Jan 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Catalog Addenda

Modifications to the Online Catalog

  • College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
  • College of Chiropractic
  • Life University

Policy Updates/Revisions


AS.028  UG Course Repeat & Retake Policy (Revision)

Repeatable Courses:

  • Certain courses note in their descriptions that they “may be repeated”. Students may repeat such courses within the course restrictions and receive credit each time.

  • Each grade for such repeated courses is computed in the student’s grade point average; a repeat grade does not replace the original grade.

  • Only courses stating in the description that they may be repeated may be taken more than once for credit.

Retaking Courses:

  • A student may retake a course for which their highest earned grade is a “D” or below.

  • A student may also retake a course, when approved by the appropriate academic dean, for which he or she needs to earn a higher grade in order to fulfill a prerequisite or a course requirement for a degree, major or minor, as well as admission requirements for graduate programs. Approval from the Dean, or their designee, is required to retake a course with a grade of “C” or higher.

  • A student will have a maximum of three (3) attempts at any one course, where a course with a letter grade of a “W/WF”notation counts as an attempt.

  • A student will be allowed no more than a total of three (3) different repeated courses in their undergraduate career.

  • All grades earned at Life University will be calculated in the term and cumulative grade point averages. The letter grade earned in the most recent attempt will be included in cumulative credit totals and grade point average even if that grade is lower than the previous grade.

  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an advisor to determine whether re enrollment is advisable.

  • Further, students should be aware that repeating a course may have an impact on financial aid, insurance, entrance toprofessional schools, participation in athletics, immigration status and other non-academic matters.

  • Academic advisors may deregister a student’s second or more attempt of a class under certain circumstances, including:

    • Not making sufficient major progress
    • Earning below a cumulative 2.0
    • Retaking two or more courses in the same quarter
    • Retaking a course after earning a “C” or better on the first attempt, without pre- approval from Dean’s office


SA.041  Minor On Campus Policy

This policy will address the presence of minors on campus in these primary areas:

  1. As visitors in the Workplace
  2. As visitors in the Classroom
  3. As patients in the Clinic
  4. As visitors in the Residence Halls
  5. As attendees to residential or commuter camps/conferences held on campus

Minors as Visitors in the Workplace

Any visit involving minors, other than a brief, occasional visit by a family member, requires appropriate supervisory, department administrative, or faculty instructor approval. Minors are not permitted in high-risk nor high-traffic areas except where specifically allowed otherwise by university policy and/or approval.

High-risk areas are defined as areas particularly subject or exposed to a danger likely to result in harm or injury. Examples of high-risk areas include, but are not limited to:

  Food preparation areas

  Areas containing power tools or machinery with exposed moving parts or rotating equipment (mechanical rooms)

  Areas with heavy-duty or other motorized equipment

  Laboratories or specialized work areas that include chemical hazards, biological hazards, radioactive hazards, flammables, explosives, compressed gases, sharp objects, lasers, research animals, electrical hazards, hazardous wastes, or other environmental hazards

  Other high-risk areas (rooftops, construction zones, etc.)

High-traffic areas are defined as areas where there is a large volume of people, busy areas, heavily frequented areas, or well-trodden areas. Examples of high-traffic areas include, but are not limited to:

 Departmental or office front desk areas

Minors as Visitors in the Classroom

Minors are not allowed in the classroom as it may interfere with instruction and be a distraction to other students. Students have the option of participating synchronously, asynchronously, or remotely rather than bring a minor to class.

Minors as Patients in the Clinic

Unsupervised children are not permitted in the clinical facilities at any time. Certain restrictions have been instituted for safety and orderly clinic operations. A child, who is disruptive and behaving poorly, may be asked to leave by the Clinic Director or his/her designee.

Individuals under the age of eighteen (18) may not become patients of the Life University Chiropractic Clinics without the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.

Children age fifteen (15) and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on each visit to the Life Chiropractic Clinics. If it is impossible for a parent or guardian to accompany the child, another individual may be designated by the parent or guardian to accompany the child to the clinic for services other than examinations, re-examinations and report of findings. The designated representative must be eighteen years of age or older and may not be a student in Life University’s College of Chiropractic unless the student is the parent or legal guardian. This individual must present a notarized statement from the parent or guardian so designating him/her as the representative of the parent or legal guardian.

See Life University Campus Center for Health and Optimum Performance (Level 1 Clinics) Intern Handbook for policies related to minors in the clinic.

Minors as Visitors in the Residence Halls

Minor visitors may be allowed, subject to applicable University policies and the exceptions outlined herein, in student residential housing floors or rooms, but must be escorted at all times by their resident host or by their parent/legal guardian.

