• All Future Generations University students engaged in research are expected to conduct their research with integrity and intellectual honesty at all times and with appropriate regard for human and/or animal subjects. Research proposals are to be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board. Future Generations students engaged in research are not to fabricate data or results; change or knowingly omit data or results, misinterpret results in the research record; or intentionally misappropriate the ideas, writings, research, or findings of others. All those engaged in research are expected to pursue the advancement of knowledge while meeting the highest standard of honesty, accuracy, and objectivity with respect to their communities. They are also expected to demonstrate accountability for sponsors’ funds and to comply with specific terms and conditions of contracts and grants, if applicable.

    Academic Integrity

    Academic integrity is a core institutional value at Future Generations University. This includes honesty and fairness in our scholarship and research, respect for each other, and responsibility for our conduct. Excellent scholarship must rest on honest originality, truth in presentation, diligence and precision in citing works and ideas we have used, and acknowledging our collaborations with others.

    Dishonesty

    Academic dishonesty may take a number of forms. Some of the most prevalent forms of academic dishonesty are plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration. Other forms of academic dishonesty include falsifying or misusing data from experiments, submitting the same paper for two classes without permission, copying from another student on exams or assignments, and the use of unauthorized collaboration or materials during exams.

    Reporting Student Dishonesty

    Future Generations University faculty and employees are required to report to the Director of Student Success all acts of academic dishonesty committed by students. The faculty member should discuss the matter with the student and then make an academic judgment about the student’s grade on the work affected by the dishonesty to academic and professional life. Acts of dishonesty by graduate students may result in suspension or dismissal from the University.

  • Academic integrity is a core institutional value at Future Generations University. This includes honesty and fairness in our scholarship and research, respect for each other, and responsibility for our conduct. Excellent scholarship must rest on honest originality, truth in presentation, diligence and precision in citing works and ideas we have used, and acknowledging our collaborations with others.

  • In order to graduate, a student needs passing grades on 36 credit hours of coursework. Grades will be awarded via the assessment point system.Final course grades will be reported as the number of points earned out of the 100 points attempted by the students. The point system may be translated to a letter grade or 4.0 GPA grading scale ranges from A (4.0) to F (0.0) as follows:

    93-100 points = A (4.0)
    90-92= A- (3.8)
    86-89= B+ (3.3)
    83-85= B (3.0)
    80-82= B- (2.8)
    76-79= C+ (2.3)
    73-75= C (2.0)
    70-72= C- (1.8)
    66-69= D+ (1.5)
    0-66 = F (0)

    A student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B). No course or Practicum in which a grade below C- (1.8) is earned may apply toward the degree.

  • The Master’s degree in Applied Community Change at Future Generations University is a mixture of coursework, Residentials, Labs, and a Practicum project. As the program progresses, there are many decisions to be made regarding which experiences and opportunities will address a student’s educational objectives. To assist with navigating this process, each student has access to a number of advising and mentoring options. While the Master’s program has clear requirements and a sequence, it is the University’s view that graduate degree programs must be owned by the student, with advisors acting as guides in the student’s own development as a scholar and practitioner. This section is intended to guide students and advisors in making advisor-advisee relationships as successful as possible.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Records Office of any name and/or address change. An email can be sent to records@future.edu. Students may also register personal email addresses with the Records Office. Official communication between the University and the student will use the student’s future.edu email address.

  • Upon formal notification or due to detection, Future Generations University will cooperate with law enforcement agencies and take all necessary means, including but not limited to temporary disconnection from internet access, to stop illegal sharing of copyrighted material on its network by identified users.

    Copyright is legal protection of intellectual property, in whatever medium, that is provided for by the laws of the United States to the owners of copyright. Types of works that are covered by copyright law include, but are not limited to, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, pictorial, graphic, film and multimedia works. Many people understand that printed works such as books and magazine articles are covered by copyright laws but they are not aware that the protection extends to software, digital works, and unpublished works and it covers all forms of a work, including its digital transmission and subsequent use.

