Academic Progress and Professional Conduct

Registration

Students registering for each term should consult with their academic advisers with regard to the specific courses and the total credit load they plan to take. A student is properly registered when the adviser approves the course enrollment and when the comprehensive payment schedule has been met. The registration process may be completed on-line or in the registrar’s office.

Full-time Status

Students enrolled in 9 credit-hours per term are considered full-time students.

Drop

A student may drop a course within the first week of classes in accordance with the published academic calendar. Drop forms require the signature of the professors of the dropped classes.

Withdrawal (W)

The last date for withdrawal from a course will be noted on the academic calendar. A grade of “W” is given through the sixth week of the term. After six weeks a grade of “WP” will be recorded if the student had a grade of “B” or higher at the time of withdrawal, or “WF” if the student is making below a grade of “B.” Grades of “WF” are computed as an “F” in the computation of grade point averages. Withdrawal after the twelfth week of the semester will result in an “F” unless the withdrawal is by administrative approval. Withdrawal from school is also withdrawal from classes. Non-attendance does not qualify as withdrawal notification.

Repeat

Students are allowed to repeat a maximum of two different courses in order to raise grades of “C” and one course in order to raise a grade of “F.” In no case will a student be allowed to repeat a course twice. Transcripts will reflect assignment of both grades; however, the grade for the first attempt will have the letter “R” next to it. Only the second attempt grade is used when computing the grade point average.

Visiting Students

Students who are enrolled in other master’s programs may take up to three courses at Missouri Valley College with the approval of their program as well as the MACC Program Director. Please note that practicum and internship may not be completed as a Visiting Graduate Student. The Visiting Graduate Student Enrollment Form, available in the Admissions Office, must be completed prior to enrollment.

Special Courses

Practicum - A course that provides the student with preliminary practical experience in a specific field. Normally a practicum is completed in the student's degree program.

Internship - A course that offers students advanced practical experience in their degree program. Students must have a Practicum Coordinator's approval before registration.

Transfer Credit - Students presently enrolled at Missouri Valley College may transfer up to nine credits from other colleges, but only courses with a grade of "B" or better will be accepted. If a student wishes to transfer credit from another institution, it will be up to the Program Director to dtermine whether it will meet the MVC requirements. If the course is one of the foundational courses, the student must demonstrate competency (>70%) by passing a written exam in order to receive credit. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all coursework through MVC. After admission, up to nine transfer credits may be permitted, pending the approval of the Program Director. No online courses will be accepted for transfer.

Grading

The following grades and their grade point value per credit hour are used to indicate the quality of a student's course work:

  • A 4.0 Performance Excedding Expectations
  • B 3.0 Appropriate Performance
  • C 2.0 Less than Acceptable Performance
  • F 0.0 Failed Minimum Requirements

Students are expected to maintain a minimum of a "B" (3.0) cumulative GPA, and all courses must be passed with a minimum of a "B". Any student receiving a final grade below a "B" in any MACC Foundation Course will be placed on academic probation. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation until a cumulative 3.0 GPA is obtained. Students obtaining more than one "F" or more than two "C" grades will be subject to dismissal from the program. Courses in which a student obtained less than a "B" may only be retaken once. The anticipated two-year timeline for completing the program is contingent upon a student making adequate progress.

When a student is placed on academic probation, the student will be required to create a remediation plan in conjunction with his or her adviser. The remediation plan must be completed before the start of the next semester. Once the remediation plan has been developed, it must be approved by the Program Director and signed by all parties. After approval, a copy of the remediation plan will be given to the student, his or her adviser, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Remediation Plan Guidelines

Remediation plans are to be developed collaboratively with the student and his or her adviser, but all aspects of the remediation plan must meet with the approval of the adviser.. Remediation plans shall include the following: the student’s name, date, reason(s) for remediation, how these circumstances will affect the student’s advancement in the program, specific remediation steps with a timeframe for their completion, possible consequences for failing to complete the remediation plan within the agreed upon timeframe, and a place to sign and date the document for the student, his or her adviser, and the MACC Director. Once the student and his or her adviser have completed the remediation plan, it is to be approved by the Program Director and signed by all parties. Copies of the signed remediation plan will be given to the signees as well as the Dean of Graduate Studies. A student’s refusal to sign his or her remediation plan may result in suspension or dismissal.

Incomplete (IN)

In rare instances, the grade of Incomplete (IN) may be assigned with the prior approval of the Program Director if extreme extenuating circumstances prohibit a student from completing a course. If an incomplete grade has not been removed by the close of the next term of enrollment, it is changed to the grade of "F". An incomplete grade is not calculated in the GPA.

