All institutions participating in Federal Student Aid Programs are required to notify enrolled and prospective students and prospective employees about consumer information. You have the right to review the following information in each document below. To request a printed copy of the entire Consumer Information Guide, contact the Financial Aid Coordinator or the Director of Financial Services at the Kansas City campus during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
In carrying out their assigned responsibilities, many offices at the institution collect and maintain information about students. Although these records belong to the institution, both institution policy and federal law accord students a number of rights concerning these records. The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) establishes the rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of student records.
To fulfill FERPA requirements, the institution has established Policies on Student Records. These policies outline a student’s rights regarding his/her records, where records about the student may be kept and maintained, what kinds of information are in those records, the conditions under which the student or anyone else may have access to information in those records, and what action a student can take if it is believed that the information in his/her record is inaccurate or that the student’s rights have been compromised. The policies on student records are published by the Registrar’s Office.
Because the institution does not maintain all student records in one location, each office that maintains student records is required to develop a written statement of its policies and procedures for handling those records; these statements are available for students to examine in the respective offices. In addition, copies of the institution’s policies on student records and the pertinent federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), are posted in the Registrar’s Office.
Facilities & Services for Disabled Students
Disability Services at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Policy and Procedures Statement
(Updated May 8, 2017)
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist College, SBC, adheres to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This Act says that no qualified individual with a disability will, by reason of such disability, be excluded from reasonable participation in, or be denied the benefits of, its services, programs, or activities or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity. Similar obligations are found in Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Midwestern complies with federal and state law. The definitions of terms used in this document are intended to be consistent with the definitions set forth by the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act.
General Policy on Academic Accommodations
Students with disabilities are expected to master the fundamental skills and knowledge that are required for their course of study. Students should not expect Midwestern to excuse them from requirements that are difficult, nor to provide unreasonable accommodations but rather should take the necessary steps to ensure that they are getting the help they need to enable them to meet the program’s requirements.
Disability – Federal law defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment.
Qualified Individual with a Disability – The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices, the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or the participation in programs or activities provided by a public entity. The student must have a document proving that they have such a disability. MBTS may not provide accommodations for a disability beyond the institution’s capabilities.
Throughout the rest of this document, the term “student” is assumed to mean “qualified student”.
What does ‘adequate documentation of a disability’ mean?
Documentation of a disability means providing information about the person’s disability from a qualified professional and it has two purposes:
- To verify that the individual has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more life functions.
- To substantiate that the impairment/condition currently requires modifications, academic adjustments or services in order to compensate for or accommodate the disability.
Who can provide the documentation?
Documentation must be from a professional source who is qualified to diagnose or make determinations about the disability. For example, hearing impairment requires a copy of an audiogram from a licensed audiologist. Learning disabilities require a recent psychological evaluation by a psychologist or physician. Students are responsible for providing current adequate documentation (High School IEP’s are not accepted for college or seminary). Midwestern has the right to request further information from the student if what is presented is insufficient. Documentation must be on professional letterhead, and include the diagnosis and current status of the disability as well as the professional’s name and credentials.
What are the essential elements of disability documentation?
- The Credentials of the Evaluator: Documentation should be provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who has undergone appropriate and comprehensive training, has relevant experience, and has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated. The professional diagnosing the disability/condition must be qualified to make the diagnosis of the disability/condition. (e.g., an orthopedic limitation might be documented by a physician, but not a licensed psychologist).
- A Diagnostic Statement Identifying the Disability: Documentation should include:
- a clear diagnostic statement that describes how the condition was diagnosed,
- information on the functional impact,
- the typical progression or prognosis of the condition, and
- the necessary information to support the need for accommodations.
Procedures for Requesting Academic Accommodations
If a student is seeking effective auxiliary aids for a current disability, the student is responsible for providing the Student Development Office with timely and adequate documentation of the student’s disability. Acceptable documentation is a necessary prerequisite for proper evaluation of the reasonableness of a proposed accommodation or proposed modification to the rules, policies, and practices of MBTS and MBC. The Student Development Office can provide the student with guidelines for acceptable documentation of a disability.