For visits and/or overnight stays, the resident host is responsible for the minor guest and must accompany them at all times. Residents are not permitted to host minor guests under the age of 16 for visits unless the guests are siblings or children of the resident and are subject to the published overnight guest policy. If the minor guest is unrelated to the resident host and is under age 16, the minor’s parent or guardian must also be present at all times. Residents are not permitted to host overnight guests under the age of 16; requests for exceptions for siblings of the resident may be reviewed and must be approved 24 hours in advance of the stay by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Residents who violate these policies may be referred to the Office of Conflict Resolution and Accountability.

See Life University Community Living Standards for policies related to resident guests and overnight visitation.

Minors Attending Camps/Conferences on Campus

All programs serving minors held on Life University campus facilities or utilizing Life University’s name or resources in any way must operate under the administrative purview of a Life University sponsoring unit. All programs must be reviewed before the program activities involving minors occur. All sponsoring units must submit compliance and risk management documentation related to the camp/conference to the Senior Director of Student Affairs Auxiliary Services for review prior to the camp/conference start date.

For residential camps, please see Resident Camper Policy SS.023.

Background Investigation for Authorized Individuals

All Authorized Individuals with primary responsibilities involving the direct interaction with minors are required to have a current satisfactory background investigation on record with Life University at the time of hire and/or involvement with minors.

Mandatory Training

Program Sponsors are responsible for ensuring that all Authorized Individuals who will have direct contact with minors complete all required and necessary training prior to having contact with activities involving minors on Life University property. The Program Sponsor is responsible for keeping a certificate of completion on file for all Authorized Individuals.

All Authorized Individuals must complete Life University approved training prior to having contact with minors. The training will include, but is not limited to:

 Mandatory reporting requirements
 Responsibilities and expectations
 Safety and security procedures
 Housing policies and protocols (for residential camps)

Third-Party organizations must agree to conduct training for their staff/counselors and inform them of the university notification procedures in the event of an emergency. They must also provide proof that all Authorized Individuals, employees, contractors, or agents charges with the supervision of minors for the event at any Life University facility have passed a background check.


University employees, vendors, and contractors who wish to bring minors to the university for extended periods during work hours must submit a request, in writing, to their supervisor seeking approval at least 24 hours prior to bringing the minor to campus.

Students who wish to attend class asynchronously must inform their professor by completing the asynchronous assignment to count toward attendance.

Written authorization by the parent or legal guardian must be obtained for minors between 16-18 before undergoing initial procedures in the Clinic, including any portion of the patient’s case history takes place. The parent or legal guardian must be present during the initial examination process and remain present through the completion of the Report of Findings, signing of the informed consent, and first adjustment.

Written consent for minor 15 or under must be obtained from the parent or legal guardian before any services are performed on the minor child. If written consent is not obtained, no Clinic services will be performed on a minor child.

The written consent of the parent or legal guardian must be signed in one of the clinical facilities and must be witnessed by a member of the clerical or professional staff.

Resident hosts must register overnight minor guests at least 48 hours in advance of the stay by completing the guest registration form on StarRez. The resident host must provide the age of the guest and documentation that the minor’s parent or guardian approves the visit.

  The minor’s parent/guardian must complete a Minor Guest Registration Form which will need to be validated to the Residence Life Staff at least 48 hours prior to the minor’s visit. Resident host must contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life to obtain the form.

  During operational office hours, minor guests should be registered at the Office of Housing and Residence Life by calling the main office number. Outside of office hours, residents need to call the Resident Assistant on duty to register their guest.

  It is the responsibility of residents hosting a minor to ensure that their guest(s) are registered and escorted at all times.


AS.053  Life University Academic Grading Standards Policy

The grading system used at Life University is the standard four-point system. The following is a comparison of a percentage system, letter system and four-point system.

  90-100 percent is equivalent to an “A” and is worth 4 quality points.

  80-89 percent is equivalent to a “B” and is worth 3 quality points.

  70-79 percent is equivalent to a “C” and is worth 2 quality points.

  60-69 percent is equivalent to a “D” and is worth 1 quality point. **(See note below.)

  Below 60 percent is an “F” and is worth 0 quality points.

  P/NP-Pass/No Pass - does not count in the Grade Point Average (GPA).

  I-Incomplete (Converts to “F” or “NP” at the end of the second week of following quarter.)

  IP-In Progress

  W-Withdrawn

  WF/WNP-Withdrawn Failure/Withdraw No pass

  AU-Audit

** Note: A grade “D” is not issued in the College of Chiropractic or any Graduate program within the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies or the College of Online Education.


