Academic Catalog 2014 - 2015

VIU Academic Catalog 2014 - 2015

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48. 5/15/2015 Modification to the Attendance Policies on page 65.

Good academic standing requires the presence of students at all class meetings. Therefore, course attendance at VIU is mandatory. There are only two acceptable reasons for absence from a class or lab: 1) serious illness on the part of the student, or 2) a family emergency. In the former case, the student must submit a doctor’s note explaining the reason for the absence to the instructor(s) and the Registrar’s Office. In the latter case, the student must submit a note to their instructor explaining the reason for the absence. Explanations for excused absences must be received no later than one week after the last missed class. Exceptions can be made by the instructor for prolonged emergencies when a student does not have means or opportunity to inform the university in advance.
Students are required to contact the instructors for absences prior to the missed class. The student must contact each instructor and arrange to make-up work immediately upon returning to the University. All make-up work is assigned by the instructor. Instructors are not obligated to provide make-up work for unexcused absences.
Absence for unexcused reasons may negatively affect the student’s final course grade. More importantly, under faculty discretion, unexcused absences in excess of 25% of the total class and lab time may result in failure of the course. A student will be withdrawn after missing seven (7) consecutive instructional days without prior approval from the Registrar’s Office or school dean.
All students are expected to arrive to on-ground classes on time. Late attendance is disruptive to both the instructor and students. If a student is tardy for an on-ground class more than the instructor deems advisable, the instructor will report the issue to the student’s school dean for appropriate action. Three class sessions of tardiness per course whether arriving late or leaving early or a combination of both are counted as one absence.

  1. In recognizing the correlation between attendance and academic achievement as well as student retention, regular and punctual attendance is mandatory for students enrolled at Virginia International University. The instructors are required to maintain attendance for each class meeting.
  2. In cases of absence, it is the student's responsibility to notify the course instructor prior to missing the class. In cases where advance notification is not feasible (e.g. accident, or emergency) the student must provide notification by the next class meeting after the absence. This notification should include an explanation of why a notice could not be sent prior to the class.
  3. Some absences can be determined as "excused absence" and permit the student to make up the missed coursework without penalty.
  4. There are only five acceptable reasons for absence from a class or lab to be “excused absence”:
    1. Serious illness or serious medical emergencies on the part of the student or a dependent. The student must submit a doctor’s note explaining the reason for the absence to the instructor(s).
    2. Family emergency. The student must submit a note and supporting documents to their instructor explaining the reason for their absence. In case of a death in the family, a death certificate must be submitted as supporting documents. 
    3. Legal. The student must submit the official documentation to their instructor explaining the reason for their absence.
    4. Military duty. Student must provide an official government, state, or civic document indicating conditions and length of required service.
    5. Authorized and approved events sanctioned by the School administrations.
  5. The instructor can require additional documentation substantiating the excused absence from the student and have established timeframe for such submission.
  6. To make up the excused absence course work, the student must initiate communication with the instructor to determine the deadline and what will constitute as the make-up of the course work. The instructor must provide the student an opportunity to make up any quiz, exam or other work that contributes to the final grade or provide a reasonable alternative by a date agreed upon by the student and instructor. The final decision on the content and deadline of the make-up must be communicated to the student in writing, by the instructor, via VIU campus email. If the student does not follow the makeup plan (e.g. no show at the prearranged time or missed the deadline for makeup work), they forfeit their rights for further make up of that work. Timely communication between the student and instructor is important.
  7. Absences for unexcused reasons will result in not being able to make up work, quiz, exam or other work and may negatively affect the student's final course grade. The instructor is under no obligation to provide an opportunity to a student that has unexcused absences.
  8. Students with more than 4 absences (excused and/or unexcused) in a course per semester will result in a failing grade for the course. F-1 visa students must continue attending classes to maintain their visa status even if they have missed more than 4 classes and will be receiving a failing grade. 
  9. Registrar’s Office will notify a student and his/her academic advisor when he/she misses the third class (excused and/or unexcused). The notification is sent to the student VIU campus email. However, students are responsible for monitoring their own attendance records on Student Portal. Failure to receive the notification does not negate their attendance status.
  10. The SEVP's regulation dictates that an F-1 visa student must maintain at least 75% attendance at any given time during the semester, regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Failure to do so will result in further warning and actions from the International Student services Office and could result in loss of status if not resolved.
  11. If the student feels that he or she has been unfairly denied an excused absence, the student may appeal to the School Dean who will consider the case and attempt to resolve the problem. If the case cannot be satisfactorily resolved at that level, a final appeal may be made to the Academic Committee.
  12. Tardiness. All students are expected to arrive to on-ground classes on time. Late attendance is disruptive to both the instructor and students. If a student is tardy for an on-ground class more times than what the instructor(s) consider acceptable, the instructor will report the issue to the student's school dean for appropriate disciplinary action. Three class sessions of tardiness per course whether arriving late or leaving early or a combination of both will be counted as one unexcused absence. The conversion is made in Registrar's Office based on attendance records submitted by instructor.

