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Institutional Mission and Objectives

The mission of Virscend University is to inspire students with innovative ideas and business intelligence to prepare them to excel in a dynamic global environment. In order to pursue our mission, we provide educational services at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels with the focus on business administration. The special character of this institution is manifested in its commitment to the study of business. The purpose of the institution is to lead students from the local and distance learning community to the attainment of a bachelors or an advanced degree in business administration. Part of our mission is to convey to students the importance of lifelong learning. We endeavor to sustain these course offerings by developing an operational environment that is professionally managed, competently supervised, regularly evaluated and appropriately modified to keep the curriculum current. In all our programs and services, the faculty and administrators of this institution respect the value of diversity among students and faculty. Therefore, we encourage the participation of individuals from all nationalities and races.

Among the institution’s objective, we provide a business and management curriculum that is up-to-date to enable graduates to understand the spectrum of issues facing business owners and operators. We strive to develop self-directed adults who are able to work independently and collaboratively and who can benefit from instruction that is intellectually rigorous and practical. The university’s objectives include providing students with a challenging and relevant curriculum. It requires that the students consistently demonstrate higher-level thinking skills.

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BS (2-year degree completion program) Admission criteria:

  • Student must have earned an Associate Degree from an accredited institution in the United States or Canada; or an institution outside the United States or Canada and in addition provides a comprehensive evaluation of the degree performed by a foreign credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  • Students must have been awarded an Associate degree or have completed a minimum of 60 units of lower division coursework with a grade of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students must pay all applicable fees, as per the current published fee schedule at the time of the signing or entering into an enrollment contract or make other arrangements acceptable to the school.
  • This institution does not award credit for satisfactory completion of CLEP or other comparable examinations. This institution does not award credit for experiential learning.
  • This institution does not accept Ability to Benefit (ATB) students.
  • This institution has articulation agreements with domestic and international
    universities.

 Admission Process:

Virscend University accepts admission year-round. Admission decisions are made by the Admission Committee which consists of the president, an administrator and faculty member.

Submission Instruction (Bachelor of Science Application)

  1. Download and print out the PDF application form from our website.
  2. Fill out the application form and write a personal essay.
  3. Mail the application package including the following documents:

a. Complete application form

b. Complete personal essay answering one of the following prompts:

*Describe a time you encountered a problem and resolved it and explain its significance to you.

*Describe a problem that you would like to resolve and explain how you would resolve it and why it is of significance to you.

c. A check or money order in the amount of $20 USD as an application fee payable to Virscend University

d. Official transcripts from all colleges attended. Please note that the Bachelor of Science program only accepts transfer students who are at the Junior level of college or higher.

e. TOEFL Score: minimum of 500 paper-based or 61 internet-based (ONLY for students with an international degree)

f. Mail the application to:

Admission, Virscend University

16490 Bake Pkwy, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618

NOTE: Failure to mail in ALL documents with payment will result in a forfeiture of their application. In order to prevent such result student is encouraged to contact admissions office for help.

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Transfer Policy for MBA Program

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Refund Policy

A pro rata refund pursuant to section 94910(c) or 94920(d) or 94927 of the BPPE code shall be applied to students who have completed 60 % of the clock hours of instruction in any given period of attendance. The amount refunded will be the total amount paid by the student for the academic semester minus the portion of the educational program that was provided. The calculation is as follows:

The amount owed equals the total amount paid for tuition minus the daily charge for the program (total institutional charge, divided by the number of days or hours in the program), multiplied by the number of days the student attended, or was scheduled to attend, prior to withdrawal.

No refunds are due once the student has received more than 60% (9 weeks) of the clock hours of instruction in any given period of attendance. For purposes of determining a refund, a student shall be considered to have withdrawn from an educational program when he or she withdraws or is deemed withdrawn in accordance with the withdrawal policy.

If an institution has collected money from a student for transmittal documents in order to act on behalf of the student to pay a third party for a bond, library usage, or fees for a license, application, or examination and the institution has not paid the money to the third party at the time of the student’s withdrawal or cancellation, then the institution shall refund the money to the student within 45 days of the student’s withdrawal or cancellation.

