Amridge University Academic Catalog  

2013-2014 Academic Year (Effective 2.28.2014)

 

Table of Contents

Section 8:  Support Programs and Services 5

CODE OF CONDUCT. 6

SMOKE FREE CAMPUS. 12

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY. 12

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY. 13

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. 14

AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRIVACY POLICY. 16

AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY TERMS AND USE. 16

CODE OF CONDUCT APPENDIX – ACCEPTABLE USE OF THE UNIVERSITY NETWORK, INTERNET, ONLINE COURSE SYSTEM, AND EMAIL. 16

CAREER SERVICES CENTER. 20

SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES. 20

STANDARD APPEALS/GRIEVANCE PROCESS. 23

STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE. 26

STUDENT PROBLEMS COMMITTEE. 27

BOOKSTORE. 27

AGREEMENT OF BINDING ARBITRATION AND WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL, CERTAIN DAMAGES AND CLASS ACTIONS  28

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. 29

Section 9:  Amridge University Distance Learning Program_ 32

CHARACTERISTICS OF AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES. 33

STATEMENT ON COPYING AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY CLASS SESSIONS. 34

STREAMING AND INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES USED. 34

COURSE DELIVERY FORMATS AND COURSE DELIVERY OPTIONS. 35

INTERNET ACCESS AND CONNECTIVITY. 37

INTERNET SPEED TESTS. 38

EMAIL ACCOUNTS. 38

CHECKING EMAIL DAILY. 39

CAUTIONS FOR STUDENTS USING SPAM FILTERS AND SYSTEMS. 39

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS. 40

HARDWARE FOR Collaborate. 42

REQUIRED COMPUTER SOFTWARE. 42

KEEPING YOUR COMPUTER IN TOP WORKING ORDER AND OBTAINING AND INSTALLING VENDOR SOFTWARE UPDATES  43

Section 10:  Learning Resource Center Under the Southern Christian University Library  44

OVERVIEW.. 45

MISSON STATEMENT OF THE AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. 46

HOURS OF OPERATION. 47

RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND FACULTY. 47

ONLINE JOURNALS AND SERIALS. 48

GUEST POLICY. 76

CHECK OUT PROCEDURE. 76

LOAN PERIOD. 76

RENEWAL POLICY. 77

OVERDUE BOOKS. 77

LOST OR EXTREMELY LATE MATERIAL. 77

DAMAGED MATERIALS. 77

AUDIOVISUAL MATERIAL. 77

PERIODICALS NOT ONLINE. 77

COMPUTER SERVICES. 78

PHOTOCOPY SERVICE. 78

LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER COURTESY. 78

BUILDING SAFETY AND SECURITY. 78

INTERLIBRARY LOAN SERVICES. 78

 

 

 

CAMPUS

Montgomery Alabama Campus:

Amridge University

1200 Taylor Road

Montgomery, AL 36117

Telephone Number:  800.351.4040

 

 

 

PAPER AND ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THIS CATALOG PUBLISHED BY:

 

Amridge University

1200 Taylor Road

Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

Telephone Number:  800.351.4040

http://www.AmridgeUniversity.edu


Section 8:  Support Programs and Services

This section includes important student services and other general information about University policies and procedures affecting all students at Amridge University.  Exceptions may be noted in the respective sections for a specific school within Amridge University, noted in later editions of this publication, and/or published addenda (paper- and web-based).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Amridge University is committed to fostering an environment true to its Christian heritage and conducive to learning.  In so doing, the University expects all students to exhibit the values and behaviors that evidence civility and respect toward faculty, staff, and fellow students.  As we encourage the development of a community of scholars, we must discourage any misbehavior that is disruptive to the educational process.

Authority for Student Discipline: Ultimate authority for student discipline is vested in the President.  The primary appellate organization for the University is the Appeals Committee.  Disciplinary or appellate authority may be delegated to University administrators or committees at the discretion of the President of Amridge University.

Misconduct Defined:  A student is subject to disciplinary action by the University for misconduct (1) occurring on any property owned or controlled by the University, or off campus at any function which is authorized, sponsored, or conducted by the University; (2) in parking lots adjacent to areas or buildings where University functions are being conducted; (3) during class sessions; (4) as part of, or related to, any course/class assignment, teacher, or University decision; or (5) as part of any communication to, or including, any faculty member or other University employee, representative, or student regardless of the means or mode of communication (in person, via Internet, telephone, facsimile, video and/or audio conference, by other electronic means, in writing, or otherwise). 

 

NON-ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Behavior that is subject to disciplinary action under this Code includes violations of Federal, State, and local Law, conduct that threatens the safety or well-being of the campus community, and any other behavior that adversely affects the University or its educational mission. Misconduct shall include the commission of, or the attempt to commit, any of the following offenses:

§  Unauthorized Access – Unauthorized entry to University facilities or events, or the unauthorized possession of a key to University facilities.

§  No animals, except for those required to aid persons with vision disabilities and trained in such capacity, are allowed on campus or at university-sponsored events.  Exceptions for the purpose of class-related demonstrations must be approved in advance by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

§  Children age 15 or under must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other authorized adult while on the campus of Amridge University.  Children are not permitted to attend classes on campus.  No children may be left unattended in any commons area of the campus including, but not limited to:  the library, the hallways, the break room, the parking lots, or outside seating areas.

§  Access interference – Unauthorized interference with the use of or access to a University facility.  This also includes the intentional misuse of any University fire alarm or fire-fighting equipment, as well as any actual or threatened physical abuse of any person assisting with University safety or security procedures, or any other act which endangers the health or safety of any such person.

§  Fire alarms – If a fire alarm is heard, all people must vacate the building until the cause for the alarm is determined.  The fire exit doors are located in both corners of the Learning Resource Center and at the bottom of the stairwells leading away from the interior of the building for use in emergency.  Exiting through these doors at any time will activate the alarm.  Sirens are also located nearby which sound in the event of a tornado warning.  If these are heard, all people in the building are expected to go immediately to a safe area until the warning is lifted.

§  Theft – Unlawful taking or use of University or personal property and of services to include, but not limited to telephones, unauthorized use of computers, illegal copying of software, acts in violation of copyright laws.

§  Controlled Substance Abuse – Intoxication from, or the use, display, or possession of alcoholic beverages or any controlled substance (drug), unless the student has a valid prescription for the use of the controlled substance, while on University property, during class, at University functions, or otherwise in connection with University academics or activities.  Aiding or abetting the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages by a person who is under the age of 21.

§  Weapons or Explosives Possession and Abuse – Use, possession, or distribution of firearms, other weapons, ammunition, fireworks, or any type of explosive or incendiary device or material, or threatened possession or use of such items on University property or against University students, employees, or representatives.

§  Gambling – Participation in any form of gambling on University property or through the use of University equipment or University supplied or sponsored online access.

§  Indecent Behavior – Lewd, indecent, obscene, vulgar, or unduly offensive behavior or expression.  This offense includes, but is not limited to, the transmission of pornographic materials.

§  Sexual Harassment – Violation of the University’s policies against sexual harassment specified within this publication.

§  Harassment – Behavior that is (a) directed toward a particular person or persons; (b) is unwelcome and/or severe or pervasive; and (c) violates criminal law or civil rights laws or that unreasonably interferes with the target person’s employment, academic pursuits, or participation in University-sponsored activities.  This also includes the use of verbal or symbolic expressions that would tend to be reasonably interpreted as insulting to one’s race, gender, age, national origin, or disability.

§  Defamation – Engaging in the libel, slander, or defamation of the University or University employees or representatives.  For this purpose the terms libel, slander, or defamation have the same meaning as are ascribed to them under the laws of the State of Alabama.

§  Providing False Information – Intentionally furnishing oral or written false information to the University; forgery, or deliberate misrepresentation or unauthorized alteration, or unauthorized use of a University document or instrument of identification.

§  Disruptive Conduct – Acting in a manner that unreasonably disturbs the peace and tranquility of the University; intentionally and substantially interfering with the freedom of expression of others; intentionally or recklessly interfering with normal University or University-sponsored activities including but not limited to studying, teaching, research, administration, and fire, police, or emergency services.  This also includes rioting, inciting to riot, assembling to riot, raiding, inciting to raid and assembling to raid University properties, damaging, inciting to damage, or assembling to damage University equipment or electronic access systems.

§  Disruptive Instructional Conduct – In-class behavior and other student-to-student and student-to-teacher communications that unduly disrupt or tends to disrupt the order of a class, class discussions, lectures, or otherwise disrupt or tend to disrupt the learning process.  This includes, but is not limited to, a student making a personal attack upon or statement reasonably interpreted as being a personal attack upon a student or student's character, that limits or tends to limit another student's class or course participation or that otherwise disrupts or tends to disrupt the learning process. 

§  Contempt – Failure to comply with a written directive or order issued by a University authority, or knowingly violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with this Code.

§  Non-compliance with Directions – Failure to promptly comply with directions of University officials or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties as such officials and officers in University-related matters.

§  Acceptable Use Policy Violation – Use of University electronic access systems and services must be in compliance with Amridge University’s policy, “Acceptable Use of University Related Network, Internet, Online Course System, and Email.”  The policy identifies acceptable use, privileges, netiquette, reliability, security, and vandalism, and it is included as Appendix to this Code of Conduct.  In summary, the use of any/all University electronic access must be in support of educational and academic research and consistent with the educational objectives of Amridge University.  Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or other pertinent regulation is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or obscene material or material protected by trade secret.  Illegal activities are strictly prohibited.  Using Intranet accounts to play games is not acceptable use.  The use of the University’s Intranet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use can result in a cancellation of those privileges. Based upon the acceptable use guidelines included in the Amridge University policy, the system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use of the network and take appropriate action.  The system administrators or system administrator may suspend or close a student account at any time as required.  They must immediately (concurrent with the action taken) notify the Vice President of Academic Affairs, who will then notify the user in writing within two days of the reason for suspension or termination of an account.  Also, users must remain in good standing with Amridge University (e.g., currently enrolled students, currently enrolled students in good academic standing, current employees, etc.).  Users whose accounts are denied, suspended or revoked do have the following rights:

§  To request (in writing) from the system administrator a written statement justifying the actions.

§  To request a hearing through the appropriate University due process procedures

§  Similarly, Amridge University faculty have the authority to ban (temporarily, pending due process) a student from an Amridge University Discussion Board or other interactive student activity (whether on campus or electronically delivered) for one session for apparent disruptive behavior in violation of the Code of Conduct.  The faculty member must notify the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Chairperson of the Appeals Committee of any such action taken.  Dismissals for longer than one session will follow the procedures for Standards of Classroom Behavior, listed below. 

§  Policy Violation—Violation of any published University policy or regulation.

§  Other Misconduct—All other actions or conduct that disrupts or tends to disrupt the learning process.

