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  • Academic Policies
    following grade point averages based on all credit work attempted Summa Cum Laude 3 8 Magna Cum Laude 3 6 Cum Laude 3 4 Dean s List The Dean s List of students whose grade point average is at least 3 4 out of a possible 4 0 is confirmed at the end of the fall and spring semesters A student must be full time to qualify for the Dean s List Withdrawal from College Students with extenuating circumstances that make it necessary to withdraw from the college should do so officially to maintain good standing The following are considered extenuating circumstances i prolonged illness ii family emergency or iii documented unforeseen circumstances They should obtain an official withdrawal form from the Registrar s Office to initiate withdrawal procedures It is the responsibility of the student to complete the Withdrawal Form and acquire signatures from staff in the following offices Student Affairs Student Accounts Financial Aid Academic Advisor Student Employment Post Office Residence Education and Food Services The student should officially drop his or her classes with their academic advisor if withdrawing before the tenth week of classes Withdrawing students must turn in their identification cards residence hall or apartment keys post office box key and clear any charges on their student account at the time of the exit interview Failure to complete formal withdrawal procedures will result in grades of F for courses in which students were registered that term and in general cannot be appealed to Academic Standards The form with all acquired signatures must be submitted to the Registrar s Office Official withdrawals within the first four weeks of the semester will result in the deletion of courses from a student s permanent record Official withdrawals between the fourth and tenth week will result in grades of WP or WF as granted by each faculty member Withdrawals after the tenth week will result in grades of F regardless of academic performance A student with extenuating circumstances may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee for grades of W prior to the last day of classes Involuntary withdrawals will be administered by the Office of Student Affairs Refer to the Student Handbook for guidelines and processes related to involuntary medical withdrawals In order for the College to consider granting a voluntary medical withdrawal the student must provide evidence supported and documented by a physician of a serious personal medical issue Any refund for which withdrawing students are eligible will be based upon the date of the official withdrawal Students who withdraw early may be subject to a refund of Title IV aid programs Stafford loan PLUS loan Pell grant SEOG and Perkins loans All withdrawals except those for which the Academic Standards Committee has granted grades of W following an appeal will be subject to the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress and Financial Aid Eligibility chart Students that withdraw from Ferrum may seek readmission by writing the Dean of Admissions Repeating Courses For the purpose of improving their overall academic average students are permitted and encouraged to repeat courses in which they have grades of D or F Students are encouraged to use the Improve Academic Standing link on i Assistant Although only the higher grade obtained in a repeated course is included in a student s grade point average it should be noted for transfer purposes that other institutions may consider total hours attempted in calculating the G P A A Penalty F See Grading System may be repeated but the F is still computed in the grade point average Academic Alerts Faculty members are encouraged to notify the Academic Resources Center of students who are not performing satisfactorily e g poor attendance assignments not turned in daily grades Such notification is accomplished through an online form known as an Academic Alert notice Students are expected to review their progress and to seek help from instructors advisors or the ARC as soon as they experience problems in class The student and academic advisor ARC and athletic coach if student is involved with the athletic program receive an email copy of the Academic Alert Graduation Requirements Students must utilize the assistance of faculty advisors in the formulation of an acceptable course of study leading to a degree and should review their progress frequently to be sure they are in compliance with all degree requirements Prior to registration all students with Junior or higher status are required to complete a graduation check with their advisor Utilizing a Graduation Checklist Form the student and the advisor will review the student s academic record and complete the plan for meeting graduation requirements Both the student and the advisor will sign the plan Completed forms must be submitted to the Registrar s Office for approval To graduate a student must have completed a diploma order form with the Registrar the September of the Fall Semester prior to May graduation successfully complete 121 semester hours with 30 of these hours at the 300 400 level maintaining a grade point average of at least 2 0 for hours earned at Ferrum Students must also maintain a 2 0 grade point average within their academic major meet the appropriate Liberal Arts Core requirements and major minor requirements including Degree Specific Requirements Experiential Component and pass one Experiential Term E Term satisfy the Speaking Intensive requirement in order to demonstrate the ability to access analyze synthesize and share ideas and information through oral presentation This requirement can be fulfilled by completion of COM 201 Public Speaking THA 222 Voice and Diction THA 346 Readers Theatre ENG 433 Small Group Communication HUM 333 Intercultural Conflict Mediation EPD 498 Senior Project or any two courses identified as Speaking Intensive with a grade of C or higher such as NSM 307 Junior Seminar and NSM 498 Senior Presentation or ENG 398 Junior Seminar and 498 Senior Seminar satisfy the Writing Intensive requirement in order to demonstrate the ability to access analyze synthesize and share ideas and information by writing This requirement can be met by completing six hours of courses identified as Writing Intensive with a grade of C or higher Completing English 102 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for any Writing Intensive course Students who have completed one sophomore literature course to meet the distribution requirement