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RISE Academic Policy


Academic Standing

Each student admitted to the RISE Program at Judson University is assumed to have the desire and ability to make satisfactory progress towards a Certificate of Completion in Liberal Arts. However, some students do not make the progress expected of them. Such students are notified, offered special assistance or accommodations, academic advising, and allowed time to improve their performance.

In addition, all students must maintain a minimum cumulative completion rate of 70% of all hours attempted within a maximum time frame (5 semesters) to remain in good standing.

These standings are provided as a standard; however, in individual cases, the university administration reserves the right to change a student’s standing based on the student’s academic performance and any extenuating circumstances. Academic standings will be run for all students at the end of each term.

The following tools are used by the RISE staff to assess each student's academic standing:

  • RISE course grades, completed by RISE faculty
  • Undergraduate course grade(s) provided by the undergraduate course instructor
  • Chapel credits provided by Judson University IT department
  • Supervisor Internship Evaluation

Good Standing

Each student, upon enrollment, is in Good Standing. Every semester, a student's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will be determined by reviewing the four tools outlined above.
The minimum requirements to remain in "Good Standing" are:

  • A "Pass" grade for all RISE classes
  • A "Pass" or passing letter grade for undergraduate classes
  • 22 Chapel Credits
  • An overall rating of "Meets Expectations" or "Exceeds Expectations" on the Supervisor's Internship Evaluation (SIE).

Academic Warning

A student will be placed on Academic Warning if they receive:

  • "No Credit" for one RISE or one traditional class
  • An overall rating of "Does Not Meet Expectations" on the SIE.

The student will continue to be eligible for financial aid the following semester and is required to meet with the RISE Program Director and Assistant Director to discuss specific issues and course selection for the following semester.
Restoration of Good Standing - A student may restore their academic status to "Good Standing" if, in the subsequent semester, they:

  • Receive a "Pass" grade for all RISE courses
  • Achieve a "Pass" or passing letter grade for all traditional undergraduate courses
  • Receive an overall rating of "Meets Expectations" or "Exceeds Expectations" on the SIE
  • Earn 22+ Chapel Credits

Academic Probation

A student will be placed on Academic Probation if they:

  • Receive "No Credit" for two or more courses in a single semester
  • Receive "No Credit" in two courses within the program to date
  • Achieve an overall rating of "Does Not Meet Expectations" on the SIE for two consecutive semesters
  • Do not complete the requirements for a RISE Certificate of Completion within four semesters

The student loses eligibility for financial aid in subsequent semesters and is required to meet with the RISE Program Director and Assistant Director to discuss specific issues and course selection for the following semesters. If the student receives a grade of "No Credit" and/or is rated "Does Not Meet Expectations" on the SIE in a subsequent semester, the RISE student may be academically dismissed from the program.
Restoration of Good Standing - A student may restore their academic status to "Good Standing" if, in two consecutive, subsequent semesters, they:

  • Receive a "Pass" grade for all RISE courses
  • Achieve a "Pass" or passing letter grade for all traditional undergraduate courses
  • Receive an overall rating of "Meets Expectations" or "Exceeds Expectations" on the SIE
  • Earn 22+ Chapel Credits

Student Academic Appeals

As a Christian community, all Judson University personnel live under the authority of Biblical standards and the direction of the Holy Spirit, sharing mutual accountability for ethical and just behavior. And as a human community, we will make mistakes.

Students at Judson University have the right to appeal of academic decisions. If a student believes that a faculty or administrative decision on her/his work has not been entirely fair, that student has, without fear of penalty or reprisal, the right of pursuing one or more of the following appeal steps:

  • Direct appeal to the faculty member or administrator involved for review and possible revision of the original decision
  • If Step 1 does not resolve the student's concern, then they may appeal to the faculty member's Department Chair and/or Vice President responsible for the RISE Program
  • If Step 2 does not resolve the concern, then appeal to the Provost

For reasons of both efficiency and clarity, any appeal should be pursued as close in time to the alleged unfair event as possible. Any Appeal pursued beyond Step 1 must be documented by all involved parties. Any such appeal initiated more than sixty days after the alleged unfair event may possibly (but not necessarily) be itself reviewed for any evidence of capricious or mischievous intent. Standard rules of evidence and strict confidentiality will be observed through and and all appeal steps.

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