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Academic Policies

  • Academic Policies

    It is the policy of Schreiner University that students be assured the right to file legitimate complaints and to follow established formal procedures without censure or reprisal.

    A complaint must be brought to the hearing officer (i.e. dean of vice president) within ten (10) working days of the action. The hearing officer will provide a written decision to the student within 30 days.

    Students may appeal a dean’s or director’s decision to the respective vice president within ten (10) days of the action.

    The vice president will make a determination on an appeal within 30 days and will provide written notification to both the student and the dean. The vice president’s decision will be final and binding on all parties.

    If a complaint is not satisfactorily resolved internally, the student may then file a complaint with the appropriate state agency and accrediting agency. Texas resident students receiving online learning through Schreiner University may contact the Consumer Protection Division at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and/or the University’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

    Students receiving Schreiner University online learning who reside out-of-state may contact the appropriate state agency in their state of residence and/or the University’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

    Texas Attorney General
    PO Box 12548
    Austin, TX 78711-2548
    Phone: (800) 252-8011 or (512) 475-4413.

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
    1866 Southern Lane
    Decatur, GA 30033-4097
    Phone: (404) 475-4413.

    Inquiries concerning this policy may be referred to the Director of Human Resources, phone (830) 792-7375.

    Note: The University reserves the right to change, without notice but subject to policies stated elsewhere in this catalog,  requirements and regulations as necessitated by faculty, administrative, and/or trustee action.

  • Withdrawal Policy

    All Students: Students who change their enrollment status from full to part-time or from a higher to lower level of part-time will receive a refund consistent with the percentages listed in the MBA TUITION REFUND POLICY.

    In order to OFFICIALLY withdraw from Schreiner University you must notify the Registrar’s Office IN WRITING (or time stamped email) before classes begin (See published calendar for dates of each term).

    Students who fail to officially withdraw and who do not attend classes or who do not arrange for payment with the Accounting Services Office will be administratively withdrawn as of the last day to add a course. Students in this category will fall under the regular refund policy.

    Students who attend any classes will be responsible for payment unless they officially withdraw under University policy. In addition, students who are suspended, expelled or administratively withdrawn will fall under the regular refund policy.

    Immediate refunds are not issued at the time of official withdrawal, change in status, or at the end of a semester or session. Payment covering all refunds due will be mailed to the address left with the Accounting Services Office within 90 days after official withdrawal or completion of a semester session.


    100%   Before classes/first day of classes

    50%   First week

    25%   Second week

    0%   After second week

  • Academic Code of Conduct

    The University recognizes honesty and integrity as essential elements of the academic function of the University. The following regulations are promulgated in the interest of protecting the equity and validity of the University’s grades and degrees and to assist students in developing standards and attitudes appropriate to academic life.

    Basic Standards of Academic Conduct

    All members of the academic community are responsible for promoting and maintaining a climate of academic integrity at Schreiner University. It is the expectation of the community of scholars that students will act fairly and honestly at all times. Examples of academic misconduct include, but may not be limited to:

    1. Cheating. Using unauthorized notes, study aids, or information on an examination; altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for regrading; allowing another person to do one’s work and submitting that work under one’s own name; copying; submitting identical or similar papers for credit in more than one course without prior, written permission from the course instructors.
    2. Plagiarism. Submitting material that in part or whole is not entirely one’s own work without attributing those same portions to their correct source. (Themes, essays, term papers, tests and other similar requirements must be the work of the student submitting them. When direct quotations are used, they must be indicated, and when the ideas of another are incorporated in the paper, they must be appropriately acknowledged. Faculty may elect to employ a plagiarism detection service [such as or other] to aid in compliance monitoring. Students should consult with professors about the details of course requirements as to methods of documentation).
    3. Fabrication. Falsifying or inventing any information, data or citation; presenting data that were not gathered in accordance with standard guidelines defining the appropriate methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include an accurate account of the method by which the data were gathered or collected.
    4. Obtaining an Unfair Advantage. (a) Stealing, reproducing, circulating or otherwise gaining access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by the instructor; (b) stealing, destroying, defacing or concealing library materials with the purpose of depriving others of their use; (c) unauthorized collaborating on an academic assignment; (d) retaining, possessing, using or circulating previously given examination materials, where those materials clearly indicate that they are not to be returned to the instructor at the conclusion of the examination; (e) intentionally obstructing or interfering with another student’s academic work; or (f) otherwise undertaking activity with the purpose of creating or obtaining an unfair academic advantage over other students’ academic work.
    5. Collusion. (a) Providing material, information, or other assistance to another person with knowledge that such aid could be used in any of the violations stated above, or (b) providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding academic integrity. (Collusion is distinct from collaborative learning, which may be a valuable component of students’ development. Different levels of collaboration are acceptable in different courses and students are expected to consult with their instructor if they are uncertain whether their cooperative activities are acceptable).
    6. Falsification of Records and Official Documents. Altering documents affecting academic records; forging signatures of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, grade report, letter of permission, petition, drop/add form, ID card, or any other official University document.
    7. Unauthorized Access to Computerized Academic or Administrative Record or Systems. Viewing or altering computer records, modifying computer programs or systems, releasing or dispensing information gained via unauthorized access, or interfering with the use or availability of computer systems or information.

    Responsibility of Students

    The successful implementation of the Schreiner University Code of Academic Conduct depends on the students’ willingness to support its’ tenets. Students should:

    • Be honest at all times.
    • Treat others fairly.
    • Take responsibility for their actions individually and as a group.
    • Be a leader and a mentor to their peers.
    • Create an atmosphere of academic integrity within the University community.
    • Be proactive about knowing the rules of conduct and asking questions when aspects of the code, such as plagiarism or collaboration, are unclear.
    • Maintain confidentiality throughout the process.

    Due Process

    Finding of Academic Misconduct

    Sanctions may be levied on students who are found to be in violation of the Schreiner University Code of Academic Conduct. If a faculty member concludes that an act of academic misconduct has occurred, he/she will report the finding, in writing and within 5 business days, to the student and to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA).

    Appeal of Finding

    A student who has received a finding of misconduct letter from a faculty member may appeal the finding of misconduct, in writing and within 10 business days, to the Dean of the School in which the reporting faculty member resides, who will immediately inform the VPAA of the appeal. The Dean will then, in writing and within 5 business days, report to the student, the faculty member, and the VPAA a decision on the finding of misconduct. If the Dean rules that the finding was in error, the allegation will be dismissed, the sanction(s) will be removed, and the result will be recorded in the VPAA’s confidential files; otherwise, the sanction(s) will stand. The Dean’s decision will be considered final.

chris looneyCurrent Schreiner MBA student, Christopher Looney