General Information

Academic Integrity Policy

Elizabethtown College Pledge of Integrity

Elizabethtown College and the School for Continuing and Professional Studies assumes that all learners will act honorably. Learners are expected to adhere to the following Pledge of Integrity: 

“I pledge to respect all members of the Elizabethtown College community, and to act as a responsible member of the College community. I pledge to respect the free exchange of ideas both inside and outside the classroom. I pledge to represent as my work only that which is indeed my own, refraining from all forms of lying, plagiarizing, cheating, and academic dishonesty. As a member of the Elizabethtown College community, I am responsible to represent and uphold these values.” 

Standards of Academic Integrity:

Academic work is expected unequivocally to be the honest product of the learner’s own endeavor. Academic dishonesty – including, but not limited to, the examples below – constitutes a serious breach of academic integrity:

  • Breach of confidentiality. Integral components of courses are based on learner and facilitator self-disclosure (the use of personal experiences) for the purpose of facilitating learning. The School expects learners to honor confidentiality as it relates to learner disclosure. No one should ever use information, comments, or opinions expressed by the learners or the facilitator during classroom discussion in a manner intended to humiliate, embarrass, harass, damage, or injure others in their personal, public, or business lives. Confidentiality requires that no information be disclosed which would identify any particular individual. The learner has a right to choose how much information to disclose and a responsibility to respect the limits of disclosure set by other learners and facilitators. 
  • Fabrication, falsification, or invention of information, data, or citations in any assignment. To knowingly help or attempt to help another learner to commit an act of academic dishonesty is considered to be an equivalent breach of academic integrity and is treated as such. 
  • Cheating, defined as using, giving, or receiving unauthorized information as part of an examination or other academic exercise. This includes handing in any work that was originally undertaken to satisfy requirements of the same course by another learner. 
  • Plagiarism through the failure to acknowledge, appropriately and accurately, the extent of the learner’s reliance on or use of someone else's words, ideas, data, or arguments, even when such material has been paraphrased, summarized, or rearranged. Conscious intent is not necessary for plagiarism to take place; committing plagiarism from ignorance still constitutes a serious violation of academic integrity. 
  • Multiple submission of work by handing in any work that was originally undertaken to satisfy the requirements of another course. 

Violations of academic integrity are reviewed individually and according to the circumstances of the violation.

Procedures for Dealing with Violations of Academic Integrity involving course work:

Learner Meeting: When a facilitator discovers evidence of academic dishonesty in any form, a meeting is scheduled promptly with the learner. This meeting can take place via e-mail, telephone or in person.  The facilitator will explain the breach of academic integrity found and discuss the situation with the learner.  If this discussion resolves the issue and the facilitator determines that there was no breach of academic integrity, the process is complete.  If, after the meeting, the facilitator determines there is sufficient evidence of an academic integrity violation, the Written Notification step is initiated. If the facilitator is unable to reach the learner to discuss the situation or the learner does not respond to the facilitator within three business days, the notification process to the School will proceed to Written Notification without a meeting.  

Written Notification:  The facilitator will inform the learner in writing via email using the Academic Integrity Violation Form. Facilitators exercise discretion in determining the recommended penalty; this discretion includes re-submission of work, assignment failure, and/or course failure.  The Form is then reviewed to determine whether a Review Committee is required and signed by the Director of Student Services, the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Dean. In addition, Recommended Actions will be made to facilitate learner development so that a future violation is less likely to occur. This formal documentation will be sent to the learner and academic advisor, who will place a copy in the learner’s advising file.  

Review Committee: If the violation is of sufficient seriousness, or forms a pattern of abuse by the learner, the Dean of the School may appoint a Review Committee to evaluate the violation and/or history of violations.  Recommendations from the Review Committee may include failure of an assignment or course up to expulsion or dismissal from the School and College. The Dean will notify the learner in writing of the decision and the factors that influence that decision. 

The learner may appeal the decision of the Review Committee to the Dean. The appeal must be presented in writing to the Dean within 5 days of receipt of the decision.  A meeting will be held with the learner, the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Dean.  The Dean will review the matter and will inform the learner in writing of the final outcome. The Dean’s decision is final. 

Academic Support Services and Facilities at Elizabethtown College 

Smarthinking, Inc.: SMARTHINKING is a tutoring service that provides web-based tutoring. Their service supplements our existing academic support services by offering real-time online tutoring and homework help for courses and skills 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no cost to the learner.

Adult learners can access live tutorials in accounting, math, business, writing, sciences, etc., as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, research tools, and study skills manuals. Students can access the service from wherever they have a connection to the Internet. SMARTHINKING is not an answering or proofreading/editing service. If you feel a learner could benefit from SMARTHINKING, have him/her contact their academic advisor for additional details.

Peer Tutoring Program:  The Peer Tutoring Program provides one-on-one tutoring sessions with faculty-recommended SCPS learners and alumni of SCPS.  This service is free and available to all adult learners currently enrolled in classes through the SCPS Program.  To request a tutor, learners should complete a Tutor Request form on JayWeb or they can contact the coordinator of the program, Katharine Daniels at danielsk@etown.edu.  The coordinator of the Peer Tutoring Program will assess tutor availability.  If a tutor is unavailable, the academic advisor will discuss other tutoring options available to the learner.  If you have any questions about the Peer Tutoring Program, please feel free to contact the coordinator of the program, Katharine Daniels, or your academic advisor.

Disability Services: The Elizabethtown College School of Continuing & Professional Studies is committed to providing equal access to all of its courses, programs and services for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

The Office of Disability Services requires documentation from the treating health care provider about a student’s condition in order to establish the presence of a disability, gain an understanding of how the disability affects the student’s ability to function in a college setting, and make informed decisions about reasonable accommodations and adjustments. The Director of Disability Services reviews all requests for academic adjustments and accommodations.

For further clarification about policies for students with disabilities, please contact your academic advisor or Lynne Davies, Director of Disability Services, at (717) 361-1227.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/disability.

Learning Services: The Elizabethtown College School of Continuing & Professional Studies encourages all enrolled learners to take advantage of its support services, such as advising services, tutoring services, and resources for college success.  SCPS has faculty-recommended learners and alumni to provide tutoring services in writing, math, and accounting, and an online 24/7 tutoring program through Smarthinking. For more information, please contact your academic advisor.