This institution shall refund any credit balance on the student’s account within 45 days after the date of the student’s completion of, or withdrawal from, the educational program in which the student was enrolled.

Any questions a student may have regarding this enrollment agreement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capital Oaks Dr., #400 Sacramento, CA 95833, P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 980818, www.bppe.ca.gov., (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897. “A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling toll free (888) 370-7589 toll free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s Internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov

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Accreditation 

Virscend University has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the University is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within five years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy or Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at wscuc@wscuc.org or (510) 748-9001.

 It is a huge honor for a school to receive accreditation, so our team of staff and faculty is working diligently to obtain an official seal of approval from WASC.

In addition, Virscend University is in agreement with the Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education (BPPE) to achieve the following deadline:

  • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by November 1, 2019 and full accreditation by November 18, 2021.
  • As of June 4, 2019, Virscend University has met its first deadline.

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Student Conduct

Students are always expected to behave professionally and respectfully. Students are subject to dismissal for any inappropriate or unethical conduct including any act of academic dishonesty. Students are expected to dress and act accordingly while attending this institution. At the discretion of the school administration a student may be dismissed from school for reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Coming to class in an intoxicated or drugged state.
  • Possession of drugs or alcohol on campus.
  • Possession of a weapon on campus.
  • Behavior creating a safety hazard to another person(s).
  • Disobedient or disrespectful behavior to other students, an administrator and/or instructor.
  • Stealing or damaging the property of another.

Any student(s) found to have engaged in such conduct will be asked to leave the premises immediately. Disciplinary action will be determined by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of this institution and such determination will be made within 10 days after meeting with both the corresponding department chair and the student in question.

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Nondiscrimination Policy

This institution is committed to providing equal opportunities to all program applicants and employment applicants and current students and employees. Therefore, no act of discrimination shall occur against prospective and current students and employees in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, religious beliefs, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other classification that uses biases to preclude the acceptance and/or participation of a qualified individual. Please direct any inquiries regarding this policy, if any, to the Chief Operations Officer (CEO) who is assigned the responsibility for ensuring that this policy is followed.

To file a report against a discrimination act, a student should submit a written report to the Grievance Committee at Virscend University 16490 Bake Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618. The written report must contain a statement of the nature of the problem, the date the problem occurred, the names of the individuals involved, copies of documents, if any, which contain information regarding the problem. The student can expect to receive a written response within ten business days. Student’s rights are set forth at various places in this catalog. Contact the Administrative Office if you require additional information.

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Academic Freedom

Virscend University is committed to ensuring full academic freedom to all faculty and students. Confident in the qualifications and expertise of its faculty members, the college encourages its faculty members to exercise their individual judgments regarding the content of the assigned courses, organization of topics and instructional methods, provided only that these judgments be made within the context of the course descriptions as currently published, and provided that the instructional methods are those officially sanctioned by the institution, methods for which the institution has received oversight approval.

Virscend University encourages instructors and students to engage in discussion and dialogue. Students and faculty members alike are encouraged to freely express views, however controversial, as long as they believe it would advance understanding in their specialized discipline or sub-disciplines and as long as the discussion or dialogue does not violate our nondiscriminatory or sexual harassment policies.

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Sexual Harassment

This institution is committed to providing a work environment that is free of discrimination, intimidation, and harassment. In keeping with this commitment, we believe that it is necessary to affirmatively confront this subject and express our strong disapproval of sexual harassment. Therefore, we establish an institutional policy against harassing behavior that is applicable to all members, administrators, teachers, students and employees. Any person found to have sexually harassed another will face disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from employment. No one associated with this institution may engage in verbal abuse of a sexual nature; use sexually degrading or graphic words to describe an individual or an individual’s body; or display sexually suggestive objects or pictures at any facility or other venue associated with this institution.

