University of the Rockies Catalog - Colorado Springs Campus Admissions and Academic Policies

University of the Rockies Catalog - Colorado Springs Campus Admissions and Academic Policies

Section Six: Colorado Springs Campus Admissions and Academic Policies

University of the Rockies' campus is located in Colorado Springs with vast, rolling plains to the east and Pikes Peak towering at over 14,000 feet to the west. The city itself — the second largest in Colorado — boasts something for everyone, from the arts buff to the nature lover. Gorgeous views of the Continental Divide can be seen from the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The city is also home to the US Air Force Academy and the US Olympic Training Center.

 

This section covers the admissions and academic policies for students who are admitted to a degree program on the beautiful Colorado Springs campus of University of the Rockies.

 


Academic Calendar

August 2013 Term     August 5, 2013 - October 4, 2013
October 2013 Term October 14, 2013 - December 13, 2013
January 2014 Term January 6, 2014 - March 7, 2014
March 2014 Term March 17, 2014 - May 16, 2014
May 2014 Term May 26, 2014 - July 25, 2014        

 

Degree programs are subject to a sufficient cohort size requirement. Start dates are not guaranteed and may be deferred at the discretion of the University. Any change to an anticipated program start date will be communicated to students no later than two weeks prior to the preferred start date.


Holidays

With the exception of Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July, when a holiday occurs on a regular class meeting day, that class will be conducted. Classes that would normally fall on Thanksgiving and/or the Fourth of July will be rescheduled by the instructor as make-up sessions.

 


General Admission Requirements

Self-Disclosure Policy
University of the Rockies has determined that some self-disclosure of personal information in classroom and supervision settings may at times be required of students. Students should take this into consideration before applying to University of the Rockies.

 

English Language Requirement
Applicants must have the ability to study, read, and write in English indicated by one of the following:

 

  • Achieved a recognized high school diploma or equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English;
  • Received a GED that was taken in English;
  • Earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or other post-secondary degree from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States in which the primary language of instruction was English; or
  • Earned a minimum of 30 college level credits from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States in which the primary language of instruction was English.

 

Students not satisfying one of the listed requirements must provide the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination taken within the past two (2) years. A minimum score of 550 paper-based or 79 Internet-based is required. An unofficial copy of scores must be submitted prior to provisional admission; official scores must be submitted prior to full admission. The University’s TOEFL school code is 4175.

 

Any student who studied in a United States territory or commonwealth may be required to satisfy the English Language Requirement by providing successful results from the TOEFL.

 

Technology Requirements
It is our intent to assist students and to prepare them for their coursework at University of the Rockies. Therefore, technology competencies and requirements have been established. These requirements are in effect for all University of the Rockies applicants and existing students and may be updated at any time.

 

Competencies
Students must possess the following online competencies:

 

  • Ability to access course and program material on the Web;
  • Ability to correspond with University staff, students, and faculty using email and the Web; and
  • Ability to use appropriate antivirus utilities so that files transmitted and received are virus free.

 

System Requirements

Students must have a computer with the following minimum features and system configurations:

Platforms: Mac OS X 10.2 or greater or Windows XP or greater;

Hardware: 256 Mb RAM, CD-ROM, DVD player and 1 Gb free disk space;

Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel 2003 or greater; Adobe Reader 8 or greater;

Web Browser: Firefox 3.0 or greater, Internet Explorer 8.0 or greater, Safari 4.0 or greater, or Chrome;

Networking: 56k dialup modem, DSL, or cable modem; and

Email: Outlook, Outlook Express, Mac Mail, Eudora, Entourage, or Yahoo/Hotmail/Gmail.

 

The following are recommended for optimal performance:

Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 or greater;

Networking: Broadband internet connection (DSL, Cable, or other).

 

Please note students may be required to download standard software readers for electronic document sharing in a course. Certain courses require the use of a microphone to record sound files or access to a scanner for document submission. Instructors may conduct optional tutoring sessions where student use of a webcam would optimize the learning experience.

 

Criminal Disciplinary Disclaimer
All members of the University of the Rockies community are entitled to work and study in an environment safe from foreseeable harm. Identification of histories of violence reduces the possibility of future criminal acts on or around the University’s communities. Consequently, University of the Rockies requires all Colorado Springs Campus applicants wishing to enroll, to answer questions regarding criminal and disciplinary histories as a condition of admission. Applicants may also be required to submit to a third party criminal background check prior to admission. University of the Rockies reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to any student at its discretion.

 

Admission Disclaimer
University of the Rockies reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to any applicant. University of the Rockies recognizes the importance of protecting student privacy and reserves the right to request documentation to establish or verify any student’s identity at any time, for administrative or compliance purposes. Students are expected to provide such documentation, and failure to do so may be considered a breach of the Student Community Standards. The University may deny or rescind admission to any student for failure to authenticate his or her identity.

 


Conditional Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs may apply for conditional admission if they have not earned the prerequisite degree required for admission, but will have the prerequisite degree conferred prior to their start date. All other admissions criteria must be met in order to be considered for conditional admission. Applicants with a conditional admit status cannot be scheduled for class until they have provided acceptable documentation such as an unofficial or official transcript indicating conferral of the degree required for admission and met all requirements of provisional admission.

 

For conditional admission, applicants must provide the Admissions Office with the following documentation:

 

  • Completed Application for Admission;
  • Unofficial transcript of current program credits (official transcripts indicating degree conferral are required to meet full admission requirements);
  • Official transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned (if applicable); and
  • Unofficial or official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

 

In addition to the previously mentioned requirements, conditional admission for the Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization also requires the following documentation:

 

  • A three to five page autobiography covering personal and professional goals, academic and professional experience, personal qualities that will contribute to the candidate’s success as a graduate student, and why the candidate has chosen to apply to University of the Rockies and the desired program of study;
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation forms;
  • A criminal background check from www.validityacademics.com;
  • Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results; and
  • Completion of the interview process.

 

Conditionally admitted students must provide documentation of their degree conferment and meet all requirements for provisional admission in order to become a provisionally admitted student. Students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the Academic Catalog in effect at the time of provisional admission. University of the Rockies reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time.

 


Non-Degree Seeking Student Admission Requirements

Students who wish to take a limited number of courses as a non-degree seeking student must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or for Doctoral-level courses, hold a Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Please see additional policies for non-degree seeking students under Non-Degree Seeking Students in the General Academic Policies and Information section in this Catalog.

 

Admission Materials
Admission materials may be downloaded from the University of the Rockies website at www.rockies.edu.

 

An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for admission:

 

  • Application for Admission for Non-Degree Seeking Applicants;
  • Unofficial or official transcripts from institution granting:

            a) Bachelor’s degree and any graduate schools attended (for Master’s-level courses)

            b) Master’s degree and any schools where post-Master’s degree credit was earned 
                (for Doctoral-level courses);

  • Satisfy all prerequisite courses or degree(s) required for admission to the University of the Rockies degree program in which the courses are offered; and
  • Unofficial or official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

 

In addition to the previously mentioned requirements, non-degree seeking students who wish to take CSL prefix coursework offered in the Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization also require:

 

 


Master of Arts Admission Requirements - Excluding Master of Arts in Counseling

Students seeking admission to Master of Arts degree programs (excluding Master of Arts in Counseling) must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent international degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. Students entering with a Bachelor’s degree earned with a grade point average of 2.00 to 2.99 will be placed on Academic Watch.