In addition, students who attend classes or participate in activities held on an Amridge University campus are strongly encouraged to advise the (Interim) Director of Student Services of any restraining orders in place for their protection.  The University may, upon learning of such restraining order(s), in its discretion choose to act or not act as it deems appropriate and practicable.  By this Code of Conduct the University does not undertake to provide (and by enrollment with the University having this Code of Conduct the student understands and agrees that the University is under no obligation or expectation to provide) personal security or special protection services for students.  Instead, the University respectfully reminds its students that they should, when threatened or believe themselves to be in danger, individually, on their own, contact law enforcement authorities or otherwise lawfully act to protect personal safety.

With respect to this 'Non-academic Misconduct' section, those above examples of misconduct provided in bulleted items which refer to criminal acts, including but not necessarily limited to the 1st through 10th, 12th through 14th, and 16th bullets, the University may discipline a student for such misconduct if, in the University's own opinion or determination, the misconduct constitutes or equates to conduct of the nature described, and may do so regardless of whether or not the student has been convicted by a state or federal court of law of having committed a criminal offense, and may also proceed to consider and implement disciplinary action without having to await the conclusion of any criminal or civil court proceedings that may be pending or the verdict entered by such court.  The University may implement disciplinary action based upon misconduct, and it is unnecessary for a court of law to conclude that the relevant behavior was criminal for a student's behavior to be determined by the University as constituting misconduct for which discipline may be imposed.

A violation of the Code for non-academic misconduct can be reported by any employee (faculty or staff), contract employee, student, or guest with direct knowledge of the alleged misconduct.  The report should be made as soon as the misconduct is known to the Director of Student Services. 

The Director will investigate the report and is authorized by the President to take immediate action to secure the health, safety, welfare, security, or reputation of the University.  Any such action will be communicated to the student and reconfirmed by registered mail, within 7 calendar days of the action taken, to the address on file for that student with Amridge University.  This correspondence also will summarize the due process available to the student to appeal the disciplinary decision.  Copies of letters will be sent to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and to the Registrar’s Office for placement in the student’s permanent file.  Should a subsequent appeal reverse or mitigate the original disciplinary action, the letter in the student’s file may be amended or removed through University directive.

Standards of Classroom Behavior:  The primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the faculty.  Students who engage in any prohibited or unlawful acts which result in disruption of a class may be directed by the faculty member to leave the class for the remainder of the session and up to one additional class session.  Longer suspensions or separations from class or disenrollment on disciplinary grounds require formal referral to the Vice President of Academic Affairs who will notify the student in writing within two business days of the reason for the action taken, intended duration of the disenrollment, and behavioral changes that must occur (if this option is being considered) to facilitate re-entry to the activity.  The student will have the right to appeal the action through the appropriate University due process procedures.  The term “prohibited…acts” would include behavior prohibited by the instructor (e.g. persistently speaking out in a disruptive manner.)  It must be emphasized that this provision is not designed to be used as a means to punish different academic interpretations of course content when presented in an acceptable and civil manner.

Sanctions:  Disciplinary actions listed below are not all-inclusive and are not intended to be progressive.  Sanctions for any offense may include, but are not limited to, any appropriate behavioral consequence.  All sanctions in this section include documentation in the student’s permanent file:

§  Written warning

§  Restitution or service hours

§  Restriction of privileges

§  Temporary or permanent removal from a course or program

§  Discontinuance of Blackboard or other electronic access privileges

§  Limitations (including exclusion) from class discussions

§  Limitations or preconditions on communications with faculty or staff

§  Probation

§  Suspension

§  Expulsion

SMOKE FREE CAMPUS

The Amridge University facilities are all smoke free.  Smoking is permitted only outside the buildings.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY

The Drug-Free Workplace Act imposes special requirements upon this institution and its employees.  Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against any employee or student who is in violation of this act.

Pell Grant recipients must certify that they will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance during the period covered by the Pell Grant.  Any student convicted of a drug-related offense committed during that period will be reported to the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC, within five days after the conviction.

Employees and students of Amridge University who violate the drug-free policy are subject to suspension and/or dismissal.  Those who have a substance abuse problem are invited to use the services of a competent therapist and treatment facility.  As a starting point, the following web sites may be useful in locating someone to provide the necessary help:

§  American Association of Pastoral Counselors: http://WWW.AAPC.ORG/

§  American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: http://www.therapistlocator.net

As a condition of employment, employees must agree to notify the President of Amridge University of any criminal statute conviction of a violation occurring in the workplace, no later than five (5) days after the conviction.  Within 30 days after the employee notifies the institution, the employee must have been terminated or have entered into a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides an information and referral Hotline to direct callers to treatment centers in their local communities.  The number is 1.800.662.HELP.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY                                                                       

Amridge University reaffirms the principle that its students, faculty, staff, or campus visitors have a right to be free from sex discrimination in the form of sexual harassment by any member of the academic community in person or through electronic means such as email and the University’s distance learning systems.

Sexual harassment is defined as an attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship or to subject a person to unwanted sexual attention or to punish a refusal to comply or to create a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.  This definition will be interpreted and applied consistent with accepted standards of mature behavior, academic freedom, and the mission of the University.

Sexual harassment in any situation is reprehensible; it is particularly damaging when it exploits the educational dependence and trust between students and the faculty.  When the authority and power inherent in faculty relationships with students, whether overtly, implicitly, or through misinterpretation, are abused in this way, there is potentially great damage to individual students, to the persons complained of, and to the educational climate of the University.  Faculty members and other individuals in positions of authority should be sensitive to these issues and the conflicts of interest that are inherent where personal, professional, and educational relationships are involved.

Individuals who believe they have been sexually harassed may obtain redress through the established informal and formal procedures of the University.  Complaints about sexual harassment will be responded to promptly.  The right to confidentiality of all members of the academic community will be respected in both informal and formal procedures, insofar as possible.  This policy explicitly prohibits retaliation against individuals for bringing complaints of sexual harassment.  Formal procedures will not be initiated without a written signed complaint.  An individual found to be guilty of sexual harassment is subject to disciplinary action for violations of this policy, consistent with existing procedures.

The Amridge University institutional contact for additional information on sexual harassment policy, including filing a sexual harassment complaint, is Ms. Barbara Turner.  Ms. Turner may be contacted by telephone at 800.351.4040, extension 7550.

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Amridge University affords students with disabilities equal opportunity to attend its educational programs.  Students with disabilities should register with the Amridge University ADACOORDINATOR@AMRIDGEUNIVERSITY.EDU in order to receive academic accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).  Reasonable accommodations are provided to students who furnish the University with appropriate documentation showing evidence of limitation arising from or related to one or more disabilities as defined by the federal legislation noted above.

PHYSICAL AND LEARNING DISABILITIES

Documentation showing evidence of a limitation or limitations arising from a disability must be provided by qualified practitioners.    In order to ensure that Amridge is receiving accurate information that will best assist it in providing the accommodations necessary for its students to succeed, a certification from a licensed physician will generally be required to support the necessity of an accommodation although certifications from other health care providers (mental and physical) may be accepted at Amridge’s discretion where appropriate for the particular limitation.  The professional may not be related to the student.  The student must use the “AUTHORIZATION FOR DISCLOSURE AND RELEASE OF MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM” available on the University’s web site:

1.    The initial submitted documentation must have been issued within the preceding twelve months.  An updated accommodation request must be submitted annually and the supporting documentation must be resubmitted at least as often as the duration of the impairment listed on the initial submission and/or every two years, whichever period is shorter.  Amridge reserves the right to request additional certifications based on the student’s specific request for accommodation, a lapse in the student’s studies or other change in condition.

2.    Documentation should include a clear statement of the present limitations arising from or directly related to one or more physical or mental impairments;

3.    Documentation should include clear and specific evidence provided by the examiner, based on testing data, so that limitations affecting learning donot exist.  The assessment battery should be comprehensive and any diagnosis that is based on testing should not normally rely on any one test or subtest;

4.    Documentation should include information relevant to assessing the limitation affecting learning and other information relating to the student’s needs; and

5.    Documentation may include suggestions of reasonable accommodations which might be appropriate at the post-secondary level.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH PHYSICAL OR LEARNING DISABILITIES

The academic accommodations students receive vary according to individual need and course content.  Accommodations may not be necessary in all courses.  Services are provided in order that barriers to learning are minimized and that students may demonstrate their full ability to both understand and apply the material presented in class.

Procedure for Students to Obtain Needed Accommodations:

1.    The student will provide appropriate documentation to the ADA Coordinator before the semester begins or as soon as possible thereafter.  If the limiting condition is ongoing, the documentation must be updated at least every two years or more frequently if a shorter duration is indicated on the initial submission and/or other factors warrant a shorter period.

2.    Except for the unusual circumstance in which the student does not until later in the semester discover that an accommodation is needed, the student will advise the professor before the 4th class day that he or she is in the process of requesting accommodations through the ADA Coordinator.

3.    The ADA Coordinator will review submitted documentation and refer to the ADA Accommodations Review Committee as necessary.  The Committee is composed of the ADA Coordinator, faculty, and staff as appropriate to the specific request.

4.    The ADA Coordinator will contact faculty and staff members who will be involved in providing approved accommodations.

5.    The student will be advised, in writing, of the accommodations to be provided.

6.    The student will update the ADA Coordinator if schedule changes occur after accommodations have been approved for specific courses, semesters, or activities.  The Amridge University ADA Coordinator is:

 

The ADA Coordinator

Amridge University

1200 Taylor Road

Montgomery, AL  36117

Telephone:  800.351.4040 extension 7510

Email:  ADACoordinator@amridgeuniversity.edu

 

7.    The student will update the ADA Coordinator if his or her condition improves or worsens such that reduced or additional accommodations should be considered.

 

AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRIVACY POLICY

 

AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY TERMS AND USE

 

CODE OF CONDUCT APPENDIX – ACCEPTABLE USE OF THE UNIVERSITY NETWORK, INTERNET, ONLINE COURSE SYSTEM, AND EMAIL

 

As a leader in distance learning initiatives, Amridge University has established a comprehensive, state-of-the-art network and distance learning portal linked to the World-Wide Web (Internet).  Through these systems (hereafter referred to as the Intranet), University faculty and personnel are able to conduct education and business services directly linked to the purposes and mission of the University.  The Intranet is intended to support the University’s mission of teaching, scholarly activity and service for its employees and students.

The University has implemented this code of conduct in order to make its employees and students aware of what is and is not allowed in the use of its Intranet, email systems and network.  The purpose of this policy is also to ensure that the Intranet, email systems and network are used in a way which is beneficial to all of the University’s employees and students and which protects the good name of the University. 

