May 26, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Policies & Procedures



Foundations of Learning Program

All first-time-in-any-college students are placed into English and mathematics courses based upon high school transcript verification of appropriate academic completion in these content areas. Students who transfer from other institutions without college level credit for English or mathematics will follow the same placement criteria. 

Students identified as requiring pre-college English or mathematics will be advised as to their options for completion/demonstration of requisite skills of this content. 

If students require Foundation of Learning courses (ENGL 021   and/or MATH 030  ), they must  earn a “C” or better before advancing to the next level of English and/or mathematics. Grades in Foundations of Learning courses are not calculated into a student’s Grade Point Average since they represent pre-college mastery of content. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all academic support services, like tutoring, available at their campus or online.

All students who assess at Foundations of Learning levels are required to take Foundations of Learning classes during their first semester. Students must meet with their Advisor to be enrolled into specific combinations of courses (block scheduling) until they have completed Foundations of Learning courses. Students who need to take electives in their block schedule will select courses that do not have English and math prerequisites from the following three lists:

Freshman Seminar

  • ACES 100      Achieving Career and Education Success

Foundations of Excellence

  • COMM 120    Presentation Techniques
  • ENVS 125     Introduction to Environmental Studies 
  • HUMN 101    Arts and Culture
  • PSYC 101     Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 113     Stress Management for Life
  • PSYC 127     Healthy Living
  • SOCY 101     Introductory Sociology

Foundations of Business, Technology, or Health Professions

  • CISP 111      Requirements Planning and Development
  • HLTH 110     Medical Terminology

​​Accelerated Learning Program 

Additional support for college-level achievement in English and mathematics courses is available through the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) courses ENGL 109L   and MATH 120L   taken simultaneously during a student’s enrollment in ENGL 109   or MATH 120  .

Educational Options

Double Degree

A student may earn double degrees (two associate degrees or two bachelor degrees) only by fulfilling the requirements for two differently titled degrees, such as a BBA and a BS. In order to earn the second degree, the student must complete all the degree requirements and fulfill all residency requirements for both degrees. Two of the same degrees (such as two BBAs) will not be awarded from Davenport University at the same time with requirements that only differ in the chosen majors (see double major).

Students who have achieved an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from another college or university may earn a second degree of the same type from Davenport University (such as a BBA in Management from another college and a BBA in Marketing from Davenport University), as long as all appropriate graduation requirements are met.

Double Major

Students who wish to combine study in two programs, such as the BBA in Management and the BBA in Marketing, will earn a double major. In order to earn a double major, a student must complete all of the courses required for each program and fulfill all residency requirements. Students pursuing a double major will not be awarded their degree until all requirements for both majors have been met. The BBA in Business and the ABA in Business Administration may not be used within a double major.

Double Specialties

Davenport University encourages students to complete additional Specialties within those degree programs that require them as part of the major area of study. Students may also elect a Specialty outside of their major field of study, but must meet all required prerequisites and co-requisites for the courses. All Specialty classes are considered part of the major and will be included in the calculation of the major GPA for graduation requirements. Residency requirements for the major including all chosen Specialties must be met. Students pursuing double Specialties will not be awarded their degree until all requirements have been met.

Minor

A minor is a set of courses outside of a student’s major that enhances advanced studies or career opportunities through knowledge gained beyond that of the student’s major. A minor shall consist of 15 to 23 credits. Courses from the student’s Foundation of Excellence and/or the Foundations of the discipline program may be used to fulfill the minor requirements, as long as the credits from those foundational courses equal less than 50% of the required credits of the minor. If a student’s foundational courses satisfy more than 50%, then approved substitutions from the department chair of the minor discipline will be required. A minimum of 25% of minor credits must be earned at Davenport University. Minors are optional.

Auditing Courses

Students may audit any course provided they have the approval of the Director of Academic Operations. Students will not be required to complete tests or projects for audited courses, and they will not receive a grade other than AU, which indicates audit status, nor receive credit for the course. Students must declare the audit status at registration and may only change from audit status to credit status (or vice versa) before the beginning of the first class session. The tuition cost for auditing a course is the same as for taking the course for credit.

Internships

Davenport University believes that practical experience in the field of study is an integral part of a student’s preparation for career success. In recognition of this, many degree programs have a required internship experience while other programs offer an elective internship option. These work experiences must be related to the student’s field of study and approved by the Department Chair before enrolling in the course. Some internship experiences require a minimum GPA for enrollment and the internship site may require that a criminal background check and drug screen process be completed. Students are encouraged to see their Advisor for details. Students must attend the Mandatory Internship Workshop at least two semesters prior to their desired internship semester. Students will receive a letter grade for internship courses. Refer to the Davenport University website for updated Internship Policies and Procedures and necessary forms.

Experiential Learning and Service Learning

Davenport University supports professional and civic engagement of students outside the classroom as a means to help prepare them for careers and for lifelong involvement in their communities as active citizens. This is accomplished, in part, through Service-Learning (SL) and Experiential Learning (EL) opportunities embedded in academic courses. SL or EL designated courses can involve directed individual or group projects, student placements, field experiences, or other assignments which require completion of hours outside of class time and structured reflection on the experience. Some DU course sections require students to participate in SL or EL and in others it is optional. The average EL or SL project may require 10-20 hours of time commitment per semester outside of class meetings. Students may find EL or SL designated courses by reviewing the DU course schedule.

Students in bachelors-level programs must complete at least three (3) credits of internship or field experience to meet the experiential learning requirement of their degree plan. If additional credit hours for the internship are desired, students should consult their advisor and internship manager. Internship courses can also be repeated for credit if the student secures a new internship opportunity/position.

Sample EL Course Designation Format:
  • SOSC201 (EL)

Service-Learning (SL) Course Designation:

A course is designated as SL if:

  1. Students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs.
  2. Students reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility (Bringle & Hatcher, 2005).
  3. The project or student service placement has a civic/community orientation and is in partnership with a nonprofit or government organization.

