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Accreditation and Memberships

Accreditation

Berry College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Berry College to award baccalaureate, master’s and education-specialist degrees. Berry College is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Berry’s music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Berry’s programs in business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
 

Memberships

The college is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Georgia Association of Colleges, American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Association of University Women and the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges.

For information on graduate-program accreditation, see the introduction to the Graduate Catalog.
 

LEARNING RESOURCES

Library Facilities

Memorial Library provides access to an excellent collection of resources in all formats and a well-qualified staff whose first concern is the student. Personalized reference assistance, interlibrary loan at no charge and library instruction upon request are among the many services offered to all Berry undergraduate and graduate students.

The spacious, well-furnished facility, centrally located on campus, is open 90 hours a week, including evenings and weekends. More than 400 individual study seats, as well as comfortable group study areas and a coffee shop, are available. All library computer workstations offer access to the online catalog, the Internet, e-mail and selected applications. Library-wide wireless access and laptop docking stations expand user options for complete connectivity with notebook computers and other portable electronic devices.

Print and microform holdings total more than 700,000 volumes. The library subscribes to more than 1,700 journals. Additionally, the library provides access to more than 125 discipline-based research databases, including those in GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online) as well as additional subscriptions to numerous other online academic information resources. Selected databases include full-text access to more than 21,000 journals and newspapers. Electronic information resources for the campus are coordinated by the library; most are easily accessible from the library’s home page, whether the student resides on or off campus.

As an official selective Government Depository, the library’s collection also includes more than 100,000 government documents. The Berry College Archives collections include the Martha Berry papers, administrative records of the institution, college publications and photographs.
 

Center for Instructional Technology

The Center for Instructional Technology, located on the second floor of Evans Hall, supports Berry’s increasing emphasis on the importance of instructional technology by closely partnering with faculty, multimedia services, computing and technology, and the academic staff to support the use of instructional technologies and the effective integration of these technology resources into their teaching and research in the most effective manner. The Center for Instructional Technology provides consulting, training, design and support for faculty using technology in the classroom to enhance instruction and strengthen the curriculum.
 

Multimedia Services

Multimedia Services, located on the second floor in Evans Hall, was established to serve the campus community through planning and maintaining all multimedia classrooms and support other areas requiring multimedia equipment.

The multimedia needs of the campus are addressed by its inventory of fixed and portable media units. The multimedia staff members oversee the operation of Berry’s two cable channels featuring Berry-produced videos and a local-origination message channel.

Traditional audiovisual and media services, such as laminating, video editing and duplication are provided.
 

Computer Support

The college provides six general-access computer laboratories, allowing access to 129 PC and Macintosh systems. These facilities are strategically located around campus and are available 90 hours a week during academic sessions. They are staffed by well-qualified student workers and supported by the department of computing and technology. A help desk is staffed 50 hours a week during academic sessions to provide computer hardware and software support. An answering service is available on a 24-hour basis daily for reporting major outages.

All major buildings are connected to a high-speed gigabit Ethernet backbone network over fiber-optic cables. The college also provides access to the Internet over two divergently routed fail-over Internet circuits (32 Mbps Administrative and 40 Mbps Student) provided by BellSouth. All faculty have access to instructional software that allows the use of Web-based course materials and interactive experiences for students.

All residence-hall students have a free 10/100 Mbps Ethernet network outlet for their personal computers in their rooms. Remote dial-in access is available for students residing off campus.

Wireless is available in the major classroom buildings, Memorial Library, Krannert Center and Hermann Hall.

Each residence-hall room has a telephone for local service and cable TV outlet. Service for both are included in the room rate. The college does not offer long-distance telephone service, but rather students are encouraged to use cell phones or calling cards. Wireless data is available in select locations utilizing the 802.11 Band G WiFi standard.

The college continues to honor its commitment to improve and increase computing capabilities and resources.
 