Once the proper documentation is received, Midwestern will verify that the individual has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more life functions and then substantiate that the impairment/condition currently requires modifications, academic adjustments or services in order to compensate for or accommodate the disability.
It is the student’s responsibility to initiate consideration for accommodations relating to course or degree requirements. The student needs to discuss any problems they are having with requirements (degree or course) with the Student Development Office. Based on appropriate documentation and discussion with the student regarding past experiences, the Dean of Students Office will decide if accommodations are warranted and what accommodations should be recommended.
If you need further information, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 816-414-3700.
Students may review copies of documents regarding entities that accredit, license, or approve the institution and its programs. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504. Tel: (800) 621-7440. Contact the Institutional Effectiveness Office to review the accreditation documents at (816) 414-3700. Further information is available here.
Student Body Diversity
As a community of faith and learning shaped by the Word of God, we stand firmly committed to the Great Commission task of making disciples of all people (Matt 28:19). This deeply shapes our view of diversity and the nature of developing a healthy community of learning:
- We believe that God created all humans equally and that, according to Scripture, there is one, human race (Gen 1:26-27; Acts 17:26) in need of the redemption of the cross, the ultimate solution to humanity’s sinful condition (BF&M I, III);
- We believe that God is calling together for himself one people from every tribe and nation (Rev. 5:9; BF&M VI, XI);
- As a result, we believe every life is sacred and is of equal and immeasurable worth, and made in God’s image (BF&M III);
- The telos of redemption is a multi-ethnic people of God that worships in eternity at his throne. (Rev. 7:9; BF&M VI, X).
Consequently, diversity is a kingdom value that reflects our commitment to loving all people knowing God created each of them in his image. As such, diversity should be expected within our community. As students participate in our educational programs, we seek to cultivate an environment that facilitates understanding and mutual edification in a God-honoring fashion (BF&M XII, XV).
We continue to work and build partnerships with congregations, ministries, and educational networks globally who share our commitment to the Word of God and reaching the world for Christ in accordance with our mission to be “For the Church” and “For the Kingdom” (BF&M XIV).
Descriptions of Academic Programs
Information on the institution’s academic programs, degree offerings, and plans for future programs is available here.
Instructional Facilities and Labs
Information on the institution’s instructional facilities is available from the Student Development Office. Also click here for information on library resources at the institution.
Information on the institution’s faculty and instructional personnel is available at here.
2018-2023 Strategic Plan
Cost of Attending Midwestern
For actual tuition and fee charges contact:
Registrar’s Office – (816) 414-3713
For estimated tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and personal/miscellaneous expenses contact:
Financial Aid Office – (816) 414-3739
The institution has a tuition refund policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees that are refunded to a student who withdraws from all classes during a term.
Students who are withdrawing from all classes at the institution must notify the Registrar’s Office.
Repayment Policy (Return of Title IV Aid)
The federal government mandates that students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid (federal Title IV grant and loan assistance) they have “earned” up to the time of withdrawal. Funds that were disbursed in excess of the earned amount must be returned by the institution and/or the student to the federal government.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use the following lines to sell their scholarship services; students should avoid any scholarship service or website that says the following:
- “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
- “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
- “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
- “We’ll do all the work.”
- “This scholarship will cost some money.”
- “You’ve been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship” or “You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1 (877) FTC-HELP or see www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams. On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud.
Student Financial Assistance
Most information is available from the Financial Aid Office or online here. The Office of Financial Aid publication Funding Your Education at MBTS will provide information about:
- Overview of Financial Aid Programs
- How to Apply for Aid
- Aid Eligibility Requirements
- How Eligibility for Need-Based Aid Is Determined and How Need-Based Aid Is Awarded
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad: MBTS does not presently have a study abroad program that qualified for Title IV aid.
Rights and Responsibilities of Aid Recipients:
- Continued Eligibility for Aid
- Satisfactory Academic Progress: This is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of course work toward a certificate or degree. Students must maintain specific academic progress requirements to be eligible for financial aid. See the student catalog here. Pages 23 of the College Catalog and 22 of the Seminary Catalog address Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients.
