2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Academic Policies

Academic Advising

Professional staff academic advisors will assist in course selection with attention to degree requirements, course prerequisites, and other academic matters. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to maintain normal progress, to select the proper courses, and to meet all graduation requirements.

Academic Grievance

Students who believe they have been subject to clerical or procedural grading errors or to arbitrary or discriminatory academic evaluation shall follow the recommended procedure.

Clerical and Procedural Error
It is the student’s responsibility to bring any error in grades to the attention of the instructor, in writing, within one (1) semester following the issued grade. Grade changes are made only because of computation or recording errors and must be corrected no later than the last day of classes of the next full semester. Submission of extra work after a semester is completed will be permitted only when a grade of “Incomplete” was assigned for the specific course.

Arbitrary or Discriminatory Academic Evaluation
The student may contact the Dean of the school where the course is housed to obtain the complete policy and procedure to resolve these matters.

Academic Honesty

The university expects all members of its community to act with responsibility and integrity. As an accredited institution of higher learning dedicated to the transmission of knowledge and the free inquiry after truth, Concordia University Irvine strives to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty and seeks to heed the commands for honesty found in the Scriptures.

All courses and academic work at Concordia University seek to empower students for independent learning, resourcefulness, clear thinking, and perception. All submitted work and activities should be genuine reflections of individual achievement from which the student can derive personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Academic dishonesty, which includes all forms of plagiarism,  cheating, and the offering or receipt of unauthorized aid, subverts these goals. 

DEFINITIONS

Academic Dishonesty:  Academic dishonesty includes all forms of cheating on any course-related activities, including  (but not limited to) tests, quizzes, and other assigned work, as well as all forms of plagiarism,  misuse of internet resources, multiple submissions of student work, falsification, false statements, and unauthorized aid. Academic dishonesty may occur in courses offered by  Concordia University, in courses transferred into the university while the student is enrolled at  Concordia University, or in other academic work done while the student is enrolled at  Concordia University (e.g., the President’s Academic Showcase of Undergraduate Research);  the provisions of this policy cover all such instances.

Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is the submission of material from one or more sources without citing those sources, or by citing sources inaccurately or incompletely. It may consist of direct quotation of sources (uncited, inaccurately or incompletely cited), or it may consist of indirect quotation  (i.e., paraphrasing) or summarizing of such sources without proper attribution. Plagiarism may be unintentional or intentional. Both forms are serious academic violations. A respected writing handbook describes academic dishonesty and plagiarism in the following way.

While there are many ways to damage academic integrity, two that are especially important are inaccurate or incomplete citation of sources—also called unintentional plagiarism—and plagiarism that is deliberately intended to pass off one writer’s work as another’s (Andrea A. Lunsford, The St. Martin’s Handbook 283).

Internet Plagiarism: The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers by M. Hairston, J Ruszkiewicz and C. Friend, has some specific advice for using the internet. 

The basic rules of scholastic honesty still apply in electronic environments. [Students] may not copy and paste information from a Web site, listserv, newsgroup, or other electronic sources to [their] own project without fully documenting that material. Nor may  [they] call it [their] own because [they] have altered it in some minor way. (748).

Multiple Submission:  Multiple submission is the submission of work a student has completed in one course to meet requirements in another course. Students must always obtain permission from their instructor before using work completed in one course to meet requirements in another.

Falsification:  Falsification is the submission of another student’s work as one’s own. The same applies to purchasing essays or other academic materials in order to submit them as one’s own work.

  • Unauthorized Aid:   Unauthorized aid is any type of assistance that is not permitted by the university or its faculty.  Examples include (but are not limited to) receiving answers to a quiz or test from another student or some other source; having one student complete a homework assignment or sign a  course attendance sheet on behalf of another; having one student take a quiz or test on behalf of another; aid issued by any University constituent (paid or unpaid by the University) which is unauthorized or which falsifies a student’s personal academic work. Students who are unsure whether a particular type of aid is authorized or unauthorized must consult their instructor in advance before attempting to give or receive such aid. The giving, receiving, and knowing toleration of unauthorized aid are all considered to be academic dishonesty, and students who commit any of the three are liable to the consequences of this policy and its attendant procedures. Any authorized aid which creates an academic exception to improve a grade,  earn course credit, or meet an admission, financial aid, eligibility, or graduation requirement is a form of academic dishonesty. 

