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Orientation for Online Programs Starting March 9_2015


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Orientation for Online Programs Starting March 9_2015

  1. 1. Welcome to the Bluefield College Online Program
  2. 2. Registering for classes • Your initial registration will be coordinated through the Bluefield College Registrar’s Office. • You will receive an email from the Registrar in the next few days with a recommended course schedule for your first semester. There will be additional instructions regarding changes to that schedule and future registration. • Should you have any questions, please contact your Admissions Counselor. 2
  3. 3. Participation and Drop Policy for Bluefield Online Courses 3 • The semester officially begins Monday, March 9th. • A student must participate (complete an initial assignment) by January 16th at 11:55 p.m. to be considered enrolled. • Failure to participate by 11:55 p.m. on the 16th will result in an administrative withdrawal and courses will be deleted from the student’s permanent academic record. (See the Tuition and Fees section of the catalog for the refund policy.) • Once a student participates in an online course, it is his or her responsibility to withdraw from the college or drop a course by officially notifying the Registrar’s Office in writing. Charges and financial aid will be adjusted according to the refund policy (prorated) at that point. • Once enrollment has begun, failure to continue participating in class, without official notification of withdrawal, earns a grade of ‘F’. Full tuition charges will apply. • Faculty monitor student participation and report to the Registrar’s Office on a weekly basis.
  4. 4. Questions or Concerns • While you are in a totally online program please know you are not alone. We are here to help you. Our goal is for you to be successful and enjoy your educational experience. • If you have questions or concerns please follow this process: 1. Review the syllabus and course instructions carefully. The syllabus has instructions regarding your course. 2. Review the useful links and resources found within the course and on MyBC. Technical or administrative issues should be directed to the responsible party. See slide 41 for contact names and numbers. 3. Contact your course instructor. 4. If you have issues that cannot be resolved through one of the previous steps, contact your Advisor / Student Services Coach and/or Dean / Department Chair. Contact information for these individuals is located on slide 40. • Finally, feel free to contact your instructor or department chair just to chat or fellowship. 4
  5. 5. Withdrawal Information If unforeseen “life circumstances” arise 5 • Do not stop participating in a course. • Before making a decision to withdraw, you should discuss your situation with your professor and/or your department chair as stated in the previous slide. • Should you decide withdrawal is your best option, contact Dena Monroe in the Registrar’s Office, or 1-800-872-0176 ext. 4550. • If you withdraw from a class but remain enrolled with Bluefield College you will receive a grade of ‘W.’ If you withdraw from Bluefield College entirely you will receive a grade of ‘DR’ for all incomplete classes. • If you do not officially withdraw, you will receive a grade of “F” for all classes not completed. • The Business Office will mail you correspondence after calculations on any credit or outstanding balance have been completed.. • Please refer to the college catalog for the detailed withdrawal & refund policies. An electronic copy is located on the college website,, under “Academics”.
  6. 6. Your Financial Investment Bluefield College Tuition and Fees - Online Students 2014 / 2015 Effective July 1, 2014 Online Program: Tuition $ 355 Per credit hour Application Fee $ 30 Graduation Fee $ 120 Non-refundable Registration Deposit (New & Re-admitted Students) $ 30 Certified Background (Nursing Students) $ 80 *Tuition, fees, and deposits are based on present economic conditions. The College reserves the right to increase or decrease the price of tuition, fees, and deposits. 6
  7. 7. Financial Aid Process If you have not already done so, you should begin the Financial Aid Process right away.  If you plan to pay out of pocket or your employer will pay in advance, you should make arrangements with the Business Office.  If you plan to pay with Veterans Educational Benefits or Vocational Rehab Benefits, you should notify the Financial Aid Office and begin completing paperwork with Jennifer Lamb the college’s Veterans Certifying Official. You can reach Jennifer at 276.326.4397 or by email at  If you plan to pay your school bill with federal, state, institutional, outside scholarships, or any other form of assistance, you should contact the Financial Aid Office. 7
  8. 8. What is the difference between employer payment and employer reimbursement? Employer Payment  The Employer pays Bluefield College within 30 days of class start date.  The Bluefield College business office must receive a written statement on official letterhead stating full employer payment.  Bluefield College will bill the student’s employer. Employer Reimbursement  The student must pay Bluefield College either by personal payment or by student loans at the beginning of each semester.  The student is reimbursed by the employer after providing grades to the employer.  The Bluefield College Business Office will provide a receipt to the student after receiving an email request. The receipt will include a breakdown of courses and charges, as well as any grants and scholarships or student payments.  It is important to note that the reimbursement agreement is between the student and the employer. *Ultimately, the bill incurred by the student is the responsibility of the student, should the employer default in making payment. 8
  9. 9. Financial Aid Steps 9 Financial Assistance may be available to help you pay for your Bluefield Online program. We can help you obtain federal and state aid.  Complete the FAFSA on the Web.  Obtain a PIN number to electronically sign your FAFSA  If you are a Virginia Resident, complete the application form for the 13-14 Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant, and submit it to the Financial Aid Office by July 31 to assure funding. Late applications are accepted through December 1 (awarded only if state funds are available). The form is available on the BC website. The estimated award for 2013-14 is currently $1,400 for Fall and $1,400 for Spring.  So that we may better understand how to proceed with your financial aid, we ask that you complete a Tuition & Fees Agreement. The form is available on our website. This important form also helps us know who we can speak with regarding your financial matters under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  The Federal government selects around one-third of federal aid applicants for a process called Verification. If you are selected, we will need copies of your signed tax documents, W-2’s, and a signed Verification Worksheet. We will notify you if you have been selected, and ask for additional paperwork.
