If you have been accepted into the NPL MA program, you will receive a letter from
the Director of the program. Once you receive your letter of acceptance, there are
a few additional steps you need to take to secure your enrollment in the NPL MA program.
- Send a letter of acceptance to the NPL MA Director
- Include your $200.00 deposit with your acceptance card. (These funds will be applied
to your tuition once you have registered for classes)
- As a student participating in an online program, you will need to make sure that your
personal technology is registered with the Juniata System. Once your deposit is received,
you will receive a letter with a Juniata username and password so that you can get
- Register for classes. You can register online, following the link on the course schedule
Successful engagement in online courses requires that you have access to the right
technology. To fully engage in the Juniata Nonprofit MA program, you should have access
to the following:
- A home computer (PC or Mac) with high-speed Internet access
- A Juniata email account (provided once you matriculate)
- Current version of Java installed (how to get the current version of Java)
- Some courses may require synchronous, video engagement. For these courses you will
also need a headset and a webcam
Academic Policies and Procedures
Course Loads: To be considered a full-time student, graduate students must enroll in 9 credits
per semester. Students may enroll in the program on a part-time basis. To remain in
good standing in the program students must complete 6 credits per calendar year. Part-time
status may affect eligibility for student loans.
Normally students preregister for classes midway through the previous semester, but
registration changes can be made during the first seven class days of each semester,
known as the drop/add period. During this period students may adjust their schedule
by adding and/or dropping classes, and latecomers can register for the semester. Students
make changes to their schedules with advisers' approval. Failure to register during
the scheduled preregistration may result in a late registration fee of $50.
A student is permitted a maximum of four withdrawals from courses taken at Juniata
College during the graduate career. Allowances for medical withdrawals and other unusual
circumstances may be made via appeal to the Student Academic Development Committee.
A withdrawal grade of WF or WP is recorded when a student drops a course after the
official drop/add period at the beginning of the semester and before the withdrawal
deadline. WP signifies that at the time of the withdrawal the student was passing
the course. While a WF signifies that at the time of the withdrawal the student was
failing the course; WP and WF grades are not calculated into the GPA. A student may
withdraw from a course up to the scheduled mid-point of the term with the permission
of the student's faculty instructor and the advisor. Withdrawal after the "Mid-Term"
date is not usually permitted except in an unusual circumstance requiring written
approval from the faculty and the Registrar. Refer to the current academic calendar
on the WEB for the mid-term date. The deadline is 12:00 noon on the last day of classes
each semester. Unofficial withdrawals from all courses are recorded as F. Withdrawals
from class are considered unofficial if the student fails to make satisfactory arrangements
at the Office of the Registrar.
Late Fee $50.00
Students will be assessed a late fee for the following:
- Late registration for the term. Students are required to pre-register for the upcoming
year. Anyone who registers during the first few days of the term may be billed.
- Adding classes after drop/add. Students are reminded to check their schedules once
posted to their email. Changes that are not administrative errors will be assessed
the late fee.
All members of the Juniata community share responsibility for establishing and maintaining
appropriate standards of academic honesty and integrity. Students oblige themselves
to follow these standards and to encourage others to do so. Faculty members also have
an obligation to comply with the principles and procedures of academic honesty and
integrity. Academically dishonest acts include cheating, fabrication and falsification,
multiple submission, plagiarism, abuse of materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty.
All offenses are reported to the Assistant Provost and all confirmed violations of
the policy are kept on file for a minimum until the student is separated from the
College. A faculty member has discretion to recommend a sanction or the case may be
referred to the Judicial Board. If a student is accused a second time, the case can
be automatically referred to the Judicial Board. Penalties may include, but are not
limited to, the following: a formal warning; a reduced grade for the assignment; a
reduced grade for the course; suspension from the College; dismissal from the College.
A more complete description of the College's policy on academic integrity and the
procedures followed during a hearing of the Academic Judicial Board can be found in
on the Juniata College intranet.
The implementation of probationary requirements and the determination of the fulfillment
of graduation requirements are duties of the Registrar. Development and interpretation
of policies are the function of the Student Academic Development Committee.
The assignment of grades for academic work is an important matter, which falls within
the professional responsibility of each individual faculty member. Grades are determined
in such a way as to reflect as accurately as possible student performance according
to criteria available to the student and to protect the academic freedom both of the
faculty member and the student. There is an inherently subjective element to grading,
but it does not follow from this that grading is done in an arbitrary fashion.
- Within two weeks of the time the questioned grade is received, the student should
talk to the faculty member who assigned the grade and attempt to resolve the issue.
- If the course is team-taught and no resolution is achieved, the student may request,
where course policy permits, a second faculty opinion from another section leader
in the course selected by the director of the course. If this is permissible and the
opinion of the second leader differs from the opinion of the first in the disputed
grade, the course syllabus or past practice in the course should specify how these
different opinions are resolved. Where there are recognized past practices, these
should be included in the course syllabus.
- If no resolution of the grade dispute is achieved after steps 1 or 2, the student
should discuss the matter with the department chairperson or course director. In this
case, the function of the chairperson or director is to attempt to determine the relevant
facts and mediate the disagreement.
- If no resolution is achieved at step 3, the matter may be referred by the student
or the faculty member to the Provost, whose function it is to mediate the disagreement.
The Provost will confer privately with the faculty member and the student and may
call additional witnesses. Following this process, the faculty member communicates
to the student the final decision. This step is the final step in the appeal process.
- It is expected that a final decision will be made within four weeks of the time the
questioned grade is received. All parties are requested to adhere to the deadlines.
A student may dispute a grade given in or for a course. When this occurs, the student
should follow the appeal procedure outlined below. The faculty member issuing the
grade has final authority and responsibility for determining that grade.
Release of Student Records
Consistent with College policy to protect the privacy of students, access to or the
release of student information or records, other than public or directory information,
will not be permitted without prior written consent to any party other than to the
- Appropriate personnel and agents of Juniata College who have legitimate educational
interest in seeing student records; and/or parents of dependent students.
- Appropriate state and Federal agencies who, under law, are entitled to have access
to College records.
- In connection with an application for, or receipt of, financial aid.
- Accrediting associations in the performance of their accrediting functions.
- In compliance with judicial order or subpoena, provided that the student will be notified
of the order or subpoena prior to College compliance with it.
Under Federal law, the College is required to maintain a log of access to student
records for all non-College personnel. This information is available to students,
upon request, in the Registrar’s office.
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