In order to be eligible for U.S. Department of Education Student Loans, United States students must meet the following Liverpool Hope University (hereafter referred to as LHU) policies, which conform to U.S. Department of Education regulations.
Undergraduate academic courses at LHU are known as “modules” and most commonly are year-long in duration, each carrying 30 credits. The required full-time study programme is four modules (120 credits) per academic year.
Students must successfully complete 120 credits at each level of their degree programme in order to progress to the next year level (Year 1 = Level C, Year 2 = Level I, Year 3 = Level H).
All assignments with their grade weightings for individual assessments will be provided to students on each module at the beginning of the academic year. The LHU pass mark is 40% out of 100% for all assignments using the published LHU mark scales.
The maximum timeframe for completion of an undergraduate certificate or degree program, for students taking US Federal Loans, may not exceed 150% of the published length of the program, in accordance with U.S. Federal Loan regulations.
In exceptional circumstances a student may appeal to extend their timeframe.
Postgraduate (graduate) programs may have a maximum timeframe which exceeds 150% of the published length of the program under special conditions of Interruption of Study (see below).
Periods of approved “Interruption of Study” (see below for details) will still be counted towards the completion of study timeframes for both undergraduates and postgraduates.
Any period of study in which a student does not receive Federal Loan aid will also still count towards the maximum timeframe for their academic program.
Academic Probation does not exist at LHU. Students are either in academic good standing, approved interruption of study or termination of studies.
Transfer Credits from another institution of higher education are approved on an individual basis by the transfer student’s accepting LHU academic program and count toward the maximum timeframe for completion of that program.
Changes in major subjects can in some instances be completed within the original program timeframe (for example, if a students is able to change their degree program from Combined Studies to Single Subject Studies within their original academic Deanery (Academic Division), as within Education or Humanities, etc. Within the Combined Studies Degree (two majors), a student can only change one of their major subjects at the end of their first year (Level C), in which case they would have to take an extra year, in a part-time mode of study, to complete 60 credits at Level C of the new subject.
If a student changes BOTH subjects or changes to a completely new Degree Program any previous credits earned will not count and the student is deemed to be starting again with a new timeframe.
LHU permits students to pursue a second academic degree, either undergraduate or postgraduate, if they meet the relevant entry requirements for the new degree program.
There are no summer semesters or “summer school” courses offered within LHU’s undergraduate or graduate degree programs at present.
There are no “incomplete” grades at LHU. Instead there is a “fail - non-submission” of work grade for a module (course). In this case the student will have one resubmission opportunity, currently during the last week in August following the fail in May-June. Resubmission results are published during the second week in the following September in time for a student to progress to the next level of study if they achieve a pass and the required 120 credits for their current level of study.
All LHU grades are technically “provisional” until they are formally approved by each Degree Program’s Board of Examiners at the end of each academic year in June (and early September for resubmissions). Normally provisional grades are approved unchanged, the only exceptions being:
In such cases as (2) and (3) above students’ work will be remarked following the correct assessment procedures and criteria in time for the student(s) to progress, if their work is deemed of a pass standard or higher.
Students are allowed to repeat (retake) any failed module once only. Any retaken course will receive the full credit value but only a pass mark no greater than “E” (indicating a bare pass at 40%). This to prevent students wilfully failing modules poorly engaged with in order to retake them to attempt a higher grade. All time periods used to pass retakes will count towards a student’s program timeframe. If a retake is failed, the student’s studies will be terminated, unless Medical documentation is supplied showing the fail was outside the student’s control, in which case a further assessment opportunity or retake will be allowed depending on the circumstances. Once a module is passed, a student cannot retake it in order to achieve a higher grade.