 

Admission Materials
Admission materials may be downloaded from the University of the Rockies website at www.rockies.edu.

 

An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for full admission:

 

  • Application for Admission for Non-Mental Healthcare Specializations and Degree Programs;
  • Official transcripts from institution granting the Bachelor’s degree and any graduate schools attended; and
  • Official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

 

Provisional Admission Status Requirements
Students are provisionally admitted to Master of Arts degree programs when they submit a completed application indicating that they meet admission requirements outlined previously, including an indication of satisfying the English language requirement. Students who then enroll in courses are considered regular students in their degree program. However, students who do not meet all documentation requirements for full admission are withdrawn from the program at the conclusion of the first term of enrollment.

 

Full Admission Status Requirements
The following provisions must be met prior to the conclusion of the first term of enrollment. To begin the second term, students must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their program and must complete all requirements outlined in the following.

 

  • Submission of an official transcript from the regionally accredited institution that awarded the baccalaureate degree indicating a minimum GPA of 2.0 or a regionally accredited institution awarding a Master’s degree or higher.
  • Submission of official transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned unless the student chooses to relinquish graduate credits that are unavailable for submission.

 

Students entering with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 through (a) or (b) below but above a 2.0 are admitted on Academic Watch and are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and successfully complete 67% of credits attempted in their first term.

 

(a) Students with a Bachelor’s degree only or who have fewer than 12 credits of graduate-level coursework will have their GPA calculated for only the Bachelor’s degree.

(b) Students who have completed 12 credits or more of graduate-level coursework and do not have a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA may have their GPA calculated on the basis of their graduate coursework.

 

At the conclusion of Academic Watch, any student who does not meet the previously mentioned requirements will be dismissed from the University.

 

Appeal of Dismissal Following Academic Watch
A student who has been dismissed for not meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements following Academic Watch may appeal for readmission. Appeals must be submitted to RegistrarUoRCampus@rockies.edu and will be evaluated by an Appeal Committee made up of the University Registrar or his or her designee and the appropriate school Dean or his or her designee who has oversight in the student’s program of study. The decision of the Committee will be communicated in writing to the student by the Registrar’s Office.

 

Additionally, the student’s appeal letter must include:

 

  • a reasonable explanation for the student’s academic performance to date, which includes mitigating circumstances such as student injury/illness, death of a student’s family member, or other reasons resulting in undue hardship to the student;
  • reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate-level credits during the period of absence; and
  • a plan for completion of the coursework required to meet satisfactory academic progress during the following payment period.

 

The passage of time does not substantiate eligibility for readmission or appeal for readmission. However, students who have experienced mitigating circumstances and have been dismissed from the University for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements and have been denied readmission after an appeal, may submit another appeal to be readmitted after one or more years have elapsed since their last appeal. The appeal must meet the previously mentioned criteria and the student must present reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate level credits since the last appeal was submitted.

 

Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements in this section to review all related satisfactory academic progress guidelines.

 


Master of Arts in Counseling Admission Requirements

Marriage and Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling Specializations

 

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent international degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. Students entering with a Bachelor’s degree earned with a grade point average of 2.00 to 2.99 will be placed on Academic Watch.

 

It is required that all applicants have completed an appropriate foundation in counseling or psychology, constituted by a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a major or minor in psychology or related field. Undergraduate coursework with grades of “C” or higher or graduate coursework with grades of “B” or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning that encompasses the following areas may also satisfy this requirement:

 

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Personality Theory
  • Human Development
  • Tests and Measures
  • Psychology of Learning

 

Students may choose to remediate deficiencies by enrolling in coursework as a non-degree seeking student prior to enrolling in their desired program. Students who choose to enroll in their desired program prior to remediating these deficiencies will be required to take PSY 5001 Survey of Psychology I and/or PSY 5002 Survey of Psychology II. Credits earned will be in addition to published program requirements.

 

Applicants must submit test results of the MAT or GRE, which have been completed within five years of application. Candidates must arrange to have the report sent to the University of the Rockies Admissions Office. In no case will the MAT or the GRE be the sole reason for a candidate not being selected for admission.

 

Applicants must consent to a criminal background check that informs the University that the candidate has had no felonies or misdemeanors that would preclude insurability, licensure as a psychotherapist, or working at the Rockies Counseling Center. Colorado may not license mental health providers who have had a felony conviction or who have had a court accept a nolo contendere plea to a felony if the felony is related to the ability to practice psychotherapy.

 

The Admissions Committee considers the interview results and required application materials (e.g., transcripts, autobiography, letters of recommendation, MAT or GRE test results, etc.) in their totality for each applicant to the Mental Healthcare specializations. While the University has not established a minimum standard for the MAT or GRE, scores are considered in the admissions process and higher scores can result in more favorable consideration of the application. The decision of the Admissions Committee, upon deliberative review of each applicant’s file, is final.

 

Students who have completed graduate-level coursework at another college or university may transfer up to 9 graduate-level semester hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher education on a course-by-course basis. Please review the transfer credit policies for nontransferable courses and program requirements in the General Academic Policies and Information section of the Catalog.

 

Students earning a Master of Arts in Counseling degree with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling will have acquired a minimum of 700 hours of supervised counseling experience in Practica and Internship, and are required to obtain 20 hours of personal therapy.

 

Admission Materials
Admission materials may be completed online on the University of the Rockies website at www.rockies.edu. Contact the University of the Rockies Admissions Office by writing to 555 East Pikes Peak Avenue, #108, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, by emailing admissions@rockies.edu, or by calling, toll-free (866) 442-0808.

 

An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for full admission:

 

  • Application for Admission for Mental Healthcare Specializations;
  • Official transcripts from all colleges, universities, or graduate schools attended;
  • A three to five page autobiography. The autobiography should address personal and professional goals; academic and professional experience; personal qualities that will contribute to the candidate’s success as a graduate student; and why the candidate has chosen to apply to University of the Rockies and the desired program of study;
  • Three letters of recommendation on the Applicant Recommendation form. (Letters must be from individuals who are familiar with the candidate’s academic ability, work ability, integrity, and potential as a professional psychologist);
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that have been completed within five years of the application;
  • A criminal background check from www.validityacademics.com;
  • Official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable; and
  • Completion of the interview process.

 

Provisional Admission Status Requirements
Students are provisionally admitted to a Master of Arts program when they submit a completed application indicating they meet admission requirements outlined previously and provide the following: unofficial transcripts from all degree-conferring institutions, autobiography, three recommendation letters, MAT or GRE results, consent to a criminal background check, an indication of satisfying the English language requirement, and completion of the interview process. In order to waive Introductory Course Requirements on the basis of coursework taken at an institution that did not confer a degree, an unofficial transcript showing the coursework completed must be submitted along with the completed application.

 

Students who then enroll in courses are considered regular students in their degree program. However, students who do not meet all documentation requirements for full admission are withdrawn from the program at the end of the first term.

