Christian Character and Purpose: To be eligible for admission to the Peace River Bible Institute you must be a Christian, having received Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Your lifestyle in general must give evidence of good Christian character as indicated in the Scriptures.
Normally, it is expected that you should have known Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and been involved in a local church for at least one year prior to the date of your application. We encourage you to be baptized and to be identified with a church in your area.
You will be required to state your purpose for enrolling at PRBI, and to indicate as a condition of your admission that you are willing to commit yourself to the guidelines of living in the PRBI community.
Based on God’s word, these guidelines reflect the values taught in the classroom and serve to provide you with a concrete opportunity to express your eagerness to grow in Christ-like character as a part of the PRBI family.
Age: You should be at least 17 years of age by April 30th of the year for which you are enrolling.
Education: An Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent is necessary for admission to PRBI since the various courses of study are designed to meet an undergraduate college level of proficiency in academics.
Academic Limitations: Peace River Bible Institute may admit you into one of its programs on a reduced academic load. This action may be necessary for several reasons: learning disabilities, health conditions, outside employment, previous education.
Student Life Handbook
As you come to PRBI we expect loyalty to the Lord Jesus, and thus loyalty to His community. Our community focuses on the person of the Lord Jesus and is dedicated to the ideals and practices of life which honour Him. We are convinced that there is a direct relationship between belief and practice in the life of Christ’s followers.
We recognize that the specifics of every situation cannot be addressed in detail in this handbook. Our intent is to encourage us to live within the “spirit of the law” and not just the “letter of the law”. The following standards are in place for your entire school year at PRBI (September to April), including school breaks. Part-time, off-campus, and married students are also expected to honor the spirit and intent of these guidelines. As issues and questions arise they will be dealt with on an individual basis. Please approach a Student Life Dean if you have questions or need clarification. Student Life reserves the right to make final decisions or intervene on any issue and to also make changes to this handbook as needed.
PRBI Community Covenant
A. We believe that a Discipling community involves a commitment to personal spiritual growth in grace and truth (acceptance and honesty). The heart of a healthy Christian community is dependent on the willingness of its members to allow God, through His Spirit, the freedom to transform lives (Philippians 1:6, 2:12-13). We cannot change others but we can take responsibility for our own lives. As we daily seek Him through prayer, repentance, the reading of His Word, the fellowship of other believers, and submitting to Christ’s Lordship, we grow in a deeper relationship with God. To help us along the journey, we commit to attending and participating in the local church. We commit to living a lifestyle of worship in all that we do, whether in sports or music, in dorm or in class, in chapel or at social events, at work or at play. We commit to a lifestyle of positive choices in order to bring glory to God. We choose to use godly discernment in our choices of entertainment such as, the movies we watch, the video games we play, the Internet sites we access, and the music we listen to. We choose to model positive study and sleeping habits as well as practice regular exercise. We commit to treating others and ourselves with honor by dressing modestly and appropriately. We commit to the task of building godly relationships with others who are created in the image of God. We will use caution in regard to opposite gender relationships and will commit to treating them with utmost respect as we guard them and ourselves from sexual temptation and unbiblical conduct.
B. We believe that a Discipling community involves respect and commitment to its members. Living and studying together in a close-knit community gives us the opportunity to live out Christ’s command to love and serve others. Our goal is to daily place the needs and considerations of others ahead of ourselves. To this end we choose to be sensitive to our fellow students, their consciences, and backgrounds, and to not willfully influence them toward negative behaviour. Rather, we choose to represent Christ to each other through accountability and in the way we speak and act (Hebrews 10:24). In love we will confront those who sin, and come alongside those who are struggling. We will be respectful of others’ sleeping and studying habits, which includes respect for quiet time and curfew. We will respect the property of others and will not enter into the dorm of the opposite gender without permission from a Dean. We will also avoid gossip, crude talk, or jokes that will tear others down, but will choose to use words that will encourage and build up. We commit to participating in care groups, chapels, and community events. We also commit to an attitude of godly respect for the faculty and staff at PRBI and will abide by the guidelines and policies as set out in this handbook.
C. We believe that a Discipling community involves a commitment to represent Christ to the world. As followers of Christ we understand His call on our lives to make disciples. We do not live in a world that is sympathetic to the claims of Christ nor is it friendly towards His followers. And yet, we are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16); we are His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). As a community we commit to being representatives of Christ in all we do. We recognize the way we conduct ourselves at school, at home, at church, in ministry, or in the neighbourhood, impacts the way others view Christ. For this reason we choose to avoid participating in anything that would hurt the mission of the local church or the PRBI community. As part of this, we choose to abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, illegal drugs, gambling, and appearances and practices of immorality while we are students at PRBI. We recognize some of these can be personal preferences but for the sake of our witness and the body of Christ, we choose to lay these aside and uphold the commitment we are making to the standards in this covenant. As Christ has loved us, so we are to love one another (John 13:34).
My Commitment to Christian Community
Your care group will be reading through the Handbook during the first week of school, and together as a group you will sign this covenant again. Your statement provides the community with an expectation of your actions. We have standards to help us maintain order so that in working together we bring glory to Jesus Christ. We recognize that situations may arise that are outside the limitations of this agreement. For such matters, questions need to be directed to a Student Life Dean and permission obtained. We desire to see each member of the PRBI community grow in Christ-likeness.
If you cannot sign this covenant with integrity we encourage you to find a setting more suitable to you.
PRBI Community Policies
A. Fellowship Times
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
1. Personal Devotions
• Your personal time with God is the foundation of your spiritual life. You are encouraged to develop and establish your daily times for devotions.
2. Care Groups
• To further our vision of discipleship, we have incorporated care groups as a required element of campus life. In light of this, Thursday chapel times and an average of one Thursday evening a month have been set apart as a purposeful time to build relationships with your group. Some of these Thursdays will be taken up with all-school functions.
• The basis for Care Groups is taken from Ephesians 4:15-16: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love as each part does its work.”
• Our desire for each Care Group is that they learn to care for one another as well as look for opportunities to serve beyond themselves. Full-time off-campus students are required to participate. Part-time students may request from their Dean to be part of a group.
3. Chapel - This is a time set aside for corporate worship, instruction, sharing, interaction and prayer. As part of the disciple-making process, all full-time students are required to attend and to be on time.
4. Spiritual Emphasis Week and Day of Prayer
• One week each semester is set aside for an extended time of personal and corporate worship and meditation. This is a time when individuals meet God in new ways and is designed to encourage you in the development of Christian living.
• Day of Prayer is the last day of Spiritual Emphasis Week. Classes are cancelled and all students are required to attend.
5. Church Involvement - Because we are training men and women to serve the Lord around the world, your consistent participation in the worship, teaching, and prayer services of a local church fellowship is required and expected.
a. Attendance - As you attend the church of your choice, we recommend it be where you do your Field Education. Attending faithfully is an opportunity to minister to the local body of believers.
b. Consideration - Students are to respect others who hold varying doctrinal beliefs and are not to propagate the beliefs or practices that are distinctive to that church.
B. Special Events - Attendance and participation are required at the following events. Please make requests to your Deans if circumstances (other than PWE and Field Ed) make it impossible to attend.
1. Welcome Week
• Dessert Social - During the first week of school, all students will be invited to Team members’ (staff and faculty) homes for an informal social evening.
• Bear Lake Day - Wednesday afternoon/evening has been set aside for “hanging out,” fellowshipping and welcoming the freshmen to our student body.
2. Youth Ministry
• Balloon Mania - Early in September, youth groups from around the area are invited to our campus for Water Balloon Mania. This evening provides us with the privilege of reaching out to these young people through a water balloon game and a time of worship and mingling afterwards.
• eView - In March we host and interact with potential students from Thursday to Saturday. This is primarily a recruitment event for grade 10 and older. There will be opportunities for you to host youth in your rooms or serve in other areas. Feel free to invite youth you know to come.
3. Global Ministries Conference - is an opportunity for you to participate with the larger Christian community as many visitors join us to hear the Word of God preached.