First-Year Experience

The office of the First-Year Experience, located in the Krannert Center, offers a variety of support services to help new students adjust to the academic and social demands of college life. In addition to assisting the dean of academic services with the first-year advising program, the office coordinates the First-Year Seminar (BCC 100). During orientation, the office offers a two-hour “crash course” in college success and organizes a book discussion that allows freshmen to enjoy dinner and conversation with Berry faculty and staff, usually in their homes. In conjunction with the Bonner Center for Community Service, the First-Year Experience office organizes First-Year Service Day, an opportunity for new students to get to know each other and the community by giving a day of service in Rome and Floyd County.
 

Plan4ward

As a freshman, each student will begin to map their personal path to graduation and learn to take advantage of everything the college has to offer though our Plan4ward program.  Students begin by learning to plan intentionally, understand their strengths, interests and aspirations.   Students then choose curricular, cocurricular, extracurricular, student work and service options that help them move forward toward their goals.

Students will then spend the next couple of years exploring, growing, learning, and delving deeper into what they like and desire.  Advisors will encourage students to study, work, serve reflect, and then revise their plan to make it personal, allowing each student to achieve the personal goals each student has charted from themselves.

Plan4ward culminates with a senior retreat where students will discuss and reflect upon their education, their chosen path, and how the Berry College mission fits into those plans.  

Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Center seeks to provide all Berry students with learning support in their academic work, directed toward overall academic success and thus improved student retention. The Center is responsible for coordinating the assessment of the documented needs of special-needs students and then seeks to work with faculty and other Berry staff to meet those needs as appropriate. As part of its support for educational success, the Center will be responsible for coordinating the tutoring services within various academic disciplines. Special-topic workshops in topics such as effective time management and strengthening study skills are offered as needed, and other study-skills support materials are available in the Center.
 

Center for Economic Education

The Center for Economic Education is affiliated with the National Council and the Georgia Council on Economic Education. The center encourages economic education at all levels, from kindergarten through college. Through the center, faculty members and other experts offer summer institutes for teachers in economic education, consultation on economic education for participating schools and various special programs. In addition, the center collects economics and economic-education resource materials. Many of the materials are available to users through a free loan service, and others may be used in the center.
 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS

General Degree Requirements

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete a minimum of 124 semester hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 on all hours undertaken at Berry College and on all hours in her or his major course work at Berry. Some majors require a C or a C- in all courses in the major as noted in the requirements for each major. See the school’s description of majors for details. When a course must be repeated at Berry, both grades in the course will be included in the grade-point average.
 

Class Absences

Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Each student is responsible to the instructor in matters pertaining to class attendance. The student should explain the cause of each absence. If the absence is deemed justifiable, the instructor may grant the student an opportunity to make up the work.

Because the college is concerned about the academic success of the student, instructors are required to keep records of class attendance. Instructors should explain to each of their classes at the beginning of every semester what constitutes “excessive absences.” A student with excessive absences may be withdrawn from the class at the request of the professor, in accordance with the policies explained on the course syllabus.  Students who fail to attend all courses regularly may be withdrawn from the college.

The Writing Programs at Berry
First-Year Program in Rhetoric and Writing

The first-year writing program focuses on the interrelationship between thinking and writing. In order to achieve this emphasis, particular attention is paid to analytical and critical thinking as it affects the quality of content in writing. Thus, the required courses in rhetoric and writing become foundations for all academic work students will undertake while they are at Berry. Students are encouraged to complete ENG 101 and ENG 102 in their first year of academic study; matriculated students may not complete ENG 101 and 102 as transient students elsewhere. In order to complete the writing sequence, students must earn a C- or better in ENG 101 and ENG 102.

Writing Across the Curriculum
The writing-intensive program, Writing-Across-the-Curriculum, is grounded in two beliefs:

  1. Writing is an essential skill for lifelong learning.
  2. Active learning of course content is enhanced as students’ involvement in critical and analytical thinking is prompted by a variety of writing tasks that receive feedback from peers and/or instructors.

The goal of the program is to assist students in developing writing and cognitive skills. Faculty involved in teaching WI courses have received special instruction in ways to integrate writing as a tool for enhancing critical thinking and information acquisition. Students will use a wide variety of prewriting, drafting, revision and peer-review strategies so that writing becomes a means to content mastery within particular courses and disciplines. Students are required to complete a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at the 300- and 400-level in each major totaling a minimum of six semester hours ordinarily within their major after they complete the freshman-writing sequence.