SP.007  Life University NIL Policy


Effective in the Fall of 2020, NAIA student-athletes may earn compensation for the use of the their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”). Life University fully supports student-athletes’ NIL rights, as participation in intercollegiate athletics should not infringe upon a student-athlete’s right to earn compensation for his/her/their NIL. The Guidelines below are made with consideration of NAIA bylaws, and provide additional information about student-athlete NIL rights. This policy may be updated from time to time with notice to student-athletes. The goal of this policy is to provide clear guidance to ensure compliance with NAIA bylaws, protect student-athlete eligibility, and uphold Life University standards.


Name, Image and Likeness (“NIL”): An initiative to allow student-athletes with the opportunity to benefit financially from the use of their NIL. Examples of how student-athletes may monetize their NIL (not an exhaustive list):

  1. Promoting their own business;

  2. Promoting a third-party entity (e.g., brand ambassador, social media influencer); Establishing their own camp/clinic;

  3. Making paid appearances at businesses; or

  4. Signing autographs or other memorabilia.

Agent:  Any individual who, directly or indirectly, represents or attempts to represent an individual for the purpose of marketing his/her/their athletics ability or reputation for financial gain or seeks to obtain any type of financial gain or benefit from an intercollegiate athlete’s potential earnings. Note: The use of the term agent solely pertains to compensation from one’s NIL, and does not allow for agents to be used for contracts relating to professional or semi- professional sports, which is NOT allowed due to amateurism guidelines.

Attorney: A person who is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia.

Compensation: Any form of payment or renumeration, including but not limited to cash, gifts, in-kind items of value, discounts on goods/services, social media compensation, digital currency, payments for licensing or use of publicity rights, payments for other intellectual or intangible property rights under federal or state law, and any other form of payment or renumeration. Compensation is not defined as:

  1. Educational expenses or financial aid, benefits, or awards provided to a student- athlete in accordance with the rules of NAIA;

  2. Federal or state grants or scholarships;

  3. Institutional or federal work study rate

Contract: Any written or verbal agreement between a student athlete and another individual which includes goals and objectives, standards, prohibitions, rules, or expectations applicable to the student-athlete.

Endorsement: An act of giving one’s public approval or support to someone or something.

Grant-in-Aid (including Cost of Attendance): Athletically related financial aid to assist an intercollegiate student-athlete with costs associated with attending a postsecondary education institution.

Image: Picture of the student athlete

Institutional Staff Member: An officer, director, employee or agent of Life University.

Likeness: Physical, digital, or other depiction or representation of the student athlete.

Name: Defined as first or last name, or the nickname, of the student athlete when used in a context that reasonably identifies the student athlete

Prospective Student-Athlete: An individual who has not yet enrolled in classes at Life University.

Student-athlete: A student enrolled at Life University who participates in or is eligible to participate in any intercollegiate athletic program. A person who is permanently ineligible to participate in a particular intercollegiate athletic program is not a student-athlete for the purposes of NIL. Student-athletes who are temporarily ineligible due to grades, violation of policies, etc. is still defined as a student-athlete for NIL purposes.

Life University Guidelines

A student-athlete at Life University may earn compensation for the use of his/her/their NIL if:

  • The compensation is not tied to the student-athlete’s participation or performance(e.g., tying incentives to the number of points scored, shots saved, times performed,etc.);

  • The compensation is not tied to attendance at Life University (both for continued attendance and recruiting purposes);

  • The compensation is not provided by Life University, any Life University institutional staff member, a Life University cooperative organization, or an officer, director, employee or agent of any of these entities;

  • The compensation is not arranged by or directed by an institutional staff member of Life University; and

  • The duration of a contract for representation of a student-athlete or compensation for the use of a student-athlete’s NIL does not extend beyond his/her/their participation in an athletics program at a Life University.

A student-athlete’s scholarship will not be revoked or scholarship eligibility be adversely impacted as a result of a student-athlete earning compensation. No student- athlete can receive any compensation for the use of his or her name, image, or likeness when the student is engaged in official activities of the intercollegiate athletic program.

Life University international student-athletes should not enter into any compensation agreement without first checking with the Coordinator of International Programs to ensure it complies with Visa and immigration requirements.

Use of Life University Institutional Marks

A student athlete may utilize Life University intellectual property only when that use is incidental to the use of his/her/their NIL. This means that student-athletes may utilize Life U intellectual property while wearing an athletic uniform or gear bearing Life U trademarks or logos but may not use Life U intellectual property in the operation of a business such as the sale or distribution of clothing items.