Sexual harassment is unwelcomed conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to, sexual violence, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, indecent exposure and other verbal, non-verbal or physical unwelcomed conduct of a sexual nature, where such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the individual, and is in fact considered by the individual, as limiting the individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the university. Sexual harassment also includes gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Anyone can be a victim of sexual harassment, regardless of their sex and of the sex of the harasser Virscend University recognizes that sexual harassment may also occur between people of the same sex. What matters is that the sexual conduct is unwanted and unwelcome by the person against whom the conduct is directed. Students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the spirit and intent of this policy.

If a student is subjected or is a witness to the aforementioned occurrences, the student should file a grievance directed to the Grievance Committee. The student should document the event giving in as much detail as possible along with names, date, time and location.

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STUDENT’S RIGHT TO CANCEL

The student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund on tuition if it is requested on the first-class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. In such case, the institution shall refund 100 percent of the amount paid for institutional charges, less a reasonable deposit or application fee not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250). NOTE: If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.

A notice of cancellation shall be in writing, and a withdrawal may be effectuated by the student’s written notice to the school’s Admissions Office, 16490 Bake Pkwy, suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618 or by the student’s conduct, including, but not necessarily limited to, a student’s lack of attendance.

In addition, the school may withdraw a student from a course, if within the first two weeks of class the student has not reported to class nor communicated his intent to the instructor and admission office.

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Financial Aid Disclosure 

While Virscend is working on acquiring financial options for students, at the moment, Virscend university is not affiliated with any private or government financial institution. There are no loan programs or federal financial aid. Students must finance their own tuition or apply for Virscend University’s academic scholarships. Currently, Virscend offers 3 types of scholarships full-scholarship, Three-Fourth Scholarship and Half-Scholarship to qualified students. Full scholarships allow students to waive 100% of the cost of tuition, Three-Fourths allows students to waive 75% of the cost of full cost of tuition and Half scholarships allow students to waive 50% of the full cost of tuition. Candidates who apply for scholarships are evaluated based on individual qualifications which include the following criteria: GPA and work experience. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for the scholarships. For more information on our scholarship email us at admission@virscend.com.

To finance their own tuition, students either pay in-person at the Office of Admissions office or online by visiting our website: www.virscend.com. In person, students may pay either using cash, visa, master or American express or a check payable to: Virscend University. Online students pay using credit card only.

To apply for a scholarship, visit the Office of Admission for information.

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Academic Probation and Dismissal Policies

The Academic Program Director may place a student on academic probation if the student is not making satisfactory academic progress as per Virscend University’s GPA requirement. The student’s grade point average will be monitored at the end of each semester when grades are posted. Should the student’s GPA fall below 3.0 for MBA program student and 2.0 for BS program student, a student may be placed on academic probation. This will result in a formal advisory note, which will be sent to the student by mail or email, explaining the reason for the probation. If the student wishes to appeal the formal advisory, the student is to submit a written request for an administrative academic review to the Administrative Office:

Virscend University, 16490 Bake Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618

After the completion of the currently enrolled term, the student will have two additional terms to bring his or her grade point average up to or exceeding the minimum standard of the institution. The Academic Program Director will offer assistance in locating a suitable tutor, should such service be requested by the student. Any student seeking a tutor is financially responsible for the cost of all such tutoring. Thereafter, the student’s failure to achieve satisfactory academic progress may result in dismissal from the program.

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Leave of Absence

Should circumstances be such that a leave of absence is to be requested, a student must submit an application for a leave of absence to the Admissions Office:

Virscend University, 16490 Bake Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618

The written notice must contain a statement of the nature of the request. At the discretion of the Academic Program Director, a leave may be granted for a reasonable time, as warranted by the circumstances. If a student repeatedly resorts to the use of a leave of absence, and if such applications show a pattern of delays, or should the issuance of a leave of absence be such that it would significantly interfere with the planned completion of a program of study, the Academic Program Director may, in his/her sole discretion, dismiss a student from the program and issue the appropriate refunds as may be required.