The Writing Center
The Writing Center is a central element in Berry’s commitment to Writing Across the Curriculum. The Center provides support to students at any stage of the writing process in a variety of courses and disciplines. Students receive help on all aspects of writing from brainstorming strategies to revision to editing. The Writing Center is staffed by undergraduate peer consultants, trained to work with students through one-on-one sessions, online through e-mail tutoring and through workshops.
 

Eligibility for Honors

Eligibility for graduation with honors requires a combined grade-point average of 3.5 on all work undertaken, including both transfer and Berry credits (excluding credit by CLEP and similar examinations and credit graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory). Repeated courses are included. A student who transferred to Berry must also have a minimum 3.5 average on all work undertaken at Berry for such eligibility.

Students whose combined cumulative average is at least 3.5 but less than 3.7 will be graduated cum laude; 3.7 but less than 3.9, magna cum laude; and 3.9 and above, summa cum laude.

Students who achieve a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a minimum of 12 graded semester hours are placed on the Dean’s List for that semester.
 

Academic Integrity, Violations and Appeals

The Berry College community affirms its support of academic integrity as reflecting founder Martha Berry’s commitment to educating the head, heart and hands, and as the foundation of college life and experience. We believe that mutual trust among Berry’s students, faculty and staff is essential to the operation of the college and that all members of the Berry College community are responsible for working together to establish and uphold an environment conducive to honorable academic endeavor.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following: cheating, unauthorized collaboration, plagiarism, fabrication, multiple submissions, and aiding and abetting;
Cheating: using or providing unauthorized information or aids on any examination or other graded assignment; altering a graded work prior to its return to a faculty member; doing another’s work or allowing another person to do one’s work, and submitting it for grading;
Unauthorized Collaboration: working with another person on a project, assignment, examination, test or quiz, unless collaborative work has been stipulated by the instructor;
Plagiarism: submitting material that in part or whole is not one’s own work without properly attributing the source(s) of its content;
Fabrication: inventing or falsifying information, data or citations; altering or creating any document or record affecting the grade or academic standing of oneself or others;
Multiple Submissions: submitting identical or substantially similar papers or course work for credit in more than one course without prior permission of the instructor(s);
Aiding and Abetting: providing material, information or other assistance which violates any of the above standards for academic integrity; providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding “academic integrity.”

Where there is suspected violation of academic integrity policy, the concerned faculty member should:

  1. discuss the suspected infraction directly with the student(s) involved. At the faculty member’s or the student’s discretion, the school dean, department chair or faculty colleague may be present during this discussion as a witness;
  2. make copies of relevant materials before returning them to the students(s) for any approved amendment or revision;
  3. discuss the suspected infraction and the documented evidence with the department chair, dean or a colleague if collegial advice is desired. In all such cases, the privacy of the student(s) involved must be protected;
  4. make a decision based on the evidence and determine appropriate sanctions; sanctions may include warning the student, or reducing the assignment, exam or course grade; if sanctions are imposed, discuss these and the appeals process with the student;
  5. if a student is found to have violated academic integrity policy, notify the provost (or associate provost) in writing. This document should include
    1. information about the course, the faculty involved and the student(s) involved;
    2. the time and date of the incident, and a description of the incident and any evidence that indicates an infraction of academic integrity;
    3. any sanctions imposed by the faculty member in response to this incident; and
    4. a confirmation that the faculty member has discussed with the student the incident, any sanctions imposed and the student’s right to appeal the faculty member’s decision.
     

Students seeking to appeal the sanction concerning academic integrity may appeal to a subcommittee consisting of equal numbers of faculty and students of Academic Council that will be convened by the provost or associate provost.

Students who are sanctioned for violating academic integrity policy forfeit the right to withdraw from the class with a W grade.
 