47. 4/24/2015 Modification to the Cancellation and Refund Policy on page39.

If a student elects to drop one or more courses, or withdraw from the university, the following refund schedule will be used to determine any outstanding financial obligation for which the student may be responsible:

Last Date of Attendance Tuition refund amount*
Up to the last day of add/drop period 100% of the semester tuition
After the add/drop and through 25% of the semester 50% of the semester tuition
Through 50% of the semester 25% of the semester tuition
After 50% of the semester No refund will be issued

* Excludes all fee

To initiate the refund process, the students must submit a Refund Request Form.  The form must be submitted to Virginia International University. within 12 months of the last day the student attended a class. Students may download the form from our website or obtain a hard copy of the form from the Accounting Office.

The official withdrawal date, for the purpose of a refund calculation, will be the last date on which the student was recorded present for a class. If no payment was made, or if the student was participating in a payment plan and the payments are insufficient to cover the student’s obligations according to the schedule above, the University will send the students a bill for the difference. If the student’s financial obligation is not fulfilled, VIU is authorized to do the following until the monies owed are paid:

  1. Withhold the release of the student's academic records or any information based upon the records.
  2. Withhold the issue of the student's transcripts.
  3. If the student's account remains delinquent, VIU reserves the right to terminate enrollment and cancel F-1 visas of international students. Late tuition payments are subject to financial penalties.

If a student does not return to the university on or before the approved leave of absence date, the university will consider the student withdrawn from the institution and the above schedule will be applied.


46. 4/24/2015 Modification on p. 72, section 6.26, “Leave of Absence (LOA) is as follow:

6.26 6.18 Leave of Absence (LOA)

From time to time, students may seek authorization for a leave of absence (LOA) from the university to temporarily interrupt a program of study. A LOA allows for a student to suspend his or her enrollment for a brief period of time rather than withdrawing from the program and re-enrolling.  In the case of prolonged illness or accident, death in the family, or other special circumstances that make attendance impossible or impractical, a LOA may be granted to the student if requested in writing by the student.

Instruction

    1. A student seeking a LOA must consult with his/her academic dean, and submit a LOA form to Registrar’s Office.  The request must be signed and dated with the reason for LOA. 
    2. The LOA form must be submitted prior to the first day of classes and be approved by the end of add/drop period. Upon receiving the LOA request and form, the university will determine if there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return to the university and resume his/her study. The university will grant the request or deny it, and inform the student by email.

      LOA request during the semester
      If a student is seeking a LOA while a semester is in session and has no plan to return within the semester, the completed LOA form along with the Add/Drop Course Withdrawal form and must submit them to the Registrar’s Office. A student must understand that withdrawal “W” grades will be assigned if he or she withdraws between the second and tenth week of the semester for 15-week courses, between the second and fifth week of the session for 8-week courses, or between the second and fourth week of the session for 7-week courses. A student does not withdraw from the course(s) before the deadline will receive a failing grade or a letter grade based upon his/her performance in the course.

      Length of LOA

    3. The LOA cannot exceed 180 days in any 12-month period.  as stated. in 8VAC40-31-160(N)(6)(f) of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia regulation. Multiple LOA may be granted during any 12-month period as long as the total days do not exceed 180 days.  Students with F-1 visa must contact the International Student Advisor for consultation prior to requesting for a LOA to ensure compliance with federal immigration regulations [8 C.F.R.§214.2(f)(6)(iii)(B)].

Reporting to the university after the LOA

    1. The student must report to Registrar’s Office upon returning from the approved LOA on/or prior to the expected return date stated on the LOA form. 

Failure to return

  1. If a student does not resume attendance at the university on/or before the end of an approved LOA, the student will be considered withdrawn from the institution.

45. 4/17/2015 Modification to Full-Time Faculty, section 1.7, on page 16.