All Life University intellectual property used, such as logos, fonts, and colors should follow all standards outlined in the Life University Brand Standards Guide.

The use of official logos, marks, and colors are only permitted after the student-athlete follows the appropriate reporting/disclosure requirements as outlined in this policy.

Student-Athlete Reporting/Disclosure Requirements

Any student-athlete receiving compensation for the use of their NIL must fill out the form provided on the athletics website prior to signing/agreeing to a written or verbal contract. This is not a one-time submission, as a new form must be filled and submitted for every distinct NIL compensation received.

According to the NAIA bylaws, failure to disclose NIL compensation appropriately shall result in an NAIA institutional self-report, to be reviewed by the National Coordinating Committee. The committee is empowered to review such violations and apply penalties as necessary, including but not limited to a warning or reprimand to the student-athlete, withholding the student from future competitions, and/or determining the student has lost his or her amateur status (VI.C.11).

Contract/Standards Conflict

Life University reserves the right to identify conflicts between student-athlete contracts and existing University sponsorship agreements/contracts, as well as conflicts with University mission/values.

If a conflict is identified, Life University will disclose to the student-athlete the relevant provisions of the contract that are asserted to be in conflict. After disclosure, it is the responsibility of the student-athlete or his/her/their representative to either decline the contract or make appropriate provisions to the contract to remedy conflict(s). Provisions must be resubmitted using the aforementioned reporting requirements.

In accordance with Life University mission/values, student-athletes may not enter into NIL arrangements tied to the endorsement of tobacco, alcohol, illegal substances or activities, banned athletic substances, adult entertainment, illegal services, or any form of gambling. Additional impermissible forms of NIL compensation that conflicts with University agreements/contracts include other providers of higher education (other colleges and universities), health care businesses, and related services.

Representation from Agent/Attorney

Life University may not prevent or restrict a student-athlete from obtaining representation by an agent or an attorney for the sole purpose of representing the student-athlete in matters pertaining to the use of the student-athlete’s NIL.

Any representation by an attorney obtained by a student-athlete for the purpose of representing the student-athlete in matters pertaining to the use of the intercollegiate athlete’s NIL, shall be licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia.

It is the student-athlete’s responsibility to ensure appropriate representation is obtained and licensure/certification documentation is available if requested.


While Life University will not penalize a student-athlete for earning compensation as a result of his/her/their NIL, there are repercussions for failure of a student-athlete to comply with the reporting/disclosure requirements outlined within this policy. Failure to report/disclose NIL compensation will be handled through the Department of Athletics and/or NAIA. Failure to report can include (but is not limited to) the following:

a) Additional NIL education/training
b) Temporary or permanent loss of eligibility
c) Loss of amateur status
d) Temporary suspension of athletic participation e) Loss of athletic scholarship

Student-athletes in conflict with Life University contracts/standards that occur as a result of not following reporting/disclosure requirements may be subject to disciplinary procedures as outlined in the Life University Student Code of Conduct.


AS.054  Graduate Student Advancement To Candidacy Policy

Admission to Life University does not imply advancement of a student to candidacy for a graduate degree. Advancement to candidacy is contingent on the approval of the Dean of the College, or their designee, after the student has met the formal requirements and has demonstrated sufficient proficiency to attain the graduate competencies required for this degree. Advancement to candidacy requires:

  1. All acceptance (admission materials) requirements must be fulfilled;

  2. Successful completion of the area of concentration course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and

  3. Successful completion of a thesis, written comprehensive examination, and/or departmental research project.


Each quarter the Dean of the College, or their designee, will send to the Registrar a list of those graduate students who meet the requirements for candidacy for graduation. This list will be sent no later than week 6 of the quarter.


AS.047  DCP Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter Policy (Revision)

Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP) students may enroll for a maximum cumulative total of 27.5 credit hours per quarter for all degree plans. Those students seeking to take more than 27.5, must have an institutional cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, not failed any classes the previous quarter, have no outstanding I or IPs, and must receive approval from the Dean, or their designee.

The advisor will note the request for permission to take more than 27.5 credit hours in any given quarter by Friday of Week 10 the prior quarter. The required form must include the total number of credit hours and the courses requested, the rationale as to why the additional credits are needed, and the student’s current cumulative GPA and total credits completed toward degree. The Dean, or their designee, will review the request from the advisor and respond to the student.

Any student who has enrolled in more than 27.5 credit hours without permission of the Dean’s office will be contacted and asked to withdraw from courses sufficient enough to lower the total credit hours being attempted to 27.5 or less. If the student does not respond, the student will be withdrawn from courses sufficient enough to lower the total credit hours being attempted to 27.5 hours or less.