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1 STUDENT QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE Bachelor of Science Master of Science March 2012 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 1

2 2 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice Copyright 2012, Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee

3 BETHEL UNIVERSITY Student Quick-Reference Guide Table of Contents Welcome Mission Statement History... 5 Affiliation... 5 Accreditation College of Criminal Justice... 6 Campus Locations Offices & Services Office/Admissions... 8 Financial Aid Policies & Procedures for Collection of Tuition & Fees Billing/Refund Procedure Bookstore Library Curriculum & Instruction Facilitators Teaching & Learning Styles Graduation Requirements Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 3

4 Table of Contents (continued) Technology ipads Virtual Campus Academic Policies & Procedures Academic Honesty-Plagiarism...38 Transfer Policies...38 Withdrawal Policies...38 Dropping Courses...39 Academic Appeals...39 Academic Programs Portfolio Training Academy Challenge Exams Military Credit CLEP / DANTES CLEP / DANTES schedule of courses Student Responsibility 45 Security/Emergencies 45 Students with Disabilities 45 Other Student Sources of Reference The Bethel University Catalog Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

5 WELCOME! Mission Statement Bethel s mission is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons--intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically--in a Christian environment. History Bethel University is the only univerisity of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. It was established in 1842 in McLemoresville (12 miles from McKenzie) by the West Tennessee Synod of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Granted a charter by the State of Tennessee in 1847, Bethel moved to its present site in 1872 and has continued to serve the region. In 2009, Bethel College became Bethel University. As part of this change, the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Professional Studies were created. The College of Graduate Studies houses the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution, the Master of Arts in Education, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. The College of Professional Studies includes the Bachelor of Management and Organizational Development program in both face-to-face and on-line format. Affiliation Bethel University is joined in a covenant relationship with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Bethel is proud of its heritage as a Cumberland Presbyterian college and of the service it provides to the church in the form of education for current and future leaders. Accreditation Bethel is chartered by the State of Tennessee and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 5

6 College of Criminal Justice The College of Criminal Justice offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and was established in response to the needs of today s law enforcement community. This program features: convenient class scheduling credit for prior learning enhancement of writing skills development of decision-making skills presentation of new knowledge and perspectives from the modules online course work Students work with the same cohort of adults over an 18 month period. This program moves into a new instructional module every five to seven weeks, depending on which program you are in. Our integrated curriculum is designed to provide a student-centered learning environment in which collaborative learning occurs and support is fostered. 6 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

7 Campus Locations Bethel s main campus is located in McKenzie, Tennessee. In addition, Bethel University has satellite offices located in Memphis, Jackson, Clarksville, Nashville, and Chattanooga. McKenzie Bethel University 325 Cherry Avenue McKenzie, Tennessee McKenzie Memphis Bethel University Memphis Satellite Campus 5885 Ridgeway Center Parkway, Suite 100 Memphis, Tennessee Jackson Bethel University Jackson Satellite Campus 59 Murray Guard Drive Jackson, Tennessee Memphis Bethel University Jackson Satellite Campus (2) 51B Murray Guard Drive Jackson, Tennessee Clarksville Jackson Clarksville Bethel University Clarksville Satellite Campus 130 Corporate Drive Clarksville, Tennessee Nashville Bethel University Nashville Satellite Campus 1801 West End Avenue Suite 200 (MBA) & 300 (College of Professional Studies) Nashville, Tennessee Bethel University College of Criminal Justice 2900 Lebanon Pike, Suite 210 Nashville, Tennessee Bethel University College of Education th Avenue S. Suite 338 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Chattanooga Bethel University Chattanooga Satellite 735 Broad Street, Suite 107 Chattanooga, TN Campus Chattanooga Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 7