  10. 10. Federal Student Loans Direct Loan Program Information: If you choose to borrow through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, you must complete the entire loan request process. All borrowers must complete and sign a Loan Request Form, specifying the amount you wish to borrow for each semester. You can access the form online from Forms and Resources. All first-time borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and the Online Entrance Counseling. Both of these processes may be completed at; you will log in with your personal information and the PIN you used to complete the FAFSA. In addition, the Financial Awareness Counseling listed is not able to be substituted as the required Direct Loan Entrance Counseling. 10
  11. 11. Federal Student Loans cont. All loan steps and verification if selected must be completed in order for us to obtain this financial aid in your name. Your Direct and/or Direct PLUS Loan will not be valid or disbursed to the school until you complete all steps in the loan process. Federal law requires that we inform you of the average Stafford Loan indebtedness (Subsidized and Unsubsidized). Bluefield College average loan indebtedness is approximately $27,735, with an average monthly payment of $319.00. Bluefield College encourages our students and parents to borrow conservatively and responsibly. Click here to estimate your student loan repayment. Students and parents can begin repayment at any time to reduce total debt without penalty. 11
  12. 12. Federal Student Loans cont. Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans The Subsidized Direct Loan requires financial need, which is determined by using a federal formula. These loans are "subsidized" in that the government pays the interest for you during the following periods: • while you are enrolled in school at least half-time or 6 credits, • for the first six months after you leave school “grace period,” and • during a period of approved deferment. The Unsubsidized Direct Loan is not based on financial need and is available to all federally-eligible students regardless of income and assets. Because these loans are not subsidized by the government, you are responsible for all interest which accrues during in-school, grace, and deferment periods. You may choose to make payments to cover the accruing interest while in school, or you may simply allow the interest to accrue and be included in the amount you owe when you begin repayment. 12
  13. 13. Federal Student Loans cont. 13 Federal Direct Stafford Loan Annual Limits Grade Level Dependent Students (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) Independent Students or Dependents with PLUS Denial Freshman (0-27 Earned Credits) $3,500 + $2,000 $3,500 + $6,000 Sophomore (28-57 Earned Credits) $4,500 + $2,000 $4,500 + $6,000 Junior (58 -91 Earned Credits) $5,500 + $2,000 $5,500 + $7,000 Senior (92+ Earned Credits) $5,500 + $2,000 $5,500 + $7,000 Federal Direct PLUS Loans The Federal Direct PLUS Loan is available to parents of dependent students (by FAFSA dependency rules, not IRS dependency rules) to help them pay for their child who is enrolled in school at least half time and is making satisfactory academic progress. Direct PLUS Loans are not based on financial need, and parents of all income levels may apply. Parents may borrow an amount equal to the cost of attendance minus any other aid. Repayment begins within 60 days after the second disbursement with a minimum monthly payment of $50 and a maximum repayment term of 10 years. Payment deferment may be available upon approval from The Department of Education.
