Policies and Procedures [pdf]
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Continuous Enrollment & Academic Leaves of Absence
All Ph.D. students are required to be continuously enrolled during the academic year. If a student fails to enroll in a course two weeks prior to the start of a new academic quarter, the student will be notified by e-mail that dismissal for lack of continuous enrollment will be recommended if the student does not enroll by the time classes start for the next academic quarter.
If a student fails to enroll in a course prior to the start of the following academic quarter, the Dean of the Graduate School or the Chair of Ph.D. Studies will notify the student that he or she has been dismissed from the program for lack of continuous enrollment.
A student may petition the Dean of the Graduate School for an academic leave of absence should issues arise in a student’s personal or professional life that requires him or her to discontinue studies for a time. Academic leave of absence (ALOA) may be granted up to two academic terms (approximately six months). During a leave of absence, tuition payments and fees for the quarters covered in the ALOA are suspended until the student either notifies Sullivan University that he or she wishes to return or the student engages in any form of academic study with the university which would count as continuous enrollment and require payment of normal tuition and fees. Other than course work, the following activities constitute continuous enrollment: (1) supervised research, (2) use of university facilities other than the library, and (3) consulting regularly with a faculty member concerning graduate work to include preparation for the qualifying exam, preparation of a dissertational proposal or prospectus, and research and writing a dissertation.
A student who exceeds the two-quarter limit for an ALOA may petition for a second ALOA (another two-quarter limit or approximately six-months); however, if the student fails to return immediately following the second ALOA period, the student must reapply for admission into the Ph.D. program to continue his or her studies. Any student who has not been enrolled for more than twelve (12) months must be readmitted before they may resume course work.
Upon return from a ALOA, the student would be subject to normal tuition paid by new students who are admitted into the Ph.D. program. The tuition lock program requires continuous enrollment, and, even though an ALOA permits a student to leave the program for a short while without seeking a new admission into the program upon return, the student is considered to have left the Ph.D. program once an ALOA is granted. The Graduate School does not guarantee course availability to any student who returns from an ALOA.
The Ph.D. program requires students to attend the annual residence conference held annually at the Sullivan University, Louisville campus or another suitable venue specified by Sullivan University. The annual residency is usually scheduled in conjunction with the Sullivan University faculty retreat. All students who take Ph.D.-level courses at Sullivan University are required to attend residencies for the first two years of their enrollments. Typically, annual residencies resemble an academic conference environment where students, faculty, and invited conference presenters and discussants present their original research, receive peer feedback of their research, and build relationships that further their research efforts. Based on the merit of the research contribution, students in the Ph.D. program may be invited to present original research or serve as a panel discussant at some time during the residency. Residencies provide students an opportunity to meet with faculty members, receive feedback on their research, build relationships with other Ph.D. students, and present their research in a conference environment. Residencies are required for students who are continuously enrolled in Ph.D. courses. Students who complete their course work and are enrolled in either comprehensive exam or dissertation hours are highly encouraged but not required to attend the annual residence.
Time Requirements for Completion
Students have a six-year period for program completion once coursework begins. In unusual circumstances, a one-year extension may be granted upon written request to the Dean of the Graduate School. An extension must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.
If the student fails to complete the program following an extension, the student must be readmitted to graduate study and to candidacy. The Ph.D. admissions committee may recommend that a student who is readmitted to the program demonstrate competence by taking additional coursework or a comprehensive exam.
Sullivan University Policies & Procedures
Unless otherwise specified, the policies and procedures stated in the current Sullivan University Catalog and/or in the current Sullivan University Student Handbook apply as policies and procedures for the Graduate School and for all graduate students. This document only intends to establish the policies and procedures unique to the Ph.D. program. Students should refer to the aforementioned documents for policies and procedures common to Sullivan University students, faculty, and staff.