Good Academic Standing

A student is in good Academic Standing at Berry College if his or her Berry cumulative grade point average is at or above 2.0.

Academic Probation

Academic probation results when a student’s record calls into question her or his long-range chances for academic success and eventual graduation. At the end of any semester in which her or his Berry cumulative grade-point average is below 2.0, a student is placed on academic probation for the succeeding semester. Students on academic probation must limit their enrollment to 16 hours. (See section on Classification, Grade Points and Semester Hours for additional information.) A student may be removed from probational status only by achieving a 2.0 Berry cumulative average.
 

Suspension

A student is subject to suspension from the college if he or she meets any of the three criteria listed below.  Students will be notified of their suspension immediately after the end of the term and will be given the opportunity to appeal their suspension before the beginning of the next term.

  1. Any student in his or her first semester at Berry who has attempted a minimum of 12 hours and earns less than a 1.0 grade-point average for the term may be suspended. 
  2. Any time a student who has attempted a minimum of 20 hours earns less than a 1.0 grade-point average for a term and his/her cumulative grade-point average on all hours undertaken at Berry College is less than the minimum cumulative average contained in the standards listed below, the student may be suspended
  3. While on academic probation, a student is subject to suspension from the college if his or her cumulative average on all hours undertaken at Berry College is below that required for the designated number of total hours attempted.  Students will not be subject to suspension for academic reasons if they meet the standards listed below after one semester on academic probation or if during each successive semester of probation they complete a minimum of 12 semester hours and earn a minimum semester average of 2.3.

Total Hour
Attempted
Min. Cumulative Average
0-20
1.7
21-39
1.8
40-59
1.9
60-above
2.0

“Total Hours Attempted” means the total of (a) credit hours of courses taken at Berry for which any grade other than I, W, or WS, has been recorded; (b) the number of hours accepted as transfer credit from another institution, if any; and (c) the number of hours of CLEP and/or CBE credit earned by the student, if any.   A student will be considered enrolled for any semester in which he or she has received a grade or grades affecting the grade-point average.  A student will not be subject to suspension for academic reasons if he or she meets the standards listed above at the end of two semesters of academic probation or if during the second semester, or successive semesters, of probation he or she completes a minimum load of 12 semester hours and earns a minimum semester average of 2.3.

Readmission

After the required period of absence from Berry, a student may request readmission through the office of the dean of admission.  Following an original suspension, a student may request readmission after a period of one semester; after a second suspension, the student is eligible to apply for readmission only after the lapse of one calendar year.  In either case, readmission is based on the college’s judgment that such an action would be in the best academic and other interests of both the student and Berry College.  Before applying for readmission, the student should be certain that the conditions which led to the original academic problems have been or can be corrected.

Dismissal

Dismissal for academic reasons represents a permanent separation from the institution and is a step of such seriousness that it is taken only after the most deliberate consultation. Dismissal may result when a readmitted student does not attain good academic standing for her or his classification after two semesters of re-enrollment following a second suspension.
 

Special Situations

The Office of the Provost reviews student academic progress at the end of each semester. Regardless of academic classification, a student may be subject to suspension or dismissal if the student’s only marginal academic progress makes her or his continuance at Berry unwise. The Dean's Council will consider appeals of those who claim extenuating circumstances in relation to their academic situation.
 

Involuntary Withdrawal from College

Berry College may require at any time the withdrawal of any student whose conduct or academic standing it regards as undesirable, either for the student’s sake or for the college’s.

If the undesirable conduct is unintentional but suggests that the student may be harmful to self or others or is incompatible with the good order and operation of the college, the matter will be referred to the dean of students. The dean of students will consult with health-care providers, professors, counselors and other individuals as appropriate. The dean of students may require interim, temporary or permanent withdrawal of the student.

If the undesirable conduct is deliberate, the student will be subject to the rules and procedures provided in the “Code of Student Conduct” and “Judicial Board of Student Conduct Bylaws” in the Viking Code.

