The grading scale is offered only as a guideline. It may vary with individual faculty members and individual courses. Faculty members have the prerogative of adjusting grades at their discretion.
I – Incomplete.
W – Withdrew from class during the first two weeks. No grade points given and GPA is not affected.
WP – Withdrew, passing after the first two weeks. No grade points given and GPA is not affected.
WF – Withdrew, failing after the first two weeks. No grade points given and GPA is negatively affected.
An incomplete grade “I” is assigned for deficiencies as the result of illness or other emergencies. The grade will become an “F” if the course work is not completed within two weeks following each semester, or within the time prescribed by the instructor.
The student’s quality grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total number of credit hours into the total number of quality points earned. Any proper withdrawal from a class does not affect the grade average. However, if a student fails to follow the correct withdrawal procedure, the resulting “F” grade will be recorded.
Grade Appeal Process:
If a student feels that there is an error on his grade report, he must begin the appeal process within thirty days of receiving the grade report. After thirty days the grade is considered final and is not subject to appeal by the student or any third party.
GBS is not responsible for lost tests, projects, etc. Please be sure to make a copy of all material prior to submitting material to GBS for grading or evaluation.
Students who question the appropriateness of the grade received for a course should contact the professor first. If, after contacting the professor, a student still is not satisfied with the result, they should contact the Academic Dean. After the meeting with the student and the professor, the Academic Dean will make a final decision concerning the student’s grade.
Course Repeating Policy:
A course may be repeated to raise a low grade but credit for the course does not accumulate. The last letter grade earned by repeating a course is used to compute the Grade-Point Average.
Students must have a basic grasp of English grammar. Any examination, report or term paper evidencing poor paragraph structure, incomplete sentences or spelling errors may result in a reduction of the student’s grade, regardless of content. All papers must be researched and written by the individual student and should conform to the standards set forth in M.L.A. or A.P.A., as determined by the professor.
1. Makeup work for all absences is the student’s responsibility.
2. A student may not enter a class, take an unannounced or announced quiz at the beginning of the hour and then miss the remainder of the class. No credit will be given for quizzes taken under such circumstances. Permission to take a scheduled quiz, test or exam early must be secured from the instructor.
3. The student is responsible for all class material even when absent. All assignments must be turned in on the due date. Assigned papers turned in late, for whatever reason, will be penalized at the discretion of the instructor.
4. Students may make up assignments and exams for illness, medical appointments and emergencies recognized by the instructor.
Computer literacy is expected of students for term papers and other assignments.
Completion of Course Work:
Each course must be completed before the official conclusion of each semester. Under unusual circumstances the student, in consultation with the course instructor, may be granted a two-week extension to complete course work. The student must initiate all such requests.
Online & Distance Students:
Students enrolled in an online course must complete their course within 6 months of their enrollment date.
Under unusual circumstances the student, in consultation with the course instructor, may be granted a three month extension to complete course work. The student must initiate all such requests.
Attendance of scheduled classes is regarded as being fundamentally essential to good learning. Class attendance is necessary for the learning process to provide optimum benefits. Significant materials, insights, perspectives, and opinions will be gained from class sessions. Moreover, students are expected to participate in class discussion. Consequently, if 20% or more of the classes are missed in any given course the student automatically fails the class. Three tardies normally equal one absence.
Excused absences count toward the 20%. Extensive absences for hospitalization or extreme emergencies will be handled by the Academic Dean in consultation with the instructor. Each instructor keeps accurate attendance records and makes decisions regarding excused or unexcused absences.
Grade reports are issued at the end of the semester. The student’s copy of the grade report will be e-mailed or mailed within three weeks after the completion of the semester, at the address indicated on the Student’s application. Errors on the grade report other than grade errors should be reported to the Admissions’ Office within two weeks of receiving the grade report.
A student must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to be considered in good standing. Any student receiving an “F” or “I” must contact the Dean of Students for further instructions.
Students whose grade point average drops below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student remains on probation for two consecutive semesters, he or she may be subject to dismissal. No student will be allowed to graduate with an “F” or “I” in a required course.
When a student has been suspended academically, he or she may not enroll for at least one semesters, after which he/she may re-enroll.
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, 2nd College Edition, plagiarism is defined as taking and using “as one’s own the writings or ideas of another.” Plagiarism shall include failure to use quotation marks or other conventional markings around material quoted from another source. Plagiarism shall also include paraphrasing a specific passage from a source without indicating accurately what that source is. Plagiarism shall further include letting another person compose or rewrite a student’s written assignment.
(2). Falsifying Information
Falsifying information shall include forging a proctor’s name, submitting another’s work as one’s own, or otherwise providing false or misleading documentation.
