Jun 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information


Our 101-acre campus is situated precisely in the center of Kentucky, one-half mile from downtown Campbellsville (population 10,500–ninth fastest-growing community in Kentucky), and 40 minutes southeast of Elizabethtown.

Whether it’s quiet, natural surroundings you seek, or the faster pace of city life, our campus is ideally located amid peaceful Kentucky countryside, yet is just one and one-half hours from Louisville and Lexington, and two and one-half hours from Nashville. Campbellsville is located on KY 55/US 68 and can be reached from the north via the Bluegrass Parkway and from the south via the Louie B. Nunn Parkway (formerly Cumberland Parkway).

In addition to the main campus in Campbellsville, the university operates regional centers in Kentucky: The Conover Center in Harrodsburg, The Brockman Center in Hodgenville, the Louisville Education Center East and Louisville Center South, the Larry and Beverly Noe Center in Somerset, the Casey County Educational Center, Clinton County College and Career Center. The university also operates three instructional sites in Elizabethtown and Owensboro, KY and the Los Angeles Education Center in California.


The University began classes in 1907 as the Russell Creek Academy in order to provide secondary/preparatory education for young people preparing for college as well as theological education for laypersons and clergy of the Baptist and other Protestant churches. In 1933, the University gained admission to the Kentucky Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and in 1949 was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as a junior college. In 1963, the University achieved accreditation as a liberal arts senior college and became a full member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. In 1996, with the blessings of SACSCOC, the trustees of the college changed the status of the institution to that of a university, accredited to offer coursework at levels I, II and III of post-secondary education.

Student Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the graduate student to become familiar with the general regulations for graduate study and their appropriate program of study requirements as stated in this bulletin. The graduate student is also responsible for completing all program requirements within the permitted time limit for each graduate program.

Admission to graduate programs does not imply admission to candidacy for a degree. When nine hours have been complete, the student must apply for degree candidacy. Requirements for degree candidacy are nine hours of classes completed at Campbellsville University, no incomplete grades and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Degree candidacy is an opportunity to permit the graduate faculty of a graduate program to review the work of the applicant and determine the capability of the student to complete the program. If the conditions are not met, degree candidacy will be delayed until 15 hours are completed. Students will not be permitted to enroll in classes after 15 hours have been earned if degree candidacy has not been obtained.

Graduate study is typically more research oriented, more specialized and more rigorous than undergraduate work. Therefore, graduate students are expected to show independence toward seeking knowledge and reflect a mature and professional attitude toward scholarly endeavor. Due to the demands of graduate work, students are expected to exercise time management skills and organizational skills enabling them to maintain successful levels of work.

Student Complaint Process

All student complaints or grievances must be submitted in written form. Campbellsville University has implemented an online filing system through PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) technology to help streamline the process and make it more user friendly for students. Students are able to access the grievance form after logging into the Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), known as Tigernet to the campus community. This authenticates the identity of the person filing the complaint. The location of the form also makes it readily accessible to all students including those enrolled online and at off-site locations. Each time new complaints are filed, automatically generated emails inform the students that they will be contacted about their grievance within 30 days. The PHP file will automatically data dump the pertinent information into a complaint log housed on a protected University server accessible only to the Grievance Reporting Committee (GRC). Once the student complaint has been filed, the committee is notified. The GRC consists of a representative from Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Student Services, and Department of Athletics. After the GRC receives an email about the grievance being logged, the committee forwards the information to the appropriate committee, office, or campus employee who handles the particular complaint. Each committee member has a copy of the grievance subcommittee datasheet to help direct the complaint to the appropriate office or committee that has jurisdiction over the grievance. All grievances are handled in accordance with the governing handbooks (Administrative Policy and Procedures Manual, Student Handbook, Undergraduate Catalog, and etc.). After the GRC handles the routing of the grievance, the process outlined in the University materials is followed. This process holds the same for students across the academic enterprise and all modalities. Online, regional center and campus students all have access to the JICS portal and are able to log in and follow the same grievance process. All student grievances are handled in an expeditious and professional manner. The resolution to the complaint is entered in the complaint log.

Degree Application

All candidates for graduation must complete an Application for Graduation through Tigernet at the beginning of the term for which the degree work is to be completed. Please contact the Office of Student Records at 270-789-5233 for questions regarding the Application for Graduation.