Students who leave the campus under the above conditions, either voluntarily or involuntarily, may be readmitted to the college only after being cleared by the dean of admissions with concurrence of the dean of students. Permission for readmission may take into account the student’s demonstrating a period of stable behavior outside the college and may require a statement from a physician, psychologist or other qualified professionals that the student is ready to return and cope successfully with college life. Follow-up services or special conditions may be required as part of the readmission decision.
 

Leave of Absence

There are situations such as medical or family emergencies when a student must withdraw from classes for a semester with every intention of returning the next semester. The student may, in these cases, request approval of a Leave of Absence that, if granted, would mean that he or she would not have to complete the withdrawal-from-the-institution process and then reapply for admission. In applying, the student will be asked to indicate the term of absence, the reason for the absence and to provide documentation of the reason stated so that the provost and/or associate provost may consider the request.

While students are encouraged to apply for the Leave of Absence prior to the beginning of a term or during the drop/add period, students must complete the Leave of Absence form and turn it in to the associate provost’s office no later than the end of the withdrawal period, typically the fifth week of the regular fall or spring terms, for approval to be considered for the current term. Students who have begun course work during the term and who receive permission for the leave after the drop/add period would be granted a W for all courses for which they are registered; these hours would count, however, as hours attempted.

A student approved for a Leave of Absence will be eligible to preregister at the same time he or she would if enrolled at Berry and will, upon returning to the college, be coded as a current student. The student is responsible for meeting all fee deadlines, housing-application deadlines, etc., as is a student in residence.

A Leave of Absence will be granted for no more than one term in duration. If students must be gone from the institution longer than one term, they must formally withdraw and then reapply for admission.

Students should be advised that an approved Leave of Absence may affect the student’s eligibility for financial aid and grants; students seeking approval of a Leave should consult with financial aid.
 

GRADING AND CREDIT HOURS

Grades and Examinations

At the end of each semester, examinations are administered according to a schedule printed in the Berry College Class Schedule. Semester grade reports are mailed to each student’s home address.

Grades are recorded on the permanent record as follows:
 

A   superior 4 grade points per hour of credit
A-  3.7 grade points per hour of credit
B+  3.3 grade points per hour of credit
B  above average 3 grade points per hour of credit
B-   2.7 grade points per hour of credit
C+  2.3 grade points per hour of credit
C   average 2 grade points per hour of credit
C-   1.7 grade points per hour of credit
D+  passing, but below average 1.3 grade points per hour of credit
D  1 grade point per hour of credit
F  failure no grade points
S  satisfactory not averaged in grade points
U  unsatisfactory not averaged in grade points
H   honors not averaged in grade points (Honors, Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory grades are limited to student teaching, internships and other approved offerings.)
  The following symbols are used when a student does not receive a passing grade or an F:
X   audit no credit
I   incomplete work resulting from illness or emergency
W  withdrew without penalty no effect on grade points
WF  withdrew failing averaged in grade points
WS   withdrew from school or course resulting from illness no effect on grade points
NR  not reported no effect on grade points (an administrative notation in the absence of a grade)
 


Official withdrawal from a course must be accomplished through the student’s academic advisor. If the withdrawal is made during the first five weeks of a semester, the student will receive a W on the course from which the withdrawal is made. After five weeks, the grade will be either W or WF, depending on whether the grade at the time of withdrawal is passing or failing. Only in unusual circumstances, however, will a student be permitted to withdraw from a course during the last three weeks of the semester, even if the grade in the course is passing. Failure to withdraw properly will result in the F grade.

Should a student officially withdraw or be suspended during the semester, the grade will be either W or WF, depending on whether the grade at the time of withdrawal is passing or failing. If the withdrawal is for medical reasons, as determined by the provost, the student will be assigned the WS grade. Grades recorded prior to the student’s withdrawal from school will remain on the record.

The date of dropping a class in no way implies a tuition refund. In cases affecting a student’s receipt of financial aid, federal and state regulations specify that the last date of class attendance be used as the date of withdrawal. See Refund of Charges.
 

