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Academic Policies and Procedures

  • Students must remain in good standing with Nova Southeastern University.
  • Students must remain in good standing with the Bursar's office.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students may be suspended or expelled for such actions.
    • Students are expected to comply with the legal and ethical standards of the institution. Academic and non-academic dishonesty and/or misconduct will result in disciplinary action. Dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, forging and/or altering institution documents or credentials. Misconduct can include but is not limited to theft, vandalism, disruptive behavior, sexual harassment, or abuse against other class members or NSU faculty or staff. This includes written or verbal threats against individuals. This includes improper use of technology resources. Students must abide by Nova Southeastern University and the College of Law's codes of conduct.
    • Plagiarism is generally defined as literary theft, representing the words or ideas of another as your own, and this is not tolerated by either the College of Law or the University. All sources must be acknowledged. Quotations from, and paraphrases and summaries of, the work of others must be referenced in an appropriate manner as required by the professor.
  • The program must be completed within five years of beginning the program.
    • A student has five calendar years to complete the program. If after five years you have not graduated students may need to retake courses that were taken before that point in time. Leaves of absences taken during the course of the program, even for medical reasons, do not extend the five-year time limit.
  • There is no grade appeal process at the College of Law. Final grades are only changed for calculation errors.
  • The last day to add a class is the Friday prior to the start of term. Students must be officially registered prior to the start date of course(s) in order to participate in and receive academic credit for those courses.

Satisfactory Academic Progress


Nova Southeastern University maintains a system of records that includes forms, letters of recommendations, application material, and transcripts from student's previous academic work. These records are available for review by the individual upon written request to the department. The original/official documents must be maintained by the university while the student is enrolled in the program.

To be eligible to graduate the student must fulfill the following requirements.

Satisfactorily complete the course of study required for the program of study:

  • Complete and Submit the Application for Degree form
  • Meet all financial obligations to the University (tuition, fees, and miscellaneous charges)
  • Cumulative grade point average must be a 2.5 or higher to be eligible for graduation
  • Successfully complete all required coursework

A student graduates with honors by earning the following cumulative grade point average for coursework completed in their program of study.

  • Cum Laude 3.60 - 3.74
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.75 - 3.90
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.91 - 4.00

Participation in Your Courses:

In order to be successful in the Master of Science in Law program, students must be actively engaged in classes and follow all assignments, instructions, etc. as outlined in your course syllabi. In case of an emergency that may limit your access to the Internet, please let the program office staff and your professor know immediately. 

Class Attendance Policy/Student Never Attended:

The following is the official NSU policy regarding class attendance: If a student never attended the course or never actively participated in the course, the instructor must enter an ‘unearned’ failing (F) grade, 0.0 hours attended, and the first day of the class as the last date of attendance in WebSTAR.

Students are not permitted to petition and receive a retroactive drop, withdrawal, or refund for a course after the end of the term. If a student chooses not to attend a class they are registered for – a grade will be earned. Students must withdraw from a class before the 7th week if they do not wish to earn a grade.

Withdrawal Information:

It is the student’s responsibility to register and withdraw from courses using the Webstar system. Simply not attending class or informing the instructor or staff of intention to withdraw is not considered an official withdrawal. This will result in a grade of “F” for the student.

To Drop a Class in Webstar: in the left hand column, ‘Action’ area, there is a window with a down arrow; click on the arrow. A message should appear indicating ‘Web Drop’, click this and then at the bottom of the form click on ‘Submit Changes’. If you have difficulty dropping a class, contact the Program Office.

Withdrawal deadline: A student must withdraw from a course no later than by the end of the seventh week of the term. Students are no longer permitted to withdrawal after the seventh week of the term.

10- week courses

  • A refund of 100% will be given to the student for any drop/ withdrawal within the first week of the term, including business and non-business days.
  • A refund of 75% will be given to the student for any drop/withdrawal within the second week of the term, including business and non- business days.
  • A refund of 50% will be given to the student for any drop/withdrawal within the third week of the term, including business and non-business days.
  • A refund of 25% will be given to the student for any drop/withdrawal with the fourth week of the term, including business and non-business days. 
  • No refund will be given to the student after the fourth week of the term.

Withdrawal deadline: A student must withdraw from a course no later than by the end of the seventh week of the term. Students are no longer permitted to withdrawal after the seventh week of the term. Please note: A refund will only be granted if the tuition has been paid in full at the time the drop/withdrawal is made. The student should contact the Assistant Dean of Online Programs by email if they need to drop or withdrawal from a course. The date of that email will be used to issue the refund.