    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), signed into law in 1998, recognizes that digital transmission of works adds complexity to the Copyright Law. The DMCA provides non-profit educational institutions with some protections if individual members of the community violate the law. However, for Future Generations University to maintain this protection, we must expeditiously take down or otherwise block access to infringing material whenever it is brought to our attention and whether or not the individual who is infringing has received notice.

    DMCA infractions can result in serious consequences regarding activities of faculty, graduate students, or staff who are performing teaching or research functions if the university has received more than two notices of infringement against an individual within a three-year period.

    Universities and individuals can be subject to the imposition of substantial damages for copyright infringement incidents relating to the use of University network services. In a civil action, the individual infringer may be liable for either actual damages or statutory damages of up to $30,000 (which may be increased to up to $150,000 if the court finds the infringement was willful). In addition, individual infringers may be subject to criminal prosecution. Criminal penalties include up to ten years imprisonment depending on the nature of the violation.

  • The University makes every reasonable effort, through the cooperation of all programs, to create an environment that is both safe and secure. Although we cannot guarantee safety, through cooperative efforts and appropriate education, we can strive toward that end.

    Future Generations University offers information throughout the year designed to inform students about safety procedures at Residential sessions. Students are informed of these procedures prior to attending Residential sessions.

    In cases of criminal activity that is considered a threat to others, the local police will be contacted immediately for assistance, and warnings will be distributed to students and staff as soon as possible after the occurrence of the threat, in order for all to take the necessary precautions.

    The University complies with federal, state, and local laws including those which regulate the possession, use, or sale of alcoholic beverages, and controlled substances. The University cooperates with local and state police in all felony crimes. Firearms, weapons, and ammunition are prohibited at Future Generations University.

  • It is Future Generations University’s desire to provide a drug-free, healthful, and safe workplace. To promote this goal, students are required to report in appropriate mental and physical condition to perform their work.

    Future Generations University Expressly Prohibits:

    • The use, possession, solicitation for, or sale of narcotics or other illegal drugs, or prescription medication without a prescription while performing an assignment or conducting Future Generations University business.
    • Being impaired or under the influence of legal or illegal drugs or alcohol away from Future Generations University premises, if such impairment or influence adversely affects the safety of the student or of others while on Future Generations University property, or puts at risk the Future Generations University’s reputation.
    • Possession, use, solicitation for, or sale of legal or illegal drugs or alcohol away from the University or premises, if such activity or involvement adversely affects the safety of the student or of others while on Future Generations University property, or puts at risk the Future Generations University’s reputation.
    • The presence of any detectable amount of prohibited substances in the student's system while on the premises of Future Generations University or while conducting Future Generations University business. "Prohibited substances" include illegal drugs, or prescription drugs not taken in accordance with a prescription given to the employee.
  • A grievance is a complaint by a student who alleges that he/she has been adversely affected in his/her professional or educational activities as a result of an arbitrary or capricious act, or failure to act, or a violation of a University procedure or regulation by one of his/her advisors, a faculty member, or other administrator or administrative body. A grievant is a student currently enrolled in the University who brings a grievance pursuant to this procedure.

    This sets forth a procedure whereby a student may grieve an adverse action or failure to act, or for a violation of University policy.

    Typically a complaint or dispute is brought to the attention of the Chief Operations Officer, and is resolved through informal discussion. In some circumstances, the Director of Student Success is asked to help in the informal resolution of grievances. The formal procedure set forth below is not meant to supplant attempts at resolving complaints through informal means. When at all possible, complaints and disputes should be settled through informal discussion, though there are no circumstances under which a grievance must be settled informally. The procedures presented here are to be applied only after every effort has been made to settle disputes informally.