- Method and Frequency of Disbursements: Financial aid is disbursed (released) to students in different ways depending on the type of aid and other factors.
- Terms and Conditions of Financial Aid Employment: MBTS does not participate in the Federal Work-Study Program.
- Terms of Student Loans, Including Necessity of Repayment and Sample Repayment Schedule: Students should refer to the Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
- Terms/Conditions of Deferment or Cancellation of Perkins Loan, Direct Stafford, or FFEL Loan Because of Volunteer Service:
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
The Board of Commissioners of The Association of Theological Schools requires member schools to publish a statement regarding the school’s educational effectiveness. Two of the tools utilized by Midwestern are the ATS Alumni Questionnaire and the ATS Graduate Student Questionnaire (GSQ). Based on the 2012 Alumni Survey, 90.1% of 2007 Midwestern graduates report their education was effective or very effective at helping them obtain the goals of their degree program.
During the first six months following graduation, 62.5% of M.Div. graduates responding to the study were in paid ministry positions. Of 2015-2016 graduates, the GSQ shows the top five responses to student satisfaction questions were: “I liked the quality of teaching,” “I liked the class size,” “I liked the accessibility of faculty,” “I liked the access of the library,” and “I liked the adequacy of the library.” The GSQ asked Master of Divinity graduates to indicate their satisfaction with progress in skills related to their future work. The top five areas at Midwestern were: “Ability to Use and Interpret Scripture,” “Ability to Think Logically,” “Ability to Preach Well,” “Knowledge of Christian Philosophy and Ethics,” and “Ability to Teach Well.”
The GSQ indicated that 68.4% of the Master of Divinity students who completed the survey just prior to their graduations in the 2015-2016 academic year had found employment, been offered jobs, were continuing their educations, or (in 5% of the cases) had pursued their degrees for personal edification and were not seeking employment.
Student Right-to-Know Act
Midwestern and Spurgeon College utilize a number of reports through various entities to determine institutional effectiveness in regards to student data. Below you will find a list of reports submitted to our accreditors and the Department of Education. Each entity has its own set of definitions and measures of success, so please make sure to utilize the tools provided from each to better understand the data.
Retention RatesMidwestern has tracked retention, persistence and graduation rates using the IPEDS methodology of tracking entering cohorts, full-time, first-time degree-seeking students. While the institution uses this data, it does not provide an accurate picture of the institution’s student population. While the IPEDS reports track first-time, full-time Bachelors level students, the majority of Midwestern's undergraduate student population is composed of transfer students. Moreover, the majority of the institution’s overall student populace are graduate and not undergraduate students. Therefore, the IPEDS definitions are not the best measure of student persistence and completion rates. Rather, the institution measures its overall retention and completion rates. It does this by monitoring its year over year fall student populations and also by measuring the completion rates of all students.
Masters Retention- On Campus
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Undergraduate Retention- On Campus
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Undergraduate Retention- Online
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Job Placement Information: See the ministry placement and referral page.
Formal Grievance Policy
If a student feels the decisions or actions by faculty, staff, or fellow students are inappropriate or unjustified, the student may choose to appeal the decision or action. If the student chooses to do so, the following 3-step grievance process is designed to give biblically-based guidance in resolving a grievance, dispute, or conflict.
The student is first to seek to resolve the matter in a specific conference with the faculty member, or fellow student involved. Careful and thorough attention must be given to achieving a mutual understanding of the perceived problem by determining and agreeing on relevant facts, clarifying perceptions and misunderstandings, and seeking to define the problem in a way that is acceptable to both parties (Matthew 18:15-20).
If the issue is solely academic in nature and relates specifically to a professor’s judgment regarding the student’s grade or other similar matter, the student should refer to the Academic Appeal Process under Policies in the Academic Information section of the Catalog.