4. Rez Night - This is an informal way to connect with your gender for a fun social evening.
• Christmas Banquet - This is a great time of celebrating the birth of our Lord together with the student body and Team members. Married students coordinate this event while Team members serve and grads are required to help with set-up and clean-up. Dress is semi-formal.
• Grad Banquet - This banquet is held on the Friday of Grad weekend. It is intended for grads and their guests. Freshmen and all non-graduating upperclassmen are responsible for decorating, set-up and clean-up. Dress is semi-formal.
6. Circle of Friends - PRBI hosts a thank you banquet for the constituency. We rely on the student body to make this banquet a success. Students will be asked to help with set-up, clean-up, and serving.
7. Community Carnival - This is a time to bless our local community through service and ministry. This will be accomplished as a school through your Care Groups on Family Day in February.
8. Year End Party (Encouraged to attend) - This is your final opportunity to celebrate the end of the year with all your fellow classmates and staff.
9. Graduation (Attendance is encouraged but not mandatory)
• The graduation ceremonies are an important time to celebrate with our graduates.
NOTE: Students are expected to remain on campus until all school related commitments (exams, PWE, Field Education, grad duties, dorm and room cleaning) are fulfilled.
C. Reading & Christmas Breaks - During Reading Breaks two meals (brunch and supper) will be provided only for those who sign up in advance and are willing to participate in clean up and dishes.
During Christmas Break all students must vacate campus as the residences will be locked and the kitchen will be closed. You may not return before the last Sunday of break and meals will resume Monday morning.
D. Practical Work Experience - Practical work experience is a responsibility of every student attending PRBI
E. Field Education - Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a practical way by being involved in the Field Education course and other Christian service opportunities. You are required to complete a certain number of Field Education credits in order to graduate. You will receive more information in the area of Field Education once the school year begins.
F. Lifestyle - Because of the permissiveness of our society and the various views on what is acceptable, the college has set standards. These standards will reflect the importance of nurturing a wholesome relationship with God, self, and others. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength ... Love your neighbour as yourself”. Mark 12:30-31.
• In order to adhere to the teachings of Scripture, PRBI students are expected to abstain from drunkenness, gambling, swearing or use of profane language or gestures, all forms of dishonest practices including cheating and stealing, involvement in the occult (including use of Ouija board, games involving spell casting, sorcery or demonic association), pornography, and sexual sins such as premarital sex, adultery, and homosexual practices. PRBI holds to a traditional view of Scripture that believes sexual activity is designed for full expression in a committed, loving marriage relationship between one man and one woman.
• At PRBI we do not permit harassment of any form (bullying, initiation rites, pranks) or practical jokes that are demeaning, involve physical and mental harm, or damage to property. As well, any breaking of the law will be dealt with through the local RCMP office.
• We recognize that Scripture does not include direct teaching for every social practice or situation. However, we acknowledge Scriptural principles related to avoiding that which could become a temptation to the flesh or cause one’s witness to become a stumbling block to unbelievers or to a weaker Christian brother/sister.
• While a part of the PRBI community we ask every member to abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco in any form, and non-medicinal drugs. We also ask you to abstain from clubbing, attending Casinos, gambling or participating in any activity that promotes ungodly behaviour. If any location you may want to visit is questionable, please talk to your Dean beforehand.
• Students who have struggled with addictions may continue to battle these addictions while at PRBI. We are committed to working with willing students to help them overcome their addictions.
2. Appearance - Although your style of dress is an expression of your personality, it is important to consider the way that you present yourself to others and represent the Lord. Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing to class and in the school buildings. Each student needs to accept responsibility in this area. If concerns arise, any member of the PRBI community should discuss the issue with the person(s) involved. This should not be regarded as a threat or hindrance to fellowship, but rather as a sincere desire to promote growth and unity based on the principles found in 2 Peter.
• In your clothing choices, students should not reveal underwear, cleavage, or midriff. Short shorts and short skirts, bare backs, and clothing with inappropriate slogans or graphics which are demeaning, degrading or evil should not be worn.
• For special events and banquets the same standard applies.
• For the sake of others, please observe consistent personal hygiene and good grooming habits.
• You may be asked to remove your facial piercings for a period of time in certain situations (missions and tour teams, Field Education, Circle of Friends, etc.). We ask that you respect those who may be uncomfortable with piercings in general.
• As a matter of respect, men and women are required to remove all headwear including: hats, toques, hoodies, and head bands in the chapel, classroom or during conference events. Exceptions are made for religious practices.
• Pajama pants, sweat pants and other workout apparel are to be worn only in the residences or the fitness centre or gymnasium.
• Footwear must be worn in all buildings except residences for hygiene purposes.
* Please refer any questions you may have regarding dress and appearance to your Deans.
3. Sunday - Sunday has been set apart by the Lord for rest, relaxation and worship. You are encouraged not to do homework.
4. Social Relationships - God has designed us that personal and spiritual growth takes place best in the context of healthy relationships. In His Word, God has provided principles that lead to healthy relationships with Himself and with others. As we are teachable and obedient to God’s Word, we will share mutually in the nurturing of relationships.
The following principles will help you develop positive interpersonal relationships:
• Freshmen are discouraged from beginning a dating relationship until after Reading Break in November. We encourage you to spend time getting to know other students in group settings.
• Submitting to the Lordship of Christ will help overcome passions of the flesh, urges of our emotions, negative pressure from people, and temptations from the Enemy.
• In all your relationships, seek to honour God, guard your testimony, and enhance the lives of others.
• Take seriously the biblical command to resist destructive emotional and physical passions, and flee from people, places, or environments that entice you to sin (1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8). Be careful to conduct yourself in such a way that displays of physical contact and/or romantic affection honour God.
• For the health of your relationship to each other, and those around you, public displays of affection should be limited to hand-holding, hugs, walking arm in arm, or arms around shoulders/waist. Please be wise in how much time you spend one-on-one and alone.
• In public and private, massaging, lounging in close contact or prolonged embraces are not acceptable for couples or with the same gender.
• Couples considering engagement or marriage are encouraged to speak to their Deans and/or discipler.
G. Buildings - The PRBI campus has been built and maintained through the gifts of God’s people. The way we care for our facilities affects the testimony of our college and its students. Therefore the use and care of buildings is a shared responsibility.
1. All Buildings
• There is to be no food or drink in the Library and no food in the classroom or chapel (except for mealtime meetings); however, drinks with a lid are permitted in chapel or the classroom.
• To record any damages email MRQ@prbi.edu. You will be charged for those damages for which you are responsible (general wear and tear does not apply).
• You may not borrow or remove furniture and/or equipment (mattresses, etc.) from any building without permission from the departmental area.
• Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, and sports equipment may only be used in the gymnasium.
• No one is permitted to climb on the roof of any building or in or out of any window.
• All classrooms will be locked after supper.
• By special request permission may be granted to use various classrooms for personal or group use. The procedure for booking is as follows:
a. Contact the Registrar by email (email@example.com) to request permission to book the room. They will then go over any guidelines with you as well as allow you to sign out a key if necessary.
b. All booking procedures must be completed before 4:00 p.m. work days and the key must be returned by 8:00 a.m. the following day.
c. For regularly scheduled meetings (example: prison team meetings) permission will only be required once. Classroom projectors are available for use on a case by case basis. Laptops will be required as classroom computers are not available. Classrooms must be tidied and returned to original order.
d. For booking the Board Room, The Meeting Place and Gymnasium, please contact the Receptionist (firstname.lastname@example.org).
e. For bookings in the Music Building, please contact John Bell.
• To book a guest room in Ruark for family or friends, please see the Business office.
2. Kitchen/Dining Hall
• Off-campus students, married students, and visitors may purchase a meal for $6 at the reception desk or by paying the kitchen staff. You are welcome to bring a bag lunch and eat at the tables.
• Unauthorized taking of food from the kitchen storage areas is prohibited. Silverware, dishes, glasses, or food may not be carried from the kitchen except when approved by the cook in charge. Exceptions are made for meal meetings outside of the dining hall.