Career Services:  Learners can check out their web site at http://www.etown.edu/offices/career/. Bachelor's Degree candidates in the last year of study may contact this office (361-1405) to see about setting up a credential file for use in job searches.

SCPS website:  this site contains a variety of information relating to campus activities, upcoming special events, news items, course listings, etc. RSS feeds are also available. If you subscribe to our RSS Feed, you will be able to keep up to date on events/items concerning your school.

The College Store: On the Elizabethtown campus, the store is located in the Brossman Commons Campus Center. It is open 9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday and from 11:00 am-2:00 pm Saturday (Saturday hours may vary based on campus activities so please call ahead). It carries various class and office supplies, convenience items, and College logo merchandise. Online shopping is also available at http://www.etown.edu/programs/college-store/ . Textbooks for SCPS classes are NOT available through the College Store.

Computer labs: IBM-compatible personal computers are available for learners' use with college ID. The lab is located in Hoover Center, Room 108. Operating hours are Monday -Thursday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 - 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 - 11:00 pm.

The High Library houses 258,000 books and bound periodicals, 671 periodical subscriptions,with access to more than 35,000 electronic journals and provides study and research space for 450 students and faculty. It provides on-line linkage to resources worldwide, with access to over forty databases. The college ID allows materials to be checked out. Dixon University Center, Lancaster Center, and York Center learners who do not have a currently validated ID may make arrangements to obtain a temporary card for the semester if they need to check out books. Contact the academic advising coordinator prior to coming to campus. When using the library for the first time, learners should stop at the Circulation Desk and let them know that it is their first time.

Off-Campus Access to Library Databases is available. You will need a student computer account to access this information. To access the library web page you must go to http://www.etown.edu/library/ (or select it from the quick pick menu on the SCPS web home page). From there select "Outside Network Access" and suplly your network ID and password. If you need assistance in obtaining your ID and password, please contact your academic advising coordinator. If you encounter access or database problems, contact Susan Krall, kralls@etown.edu or 717-361-1457.

Regular library hours are posted on the library's website at: http://www.etown.edu/library/about/hours.aspx and also in the Update that is mailed to learners at the beginning of each session. There are usually extended hours during exam periods and hours are sometimes shortened over breaks and vacation periods.

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Academic Support Services and Facilities at the Lancaster Center

Franklin and Marshall Bookstore: The bookstore is located on the second floor in the Distler House. The hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday 11:00 am -4:00 pm. Hours may vary during the holidays and semester breaks.

Franklin and Marshall's Shadek-Fackenthal Library (SFL): SCPS learners are permitted to use the library at Franklin and Marshall but they must present an Elizabethtown College photo or temporary ID. Learners are allowed to access the library catalog and circulate up to five books simultaneously. They may also search the internet in the domains .edu, .gov and .mil.

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Accelerated Courses and Programs for Adults

Responsive to the unique learning requirements and life style concerns of adults, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers accelerated courses and programs in five-week sessions. Most courses are three credits, meet one night a week for a total of twenty classroom hours, and are facilitated by a specially assessed faculty. There are five-week courses that are completely Internet-based and delivered. The School encourages each adult to take control of his or her learning and to move through an academic program at his or her own pace. Each adult learner, in conjunction with an academic advising coordinator, schedules his or her own courses and is free to step in or out of the program as necessary.

Web-based technology supports many accelerated courses and their "learning outside the classroom" component. All accelerated learning at Elizabethtown College requires the mastery of learning outcomes as determined by a variety of assessment processes. This mastery of learning outcomes relies on activities, formats, and methodologies that respect adult learning styles; therefore, accelerated courses and degrees are only open to adults. Additionally, these adults must be motivated and self-directed in order to succeed academically.

The School's accelerated courses and programs provide high quality, relevant learning and timely degree-completion to motivated and self-directed adult learners. The School offers General Education (Liberal Arts), Accounting, Business Administration, Corporate Communication, Criminal Justice, Information Systems, and Human Services courses and programs in this adult-friendly format. Interested adults should contact the School of Continuing and Professional Studies to find out about our courses and programs in the accelerated format. 

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Accreditation

Elizabethtown College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Students can review documents of accreditation by contacting the Registration and Records Office at 717-361-1409.  Students wishing to file a formal complaint against an institution of higher education in Pennsylvania can visit http://www.education.pa.gov/Postsecondary-Adult/College%20and%20Career%20Education/Pages/Students-Complaints.aspx#.VYxXhEZWJ49 for procedural information.

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Attendance policy

Academic programs offered through SCPS are in an accelerated 5-week format; therefore, it is required that learners attend all scheduled classes for the entire 5-week session.  Facilitators expect learners to attend all hours of class time, so arriving late or leaving early could have an impact on the learner's participation grade for the course.  If absence or lateness is unavoidable, learners must notify the facilitator as soon as possible prior to the scheduled class meeting time.  If a learner is late for a class or misses a class, the result will be either missed points/lower grade or make up work assigned by the facilitator.  This is at the facilitator's discretion and can be given at either full or partial points. 

Due to the already accelerated nature of our courses and in a spirit of equity to all learners in a course, if a learner misses more than 20% of the classes held for the course (e.g., one class for a one night a week course), the learner will be withdrawn from the course.  If extenuating circumstances exist that cause an absence, the learner must contact his or her academic advising coordinator immediately.  Withdrawing from a course will change the learner's academic plan by extending the time for degree completion.  There may also be financial implications depending on when the learner is withdrawn from a course. 

If a pattern exists of continually missing classes from course to course, the learner will have to meet with his or her academic advising coordinator before registering for further courses.  The academic advisor could also place the learner on academic hold, restrict course loads, and/or implement an academic contract to provide guidelines for student success in an accelerated program.

In consideration of the learning experiences that occur in the classroom and the value of those interactions for all learners enrolled in the class, learners are not permitted to bring any additional persons to class who are not enrolled in that class.  This includes any family members (spouses, children, siblings, etc.), friends and co-workers. 

Exceptions can be made for a medically documented reason, but must follow protocol through the Learning/Disability Services Department (http://www.etown.edu/offices/learning/).  If you have questions, please contact your Academic Advisor.