1.7 1.7 Full-Time Faculty

Name Degrees Earned Specialty
Bilgin, Klara A. Ph.D. in Political Science, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
M.A. in International Relations, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Political Science, International Relations, Comparative Government
Gimble, Claire B.A., in Social Communications, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Certificate as a Teacher of English as a Second Language (CTESL), Carleton University, Ontario, Canada
ESL
Ganjalizadeh, Saiid Ph.D. in Information Technology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
M.S. in Management Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Information Technology,
Computer Science
Kinyua, Johnson Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
M.S. in Electronics (Digital Communications), University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom
B.S.C in Electronics Engineering, University College London, UK
Information Technology,
Computer Science
Lee, Connie J. M.S. Ed. in TESOL, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
B.S. in Psychology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
ESL
Lorthioir, Matthew E. B.A. in Music Education, Eastern University
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), International House, Krakow, Poland
ESL
Martin, Kevin J. M.S. in Theoretical Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
B.S. in Biology, The University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
B.A. in French, The University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Language Acquisition, Linguistics, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment ESL, Academic Writing
Nguyen, Son Xuan M.S. in Information System (MIS), VIU, Fairfax, VA
B.S. in  Computer Science (BCS), VIU, Fairfax, VA
Information Technology, Computer Science

44. 4/17/2015 Modification to Administrative Directors, section 1.6, on page 15.

1.6 Administrative Directors

Staff Name Title Degree
Isa Sarac President Ph.D.
Sue Ann Myers Vice President of Student Affairs BSW
Badamsukh Yadamsuren Vice President of Academic Affairs
Acting Dean of School of Computer Information Systems
MBA
Prashish Shrestha Vice President of Finance and Technology 
Executive Vice President
MIS, MBA
Michael C. Ross Dean, School of Business Ph.D.
Johnson Kinyua Dean, School of Computer Information Systems Ph.D.
Klara A. Bilgin Dean, School of Public and International Affairs Ph.D.
Idris Ulas Dean, School of Online Education MMIS
Kevin J. Martin Associate Dean, School of Education MS
Connie J. Lee Director, School of Language Studies MS Ed.

43. 4/6/2015 Course Name Correction for CMP 630 on multiple pages, 140, 143, 149, 153, 155.

On MISM program Elective course list on page 140:
CMP 630* Information Technology Network Security Audit and Forensics CMP 558 3

On MIT program Elective course list on page 143:

CMP 630* Information Technology Network Security Audit and Forensics CMP 558 3

On Graduate Certificate in BI Elective Courses list on page 149:

CMP 630* Information Technology Network Security Audit and Forensics CMP 558 3

On Graduate Certificate in ISM Elective Courses list on page 153:

CMP 630* Information Technology Network Security Audit and Forensics CMP 558 3

On Graduate Certificate in ITAC Core Courses list on page 155:

CMP 630* Information Technology Network Security Audit and Forensics CMP 558 3


42. 4/6/2015 Modification to Course Description for CMP 660 on page 245.

CMP 660: Issues and Trends in Software Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: CMP 560
This course is a study of software quality and software process improvement techniques. Topics covered include: software reliability, software quality, verification and validation, ISO 9126 (quality characteristics), ISO 9000 software quality standard, Capability Maturity Models Integration (CMMI) 1 to 5; the Personal Software Process (PSP); and the Team Software Process (TSP) that covers: leadership, teams and team motivation, building teams, managing to plan, maintaining product focus, following the process, managing quality, management support, reporting to management, protecting the team, developing the team, developing team members, and improving team performance.
CMP 660: Issues and Trends in Software Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: CMP 560
This course will consider ethical issues relating to various aspects of software development and design.  By utilizing case studies students will examine and discuss various topical situations in the realms of information acquisition, access, stewardship, software licensing, intellectual property, safety and reliability.

41. 4/6/2015 Modification to section 4.7 DC Metropolitan Residency Discount Policy on page 41.

1.7 DC Metropolitan Residency Discount Policy

Virginia International University offers a 30% tuition discount per semester for permanent residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) or District of Columbia (DC). This discount only applies to students enrolled in a residential (campus-based) program at VIU.
To be considered for the Residency Discount, the student must be enrolled in an academic or ESL program on a full-time or part-time basis and meet one of the following criteria:

  • A US citizen or US permanent resident (green card holder) who has paid income taxes for the prior twelve (12) months in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland or District of Columbia; or
  • An H1-B or similar visa holder that has paid income taxes for the prior twelve (12) months in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland or District of Columbia.

