Academics

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS

1. Students may enter any Siena Heights University Degree Completion Program after completing 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited post secondary educational institution, accredited comprehensive training program, and/or combination of professional trainings and work experience.

2. All students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of course credit to receive a degree from Siena Heights University.

3. Credit may be obtained in the following ways:

  • Transfer Credit: Siena Heights University will accept up to 90 hours of transfer credit towards bachelor degree requirements. College credit may be awarded for successful completion of course work from accredited institutions, including colleges, universities, and approved technical, trade, and allied health schools. Credit can also be granted for military experience, continuing professional education, work-related training and other non-traditional learning formats including credit for CLEP examinations.
  • Courses taken at any location at Siena Heights University.
  • Credit evaluation of career training experiences.
  • Prior Learning Credit - credit awarded for life experience which could equal educational experience.
  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program): CLEP is a series of 90 minute examinations that allow students to demonstrate knowledge in a wide range of subjects. The "Freshman College Composition" exam meets the English general education requirement of (6) semester hours. CLEP results cannot be used to fulfill major requirements. Students must receive a score of 50 or above. When a passing score is achieved, direct course equivalency credit is awarded. CLEP testing centers are available at many community college campuses. Check with your advisor for more information.

4. All students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours as a residency requirement with Siena Heights University.

5. All students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of 300/400 level coursework of which 15 semester hours must be completed at Siena Heights University.

6. All students must complete a specific major with Siena Heights University.

7. All students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 while attending Siena Heights University.

8. All students who transfer 60 or more semester hours to Siena Heights University must complete the following Liberal Arts Education requirements (check with your advisor to confirm fulfillment of these requirements):

  • 6 semester hours of English Composition (ENG 101, 102, 211, 341 or CLEP: Freshman College Composition Exam)
  • 3-4 semester hours of college-level Math or a laboratory Science (certain courses will apply)
  • 3 semester hours of Social Science, Literature, History, or Fine/Performing Arts
  • Demonstration of writing and math proficiency
  • Siena Heights Courses: 3 semester hours each of philosophy or religious studies, LAS 301 (The Adult Learner) and LAS 401 (Liberal Arts Education Seminar)

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ATTENDANCE POLICY

At the beginning of the semester each instructor [for any format] will announce his/her requirements concerning class attendance. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND ALL SCHEDULED CLASS MEETINGS. Online courses require weekly participation! If an emergency arises contact your instructor as soon as possible. Check with your advisor about specific attendance policies at your primary degree completion location.

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BOOKSTORE

Students can purchase books in-person or online through the Barnes and Noble bookstore located on the main campus in Adrian. Go to www.whywaitforbooks.com and select Siena Heights University from the list of colleges/universities. Please refer to their website for information on buyback policies. Students can also purchase their books at bookstores located on the campus of your degree completion center as well as various reputable online book vendors.

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CLASS CANCELLATIONS

Each degree completion center has designated class cancellation policies. Please check with each individual center that you attend for specific policies!

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DEGREE PLANS

A degree plan is the best way to determine if you are meeting all requirements needed for your degree at Siena Heights University. It will later serve as an "audit" for graduation. It is the student's responsibility to meet with their advisor to develop an initial plan during your first semester and subsequent semesters.  Please make sure all transcripts have been submitted, otherwise your assessment will be incomplete. Contact your advisor to schedule an appointment!

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DROP/ADD POLICY for the College for Professional Studies

1. If you decide to drop a class, an official written ADD/DROP slip must be obtained from the Siena Heights University office on the campus you attend.

2. You must sign the ADD/DROP slip and return it to a Siena staff member in the office, or fax the signed drop slip to a secured fax number available through each center. This fax goes directly to our email and assures confidentiality and security.

3. The drop will be effective on the day a Siena staff member receives the signed written drop slip from you.

4. Refer to the Refund Policy for information on tuition refunds.

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FINANCIAL AID

New students can follow the Financial Aid Checklist which is available on the Financial Aid Getting Started page to complete the Financial Aid Process. Online applications are available for completion [this is a faster route than submitting a paper application]. You will also need to follow the Stafford loan application process to obtain student loans. Siena's school code is 002316.

Continuing students will need to update their FAFSA for the appropriate upcoming academic year. This can be done anytime after January 1st of each year. Please refer to the Financial Aid Office's website above for more information.

All students will need to complete a loan request form for the summer semester if you wish to apply loans to cover tuition costs for the summer semester.

