4. Due Process
In the event there is a conflict involving the course
professor, the student is to follow the principles set forth in Matthew
- First, the student is to privately discuss his concerns with the professor.
if step one does not reach satisfactory resolution either the professor
or the student may appeal to the Dean. The Dean will select one
student and one faculty member to be on a panel he/she chairs.
if step two is not satisfactory to either party, the student or
professor may appeal to the Board of Ministry. Their decision is
final. There is no further appeal.
Similar steps are to be followed
in conflicts with students or administration. In all cases the Board
of Ministry is the final court of appeal.
5. Course Structure
courses are set up to be equivalent to a one-semester class. The
expectation for a one-semester hour class is 15 class/seat hours. In
this intensive program, the classes are supplemented by local area
student led colloquia.
Homework expectations are two hours of work
for every hour of class time. Hence, a student pursuing a full load of
10 hours should anticipate spending 300 hours on homework.
Faculty have been instructed that the guiding rules at the school regarding homework are:
- Text/collateral reading, 20 pages = 1 hour
- 10 page paper with research = 30 hours
- 5 page reaction paper = 10 hours
Thus a three-hour class with a homework load of 90 hours might require:
- (2) 10-page papers= 60 hours
- 600 pp. text and collateral reading = 30 hours
work should be completed by March 31. An Incomplete “I” grade may be
granted by a Professor, together with approval of the Dean/Registrar, if
the student incurs illness or unpreventable and unforeseeable
circumstances inhibiting his/her ability to meet course requirements on
time. The work must be completed by the 15th of August for the “I” to
be changed to another grade. When the Professor submits his/her grades,
he/she must indicate what grade the student would receive if the
student does not complete his/her work by the above date.
an Incomplete, a student may retake the course when it is again offered
by PESM. A student can also remove the Incomplete by retaking the
course as an independent study with the approval of the dean and the
professor. Should the student have more than one Incomplete, he/she may
only work on one Incomplete at a time. The student will be responsible
for the regular fees for the retake or the fees for an independent