Library Resources

The Montgomery Library houses more than 120,000 volumes in its total collection and is extensively connected to a vast quantity of academic resources through specialized Internet research engines. New graduate students should approach the University Librarian, Ms. Kay Alston, related to the acquisition of appropriate passwords. Library loan services are also available as needed. Standard resource instructions may be obtained by visiting the University web site to access the University’s database: http://www.campbellsville.edu.

Computer Access

Each graduate student is encouraged to own or have access to a computer with a personal e-mail address for purposes of communication with faculty and classmates. Research support through the use of computers in the Library, Technology Training Center, or Computer Centers may also be available by appointment.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee rates vary based on student program, instructional method or campus location. Tuition and fees are subject to change; changes become effective on the date of enactment. Graduate students can view current academic rates on the Tuition and Fees page in Tigernet or can consult the Student Accounts staff for additional information.


Applications for student housing should be made as soon as possible before the beginning of any given academic year or semester. Students wishing to live in campus housing should inquire of the Director of Resident Life (270-789-5005), and students wishing to live in University-owned off-campus housing may apply by calling the Office of the Vice President of Finance and Administration (270-789-5304).

Privacy Rights of Students

Campbellsville University is subject to the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This federal law affords students’ rights of access to education records and imposes regulations on the University in the release and disclosure of education records to third parties.

In order to comply with this law, Campbellsville University has formulated and adopted institutional policies and procedures to be followed by the University and by those interested in gaining access to education records. These policies and procedures allow students: the right to inspect substantially all of his/her education records; the right to prevent disclosures of education records to third parties; and the right to request amendment or correction of education records believed to be inaccurate or misleading. These policies are available for inspection and review in the Registrar’s Office.

It is the policy of the University to allow students to inspect and review their education records unless those records contain any of the following:

  1. Information on more than one student;
  2. Financial information on his/her parents; or
  3. Confidential letters and statements of recommendation if the student has waived his/her right to inspect the letters and the letters are related to the student’s admission to the University, application for employment or receipt of honorary recognition.

According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, institutions may release without written consent those records identified as public or directory information for students, current and former.

Directory information includes the following student information: student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major fields of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and most recent educational institution attended.

Under no circumstances shall a member of the faculty disclose an education record which is in his/her possession or control to any person other than the student to whom it pertains. All requests to inspect and review records not within the faculty member’s possession or control and all requests by third parties (including the student’s parents) to inspect and review records shall be referred to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Equal Opportunity

In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Campbellsville University does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its administration of education policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; or employment. Under federal law, the University may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its purposes. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to Director of Personnel Services, Campbellsville University, UPO Box 944, 1 University Drive, Campbellsville, KY 42718.

GI Bill®

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

VA Student’s Academic Progress Steps

  1. Graduate students’ GPA’s will be checked by the School Certifying Official at the end of each semester.
  2. If a Graduate VA student drops below a 3.0 GPA, then the student will be notified by the SCO that they have dropped below a 3.0 GPA and have the next consecutive semester to get their GPA back up to 3.0 or above or their VA certifications will be terminated by the SCO.   Graduate students do not go on academic probation, but will be closely monitored each semester by the SCO.
  3. If the VA graduate student does not bring their GPA back up the following semester to 3.0 or above, then the School Certifying Official will not continue to certify their schedule with VA the following semester.  This will cause a stop in payment for courses thus making the student  liable for the tuition and fees if they choose to continue on in the program.

Sexual Harassment

Campbellsville University is committed to providing its students, faculty, and staff with an environment free from implicit and explicit coercive behavior used to control, influence or affect the well being of any member of the University community. Sexual harassment can include physical conduct or verbal innuendo of a sexual nature which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Sexual harassment of any person is inappropriate and unacceptable, and are grounds for disciplinary action including expulsion. Legal action may be taken against an alleged perpetrator.

Compliance with the Rehabilitation and American Disabilities Acts (ADA)

No qualified individual with a documented disability shall be excluded from participation in, denied benefits or, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any of Campbellsville University’s programs, courses, services and/or activities in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Requests for reasonable accommodations in programs, courses, services and/or activities requires current (i.e. within 3 years) documentation of the disability after acceptance to the University and before registration.