For distribution of funds your admissions file must be complete (all official transcripts, certificates, letter(s) of work experience, etc., and application for admission on file). If you need assistance, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 800-521-0009, ex. 7130 or 517-264-7130.

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GRADUATION/COMMENCEMENT

APPLYING FOR GRADUATION
There are three (3) graduation cycles each academic year - May, August and December. It is important to note graduation application deadlines at your degree completion center. Students should also meet with their advisor to review their graduation audit to determine remaining degree requirements.

COMMENCEMENT
Commencement exercises are held once each year in May. Students who are graduating in May, August, or December during each ACADEMIC year are invited to participate in Commencement. Graduating students from all Siena Heights University centers are recognized and welcome to participate in the commencement ceremony on the Adrian campus. In addition, the degree completion centers in Benton Harbor and Battle Creek hold separate May commencement programs. Students must be at a senior status and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to participate in Commencement.

At commencement, degrees are conferred upon all candidates who have satisfactorily completed degree requirements. NOTE: Students will not receive the actual diploma/degree at the ceremony (degrees and final transcripts will be mailed after the ceremony). Other information about Commencement will be provided from the Registrar's Office. 

DEGREES AND FINAL TRANSCRIPTS
A student's degree will be awarded only after all degree requirements and financial obligations have been satisfactorily completed. Degrees and final transcripts will be mailed after the graduation date of each graduation cycle. Degrees are dated to indicate the end of the academic period in which the degree program was finished. The student's transcript will record the degree that has been awarded at the end of the academic period in which all degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

Contact your advisor for further information on commencement, graduation application deadlines and degree requirements.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Siena Heights University welcomes International students! This university is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students studying on an F-1 student visa. A student from another country desiring to enroll at one of our off-campus Degree Completion Centers should contact the Site Director of the campus they wish to attend.

There are separate requirements for University admission and for requesting an I-20 that a student will be required to submit. The Site Director will assist you with both processes. 

Current International Students

In order to be granted an I-20 at Siena Heights University, all students must sign the following International Student Agreement. Remember, it is your responsibility to make sure you are maintaining your status. Please keep a copy of this in your personal files and reference it regularly.

International Student Agreement

 I understand that it is my responsibility to be aware of and comply fully with the following:

Maintain a valid I-20 at all times. This includes correct level and major, current funding and a valid program end date.

Enroll and attend a full course load (12 hours) during the Fall and Winter semesters. (Though allowed, it is not a requirement to enroll for courses during the Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms.) We are required to report under-enrollment to BICE through SEVIS within 30 days of the end of the registration period. Any student who is less than full time at that point will be reported as under-enrolled, which will immediately make you out of status.

IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING ENROLLMENT:

You can only be under-enrolled for academic difficulty for one semester per degree.

You may be under-enrolled for medical reasons for two semesters per degree (12 months). Medical reasons must be substantiated by a medical doctor or a board certified psychologist.

You may be under-enrolled in your last semester before graduating if you need less than a full course load to graduate. However, you must discuss this with the Designated School Official (DSO) in advance so that the proper reporting procedures may take place.

You are only allowed to count one on-line course per semester toward your full time status.

Attend the college/university on your I-20. Prior approval is needed if you are going to dual enroll at another school (example: Lake Michigan College). It is required you take the majority of your credits per semester at the institution that has issued your I-20.

Provide the DSO a copy of your schedule at another institution, if you are dually enrolled, during the FIRST week of classes. (Example: If you are taking 9 hours at Siena and 3 hours at LMC in order to be full-time and Siena has issued your I-20, you need to submit proof of this during the FIRST week of the semester at Siena.)

Report any change of address or residence and/or any change of name for you and your dependents to the DSO within 5 days of the change. This information will then be electronically sent to BICE, via SEVIS, within 21 days, as required by the current regulations. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE BEEN SPECIAL REGISTERED AND YOU CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS, YOU MUST ALSO FILE A PAPER FORM AR-11 SR.

Apply for an extension of your program of study prior to the expiration date on your Form I-20 if you cannot complete your program by that date. Requests for extensions should be submitted 30-60 days prior to the expiration date of the Form I-20 so the extension process can be completed prior to the expiration date on the document.

Obtain a new Form I-20 if you change from one major / field of study to another (e.g., from Business to Community Services). You must also obtain a new form I-20 if your source of funding changes (e.g. from sponsor to parents).

Maintain a valid passport at all times, unless exempt from passport requirements.

Prior to traveling outside the United States make sure that your Form I-20 has been endorsed for travel by the DSO in the last six months. (A travel signature is needed on the third page of the Form I-20.)

