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    May 20, 2024  
Missouri Baptist University 2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
    
Missouri Baptist University 2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services



Department of Student Development

The Department of Student Development cultivates learning opportunities within the co-curricular environment. Student leadership positions, clubs and organizations, inter-collegiate athletics, and living in the residence halls helps students develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. The offices within the Department invest in the lives of students as they learn more about who God created them to be and how they can use their gifts to transform the world. A full list of offices, programs, resources, and opportunities to engage in co-curricular opportunities is available on Missouri Baptist University’s website.

Student Code of Conduct

Helpful information and policies are shared with students in three places: The Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook), The Residential Guide to Living, and The Student Organization Handbook. In particular, The Spartan Virtues communicates critical information about students rights and responsibilities and prepares students to be successful in negotiating the policies and procedures of campus life. There are three sections to The Spartan Virtues:

  • The Governing Ideas includes a letter from the President and outlines the university’s mission statement and values. 
  • The Code of Conduct section, describes our Spartan Commitments and the student disciplinary process, including specific policies, as well as important notices and statements. 
  • The last section, Campus Activities, offer information and direction regarding Student Organizations and event planning. Occasionally, policies will change during the academic year.

Please refer to The Spartan Virtues for the most current version of policies. The Spartan Virtues is a valuable resource to student life and learning at Missouri Baptist University.

The Spartan Virtues is available online on the Dean of Students website and can be requested by contacting the Dean of Students Office at 314-392-2212.

Please note, the above information is provided to help answer some questions students may have about Missouri Baptist University’s Student Code of Conduct System. The Spartan Virtues states official policies and processes and works in conjunction with the catalog. 

The Spartan Commitments

I. Dignity and Respect for All

The following information and/or policies are located in the Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook). Violations of any such policies may result in accountability through the Student Code of Conduct process. Please contact the Title IX Coordinator at 314-392-2211 or e-mail jon.hessel@mobap.edu for questions about Title IX policies and procedures.

  • Anti-discrimination
  • Non-sexual harassment
  • Sexual Misconduct & Sexual Harassment
  • Hazing Policy
  • Physical Conflict Policy

II. Personal Integrity

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND HONESTY

Academic dishonesty jeopardizes the academic integrity of the University and is not in keeping with Christian principles. It is considered to be a serious offense. Missouri Baptist University expects students to attach their names only to work or research which they have done themselves. Materials and sources must be properly documented. Students must prepare original work and research, present their own reports and papers, and take examinations without any assistance or aids not expressly permitted in the testing procedure.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not necessarily confined to: plagiarizing; cheating on examinations; submitting counterfeit reports, tests, or papers; stealing tests or other academic materials; knowingly falsifying academic records or documents such as transcripts; and submitting the same work to more than one class without consent of the instructors involved.

The use of any AI language processing tool (including but not limited to ChatGPT or other similar tools) to create coursework, unless explicitly stated in the assignment instructions and on the syllabus, is prohibited at Missouri Baptist University. Using AI language processing tools without explicit instructor permission is academic misconduct that will result in disciplinary action.

Academic dishonesty of any nature will result in disciplinary action, which may include receiving a failing grade on the work in question, failure in the course, or dismissal from the University. Academic dishonesty is a part of the Student Conduct Code.

The academic honesty policy is located in the Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook). Violations of the academic honesty policy may result in accountability through the Student Code of Conduct process.

The following procedures in relation to academic integrity and honesty are also located in the Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook).

  • Procedures for Academic Integrity Council
  • Procedures for Appealing Academic Integrity and Honesty Adjudication Outcome
  • Procedures for Suspensions, Expulsions, and Grades “F” Sanctions
  • Sanctioning for Academic Integrity and Honesty Violations
  • Multiple Incidents
  • Expungement

ASSISTING AND/OR CONDONING CONDUCT

Presence when and where a violation of the Code of Conduct is occurring and failing to notify campus authorities of the violation shall subject a student to disciplinary action. Students who knowingly act in concert to violate University regulations may be held jointly responsible for such violations.

The following information and/or policies are located in the Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook). Violations of any such policies may result in accountability through the Student Code of Conduct process.