8 Offices & Services Applying for Admission to the College of Criminal Justice: Students applying for admission must submit the following to his or her enrollment counselor: An application for admission and the application fee ($30 for undergraduate/$70 for graduate) Official high school transcripts or GED Test Scores (not required for graduate program) Official college transcripts from each college attended (For the graduate program, only the transcript from where the undergraduate degree was obtained is required.) Signed financial contract If applying for Financial Aid, proof of FAFSA submission must be present in your file If utilizing student loans, a signed Master Promissory Note and Loan Entrance Counseling If applying for VA benefits, a DD214 and VA Application must be present in your file An official letter of admission indicates that your file is complete and you have been officially admitted as a student to Bethel Failure to complete your student file, by the end of Module One, may affect your financial aid and/or VA benefits and could result in expulsion from the program. Students Applying for Re-admission: If a student has not attended classes for a period of two (2) consecutive weeks, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from the program and must apply for re-admission in order to continue at a later date Students who are applying for re-admission must be approved by the Financial Aid and Business Offices prior to re-enrollment. Either the Advisor or student may contact Student Services for authorization. The student must make arrangements with the Business Office to clear any past due balances prior to re-enrollment. The student will be required to sign re-enrollment paperwork. Your appointed Recruiter & Advisor serve to provide you with the information necessary to begin your journey as a Bethel University student. This will include assistance with the application process, financial aid and/or VA benefits, and any other related issues. Your Academic Advisor will provide you with answers to any academic related question that you may have. He or she will be easily accessible to you throughout the program, beginning with a scheduled individual consultation regarding your official plan of study. In addition, your advisor will be available to register you for courses throughout the program. 8 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

9 Your Official Plan of Study will be provided to you, by your advisor, once all of your official transcripts have been received and evaluated. This plan of study will indicate to you the transfer credits received (if any), the courses that you have completed at Bethel, and the courses that you must complete in order to graduate. It would be in your best interest to maintain your plan of study and to periodically review it with your advisor. When you are near the end of the program and apply for graduation, you will receive an updated official plan of study directly from the Registrar s Office. Financial Aid Financial Aid Eligibility For a student to be eligible for Federal and State Student Aid at Bethel University he or she must: Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid social security number. Have a high school diploma or GED (undergraduate program) / have a bachelor s degree (graduate program). Register for our program and be seeking a bachelor s degree or a master s degree. Must not be in default status on prior student loans. Must be in academic good standing. Must not be receiving Financial Aid funds at another college while enrolled at Bethel University. Applying for Financial Aid Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by: Applying online at Be sure to use Bethel s school code when applying: Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 9

10 What happens after I complete the FAFSA? Three to ten days after the FAFSA is submitted, students will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education. The SAR lists the information reported on their FAFSA and will tell them their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. The EFC is an index of need that the financial aid office will use to determine the amount, and what type of federal student aid a student is qualified to receive. When students receive their SAR they can contact the Criminal Justice Financial Aid Office at Bethel University to see how much and what type of aid they are eligible to receive. When will I receive my Financial Aid paperwork (Award letter)? Before an award package can be sent the following must be on file: A completed FAFSA. The student s admissions file must be complete and transcripts must have been received and evaluated. If picked for verification, the student must provide all requested documentation. If the above processes are complete and an award letter has not been received, the student should contact Financial Aid. Your award letter will be ed to your Bethel University address. What are the different types of Financial Aid available to students? Student Guide to Financial Aid Financial aid assistance is split into two categories; need based and non-need based. The student s cost of attendance and EFC determines which category applies to them. 10 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

11 Need-based Financial Aid Student Guide to Financial Aid Federal Pell Grant (not applicable to graduate programs) Does not have to be repaid. Annual award limits $0 - $5,550. Amount of award is based on number of hours enrolled, number of weeks enrolled, and financial need. Tennessee State Assistance Corporation (TSAC) Grant (not applicable to graduate programs) Does not have to be repaid. Amount of award based on number of hours enrolled and financial need. Eligibility also based on whether the state still has funds available. This grant is based on a first come, first served basis, depending on date the student s FAFSA was processed. Must be a Tennessee resident. Annual award limits up to $4000. Hope Lottery Scholarship (not applicable to graduate programs) Does not have to be repaid. Annual award limits: $4, Eligibility based on adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less, must be 25 years old or older, and have not attended any secondary education within the past two years. Must work their way into the Hope Scholarship by completing 12 credit hours at Bethel University and have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher at the end of the 12 hours. Subsidized Federal Direct Loans Must be repaid. The Department of Education pays interest while a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods. Annual award limits range from $3500 to $5500 based on grade level for undergraduate programs. The award limit for graduate programs is $8500. Loans are guaranteed by the Federal Government: a credit check is not required. Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 11