Notify DSO of any accompanying dependents in F-2 or J-2 status and provide biographical information (e.g., full name, address, city, country of birth, etc.) and immigration information (e.g., passport information, visa information, etc.) regarding those dependents on the Form I-20 Request application.

DO NOT work in the United States without authorization. F-1 students are allowed to work on campus up to 20 hours per week when school is in session. Eligible F-1 students may apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation. See the DSO for eligibility and additional information.

Complete an official immigration transfer whenever you change educational institutions. F-1 students must notify their current institution of their intent to transfer, obtain a Form I-20 from the new institution, and report to the Designated School Official at the new school within 15 days of the program start date listed on the Form I-20.

If you withdraw or are asked to leave the university, you must report this to the DSO immediately. If you report this, you will have 15 days to leave the United States. If you do not report this to the DSO, your status ends immediately. The normal grace period to remain in the United States following degree completion is sixty days.

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LIBRARY SERVICES

The Siena Heights University Library extends library privileges to all registered SHU students, faculty, staff and alumni. Siena Heights University offers a plethora of resources to students through the use of its online library and on-ground library located on the main campus in Adrian. For more information, visit the library page.

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ONLINE COURSES

Online courses are offered primarily in two eight-week formats - blended online and completely online. Blended online courses contain two face-to-face meetings per course with the first meeting held generally at the beginning of the course and the second meeting near the end of the course. In between the face-to-face meetings, students participate in weekly online units. Completely online courses contain no face-to-face meetings. Online courses are offered through the Metro Detroit program and limited seats are available through the Distance Learning Program cohort program. Refer to the center's course schedule and registration form posted on the web for more information. Students must contact the center directly and follow their registration guidelines in order to enroll in an online course.

Online courses require excellent time management skills and active participation. Students will be required to complete a READI assessment and online orientation prior to enrollment in your first online course. 

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PAPERLESS GRADE REPORTS

The Registrar's Office no longer mails a hard copy grade report to students at the end of the session. From now on, students will be able to access grades for any term via the Siena website. This new system will have several advantages for you:

  • You'll have instant access in real time to your grades. 
  • As soon as your faculty member enters your grade, you can not only view it but also print a hard copy if you need one for your employer. 
  • Other classes that end after your class will not hold up notification of your grade. If your teacher enters your grade at 11 p.m. at night, you can see it at 11:01 p.m.

These are the simple steps to follow to access your grades:

  • Go to https://mysiena.sienaheights.edu/ics
  • Click on Students
  • A Microsoft box pops up asking for your name and password
  • The name is your six-digit student ID number and the password (unless you changed it) is your 2-digit month of your birth, your 2-digit year of your birth and the last 4 digits of your social security number.
  • Click on “OK”; this allows entry into the online registration module.
  • Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to “OPTIONS” to see that you are set on the correct semester.
  • Select “GRADES” from the menu bar on the left, move your cursor inside the grade box and double click. For a hard copy, scroll to the bottom of the page and then select “PRINT THIS PAGE.”
  • PATIENCE and PERSISTENCE are required. The system does have problems if you are working from a system with a firewall, a security system or AOL. If you get kicked out, try again.

Grade point averages are calculated periodically, not automatically with every grade entry. Your GPA may not be accurate at the time you print your grade report. There is a time stamp listed at the bottom of the most recent update. The grade report printed from the web includes the address for the main campus, as well as the following statement,” This serves as an official report card and is issued by Siena Heights University via the world-wide web.” Should you need something more “official” to submit to your employer, contact the Registrar's Office on main campus at (517) 264-7120.

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REGISTRATION

Register early as most classes have pre-class assignments and seat limits. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are fulfilled. Students not meeting requirements will be notified and dropped from the course. Siena Heights University reserves the right to cancel courses or make schedule adjustments at any time during registration due to low enrollments or schedule conflicts.

REGISTRATION ACCESS VIA THE WEB

Web Registration is located on the Siena Heights University website.

  • To get started, go to the online registration system at https://mysiena.sienaheights.edu/ics.
  • Click on the Student Information button and the password menu box will appear.
  • Your user name is your Siena Heights University student ID number. Your password is the numeric month of your birthlast two digits of the year of your birth followed by the last four digits of your social security number. For example: 05671254  The month is 05; the year is 67, and the Social Security is XXX-XX-1254. For security reasons, we recommend you change your password after you have initially accessed web registration.

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TUITION PAYMENT

Tuition is due at the start of each course. Students can pay by credit card online or by phone, check or money order through the mail, or with cash in-person. Select a payment plan for a minimal fee through the TuitionPay program administered by Sallie Mae. Go to www.tuitionpay.com for more information about payment plan options.