Campbellsville University is committed to reasonable accommodations for students who have documented physical and learning disabilities, as well as medical and emotional conditions. If you have a documented disability or condition of this nature, you may be eligible for disability services. Documentation must be from a licensed professional and current in terms of assessment. Please contact the Coordinator of Disability Services at 270-789-5192 to inquire about services.


According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person with a disability is one who:

  • has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity
  • has a record of history of such impairment, or
  • is regarded as having such an impairment.


The Coordinator of Disability Services will ask for documentation to verify the disability, and if appropriate, will cooperate with instructors and Academic Support services to facilitate and track accommodations and services.

No accommodation will be provided without documentation. In addition, Campbellsville University will be unable to provide accommodations in the classroom if the student does not give permission to notify faculty that accommodations are needed. Information regarding a student’s disability is considered confidential. Information will not be released to anyone without the express written permission of the student.

Reasonable Accommodations

  • Accommodations are provided on an individual basis.
  • Accommodations are provided to support the educational development of students with disabilities.
  • In addition to the academic support services available to all Campbellsville University students, some examples of reasonable accommodations include extended time for tests, administration of oral tests, note-taking assistance, and use of assistive devices such as calculators or computers.

Students Right to Know and Campus Security Act

Campbellsville University complies with the Federal Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act.

Military Withdrawal Policy

This policy is established for Campbellsville University students who may be called to active military duty while a student. The University will assign the grade of W (withdrawal without penalty) for all classes not completed and refund 100% of student out-of-pocket payment for classes in which a grade of W is assigned during the first three-fourth of the semester. The student cost for room, board, and fees will be prorated. If 75% or more of the semester has been completed, the University will allow the student the choice of W’s and follow the refund policy stated above or assign a grade of I (incomplete) and will allow the student to complete these courses within one year of deactivation.

Institutional Refund Policy

Tuition and room/board refunds are calculated on the basis of the student’s official withdrawal date.  The official withdrawal date is the last day of class attendance. Fees are not refundable.  Room & Board is refunded 100% the first week only.  Thereafter, refunds are prorated based on the number of days/weeks the dorm is occupied by the student through week five. Once the withdrawal period is over, any student who withdraws from the University will be held responsible for tuition, fees and room/board charges in full.  Please investigate the financial effects of withdrawal before you make a decision.

Tuition charges are refundable according to the following schedule:

Tuition Refund Table
Withdrawing during this day/week of the term: Number of Weeks in Term
  16 8 4 3 2
  Percentage of Tuition Refund
3rd Day of Class     100% 100% 100%
1st Week 100% 100% 60% 40% 20%
2nd Week 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%
3rd Week 60% 40% 0% 0% 0%
4th Week 40% 20% 0% 0% 0%
5th Week 20% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Thereafter 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

A student’s withdrawal may require that part or all his/her financial aid be repaid. All financial aid that is not federally funded Title IV aid will be refunded at the same percentage as tuition and room/board charges.

All federally funded Title IV financial aid programs are administered according to specific program guidelines and regulations. A student’s eligibility for future federal financial aid can be adversely affected by dropping classes and withdrawing from the University after financial aid funds have been disbursed based on an enrollment status. This is particularly true for the grant programs which have limitations placed upon the number of semesters a student can receive aid. The federal refund policy guidelines can be found in the Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook located in the Office of Financial Aid.

Students should also be aware of the effect that altering their enrollment status may have on their measurable “satisfactory academic progress” status. All students receiving financial aid are advised to seek academic counseling and financial aid advisement before deciding to change their enrollment status. The satisfactory academic progress policy can be found on the Campbellsville University website under Financial Aid.

Dropped Class Policy

There will be no partial refunds for dropped classes. Students who drop individual classes before the published last day to register, “census date,” will receive no grade and a full refund. Classes dropped after this date will receive a grade and no refund. Adding a second eight-week course even after dropping a class may result in additional tuition charges.  When a student drops all his/her classes, he/she has withdrawn and the withdrawal and refund policy is applied.