International Study Opportunities

Davenport University understands that preparation for success in today’s 21st century global workforce means acquiring the combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes referred to as global competencies.

One of the best ways to become more globally competent is to experience day-to-day life in another country with the preparation and faculty guidance that enables insights and understanding of another culture. Davenport University provides these kinds of opportunities through its study abroad program, enabling students to earn Davenport credit towards their degree while studying from three weeks to a semester or a year abroad.

The short-term faculty-led programs (usually 2-3 weeks) are group study experiences led by Davenport faculty and involve earning up to six credits. Short-term programs are continually developed for students and the variety of locations and courses will increase. Students may also study for a semester or year abroad through work with third party study abroad providers and collaboration with the DU Study Abroad Office.

Many types of financial aid may be used to offset the costs of study abroad, such as loans, scholarships and grants. Davenport provides study abroad grants for eligible students participating in its short-term programs, and students currently receiving financial aid may continue using it for approved programs such as those mentioned above.

In addition to the traditional study abroad experiences described above, internship and service-learning opportunities abroad are also available. For updated information, please view the university website Study Abroad page, visit the Student Connection, or speak with an academic advisor at your campus.

Credit Hour Definition

A credit hour is a unit of measure that reflects the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and is verified by evidence of student achievement. It is a measure of the quantity of student learning and is defined as 1 hour of classroom or faculty instruction and a minimum of 2 hours of student work outside the class per week for the 15 weeks of a semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Traditional Lecture Classes: Each credit hour requires a minimum of 1 hour of instructional time and 2 hours of student work outside of class time over a 15 week semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Livestream Classes: Each credit hour requires a minimum of 1 hour of instructional time and 2 hours of student work outside of class time over a 15 week semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Condensed Classes: Each credit hour requires a minimum of 2 hours of instructional time and 4 hours of student work outside of class over a seven-week session or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Blended Classes: Each credit hour requires a percentage of the instructional time designated for in-seat instruction and a percentage designated for online instruction that is equivalent to the amount of work required in a traditional in-seat lecture course. The hours of student work outside of class are determined by the amount of work required to satisfactorily meet intended learning outcomes.

Independent Study Classes: Each credit hour requires the equivalent amount of work designated for a traditional lecture course with a total of 45 hours of work per credit hour over a 15 week semester or seven-week session or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. This work will consist of individual student-instructor meetings and work outside of those meetings.

Lab Classes: Davenport University utilizes a 2 hour to 1 credit hour ratio for lab classes. A 1 credit hour lab class requires 2 hours of instructional time over a 15 week semester with an additional hour of student work outside of class or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.

Clinical Classes: The College of Health Professions has defined 1 semester credit hour for the clinical portions of their programs as a 3 contact hours to 1 credit hour ratio. A student can expect a minimum of 3 hours of clinical experience over 15 weeks for a 1 credit hour class or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The required clinical hours are usually expressed on a ‘per semester’ basis in the catalog course description.

Practicums, Internships, and Experiential Classes: Davenport University has determined that 1 semester credit hour for all practicums, internships and experiential learning courses will require a minimum of 50 hours of student activity per credit hour awarded.

On-Demand Classes: Each credit hour requires, at a minimum, the same amount of work as required in a traditional lecture course. The amount of time required for each course is determined by the amount of work required to satisfactorily meet intended learning outcomes.

Class Delivery Formats

Davenport University offers a variety of formats in which classes may be taken.  The formats are designed to fit various learning styles and student needs. Not all formats may be available at each campus. Students should contact Student Services for the classes and formats offered at their campus.

In-Seat

In this format, class meets in a campus classroom for 100% of the required contact hours. Most in-seat classes are scheduled to meet weekly or twice-weekly; a smaller number of sections are scheduled to meet three times per week. The length of each class session is determined by the number of meetings per week and the number of credit hours or contact hours (whichever is greater) associated with the course.

Blended In-Seat with On-Demand (Asynchronous)

In this format, class meets in-seat for 60% of the required contact hours and the remaining 40% of the course is completed online. Most blended classes are scheduled to meet once per week, some meet twice per week. The length of each in-seat session is determined by the number of meetings per week and the number of credit hours or contact hours (whichever is greater) associated with the course. In addition to the in-seat class meetings, blended classes require a minimum of 2-3 hours of On-Demand (Asynchronous) student participation per week.

Condensed In-Seat

In this format, class meets in-seat for 100% of the required contact hours. Condensed courses meet for fewer weeks and complete the required contact hours in longer weekly or bi weekly meetings. The length of each in-seat session is determined by the number of meetings per week and the number of credit hours or instructional time (whichever is greater) associated with the course.

Independent Study

In this format, students work independently, following a detailed syllabus. Depending on the campus associated with the course and instructional method, there may be meetings with faculty for a specified number of times; individually or in small groups.

On-Demand

On-Demand courses provide students with asynchronous learning, using state-of-the-art technology. The required contact hours are met online via asynchronous interactions with faculty, classmates, and course materials. A seven week course requires 18-20 hours per week of student participation per week. Please note, individual students may require more (or less) time depending on their personal level of experience with the material, level of experience with computers, and the speed of internet connection. Technology requirements for On-Demand classes can be found here.

Flexible Course Delivery (Flex)

The Flexible Course Delivery (Flex) format is a fusion of Livestream, In-Seat, and On-Demand course delivery formats. In this format, all course activity is synchronized around the In-seat or Livestream meeting date(s) and times where the instructor provides weekly instruction that may be accessed through any of the formats. Students may freely switch between the delivery formats during the course, as all materials are available in each format. When indicated in the schedule, the in-seat option is only  available at the location where the course is scheduled. Most Flex classes are scheduled to meet weekly or twice-weekly; a smaller number of sections are scheduled to meet three times per week. The length of each class session is determined by the number of meetings per week and the number of credit hours or instructional time contact hours (whichever is greater) associated with the course.

