Students may decide to take the theology or history course for credit or for non-credit; however, this decision cannot be changed after the start of the course. Courses not taken for academic credit, that is, taken for non-credit, will require no less than 75% of for-credit requirements. All students must be involved in the classes through regular attendance, completion of readings and projects, and in-class interaction.
Deadlines for projects are six weeks after the conclusion of the course. The administrative assistant must receive all work by that date. Missed deadlines will automatically result in a grade of “F” for courses taken for academic credit and for non-credit. Such courses will not be counted as fulfilling the Covenant Orientation requirement, and must be taken again in full at a later date.
In cases of emergency, extensions may be granted upon approval of the instructor and the dean of faculty. Written applications must be received before the expiration of the original course deadline. If an extension is granted, the course will be deemed “incomplete” until class work is submitted and graded. An extension lengthens the original deadline by forty-five days. Work not completed, submitted and received by the end of the forty-five-day extension will automatically result in a grade of “F” for courses taken for academic credit and for non-credit. Such courses must be taken again in full at a later date. All letters of application for extensions must be sent to the Covenant Orientation manager, who will bring them to the attention of dean of the faculty of North Park Theological Seminary for consideration.
Students are required to complete incomplete courses and courses with the grade of “F” before they may enroll in other Covenant Orientation classes.
Students are to submit final projects to the administrative assistant for Covenant Orientation, who will deliver them in a timely manner to faculty for grading. When completed, faculty will return papers to him or her for distribution to students.
Faculty will submit grades for courses within four weeks of the deadline for final projects. Grades should be submitted to the Covenant Orientation manager, who shall submit grades to the seminary academic coordinator in a timely manner.
Records for both credit and non-credit classes will be maintained by the North Park University Records Office.
Once per year, the Covenant Orientation manager will send reports of student progress to all enrolled in the program.
The regular process of the North Park Theological Seminary faculty will approve all syllabi for new courses.
All adjunct faculty will be approved by the Covenant Orientation Implementation Committee following the guidelines of the seminary.
Students who do not finish the Covenant Orientation in the maximum of six years, need to inform their conference superintendent. With his or her approval, they may petition the Covenant Orientation Committee for approval to continue their enrollment. Failure to complete Covenant Orientation may result in the inability to renew credentials.
All policies are under the authority of the seminary dean of faculty.