General School Catalog

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Institutional Mission and Objectives

The mission of Virscend University is to provide educational services at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels, with 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 bachelor 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 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.

 

The institution’s objective is to provide a business and management curriculum that is current 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.

 

Instructional Location

Virscend University

16490 Bake Parkway

Irvine, CA 92618

 

 

BPPE Approval

This institution is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private 7) Postsecondary Education. (BPPE) Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of title 5 of the California code of Regulations.

 

Financial Stability Bankruptcy History

This institution has not had a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession and has not filed a bankruptcy petition within the preceding five years nor has it had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

 

Our Stance on Diversity

 

Virscend University values diversity. Diversity enables us to provide our educational excellence to a broad range of students nationally and internationally. It enables us to create leaders, learners,

 

open-minded individuals, in all regions of the world. Our students, faculty and staff represent the broad diversity of our school. Their differences in race, gender, age, religion and disabilities are celebrated in our inclusive environment and we take pride in providing equal access to education. It demonstrates our continued commitment towards a multicultural society where individualistic practices are valued as strengths. It is our commitment to continue to preserve and expand our outreach of talented individuals from all around the world that enrich our school’s curriculum.

 

Description of the Facilities & Type of Equipment Used for Instruction

The school is located on a major thoroughfare in the city of Irvine, in a stand-alone building approximately 10 years old. The school facility is 5,000 square feet in size with 3 standard classrooms, a computer lab, a library/conference room, an administrator’s and admissions’ office. The classrooms are equipped with white boards, teacher and student desks, a projector with HDMI and mini-display adapters. The computer lab has 14 brand new HP desktops, a projector with a HDMI and mini-display adapters, a white board and 14 modern office chairs. The library has a large table with several swivel chairs, bookshelves against the walls, a separate front desk with swivel chair, a portable whiteboard and a bulletin board. The administrator’s and admissions’ office have personal computers and servers along with standard peripherals.

 

Learning Resources

Virscend University provides internet access, an online course management system and a physical and virtual library to students in order to supplement the university’s curriculum. They may access the internet using their laptops or a desktop computer from the computer lab during operational hours. The online application Moodle supports classroom instruction. Students can send a message to their instructor regarding a missed assignment via Moodle. They can also access PowerPoint slides and lecture videos for assignments missed or simply to revisit for further studying.

 

Virscend University has both a physical library and a virtual library to also assist students. The university’s physical library houses books, periodicals, journals, and other supporting material that supplement the university’s curriculum. In addition, the library offers a communal space for students to work on homework or projects either individually or as a group. The virtual library is composed of various digital libraries that gives students endless access to supplementary information. Students can easily access a list of public digital libraries from the library page on Virscend University website. Furthermore, students in degree programs are encouraged to access and use materials from the existing and growing library of the institution, the nearby public libraries and various online digital resources.

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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (2-year degree completion program)

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Transfer Policy for MBA Program

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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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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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Policies and Procedures Regarding Financial Aid

At the moment, the school does not participate in either State or Federal financial aid programs, nor does it provide financial aid directly to its students. A student enrolled in an unaccredited institution is not eligible for federal financial aid programs.

 

Loan Repayment

If a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. Also, as established in BPPE Ed. Code §94911 the following actions may take place:

“An enrollment agreement shall include, at a minimum, all of the following:

(g) A statement specifying that, if the student is eligible for a loan guaranteed by the federal or state government and the student defaults on the loan, both of the following may occur:

(1) The federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against the student, including applying any income tax refund to which the person is entitled to reduce the balance owed on the loan.

(2) The student may not be eligible for any other federal student financial aid at another institution

or other government assistance until the loan is repaid.”

 

Financial Aid Disclosures

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 full (100 %) and half (50%) scholarships to qualified students. In general, a candidate with 3.5 or higher GPA is qualified for the full scholarship while a candidate with 3.2-3.4 GPA is qualified for the half scholarship.

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 admissions office for information.

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Academic Probation

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, which will be sent to the student by mail, 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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Leaves 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

Problems or complaints that students may have about the faculty, staff or the institution can be resolved by directing the concern to the Grievance Committee. However, if this action does not resolve the matter to the satisfaction of the student, he/she may submit a written complaint to the campus: 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 demonstrating that the institution’s grievance/complaint procedure was properly followed, and the student’s signature. 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 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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