Feb 26, 2021  
ARCHIVED 2017-18 Graduate Studies Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2017-18 Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Procedures and Policy

Admission of International Students

Doane University is authorized under federal law to accept non-immigrant alien students.


Doane University programs are approved by the Veterans Administration for veterans and other persons eligible for Veterans Administration benefits. Doane also participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Doane submits enrollment verification each term, after census, to the Veterans' administration. After this submission benefits can be received. Any change in enrollment (dropping or adding hours) must be reported to the VA. It is the student's responsibility to notify Doane's School Certifying Official of any change in enrollment.

Full-Time Student

Full-time students in either the Master of Arts in Counseling or Management programs are defined as those enrolled for at least three credit hours during a term of instruction. Students in the Graduate Studies in Education program are considered full-time if they are enrolled for at least six credit hours during a term of instruction.

Counseling students may enroll for one or two credit hours of internship per term and be considered enrolled full-time. Management students may enroll for one or two credit hours of Developing Leader Coaches or Research coursework and be considered enrolled full-time.

Numbering System for Graduate Courses

All courses for each of the master's degree programs are offered at the 600 and 700-level. Courses at the 800 and 900-level are post-masters courses.  Some special courses for continuing education are offered periodically for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree. These students may not be seeking a graduate degree, but need advanced work. Courses numbered at the 500-level cannot be used to meet the requirements of an advanced degree.

Instructional Methods

Doane University offers courses in several different instructional methods to serve the non-traditional learner.  Online courses are defined as a course where 75% or more of the instruction is done using technology; in an eight week term, six or more weeks are outside of a classroom; in a sixteen week semester, twelve or more weeks are outside the classroom.  Hybrid or blended courses are courses where 50-74% of the course is instructed using technology; in an eight week term the course meets 3 to 4 times in a classroom; in a sixteen week semester the course meets 8-12 times in a classroom.  Ground courses are in a classroom for all eight weeks of a term and sixteen weeks of a semester.


Letter grades are used to evaluate a student's performance in coursework. These letter grades become part of the student's permanent record. The grade of "A" is used to indicate superior performance, the grade of "B" is used to indicate adequate performance, and grades of "C," "D," and "F" are used to indicate performance that is below the minimal expectations for graduate students. A course in which the grade earned is below a "B-" cannot be used to fulfill any graduate degree requirement.


Graduate students may audit an available course, but they must receive permission from the Dean of their program to do so. Students do not receive any graduate credit for the audited course, and the grade assigned is an "AU." Any course audited by a graduate student may not be changed to a credit course. The cost to audit a course is one half of the regular tuition charge per credit hour. Additional fees may be assessed, depending on the course.

Grade Point System

Cumulative grade point averages are computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the total number of GPA credits. Grades of Withdraw (W), Pass (P), Audit (AU), Incomplete (I), and In Progress (IP) are not included in this calculation.

The university calculates grade point averages by assigning grade points to the respective grades as follows

Grade Grade Points Per Credit Grade Grade Points Per Credit Grade Grade Points Per Credit
A+ 4.0 B- 2.7 D 1.0
A 4.0 C+ 2.3 D- .7
A- 3.7 C 2.0 F 0.0
B+ 3.3 C- 1.7    
B 3.0 D+ 1.3    

Grade Reports

Students' grades in all courses are filed with the Registrar. At the end of each term, final grades are reported to students on the Doane web site via WebAdvisor and are recorded on the transcript.

Grade Changes

After grades are submitted to the Registrar's Office, students are not allowed to submit any extra work or to ask for a reexamination in order to raise a grade.

A grade which has been reported by the instructor to the Registrar and recorded cannot be changed except in the case of an error in the grade. In the case of a successful student appeal under the established grade appeals policies (see program handbooks for details), a grade is changed by the Registrar upon notification by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Graduates Grades

Final grades for graduates are processed before commencement. Once processed, these grades are considered correct and complete, therefore can't be changed.


An Incomplete (I) may be given if a student is not able to complete the work by the last day of the course due to sickness or other extenuating circumstance that the student has discussed with the instructor. When awarding an incomplete, the instructor will assign an expiration date no later than the last day of the next term. If the expiration date passes without a grade change from the instructor, the incomplete grade will automatically convert to an "F". This is a final grade and will not be changed, per the grade change policy.