 

Full Admission Status Requirements
The following provisions must be met prior to the conclusion of the first term at University of the Rockies. To begin the second term, students must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their program and must complete all requirements outlined in the following.

 

  • Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Submission of official TOEFL results, if applicable.

 

Students entering with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 through (a) or (b) below but above a 2.0 are admitted on Academic Watch and are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and successfully complete 67% of credits attempted in their first term.

 

(a) Students with a Bachelor’s degree only or have fewer than 12 credits of graduate-level coursework will have their GPA calculated for only the Bachelor’s degree.

(b) Students who have completed 12 credits or more of graduate-level coursework and do not have a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA may have their GPA calculated on the basis of their graduate coursework.

 

At the conclusion of Academic Watch, any student who does not meet the previously mentioned requirements will be dismissed from the University.

 

Appeal of Dismissal Following Academic Watch
A student who has been dismissed for not meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements following Academic Watch may appeal for readmission. Appeals must be submitted to RegistrarUoRCampus@rockies.edu and will be evaluated by an Appeal Committee made up of the University Registrar or his or her designee and the appropriate school Dean or his or her designee who has oversight in the student’s program of study. The decision of the Committee will be communicated in writing to the student by the Registrar’s Office.

 

Additionally, the student’s appeal letter must include:

  • a reasonable explanation for the student’s academic performance to date, which includes mitigating circumstances such as student injury/illness, death of a student’s family member, or other reasons resulting in undue hardship to the student;
  • reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate-level credits during the period of absence; and
  • a plan for completion of the coursework required to meet satisfactory academic progress during the following payment period.

 

The passage of time does not substantiate eligibility for readmission or appeal for readmission. However, students who have experienced mitigating circumstances and have been dismissed from the University for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements and have been denied readmission after an appeal, may submit another appeal to be readmitted after one or more years have elapsed since their last appeal. The appeal must meet the previously mentioned criteria and the student must present reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate level credits since the last appeal was submitted.

Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements in this section to review all related satisfactory academic progress guidelines.

 


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program must hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a graduate level cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or an earned Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.

 

Students entering the program who do not hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in human performance technology, instructional systems design, human resource development, organizational leadership, industrial and organizational psychology, or a related field, are required to successfully complete ORG 5010 Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership I (3 credits) and ORG 5011 Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership II (3 credits) as part of the program. These two courses are designed to prepare students for the remainder of the program. Those students not required to take the introductory courses at University of the Rockies are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of organizational development and leadership.

 

Admission Materials

Admission materials may be completed online on the University of the Rockies website at www.rockies.edu.

 

An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for full admission:

 

  • Application for Admission for Non-Mental Healthcare Specializations and Degree Programs;
  • Official transcripts from institution granting the Master’s degree and any schools where post-Master’s degree credit was earned; and
  • Official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

 

Provisional Admission Status Requirements
Students are provisionally admitted to a PhD program when they submit a completed application indicating that they meet admission requirements outlined previously, unofficial transcripts from any schools where a graduate degree was conferred, and an indication of satisfying the English language requirement. In order to waive Introductory Course Requirements on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in human performance technology, instructional systems design, human resource development, organizational leadership, industrial and organizational psychology, or a related field, an unofficial transcript showing the Bachelor’s degree awarded must be submitted along with the completed application.

 

Students who then enroll in courses are considered regular students in their degree program. However, students who do not meet all documentation requirements for full admission are withdrawn from the program at the conclusion of the first term.

 

Full Admission Status Requirements
The following provisions must be met prior to the conclusion of the first term of enrollment for Colorado Springs campus students. To begin the second term, students must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their program and must complete all requirements outlined in the following.

 

  • Submission of an official transcript from the regionally accredited institution that awarded the Master’s degree indicating a minimum GPA of 3.0 or an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution that awarded a Doctoral degree; and
  • Official transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned or a signed Authorization to Close form indicating relinquishment of potential transfer credits for any official transcripts the student is unable to provide. (The University of the Rockies Registrar’s Office staff will manage the request of all transcripts for students who have signed a Transcript Request form.)

 


Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Admission Requirements - Excluding Clinical Specialization

Students seeking admission to the PsyD program (excluding Clinical Specialization) must hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a graduate level cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or an earned Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.

 

Students entering the program who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree with a major or minor in psychology or a related field are required to successfully complete ORG/PSY 5001 Survey of Psychology I (3 credits) and ORG/PSY 5002 Survey of Psychology II (3 credits) as part of the program. These two courses are designed to prepare students for the remainder of the program. Those students not required to take the introductory courses at University of the Rockies are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of psychology.

 

Admission Materials
Admission materials may be downloaded from the University of the Rockies website at www.rockies.edu.

 

An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for full admission:

 

  • Application for Admission for Non-Mental Healthcare Specializations;
  • Official transcripts from institution granting the Master’s degree and any schools where post-Master’s degree credit was earned; and
  • Official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

 

Provisional Admission Status Requirements
Students are provisionally admitted to a PsyD program when they submit a completed application indicating that they meet admission requirements outlined previously, unofficial transcripts from any schools where a graduate degree was conferred, and an indication of satisfying the English language requirement. In order to waive Introductory Course Requirements on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in psychology or a related field, an unofficial transcript showing the Bachelor’s degree awarded must be submitted along with the completed application.

 

Students who then enroll in courses are considered regular students in their degree program. However, students who do not meet all documentation requirements for full admission are withdrawn from the program at the conclusion of the first term.

 

Full Admission Status Requirements
The following provisions must be met prior to the conclusion of the first term of enrollment. To begin the second term, students must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their program and must complete all requirements outlined in the following.

 

  • Submission of an official transcript from the regionally accredited institution that awarded the Master’s degree indicating a minimum GPA of 3.0; and
  • Official transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned or a signed Authorization to Close form indicating relinquishment of potential transfer credits for any official transcripts the student is unable to provide. (The University of the Rockies Registrar’s Office staff will manage the request of all transcripts for students who have signed a Transcript Request form.)

 


Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the PsyD, Clinical Specialization must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent international degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students entering with a grade point average of 2.00 to 2.99 will be placed on Academic Watch.

 

It is required that all applicants have completed an appropriate foundation in counseling or psychology, constituted by a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a major or minor in psychology or a related field. Undergraduate coursework with grades of “C” or higher or graduate coursework with grades of “B” or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning that encompasses the following areas may also satisfy this requirement:

 

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Personality Theory
  • Human Development
  • Tests and Measures
  • Psychology of Learning

 

Students may choose to remediate deficiencies by enrolling in coursework as a non-degree seeking student prior to enrolling in their desired program. Students who choose to enroll in their desired program prior to remediating these deficiencies will be required to take PSY 5001 Survey of Psychology I and/or PSY 5002 Survey of Psychology II. Credits earned will be in addition to published program requirements.

 

Applicants must submit test results of the MAT or GRE, which have been completed within five years of application. Candidates must arrange to have the report sent to the University of the Rockies Admissions Office. In no case will the MAT or the GRE be the sole reason for a candidate not being selected for admission.