Livestream

The Livestream option provides students with a synchronous online learning opportunity where students interact with each other and the instructor during specific meeting days and times using video conferencing. Students may participate in the class session from their home computer or other workstation as long as technology specifications are met. For those students who do not have their own computer access, a computer workstation will be available on a Davenport campus. Technology requirements for Livestream classes can be found here. Most Livestream classes are scheduled to meet weekly or twice-weekly; a smaller number of sections are scheduled to meet three times per week. The length of each class session is determined by the number of meetings per week and the number of credit hours or instructional time contact hours (whichever is greater) associated with the course.

Internships

Course ensures the recording of the required hours corresponding to the course credits, a site visit, and meetings with the faculty member assigned to the internship course.  Meetings occur in the Livestream format

Requirements and Limitations

Dropping and Adding Courses

All students wishing to drop/add or withdraw from a course after the start of the semester or session should contact their Academic Advisor. The drop/add period is the first week after classes begin. If the course is tied to an employer based experience, students must also contact the DU staff member who assisted in that approval. Students may add 15 & 10 week classes during the first week of the semester. Because of the accelerated nature of some of the class formats, students may not be able to add classes shorter than 10 weeks to their schedule after the start of the session/semester. Students should contact their Advisor for guidelines on specific class formats.

Course Load

All students may register for up to 20 credit hours in any semester, in any combination of delivery formats for which they are eligible. Students wishing to take more than the allowed number of credit hours in one semester must receive permission from the University Registrar.

Residency Policy

The University Policy for residency is as follows:

Students must take a minimum of the following at Davenport University in order to fulfill residency:

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate All credits required for the post-baccalaureate certificate
Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree
(combined BBA/MAcc and BS/MSOT)
A minimum of 30 semester credits from 100-400-level courses, to include at least fifty percent of the courses in the major, plus all 500-700-level courses required
Bachelor’s Degree A minimum of 30 semester credits, to include at least fifty percent of the courses in the major
Bilingual Bachelor’s Degree A minimum of 30 semester credits, to include at least fifty percent of courses in the major must be completed in DU Bilingual format.
Associate Degree A minimum of 15 semester credits, to include at least fifty percent of the courses in the major
Undergraduate
Stackable Certificates
A minimum of fifty percent of the credits required for the Certificate, of which at least 2 courses need to be in the Certificate content area.
Post-Associate Certificate All core credits required for the post-associate certificate

Contact an Advisor for specific residency requirements for the Nursing programs, the Medical Assistant program, Completion and Transfer Degree programs.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Requirements

An earned bachelor’s degree is required before pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Courses completed as part of the earned bachelor’s degree may not be used to fulfill requirements in the post-baccalaureate certificate. Any course substitutions utilized must be approved by the appropriate Department Chair. Students seeking a post-baccalaureate certificate must complete all course prerequisites or show proof of equivalent work experience.

All required courses in the Post-Baccalaureate must be completed at Davenport University to meet residency requirements. A cumulative grade point of 2.3 in the program is required for graduation. 

Post-Associate Certificate Requirements

An earned associate or bachelor’s degree is required before pursuing a Post-Associate Certificate. Courses completed as part of the earned associate or bachelor’s degree may not be used to fulfill requirements in the post-associate certificate. Any course substitutions utilized must be approved by the appropriate Department Chair. Students seeking a post-associate certificate must complete all foundational courses or show proof of equivalent work experience.

All required core courses in the Post-Associate must be completed at Davenport University to meet residency requirements. A cumulative grade point of 2.0 as well as a minimum 2.3 GPA in core courses is required for graduation.

Sequential Course Requirements

Credit will not be granted for any sequential course below the level of a course for which the student already has earned credit.

Students must achieve at least a C grade in a sequential course before taking the next course in the sequence. Students receiving a C- or below must repeat the course before proceeding to the next course in the sequence. Students will receive credit for the course only once.

Undeclared Majors

To provide students with an opportunity to explore various business, health, technology, and/or general education areas before declaring a major, Davenport University allows new students to elect an undeclared but degree-seeking status.

Students may remain in the undeclared but degree-seeking category for up to 24 semester credits if they are seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Once students have earned 24 credits toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, whether these credits are from Davenport University or are transferred from another post-secondary institution, they must declare a specific major.

Students should note that not all courses in Foundations of Excellence or in the Foundations for a specific college are required for all degree programs. Students accept the responsibility that courses chosen while they are in the undeclared but degree-seeking status may not be required in their specific degree program.

Students who have previously declared a specific major may not choose to have the undeclared but degree-seeking status.

Re-Entry to the University

Voluntary withdrawal or stop out:

Re-entry students whose education has been voluntarily interrupted for one or more semesters (excluding Spring/ Summer semester) will have to meet the course requirements within their elected degree program in effect at the time of re-entry.

Students re-entering the University after voluntarily interrupting their education for three (3) or more academic years will be required to change to a current academic program and meet University academic requirements in place at the time of re-entry.

College of Health Professions students who have stopped out and not attended for one or more semesters (excluding Spring/Summer semester) will be required to repeat the entire criminal background check and drug screen (CBC/DS) process in their first semester of re-entry to the College of Health Professions. The College of Health Professions and the Nursing Program may have additional restrictions on re-entry into the clinical and practicum courses. Students should check the College of Health Professions Student Handbook for specific program or course re-entry requirements.

Students re-entering the University should contact the Student Services Office or their advisor for specific information on academic requirements at the time they re-enroll.

Re-entry after Suspension - Undergraduate Policy

A Davenport University undergraduate student who is on academic suspension from the University may apply for re-entry under the following conditions:

  • There must be a lapse of at least one semester (including spring/summer) following the suspension.
  • A letter requesting re-entry should be submitted to the Department Chair or Program Director. The letter should include reasons for the poor academic performance and provide a plan for improvement if reinstated. Students who have been reinstated must achieve at least a 2.0 GPA or better in each subsequent semester until their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.
  • The student will sign a Re-entry Following Suspension Statement acknowledging these conditions.