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting millions of computers all over the world with millions of individual subscribers.  This access can also include the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of an institution of higher education, and more especially in connection with an institution such as the University which has been built upon Christian values and beliefs.  As a result, Intranet users at the University are required and permitted to use this system solely for University business purposes in a manner that supports the efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the system resources.  Any University employee or student who violates any of the provisions of this policy may be subject to loss of Intranet and computer privileges and may, at the University’s sole discretion, be subject to other disciplinary actions that may include either termination of employment or expulsion.

1.    Acceptable Use— The use of the Intranet must be in furtherance of the University’s business and of its educational and academic activities or research .  The Intranet may only be accessed and used by authorized users who have been granted access for reasons consistent with the mission of the University and consistent with this policy. The use of the Intranet to play games or to transmit any material in violation of any federal or state statute, rule or regulation is strictly prohibited and includes, but is not limited to, threatening, defamatory or obscene material, material protected by trade secret and the unauthorized use of the materials of other persons.  Employees and students must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the systems and related resources and observe relevant laws and regulations. 

2.    Privileges— The use of the University’s Intranet, email systems, and network is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate or unauthorized use can result in a termination of those privileges.  All employees and students should be aware that the use of University computers, computers connected to the Intranet, email systems and network are constantly monitored by University system administrators.  Use of University computers and computers connected to the Intranet, email systems and network by employees or students for personal reasons during work hours is strictly forbidden.  If an employee wishes to use University computers or computers connected to the Intranet, email systems, and network for personal reasons after working hours, the employee shall obtain written permission from the system operator and the Business Office.  Based upon the acceptable use guidelines outlined within these provisions, the system administrators, in coordination with the administration of the University, will review and decide, in their sole and absolute discretion, what constitutes an inappropriate use of the network and the administration shall, in such event, take such action as it deems appropriate and necessary.   The system administrators or University administration may suspend or close a student’s or employee’s account at any time.  Such user shall be notified in writing within two (2) days of such closure setting forth the reason(s) for such suspension or closure of his/her account.  All users must remain in good standing with the University (e.g., currently enrolled students in good academic standing, current employees, etc.).  Any user whose accounts are suspended or closed may:    

a.    Request (in writing) a written statement justifying such actions from the system administrator(s). 

b.    Request a hearing through appropriate University due process procedures.

In accordance with the provisions of this policy, employees and students shall not maintain personal data, information, or files on University computers or access such information through University computers or computers connected to the Intranet, email systems, or network.  Furthermore, the University is not responsible for the loss of any such personal data, information, or files nor for the confidentiality or integrity of such personal data, information, or files.

Violation of this policy may result in immediate disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, immediate termination of employment or expulsion at the sole discretion of the University.

3.    Netiquette—Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of Intranet etiquette.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:

a.    Be polite; do not write or send abusive messages to others.

b.    Use appropriate language; do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate or offensive language.

c.    Do not reveal your account name and password to others.

Note that electronic mail (email) is not guaranteed to be private.  Users are specifically advised that system administrators and staff who operate the system have unrestricted access to all employees’ and students’ email at all times.  Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.  Users may not use the Intranet in a manner  that disrupts the use of the Intranet by other users (e.g. downloading large files during prime time; sending mass email messages; annoying other users using the talk or write functions).

4.    Reliability—The University makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing or for any related services provided by contract service providers.  The University will not be responsible for any damages employees or students incur from use of the Intranet, including, but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by negligence or other errors or omissions of either University employees, its independent contractors or third parties.

5.    Security— Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users.  If an employee or student believes he or she has identified a security problem on the Intranet, he or she should notify a system administrator to help identify and resolve any associated problems.  Students and employees should not give their passwords to any other individual.  Attempts to enable any unauthorized person to log on to the system may result in termination of user privileges.  Attempts by non-systems administrators to log into the system as a system administrator or other system staff will result in termination of user privileges.  Any user identified as a security risk or who has a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the system and may be subject to other disciplinary actions that could include termination of employment or expulsion, at the sole discretion of the University.

6.    Vandalism—Vandalism may result in termination of privileges and other disciplinary actions that could include termination of employment or expulsion.  Vandalism is defined as any attempt to damage or destroy data of another user, the Intranet, or other networks that are connected to the system or the Internet including, but not limited to, knowingly uploading or creating computer viruses or changing the settings or operating environment of the system’s servers used to access the Intranet.  The unauthorized copying or downloading of University purchased or developed software, videos, or audio and other proprietary computer data and files are strictly prohibited.

CAREER SERVICES CENTER

Amridge University does not discriminate in admitting students, providing student services or the administration of its degree programs on the basis of religion, creed, ancestry, belief, age, gender or veteran status except where necessitated by specific religious tenets held by the institution.  Amridge University’s Career Services division will post positions on the Amridge University Career Services website to assist students and alumni in their efforts to seek employment. 

Amridge University does not endorse or recommend jobs or employers on the Career Services job posting web pages.  Jobs postings are provided for students and alumni as a service.  Students and alumni should take responsibility for all necessary precautions when interviewing for, or accepting any position.

Amridge University’s Career Services Center website contains links to other websites as a convenience for its users and does not endorse or take responsibility for the contents of linked sites.  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES

Policies and Standards for Amridge University Social Media

The Social Media networks of Amridge University are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare.  These networks offer exciting opportunities for Amridge University’s students, staff, instructors, and alumni to share content with people who have similar interests.

When participating in these types of social media networks is important to be honest about who you are and what you represent.  It is important to use common sense before you post, tweet or comment.  Most importantly it is imperative that you respect the values and etiquette of communities you join.

Amridge University Social Media Policy

Posts, tweets, and content specifically added by administrators of the Amridge University  social media outlets  are officially Amridge University content. Opinions expressed by other social media outlets and users do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Amridge University. User-provided content is not screened or evaluated during the submission process.

Amridge University reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to screen and remove any content it deems inappropriate. This includes commercial content whose primary purpose is to sell a product, a service or other such practices via the Amridge University outlet, as well as content that harasses, abuses, threatens, posts contains profanity or hate speech, is offensive or in any way violates the rights of others. Personal attacks on others, students, administrators and staff members are prohibited. Although it may screen and remove content, Amridge University is not responsible for the content posted by others on Amridge University’s social media outlets. Amridge University also reserves the right to remove posts containing any and all vulgar and abusive language as well as any links.

In addition, Amridge University upholds the Terms of Service standards administered by Facebook: [http:/www.facebook.com/terms.php], Twitter:[https://twitter.com/tos],YouTube:[http://www.youtube.com/t/terms] and Foursquare [https://foursquare.com/legal/terms]. Further, users are expected to abide by applicable laws, regulations, rules and policies including the Amridge University Academic Catalog and other regulations and policies concerning public communications.

We encourage users to report content that violates Facebook’s, Twitter’s, YouTube’s and Foursquare’s respective Codes of Conduct by using  the official procedures within the Terms of Service of each of the respective social media outlets.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your social media site, please consult the Student Affairs Office at cc@amridgeuniversity.edu.

Due to the evolving nature of social media, these policies and guidelines are subject to revision by the Policy Review Team of Amridge University.

 

About the Amridge University Social Media Sites

§  The officially-recognized Amridge University social media sites are the only official sites recognized by Amridge University.  The Amridge University Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare sites are supervised by the Student Affairs Office of Amridge University.  Comments and requests can be forwarded to cc@amridgeuniversity.edu.

§  Unofficial social media pages, tweets and content using the university name and/or logo as an official university page/site are NOT allowed. Pages/sites may be reported to the appropriate social media outlet for removal.

§  Amridge University logos and/or visual identity cannot be used on personal or departmental social media sites without university permission.

 

Best Practices for Using Social Media

Be accurate. Make sure that you have all the facts before you comment, tweet or post. It’s better to verify information with a source first than to have to post a correction or retraction later. Cite and link to your sources whenever possible; after all, that’s how you build community.

§  Be clear about what your objectives are and who your audience is for your particular social media page.

§  In the web world, it actually does more harm to do something halfway than to not do it at all. Be consistent. Keep content fresh and dynamic to keep people coming back to your site.

§  Absolutely no profanity, vulgar language or offensive comments concerning any individuals will be tolerated.

§  Add http:// before all websites in all URLs so the link is automatically hyperlinked and only one click away.

§  Do not include or delete profanity or offensive comments in your submissions. At the same time, respond to any negative or inaccurate comments about Amridge University by providing accurate information in a positive way. It is NOT appropriate to delete comments because you disagree. 

The whole concept of social media is to engage people in conversation. Encourage comments.

STANDARD APPEALS/GRIEVANCE PROCESS

It is the policy of this University that all student complaints and complaints from members of the public which can be resolved informally, be done so.  Therefore, a student or member of the public who has a complaint (not involving sexual harassment) should first attempt to resolve the complaint with the student’s instructor.  If the complaint is not resolved informally, then the student having the complaint may submit to the Amridge University Appeals Committee a formal, written appeal or grievance (hereafter referred to as Appeal) within thirty (30) calendar days of the occurrence which the appeal is about, or of the date on which the Appellant first knew or reasonably should have known of the occurrence or act complained of. 

Untimely and incomplete appeals will not be considered.  Appeals are to be submitted using the official University Electronic Appeal Form accessible via the Amridge University web site.  Appeals sent in any other format will not be considered.  Also, after submitting this Appeal/Grievance electronically via the Amridge University web site, supporting documentation must be sent on the same date to the Appeals Committee via a separate email addressed to appealscommittee@amridgeuniversity.edu or through the United States Postal Service, to Amridge University, ATTN: Appeals Committee, 1200 Taylor Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36117.  The Appellant must include their name, student ID number and the date of the appeal in any supporting documentation correspondence.

Appeals may concern any form of illegal discrimination (based upon race, color, gender, national origin, disability, or perceived disability in accordance with the University’s non-discrimination policy), violation of University rules or regulations, matters interfering with a professional environment conducive to learning, student suspension or expulsion, and denials of student admission to the University, the University schools, or the University degree programs. 

Students who wish to appeal Financial Aid Suspension must document the following information using the online appeals form: 1) Reason for failure to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards, 2) Reason that events have changed that will allow the achievement of the standards next semester. 

If this information is not filled out using the online appeals form, the appeal cannot be considered. 

Upon receipt of an Appeal, the Appeals Committee Chairperson or his/her designess shall promptly review the Appeal to determine it’s disposition.  If the Appeals Committee Chairperson or his/her designee determines that the Appeal is of a nature that there should be imposed an interim resolution pending the outcome of the appeals procedure, then he or she may impose an interim resolution of the matter.  The interim resolution may include temporary admission or suspension of a student, temporarily barring a student from using University property, participating in University programs or activities, or other temporary action designed to ensure a safe and non-disruptive environment.  Any such temporary resolution shall not be construed as punitive, disciplinary, conclusive, or indicative of guilt or other wrongdoing unless the Appeals Committee Chairperson or his/her designee explicitly states to the contrary.