Student Grade Appeals

Students are responsible for meeting the standards for academic performance established for the course or courses in which they are enrolled. The establishment of the criteria for grades and the evaluation of student academic performance are the responsibilities of the instructor. The grade appeal procedure is available for the review of allegedly capricious grading or clerical error by the instructor and not for the purpose of evaluating the student’s academic excellence in any particular course.

Student Appeal Process

Step One - The student must discuss the course grade fully with the instructor of the course. This must be done no later than thirty calendar days after the final grades for the class are posted.

Step Two - If the student desires to appeal the grade further, he or she may discuss the matter with the Program Director no later than ten calendar days after the aforementioned thirty-day deadline. The Program Director shall notify the student, in writing, of the decision.

Step Three - If the appeal is not resolved at the program level, the student may appeal to the Dean of Graduate Studies. This appeal must be made in writing no later than ten (10) calendar days after receipt of the program’s decision. The student must submit his/her written appeal to the Program Director and request that the appeal and any relevant documents regarding the case be sent to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Examples of relevant documents include, but are not limited to: 1) course syllabi, 2) course assignments, 3) the graded work of the appellant, and 4) samples of the graded work of other students who were in the same course as the appellant. The Program Director will obtain all relevant documents from the course instructor and forward them to the Dean of Graduate Studies within ten (10) calendar days of the student’s request. The course instructor is expected to comply with all requests for relevant documentation from the Program Director. Upon review of the evidence, the Dean of Graduate Studies may request any additional information deemed necessary from the appellant and the course instructor. The appellant and the Program Director must provide the additional materials within five (5) calendar days of the Dean of Graduate Studies’ request. If deemed necessary, the Dean of Graduate Studies may convene a committee to review the materials. The Dean of Graduate Studies will notify the student of the committee’s decision in writing within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the written appeal. This notification will be delivered by regular mail to the postal address on file for the student and by email to the student’s MVC email address. The Dean of Graduate Studies will also notify the course instructor, the Program Director, and Registrar of the decision. This notification will be transmitted to these individuals by campus e-mail. If it is determined that the student’s grade ought to be changed, the Dean of Graduate Studies must submit a Revised Grade Report Form to the Registrar's Office. The Registrar will modify the student’s transcript within ten (10) calendar days after receipt of the form from the committee chairperson. The decision of the Dean of Graduate Studies is final.

Recognition of Academic Excellence

The MACC program encourages academic excellence. As such, recognition is given for the following achievements:

  • Dean's List: Each semester, students who maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA will be placed on the Dean's List.
  • Graduation with Honors: These designations will be given when a graduating student has obtained a cumulative GPA within the following ranges:
       3.90 or higher: Summa Cum Laude
       3.80-3.89: Magna Cum Laude
       3.65-3.79: Cum Laude

Attendance

The MACC program is a demanding program that will focus on incorporating the expertise of faculty members. The application of theoretical concepts to actual clinical case studies relies heavily on classroom attendance and participation. Consequently, graduate students at Missouri Valley College are expected to attend all classes and class activities in which they have been enrolled. If classes are missed, a student is expected to make up the work to the satisfaction of the instructors concerned. Students with two or more absences may be administratively withdrawn from class.

At times, absence from class may be unavoidable, as in instances of prolonged illness, hospitalization, or participation in an approved student activity. A student should submit a doctor's verification to the Program Director, who will notify instructors. In the case of approved student activity, the faculty sponsor of the approved College activity will provide instructors with a list of participating students. Students should take both their education and participation in activities seriously. Even though the activity is college sponsored, class work is expected either before or after the activity without delay.

Professional and Ethical Conduct

It shall be the responsibility of every student enrolled at Missouri Valley College to support the academic integrity of the institution. This applies to personal honesty in all aspects of collegiate work, all student records, and all contacts with faculty and staff. Cheating, plagiarism, tampering with grades, and other acts of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Depending on the nature and severity of the issue in question, consequences for academic dishonesty may include, but are not limited to, failing one or more courses, probation, or dismissal.

It shall also be the responsibility of every student enrolled at Missouri Valley College to be respectful of the right of other students, staff, and faculty to a safe, peaceful atmosphere conducive to the educational goals of an institution of higher learning. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the mission of Missouri Valley College. Discrimination, unprofessional behavior, illegal behavior, harassment, or other negative behavior that directly impacts the professional development of students will not be tolerated. Student actions that do not adhere to the College’s Student Code of Conduct will be addressed according to policies regarding academic dishonesty or disruptive behavior. Students who exhibit dishonest, disruptive, or disrespectful behavior in any setting where Missouri Valley College is officially represented risk suspension or expulsion from the institution.

When a conduct problem does not warrant dismissal, a remediation plan must be completed in accordance with the remediation plan guidelines, above.

