University Policies

Contract Policy

No student organization or group of students, or anyone acting for any organization or group, may make contracts of other financial obligations without written approval from the Vice President for Finance, and/or other appropriate official Cumberland University representatives. Persons violating this policy will be personally liable.

General Policy Guide

  1. Cumberland University makes no distinction in its admission policies or procedures on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, race, color, national origin, or physical handicap.
  2. Cumberland University is in compliance with all known federal, state, and local regulations regarding non-discrimination.
  3. Enrollment limitations in certain programs may prevent a particular student from entering in his/her selected major. Admission to Cumberland University does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course and/or degree program. The University reserves the right to cancel or limit enrollment in any course or degree program.
  4. This Catalog is published by Cumberland University. The statements set forth in this Catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and this institution. Cumberland University reserves the right to change, update, and/or reprint this document as the institution deems necessary. Changes will be available from academic advisors or appropriate administrative offices.
  5. If a student is not in continuous enrollment at the University, he/she is required to fulfill all degree and other standards of the Catalog regulations in effect at the time of his/her return to the institution. Within the context of its educational missions and resources, Cumberland University is committed to provide educational offerings, experiences, and environment designed to help students be successful.
  6. Cumberland University reserves the right to electronically record or film any University-sanctioned event or class for University purposes.

Equal Opportunity in Education/Title IX

Equal Opportunity in Education/Title IX Section 504 Statement

Cumberland University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in provision of education opportunities or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as codified in 42 U.S.C. 2000D; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Pub. L. 92-318: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Pub. L. 101-336; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (Pub. L. 90-202) (ADEA ); and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, 42 USC 6101, et. seq . This policy extends to employment by and admission to the University as well as the terms and conditions of matriculation. Inquiries or complaints involving alleged unlawful or prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status must be in writing and directed to Eddie Pawlawski, Designated University Coordinator, Executive Vice President and Chief Institutional Effectiveness Officer, Suite 116 Memorial Hall, Cumberland University, One Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087, 615-547-1225 (with a copy to the Disability Coordinator if the complaint involves accommodation for a disability).   In the event that the conduct involves the Designated University Coordinator for any matter involving prohibited discrimination under this policy, the inquiry or complaint must be in writing and directed to the University's General Counsel Stacey Garrett, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, 511 Union Street, Suite 1600, Nashville, TN 37219, 615-238-6350.  Inquiries or complaints to the University’s General Counsel shall involve an initial complaint against the listed individuals and not an appeal of one of their decisions.  The University's General Counsel does not hear appeals of any decision involving unlawful or prohibited discrimination.

In support of the University’s commitment to equal opportunity in educational services on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, the following procedures exists to promptly investigate and respond to complaints that this policy has been violated .  Any individual who wishes to complain about discrimination in educational opportunities or employment opportunities and benefits should follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1

An individual with a complaint should contact the Designated University Coordinator (Eddie Pawlawski) or Stacey Garrett (for a complaint against the aforementioned individual that does not involve an appeal) and obtain a complaint form by which the specifics of the individual’s complaint can be recorded and action initiated within seven business days of its receipt.  Complaint Forms can be obtained at http://www.cumberland.edu/complaint or http://www.cumberland.edu/sm_files/Cumberland%20University%20Complaint%20Form.pdf.

Step 2

The Designated University Coordinator will investigate, collect data, interview witnesses and/or develop a response to the complaint, as appropriate, within 21 business days of Step One. 

Step 3

Following the investigation of the complaint, the Designated University Coordinator will speak with the individual in person or via telephone (in lieu of a more traditional face-to-face meeting) to discuss the outcome of the investigation and the response of the University to the complaint within 21 business days of Step Two. 

Step 4

A report of the Investigation, its outcome and recommendations will be forwarded to the Designated University Coordinator at the conclusion of the investigation within 21 business days of Step Three. 

Step 5

If the individual is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation, an appeal may be made to the Office of the President by the individual within 10 business days of the outcome of Step Four. In the event of an appeal, the President will review the complaint, the results of the investigation, the report and recommendations of the Designated University Coordinator and consult with the complaining individual in an attempt to resolve any remaining concerns within 21 business days of receipt of the appeal. The President represents the final appeal.

Cell Phone Policy

Course instructors establish their own cell phone policies and consequences for any breech of policy. These policies can be found in the course syllabi. Students are responsible for abiding by the cell phone policies as outlined.