The Appeal will be investigated by the Appeals Committee Chairperson or his/her designee according to standardized investigation procedure(s), or alternative procedure(s), issued and from time to time amended by the Appeals Committee or the President.  The investigation procedure(s) shall include: (1) a factual investigation of the Appeal allegations in light of the applicable statute, rule, regulation, or policy, with the investigation including, but not necessarily being limited to, interviews of the Appellant and any designated respondent to the Appeal; (2) a preliminary report by the investigator(s) as to whether or not there is substantial evidence to support the Appeal; (3) if deemed appropriate, a written recommendation as to how the Appeal should be ultimately resolved; and (4) a recommendation as to how the Appeal should be further processed according to applicable procedures, including whether or not a hearing should be conducted.  The non-binding recommendation and pertinent information shall then be presented to the Appeals Committee for action within fifteen (15) calendar days of receipt by the Appeals Committee.  A hearing shall be conducted if:  (a) the investigator so recommends and the Appellant so requests; (b) the Appeals Committee Chairperson or his/her designee so directs; or (c) the Appellant requests a hearing and the Appeal concerns a denial of admission, student expulsion, or suspension of more than ten (10) calendar days. The Appellant may not be represented by legal counsel at the hearing. The hearing shall be conducted, according to hearing procedures issued, and from time to time amended by the President, before the Appeals Committee.  The Appeals Committee shall review the investigation report and recommendation put forth by the Appeals Committee Chairperson or his/her designee and either concur with the recommendation or make an alternate decision.  Once approved by the Appeals Committee, the Appeals Committee Chairperson or his/her designee shall notify the Appellant in writing of the Appeals Committee decision within fifteen (15) calendar days of said decision.

If the Appellant disagrees with the decision of the Appeals Committee, then he or she may appeal the decision to the Amridge University Executive Leadership Team (ELT).  The Appeal shall be submitted in writing, within fifteen (15) calendar days of receipt of the Appeals Committee decision, indicating why the Appellant disagrees with the decision.  The written Appeal shall be sent to the ELT in one of the following manners:

§  By email (preferred) to:  ELTAppeals@amridgeuniversity.edu

§  By fax:  334.387.3878

§  By U.S. Postal Service or hand delivery:

Attn:  ELT
Amridge University
1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

The ELT will meet and make a decision on the Appeal within fifteen (15) calendar days of receipt.  The Appellant shall not have right to a hearing or to otherwise participate in the deliberations of the ELT.  The ELT chairperson will designate a member of the Team to notify the Appellant in writing of the Team decision within fifteen (15) calendar days of said decision.  The decision of the Team is final and non-appealable.

If the Appellant complains of, asserts the existence of, or indicates the possibility of sexual harassment violative of law or University policy or standards of conduct, then the Appeals Committee Chairperson or his/her designee may at his or her discretion, determine that the matter will not be resolved through the above-stated appeal procedures, but will instead be reasonably, appropriately, and promptly investigated and resolved by the University pursuant to such process as the Appeals Committee Chairperson or his/her designee determines in accordance with the University’s objective of maintaining a work and educational environment free from sexual harassment.

Special Note for students living in the State of TennesseeIf a complaint is not settled at the institutional level, the student may contact the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN 37243-0830.  Telephone:  615.741.5293.  This includes Standard Appeals/ Grievance and Fast Track Appeals.

Appeals associated with unofficial withdrawals shall be made in accordance with the timelines and procedures specified under the subsection Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid in Section 7 – Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid of this edition of the Amridge University Academic Catalog.

STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Amridge University recognizes the importance of student input in the university’s decision-making process; therefore, the administration requests student volunteers for membership in the Student Advisory Committee.  This Committee meets on a regular term basis and is reorganized on a yearly basis.  A student does not have to be on campus to be a member of the Committee nor to participate in the meetings.

Concerns, recommendations, and requests are presented directly from the Committee to the appropriate university area, i.e., deans, problem Committee, etc.  Feedback will be provided on each item submitted by the Committee.  The Chairman of the Student Services Team serves as advisor to this Committee.  Students who are willing to serve as volunteers should send an email to studentadvisorycommittee@amridgeuniversity.edu early in the semester.  Members of the Committee will be appointed by the Student Services Team with recommendations from the deans of the four academic schools.  The Chairperson of the Student Advisory Committee will serve as a member of the Student Services Team.

STUDENT PROBLEMS COMMITTEE

The mission of the Student Problems Committee (SPC) is to address and quickly resolve any issue, concern, or problem identified by an Amridge University student.  The Committee will not only resolve the easy and difficult issues as they occur on a day-to-day basis, but will also assist the university in setting up guidelines that will hopefully remedy the major course issues, faculty issues, etc., that may not be resolved in one day.  Through the SPC, the Amridge University student has an avenue to express concerns, submit problems, and provide suggestions regarding any aspect of the university.  The student initiates the process by emailing the problem or concern to problems@amridgeuniversity.edu or, through Blackboard to onlinecourses@amridgeuniversity.edu.  The point person for the Committee checks for incoming emails throughout the day and has the responsibility of informing the student, faculty member, etc., through separate emails of a course of action that will be followed; and when a resolution is confirmed, he or she notifies all parties involved.

 

BOOKSTORE

Unlike many colleges and universities, Amridge University does not have a bookstore where college textbooks are sold at significant prices above cost.  Instead, the University has partnered with MBS Direct, the nation’s leading college and university virtual bookstore.  MBS Direct is a comprehensive virtual bookstore where Amridge University students can buy textbooks, track orders, sell their used textbooks, and even purchase computer software at discounted prices.  Students can access the Amridge University textbook list by going to the MBS Direct web site at:

http://www.mbsdirect.net/index.htm

or by telephone in the United States at 800.325.3252 or internationally at 573.447.9179. 

Students with specific questions about Amridge University course textbooks that cannot be answered by visiting the MBS Direct web site may contact Mr. Terence Sheridan at Amridge University by telephone at: 800.351.4040, extension 7541; or by email:

textbooks@amridgeuniversity.edu.

 

AGREEMENT OF BINDING ARBITRATION AND WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL, CERTAIN DAMAGES AND CLASS ACTIONS

The following agreement will be included in all Amridge University enrollment agreements:

The purpose of these provisions is to require that any dispute related to the student’s enrollment, education or training will be submitted to binding arbitration, that damages are limited and that the student has no right to a trial by jury or to file a class action related to any dispute.

If any time during the term of this Agreement and/or the enrollment of the student any dispute, claim, controversy, protest or disagreement shall arise upon or in respect of this Agreement or the enrollment, education or training of the student, no matter how described, pleaded or styled, including, but not limited to, any claim of fraud, any dispute, claim, controversy, protest or disagreement regarding the meaning and construction of this Agreement, the execution hereof, or any breach or alleged breach by either party hereto or any claim for damages, stay of action or otherwise, shall arise in respect hereof or in the relationship of the parties hereto, every such dispute, claim, controversy, protest and disagreement shall, upon request by either party hereto, be referred to a single arbiter agreed upon by the parties, or if no single arbiter can be agreed upon, an arbiter or arbiters shall be selected in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) and all such disputes, differences or disagreements shall be settled by arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act conducted under the then prevailing Commercial Rules of the AAA in Montgomery County, Alabama in the parties’ individual capacity and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class or representative proceeding or as a class claim, consolidation or claim joinder.  Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbiter shall be final and binding upon the parties hereto and may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.  In the event there is any dispute, difference or disagreement regarding whether any matter arising out of this Agreement or the enrollment, education or training of the student should be submitted to arbitration, such dispute, difference or disagreement shall, upon request by either party hereto, be submitted to arbitration as provided herein.  The parties hereto shall be equally responsible for the expenses associated with such arbitration and shall each be responsible for their separate attorney’s fees. This Agreement shall be valid and binding for a term of ten (10) years after its execution by the student.

THE STUDENT HEREBY KNOWINGLY, VOLUNTARILY AND INTENTIONALLY WAIVES THE RIGHT HE OR SHE MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO RECOVER EXEMPLARY DAMAGES IN RESPECT TO ANY LITIGATION BASED ON THIS AGREEMENT, THE ENROLLMENT, EDUCATION OR TRAINING OF THE STUDENT, OR ARISING OUT OF, UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY COURSE OF DEALING, STATEMENTS (WHETHER VERBAL OR WRITTEN) OR ACTIONS OF ANY REPRESENTATIVE OF AMRIDGE OR THE STUDENT.  THIS WAIVER OF TRIAL BY JURY PROVISION IS A MATERIAL INDUCEMENT FOR AMRIDGE TO PERMIT THE ENROLLMENT OF THE STUDENT.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 

The following is the University’s policy regarding intellectual property. 

Employees.  University employees shall be entitled to all profits earned from copyrighted or trademarked materials or patented inventions developed exclusively on the employee’s time and without the use of any University funds, materials, facilities, property, time, or resources.

 Absent the University’s written agreement to the contrary, an employee does not have the right to trademark or copyright any literary material and to patent any inventions where his or her duties or responsibilities of the employment with the University charges the employee with, or includes, the duty of producing material for the University to copyright or trademark, or to develop an invention for the University to patent.

Copyrighted or trademarked material or patented inventions developed totally or partially on University time with the use of University materials or facilities or with University funding shall be owned by the University.

The development by an Amridge University faculty member or other University employee of an instructional text, other instructional resources, technology, or other item subject to copyright, patent, or trademark either (1) entirely on the University’s time and expense or (2) partially on his or her own time and expense and partially on University time using college resources (materials, supplies, facilities, workplace, or other resources) results in the complete and exclusive ownership by the University of all resulting copyrights and/or patents (or trademarks) pertaining to the instructional text, resource, or technology developed.

Under certain circumstances, however, the University may, in the President’s discretion, by written contract distribute a portion of the royalties received from the publication and/or sale and/or use of the instructional text or other instructional resources or technology in a manner that is reasonable and that will not conflict with applicable state or federal laws, other University policies, or pre-existing contractual obligation.  The following conditions must be met:

1.    Absent approval of the Board of Regents, any such distribution of royalties received made to the employee must be made solely from the proceeds derived from the publication, sale, or distribution of the instructional text or other instructional resources or technology, and not from any other funds.

2.    In determining the portion of any royalties to be received by an employee, the President shall take into account, among other factors he or she deems relevant, the verifiable amount of an employee’s personal time, resources, and funds which will be reasonably and necessarily used in the development of the instructional text or other instructional resources or technology, as compared to the verifiable total amount of all (personal and on-the-job) time, resources, and funds to be devoted to the development of the instructional text or other instructional resources or technology.

3.    Any agreement between the University and the employee for any such distribution of royalties must be prospective, occurring prior to the development of the instructional text or other instructional resources or technology, and must be approved and mutually agreed to in writing by the President and employee.  No royalties shall be distributed to the employee absent a written agreement between the President and the employee.  No oral statement of any nature or content whatsoever, shall obligate the University to distribute a portion of royalties to the employee.

