Course Policies

Appeals for Graduation Requirements, Course Equivalencies, Substitutions, and Transfer Credits

The registrar makes decisions about course equivalencies and substitutions concerning general education courses. Decisions about major and minor courses are made by the registrar in consultation with the school deans and program directors. These decisions are made following catalog and program policies, guidelines, and procedures. If students believe these processes have not been followed with their program of study, they may appeal in writing to the associate vice president for academic services who has the right to make a final decision or refer the matter to the Academic Council for resolution.

Academic Grievance Policy for Classes in Process

Students with grievances or problems with the way a particular course is conducted and how their grades are being assigned should submit their concerns in writing to their professor. If the professor’s solution is not satisfactory, students may appeal to the professor’s department chair in writing for a review of the professor’s decision. If the department chair’s solution is not satisfactory, students may appeal to the department chair’s school dean for a final resolution. If a chair is the professor, the line of appeal would be to the school dean and to the University provost. If the professor is a dean, then the appeal would be to the University provost.

Face to face discussions with professors and department chairs about concerns are appropriate, but grievances and outcomes need to be in writing to ensure that all decisions are made with a mutual understanding of the issues.

If a final grade for the course has already been submitted to the Office of Academic Records, the guidelines outlined in the Final Grade Appeal Policy and Procedures section of the Catalog should be followed.

Final Grade Appeal Policy and Procedures

Trevecca Nazarene University recognizes a student’s right to appeal decisions and practices that affect his or her academic status without fear of punishment or unfair treatment. A student can expect the University to deal with a final course grade appeal sincerely, objectively, within a reasonable time frame, and as appropriate, in confidence. Appeals will be heard when the student alleges that an arbitrary, capricious, or prejudiced evaluation or a mechanical error has occurred. The purpose of the appeal process is to treat all parties fairly and to alert all parties to the appeal procedure. During the appeal, the burden of proof is on the student, except in the case of alleged academic dishonesty, in which case the professor must support the accusation. The student may have an advisor or friend present during all meetings with faculty, administrators, and/or committees; he or she may counsel the student but may not speak for the student during the meetings. The grade appealed shall remain in effect until the appeal process is completed, or the problem is resolved.

Order of Appeal for Traditional Undergraduate Programs

(For the order of appeal for adult studies and graduate programs, see their respective catalog supplements.)

Should a student feel there is concrete reason to appeal a course grade, these procedures should be followed sequentially:

  1. The University supports and encourages responsive and respectful dialogue between faculty and students when there is a disagreement about a final course grade. Whatever the nature of the grade appeal, the student must make an effort to first discuss the matter with the faculty member. In order to begin the appeal process, students must initiate a complaint to the faculty member in writing or via e-mail within 15 calendar days of the posting of a final grade. The faculty member will provide a written response within 15 calendar days of receiving the letter or e-mail from the student.
  2. If the student is not satisfied with the faculty member’s response or lack of response, the student shall contact the person designated in the table as the second level of appeal (either the program director or department chair) within 30 calendar days of the posting of a final grade. The contact needs to be in writing. Upon receipt of the written appeal, the program director or department chair will communicate with the student within 30 calendar days to attempt to resolve the issue.
  3. If after the meeting with the program director or department chair, the student is still not satisfied with the decision, the student may choose to file an appeal to the school dean in which the course under appeal is housed. This appeal must be in writing within 15 calendar days of the previous contact with the program director or department chair. The dean will contact the student within 15 calendar days of receiving the appeal in an attempt to resolve the issue. The dean may elect to include or consult with others in evaluating the appeal. The decision of the dean is final.

The following diagram illustrates the order of appeals for traditional undergraduate programs. In the event the professor happens to be a department chair, program director, or dean, the appeal will be submitted to the next higher academic officer. In other words, every student will have the right to have his/her appeal heard by the professor and two other academic administrators.

The student may elect to discontinue the appeal process at any level.

The failure of the student to proceed from one level of the appeal procedure to the next level within the prescribed time limits shall be deemed to be an acceptance of the decision previously rendered. All further considerations and proceedings regarding that particular appeal will cease at that point. Under unusual circumstances, deadlines may be extended.

The following table illustrates the specific person to whom an appeal is directed, depending upon the academic program in which the course under appeal is offered. The three levels of appeal must be followed sequentially.

Traditional Undergraduate

Professor Department Chair or Director of Interdepartmental or Interdisciplinary Program Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Skinner School of Business and Technology, Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry, School of Education, or University Provost

Career Internships

A career internship is a credit-bearing course which places a student in a professional setting in his or her career field. The student is under the contract supervision of a professional for one semester. The purpose is to provide the student an introduction to job search skills, a clarity of career focus, an apprentice learning experience, and networking opportunities for future career employment.


  • The student must be a junior or senior with a GPA of 2.5.
  • The internship must be in the student’s major or career field.
  • The student must be in good standing with the University.
  • The internship site must enter into a learning contract with Trevecca.
  • The student must register for the internship during the semester of participation in the internship.

Career Internships, offered only in majors where professional experience is not already built into the required curriculum, are coordinated by the coordinator of junior and senior year programs (Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service) and require a faculty sponsor within the academic department. Career Internship planning should be initiated the semester prior to the internship and must be done according to processes described in Trevecca Internships Guidelines. A student may earn one, two, or three credit hours per internship, with 55 work hours required for one credit hour, 110 for two credit hours, and 165 for three credit hours. A maximum of six credit hours total may be earned for all internships. Two internships are recommended prior to graduation.