• You are not to enter the kitchen unless required to do so for your practical work experience. All requests for use of the kitchen facilities must be made through the Kitchen Managers or Head Cook.
3. Gym Use
• The gym is for everyone to use. Please respect those who are already there ahead of you or have reserved it. Also, from time to time, outside guests or groups will book this facility for themselves.
• Please put away any equipment away after use and tidy up the stage area when finished your activity.
• Use of sound equipment and instruments is not permitted without permission from the Dean of Men.
4. Fitness Centre
• The fitness centre is available primarily for PRBI students. Alumni and other off-campus guests can request permission to use the fitness centre through an application process with the Sports Department. The Sports Department reserves the right to accept or deny any requests.
• The fitness centre hours of operation are the same as our campus unlock/lockup hours.
• Please adhere to the posted fitness centre rules of operation. Failure to abide by these rules could result in loss of fitness centre privileges, or in extreme circumstances, the PRBI discipline process.
• All student vehicles parked on campus must be registered and parked in their assigned location. There is a parking fee and plug-ins are available for an additional fee. Vehicles may NOT be left on campus during the summer months (May-August) and removal would be at the owner’s expense.
• Parking is prohibited on grass areas, fire lanes, and in areas blocking building entrances. Parking in front of Administration Building is reserved for office and business useage. Fines will be charged to students violating these guidelines.
• Off-campus and part-time students may make arrangements for parking space.
• The campus speed limit is 25 km. Watch for children playing.
• Motorcycles, snowmobiles, and ATV’s are to be licensed, parked, and driven in keeping with Alberta Motor Vehicle Laws. Make arrangements with Business Manager for the proper place to park.
• The school shop and tools are not available for repair of student vehicles. See Maintenance Manager with questions.
• For transportation to and from your Field Education assignments, contact your Field Education director.
I. Extra-Curricular Activities - There are opportunities for involvement other than scheduled commitments. However, you should consider your overall time management. Your studies, Field Education, and Practical Work Experience do take priority over these opportunities. If you are unfaithful in these areas, you may be asked to limit your involvement or be removed from extra-curricular activities.
Students wishing to take part in off-campus ministries at their own initiative or by outside invitation are advised to clear their involvement through the Deans well in advance of the event. Fundraisers or coffee house type of events must be coordinated through the Academic Dean or the Dean of Students.
J. Campus News
• Mailboxes are assigned to students. Respect other students’ privacy by not looking in their boxes.
• Our primary means of communication is through Populi. Each student is assigned an email with the school. Please check Populi DAILY for important information.
• Announcements can be made at Chapel. Announcement forms are available in the Dining Hall and must be filled out prior to 9:45 a.m. No personal announcements are permitted.
• Announcements are made during meal times at 12:20 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. (5:15 p.m. on Friday/Saturday, and 11:20 a.m. Saturday) by CL/RL’s only. ALL items are to be placed in the meal announcement mailbox in the Dining Hall prior to meals.
• To place announcements on campus bulletin boards, permission must be obtained from those overseeing specific boards. (Refer to the individual bulletin board for details).
• Any posters you may wish to put on the doors or in residences need to have prior approval from a Dean.
• Since our mission statement at PRBI places so much importance on discipleship, we discourage students from seeking outside employment as it may interfere with school activities that foster this. However, if employment is necessary, there are guidelines in place that determine how many hours you will be allowed to work based on the number of credit hours you are taking and other school activities you are involved in. Before accepting a job, you must request and fill out an “Off-Campus Work Form” available from your Dean for approval.
We are blessed to have married students as part of the PRBI community and recognize you have your own private needs. With this in mind, we would like our married students to understand the principles involved in these guidelines, and where applicable (especially re: entertainment and lifestyle choices), apply them to their relationship with the single students on campus. The following requirements apply specifically to married students:
• You are expected to attend chapel, conferences, all-school functions, and other events listed in section A and B above as well as participate in Care Groups. Please notify the Dean of Married Students if you are unable to attend.
• As much as is reasonably possible, get involved with the rest of the student body. You are encouraged to attend at least some of the college’s social and recreational events.
• You are invited to eat two (2) meals per month free of charge with your family in the dining hall. Please notify the kitchen staff one day in advance. At any time you are welcome to purchase or bring a lunch and sit with the single students. The fruit bowl is available to you but be reasonable in the amount you take.
• Houses and apartments are to be kept clean and orderly, within and without. A charge will be deducted from your damage deposit for residences left in an unacceptable condition. Windows, floors, and walls should be cleaned before vacating for the summer recess or permanently.
• No inside pets (with the exception of fish) are allowed.
• Children under 12 need parental or student supervision when using the gym, lounge or fitness centre. This is for their safety and the preservation of the equipment.
• You are expected to demonstrate courtesy in regard to the use of stereo equipment and musical instruments in your home.
• You are encouraged to invite single students into your home and we ask that you be responsible for the quality of entertainment provided in your home. Always check with your guests beforehand. Please respect their curfew and the on-campus quiet time.
• You will need to provide for the protection of your personal property by securing your contents and you are responsible for your own insurance.
M. Community Discipline
As a body of believers at PRBI, we seek to have a restorative mindset in the area of community discipline. If you are involved in sinful practices, our goal will be to come alongside you as a fellow student, staff, or faculty so that you may come to repentance and walk again in the freedom of the Spirit. Although this response may not remove the consequences of your action, it will restore your relationship to Christ and to the community. If, however, you choose not to accept the standards of the community or correction from others, disciplinary action will be taken (see chart on next page). These standards apply to all areas of PRBI including, PWE, Student Life, and Sports. If a student enters into the discipline process, current or potential leadership opportunities may be revoked. A student may come off the discipline process after ONE full semester with no further infractions.
Based on Matt. 18:15-18; Gal. 6:1-2; James 5:19-20.
Entry Level: Explain - (Discuss with body) “The standards and expectations are…”
* Students read and sign the Community Covenant
* Standards and expectations are explained (1st week)
* Ongoing reminders throughout the year
“You are choosing to abide by the standards”
Level 1: Explore - (Approach 1-on-1) “Remember…”
* Fellow Student
* Normally written down after 2 confrontations by a Dean
* CL/RL/Supervisor/Discipler/Deans become informed/involved
“You are being reminded of your commitment.”
Level 2: Exhort - (Confront with 2 or 3) “We want to help you!”
* RL/CL/Team member involved to help walk through given issue
* Leadership Team informed
• Suspension from athletic team
• Suspension from ministry team
• In dorm/room by specified time
• Removal from any campus committees you serve on
• Assigned extra work duties
• Suspension from school
Note: The duration may vary according to the situation
“You have to make a decision!”
Level 3: Exit - (Leadership Meeting) “Why are you here?”
* Leadership Team and a Dean will meet with student
NOTE: Certain actions may cause you to move up more than one level depending on the severity of the offense.
“You have made your decision not to be here based on your actions.”
- We believe that residence living contributes to the development of the whole person. Inter-relational skills can be developed and friendships established in this environment. Though our culture equates maturity with independence and looking out for oneself, the Christian body is characterized by interdependence and personal responsibility for the welfare of one another. The residences provide an atmosphere for the development of both these characteristics.
- We realize the transition from living at home to living in a dorm setting with multiple dorm mates is not always easy. It requires a change in thinking as you must not only consider what you want, but what is best for the other members within the residential community.
- We expect all full-time single students to live in the residences. If you are 22 or older, or if you have conditions that would necessitate living out of the residence, you must apply in writing to the Student Life Deans for a review of your circumstances. In order to assure consideration, you will need to submit your request to a Dean at least three weeks prior to the start of each semester.
1. Student Life Deans
As a team, the Deans oversee campus ministries and activities.