  14. 14. Financial Aid Process Students are responsible for arranging the payment of tuition and fees prior to the start of classes. Today more than ever, investing in a college education requires planning. The process outlined below has been developed to assist students in understanding the financial aid process and to assist students in budgeting and managing their personal records. BC encourages our students submit the documents requested promptly to assure that their aid will be processed prior to the start of class. 1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA or renewal FAFSA for the appropriate academic year) online at Our college code is 003703. 2. The processed results of the FAFSA, called a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be mailed or emailed to you and electronically transmitted to us. We are unable to fully process aid for you until we receive these results. Please read your SAR carefully and resolve any errors or problems right away. 3. Virginia residents should complete the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) application and return it to the financial aid office by July 31 to be considered on-time and ensure you receive these funds. Click here for your VTAG Application. 14
  15. 15. Financial Aid Process 4. After you have been accepted at Bluefield College, and we receive your FAFSA results, we will begin to examine your eligibility for financial aid. You will receive an electronic award letter detailing your awards and the additional documents needed to finalize your financial aid. As a part of your award package, we may recommend loans for you in order to cover the balance of your charges. If you would like to receive a Federal Direct Loan, complete the Loan Request Form and return it to BC Central. Refer to your award letter for the recommended loan amount; you may select this amount or a lesser amount if you wish. We generally list an award for the maximum amount that you may be eligible to receive, so you may wish to borrow only what you need to cover your charges and books, to prevent over-borrowing. You can access the documents online at the Forms and Resources Page or through your myBC account. Please return them to our office as quickly as possible to ensure that your financial aid is in place prior to the start of class. If you wish to accept the aid listed, simply complete the requested items. If you wish to decline any part of your financial aid, simply notify BC Central, specifying the awards or loans you wish to decline. 5. Direct Loan borrowers are required to complete entrance counseling in order to be approved for a loan. You will also be required to sign a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) to receive your loan. Both these steps may also be completed online at 15
  16. 16. Financial Aid Process 6. Notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships or other financial assistance you receive, in order to prevent a federal overpayment condition. Include church and community scholarships, employer pay and employer reimbursement, rehabilitative services benefits, military benefits, etc. This notification is very important because an overpayment may affect whether you are eligible to receive certain grants and loans in the future. 7. Billing and financial aid awards will align with your courses; and applied in eight-week increments. As such, your financial aid will be broken into two equal disbursements over each semester. This applies to institutional and federal aid; however, the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) will be disbursed only after you attain a full-time credit hour status in your fall or spring semester. Your full VTAG award most likely will be disbursed in the second eight weeks of your fall and spring semesters. We encourage you to plan and budget accordingly for expenses, including textbooks. 8. Our institutional policy is to credit the account after the census date. Students who are due a refund after their bills are paid will be sent a refund check after class participation has been verified. 9. It is important to remember that the paperwork you complete is for one academic year only. You will need to complete a FAFSA renewal and other documents each year for which you wish to obtain financial aid. The FAFSA may be completed on or after January 1 of the year preceding the school year. 16
  17. 17. Financial Aid Eligibility Information In order to be eligible for financial aid student must meet the following requirements: • Be fully admitted to an eligible degree program • Be enrolled for 16 weeks, which requires you to enroll and participate in at least one 3 credit-hour course each eight weeks. • In order to reach full-time status and receive maximum financial aid, you will need to enroll and participate in at least two 3-credit-hour courses each eight weeks. 17
  18. 18. Financial Aid Eligibility Information Enrollment & Academic Decisions Affecting Your Aid Eligibility • not attending, failing to participate, dropping, or withdrawing from courses and/or terms you are registered to attend, • completely withdrawing, • failing to properly withdraw, • failing to maintain Financial Aid satisfactory academic progress, • providing incomplete or inaccurate information during the application process • providing incomplete or inaccurate information during the application process, • receiving additional sources of aid (such as outside grants or private loans), • receiving aid above the amount of tuition, 18
  19. 19. Financial Aid Eligibility Information Enrollment & Academic Decisions Affecting Your Aid Eligibility • changing enrollment level (some scholarships require full-time enrollment; Stafford loans require half-time enrollment), • changing between on-campus to an online student status, and vice versa, • defaulting on a student loan or having an unresolved federal grant overpayment, • Providing false or misleading information, • receiving federal aid for the same academic year at another institution, • repeating a course for which you already received a passing grade more than once, • attending more than four years, and • failure to meet scholarship stipulations. 19
