Academic Information

Course Formats

Face-to-Face: A course section with required regularly scheduled in-person class sessions.

Online: A course section offered entirely online that may or may not have graded class session held via web-conferencing technologies. If such sessions are included, instructors will be flexible and attentive to student needs. Some examples of flexibility include offering alternate assignments of equivalent scope and rigor or offering multiple sessions to accommodate student needs. 

Online Required Class Sessions: A course section offered entirely online that has scheduled mandatory class sessions held via web-conferencing technologies. Dates and times will be published in advance. 

Laboratory:  College laboratory experiences provide opportunities for students to apply scientific reasoning to evaluate and draw conclusions from empirical evidence. The number of lab hours each week per credit hour is determined as follows:  3 lab hours each week per 1 credit hour (if there is not a significant homework component); 2 lab hours each week per 1 credit hour (if there is a significant homework component).

Hybrid: A course section with regularly scheduled mandatory class sessions. Some students will register to participate in-person; others will register to participate via web-conferencing technologies. 

Blended: A course section with regularly scheduled mandatory class sessions for all students. Some class sessions will be held in-person and some will be held via web-conferencing technologies.

Special: Independent Study, Internship, Directed Study, Embedded Support, etc. Please see the course description in the Academic Catalog or contact your advisor for details. 

Attendance is required in all formats and all formats have assignment deadlines.

Credit Hour Definition

The University courses are designed and offered in a variety of course formats and course lengths in order to meet both the needs of its students and the requirements of the respective fields of study. All courses proceed through an extensive, systematic curriculum design and development process conducted by a curriculum development team. Instructional design practices employed by these teams include providing clear learning outcomes at an appropriate level of academic rigor; assuring that course content appropriately covers the domain of knowledge; identifying relevant student assignments including course learning activities; and identifying appropriate learner evaluation and learning outcomes assessment methods.

Many courses are designed and offered by faculty in an accelerated and balanced learning format, where the learning environment facilitates a faster learning rate through intensive and concentrated learning experiences facilitated by compatible teaching and learning methodologies. Correspondingly, the credit hour definition reflects the attention given to create effective accelerated and balanced learning experiences. Under these conditions, the curriculum design teams work to assure that students are afforded the time to review instructional materials, reflect on key ideas, and complete activities, assignments, and assessments presented throughout the course.

Class Policies

University Attendance Policy

Only properly registered students are permitted to attend face-to-face classes or access online classes. Enrollment in course(s) indicates the student’s intent to complete the course(s) in a manner prescribed in the course syllabus. Students must register for class at least one week prior to the session start date. Registered students are enrolled until they submit an Add/Drop Form to withdraw or are withdrawn by the Registrar either at the request of an instructor who defines academic progress in the class syllabus or the Financial Aid office for nonattendance. Students are responsible for logging into the course website before the start of the course in order to receive updated assignments and communication from the professor. Since attendance and active participation are essential components of learning, attendance will be taken in all classes. The following guidelines for attendance during the entire class session have been set:

Writing Guidelines

At a minimum, all courses at the University will follow these writing guidelines. Program Chairs or Lead Faculty of General Education courses do have the option of creating specific guidelines for their program or course that strengthen these minimum guidelines.

  • Adherence to APA Documentation Style (To include in-text citations and reference list)
  • Adherence to APA Paper Format (To include double spacing, 1 inch margins, 12 point serif font [e.g., Times New Roman, Courier], and page numbers in top right corner)
  • Adherence to APA Writing Skills (To include proper grammar and correct spelling and punctuation) is used by the University to assist students and faculty in detecting plagiarism. In many assignments, the student will be required to submit a paper to By submitting the paper ahead of the assignment deadline, the student will have time to take corrective action if feedback from Turnitin indicates a similarity match. A similarity match occurs when Turnitin sees an exact or very close word-for-word match between the work submitted and a part of another paper, website, or article in its database. Faculty are encouraged to use as a learning tool for students. All material submitted to the website is encrypted. The student’s paper is seen only by the student and the instructor. Any copyrights or intellectual capital that is associated with the paper remains with the student.

Academic Integrity

The University’s Academic Misconduct process is designed to preserve academic integrity by providing its students equitable opportunity to have claim(s) of academic misconduct reviewed by the Academic College Dean, and, if necessary, by the Primary Judicial Officer.

The purpose of education is to advance one’s own intellectual skills and knowledge and to demonstrate the outcomes of these efforts. An essential and shared value in higher education is presenting one’s own work and properly acknowledging that of others. Any violation of this principle constitutes a potential violation of the Academic Integrity policy and may result in a formal charge of academic misconduct. Forms of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:

Plagiarism: the submission of another’s work, in part or in whole, as one’s own for credit without sufficient citation. Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Repeated failure to properly cite the work of others;
  • Copying material from online sources without proper citations;
  • The submission of pre-existing assignments authored by others.