In order to officially Withdraw from the University, a student must complete the LHU “Withdrawal from Studies Form” (undergraduate or postgraduate form as appropriate). The form should be submitted either to the Help Desk in the Gateway Building foyer or mailed to The Registry Office, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool L16 9JD. Under exceptional circumstances a student may inform the Registrar in writing, stating clearly their intended date of Withdrawing from the University. The student will be liable for all LHU fees up to the date on their completed Withdrawal form or the date in their written statement, whichever is the earlier. You are strongly advised to keep a photocopy of your notification. When a student withdraws from the University they will receive a transcript of all course credits and grades achieved, if they request one. However, they are deemed to have left the University and must reapply as a new student if they wish to return. Any previous academic credits and grades will only be accepted if they are deemed applicable to the academic program for which the student is applying.
Any student who leaves their LHU course without completing the official LHU “Withdrawal from Studies Form,” or sending the Registrar written confirmation of their Withdrawal and date, will remain a registered LHU student and will be liable for all LHU fees for the academic year in question. It is the student’s responsibility to officially Withdraw, not the University’s to eventually discover the student is no longer attending their classes.
(Leave of Absence) Students are allowed to interrupt their studies only after receiving formal approval from the University. Interruption of Study will normally only be granted for medical reasons, family bereavement or other serious non-academic circumstances outside the student’s control. Any student wishing to interrupt their studies should make an appointment with a Senior Academic Advisor in their Deanery (Academic Division) and complete an “Interruption of Study Form”. The form must be signed by a Senior Academic Advisor. In order to continue to qualify for US Federal Loan aid the interruption period cannot exceed 180 days in any 12 month period or extend beyond the current academic year. Any interrupted LHU student, whether receiving US Federal Loan aid or not, is normally expected to return to their studies in the September following the period of interruption. Only under exceptional circumstances will an interruption be extended longer: US Federal Loan recipients should direct such an appeal to the LHU Office of Financial Aid.
An Interrupting student will be charged for all LHU fees owed up to the approval date on the LHU “Interruption of Study Form”. Students receiving US Federal Loan aid may be liable for the return of a portion of those funds, depending on the effective date of the Interruption. Any student considering Interruption of Study is strongly advised to seek advice from the LHU Finance Office before making their decision. Otherwise, during an approved Interruption of Study period the student continues in their LHU registered student status. For US Federal Loan recipients this means “in-school” status
For repayment purposes you will not have to begin repayment of loan funds. However, if you do not return, the Last Day of Attendance for start of repayment calculation will be the date the Interruption of Study was effective, and you may have already used up your allowed grace period.
Any student who interrupts their studies without University approval by completing the LHU “Interruption of Study Form” will remain registered on all their modules and will be liable for all LHU fees.
LHU does not offer non-credit remedial courses.
Students have the right to appeal against any academic decision, including termination of studies, but it must be on one of the following grounds: (1) of Medical evidence or other serious mitigating circumstances (as bereavement of a close family member or life-threatening illness) not previously submitted or (2) the student can produce documentary evidence showing that they were treated unfairly in relation to other students on the module and/or that published academic procedures were not followed in their case. Academic Appeals should be directed to Dr Neil McLaughlin-Cook, The Registrar, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD. The University’s full Appeals Procedure is published in the annual Student Handbook available to all students. Appeals will be dealt with in a prompt manner so that, if successful, the student can re-engage with their studies as quickly as possible. There is no probationary period at LHU as part of the appeals process, or in any other context. If the Appeal is successful the Registrar’s Office will inform the student of any outstanding work that needs completion and/or of their pass and progress status.
LHU only terminates a student’s registration on grounds of serious lack of engagement with their modules regarding attendance and the submission of assignments, and/or for serious infraction of the University’s Code of Behaviour. Any student who fails a retake of a course (the second attempt to pass the module including the full resit opportunity) will also have their studies terminated.
When a student formally Interrupts Study, Withdraws from the University, or has their studies Terminated, their student aid will be terminated. Renewal of student aid will only be approved after an Interrupted student has registered for new modules (courses). For all other students in the above categories, student aid can only be renewed after they have reapplied and been offered a place on an LHU academic program.