12 Interest Rate Reductions Over a four-year period beginning July 1, 2009, the interest rate on subsidized loans made to undergraduate students will be reduced. The applicable interest rates for loans made during this period are on the table to the right. First disbursement of a subsidized loan Made on or after and made before Unpaid balance Interest rate July 1, 2008 July 1, % July 1, 2009 July 1, % July 1, 2010 July 1, % July 1, 2011 July 1, % These changes apply to subsidized loans first disbursed on or after July 1 of each year through June 30 of the next year. This change does not affect any prior loans made to borrowers; the terms and interest rates of those loans remain the same. These reduced interest rates apply only to subsidized loans; any unsubsidized Stafford Loan for the same undergraduate borrower would continue to be made at the current fixed interest rate of 6.8%. Current interest rates for graduate students are 6.8%. Non-need based aid: Federal Direct Loan: Unsubsidized Must be repaid. The borrower is responsible for interest during the life of the loan. Annual award limits are based on grade level and financial need. For all unsubsidized loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, the interest rate is fixed at 6.8%. Loans are guaranteed by the Federal Government, a credit check is not required. Other than interest, is there a charge for this loan? For Direct Loans there is a 1/2% origination fee, deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement. The entire fee goes to the government to help reduce the cost of loans. Also, if you do not make your loan payments when scheduled you may be charged collection costs and late fees. Federal Parent Plus Loan (P.L.U.S.) (not applicable to graduate programs) This program is designed for parents or guardians of dependent students and is based on credit worthiness. Under this program, parents may borrow up to the cost of education at an institution minus any financial aid a student receives. Student Guide to Financial Aid 12 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

13 Student Guide to Financial Aid The current interest rate is 7.9%. Repayment of a Plus Loan begins within 60 days of full disbursement and has a repayment term up to ten years. Should a parent be turned down for the loan, the student will automatically be eligible for independent loan limits. Parents can apply for this loan at When will I have to start making payments on my student loans? Repayment of Federal Direct Student Loans: Payments on student loans do not begin until six months after the date of the last class in which the student was enrolled at least half time (minimum of six consecutive hours per term). This is not to be confused with six months after graduation. There may be a time lapse between the last date of enrollment and the actual graduation date. If a student is registered for less than six consecutive hours per term the six month deferment date begins the last date of at least half-time enrollment. I have lost my job, changed jobs, have recently separated or divorced, and my income has been drastically reduced. Can I get more financial aid because of this? Students may be eligible to receive a Professional Judgement adjustment on their FAFSA, which could make them eligible for additional grant funds. The student will need to contact either their enrollment counselor or the Financial Aid Office, and request a Professional Judgment form. The student will need to follow all of the instructions on the form and include all documentation requested, then return the form and documentation to their advisor or mail to: Bethel University CJ Financial Aid Office Box Cherry Avenue McKenzie, TN Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 13

14 How much can I borrow in direct student loans? Annual and Aggregate Direct Loan Limits Direct Loan Limits Per Year Freshman Sophmore Junior Senior Graduate Dependent $5,500 $6,500 $7,500 $7,500 - Independent $9,500 $10,500 $12,500 $12,500 $20,500 Aggregate Loan Limits for Earning a Bachelor s Degree Master s Degree Dependent Student $31,000 - Independent Student $57,500 $20,500 * A dependent student is someone who is single, has no dependents that they financially support, and is under the age of 24. Are there other grants or scholarships I may be eligible to receive? It is the student s responsibility to apply for these scholarships. Private Student Loan Can borrow up to the cost of attendance less any aid received. Approval of loan is based on student s credit rating. Interest rates vary based on credit score. Students will need to do an Internet search for private student loan: to apply for additional loans. Be sure to choose a well-known reputable company. Vocational Rehabilitation Grants These grants are made through the State Department of Human Services Offices. The student should contact the local Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services in their county for more information. 14 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

15 Workforce Investment Act Grant Student Guide to Financial Aid The student should contact the local Department of Employment Services in their county for more information. Free Scholarship Search Search online for scholarships offered by organizations and companies. Two such site are: or -choose the Financial Aid and Scholarship Wizard. It is the student s responsibility to apply for these scholarships. Employee Reimbursement Many employers offer tuition reimbursement for students in programs like ours. Students need to contact the Human Resource Department at their place of employment to see if they have a reimbursement program. Most employers require that the student pay the University and then the company reimburses the student. If a student cannot afford to pay for their tuition in advance Direct Student Loans are a recommended solution. A student should complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for these loans. When will I know how much and what type of aid I am eligible to receive? The Financial Aid Office at Bethel University should have the results of the student s application within two weeks after they file the FAFSA. The student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) by or regular mail from the Department of Education. When the student receives it they can contact our office to see what type of aid and the amount the student is eligible to receive. Why have I not received my Financial Aid paperwork (award package)? There may be several reasons that the student has not received an award package from the Financial Aid Office. We have not received the student s completed FAFSA. Even though the student may have filed their FAFSA there could be a problem. It could have been processed incorrectly if the student filed on the Website. Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 15