Students are required to participate in the live class sessions and should not be penalized for missing a session. Students attending live classes cannot be given extra credit for class participation unless students that miss the live classes are also offered similar extra credit opportunities. Synchronous class participation is not a mandatory component of the MSL program. The live class participation requirement may be satisfied asynchronously where a student presents their course instructor with a one-page summary of the class session within one week of the missed class. This is but one way in which a student may demonstrate completion of this learning task. Faculty are free to utilize other methods that demonstrate compliance with this program requirement. Students who miss the sessions should listen to the recording and submit a summery in writing to the professor.

NSU offers a 15% tuition discount for members of the military who have been fully accepted into the program. The student must contact NSU's Department of Veteran Affairs to complete all required documentation prior to receiving the discount on tuition.

Standards of Progress
A student receiving veterans' benefits must maintain satisfactory progress. Students will be considered to be making satisfactory progress as long as they meet the academic standards set by their school for retention in their degree programs.

A student who, at the end of any evaluation period, has not attained and maintained satisfactory progress will be certified, in a probationary status, for only one additional evaluation period. Should this student not attain and maintain satisfactory progress by the end of the probationary period (one evaluation period), the student's VA educational benefits will be terminated for unsatisfactory progress.

A student whose VA educational benefits have been terminated for unsatisfactory progress may petition the school to be re-certified after one evaluation period has elapsed. The school may re-certify the student for VA educational benefits only if there is a reasonable likelihood that the student will be able to attain and maintain satisfactory progress for the remainder of the program.

For VA payment of benefits purposes, an "I" (Incomplete) designation for a course must be converted to a credit grade counting toward graduation, or a failing grade, by the end of one calendar year unless permission for a delay is granted by the Academic Dean for that program. An "NG" (NO GRADE) designation for a course must be converted to a credit grade counting toward graduation, of a failing grade, by the end of one regular semester unless permission for a delay is granted by the Academic Dean for that program.

Grade/Progress Reports
Each VA student will be provided a grade/progress report at the end of every evaluation period (e.g. term, semester). A copy of each report will be placed in the student's permanent file maintained by the school. The university periodically furnishes each student with a working transcript that shows current status of grades and earned semester hours for all courses completed and/or attempted, plus grades for courses in which the student is currently enrolled.

Credit for Prior Training (CPT)
Nova Southeastern University complies with federal regulations for veterans' training that it is mandatory for all veteran’s benefit recipients to report either prior education and/or training. A student receiving veterans' benefits that has previous post-secondary educational training/experience must request official transcript(s) be sent to the school. If the transcript has not been received prior to the end of the student's second term here at Nova Southeastern University, the student cannot be certified for veterans' benefits for the upcoming term. The student can be certified for veterans' benefits after the transcript has been received.

The school will evaluate the student's previous training and/or experience and grant credit as appropriate. Should credit(s) be accepted and/or granted, the student's tuition and training time will be reduced proportionately, with the veteran and VA so notified.

Student Conduct
All students are expected to comply with the legal and ethical standards of this institution.

Academic dishonesty and/or non-academic misconduct will result in disciplinary action. Specific instances of misconduct include, but are not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, and forging or altering institution documents and/or academic credentials.

The institution reserves the right to require a student to withdraw at any time for misconduct as described above. It also reserves the right to impose probation or suspension on a student whose conduct is determined to be unsatisfactory.

Students who feel their rights have been denied are entitled to due process. For additional information, please visit NSU's Department of Veterans Affairs.


  • Complete the Military Alliance Discount Form
  • Submit a copy of their Certificate of Release Form: DD-214 
    • The Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty is issued by the respective branch of the military when an individual completes a period of active duty. This document provides specific information on that period of service”
  • If the Veteran is on Active Duty then they should supply a letter from their Education Service Officer.

For tuition reimbursement documentation, please contact Nova Southeastern University’s Bursar’s Office at 1-800-541-6682, extension 25200.

All students are encouraged to attend the Academic Integrity and Academic Honesty class in Blackboard AND successful pass the quiz. The Academic Integrity Class can be found in Blackboard.

Resources:

Grades may be viewed by visiting http://webstar.nova.edu/ and entering your personal identification number, PIN. The M.S. Education Law program uses the following grading scale: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F.

To request student accommodations, please contact Nova Southeastern University’s Office of Student Disability Services at 1-800-541-6682, extension 27185 or disabilityservices@nova.edu
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