Success Coaches will assist online students in Academic Appeals if requested. For guidelines regarding Academic Appeals, refer to the current Academic Catalog here.
Gardner-Webb University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This Act is designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the FERPA office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.
Institutional policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution for compliance with the provisions of the Act. Copies of the policy can be found in Registrar Services. That office also maintains a Directory of Records, which lists all student educational records maintained by the institution. Information known as Directory Information will be published unless the student specifically requests that Registrar Services withhold this information. Directory Information is defined as the following: student name, local and permanent addresses, telephone numbers, date of birth, major(s), dates of attendance, previous educational institutions attended, and degree and awards received. Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to Registrar Services. Full policy and procedure may be found on the Gardner-Webb University’s website here.
Administrators, alumni, faculty, guests, staff, and students must adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and University regulations related to the sale and use of alcoholic beverages and drugs. Any person found in possession of felony drugs, or manufacturing or selling of alcoholic beverages or drugs on the university campus or at University-sponsored events will be referred to University Police for prosecution. Any student or employee convicted of violation of state and local law may be subject to suspension from the University.
Gardner-Webb University supports and is fully committed to the concept of a drug and alcohol-free campus community. In order to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Gardner-Webb publishes the following and makes it available to each student and to all employees.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances such as, but not limited to, the following:
Alcohol is prohibited by students, employees, and guests on Gardner-Webb University’s property or as any part of the University’s activities. As a condition of enrollment, Gardner-Webb University students will abide by these terms.
Gardner-Webb will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees who violate the terms of paragraph one. Upon conviction, the appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the University and/or satisfactory participation in a drug and alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purpose by a Federal, State, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency will be taken. More specific penalties are outlined in the Gardner-Webb University Undergraduate Handbook.
Persons infected with a communicable disease will not be excluded from initial enrollment or employment or restricted in their access to University facilities or services unless a medically-based judgment by the primary care physician in consultation with the University’s Health Policies Consultant establishes that exclusion or restriction is necessary to the welfare of the infected individual or the welfare of other members of the University community. Additionally, persons who know, or have reasonable basis for believing, that they are infected by a communicable disease are encouraged to share that information, on a confidential basis, with the physician, so that the University may make reasonable accommodations that will respond to their health and educational needs.
Persons who know, or have reasonable basis for believing, they are infected with a communicable disease are encouraged to seek expert advice about their health circumstances and are obligated, ethically and legally, to conduct themselves responsibly in accordance with such knowledge for the protection of other members of the University community.
Gardner Webb University celebrates and facilitates a campus environment for students and student organizations that is conducive to the free and orderly exchange of ideas and the freedom of inquiry. These principles, exercised in a responsible manner, are indispensable to the student experience. We value and honor diverse perspectives and believe it essential that students have the opportunity to engage in peaceful and orderly gatherings to express their views on the issues of the day. This policy is structured to facilitate those educational pursuits; to preserve order within the university campus; to protect and preserve university property; and to provide an environment for students to express their views while at the same time providing other students with the opportunity to express differing views. Full policy and procedure may be found on the Gardner-Webb University’s website here.
An extreme weather event may prevent access to an online class. Students who are unable to access the online course due to the weather event, should contact the professor concerning submission of any assignments or coursework. Professors are encouraged to work with students effected by the weather event to modify expectations of submission of assignments. Consult the University website at www.gardner-webb.edu for up-to-date information concerning inclement weather and other emergencies. Any time you have related questions, contact the Dean of Adult and Distance Education.
The purpose of the Intellectual Property Policy (“policy”) of Gardner-Webb University (“the University”) is to foster an environment that encourages the generation of new knowledge by faculty, staff, and students; to help facilitate transfer of useful inventions and writings to society; and to motivate the development and dissemination of intellectual property.
The policy is based upon the following principles relating to faculty, staff and students to the University:
As used in this policy, the following definitions will apply:
III. Ownership Provisions and Procedures
In order of precedence, and unless otherwise provided by law, ownership of intellectual property shall be as follows:
IV. Other Ownership Provisions Where no other provisions of this policy apply, ownership of intellectual property created at the University shall be determined as follows:
V. General Provisions
VI. Resolution of Disputes
Any registered student who experiences medical trauma or a chronic illness that may prevent completion of the semester may apply for a medical withdrawal from the University. A medical withdrawal is a complete withdrawal from the University (i.e., not from a particular course). A request for a medical withdrawal must be submitted prior to the beginning of final exams for the semester in which the medical withdrawal is desired. A medical withdrawal request is initiated through the submission of the online Withdrawal Form located in WebbConnect prior to the beginning of final exams in the same manner as a general withdrawal from the University. For more information on medical withdrawal refer to the Medical Withdrawal Policy section of the GWU Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program Catalog.
Standards for acceptable academic progress at Gardner-Webb University are set to assist students in assessing the quality of their performance. Academic probation and suspension are used to alert students to potentially serious academic difficulty in their progress toward degrees. Students are placed on academic probation as a warning that their level of academic achievement is falling below the level expected of students in their class. Should their academic achievement not improve, they are in danger of being suspended from the University. For more information on probation, suspension, and dismissal, refer to the Academic Standing and Retention Standards section of the GWU Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program Catalog.
Gardner-Webb University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning, living, and working environment in which no member of the Gardner-Webb community is, on the basis of sex, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity. Sexual Misconduct that denies or limits a University community member’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s programs or activities is prohibited under federal law (referred to as “Title IX”) and this Policy. Under this Policy, the term “Sexual Misconduct” includes Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Non-Consensual Sexual Contact, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, and Stalking.
The person designated to oversee policies, procedures, and complaints related to possible discrimination on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct) is referred to throughout this document as the Title IX Coordinator. The Interim Title IX Coordinator for Gardner-Webb University is:
Lesley Villarose, MEd
Vice-President for Student Development and Dean of Students
Interim Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator
PO Box 7271
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
All students and employees of the University are subject to the Institution’s Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy.
A complete listing of resources, policies, definitions and procedures on how to file both formal and informal complaints, may be found on the Gardner-Webb University’s website here.
Any student who believes he/she has been discriminated against by a member of the faculty, an employee of the University, or by a fellow student is encouraged to file a complaint. If a student believes he/she has been discriminated against in accordance with policies and practices listed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, or section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, he or she may make a claim that his or her rights have been denied. Claims or grievances should be filed with the appropriate University oﬃcial.
The purpose of this policy is to describe the appropriate use and security of University Technological assets, associated responsibilities, and rights of all Users employing these resources. All Users of University Technology assets are expected to be familiar with each policy contained here within and the consequences of violation as listed below. This policy supersedes all previous Gardner-Webb University Computer Usage Policies.
Violation of these contained policies may result in the immediate suspension of computer account and network access pending investigation resolution. Depending on frequency and/or severity, the offender may lose all computer account and network access in addition to facing the appropriate University judicial review. The penalties may include suspension or dismissal from the University and/or criminal prosecution where warranted. Details of the policy may be found on the Gardner-Webb University’s website here.
More policy details can be found in the GWU Online section of the Academic Catalog.