The President may, when he or she deems advisable for the welfare of the institution, establish an agreement regarding intellectual property rights with an employee having terms at variance with the above-stated general policy, and do so by means of a section within an employee’s written contract of employment.  In such instances any terms of the written employment contract that conflict with the above-stated general policy shall prevail over the general policy.

Contractors.  The President may, on behalf of the University, enter into agreements regarding intellectual property rights and/or the distribution of royalties with governmental authorities, donors, potential grantors, contractors, subcontractors, grantees, sub grantees, and/or grant applicants as he or she deems necessary or appropriate.

Students.  Students participating in a work-study program, internship, part-time employment, stipend (financial benefit) program, AmeriCorp program, or who are otherwise employed by, working for, or financially compensated by the University or governmental entity because of or in connection with their relationship to the University shall be subject to the same policy as is set forth above for regular University employees.

By applying for admission to Amridge University each student consents and agrees to be bound by the University’s rules and policies, including this paragraph, regarding intellectual property rights and academic integrity, University efforts to prevent academic plagiarism and other acts of academic dishonesty.  By applying for admission and enrolling in one or more University courses, each student agrees that:  (1) Amridge University, and each of its instructors, may utilize electronic means to help prevent plagiarism; (2) such means may include subjecting student papers and/or other assignments to textual similarity review processes (comparing Amridge University papers to pre-existing works); and adding Amridge University student papers to external databases used by companies and cooperative ventures designed to assist educational institutions in identifying plagiarism.  Furthermore, in return for the privilege of being admitted to enrollment at Amridge University, student consents to the release of his or her student papers and grants to Amridge University all non-exclusive intellectual property rights to all his or her assignment-related works sufficient for Amridge University to fully participate in and utilize textual similarity review function processes and products as to student’s works and for the student’s works to be added to the utilized textual similarity review database and/or be disclosed to representatives of other participating educational institutions.

Besides the limited, non-exclusive grant of intellectual property rights described above (or as may otherwise be individually agreed to in writing by individual students and Amridge University’s President) students shall retain all other intellectual property rights they may have in their own individually authored assignment-related works.


Section 9:  Amridge University Distance Learning Program

This section includes important information on the approach and configuration of distance learning programs and services offered by Amridge University.  Exceptions may be noted in the respective sections for a specific school within Amridge University, noted in later editions of this publication, and/or published addenda (paper- and web-based) [Version 2.2012-2013, Effective 2.24.2013].


CHARACTERISTICS OF AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES

 

THE LENGTH OF AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY COURSES

The majority of the courses at Amridge University operate on a traditional 15 week semester schedule; however, select courses are offered in an 8 week format, referred to as “B” Term. “B” Term courses typically begin at the start of what is Week 8 of the traditional 15 week semester and end on the same date as the 15 week courses (see the Academic Calendar for specific dates).

Note: whether a course is offered in a 15 week format or 8 week format, the course description, content covered, and student learning outcomes are identical. Furthermore, courses in both formats exhibit the Characteristics of Amridge University Distance Learning Courses.

 

ACADEMIC STANDARDS ARE IDENTICAL TO ON-CAMPUS STANDARDS

§  Applicants must meet all the same qualifications and requirements as on-campus students;

§  Students may register only for the courses which are being taught in the current semester;

§  Distance learning students must follow the same registration and academic procedures as on-campus students;

§  Objectives and assignments for each class session are listed in the syllabus, including dates for exams and deadlines for papers and other projects, and are enforced just as for on-campus students;

§  All courses are set up on a fifteen-week semester;

§  Classroom instruction is not edited and is not "canned."  Distance learning students are called by name in the classroom, and instruction is adjusted to respond to their questions and to meet their needs and special interests.  In some cases students submit video presentations to be dubbed into the class tapes;

§  Students are informed of the instructor's office hours and encouraged to call him or her by toll-free telephone to ask questions, discuss assignments, or make comments.  Students may also write questions or send emails to the instructor or other classmates;

§  Distance learning students have the same schedule, same assignments, and take the same exams at the time as on-campus students;

§  Distance learning students are graded on the same assignments and on the same scale as on-campus students; and

§  Distance learning students are provided the same access to Amridge University Library resources as are those who come to campus. 

STATEMENT ON COPYING AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY CLASS SESSIONS

Copying or other use of Amridge University Distance Learning courses or course materials is strictly prohibited.  Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalty for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of copyrighted motion pictures, video tapes, or laser video discs.  All rights are reserved by Amridge University.  Copyright pending.

STREAMING AND INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES USED

Amridge University uses the latest streaming and interactive technologies for the Internet-based courses with desktop applications integrated with a student/faculty web camera, headphone, and microphone coupled with real broadband Internet connectivity.  With this configuration the student may be seen and heard by the course instructor and other students in the class with similar technologies.  The specific elements of this system include:

§  Real-time video and audio communications

§  Fully interactive classroom

§  View Application from the Professors Perspective

§  Simultaneous sharing of desktop applications (e.g., PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc.) with the instructor and entire class

§  Robust chat

The University recommends the Logitech 350 Headset & Microphone as well as the Logitech QuickCam Express for the Elluminate system.  Other headsets, microphones, and web cameras may work that equal or exceed the respective specifications of the Logitech systems.  Students are responsible for the purchase of the headset and cameras.

Students may not have adequate use and interactivity of the Elluminate system accessed via dial-up or any other system not using cable modem or DSL – for this reason, the University strongly encourages all students to use either a cable modem or DSL for Internet access of the Amridge University online course systems.

COURSE DELIVERY FORMATS AND COURSE DELIVERY OPTIONS

Amridge University has several course formats of instruction.  These formats are: (1) text only courses; (2) resident face-to-face teacher and students on campus courses; (3) live web interaction between students and a teacher from various locations throughout the world courses; (4) text with taped video archive courses; and (5) text with interactive business applications and research programs courses. 

Regardless of the course format, all courses taught at the University are made available through Amridge University’s web site and its online Blackboard web course delivery program.  Students are required to use the online Blackboard course program, and every course is delivered over the internet.  All courses will not be the same, but they all will contain a variety of the listed items: (1) a syllabus with course policies, grading, assignments, etc.; (2) class text lectures; (3) course textual materials; (4) archived class videos; (5) interactive business applications and research applications, etc.; (6) course tests; (7) course discussion board; (8) course online library (8 million books) with student Research Log requirements; and (9) student and teacher course text communication by email or through the Blackboard digital drop box.

COURSE DELIVERY FORMATS

§  IO — Internet Only

Courses are taught over the internet using a detailed syllabus with course policies, assignments, grading guidelines, written lectures, interactive business and research applications, online library search (15 to 20 million books and some 150,000 journals) and research log, course materials, tests, etc. This class is taught by the internet only.

VIDEO ARCHIVES: a majority of the graduate courses contain video archived class sessions, while ninety-five percent of the undergraduate courses do not contain video archived class sessions.

§  RF & LW — Resident On Campus and continued in Resident Live Web Courses

REQUIREMENT 1: The University requires all students to attend this class on the Montgomery and/or Approved Campus at the scheduled times. This course is a Resident Face-to-Face instructor and student participation.  A student may be exempt from this requirement by meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 disability qualifying requirements.

REQUIREMENT 2: The University requires the student to attend not only on campus, but to continue class participation in Resident Live Web class sessions on a one-time, two-time, three-time, bi-weekly, tri-weekly, or weekly basis as defined in the semester schedule.

§  RF — Resident Face-to-Face course only

The University requires the students to attend this class on the Montgomery and/or Approved Campus at the scheduled times.  This course is a face-to-face instructor and student communication and participation only.  This class will be recorded and posted immediately in the online course.  A student may be exempt from this requirement by meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 disability qualifying requirements. 

§  LW — Live Web Residency – or Concomitant Residency

The University requires the student to attend this class in Resident Live Web class sessions on a one-time, two-time, three-time, bi-weekly, tri-weekly, or weekly basis. All course work including the Live Web recordings of the class sessions are made available in the online course. The Live Web classes are identified in the semester schedule.

 

COURSE DELIVERY OPTIONS

All students are responsible for completing all degree delivery requirements to graduate. Students, especially on the graduate level, may be required to complete on campus Resident Face-to-Face or Resident Live Web degree delivery completion requirements. The University provides several convenient options to assist students on a semester by semester basis in the completion of their degree. As a result, these course options will assist a student in satisfying all degree graduation delivery requirements. These course delivery choices are:

§  CHOICE 1 — has three options: Internet Only or Resident Live Web or Resident Face-to-Face

·         IO — OPTION 1: Internet only — student intends to take this class only by the internet.

·         LW — OPTION 2: Resident Live Web – or Concomitant Residency—this live web class facilitates live web collaboration between the teacher and students. These students may be at home, in the work place, or on campus.

·         RF — OPTION 3: Resident face-to-face — this is a live resident face-to-face instructor and student class participation on the Montgomery or Approved campus. This requirement applies to certain graduate degrees. A student may be exempt from this requirement by meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 disability qualifying requirements.

§  CHOICE 2 — has two options: Internet Only or Live Web

·         IO — OPTION 1 — Internet only—student intends to take this class only by the internet.

·         LW — OPTION 2 — Live Web—these live web collaboration class sessions may occur on a one-time, two-time, three-time, bi-weekly, tri-weekly, or weekly basis with students at home, in the work place, or on campus.

INTERNET ACCESS AND CONNECTIVITY

All Amridge University students are required to have regular access to the Internet via a dial-up connection or broadband connection.  As a minimum, the Amridge University distance learning portal may be accessed through a dial-up connection of at least 56Kv90.  Although a dial-up connection will work, Amridge University strongly recommends that a broader-band connection be used such as DSL or cable modem to take full advantage of the Amridge University streamed audio and video used in some of the courses.  Generally, DSL, cable modem, or other broadband services will cost more than dial-up but the quality of the audio and video signals are superior when used with the proper computer system and can significantly enhance the student’s learning experience.

A student’s internet service provider (ISP) plays a key role in a student’s ability to view archived streaming video successfully.  A student with a clean, sustained connection of 120kbps (kilobits per second) or higher via DSL, cable access or satellite, should view streaming video at 80kbps Stream.  A student with a clean, sustained connection of 40kbps or higher should view streaming video at 34kbps Stream. 