  • Deceptive Behavior Policy
  • Inappropriate Internet and Computer Use Policy
  • Responsibility for Guests On-Campus

III. Critical Thinking and Discernment

COPYRIGHT POLICY

It is the policy and the duty of the University to respect the copyrights associated with books, articles, compact discs, software, videos, musical compositions and any other copyrighted work. The copyright policy is located in the Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook). Violations of the copyright policy may result in accountability through the Student Code of Conduct process. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ’s at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.

IV. Self-Control & Responsible Freedom

The following information and/or policies are located in the Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook). Violations of any such policies may result in accountability through the Student Code of Conduct process.

  • Damage to Property and Premises
  • Failure to Comply Policy
  • Security Equipment Tampering
  • Substance-Free Community Policy
  • Alcohol and Controlled Substances Notification Policy

V. Social Order & Community Responsibility

The following information and/or policies are located in the Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook). Violations of any such policies may result in accountability through the Student Code of Conduct process.

  • Fire Hazards & Combustible Materials
  • Pets & Other Animals Policy
  • Theft Policy
  • Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
  • Unauthorized Entry
  • University Posting
  • Weapons-Free Campus

Notices, Statement, and Special Regulations

The following information and/or policies are located in the Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook). Violations of any such policies may result in accountability through the Student Code of Conduct process.

  • Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
  • Appropriate Clothing and Shoes
  • Business Ventures on Campus
  • Complaint and Grievances
  • Chapel Expectations
  • Directory Information
  • Emergency Action
  • Involuntary Withdrawal
  • FERPA Notification of Rights
  • Film Policy
  • Graduation Judicial Restrictions
  • Identification Cards
  • Lawn and Grounds
  • Ownership of Creative Works
  • Residence Hall Security and Access
  • Roller Skates, Rollerblades, Skateboards & Other Coasting Devices
  • Hoverboards
  • Rented Scooters - Rented Dockless Bicycles
  • Search and Seizure
  • Student Authorization to Use Photograph or Video
  • University E-mail Communications to Students
  • University Facilities Usage
  • Use of Internet and Computer Resources

Communicable & Infectious Disease Notification

Communicable diseases include, but are not limited to, measles, influenza, viral hepatitis-A (infectious hepatitis), viral hepatitis-B (serum hepatitis), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection), AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), leprosy, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), including the SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus or COVID-19) and tuberculosis. Missouri Baptist University may choose to broaden this definition in accordance with information received through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Communicable and infectious diseases pose an inherent risk for faculty, staff, and students both on and off campus, while participating in typical daily living, and engaging with others in any public or private settings. This includes University activities and programs such as class attendance, athletics, residential communal living, events/programs, utilizing campus facilities, and other University operations. Faculty, staff, and students have the potential exposure to communicable and infectious diseases both within and outside of the University setting.

The University will take proactive steps to protect the educational environment in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. It is the goal of the University during any such time period to strive to operate effectively and ensure that all essential services are continuously provided and that students and employees are safe. 

The University will comply with all applicable statutes and regulations that protect the privacy of persons who have a communicable disease. Every effort will be made to ensure procedurally sufficient safeguards to maintain the personal privacy of persons who have communicable diseases. 

The University is committed to providing authoritative information about the nature and spread of communicable and infectious diseases, including symptoms and signs to watch for, as well as required steps to be taken in the event of an illness or outbreak. 

The University will endeavor to provide a clean educational environment, including the regular cleaning and sanitization of objects and areas that are frequently used, such as bathrooms, breakrooms, conference rooms, door handles and railings. In accordance with the Emergency Management Plan. A committee will be designated to monitor and coordinate events around a communicable and infectious disease outbreak, as well as to create University rules that could be implemented to promote safety through infection control.

We ask all faculty, staff, and students to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of infectious disease in the workplace. The best strategies remain the most obvious—frequent hand washing with warm, soapy water; physical distancing; avoiding large gatherings; covering your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough; wearing a face covering as instructed; and discarding used tissues in wastebaskets. We have also installed alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the campus and in common areas.

Keeping the MBU campus safe and healthy is a joint effort requiring the contributions of all members of the University community.  Thank you in advance for honoring the University’s mission by adhering to health and safety guidelines and showing respect for the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.  

Accountability Process for Violations of Spartan Commitments

The following applies to violations of the Code of Conduct which is the University’s judicial system for students. However, process statements under Missouri Baptist University’s Academic Integrity and Honor Code and Sexual Misconduct Policies may differ from statements in this section. Those differences supersede the information provided here, which can also be found in the Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook). 