16 The student was picked for verification and we have not received the requested documents in the Financial Aid Office. The student s admission file may not be complete or all their transcripts from prior colleges have not been received or evaluated. Bethel University must receive prior college, high school, or GED transcripts, proof of immunization (MMR), admission application, and admission fee in order for their file to be complete. If the student is not sure if their file is complete they need to contact their recruiter. Until the student s file is complete no Financial Aid funds can be processed. If the student is sure that none of the above applies to them they need to contact the Financial Aid Office so we are aware that the student does not have their award package. Why have I received a letter from the Financial Aid Office stating my FAFSA was picked for Verification? Verification is a process in which the Financial Aid Office is required by federal regulations to collect and maintain, in a student s file, additional documents. This process is to ensure the accuracy of income, family size, and the number of family members attending college as reported on the original application. The student s FAFSA application may be selected for the verification process by the federal Central Processing Center (CPS) or by Bethel University. The student will be required to submit additional documentation to the Financial Aid Office. They will receive a verification request letter that will indicate what items the student will be required to submit. Possible verification documents that may be requested, but not limited to: Verification Worksheet; base year 1040 tax returns and W2 forms (Example of base year 2008/2009 application is the 2007 tax year); Social Security year-end statement; documentation of child support paid or received. Student Guide to Financial Aid The student will need to sign the copy of the 1040 tax return at the bottom of the second page in the signature box. A student s Financial Aid Award Package cannot be completed until we have received all of the requested information. 16 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

17 Student Guide to Financial Aid What will my Financial Aid Award Letter look like? An Award Letter states what group and term(s) the student is being packaged for, the amount and what type of grants and loans that the student is eligible to receive for that term(s), and the estimated direct costs for that term(s). As of June 1, 2009 Bethel University uses a passive confirmation process for all award letters. Students only need to take action if they want to decline any of the aid listed or make adjustments to the type or amount of the loans. If the student does not respond within 14 days, all aid will be processed including student loans. Loans are funds that are borrowed by the student and must be repaid by the student. How long will it take to receive my grants and loan funds once I receive my award letter? Pell, TSAC, Lottery, and SEOG Grants (not applicable to graduate students) Disbursement dates can vary on each of these grants. Bethel University must request and receive the funds from the Department of Education or the State of Tennessee. Loan Funds The first loan disbursement should be received and posted to the student s Bethel University account approximately 21 days from the start of the term or the date listed on the award letter; whichever is later. The Department of Education will send a notification informing the student when their loan is guaranteed. The student will receive an from Bethel University when loan funds have been received and posted to their account. Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 17

18 Why has my Financial Aid funds not been posted to my account? There could be several reasons a student s funds have not been posted. Pell, TSAC, and Lottery grants cannot be posted to the student s account until Bethel University can request and receive the funds from the Department of Education or the State. The dates vary on each grant but we will post the aid to the student s account as soon as we receive it. There may be a problem with missing information on the loan application. We will try to contact the student about missing information. If the student receives a message from us about missing information they will need to contact us with the information requested as quickly as possible. If none of the above listed situations apply please contact the Financial Aid Office to ensure that there are no other issues that need to be resolved. Student Guide to Financial Aid 18 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

19 Student Guide to Financial Aid I borrowed extra funds for other educational expenses, how do I receive the extra funds that I borrowed? The student must have a credit balance (extra funds) in their account to receive a refund. The student must also complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours to be eligible for student loans or to be eligible to receive a refund on a credit balance that was created by these funds. I received a letter from my lender stating that I am no longer attending Bethel full-time and I have to start repaying my student loans. What do I do? The student must be attending 6 consecutive college credit hours to keep their student loans in deferment. If there is a period of time that the student is not taking consecutive classes, Bethel University is required to notify lenders that the student has dropped below half-time status or are no longer attending classes. If the above applies then the student will either need to start making payments or enroll in classes for at least 6 consecutive hours to put their student loans back into deferment. They may need to make at least one payment to keep their loans from being delinquent. They should contact their lender to let them know that they will be attending classes, ask them if they need to make a payment, and they will need to go to the lenders website and download an in-school deferment form. Complete the form and mail it to the address below. If the student has not dropped below half-time status and has been consecutively enrolled in classes they will need to contact their lender and let them know this information and they may need to go to the lender s website and download an in-school deferment form. Complete the form and mail it to the address below. Bethel University Attn: College of Criminal Justice Box Cherry Ave. McKenzie, TN Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 19

