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Academic Catalog 2012 – 2013

VIU Academic Catalog 2012 – 2013

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Addenda to 2012-2013 Catalog:

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    1. 08/01/2012 p. 13. Academic Calendar – Fall 2012 table.
      • During the Winter break VIU will not close entirely, certain offices will be open.
    2. 08/16/2012 Correction on p. 27. Evidence of Sufficient English language Proficiency.
      First item on the numbered list should be deleted, reflecting the change in the policy. Thus, it should read:English language proficiency may also be demonstrated through the following means:

      • Completion of a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited US post-secondary institution at which the language of instruction was English, including at least one course in English composition, Academic writing, or a similar subject. The average GPA for the 12 credits must be no lower than C. The grade for the writing course must be no lower than C.
      • Relevant coursework completed at an institution with which VIU holds an articulation agreement.
    3. 08/17/2012 Correction on p. 33. Cancellation and Refund Policies.
      • The first sentence under this title is corrected.If a student chooses to withdraw from the University, the following refund schedule will be used to determine any outstanding financial obligations of the student.
    4. 08/22/2012 Correction on p. 29-30. Tuition and Other Related Fees. 
      Following correction has been made to the tuition amounts.Graduate Degree Level Programs:

      • Master of Art in TESOLTuition :$486 per credit
        $1,458 per course
        $4,374 per semester (full-time, 9 credits)
      • All other Master’s programsTuition:$646 per credit
        $1,938 per course
        $5,814 per semester (full-time, 9 credits)

      Undergraduate Degree Level Programs:

      Tuition: $365 per credit
      $1,095 per course
      $4,380 per semester (full-time, 12 credits)

      Career Programs – Graduate Level:

      • TESOL CertificateTuition: $486 per credit
        $1,458 per course
        $4,374 per semester (full-time, 9 credits)
      • All other Graduate Level Certificate programsTuition :$646 per credit
        $1,938 per course
        $5,814 per semester (full-time, 9 credits)

      Career Programs – Undergraduate Level:

      Tuition: $365 per credit
      $1,095 per course
      $4,380 per semester (full-time, 12 credits)

      ESL Program:

      Fall and Spring: (300 hours) $2,650 per semester

    5. 09/04/2012 Modification on p. 33-34. Cancellation and Refund Policies 
      The following paragraph has been replaced to the cancellation and refund policies.Cancellation and Refund Policy

      Dropping course(s): 
      If a student elects to drop one or more courses during the add/drop period, 100% of the tuition for the dropped course(s) will be refunded. Students cannot drop courses after the add/drop period. However, a student may withdraw from specific courses with a grade of “W” At this point there will be no refund granted.

      Leave of absence: 
      There is no tuition charges if a student submits an approval form for a leave of absence prior to the last day of add/drop period. If a student requests a leave of absence after the last day of the add/drop period, the withdrawal cancellation and refund policy will be applied.

      Withdrawal cancellation and refund policy: 
      If a student elects to withdraw from the university, the following refund schedule will be used to determine any outstanding financial obligations for which the student may be responsible:

      Time of withdrawal notice Tuition refund amount*
      Within three business days up to the 1 st day of the semester 100% of the semester tuition
      2 nd day of the semester 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

      A student applicant will be considered a student as of the first day of classes. If an international student accepts an I-20 from VIU they are financially responsible according to the above schedule.

      A written notice must be submitted to officially withdraw from Virginia International University. The official withdrawal date, for the purpose of a refund calculation, will be taken from the date the written notice is received by VIU.

      No refund will be honored without written notice. Students may download the Institutional Withdrawal Form from our website or obtain a hard copy from the Registrar’s Office or the Office of International Student Services. Applicants must submit the Refund Request & Application Cancellation Form within 12 months of the initial application date.

      VIU will issue refunds to individuals who have terminated ;their status as students within 45 days after receipt of a written request. If no payment was made, the University will bill the student for the due amount according to the schedule above. If a student is participating in a payment plan and the installment payment is insufficient to cover the student’s obligation according to the schedule above, then the university will send the student a bill for the difference.

      If a 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.
    6. 09/11/2012 Modification on p. 14. Academic Calendar – Spring 2013 table 
      The commencement date has moved to Sunday May 5, 2013 (initially on May 4th)


  1. 09/17/2012 Modification on p. 134. D1. Admission Requirements. 
    The following paragraph has been replaced to the admission requirements.VIU English Language Proficiency Requirement for Students Enrolled in the School of Online Education

    English is the language of instruction at Virginia International University’s School of Online Education. You must provide proof of English language proficiency. You must be proficient in English, unless you are enrolled only in courses through the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program.

