Academic Policies

The Academic Council, a committee of faculty, administrators, and students, is responsible for developing the academic policies of the University. The Teacher Education Committee and Graduate Teacher Education Committee are responsible for Teacher Education policies. The Graduate Committee sets policy for graduate programs.


Enrollment in a graduate program requires an applicant to apply to the specific graduate program. Application procedures are specific to each graduate program, and applicants should familiarize themselves with the deadlines and materials required for their program of choice in the specific program section of this catalog.


Because Trevecca's graduate programs are non-traditional and have standardized curricula, advising, though significant, does not follow the traditional pattern. All students begin with a group that takes the same courses on the same schedule. The only exceptions are nondegree seeking students, students who have earned transfer credit, or the occasional student whose program is interrupted. Advising information unique to a program will be given in the specific program section of this catalog and should be read carefully by students enrolled in specific programs.

Online Class Policies

All online students must complete a one-week software/policy orientation before taking any online classes. Online students will be limited to one online course in their first online session. No student may take more than two regular online classes in one session. Students may not add an online class after the third day of class.

Basic Technology (Required): Students will need a computer, modem, and phone or broadband connection to receive and send class materials. Minimum and Recommended computer requirements are available on the College of Lifelong Learning webpage. While the minimum configuration will enable students to take classes, a faster computer, more memory, and a faster Internet connection will always give them a better experience.

Cohort Groups

Most of Trevecca's graduate programs use the cohort model in which an entering group of learners stays together for the entire program. Students receive the schedule of classes for their entire program when a new group begins. Students must be flexible to make up days that may be missed due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Academic Load

Academic Load policies are specific to each program and are discussed in the program section of this catalog.

Time Limitations

Course work must be completed within certain time limits of the date of the first registration in a degree program. Students not completing within these time limits must re-enroll and will be charged the tuition rate in effect at the time. The University is not responsible for any changes or delays in graduation for students who change groups, cycles, or who join a cycle already in progress.


A student may withdraw by the end of the second class meeting and receive a grade of W. If a student withdraws from the program, he/she must submit a letter for withdrawal. If the student was in good standing upon withdrawal, the student needs to apply for readmission with the program coordinator/director. The student must meet the degree requirements in effect at the time of re-entry.

Graduation Application

Degree candidates are personally responsible for meeting all requirements for graduation. All candidates for a master's degree must signify the intention to complete the requirements by submitting a completed Application for Graduation form. The form must be received by the date specified below.

Submission Date

Graduation Date

September 30 of each year

December of each year

December 31 of each year

May and August of each year

Trevecca Nazarene University holds one commencement program in the spring of each academic year. Program specific graduation requirements are listed in the program catalog. All students must successfully complete all academic and professional requirements and satisfy all financial obligations in order to be eligible for graduation and/or for degree conferral.


Students who fail to complete all course requirements on a timely basis due to crisis circumstances may receive the grade of Incomplete (I) at the discretion of the course facilitator. A grade of "I" is given as a result of emergencies and not for unsatisfactory work or failure to submit work. Some reasons incompletes may be granted are sickness, death in the immediate family, required military service, and/or a major life crisis. Students may receive an "I" provided they have demonstrated effort toward meeting the course requirements. In order to receive a temporary grade of "I" and receive an extension of time to complete a course offered through Trevecca, a request for an incomplete must be made in writing as directed by the individual programs. All requests must be made before the last class session.

The "I" grade must be removed before the end of the following semester or the grade becomes a permanent "F." Seniors expecting to graduate must have all "I" grades removed prior to the conferral date.

Change of Grade

After an instructor has submitted a grade in a course, changes may be made only with approval of the dean of the school in which the program is housed. Grade changes are submitted to the individual in charge of the graduate program and must then be submitted to Academic Records.

Academic Grievance Policy for Classes in Process

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

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

If a final grade for the course has already been submitted to the Office of Academic Records, the Final Grade Appeal Policy procedure described below should be followed.