20 Can I receive financial aid if I have a bankruptcy? If a student is in current bankruptcy they are still eligible to receive grants as long as they are not in default of prior student loans. The student may also be eligible to receive student loans. To be able to process loans, a student must contact the bankruptcy court where they filed and request a letter stating that they can incur additional debt. Some courts require the student to attend a debt management class before they will give them permission. As long as they are making their bankruptcy payments most courts will allow the student to incur additional debt for student loans. It is imperative for the student to fax this letter to the Financial Aid Office as soon as they receive it from the court. Can I receive financial aid from two different colleges at the same time? No. Bethel University is not a consortium college. If the student is currently attending another college and receiving Financial Aid they are not eligible to receive assistance at Bethel. How can I get money to cover classes at a different college while I attend Bethel? If a student wants to attend another college to pickup core or elective hours and needs Financial Aid funds to assist them they will need to contact our office to see if they have extra funds on their account. If they do, they can request a refund then use those funds to pay for classes at another college. Student Guide to Financial Aid How can I get the name of my lender so I can contact them about making payments? Students can obtain all information about their student loans at 20 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

21 Bethel University Policies for the Collection of Tuition and Fees Bethel University Policy In order to provide sound fiscal policy and stewardship for Bethel University, the Administration and Staff are charged with the duty of ensuring that all student accounts are fully and timely collected. It is the responsibility of each student to have suitable financial arrangements in place well before enrollment to fully pay all sums owed Bethel. Likewise, it is the responsibility of the Administration and Staff to communicate the school s requirements, provide assistance to prospective students in procuring financing, and faithfully enforce the school s policies and procedures. Accordingly, the following procedures and guidelines will be followed in arranging for the payment and collection of student accounts: PRE-PAY FINANCIAL OPTIONS Approved methods of payment are as follows: 1.) Cash Plan 2.) Federal/State Loans or Grants 3.) Tuition Reimbursement Plan 4.) Third-Party Billing Plan 5.) Private loans CASH PLAN The cash plan requires that 100% of the tuition and fees be paid by the due date. (The due date for all options are defined hereafter). Under this plan, students may pay by check or automatically charge the tuition and fees to their credit card. Automatic payments will be charged on the due date for each successive term. Documentation required for the cash plan: 1.) Student Financial Agreement Form 2.) Student Credit Card Authorization to Charge Form 3.) Completed Admissions Application Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 21

22 FEDERAL/STATE LOANS OR GRANTS The financial aid plan requires the student to complete all documentation required for the Respective Federal or State programs by the due date in order to qualify for tuition deferment. In the event 100% of the tuition and fees are not covered under this plan, the student must make arrangements for the payment of the balance due by one of the other financial options listed above. Such arrangements must be completed by the due date. Acceptable financial aid plans are: 1.) Federal Pell Grant 2.) Tennessee State Assistance Corporation Grant 3.) Hope Lottery Scholarship 4.) Subsidized Federal Direct Loan 5.) Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan 6.) Federal Parent Plus Loan Since students must reapply for funding each academic year or term, reapplication must be fully completed on or before the appropriate due date. In the event a student fails to reapply in a timely manner, qualification for tuition deferment will be terminated and the student will be required to comply with the terms and conditions of the cash plan. The following documentation is required to be filed by the due date for the Federal/State Loans or Grants: 1.) Student Financial Agreement Form 2.) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 3.) Completed Admissions Application TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PLAN Bethel University Policy Tuition reimbursement from an employer is an acceptable financial option. However, it is subject to the following conditions: 1. The student must make acceptable arrangements through one of the other financial options to pay all tuition and fees during the initial deferral period. Thereafter, tuition reimbursement proceeds will be applied prospectively to future enrollment periods. 2. Complete documentation of the terms and conditions of the employer s reimbursement plan. 22 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

23 Bethel University Policy 3. A completed Tuition Reimbursement Certificate and Authorization Form which allows Bethel to automatically charge the student s credit card in the event full reimbursement is not paid by the employer. Students must be advised that terms and conditions are not contingent upon the completion of a course or the receipt of a grade and that the credit card will be charged for any amount necessary to repay Bethel 100% of the amount due. A declined credit card will cause the account to be assessed a $50 late fee, which is immediately due and payable. A second declined credit card will terminate this financial option and the student will be required to comply with the terms and conditions of the cash plan. Documentation required to be filed by the due date for the Tuition Reimbursement Plan: 1.) Student Financial Agreement Form 2.) Tuition Reimbursement Certificate and Authorization Form 3.) Credit Card Authorization to Charge Form 4.) Copy of employer s tuition reimbursement plan 5.) Completed Admissions Application THIRD-PARTY BILLING PLAN Third-party billing plans are available for students of employers approved for direct billing, active duty military personnel, civilian government contract employees, and students eligible for benefits pursuant to the Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. Students will be required to comply with the terms and conditions of the cash plan if employment ceases or the employer ceases to remit payments as agreed. Documentation required to be filed by the due date for the third-party billing plan: 1.) Student Financial Agreement Form 2.) Employer s voucher approved by Bethel, or 3.) Authorized military or government assistance vouchers 4.) Completed Admissions Application PRIVATE LOAN PLAN Students may prefer a private loan arrangement with a lender based on credit worthiness. Failure to pay under this plan will revert the student to the cash plan. Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 23