Professional behavior should be guided by strong values and integrity as students learn to practice counseling as a mechanism to promote respect for human dignity, themselves, and the diversity of our communities. In addition to standards of conduct outlined in the Missouri Valley College Graduate Catalog, MACC students and faculty are also expected to adhere to professional ethical standards set forth by the American Counseling Association.

Additionally, the MACC program has adopted the following guidelines set forth by the Student Competence Task Force of the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC, 2004):

  • Students and trainees in professional psychology programs (at the doctoral, internship, or postdoctoral level) should know—prior to program entry, and at the outset of training—that faculty, training staff, supervisors, and administrators have a professional, ethical, and potentially legal obligation to: (a) establish criteria and methods through which aspects of competence other than, and in addition to, a student-trainee's knowledge or skills may be assessed (including, but not limited to, emotional stability and well being, interpersonal skills, professional development, and personal fitness for practice); and, (b) ensure—insofar as possible—that the student-trainees who complete their programs are competent to manage future relationships (e.g., client, collegial, professional, public, scholarly, supervisory, teaching) in an effective and appropriate manner. Because of this commitment, and within the parameters of their administrative authority, professional psychology education and training programs, faculty, training staff, supervisors, and administrators strive not to advance, recommend, or graduate students or trainees with demonstrable problems (e.g., cognitive, emotional, psychological, interpersonal, technical, and ethical) that may interfere with professional competence to other programs, the profession, employers, or the public at large.
  • As such, within a developmental framework, and with due regard for the inherent power difference between students and faculty, students and trainees should know that their faculty, training staff, and supervisors will evaluate their competence in areas other than, and in addition to, coursework, seminars, scholarship, comprehensive examinations, or related program requirements. These evaluative areas include, but are not limited to, demonstration of sufficient: (a) interpersonal and professional competence (e.g., the ways in which student-trainees relate to clients, peers, faculty, allied professionals, the public, and individuals from diverse backgrounds or histories); (b) self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation (e.g., knowledge of the content and potential impact of one's own beliefs and values on clients, peers, faculty, allied professionals, the public, and individuals from diverse backgrounds or histories); (c) openness to processes of supervision (e.g., the ability and willingness to explore issues that either interfere with the appropriate provision of care or impede professional development or functioning); and (d) resolution of issues or problems that interfere with professional development or functioning in a satisfactory manner (e.g., by responding constructively to feedback from supervisors or program faculty; by the successful completion of remediation plans; by participating in personal therapy in order to resolve issues or problems).
  • This policy is applicable to settings and contexts in which evaluation would appropriately occur (e.g., coursework, practicum, supervision), rather than settings and contexts that are unrelated to the formal process of education and training (e.g., non-academic, social contexts). However, irrespective of setting or context, when a student-trainee’s conduct clearly and demonstrably (a) impacts the performance, development, or functioning of the student-trainee, (b) raises questions of an ethical nature, (c) represents a risk to public safety, or (d) damages the representation of counseling to the profession or public, appropriate representatives of the program may review such conduct within the context of the program’s evaluation processes.

Background Checks

As part of the process of ensuring the safety and well-being MVC students and faculty as well as clients in practicum/internship settings, students will periodically be expected to complete background checks as directed by the program. Fees associated with completing background checks will be solely the responsibility of the student.

Substance Abuse

In addition to the substance abuse policies outlined in the Missouri Valley College Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs, it should be noted that alcohol consumption or drug misuse in a Practicum or Internship setting, including arriving for clinical work while under the influence of such substances, is prohibited. When a substance use issue interferes with a student's training, the professional conduct guidelines outlined earlier will be followed.

Dismissal Appeals Process

Dismissal due to problems with professional conduct, academic integrity, or similar matters may be appealed (A student may not appeal dismissal due to failure to maintain adequate grades.). A student wishing to appeal dismissal from the program must do so within 30 days of being notified of dismissal. The student must first appeal to the program by submitting a letter of appeal to the Program Director. The program’s decision regarding the appeal will be reached within 30 days, and the student will be notified of that decision. If an appeal has been denied by the program, an appeal may be made within 10 days to the Graduate Studies Committee only if the program has failed to follow its published policies. The student must submit an appeal letter to the Dean of Graduate Studies, who will review the case with the Graduate Studies Committee. After the Committee reaches a decision, the student and the Program Director will be notified.

Promotion of Professional Identity & Culture

In recognition of the importance of lifelong learning, the development of a professional identity, and the creation of a graduate culture at MVC, the MACC program encourages students to participate in state and national professional counseling organizations.

Student with Disabilities

The College seeks to comply fully with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If a student has special needs as addressed by either of these acts, the student is to contact the campus ADA Coordinator, Debbie Coleman, Baity Hall, Room 206, phone: 660-831-4172, to set up an appointment. Failure to do so could result in a delay of accommodations. After the student presents documentation, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate the student’s special needs.