Billing Statements: Students are advised to print a statement from the web upon registering for courses. Statements are generally mailed from the Business Office. However, students should not wait to receive a mailed statement. It is important to follow the payment DUE DATE to avoid any late fees or prevention of your registration.

Important Notes

  • A $100 convenience fee will be assessed for all payments submitted after the payment due date.

  • Tuition must be paid in full before registering for subsequent semesters.

  • A financial hold will be placed on grades, transcripts, and graduation applications until all outstanding tuition balances and fees have been paid in full.

  • If your employer is providing payment, determine the reimbursement policies right away! Will they reimburse at the start or the end of the course? If reimbursem

    ent is processed at the end of the course, students should submit payment by the due date and reimburse themselves upon receiving funds from their employer. Will they require verification of enrollment or a grade report? Students can obtain a verification of enrollment letter from the degree completion center or print a copy of their student schedule from their web; official grade reports can be easily printed from the online registration system

  • It is the student's responsibility to be aware of their account balances, tuition due dates, and financial aid requirements. 

    Tuition payments can be submitted to:

Siena Heights University 
Attn: Business Office 
1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. 
Adrian, MI 49221 
PHONE: 800.521.0009, ex. 7110
ON THE WEB: Through the 
Online Registration System

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TUITION REFUND POLICY

All tuition refunds will be processed to the HigherOne Easy Refund Card. Students will receive this card in the mail from HigherOne at the start of their enrollment at Siena Heights University.

For more information about the Easy Refund Card, refer to the following:

1. If a student completely withdraws from the university, the payment agreement made at the time of registration is still in effect, subject to the schedule for refund of tuition in the chart below. Technology and course fees are non-refundable.

2. Students who drop an individual class DURING the first week will receive 100% REFUND of tuition. After the FIRST week there is no refund (this includes Saturday classes). This applies to students who DROP and do not ADD another class.

3. If you DROP a class and ADD another class, maintaining the same number of credits in which you were originally enrolled, you will not be charged for the dropped class. DROP and ADD on the SAME ADD/DROP slip, so it can be processed on the same day.

The following refund chart determines the percentage refund of tuition charged for a COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL from Siena Heights University.

Weeks in Term

Refund: End of Week

15

10

8

6

5

4

3

1

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

2

90%

80%

70%

70%

60%

50%

0%

3

80%

70%

60%

50%

0%

0%

0%

4

70%

60%

50%

0%

0%

0%

5

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

6

0%

0%

0%

0%

 

Return of TITLE IV FUNDS (All Campuses)

In the event of an official COMPLETE withdrawal from Siena Heights University , the Financial aid Office calculates aid adjustments according to the Federal Return of Title IV Funds policy.

The Federal Return of Title IV Funds policy determines the amount of aid earned by dividing the number of calendar days up to the official withdrawal date by the total number of calendar days in the enrollment period. The DATE THE DROP SLIP IS SUBMITTED TO AND PROCESSED BY THE SIENA OFFICE ON THE CAMPUS YOU ATTEND determines the official drop/ withdrawal date.

The “unearned” portion of aid is refunded to the appropriate programs in the following order:

•  Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

•  Subsidized Stafford Loan

•  Federal PLUS Loan

•  Federal Pell Grant

•  Federal SEOG

•  State/ Institutional Funds

•  Student

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SHU TRANSCRIPT REQUEST INFORMATION

  • You may request an official SHU transcript in person, in writing or by faxing your request.
  • Your written signature is required to release your transcript.
  • Normal processing time is 24 hours. At the beginning and ending of each semester processing time may be extended due to other office responsibilities. Please allow ample time for your particular needs.
  • Transcripts will not be released if you have a financial obligation with the University.
  • You may request that your transcript be held until grades have been recorded or changed or degree has been posted.

You may either mail or fax your request. Your transcript request must be in writing to the Office of the Registrar. The letter or fax should include the following information:

  1. Your full name.
  2. Any former name(s).
  3. Your social security number
  4. Your date of birth
  5. Your last date of attendance or graduation date from Siena Heights.
  6. Your current address and phone.
  7. The address where the transcript is to be sent.
  8. Sign and date request.
  9. All express or priority mail will be charged the current postal rate and must be pre-paid by student/alumni at the time of the request.

FAX your request to: 517-264-7744 -or-

Send your written transcript request to:

Siena Heights University 
Attn: Registrar's Office 
1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. 
Adrian, MI 49221

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Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.