If a student, after a good faith effort to resolve the matter, feels that the problem persists to his injury or disadvantage, the student may appeal to the Vice President for Student Development (VP/SD). The VP/SD will meet with the student to hear the grievance and take steps to resolve the problem. This meeting shall remain confidential unless legal or protective action is mandated by law. The VP/SD will work with the student to formulate a plan of resolution.
Should the student feel the issue remains unresolved, the student may submit an official grievance to the Student Development Committee for review. If the student’s grievance is with the VP/SD (i.e., if it relates specifically to some decision or action by the VP/SD), then the student may, after unsuccessfully finding resolution in Step One, bypass Step Two and submit an official grievance directly to the Student Development Committee. A Formal Grievance Form is available online here.
The Formal Grievance Form is to be completed and returned to the VP/SD within two business days of the unsuccessful attempt to resolve the problem in Step Two. The VP/SD will make a copy for the student’s files and forward the grievance form to the chairperson of the Student Development Committee within two business days of receiving it from the student. The VP/SD will also submit to the committee chair his response to the student’s formal grievance. The Student Development Committee serves as an objective interpreter of policy processing and as a monitor of policy integrity in relation to specific student grievances.
The Student Development Committee will:
- Review the filed grievance form submitted by the student. If the grievance is directed against any member of the Committee then that member will be recused and replaced temporarily by another faculty member assigned by the President.
- Review the filed grievance response submitted by the VP/SD.
- May make a face-to-face inquiry with the student.
- May make a face-to-face inquiry with the VP/SD.
- May make a face-to-face inquiry with any other party that can assist in determining a solution to the grievance.
- Provide one of the following responses:
- The Committee may find that the decision of the VP/SD accurately reflects the institution’s guiding documents and core values and, thus, will direct that his decision be upheld.
- The Committee may find that the decision of the VP/SD does not in some way accurately reflect the institution’s guiding documents and core values and, thus, will direct that his decision should be amended, stating specifically how it should be amended; and if any additional actions are deemed necessary by the Committee in order to bring resolution in the matter the committe may so direct. In this second case (6.2), all Committee decisions shall be reviewed by the President prior to announcement and final implementation.
If the student believe the Student Development Committee has violated the Student Handbook or due process, the student may file a Student Development Committee Grievance Form with Midwestern’s President. This form is to be completed and submitted to the VP/SD, who will forward it along with all relevant documents to the President’s Office within two business days of receipt from the student. The decision of the President shall be final. The Student Development Committee Grievance Form is available here.
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
H.R. 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. The basic provisions are as follows:
- An annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to violating copyright law
- A plan to “effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials” by users of its network, including “the use of one or more technology-based deterrents”
- A plan to “offer alternatives to illegal downloading”
Below is a basic outline of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (MBTS) efforts to comply with these policies.
Consistent with principles of our institution and our expectations of student behavior, we view education as the most important element in combating illegal sharing of copyrighted material. We use a wide variety of methods to inform our community about the law and our response to copyright infringement claims:
- MBTS Information Technology policies clearly prohibit the copying of copyrighted material without proper permissions. This policy is included in the Student, Faculty and Staff handbooks.
- MBTS will distribute information in the fall semester of each academic year on our policies concerning P2P file sharing, the legal implications as well as legal alternatives to illegal file sharing. This information will be distributed in hardcopy to all new incoming students.
- MBTS will maintain up to date information on our policies around P2P file sharing on the MBTS web page. This will include the implications and liabilities of illegal file sharing.
Plans to “Effectively Combat” the Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material
MBTS currently employs an enterprise-class Sonicwall security device for analysis of all inbound and outbound network traffic. We block access to P2P protocols as much as is practical by current technology.
When excessive sustained uploading is detected the IT department makes an effort to identify the end users system and notify the user of the issue and possible causes. In extreme cases when contact cannot be made with the system owner the data connection is severed until the owner can be reached and the issue resolved.
What is Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing?