English 201 212 excluding ENG 208 may take a second sophomore literature course at Ferrum College to meet three hours of Writing Intensive requirement At least three hours of Writing Intensive courses must be at the 300 400 level All courses used to satisfy the Writing Intensive requirement must be taken at Ferrum College Students who wish to transfer courses specifically designated as writing intensive at other institutions may appeal to the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities be enrolled for at least one academic year or its equivalent at Ferrum have completed at least 50 percent of total hours required for a major at Ferrum This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Program Coordinator in association with the School Dean have completed at least 50 percent of total hours required for a minor at Ferrum This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Program Coordinator in association with the School Dean complete the last semester of academic work at Ferrum College A student may transfer a maximum of nine semester hours of work to Ferrum to complete the requirements for graduation transfer of more than nine hours must have the approval of the Academic Standards Committee clear all financial obligations to the college be approved for graduation by formal vote of the faculty To participate in graduation exercises as a summer candidate a student may not fall short of the required minimum of 121 credit hours by more than one course or an internship must have attained at least a 2 0 cumulative and major grade point averages and must have submitted proof of summer registration with the Registrar to complete the work prior to the beginning of the next fall term Unless excused by the Provost all degree candidates must participate in graduation exercises Students requesting to be excused must submit a letter to the Provost Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress and Financial Aid Eligibility All students at Ferrum College are expected to achieve satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate degree Exhibiting such progress is necessary to remain in good standing and to remain eligible to receive financial aid For satisfactory progress to be demonstrated a full time student must meet the following standards designed to set minimum guidelines for advancement to the baccalaureate degree within a period of time up to five years For purposes of this policy students will be considered full time for the semester if their class load is at least twelve credit hours at the end of the add period The status of transfer students will be determined based on the number of transferable hours they bring to Ferrum College upon entry For example a student who enters Ferrum with 30 41 transferable hours will be considered to have completed three semesters consequently his or her first Ferrum semester will be considered the fourth and he or she must meet the appropriate Grade Point Average in chart below based only on course work at Ferrum Readmitted students who have taken courses at other institutions after leaving Ferrum College will not be considered transfer students for the purpose of determining satisfactory academic progress rather readmitted students will be evaluated individually by the Office of the Registrar in consultation with the Dean of Admissions to determine their readmission status good standing academic warning or academic probation Transfer grades and hours completed will be taken into consideration as will the students prior Ferrum College academic and citizenship records in making this determination In order for satisfactory progress to be demonstrated a part time degree seeking student must complete 75 of all hours attempted and maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average specified on the following chart based on cumulative hours earned A student who is part time during any regular semester will be evaluated by this standard at the end of all subsequent semesters In addition a part time student who has not passed at least half of the hours attempted in any single semester will be placed on academic suspension Students meeting these standards will be considered in good standing Academic penalties for not meeting these standards are academic warning academic probation and academic suspension see next section Students listed on consecutive semesters of academic warning or any academic probation status will be considered on Financial Aid Probation see Financial Aid Policy and will need to submit a letter of appeal to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee for review of financial aid eligibility Official student records are maintained in the Office of the Registrar The student should contact this office for any question regarding academic status After completing a total number of semesters 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A student must have earned a total of semester hours 9 19 30 42 55 68 81 94 107 121 With at least this cumulative G P A 1 40 1 60 1 80 1 90 2 00 2 00 2 00 2 00 2 00 2 00 Academic Warning At the end of any semester the first time a student fails to meet the published standards See chart above and has passed at least six hours he or she will be placed on academic warning A student on academic warning must comply with the program of study for students on warning coordinated by the Academic Resources Center This program requires students on academic warning to register and attend a required College Skills course CSK 092 and use the ARC and other appropriate campus resources Students on warning who fail to meet these requirements will have their names submitted to the Provost s Office If a student does not meet the published standards for hours but does meet them for GPA he she may be placed on a second academic warning for one and only one additional semester Furthermore a student who has been on Academic Warning and again the subsequent semester fails to meet the guidelines for satisfactory academic progress but has at least a 2 0 semester grade point average on at least 12 earned hours of completed coursework during the semester will be placed on academic warning for one and only one additional semester Placement on a second semester of academic warning will also impact a student s financial aid eligibility See Financial Aid Policies in the next section Academic Probation Once a student has been on academic warning if the student fails to meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress see chart during any semester in the future he or she will