Dean of Students (Darrel Schmidt) - Married Ministries
Dean of Women (Shelley Martindale) - Residential Ministries
Dean of Men (Shane Dell) - Residential Ministries
2. Student Leadership
The Ministries Activities Committee (MAC) is affirmed by the student body under the direction of Student Life and is made up of a Committee Chairperson, Ministries Coordinator, Activities Coordinator, Secretary/Treasurer, and their purpose is to serve the student body by being a voice, setting and modeling spiritual direction, providing community-building and ministry activities, and promoting opportunities to serve on campus and to the external community at large.
The Resident Leaders work closely with the Deans to represent the needs and concerns of the students and give oversight within the specific residences.
The Care Leaders are affirmed by the student body and are responsible for being models of godly living, connecting with fellow students, leading a care group, upholding the standards of the community, and working together with Student Life.
A community of believers is to be characterized by love for one another. Each student is expected to conduct themselves with thoughtfulness and concern for the rights and needs of others and to show respect for those in authority. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves...” Philippians 2:3.
• You are required to be in the residences at 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; Friday at 1:00 a.m.; and Saturday at 12:00 a.m. Please respect quiet times.
• Off campus extensions may be granted two times between Sunday-Thursday, up to one hour, and need prior permission from the designated CL, RL or Dean.
NOTE: extensions may be denied if a leader determines you have acted irresponsibly in other commitments.
2. Quiet Time and Rest
• Quiet time on campus and in the residences is 11:00 pm to 7:00 am each night (town noise bylaw is 10:00 pm). Please refrain from creating any distractions that would make it difficult for others to sleep or study during this time.
• The right to sleep and the need to study, by your dorm mates, ALWAYS supersedes your right to be noisy or disruptive after curfew.
• God has designed us in such a way that we function best with the proper amount of rest and sleep. Proper rest will assist you in maximizing your disciple-making experience at PRBI.
3. Modesty - To honour ourselves and each other, activities of a sexual nature involving inappropriate touching, gestures, or nudity are not permitted in the residences.
• Respect other students’ privacy by not entering their room or using their possessions without prior permission. This respect is important for the privacy of every resident and the security of their belongings.
• It is a criminal offense to break in. Respect locked doors.
• We encourage you to listen to music in which the lyrics do not violate the person or Word of God or demean others.
• To respect the privacy of others, please listen to music and media on headphones or at a volume that is sensitive to those around you.
• Musical instruments must not be played in a way that disturbs others. If necessary use headphones.
b. Movies/TV/Computers/Gaming Consoles
• Make your choices based on the values of others who are watching with you, not on your desires.
• TVs may be permitted upon approval from your Dean.
• Movies, video games and all other "downloadable or streaming" programs may be watched in your rooms. Please take into consideration your roommate and their right to have a room conducive for study and sleep. You may play a video game or watch a movie in your room after curfew provided it is for personal use, you wear head phones and are not disturbing your roommate. Movies or TV may be watched in your respective lounge Friday night through Sunday. Signup on the forms provided and out of courtesy to others, limit your viewing to three hour time slots.
• No games with violent (eg. first-person killing of humans), criminal, occultic or sexual content are allowed. All ratings must be “E” (according to ESRB.org standards) and keeping in accordance with the above. Ratings higher than E must be approved by an RL or Student Life Dean. “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes” (Psalm 101:3).
• We encourage you to be involved in a variety of activities and you should not become dependent on theatre/TV/videos/computers/gaming as a source of entertainment.
NOTE: All public and private viewing of movies in lounge areas and in rooms are to be “G” or “PG” (Canada rating) only. Permission for other ratings must be obtained from a Dean. Any movies watched in public (lounge setting) MUST be recorded on the sheet posted by the TV (date, title, producer) in keeping with our licensing agreement. Please check if the movie is produced by a company listed on the sheet. News is available over the supper hour in the Student Lounge and sport events may be watched on weekends.
* If in doubt about an activity, talk to your Dean.
6. Internet and Computer Use
• Use of the internet and public computers is a privilege and a shared resource and is managed by the student's use, primarily for academic and communication purposes.
• The internet is monitored regularly for discipleship and accountability purposes.
• The internet system has limits in the amount used per person in order to be fair to others.
• Phones are provided in the residences. Please answer phones, take messages, and post on the appropriate white board. Please keep calls to a thirty-minute maximum.
• Respect others who have outside calls by not using the phones to call between dorms.
• The laundry facilities are shared, therefore, it is important to remove your laundry when the cycle is finished. Please note the hours that the laundry room is open and use the time slot you signed up for. Use ONLY High Efficiency (HE) detergent to prevent damage to the machines.
8. Water/Food Fights
• Food and water pranks are not permitted in the buildings. Violators will be responsible for the cost of damages.
9. Opposite Residences
• Under NO circumstances are students to enter the dorms of the opposite sex without permission from Student Life.
• Doorbells are provided at the main entry of each dorm for students’ use. Do not throw items at the windows.
• Out of respect for people’s privacy, do not visit at the windows or the doorways of the dorms.
10. Room Decor
• Judgment should be exercised when choosing posters, pictures, and decorations for your room. Your room should promote a positive living environment, which is conducive to spiritual growth. If a student is not sensitive in this area and selects material with themes or values that do not support a Christian lifestyle (i.e. WWE, movie posters, or bands), PRBI reserves the right to have it removed.
As an expression of gratefulness for the provision which God has made, you are expected to show proper care for the facilities. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” I Corinthians 4:2
1. Facility Care
• Each student will be charged a damage deposit of $150 at the beginning of the school year. Failure to clean your room or damages to the room or other facilities will result in charges being taken off at the end of the school year. If no ownership is taken, charges will be applied based on the Student Life guidelines to the whole group involved or the entire dorm.
• Rooms must be kept in a respectable manner at all times. This means the floors are to be clutter–free and the space to be inviting for guests. Bi-weekly inspection of rooms will be made by the RL to determine the room’s condition and cleanliness. Failure to adhere to the Room Care Guidelines will result in a $50 fine after your second “ticket” and possible further disciplinary action. The Deans and maintenance staff have the right to enter rooms for health, safety, and maintenance reasons. You will be expected to comply with any requests to make changes.
• Prevent damage to the walls by using a limited amount of stick pins or fun-tack which are available from your CL/RL. Nothing is to be attached to the ceiling. Do not use nails, tacks, staples, tape, or self–adhesive material.
• Do not move or add furniture or fixtures as it may damage walls and carpet.
• Appliances such as microwaves, hot plates, or other warming devices may not be used in rooms.
• Due to fire code regulations no open flames or fires (including incense, fire crackers, fireworks, gun powder) are permitted in the residences.
• In cold weather, do not leave windows open because of the loss of heat and danger of radiators freezing. Keep thermostats low if you have the window open. Do NOT remove screens from windows.
• Pets (with the exception of fish) are not permitted. Maximum tank capacity of 5 gallons.
• To assist in keeping the residences clean, all-dorm clean-ups will occur the Thursday before Reading Breaks and Final Exam week.
• Tampering with a smoke detectors will result in a fine.
• You will be given a room key and FOB for your security. Replacement for a lost key is $10 and a lost or damaged FOB is $20. Please report a lost FOB to the Dean of Students so security is not compromised and to receive a replacement. You will be billed on your account or you may pay in cash at the business office.
3. Common Areas
• Because others use common areas (i.e. lounge, washrooms, hallways, dining hall), it is important that you clean up after yourself, leaving these areas in good condition.
• For fire code and safety, residence hallways and stairwells must be kept clear of mattresses, boxes, chairs, etc.
• NO firearms (including air soft), ammunition, crossbows, bows and arrows or knives with blades longer than 4” may be stored in your residences.
• Flammable materials such as oil, gas, solvent, car batteries, tires etc. are not to be stored in residence or thrown in dumpsters.
• If you need extra storage space for larger items talk to your Dean.
• We discourage students from leaving personal belongings over the summer. However, when it is necessary, any items left over the summer must be clearly labeled with your name, address, and the date, and stored neatly in the area designated by the Dean. Because the facilities are used during the summer months, items are left at your own risk.
• You relinquish the right of ownership to any personal property left on the campus more than FOUR months after you have discontinued your studies. PRBI will dispose of these items at its discretion.