ADJUDICATION

Academic dishonesty, cheating and plagiarism are academic matters, thus they are handled by faculty and academic administrators following the procedures established by the University’s Academic Council, as implemented and maintained by the Office of the Provost. Since the Office of Student Conduct serves as the University’s repository for student conduct records, faculty who find instances of academic dishonesty are required to notify the Director of Student Conduct & Care of them before consequences are determined, so that any previous cases of academic dishonesty in the student’s record can be considered. The Deans of the University’s schools participate in the academic dishonesty process by verifying faculty findings of academic dishonesty and consulting the reporting faculty member regarding appropriate consequences. The Office of the Provost or its designee is the sole and final adjudicator of the application of this policy and hears any student appeals related to academic dishonesty; therefore, student conduct appeal procedures described in the “Disciplinary Process” and “Student Rights and Responsibilities” sections of this Student Code of Conduct does not apply in such cases. Findings related to academic honesty will be shared with the Office of the Dean of Students and will be considered in student disciplinary proceedings.

Multiple instances of academic dishonesty may render a student liable to dismissal from the university, depending on the number and severity of the instances. A single instance of dishonesty may be sufficient to lead to a student’s dismissal, if the instance is particularly flagrant or extreme as determined by a school dean.

The faculty of the University have determined that the following range of penalties will be applied to students found responsible for committing academic dishonesty:

  1. First instance at the University: The student is required to undergo mandatory training in academic honesty as stipulated by the University, at his or her own expense. The instructor, in consultation with the Dean of the school, also selects a penalty from the following range of options:
    1. A failing grade for the assignment, with an opportunity to make up the work.
    2. A failing grade for the assignment, with no opportunity to make up the work.
    3. Up to a letter grade off of the final grade for the course.
    4. A failing grade for the course.
    5. Dismissal from the University. The student receives a failing grade for any course she or he committed academic dishonesty in that semester and be administratively withdrawn from all other courses that semester. The University will not readmit the student (applicable only in extreme or flagrant cases; requires consent of the Dean for the school in which the instance occurred and the Dean for the school in which the student is enrolled, if these are different).
  2. Second instance at the University: The student is required to undergo mandatory training in academic honesty as stipulated by the University, at his or her own expense. The instructor consults with the Dean of the school, and together they select a penalty from the following range of options:
    1. A failing grade for the course.
    2. Dismissal from the University. The student receives a failing grade for any course she or he committed academic dishonesty in that semester and be administratively withdrawn from all other courses that semester. The University will not readmit the student (applicable in Code of Conduct extreme or flagrant cases; requires consent of the Dean for the school in which the instance occurred and the Dean for the school in which the student is enrolled, if these are different).
  3. Third instance at the University: Dismissal from the University. The student receives a failing grade for any course she or he committed academic dishonesty in that semester and be administratively withdrawn from all other courses that semester. The University will not readmit the student. The Dean for the school in which the instance occurred (and the Dean of the School in which the student is enrolled, if these are different) consults with the instructor to determine whether any mitigating circumstances justify a lesser punishment; if not, the student is dismissed.

Academic Standing

Academic Probation:  A student having a semester grade point average (GPA) below 2.00 will be placed on probation for the following semester. Students on probation may register for no more than 13 academic units. A student having a semester GPA above 2.00 but an institutional GPA below 2.00 will remain on academic probation until the institutional GPA is at least a 2.00. 

Academic Disqualification:  Any student whose GPA has fallen below 2.00 for 2 consecutive semesters and whose institutional GPA is below 2.00 will be academically disqualified as a degree student. Any student whose institutional GPA is less than 1.00 in a single semester will be academically disqualified as a degree student.  Upon dismissal the student has the right to appeal to the academic dismissal committee. A student can only appeal once during their participation in an undergraduate program at Concordia University Irvine. 

Good Academic Standing (GAS)

  • Undergraduate students are in GAS at Concordia University Irvine (CUI) when their overall cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above.
  • Graduate students are in GAS at CUI when their overall cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above.