Re-entry after Academic Dismissal - Undergraduate Policy

A Davenport University undergraduate student who has been academically dismissed may not be reinstated at Davenport University unless:

  • They are able to show evidence of successful college performance in another accredited college or university. Successful college performance will be shown by a minimum of nine transferable semester credits in courses that are indicative of a student’s ability to perform in required courses at Davenport University.
  • The decision regarding successful college performance will be made by the Department Chair or Program Director in consultation with the Registrar and Academic Operations.
  • The Department Chair or Program Director or their designee will meet with the student to explain the conditions of reinstatement and to guide the student in course registration.
  • Students who have been reinstated after academic dismissal must achieve a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in each subsequent semester of attendance.
  • The student will sign a Re-Entry Following Dismissal Statement acknowledging these conditions.

Academic Fresh Start

Academic Fresh Start at Davenport University is a vehicle to assist students who were academically unsuccessful at the University. Academic Fresh Start allows a student to begin with a fresh grade point average, but still retain credit for all grades of “C” or better.

Criteria:

To be eligible for Academic Fresh Start, a student must:

  • Re-enter the University after an absence of at least (3) consecutive calendar years.
  • Understand that all standards of academic and financial aid progress (SAP) apply.
  • Earn at least 12 letter-graded credit hours after reentry (Foundations of Learning courses, credit/no credit, pass/fail or audited courses are excluded).
  • Contact your Advisor to begin the process of completing the Academic Fresh Start application to submit to the Registrar. This request must be submitted prior to the end of the semester immediately following the semester in which the 12 letter-graded credit hours have been earned and must meet the following criteria which will be reviewed by the Registrar, the Director of Academic Operations, Student Services and a financial aid representative:
    • Earn at least a 2.5 GPA in all courses attempted after re-entry and it is recommended that no courses are withdrawn after the student has started their 12 credit hour attempt.
    • Courses must be part of the student’s degree plan.

Application of Previously Earned Credit

It is the policy of Davenport University to acknowledge academic credits previously earned through Davenport University or one of its antecedents and to integrate that credit as fully as possible into a new degree program. Davenport University will assist students in choosing a program of study that will maximize the application of their earned academic credits.

Discontinued Program Policy

Once a program is discontinued, no new enrollments will be accepted into the program. Students currently declared in a discontinued major will have six years for a bachelor’s degree (three years for associate’s degree) to complete the degree, with appropriate substitutions and/or equivalencies for discontinued courses. If the degree is not completed within this time period, students must meet current degree requirements.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Some courses require a C or better in order to advance to the next course (see also Sequential Course Requirements). In addition to sequential courses, the following courses from the College of Health Professions require a C or better grade for successful completion: all HINT, HSAD, HHCM as well as most HLTH prefixed courses. All NURS prefixed lecture, lab and clinical courses require a B- or better grade for successful completion. Students accepted and classified as a BSN Nursing Pre-Licensure or Practical Nursing Diploma student must earn a C or better grade in all BIOL and CHEM courses taken as requirements in the Nursing program. There may be additional courses that require a C or better for successful completion due to outside accreditation or program approval requirements. Review the course description or the specific Program Handbook for details.

Grounds for Failure of DU Internship, Practicum, Clinical, or Co-op Experiences

Many degree programs require internships, practicum, clinicals or co-op experiences as graduation requirements. Failing any of these experiences will affect a student’s ability to graduate and may impact continued enrollment at the university. Any problem a student encounters with an internship, practicum, clinical or co-op site should be immediately reported to the student’s internship, practicum, clinical or co-op manager/coordinator and the course faculty member.

While every effort is made to ensure student success, the following constitute grounds for failure of an internship, practicum, clinical or co-op course at Davenport University:

  • Failure to meet specific academic and performance requirements for the internship, practicum, clinical or co-op course, including not attending, or stopping attendance, at the organizational site
  • An agency’s or facility’s request for removal of student from the experience
  • Unsatisfactory evaluation by a site supervisor or preceptor
  • Repeated unsatisfactory performance or a significant behavioral incident which jeopardizes the agency or facility and/or the liability and reputation of Davenport University
  • Other student issues beyond the control of Davenport University

Students may appeal failure of an internship, practicum, clinical or co-op course through the process outlined by their particular college. However, no internship, practicum, clinical or co-op course may be repeated due to failure without explicit written permission from the Dean (or their designee) of the appropriate college.

Prerequisite Requirement

Prerequisite courses must be successfully completed before taking the subsequent course(s). These courses may be required even though they are not part of the chosen curriculum. A co-requisite may be completed before the course or taken concurrently.

Non-degree seeking students and students taking courses under a guest student status are not required to complete prerequisite or co-requisite courses.

Repeating Courses

Students may repeat any course for which they have previously received credit. Both courses will be recorded on the transcript, but only the higher of the two grades will be used to compute GPA. Students will receive credit only once for the course.

An exception to this rule is made for sequential courses. A student cannot retake the first course in a sequence if they have already received credit for the second sequential course. (For example, students may not repeat Accounting Foundations I once they have credit for Accounting Foundations II.)

If a failed course was taken initially at Davenport University, it is strongly recommended that the retake also be completed at Davenport. Completing the course at another institution will not offset the impact of the failing grade on the cumulative and/or major grade point average.

Many courses from the College of Health Professions and the Nursing program may only be repeated once if a failing grade is earned. The College of Health Professions Student Handbook details any special requirements for their courses and programs. Students must contact their Advisor to determine eligibility for the repeat.