 

Applicants must consent to a criminal background check that informs the University that the candidate has had no felonies or misdemeanors that would preclude insurability, licensure as a psychotherapist, or working at the Rockies Counseling Center. Colorado may not license mental health providers who have had a felony conviction or who have had a court accept a nolo contendere plea to a felony if the felony is related to the ability to practice psychotherapy.

 

The Admissions Committee considers the interview results and required application materials (e.g., transcripts, autobiography, letters of recommendation, MAT or GRE test results, etc.) in their totality for each applicant to the Mental Healthcare specializations. While the University has not established a minimum standard for the MAT or GRE, scores are considered in the admissions process and higher scores can result in more favorable consideration of the application. The decision of the Admissions Committee, upon deliberative review of each applicant’s file, is final.

 

Students who have completed graduate-level coursework at another college or university may transfer up to 36 graduate-level semester hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher education on a course-by-course basis. Please review the transfer credit policies for nontransferable courses and program requirements in the General Academic Policies and Information section of this Catalog.

 

Students earning the PsyD, Clinical Specialization degree, will have acquired a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised clinical psychotherapy experience in Clinical Practica and Pre-Doctoral Internship, and are required to obtain 30 hours of personal therapy.

 

Students who enroll in a University of the Rockies Master of Arts program and desire to enter the University of the Rockies PsyD program must submit updated admission materials as required for the PsyD, Clinical Specialization to the Registrar’s Office on campus after successful completion of at least the first year of the Master of Arts program and must complete an interview with an Interview Panel appointed by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee may choose to waive the interview for a student on an individual basis. The Admissions Committee will review the student’s records and the Interview Panel’s recommendations and make a final decision regarding admission to the PsyD program.

 

Admission Materials
Admission materials may be completed online on the University of the Rockies website at www.rockies.edu. Contact the University of the Rockies Admissions Office by writing to 555 East Pikes Peak Avenue, #108, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, by emailing admissions@rockies.edu, or by calling, toll free (866) 442-0808.

 

An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for full admission:

  • Application for Admission for Mental Healthcare Specializations Applicants;
  • Official transcripts from all colleges, universities, or graduate schools attended;
  • A three to five page autobiography. The autobiography should cover personal and professional goals; academic and professional experience; personal qualities that will contribute to the candidate’s success as a graduate student; and why the candidate has chosen to apply to University of the Rockies and the desired program of study;
  • Three letters of recommendation on the Applicant Recommendation form. (Letters must be from individuals who are familiar with the candidate’s academic ability, work ability, integrity, and potential as a professional psychologist);
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that have been completed within five years of the application;
  • A criminal background check from www.validityacademics.com;
  • Official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable; and
  • Completion of the interview process.

 

Provisional Admission Status Requirements
Students are provisionally admitted to a PsyD, Clinical Specialization program when they submit a completed application indicating that they meet admission requirements outlined previously and provide the following: unofficial transcripts from all degree-conferring institutions, autobiography, three recommendation letters, MAT or GRE results, consent to a criminal background check, an indication of satisfying the English language requirement, and completion of the interview process. All materials are considered in the admissions process. In order to waive Introductory Course Requirements on the basis of coursework taken at an institution that did not confer a degree, an unofficial transcript showing the coursework completed must be submitted along with the completed application.

 

Students who then enroll in courses are considered regular students in their degree program. However, students who do not meet all documentation requirements for full admission are withdrawn from the program at the end of the first term.

 

Full Admission Status Requirements
The following provisions must be met prior to the conclusion of the first term at University of the Rockies. To begin the second term, students must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their program and must complete all requirements outlined in the following.

 

  • Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Submission of official TOEFL results, if applicable.

 

Students entering with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 through (a) or (b) below but above a 2.0 are admitted on Academic Watch and are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and successfully complete 67% of credits attempted in their first term.

 

(a) Students with a Bachelor’s degree only or have fewer than 12 credits of graduate-level coursework will have their GPA calculated for only the Bachelor’s degree.

(b) Students who have completed 12 credits or more of graduate-level coursework and do not have a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA may have their GPA calculated on the basis of their graduate coursework at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

 

At the conclusion of Academic Watch, any student who does not meet the previously mentioned requirements will be dismissed from the University.

 

Appeal of Dismissal Following Academic Watch
A student who has been dismissed for not meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements following Academic Watch may appeal for readmission. Appeals must be submitted to RegistrarUoRCampus@rockies.edu and will be evaluated by an Appeal Committee made up of the University Registrar or his or her designee and the appropriate school Dean or his or her designee who has oversight in the student’s program of study. The decision of the Committee will be communicated in writing to the student by the Registrar’s Office.

 

Additionally, the student’s appeal letter must include:

 

  • a reasonable explanation for the student’s academic performance to date, which includes mitigating circumstances such as student injury/illness, death of a student’s family member, or other reasons resulting in undue hardship to the student;
  • reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate-level credits during the period of absence; and
  • a plan for completion of the coursework required to meet satisfactory academic progress during the following payment period.

 

The passage of time does not substantiate eligibility for readmission or appeal for readmission. However, students who have experienced mitigating circumstances and have been dismissed from the University for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements and have been denied readmission after an appeal, may submit another appeal to be readmitted after one or more years have elapsed since their last appeal. The appeal must meet the previously mentioned criteria and the student must present reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate level credits since the last appeal was submitted.

 

Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements in this section to review all related satisfactory academic progress guidelines.

 


Additional Admission Requirements for Applicants with International Credentials

The following requirements are applicable to applicants relying on academic credentials earned outside the United States for admission to the programs offered on campus in Colorado Springs.

 

Provisional Admission Status Requirements
In addition to the requirements for provisional admission outlined in the admission policy for graduate programs, copies of documentation indicating that the student meets the following admission requirements are required for provisional admission:

 

  1. Submit copies of an official evaluation from an approved evaluation service indicating that the student has met the following requirements: 
    • The equivalent of a regionally accredited Master’s degree from the United States for Doctoral program applicants.
    • The equivalent of a regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree from the United States for Master’s program and PsyD, Clinical Specialization program applicants.
    • For applicants to a Master’s program, the requirement for official evaluation of the Bachelor’s degree may be waived when a Master’s degree has been earned at an appropriately accredited university in the United States.

     

  2. All academic records from countries other than the United States must have been evaluated by one of the following evaluation services:   

     

    • Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) OR
    • World Education Services (WES)

 

Note: Students who have already had their international credentials evaluated prior to making application to the University may petition the University Registrar or designee for acceptance of evaluations from other credible agencies. All evaluations should include a thorough course-by-course evaluation, accreditation equivalency, cumulative GPA, and list the language of instruction.

 

If the credential is earned outside the United States, but holds a regional accreditation by an accepted regional accrediting body inside the United States it may be evaluated without a foreign credential evaluation if the official transcript is in English. A copy of the unofficial transcript is required for provisional admission and an official transcript is required for full admission. The student must provide a copy of the unofficial transcript with the application and request the official transcript for full admission.