be placed on academic probation A student on academic probation must comply with the program of study for students on probation coordinated by the Academic Resources Center This program requires students on academic probation to register and attend a required College Skills course CSK 096 and use the ARC and other appropriate campus resources Students on academic probation will review progress assess problems and plan their return to good standing through enrollment in the required College Skills course Placement on academic probation will impact a student s financial aid eligibility See Financial Aid Policies in the next section The Academic Resources Center will maintain records of Academic Alerts and students use of services in the ARC Eligibility for participation in co curricular activities is determined annually at the beginning of each fall semester Students on academic probation are ineligible to participate in the following co curricular activities Intercollegiate and club sports Touring performance groups Student Government Association officers Clubs and class organizations officers Art shows and major drama productions unless required for satisfaction of course requirement Student media organizations editors and managers unless required for satisfaction of course requirement Students on academic probation during the fall semester may participate in these activities during the spring semester provided they have returned to good academic standing In addition individual teams clubs and organizations may enforce stricter eligibility standards than these minimum standards Students may continue on academic probation for a subsequent semester only if they have earned at least a 2 0 semester grade point average on at least 12 earned hours of completed coursework even though they do not meet the guidelines of satisfactory academic progress Continuing on academic probation will impact a student s financial aid eligibility See Financial Aid Policies in the next section Academic Suspension At the end of a semester on academic probation or any semester in the future following academic probation if a student fails to meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress he or she will be placed on academic suspension However if the student has at least a 2 0 semester grade point average on at least 12 earned hours of course work during the most recent semester he or she will not be suspended but will remain on academic probation until he or she meets the published standards Regardless any full time student who does not earn at least six credit hours this includes all institutional credit hours and hours to which the R grade has been assigned in a semester will be placed on academic suspension at the end of that semester A student on academic suspension may not be enrolled during the next regular semester at Ferrum College although he or she may enroll in any summer courses Students seeking readmission following academic suspension should show evidence of being able to do acceptable college work This is normally accomplished by successful course work earned at another accredited institution A student suspended at the end of the spring semester may seek readmission on the basis of work completed during the summer at Ferrum or at another institution Students are strongly advised to access the Improve Academic Standing link available on i Assistant for important guidance Approval of transferability must be obtained prior to enrolling in a course at another institution from the Office of the Registrar at Ferrum College if there is not a community college equivalent on the computer generated pre approval form An official transcript mustbe sent to the Office of the Registrar Enrollment at Ferrum College obligates the student to pursue actively the earning of college credit Students who are absent excessively or refuse to complete assigned course work may be subject to suspension at any time All appeals of academic suspension must be made in writing to the Academic Standards Committee No student may return to the college either part time or full time without following the appeals procedure outlined in his or her suspension letter Students who submit an appeal to the Academic Standards Committee should also submit an appeal for review of Financial Aid eligibility to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee See Appeals Process under Financial Aid Policies Readmission to the College does not guarantee approval of Financial Aid Financial Aid Policies Federal regulations prohibit the Financial Aid Office from awarding aid to any student who is not making satisfactory academic progress The satisfactory academic progress policy applies to all sources of Title IV financial aid programs including student and PLUS loans with the exception of the Virginia TAG grant and selected Ferrum College entitlement grants that do not have an academic requirement for renewal Satisfactory Academic Progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester Definitions Financial Aid Warning Financial Aid Warning occurs when a student is listed on academic warning for the first time The student is only eligible for one semester of Financial Aid Warning Students who are placed on their first semester of academic and financial aid warning will retain their eligibility for financial aid for the next semester Financial Aid Probation Financial Aid Probation occurs when a student is placed on a 2nd semester of academic warning academic

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  • Degree Requirements
    10 will be required to take and pass the one E Term requirement before they achieve senior status in order to not delay graduation All classes are taught by Ferrum College faculty through the Ferrum College campus A majority of the courses offered do not require prerequisites and are appropriate for students entering their second or third semester of college There are no additional tuition or room board costs attached to the E Term session If a student wishes to take more than the required E Term course tuition and room board costs will be applicable Any costs for travel laboratory etc in an E Term course will be listed with the course description during pre registration Currently enrolled full time students will register for E Term courses when they pre register for spring semester The last day for currently enrolled full time students to register for E Term is the last add date during the first week of the spring semester Students must register for a minimum of 12 hours for the regular