Graduation Requirements

Students at Davenport University may graduate at the end of any semester in which they complete the required coursework and graduation requirements for the curriculum on record. Students must maintain a minimum overall 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) as well as a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in their major. There are two exceptions to those minimums: students in the nursing programs must have a minimum 2.7 GPA in their major and students in the post-baccalaureate certificate programs must have an overall 2.3 GPA in their required courses. Students must also fulfill the credit hour and residency requirements for their prescribed curriculum. The Michigan Department of Education requires that students earning an associate’s degree must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of instruction, and students completing a bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of instruction. Davenport University adheres to this standard and has designed its curricula to satisfy this requirement.

Commencement Ceremony

A formal graduation ceremony is held annually near the end of winter semester for all graduates of the current academic year. The ceremony is open to students who have completed or will complete their course requirements by the end of the spring/summer semester and have met all relevant processing deadlines. All eligible students are encouraged to take part in the ceremony. Students planning to participate in the Commencement Ceremony must purchase their cap and gown online (cost will be approximately $65-$85 depending on degree level). See the most current information on the Commencement Ceremony website.

Application for Graduation

Every candidate for graduation must submit an application for graduation. Students who elect not to participate in the commencement ceremony must still file a graduation application. Graduation applications are available online in the Student Connection or on the Davenport website under Graduation Information.

Diplomas are printed at the end of each semester for those students who have graduated and have submitted an application for graduation. The printed Diplomas reflect the academic credential earned and will only show the degree level awarded and graduation honors. The major and specialty will be reflected on the official transcript. Diplomas are mailed to the student’s address 6-8 weeks after the final date of the semester in which all degree requirements are met. Diplomas cannot be released for any student with a financial obligation to the University.

Graduation Honors

Associate and bachelor degree students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher are recognized as honor graduates. The three honors categories are the following:

  • With Highest Honor 3.90 to 4.00
  • With High Honor 3.70 to 3.89
  • With Honor 3.50 to 3.69

Prospective winter or spring/summer semester graduates’ cumulative GPA at the end of the last completed session/ semester will be used to determine honor eligibility for the commencement ceremony. Bachelor and Associate degree commencement participants with a 3.90 or higher cumulative GPA (With Highest Honor), will receive gold cords to wear at the ceremony. The appropriate designation will be indicated on the diploma and transcript of associate’s and bachelor’s degree graduates when it is mailed to the student.

Coursework and Grades

Description of Course Numbering System

The first digit of the course number indicates the following academic level:

  • 000 level Foundations of Learning courses (below college level)
  • 100 level courses primarily for freshmen
  • 200 level courses primarily for sophomores
  • 300 upper level courses primarily for juniors
  • 400 upper level courses primarily for seniors
  • 500-700 reserved for graduate courses

Syllabi

Instructors will review the course syllabus with their students at the first class meeting. The purpose of the syllabus is to inform students of the instructors’ expectations, learning outcomes, methods, assignments, evaluation procedures, etc. Students should observe these syllabi as “intent” and not as a “contract.”

Grading System/Scale

To be considered in good academic standing, students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. The cumulative GPA is calculated from the grades received for courses completed. The designations of AU, CR, I, LATE, NC, P, W and WM are not included in the GPA calculation. However, these grade designations are counted when calculating the cumulative completion percentage for financial aid recipients. This policy is in effect for all certificate, diploma, and degree-seeking students. Davenport University maintains a permanent academic record for each current and former student.

Following is the grading system of the University.

Grade Grade Point Value
A 4.00
A- 3.70
B+ 3.30
B 3.00
B- 2.70
C+ 2.30
C 2.00
C- 1.70
D+ 1.30
D 1.00
F 0.00 Failing: credit is counted in GPA but not as credit earned.
NF 0.00 No Show Failing: credit is counted in GPA but not as credit earned. Class was not officially dropped.
AU Audit: by arrangement, completed during the drop/add period of each term. No credit is earned.
CR Credit earned without calculation into the GPA/Completed Requirements.
I Incomplete: given only when extenuating circumstances allow an agreement to be made between the student and instructor to complete the coursework after the semester has ended. Incomplete (I) grades are changed to Failure (F) if not completed 30 business days after the end of the next semester or session.
LATE Late grade: given when there is a delay in submission of grade.
NC No credit/Not completed
P Pass: credit earned without calculation into the GPA, considered equivalent to “C” (2.00) or better grade.
W Withdrawal by official deadline determined by length of course. Students not withdrawing by the official deadlines who do not complete the course will receive a grade of “F”.
WM Withdrawal-Military
Z Credit/No credit In-Progress

Letter grades that are followed by the *@ characters are given in all Foundations of Learning (below college-level) courses. These grades, such as A*@ or C*@, allow students to understand how well they performed in the course. A grade designated with the *@ characters will not be used in calculating the semester or cumulative GPA.

Grade Reports

Grades may be viewed and printed from the Student Connection on the University website at the end of every session/semester.

Grade Point Average

Students must maintain a minimum overall 2.0 cumulative GPA as well as a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in their major. Nursing students are required to meet a minimum 2.7 GPA in their major.

The cumulative GPA is determined by dividing the total Quality Points earned, by the total credit hours attempted. Similar computations determine the cumulative GPA in the major. These calculations do not include grades or hours attempted and/or earned in noncredit courses, Foundations of Learning courses (000 level courses) or grades of AU, CR, I, LATE, NC, P, W, and WM. Grade point averages are calculated only on credits attempted at Davenport University.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher plus a GPA of 2.3 or higher in their major to graduate. Students in the Nursing Program must also meet the 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA but they must achieve a GPA of 2.7 or higher in their major to graduate. Major GPA does not include Open Electives or graduate-level courses taken for a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program.

Final Assessment

To complete a course successfully, students must complete the final comprehensive assessment. Students who do not complete the final assessment will receive an “F” in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor or the University to see if a makeup final assessment is possible.