 


Additional Admission Requirements for Non-Immigrant Applicants

University of the Rockies is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students in approved programs offered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Applicants seeking to enroll in valid student non-immigrant status must meet all admissions requirements stipulated for all students and must additionally submit each of the following items:

 

  • A completed and signed Statement of Financial Support;
  • Official financial statements. Financial statements (typically provided by a bank) must verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program as well as all living expenses;
  • A photocopy of the student’s passport to provide proof of birth date and citizenship. Students outside the United States who have not yet acquired a passport will need to submit a copy of their birth certificates;
  • For all non-immigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application: a photocopy of the visa page contained within the student’s passport as well as a photocopy of the student’s I/94 arrival departure record (both sides);
  • For all non-immigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application in either F, M, or J non-immigrant classification: written confirmation of non-immigrant status at previous school attended before transferring to the University.

 

If an applicant seeking to enroll in valid student non-immigrant status is transferring from a college or university in the United States, the International Student Transfer Clearance form is also required. If the applicant is accepted, he or she will be sent additional information regarding the student visa application process.

 


Articulation Agreements

University of the Rockies enters into articulation agreements with other schools in the spirit of cooperation and to mutually recognize each other as quality institutions of higher learning. The purpose of an articulation agreement is to enable students transferring to University of the Rockies to carry with them the credit they have already earned for as much relevant study as possible. Students who transfer under the terms and conditions of a valid articulation agreement are subject to the requirements outlined by the articulation agreement and the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog at the time the student is enrolled into his or her University of the Rockies program. Contact the campus Admissions Office for a list of schools with which University of the Rockies has established articulation agreements.

 


Continuous Enrollment

Matriculated students must be continuously enrolled from the time of matriculation through graduation. Students who must take time off due to medical or family emergency or military deployment may apply for an Academic Leave from the University. Please reference the Academic Leave policy in this section of the Catalog for more information.

 

PsyD, Clinical Specialization Residency Requirement
Licensing boards may require that a student, during the course of his or her Doctoral program, be enrolled for at least three academic years of study from the degree-granting institution, and at least one year must be in full-time residence. To satisfy this residency requirement, University of the Rockies requires students to complete full-time enrollment of six semester hours or more of regular coursework for five consecutive terms (one year). Students should be aware that this is a requirement for graduation.

 

Students may petition to take fewer than the previously mentioned hour requirement, but they must be aware that doing so may delay Comprehensive Exams, and therefore delay program completion. Comprehensive Examinations are administered at designated intervals only.

 


Level of Enrollment

Full-Time: 6 or more credit hours per term, or registered for dissertation courses, thesis, or internship.

 

Half-Time: 3-5 credits per term, or registered in practicum.

 

Less Than Half-Time: Fewer than 3 credits per term.

 

Retaking coursework previously passed at University of the Rockies may reduce the enrollment status of a student. Students should refer to the Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid section of the Catalog for additional information or contact the Financial Aid Office.

 


Student Professional Liability Insurance Requirements

Students accepted into the Master of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling Specializations, or the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization degree programs are required to have proof of professional liability insurance in order to register for their first term of practicum. Due to the liabilities associated with direct care, students need to be insured during clinical practicum and internship training. Professional liability insurance can be purchased from one of several insurance carriers. Students are required to show proof of coverage by providing a copy of the face sheet to the University Registrar or designee at the time of registration. A copy of the face sheet will be in the student’s file in the Director of Clinical Training’s office.

 


Registration

Registration is conducted annually over several weeks to allow time for students to meet with their Faculty Mentors and/or the Registrar’s Office as needed. Once registration has closed, changes to schedules should be made two weeks before the start of each term. Students wishing to obtain an official copy of their schedule can download it from their Student Portal. Courses will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The University reserves the right to cancel any course due to low enrollment or for other reasons.

 

Late Registration
Students who fail to register on the designated registration dates will be assessed a late fee.

 


Auditing a Course

With written permission of the Dean of the School and the course instructor, University of the Rockies students and graduates may audit a Colorado Springs Campus course offering for half of the current tuition if they have previously taken the course at University of the Rockies or another approved accredited institution of higher education. An audit of a course is for the purpose of reviewing theoretical material. An audit is not to be used in lieu of taking a course for credit. Although students who audit a course are not expected to take exams or write papers, they are expected to meet all of the attendance requirements and come to class prepared to participate in class discussions in order to receive audit credit. The instructor of record determines whether or not the term “audit” will be added to the student’s transcript. No letter grade will be given for a course audit.

 


Course Delivery

The University offers courses and programs for Colorado Springs Campus students using the following delivery modalities:

 

Evening Courses: Evening courses meet once per week from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm for nine weeks. A student may register for three courses, but may not exceed 8 credits per term without Dean approval.

 

Weekend Courses: Weekend courses meet on three alternate weekends during the nine-week term. A student may register for three courses, but may not exceed 8 credits per term without Dean approval.

 

Course schedules are published for the upcoming year in September or October. Classes are offered in a combination of evening and weekend formats.

 

The weekend class schedule is as follows:
Course I:
Friday: 1:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

 

Course II:
Saturday: 2:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

 

There is a one hour meal break on Friday and Saturday.

 

Weekend Intensive Courses: Some elective courses are offered in a weekend intensive format. Intensive courses meet two weekends during the nine-week term for 18 hours per three-day weekend.

 

The weekend intensive course schedule is as follows:
Friday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

There is a one hour meal break on Friday and Saturday.

 

Reading and Conference Courses: Reading and Conference courses are offered when students have been unable to take a course during one of the regularly scheduled course times due to course cancellations or course scheduling conflicts beyond student control. Students are not eligible for a Reading and Conference course if they missed the regularly scheduled class because they took an elective class or because they chose not to take the course at the regularly scheduled time. Depending upon faculty availability, students may be eligible to take a Reading and Conference course if they missed the regularly scheduled class due to health reasons. Students must obtain written approval from the Dean of the School prior to seeking permission from a faculty member. Students complete the process by registering for the course with the University Registrar or designee.

 

Independent Study: If a campus student wishes to take an elective course that is outside the standard curriculum for the student’s program, the student may petition to take a course as Independent Study. Independent study courses may not replace courses specifically required in a degree program or specialization.

 

Independent Study courses are developed by the student in conjunction with a faculty member. Students interested in Independent Study should begin by discussing this option with the Dean of their School, who will obtain the consent of the instructor who is best qualified to teach the course. The Dean makes the final determination concerning a faculty member’s qualifications to teach the course. The instructor develops the course syllabus to meet the student needs and in line with University of the Rockies procedures, and consults on textbook selection. Students will not be allowed to apply more than 9 credits of independent study coursework to a degree.

 


Maximum Course Load

The normal course load at University of the Rockies is six semester credit hours per term. Students may request to take an additional course. In order to do so, a student must petition the Dean of the School in which he or she is enrolled and receive written permission. In some cases a student’s program may require him or her to take an additional course in a given term. In these cases, students do not need to petition. Students registered for Clinical, Counseling, or Professional Psychology Practicum who wish to register for more than one credit of practicum in a term must obtain permission from the Director of Clinical Training. Students registered for Organizational Practicum who wish to register for up to three credits of practicum in a term must obtain permission from the Dean. In no case will a student be allowed to take more than 10 credit hours in one term.