Participation in Online Courses

Initial course participation: You must post in a discussion board or submit an assignment within the first 48 hours of the course start date.  If you do not participate within 48 hours, the facilitator will contact your academic advising coordinator.  Your advisor will attempt to contact you.  If we do not hear from you, your advisor will withdraw you from the course at the beginning of the second week and will impose the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Ongoing course participation: If you are absent from your course for more than 3 days, we will reach out to get you back on track.  An extended absence will result in removal from your course, and the withdrawal date will be the date that participation in the class stopped. 

If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from required participation, immediately contact the facilitator of the course or your academic advising coordinator.

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Blended Courses

These courses are a mix of regular, in-class course meetings and internet-based learning. Typically, one or two classes are held at one of the School's four locations; while the remainder of the classes takes place over the internet on a Blackboard site. 

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Campus parking

Elizabethtown College: Program matriculates who will be returning to campus on a continuing basis should obtain permanent parking stickers. These are available in Campus Security. To register a car, learners must provide the following information: make, model, year, color and tag number. Other evening adult learners do not need parking tags. After 5:00 pm and on weekends, adult learners may park in any legal space on campus, except those specifically designated for handicapped, visitors or marked Reserved. Learners who will be here during the day should register their car with Campus Security and get a temporary parking tag. Before 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, learners may park in white-lined spaces only. These may be found in the Brown Lot (across from the lake on College Avenue) and the lots behind the Young Center and to the left of Leffler Chapel. The lot to the right of the Chapel is for staff only during the day.

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SCPS Objectives

  • Expand access to the unique benefits of an Elizabethtown College education to new constituencies through innovative programming, formatting, and distance learning, thereby increasing the number of non-traditional learners in the College's learning community.

  • Develop and administer quality academic programs and activities, with the goals of advancement of student learning outcomes and student achievement of programmatic and institutional learning goals.

  • Offer support and guidance to adult students as they progress through their degree program and achieve their goal of graduation.

  • Maintain and advance the liberal arts core values of Elizabethtown College.

  • Educate and develop the regional workforce through relevant professional and liberal arts learning experiences that increase worker and employer productivity, and thus, to "educate for service."

  • Help lead, by responsible example, the Elizabethtown College Learning Community in successfully meeting the higher education challenges of the 21st century.

  • Support and advance the College’s strategic goal of stewardship of resources by increasing departmental revenues while controlling costs in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Value and nurture in the School’s staff the qualities necessary to meet these objectives and the qualities necessary for full, personal development.

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Computer Network Accounts

When a learner registers for a course they are automatically assigned a computer network account. This account allows the learner to have access to information in the library as well as access the library from a remote location. When registering for a course the learner is agreeing to the following terms:

Unauthorized transfer of a file or unauthorized use of another individual's identification and password is prohibited. Distribution of your personal identification and password is also prohibited. Use of computer facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or College official may result in the loss or suspension of your account. 

By registering in a course, you are acknowledging that you are aware of, and will abide by, the rules and policies regarding use of the college's computer facilities. Any violation of the above mentioned rules will result in the loss or suspension of the violator's computer account and privileges, and possible disciplinary action. Any violations of applicable rules or policies may also result in legal action taken against the violator.

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Course cancellations

Although the SCPS will make every effort to run all scheduled courses, it reserves the right to cancel courses at its discretion. In such cases, every attempt will be made to contact learners enrolled in the cancelled course in time to allow rescheduling.

Cancellation due to inclement weather: When it snows or when weather conditions become extreme, these procedures are in effect for SCPS students:

  • Unless otherwise indicated, Elizabethtown administrative and department offices will remain open.
  • If extreme weather occurs or is predicted, the dean of the School will review the situation. The decision to cancel Monday-Thursday classes at any given site will be made by 3:00 pm. Saturday classes are at the facilitator's discretion.
  • Individual course cancellation for Monday-Thursday classes at any given site is at the facilitator's discretion if he or she feels it is unsafe to travel.
  • Any course cancellations or schedule changes (for any of our locations: Elizabethtown College, Franklin & Marshall College, Dixon University Center or York Center) resulting from inclement weather will be posted on the SCPS website at www.etowndegrees.com. You may also call 1-800-877-2694 to check cancellation status; a recorded message will be placed on voice mail when the office is closed.
  • If a class is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be the facilitator's responsibility to schedule a make-up session.  A make-up class for a weekend intensive course will be determined for a time that is convenient to learners and faculty, meeting no later than nine days after the start of the course.  Learners should contact both their advisor and instructor if there is a conflict with a make-up class.

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Course Registration Policies and Procedures

Course schedules

Schedules are usually published in October for winter and spring sessions and in March for summer and fall sessions. (These dates are approximate.) The schedule will indicate the date learners may begin to register for classes and is available online.

Course limitation policy

Adult learners may register for no more than one course per five-week session. Exceptions to this policy may be allowed for a maximum of 12 credits a semester if the student has completed at least 18 credits, has a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher, and can justify the reason for the request. Requests for exceptions should be submitted in writing to the learner's academic advising coordinator.

Registration

To register for a course, you can call the Elizabethtown campus, the Lancaster Center, or the York Center directly. Matriculated SCPS adult learners will have access to the web-based registration system at the College. This allows learners to add and drop courses directly, print out their individual class schedule, and access a variety of other information relating to their academic records and information at Elizabethtown College.

Since classes are in an accelerated format, registration for courses should take place no later than two weeks prior to the first class meeting in any session since learners will be responsible for obtaining their materials of instruction and must complete an assignment prior to the first class meeting. The required material and course assignments can be found in the learning modules which will be emailed to everyone two weeks prior to the start of a session.

If there are any questions at all about the appropriateness of a course, learners should check with their academic advising coordinator first. The learner's student account must be paid in full before he or she may register for the next semester. This includes bookstore charges, library fines, parking tickets, etc. 

Late registration and adding courses

It is not possible to register for a five week accelerated course, including internet-based (online) courses, after the first class meeting of the session.

Repeating courses

A few courses are repeatable for credit if so designated in the Catalog and provided that the content is not duplicated. Other courses may be eligible to be repeated in an attempt to improve the grade. Courses that are eligible to be repeated must be taken at Elizabethtown College and not at another institution as a transfer course. A course must be repeated in the same manner in which it was originally enrolled (i.e., a course normally cannot be repeated as a Directed Study unless it was originally registered as a Directed Study).