(3). Other Forms of Academic Dishonesty
During examinations, academic dishonesty shall include referring to written information not specifically permitted by the instructor or syllabus. It shall further include receiving unauthorized written or oral information from a fellow student or proctor. Academic dishonesty shall include stealing, buying, selling, or transmitting a copy of any examination.
Any student proven to have committed any of the above will receive an “F” for the course and will receive an academic warning. If the student is proven to have been guilty a second time, he or she will be expelled from the seminary.
GBS reserves the right to require the withdrawal of, or to deny re-admission to any student at any time, if this action is deemed necessary to maintain the seminary’s ideals of scholarship and Christian standards. Dishonesty in any phase of college work, failure to give honest testimony to a seminary official or faculty member, disregard for the rights and safety of others, or any other un-Christian behavior may lead to dismissal.
GBS students are expected to maintain the highest Christian behavior both in the churches and the local community. Failure to live up to these standards will lead to appropriate disciplinary actions that may include dismissal.
All credit hours of students transferring from other educational institutions will be evaluated in terms of the purpose and program of Grace Biblical Seminary. Credit will be given where the seminary administration is able to establish equivalency. Transfer credit is not automatic; it may not be granted in courses with a grade less than “C”. Please note the transfer credits will only be applied upon completion of all requirements to graduate and will be applied only when student graduates from GBS.
A transfer student’s grade point average (GPA) will be calculated using quality points awarded for coursework at Grace Biblical Seminary only. While transfer credit applies toward satisfying graduation requirements, those grades will not be used in calculating cumulative GPA.
A transfer student must have forwarded a transcript to GBS and provide evidence of having departed the previously attended institution in good standing.
The Bacholer of Theology Program:
A maximum of 60 semester hours may be transferred toward the Th.B. program from institutions not associated with free grace theology. Thus, a student must complete at least 60 semester hours of academic work from GBS. An official transcript from the institution previously attended is required.
The Master of Theological Studies Program:
A maximum of 21 semester hours may be transferred toward the M.T.S. program from institutions not associated with free grace theology. Thus, a student must complete at least 24 semester hours of academic work from GBS. An official transcript from the institution previously attended is required.
The Master of Divinity Program:
A maximum of 45 semester hours may be transferred toward the M.Div. program from institutions not associated with free grace theology. Thus, a student must complete at least 45 semester hours of academic work from GBS. An official transcript from the institution previously attended is required.
The minimum GPA accepted in all degree programs is 2.0.
Transfer Students from Free Grace Bible Institutes, Colleges and Seminaries:
Grace Biblical Seminary will consider accepting student’s credits (on a case-by-case basis), from free grace Bible Institutes, Colleges and Seminaries. The minimum GPA accepted in all degree programs is 2.0.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act:
GBS maintains a variety of records relating to students. The Administration Office retains the official file, which includes the student’s original application for admission, recommendation forms, transcripts and other pertinent information. These records are available to faculty and staff who have legitimate educational interests.
Educational records are released to outside individuals or agencies only with the student’s written permission. The only exceptions are those specifically required in Section 438 of the General Provision Acts.
Transcripts for all former and current students are issued upon receipt of a written request, signed by the student. E-mail and telephone requests are not accepted. The Admission Office does not fax transcripts.Transcript requests are processed in the order in which they are received. The normal processing time is 3 – 5 business days, however, during peak times and registration, this time period may be longer.Official transcripts will be sent to the address indicated on the request. Transcripts mailed to students will be stamped “Issued to Student”. Official transcripts bear the signature of the Registrar and the school seal.Your transcript is the record of your accepted transfer credit and your classes at Grace Biblical Seminary. This entire document will be sent. Partial transcripts are not issued. Transcripts from other schools are not issued. These must be obtained directly from that institution.No transcript will be issued until all financial, administrative, and academic requirements have been fully met by the student. Transferability of credits earned at Grace Biblical Seminary and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Official Transcript Fee: $10.00.
The following requirements must be successfully completed in order to receive a Seminary degree or certificate:
- Satisfactory completion of all course work
- A minimum cumulative GPA (Undergraduate – 2.0 / Master’s level – 2.5 / Doctoral level – 3.0)
- Fulfillment of all financial obligations
- Adherence to biblical standards and ethics in living one’s lifestyle
Upon completion of all academic requirements the degree will be awarded to the graduate. Degrees for distance education students will be forwarded to the graduate, after being awarded by proxy, if the graduate is unable to attend the graduation ceremonies in Hampton, Georgia.
• summa cum laude (3.95 – 4.00)
• magna cum laude (3.75 – 3.94)
• cum laude (3.50 – 3.74)
All honors (if applicable) will appear on the official transcript only. No honors will appear on the degrees earned by student.