  20. 20. Student Obligations As an Bluefield Online student: • You agree to assume financial responsibility for all tuition and fees for your education at Bluefield College. • You understand that payment is required at the beginning of each semester (unless you have secured adequate financial aid, or your employer will pay the costs due to Bluefield College within 30 days of the start of the semester). • You understand that your financial obligations are for an entire semester. • You understand that you will be responsible for any and all legal collection costs if you fail to keep your commitment to Bluefield College. • You understand that certain types of financial aid are available if the non-core program courses you are enrolled in for the semester collectively span a full 16-week semester, (i.e. at least one course in the first 8 weeks of the semester and at least one in the second 8 weeks of the semester); contact the financial aid office for aid eligibility details. NOTE: Please refer to the college catalog for the detailed withdrawal & refund policies. An electronic copy is located on the college website,, under “Academics”. 20
  21. 21. • After February 1st and prior to the first day of class, a Bluefield College email account will be established for you. (*Contingent upon completion of all required paperwork ) • An email message confirming the creation of your new BC Email Account will be sent to the email address you provided on your application. This message will contain instructions for retrieving your personal login information. • To access your email go to and click on “BC Email” in the left panel titled “Quick Links”. • To retrieve your specific information: Bluefield College Email account 21
  22. 22. • Your Bluefield College email account is the primary avenue of communication between you and the faculty and staff. • Please do not use other email addresses such as hotmail, gmail, or yahoo to contact the faculty or staff of the college. Communications from accounts other than your BC email will not be received or responded to. • Course instructors will only use this BC Email address to communicate with you. • Important information and reminders from the Bluefield College staff will only be sent to your BC Email address. Please check it regularly! Bluefield College Email account (cont.) 22
  23. 23.  The MyBC portal is located at (do not use www in front of the address) The MyBC login is your student ID number.  The passwords for Email and MyBC are the same.  Click on the “Student” link to access your transcript, grades, student account, financial aid information and other student information.  Click on the “e-Learning“ link to access your current courses.  Click on “inSPIRE” to access forms, etc.  The best way to learn what MyBC has to offer is log on and see. The Bluefield College Student Portal 23
  24. 24. What to do if you forget your username or password.  Go to  Click on the ‘My Account Information’ link and fill out the form.  Please be aware.  This will not log you into any of your accounts.  It will only show you your login information.  You will receive an email notification that your information was accessed. 24 The Bluefield College Student Portal (cont.)
  25. 25. 25 What is RamAlert? Bluefield College’s RamAlert is a wireless emergency notification system created in an effort to enhance communication to students, parents, faculty and staff during times of crisis on campus. Through RamAlert, trained and authorized Bluefield College administrators are able to warn the campus community of an impending emergency and provide timely information to minimize disruption and potentially prevent harm or protect lives. In the case of an emergency, subscribers to RamAlert will receive a text and/or e-mail message with details of the crisis and any necessary action plan. Participants must “opt in” to the system to receive the alerts. Messages, sent through a secure web portal, can be received via cell phone (text) or e-mail. Why is it important for an online student to sign up for RamAlert? While this system is primarily setup for emergencies related to our physical campus, we have found it useful for conveying information regarding major system outages to our online students and faculty. In the past years, we experienced a major power outage on campus that affected MyBC for several days. Regionally, we have experienced two natural disasters , an earthquake and a series of wind storms. These events did not affect our physical campus, however, both occurred during the first week of classes and left many of our students and faculty with out power or internet access. The RamAlert system provides an avenue for Bluefield College to communicate both information and instructions to our students in these situations.
  26. 26. 26 How do I subscribe? To subscribe to RamAlert, you must have your BC identification number or Jenzabar ID. • Go to MyBC , • Log in with your username (Jenzabar ID) and password. • Click the "Student Life" tab at the top of the main page for MyBC. • Next, under the "Student Life" header in the left column panel, find and click the "RamAlert" link. • Finally, use the sign-up form on this page to register for a RamAlert account. During the registration process, you will need to provide your name, a username (which must be your MyBC username or Jenzabar ID number), a password (preferably your MyBC password), a mobile phone number, and an e-mail address. And, while RamAlert is designed for members of the campus community, accounts for parents of students or spouses of employees may be created simply by using your MyBC username and password and registering a different mobile phone number and separate email address.
  27. 27. • A broadband connection refers to a high-speed DSL, Cable Modem, or Satellite Internet Connection. • Slower connections such as cellular networks and dial- up telephone modems may not be sufficient to meet the online learning demands of the Bluefield Online program. Technology: Broadband Internet Connection 27 As an online student, you will need regular, long term access to a “Broadband” internet connection.