• You are responsible for your own possessions. PRBI’s insurance does not cover loss or theft of your personal property.
We are to be good stewards of what the Lord has supplied. To provide safety of individuals and facilities, security measures are necessary.
1. Buildings Locked
• Campus buildings are locked at 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 1:00 a.m. on Friday, and 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, unless otherwise announced by the Deans.
• If it is necessary for a late entry, make prior arrangements with your Residence Leader or Care Leader to let you in. Please do not prop doors open or enter through windows, as this seriously compromises the security of our campus.
2. Rooms Locked
• You are responsible for your own belongings. When you are off campus or out of your room for an extended time, you should close and lock the window and door. Entry through any locked door or window is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE.
• In case of an emergency (i.e. unconscious person), call 911, and contact one of the Deans. For medical emergencies that are not life threatening, contact a Dean or a staff person if a Dean is not available.
• In case of a trip to the hospital, no more than 2 people may accompany the injured.
• A fire drill will be held early in September. Review the exit routes posted in buildings. If the fire alarm rings in any residence, go immediately to the Southwest corner of the main parking lot (MUSTER AREA). You will receive more information during the year. Tampering with an alarm is a criminal offense
There are opportunities for you to minister to others by showing hospitality. “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (I Peter 4:9).
• Only immediate family, alumni, or official campus visitors may stay as overnight guests in the residences with permission from your Dean. Do not invite guests during special all-school events. Any requests for guests who do not fit the above category must be approved by your Dean and a $10/night fee will be charged (payable to the business office).
• Meals are available for non-residential students and guests in the Dining Hall for $6. Payment can be made to kitchen staff or the Business Office.
• Visitors are encouraged to show respect for the residents, especially during study hours and quiet times. Unregistered guests should be asked to leave before buildings are locked. The limit for overnight guests is three successive nights.
F. Leaves from Campus
Campus life is designed to contribute to the development of Christian character of individuals and the community. You are to keep in mind your responsibilities (i.e. practical work experience, studies) before leaving campus. Please notify your Care Leader when away overnight. As a courtesy to your roommate please notify them when you will be out of your room for the night.
Practical Work Experience Handbook
A. Program Philosophy
1. Practical Work Experience (PWE) serves as part of the outworking of your training at Peace River Bible Institute. Along with academic studies, and on/off-campus ministry, it contributes to the education of the “total person”. The PWE program will help develop skills and attitudes which are characteristic of one who is maturing in Christ.
2. Practical Work Experience is a factor in minimizing the cost of education. This program provides for a community effort in the ongoing operation and maintenance of the school. If the same work was contracted out, student fees would increase substantially.
3. Practical Work Experience recognizes the biblical teachings concerning work:
a. God gave Adam work to do in the Garden of Eden (before the Fall). Work is essential to mankind’s well-being and a blessing from God.
b. Hard work is a virtue, and laziness brings trouble (Prov.10:4; 14:23; 6:1-6; I Thess.4:11-12).
c. The apostle Paul commanded hard work (Eph.4:28; 2 Thess.3:6-10), and had the same work ethic himself (2 Cor.6:5; 11:23; Acts 20:31-35). From his example, we learn that the best job is not necessarily the easiest one with the most pay and benefits.
d. Jesus worked and now works, as does His Father (John 5:17; Mark 6:3).
e. Whatever we do, we are to work at it with all our hears, “as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward” (Col.3:22-24).
f. Our work is an important part of our Christian testimony (I Thess.4:11-14).
g. Through serving one another, God is glorified (Matt.5:16).
B. Program Objectives
1. To develop biblical attitudes toward work (Col.3:22-24). You should begin to see that service to the Lord is expressed in service to others.
2. To develop biblical work habits (i.e. faithfulness, diligence, punctuality, and perseverance).
3. To develop skills that may be useful to you in some future work and ministry. We believe that those who show themselves faithful in “little” things will have the chance to be faithful in “larger” things (Matt.25:14-30).
4. To gain an appreciation for the ministry of PRBI as you put both time and effort into the school.
5. To learn good stewardship of the facilities that others have sacrificed to provide.
C. Program Policies
1. Organizational Personnel
a. Practical Work Experience Coordinator - Darrel Schmidt
b. Practical Work Experience Staff Supervisors
c. Practical Work Experience Student Supervisors
a. The PWE coordinator makes or approves all PWE assignments. Students who wish to work in a particular area may also make their requests (on the appropriate form) to the coordinator. NOTE: Priority is given to returning students.
b. The PWE coordinator will make assignments on the following basis:
1) needs of the school
2) requests of the staff supervisors
3) requests of the students
4) skills and experiences of the student
c. Students are accountable to their PWE supervisors. All work related problems must initially go to the supervisor and only then if necessary, to the coordinator.
3. Work Requirements
a. All full-time students (including married students) are required to do 5 hours/week. Married students with young children will be required to do 3 hours/week.
b. PWE evaluations will be held towards the end of each semester. Your supervisor will have a formal meeting you and you will be given an opportunity to responds before signing that you agree with the evaluation. Results from these evaluations will be noted on your transcript as a Pass or Fail.
D. Program Procedures
a. At the beginning of school, students will receive a PWE assignment for that year (individual job descriptions will be provided). Each student is then responsible to make a commitment to a working schedule.
b. Any scheduling problems with your PWE must be discussed with your supervisor. Any missed shifts will be assigned for make-up.
c. During special events (i.e. Global Ministries Conference, Circle of Friends, Spiritual Emphasis Week, Winter Carnival, exam weeks, etc.) PWE responsibilities are expected and/or students may be required to take on either a different or an additional assignment.
d. PWE responsibilities continue until graduation. Please do not leave campus until you have made arrangements with your PWE supervisor for any shifts you expect to miss.
a. In the case of a conflict (i.e. sports game, field education), students must arrange for substitutes.
b. The supervisor must be notified regarding a shift substitution.
3. Sickness or Accident
a. Students who are unable to work due to sickness or accident are responsible to notify the supervisor and must find a replacement. Extended periods of absence due to sickness or injury require a doctor’s note.
b. The supervisor is responsible to find a work replacement for the student who is confined to bed for an extended period of time.
Transfers may sometimes be necessary due to changes in workloads, class schedules, student’s skills, etc. The PWE coordinator therefore reserves the right to transfer students between assignments and will consult with both the student and the affected supervisors.
5. PWE Discipline
Problems in fulfilling your PWE experiences, such as poor attitude, work performance, habitual tardiness, or frequent absence from work, will enter the student in the discipline process.
The discipline process will end upon satisfactory completion of the PWE discipline requirements and responsibilities for a complete semester.
Since we are what we believe, spiritual growth through a thorough study of God’s Word becomes vital to our walk with Christ. Thus, developing a passion to know God and His Word and developing distaste for falsehood is an important aspect of our time at PRBI. As God desires that we do all things for his glory, doing well within the academic environment is a necessary component of our growth as a Christian. The disciple-making emphasis of PRBI strives to address all areas of your educational experience.
Every aspect of your educational experience at PRBI is seen as part of a cohesive unit. Whether it is the classroom and assignments, residential life, chapel, Practical Work Experience, Field Education, response to authority, financial accountability, sports, or recreation – each helps to complete the whole process of becoming a mature disciple of Jesus Christ. Each area has its part to offer in our education, and our commitment to each area communicates something about our mindset and character. Since we see all aspects of life as integral to being shaped into a mature disciple-maker, a student who decides to neglect their responsibilities in any of these areas will enter into a specific disciplinary process, which may involve discussion with others (as needed) and may lead to dismissal from the college.
The purpose of the Academic Handbook is to inform you of the guidelines that will be applied during the course of your academic life here at PRBI. Please read this handbook carefully and thoroughly. You will be responsible for knowing its content. Keep it handy for reference during the year. We trust it will answer many of your questions concerning guidelines and procedures. If you are not clear on any item, please feel free to contact the Registrar for explanation and clarification.