 


Attendance - Colorado Springs Campus

Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. If a student has a compelling reason to be absent from a class, he or she must discuss that absence in advance with the instructor. Students are responsible for any work they miss because of an absence. Faculty members will keep accurate records of student attendance and report attendance to the Registrar’s Office at the end of each class.

 

Students may not miss the first class session in a course unless they have prior written permission from the instructor teaching the course. Students are responsible for arranging to obtain class materials and assignments for the class time they miss.

 

Students may not attend classes for which they are not officially enrolled. If students who are not listed on the class roster attend a class, the instructor will refer them to the University Registrar or designee for proper enrollment. Whether or not to allow the student to remain in the class for that session is left to the discretion of the course instructor.

 

Evening Courses: Students enrolled in evening courses are allowed a maximum of two absences from a 3 credit course. Students who fail to attend a third evening will be administratively dropped from the course. Students enrolled in evening courses worth credits other than 3 semester credits will be administratively dropped from the course if they miss 1/3 of the scheduled class time.

 

Weekend Courses: Students enrolled in weekend courses are allowed a one-day absence per 3 credit course. Students who fail to attend a second day of the course will be administratively dropped from the course. Students enrolled in a weekend course worth credits other than 3 semester credits will be administratively dropped from the course if they miss 1/3 of the scheduled class time.

 

Weekend Intensive Courses: Students enrolled in weekend intensive courses are required to attend all class sessions. Students who fail to attend a class session will be administratively dropped from the course.

 

Additional absences may be approved by the Dean of the School for the following reasons:

  • Military deployment or duty;
  • Personal or family emergency;
  • Work requirement;
  • Act of nature (including severe weather conditions);
  • Death in the family; and
  • Other exigent circumstances as approved by the Dean.

 

Students who do not attend at least once in any 14 consecutive day period will be administratively withdrawn from the University by the Registrar’s Office retroactive to the last date of recorded attendance.

 

Other Attendance Requirements
Practicum:
Students enrolled in Mental Healthcare Practitioner Specializations are expected to attend two supervision sessions per week, one group and one individual. Attendance is reported to the Director of Clinical Training on a weekly basis.

 

Dissertation: Within the first two weeks of each term that a Colorado Springs campus student is enrolled in Dissertation or Dissertation Extension, students must contact their Chair and communicate their plan for progressing on their dissertation during that term. To help facilitate this contact, students will receive an email from their Chair asking for their plan for the term. Student contact with their dissertation Chair may take the form of email communication, phone or meeting in person when possible.

 

If students do not make contact with their Chair by the conclusion of the second week of the term, students may be subject to administrative drop from the Dissertation or Dissertation Extension course. At the beginning of week 7, students will receive another email from their Chair asking for an update on progress toward the plan outlined at the beginning of the term. Student contact with their dissertation Chair may take the form of email communication, phone or meeting in person when possible.

 

If students do not make contact with their Chair by the conclusion of the term following the week 7 prompt, students may be subject to administrative drop from the Dissertation or Dissertation Extension course, earning a “W’ (withdraw) for the term.

 

Dissertation Planning I and Dissertation Planning II will be held as either evening or weekend classes. Students enrolled in these courses will be held to the attendance requirements defined for those class formats.

 

Pre-Doctoral Internship: Students are expected to attend Internship as an employee of the Internship site. The Director of Clinical Training will communicate once per term with internship supervisors asking for verification of continued employment of the student at their site. Should the Director of Clinical Training be informed that a student has ceased attending an Internship, the student may be subject to administrative drop from the Internship course, earning a “W’ (withdraw) for the term.

 

Inclement Weather/School Closures: In the event of a school closure, class session(s) will be made up within one week. The instructor will work with students and will notify the Registrar’s Office of the date and time of the rescheduled class session.

 

Students should refer to the following Course Drop policies for grade implications when not meeting attendance requirements.

 


Course Add or Drop

Adding a Course
A student may add a course prior to the start of each term, as long as the class size limit has not been reached. Once the course has met, a registered student may add a course with the permission of the course instructor. In this event, the student must submit their course request, along with instructor approval, to the Registrar’s Office.

 

Drop Deadline:
9-week course = First night of class

 

Dropping a Course
Students who wish to drop a course may do so by notifying the Registrar’s Office by email. Courses dropped prior to the first night of class do not appear on the transcript. After the first night of class has begun, students who wish to drop a course must notify the Registrar’s Office. Please see the Tuition Refund Policy in the Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid section of this Catalog to determine if a tuition adjustment is necessary.

 

Students who drop or are administratively dropped after the first night of class and prior to 67% of instructional time or 2/3 of the course will receive a grade of “W.” A grade of “W,” which has no numerical value and therefore does not affect the student’s GPA calculation, will appear on the transcript. If a student chooses to drop or is administratively dropped from a course after 67% of instructional time or 2/3 of the course has elapsed, a grade of “WU” will be issued, which has numerical value and will affect the student’s GPA calculation. Both “W” and “WU” grades are attempted and will count negatively toward the successful completion rate when reviewing satisfactory academic progress.

 

Please note that course drop dates are based on a student’s last date of attendance in the course.

 


Withdrawal from the University

A Colorado Springs Campus student wishing to officially withdraw from University of the Rockies must notify the Registrar’s Office. Students notifying University of the Rockies for official withdrawal may be asked to complete a written withdrawal form.

 

The student must resolve any financial obligations to University of the Rockies before receiving an official transcript from the Registrar’s Office.

 

For information regarding the determination of withdrawal date, please see the Withdrawal from the University policy in the General Academic Policies and Information section in this Catalog.

 


Academic Leave

Although University of the Rockies encourages continuous enrollment from the time of matriculation through graduation for all students, from time to time circumstances may arise that warrant a short break in enrollment. Should a student experience an extraordinary personal situation that would require a request for an academic leave from the program, he or she is encouraged to discuss the matter with the Office of Student Affairs and/or the Registrar's Office. The student must complete the Academic Leave Request form, which is available from the Registrar’s Office.

 

  • Academic Leave Request forms must be signed, dated and submitted on or before the last day of class attendance. The student must provide a reason for the request and the school must make a determination that there is a reasonable expectation that he or she will return to school. Requests submitted after the last day of attendance require an explanation for the late submittal. Requests submitted greater than 14 days after the last date of attendance will not be approved.
  • An academic leave does not meet the conditions to be an approved leave of absence for Title IV financial aid purposes. University of the Rockies Colorado Springs campus students are not eligible for an approved leave of absence for financial aid purposes. Therefore, an academic leave is treated as an official withdrawal for return of Title IV financial aid and student loan deferment purposes. A financial aid student considering an academic leave should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the impact on loan repayment. The loan repayment grace period begins on the first day of the student’s academic leave.
  • Students are allowed one academic leave per 12-month period.
  • The academic leave can be no more than 180 days in length.
  • Failure to return to school on or before scheduled/approved re-entry date will result in a termination of the academic leave.
  • Students should be aware that the PsyD, Clinical Specialization program must be completed within seven years. The only exception to the seven year limit for PsyD, Clinical Specialization students is for those students with exceptional circumstances, as approved by the Dean of the School.