INTERNET SPEED TESTS

With the advent of new technology it is of ever-increasing importance to make sure you have a broadband connection.  Amridge University is enabling the “Real Time Classroom” of tomorrow today; you will be able to collaborate with your professor as well as your fellow classmates around the world.  Depending on your degree track you may have access to the “Virtual Desktop” which you could connect to from any other computer that has a broadband connection.  All these technologies will require a broadband internet connection or “high speed”.  If you are not sure of your connection speed you can check your speed at the following address:  http://performance.toast.net/

You may also test your “Upload Speed” at the same site.  True high-speed internet access will have download speeds in excess of 384 kbps (this being the minimum) and upload-speeds of 128k (this also being the minimum).  One speed test will generally give you an idea of the bandwidth.  For a more accurate reading run the test through the week and at different times of the day for an overall average.  If after you have checked your speed and have discovered you do not have adequate bandwidth in order to take advantage of the features that will be available, please look into ordering high-speed internet access today.  If you have any questions about testing your speed feel free to call the Extended Learning Program at 800.351.4040, extension 7551 or 7545.

EMAIL ACCOUNTS

All Amridge University students are required to have a valid and working email address.  It is the student’s responsibility to notify Amridge University when his or her email address changes, within two days of said change.  The notification may be sent via email to:  emailaddresschange@amridgeuniversity.edu.

Please include the student’s full name, student identification number, old email address, and new email address in the message.

CHECKING EMAIL DAILY

Students must check their email account daily for messages from their instructors or other University personnel and make certain that their mail boxes are not full and rejecting incoming messages.

CAUTIONS FOR STUDENTS USING SPAM FILTERS AND SYSTEMS

Please note that as a student you will be receiving emails from the Amridge University Center for Institutional Research (CIR).  Messages that will be sent to you by the CIR include account and password information for your Research Log.  If you have any form of spam filter on your email client (e.g., Outlook, Eudora, etc.), if you have any form of spam protection software on your computer (e.g., Norton, McAfee, etc.), or if your Internet service provider provides special spam protection (e.g., AOL, EarthLink, Comcast, etc.) then you must take special action(s).  If you do not take these special actions you may not receive emails from the CIR and other Amridge University employees who send you email messages related to your courses and your education at Amridge University.  The actions that you should take are as follows:

§  Set your spam filters to allow all email for the domain “amridgeuniversity.edu.”

§  Set your spam filters to allow all email from the domain “cirservices.com.”

§  Set all automated privacy and email gateways to automatically accept email from the two Amridge University domains – Amridge University faculty and staff will not manually complete approved sender lists.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that emails from the University’s domains are permitted to be sent through the respective gateways.  The two Amridge University domains are “amridgeuniversity.edu” and “cirservices.com.”

§  Set your email settings with your ISP provider to accept email messages in HTML and URL addresses.

Two other important steps that should be taken include the following:

§  Notify Amridge University if you change your email address.  The notification may be sent via email to: emailaddresschange@amridgeuniversity.edu   Please include your full name, student identification number, old email address, and new email address in the message.

§  Check your email daily and make certain that your email box is not full.  In many instances, your ISP will simply delete overflowing email messages.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

As a minimum, the following computer requirements are recommended for working through the Amridge University distance learning programs and courses:

§  Operating Systems

·         Windows Operating Systems

o   Windows XP (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java)

o   Windows Vista (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java)

o   Windows Vista (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java)

o   Windows 7 (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java)

o   Windows 7 (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java)

 

·         Hardware for Windows Operating Systems

o   Pentium III 1 GHz processor

o   256 MB available RAM

o   20 MB of available disk space

o   Broadband Internet connection

o   Headset with microphone

 

·         Macintosh Operating Systems and Software

o   OS X 10.5 (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java)

o   OS X 10.6 (64 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java)

o   OS X 10.6 (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java)

o   PC Emulator for Summit Point 2 (for access to archived classes recorded in the Summit Point 2 format)

 

·         Hardware for the Macintosh Operating Systems

o   G4, G5 or Intel processor

o   256 MB available RAM

o   20 MB of available disk space

o   Broadband Internet connection

o   Headset with microphone

 

·         Computer operating systems no longer supported

o   Windows 95

o   Windows 98

o   Windows ME

o   Windows NT

o   Windows 2000

o   Solaris 10 x86

 

 

§  Internet Browsers

·         Internet Browsers for the Windows Operating Systems

o   Internet Explorer 7 or higher

o   Firefox 3.5 or higher                                  

·         Internet Browsers for the Macintosh Operating Systems

o   Safari 4.0 or higher

o   Firefox 3.5 or higher

HARDWARE FOR Collaborate

Amridge University recommends the following hardware for the interactive system:

§  Camera

·         Logitech “QuickCam Express”

·         Logitech “Pro 4000”

·         Creative “WebCam Instant”

§  Hardware

·         The latest version of Java.

§  Headset

·         Logitech “Premium USB Headset 350”

·         Logitech “Extreme PC Gaming Headset”

·         Plantronics “Audio 60”(Enhanced Multimedia Headset)

·         Plantronics “DSP 400” USB Headset

 

REQUIRED COMPUTER SOFTWARE

Amridge University recommends several key computer software packages for student use.  Most of these software packages can be purchased at any computer store and can even be included in the purchase of a new computer.  These recommended computer software packages include the following:

§  Latest edition of Microsoft Office that should include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

§  Latest edition of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Visit the Amridge University web site for a link to the Adobe web site where you can download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

§  Latest edition of Internet Explorer.  Although Netscape web browser will work, we find that Internet Explorer is best for our web site and distance learning portal.

§  Latest edition of RealOne Player.  Visit the Amridge University web site for a link to the RealNetworks web site where you can download a free version of RealOne Player.

KEEPING YOUR COMPUTER IN TOP WORKING ORDER AND OBTAINING AND INSTALLING VENDOR SOFTWARE UPDATES

Because your computer will be a major learning tool, it is important that you keep your computer in good working condition.  Following a few simple practices can help ensure that your computer will be in good working condition so that you can have the best learning experience possible.  As a very minimum, the following recommendations should be considered:

§  Use, and keep updated, virus protection software.

§  If you use DSL or a cable modem, then use a firewall.  There are many inexpensive hardware and software versions of firewalls that will be effective in keeping out unwanted computer intruders.

§  Clean your hard drive regularly and delete unneeded temporary files with “.tmp” extensions.

§  Obtain and install operating system updates regularly.

§  Obtain and install program software updates regularly.

§  Clean your computer screen and keyboard regularly with industry approved cleaners that may be purchased at almost any office supply store.

§  Purchase a computer backup system for your computer and backup your computer files and system regularly.  If you use CDs or tapes for backups, be sure to store them at a safe and secure location.


 

Section 10:  Learning Resource Center Under the Southern Christian University Library

This section includes important information on the Amridge University Learning Resource Center under the Southern Christian University Library that includes library and multimedia services [Version 2.2012-2013, Effective 2.24.2013].


OVERVIEW

Amridge University is committed to developing a theological and professional resource center, which will serve both students and others needing specialized information. Significant progress has been made toward this goal and is continuing to be made in acquisitions, in computer and audio-visual resources, and in services.The Director of the Amridge University Learning Resource Center under the Southern Christian University Library (Learning Resource Center) holds the Master of Library Science degree and specializes in theological research, both through formal coursework and years of experience.

The Learning Resource Center offers the basic research tools in the areas of Bible, theology and human services.The monograph collection is now in excess of 72,000 volumes. In addition, there are over 1238 journal titles in the print collection at the library. Back files of these titles and others are also available, along with the proper indexes to facilitate their use.

The University Learning Resource Center has protocol agreements with a number of institutions, allowing its students full or limited use of their facilities.These agreements allow its students to expand their research process through access to other collections. For a current listing of library agreements contact the Learning Resource Center.

The Learning Resource Center library catalog is available online.  Students may view Amridge University’s holdings and request resources via the Internet. Also, Amridge University has access to several licensed databases from major vendors such as EBSCO, Gale, and Proquest.These databases include abstracts and full texts of many sources, including thousands of journal titles.

The interlibrary loan program supplements local holdings. Amridge University is a member of the American Theological Users Group (ATUG), which allows access to the collections of 130 theological schools through an online data base. This service, along with local holdings and those available through protocol agreements, virtually ensures that Amridge University students will have access to any materials needed for theological research.

The student’s knowledge of these resources comes from formal courses on both the undergraduate and the graduate levels, and may be taught by the Learning Resource Center Director. In addition, Amridge University provides personal reference service and telephone reference service.

Distance Learning students can request resources from the library by telephone or Internet.

MISSON STATEMENT OF THE AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

The Southern Christian University Library of Amridge University is dedicated to the Christian Heritage and Mission of the University. In fulfilling this role, the University Library provides services, resources, facilities, and technology to support academic excellence in teaching, learning, and research in the University’s academic programs. Through support services, the library staff empowers students, faculty, and other patrons to develop skills to effectively use traditional and electronic library services for research, information, study, and general intellectual discourse in academia as well as for lifelong learning.  Also, the library staff strives to organize materials and facilitate research in matters related to the religious heritage of the University.  Finally, while emphasis is placed on the library as a resource for the University community, it is open to the local community and is also open to other colleges and universities through interlibrary lending and cooperative efforts.The University Library endeavors to accomplish this mission by: 

§  Involving faculty in identifying library materials and resources supportive of the curriculum and secure said materials and resources as appropriate.

§  Processing, organizing, and maintaining library materials, making them quickly and easily accessible to patrons.

§  Educating students, faculty, and other patrons on the relative integrity of source materials and the effective use of learning and information resources.

§  Incorporating technological advances into library operations to improve services to campus and extended learning students and faculty.

§  Selecting and training qualified library staff as needed to meet library goals and ensure facilitation of daily operating procedures.

§  Promoting and expecting professional development for full-time library staff.

§  Developing and implementing policies, procedures, and planning consistent with the library and University mission and goals through the use of University focus groups.

§  Promoting and supporting scholarly academic writing resources and publishing outlets among faculty.

HOURS OF OPERATION

The Amridge University Learning Resource Center on campus is open Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM and on Friday from at least 8:00 AM to 12 noon.  Monday and Wednesday’s hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Online services are available to students, faculty, and staff 24-hours a day, seven days a week. There is always at least one librarian available in the Learning Resource Center during normal operating hours.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO AMRIDGE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND FACULTY

Amridge University's library/research support is based upon some 15 to 20 million monographs, and some 150,000 journals in several of the nation's richest research library collections which offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in compatible/similar disciplines that Amridge University is offering or seeking to offer degrees.  Amridge University has contractual arrangements for its students and faculty to the following collections:

University of Alabama at Huntsville:  over 300,000 hard copy books, 600,000 microforms, 500,000 gov docs, 350 premium databases, 50,000 online full-text journals.

strengths: Engineering, Sciences, Liberal Arts, Business, Nursing

Vanderbilt University: nearly 2 million volumes; nearly 25,000 serials/periodicals (OPAC search)

strengths: business/management; education; divinity; law; science & engineering; medicine.