Students may repeat any course in which they earned an F or NP and may attempt failed courses as many times as needed until the course is passed. Under certain conditions, students may be able to repeat a course in which they earned a C- or a grade in the D range. To do so, the following conditions must be met:

  • The course to be repeated must be in their major/minor or be a course that is a prerequisite to a Core Program requirement.
  • The student must submit a request to their academic advising coordinator who will seek the approval of the Dean of SCPS.
  • The student must file a repeat registration card/form in the Office of Registration and Records.

Under federal financial aid (Title IV) guidelines, a previously passed course that meets these conditions may be repeated only one time. This includes courses in which a program requires a minimum grade in the course (i.e., students who have previously passed a course have one opportunity to repeat the course for a better grade).  When repeating a course in order to earn a different grade, the original grade remains on the transcript but is removed from calculation of the grade point average, course credits are counted only once toward degree and program requirements, and only the last (i.e., most recent) grade earned for the course is counted in the grade point average.

Tuition payment

Tuition must be paid by the first evening of your class. NO CASH PLEASE. We accept checks or credit cards - MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted and will be assessed a 2.9% fee. 

Credit card payment is accepted by Sallie Mae or online only.

Tuition payments: 
  • can be mailed to the Business Office, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298;
  • paid in person (check only) at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), located in the Hoover Business Building, in the Lancaster Center office in College Square, or at the York site;
  • paid over the phone by credit card or electronic check to Sallie Mae (1-866-967-3615); 
  • online (through the Business Office portal)

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Dean's List

The School has a dean's list for adult learners who achieve academic excellence.  To be eligible for the SCPS Dean's List, adult learners have to complete nine graded credits in the fall semester and nine graded credits in the spring semester (for a total of 18 credits) and achieve a GPA of 3.6 or higher in each semester.  If you meet the requirements for the SCPS Dean's List, you will receive a Certificate of Academic Excellence over the summer.

Distance Learning

The School offers a growing number of quality, internet-based credit courses that can be completed in an accelerated format. The School's blending of distance learning and in-class learning through its accelerated offerings is unique and effective.

The assessment of learning outcomes and the learner characteristics of self-motivation and self-direction are strong components of all of the School's distance learning offerings. Interested learners should contact the School to see if distance learning is right for them through a simple assessment process.

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Educational Philosophy Statement of Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown College engages students in a dynamic, integrated learning process that blends the liberal arts and professional studies. Challenged to take responsibility for their education, students at Elizabethtown embark on a journey of self-transformation that involves intellectual, social, and personal growth. The College is committed to educating the whole person within a relationship-centered learning community where common goals are achieved through engagement in a rigorous academic curriculum and thoughtful co-curricular experiences. Students are encouraged to develop and challenge their own values, while seeking to understand and appreciate alternative perspectives. Embedded in an ever-changing global context, the College promotes the developmental, collaborative, and complex nature of learning.

In seeking to "educate for service," Elizabethtown College believes that students can perform no greater service than they do when sharing knowledge and creativity with others. Opportunities to strengthen scholarship and leadership extend beyond the classroom, and students learn actively through practical experiences and civic engagement.

The impact of an Elizabethtown College education is long lasting and far-reaching because it is deeply transformative. Students acquire new habits of mind and heart–some in the course of the undergraduate experience, others as students grow beyond college.

Elizabethtown College challenges students to:

  • assume responsibility for their intellectual development, personal growth, and well-being. They will sharpen their curiosity and become aware of the capabilities, strategies, and resources needed to learn.
  • reason, analyze, and engage in critical thinking. They will learn to make, systematically evaluate, and, if necessary, refute arguments and claims—both their own and those of others.
  • demonstrate thoughtful and articulate communication by applying knowledge in a variety of contexts including writing, speaking, listening and interpretation.
  • understand the creative process and its role in human expression, and cultivate the ability to make informed aesthetic judgments.
  • navigate diverse cultural worldviews and perspectives, with the realization that differing frames of reference influence analysis, communication, and behavior.
  • make reflective ethical decisions and act with integrity to seek just outcomes within relationships, communities, and society.
  • apply and integrate different strands of learning and comprehend interconnections in the process of gaining knowledge and experience.
  • identify and cultivate a sense of purpose that inspires a commitment to meaningful work in service to society.      
    (Affirmed by the Faculty Assembly on 3/11/08 Approved by the Board of Trustees on 4/26/08)

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 The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the Edward R. Murphy Center 

As a distinct academic unit of Elizabethtown College empowered to meet the needs of adult learners, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the Edward R. Murphy Center offers a variety of learning programs for adults in the South Central Pennsylvania Region with courses available at the Elizabethtown Campus, in Harrisburg at the Dixon University Center, in Lancaster at the College Square on the Harrisburg Pike, the York Center in York, and over the internet. 

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Elizabethtown College Writing Expectations

The ability to write clearly and persuasively, in any number of settings and contexts ranging from the academic world to the business world, is a core learning outcome of Elizabethtown College's unique blend of professional and liberal education. As such, its relevance and applicability spans all majors and courses offered by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. All written course assignments should reflect this ability and will be evaluated with this core learning outcome in mind. Practically, this means that the elements of clear and persuasive writing, such as correct spelling, grammar and syntax, and effective organization, will be considered when grading written assignments for all courses regardless of the subject matter.

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Expressions of Our Heritage

Elizabethtown fosters and creates programs that are a unique expression of our Brethren heritage, both curricular and co-curricular. Service to others is held as one of the highest ideals of the community and is integrated into campus life. The College also supports the belief that "the world of work and world of the spirit" inform and strengthen each other. The community encourages a genuine dialogue between faith and learning and affirms the pursuit of religious expression, spiritual values, and the search for universal truths. Most important, members of the Elizabethtown community see themselves as members of the larger global community where the call for peace, non-violence, human dignity, and social justice is timely and enduring.

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Grades/Transcripts/Grade Appeals

Information is provided in the course learning module explaining how various elements are weighted and how the grading scale is used. Learners who need to know their grade immediately can provide the facilitator with an email address or give him or her a stamped, self-addressed envelope so it can be mailed to them.

In consideration of FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act), you agree, by your registration in any SCPS course, to the electronic exchange of course assignments and/or grades with your facilitator. If you do not agree, please contact the SCPS office or your academic advising coordinator.

Once grades are recorded, matriculated students may immediately view their grade through JayWeb. Electronic copies of the grades are available to print via JayWeb.