If a student leaves Concordia University Irvine on academic probation and is subsequently readmitted, or if the student is dismissed and readmitted, the student will return on academic probation, regardless of any courses the student may have taken and grades earned in the interim and transferred into CUI.

Add-Drop-Withdrawal Changes: Non Q&I Core Curriculum

A full-semester course may be added during the first week of the semester without the instructor's approval. During the second week of the semester, a full-semester course may be added with the instructor's approval.

A full-semester course may be dropped during the first 2 weeks of a semester without being recorded on the student's permanent record. A student who does not attend the first day of class or notify the instructor of the absence in advance of the first class session, may be dropped at the instructor's prerogative. This is done only for impacted courses (closed courses with students waiting to add the course).

A full-semester course may be withdrawn from in week 3 through 11 with a grade of “W” and with the instructor's or dean/assistant dean/department chair's approval. Students may not withdraw from full-semester courses after week 11. 

After week 11, students may not withdraw from individual courses except by withdrawing from the university completely.  Only students withdrawing from the university completely will be granted withdrawal status.  No student will be permitted to withdraw from the university during final examination week.

Changes for courses that meet during the first or second half of the semester must be made during the first week of the course.

All dates for adding, dropping, and withdrawing are published in advance of the academic year. It is the student's responsibility to complete and to submit the proper form on time for an add, drop, or withdrawal to be officially processed and implemented. Add/drop/withdrawal forms may be found online.  Students may not petition because of a missed deadline.

Failure to follow the official procedures outlined above will result in credit not being granted for courses not officially added or the assigning of the grade of “F” for courses not officially dropped. Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from a class.

Add-Drop-Withdrawal Changes: Q&I Core Curriculum

A Q&I Core course, which may not be dropped, may be added or changed during the first 2 weeks of the semester with the consent of the academic advisor. 

Students are not permitted to withdraw from a Q&I Core course without the written approval of the instructor and Q&I Core director. Such approval will normally be considered for 1 of 2 reasons:

  1. an exceptional, documented personal tragedy that has prevented the student from participating in and fulfilling the requirements of the course, or
  2. complete withdrawal from the university.

Under normal circumstances and in accordance with the academic virtues of responsibility, merit, and integrity, no student will be permitted to withdraw from a Q&I Core course because of academic performance. Add/drop/withdrawal forms may be found online.

Assessment Program

Student development is the focus of Concordia University Irvine’s (CUI) mission. Therefore, achievement of the undergraduate learning outcomes and graduate learning outcomes is assessed throughout the student’s time at CUI in ways that go far beyond the grades achieved in the classes taken. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes are assessed at various points in the areas of Written Communication, Oral Communication, Systematic Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning, Christian Literacy and Faith, Service to Society and Church, Informed and Responsive Citizenship, and Specialized Knowledge for all undergraduate students. Students in graduate programs will be assessed in the areas of Scholarly Research, Integrated Learning, Ethical Leadership, Effective Communication, Reflective Practice, and Community Engagement. Some assessments occur within specified courses; others occur outside regular course activity.

Auditing

Students who wish to enroll in a course without receiving credit may choose to audit the course.  Not all courses are eligible to be audited and not all programs allow students to audit courses.  Enrollment must occur by the last day to add each semester. Exams and papers assigned to students taking the course for credit do not apply to audit students; all other expectations are the same. A notation of “Audit” will be assigned upon satisfactory completion of the course. Audited courses do not count toward graduation requirements. Additional information may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar.

Class Attendance

Registered students have freely accepted personal responsibility for enrollment and class attendance. Students are expected to attend all class and laboratory sessions for the courses in which they are enrolled.  Students are expected to notify their instructor(s) of planned absences in advance and unplanned absences, due to sickness or emergency, within a reasonable period of time. Instructors are expected, per university policy and procedures, to record student attendance. Course syllabi will specify each instructor's procedures for handling absences consistent with university, school, and program requirements.  

