Academic Policies for Methodist University Online

Academic Calendar


Academic Catalogue

All Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Policies are available in the respective catalogue:


Undergraduate Attendance Policy

Regular class preparation, attendance, and participation are the best predictors of student success; therefore, students are expected and encouraged to attend all of their Methodist University classes. If students must miss class sessions, they are expected to give faculty notice about the absence as early as possible and must communicate with each faculty member to ensure that they complete all required work in preparation for subsequent classes. Students with excessive absences, as described in the course syllabus, are at risk of receiving failing grades. The following types of absences are considered excused:

  1. Illness or accident with supportive medical documentation;
  2. Death of a close relative (grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, child);
  3. Military duties when certified by a student’s commanding officer;
  4. Scheduled participation as a Methodist University Student-Athlete in intercollegiate competitions that conflict with a student’s class schedule;
  5. Scheduled participation in co-curricular events or activities sponsored by Methodist University that conflict with a student’s class schedule

Faculty are required to give students with excused absences reasonable opportunities to submit missed coursework or to make alternate arrangements for classroom activities (e.g. labs, presentations, examinations). The student is responsible for notifying faculty of the absence, communicating with faculty about materials and assignments, and completing all missed coursework. Students who fulfill these responsibilities within the time frame agreed upon with their instructors may not be penalized for an excused absence.


Honor Code & Academic Integrity

Plagiarism and cheating in academic work, theft, and academic misrepresentation (lying) are offenses that fall under the jurisdiction of the Methodist University Honor Code. See the MU Online Academic Catalogue for details.


Title IX Non-Discrimination Policy


Equal Opportunity

Methodist University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or disabilities for otherwise qualified persons in the administration of its admissions, educational policies, scholarships, loan programs, athletics, employment or any other university-sponsored or advertised program.


Methodist Netiquette Statement

Students are expected to interact with other students and the instructor, just as they would be expected to do in a traditional classroom setting. Because online courses contain a combination of communication channels, some public and some private, such as e-mail, instant messaging, discussion forums, and chat rooms, inappropriate conduct in these channels is not allowed.

Examples of inappropriate conduct that are never permitted include sexually harassing language, racially or ethnically degrading language, profanity, and verbally abusive language. Evidence of any of these is grounds for dismissal from the course by the course instructor, with or without warning, depending on the severity of the offense.

In general, the discussion of personal matters, such as questioning a grade, is inappropriate for public forums. These matters may be addressed privately through e-mail, provided none of the conduct listed above occurs in that communication. Students withdrawn from the course may appeal for reinstatement to the office of the Academic Dean.

Late Work Policy

All assignments are due electronically at 11:59 p.m. (EST/GMT -5.00) on the due date.  Any assignments not turned in by the deadline will be considered late. Major assignments (in any category other than Participation) will have 10 points deducted for each day the work is late, including weekends and holidays.  Equipment error or malfunction is not an excuse for missed deadlines, so be sure to upload your work in advance. Handwritten assignments will not be accepted in lieu of electronic submission. Exams/tests are only offered on the days/times specified on the daily syllabus of course activities.

Procedure to Withdraw

Students who wish to withdraw from a course should contact their student advisor to discuss their options. Withdrawing from a course may affect a student’s financial aid and extend the time to degree completion.

If withdrawing from a course is the best option, the student will need to complete the drop form. The drop form should only be used after the drop/add period has ended and to withdraw from a course with record.