Learners who need an official transcript of their coursework may request one in writing from the Office of Registration and Records, Elizabethtown College, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298. There is no charge for transcripts. No transcripts will be issued to learners who have an outstanding balance on their account.

Incomplete grades: An adult learner may request an Incomplete (I) grade from a course facilitator if a class is almost complete and there are extraordinary circumstances that occur preventing the learner from completing all course requirements on time. A formal request to receive an Incomplete should be made by contacting the academic advising coordinator to ensure that appropriate paperwork is completed. An agreement form that specifies the nature and quantity of work to be finished by the required completion date is completed and signed by both the learner and facilitator. A copy goes to the learner's academic advising coordinator. If the Incomplete grade is for a five-week accelerated course, the work must be completed within five weeks of the end of the session; if it is not completed, the "I" grade automatically becomes an "F." If the Incomplete grade is for a 15-week semester, the work must be completed by April 1 for Fall semester and by October 1 for Spring Semester or the Summer Session; if not, the "I" grade automatically becomes an "F." 

Grade Appeals:

Questions concerning a course grade should be brought to the attention of the course facilitator immediately upon the learner’s receipt of the official grade report. Formal grade appeals must be submitted by the learner within 30 days of the date on which the grade was issued by the College. A grade appeal must have a valid basis in order to be brought forward, such as the following:

  1. A mathematical error in calculation of the grade
  2. A clerical/technical error in recording of the grade (for example, Canvas and JayWeb grades are inconsistent)
  3. Harsher grading standards were applied to one student when compared with other students in the course
  4. The assigned grade was not calculated using the standards stated in the syllabus

The grade appeal process consists of the following steps:

  1. The student requests a meeting with the course facilitator to identify the concern, provide evidence to support position, and seek resolution. This meeting can occur face-to-face, over the phone, or virtually. If the facilitator determines there is a need to change the grade, the facilitator will submit the Change of Grade form.
  2. If the student-facilitator meeting does not resolve the issue to the student’s satisfaction, the student may submit a Level 1 Grade Appeal Form to the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. The Assistant Dean will review the evidence provided by the student and seek to resolve the concern with the facilitator. A decision will be communicated to the student, advisor, facilitator and Dean within 10 business days. If the decision is to change the grade, the Assistant Dean will submit the Change of Grade form.
  3. If the student is not satisfied with the Level 1 Grade Appeal resolution, the student may submit a Level 2 Grade Appeal Form to the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. A decision will be made by the Dean in consultation with the course facilitator and communicated to the learner and advisor within 10 business days. If the decision is to change the grade, the Dean will submit the Change of Grade form. The decision of the Dean is final.

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History of Elizabethtown College

Founded in 1899, Elizabethtown College is a "centennial college," one of dozens of institutions of higher learning founded in the 19th century by churches or church members interested in the educational advancement of their denominational membership. Elizabethtown's heritage lies with the Church of the Brethren, one of three historic peace churches, along with the Quakers and Mennonites.

During its first two decades, the College functioned both as a college and an academy for high-school-age students in order to bolster its program in the training of teachers. The College's mission in those years was very much to train teachers and educate young people in the ways of commerce. 

By the end of the 1920's, the College enrolled 180 full-time students and 300 part-time students in eleven major programs: History, English, Modern Languages, Business, Education, Mathematics, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Music, and Bible Studies.

By 1948, the College's advancement was recognized by accreditation in the Middle States Association and, in the following year, by acceptance in the American Council of Education. In 1950, the College embarked on an ambitious fund-raising program to once again increase the endowment and build much needed facilities to accommodate a rapidly expanding student body, which by 1958, had grown to almost 800. In the following decades, the College dedicated ten new buildings, including Baugher Student Center, Nicarry Hall, and Thompson Gymnasium.

The appearance of the campus is vastly changing. In 1989, the Rufus P. Bucher Meetinghouse and Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Groups was opened on the shores of Lake Placida. The High Library was opened in 1990, allowing Zug Memorial Hall to be transformed into a performing and fine arts teaching center. The Brossman Commons, a expansion of student-centered facilities, conjoining the Baugher Student Center and the Annenberg Center, was completed and dedicated in 2002. 

The Leffler Chapel and Performance Center, built for concerts, lectures, religious services, conferences, and dramatic presentations, was completed in 1995. Gretna Music, acclaimed by Time magazine as "one of six outstanding regional music festivals in the country," began a year-round residency at Leffler Chapel in the winter of 1995, offering world-class music and master classes for students. 

During the tenure of Theodore E. Long, the 13th president of the College, a new era of heightened expectations has arisen. The College celebrated its 100th anniversary during 1999-2000. 

Despite the dramatic changes the College has undergone through each decade of existence and under each president, it has remained faithful to its original mission of nurturing the "harmonious development of the physical, mental, and moral powers of both sexes as will best fit them for the duties of life and promote their spiritual interests." In its second century, Elizabethtown College remains committed to developing the inquisitive mind and morally sound conscience that distinguishes our graduates in their public and private lives.

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Interdisciplinary Courses (IDC)

These are specially developed, modular-based courses that allow a degree of customization for each learner so that one course may fulfill either one of two specified core requirements. They are designed to foster flexibility in the SCPS course schedule. Learners will be asked to declare their chosen area when they register for class.

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Mission of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Elizabethtown College seeks to extend the boundaries of the College's learning community to include a wider and more diverse population. The School expresses the values of the College's mission through a commitment to and advocacy of degree and non-degree academic programs for adult learners. In particular, the School embraces the values of human dignity and social justice by widening access to quality higher education for adults. In its programs and outreach, the School fosters a learner-centered academic culture that expresses the College's belief that learning is life-long and most noble when used to benefit others.

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Mission of Elizabethtown College

Molded by a commitment to "Educate for Service," Elizabethtown College is a community of learners dedicated to educating students intellectually, socially, aesthetically and ethically for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world. As a comprehensive institution, the College offers academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences and professional studies.  Combining classroom instruction with experiential learning, these programs advance independent thought, personal integrity and social responsibility as the foundations for a life of learning. Founded by members of the Church of the Brethren, the College believes that learning is most noble when used to benefit others and affirms the values of peace, non-violence, human dignity and social justice.