24 Documentation required to be filed by the due date for private loan arrangements: 1.) Student Financial Agreement Form 2.) Completed loan application 3.) Signed promissory note 4.) Loan approval from lender 5.) Completed Admissions Application B. DUE DATES In order to provide for an orderly enrollment process, thorough documentation of the student s academic history, and sufficient time to process financial options paperwork, due dates for the submission of required documentation shall be 30 days prior to the first class for each term. In the event admissions or financial aid personnel believe this requirement will impose an undue hardship on a prospective student, a waiver may be requested. The requested waiver will be in writing, stating in sufficient detail the justification for the waiver, and the potential impact on the student s ability to comply with Bethel s tuition and fee repayment policies. The waiver will be filed with the Director of Business Operations for ultimate presentation to the President. C. CHANGING FINANCE OPTIONS Students may change finance options provided they are in compliance with their current finance option. In order to change plans, a student must contact their appropriate financial aid office and complete all required documentation on or prior to the due date. D. CREDIT CARDS The following credit cards are accepted, provided the student is the authorized signer: American Express, Discover, Visa, MasterCard E. STUDENTS WITH DELINQUENT BALANCES Students with delinquent balances will not be permitted to enroll for additional classes. Student Guide to Financial Aid 24 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

25 Billing Billing Procedures All tuition charges will be posted to your student account. When registering for an entire term, the tuition will be posted on your account according to the last date of each class. A Drop/Add fee of $10.00 will be posted each time a drop/add request is generated after the original registration is complete. Other fees will be charged when applicable. Statements Statements are generated within the first course of each term and will be distributed via mail. Statements will include every transaction of the current term. A complete statement from enrollment will be provided upon request. Review your statement carefully each term. Company Reimbursement If you qualify for company reimbursement, you will be required to complete employer information on a Financial Contract. A company reimbursement invoice will be mailed to you immediately upon grades being posted in the Registrar s Office (usually 2-3 days after the grade appears on the virtual campus). This invoice will include your name, the course number and name, tuition related charges, your final grade, and an address in which to return payment. It is the student s responsibility to ensure that their employer s tuition benefit requirements are being met. The student is ultimately responsible for the charges on their account. Verification of eligibility form from employer if the employer pays directly to Bethel. Refund of Excess Funds Funds must be posted to your student account, which must create a credit balance, in order to be available for refund. Refunds will not be issued on funds which are specified for current or expected charges. Refunds will only be processed after a specific request from the student. The refund request must be made via . Refund request forms must be requested by 4:30 pm on Fridays in order to be processed the following Thursday. This schedule is subject to change. Three (3) hours must be completed in the term to which the funds are applied, before a refund is issued. Instructions and request forms are available on the Virtual Campus: bethelcjonline.com Bethel Bethel University, College College of Professional Criminal Studies Justice 25

26 Request for Refund Procedure To request a refund please fill out the form and send, along with the required documentation,* as an attachment to * You only need to submit the ACH Credit Authorization form, driver s license, and voided check one time unless your bank information changes. A separate request for refund form is required for each refund that you expect to receive. Request for Refund forms are available on the virtual campus under Resources > Electronic Forms Bookstore For courses that do not exclusively utilize electronic resources, books and materials will be delivered to you via UPS or FedEx. Requirements for Texts Deliveries We must have a physical delivery address on file in order for your books to be shipped via UPS. Note: UPS/FedEx will not deliver to a Post Office Box. You should receive your books at least one week prior to the start of each course. Ground shipping is usually 1 day for all Tennessee residents. Three delivery attempts will be made prior to the books being returned to Bethel. Your signature will not be required upon delivery. Books can be left at any location in which the carrier believes to be safe from weather and not visible from the road. Claims may only be filed in instances where you have not received your books although the carrier indicates that they were delivered. Library Access to online library databases Click Electronic Resources Click All EBSCO Databases - Your username = the username you use to access your Bethel - Your password = the password you use to access your Bethel Complete search If accessing directly, Click EBSCO Information Systems - Your username = bethelcollege - Your password = bethellibrary Click EBSCOhost Web Click Academic Search Premier These online library databases will aid you in searching for reference material and articles. 26 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