spring semester Students are obligated to all course fees if they do not drop by the fourth week of the semester An E Term course will not count in those 12 hours but could put a student in an overload status for spring semester if the student registers for 18 19 hours and then registers for an E Term course However overload fees for this situation will not apply The last day to drop an E Term course is the first day of the E Term classes Students will be obligated to pay any fees by this deadline Part time students must register by the last day to ADD the first week of spring semester the add drop week Part time students will be charged for a course during E Term at the same credit hour rate as they are during the long semester Factors for consideration for registration in E term courses Students who are in good academic standing may register for any E term course and are eligible for travel scholarship opportunities Students who are on academic warning during fall semester may register for any E term course and are eligible for travel scholarship opportunities Students who are on academic probation or who are on disciplinary probation or higher during the fall semester may not register for an E term course that has overnight off campus travel travel abroad but they will be eligible to register for on campus E term courses If the student is in good academic standing during fall semester and at the end of the fall semester o Goes to academic warning status for the spring semester the student will remain in the E term course in which enrolled and will be allowed to retain any travel scholarship that has been awarded for an E term course awards are announced in November o Goes to academic probation status for the spring semester the student will be dropped from any E

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  • Majors in Schools
    a major at Ferrum College Arts and Humanities Art English History Philosophy Religion Social Studies Spanish Theatre Arts Track I Acting and Directing Track II Musical Theatre Natural Sciences and Mathematics Agricultural Sciences Environmental Science Biology Health Sciences Chemistry Mathematical Science Environmental Planning Development Pre Professional Science Social Sciences Accounting Business Administration Computer Information Systems Criminal Justice Democracy Justice and Civic Engagement General Business Studies International Studies Health and Human Performance Liberal Arts Political Science Psychology Recreation Leadership Social Work Teacher Education minor Note In the state of Virginia students may not major in Teacher Education but may pursue teacher licensure through this offering Other Liberal Studies Certificate Programs Agricultural Entrepreneurship Global Perspectives Professional Accountancy Stewardship toward Sustainability Information For Future Students Accepted Students Current Students President s Welcome Alumni Friends and Donors Faculty and Staff Visitors Student Calendar Campus Safety Procedures Title IX Information Related Pages Accounting Agriculture Agriculture Art Biology Business Administration Chemistry Computer Information Systems Criminal Justice English Environmental Planning and Development Environmental Science General Business Studies Global Perspectives Certificate Program Health and Human Performance Health Sciences History Majors in Schools International Studies Liberal Arts Liberal Studies Mathematical Science Philosophy Political Science Pre Professional Science Psychology Recreation

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  • Minors
    Recreation Leadership Religion Russian Social Work Sociology Spanish Teacher Education Theatre Arts Certificate Program Global Perspectives Information For Future Students Accepted Students Current Students President s Welcome Alumni Friends and Donors Faculty and Staff Visitors Student Calendar Campus Safety Procedures Title IX Information Related Pages Agriculture Art Studio Arts Minor Biology Business Chemistry Coaching Computer Science Computer Technology Criminal Justice Economics Education Studies Non Licensure Program Education Studies Non Licensure

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  • Description of Courses
    Health and Human Performance HSC Health Sciences HIS History HON Honors HOR Horticulture HUM Humanities MTH Mathematics MUS Music NSM Natural Science and Mathematics PHI Philosophy PHY Physics PSC Political Science PSY Psychology REC Recreation Leadership REL Religion RUS Russian SCI Topics in Science SSC Social Science SST Social Studies SWK Social Work SOC Sociology SPA Spanish SPD Special Education SAB Study Abroad THA Theatre Arts In special cases students may seek a waiver of stated course prerequisites by obtaining written approval of their academic advisor the course instructor and the appropriate school dean Information For Future Students Accepted Students Current Students President s Welcome Alumni Friends and Donors Faculty and Staff Visitors Student Calendar Campus Safety Procedures Title IX Information Related Pages Accounting ACC Agriculture AGR Agronomy Animal Science Art ART Biology BIO Business BUS Chemistry CHM College Skills CSK Communications COM Computer Information Systems CSC Criminal Justice CJU Dance DAN Democracy Justice and Civic Engagement DJC Economics ECO Education EDU English ENG Environmental Planning and Development EPD Environmental Science ESC Ferrum Gateway Seminar GWS Foreign Languages LAN French FRE Geography GEO Health and Human Performance HHP Health Sciences HSC History HIS Honors HON Horticulture HOR Humanities HUM Description

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  • Catalog Directory