CU Credit Hour Policy

Academic credit is a measure for the amount of engaged learning time expected of a typical student enrolled not only in traditional classroom settings but also laboratories, studies, internships and other experiential learning, and distance and correspondence education. Campbellsville University defines one academic credit hour using the “Federal Definition of the Credit Hour: A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates:

  1. Not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. Normally, one credit hour associated with a class meeting for 50 minutes per week for an entire semester (or the equivalent 750 semester-minutes, excluding final exams), or
  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined in item 1 above for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practical, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours (that each in-class hour of college work should require two hours of preparation or other outside work).” Or
  3. Hybrid Classes and Distance Education Classes: Academic technology may be used to replace faceto- face class meetings in full or in part (Hybrid). Hybrid courses are those courses offered replacing a portion (less than half) of the traditional face-to-face class instruction with technology as the instructional modality. The remaining communication is face-to-face, similar to traditional classes. An online class is a course offering in which the majority of the instruction occurs when the student and instructor are not in the same place, but it may require synchronous or asynchronous meetings within the given academic term.

A Distance Education Class is a course offering in which communication between faculty and student occurs primarily via academic technology, but it may also include off-site meetings through ITV (interactive televised modality). Credit hours for hybrid and distance education courses are based on equivalent student learning outcomes as courses offered face-to-face. The mode of instruction is normally shown in the university course schedule.

Intellectual Property Policy

University employees and students are encouraged to public, copyright, invent, and patent materials/ objects of their own creation that will contribute to the advancement of knowledge. The University shall encourage this and shall protect the interest of its personnel and students in relation to disclosure of scientific and technological developments, including inventions, discoveries, trade secrets, computer software, and original works and ideas which may have monetary value. The University shall ensure that public and University funds and property are not used for personal gains. The author, creator, or inventor is free to benefit from royalties and monies accruing form such publication or invention subject the following guidelines:

  1. All classes of intellectual property, scientific and technological developments, materials or objects created on the employee’s or students’ own time, and with the use of University facilities, equipment, materials, or support, shall be the sole property of the creator.
  2. Materials or objects created by employees and students at University expense or on University equipment shall be the property of the University. The University, in return for unrestricted license to use and reproduce original work without royalty payment, shall transfer to the creator of that work full ownership of any present or subsequent copyright/patent in accordance with the following paragraph.
  3. In the event that materials or objects are sold to entities outside the University, all income shall go to the University until al developmental expenditures incurred by the University for that project, including stipends paid to the developer I (over and above contract salary), prorated support, salaries, supplies, and other expenses related to the creation of the materials or objects, area recovered. Thereafter, all remunerations as a result of copyright publication or patented sale shall go to the creator(s) of the materials or objects.
  4. The University shall ensure equity and management participation on the part of the inventor or inventors in business entities that utilize technology created at the institution of higher education.
  5. No University employees or student shall realize a profit from materials sold exclusively to Campbellsville University students.
  6. When instructional materials developed by the faculty are sold in the Bookstore for a profit, the publisher of the material must be approved by the Administrative Council.
  7. All projects funded by the Appalachian College Association (ACA) will confirm to the ACA Intellectual property Policy, namely, “to encourage Proposals and practices that promise to yield products for a broad public use and to discourage those that involve or promote proprietary interest except to the extent that a charitable end may also be served.” All products developed with ACA funds shall remain the property of Campbellsville University and ACA of if other colleges or universities area involved in the project, ACA shall retain ownership.

Any University employee who intends to create materials or objects developed wholly or partially using University time, equipment, materials, or facilities, and who intends to copyright, patent, or otherwise merchandise those materials or objects will inform the University President through the appropriate Vice President of that intent. The University will initiate an institutional review of scientific and technological disclosures, including consideration of ownership and appropriate legal protection. The President reserves the right to have final approval of the outcome of the review prior to initiation of nay work which involves the use of University resources. No properties are excluded from consideration under this policy.

Licensing authority shall rest with the Board.

Personnel of divisions or units whose function is to produce educational materials may not realize a profit from the sale of those materials. IN the case of materials produced exclusively by these units, copyright will be held by Campbellsville University. Materials produced under an externally funded grant will be guided by the terms of the grant.

An inventor is not granted any right to share in equity resulting from his or her invention and is not granted any right to participate in the management of a business related to the development of his or her intellectual property.