May 25, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA.  This school will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
  • Provide a written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.


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Education Service Officer Policy

Here at Bethune-Cookman University, we value your military service to our nation and as an honorably discharged veteran, you are entitled to education benefits. Honorably discharged veterans are eligible to participate in certain education programs but also must meet all academic requirements. The military veteran also must maintain the same academic standards as any student attending Bethune-Cookman University. 

Active, Reserve or National Guard service members should consult with the Education Services Officer (ESO) or educational representative on their respective military installation or reserve/national guard unit in accordance with the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership memorandum of understanding (DODI 1322.25, March 15, 2011) before submitting an application for VA benefits. Below is the name of the certifying official located at Bethune-Cookman University.


Policy for Recruitment of Military Members and Veterans

Bethune-Cookman University is bound to follow a code of ethics as related to the recruitment of all students, including Service members and their dependents.  

Specifically, Bethune-Cookman University will ensure compliance with program integrity requirements consistent with the regulations issued by ED (34 C.F.R 668.71-668.75 and 668.14) related to restrictions on misrepresentation, recruitment, and payment of incentive compensation.

This applies to the educational institution itself and its agents including third party lead generators, marketing firms, or companies that own or operate the educational institutions.

As part of efforts to eliminate unfair, deceptive, and abusive marketing aimed at Service members Bethune-Cookman University will:

1. Ban inducements, including any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimis amount, to any individual or entity, or its agents including third party lead generators or marketing firms other than salaries paid to employees or fees paid to contractors in conformity with all applicable laws for the purpose of securing enrollments of Service members or obtaining access to TA funds. Educational institution sponsored scholarships or grants and tuition reductions available to military students are permissible, and;

2.  Refrain from providing any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including TA funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance, and;

3.  Refrain from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.

Who is governed by this Policy:

These rules apply to positions performing the restricted activities. Certain departments such as Admissions Offices or Student Financial Services will have a number of employees’ subject to the ban since these departments typically perform covered activities.  These restrictions may apply to higher‐level employees with responsibilities for the covered activities.

Additionally, these rules apply to ANY employee in any department that is directly engaged in recruiting students.  Employees may not be compensated based on their success in enrolling students.  Special care should be taken when reviewing the performance of employees that may perform recruiting activities as a nominal part of their work to ensure that compensation decisions are not made in relation to the success of these activities in securing student enrollment.


Violation of Institute policies, including the failure to avoid a prohibited activity or obtain required approvals, will be dealt with in accordance with applicable University policies and procedures.  These may include disciplinary actions up to and including termination from the University.


Temporary change in undergraduate course grading options in response to COVID-19

This is an unprecedented and uncertain time in the history of our institution and the migration to an online environment can certainly create stress and feelings of being overwhelmed for some students. 

Therefore, Bethune-Cookman University has modified its undergraduate grading policy for Spring 2020.  The University is giving students an option to elect a pass/fail grade for each course eligible for that option.   In the event a student does not make that request by the deadline, the course(s) will be recorded based on the current grading system. 

Students must carefully consider the implications for switching to a pass/fail grading system. Communication with professors and advisors is critically important so that students clearly understand the implications of their choices.

  • Between April…and May…students can make a request to receive a pass/fail grade for a course.  In the event a student does not select the pass/fail by the deadline, the student will receive a grade according with the current grading system.
  • Students may select a pass/fail option for one or all eligible undergraduate courses in which they are enrolled. 
  • The undergraduate catalog states that students must receive a grade of “C” or higher in English, Mathematics, Effective Oral Communication and courses in their major.  A grade of “D” is passing for other courses.  Students should carefully consider choices and communicate with advisors.
  • A student cannot petition a pass/fail grade once a letter grade has been selected.
  • A student cannot petition a letter grade once a pass/fail grade has been selected.
  • Pass/fail grades do not affect a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA).  It will neither raise nor lower the GPA.
  • If a student selects a pass/fail option, the previous semester’s academic standing will remain.  If the current academic standing is warning or probation for example, that will remain.  It will not worsen.
  • If a student is trying to raise his/her GPA for a scholarship or other purposes, pass/fail grades will not raise the GPA.
  • If a student is enrolled in prerequisite courses for a program, the student should consider grades or GPA requirements before choosing pass/fail option.
  • If grades are required for certification/licensure, the student should consult with his/her advisor before making a decision.
  • Pass/fail grades will count as attempted hours earned and will, if successfully passed, count toward graduation.
  • Nursing students will receive communication from the Dean of the School of Nursing
  • Students are encouraged to check with the B-CU Financial Aid Office regarding the potential impact of their financial aid/institutional scholarships in making this important decision.


The University has suspended the policy for On-Campus Students taking Online courses effective 07/07/2020.