Damascus College is committed to providing higher education. Our concern for academic excellence emanates from the belief that Christian higher education should be superior, not inferior, to that provided by other colleges and universities. The College feels that anything less than this is not to the glory of God. Therefore, every effort is made to provide the academic excellence worthy of a college dedicated to the Lord and necessary for the education of those preparing for service to the Lord in the days to come.
Damascus College reserves the right to alter graduation requirements when it is decided that such changes are necessary. Normally a student is graduated according to the stated requirements at the time of admission unless attendance has not been continuous. In case of readmission, requirements at the time of readmission must be met.
The student is required to fulfill graduation requirements within eight (8) years of his initial enrollment.
Students are limited to four (4) college credits before filing a complete application with the College.
Students who have filed an application must submit a high school or GED transcript along with college transcripts. Credits at DBC will not be filed officially until this is done.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
84 – 93
74 – 83
64 – 73
The “I” becomes an “F” one week after the close of the quarter
Withdrawal within two weeks of the quarter.
For graduation a student must have at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.00. Graduation with honor will be determined according to the following standards:
Honor Cumulative Grade Point Average
“Cum Laude” 3.50 – 3.69
“Magna cum laude” 3.70 – 3.89
“Summa cum laude” 3.90 – 4.00
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY
Consistent with its conservative philosophy of education, Damascus College believes that regular class attendance is essential for the enrichment of a student’s academic experience.
Since excessive absences will hinder learning, the College faculty has established certain guidelines regarding class attendance.
All classes should be attended; but the following schedule will be followed if emergencies develop:
Absences are allowed per course each quarter equal to two times the number of class meetings per week; (e.g., if a class meets once a week, 2 absences are allowed.) Additional absences must be cleared with the professor of that class and must be made up or excused at the discretion of the professor.
Unexcused Absences in excess of the allowed number will result in the lowering of the final grade by one letter; e.g., a grade of A will automatically become a B.
Absences in excess of 25% of the scheduled class meetings for a course, regardless of the reason, will result in automatic withdrawal from the course and the assignment of a grade of W.
Online students are subject to the same attendance policy as onsite students. Student attendance in online courses is defined as active participation in the course as described in the individual course syllabus. Online courses will, at a minimum, have weekly mechanisms for student participation, which can be documented by any or all of the following methods:
■Completion of tests.
■ Submission/completion of assignments (through the digital drop box or discussion boards).
■Communication with the instructor.