  • Accountability Procedures
  • Process Statements
  • Consequences

Forms and other guidelines necessary for administering the disciplinary process are available in the Dean of Students Office and online. If you have any additional questions about the Code of Conduct, please contact the Vice President for Student Development & Dean of Students at 314-392-2211 or e-mail jon.hessel@mobap.edu.

myMBU (Student Portal)

myMBU
Missouri Baptist University student portal is a single sign-on service, called myMBU, https://mymbu.mobap.edu/, which will allow students the ability to easily navigate across platforms without having to re-enter their password multiple times.

How will students use the single sign-on system? myMBU will act as Missouri Baptist University’s 24-hour, self-service web dashboard that provides eligible students a “one-stop shop” to access an array of services. Essentially, students will login to myMBU one time and have access to a number of services. The student-centric site includes the following functions:

  • myMBU Learn — This section allows students to access MBU’s Learning Management System, Canvas. Canvas is the learning management system utilized by MBU. Students who have forgotten their password can have their password reset using the Password Help Center https://portal.mobap.edu/ PasswordHelpCenter/. For more information, visit http://www.mobap.edu/online/cdl/online-learning-technology-requirements/.
  • myMBU Calendar — Visit the easy-to-use calendar to discover all of the events at MBU. From athletics to club meetings, this calendar hosts all of the events on campus. RSVP and share the events with your friends so you don’t miss your favorite concerts or open mic night in thePerk. This site is also accessible at calendar.mobap.edu.
  • myMBU Access — This section allows students to access personal academic information such as class schedules and unofficial transcripts; print both mid-term and final grade cards (grade reports will not be mailed); view active holds; change local address information; keep a personal calendar of events such as birthdays, athletic schedules, concerts, upcoming tests, etc.; access a Faculty Directory of campus email addresses and phone numbers; view lists of documents received and outstanding (Admissions, Financial Services, Teacher Education, etc.); order books from the bookstore; review and either accept or deny financial aid awards; pay tuition and fees; and locate other important information including course schedules and library reference sites.
  • In addition, students may access campus email and library databases from the myMBU dashboard.

To login to myMBU, students will go to http://www.mobap.edu and click on the Current Students link. From that page, students will launch myMBU. For students, the username to login to myMBU is the student ID number found on their student ID card. Students who do not have a current student ID card should contact the MBU IT department at 314-392-2377. Students who have forgotten their password can have their password reset using the Password Help Center https://portal.mobap.edu/ PasswordHelpCenter/.

For other problems or questions, please contact the office related to the problem or question (Admissions for issues related to Admissions document tracking; Financial Services for billing or financial aid issues; Records Office for issues related to schedules, transcripts, or grade cards, etc.; Teacher Education for issues related to Teacher Education document tracking items, etc.).

Cancellation of Classes

In the event that day classes are cancelled due to severe weather, power outages, or other unforeseen circumstances, or if classes are to run on the Delayed Day Schedule, please note the following:

  • Mobap.edu will provide the most accurate information and details.
  • Students may sign up to receive emergency text notifications to their cell phone by sending a text message to 313131 with the term mbustudents. Students should quickly receive a text message confirming participation in the program.
  • The Main campus phone messaging system (314) 434-8262 will play updated information.
  • The following broadcast centers will be notified: KMOX Radio (AM 1120), KSDK Channel 5, and other outlets.

Announcements on KMOX begin at 5:30 a.m. with a repeat listing at 6:30 a.m. KTVI Channel 2 and KSDK Channel 5 continually broadcast information from 5:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Announcements on the MoBap website and phone system will be made as early as possible.

When the Delayed Day Schedule is announced, 8 a.m. classes are cancelled and students should report to school at 9:30 a.m. for classes that are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. All other classes will meet as scheduled.

All evening class cancellations due to inclement weather will be decided by 4 p.m. and posted on the website and phone system.

Policy Updates

The most up to date version of this policy is maintained in the office of the Vice President for Student Development.

Student Email Use Policy

The student use email policy is located in The Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook). Violations of the student use email policy may result in accountability through the Student Code of Conduct procedures.

Computer Use Policy

The computer use policy is located in The Spartan Virtues (the Student Handbook). Violations of the computer use policy may result in accountability through the Student Code of Conduct procedures.