In order to receive an incomplete (I), a student must have completed at least 75% of the coursework required for the course. For courses such as practicums, senior seminars, or internships, intended to last longer than a single term, instructors will submit a grade of "In Progress" (IP) at the end of the first term.

Master of Arts in Counseling or Management students need to obtain a form from the Registrar's Office that will allow the teacher and the student to detail the coursework required to remove the incomplete.

In Progress

The grade of "IP" (In Progress) is used when a graduate course has requirements extending beyond the normal ending date of the term in which the student is enrolled. This "IP" grade must be replaced with an appropriate letter grade assigned by the instructor.

Repeated Courses

The following guidelines apply if the student receives a grade below a "B-" in a graduate course:

  1. The course must be repeated in order to receive credit toward the degree.
  2. A student is allowed to repeat the course only once.
  3. The original grade is used in computing the graduate cumulative grade point average until the course is repeated and a grade is given.
  4. After the course is repeated, only the second grade is used in computing the student's graduate cumulative grade point average.
  5. All courses taken and grades earned are permanently recorded on the student's transcript. 


The grade of "W" (Withdrawal) indicates that a student was doing passing work and was permitted to withdraw from a course. Students desiring to withdraw from classes must complete the proper withdrawal form from the Office of Graduate Studies. Failure to follow this procedure results in a grade of "F" instead of a "W." In no case is withdrawal possible after the last class meeting.

Students in the Master of Arts in Counseling, Management or Master of Business Administration programs must initiate a withdrawal by week four.

For Graduate Education courses, the last day to drop or withdraw from a course is the earliest date of either the last day the course is scheduled to meet or October 31 for fall semester courses and March 31 for spring semester courses. For summer courses that are offered on an intense week-long format, no drops or withdrawals are allowed after the course begins. The last date to drop/withdraw from summer online courses is June 15. After these dates have passed a grade of "F" instead of a "W" will be awarded.

Graduate students are expected to complete courses for which they have registered, unless unusual circumstances require withdrawal. Mere cessation of class attendance does not constitute withdrawal, either academically or with respect to tuition charges.

A student may be administratively withdrawn from any program by the Dean if it is determined that the student: 1) poses a significant danger or threat of physical harm to the person or property of others; 2) interferes with the rights of other members of the Doane University community; or 3) is unable to meet the institutional requirements for continued enrollment. Except in emergency situations or in the case of financial noncompliance, a student shall, upon request, be accorded a hearing by the appropriate committee prior to a final decision concerning his/her continued enrollment at Doane University.

Medical/Compassionate Withdrawal from Doane

A medical withdrawal is granted in rare instances where a student is faced with a serious and unexpected condition that completely precludes him/her from being able to function as a student and in which the regular university withdrawal process is not appropriate. A compassionate withdrawal may be granted when a student is faced with extenuating personal circumstances.

Extenuating circumstances include an accident, illness, injury or incident that could not have been influenced, predicted, planned for or prevented by the student or the institution; death or serious illness of an immediate family member.

Not considered extenuating circumstances, include:

  • Medical condition or chronic illness known to the student at the time of enrollment (unless unforeseen symptoms or relapse occurs; this will be determined on a case by case basis).
  • Initially enrolling in a course while knowingly employed full-time, or attempting to work one or more part-time jobs. This includes changes in work schedules that conflict with class schedules.
  • Changing of major or transferring to another institution.
  • Inability (for any reason) to pay your tuition bill, or delays in financial aid notification.  

To request a medical/compassionate withdrawal complete the Late Drop/Withdraw Request Form, which is available on the Doane website or through your advisor.  The form must be completed in full and must be accompanied by both a personal written statement and the supporting documentation.  The committee meets every Wednesday. 

Military Transfer/Activation Policy

In the event a student is called to active, state, or federal military duty during the term in which he or she is currently enrolled at Doane, the following options are available to the student:

  • Request complete withdrawal from courses in which enrolled. Tuition and fees will be refunded accordingly based on the time in class and the VA Educational Entitlement program (chapter) being used by the student.
  • Remain enrolled in courses in order to complete coursework off campus by the end of the term. Students must discuss with and receive approval from all instructors to ensure this is possible.
  • Remain enrolled in courses and work with faculty to be assigned Incomplete grades that will be completed within one year from the end of the term. At least 75% of coursework must be completed in order to be eligible for an Incomplete grade. Students must discuss with and receive approval from all instructors for this option.

