAA
  3. Academic Affairs Committee

For academic policy and procedure appeals:

  1. Registrar
  2. Academic Dean/VPAA
  3. Academic Affairs Committee

Academic Services

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
One of the major benefits to the students enrolled at Sterling College is the CCCU's student programs. Students can enroll in courses of study including the American Studies Program, Australian Studies Centre, China Studies Program, Contemporary Music Program, Los Angeles Film Studies Center, Latin American Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, Programmes in Oxford, Russian Studies Program, Summer Institute of Journalism, and Uganda Studies. See complete descriptions of these programs at www.cccu.org.

Computer Center
The Computer Center is dedicated to providing electronic resources to support research and learning. The Center works to create an environment that emulates what students will find in the marketplace. Resources are used to provide students access to up-to-date equipment and software. While hardware and software are important, the Center's primary focus is to provide quality instruction and advising so that students receive the highest possible benefit from technology. The Center is located on the second floor of Thompson Hall.

Library Instruction Program
"The mission of Mabee Library is to serve the information needs of the Sterling College community through acquiring, organizing and preserving books and serials, non-print and electronic resources, and providing guidance, consultation and instruction to assist users in effectively obtaining, evaluating and applying needed information." Mabee Library contains a growing collection of books, periodicals, audiovisual and multimedia resources selected to support student learning. Print and electronic reference tools point to a wealth of information resources that can be delivered to students through interlibrary loan or printed as full-text. Computer workstations provide network access to the on-line catalog, bibliographic databases, and the Internet. Through cooperative agreements, faculty and students have easy access to the resources of ACCK libraries and to other academic and public libraries in Kansas. Librarians participate with classroom instructors in helping students to develop "information literacy," the skills and concepts essential for functioning effectively in an information society. Information literacy includes the ability to locate, evaluate and use needed resources in a variety of formats.