Withdrawals

It is the student’s responsibility to initiate all withdrawals at any time throughout the semester, and students are responsible for being aware of the last date to withdraw without academic penalty. All students wishing to withdraw from a course at any time after the start of the semester or session should contact their Academic Advisor.

Please note the following:

  • Last day to withdraw without failing the course is indicated on the Academic Calendar
  • Absence from class is not a withdrawal
  • Students will be administratively withdrawn for nonattendance following the Attendance Practice unless previous arrangements have been made with their instructor. The instructor should be notified of a planned absence a minimum of 24 hours prior to the course meeting time. Refer to the Attendance Practice in the catalog for more information.
  • A grade of “F” is given if the student stops attending and/or fails to withdraw officially from a class
  • Students who officially withdraw from a class before the last date to withdraw without academic penalty will receive a grade of “W”

If a student is forced to withdraw or fails to withdraw in a timely manner from their classes based on extenuating circumstances, there is an appeal process. The appeal process allows the student to explain the extenuating circumstances and request consideration regarding grade, tuition and fee charges incurred from that withdrawal. Extenuating circumstances may include a serious illness of the student or immediate family members, death of an immediate family member or a mandatory military commitment. Supporting documentation must be submitted with the appeal. Students may only submit two (2) appeals during their time as an undergraduate and graduate student at Davenport University. Refer to the Charge Appeal in the catalog for more information on the appeal form and process, called the Reduction or Waiver of Charges Appeal.

Incomplete Grades

If faced with an emergency such as a severe illness that prevents the completion of a course within the session/ semester, students may request an Incomplete, using the Incomplete Request form. A student must have successfully completed at least 70 percent of the coursework for that course for the request to be considered. Documentation may be required.The faculty member may accept or deny the request. The faculty member makes the decision, signs the form to their direct supervisor. If approved, a grade of “I” will be recorded on the grade report. A copy of the Request Form will be filed in the Registrar’s Office.

If approved, a grade of “I” will be recorded on the grade report. A copy of the Request Form will be filed in the Registrar’s Office.

The maximum time allowed for an Incomplete is 30 business days after the end of the semester or session. Faculty may designate fewer than 30 business days if they so choose. After 30 business days, the grade will automatically be changed to an “F”.

Students should be aware that an “I” grade in a course does not reflect credit in the course. If a course with an “I” grade is a prerequisite for another course, that other course may not be taken until the “I” grade has been changed to reflect a passing grade.

Because the Foundations of Learning courses are not used in calculating GPA, an “I” Incomplete grade is not permitted. Extenuating circumstances or an emergency as mentioned above may be discussed with the instructor or the instructor’s supervisor.

Final Grade Appeal

The Final Grade Appeal process should be used only when the student believes that the final course grade assigned is unfair. A Final Grade Appeal is not applicable if one of the following applies:

  • Challenging a grade on an individual assignment unless it directly affects the final grade
  • The student disagrees with the faculty member’s grading
  • A grade penalty was assigned due to an Academic Integrity violation.

 

NOTE: Grade appeals or other complaints based on charges of discrimination or sexual harassment should be submitted to a Title IX Coordinator or other office, pursuant to other University policies and procedures.

Grade Appeal forms must be submitted  no later than 11:59 pm EST on the fifth (5th) business day after final grades are due per the Academic Calendar or after an incomplete deadline. 

Academic Honors Recognition

As part of its recognition of academic achievement, the University establishes the President’s List and Dean’s List at the end of each semester. The University also hosts an annual honors celebration. At this event, students who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence are recognized for their accomplishments. Many campuses also recognize students for their outstanding contributions in extracurricular activities and/or community service.

President’s List and Dean’s List

Each semester Davenport University recognizes undergraduate students who have achieved academic excellence. Whether a student is considered part time or full time Davenport wishes to acknowledge their academic success. Inclusion on the President’s List or Dean’s List is noted on the official transcript and a congratulatory notification is sent.

President’s List Criteria

Students who receive a 3.80 or above semester GPA are eligible for the President’s List if they meet the following conditions:

  • The student earned six (6) or more credits for the semester and
  • The six credits were earned for courses which were used in calculating the semester GPA.

Dean’s List Criteria

Students who receive a 3.50 - 3.79 semester GPA are eligible for the Dean’s List if they meet the following conditions:

  • The student earned six (6) or more credits for the semester and
  • The six credits were earned for courses which were used in calculating the semester GPA.

The President’s List and Dean’s List are generated at the end of the fall semester, winter semester, and spring/summer semester. Only the grade point average as of the end of each semester will be used to determine eligibility for this recognition.

Transcript Request Procedure

Official academic transcripts can be ordered online through the National Student Clearinghouse. This service allows secure ordering online 24/7 with the ability to track the order online. The current fee is between $11.00 - $15.25 per transcript, depending on which delivery option is chosen. This cost is subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees. Transcripts sent to students may not be accepted by another college/university or employer as official. Davenport University strongly recommends that transcripts be sent directly from the University to their final destination.

Students who are indebted to the University will not be permitted to order an official transcript until all financial obligations are settled. However, a transcript can be sent directly to a potential/current employer. A transcript order may be processed when employment is listed as the order reason, a comment is entered explaining the order is for employment and the recipient is neither the student nor another school. The Registrar’s Office has the discretion to question or reject orders based on history or collaboration with Student Financial Services.

The process to order transcripts detailed above is also used to order transcripts from any of the institutions listed below.

Davenport University antecedents:

Davenport College
Detroit College of Business
Great Lakes Junior College (formerly: Saginaw Business Institute)
Lansing Business Institute
Parsons Business College

Davenport University is designated as the “keeper of records” for the following institutions:

Argubright College
Borgess School of Nursing
Institute of Merchandising and Design
Jordan College
Nazareth College

Transcripts (or copies) sent to Davenport University from other institutions cannot be released.