The student should provide a copy of her or his activation orders or letter from the commander outlining the required military duty to the Registrar's Office.

Students who withdraw from Doane University to serve in any branch of the United States Armed Forces will be readmitted, under the same standing as when they withdrew from Doane.

Academic Standing

A graduate student is in good academic standing if he/she maintains a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Refer to individual programs for additional information.

Academic Dismissal

A graduate student may be dismissed from Doane University when the appeal process for suspension has been exhausted. Such students are notified in writing by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Academic Probation

A degree-seeking graduate student is placed on academic probation if, at any time:

  • The graduate cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00.
  • Receipt of a course grade below a "B-"

The student is notified in writing of his/her academic status and of any specific conditions for retention. Please refer to individual programs for additional information.

Academic Suspension

A graduate student may be suspended from Doane University for any of the following reasons:

  1. Failure to return to good academic standing after the specified probationary period (two terms for MAC and MAM; one semester for Graduate Studies in Education).
  2. Failure to meet requirements set forth in the letter of probation.
  3. Receipt of a second course grade below a "B-".
  4. Breach of academic integrity.

In all cases, the student is notified of the suspension in writing by the Dean of the program.

For the right of appeal, consult the individual program for additional information.

Academic Integrity

The faculty expect students to pursue their work with academic integrity. A copy of the policies concerning academic honesty may be obtained from the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs in Crete or from the Dean of each program. Any breach of academic integrity may result in immediate suspension from the program.

Time Limitations

A student is expected to complete the degree within seven years of beginning graduate study at Doane University, unless noted otherwise. Credits taken in the program which were completed more than seven years prior to graduation are reviewed by the dean or assistant dean. The criteria for accepting or rejecting these credits as a part of the student's program are always based on the relevance of the material at the time of review. If the course is not accepted because the course material is no longer relevant, the student must then retake the appropriate graduate course(s) as part of the program of study, or in the case of elective courses, select additional electives.



Application for Degree

Each candidate for a master's degree must signify his/her intention to complete the requirements by a particular graduation date, by submitting a  graduation application online in WebAdvisor. This information is used to check completion of requirements and to print the diploma.


Commencement is held twice a year in December and May on the Crete campus.

Students are invited to participate in one ceremony. Students that complete in August, October, or December are invited to the December ceremony. Students that complete in March or May are invited to the May ceremony.

Award of Degree/Issuance of Diplomas

Degrees at Doane University are awarded and diplomas are issued three times a year-at the end of the spring term in May, August 15, and December.

The diploma will not be issued until any outstanding financial obligations to the university are satisfied.



The Doane University Lincoln campus houses a bookstore, which stocks and orders required texts for the Master of Arts in Counseling and Management programs. Graduate Studies in Education books are ordered from Specialty Books at www3.specialty-books.com/doane.

Library Facilities

Following matriculation, each student is permitted free usage of the library at the main campus of Doane University in Crete and has access to the Internet, through the computer laboratory, for assistance in literature searches.


The Registrar's Office issues official transcripts of a student's academic record only after the student has granted permission and paid a fee per transcript. Transcripts are not issued for students who have financial obligations to the university. Students who request transcripts should include their student ID number, program of enrollment, and signature with the written request. Generally, the transcripts will be issued within three days, except during periods at the beginning or following the end of a term, when at least one week is needed for issuance.

Copies are not made of transcripts or records on file from other institutions. Any additional copies of those documents must by requested by the student directly from the original issuing institution.

When students graduate or discontinue attendance at Doane University, subsequent credits from other colleges do not become a part of their Doane University transcript.

NOTE: Grades are not posted to the transcript until the entire term is complete.

Address and Name changes

Each Doane student is responsible for notifying the University of any address or name change.  Address changes are to be made promptly to kepe University records current and to insure that University mailings reach their intended recipient.  Students who have been enrolled within the last year need to submit documentation for a name change.  Documentation can be a social security card, divorce decree, mariage license, or court order.  A student may change their name or address on the Doane website