Brigham Young University: approx. 2.5 million volumes (2001/2002) over 18,000 serials/periodicals titles (OPAC search)

strengths: history; education; law; liberal arts;

E-Books:  The library at Amridge University provides access to over 80,000 items in e-book format through the Ebrary Academic Complete collection.  This online collection of academic book titles covers 16 subject areas including: Business and Economics; Computers and IT; Education; Engineering and Technology; History and Political Sciences; Humanities; Interdisciplinary and Area Studies; Language, Literature, and Linguistics; Law, International Relations and Public Policy; Life Sciences; Medical; Nursing and Allied Health; Physical Sciences; Psychology and Social Work; Religion, Philosophy, and Classics; and Sociology and Anthropology.

In addition, Amridge University has contractual arrangements for full-service Library/research support with the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Library.  UAH contractually offers a professional staff of some 7 accredited MLSes and one PhD accessible to Amridge University.  Also, 5 full-time Systems/IT staff is available including a web-site designer, a software engineer, a hardware specialist, a SIRSI specialist, and an electronic services coordinator.  UAH also supports E Reference, Circulation, Reserves, Technical Services, etc.

ONLINE JOURNALS AND SERIALS

Amridge University students and faculty have access to over 40 electronic databases that include hundreds of professional and scholarly journals, serials, and magazines containing thousands of full-text articles available in an Adobe Acrobat and other mainstream file formats that can be downloaded and printed on demand.  These materials arrange by Amridge University degree discipline include:

 

MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION

Academic Search Premier

 

"This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles."

 

ArticleFirst

 

"A multidisciplinary database indexing over 1,600 sources in areas such as business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, and popular culture."

 

Business and Company Resource Center

 

Now called Business Insights: Essentials. 

 

"Business Insights: Essentials combines all of the content formerly found in Business & Company Resource Center with a new interface designed around the research goals and workflows of your diverse business research community. Easily find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports."

 

Business Index ASAP

 

"Perform in-depth research on management issues, economic indicators and business theories and practices, as well as on the activities of companies and industries worldwide. Instant access to academic and business journals with full text and images."

 

Business Source Premier

 

"Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998. Business Source Premier is superior to the competition in full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost."

 

ClasePeriodica

 

"CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities" and "offers access to more than 600,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages."

 

Dissertations

 

The biblographic entries for "all dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members, including all subjects."

 

Ethnic NewsWatch

 

"Ethnic NewsWatch™, the current file, covers 1990 to present and includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives.  The publications offer both national and regional coverage.  Ethnic NewsWatch™ is the only current database devoted to presenting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural publications in one resource.  Coverage begins in 1990 and is updated daily with new content.  Many of the titles are not found in any other aggregated resource."

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

 

"Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research."

 

General Reference Center Gold

 

"A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more."

 

GPO

 

"Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.)."

 

Newspaper Source

 

"Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided."

 

Oxford English Dictionary

 

"The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world."

 

Oxford Reference Online Premium

 

Gateway to Oxford's online reference services.

 

PapersFirst/Proceedings

 

“Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.”

 

ProQuest Psychology

 

"ProQuest Psychology Journals™ provides abstracts and indexing for more than 650 titles, with over 540 titles available in full text. Users get access to charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to psychological research."

 

"Additionally, ProQuest Psychology Journals includes 4,000 full text dissertations representing a range of psychology disciplines including behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial, personality, physiological, psychobiology, psychometrics and social psychology."

 

"ProQuest Psychology Journals encompasses a wide range of topics from leading psychology and psychosomatic publications. In addition to clinical and social psychology, it also provides coverage of related disciplines including genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, social welfare, and more. A number of the titles are heavily cited and have a strong set of ISI impact factors."

 

PsycARTICLES

 

"PsycARTICLES®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It contains more than 153,000 articles from nearly 80 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), its imprint the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to the present and nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1."

 

PsycINFO

 

"The PsycINFO®, database, American Psychological Association’s (APA) renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It contains over 3 million records and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s with one of the highest DOI matching rates in the publishing industry. Journal coverage, which spans from the 1800s to the present, includes international material selected from around 2,500 periodicals in dozens of languages."

 

Regional Business News

 

"This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Click here for a complete title list. Click here for more info."

 

SocINDEX will Fulltext

 

"SocINDEX with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers."

 

WorldCat

 

Patron access to OCLC's online union catalog.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY AND HUMAN JUSTICE

Academic Search Premier

 

"This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles."

 

ArticleFirst

 

"A multidisciplinary database indexing over 1,600 sources in areas such as business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, and popular culture."

 

Britannica Online Academic Edition

 

Includes the online version of the Encylopaedia Brittanica as well as other reference tools.

 

ClasePeriodica

 

"CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities" and "offers access to more than 600,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages."

 

Dissertations

 

The biblographic entries for "all dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members, including all subjects."

 

ERIC

 

"ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966."

 

Ethnic NewsWatch

 

"Ethnic NewsWatch™, the current file, covers 1990 to present and includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives.  The publications offer both national and regional coverage.  Ethnic NewsWatch™ is the only current database devoted to presenting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural publications in one resource.  Coverage begins in 1990 and is updated daily with new content.  Many of the titles are not found in any other aggregated resource."

 

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

 

"This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas."

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

 

"Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research."

 

General Reference Center Gold

 

"A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more."

 

GPO

 

"Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.)."

 

Newspaper Source

 

"Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided."

 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

 

"Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience."

 

Oxford Reference Online Premium

 

Gateway to Oxford's online reference services.

 

PapersFirst/Proceedings

 

Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.

 

ProQuest Psychology

 

"ProQuest Psychology Journals™ provides abstracts and indexing for more than 650 titles, with over 540 titles available in full text. Users get access to charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to psychological research."

 

"Additionally, ProQuest Psychology Journals includes 4,000 full text dissertations representing a range of psychology disciplines including behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial, personality, physiological, psychobiology, psychometrics and social psychology."

 

"ProQuest Psychology Journals encompasses a wide range of topics from leading psychology and psychosomatic publications. In addition to clinical and social psychology, it also provides coverage of related disciplines including genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, social welfare, and more. A number of the titles are heavily cited and have a strong set of ISI impact factors."

 

PsycARTICLES

 

"PsycARTICLES®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It contains more than 153,000 articles from nearly 80 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), its imprint the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to the present and nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1."

 

PsycINFO

 

"The PsycINFO®, database, American Psychological Association’s (APA) renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It contains over 3 million records and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s with one of the highest DOI matching rates in the publishing industry. Journal coverage, which spans from the 1800s to the present, includes international material selected from around 2,500 periodicals in dozens of languages."

 

SocINDEX will Fulltext

 

"SocINDEX with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers."

 

WorldCat

 

Patron access to OCLC's online union catalog.

 

LIBERAL STUDIES

Academic Search Premier

 

"This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles."

 

Annals of American History Online

 

Provides online access to original source documents in American History, with 2,100 entries from 1493 to the present.

 

ArticleFirst

 

"A multidisciplinary database indexing over 1,600 sources in areas such as business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, and popular culture."

 

Britannica Online Academic Edition

 

Includes the online version of the Encylopaedia Brittanica as well as other reference tools.

 

ClasePeriodica

 

"CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities" and "offers access to more than 600,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages."

 

Contemporary Authors/Contemporary Literary Criticism/Dictionary of Literary Biography

 

"Contemporary Authors provides complete biographical and bibliographical information on more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors. Contemporary Literary Criticism--Select collects more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors, with biographical, critical, principal works, and further study information. Dictionary of Literary Biography provides nearly 10,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of influential literary figures from all eras and genres."

 

Dissertations

 

The biblographic entries for "all dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members, including all subjects."

 

ERIC

 

"ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966."

 

Ethnic NewsWatch

 

"Ethnic NewsWatch™, the current file, covers 1990 to present and includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives.  The publications offer both national and regional coverage.  Ethnic NewsWatch™ is the only current database devoted to presenting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural publications in one resource.  Coverage begins in 1990 and is updated daily with new content.  Many of the titles are not found in any other aggregated resource."

 

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

 

"This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas."

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

 

"Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research."

 

General Reference Center Gold

 

"A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more."

 

History Reference Center

 

"History Reference Center offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video."

 

Literature Resource Center

 

"Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available."

 

Literature Resources From Gale

 

"Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across several major Literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews."

 

Newspaper Source

 

"Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided."

 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

 

"Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience."

 

Oxford English Dictionary

 

"The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world."

 

Oxford Reference Online Premium

 

Gateway to Oxford's online reference services.

 

PapersFirst/Proceedings

 

Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.

 

WorldCat

 

Patron access to OCLC's online union catalog.

 

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCE LEADERSHIP/ORGANIZATIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL LEADERSHIP

 

Academic Search Premier

 

"This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles."

 

ArticleFirst

 

"A multidisciplinary database indexing over 1,600 sources in areas such as business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, and popular culture."

 

Britannica Online Academic Edition

 

Includes the online version of the Encylopaedia Brittanica as well as other reference tools.

 

Business and Company Resource Center

 

Now called Business Insights: Essentials. 

 

"Business Insights: Essentials combines all of the content formerly found in Business & Company Resource Center with a new interface designed around the research goals and workflows of your diverse business research community. Easily find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports."

 

Business Index ASAP

 

"Perform in-depth research on management issues, economic indicators and business theories and practices, as well as on the activities of companies and industries worldwide. Instant access to academic and business journals with full text and images."

 

Business Source Premier

 

"Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998. Business Source Premier is superior to the competition in full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost."

 

ClasePeriodica

 

"CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities" and "offers access to more than 600,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages."

 

Dissertations

 

The biblographic entries for "all dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members, including all subjects."

 

ERIC

 

"ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966."

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

 

"Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research."

 

General Reference Center Gold

 

"A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more."

 

Newspaper Source

 

"Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided."

 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

 

"Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience."

 

Oxford English Dictionary

 

"The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world."

 

Oxford Reference Online Premium

 

Gateway to Oxford's online reference services.

 

PapersFirst/Proceedings

 

Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.

 

Professional Development Collection

 

"Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world."

 

ProQuest Psychology

 

"ProQuest Psychology Journals™ provides abstracts and indexing for more than 650 titles, with over 540 titles available in full text. Users get access to charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to psychological research."

 

"Additionally, ProQuest Psychology Journals includes 4,000 full text dissertations representing a range of psychology disciplines including behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial, personality, physiological, psychobiology, psychometrics and social psychology."

 

"ProQuest Psychology Journals encompasses a wide range of topics from leading psychology and psychosomatic publications. In addition to clinical and social psychology, it also provides coverage of related disciplines including genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, social welfare, and more. A number of the titles are heavily cited and have a strong set of ISI impact factors."

 

PsycARTICLES

 

"PsycARTICLES®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It contains more than 153,000 articles from nearly 80 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), its imprint the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to the present and nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1."

