Probation, Suspensions, Expulsions, & Grievances and Appeals

ACADEMIC PROBATION AND SUSPENSION

If the cumulative GPA is below the minimum GPA listed below, the student is placed on academic probation.

  • If a student has attempted 1-23 credit hours, he must have a minimum 1.50 GPA
  • If a student has attempted 24-39 credit hours, he must have a minimum 1.75 GPA
  • If a student has attempted 40-55 credit hours, he must have a minimum 1.90 GPA
  • If a student has attempted 56 credit hours, he must have a minimum 2.00 GPA

Failure to reach the above minimum averages for two consecutive semesters will result in the suspension of the student from the university.  Students under academic suspension may apply to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for reinstatement.  Reinstatement of the student is not automatic, but depends on the quality of evidence submitted to justify the belief that normal progress will be made toward satisfaction of program requirements.  Reinstated students must pass all courses attempted for each succeeding semester.  Students under academic probation and reinstated students may be required to limit their course loads to the minimum full-time requirement of 12 credit hours.

BEHAVIORAL PROBATION, SUSPENSION, EXPULSION 

Students are expected to sign and abide by the University Covenant.  Anyone observed or reported violating the Word of God in any ethical or moral way at any time will be brought before a Disciplinary Committee that may recommend corrective and restorative action.  The Committee’s actions may include, but not limited to: probation, suspension, or expulsion.  The student may defend himself before the Committee.

Probation:

Students committing infractions not requiring suspension or expulsion may be placed on disciplinary probation by the Disciplinary Committee.  The probationary period will last thirty (30) days, but may be extended by the Committee. During the period the student will complete whatever disciplinary instructions given by the Committee.  Failure to complete the instructions will result in an extension of probation or other such action the Committee deems necessary.  During the probationary period, all class attendance and exam privileges will be retained.  The student’s transcript will not denote disciplinary probation. Students placed on disciplinary probation may not appeal to the Appeals Board.

Suspension and Expulsion:

Students may be placed on suspension by the Committee with the length of time being at the discretion of the Committee.  The suspended student will not be allowed to attend class, turn in assignments, take exams, do make up work, or receive tapes of missed classes.  The student will receive a grade of  “0”  for class work and exams during the period of suspension.  When the Committee determines that the suspension should be terminated, the student will receive written permission to return to class.  The student’s transcripts will note the dates of suspension.  If the Committee determines that the student has not made sufficient progress during the suspension period, the student may be expelled.
The Committee may immediately expel a student for moral or disciplinary failure or after an unsuccessful period of suspension.  The student’s transcript will reflect the date of expulsion.  Students disqualified from attending Family of Faith Christian University for disciplinary reasons may apply for re-entry after one full academic year has elapsed.  The student must satisfy inquiries of the Appeals Board concerning character and conduct changes to the Board’s complete satisfaction. The student must submit at least three character reference letters with his application for readmission, one of which must be a detailed account from his pastor.  The Appeals Board has final authority and must give its approval before the Admissions Committee can act on the application for re-admission.

FINANCIAL SUSPENSION

Formal and legally binding arrangements for payment of tuition and fees will be made with the Financial Aid Office at the time of enrollment.  All charges must be paid by the end of the semester to enroll the next semester.  Students who have remaining balances at the end of a semester will be placed on financial suspension.  These students will receive budget counseling with a strict plan to pay back the obligation.

GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS

Grievances:

The student should first attempt to quickly resolve all grievances with instructors, staff, or administrators.  If the issue cannot be resolved, the student should present a written and detailed account of grievances to the Vice President of Academic Affairs or the Vice President of Student Affairs.  The matter will be presented to the Grievance Committee appointed by the President.  If the student’s grievance involves any member of the Grievance Committee, the President or his delegated authority will appoint an alternate member for this particular case.  The Grievance Committee’s decision is final, and the President will receive a full report of the findings.

Appeals:

Any student who has been suspended or expelled by the Disciplinary Committee may appeal in writing to the Appeals Board within two working days of notification of the Committee’s action.  The Board must meet within seven working days of receipt of the appeal.  The Board may investigate the situation and call witnesses.  The decision of the Board is final.  If a student has a complaint about the university’s institutional policies or procedures, he or she may contact the Association for Biblical Higher Education:

ABHE
5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130
Orlando, FL, 32822
407-207-0808