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Program Completion/Graduation

Learners approaching the last few credits in their program will be sent a notice to complete a Diploma Verification form via JayWeb. This will request a best estimate of the semester in which the program will be completed, and can be adjusted if necessary. Learners will fill in their name as they wish it to appear on the diploma or degree.

All coursework must be completed prior to the date of graduation for each semester. This includes work taken at other colleges or through testing. Learners graduating in August, June, or January will be invited to the following May Commencement.  All degree-seeking learners are encouraged to participate in the Commencement ceremony. If that is not possible, diplomas will be mailed. 

Information relating to Commencement will be sent to all eligible learners by the School, usually late in March.  Tickets will be distributed by the School as well.  The College Store will send information on ordering the cap, gown and hood (there is a modest fee for this). 

Graduation with honors:  Undergraduate learners will graduate with Latin honors after having completed a minimum of 60 credits from Elizabethtown College and earning a grade point average for those credits of:

3.60 or better for cum laude
3.75 or better for magna cum laude
3.90 or better for summa cum laude

Graduate learners graduating with a 4.0 will receive an honor cord to wear at Commencement.

SCPS Honors: Awarded to undergraduate learners who achieve a 3.60 or higher, and complete a minimum of 30 credits with Elizabethtown College, but less than 60 credits, which is the residency requirement to receive Latin Honors.   Learners should keep this in mind when considering the option of taking credits at other schools.

Early participation in the May 2017 SCPS Commencement Ceremony: The School of Continuing and Professional Studies will allow learners who would finish their coursework in summer of 2017 to participate in the May 2017 Commencement Ceremony.  Interested learners must complete a form to indicate their interest in participating and to verify their status as a "member of the class" no later than February 15, 2017.  Learners are eligible if they have no more than seven (7) credit hours of coursework remaining and meet the minimum GPA requirement to graduate.  Contact your academic advising coordinator to ensure eligibility and to request the appropriate form. 

Early Participants will march with the graduating class, have their name listed in the official program, and are called to the platform for recognition as a member of the graduating class. Latin Honors and SCPS Honors will not be announced for Early Participants.  Early Participants are expected to complete their degree requirements within the next semester; the degree will be awarded at the subsequent conferral date and the diploma will be mailed at that time. 

Early participation for May 2018 and beyond:  The School of Continuing and Professional Studies will no longer allow students to participate in Commencement as Early Participants, effective May 2018.  The School recognizes the immense accomplishment of learners who have completed all program/degree requirements prior to commencement day and wishes to celebrate those achievements.  Eliminating Early Participation will allow for additional family members of graduates to attend and will enhance the experience for those who have completed their coursework within the academic year leading up to the ceremony.

Learners who complete their requirements after Commencement will be invited to participate in the following year's ceremony.  Learners are encouraged to talk with their advisors regularly about their degree completion plan.

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Refund Policies 

Refund policy: Registration for a course involves financial obligations for the learner. The amount of tuition refund varies by session/semester. Exceptions to policies listed below can be made only for documented medical reasons. 

Five-Week & Four-Week Winter Online Accelerated Sessions

Last Date of Academically Inclined Participation

Tuition Refund

Grade on Transcript

Prior to the first meeting of class

100%

Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript

After the first meeting of class, but before the second meeting of class

80%

Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript

After the second meeting of class, but before the third meeting of class

25%

Withdrawal, Course/W will appear on transcript

After the third meeting of class, but before the fourth meeting of class

0%

Withdrawal, Course/W will appear on transcript

After the fourth meeting of class

0%

Withdrawal Fail (WF) will appear on transcript. F will be computed into GPA.

 

Eight-Week Graduate Accelerated Sessions

Last Date of Academically Inclined Participation

Tuition Refund

Grade on Transcript

Prior to the first meeting of class

100%

Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript

After the first meeting of class, but before the second meeting of class

80%

Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript

After the second meeting of class but before the fourth meeting of class

25%

Withdrawal, Course/W will appear on transcript

After the fourth meeting of class but before the sixth meeting of class

0%

Withdrawal, Course/W will appear on transcript

After the sixth meeting of class

0%

Withdrawal Fail (WF) will appear on transcript. F will be computed into GPA.

 

Weekend Intensive Courses

Last Date of Academically Inclined Participation

Tuition Refund

Grade on Transcript

Prior to the first meeting of class

100%

Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript

During the in-class portion of the course

0%

Withdrawal, Course/W will appear on transcript

After the in-class portion, through the remainder of the course

0%

Withdrawal Fail (WF) will appear on transcript. F will be computed into GPA.

 

Fifteen-Week Semester

Withdrawal before the first class 100% refund
Withdrawal after first/before the second class 100% refund
Withdrawal after second/before the third class 50% refund
Withdrawal after third/before the fourth class 50% refund
Withdrawal after fourth/before the fifth class 25% refund
Withdrawal after the fifth class No refund

* Note: Title IV aid recipients will be refunded on the basis of federal refund regulations under the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. Learners should contact the Business Office for details. 

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Student Complaint Procedures

General Student Feedback and Concerns

The Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies welcomes student feedback on the School’s academic programs and curriculum, your student experience, and/or the services provided to students.  Feedback can be submitted to the School through multiple channels:

  • Contact your academic advisor.
  • Offer feedback to your facilitator.
  • Give your feedback on the end-of-course evaluations.
  • Complete the student satisfaction survey conducted every two years.
  • Email any member of the SCPS staff.  Contact information is available at www.etowndegrees.com.  Your concern will be directed to the appropriate person to address.

Formal Complaint Procedures

If your concern is of a more serious nature or you believe you have been the victim of misconduct in any way, you may wish to file a formal complaint.  There are several avenues available to you to file a formal complaint, both internal and external. 

Student Internal Complaint Process

Grade Appeal

If your complaint concerns a grade in a course, follow the Grade Appeal process located in the Grades/Transcripts/Grade Appeals section above. 

Harassment, Bullying or Title IX

If your complaint concerns harassment, bullying or Title IX violations, follow the Harassment, Bullying or Title IX complaint process located in Student Conduct section below. 

Academics

If your complaint concerns a course or your academic program, contacting your facilitator would be your first step.  If you are unable to resolve your complaint through the facilitator or if this is not appropriate to the situation, contact the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Peggy Rosario at rosariop@etown.edu

Advising

If your complaint concerns academic advising, progress toward your degree, student services, etc., contacting your advisor would be your first step.  If you are unable to resolve your complaint through the advisor or if this is not appropriate to the situation, contact the Director of Student Services, Gwen Miller at millerga@etown.edu

Other

If your complaint concerns any other area not covered by the above processes, contact your academic advisor who can assist you in determining your best course of action.