Davenport University Institutional Review Board

Protecting the rights of human research subjects

The role of the Davenport University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to review and approve, when in compliance, all proposed academic research that includes human subjects at DU or by DU faculty, staff or students to ensure that the research meets Federal standards for the safety and protection of any human subjects involved.

The Institutional Review Board for an institution is a committee mandated by Federal laws to protect the rights and welfare of the human subjects participating in research activities. Compliance is monitored by the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The law is specific to research conducted or supported by a federal department or agency. However, a majority of research institutions, including Davenport University, voluntarily apply this regulation (45CFR46) to all academic research conducted at their site, regardless of status or source of funding.

Visit DU Institutional Review Board for additional information, frequently asked questions, forms, and procedures.

Academic Integrity

Academic Dishonesty

Davenport University recognizes the principles of honesty and truth as fundamental to ethical business dealings and to a vibrant academic community of faculty and students. All members of an academic community shall be confident that each person’s work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. The work that a student submits shall be a fair representation of their ability, knowledge and skill. The University expects students to respect and exhibit these principles as they form the basis of the quality of the institution and the quality of Davenport’s graduates. Academic Integrity has been specifically defined and students can expect grade repercussions for dishonesty that have been established by the academic community in accordance with University principles. Academic dishonesty and activities that undermine this academic integrity have been outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Disciplinary actions taken at the University for academic dishonesty will proceed at the direction of the Executive Director of Campus Life and/or appropriate directors. Refer to the Student Code of Conduct  section of this catalog.

Attendance Practice

Regular attendance and active class participation are essential elements in the learning process. Students are expected to attend all class sessions beginning with and including the first class session.

This practice has been shown to increase the success levels and retention of Davenport University students. For this reason, in all Foundations of Learning and 100 level courses, attendance will be reported on a daily basis until the last day to drop with a “W” grade for every semester and session.

Course attendance for students in 200-400 level courses will be reported on each scheduled meeting day for the first two weeks of each semester and session. Online courses will report attendance at the end of the first and second week of each session/semester.

Students will be administratively withdrawn for non-attendance, unless previous arrangements have been made with their instructor. The instructor should be notified of a planned absence a minimum of 24 hours prior to the course meeting time. Full details regarding notification of absences, timing procedures, athletic schedules, as well as, faculty and student Attendance Practice responsibilities, are available at the DU website under Attendance.

In the event of an Administrative Withdrawal, the student will receive a DU email notification from the Registrar’s Office. The email will be deemed to have been received by the student upon delivery. 

Students may appeal to be reinstated in the course. Depending on the course, this appeal, whenever possible, should be initiated at least one business day prior to the next course meeting or, at minimum, the beginning of the subsequent week for On-demand. The Attendance Appeal form is available on the DU website at. Students must contact their instructor for reinstatement.

While Administrative Withdrawals are done in accordance with the Attendance Practice detailed above, it remains the student’s responsibility to initiate an official withdrawal in all courses. Once the session/semester starts the student must contact their advisor to initiate an official withdrawal.

In the case of absences during or after the mandatory attendance period, class assignments, projects, and class participation may be used as part of the final grade and the instructor may choose not to allow make-ups on these. The instructor is responsible for stating in the syllabus the class policies regarding pop quizzes or makeup exams that may be influenced by class attendance. 

In the College of Health Professions, any absence in the MEDA designated courses and the professional practice experience (Practicum course) in many programs may constitute grounds for failure of the course. The course descriptions and/or syllabi will note these attendance expectations. Students may also reference the College of Health Professions Handbook for additional details.

Academic Standards of Progress

The Academic Standards of Progress GPA calculation will occur at the end of each semester. An email or letter from the University Registrar will be sent to students who fail to meet these standards, explaining the academic status.

  1. Probation
    Students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 at the end of the semester are placed on probation. If there is no improvement a student could remain on Probation for one more semester.
  2. Probation with Improvement
    Students who have been on Probation for one or more semesters, but whose semester GPA is above 2.0, will be placed on Probation with Improvement. Students would remain on this status as long as each subsequent semester GPA is above 2.0 and their cumulative GPA is below a 2.0.
  3. Academic Suspension
    Students who fail to meet the minimum semester GPA of 2.0 and the cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of the third semester and beyond are placed on Academic Suspension.
    Students on Academic Suspension may not attend Davenport University for a minimum of one semester. These students must petition to be reinstated to Davenport University. The petition must be a typed letter sent to the program chair and must explain the reasons for the poor academic performance and provide a proposed plan for improvement. The program chair will determine whether the student will be reinstated. The program chair will meet with the student to explain the conditions of re-entry to the University and to guide the student in course registration. Students who have been reinstated must achieve at least a 2.0 GPA in each subsequent semester until their cumulative GPA is at minimum a 2.0. The student will sign a Re-Entry Following Suspension Statement acknowledging these conditions.
  4. Academic Dismissal
    Students who do not meet the conditions of their re-entry following academic suspension will be academically dismissed. A letter from the University Registrar will be sent to students who fail to meet the standards, explaining the academic dismissal. Students who have been academically dismissed may not be reinstated at Davenport University unless they are able to show evidence of successful college performance in another accredited college or university. Successful college performance will be shown by a minimum of nine transferable semester credits in courses that are indicative of a student’s ability to perform in required courses at Davenport University.
    The decision regarding successful college performance will be made by the program chair, who will meet with the student to explain the conditions of reinstatement and to guide the student in course registration. Students who have been reinstated after academic dismissal must achieve a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in each subsequent semester of attendance. The student will sign a Re-Entry Following Dismissal Statement acknowledging these conditions.
  5. Final Dismissal
    Students not achieving the conditions of their re-entry following dismissal will be placed on Final Dismissal with no eligibility for re-entry. A letter from the University Registrar will be sent to students who fail to meet the standards, explaining the final academic dismissal.
  6. Appeal Process
    A student may appeal an academic suspension or dismissal if there were mitigating circumstances that contributed to the dismissal or suspension. Mitigating circumstances may include the following: (1) death of an immediate family member; (2) serious injury or illness of the student; or (3) an act of nature or other catastrophic event clearly beyond the student’s control. Documentation may be required from a third party to further substantiate the circumstance.