    • Your oral comprehension and expression must be sufficient for effective class participation.
    • Your reading and writing skills must be sufficient for responding clearly and accurately to course assignments.

    Your comprehension and communication skills must be sufficient for completing examinations without the use of dictionaries or other exam aids, except those authorized by the instructor for all students taking the exam.

    Proof of English proficiency may be provided by submitting scores to one of the standardized tests listed below:

    • TOEFL iBT
    • TOEFL pBT*
    • IELTS Academic
    • PTE Academic
    • ITEP Acedemic Plus
    • MELAB with Speaking

    *TESOL students must also complete a placement interview

  2. 10/04/2012 Correction on P. 10 VIU Schools of Academic Study 
    The following degree titles were added under School of Computer Information Systems (SCIS):

    • Master of Science in Information Technology (MIT)
    • Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSE)
  3. 11/30/2012 Addition on p. 73. Student’s Records and Release of Information: 
    The following two paragraphs were added after the completion of #2 and before #3.VIU defines a school official as a person employed by the university including a full time or adjunct professor/instructor, an administrator, clerical staff, a member of the board of trustees or a member of committees and disciplinary boards, or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary committee, with legitimate educational interests.

    In accordance with FERPA, a school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility.

  4. 3/19/2013 Additions and modifications on p. 12 – Full-Time Faculty 
    Full-Time Faculty

    Faculty Name Degrees Earned Field of Expertise
    John L. Bennett M.L.S., McGill University, Montreal, Canada
    B.A. in English, Windham College, Putney, VT
    CELTA, International House, Krakow, Poland
    English as a Second Language (ESL) & Library Science
    Johnson Kinyua 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, United Kingdom
    Information Technology & Computer Science
    Michael C. Ross Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Alabama
    M.Ed., Master of Education, Alabama State University
    Master of Arts In Public and Private Management (MPPM) Certificate in Executive Management, Birmingham Southern College
    BA, Bachelor of Arts, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Project Management,
    Health Care Administration, Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, and Secondary Education
    Connie J. Lee M.S.Ed. in TESOL, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    B.S. in Psychology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
    English as a Second Language (ESL)
    Kevin J. Martin 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
    Theoretical Linguistics, Syntax, Language Acquisition and English as a Second Language (ESL)
    S. Andy Yao Ph.D. in Computer Science, Kennedy Western University
    M.S. in Computer Science, Old Dominion University
    B.S. in Computer Science , Old Dominion University
    Information Technology & Computer Science
    Nancy Severe-Barnett M.S. in Computer Information Systems, University of Phoenix
    B.S. in Computer Science , York College
    Information Technology & Computer Science
    Stephen Onu DBA, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
    MBA in Global Management, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
    BBA in Insurance, Howard University, Washington, DC
    Business Administration & Global Management
    Mark Robinson PhD in Marketing, Int’l School of Management, New York, NY
    MBA in Marketing, Marymount University, Arlington, VA
    BBA, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD
    Marketing/International Marketing Branding
    Claire Gimble Bachelor of Arts, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Certificate as a Teacher of English as a Second Language (CTESL), Carleton University, Ontario, Canada
    English as a Second Language
  5. 3/19/2013 Additions and modifications on p. 11 – Administrative Directors 
    Administrative Directors

    Staff Name Title Degree
    Isa Sarac President PhD
    Sue Ann Myers Vice President of Business Affairs BSW
    Badamsukh Yadamsuren Vice President of Academic Affairs MBA
    John L. Bennett Associate Vice President of Learning Services MLS
    Johnson Kinyua Dean, School of Computer Information Systems PhD
    Michael C. Ross Dean, School of Business PhD
    Connie J. Lee Program Director, ESL MSEd
    Kevin J. Martin Program Director, TESOL MS
  6. 3/19/2013 Modifications on p. 14. Academic Calendar – Summer I 2013 table 
    The last day of classes for ESL Program is changed from July 17th to July 11, 2013. In addition, the ESL grades are available on MyVIU on July 15th instead of July 22, 2013.
  7. 4/25/2013 Modifications on p. 11 – Governance

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