Recycling Assignments: the re-submission of one’s own work, in part or in whole, which was previously submitted for credit in an earlier section, course or program, without prior permission from the course instructor.

Cheating: any act involving means outside permitted university rules or course parameters to complete an exam or assignment, such as the use of unauthorized materials during an exam or assignment (e.g., books, notes, handheld devices), or attempting to obtain copies of, or answers to, an exam.

Facilitating Academic Misconduct: the direct or indirect enabling of others to commit an act of academic misconduct, such as sharing of assignments or taking an exam under a false identity.

Fabrication: the unauthorized falsification or invention of information, citations, or data in any academic research, assignment, or exam.

Academic Grade Appeal

An academic grade appeal may be invoked for a final course grade.

Application For Degree

Every Franklin University student must submit a graduation application for the trimester they expect to complete their degree requirements in order to receive a diploma. The graduation application can be found through Self Service in the students’ account. For undergraduate students, the graduation application fee is $65, and $25 for each additional degree awarded in the same trimester. For graduate students, the fee is $85. For doctoral students, the fee is $150. 

An additional late fee is charged for applications received after the published deadline. No applications will be accepted more than two weeks after the final published deadline. Graduation application fees are non-refundable, and non-transferable. If graduation requirements are not met in the term for which a student has applied, a new application must be completed. For more information, please visit


Official transcripts from Franklin University can be requested online for a fee of $9. Online transcript requests will be processed and mailed within two business days. Unofficial transcripts are not available. There will be a $15 rush fee for official transcripts requested on demand, and the student’s signature is required. The University does note on transcripts when students are suspended or dismissed for disciplinary reasons. Additionally, the University does note on transcripts if a student attempts to withdraw from the institution with a pending conduct case involving acts of violence toward others. No transcript of any record will be issued for a student whose financial obligation to the University has not been satisfied and/or for a student in default of a student loan or who has an overpayment of Title IV funds. The student should be aware that courses/degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.


Franklin University utilizes computer technology and electronic communication for the purpose of instruction, administration, advancement, research, and study. The campus network and technology resources were designed and implemented to support and enhance the education of students. Students are provided with technology resources in classrooms, kiosks, laboratories, and via the internet. Please note that students whose devices do not meet the minimum hardware, operating system, or software specifications other than listed below, may not have access to all University systems and will have limited support options available from the Help Desk. The following hardware and software requirements are applicable for all registered students:

Grade Point Average

The GPA identifies a student’s academic progress. It is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of trimester hours attempted (not actual hours earned). The following example shows how GPA is computed for a student who completed three 4-credit-hour courses. The GPA for the term is found by dividing the total points earned (24) by the total number of credit hours attempted (12); thus, this student’s GPA is 2.00.

Course Grade Point Equivalent   Credit   Total Points Attempted
First A 4 X 4 = 16
Second C 2 X 4 = 8
Third F 0 X 4 = 0
Total       12   24

College Credit Alternatives

The University recognizes that significant college-level learning can take place outside the classroom. Independent studies and internships are learning experiences structured under supervision of the faculty. Students are made aware of these opportunities by faculty in their academic major. However, interested students also may consult with their Academic Advisor.

Proficiency exams and portfolios are ways to demonstrate college level learning gained from experiences such as on-the-job training, reading or other activities. Proficiency examinations cover a greater breadth of topics in an area than portfolios, whereas portfolios cover topics in greater depth.

Preparation of a portfolio requires writing skills equivalent to ENG 120 (College Writing). Neither proficiency examination credit nor portfolio credit can be used to fulfill the residency requirement for graduation. The University offers multiple types of proficiency examinations including: The College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST, and Franklin University Proficiency Examination (FUPE).

Excelsior College also offers exams approved for credit.

Types of Credit

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning is a unique learning experience that integrates academic studies with practical work experience (e.g., Internships, Practicum, Field Experiences, Student Teaching, Service Learning, etc.). To qualify, students must have the minimum GPA required of their major area of study. Grading will be on a letter grade or Pass/No Credit basis.

Evaluation of Instruction and Services

To assure the University’s commitment to providing students with a quality education, the University assesses student learning on an ongoing basis and uses the results to make changes as part of the University’s goal of continuous quality improvement. The University measures outcomes specified within each program, as well as University-wide general education outcomes. (See the individual degree program and Major pages for Outcome Maps.) Assessment methods may include assessment of student assignments and projects by internal and external evaluators, examinations, as well as surveys of students, alumni, and employers. Each academic program files an annual assessment report, which is available for review upon request.


Students are given an opportunity to anonymously evaluate their courses, instructors, and services for students near the end of each course. Completed student evaluation forms are forwarded to faculty only after final grades have been submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Evaluation results are shared through newsletters and other communication channels.

In-Class Communication