Peer-to-peer (P2P) is an approach to content distribution in which digital files are transferred between “peer” computers over the Internet. Because they do not rely on a central server to deliver content, P2P networks tend to be fast and reliable—they can balance traffic loads that might otherwise overwhelm servers, and they minimize the chance of service breakdown due to localized server or communication outages. As a new channel for content distribution, P2P changes the conventional hierarchy of information. The roles of producer, consumer, and gatekeeper of digital content blur, and more information and resources can be delivered to more people and applications than otherwise would be possible. P2P technology has the potential to play an important, positive role in the fulfillment of institutional missions of teaching, research, and the dissemination of knowledge. [Source: 7 Things You Should Know About P2P]
Is P2P File Sharing Illegal?
It depends. P2P file sharing is perfectly legal if the work being shared is not copyrighted or is shared with the authorization of the copyright owner. However, unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works through a publicly accessible, P2P network is copyright infringement pure and simple. There is no concept of fair use that encompasses making a copyrighted needlepoint design available for downloading by 100 million KaZaA users. [Source: Frequently Asked Questions about the P2P Piracy Prevention Act (H.R. 5211)]
The following list of P2P file-sharing programs are not to be installed on any Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS)-owned computer, or any computer with access to MBTS-owned network resources:
eDonkey, Overnet, Shareaza, WinMX, BitTorrent, Limewire, Morpheus,eMule, Ares, BearShare, Kazaa, iMesh, FastTrack, Ares Galaxy, Gnutella, ANts P2P, Azureus, BitComet, BitTornado, BitTorrent 5, BitTorrent 6, Cabos, DC++, ExoSee, eDonkey2000, Freenet, KCeasy, FrostWire, giFT, µTorrent, MUTE, MLDonkey, Gnucleus, Kazaa Lite, gtk-gnutella, Warez P2P, Winny, AresWarez, Blubster, others.
You may not be aware that file-sharing applications cause the following problems:
- They waste your bandwidth: Not only will these programs share your downloaded songs and videos, but they can significantly slow performance of your own computer and impact network performance for the Seminary as a whole.
- They come bundled with adware or spyware: Many file-sharing applications come bundled with adware or spyware which automatically installed on your computer along with the file-sharing application. This software can monitor your activity, sending information to third-party vendors and advertisers on such things as what web pages you browse or what searches you perform. Apart from privacy, concerns, these add-ons use your computer’s system resources to operate and will affect performance. Depending on how much spyware and/or adware you have installed, this may be significant.
- You could be sued: If you share files that you are not the copyright owner of, you are likely in violation of Seminary policy and potentially subject to lawsuit by the copyright holder under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. You are responsible for understanding what constitutes legal use of music, movies, software, images, and other copyright works that you own or use. By using these resources you agree to abide by the policies and guidelines set forth by MBTS.
MBTS is committed to making you aware of legal options for downloading and sharing music, movies and other digital media. Please go to this list provided by Educause to find sources for legal downloads. Some of these resources make music available to you at no charge, others offer digital media at a reasonable cost.
A multitude of information can be found online. Here are a few of the more useful sites:
If you have questions about file sharing, please contact the MBTS Helpdesk at 816-414-3763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa Military Deployment Student Refund Policy
Iowa College Student Aid Disclosure:
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) is registered by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to offer in-person instruction in Iowa and for distance education programs. The contact information for complaints, questions or additional Iowa College Aid information related to MBTS is:
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
Toll-free Telephone: 877-272-4456
Online Student Complaint Form: https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/StudentComplaintForm
Child Abuse Policy:
All faculty/staff who are performing functions in Iowa on behalf of MBTS are required to follow the Iowa Child Abuse Policy at https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/Ch102-Handbook-REV-April-2018.pdf. Iowa’s laws on employee reporting are more prescriptive than the standard “mandatory reporting law” in that employees of educational institutions are required to report directly to law enforcement (versus to a state-based child protection/advocacy agency). The seminary policy may be found at https://www.mbts.edu/about/consumer-information/#childabuse.