If, after following the outlined processes above, you want to request further review, you may contact the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Barbara Randazzo at randazzob@etown.edu.

Student External Complaint Contact Information

PA Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions offering distance education to provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary institutions offering distance learning within that state. Many of the outside agencies will require that all institutional procedures be followed before the concern will be considered. Before contacting one of these agencies, Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies encourages students to inform the College of their complaint first. We are eager to listen to you and resolve the issues.

Information regarding the Pennsylvania Department of Education’ student complaint process can be found on their website: http://www.education.pa.gov/Postsecondary-Adult/College%20and%20Career%20Education/Pages/Students-Complaints.aspx#tab-1.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Elizabethtown College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Students can review documents of accreditation by contacting the Registration and Records Office at 717-361-1409.  Students wishing to file a formal complaint against an institution of higher education in Pennsylvania can visit http://www.education.pa.gov/Postsecondary-Adult/College%20and%20Career%20Education/Pages/Students-Complaints.aspx#.VYxXhEZWJ49  for procedural information.

Distance Education Complaint Process

Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) strives at all times to provide the highest quality of service and the best student experience possible. In the event that you have a serious complaint against the College, we wish to make you aware of the appropriate processes to follow.  

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions offering distance education to provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary institutions offering distance learning within that state. Many of the outside agencies will require that all institutional procedures be followed before the concern will be considered. Before contacting one of these agencies, Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies encourages students to inform the College of their complaint first. We are eager to listen to you and resolve the issues.

For concerns or complaints not addressed or unresolved through the student complaint procedures above, please contact the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

If you are unable to resolve your complaint at any level within the College, you may contact one of the following agencies:

  •  Pennsylvania Department of Education
  •  Elizabethtown College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Students can review documents of accreditation by contacting the Registration and Records Office at 717-361-1409.  Students wishing to file a formal complaint against an institution of higher education in Pennsylvania can visit http://www.msche.org/?Nav1=About&Nav2=FAQ&Nav3=Question16 for procedural information.

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Student Conduct

Student Conduct - Harassment, Bullying, Bias-Related Incidents, and Title IX Policies

Elizabethtown College and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies abides by the following definitions:

Harassment:
Harassment as any behavior, verbal or physical, which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning environment, particularly if questionable behavior is repeated and/or if it continues after the offending party is informed of the objectionable and/or inappropriate nature of the behavior, and which is based on individual characteristics including race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religion, marital status, ancestry, veteran status or any other legally protected status. This definition includes sexual harassment.

The totality of the circumstances of any given harassment incident must be carefully investigated, but prohibited harassment may take many forms. The most common examples include:

  • Verbal harassment such as jokes, epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, and unwelcome or patronizing remarks about an individual's body, color, physical characteristics or appearance.
  • Physical harassment such as physical interference with normal work, impeding or blocking movements, assault, unwelcome physical contact, staring at a person's body, or threatening, intimidating or hostile acts that relate to a protected characteristic.
  • Visual harassment such as offensive or obscene photographs, calendars, posters, e-mails, cards, cartoons, drawings and gestures, display of lewd objects, unwelcome notes or letters, or any written, electronic, or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual.

Bullying:
Bullying is unwelcome or unreasonable behavior that demeans, intimidates, or humiliates people either as individuals or as a group.  Bullying behavior is often persistent and part of a pattern, but it can also occur as a single incident.  It is usually carried out by an individual but can also be an aspect of group behavior.  Context is important in understanding bullying, particularly verbal communication.  There is a difference between friendly banter exchanged by colleagues and comments that are meant to be, or are taken as, demeaning.

Bias Related Incidents:

A bias-related incident is any deliberate act or attempt to injure, harm or harass an individual or group because of the person or group’s gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, possession of a general education development certificate as compared to a high school diploma, or any other legally protected status or because the alleged perpetrator perceives that the other person or group has one or more of these characteristics. Such behavior includes acts or attempts that may pose physical or psychological harm or threat to individuals or groups.

A hate crime is a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or part by an offender’s bias against a race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, and gender identity.

Hate itself is not a crime—and the federal government is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.

Bias related incidents and hate crimes both involve behavior that is motivated by bias. However, it is important to note the distinction between the two. Hate crimes include a definable crime, such as: threats of violence, property damage, personal injury and other illegal conduct. A hate crime is an infraction of the law and will be addressed accordingly.

A bias-related incident can be a violation of this policy but may not rise to the level of a hate crime, but all hate crimes are bias related-incidents.

Title IX:

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations prohibit sex discrimination in educational programs and activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. This prohibition encompasses discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status.

Elizabethtown College is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct.

Sex discrimination violates an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity. Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking by students, employees or third parties against employees, students, or third parties.

The School for Continuing and Professional Studies refers to Elizabethtown College’s Title IX website for additional information and the Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking, Dating Violence, and Domestic Violence. http://www.etown.edu/about/titleix/index.aspx

Elizabethtown College has designated a Title IX Coordinator for all matters related to sex discrimination at the College, and to coordinate the efforts of the College to comply with Title IX law.

Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Armenta Hinton, Equity and Title IX Coordinator
High Library, Rm 219 
Phone: 717-361-1179; Email: hintona@etown.edu
http://www.etown.edu/about/titleix/index.aspx 

School of Continuing and Professional Studies Title IX Resource:
Gwen Miller, Director of Student Services
millerga@etown.edu, 717-361-1373

Questions about the application of Title IX at Elizabethtown College should be directed to Dr. Hinton or to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Customer Service:800-421-3481; Fax: 202-245-6840
http://www.ed.gov/ocr
email: OCR@ed.gov

For additional information and resources, visit http://www.etown.edu/about/titleix/index.aspx.

Reporting, Investigating, and Resolving incidents of Harassment, Bullying, Bias, & Title IX

Reporting of an Incident:
All incidents should be reported in order to determine the level and type of offense, to support the affected person(s) or group, to mitigate subsequent incidents by raising awareness of the offense, to develop an educational response and to activate appropriate review and judicial processes when necessary to address individual or group behavior.

Students may report an incident to any staff member of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies over the phone, face to face, or in writing.

