B.A. Academic Policies


Academic Freedom

The University of Philosophical Research, in order to create an environment and an atmosphere most conducive to excellent teaching, and to provide students with the most appropriate learning conditions, adopts the following policy for Academic Freedom:

Academic Freedom includes the protection of the opportunity for the teacher to teach, and for the teacher and the student to study, without coercion, censorship, or other forms of restrictive interference. Academic freedom encourages the flow of ideas with the recognition that freedom to teach and freedom to learn imply both rights and responsibilities within the framework of the law and UPR’s policies and curricular objectives.

Instructors as citizens, members of a learned profession, and representatives of University of Philosophical Research shall be free from censorship and discipline when speaking or writing. However, the special position of instructors imposes special obligations. Instructors, as representatives of UPR should be accurate, objective, exercise appropriate restraint, encourage a spirit of initial respect for the opinion of others, and ensure the relevancy of subject matter to their instructional areas.

Faculty Responsibilities

University of Philosophical Research has developed an institutional policy for faculty participation in the development of curricula, academic planning, and the enforcement of academic quality. Board policy requires that University of Philosophical Research faculty shall participate in matters of educational policy, including requirements for admission of students, the continuance of students in academic programs, matters of academic dishonesty and the award of earned degrees, under such policies and procedures as approved by the Board.

The faculty has responsibility to set, supervise, and enforce the standards of academic quality that are both necessary and sufficient to maintain the integrity of a University of Philosophical Research degree.

The faculty and the administration shall have collective responsibility for academic planning and for carrying out the mission of the institution, for maintaining the focus of the institutional purpose, and for the accomplishment of institutional academic standards.

Consistent with Board policy, University of Philosophical Research faculty play a significant role in the curriculum and course development process, including requirements that qualify a student for program completion. All curricular matters are reviewed by the Advisory Committee of the University of Philosophical Research, the committee that makes recommendations on these matters to the President and Chief Academic Officer.

Policies on Student Rights

Students are requested to notify the Registrar when a change of status occurs, that is: change of address, E-mail address, phone number, access to library resources, or any other change that may have an impact upon completion of the student’s education.

All work submitted by a student must represent the student’s original endeavor. When outside sources are used as references, the student should identify the source to make clear the extent to which the source has been used. The University considers plagiarism and falsification of documents a serious matter that will result in appropriate sanctions including loss of full or partial credit for the work, suspension for a specific period of time, or expulsion from the program.

Students who wish to appeal any disciplinary or academic action taken by UPR can appeal in writing to the Program Dean; who will direct appeals to an Appeals Advisory Committee, which is made up of a least two senior UPR administrators and faculty. All supporting documentation must be attached to the appeal. The complaint or appeal will be routed to the appropriate administration department and a committee may be assembled to review the complaint or appeal, which will be returned in writing no later than 30 days after the University of Philosophical Research receives it.

There should not be any problems that cannot be resolved through close cooperation between students, faculty, and staff administrators. Any student who feels a complaint or appeal has not been addressed satisfactorily may appeal in writing any decision of the Committee directly to the President of the University. The President’s decision will be in writing, and will be final.


It is assumed that students will complete all course assignments and graduation requirements in an honest and forthright way doing their own work for each class. It is also assumed that students will do separate written work for each course. Students who wish to use similar material for different courses must first obtain explicit permission from their instructors. Should students be found to plagiarize, misrepresent the source of their work, steal, borrow and/or collaborate in a dishonest way with others in completing such work, they will receive a failing grade for that assignment and automatically be placed on academic probation pending a formal review by the Dean for your Degree program. The Dean has the authority to take appropriate disciplinary action.


Students are permitted to have no more than three “Incomplete” grades at any one time. The instructor’s approval must be obtained to receive an incomplete in a course. All “incompletes” taken in excess of three per academic year will automatically turn to an “F” grade. Incomplete courses must be retaken the next time they are made available, usually the following academic year. Failure to make up the incomplete course in this time period will result in a failing grade (F) being recorded on the student’s transcript (the student will still need to retake the course). If the student’s GPA falls below 2.0, the student will automatically be placed on academic probation or academic disqualification status. It is highly recommended that incompletes be taken only under very serious extenuating circumstances.


Students are placed on probation upon failure to achieve or maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Students also may be placed on academic probation if work is not forth coming in accord with the course timetable or for failure to follow the Honesty Policy of UPR. After being notified of probationary status, it is recommended that the student contact the Dean of


Undergraduate Studies for advisement. Probationary status is removed when the cumulative GPA is raised to at least a 2.0 and/or when the honesty or work completion issues are resolved.  A student may not be on academic probation for more than one quarter. If the probation status is not removed within one enrollment quarter, the student is placed on academic disqualification status.


There are four circumstances under which students could be placed on disqualification status:

  1. Students who have two quarters with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 (less than C average) will automatically be placed on academic disqualification.
  2. Students who do not make satisfactory progress during the six-month remedial work period of their clinical probation may be placed on academic disqualification status. Students in this situation have the opportunity to make a written and/or oral presentation to show cause for remaining in the program.
  3. Students who engage in unethical or illegal behavior. The student may have their probation extended or may be placed on academic disqualification if the Dean of Programs substantiates evidence of such behavior.
  4. If a student does not pass the required examination after three attempts, they shall be placed on academic disqualification. When any of these situations occur, the Registrar will notify the student of his/her status. Academic disqualification bars further registration in any course pending a review by the Dean of Programs. If a student wishes to appeal a decision he/she may do so by following the section entitled “Appeals Procedure” in the Student Handbook.


Students who have been placed on academic disqualification and who are either reinstated by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies or the President or are readmitted the following year, must maintain an average of “C” or above in subsequent course work and an overall 2.0 GPA before being considered eligible for a degree.