University Policies

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Attendance Policy

The university expects regular class attendance by all students. Those students who will be absent for an extended period of time should contact their program director or advisor who will discuss the options available, such as a leave of absence. Students may view their attendance records on CampusCruiser.


Only individuals who are registered may attend classes. Non-registered students may not turn in assignments, take tests or receive grades.

Course Drop Policy

Students who do not attend at least one class during the first week of a course will be administratively dropped from the course by the Registrar’s Office. After the first week of class, failure to drop courses in a timely manner will result in failed grades and financial responsibility for payment. Each week, the refund amount decreases.

Academic Honesty/Integrity 

Everyone who participates in the educational process at FPU is expected to pursue honesty and integrity in all aspects of their academic work. Cases of academic dishonesty are first handled between instructors and students. Depending upon the severity of the case, consequences may range from partial credit after work is redone to expulsion from the university. As in all situations where a member of the university violates the behavioral and academic expectations of the community, opportunity for restoration and restitution will be extended to those willing to work to correct the situation and reconcile with the university community.

Behavioral Standards

Student behaviors disruptive to the educational process may result in the student being dismissed from a class or a program.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Harassment of a student or an employee of the University by other students, employees, supervisors, or agents of Fresno Pacific University will not be tolerated. All reports of harassment will be taken seriously, promptly investigated and addressed by FPU in accordance with university policies and procedures.

Responsible Use of Technology

The use of campus computing resources at Fresno Pacific University is a privilege, not a right. Violations of university guidelines on computer use will result in disciplinary action, which may include any of the following: warnings, loss of computer privileges, suspension, or legal prosecution.


Students with disabilities are eligible for reasonable accommodations in their academic work in all classes. In order to receive assistance, the student with a disability must provide documentation which describes the specific disability. The documentation must be from a qualified professional in the area of the disability (i.e. psychologist, physician or educational diagnostician). Students with disabilities should contact Services for Students with Disabilities to discuss academic and other needs as soon as they are diagnosed with a disability. Once documentation is on file, arrangements for reasonable accommodations can be made. 


Incomplete grades are to be issued only in the case of absence from classes due to unexpected and unavoidable circumstances, such as illness, accident or death in the immediate family, which have made it impossible for the student to complete all course requirements as scheduled. A grade of incomplete is not to be issued for unsatisfactory work or failure to submit work through negligence. Student must submit the appropriate form, available online from Registrar’s Office.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward completion of their program by maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher for associate/baccalaureate students, 3.0 or higher for graduate students and 2.5 or 3.0 (for seminary students, depending on the program). Cumulative grade-point average is based on FPU coursework only.


CampusCruiser is the university’s Web portal and should be used to access everything related to university online content, including event calendars, schedules, classes, campus life and email.  Students are expected to check their email on a frequent and consistent basis (at least weekly.)

Student and Faculty Dispute Resolution

Occasionally a student may find cause to question the action of a professor regarding requirements of a course, teaching effectiveness, comments made in a class that seem derogatory or inflammatory, criticism of the student, general performance or sanctions given for academic dishonesty. Students should first discuss their concerns with the instructor. If the student and faculty member cannot resolve the issue satisfactorily or if the student does not feel comfortable speaking directly with the instructor the student should consult with the chair of the division in which the course is lodged, who will attempt to resolve the issue. Decisions may be appealed to the dean of the appropriate school for a final resolution. 

Right to Petition

Request for exception to academic policies may be made when there are extenuating circumstances such as a serious medical condition, a death in the immediate family or other traumatic, unforeseen events. Students should complete a petition form, along with the nonrefundable fee, and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. Petitions will be forwarded to the appropriate academic official or committee for consideration and decision.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  Check the university website for details.