ON-CAMPUS ADJUNCT FACULTY HANDBOOK
ON-CAMPUS ADJUNCT FACULTY HANDBOOK2015-2016
Table of Contents
Institutional Documents1Mission Statement1Core Institutional Values1Philosophy2Biblical/Theological Objectives2Liberal Arts Objectives2Professional Ministry Objectives3Information Literacy Standards3History of Davis College3Doctrinal Statement4Code of Conduct6Notification of Disability Accommodation6Notification of Sexual Harassment Policy7Notification of Drug Free Campus Statement8 Adjunct Faculty Obligations and Privileges9Responsibilities of the Adjunct Faculty Member9Academic Freedom9Termination of Service10General Grievance Procedures10Course Syllabi11Syllabi Components11Textbook Information Submission12Student Learning Outcomes and the Assessment12Class Notes13Course Evaluations13Academic Affairs Committee13Curriculum Committee14Faculty Committee14Assessment Committee15Admissions Committee15Scholarship Committee16Academic Policies and Procedures16FERPA Policy16Cancellation of Class17Class Attendance18Academic Integrity18What is Academic Dishonesty?19Examination Policy20Final Examinations21Make-Up Examination Procedure22Final Grade Policy22Academic Final Grade Grievance Policy23Grading System23Replaced Grades and Repeated Courses24Request for Incomplete Coursework Policy25Request for Incomplete Coursework Procedure25Request for Independent Study Policy25Request for Independent Study Procedure26Low Grade Reports and Academic Probation26Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy27Open Admissions Policy28Foundational Studies29Academic Success Center29Student Support Services29Classroom Conduct31Academic Petition and Appeal Process31Add/Drop Policy31Withdrawal from School32Graduation Requirements32Second Baccalaureate Degree34Diploma Exchanges34Scholastic Honors34Transfer Credit Policy34Credit by Examination35Residency Requirement35Policy for Life Experience35Request for Life Experience Credit Procedure36Additional Resources36
Important note regarding terms:
Throughout this handbook, the term adjunct faculty refers to those who have been contracted to teach a course or a number of courses as needed by the college without a full-time faculty contract from Davis College. The goal of this handbook is to assist the adjunct faculty member with understanding her or his privileges and responsibilities. It will be noticed in this document that there are instances when faculty is the term used (e.g. the section on faculty committees) and often this term is used to indicate that these are the privileges and responsibilities of the full-time faculty member. However, there may be an occasion where the same term is used (e.g. the notice of the drug-free campus) but this term should be considered interchangeable with adjunct faculty. If there is a question regarding applicability, please contact the Office of the Provost.
This handbook may be amended at any time by the Office of the Provost.
Institutional DocumentsMission Statement
Davis College is a Bible-centered higher education institution committed to making an impact upon the world for Jesus Christ by the fostering of Christian character and the equipping of students with the knowledge, competencies and skills needed in an ever-changing world for service and leadership within the church, Christian organizations and society.
Core Institutional Values
1. A commitment to the inerrancy, authority, and sufficiency of the Scriptures.
2. A commitment to worship God and to pursue Christ-likeness in actions and attitudes.
3. A commitment to the practice of personal holiness, professional integrity and adherence to the highest spiritual and ethical standards.
4. A commitment to respect the worth and dignity of all of humankind and to create a college representation of our societys cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity.
5. A commitment to foster a cooperative and caring community that encompasses staff, faculty, and students and develops the potential of each.
6. A commitment to offer a relevant curriculum, quality instruction, serviceable facilities, and character-building activities for the personal and professional development of men and women called to serve in church and church-related ministries.
7. A commitment to an on-going assessment and planning process that will address current and future needs and developments that the programs of study offered will be practical and advance the kingdom of God worldwide.
8. A commitment to compassionately minister to the church, society, and the world in general.
Davis College is a private, undergraduate, coeducational Bible college within the conservative evangelical tradition that fosters the spiritual, professional, intellectual and personal development of students for ministry. Its philosophy views the direct study of the Bible as the primary means to a successful life and ministry. Its three-year diploma, A.A.S. and B.R.E. degree programs provide an integration of Biblical, general and professional studies. The one-year certificate programs focus primarily upon Biblical studies.
As a Bible College, the Bible is the major curriculum component and the integrating factor of all other courses. General education is essential to a balanced, broad-based undergraduate education that gives the student a basic understanding of the world in which they live and minister. Professional studies develop the students competencies, skills, abilities and knowledge needed for service and leadership within church-related ministries. In its entirety, the educational and practical experience of the College is designed to enable students to know the Word of God, to apply it to every aspect of life and to minister it effectively to the world. In summary, Davis College provides students with the education and experience to develop a thoroughly biblical worldview and lifestyle.
1. To instill in students a commitment to the authority of the Word of God.
2. To give students a foundational knowledge of the Bible and theology.
3. To equip students with the tools and skills needed for a life-long study of the Scriptures.
4. To enable students to integrate the Word of God into life and ministry.
Liberal Arts Objectives
1. To enhance students speaking, listening and writing skills for effective communication.
2. To provide students with a broad understanding of the history of man, religion and culture.
3. To instruct students in the development of a healthy lifestyle.
4. To give students a general knowledge of the scientific and quantitative aspects of the complex world created by God.
5. To introduce students to the creativity reflected in different forms of artistic expression.
Professional Ministry Objectives
1. To promote competent, godly leadership development for diverse ministry and marketplace careers.
2. To develop interpersonal skills for engaging with people according to the plans and purposes of God.
3. To provide supervised ministry experience through field opportunities in the church and community.
4. To encourage commitment and skill development in effectively communicating the Gospel.
5. To encourage evidence of Christian maturity, integrity, and a biblical worldview.
Information Literacy Standards
1. The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
2. The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
3. The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
4. The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
5. The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.
History of Davis College
Practical Bible Training School emerged in 1900 from a series of Bible classes that were conducted in downtown Lestershire (Johnson City), New York, by a young evangelist, John A. Davis. These summer evening classes were engendered by the conviction that God would have a Bible institute, similar to Moody Bible Institute, established in the Binghamton area. With an attendance of more than a hundred people, it was agreed that a school should be permanently organized and that a new location should be secured. The school was incorporated on December 6, 1900, as Practical Bible Training School, with Evangelist Davis as the Superintendent and Hymnwriter John R. Clements as the President of the Board.
The first six years' classes were conducted during the summer months when renowned Bible teachers and evangelists lectured in an extensive summer conference program. An academic year schedule was adopted the fall of 1906, when the school began a two-year study program with resident teachers. This developed into a three-year program in 1912.
When the school outgrew its original quarters on Harrison Street, the Lord made possible the purchase of the White City Amusement Park, which consisted of some thirty acres, overlooking the Susquehanna River. After extensive renovations and alterations (many of the park's buildings were "converted" to holy purposes), Practical occupied the park in June of 1911. In October of the same year a United States Post Office was established at the school and was called Bible School Park, NY. Most of the original buildings have now been replaced by modern facilities.