Concurrent Registration

Students who wish to take coursework outside of Concordia University Irvine may register concurrently at other regionally accredited institutions. It is recommended that students consult with their academic advisor before taking courses to make sure the course(s) will fulfill degree requirements. If the course is being used for a major or minor requirement, approval will be required from the Department Chair, Program Director, or Dean for that major/minor. No student may receive credit for more than 21 units in a semester, including units from regular courses taken on campus, courses taken off campus, individualized study courses, and correspondence courses. No more than 6 units may be taken outside of Concordia during a student’s last semester. Additionally, only grades of C- or better may be transferred and applied to major, minor, Q&I general education, or elective requirements.

Consortium Agreement

Students wishing to be considered full time (12 units) by being part time at Concordia University Irvine (CUI) and part time at another accredited institution may enter into a consortium agreement and receive Title IV federal financial aid. A minimum of 9 units must be taken at CUI and all units taken must apply towards the student’s degree. Additional information about a consortium agreement can be supplied by the Financial Aid Office

Course Registration and Load

To be considered full-time, an undergraduate student must be registered for a minimum of 12 units each semester. However, an average of 15 units per semester is required to reach 120 units within 8 semesters or 4 years.

Only students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher may register for more than 18 units in 1 semester. No student may receive credit for more than 21 units in a semester, including units from regular courses taken on campus, courses taken off campus, individualized study courses, and correspondence courses. Each semester a student wishes to take more than 18 units, an Application for Overload form must be filed with the Office of the Registrar prior to enrolling in the additional course(s). In most cases, students taking more than 18 units per semester will be assessed an overload fee. Contact the Office of the Bursar for more details.

Undergraduate students are required to register each year to reserve classes for the following academic year. Specific dates are published yearly through the Office of the Registrar, and each undergraduate will be sent information explaining the procedure.

A late registration fee of $50 per class will be assessed to those students who do not complete course registration by the deadlines published in the university’s Academic Calendar.

Course Repeats

Selected courses—usually those dealing with the development of a skill rather than with the assimilation of information—may be repeated for credit. All other classes may not be repeated for credit but may be repeated for purposes of raising the grade. In such cases, both grades are entered on the transcript but only the higher grade is used in computation of the cumulative GPA.

Deans' List

A full-time undergraduate student whose semester GPA is 3.80 or higher is recognized as an outstanding student and is placed on the Deans' List. A full-time undergraduate student whose semester GPA is between 3.50 and 3.79 is recognized for Academic Commendation. Students must carry a minimum of 12 units to be considered for recognition.  The university publishes the Deans' List and a notation for Deans' List or Academic Commendation is made on the student's transcript.

Dual Bachelor Degrees

Concordia University Irvine will award a maximum of two bachelor’s degrees, one of which must be a Bachelor of Arts and the other a Bachelor of Science, under the following conditions:  (1) the student has completed a minimum of 30 distinct units with 24 distinct upper division units for each degree; (2) at least 75% of the units earned in the major toward each degree are distinct; and (3) the student has completed all prerequisites, supporting courses, Q&I general education requirements, residency requirements and departmental requirements for each major.

Grade Replacement

A current student who wishes to repeat a course outside of Concordia University Irvine (CUI) and replace the CUI grade may do so under the following guidelines:

  1. The process is not automatic and the student must initiate a Petition for Grade Replacement by Transfer Course form through the Office of the Registrar prior to taking the course outside of CUI.  The dean of the school for which the course is being replaced will approve/deny the petition. 
  2. Grade replacement by a transfer course is only available to undergraduate students and only coursework applied to an undergraduate degree may be considered for grade replacement.  
  3. All CUI grades will remain on a student’s transcript.  The CUI grade being replaced will be notated next to the grade by an “E” (excluded) on the transcript and the CUI grade will be excluded from the cumulative GPA.
  4. A student may not take more than three (3) distinct courses for Grade Replacement.
  5. The Petition for Grade Replacement shall be processed only if:
    1. The grade earned in the enrollment at CUI was a C-, D+, D, D- or F.
    2. The course has not been previously repeated with a C or higher for a major course, or a C- or higher for a Q&I or elective course.
    3. A student has not been awarded an undergraduate degree from CUI.
  6. Academic standing will not be adjusted for the term of the grade replacement.