27 Curriculum & Instruction Facilitators Each student will complete a course and facilitator evaluation upon the completion of each module throughout the program. Teaching & Learning Styles Students will receive a full college experience by being exposed to a variety of teaching styles. Graduation Requirements Undergraduate: A total of 128 credit hours must be obtained in order to graduate from Bethel University. Graduate: A total of 36 credit hours must be obtained in order to graduate from Bethel University. An application for graduation must be approved by an advisor and filed in the Office of the Registrar by September 30th for December graduation, by February 18th for May graduation, and by May 16th for August graduation. An application fee will be required with each application for graduation. Application fees are non-refundable or transferable. If a fee is paid for a specific graduation date and the student does not graduate at that time, a new application and fee will be required for the next proposed graduation date. Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice 27

28 TECHNOLOGY ipads ipad eligibility: You must have a completed student file Bethel University issues one ipad per student, per program. If a student accepts a second ipad, payment will be their responsibility. You must be registered for nine or more hours per term Virtual Campus An on-line virtual campus has been developed so that you will have immediate access to special announcements, course registrations, grades, surveys, etc. This virtual campus is very user-friendly and has many great benefits. https://www.bethelcjonline.com The following page contains a basic guide to the virtual campus, for all questions related to the virtual campus, contact your academic advisor. Account Students are provided a Bethel account which can be accessed at by checking on webmail. In most cases, both the username and password are formatted as All official correspondence should be sent via the Bethel account. Starting on the next page is a 9 page quick reference guide to the online virtual campus. You may want to print it out for easy reference 28 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

29 Getting Started: A Quick Reference Guide 2011 Edition Table of Contents Getting Started with Your New ipad...2 Connecting Your ipad to Wi-Fi...3 Setting up Your Bluetooth Keyboard...4 Using Safari...5 Visit Your School s Home Page & Create a Shortcut...5 How to Log into Your Virtual Campus...6 Home Page Layout...7 Getting Around V-Camp...8 Coursework Bethel University V-Camp Quick Reference Guide

30 Getting Started with Your New ipad Before getting started, make sure you have received everything on this checklist: Welcome letter with username and password ipad Leather Bluetooth keyboard binder ipad cord and wall charger V-Camp User Guide Quick Reference Guide Camera (ipad2) - can be used for pictures, videos, and live chatting. Power Button - press to power ipad on and off Silence Button - Switch up or down to mute notifications Volume Control - click up or down to control volume. Your ipad Screen is Touch Sensitive. Screen Lock - Slide to right after pressing power button Home Button - Press to return to the home screen 30 Bethel University, College of Criminal Justice

31 Connecting Your ipad to Wi-Fi u v w x y Your Wireless Network Connecting Your ipad to Wi-Fi 1. Select Settings icon from your ipad home screen. 2. Select General ipad Settings from the menu on the left of the screen. 3. From the General ipad Settings screen, select the Network tab in the right column of the screen. You will now be on the Network Settings screen. 4. Select on the Wi-Fi in the right column of the screen. This will open a list of all available Wi-Fi networks. 5. From the Wi-Fi Networks screen, select the network that you wish to use. If the network has a password, you will be prompted to enter it at this time. Your ipad is programmed to remember Wi-Fi networks that you have used, so you will not have to go through this step when you are near a familiar network. Bethel University V-Camp Quick Reference Guide 31

32 Setting up Your Bluetooth Keyboard Included with your ipad is a leather Bluetooth keyboard binder. This keyboard will let you type your homework, s, and more with the same ease as a bulky laptop. To start using your keyboard, you will first need to set up the Bluetooth function on your ipad. v u 1. Make sure that your ipad is properly placed in the leather binder. Turn on the keyboard using the Power Toggle Switch located on the right side of the keyboard. 2. Press the Connect button on the keyboard. The keyboard is now ready to be paired with your ipad. w 3. Turn on your ipad and tap the Settings icon to return to the General ipad Settings menu. Select Bluetooth. x 4. From the Bluetooth settings screen, slide Bluetooth mode to ON. It may take a minute for your ipad to locate the Bluetooth Keyboard. 5. You will be prompted to key in the PIN code of your newly paired Bluetooth Keyboard, followed by the return or enter key. Your keyboard should now be ready for use. y 32 Bethel University V-Camp Quick Reference Guide