 


Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy Non-Standard Term Graduate Programs

We are dedicated to the academic success of our students. As such, the following policy outlines the academic requirements for University of the Rockies programs and how they are measured to ensure that students are making satisfactory academic progress toward successful degree completion. This policy applies to all graduate-level coursework attempted at University of the Rockies, regardless of date attempted.

 

Academic and Financial Aid Warning, and Academic and Financial Aid Probation statuses provide an opportunity for students to improve academic performance and meet overall requirements for degree completion. Students placed on one of these statuses should meet with their Student Advisor to discuss course scheduling and to plan for remediation.

 

Please contact the University Registrar, or email RegistrarUoRCampus@rockies.edu with any questions concerning the requirements outlined in this policy. This policy applies to all coursework attempted at University of the Rockies, regardless of date attempted.

 

Graduate Non-Standard Term Program Measures

Week = Seven (7) calendar days

Term = Nine (9) weeks

Payment Period = One (1) Term

Academic Year Definition = 45 weeks

 

Graduate students must meet the following minimum qualitative and quantitative requirements to make satisfactory academic progress:

  • Cumulative GPA in University of the Rockies coursework for all graduate students = 3.00
  • Cumulative GPA includes all graduate-level coursework attempted at University of the Rockies, excluding grades of P, PR, NP, I, or W. Only the later grade is counted in the cumulative GPA when a course is repeated. No grades are recorded or counted towards GPA for transfer credits.
  • Successful Completion Rate = 67% or 2/3 of all University of the Rockies attempted graduate-level credits. Grades that count negatively against successful completion rates include NP, I, W, WU, R, and U. Attempted graduate-level credits are all University of the Rockies course attempts recorded on the academic transcript, including repeated courses, withdrawals, and incompletes, as well as applied transfer credits. Grades that count negatively against successful completion rates include NP, I, W, WU, R, and U.
  • Repeated courses count negatively against successful completion rates.
  • Successful completion of all program requirements within 150% of the normal length of the program as measured in credits attempted towards the program. Credits accepted and applied in transfer toward the student’s current degree program are included as attempted and earned credits in determining the maximum timeframe.
  • Grade points earned at another college are not used in the computation of the grade point average at University of the Rockies.

 

If at any point during the program it becomes clear that a student will not be able to successfully complete all program requirements at the conclusion of 150% of the normal length of a program as measured in credit hours, that student will be dismissed from the University.

 


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Review and Evaluation

Satisfactory academic progress is reviewed at the conclusion of every term. Students are evaluated against both qualitative and quantitative standards at the conclusion of every term of enrollment. Students who have an outstanding incomplete grade at the time of SAP review may not be allowed to continue until the incomplete grade is successfully completed. After each evaluation, students who do not meet SAP standards will be notified in writing.

 

Academic and Financial Aid Warning

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for making satisfactory academic progress at the time of evaluation are placed on Academic and Financial Aid Warning for the next term.

 

Students will be given one term of attempted coursework to meet the requirements for satisfactory academic progress. All coursework attempted after the term during which the student did not meet satisfactory academic progress is counted as part of the Academic and Financial Aid Warning period. Students who are otherwise eligible to receive Title IV financial aid are eligible to receive Title IV financial aid while on Academic and Financial Aid Warning. Students may be required to re-take coursework previously completed in order to increase the likelihood of successfully meeting satisfactory academic progress and/or graduation requirements. These requirements may affect the student’s eligibility for financial aid funds.

 

At the conclusion of the Academic and Financial Aid Warning period, students who do not meet the requirements for satisfactory academic progress will be dismissed from the University. Dismissed students are not eligible to receive Title IV financial aid. Dismissed students should refer to the Appeal for Readmission after Dismissal policy in this section of the Catalog.

 

Academic and Financial Aid Probation

Students who have been granted an appeal for readmission after dismissal following a term of Academic and Financial Aid Warning may complete one additional term of study on Academic and Financial Aid Probation. All coursework attempted after the term during which the student did not meet satisfactory academic progress is counted as part of the Academic and Financial Aid Probation period.

 

Students who are otherwise eligible to receive Title IV financial aid are eligible to receive Title IV financial aid while on Academic and Financial Aid Probation. Students may be required to re-take coursework previously completed in order to increase the likelihood of successfully meeting satisfactory academic progress and/or graduation requirements. These requirements may affect the student’s eligibility for financial aid funds.

 

At the conclusion of the term of Academic and Financial Aid Probation, students who do not meet the requirements for satisfactory academic progress will be dismissed from the University. Dismissed students are not eligible to receive Title IV financial aid. Dismissed students should refer to the Appeal for Readmission after Dismissal policy in this section of the Catalog.

 

Probation—Academic Plan

Students who are approved for re-admission after dismissal following a period of Academic and Financial Aid Probation, after a period on Probation–Academic Plan or after dismissal due to exceeding the maximum time frame are placed on Probation–Academic Plan, and are required to meet specific academic requirements outlined in writing in an academic plan from the University Registrar. Students are provided with an academic plan to assist the student in meeting regular SAP requirements within a specific period of time. Students may be limited in the number of courses for which they are scheduled while on Probation–Academic Plan. It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to the academic plan.

 

Students who are otherwise eligible to receive Title IV financial aid are eligible to receive Title IV financial aid while on Probation–Academic Plan. Students may be required to re-take coursework previously completed in order to increase the likelihood of successfully meeting satisfactory academic progress and/or graduation requirements. These requirements may affect the student’s eligibility for financial aid funds.

 

Students will be placed on Probation–Academic Plan for the first payment period/SAP increment while on the academic plan. Students on Probation–Academic Plan are reviewed against the progression requirements outlined in the academic plan at the conclusion of each term. Students who are not meeting plan requirements at the conclusion of each term will be dismissed from the University. Dismissed students are not eligible to receive Title IV financial aid. Dismissed students should refer to the Appeal for Readmission after Dismissal policy in this section of the Catalog.

 

Appeal for Readmission after Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed from the University for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements may appeal to be readmitted. Appeals must be submitted to RegistrarUoRCampus@rockies.edu and will be evaluated by an Appeal Committee made up of the University Registrar or his or her designee and the appropriate school Dean or his or her designee who has oversight in the student’s program of study. The decision of the Committee will be communicated in writing to the student by the Registrar’s Office.

 

The student’s appeal letter must include:

 

  • a reasonable explanation for the student’s academic performance to date, which includes mitigating circumstances such as student injury/illness, death of a student’s family member, or other reasons resulting in undue hardship to the student;
  • reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate-level credits during the period of absence; and
  • a plan for completion of the coursework required to meet satisfactory academic progress during the following payment period.

 

The passage of time does not substantiate eligibility for readmission or appeal for readmission, however, students who have experienced mitigating circumstances and have been dismissed from the University for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements and have been denied readmission after an appeal, may submit another appeal to be readmitted after one or more years have elapsed since their last appeal. The appeal must meet the previously mentioned criteria and the student must present reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate level credits since the last appeal was submitted.

 


Doctoral Candidacy: PsyD, Clinical Specialization

Students will be eligible to apply for doctoral candidacy in the School of Professional Psychology, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization after they have completed the following:

 

  1. Passed the Doctoral Qualifying Exam,
  2. Completed 300 hours of practicum experience, and
  3. Had an acceptable annual review of student progress.