Grading System

Concordia University Irvine computes the grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0-point scale (see below). Specific grading requirements for each course will vary greatly and the letter grades cannot be defined here other than in a general manner.  For graduate programs/certificates, see the Minimum Grade Per Course section for applicable grades.

A 4.0 grade points Excellent
A- 3.7 grade points
B+ 3.3 grade points
B 3.0 grade points Good
B- 2.7 grade points
C+ 2.3 grade points
C 2.0 grade points Satisfactory*
C- 1.7 grade points
D+ 1.3 grade points
D 1.0 grade points Barely Passing**
D- 0.7 grade points
F 0.0 grade points Failure

Audit (AU)
Assigned for classes attended for no credit and for the purpose of gaining information without the requirement of tests or papers.

Grade Delay (GD)
Assigned when a grade is not submitted by the instructor by the grade deadline.  Grade Delays will remain on the transcript until the instructor submits a grade change to the Office of the Registrar for processing.

Incomplete (I*)
Assigned when a student, with the consent of the instructor, postpones the submission of certain work because of extenuating circumstances. Incomplete grades must be resolved within four (4) weeks from the end of the course unless an extension is granted by the instructor with the approval from the dean.  Incompletes will be calculated for academic standing using the default grade. Students with incomplete grades are subject to academic probation and academic dismissal based on the default grade. Failure to resolve an incomplete will result in the automatic change to the alternate grade given at the same time as the incomplete. Default grades are C, D, F, or NP.

In Progress (IP)
Assigned when an educational experience (e.g., student teaching, practicum, internship, thesis, or graduate capstone, etc.) is designed to extend beyond a single grading period. Students have four (4) continuous semesters, including the semester of enrollment and summer, to complete the requirements for the course.  A grade of "IP" will be issued after the first semester of enrolment if the work is not completed.  For undergraduate programs, the “IP” grade will default to the grade of F or NP if the work is not completed in the allotted amount of time.  For graduate and doctoral programs, the "IP" grade will remain on the transcript and the student will receive a grade in a subsequent term.

Pass (P) / No Pass (NP)
Assigned in selected courses and educational experiences where a letter grade is not assigned (e.g. capstone projects, doctoral dissertations, master’s theses, internships, practicums, and other courses as determined by individual programs and published in the program handbook). The Pass/ No Pass grade will appear on the transcript but is not calculated in the GPA.

Saticfactory (S) / Unsatisfactory (U)
Assigned when tracking progress of some practicum or fieldwork hours.  The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade will appear on the transcript but is not calculated in the GPA.

Withdrawal (W)
Full-semester courses may be dropped without record of enrollment during the first 2 weeks of the semester.  From weeks 3 through week 11 of the full semester, courses may be withdrawn from with a “W” grade.  For shorter terms (7 to 11 weeks), courses may be dropped without record of enrollment for the first week of the term.  During weeks 2-5 (for 7-week terms), weeks 2-6 (for 8-week terms) and weeks 2-9 (for 11-week terms), courses may be withdrawn from with a "W" grade.  Instructor or dean/assistant dean consent is required to withdraw from undergraduate courses.  Core courses require the director of general education approval to withdraw.  The "W" grade will appear on the transcript but is not calculated in the GPA.

Honors Program

Dr. C.J. Armstrong, Director

The university offers an Honors Program for students meeting the Honors admission requirements. Admission to the program for incoming freshmen is offered upon acceptance to the university based on the high school GPA, application essay(s), and overall academic portfolio. Admission to the program for current or transfer students may be granted by petition to the Honors Program director and with faculty recommendations.

The Honors Program makes available a variety of courses and activities that enhance learning and challenge highly motivated students under the banner of Scholarship & Service. Each semester sections of the Q&I general education curriculum are identified in the schedule as being Honors sections. Honors sections provide depth as well as breadth in an academic area, thus challenging and motivating Concordia’s best student scholars. Honors courses employ primary-source readings, seminars, tutorials, research projects, oral presentations, collaborative activities, field trips, special assignments, and/or an integrative approach to topics. Typically, Honors students enjoy smaller class sizes to enhance learning.

