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 designated health 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 health consultant 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.
Consult the COVID-19 section of the university website for specific information related to this virus.
Classes may still meet during inclement weather. If the weather is so bad that the University officially cancels class, this information will be accessible on the GWU website. This includes information on off-campus sites. A weather decision on evening classes is generally not made until after 3 p.m.
Students attending class at an off-site location are encouraged to sign up for the inclement weather or emergency notification system at the school, district, or community college where their class is meeting. In addition, if a class meeting is in question, look for an email from the course instructor.
I. PurposeThe 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:
II. DefinitionsAs used in this policy, the following definitions will apply:
III. Ownership Provisions and ProceduresIn order of precedence, and unless otherwise provided by law, ownership of intellectual property shall be as follows:
IV. Other Ownership ProvisionsWhere 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 completing the semester may apply for a medical withdrawal from the University. A medical withdrawal request must be filed with Registrar Services prior to the start of final exams and must include documentation submitted from a physician or psychologist trained in the diagnosis of the medical condition. A qualifying medical condition, as determined by the physician or psychologist, must prevent the student from participating in all classes remaining during the current semester. A medical withdrawal is a complete withdrawal from the University. The supporting documentation from a physician or psychologist accompanying the medical withdrawal request must be submitted on official letterhead from the physician or psychologist and must be addressed to the Gardner-Webb University Registrar. The medical documentation must also include the physician’s or psychologist’s name, title, professional credentials, license, and certification number, and should address the following:
A student will be notified of the approval decision following a review of the medical documentation. If the request is approved, the student will receive a final grade of “W” for each class (except in instances of Academic Dishonesty). Any adjustment in tuition will be made on a prorated basis. Upon medical withdrawal from the University, a student must apply for readmission to the University to continue studies. As with any other readmission, stipulations may apply. The student must provide documentation from the same physician or psychologist, when possible, stating the student is able to continue academic studies at the University. This documentation should follow the same format as above.
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.
In addition to the grade requirements and an acceptable cumulative grade point average (3.0 or better) detailed in the graduate section of the Academic Catalog, good standing in the School of Graduate Studies is dependent on a student’s meeting standards of professionalism stipulated in his or her program’s Student Handbook. Failure to meet these standards may result in probation, suspension, or dismissal from the program. A student who is removed from a program by suspension or dismissal in the course of a semester is not entitled to a tuition refund.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Various federal regulations, including the regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, require that each recipient of federal financial assistance, such as Gardner-Webb University, publish this Notice of Nondiscrimination. Gardner-Webb University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in employment for any of its programs and activities. 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, MEdVice-President for Student Development and Dean of StudentsInterim Title IX Coordinator and ADA CoordinatorGardner-Webb UniversityPO Box 7271Boiling Springs, NC 28017(704) 402-2081[email protected]
Gardner-Webb University believes the journey to acquire knowledge can only flourish in an environment free from sexual misconduct or gender-based discrimination. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating/acquaintance violence, and stalking. All forms of sexual misconduct are viewed as acts of aggression and repression and are not conductive to a positive educational environment and therefore prohibited on campus.
All students and employees of the University are subject to the institution’s Sexual Misconduct and Harassment policy. The policy is posted on the University’s website here.
Resources and Procedures
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.
The Graduate Council is a faculty committee of the University charged with oversight of graduate programs, as defined in the Faculty Constitution and in the Bylaws of the Graduate Faculty of the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies. Each year a graduate student is elected by the Council to represent graduate students on the Council. This representative serves a one-year term and has voting privileges on the Council. Graduate students interested in serving on the Graduate Council should notify their program coordinator, dean, or the Dean of the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies.
Forged within a supportive and diverse Christian community, the mission of Gardner-Webb University is to prepare graduates for leadership and service in their professional careers and in their personal lives. To that end, we should encourage students, faculty, and staff to bring to campus speakers who can authoritatively address issues of scholarly or contemporary relevance, even when their views may strike some as controversial. However, external speakers who are known for inciting hatred of others or who mock, threaten, or bully entire groups are unlikely to contribute to the mission of our University; as such, they should not normally be seen as worthy of invitation to make public addresses on our campus. University personnel (students, faculty, staff, chartered clubs) wishing to bring external speakers to campus for a public talk should gather information about the potential speaker, including the topic(s) they will address, and secure approval in advance from an appropriate supervisor or University official:
External speakers invited by faculty to make presentations to individual classes are excluded from this policy, except when honoraria are involved.