Questions – Most of you, until you are well acquainted with the operations of the school, may have questions not covered in the various handbooks. One question that often arises is, "To whom do I address my questions?" The following personnel are available to answer your questions in the following areas:
PRESIDENT (Waldie Neufeld) – Campus philosophy and development, personnel, school policy, overall spiritual life on campus, fund raising, public relations.
ACADEMIC DEAN (Kim Cairns) – Curriculum design and development, program design and development, faculty development, academic policy, chapel services.
DEPARTMENT CHAIRS (Kim Cairns – Global Ministries; John Bell – Worship Ministries; Jason Gayoway– Pastoral Ministries; Brad Cowie –Ministry Studies) – Key advisors for respective academic programs.
REGISTRAR (Kathryn Wood) – Applications, admissions, class and exam schedule co-ordination, curriculum, academic counseling, records and transcripts, registration, graduation, transfer of credit, grade appeals.
DEAN OF STUDENTS (Darrel Schmidt) –Student Life concerns/questions
STUDENT LIFE DEANS (Shelley Martindale, Shane Dell) – Resident life, student leadership, student activities, personal counseling, off-campus employment.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT (Shane Dell) – Sports program, community coaching.
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES (Alex Gao) – Human Resources, on campus employment, school buildings, food services, maintenance.
BUSINESS OFFICE (Jill Gayoway) – School fees, insurance, payment procedures, financial assistance, government loans.
PRACTICAL WORK EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR (Darrel Schmidt) – PWE questions/concerns.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT (Jeremy Johnston) – Extension ministries, Stewardship (fundraising, public relations), Admissions, Tour Teams, Alumni Association.
A $100 non-refundable registration fee is due when you send in your course registration. This will be applied to the following semester’s tuition. Should you choose not to attend the next semester, this fee will not be reimbursed.
Late registration (after July 15) is permitted after the regular registration period. However, there is a late fee of $55.00 (not applicable to freshmen students). No registration will be allowed after classes have been in session for one week. The Business Office must approve financial arrangements before you are permitted to attend classes.
Academic Classification of Students
In the Academic Classification, you are classified according to number of credits earned and the program you have entered.
If you are enrolled in the two-year program, you are classified as follows: Freshman 0 - 32, Senior 33 - 66.
If you are enrolled in the three-year program, you are classified as follows: Freshman 0 - 32, Junior 33 - 64, Senior 65 - 102.
If you are enrolled in the four-year program, you are classified as follows: Freshman 0 - 32, Sophomore 33 - 64, Junior 65 - 99, Senior 100 - 134.
PRBI operates on a two semester system. The fall semester classes begin the first week in September and end in mid-December. The winter semester classes begin the first week in January and end in mid-April.
Credit Hour System
The work and class time in all courses are rated in terms of credit hours. In general, one credit hour is given for each 50 minute period in which the course is taught during one week (e.g. If a course is scheduled to meet for 3 - 50 minute classes weekly, then the course is designated as a “3 Credit Hour” course). Exceptions include Music and Tour Teams Courses.
Normally you are expected to do approximately seventy-five minutes of “homework” for every 50-minute period spent in class.
PRBI uses a letter guide, which is calculated on a 4 Grade Point Average (GPA) Scale. The quality point for any course (G.P.A.) is determined by taking your percentage and using the following formula:
(% - 55)/10 = grade point
Percentage - GPA - Letter Grade - Quality of Work
97-100 - 4.0 - A+ - Outstanding
94 - 3.9 - A - Outstanding
90 - 3.5 - A- - Superior
87 - 3.2 - B+ - Superior
84 - 2.9 - B - Competent
80 - 2.5 - B- Competent
77 - 2.2 - C+ - Competent
74 - 1.9 - C - Needs Improvement
70 - 1.5 - C- - Needs Improvement
67 - 1.2 - D+ - Needs Improvement
64 - 0.9 - D - Sub-Standard
60 - 0.5 - D- - Sub-Standard
0-59 - F - Inadequate/Fail
The following is a code of the various grade designations that could appear on your Grade Reports: W - Withdrawn, WF - Withdrawal Failure, I - Incomplete, IP - In Process, AU – Audit, P – Pass.
Grade Reports are distributed to you each semester as soon as your grades are calculated and recorded. Your Practical Work Experience will also be recorded and you will be given notices of your current status in your degree.
Semester Academic Load
The normal academic load is 17 credit hrs/semester. The maximum academic load you may carry without special permission from the Registrar is 19 credit hrs/semester.
The Registrar, in consultation with the Academic Dean, may grant approval of academic loads in excess of 19 credit hrs. This privilege may be given to you if you have in previous studies demonstrated superior ability in academics.
The minimum academic load a full-time student must take each semester is 12 credit hours.
Field Education (see the Field Education Handbook for more details)
The Field Education program provides a wide variety of ministry situations in order to broaden your perspective and experience. This is essential to both provide you with preparation for your future ministry and give you a proper basis upon which to make vocational decisions. Ministry exposure cannot be sufficiently given in classroom situations; therefore, we have incorporated a Field Education requirement for every degree at PRBI. Students who plan to attend for only one year are strongly encouraged to participate in the Field Education program to round out their education while here. This involvement is in cooperation with local churches and other agencies/organizations.
The Field Education Director (Brad Cowie) will provide general oversight of the program. Once a student has chosen a particular degree, the program chair for that Department will provide supervision for the student. It will be their responsibility to guide the student in choosing appropriate Field Education placements and then to evaluate the experience with the student.
Field Education is taken for academic credit and must be treated with equal importance as any other course (You may gain up to 2 extra Field Education academic credits above those required by your program).
Specific graduation requirements can be found online at www.prbi.edu under the Academics tab. Students must declare their graduation intent by January 15th of the graduating year.
Any student wishing to participate in the graduation ceremonies must:
1. Have fulfilled all requirements of his/her degree.
2. Have obtained an overall average of 70%.
3. Have met all financial obligations to the Institute (by April 1).
Selection of Valedictorian
The valedictorian of the graduation class is selected from the graduating students in the BBS or BRE degrees. The valedictorian will be chosen by the faculty based upon Christian Character, academic achievement (minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA or 87.5%), and leadership involvement while a student at PRBI, with the PRBI involvement receiving slightly greater consideration.
Application for Degree or Diploma
All candidates for a degree or diploma are required to fill out an application during their graduating year. The deadline for this application is January 15th. Approval by the Registrar and the Department Chair of the field of studies is required.
All BRE students are required to take part in an internship program or its equivalent. The details of the internship are available from the Department Chairs of the various fields of study.
Government Student Loans
You may be eligible to receive assistance under the Canada Student Loans Program. Should you desire to apply for this funding, you must apply online at www.canlearn.ca. Your loan application is processed in partnership with the provincial authority of the province in which you reside. There may also be other awards that are granted for post-secondary education. Check the Canlearn website for more information. PRBI does caution against excessive or unplanned borrowing. Check with the PRBI Business Office for a copy of our Student Loan Policy.
Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP's)
PRBI is recognized as an eligible institution to receive funds, such as the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan, to be applied against student fees.
You will not be exempted from class, chapel, Field Education or Practical Work Experience for employment/volunteer reasons. Please see the following chart for guidelines and talk to Student Life for more details, permission and an Off-Campus Work Application Form.
Course Hours School Activity Hours Outside Work Hours Total Hours
17 & over 40 hours + 0-14 hours = 50 hours
14-16 30 hours + 0-16 hours = 42 hours
12-13 min. 20 hours + 0-18 + 34 hours
Withdrawal from PRBI
All withdrawals will be charged a Withdrawal Fee of $50.00.
If you are withdrawing from PRBI on or after the first day of the semester, you must complete a Withdrawal Form available from the Registrar's Office. This form is to be signed by the Academic Dean, Dean of Students, a Business Office Personnel, your PWE Supervisor and Registrar. If you fail to complete the Withdrawal Form, you forfeit your right to a refund of your tuition fees and/or your room and board fees.
If you, after registration, withdraw from PRBI within the first five (5) days you will be charged a flat fee of $250.00 in (which includes the withdrawal fee, non-refundable registration fee and room and board).