Focused research and writing activities can earn Honors points. Examples include the President’s Academic Showcase and Honors Investigations. Such Honors endeavors provide close mentoring by professors and individualized directed learning. Honors points can also be earned through approved Honors sections, study-abroad opportunities, taking foreign language courses, completing a double major, a minor outside of the major, or other approved Honors activities. To remain an Honors student in good standing, Presidential Honors Scholars must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a President's Academic Showcase by their junior year; Honors Scholars must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and complete an Honors Investigation or President's Academic Showcase by their junior year. Other students in the Honors Program must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher; they are encouraged to do a Showcase or Investigation.  Each Honors student's GPA is evaluated at the end of the academic year.

Students in good standing who earn the requisite number of Honors points and do a President's Academic Showcase or Honors Investigation receive recognition at graduation as an Honors Associate or an Honors Scholar. Honors Associates must accumulate 12-17 Honors points; Honors Scholars must accumulate 18 or more points. 

Individualized Study

Students may apply for individualized study when a required course or Honors course is not offered at an appropriate time, when a student wishes to study a topic not offered in the curriculum, or when a student wishes to receive credit for a President's Academic Showcase or Honors Investigation.  There are 4 categories of individualized study:

  1. Supervised Study
  2. President's Academic Showcase
  3. Honors Investigation 
  4. Special Topic Request

See the Individualized Study Registration form from the Office of the Registrar for descriptions of these categories. Except for the President's Academic Showcase, the instructor fee for an individualized study is $100/unit; the instructor may waive this fee.

No more than 2 courses of individualized study may be taken during the same semester. These units will be counted as part of a student’s course load and will be subject to course overload fees if the course load exceeds 18 units. No more than 5 courses or 20 units of individualized study may be counted toward graduation. Application forms and additional information may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar or from Academic Advising. Supervised Study and Special Topics courses follow the same add/drop/withdrawal deadlines as other courses.

Internship and Practicum

Enrollment in an internship or practicum is governed by each department and are as follows:

  • School of Business and Economics internships and Healthcare Management internships
    • All 490A, HCM 494, and HLMG 494 internships may be added by the student through MyRecords during the normal registration cycle.  All add/drop deadlines apply and are posted on the Academic Calendar.
    • All other internships and practicums, including 490B, require the approval of the department’s program director and may be added or dropped by submitting the proper form to the Office of the Registrar during the first 11 weeks of the semester.  
  • Internships and practicums in all other departments
    • Require the approval of the department's program director and may be added or dropped by submitting the proper form to the Office of the Registrar during the first 11 weeks of the semester.  

Students must complete the requirements for the internship and/or practicum within four continuous semesters including the semester of enrollment and summer. As an example, if a student enrolls during a fall term, s/he has until the end of the following fall term to fulfill the course requirements.

A grade of IP (In Progress) will be issued after the first semester of enrollment until work is completed.  A Grade Change Form will be submitted by the instructor of record to change an IP to the final grade. Should a student fail to complete the internship or practicum requirements within four semesters, the IP grade will be automatically changed to a fail grade (F or NP, depending on the program).   If the internship or practicum is a degree requirement, students who fail must re-enroll in the internship or practicum and complete all requirements prior to awarding of the degree.

Program performance requirements will be provided by the Program Director for the specific subject.  Refer to the Graduation Requirements section regarding unit limitations for internships and practicums.   Some internships and practicums that are part of licensure or certification may be excluded from this policy.

Latin Honors at Graduation

The following Latin honors are awarded to qualified recipients of the bachelor’s degree at commencement ceremonies. These Latin honors are determined on the basis of the cumulative GPA of all coursework taken at Concordia University Irvine and at all other colleges and universities attended.

Latin honors recognition for graduation ceremonies is based on GPA and credits completed through the previous semester, but the student’s permanent record will designate Latin honors including the final semester’s GPA.

Cum laude (with distinction):
Awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is between 3.70 and 3.799.

Magna cum laude (with high distinction):
Awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is between 3.80 and 3.899.

Summa cum laude (with highest distinction):
Awarded to the students whose cumulative GPA is 3.90 or above.