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Student Grievance Procedures and Student Rights

Problems or complaints that students may have about students, faculty, staff or the institution can be resolved by directing the concern to the Grievance Committee (composed of one faculty and one staff). Currently those serving are Marketing Management faculty member and Deputy Director of Office of Admission.  The Grievance Committee is in charge of investigating and providing a resolution to the grievance. In order to process their grievance/complaint, the grievant must submit an email to either committee members or letter directed to the Grievance Committee at the following address: 16490 Bake Pkwy, Suite 100 Irvine CA 92618. The committee will send an acknowledgment by email/mail and schedule a meeting with the student within 10 days from which the letter was received.

However, if the grievant disapproves of the Committee’s response, the grievant may submit a complaint to the Director of Academic Programs. The complaint may be sent via email or letter to the following name and address: Virscend University, Office of Academic Programs, Virscend University 16490 Bake Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618. The written complaint must contain a statement of the nature of the problem, the date the problem occurred, the names of the individuals involved, copies of documents, if any, which contain information regarding the problem, evidence (if any) demonstrating that the institution’s grievance/complaint procedure was properly followed, and the student’s signature. Upon review, the Director of Academic Programs will send a written response to the individual within 10 business days. In addition, student’s rights are set forth at various places in this catalog. Contact the University if you require additional information for the following.

  • Complaint procedures
  • Right to Cancel Student
  • Tuition Recovery Fund
  • Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits
  • Student Grievance Procedures
  • Student Rights to Inspect Records and Obtain Transcripts
  • Non-Discrimination Policy
  • Academic Freedom
  • Sexual Harassment

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Other BPPE Required Disclosures

  • The policy of this institution is to update the official school catalog annually, in August of each year.Annual updates may be made by the use of supplements or inserts accompanying the catalog. If changes in educational programs, educational services, procedures, and/or policies required to be included in the catalog by statute or regulation are implemented before the issuance of the annually updated catalog, those changes shall be reflected at the time they are made in supplements or inserts accompanying the catalog.
  • This institution makes its current catalog and current program brochures available to the public at no charge. Individuals who wish to obtain a copy can make arrangements by simply calling the school’s admissions office.Any questions a student may have regarding information that is not covered may direct their concern to the admissions office.
  • Any questions unsatisfactorily answered by the catalog or admissions office may be directed to our Grievance Committee.
  • If a student does not conform with how the Grievance Committee responded to their concern(s), the student may direct their concern to Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capital Oaks Dr., #400 Sacramento, CA 95833, P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll free telephone number (888) 370-7589 Fax (916) 263-1897
  • A student, or any member of the public, may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling toll free (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s Internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov.
  • This institution currently does not admit students from other countries, so no visa related services are offered.
  • For a student whose high school or equivalent coursework was not completed in English, and for whom English was not a primary language, he/she will need to meet the following TOEFL requirements: for the BS program a student must have minimum score of 500 (paper based) or 61 (internet-based). For MBA program students, minimum of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based) score is needed. The TOEFL requirement does not apply to students who have received their high school diploma or the equivalent at an academic institution where instruction was provided in the English language. Similarly, the TOEFL requirement does not apply to students who have completed coursework in English at the college level.
  • Instructions will be given in no language other than English.
  • This institution does not provide ESL instruction.

CATALOG DISCLOSURES
• “Catalog Rights” define a student’s right to the set of requirements, conditions and
policies in which he/she was admitted into the program. Both undergraduate and
graduate students acquire “Catalog Rights” through their continuous attendance.
Continuous attendance is defined as maintaining uninterrupted enrollment in the
program and adhering to the attendance policy (See Attendance Policy). A student
impacted by circumstances beyond their control may request the Office of Academic
Programs to consider his/her situation and allow to maintain “Catalog Rights”. The
Academic Program Committee will review and make the final decision.
• As we continue to improve our program and services to meet the educational needs of
the 21st century, policies might be created, edited and/or renamed. As part of the
enrollment agreement, it is the obligation of the student to become familiar with the
latest catalog’s content from Virscend University. Furthermore, while we make every
effort to ensure that we provide students with the most updated information, there may
be instances where this may not be so. In such cases, we ask students to contact the
office in charge of their respective concern.

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