Final Grade Appeal Policy and Procedures

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

Order of Appeal

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

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

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

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

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

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

Traditional Undergraduate


Department Chair or Director of Interdepartmental or Interdisciplinary Program

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Skinner School of Business and Technology, School of Theology and Christian Ministry, School
of Education, or Academic Affairs

Management and Human Relations


Director of Graduate and Professional Studies

Dean, Skinner School of Business and Technology

Business Administration-Management


Director of Graduate and Professional Studies

Dean, Skinner School of Business and Technology

Computer Information Technology


Director of Graduate and Professional Studies

Dean, Skinner School of Business and Technology

Health Information Technology


Director of Graduate and Professional Studies

Dean, Skinner School of Business and Technology

Graduate Education


Program Coordinator

Dean, School of Education



Director of Graduate and Professional Studies

Dean, Skinner School of Business and Technology

Graduate Organizational Leadership


Director of Graduate Organizational Leadership Program

Dean of Academic Affairs

Graduate Physician Assistant


Director of Physician Assistant Program

Dean of Academic Affairs

Graduate Counseling


Director of Graduate Counseling Program

Dean of Academic Affairs

Graduate Religion


Director of Graduate Religion Program

Dean, Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry

Rights and Responsibilities

Academic Student Rights

Every graduate student at Trevecca Nazarene University has the right to:

  1. Respect as an individual and to forthright, friendly, tactful, and helpful treatment.
  2. Ask sincere questions and receive appropriate answers.
  3. The expectation that course material reflects the current state of learning in the field.
  4. Information in a printed syllabus as to course student learning outcomes, requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance policy.
  5. Information from instructors at regular intervals regarding his/her progress in courses.
  6. Assignments returned within a reasonable period of time, including corrections and criticisms (oral or written) of the work.
  7. A personal consultation with instructor and/or advisor.
  8. Consideration of issues related to grades or academic matters relating to a course.
  9. Make appeals about grades or academic matters relating to a course using the appeals policy given in this catalog.

Academic Student Responsibilities

  1. Attend classes regularly and participate in class discussions.
  2. Complete all assignments on time to the best of his/her ability.
  3. Know the academic policies of the University as stated in the University and Graduate Catalogs including requirements for graduation.
  4. Maintain honesty and integrity in all academic work.
  5. Take proper care of equipment and materials used in academic work, such as in the library.
  6. Maintain a standard of professional student conduct in the various areas, such as the classroom, library, and practicum sites. The University reserves the right to withdraw any student not in compliance.
  7. Communicate through e-mail and appointments with faculty and university personnel.
  8. Comply with policies related to dress and conduct as outlined in official university publications.
  9. Comply with "Human Subjects" or "Research Requirements." All research involving human subjects must be approved prior to initiating data collection in accordance with guidelines and procedures available from the Institutional Review Board. This information can be accessed on the Institutional Review Board web site:

Identity Fraud

Committing identity fraud is considered particularly serious and could have legal as well as institutional implications. Any student who has another individual impersonate or in any other way commit identity fraud in any course, assignment, exam, or any type of academic exercise will be permanently suspended from Trevecca Nazarene University.



The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 guarantees each student the right to know what information the University maintains about individual students and the right to ensure the accuracy of that information. The written institutional policy is as follows:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students the right to consent to disclosure (release) of personally identifiable information with respect to their educational records. Trevecca Nazarene University designates the following categories of student record information as public or directory information: student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, previous school(s) or college(s), dates of attendance, class, major field of study, awards, honors, degree(s), expected date of completion, full- or part-time enrollment status, past and present participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of athletes.

Students may restrict the release of directory information listed above by submitting a written request to the Office of Academic Records during the first two weeks of the Fall Semester.

