Each online student is assigned an Academic Advisor based on their program of study. The Academic Advisors are trained professionals who can provide students with important information and assistance relative to their academic success in their educational program. Academic Advisors are responsible for registering online students for semester after conferring with the online student via their Shorter e-mail account. The Academic Advisor will assist students in arranging their schedule each semester; however, students are responsible to become familiar with and fulfill all program requirements for their degree.
Length of Courses/Program
Each online class lasts for 8 weeks.
There are six 8-week sessions a year. Two of these 8-week sessions run during the fall semester, two during the spring semester, and two in the summer. Typically a student takes 1 to 2 three credit hour classes during each 8-week session.
Changes (dropping or adding courses) may be made during the drop/add period in consultation with the academic advisor.
Withdrawal from courses may be done by the student after the drop/add period and until the last day specified in the academic calendar for withdrawals published by the Office of the Registrar. To withdraw from an online course the student must send an e-mail to their advisor and instructor from his or her Shorter e-mail account requesting to withdraw. The withdrawal will be effective from the date of the e-mail request. An automatic F will be given if a student is not properly withdrawn.
Automatic withdrawal from courses occurs if a student fails to both log into their online course and post within the Introduction Forum in the first 9 class days from the start of the session. If a student fails to log into and post in the Introduction Forum for all of the classes they are registered for in an 8- week session during the first 9 class days from the start of the session, the student will be withdrawn from all of the courses they are registered for in for in the current 8-week session for which they are registered.
Class Cancellation. Shorter University reserves the right to cancel a class if it deems by the first day of class that there are not a sufficient number of enrolled students to make the class viable.
Student Class Standing
Shorter University officially recognizes four classes: freshman, sophomore, junior, senior. A student’s classification is based upon earned hours toward degree.
less than 27 earned hours
27 – 59 earned hours
60 – 89 earned hours
90 + earned hours
Withdrawal from the University During a Semester
An online student leaving the University must formally withdraw by sending an e-mail to the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org and their advisor from his or her Shorter e-mail account requesting to withdraw. The withdrawal will be effective from the date of the e-mail request. Clearances must be obtained from the Financial Aid Office, the Business Office, and the Library.
No refund of fees will be calculated until the withdrawal process is complete.
Requests for withdrawal from the University after registration but before the beginning of a session must be made in writing to the Registrar at email@example.com, the student’s advisor, and sent from the student’s Shorter email account.
The University reserves the right to request, at any time, the withdrawal of a student who does not maintain the required standard of scholarship, or whose continued attendance would be detrimental to the student’s health or the health of others, or whose behavior is out of harmony with the Christian philosophy of the University. For regulations regarding nonacademic or disciplinary suspension, see the Shorter University Student Handbook.
Changing a Major
If a student desires to change their major, they should contact their academic advisor.