Current and detailed information concerning academic policies is provided by the Student Handbook. Further information is provided by special handbooks prepared for students in the School of Psychology, the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, the Center for Missiological Research, the Doctor of Ministry programs, and other programs.
Changes are effected from time to time in the general regulations and academic policies. There are established procedures for making changes and for making such changes known to the students of the seminary. A curriculum or graduation requirement, when altered, is not made retroactive unless the alteration is to the student's advantage and can be accommodated within the span of years normally required for graduation.
Each student is responsible for knowing and understanding current academic policies. Ignorance of a policy which appears in a student handbook or in the catalog is not a valid reason for granting an exception to any policy.
Residence Requirements and Transfer Credit
Residence requirements vary by degree program and are described in the appropriate sections of this catalog and in the student handbooks of the three schools. Subject to these limitations, Fuller normally accepts appropriate transfer credit from graduate institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, or regional or recognized international accrediting associations. The Academic Advising Office is responsible for all transfer credit granted in the Schools of Theology and Intercultural Studies. Students in the School of Psychology should consult their academic advisor concerning transfer credit.
Academic credit for a course requires regular class attendance, whether or not this is stated in the syllabus, and is not just a matter of completing the assignments. Attendance means being present in the class for the entire scheduled class meeting, not just some part of it. In the event of absence for any reason, the student is responsible for any information or class content missed. The professor may require additional work to make up for an absence. If a student is absent from a significant portion of the course or is frequently late for class meetings, even due to extenuating circumstances, this may result in a lower grade or even a failing grade for the course.
Absences and Withdrawal
Whenever possible, students are expected to notify their academic advisor if they plan to discontinue enrollment for an extended period. If a student does not register for a period of two years (eight consecutive quarters), it will be necessary to apply for reinstatement. In such cases, students must meet the degree requirements in effect at the time they resume course work.
Students who expect to discontinue their work at Fuller are expected to notify their academic advisor.
Formal Statements of Community Standards
Fuller Theological Seminary expects all members of its community to live in accord with standards of wholesome Christian character. In order to clarify their understanding of Christian standards in areas of special concern, the Fuller Seminary faculty and Board of Trustees may adopt formal statements of community standards. These statements and other seminary policy statements may be found in the Introduction section of this catalog. Registration for any course (for credit or audit) represents a student's agreement to comply with these statements and policies.