If you withdraw for any reason or are dismissed from PRBI after 5 days, you will be charged Room and Board at a rate of $20.00 per day from the beginning of the semester up to (and including) the day you move out of the residence.
If you withdraw from PRBI, you are entitled to a refund of tuition fees on the following scale (calculated from the first class day):
0 – 5 calendar days -- 100%
6 - 14 calendar days -- 80%
15 - 21 calendar days -- 60%
22 - 28 calendar days -- 40%
29 - 34 calendar days -- 20%
After 35 calendar days -- 0%
If you have prepaid your second semester fees when registering for the first semester, the second semester fees will be remitted 100%.
If you have paid a Graduation Fee and withdraw before March 1, it will be remitted 100%. If you withdraw after March 1 there will be no Graduation Fee refund.
Students who are struggling with campus life, in relationships with others, or in their academic program on a continual basis will have their status reviewed periodically. Your response to the assistance offered will be evaluated and if it is neither to your benefit nor in the best interest of PRBI that you continue your studies, you will be asked to stay out for at least one semester.
If you desire to withdraw from any course for which you are registered, you must complete a Course Addition/Withdrawal Form, pay the associated fee, secure a signature from the instructor concerned and hand in the form to the Registrar.
Notification to the instructor is not required for withdrawals during the first week of classes. All withdrawals after the first week of classes until October 15 for 1st semester, and until February 15 for 2nd semester, will receive either (a) ‘W’- Withdrawn, or (b) ‘WF’- Withdrawal Failure, based on student attendance and marks of completed course work. Withdrawal Failure will be figured in your G.P.A.
All course withdrawals after mid-October for 1st semester, and mid-February for 2nd semester will result in the course receiving a 0% grade and will be figured in your G.P.A.
Failure to withdraw from a course according to the above procedures will result in the course receiving a 0% grade and will be figured in your G.P.A.
All course withdrawals and additions will be charged a $10.00 fee.
Normally, courses may not be added after the first full week of classes. Exceptions to the rule are allowed by the consent of the Registrar and the instructor concerned. If your request to add a course is granted but you were not attending the class you desire to add, the first week of classes will be counted as absences against you.
To add a course, complete a Course Addition/Withdrawal Form, pay the associated fee, and hand in the form to the registrar.
Failure to register for a course according to the above procedures will result in the course not being applied to the requirements of your degree and no earned credit.
All course additions will be charged a $5.00 addition fee.
Audit courses are considered as part of your academic load, carrying ½ of the academic weight of a regular course. You are considered a regular participant in the class with the exception of turning in course assignments or writing course examinations. Audit courses will be counted in the 19-credit hours maximum an upperclassman can take. You do not receive credit for an Audit.
You may take a maximum of one audit course per semester providing that you receive approval from the instructor. Register for audits with your regular course registration. Regular attendance is required. Audit courses will not be included on the Student's Grade Report where absenteeism exceeds the allowed amount.
Normal addition/withdrawal fees apply.
Directed Study Courses
A limited number of courses are available by directed study. A student in their second year or higher may request permission from the Registrar to take a directed study course during a regular semester. All course work must be completed during that time frame. Final approval involves the Academic Dean.
You may not apply to take a directed study course if that same course is offered in the classroom, unless you have a timetable conflict.
1. All assignments with due dates will be set forth in the course syllabi of your respective courses.
2. All course assignments must be completed by the dates in the course syllabus. Late assignments may be assessed a penalty at the discretion of the instructor of the course. You are responsible for finding out the late policy of the instructor whose course you are taking.
3. Assignment extensions within the semester may be given at the discretion of the instructor. Some instructors may elect not to give extensions. Extensions for assignments should be looked upon as privileges, not as your right.
4. All course assignments must be completed by the last class day of the semester in which the course is taken. Instructors do not have the authority to grant extensions beyond this date. You may, because of prolonged illness and extreme extraordinary circumstances, apply for extension beyond the semester deadline by contacting the Academic Dean, who will make that decision.
5. Graduates, in their final semester, must have all assignments completed one week prior to the last day of classes. Any exams will be administered on the last day of classes. Graduates who receive a mark between 55-59% on classes in the last semester will have opportunity to do a supplemental assignment.
6. Incomplete assignments will significantly affect your course grade.
A grade of Incomplete (I) may be assigned to courses in cases of prolonged illness or extenuating circumstances beyond your control which make it impossible for you to complete the required course work by the end of the semester. Application may be made for an Incomplete to the Registrar (who will consult with the Academic Dean) only during the last two weeks of classes. If the Incomplete is granted, the required work is to be completed within six (6) weeks of the last day of the regular semester.
You will submit the required work to the Registrar who will forward it to the instructor involved.
Examinations are scheduled for courses during the final exam week. You are required to write your exams at scheduled times. No exam may be taken earlier or later than scheduled unless there is an examination schedule conflict in which case arrangements must be made ahead of time with the Registrar. Should you feel that because of a handicap or your mother tongue not being English, etc., that you need extra time for writing exams, you will need to make application for that privilege ahead of time with the Registrar, who will bring it to the instructor affected and the Academic Dean.
You should not expect to leave for Christmas Break before 3:00 pm on the final day of examinations.
If you receive a course grade between 55% and 59% (any grade below 55% does not qualify), you may be allowed to complete either a supplemental assignment or examination (whichever is the instructor's preference) to pass the course. This make-up opportunity should be looked upon as a privilege and not something you are entitled to automatically receive. This make-up will not apply to courses with the grade of Incomplete. The following procedures and guidelines are to be adhered to:
1. After you have received a notice of course failure, you have 30 days to apply to the Registrar's office and the individual instructor, for the privilege of a supplemental assignment or examination for non-returning students. This option is applied for at the beginning of the following semester for returning students. There is a $25.00 fee for this benefit, which is to be paid to the Business Office upon application.
2. After applying for the supplemental assignment, you will have 30 days to successfully complete it.
3. The supplemental assignment requirement will be equal to an assignment normally worth 10% of the course.
4. The instructor will mark the assignment. Successful completion of the assignment (70%) will raise your final course grade to 60%.
If you fail a course (receive below 55%) designated as a required course in your prescribed degree, you will be required to retake the course in its entirety.
Academic Probation is an assistance program for those who demonstrate difficulty with the academic environment. Students will be placed on Academic Probation according to the following conditions:
1. A student classified as a freshmen in the academic classification system who fails to achieve an average of 65% (GPA 1.0) in their first semester, or,
2. A student classified as a freshmen in the academic classification system who fails to achieve an average of 68% (GPA 1.3) in their second semester or an upperclass student who fails to achieve an average of 70% (GPA 1.5) in any semester, or,
3. Any student who fails two or more courses within a semester.
Placement on Academic Probation results in regular meetings with the Registrar and the student is limited to 15 credit hours during the following semester. The student will go over time management skills, study habits, and other appropriate topics. Students on Academic Probation may be asked to withdraw from sports, worship & mission teams, and will not be allowed to have any involvement in Student Leadership.
Severe Academic Probation: Students who do not receive at least a 60% (GPA 0.5) average in their first semester, 63% (GPA 0.8) in their second semester, or 65% (GPA 1.0) in all succeeding semesters are considered to be on Severe Academic Probation and, in addition to the above requirements, will not be allowed to play on sports teams.
Students failing to meet the requirements for two successive semesters will be asked to sit out for at least a full academic year. Student who wish to return after they have sat out are placed on Academic Probation in the first semester of their return. Should they not achieve a 70% (GPA 1.5) average in that semester, they will be asked to sit out for another year.
Academic Probation Policy exists with the understanding that this does not set aside our desire for discipleship, but further strengthens our desire to work with the student and see discipleship relate to all areas of the student’s education at PRBI.