  28. 28. Warning: Even though you have a broadband connection, you may at times experience performance issues. Your connection is much like a pipe connecting your computer to the greater community network of pipes (the internet). Like any pipe, it has a maximum volume and pressure it can handle at any given time. There are many factors that can affect the performance of a broadband network connection. • Having multiple internet windows and programs running on your computer simultaneously. • Streaming music or videos. • Multiple users within the same home or organization accessing the internet simultaneously. • Local community or network issues such as power outages or equipment issues. Technology: Broadband Internet Connection (cont.) 28
  29. 29. Technology: Computer • The following table provides the minimum specifications for this device. • Smart phones and tablet devices which access the internet via a cellular network are not sufficient to meet the online learning demands of the Bluefield Online program. 29 Windows Apple Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz or higher Intel-based Memory: 2GB or higher 2 GB or higher Operating System: Windows Vista or higher MAC OS 10.5 or higher As a Bluefield Online student, you will need regular, long term access to a personal computer.
  30. 30. You will need to protect your computer from viruses and malware. These programs will slow the performance of your computer and possible cause serious damage. • If you have already purchased an anti-virus program, it is important to keep your subscription active and up to date. • IST recommends Microsoft Security Essentials which can be downloaded for free from Microsoft, It will update with your regular Windows updates and protect your computer from viruses. Technology: Anti-virus protection 30
  31. 31. • You are required to submit all writing assignments using Microsoft Office Word 2013. • Your Bluefield College email account is equipped with Microsoft Office Web Apps for free (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote). You may use the applications to create, view and edit documents on the web while logged in to your email account. • If you would like to purchase a full version of Office for your computer, please go to . JourneyEd offers a reduced student rate that is generally lower than other sources. Technology: Microsoft Office 2013 31
  32. 32. Text Books 32 Bluefield College has partnered with MBS Direct to serve as its designated textbook provider. • The benefits of using MBS Direct: • A convenient one-stop online bookstore • New Books, Used books, eBooks and Rentals based on availability. • The nation’s leading buyback • A 24/7 customer contact center to handle student questions • Student financial aid payment options • Order textbooks from MBS Direct, • by phone - 800-325-3252 • website - or by clicking he BUY MY BOOKS link on our website • Questions Regarding MBS or Bluefield College text book policies should be directed to the Bluefield College Campus Store: 276.326.4260 or
  33. 33. Textbook purchases from vendors other than MBS Direct are not supported by Bluefield College or MBS Direct. Under no circumstances shall Bluefield College reimburse, buy back, or refund expenses incurred by students who purchase textbooks and/or supplies from any vendor other than the Bluefield College’s authorized affiliate, MBS Direct. Text Books (cont.) 33
  34. 34.  To use the Easley Library website at Bluefield College, go to  Accessing library databases and e-books requires students to login with a user name and password. For the user name use the beginning part of your BC email address, leaving off the part. You will receive the password with your email access letter.  To change your library password, log into your MyBC account, and go to the My Account Information page ( Click on the "How can I reset my password" link, and follow the directions to change your library password.  You can additionally reach the Easley Library Website from the quick links panel in the MyBC portal. It is recommended that you not be logged into the MyBC portal when you link to the library. If MyBC “times out,” you will be kicked out of any library databases you have open.  For questions or help with using library databases or e- books contact Paula Beasley, 1.800.872.0176 ext. 4269 or Library Services 34
  35. 35. • The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) contains what is known as the APA Writing Style. It was first published in 1929, and is presently in its 6th edition, the Publication Manual contains a standardized procedural writing protocol using a set of style rules and that has become the basic platform for scholarly writing used by business, psychology and the social sciences. • Mastering APA writing style is an essential skill learned from courses taught in the online program. APA Writing Style 35
  36. 36. APA Writing Style 36 For specific help with APA Writing Style, go to MyBC and look at the bottom left hand corner. Click on the Library Page or use this link ( ) which is found on the Bluefield College Library Home Page. There you will find online guides that are designed to help you navigate through APA Style: • Using APA – (Online Writing Lab at Purdue University) contains examples. • YouTube Video Tutorial: Setting up a paper in APA format in Microsoft Word • • Tutorials from the APA: o The Basics of APA Style o What's New in the 6th Edition • Corrections to the 6th Edition • Frequently Asked Questions about APA Style • BLOG - about using APA style • Contact the APA Style Experts at the APA if you have a question you cannot find the answer to in the above guides.
