Open Learning Enrollment for Spring 2018

The purpose of the Open Learning Program is to make available theology and other coursework in a distance learning format to persons not seeking completion of a credential (a certificate, diploma, or degree). Enrollments are accepted on a non-credit basis or audit for those who are not interested in academic credit but who are studying for personal satisfaction. Those seeking to enroll in these courses may register online in a simple procedure by completing the online Application for Admission. The Registrar assists individuals who have questions about registration in Open Learning Program courses.

All students are required to officially register during the dates designated as such by the Academic Calendar. No course credit may be granted or attendance to class permitted for any course in which the student is not properly registered.

Verification of Identity

The University requires that a student seeking registration in an online course be the same student that participates in, completes, and receives credit for the course. Students seeking registration in online courses must provide appropriate identification to establish their identity. A secure student user name and password are required for coursework submitted online. Individual students are provided with basic online course login information (online course user name and password) only upon verification of that student’s identity (through the student’s provision of address, phone number, Student ID number, or birthday that matches University admissions records).

Registration by On-campus Students

On-campus students normally pre-register for their courses through the Internet before arriving on campus for formal Registration and Orientation activities. Upon arrival on campus they are given a schedule of orientation activities and events including instructions for completing registration.

Registration by Online Students

Online students should register for classes as follows:

  1. On the University website select the E-Learning Login from the menu bar above the title Living University.
  2. Type in Username and Password to login.
  3. Click on My Profile tab.
  4. Click on the Registration tab.
  5. Find the course of your interest among the list of Available Courses.
  6. On the far right of the screen, click on the green plus symbol (+) under the Enroll column to register for credit or under the Audit column to register for audit. (The selected course will then appear under the My Courses bar above the Available Courses.)
  7. Click on SAVE to lock in your selection.
  8. Once registered be sure to buy your textbooks. You will find the list at the University Bookstore. International students are advised to order their books early due to shipping delays.
  9. Tuition and fees are payable in full on or before classes begin. We prefer you pay online by credit card to facilitate processing. All unpaid registrations are canceled at 12:00 p.m. (midnight, Eastern Standard Time) on the day before instruction begins. Re-registration will then be on a "space available" basis only.
  10. To begin your studies, simply login with the login name and the password you selected and click on your course title.
  11. To maintain your registration in a course you must complete an assignment before the close of the official Census Date. Most instructors will have you meet this requirement by asking you complete an Icebreaker Assignment by posting a short autobiography and comments on other student’s’ posts on the course Discussion Forum open to all registered in the course. Students not completing the an assignment forfeit their registration as no-shows. For further information see "No Shows" below.
  12. If you decide to withdraw from a course(s), tuition refunds are made according to the published university refund policy. See Course Cancellation and Refunds for more information.

All students must be officially registered by the date stated in the Academic Calendar. Exceptions to this policy will be considered only when the student provides documentation of emergency circumstances (such as written doctor’s order, etc.) to the Dean of Faculty. In all cases, the University reserves the right to refuse registration to any student beyond the published registration dates. In addition, the University may withhold the privilege of registering for the following reasons: unpaid fees, overdue loans, overdue library books, or incomplete admissions records.

No Shows

To officially begin an on-campus course a student must attend class twice on or before the Census Date. Online course students must complete at least one online assignment in the course on or before the Census Date. For most online courses this is done by completing an Icebreaker Assignment by which students introduce themselves to their classmates by posting a short autobiography on the course Discussion Forum. The nature of the required assignment, however, is at the option of the instructor who may require no more than an email enrollment confirmation from a student. These requirements do not apply to students registered for audit.

Students who do not attend twice in an on-campus course or fail to complete at least one assignment in an online course on or before the Census Date forfeit their registration in the course and receive a tuition refund of 90% (see Course Enrollment Cancellation and Refunds.). Students who officially withdraw before the end of Late Registration receive a 100% tuition refund for the course.

Reinstatement will be made only under the most unusual circumstances. Students must request reinstatement writing. This request shall include a detailed explanation for not completing the assignment and provide evidence of illness or other valid reasons for the absences attached thereto. Reinstatement requires the recommendation of their instructor and consent of the department chair.

Auditing Courses

Auditing is understood as attending a course regularly, without participating in course work or receiving credit, and is permitted on a space-available basis. Nevertheless, attendance, class preparation and participation are at the discretion of the department head and/or the course faculty member. Except for Open Learning Program registration, students who seek to audit courses must have approval of the course faculty member.

A course taken as an audit cannot be changed to a course taken for credit. Courses that are audited cannot be used toward certificate, diploma, or degree requirements. Students enrolled for credit will have priority over audit students for registration in a course. The tuition and fees for audit courses are the same as those taken for credit but the No Show rules do not apply.

Course Repetition

Students failing prerequisite courses must repeat and pass the prerequisite prior to undertaking the next course in the sequence. Courses with earned grades of "D" or "F" may be repeated in order to raise that grade. The new grade will be used in calculating the overall grade point average. When a course is repeated, the last grade is recorded as the final grade for the course, and only the last hours attempted are counted in determining the student's grade point average; however, the previous grade is retained as part of the permanent record. Upon completion of the repeated course, the student must notify the Registrar. No additional credit toward hour requirements will be allowed for repeating courses in which the initial grade was D, except in the case of repeatable courses. In the Courses of Instruction section the maximum amount of credit is indicated for those courses which may be repeated.

Adding and Dropping Courses

Students may drop or add courses during published dates set forth in the Academic Calendar as published in this Catalog. We suggest students confer with their faculty adviser before making any changes.

During the Late Registration Period

Courses can be added during the Late Registration (Drop/Add) Period set forth in the Academic Calendar. Courses that are officially dropped through the refund period will not be shown on the academic transcript.  Since some courses will have closed at capacity, late registrants may need to select their courses from a reduced schedule. Students are not permitted to register after the close of the late registration period, except in extenuating circumstances. See the section “After the Late Registration Period” below.

Students may drop courses on or before the official Census Date. The student’s actual registration status is changed from registered or added to dropped. This change in status does not appear on the student’s transcript. After the Census Date, a student must officially withdraw from courses.

After the Late Registration Period

Adding a course after the Late Registration period requires the approval of the course instructor and the chair of the department offering the course. After the Census Date in any semester, students may not add courses except in extremely rare and extenuating circumstances as approved by the Dean of Faculty. For information on Census date and deadlines for adding courses, students should refer to the Academic Calendar.

It is the responsibility of the student to drop a course(s) if he/she cannot meet the requirements of the course. For tuition refund information see Course Enrollment Cancelation and Refunds. In any case, withdrawal requests may be conveyed in any manner to the course professor, the Registrar, or the Dean of Faculty. This action is sufficient for ensuring any refund owed you. Any student who simply stops attending classes without withdrawing from a course risks receiving a punitive grade for that course. Students who find it necessary to drop a course(s) after the Late Registration (Drop/Add) Period should notify the Registrar’s Office in writing. See Withdrawal.