Right to Petition

Students may petition for the review of certain university academic policies when unusual circumstances exist. After action has been taken on the petition, the student will be notified of the decision. A copy of the action will be placed in the student’s permanent file. Petition forms and additional information may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar. The missing of deadlines is not subject to petition.

Second Degrees

Students who have graduated from other institutions may earn a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Irvine (CUI) if they fulfill the following requirements:

  1. They complete a minimum of 30 units in residence at CUI.
  2. They complete all CUI Q&I general education graduation requirements.
  3. They complete all the courses for a major, including a minimum of 50% of the major units in residence.

Students who have received a bachelor’s degree from CUI and return to complete the requirements for another major will not be given a second diploma, nor will their transcripts reflect a second degree. They will, however, be certified as having completed an additional major.

Simultaneous Enrollment

Students who wish to broaden their educational experience may enroll for 1 or 2 semesters at another Concordia University System (CUS) institution in another part of the country. The Simultaneous Enrollment Program (SEP) is made possible through a process by which students may enroll at Concordia University Irvine and at another university in the CUS. Academic credits earned at another CUS institution are recorded as if students earned those credits at Concordia University Irvine. Because the number of participants is limited each year, interested students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor well in advance of their intended stay.

Special Requirements for Majors, Minors, and Emphases

Students may complete a major, minor, or emphasis by completing the required units. The following rules apply with regard to major/minor relationships and multiple majors and emphases.

  1. Each major must contain a minimum of 28 units unique to that major.
  2. Each minor may contain no more than 50% of its units that are included in the student’s major or in another minor.
  3. To obtain more than 1 emphasis in any given major, each emphasis must have a minimum of 9 units unique to that emphasis.

Statement of Completion

Students who will graduate with more than 120 units and will continue on into Concordia University Irvine’s teaching credential or Master of Arts in Business Administration (MBA) programs may be eligible to count a portion of their final semester’s units in their undergraduate degree toward their credential or MBA degree through a Statement of Completion. Only eligible credential/MBA courses will be counted, and at least 6 units must still be used toward the undergraduate degree. Application forms and additional information may be obtained from academic advising or the Office of the Registrar.

Student Classification

For various purposes on campus (e.g., registration, financial aid) students are classified into levels based on completed semester units. The following levels are applicable to bachelor degree students:

Freshman 0—29.99 units
Sophomore 30—59.99 units
Junior 60—89.99 units
Senior 90 units and above

Student Conduct and Personal Development

The faculty and staff of Concordia University Irvine (CUI) expect that all students will exhibit personal evidence of development in all aspects of their lives. Assistance in promoting such growth is provided through academic programs, co-curricular activities, and individual consultation involving regular evaluation.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner in all aspects of their daily living. Students are present on campus by privilege accorded annually to those who contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the university and not by right. At the discretion of the administration, a student may be dismissed from school for serious misconduct. For further details on student conduct, student records, and disciplinary matters, consult the CUI Student Code of Conduct, which can be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Student Conduct, or online.

Student Records

Pursuant to federal law, all student records, including evaluations, transcripts, letters, and descriptions of individual students are open to review by the student to whom they pertain. Student records are the property of the university. Should any student believe records maintained in the university file to be inaccurate or unjust, that student is entitled to prepare a disclaimer or a reply to that student’s record. One copy of such a disclaimer will be stapled to each copy of the student record.

Officers of the federal and state government and representatives of accreditation agencies may have legal access to these files, as well as Concordia University Irvine officials who are required to perform duties which necessitate having access to these files. No official is permitted to make any use of the information contained in personal files other than what is required by that official’s normal duties.

Student Rights and Privacy

Each student of Concordia University Irvine has a right to

  1. review their official educational records, files, documents, and other materials which contain information directly related to them, and
  2. challenge such records that are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate.

It is the policy of the university that unless excluded by state or federal law, no record, files, documents, materials, or personally identifiable information contained therein shall be released to any individual, agency, or organization without the express written consent of the student/alumnus.

Any student desiring to review or challenge their official educational records should contact the Office of the Registrar to determine procedures for such review. Any student desiring to challenge the content of their official educational records should contact the Office of the Registrar.