    Ohio State University M B A Xavier University Luke Haile Assistant Professor of Exercise Science B S University of Pennsylvania M S University of Pennsylvania Ph D University of Pittsburgh Martha Haley Bowling 90 Assistant Professor of Social Work A A S Ferrum College B S W Ferrum College M S W Virginia Commonwealth University Edmond D Hally Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration B A Rider University M A and Ph D University of Iowa Bettina L Hanlon Associate Professor of English B A Gettysburg College M A and Ph D The Ohio State University Shannon B Hardwicke Assistant Professor of Physical Education B S Radford University M Ed Radford University Ph D Virginia Tech Allison L Harl Assistant Professor of English B A Radford University M A Georgia State University Ph D University of Arkansas Beth Harper Instructor of English B A George Mason University M A Hollins University Delia Heck Co Director of Quality Enhancement Plan and Associate Professor of Environmental Science B S University of Arizona M A University of Washington Ph D University of Washington Karen M S Hiltz Assistant Professor of Business B B A Chaminade University M B A Marymount University David B Howell Associate Professor of Religion A B William Jewell College M Div and Th M Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary D Phil Oxford University David M Johnson Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science and Coordinator of the Center for Sustainable Development B S University of Michigan M S University of Michigan Ph D University of Michigan Jobriath S Kauffman Instructor of Mathematics B A Millersville University M S East Tennessee State University M S Virginia Tech John V Kitterman Associate Professor of English B A University of Virginia M Ed University of Virginia M A University of Virginia Ph D University of Virginia Matthew F LaRose Assistant Professor of Art B F A Temple University M F A Yale University Billy J Long Associate Professor of Criminal Justice B S East Tennessee State University M A East Tennessee State University Ph D Indiana University of Pennsylvania George Loveland Director of the Stanley Library and Associate Professor of Library Science B A University of North Carolina Chapel Hill M A University of North Carolina Chapel Hill M L S North Carolina Central University Melvin L Macklin Assistant Professor of English B A Southern Illinois University M S Prairie View A and M University Ph D University of Texas at Dallas Renae F McBride 72 Assistant Professor of Mathematics A S Ferrum College B S Roanoke College M S Radford University M A L S Hollins College Susan V Mead Assistant Professor of Sociology B A Agnes Scott College M S Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Ph D Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University June T Minter Instructor of Biology A A S S U N Y Delhi N Y B S The Ohio State University M A T Cornell University Michele K Naff Assistant Professor of Business B B

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  • An Introduction to Ferrum College
    this community will likely do well at Ferrum and come to value it as so many of our alumni have as one of the finest experiences of their lives History At the time of its founding in 1913 Ferrum s community was the mountains of southwest Virginia and students came from homes in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains Public education in the area at that time was also in its infancy In the Ferrum system of five branch schools in Franklin Floyd Patrick and Madison counties teachers struggled to bring elementary and secondary education to a student body that at one time numbered 600 Among those responsible for the founding of Ferrum was Dr Benjamin M Beckham then presiding elder of the Danville District who became the school s first president The Woman s Missionary Society under the leadership of their president Miss Lutie Roberts and the Board of Missions of the Virginia Annual Conference of the Methodist Church provided the initial funds Together they were able to secure land for the campus a faculty of six and ninety nine students when the school opened its doors in 1914 Ferrum continues to operate under the auspices of the Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women of the Virginia Annual Conference As public educational facilities became more available Ferrum s branch schools were closed In the early 1940s the elementary division was closed and in 1955 the high school department was discontinued so that the educational programs could be concentrated in the junior college work that had begun in 1926 The junior college received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1960 Under the guidance of Ferrum s seventh president Dr C Ralph Arthur the college s enrollment increased to over 1 000 and the campus experienced dramatic physical improvements with over 11 new facilities being constructed in the early 1970s They included modern classroom dormitory and athletic buildings as well as a new student center library audio visual center science laboratories chapel gymnasium and football stadium In 1974 the college began to offer bachelor s degrees in five human service fields In December 1976 the college was awarded accreditation as a four year college by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools The last associate degrees were awarded in 1991 Today the College offers thirty one major degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Social Work degrees The presidents of Ferrum have been Dr Benjamin M Beckham 1913 1934 Mr John A Carter 1934 1935 Dr James A Chapman 1935 1943 the Reverend Luther J Derby 1943 1948 Dr Nathaniel H Davis 24 1948 1952 the Reverend Stanley E Emrich 1952 1954 Dr C Ralph Arthur 1954 1970 Dr Joseph T Hart 1971 1986 Dr Jerry M Boone 1987 2002 and Dr Jennifer L Braaten 2002 present Setting Set in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia Ferrum College provides the ideal environment for study and cultural enrichment The college s proximity to the mountains and to nearby lakes enables students to enjoy many outdoor activities including picnicking hiking camping fishing boating swimming and skiing The Blue Ridge Parkway one of the nation s most scenic highways is only a 30 minute drive from campus Even closer to the Ferrum campus in a wooded setting within sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains is beautiful Philpott Lake In nearby Patrick County is Fairy Stone State Park which takes its name from the lucky fairy stones found in the region A few miles to the east of Ferrum lies Smith Mountain Lake well known for its recreational facilities that feature campgrounds picnic areas and marinas In this natural setting Ferrum College offers a unique opportunity for the student and the lover of nature Ferrum is located just 35 miles southwest of Roanoke Virginia where an abundance of shopping dining and cultural recreational facilities are to be found Air and bus transportation are available to other points from Roanoke The college however is not responsible for the transportation of students at any time Rocky Mount the county seat and the center of commercial activity for Franklin County is about 10 miles from the college Academic Sessions The college operates on the semester system The Fall semester lasts usually from August until December and the Spring semester lasts usually from January until May The College has its Experiential Term E Term for three weeks in May Notification of Rights Under FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records These rights include The right to inspect and review the student s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access Students should submit to the registrar dean head of the academic department or other appropriate official written requests that identify the record s they wish to inspect The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed The right to request the amendment of the student s education records that the student believes is inaccurate Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate They should write the College official responsible for the record clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified

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  • Campus Life and Service
    for art students There is also a professional language organization for Russian students Students in Free Enterprise S I F E Agriculture Club Chemistry Club including Student Affiliate membership in the American Chemical Society Recreation Club Sigma Psi Delta English Club Criminal Justice Club Political Science Association Psychology Club Social Work Club Art Club and Student Virginia Education Association Athletics The college offers a wide variety of intercollegiate athletics for both men and women students Men s programs include baseball basketball cross country football soccer golf lacrosse and tennis Women s intercollegiate teams include basketball cross country lacrosse softball tennis soccer and volleyball Cheerleading teams are open to men and women Perhaps the most popular participatory activity on campus is the program of intramural sports and activities for men and women Intramural teams compete in basketball flag football soccer softball volleyball and other sports The fitness center swimming pool tennis courts weight room and other athletic facilities are available on a regular basis for formal and informal participation Ferrum has a consistent winning record in athletics The College competes in intercollegiate activities as a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association The College is a member of the USA South Athletic Conference Honors and Awards The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is presented annually to a student in recognition of spiritual qualities practically applied to daily living The James T Catlin Jr Citizenship Award is presented to the graduate who has best demonstrated qualities for citizenship and general leadership ability The Lillie Warwick Slaven Award is awarded to the student who exemplifies the ideals of the ministerial profession and has provided outstanding student leadership at Ferrum The Arthur S Owens Leadership Award in Human Services is presented annually to a junior or senior student who demonstrates qualities of outstanding character leadership initiative and honor Who s Who in American Universities and Colleges a national publication invites the college to select a limited number of students annually for recognition based upon excellence in scholarship leadership and participation in educational and extracurricular activities general citizenship and service to the college and promise of future usefulness to society Each spring an awards ceremony leadership banquet and an athletic banquet are held to recognize achievement in academic disciplines co curricular activities and athletics Counseling Services Personal counseling by professional counselors is available to all students through the Tri Area Community Health Center at Ferrum Counselors help students to achieve academic and personal goals and to provide additional support during stressful times The focus of services is on short term problem solving counseling 4 6 sessions If a student is in need of long term therapy the Counselor will make a referral to a therapist for in depth therapeutic counseling Students are assured that all counseling services are confidential between the student and counselor unless the counselor believes that the student is in imminent danger to hurt her himself or others Career Services Office CSO The Career Services Office s primary purpose and mission is to assist Ferrum students and alumni in developing evaluating and implementing career graduate or professional school and or employment plans Each student s career development is a life long process that can be learned and managed A comprehensive four year program of career development at Ferrum College includes the following elements self assessment career academic major choice successful educational and experiential learning involvement and learning and implementing the employment or graduate school process Each year from the Freshman through Senior classes there are activities that are developmentally appropriate for students to engage them in the career planning process The Career Services Office staff offers individual and group advisement interactive computer assessment FOCUS V 2 resume reviews job market reviews mock interviews using videotape critique graduate school planning and training in all aspects of the employment search process The Career Services Office Web site provides information on career planning programs What Can I Do With This Major Occupational Outlook Handbook and employment search activities The Website also includes links to employer websites CCN College Central Network job search site resume storage and e mail deliveries to employers of choice a free practice test opportunity for the Graduate and Professional School entrance tests and job notices received from employers Opportunities for externships shadowing experiences internships and alumni networking provide excellent practical experiences for students The Career Services Office also provides a career week focusing on career planning for underclassmen and employment search programs for upperclassmen a career research library on line employment seeking resources and two career fairs each year The CSO is located in the Career and Leadership Center in the lower level of Franklin Hall If you have questions about the Career Services Office s programs contact the office at 540 365 4259 Tri Area Community Health Center at Ferrum Personal well being is a key ingredient to a successful college experience As part of the enrollment process each student is required to have an up to date health form and immunization record on file at the Tri Area Community Health Center prior to enrollment at Ferrum This information is the basis for which health care