Trevecca Nazarene University is subject to the provisions of the FERPA (Buckley Amendment) that affords to students certain rights of access to educational records and imposes obligations on the University in the release and disclosure of those records to third parties. The Buckley Amendment regulations, however, allow the University to provide academic progress reports and other academic information to parents if the student is the parent's dependent for federal income tax purposes.


Trevecca Nazarene University informs students annually through the Student Handbook of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This act, with which the institution intends to comply fully, was designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings, and to establish guidelines for the release of or access to student records. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act.


This policy is meant to encourage and support faculty, staff, and student research; to protect the rights and interests of university constituents as well as the university itself; and to provide university constituents with information that will guide understanding of intellectual property and its application at Trevecca Nazarene University. All full-time or part-time faculty, administrators, and staff, student employees, and students, as well as non-employees who participate or intend to participate in teaching and/or research or scholarship projects at Trevecca Nazarene University are bound by this policy.

Trevecca Nazarene University is committed to complying with all applicable laws regarding copyright and other forms of intellectual property. Furthermore, this policy shall not be interpreted to limit the university's ability to meet its obligations for deliverables under any contract, grant, or other arrangement with third parties, including sponsored research agreements, license agreements, and the like.

Questions of ownership, compensation, or other materials covered by this policy shall be resolved by the Executive Vice President (or his/her designee) in consultation with the University Provost and others, as appropriate.



General Copyright Policy

Trevecca Nazarene University's policy is that all rights in copyright remain with the creator unless the work is a "work for hire," is commissioned by the university, or is otherwise subject to contractual obligations.

Definition and Scope of Copyright Protection

Under the federal copyright law, copyright subsists in "original works of authorship" that have been fixed in any tangible medium of expression from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. These works include:

  1. literary works such as books, journal articles, poems, manuals, memoranda, tests, computer programs, instructional material, databases, and bibliographies;
  2. musical works, including any accompanying words;
  3. dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
  4. pantomimes and choreographic works (if fixed, as in notation or videotape);
  5. pictorial, graphic and sculptural works, including photographs, diagrams, and sketches;
  6. motion pictures and other audiovisual works, such as videotapes;
  7. sound recordings; and
  8. architectural works.

Scope of Copyright Protection

Subject to various exceptions and limitations provided for in the copyright law, the copyright owner has the exclusive right to reproduce the work, prepare derivative works, distribute copies by sale or otherwise, and display or perform the work publicly. Ownership of copyright is distinct from the ownership of any material object in which the work may be embodied.

Books, Articles, and Similar Works, Including Unpatentable Software

In accord with academic tradition, except to the extent required by the terms of funding agreements, Trevecca Nazarene University does not claim ownership to pedagogical, scholarly, or artistic works, regardless of their form of expression. Such works include those of students created in the course of their education, such as papers, theses, and articles. The university claims no ownership of popular nonfiction, novels, poems, musical compositions, unpatentable software, or other works of artistic imagination that are not institutional works (see below under "Work for Hire"). Copyright in pedagogical, scholarly, or artistic works to which the university disclaims ownership under this policy shall be held by the creators regardless of whether the work constitutes a "work for hire" under copyright law.

Ownership and Use of Course Materials (including class technology and videotapes of classroom activities)

All course materials, such as syllabi, videotapes of classroom activities, websites, and such, developed by a Trevecca Nazarene faculty member belong to the faculty member unless grant or other outside funding sources dictate otherwise. Faculty ownership of such course materials does not, however, entitle the faculty member to any additional compensation from the university as a result of appropriately enrolled students' use of such materials. Faculty ownership of such course materials also does not preclude the university from using such materials for internal instructional, educational, and administrative purposes, including satisfying requests of accreditation agencies for faculty-authored syllabi and course descriptions. Materials brought to Trevecca from other institutions are bound by any ownership constraints from the institution at which they were developed; barring none, they belong to the faculty member.

The use of images or materials of students for use outside of a currently enrolled class is not permitted without a signed release from students. This includes videotaping, website images, and class materials where the expectation of a student is that their purpose is for that particular course. If the purpose of the class is to create a website, video or other materials for future courses, this permission is not needed.