Iowa Military Deployment Student Refund Policy:
In compliance with ICA 261.9(1)(g), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College (1) Adopts a policy to offer not less than the following options to a student who is a member, or the spouse of a member if the member has a dependent child, of the Iowa National Guard or Reserve forces of the United States and who is ordered to national guard duty or federal active duty: (a) Withdraw from the student’s entire registration and receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees. (b) Make arrangements with the student’s instructors for course grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the student’s registration shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for the courses in full. (c) Make arrangements with only some of the student’s instructors for grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the registration for those courses shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for those courses. Any course for which arrangements cannot be made for grades or incompletes shall be considered dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for the course refunded. (2) As used in this lettered paragraph, “dependent child” means the same as defined in section 260C.14, subsection 14, paragraph “b”, subparagraph (2), subparagraph division (a).
Scope: This policy applies to Iowa National Guard or Reserve force members and qualifying spouses pursing their education through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College who reside in the state of Iowa.
Definitions: Section 260C.14, subsection 14, paragraph “b”, subparagraph (2), subparagraph division (a) of the Iowa Code defines “Dependent child” as: “a student who was claimed by a qualified military person or qualified veteran as a dependent on the qualified military person’s or qualified veteran’s internal revenue service tax filing for the previous tax year.”
Midwestern Child Abuse Policy
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College does not tolerate child abuse. Suspected perpetrators of child abuse, including Seminary employees, volunteers, or students, may be removed from the premises and may be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution. Employees, volunteers, or students who engage in child abuse in the workplace, or who use Seminary facilities, property, or resources to engage in child abuse are subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from employment, engagement, or from educational programs.
All Seminary employees and volunteers who have reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect must immediately report the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or the Department of Social and Health Services.
This policy applies to all employees and volunteers of Midwestern.
The following definitions apply to the terms used in this policy:
Child or children means any person or persons under the age of eighteen years of age.
Child abuse includes:
- Abuse or neglect means sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or injury of a child by any person under circumstances which cause harm to the child’s health, welfare, or safety, or the negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for or providing care to the child. The physical discipline of a child is not considered to fall within the reporting obligation when it is reasonable and moderate and is inflicted by a parent, teacher, child care worker or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child. Any use of force on a child by any other person is unlawful unless it is reasonable and moderate and is authorized in advance by the child’s parent or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child.
- Negligent treatment or maltreatment means an act or a failure to act, or the cumulative effects of a pattern of conduct, behavior, or inaction that evidences a serious disregard of consequences of such magnitude as to constitute a clear and present danger to a child’s health, welfare, or safety.
- Sexual exploitation includes:
- Allowing, permitting, or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution by any person; or
- Allowing, permitting, encouraging, or engaging in the obscene or pornographic photographing, filming, or depicting of a child by any person.
Child Abuse Reporting Process
- How to Make a Report: Seminary employees and volunteers must orally report suspected child abuse or neglect by telephone or otherwise at the first opportunity, but no later than 24 hours after suspecting abuse has taken place. There are three alternative ways to make such a report:
- Call the Midwestern Security Department at 816-414-3836. If the incident is outside of Midwestern’s jurisdiction, Midwestern Security will report it to the appropriate law enforcement agency; or
- Call the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) at 816-929-7100 or
- Call the Kansas City Police Department having jurisdiction in the location of the suspected incident at 816-413-3400.
For suspected child abuse that occurs in a Seminary program or at a Seminary facility regardless of its location, Seminary employees and volunteers must also notify their supervisor or departmental administrator of the suspected abuse immediately after they report the suspected abuse to Midwestern Security, DSHS, or Kansas City Police. The supervisor or departmental administrator must notify the administrative head of their organization that a report of suspected child abuse or neglect has been made in accordance with this policy. The administrative head or the administrative head’s designee will contact the Midwestern Security to confirm that it has received a report of the suspected abuse and the appropriate Human Resources office to determine what other actions may be warranted.
- What to Report: The following information may be requested when making a report:
- The name, address, and age of the child;
- The name and address of the child’s parents, stepparents, guardians, or other persons having custody of the child;
- The description of the alleged injury or injuries;
- The description of the alleged neglect;
- The description of the alleged sexual abuse;
- Any evidence of previous injuries, including their nature and extent; and
- Any other information that may be helpful in establishing the cause of the child’s death, injury, or injuries and the identity of the alleged perpetrator or perpetrators.