    Whether settled informally or formally, the grievance process should move expeditiously without sacrificing the integrity of the process. Nothing in this document should be construed to impinge upon the responsibilities of any office and/or regularly constituted body of the University. Moreover, no action may be taken with respect to a grievance that would conflict with or modify any policy approved by the Board of Trustees of the University; any policy of the University; any federal, state, or local law or regulation; or any contract to which the University is a party.

    The following contacts are available to students seeking assistance with academic and non-academic concerns:

    • The Regional Academic Directors (RADs)
    • The Director of Student Success
    • Other faculty members

    As needed, the Chief Academic Officer of the University will convene a committee including him or herself, a rotating member of the Academic Council, and a graduate of a prior Master’s class to serve on the Grievance Committee. This Committee will hear any grievance. The Grievance Committee will consist of two or more University faculty members and one or more students.

    The following points provide clarification as to what may be considered under this grievance procedure:

    • Complaints alleging discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, or veteran status are to be referred to the University’s Office of Institutional Equity, and are not addressed by this procedure.
    • Disputes involving grades or other evaluation of the grievant's academic work may be addressed by this procedure only if the evaluation is alleged to be arbitrary or capricious.

    Disputes that are purely personal in nature and do not involve the grievant’s professional or educational activities are not addressed by this procedure.

    In the event that informal discussion fails to resolve a dispute, the grievant may initiate formal grievance procedures. The grievant may decide to submit a formal grievance at any time while at the University. Students may also file within one year of degree completion.

    • The formal grievance must be submitted in a written statement, signed and dated by the grievant. The statement should include (1) a factual description of the complaint or dispute resulting in the grievance; (2) the name of the person(s) against whom the grievance is initiated; (3) a brief description of all informal attempts at resolution; and (4) any other information that the grievant believes to be relevant or helpful. The grievant should attach to the written complaint a copy of any relevant documentation in his/her possession.
      The grievant should bring the case directly to the Chief Academic Officer, though he and she may consult with the Director of Student Success in preparing the documentation.
      All grievances will be handled as confidentially as possible. The grievant is cautioned that the initiation of a formal grievance is a serious matter and must not be undertaken in bad faith or over trivial matters. If a formal or informal grievance is found to have been maliciously motivated or based on false evidence, the Chief Academic Officer may take appropriate disciplinary action against those responsible. If the formal grievance, however incorrect or unsupportable, is initiated in good faith, no retaliatory or disciplinary action will be taken against the grievant, and appropriate measures will be taken to protect the grievant from retaliation.
      Throughout any informal or formal grievance process, the grievant may consult with the Director of Student Success, a faculty member, or a fellow student of his/her choice as an advocate and for guidance or support. The advocate may participate in the process with the grievant, provided the grievant has so notified the Chief Academic Officer.
    • Upon receipt of the grievance statement, the Chief Academic Officer will review the matter and consider whether informal attempts at resolution should be initiated or reinitiated. If the Chief Academic Officer finds that attempts at informal resolution have been exhausted and/or are unlikely to lead to resolution, the Chief Academic Officer will inform the grievant that the grievance is under consideration, and refer the grievance to the Ad Hoc Committee. The Ad Hoc Committee will decide whether the grievance statement raises a grievable issue under this policy. If it finds the grievance statement does not raise a grievable issue, the Ad Hoc Committee will so notify the grievant, stating the reasons for the Ad Hoc Committee`s decision. The Director of Student Success documents these proceedings.
    • If there is a grievable issue, the Ad Hoc Committee will notify the person(s) against whom the grievance is filed, and will provide a copy of the grievant’s statement. The Ad Hoc Committee will assemble all relevant documentation and facts. It may interview and take statements from witnesses, request information in writing from the grievant and respondent(s), convene a hearing, and/or invite the grievant, respondent, and/or other witnesses to come before the panel at a hearing.
      On the basis of the assembled information, the Ad Hoc Committee will attempt to identify a resolution of the grievance in a manner appropriate to the circumstances. The grievant must receive a summary of the committee’s findings and an opportunity to provide the Ad Hoc Committee with additional information prior to the panel’s report being forwarded to the Chief Academic Officer. Any resolution achieved by the committee will be subject to the approval of the Chief Academic Officer. Any dissenting views within the committee should be noted in the report to the Chief Academic Officer.
    • The Chief Academic Officer will issue a written determination of the grievance within ten days of receipt of a recommendation from the Ad Hoc Committee. The decision of the Chief Academic Officer will be the final University action in this matter, unless the grievance is against the Chief Academic Officer, in which case the President will make the final determination. When the Chief Academic Officer (or President) deems it appropriate, he/she may inform the grievant about actions taken arising from the decision.
  • Hazing or bullying at Future Generations University is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Hazing is defined in accordance with all applicable local, state, and/or federal laws and includes any action taken or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule, or endangerment of a student or group of students. Such activities include, but are not limited to: use or abuse of alcohol, paddling in any form, creation of excess fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, wearing of public apparel that is conspicuous and normally not in good taste, and morally degrading or humiliating games and activities. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