Class Attendance

Trevecca Nazarene University is committed to the idea that regular class attendance is necessary for student success; consequently, students are expected to attend all class sessions of courses for which they are registered. When absent, the student is personally responsible for all class work assigned in a course, even during the absence, and should take the initiative to contact the instructor and discuss an appropriate course of action. Attendance counts from the first day of a course whether students are registered or not.

The total number of excused and unexcused absences for a student cannot exceed 20% of the total class time.

Traditional Undergraduate Program Students

A course attendance policy is included on each university traditional undergraduate course syllabus. The maximum numbers of allowed absences in traditional face-to-face courses are documented in the following table:

 Weekly class meetings

Allowed absences 









A traditional undergraduate student enrolled in an online course must meet the course attendance policy for an online course as stated in the following section on “Students in Online Courses.”

Excused absences for traditional students are defined only as an extended illness verified by a licensed medical professional, participation in an approved university related event, or another legitimate cause as determined by the instructor. University-related events for which these students may be excused include, but are not limited to, prearranged class-related field trips, official assignments by the university, and participation in scheduled intercollegiate athletic events. The Office of Academic Affairs sends out notification to the campus for these events. For an excused absence, the student must provide proper documentation according to the course attendance policy. It is the student’s responsibility to contact professors to make up work even in the case of a university-related excused absence.

Non-traditional Undergraduate and Graduate Students

A course attendance policy for each course in a non-traditional face-to-face undergraduate or graduate program is included in the course syllabus, program catalog, or program handbook. Students are allowed one absence in courses that are five class sessions or more in length and no absence in a course that has four class sessions or fewer. There are no excused absences in these courses.

A non-traditional undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an online course must meet the course attendance policy for an online course as stated in the following section on “Students in Online Courses.”

Students in Online Courses

Students enrolled in online courses are allowed one absence in courses that are five class sessions or more in length and no absences in a course that has four class sessions or fewer. There are no excused absences in these courses.

In an online course a student is reported absent for a week if there is no participation during that week in an academically related activity specific to the course, such as submitting an academic assignment, taking an exam, an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction, and participating in an online discussion on the academic subject matter of the course with classmates and/or the instructor.

Failure, Withdrawal, and Appeal

If a student has missed more than the allowed number of absences in a given course for any reason, the student automatically fails the course unless the student officially withdraws from the course or an appeal, initiated by the student, is approved.

A form for appealing a failure due to excessive absence may be obtained on TNU4U. To officially withdraw from all courses for which a student is registered, the student must complete the appropriate forms in the Office of Academic Records. This withdrawal process is necessary in order to clear the appropriate financial and academic records. Protracted absences or failure to attend classes does not constitute withdrawal from courses and will be treated as failure unless the withdrawal process is appropriately followed.

Class Schedule

A schedule of classes and examination times is published each year for the next school year. The University reserves the right to cancel a class with fewer than ten students enrolled and to make necessary changes in schedules and programs.

Directed Study

A limited amount of directed study is available for students to do individual research, special problems, and further study in a particular subject area. Regular courses are not to be taken by directed study except in cases regarding unavoidable class schedule conflicts with graduation requirements in the senior year. Students are expected to arrange their work schedules to accommodate class schedules and should not request directed studies to accommodate work schedules. When regular courses are taught by directed study, they must have essentially the same requirements as those taught in the classroom, including exams. A student is limited to one course of directed study per term and a total of 12 hours credit by directed study. Students on academic probation are not permitted to take any courses by directed study. A failed course may not be repeated by directed study. Directed studies require the approval of the professor, the professor's department chair, and school dean. A fee is charged for a directed study. Post Baccalaureate students must pay regular tuition rate plus the directed study fee.


A minimum of a mid-term and final exam are required in regular courses, although some courses may have three or four exams. Final examinations must be taken at officially scheduled times. Permission will not be given to take final examinations early. All exceptions for finals given at a later time must be approved by the school dean who schedules the course. Final exam schedules are available online and on class syllabi the first day of class. Therefore, students are responsible to ensure that all travel arrangements are made so that all exams can be completed as scheduled.

Technology Policy

The Trevecca Nazarene University computer network (TNUnet) exists to further the University’s academic, research and spiritual goals. Anyone who accesses resources on TNUnet is expected to practice common sense, decency and courtesy to all Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Acceptable Use Policies have been established for TNUnet, e-mail, internet, and wireless access. By using the technology provided by Trevecca Nazarene University, you agree to abide by these policies. Any violation of these University policies may result in disciplinary action, including the termination of your network, e-mail, and/or internet access.

The Acceptable Use Policies can be found at the following location:

Withdrawals from Courses

A student withdrawing from a course will receive a grade of W in a class anytime from the last day to add a class up to the calendar-scheduled last day to withdraw with a W. After that published date, students who withdraw will receive a grade of F unless they appeal to the school dean who schedules the course, who may approve a W for extenuating circumstances. No student may withdraw during the week and a half before finals. If the student withdraws from any course without following the proper procedure with the Office of Academic Records and Office of Student Accounts, the grade in the course will be recorded as F. Students may not withdraw from required interdepartmental courses.

Withdrawals, especially if student status drops to part-time, may affect financial aid, athletic eligibility, veteran status, insurance benefits, and graduation plans. Students should consult appropriate advisors prior to processing withdrawals.

A student who finds it necessary to withdraw from all of his or her courses must secure the proper forms from the Office of Academic Records and complete them to ensure accurate grades and financial arrangements. The Office of Academic Records processes all withdrawals and is responsible for recording the student’s last date of attendance.