Full-time Students: Those enrolled for at least 9 semester hours in a regular course of study. All single, non-resident students under the age of 26 and enrolled full time are required to live in on-campus dormitories or with immediate family in the TBC campus area. Other family members may be considered at the discretion of the TBC administration. If a student drops below 9 credit hours he or she becomes a part-time student and is required to move off campus.
Part-time Students: Those enrolled for 8 semester hours or less not including Life Application Lab hours.
Audit Students: Those attending classes who neither take examinations nor receive credit.
Students must attend class regularly each month to receive a grade in any course of study. An absence is any portion of the regularly scheduled class for which the student is not in attendance.
Three days of tardy constitute an absence. A tardy is defined as being less than 15 minutes late for the beginning of class. Students marked more than 15 minutes late are marked absent for that class. Make-up work is not permitted for the purpose of removing an absence or tardy.
Absences each semester will be considered excessive if the student is absent more than the following:
1-hour class …………………………………… 2 absences*
2-hour class …………………………………… 4 absences*
3-hour class …………………………………… 6 absences*
One additional absence beyond the allowable number for the course will result in being dropped from the course. When a student is dropped form a course because of excessive absences they will receive a grade of “WF” (withdrawal failing) if the drop occurs on or before the last day to withdraw from the course. If the drop occurs after the last day to withdraw from the course the student will receive a “0” (zero) on all remaining work and a letter grade will be entered on their permanent record
A student registering late in any course will be counted absent for the class meetings missed prior to the late registration for that one course.
The number of allowable absences listed above is provided for student illness, emergencies, extreme weather conditions and personal business.
Withdrawal and Drop
A student may drop a course during the first two weeks of the semester from the day of registration with the approval of the Director of Academics. They will receive a “W” (withdrawn) on their permanent record. After the second week, and through the fourth week, a student may drop a course and receive a grade of “WP” (withdrawal passing) or “WF: (withdrawal failing). After the fourth week any student who drops a course will receive a grade of “0” (zero) on all remaining work and a final letter grade will be entered on their permanent record.
Life Application Lab
Life Application Lab is the attendance of chapel services. If the student is absent from a weekly chapel service without being excused they will receive an absence in each of that student’s classes for that day.
Class meetings will be held during the first Tuesday chapel of the month. If a student is absent from the class meeting without being excused they will receive an absence in each of that student’s classes for that day. Club meetings will take place after hours at the discretion of the club advisor.
Music students in special groups, including chorale, are required to participate in scheduled tours, events, etc. If school sponsored and scheduled events occur during class periods, the student will be excused to attend the event.
Course Interruption Policy
A student who becomes antagonistic to the policies and rules of Texas Bible College or fails to accomplish that for which he is enrolled, thereby severs all connections with the College and may be dismissed whenever the administration deems it wise.
The College further reserves the right to dismiss any student who fails to show sufficient interest and/or who, in the opinion of the administration, does not have sufficient intellectual qualifications to successfully complete a course of study.
In the event a student is interrupted for unsatisfactory progress, questionable circumstances or those that have been asked to leave due to not adhering to TBC policies or procedures will be required to sit out one full semester before being allowed to return.
A student may drop a course during the first two weeks of the semester with the approval of the Director of Academics. They will receive a “W” (withdrawn) on their permanent record. After the second week, and through the fourth week, a student may drop a course and receive a grade of “WP” (withdrawal passing) or “WF: (withdrawal failing). After the fourth week any student who drops a course will receive a grade of “0” (zero) on all remaining work and a final letter grade will be entered on their permanent record.
All changes in registration must have the approval of the Director of Academics and President.
New Student Probationary Period
All new students must be at least 17 years of age by the registration date of the semester they are attending. All new students are on a probationary status during their first 90 days at TBC. At the end of the probation period, or before if necessary, each new student will be evaluated by a panel of faculty and staff members.
Academic Progress Policy
Below are the requirements of eligibility:
Athletic Eligibility: Students participating in sports tournaments as members of a TBC team must have a 2.0 GPA or better from the previous semester.
Chorale Eligibility: Returning students who sign up for the fall semester must have a 2.5 GPA or better from the previous semester.
Crusades, Clubs and Special Functions Eligibility: Students participating in crusades, clubs, chapels, leave requests, etc. must have at least a 2.5 GPA or better from the previous semester.
Class/Club Officer Eligibility: Class and Club presidents must have at least a 2.75 GPA in his/her accumulated years at TBC and other officers must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Student Body Officer Eligibility: Students who are elected to these offices must have at least a 2.75 GPA in their accumulated years at Texas Bible College.
All students at Texas Bible College are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. Should a student’s GPA fall below that level, he or she will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. Any student placed on academic probation for two consecutive semesters must have the approval of an academic review committee for readmission the following semester. The review committee shall be comprised of the President, Academic Dean, Dean of student’s major, and the Dean of Students.
Student Conduct Policy
The rules and regulations governing student conduct:
The Scriptures define the principles that govern Christian conduct and attitude at Texas Bible College. Once we are saved from sin, we are commanded to go and sin no more (John 8:11); we are instructed to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world (Titus 2:2); and we are warned that without holiness no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
As servants of God we have a responsibility to live and act in accordance with scriptural principles. As helpers of mankind we sincerely seek the best for others’ welfare without attempting to manipulate or meddle. As employees, we attempt to fulfill responsibilities and perform our duties faithfully and competently; as citizens and members of society, we seek to obey government authority and contribute to the good of the culture.
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, and as such, should reflect God in humble appearance, modest apparel, and personal cleanliness. The possession, use, and distribution of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, nonprescription and illicit drugs, and other questionable practices are not considered suitable for the college staff or students.
The conditions for dismissal of students for unsatisfactory conduct:
A student who becomes antagonistic to the policies and rules of Texas Bible College or fails to accomplish that for which he is enrolled, thereby severs all connections with the College and may be dismissed whenever the administration deems it wise. He or she will not be permitted to re-enter for one full semester, and only then with approval of the proper college officials. This also applies to students who have been dismissed, for the above reasons, from another UPCI Bible College.
In order to graduate from TBC with a Bachelor’s Degree, you must have: 136 credit hours for Music, 136 credit hours for Theology, and 136 credit hours for Christian Education and 136 credit hours for Missions. In order to graduate with an Associate’s Degree, you must have: 72 credit hours for Music, 67 credit hours for Theology, 68 credit hours for Christian Education, and 67 credit hours for Missions. These credit hours must affect GPA, including all the core courses for the selected major. 17 of the last 21 credit hours must be taken on campus. Of the total credit hours that affect GPA, 25% must be taken on campus. Any variance must meet with the approval of the Executive Committee.
A student will not be allowed to participate in graduation exercises or receive a diploma unless his account is paid in full.