  • A student must request an incomplete from the professor if he/she is behind in the class and needs more time. It is up to the professor to grant the incomplete or not, and to set a completion date. If the student does not submit the work by this date, the professor will award a grade that reflects coursework completed up to that point. To be in good standing, students may carry no more than two Incomplete (I) grades, an Incomplete and a grade below C-, or two grades below C- at any time. In order to be granted an Incomplete, the student must have faced extenuating circumstances and be working steadily towards completion.

    Incomplete Grade Request Process:

    • Student completes the Incomplete Grade Request Form (located at www.future.edu).
    • Student emails the form to the professor of that course and the Records Office (records@future.edu).
    • Professor approves or denies the request, signs the form, and emails the form to both the student and the Records Office.
  • Future Generations University is committed to the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in all research, class projects, and relative activities. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) upholds the standards of government agencies (Federal Regulations Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, and Part 46).

  • The faculty and staff are frequently requested by students and alumni to write letters of recommendation for job applications, travel opportunities, further education, funding, or other possibilities that students pursue either during or after their degree. In general, the University is excited and willing to endorse our students in opportunities that move them and their communities forward. Faculty and staff retain the right, however, to decline to write a student a letter of recommendation for any reason, but particularly if the student has not yet completed the degree requirements and is requesting a letter so stating.

  • Future Generations University admits students of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetics to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students enrolled in the program. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, and national or ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and other related programs. This policy meets the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service's Revenue Procedure 75-70, dated March 1976.

  • At the beginning of each term, a student may choose Pass/Fail evaluation for one course. A grade of P will not affect a student’s grade point average. A student cannot take mandatory courses as Pass/Fail. Mandatory courses are indicated with an asterisk in the Course Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog.

  • Probationary status beyond one term will result in automatic dismissal. A student will be placed on academic probation if one of the following occurs:

    • They receive two incompletes.
    • They receive two C- (or below) grades.
    • They receive one incomplete and one C- (or below) grade.
    • Their grade point average falls below B (3.0).
  • In the event that a student has been dismissed from the Master’s program and wishes to be reinstated, the student must write a letter of request to the Academic Council (academiccouncil@future.edu). This letter must state clearly the student’s plan for completing satisfactory and timely work in the future.

    This letter should also explain why the student’s prior work product fell below required standards and address means by which such conduct will not recur. The Academic Council will review requests on an individual basis.

    If a request is denied, a student may request reinstatement again after the lapse of one year. Upon reinstatement, the student’s grade point average is the same as when he or she was dismissed.

    A reinstated student will be dismissed if he or she fails to attain a grade point average for the next term of 3.0 or higher. A reinstated student will not be guaranteed the same level of Financial Aid. A Letter of Reinstatement or Denial will be issued to the student and the student’s file.

