Virtual Policies

Policies

Who can take virtual classes?

Any Maranatha distance education student may take virtual classes. However, distance education students do not have to take any virtual classes to complete an online undergraduate degree.

Instructions

Any distance student who is not an approved student at a Bridge to Campus site may take virtual classes by completing the Virtual Class Participation Agreement. The text is provided below on this page; however, a .pdf version is available as well (Virtual Class Participation Agreement). Please print and sign the document. It may then be scanned and emailed to online@mbu.edu, or you may mail it to MBU with attention to Online & Distance Learning. Registration for virtual classes must happen through your advisor, so please contact her/him for assistance with registration once the form has been submitted.

Virtual Class Participation Agreement

Note: This section and following applies to virtual students not affiliated with a Bridge to Campus learning center. Bridge students may disregard these policies.

  1. Students must meet the expectations of MBU class casual dress while they are participating in a virtual class session with the exception that women may wear casual slacks. (men’s dress code / women’s dress code)
  2. Students are expected to attend scheduled classes. Absences in excess of two weeks of class meetings may result in no credit earned for the course, regardless of grades. See the Class Attendance Policy for specific details regarding the MBU class absence policy.
  3. A qualified proctor is required by MBU policy for final exams. Faculty may also require proctoring for other assessments. If an acceptable proctor is unavailable, the student may request access to our online proctoring service through their professor, which must be paid for by the student. Review the full proctor requirements in the next section.
  4. The faculty member and course assistant must have access to a telephone number with texting capability for each student participating in a virtual class session. In order to support a high quality virtual classroom experience, they must be able to contact the student/supervisor during class.
  5. The room in which the student is located must be free from distractions (background music, television, kitchen noise, other siblings, etc.). If the student is a minor, an adult (may be a parent) must be present to supervise.
  6. Each student participant must have a computer or tablet (with a hard drive) meeting or exceeding the following specifications:
    • A Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 computer; a Mac OS X 10.9+ computer; or an iOS or Android tablet
    • RAM no less than 4 GB with 8 GB or more preferable
    • Head set or good headphones with mic
    • Web cam
    • Scanner for submitting images of written work
  7. Each student participating in a virtual class session must have access to either DSL or high speed Internet capable of speeds of at least 512KBs.
  8. Students participating in virtual classes must respect the Christian environment by following the Behavior Policies outlined below.

Behavioral Policies for Independent (non-Bridge to Campus) Virtual Students

Faculty members teaching virtual classes are given wide discretion in the enforcement of classroom behavior by independent virtual students, exercising both grace and control of their learning environment. Thus, the faculty member in each virtual course will determine what constitutes a low-level violation compared to a high-level violation.

  1. Matters of Spiritual Variance
    • Procedures:
      • Faculty members will use this as a teaching opportunity, both for the student in question and all those in the course.
      • Such interaction should be encouraged and engaged with Scripture.
      • Unless the student develops an attitude issue or presents a significant disruption to the learning environment, there is not a disciplinary issue.
  1. Low-Level Violations
    • Example: A minor infraction of the minimum dress code.
    • Procedures:
      • The faculty member should exhort the student privately (if possible) or publically (if necessitated due to an impact on the entire class) to adjust their behavior.
      • Repeated violations without appropriate effort toward meeting the standards should be referred to the Assistant Vice President for Online & Distance Learning, who will initiate the removal of the student from any current virtual classes without refund. The student may then continue current online classes and future online classes, but the student is barred from further enrollment in virtual classes.
  1. High-Level Violations
    1. Examples: Angry public defiance of the professor or profanity.
    2. Procedures:
      • The faculty member should attempt to terminate that student’s audio/video feed into the course.
      • The faculty member should then refer the student to the Assistant Vice President for Online & Distance Learning, who will initiate the removal of the student from any current virtual classes without refund. The student may then continue current online classes and future online classes, but the student is barred from further enrollment in virtual classes.

All appeals from this process will proceed to the Executive Council through the VP of Advancement.

Proctor Guidelines

To ensure academic integrity of tests and exams, final exams and other items selected by faculty are required to be completed under the supervision of third party proctors.

Proctors must be a responsible and reputable third party.  The Maranatha faculty member reserves the right to verify proctor qualifications, require additional evidence of eligibility, or require a different proctor be selected.  All proctors are subject to approval by the faculty.

Appropriate Proctors

  • Professional educators  (superintendents, principals, teachers, counselors)
  • Librarians
  • Employees of colleges or universities
  • Pastors and pastors’ wives
  • Testing/proctoring services
  • Church secretary
Inappropriate Proctors

  • Family members/relatives
  • Friends
  • Neighbors
  • Co-Workers
  • College peers
  • High school students
  1. The student must locate an appropriate proctor and email the following information to the instructor:
    • Proctor’s Name:
    • Proctor’s Email Address:
    • Proctor’s Phone #:
    • Proctor’s Employer:
  2. Any fees charged for the testing service are the responsibility of the student requesting the proctor.
  3. Students must make arrangements with the proctor for test dates and times.

Contacts and Agreement (must be submitted in writing to the Office of Online & Distance Learning in order to be enrolled)

Phone Number(s) w/ texting capability:______________________________________________

I agree to abide by the above provisions while participating.

Student Name:___________________________________

Student Signature:___________________________________  Date:_______________________

And, if a minor…

Parent/Legal Guardian Signature:___________________________________  Date:_______________________