Since we believe that both subject material and class interaction are needed for a full comprehension of a course, and we presume that the student wishes to profit the most from the class, we expect that students will be present for their classes. The class instruction and interaction forms a vital aspect of your development as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
You are expected to attend all classes. For courses scheduled regularly (3x/wk for 3 credit and 2x/wk for two credits), you will receive a reduction in your final grade for each absence in excess of one per course credit hour plus one. A student who misses more than 20% of the classes for a course will not receive credit for that particular course (i.e. if the class meets 3 times/wk, a student would lose all credit on the ninth absence). Please check individual course syllabi for details. If a student has stopped regularly attending classes, they may be asked to leave school before the end of the semester.
You are encouraged to keep a personal record of your absences in case you choose to appeal loss of course credit. Appeals may only be granted because of credible absences (i.e. documentable sicknesses or the like).
You are responsible to daily check your email and courses on Populi for updates from your instructors, files posted for reading, online assignments or other information relevant to your studies. Failure to regularly check your Populi account/email can lead to a reduction in your grade for an assignment or course.
Academic Integrity and Honesty
PRBI is committed to high academic standards and expects that students will honor these standards by pursuing their studies with integrity and honesty. It is acknowledged that mistakes are sometimes made inadvertently. In these cases the student is expected to correct their errors and learn from their experience. It is also expected that a student will avoid intentional academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is to act in a manner to gain unearned academic credit. Some examples of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:
• Plagiarism, i.e., to present someone else’s ideas or words in an assignment without proper documentation. (See the composition handbook for further explanation of plagiarism).
• Submitting identical or substantially similar papers or projects for credit in more than one course without prior approval of the faculty member(s).
• Collaborating with other students on research or assignments unless expressly permitted by a faculty.
• Deliberately helping another student complete an assignment or allowing another student to copy one’s work in order to complete an assignment.
• Presenting a former or another student’s work as one’s own.
• Buying or copying a term paper or project composed by another person and presenting it as one’s own work.
• Cheating on an examination or quiz by any means.
Cheating, plagiarism or any form of dishonesty in academics is unacceptable. In order not to discredit students, faculty or the school, the academic administration is compelled to confront and apply appropriate discipline when dishonesty occurs.
If a student is found to have violated a principle of academic integrity then the following process will be implemented:
• The faculty of the course will initiate a meeting with the student to discuss the violation and reach an understanding of the issue.
• Once all the facts are verified the faculty will assess the severity of the violation and apply an appropriate penalty. An appropriate penalty may be a reduction in grade, a student being asked to redo the assignment or depending on the severity of the violation no credit being given for the assignment.
• All violations and penalties will be documented by the faculty on a student’s activity feed.
• Students may appeal the faculty’s decision to the Academic Dean, whose decision is final.
• Repeated violations may result in dismissal from the school based on the recommendation of the Academic Dean to the Leadership Team of the School.
Since the classroom is the environment where much of your formal education takes place, there are certain guidelines that need to be followed.
1. Late Arrival - You should be punctual in arriving for class. Some instructors may elect to impose penalties on late arrivals, early departures, or lengthy breaks. Check with instructors on their policy.
2. Classroom Disturbance - Courtesy should be shown to your instructors, fellow class members, and the Word of God by not causing distractions in class (e.g. talking, laughing, visibly showing indifference). If you are involved in disturbing the operation of class periods, you may be asked to leave the class, at the discretion of the instructor.
Dean's List of Academic Honours
Should you, as a full-time student, earn 90.0% (3.50 G.PA.) or better in any semester, you will be placed on the “Dean's List of Academic Honours.”
If you as a graduating student, have an accumulated aggregate percentage of 91.5% (3.65 G.P.A) or better, you will be nominated as a PRBI Gold Medallion Scholar.
(A limited number of seniors, 7% of the graduating students from the BBS and BRE degrees, may be selected for a Pi Alpha Mu Honour Award. The selection process is based upon Christian character, School involvement, and academic standing with academic standing receiving a slightly greater consideration).
Tranfer of Credit
1. From other institutions – You must achieve a minimum final course grade of 70% in each course to qualify for transfer to PRBI. PRBI will attempt to give transfer of credit for courses from accredited and unaccredited Bible colleges and institutions, community colleges, and universities, where the level of instruction and course content are comparable to courses offered by PRBI. PRBI does not give credit to non-college level Bible courses taken through Christian high schools or correspondence schools. If you are wishing to transfer credit from another institution, please submit a written request and an official transcript to the Registrar for evaluation. Transfer credit will be conditional upon a 70% average during the student’s first year at PRBI.
2. From Correspondence Courses - You may transfer college level course credits from accredited correspondence schools (universities included), provided such credits are required by your program of studies. You may not transfer more than 12 credit hours of correspondence course credit into the program of studies.
3. To other institutions - Former students of PRBI have had credits accepted at various other Bible colleges/seminaries. We would be happy to assist you if you are interested in the possibility of transferring to another college.
Change of Grade
A written appeal for change of grade on an individual assignment must be made to the instructor involved, within two weeks of receiving notification of the grade.
A written appeal for change of a course grade must be submitted to the Registrar, within 30 days of receiving notification of final grades from the Registrar's Office. The Registrar will consult with the instructor concerned, a formal decision will be made, and you will be informed of the decision.
It is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of course grade and G.P.A. tabulations recorded on your Grade Report.
A written appeal for absences, in excess of 20% only, may be submitted to the Academic Dean. He will consult with the Faculty, a decision will be made, and you will be informed of the decision.
Appeals Related to Registrar Department
In areas of transfer credit, alternate courses, academic loads, compulsory courses, and other matters related to the Registrar's Department, appeal of a decision should be taken to the Academic Dean for final decision.
Appeals Related to Academic Policies and Personnel
The college will only accept appeals when or where there is claim against the instructor or Academic Personnel of procedural error, negligence, or prejudice. Written appeals may be submitted to the Academic Dean.
Student Access to Permanent Records
As a student of PRBI, you (or your parents/guardians, if you are under 18-years of age) will be given the opportunity by appointment to review your Student Record File, with the exception of the confidential reference forms, upon request to the Registrar.
No person is given access to Student Records except PRBI personnel whose duties require access or any person whom you authorize, in writing, to have access.
When you graduate or leave PRBI as an undergraduate and are in good financial standing with the school, you may submit a written request for your academic records from the Registrar. Transcripts cost $10.00 with each additional transcript requested at the same time costing $3.00.
Official transcripts containing the school seal and Registrar’s signature are generally forwarded directly to the institution requested. Official transcripts will not normally be issued directly to you. Such transcripts will be labeled “Issued to Student” and carry the normal fees. Another school or individual cannot order a transcript of your academic records without your written consent.
PRBI will not release transcripts of students, or former students, who have outstanding fee accounts.
Recording of Lectures
The recording of lectures or any other classroom and academic activity is not permitted unless cleared by the instructor prior to the event. Each instructor's decision is final.
Classroom Use (Furniture/Equipment)
See Student Life section G. Buildings for details.
The Christmas Break begins after the final day of examinations. Reading Week begins on the day prescribed on the Academic Calendar.
Academic Mentoring Tips
We believe that spiritual growth through studying God’s Word is vital to our walk with Christ, and we desire your time at Peace River Bible Institute to be a positive experience of learning and accomplishing your educational goals. As the passing of courses is ultimately your responsibility as a student, following are some suggestions/tips to help in your endeavor.
If, during the semester, gathered information indicates you are having difficulty with a subject, one or more of the following is available to you:
1. The Registrar may contact you to offer assistance.
2. You could choose to get help from the following:
• Work with an individual instructor on courses.
• Meet with the Registrar.
• Evaluate your situation with your respective Dean.
3. You could also implement a program that could include the following:
• Evaluate your use of time, seeking out counsel about the use of study habits.
• Limit co-curricular involvements.
• Set up a study schedule.
• Work with a buddy-system to monitor each other’s study habits.
• Adjust your academic load with the Registrar.
• Initiate other programs as seem appropriate to deal with problems of motivation and attitude affecting your academic performance.
The main goal is that you would seek out some form of assistance so that you can succeed in your studies. Hopefully implementing some of the above will give you insight so that your academic journey will bring honour to our Saviour.