Any holder of student visa and their dependents are not eligible for residency discount.
To be considered for the Residency Discount, a student must submit the following supporting documents:

  • The most recently filed state tax return form.
  • Driver's license or state ID.
  • Proof of US permanent residence or citizenship (if applicable).
  • Proof of current visa holder status (if applicable).

To be considered for the Residency Discount, the student must fill out an application for the Residency Discount. A new application and supporting documents must be submitted each semester. The deadline to apply for this discount is designated each semester.
The deadlines for the 2014 – 2015 academic year are as follows:

  • Fall 2014 Semester: Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Spring 2015 Semester: Monday, December 22, 2014
  • Summer I 2015 Semester: Monday, April 20, 2015
  • Summer II 2015 Semester: Monday, June 15, 2015

 Applications received after these deadlines will only be considered for the next semester. The Residency Discount is subject to approval.
A parent, or legal Guardian, may apply on behalf of students under the age of 24. Spouses may also apply on behalf of their partner, provided the student in question is listed as a dependent on the state income tax filing for the most recent year
The discount is applied to the student's tuition only. Any scholarships awarded will be deducted first. The discount will be applied to the remaining amount. If a student qualifies for more than one discount, only one will be applied. The discount applies only to on-ground students.

4.7 DC Metropolitan Residency Discount Policy

Virginia International University offers a 30% tuition discount per semester for permanent residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) or District or Columbia (DC). This discount only applied to students enrolled in a residential (campus-based) programs at VIU.

To be considered for the Residency Discount, the student must be enrolled in an academic on a full-time or part-time basis and meet one of the following criteria:

  • A US citizen or US permanent resident (green card holder) who has paid income taxes for the prior twelve (12) months in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia; or
  • An H1-B or similar visa holder that has paid income taxes for the prior twelve (12) months in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia. 

NOTE: Any holder of student visa and their dependents are not eligible for the Residency Discount

To be considered for the Residency Discount, a student must submit the following supporting documents:

  • The most recently filed state tax return form.
  • Driver's license or State ID.
  • Proof of US permanent residence or citizenship.
  • Proof of current visa holder status.
  • Proof of relationship may be requested.

To be considered for the Residency Discount, the student must fill out an application for the Residency Discount. A new application and supporting documents must be submitted each semester. The deadline to apply for this discount is designated each semester.

The deadlines for the 2014 – 2015 academic year are as follows:

  • Fall 2014 Semester Due Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Spring 2015 Semester Due Date: Monday December 22, 2014
  • Summer I 2015 Semester Due Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
  • Summer II 2015 Semester Due Date: Monday, June 15, 2015

Applications after these deadlines will only be considered for the next semester. The Residency Discount is subject to approval.

A parent, or legal Guardian, can apply on behalf of students under the age of 24. Spouses may also apply on behalf of their partner, provided the student in question is listed as a dependent on the state income tax filing for the most recent year.

The discount is applied to the student's tuition only. Any scholarships awarded will be deducted first. The discount will be applied to the remaining amount. If a student qualifies for more than one discount, only one will be applied.  The discount applies only to on-ground students.


40. 3/25/2015: Modification to section 6.1's Enrollment; Student Overloads on page 53.

Student Overloads: Ordinarily, a student who is willing to register for an overload beyond the full-time course load must have a satisfactory GPA, as required by the degree preceding the overload. For undergraduate study, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to be eligible for a course overload; for graduate study, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to be eligible for a course overload. Students who wish to register for more than 12 credit hours for undergraduate level programs or more than 9 credit hours for graduate level programs in a semester must submit a Course Overload Form. The student must obtain an approval signature from his or her academic advisor as well as the dean of the appropriate school and return this form to the Registrar's Office prior to the end of the add/drop period. The student must be in a good academic standing to request a course overload. The school dean has the authority to approve or deny any request for course overload.
Course Overload: Students who wish to register for more than 9 credits for graduate programs or more than 12 credits for undergraduate programs in the Fall or Spring semester, or more than 6 credits for graduate or undergraduate programs in the Summer sessions must complete a course overload form. For graduate programs a minimum CGPA of 3.0 and for undergraduate programs a minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required to become eligible. Students must obtain an approval signature from their academic advisor as well as the dean of the appropriate school, and submit the form to the Registrar's Office prior to the end of the add/drop period. Students must be in a good academic standing to request a course overload. The school dean has the authority to approve or deny the request.


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