is delivered to students The Tri Area Community Health Center at Ferrum located in lower Vaughn Chapel provides health counseling and treatment for students experiencing health related problems A full staff including a doctor nurse practitioner x ray and lab technicians nurses and support staff are available In 2007 services were expanded to include a full service pharmacy Students are required to obtain health insurance if they are not covered under a personal insurance policy The College offers a policy for those who are not covered otherwise Although all costs associated with visits to the Health Center shall be the responsibility of the student insurance claims will be handled by the Health Center Residential Education Ferrum College is a residential institution of higher education Research has shown that academic social emotional and cultural growth among college students is enhanced by residential programs Therefore all full time students are expected to live on campus Any exception to this policy requires a formal petition called a Residency Requirement Waiver to be filled out and given to the Dean of Students with approval granted by a faculty staff committee chaired by the Dean of Students Student Responsibilities Each student is expected to exercise good judgment and consideration in his or her interactions with other students and members of the college community Personal integrity is assumed and once a student is admitted to Ferrum College it is expected that he or she will conduct himself or herself honorably and will abide by the Community Code and Standards outlined in the Ferrum College Student Handbook The Ferrum College Community Code states In reaching toward the full development of our individual potential as persons and toward a high quality of life as a community of people we of Ferrum College recognize the following basic principles as obligations to ourselves and to our community Personal responsibility for achievement in our work study and activities on campus Care for the assistance to colleagues on campus in fulfillment of their responsibilities Vigilance in respect for the rights of all members of the campus community Protection and preservation of personal and community property resources and heritage Worthy participation in the wider community beyond the campus To ensure the successful implementation of the Community Code the students faculty and staff have designed Community Standards of Conduct The standards are designed to assist members of the college community in reaching their highest potential The College reserves the right to exclude any student who acts in an undesirable manner or who does not benefit from the College programs Students are advised that it is their responsibility to familiarize themselves with all College policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook which can be accessed online at www ferrum edu online documents aspx Student Residence Halls The College provides a variety of residence hall living environments in which students have an opportunity to experience different lifestyles and responsibilities while in attendance at Ferrum To aid in the development of a living learning environment residence halls are staffed with qualified professional staff and student staff members The residence hall staff work cooperatively with all offices of the college to develop a comprehensive program Residence hall rooms are equipped with beds desks closets dressers and chairs It is the responsibility of the student to provide trash cans draperies lamps rugs linens pillows etc Students may bring televisions stereos radios refrigerators no more than 5 cubic feet microwave ovens up to 700 watts and other items to personalize their rooms All electrical appliances must be approved by the residence hall staff prior to installation Community Standards and Judicial Education All students are expected to abide by the Ferrum College Community Standards and Residence Hall Policies as developed by the community for the community as stated in the Student Handbook which can be accessed online at www ferrum edu online documents aspx These standards are developed with the input of students and are meant to establish a residential learning community in which students are responsible for their actions at all times Judicial Education is based on the statements outlined in the Ferrum College Student Handbook Judicial Education is meant to be an educational tool for self growth It is the objective of Judicial Education to assist in modifying those behaviors deemed unacceptable in order that a positive environment can exist A detailed description of Judicial Education may be reviewed online in the Student Handbook The Honor System Ferrum College s honor system is based on the philosophy that academic endeavor is undermined by cheating plagiarism or lying for academic advantage The Honor Board is made up of faculty and student members and hears cases related to the above violations The full honor policy can be found online in the Student Handbook at www ferrum edu online documents aspx Students are responsible for following its provisions Student Internal Complaint System The purpose of the following is to inform students of the general internal complaint system at Ferrum College and to serve as a guide for students who wish to file a complaint about any aspect of Ferrum s operation policies or procedures or about the actions of any student visitor or employee of Ferrum College Students should also consult the procedures set forth in Special Campus Policies when filing a complaint for sexual harassment or assault or for discrimination or harassment based on a protected characteristic such as race or sexual orientation Procedures and Guidelines Complaint forms may be picked up in the Student Affairs Office Room 107 Franklin Hall during normal business hours Completed forms should be directed as follows a If the written complaint concerns an academic matter it should be delivered to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs b Complaints against policies etc should be directed to the appropriate administrator staff member department chair division chair or faculty member c Complaints being filed against a person or persons should be directed to that person s immediate supervisor d If the complaint is a matter that should be dealt with through either the harassment or sexual assault process then the person receiving the complaint should direct the student to follow the guidelines of the appropriate policy The person making the referral should