 

Candidacy is officially conferred by the President of the Faculty Council of the School of Professional Psychology upon recommendation by the student’s Faculty Mentor. An appeal of the candidacy decision may be made to the Dean of the School of Professional Psychology.

 


Comprehensive Examinations: School of Professional Psychology

Master of Arts in Counseling
Students in the Master of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling specializations take a Comprehensive Examination at the end of their program or after a minimum of 54 semester hours of coursework and practicum. The exam includes items involving case conceptualization, differential diagnoses, assessment, diversity, ethical and legal considerations in the therapeutic process, treatment planning, and outcome measurement.


Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization
The PsyD, Clinical Specialization has two stages of Comprehensive Exams – a Doctoral Qualifying Exam and a Doctoral Comprehensive Exam.


Doctoral Qualifying Exam
The Doctoral Qualifying Exam is an objective assessment of students’ knowledge of coursework content from the first 39 credits of the curriculum.

 

Eligibility:  The Doctoral Qualifying Exam can be taken after the completion of the first 39 credits of coursework (6 terms) and must be successfully completed before the third year of coursework. Students must obtain approval to take the Doctoral Qualifying Exam from their Faculty Mentor and the University Registrar. Students who entered the program with a Master’s degree must take the Doctoral Qualifying Exam prior to their second year of study in the PsyD, Clinical Specialization at University of the Rockies.

 

Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
The Doctoral Comprehensive Exam is a summative assessment procedure that assesses students’ knowledge of the field of clinical psychology, their ability to diagnose and conceptualize clinical cases, and to present this information in both oral and written formats. This examination must be passed prior to beginning Pre-Doctoral Internship.

 

Eligibility:  Once students have successfully completed the Doctoral Qualifying Exam, achieved Doctoral Candidacy status, completed all required coursework, and submitted documentation of their 30 hours of personal therapy, they may apply to their Faculty Mentor and the University Registrar for approval to take the Doctoral Comprehensive Exam.

 

Non-Mental Healthcare Specializations
Students in the Master of Arts in Psychology, General Psychology, Sport and Performance Psychology, and Career Management and Counseling specializations in the School of Professional Psychology take a Comprehensive Exam at the conclusion of all required coursework. The exam format will consist of questions that test the student’s knowledge in the foundations of psychology and in their specialization.

 

Students will answer questions covering the program learning outcomes associated with their declared program and specialization.

 

Note: Please refer to the Repeating Comprehensive Exams policy in the General Academic Policies and Information section of this Catalog for additional information.

 


Comprehensive Examinations: School of Organizational Leadership

Students in Master of Arts degree programs take a Comprehensive Exam at the conclusion of all required coursework. The exam format consists of essay questions about cases provided as part of the examination. Candidates will answer a minimum of six questions about one to three cases, covering the program learning outcomes and content related to their specialization, if applicable.

 

Exams for students in Master of Arts degree programs through the School of Organizational Leadership test the following skill areas, including: the role of consultant, organizational dynamics, organizational development, assessing organizations, appropriate use of research, organizational interventions/recommendations, use of assessment tools, organizational leadership, human performance, training, and integration of clinical skills.

 

Note: Please refer to the Repeating Comprehensive Exams policy in the General Academic Policies and Information section of this Catalog for additional information.

 


School of Professional Psychology Clinical Practicum

A Clinical Practicum (minimum of 1,500 hours) is required for all students working toward the PsyD, Clinical Specialization. Students who enter the program with a clinical Master’s degree may receive credit for up to 700 hours of practicum. The number of transferable practicum hours is determined by the University Registrar in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training.

 

Students who are completing a practicum in Colorado must obtain registration with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) prior to beginning their practicum experience at the University, and all clinical students in the School of Professional Psychology must have personal liability insurance prior to beginning practicum. Students will be required to provide documentation of registration with DORA if they are completing practicum hours in Colorado, and documentation of a current professional liability policy for all clinical practicum experiences.

 

The Practicum experience gives students the opportunity to integrate Core Competencies, Clinical Proficiencies, and academics as they apply their learning in a real world clinical setting. Students build the skills they will need to be successful in the mental health profession. The Practica also give students the chance to discover the clinical relationship skills and techniques that work for them in the clinical setting and the client populations with which they are most effective. The level of professionalism and enthusiasm, with which students approach their practica, has a direct bearing on their success and the quality of their learning experience.

 

In the Clinical Practica, students must understand their professional obligations to clients and to the University. They must strive to maintain appropriate relationships and demeanor whenever clients are present. As the APA Code of Conduct states, “Psychologists uphold professional standards of conduct, clarify their professional roles and obligations, accept appropriate responsibility for their behavior, and adapt their methods and needs to different populations.”

 

Students in the PsyD, Clinical Specialization may do Clinical Practicum, in community settings, with the approval of the Director of Clinical Training. Supervision must be provided by a licensed psychologist who is credentialed and approved by the University of the Rockies Dean of the School of Professional Psychology and the Director of Clinical Training. These supervisors agree to be in regular communication with the Director of Clinical Training. All students in the MA program are required to do most of their Practica hours in the Rockies Counseling Center. Exceptions are granted by the Director of Clinical Training.

 


Personal Therapy Requirement

The University of the Rockies faculty understands that as a part of becoming a psychologist or therapist one needs to be aware of his or her biases, beliefs, and challenges. Therefore, each student in a Mental Healthcare specialization program is required to participate as a client in psychotherapy with a licensed psychologist. Being a client can be a growth experience as well as an educational opportunity for the graduate student.

 

For Master’s students, the requirement is met through a minimum of 20 hours or sessions over a minimum of 20 weeks. For Doctoral students, the requirement is met through a minimum of 30 hours/sessions of psychotherapy over a minimum of 30 weeks. Fifteen of the acquired therapy hours/sessions must be with the same psychologist. At least 20 of the hours must be in an individual modality. Students may apply up to 18 hours of personal therapy if they have acquired them within the preceding five years with a licensed psychologist (or other licensed mental health provider as approved by the Dean of the School of Professional Psychology).

 

University of the Rockies considers 30 hours a minimum number of therapy hours over a minimum of 30 weeks and encourages additional sessions if the student believes it would be of benefit personally or professionally. A requirement of additional hours of therapy may also be a part of a student’s development plan designed by the student and his or her advisor or other student support or administrative offices. An additional therapy requirement may also be imposed by the President, the Provost, or the Dean of the School of Professional Psychology.

 

Therapy must be conducted by a licensed psychologist, or other licensed mental health professional contingent on approval by the Dean of the School of Professional Psychology, who is not a University of the Rockies faculty member. Verification of participation must be indicated in a letter, on the letterhead of the psychologist, stating the number of sessions and hours spent in therapy, the period of time over which the therapy occurred, and the modality of the therapy. Diagnosis and treatment issues discussed in therapy must not be included in the letter. Verification must be sent to the University Registrar and must be on file at the time the student takes his or her final Comprehensive Examination. Therapy fees are the responsibility of the student and are not covered by tuition.

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