  37. 37. Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) 37 Writing assistance is available.  Students can receive online writing assistance on any written assignment for any class through our ACE Online Writing Lab.  Students can submit their papers online and receive comments and suggestions for improving writing. Please allow 24 to 48 hours for a response.  Just go to MyBC,, and click on the “ACE” quick link. Once on the ACE portion of MyBC select ACE online writing lab from the left menu on the ACE portion and follow the instructions located in the center of the page.  For questions or help with this service, contact Ashley Mingo, 276.326.4606 or
  38. 38. End of Course Survey • In an effort to provide the highest quality educational experience, Bluefield College has instituted a mandatory evaluation process for every course in the online program. • The Academic Affairs office will send the evaluation request via BC Email prior to the end of each course. The evaluation is short, only requiring a few minutes of your time. 38
  39. 39. Contact Names and Numbers 39 College of Professional Programs Dean Dr. Sharon Perot Department of Criminal Justice Chair & Online Advisor Dr. Kimberly (Kim) Farmer Department of Human Services Chair Dr. Mark Gettle Student Services Coach Catherine (Cathy) Payne Department of Management and Leadership Chair Dr. Mark Gettle Student Services Coach Catherine (Cathy) Payne School of Nursing Dean & Online Advisor Dr. Jessica Sharp Assistant Dean Pam Linkous
  40. 40. Contact Names and Numbers (cont.)  Main Campus 800.872.0176 (Offices are open 8:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday) • Academic Center for Excellence (ACE): • Asst. Director: ext. 4220 – Kristen Garrett, • Director: ext. 4606 – Ashely Mingo, • Director of Academic Programs: ext. 4456 - Ann Looney, • Campus Store: ext. 4260 - Judy Vannoy, • Credit Evaluations: ext. 4397 – Jennifer Lamb, • Financial Aid Info: ext. 4215 – Carly Kestner, • Library: ext. 4269 - Paula Beasley, • MyBC: • Student Account Info: ext. 4204 - A. Michele White, • VA Benefits: ext. 4348 – Jennifer Lamb,  CLEP & DSST Testing: Bluefield Campus: 800.872.0176 ext. 4220 – Kristen Garrett, 40
  41. 41. Contact Names and Numbers (cont.) 41 BC Central 1.800.872.0176 x.4215 • BC Central is your one stop shop for • Students accounts • Registration • Financial aid • BC Central is available. • Monday through Friday ……… 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  42. 42. 42 THE HONOR CODE AT BLUEFIELD COLLEGE "Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Proverbs, 29:23 Bluefield College is committed to the pursuit of truth, the dissemination of knowledge, and the high ideals of personal honor and respect for the rights of others. These goals can only be achieved in a setting in which intellectual honesty and personal integrity are highly valued and other individuals are respected. This academic code of conduct reflects our corporate and earnest desire to live lives of honor that are above reproach, based upon Christian principles. Each member of the community is called upon to understand and agree to its concepts and to operate within its spirit. Honor is an ideal and an obligation that exists in the human spirit and lives in the relations between human beings. An honorable person shall not lie or cheat or steal. In all scholarly work produced by community members, academic honesty is inherent and apparent, the work being the original work of the author unless credit is given through the use of citations and references. In all relationships, the college community expects respect and integrity between its members and toward all peoples and organizations. Honesty and civility are required elements of an effective learning environment. Truthfulness and respect for others are shared values of Bluefield College and are expected characteristics of its members. Continued on the next slide:
  43. 43. 43 THE HONOR CODE AT BLUEFIELD COLLEGE "Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Proverbs, 29:23 Continued from the previous slide: Students at Bluefield College commit to the ideals of integrity, individual responsibility, and mutual respect when they sign the Honor Code during freshman orientation. The Honor Code affirms the core values of Bluefield College to “develop students’ potential through academic excellence and the intentional integration of faith, the liberal arts and professional studies;” and to “create a caring community characterized by respect, support and encouragement for each member of our College community.” Membership in the student body of Bluefield College means agreeing to follow those standards of conduct which govern an honorable person in every walk of life. Because the integrity of degrees granted by Bluefield College depends upon the Honor Code, all students in every class must regard themselves as bound by their honor not to cheat in any form. “Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
  44. 44. 44 1. Let us know if you have any questions. • Call - 1.800.872.0176 • Email – 2. Save a copy of this presentation for future reference. • Use the “Save A Copy” function. 3. Complete the confirmation form acknowledging that you have reviewed this PowerPoint Presentation. • To do this, you will need to return to the original window and complete the confirmation form in the lower left. Please be sure to include your full name. • It is very important that you complete this confirmation form. It will be added to your file as Bluefield College’s assurance that you: o Understand the material presented. o Agree to abide by the Honor Code of Bluefield College. Please be sure to:
  45. 45. Thank you for choosing the Bluefield College Online Program. We look forward to learning with you.