document that the referral was made The Student Affairs Office must be immediately notified upon receipt of a completed complaint form It is the responsibility of the person receiving the completed complaint form to investigate the complaint The person handling the complaint should if possible see that the situation is addressed and must inform the student in writing within one month of the outcome whether or not the complaint is found to be invalid If a student feels that a response to a complaint is unacceptable or unreasonable the student may bring the complaint to the immediate supervisor of the person who initially acted in response to the matter If a student does not receive a response from that supervisor within two weeks from the date of originally filing the complaint with that person the student may then bring the complaint to the Dean of Students or the appropriate Administrative Council member If the student does not receive a written response from the person handling the complaint within one month from the date of originally filing the completed complaint form the student may then bring the complaint to the non responding individual s supervisor If a student is dissatisfied with the resolution of a complaint the student can contact the Campus Conduct Hotline at 1 866 943 5787 The Campus Conduct Hotline is appropriately used if the complaint falls within the following categories fraud or crime sexual harassment discrimination safety or facility risk issues security and internet policy abuses code of conduct violations workplace hostility unethical grading practices fraudulent financial or business practices a violation of accreditation principles or any other questionable behavior Should the complaint still not be addressed satisfactorily a violation of the SACS Principles of Accreditation may be filed with the SACS Commission on Colleges No adverse action will be taken against the student for filing a complaint Anyone filing a complaint must be prepared to cooperate fully in any subsequent investigation Failure to cooperate may result in the dismissal of the complaint Students may be disciplined for willful failure to cooperate All documentation regarding a complaint as well as its disposition with the exception of harassment and sexual assault must be securely stored in the office of the person who received and acted on the complaint These records must be maintained for a period of six years from the date of final action Harassment and sexual assault documentation is to be held in accordance with the guidelines of each policy A log that tracks student complaints is kept in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs The Student Affairs Office must be immediately notified upon resolution of a complaint Complaints filed against a student will be handled in accordance with the Student Handbook Mediation Process Experience suggests that many grievances can be satisfactorily resolved through mediation if the institution provides ready access to an appropriate mediation process whose legitimacy is generally acknowledged Mediators A pool of at least five mediators from Ferrum College faculty staff or students shall be chosen by the President for their sensitivity discretion and skill in mediation They should be persons known to be approachable by faculty staff and students and will be provided training by the College in mediation and negotiation Mediators will be limited to current Ferrum College faculty staff or students and will be appointed or re appointed annually by the President with no limit on the number of years they can serve Contact the Dean of Students for the names of the current mediators The Process of Mediation It is understood that during any process of mediation there shall be concern for the comfort and safety of all parties involved in the process The complainant and the referred may bring with them a member of the faculty staff or student body to serve as an advocate at the hearing No person other than those mentioned above may act as an advocate Since the College mediation process is intended to be an educational experience and not a court of law neither the College nor a student may bring an attorney as an advisor All parties must agree in writing to the mediation process All procedures other than mediation do not require consent It needs to be understood that the process of mediation will not lead to punishment instead the goal is increased understanding and transformed behavior All proceedings and resolutions of the mediation will be confidential No information will be made public without the written approval of the parties involved There should be a reasonable timetable no more than one semester for the mediation procedure so that the process does not continue in an unhelpful manner When mediation is requested the appropriate advocate will contact the Dean of Students who will then make a recommendation of one or two mediators from the pool who he or she thinks would be suitable Both the complainant and referred must agree on the person s chosen If both parties cannot agree on the mediator s they must pursue the issue through judicial education Student Services and Information Dining Service Franklin Hall Dining Hall The cost of meals is included in the College s comprehensive fee for residential students We offer Meal Plan B as our standard meal plan This plan includes 15 meals per week in our dining hall and 200 00 in dining dollars to be used in the Dining Hall Subway or Papa John s per semester All meal plans include three guest meals per semester Upon request we offer Meal Plan A which includes 19 meals per week in our dining hall and 50 00 in dining dollars to be used in the Dining Hall Subway or Papa John s per semester Exception Resident students approved to live in Ferrum Village or Hillcrest Apartments have an additional option to the assigned Meal Plan B and the optional Meal Plan A These students may request Meal Plan M 10 meals per week in our dining hall and 200 semester in dining dollars to be used in the Dining Hall Subway or Papa John s per semester with a slight reduction in Room and Board fee Meals for the week begin on Sunday and end on Saturday Dining dollars are not carried from one semester to another and must be used by the end of the semester they are issued Meals are served to resident students upon presentation of a valid identification card Hours when classes are in session are as follows Monday Thursday Breakfast 7 00 a m 9 45 a m Light Breakfast 9 46 a m 10 59 a

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