While the university does not provide general directory services, it may, by law, under special circumstances, release the following information about a student: name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, class schedule, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degree and awards received, and the most recent previous public or private school of attendance. Any student who does not wish such information to be released about their participation or status should notify the Office of the Registrar in writing, at the beginning of each semester. The university is required to comply with all federal regulations governed by the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Transcripts of Record

Students may obtain an official transcript of their academic record by filing a request with the Office of the Registrar. A fee, paid in advance, is charged for transcripts. The issuance of partial transcripts is strictly prohibited. Transcripts from other academic institutions are the property of Concordia University Irvine (CUI) and, as such, are under the control of the Office of the Registrar. Transcripts submitted to CUI for admission or credit transfer become the property of CUI and will not be returned to students or forwarded to other institutions. Under federal policy, students have the right to view the documents in their file; the university will not make copies of these documents.

Transfer Credit

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) will accept transfer units completed at undergraduate, degree granting, US institutions fully accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies. CUI will also accept units from international institutions that are formally recognized by their county's ministry of education.  The transcript(s) must be evaluated by a NACES-approved evaluation agency.

CUI accepts the following General Education certifications to fulfill most of the university’s Q& I general education requirements:  

  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth requirements
  • Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)
  • Oregon and Washington’s Direct Transfer Associate degree (DTA).  Comparable transfer certifications from other states can be considered on a case-by-case basis.  
  • Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Science (AS) degrees that meet the CSU General Education Breadth requirements

Course requirements for the IGETC, CSU General Education Breadth, ADT, DTA, comparable transfer certifications, and the AA and AS degrees must be completed prior to matriculating to Concordia.  Official certifications and degrees must be submitted upon completion of all required courses.  Deadlines to submit verification or a petition for verification to Concordia are October 15 for the fall semester and March 15 for the spring semester of the academic year a student matriculates to Concordia.  Upon verification, CUI’s general education requirements are waived except for the required Enduring Questions & Ideas core courses (CPHI 200 and CTHL 200) and theology courses.  

A total of ninety (90) semester units are allowed for transfer students, of which a maximum of seventy (70) semester units may be transferred from a regionally accredited community college.   CUI will accept grades of C- or better. 

  • Within the 90 and 70 semester units, only 30 non-accredited, credit by exam (AP, CLEP, DSST, IB), and/or military units may be transferred. Military credits are accepted for elective credit only unless approval is obtained by the appropriate department chair or dean. 
    • To receive credit for AP, CLEP, DSST, and IB, official scores must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar prior to the beginning of the student's final semester.
  • Within the 90  semester units, up to 15 units of P (Pass), S (Satisfactory), or CR (Credit) grades will be accepted and applied towards any degree requirement.  The P, S, or CR grade must be equivalent to a C- or higher grade.  Credit will not count in calculating a student's incoming, cumulative or institutional GPA at CUI.
    • An exception to this is that CUI will accept all courses that a transfer student took in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 with a P, S, or CR grade.  These courses will count for any degree requirement as currently articulated.

Non-Accredited Units

Non-Accredited credits are those that come from institutions that are not accredited by a regional accrediting agency.  Under certain circumstances, CUI accepts credits earned by students who transfer from these institutions.

  • Non-Accredited units are only accepted if taken before a student matriculates to CUI.
  • Non-Accredited transfer courses may not be applied to major or minor requirements.
  • Non-Accredited transfer courses may be applied to Q&I general education requirements and electives if approved by the appropriate program director, department chair, or dean.

Withdrawal from School

Undergraduate students who no longer wish to continue their enrollment at Concordia University Irvine (CUI) must formally withdraw from the university through the Office of the Registrar by completing a withdrawal form. Withdrawal from all courses may take place through the last day of the semester. Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from classes and will result in grades of “F.” Contact the Office of the Bursar to learn about the refund policy and financial aid regarding eligibility after withdrawal. Students who return to the university after withdrawing, regardless of the reason, must be readmitted by the admissions department before they will be allowed to register for classes.  If a student leaves CUI on academic probation and is subsequently readmitted, or if the student is dismissed and readmitted, the student will return on academic probation, regardless of any courses the student may have taken and grades earned in the interim and transferred into CUI.