    Students who wish to appeal must submit letters and supporting documentation, when applicable, within two weeks (14 calendar days) from the Registrar’s letter notifying them of the suspension or dismissal. Written appeals must be sent to the Department Chair or Program Director, who must return a written decision within two weeks (14 calendar days) of receipt of the student’s written appeal. A copy of the decision will be sent to the Registrar.

NOTE: Students in the Nursing Program may be held to more exacting standards than are listed here. A failing grade (F or NF) in a NURS prefixed course may result in termination from the program. Students may appeal termination by filing a Grievance as detailed in the College of Health Professions Student Handbook.

Financial aid recipients must submit a separate letter of appeal to the Student Financial Services for consideration or reinstatement of financial aid eligibility.

Veterans’ Educational Benefits Information

Davenport University recognizes the extraordinary contributions of the members of our armed services. We also understand the unique challenges faced by active or reserve service members and veterans in transitioning to the college environment. Davenport University is committed to providing an environment that provides service members and veterans flexible learning experiences and a professional setting to pursue their academic and personal goals.

Your service may entitle you to several educational benefits. Students who are currently serving, veterans, or dependents of such are encouraged to communicate their status during the admissions process and/or to their advisor or military support team member on their campus. Military and veteran students are eligible for a discounted tuition rate and are eligible to receive textbooks in electronic format with proof of purchase among other support services. The student’s respective advisor or military support team member should be contacted to request etext.

Davenport University is committed to ensuring a continuity of study for every active service member who cannot complete a semester as planned due to a reassignment or deployment. Where possible, the student’s faculty member along with the respective Associate Department Chair and other appropriate academic administrator(s) will create alternative completion plans for any active semester credits that cannot be fulfilled as designed on the original course syllabus. These plans are developed while ensuring the quality and content of course material and the integrity of the student’s degree are maintained. A student must provide documentation regarding any such orders and contact their advisor or a military support team member to begin the process.

To receive military and veteran’s education benefits, a student must maintain satisfactory academic progress and conduct. Accordingly, benefits will be terminated for individuals who are disqualified, suspended or expelled from the University. Only degree programs may be certified for benefits.

Students who receive veterans’ educational benefits are expected to maintain academic progress according to the criteria listed below.

  1. Undergraduate degree students will be checked for academic probation, for certification purposes, based on a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  2. Davenport University will notify the VA immediately when the student has a cumulative GPA below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters.
  3. Certification remains denied until the student achieves a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  4. If students withdraw from any classes or receive a failing grade for not attending, Davenport University will notify the VA of the date when the official withdrawal was done or will report the last attendance date as recorded by the course instructor.
  5. Davenport University informs students who request certification for veterans’ benefits in writing of the credit granted for previous training. Students are also informed in writing of the number of credits necessary to complete the course or program for which they are enrolled. Davenport University notifies the VA of the credit granted and the reduction in training time. For more information regarding veterans’ benefits, students should contact the veterans’ certifying official at 1-866-925-3884.

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act Compliance

As part of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, section 3679 of title 38, United States Code (Public Law 115-407) was amended and effective August 1, 2019, the State approving agency, or the Secretary when acting in the role of the State approving agency, shall disapprove a course of education provided by an educational institution that has in effect a policy that is inconsistent with the areas below.

Davenport University will permit any covered individual* to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website - eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  1. The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
  2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

Davenport University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet their financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

In addition, Davenport University may require the covered individual to take the following additional actions:

  1. Submit a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance no later than the first day of a course of education.
  2. Submit a written request to use such entitlement.
  3. Provide additional information necessary to the proper certification of enrollment by the educational institution.
  4. Davenport University requires additional payment or imposes a fee for the amount that is the difference between the amount of the student’s financial obligation and the amount of the VA education benefit disbursement.

*A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

Libraries

The Davenport Library’s digital resources are carefully selected to support the University’s curriculum. Current students can find articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers, as well as annual reports, company information, market research,demographic data, and open access material through the search box on the Library homepage and the 100+ Library databases. The Library also provides e-textbooks for some classes, where they are available for purchase.  Students and faculty can also request materials the Davenport Library does not own through the Library’s interlibrary loan service.

Start the research process or get quick answers with the Library’s 24/7 chat, email and text messaging. When students need more extensive research help, they can schedule a one-on-one session with a Davenport librarian. The librarians provide Library Guides to the best material supporting specific classes and subject areas and specialized guides, such as the APA Library Guide and Noodletools for APA help.

Tutoring Services

Davenport University provides free online tutoring for student in both undergrad and graduate courses.  Services are available 24/7 online and accessed through student Blackboard course resources in the “Tools” section. Tutoring services also include drop-off paper review, practice quizzes and videos and Spanish language tutors for Math, Science, History, Writing and Study/Life Skills.

Release of Information Statement

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students the right to access their educational records. This includes the right to:

  • Inspect, review and/or request an amendment to records
  • Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in these records
  • Restrict disclosure of personally identifiable information designated as directory information that may be released without the student’s consent
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education for alleged failure by Davenport University to comply with FERPA requirements

Directory information includes the student’s name, address, telephone number, email address, birth date, academic program (major field of study), dates of enrollment, enrollment status, degrees, awards, honors, past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, and physical factors of athletes (height and weight).

Photos taken at University sponsored events or in public areas of the campus may be used in marketing materials.

Student Right to Know

As a result of the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, each educational institution must publish student completion rates for full-time, first-time undergraduate students (i.e., students with no prior college/ university experience). The completion rate for the full-time, first-time undergraduate students who started in the fall of 2015 and graduated by the end of the 2021/2022 academic year is 50%.