Student Services

Student Success Center

Students with Disabilities - 

  • In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ASAAA), Missouri Baptist University will make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with needs for academic or other accommodations should contact the Office of Student Disabilities Office located in Spartan Row Building 503.  The Office of Disability and Health Services also assists students who are in need of accommodations due to a medical condition that is of a temporary nature, such as a surgery recovery or concussion. The Office of Disability and Health Services can be reached by calling (314) 744-5312, by email at disabilityservices@mobap.edu or by visiting www.mobap.edu/student-life/support-services.

Career Development

The Office of Career Development provides resources and facilitates opportunities for students to grow in knowledge and ability to better pursue meaningful careers.  We strive to be a catalyst for collaboration, innovation and experiential learning.

Students and alumni also have access to Handshake. Handshake is our online career platform where you can search for jobs and internships, schedule appointments with a Career Development staff member (International students are encouraged to schedule appointments with the Director of International Experiences, Assessment and Special Projects), and learn about events.

For online resources and to access Handshake visit mobap.edu/career.

The Career Development Office is located in the Jung-Kellogg Learning Center on main campus.  To contact the Career Development Office email career@mobap.edu.

Jung-Kellogg Learning Center

The Jung-Kellogg Learning Center is a 21st century learning space where students can seek assistance for services traditionally provided by a library. This quiet-based facility provides a variety of versatile spaces designed for student collaboration and mimic professional environments found in corporate and organizational settings. A variety of technology assets are available in the Learning Center including Apple desktops in a quiet room, Microsoft Operating System laptops for check-out, and specialized wireless connections for LED screens in small meeting rooms for students to share their screens during group project work.

Learning Center Community Standards
The mission of the Learning Center is to provide students, staff, and faculty with the broadest array of information resources in an easy and timely manner, and to create an academic environment conducive to study, access, and research. All users are expected to abide by the guidelines set forth by this policy. The use of the stations and resources is a service and privilege to all.

  • Talking in a normal voice that does not disturb others or quiet cell phone use is permitted in all parts of the Learning Center except the Quiet Room.
  • Failing to adhere to the copyright law and systematically downloading or printing from a source not licensed infringes on the copyright law, and will not be tolerated.
  • Students are expected to behave in a civil manner that does not interfere with other people using the facility.
  • Students are expected to follow directions and instructions from Learning Center and university staff.
  • Covered beverages and light snack foods (i.e., granola bars, pretzels, chips, etc.) are allowed in the Learning Center. Meals should be consumed in the Perk or Dining Hall.
  • The Learning Center is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Unattended property may be taken to lost and found at the Service Desk and/or MBU Public Safety as appropriate.

Violations of any of the above will result in a referral to the Student Code of Conduct process.

Health Services

The student health and wellness area of MBU exists to provide the necessary means and support to enhance students’ mental, emotional and physical well-being and is committed to providing the best possible resources to meet the needs of a diverse student body.

The Office of Counseling Services provides free counseling services to degree-seeking students. The office will work with students to provide short-term, solution-based services and connect students to external providers for longer term care if needed. The Office of Counseling Services is located on Spartan Row Building 503. Students can contact the Office of Counseling Services at counselingservices@mobap.edu. All appointments for counseling are scheduled on an individual basis and all sessions are confidential. For emergency situations, individuals should contact the Office of Public Safety if they are on-campus or 9-1-1 off-campus.

The Mercy Clinic at MBU operates the same as a normal medical office offering services such as sick/acute visits, personal wellness visits, vaccinations, chronic disease care, and mental screenings. Mercy Clinic can also provide community resources and helps support campus-wide health and safety programs. The Mercy Clinic is located on Spartan Row Building 503.  For more information about appointments and resources, call (314) 364-3970 or visit Mercy Clinic at MBU’s webpage at www.mobap.edu/student-life/support-services.

International Student Services

International Student Services is responsible for recruitment, admission, student development and immigration compliance for all non-immigrant students at Missouri Baptist University and international alumni engaged in Optional Practical Training. All international students with an immigration status are required to work with the Office of International Student Services.

  • Listed in the Undergraduate Admission and Graduate Admission tab for specific information on enrollment requirements.
  • International students receive academic co-advising with the International Student Services to ensure compliance with visa requirements.
  • International students seeking approval for on-campus employment or academic internship must have approval from the office.
  • International students are required to purchase the health insurance plan provided by Missouri Baptist University through the designated carrier and this cost is directly charged to the student’s account.

For a full list of services, educational programming, and support resources visit the Student Development website.