"Work for Hire"

"Work for hire" is a legal term defined in the Copyright Act as "a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment." For instance, work assigned to programmers is "work for hire" as defined by law, as is software developed for university purposes by students and staff working collaboratively. This definition includes works prepared by employees in satisfaction of sponsored agreements between the university and outside agencies. Certain commissioned works also are works for hire if the parties so agree in writing. The mere fact that multiple individuals have contributed to the creation of a work shall not cause the work to constitute an institutional work. Where a work is jointly developed by university faculty or staff or student employees and a non-university third-party, the copyright in the resulting work typically will be owned jointly by the university and the third party. In such instances, both the university and the other party would have nonexclusive rights to the work, subject to the duty to account to each other.

The university shall retain ownership of works created as institutional rather than personal efforts--that is, works created by administrators and staff for university purposes in the course of the creators' employment, university-commissioned faculty work, or works resulting from simultaneous or sequential contributions over time by numerous faculty, staff, and/or students. The employer (i.e., the university) by law is the "author," and hence the owner, of works for hire for copyright purposes; therefore, Trevecca Nazarene University owns all rights, intellectual and financial, in such works. Administrators, faculty, and staff who gain professional expertise through such work, however, may engage in professional activities (conferences, consulting, and such) that may result in compensation.

Works of Non-employees

Under the Copyright Act, works of non-employees such as consultants, independent contractors, and such generally are owned by the creator and not by the university, unless there is a written agreement to the contrary. As it is the university's policy that the university shall retain ownership of such works (created as institutional rather than personal efforts, as described in "Work for Hire"), Trevecca will generally require a written agreement from non-employees that ownership of such works will be assigned to the university. Examples of works that the university may retain from non-employees are reports by consultants or subcontractors, computer software, architectural or engineering drawings, illustrations or designs, and artistic works.

Use of Copyrighted Material

Trevecca Nazarene University is committed to complying with all applicable copyright laws; consequently, students and employees are expected to comply with these laws. Distribution of materials protected by copyright without permission of the copyright owner may be a violation of federal or state law. It is the responsibility of those reproducing materials to make sure the reproduction is consistent with U.S. Copyright Law (

Trevecca Nazarene University does not permit the unlawful reproduction or distribution of commercially copyrighted music, movies, and software. The university is committed to taking reasonable steps to avoid misuse of its computer network. If violations are discovered or suspected, university personnel may report infringement to appropriate authorities or take other action, including, but not limited to warning the user, removing the material, or terminating access to the material.

Use of the University Name in Copyright Notices

The following notice should be placed on university-owned materials:

Copyright © [year] Trevecca Nazarene University. All Rights Reserved.

No other institutional or departmental name is to be used in the copyright notice, although the name and address of the department to which readers can direct inquiries may be listed. The date in the notice should be the year in which the work is first published, i.e. distributed to the public or any sizable audience.

Additionally, works may be registered with the United States Copyright Office using its official forms (

Reconveyance of Copyright to Creator

When copyright is assigned to Trevecca Nazarene University because of the provisions of this policy, the creator of the copyrighted material may make a request to the executive vice president that ownership be reconveyed back to the creator. Such a request can, at the discretion of the executive vice president, be granted if it does not: (1) violate any legal obligations of or to the university, (2) limit appropriate university uses of the materials, (3) create a real or potential conflict of interest for the creator, or (4) otherwise conflict with university goals or principles.


Trevecca Nazarene University is an educational institution whose fundamental mission is to provide outstanding higher educational programs. The university recognizes that research, particularly that involving collaborative investigations with students and faculty, is a significant component of the educational process.