33 Using Safari Safari is the internet browser provided on your ipad. You can find the Safari icon on your ipad home screen. Tap it to access the internet. Address Bar - where you will type the URL of the site you wish to visit. Refresh Icon - tap here to refresh the information on the current site Search Bar - type in any word or topic you want to research www. Back and Forward Icon - Tap the back arrow if you want to return to a previous screen and the forward arrow if you want to go forward. New Window Icon - This will minimize the current screen, allowing you to have several pages open at once. History Icon - keeps a list of sites that you have previously visited. Bookmarks Icon - gives you the options of adding a bookmark, making the current page your home page, or ing a link of the current page Visit Your School s Home Page & Create a Shortcut 1. Tap the address bar and type in your schools s web address provided in your Welcome Letter. Hit enter (or the Go button on your on-screen keypad). 2. You can create a shortcut to your login page that will allow you to easily access V-Camp from your ipad home screen. To create a shortcut, select the Bookmarks icon, followed by Add to Home Screen, followed by Add. 3. From the home screen on your ipad, hold your finger on your school s icon until it begins to shake. Now you can move it to a different location on your home screen. Press the Home Button (see page 3) to lock the icon in place. For more information on how to use your ipad, visit Here you will find extensive manuals explaining everything you need to know to become an ipad pro! Bethel University V-Camp Quick Reference Guide 33

34 Logging into V-Camp u v w How to Log into Your Virtual Campus 1. To gain access to your virtual classroom, go to your School s login page and type in your username and password in the correct fields. 2. Select the Login button. 3. If you forget your password, select the Forgot Password? link to have it sent to the address you have on file. 34 Bethel University V-Camp Quick Reference Guide

35 Home Page Layout v x u w Hello and welcome to the new and improved V-Camp! We hope that this new layout provides you with the best possible learning experience we have to offer. We look forward to working with you and helping you receive the best educational experience around while you are working towards earning your degree. We wish you the best in all of your educational pursuits and look forward to working with you. Home Page Layout Once you have logged in, you will be at the Home Page of your virtual campus. 1. On the Home Page, you will see the Site Navigation Column along the left-hand side. 2. Select the Home link at the top, left-hand corner to return to this page at any time. 3. In the middle of the page, you will see News & Announcements. This section is designated for global news for the site as well as administration announcements. 4. At the top of the page, you will see 4 option buttons: My Profile, Messages, Calendar, and Logout. Bethel University V-Camp Quick Reference Guide 35

36 Getting Around V-Camp u v w 1. The IT Help Desk is where you will go if you have any technical issues with your online campus. After you have entered information about your technical issue, a ticket will automatically be sent to our IT team. You should allow a 24-hour turnaround time. Most issues are handled within a few short hours. However, some may require more of a time investment. 2. The My Records section is where you can find personalized information pertaining to your academic career. x 3. The My Resources section provides various sources of information you will need throughout your classes. 4. The Active Courses box is a quick way to see what classes you have available. To visit a class, select the title of the course. You will be directed to the Virtual Classroom of the course you selected. y z { 5. To edit your account profile, select My Profile from the options bar at the top right corner of the home page. Here you can edit your user credentials, change your password, and add a personal profile. 6. The Message Center is your means of sending electronic messages to and from other users. It is an internal communication tool for both students and faculty. You will not be able to use your Message Center to send messages to anyone that is not in your school s system. 7. The My Calendar section allows you to enter reminders for upcoming events. 8. You can select Logout at any time to securely exit out of V-Camp. 36 Bethel University V-Camp Quick Reference Guide

37 Coursework u User Name v Hello and welcome to your classroom. By default, Course Announcements will be the first page showing when you visit a class. 1. Each class is separated into units that contain all the elements a course requires. The tabs at the top of the page allow you to navigate between the various units in the class. The number of units will vary between different programs. 2. To the left, you will see the 4 steps needed to complete each unit. The Read, Attend, Complete, and Discuss sections are intuitive steps that mirror the face-to-face classroom experience. The great thing about your virtual classroom is that you can revisit each step as many times as needed to ensure a full understanding of what you are being taught. READ - this tab will load the current reading material for each unit. ATTEND - this tab will load the lectures that accompany each read section. COMPLETE - this section contains part of the coursework that you will need to complete to receive good grades in your classes. DISCUSS - this is where you will interact with your classmates while debating over discussion questions posted by your facilitator. Bethel University V-Camp Quick Reference Guide 37

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