Currently, TTS operates on a semester system. One semester credit hour is equal to 15 lecture hours; most classes are three credit hours, which requires 45 lecture hours of class, including lectures, discussions, group projects, presentations, quizzes/examinations, term papers, etc. If there are special circumstances, the class time will be adjusted accordingly. If there is a holiday during class time, the teacher can discuss with the students whether the class needs to be postponed.
DMin Seminars operate under intensive format; a Seminar equals 6 credit hours, with 8 hours each day consecutively throughout the whole week.
Credit will only be awarded for actual course work done.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)
Each student is expected to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements established by TTS.
The first SAP requires students to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or “C” average. In addition, students must make progress by completing the degree within the specified time frame. The M.Div. degree should be completed within 6 years after enrollment. The M.A. degree should be completed within 4 years after enrollment. The D.Min. degree should be completed within 7 years after enrollment. In rare cases, extension of the study period may be granted. Written petition is required and addressed to the Dean’s Office.
Truth Theological Seminary continually evaluates the student’s academic progress through examination of student’s knowledge, classroom participation, and research skills.
Quality of coursework is graded on the following grading scale. TTS awards letter grades with corresponding grade points if applicable. Passing grades are A, B, C, or D unless otherwise specified in the course descriptions. The following is guideline of TTS’s grading system:
|80 – 89.9||70 – 79.9||60 – 69.9||0 – 59.9||
59.9 or below
Doctoral-level grading system:
|Very Good||Good||Pass||Failing||Withdrawal||Credit||No Credit||Transferred Credit||
MAINTENANCE AND PRESERVATION OF RECORDS
Students’ academic records are kept at the Registrar’s Office. Student records and matters pertaining to the student’s academic achievements will be maintained by the institution for a minimum of 50 years after the student has completed or terminated his/her studies at Truth Theological Seminary. TTS shall maintin for a period of 5 years the pertinent student records from the student’s date of completion or withdrawal.
Records for students in the non-degree programs will be kept for a minimum of 10 years after completion or termination of studies. The seminary will not keep on file the information of auditors.
REQUEST OF TRANSCRIPTS
An official transcript can be requested from the Registrar’s Office. A signed request form and necessary fee must be accompanied at the time of the request is made.
NOTICE REGARDING GRADE DISPUTES AND OTHERS
A student may challenge their grades on grounds that the grade was based on an inaccurate evaluation as described in the course criteria. When the student believes that a grade has been incorrectly assigned, an appeal for a grade change must be submitted in writing to the Academic Dean’s Office prior to the beginning of the following term of study.
The appeal procedures and grievance review authority are described in the “Grievance Resolution and Appeal Procedures” below. However, before resorting to the appeal process, students are encouraged to resolve this problem of grade change with the instructor in charge and departmental chairman prior to consulting with the Academic Dean for a proper disposition of the matter.
RE-PETITION OF COURSES TO RAISE GPA
Courses in which the students achieved a grade of C+ or lower can be repeated in order to raise their GPA. Students who repeat a course more than once must obtain the prior approval of the Academic Dean. The highest grade earned in a repeated course will be used for computing the grade point average. Lower grades of repeated courses will be kept in the student record but will not be used for grade computing purpose. The units are counted only once.
ADDING OR DROPPING COURSES
Students wishing to add or drop a course after registration must obtain a “Drop/Add/Change Petition” (Form 240) from the Registrar and secure the signature of the instructor(s) in charge of the course(s). Changes must be made by the deadline for program change posted in the academic calendar. Courses dropped in this manner will not be recorded on the student’s record.
The difference in tuition resulting from a reduction in the number of credits registered will be refunded to the student in accordance with the enrollment agreement (Form 201). If the change results in a higher number of credits, the student will pay the difference in tuition.
There is no adding of a course after the posted deadline. A student is still able to drop a course after the posted deadline but not after the sixth week of the course. The student will receive a “W” grade for the course dropped between the posted deadline and sixth week of the course.
ATTENDANCE AND LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICY
Students are required to attend at least 80% of the scheduled class meetings to be eligible to receive a course grade. Unexcused absences that exceed 20% of the course will result in ineligible to receive a course grade. Two unexcused tardies will be computed as an unexcused absence.
A student who needs a leave of absence for a short period of time must submit a written request to the Academic Dean. Students who fail to return from the approved leave duration are regarded to have withdrawn from TTS and are subjected to the re-admission policy.
VIOLATIONS OF STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC HONESTY
All students at TTS are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty in the performance of all academic work. Students will be subject to disciplinary action for committing any form of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and the use of materials prepared by another, such as commercially prepared term or research papers.
TTS regards plagiarism and use of commercially prepared term or research papers as a flagrant violation of TTS’s academic regulations and violators will be subject to disciplinary action. In severe case, the student will be expelled.
ACADEMIC PROBATION POLICY
Any student whose grade point average falls below 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will be placed on academic probation. Probation begins with the semester following notification. A student on academic probation has a maximum of two semesters to improve his or her grade to meet the minimum requirement. Students who are in academic probation are allowed to enroll a maximum of 9 units per semester. Academic probation status will be removed when a student has improved her/his grade point average to 2.0 or higher.
Any student whose grade point average falls below 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for three consecutive semesters will be automatically dismissed from the program.
A student who has been suspended or dismissed for academic reasons can be readmitted only by the action of the Academic Appeals Committee. The committee will normally comprise of a representative from the Academic Dean’s Office, one of the student’s recent instructors, and the Vice President or President. To appeal, the student must write a letter to the Academic Appeals Committee explaining his or her reason for the dismissal and proposing a course of action to remediate the cause for dismissal. All decisions of the Academic Appeals Committee related to academic probation and dismissal are final.
Students’ Rights and Responsibilities
Each student is individually responsible for compliance with the regulations printed in this catalog, guideline, and in the TTS official announcements posted on the official bulletin boards. This includes the student’s code of conduct (see Appendix A).
Student Conduct and Disciplinary Policies
Students are expected to observe TTS’ student code of conduct (see Appendix A) and demonstrate a cooperative and respectful attitude towards all. Students should strive to develop a strong ethical and upright character, well-rounded personality, and professional competence and compassion.
A student who violates TTS’s policies and student code of conduct will be subject to disciplinary action that can result in any of the following disciplinary action: (1) Official warning; (2) reprimand; (3) property restitution; (4) assignment of failing grade; (5) probation; (6) suspension; and (7) dismissal.
Grievance Resolution and Appeal Procedures
All members of the administration, faculty, and staff are dedicated to providing to their students the highest quality of educational programs. They strive to guide and assist students so that they can complete their graduation requirements as expeditiously and successfully as possible. However, problems may arise, necessitating disciplinary action. Students who are disciplined as a result of serious violation of student code of conduct shall have the right to appeal to the Grievance Committee composed of administrators, faculty and academic counselors. It is the aim of TTS to resolve all complaints, grade disputes, and other problems in a manner that is most fair and just to all parties involved. When submitting a formal appeal to the Grievance Committee, students are advised to assemble the following supportive evidence:
- the nature of the problem or dispute;
- the date that the alleged problem or dispute occurred;
- the name of the individuals involved in the dispute;
- a brief statement concerning the ruling sought from the Grievance Committee and copies of all relevant supporting documents.