As an institution that has students residing across the United States, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is required to obtain state approval to operate (state authorization) based on the activities it conducts in a state.
In some states, MBTS is exempt from seeking approval to operate as some state regulations allow for religious or non-profit institutions that meet specific criteria to apply for an exemption in lieu of approval to operate.
In other states, Midwestern has SARA approval to operate. SARA, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts:
SARA consumer protection provisions require the Institution’s Home State, through its SARA Portal Entity, to investigate and resolve allegations of dishonest or fraudulent activity by the state’s SARA-participating institutions, including the provision of false or misleading information.
The student should begin the complaint process with the institution and if resolution is not found, the student would contact Dr. Laura Vedenhaupt, Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, 301 W. High Street, Suite 840, PO Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469. Phone 573-751-2361, option 2, or email email@example.com.
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Updated: April 2018
The Military Education Liaison certifies student enrollment to the VA through VAONCE, which will then send payments directly to Midwestern for Chapter 33 and 31 students.
Veteran students enrolled through Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (CH-30), Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (1606) or Reserve Educational Assistance Program–REAP (1607) must verify enrollment through Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.) www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do.
The VA pays these students directly. Therefore, students must make tuition payment arrangements with Financial Services (See payment Options). If payment has not been received within a reasonable amount of time after certification, the student is responsible for contacting the VA directly to determine the cause. Questions concerning the amount of payment should also be directed to the VA. The VA may be contacted by phone at 888-442-4551 or by email at https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/answers/list. Midwestern will not impose any penalties, late fees, denial of access to facilities, or require an individual to borrow additional funds if the individual cannot meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of payment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The VA VR Counselor will provide Military Education Liaison with a VA 28-1905 Authorization & Certification of Entrance Form for certification when the student is approved for benefits.
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) sends tuition and fee payments directly to MBTS via ACH.
The State Vocational Rehabilitation counselor submits an Official Vendor Authorization & Vendor Authorization Invoice or similar document to the Military Education Liaison for certification when the student is approved for services State VR offices send tuition, fees and other payments directly to MBTS via ACH or checks.
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers occasional classes in South Korea and Romania, and study tour/mission class opportunities globally. Occasional classes are MBTS classes hosted in churches and/or ministry training institutions with MBTS faculty. MBTS does not maintain local workers, classrooms or offices outside of the accredited main campus and extensions. All study tour and occasional class coursework is completed and transcribed through the MBTS main campus. Additional locations will follow the same process. All occasional classes are OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) and Clery Act compliant.
Policy on Granting Degree Posthumously
February 11, 2019
In the unfortunate event that a student passes away near the completion of his or her academic program, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary may consider the deceased student as a candidate for a posthumous degree in the program the student was enrolled at the time of his or her death.
To qualify for a posthumous degree, general and degree level qualifications must be met.
o The student must have been in good academic and fiscal standing, with no disciplinary or academic sanctions pending
o The student’s cause of death was not due to any unlawful activity
o The faculty must approve the student’s graduation
o The student must have been enrolled in the preceding 12 months of the awarding of the posthumous degree
o If the deceased student is not known personally by faculty or administration, such as might be the case with online or seminar-based students, a death certificate will be required.
Degree Level Qualifications
o Associate degrees may be awarded to a deceased student who has met the general requirements above and who has completed a minimum of 45 credits.
o Baccalaureate degrees may be awarded to a deceased student who has met the general requirements above and who has achieved senior standing (a minimum of 90 credits earned).
o Graduate/Professional degrees may be awarded to a deceased student who has met the general requirements above and have completed 70% or more of the requirements for the degree.
o Doctoral degrees may be awarded to a deceased student who has met the general requirements those who have enrolled or completed the Dissertation Seminar and 70% or more of the credit-hour requirements for the degree
The President and/or Provost may consider cases that do not meet the above criteria when extraordinary circumstances prevail.