Confidentiality will be maintained throughout the investigation process to the extent practical and consistent with the School and College’s need to undertake a full and impartial investigation.

The College is required by law to issue a timely warning about hate crimes that present a continuing danger to the campus community and to disclose annual statistics about these crimes in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Only general information, as opposed to personal or identifying details, will be disclosed in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act.

  Investigation of an Incident:
All reports relating to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking will be referred to and reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator who oversees the college’s response.  Investigations and resolution proceedings will be conducted by professionals who receive annual training on issues related to sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as well as how to conduct investigations and resolution proceedings that protect the safety of complainants and promote accountability.   The investigator may be an employee of the College or a third party retained by the College to conduct an investigation.  For further information, you can review the Policy Regarding Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking, Dating Violence and Domestic Violence Involving Student Respondents at http://catalog.etown.edu/content.php?catoid=11&navoid=547.  Investigations handled by the Office of the Title IX Coordinator will follow all investigation, resolution and appeal processes as outlined in the College Catalog located at http://catalog.etown.edu/content.php?catoid=11&navoid=547.

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Student ID cards

All adult learners should obtain an ID. It allows use of the Elizabethtown College library, as well as entrance to Elizabethtown campus events that are free to all learners.  Students should contact their academic advisor to learn how to obtain an ID card.

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Textbooks

Textbook purchases and Learning Modules: Textbook purchases vary according to location:

  • Elizabethtown Campus textbooks are available at the SCPS office approximately two weeks prior to the start of each session Monday through Thursday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.  (Summer hours may differ.)
  • Lancaster Center textbooks are available at the Franklin & Marshall Bookstore Monday through Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Hours may vary during the holidays and semester breaks.
  • The Dixon University Center, the York Center, and online courses have textbooks only available through the online vendor at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/etown.htm .
  • All textbooks are available through the online textbook service at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/etown.htm .

Learning Modules, along with other information relating to classes, will be emailed to learners two weeks prior to the start of each session. Learning modules for online classes will be posted on the Blackboard site. 

Textbook return policy:

At the Elizabethtown campus, books may be returned within two weeks of the purchase date as indicated on the sales receipt if the course has been dropped. They must be in mint condition and free of markings in order to receive a full refund. A 75% refund will be issued for marked books.

At the Lancaster campus a full refund will be given during the first week of class, with a receipt. All other textbook refunds within the first 30 days will be honored at 75% of the purchase price, with a receipt. All textbooks must be in their original condition.

For books purchased through the online textbook service the refund policy is located on the back of the packing slip that is included in your shipment. 

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Weekend Intensive

These courses will meet at the Elizabethtown College Campus for one weekend: Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. Learners are then required to complete a major research paper which is due approximately two and one half weeks after the weekend session.  Prerequisites:  En 1000 Writing and Language (or transfer equivalent) and FS 1500 Foundations for Accelerated Learning. 

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Withdrawal Policies

Withdrawal from courses after a session/semester start affects an adult learner's academic record. Withdrawal periods vary by session/semester, as do the effects on the learner's academic record. Exceptions to policies listed below can be made only for documented medical reasons. 

Five-Week & Four-Week Winter Online Accelerated Sessions

Last Date of Academically Inclined Participation

Tuition Refund

Grade on Transcript

Prior to the first meeting of class

100%

Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript

After the first meeting of class, but before the second meeting of class

80%

Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript

After the second meeting of class, but before the third meeting of class

25%

Withdrawal, Course/W will appear on transcript

After the third meeting of class, but before the fourth meeting of class

0%

Withdrawal, Course/W will appear on transcript

After the fourth meeting of class

0%

Withdrawal Fail (WF) will appear on transcript. F will be computed into GPA.

 

Eight-Week Graduate Accelerated Sessions

Last Date of Academically Inclined Participation

Tuition Refund

Grade on Transcript

Prior to the first meeting of class

100%

Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript

After the first meeting of class, but before the second meeting of class

80%

Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript

After the second meeting of class but before the fourth meeting of class

25%

Withdrawal, Course/W will appear on transcript

After the fourth meeting of class but before the sixth meeting of class

0%

Withdrawal, Course/W will appear on transcript

After the sixth meeting of class

0%

Withdrawal Fail (WF) will appear on transcript. F will be computed into GPA.

 

Weekend Intensive Courses

Last Date of Academically Inclined Participation

Tuition Refund

Grade on Transcript

Prior to the first meeting of class

100%

Course is dropped. Course/Grade will not appear on transcript

During the in-class portion of the course

0%

Withdrawal, Course/W will appear on transcript

After the in-class portion, through the remainder of the course

0%

Withdrawal Fail (WF) will appear on transcript. F will be computed into GPA.

 

Fifteen-Week Semester

Withdrawal within first four weeks of semester - withdrawn without record; nothing appears on transcript. Withdrawal from fourth through eleventh week - withdrawal on transcript as W (passing when withdrawn) Withdrawal after eleventh week—withdrawal on transcript as W/F (computed into grade point average as F). 

Internet-Based (Online) Courses

For purposes of these deadlines, online classes start on the first Monday of each session.

Note

Any course for which the learner has registered but has not attended or dropped/withdrawn from, will result in a grade of F and financial responsibility for 100% of the tuition. It is the learner's responsibility to contact the SCPS immediately. 

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Please see deadlines below:

·         The meeting of class refers to the actual day of the week that class meets. For purposes of these deadlines, online classes start on the first Monday of each session. 

·         For four-week winter online sessions, the class starts on the first Sunday of the session.

  Note: Title IV aid recipients will be refunded on the basis of federal refund regulations under the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. Learners should contact the Business Office for details.

Policy for Reservists/Students Called to Active Duty

While the Veterans Administration and the American Council on Education have not mandated policies for colleges/universities whose students are called to active duty, the American Council on Education has provided guidelines for these situations:

  • 100% tuition refund through the 3rd week of the session.
  • No notations made on the permanent record card.
  • After the 3rd week, grades of “I” (incompletes) or “W” (withdrawals) are given – based upon the students’ preferences.
  • Tuition refund is given for only courses with grades of “W.”
  • If the withdrawal is during the last two full weeks of the session, full course credit is to be awarded and grades earned by the time of activation shall be posted. 
  • A copy of the activation paper is filed in the SCO’s file and the Advising folder.