Time Limit for Grade Changes

Non-incomplete grades may not be challenged or changed after the end of the next semester in which the grade in question was earned; grades of students who have graduated may not be changed after the end of the term in which the student graduated. Incomplete grades must be completed and removed in the next semester of enrollment, or two semesters if not enrolled. Otherwise, the I becomes an F.
 

Classification, Grade Points and Semester Hours

Students are classified according to number of hours of credit earned.
With fewer than 30 hours the student is classified as a freshman; with as many as 30 hours but fewer than 60, a sophomore; with as many as 60 hours but fewer than 90, a junior; and with 90 or more hours, a senior.

A student’s grade-point average is determined by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of hours attempted, including any on which the student earned a grade of F or WF. Grade-point averages at Berry College will be rounded off to two decimal points for all reporting purposes, including transcripts, academic standards and graduation.

Berry College will use the following terminology for grade-point averages: Berry cumulative; transfer; and combined, which includes the Berry cumulative and the transfer cumulative.

A student normally will take 12 to 18 credit hours a semester. To register for more than 18 hours, a student must have an average of 3.0 (B) for the semester preceding that in which the overload is intended. In extreme cases, however, exceptions may be made by the provost. For consideration by the provost, requests must be filed on the forms available in that office. Students with a 3.0 semester average for the preceding semester need not file a request. No student on academic probation may take more than 16 credit hours, or 15 credit hours plus one hour of credit for a physical-education activity course. Regardless of the grade-point average earned for the preceding semester, a student will not be allowed to take more than 21 semester hours.

A student will not be permitted to earn credit for a basic course in any area in which acceptable college credit for a more advanced course has been earned or awarded.
 

Auditing Courses

A currently enrolled student who desires to enroll for a course without receiving academic credit may audit the course. The student must receive the approval of the instructor prior to registering.

Students will not be permitted to change to credit status after the add/drop period ends. Additionally, students may not change from credit status to audit status after the add/drop period ends.
 

Repeating Courses

Students may repeat courses already passed or failed, but hours of credit will be counted only once toward the total hours for graduation except where otherwise noted in the course description. For determining the cumulative grade average, all attempts in a course will be counted.

Grades and credits earned at other institutions are not used in the calculation of the grade-point average required to remain in good academic standing. Therefore, work repeated at another institution cannot be used to improve the grade-point average at Berry College.

Grades in all courses attempted at Berry College and at other colleges (including repeated courses) will be included in the computation of the student’s grade-point average to determine scholarship awards and graduation with honors.
 

Credit for Prior Educational Experience

Students wishing to receive transfer credit for course work taken at another accredited institution should consult the Transfer Credit Policies found in the Admissions section of this catalog. Berry College will not grant transfer credit for course work from nonaccredited institutions or for prior experiential learning. Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in areas covered by Berry courses may be allowed to earn credit for those courses through a variety of examinations.
 

Credit by Examination
Advanced Placement Program

Berry College grants credit to a student who presents acceptable scores on one or more of the Advanced Placement Program examinations of the CEEB in the areas in which Berry has courses. On some examinations, students gain credit for a score of three or higher; for others, a score of four or higher is required.

Credit by Examination
Berry offers its regularly enrolled, degree-qualifying students an opportunity to receive full academic credit for some of its courses upon passing successfully an examination administered within the school in which the course is taught. Upon approval of the academic advisor, the student may apply for Credit by Examination (CBE) through the office of the provost. Before the examination is administered, the student will pay at the business-services office an examination fee of $30 per course-credit hour.

A student may not apply for CBE for any course in which participation or activity is essential to the objectives of the course, or a course which was previously audited in college either formally or informally, or a course in an area in which more advanced credit has been earned or awarded. At all times, the discretion for deciding whether the requirements for a particular course may be satisfied by passing an examination rests with the department in which the course is offered.

The examining instructor reports to the registrar the results of the examination. If the examination has been passed, full credit for the course will be given and will be listed on the student’s transcript as “passed (S).” A grade of passing is reflective of at least a C performance. Should the examination be failed, no notation will be made on the student’s permanent record, and the student will not be allowed to repeat the examination for credit in that particular course.
 