All potentially patentable ideas and inventions developed in whole or in part by university personnel in the course of their employment, or with more than incidental use of Trevecca Nazarene University resources, shall be disclosed in writing to the executive vice president. Written disclosure should include the (1) name of the inventor, (2) what was invented, (3) circumstances that led to the invention, and (4) the information as to what might be subsequent activities surrounding the invention. The Executive Team will then review the invention disclosure information submitted to decide if the university should seek a patent using university funds or to decline further action. If the university refuses to pursue application of the idea/invention, the inventor may then seek other aid outside the university to assess the patentability of the invention. If no action is taken, all patent rights revert to the inventor.

If there is positive action on an application, the university may wish to pursue evaluation of the invention from technical development consultants to ascertain whether there is sufficient interest and financial return that would make the acquisition of a patent feasible.

The remaining steps in the process are:

  1. A patent is obtained or institutional steps are put into place to protect the invention as a trade secret. These steps may ensure that, in the event of not immediately applying for a patent, proper protection is maintained and limited disclosure and publication are delayed to a later date.
  2. A patent, if any, is licensed and royalties are earned.
  3. Legal enforcement of patent rights begins.

Sharing of Royalties

Royalty distribution will be as follows. First, 100 % will accrue to the university for recovery of costs associated with the patent/license development. This would include all fees for preparing and prosecuting patents. All marketing and licensing fees would also be included. Second, the remaining income would be distributed between the university (60% of gross royalties) and the inventor(s) or their heirs (40% of gross royalties). Under certain conditions, the university may agree to accept a negotiated percentage of equity in place of all or some portion of the license or royalty fee(s).


Trade and service marks are distinctive words or graphic symbols identifying the original source of goods or services. Trade or service marks relating to goods or services distributed by the university shall be owned by the university. Examples include names and symbols used in conjunction with the university wordmark and logo and those names or symbols associated with university athletics, events, programs, software, or activities.


Institutional Review Board

Trevecca Nazarene University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for ensuring compliance with established federal and university procedural and ethical guidelines for research.

The mission of the Institutional Review Board is to:

  1. Guard and protect the rights and well-being of human subjects,
  2. Promote the integrity of researchers in demonstrating leadership and compassion in dealing with their research subjects,
  3. Foster community respect for Trevecca's process in carrying out quality research while ensuring the dignity of research participants,
  4. Ensure compliance with established federal and university procedural and ethical guidelines.


The Institutional Review Board will review all research involving human subjects. The IRB may approve, modify, or disapprove any research project not meeting the principles and ethical constraints of governmental or university guidelines concerning treatment of human subjects.  The board will be responsible to review initial projects, projects continuing past a 12-month time frame, and any project where the methodology changes substantively.

Researchers under the auspices of the Institutional Review Board

Everyone whose research involves human subjects should submit an application for approval:

  1. All Trevecca faculty, staff, and administrators
  2. All doctoral candidates
  3. All students doing non-class related research (must be under the supervision of a faculty mentor)
  4. All non-Trevecca persons applying to use Trevecca's students, faculty, staff, or administrators in their research
  5. All faculty members requiring class-related research must submit a general outline of their students' projects to ensure the safety of human subjects and to establish accountability.


Any research involving humans or human tissues conducted under the auspices of Trevecca Nazarene University must be reviewed by the Trevecca Nazarene University Institutional Review Board (IRB). Research with minimal involvement of human participants, such as surveys or questionnaires, require some procedural IRB review. Anyone whose research project requires IRB review must submit a completed certificate indicating that he or she has completed the training.

The following people may require training, depending on their research:

Doctoral students

Doctoral advisors

Students whose thesis research involves human subjects

Thesis advisors of students whose thesis research involves human subjects

Students conducting non-class-related research under the guidance of a faculty member

Researchers applying to use Trevecca Nazarene University's students, faculty, staff or administrators in their research

For further details and training instructions check Research on the Trevecca Web site:

Contact Information

For questions about the Institutional Review Board, human subjects research, or other research-related issues, contact the Chair in the Institutional Review Board via email at or by regular mail at the following address:

Institutional Review Board
Office of Academic Affairs
Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37210