 

PsycINFO

 

"The PsycINFO®, database, American Psychological Association’s (APA) renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It contains over 3 million records and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s with one of the highest DOI matching rates in the publishing industry. Journal coverage, which spans from the 1800s to the present, includes international material selected from around 2,500 periodicals in dozens of languages."

 

Regional Business News

 

"This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Click here for a complete title list. Click here for more info."

 

SocINDEX will Fulltext

 

"SocINDEX with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers."

 

WorldCat

 

Patron access to OCLC's online union catalog.

 

BIBLE/MINISTRY, BIBLICAL STUDIES, PASTORAL COUNSELING, MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP, AND PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

Academic Search Premier

 

"This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles."

 

AltHealthWatch

 

"This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. This database features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990."

 

ArticleFirst

 

"A multidisciplinary database indexing over 1,600 sources in areas such as business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, and popular culture."

 

ATLA Religion w/ Serials

 

"ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®) with ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals. The ATLA Religion Database includes more than 620,000 article citations from more than 1,746 journals (575 currently indexed), more than 250,000 essay citations from over 18,000 multi-author works, more than 570,000 book review citations, and a growing number of multimedia citations. In ATLASerials, full text is provided for more than 380,000 electronic articles and book reviews. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association."

 

Biblical Archaeology Society Online Archive

 

Contains the full text of Biblical Archaeology Review and other publications by the Biblical Archaeology Society.

 

ClasePeriodica

 

"CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities" and "offers access to more than 600,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages."

 

Dissertations

 

The biblographic entries for "all dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members, including all subjects."

ERIC

 

"ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966."

 

Ethnic NewsWatch

 

"Ethnic NewsWatch™, the current file, covers 1990 to present and includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives.  The publications offer both national and regional coverage.  Ethnic NewsWatch™ is the only current database devoted to presenting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural publications in one resource.  Coverage begins in 1990 and is updated daily with new content.  Many of the titles are not found in any other aggregated resource."

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

 

"Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research."

 

General Reference Center Gold

 

"A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more."

 

Oxford Reference Online Premium

 

Gateway to Oxford's online reference services.

 

PapersFirst/Proceedings

 

Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.

 

Professional Development Collection

 

"Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world."

 

ProQuest Psychology

 

"ProQuest Psychology Journals™ provides abstracts and indexing for more than 650 titles, with over 540 titles available in full text. Users get access to charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to psychological research."

 

"Additionally, ProQuest Psychology Journals includes 4,000 full text dissertations representing a range of psychology disciplines including behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial, personality, physiological, psychobiology, psychometrics and social psychology."

 

"ProQuest Psychology Journals encompasses a wide range of topics from leading psychology and psychosomatic publications. In addition to clinical and social psychology, it also provides coverage of related disciplines including genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, social welfare, and more. A number of the titles are heavily cited and have a strong set of ISI impact factors."

 

ProQuest Religion

 

"ProQuest Religion is an indispensable resource for religious studies programs and for anyone researching religious issues and perspectives. This resource presently has more than 150 journals, with most of them available with full-text. The content is full-text, scholarly, and designed to meet the needs of both religious studies programs and general library collections."

 

"ProQuest Religion covers formal theological studies and commentary on topics of general interest from the perspectives of many, worldwide religions. In addition, there are many titles from religious publishing bodies and nondenominational organizations."

 

"ProQuest Religion provides an excellent source of religious news and information, informative details on doctrines and philosophies, and scholarly reports on religious history. More full-text journals have been added in related religious studies, such as philosophy, ethics, and international perspectives. Many essential full-text titles cannot be found in any other online database."

 

PsycARTICLES

 

"PsycARTICLES®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It contains more than 153,000 articles from nearly 80 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), its imprint the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to the present and nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1."

 

PsycINFO

 

"The PsycINFO®, database, American Psychological Association’s (APA) renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It contains over 3 million records and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s with one of the highest DOI matching rates in the publishing industry. Journal coverage, which spans from the 1800s to the present, includes international material selected from around 2,500 periodicals in dozens of languages."

 

SocINDEX will Fulltext

 

"SocINDEX with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers."

 

WorldCat

 

Patron access to OCLC's online union catalog.

 

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY/PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

Academic Search Premier

 

"This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles."

 

ArticleFirst

 

"A multidisciplinary database indexing over 1,600 sources in areas such as business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, and popular culture."

 

ClasePeriodica

 

"CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities" and "offers access to more than 600,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages."

 

Contemporary Authors/Contemporary Literary Criticism/Dictionary of Literary Biography

 

"Contemporary Authors provides complete biographical and bibliographical information on more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors. Contemporary Literary Criticism--Select collects more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors, with biographical, critical, principal works, and further study information. Dictionary of Literary Biography provides nearly 10,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of influential literary figures from all eras and genres."

 

Dissertations

 

The biblographic entries for "all dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members, including all subjects."

 

ERIC

 

"ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966."

 

Ethnic NewsWatch

 

"Ethnic NewsWatch™, the current file, covers 1990 to present and includes newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives.  The publications offer both national and regional coverage.  Ethnic NewsWatch™ is the only current database devoted to presenting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural publications in one resource.  Coverage begins in 1990 and is updated daily with new content.  Many of the titles are not found in any other aggregated resource."

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

 

"Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research."

 

General Reference Center Gold

 

"A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more."

 

HealthSource Academic Edition

 

"This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the AHFS Consumer Medication Information, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names."

 

MEDLINE

 

"Corresponds to the print indexes Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing Index.  Includes thousands of records with substantial abstracts."

 

MEDLINE Plus

 

"MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends." Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings "information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues" to the general public.

 

Oxford Reference Online Premium

 

Gateway to Oxford's online reference services.

 

PapersFirst/Proceedings

 

Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.

 

Professional Development Collection

 

"Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world."

 

ProQuest Psychology

 

"ProQuest Psychology Journals™ provides abstracts and indexing for more than 650 titles, with over 540 titles available in full text. Users get access to charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to psychological research."

 

"Additionally, ProQuest Psychology Journals includes 4,000 full text dissertations representing a range of psychology disciplines including behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial, personality, physiological, psychobiology, psychometrics and social psychology."

 

"ProQuest Psychology Journals encompasses a wide range of topics from leading psychology and psychosomatic publications. In addition to clinical and social psychology, it also provides coverage of related disciplines including genetics, psychology of business and economics, communication, criminology, addiction, neurology, social welfare, and more. A number of the titles are heavily cited and have a strong set of ISI impact factors."

 

PsycARTICLES

 

"PsycARTICLES®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It contains more than 153,000 articles from nearly 80 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), its imprint the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to the present and nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1."

 

PsycINFO

 

"The PsycINFO®, database, American Psychological Association’s (APA) renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It contains over 3 million records and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s with one of the highest DOI matching rates in the publishing industry. Journal coverage, which spans from the 1800s to the present, includes international material selected from around 2,500 periodicals in dozens of languages."

 

PubMed

 

"PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites."

 

SocINDEX will Fulltext

 

"SocINDEX with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for over 16,800 conference papers."

 

WorldCat

 

Patron access to OCLC's online union catalog.

 

GUEST POLICY

Members of the community may use the materials in-house at any time the Learning Center is open.  Those who wish to check out materials must pay an annual fee of $30.  If the material requested for circulation is needed in Amridge University courses, the Director of the Resource Center may not allow these items to be checked out, or may limit the number of items allowed.  If a guest has an item needed by the University students or faculty, the Director will notify the guest to return the item as soon as possible.  Guests will be subject to all policies of the Center including overdue fines and charges for lost materials.

CHECK OUT PROCEDURE

Persons checking out items on campus must present an Amridge University student number to the Director.  Those not registered as a student will be required to furnish information such as address and phone number the first time material is checked out of the Center.  Patron privacy is maintained through the use of a secure online circulation system.

LOAN PERIOD

The loan stipulations are specified in the following table:

 

CATEGORY

MAX NUMBER OF ITEMS CHECKED OUT AT ONE TIME

DAYS LENT

RENEWALS (SEE RENEWAL POLICY)

Students

50

90

1

Faculty and Staff

50

90

1

Guests

5

28

1

RENEWAL POLICY

Books may be renewed if they have not been requested by another person.  The renewal may be either by phone or at the circulation desk.  It is beneficial to bring the items into the Center for renewal so that the due date may be changed.

OVERDUE BOOKS

Fines for regular loan items will be $.25 per day per item.  If the fine is not paid when the book is returned, the Center will send a reminder notice of the fine.  If the fine is not paid within two weeks, it will be added to the borrower's account in the Business Office.  Loan privileges for patrons may be suspended or terminated for abuse of circulation privileges.

LOST OR EXTREMELY LATE MATERIAL

Any lost material should be reported promptly.  The cost of the item will be billed $65. 

If an item has not been reported lost, but has not been returned after 28 days of being overdue, no further notices will be sent.  Instead, the item will be declared lost and the appropriate charges will be turned in to the Business Office.

DAMAGED MATERIALS

If a book is returned in a badly damaged condition, it will be treated as a lost item.

AUDIOVISUAL MATERIAL

Please consult with an Amridge University librarian about the availability of items in this collection.

PERIODICALS NOT ONLINE

These are kept in open stacks and are to be used in the Center.  Students are encouraged to make copies of articles needed for outside use.

COMPUTER SERVICES

Computers are available in the Learning Resource Center for accessing both databases and the online catalog as well as for watching classes online and completing coursework.

PHOTOCOPY SERVICE

A copy machine is available in the Learning Resource Center for use by students.  Copies may be made for $.10 each. 

LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER COURTESY

The Learning Resource Center is a quiet zone, and students or anyone entering the Center area including the hall are expected to be considerate of those studying there.  Eating, drinking and smoking are not allowed in the Center.

BUILDING SAFETY AND SECURITY

The Morgan W. Brown building at Amridge University is well-equipped with alarm systems for fire and unauthorized entry.  If a fire alarm is heard, all people must vacate the building until the cause for the alarm is determined.  The fire exit doors are located in both corners of the Learning Resource Center for use in emergency.  Exiting through these doors at any time will activate the alarm.  Sirens are also located nearby which sound in the event of a tornado warning.  If these are heard, all people in the building are expected to go immediately to a safe area until the warning is lifted.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN SERVICES

The Southern Christian University Library at Amridge University houses over 70,000 volumes, as well as journals, and through special agreements with University of Alabama in Huntsville, has access to millions of volumes at institutions such as Brigham-Young University and Vanderbilt University.  General interlibrary loan supplements these agreements and provide an invaluable tool for student research.  While interlibrary loan services are available through UAH, faculty and students should be aware that there is a limit of ten sources per term for interlibrary loan.  Those wishing to request more than specified amount through interlibrary loan should consult the library at Amridge University.  Approval will be granted for special requests on a case-by-case basis.  In such cases, charges may be assessed to offset any fees imposed by lending institutions. 

 

 

 


 

 

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