International Baccalaureate Programme (IB)

Berry College recognizes the IB programme and welcomes the submission of IB examination results. No credit will be awarded solely for earning a Diploma, for the results of any Subsidiary-level examinations, or for scores below 5 on any Higher-level examination.

Berry College will award credit for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher-level examinations. Students are required to provide a certified copy of the IB examination results.
 

Credit from Service School Courses

Berry College generally follows the recommendations of the American Council on Education in the evaluation of educational experiences in the Armed Services. Veterans should contact the registrar about such evaluations and equivalent college credits.
 

Continuing Education Unit

Continuing Education Units (CEU) may be earned by participating in appropriately planned activities not otherwise offered for credit. One CEU is earned through 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing-education experience such as a symposium or conference sponsored or cosponsored by Berry College.

While these units do not accumulate toward a degree, they are recommended by the College Delegate Assembly of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a means of recognizing the individual’s participation in noncredit activities meeting the appropriate criteria. These criteria are established by the association and Berry; participants are made aware at the time of enrollment of the availability of and requirements for earning the CEU. A decision that the CEU will be awarded cannot be made after the program or activity has been offered. Certificates designating the CEU credit are awarded after successful completion of the program. Announcements and fees of activities meeting the criteria are made by the college.
 

Academic Transcripts

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, transcripts are issued only at the written request of the student. Telephone requests cannot be accepted. A minimum of 24 hours’ advance request time is required. Every attempt is made to honor requests within 48 hours. As this timing is not always possible, students should request transcripts well in advance of their need for them in order to allow time for mailed transcripts to reach their destination. Official transcripts bear the seal of the college. A $5 fee is charged for each official copy. Currently enrolled students may print unofficial copies for their own use from Viking Web. Transcripts will not be issued for those who are delinquent in their financial obligations to the college.
 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Access to Student Information

Under provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, students have the right of access to official records maintained on them by Berry College. A student may inspect and review her or his educational records by filing a written request with the registrar. Although access may be normally obtained without undue delay, officials are permitted a 45-day period within which to respond to any request. For further information, please refer to the student handbook, Viking Code.

Directory Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, also provides that the following categories of information may be released by the college as public unless the student chooses to have the information withheld. Such information may be released routinely to certain inquirers and the news media unless the student requests in writing the fall semester of each year that this list be withheld.

  1. Name
  2. Address, including
    1. home
    2. residence hall and room number
    3. local off-campus address
     
  3. Current telephone listing
  4. Place of birth
  5. Major field of study
  6. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  7. Weight and height, if a member of an athletic team
  8. Dates of attendance, including current classification and year, matriculation and withdrawal dates
  9. Degrees, awards and honors received, including dates granted
  10. The most recent previous educational agency or institution attended
  11. Berry e-mail address
  12. Status (full-time/part-time)
  13. Identification photograph
Release of Information

Without the student’s written consent, Berry College does not release confidential information to anyone other than Berry College personnel requiring information for the proper performance of their duties; organizations conducting studies for educational and governmental agencies; accrediting agencies; appropriate persons in case of health or safety emergencies; agencies or offices in connection with the student’s application for or receipt of financial aid; governmental officials, as identified in Public Law 93-380; parents of dependent children, as defined in the Internal Revenue Code of 1954; and an appropriate official in response to a court order. Students who wish to release to parents routine grade reports or other official correspondence must complete a signed authorization form with the office of the registrar.
 

Library Privacy Policy

Librarians’ professional ethics require that personally identifiable information about library users be kept confidential. This confidentiality applies to information sought or received; materials consulted, borrowed or acquired; and borrower-registration information.

Confidential records shall not be made available to any agency of state, federal or local government or any other person unless a court order requiring disclosure has been entered by a court of competent jurisdiction.
 

Public Relations

Berry College students are frequently featured in news releases, photographs, audiotapes and videotapes that may be distributed to the media or used in Berry publications, including Web sites. Students may be photographed or videotaped on campus or at college-related functions. The college has exclusive rights to these photographs/videotapes and may use them to promote the institution. Accomplishments of students may also be used to promote Berry College.

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