  • To maintain satisfactory academic progress, the student’s academic history at Future Generations University must show that he/she has maintained grades consistent with the graduation requirements of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for graduate degree candidates and may not accumulate more than two incomplete grades. Failure to maintain good academic status could result in probation, eventual automatic withdrawal, and discontinuation of institutional Financial Aid. U.S. recipients of Federal Title IV Financial Aid must also maintain a 3.0 GPA and a 75% completion rate each term to remain eligible for aid.

  • Future Generations University is dedicated to providing an environment that is free from sexual harassment. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated by Future Generations University. Future Generations University is committed to take action if it learns of possible sexual harassment, even if the individual does not wish to file a formal complaint. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint.

    “Sexual harassment” is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently persistent or offensive to interfere with a student’s job performance or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment, and is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when, for example:

    • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s affiliation with the school.
    • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for grading or academic advancement decisions affecting such individual.
    • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment.

    Sexual harassment can occur when the conduct is unwelcome and in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

    • The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
    • The harasser can be the victim's faculty member, an agent of the faculty member, another faculty member in the school, a peer, or another non-faculty member.
    • The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
    • Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim. Offensive comments about a person’s sex in general.

    Though sexual harassment encompasses a wide range of conduct, some examples of prohibited conduct include the following:

    • Physical assaults of a sexual nature, such as rape, sexual battery, molestation; these are obvious, but sexual assault also includes attempts to commit these and intentional physical conduct that is sexual in nature, such as touching, pinching, patting, grabbing, brushing against another employee’s body or poking another employee’s body.
    • Unwelcome sexual advances, propositions, or other sexual comments, such as sexually oriented gestures, noises, remarks, jokes, or comments about a person’s sexuality or sexual experience.
    • Preferential treatment or promises of preferential treatment to a student for submitting to sexual conduct, including soliciting or attempting to solicit any student to engage in sexual activity for compensation or reward.
    • Subjecting, or threats of subjecting, a student to unwelcome sexual attention, conduct, or intentionally making the student’s learning more difficult because of that student’s sex.
    • Sexual or discriminatory displays or publications anywhere in Future Generations School.

    Unwelcome actions such as the following are inappropriate and, depending on circumstances, may in and of themselves meet the definition of sexual harassment or contribute to a hostile learning environment:

    • Sexual pranks, or repeated sexual teasing, jokes, or innuendo, in person or via e-mail. Verbal comments and/or abuse of a sexual nature.
    • Repeatedly standing too close to or brushing up against a person.
    • Repeatedly asking a person to socialize during off-duty hours when the person has said no or has indicated he or she is not interested (faculty in particular should be careful not to pressure their students to socialize).
    • Giving gifts or leaving objects that are sexually suggestive.
    • Repeatedly making sexually suggestive gestures.
    • Making or posting sexually demeaning or offensive pictures, cartoons, or other materials in the school.
    • Off-duty, unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that affects the learning environment.
  • In keeping with Future Generations University intent to provide a safe and healthful campus environment, smoking and the use of tobacco (including “spit” or chewing tobacco) is prohibited throughout the campus and in company owned vehicles. This policy applies equally to all students, employees, customers, and visitors.

  • Course waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students who have already taken a course equivalent to one of the required courses. In such instances, students must take another elective or a special studies course. This course usually allows students to explore, in a self-directed fashion, more advanced topics related to the course for which they requested the waiver. Course waivers and special studies opportunities may be subject to the availability of faculty.

  • Future Generations is conscious of the balancing act that many students face as they engage in studies, research, work and family commitments, and pressing current events. There are occasions when students may need to withdraw from the program. Students must explain these exigencies in writing to the Academic Council (academiccouncil@future.edu) and request permission to withdraw. The Academic Council will also instruct when and how a student may rejoin a future Master’s class for completing courses and terms from which a student has withdrawn. The Registrar is responsible for tracking a student’s eventual completion of coursework. When a student rejoins a future class, he/she is not guaranteed the same level of financial aid as before. The Financial Aid Committee must reevaluate in light of student need and current resources.