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BT-1 Policy on Policies
BT-3 - Recognition of Long Service by Employees
BT-4 - Recognition of Long Service by Trustees
BT-5 - Board of Trustees Handbook
BT-6 - Fourth President
BT-7 - Limited Exemption Bylaws V (ROTC Personnel)
BT-8 - Presidents HR
BT-9 - Waiver Process for By-Laws Article 5
BT-10 - Non-Discrimination
BT-11 - Investments by MACU Foundation
BT-12 - Academic Programs
BT-13 - Honorary Degrees
BT-14 - Trustees as Adjuncts
BT-15 - Lighthouse Award
BT-16 - Distinguished Alumni Award
BT-17 - Alternate Diploma School Name 


BT - 01- Policy on Policies

Reason For Policy

University Policies are formal policies at Mid-Atlantic Christian University that apply throughout the institution. The University uses a standard policy format and a uniform review and approval process for University Policies to improve communication, promote administrative consistency and efficiency, and ensure compliance with pertinent state and federal laws as well as state and regional accreditation requirements. 

This "Policy on Policies" governs the development and oversight of all University Policies. Individuals and units within all aspects of the university must follow the procedures outlined in this policy regarding the approval of new University Policies or the revision or repeal of existing policies. 

Policy Information
Policy For All divisions of Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Procedure For All divisions of Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 04/01/2013
Last Updated 04/01/2013

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BT - 03 - Recognition of Long Service by Employees 

Policy Statement

The president leads the university in recognizing all full-time and part-time employees, as well as volunteers, at five-year intervals for long service at MACU. Each spring the Finance Department provides longevity information to the president, who oversees the presentation of awards at the spring commencement service.  

Reason For Policy

To establish due protocol for showing honor and respect for long-term employees.

Policy Information
Policy For All divisions of Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Procedure For All divisions of Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 01/30/1996
Last Updated 02/2015

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BT - 04 - Recognition of Long Service by Trustees 

Policy Statement

The president will lead the university in recognizing trustees for long service.

Reason For Policy

To recognize long service by trustees.  

Policy Information
Policy For All divisions of Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Procedure For President's Office
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 1/30/1996
Last Updated 02/2011

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BT - 05 - Board of Trustees Handbook

Policy Statement

The president’s office publishes and distributes the Trustee Handbook, which clearly states the policy on the Board of Trustees of Mid-Atlantic Christian University.

Reason For Policy

To establish that there is a handbook for guiding the Board of Trustees. 

Policy Information
Policy For Board of Trustees
Procedure For Financial Aid Administrator and Account Services
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 09/2994
Last Updated 11/2008

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BT - 06 - Fourth President

Reason For Policy

Realizing that President Perkins, the third president, will end his role as president either in a normal life cycle or an abbreviated life cycle (death, disability) at any time, the Trustees will adopt a set of desirable characteristics and guidelines to be considered in selecting the fourth president.

Policy Information
Policy For Board of Trustees
Procedure For Chairmen of the Board and President
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 01/2008
Last Updated 05/2015

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BT - 07 - Limited Exemption Bylaws Article V (ROTC Personnel)

Policy Statement

The university may exempt ROTC personnel from the requirement of signing a Statement of Faith and meeting the standard qualifications and responsibilities of faculty if the following criteria are met:

  1. The individual is assigned as an adjunct faculty member;
  2. The individual is selected by an institution or entity other than the university;
  3. The individual provides instruction in a program jointly offered by the university and another institution;
  4. The individual agrees to adhere to the Code of Conduct while on campus or while providing instruction to students of the university;
  5. The individual does not have any right to vote as a faculty member, or otherwise participate in decision making affecting any aspect of the university other than the program to which he or she is assigned;
  6. The rate of compensation of the individual is not determined by the university.

Reason For Policy

To provide guidelines for a variance from hiring protocol for ROTC personnel.

Policy Information
Policy For Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Procedure For Vice President for Academic Affairs
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 05/08/2009
Last Updated 02/2015

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BT - 08 - Presidential Human Relations Task Force

Policy Statement

The PHRTF will meet regularly with the President and the President’s spouse (if employed by the University) to negotiate pay scale, etc. These meetings will happen at a minimum of once a year. The chair of the task force will conduct these meetings. 

The PHRTF will serve at the direction of the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees will select two members from the Board of Trustees. The President will select one member from the Board of Trustees. Other members may be selected if needed. They will be selected at the board’s fall meeting and serve two years.

This policy will serve as the process for determining compensation of Mid-Atlantic’s chief executive officer, the President. The PHRTF will also provide guidance for any employee other than the President who is making over $100,000. The President will assist and work alongside the PHRTF for all other employees. 

All individuals serving on the PHRTF will have no conflicts of interest with respect to the compensation arrangement of the President or any other top management team employees. The PHRTF will obtain comparable compensation for similarly qualified persons in functionally comparable positions at similarly situated organizations at least every three to five years. The PHRTF will review and consider the annual review conducted by the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

Reason For Policy

The purpose of the Presidential Human Relations Task Force (PHRTF) is to provide oversight for all H.R. issues between the President and the University Board of Trustees, and between the President’s spouse (if employed by the University) and the University Board of Trustees. The task force shall provide guidance for, but not limited to, pay scales, benefits, bonuses, tokens of appreciation, etc. They shall report their recommendations to the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for approval by the entire Board of Trustees. 

The purpose of this policy is also to provide oversight for the highest compensated employees: it would include, but is not limited to: officers, directors, trustees, key employees, and highest compensated employees. 

This policy will allow the University to comply with all federal H. R. guidelines as stated in Form 990 and other regulatory agencies. 

Policy Information
Policy For Board of Trustees
Procedure For Chairmen of the Board of Trustees
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 02/2011
Last Updated 03/2014

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BT - 09 - Waiver Process for Bylaws Article V

Policy Statement

Article V, Section 2 of the University Bylaws stipulates that “Full-time Faculty … shall be a member in good standing of the free and autonomous Churches of Christ and Christian Churches.”  

Section 4 of the same article permits the administrative team to waive the aforementioned requirement for full-time faculty members only, when circumstances and procedures as spelled out in this policy document are adhered to.

Reason For Policy

A waiver may be considered if:

  1. An exhaustive effort has been made to hire for a full-time faculty position from within the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, and there are no viable and/or preferred candidates.
  2. The full-time faculty appointment is not within the Department of Biblical Studies, nor the Department of Christian Ministry.
  3. The position is deemed strategically essential to the University’s current operations or future aspirations.
Policy Information
Policy For Academic Department of Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Procedure For Academic Department of Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 10/22/2010
Last Updated 04/23/2013

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BT - 10 - Non-discrimination

Policy Statement

Mid-Atlantic Christian University, a private, faith based, four year college is committed to equality of educational opportunity and will not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, or prior military service. Federal guidelines (Sections 702-703 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act) clearly recognize the right of church related institutions to seek personnel who will support the goals of the institution.  Being a student or employee at Mid-Atlantic Christian University requires a commitment and lifestyle consistent with the institution's mission and values.

Reason For Policy

To establish the University’s non-discriminatory policy. 

Policy Information
Policy For All divisions of Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Procedure For All divisions of Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 03/24/1977
Last Updated 10/23/1997

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BT - 11 - Investments by MACU Foundation

Policy Statement

The purpose of this policy is to establish and communicate the long-term goals and guidelines of the University to the Finance Audit and Investment (FAI) committee found within the Mid-Atlantic Christian University Foundation, Inc. (Foundation). It is intended to give direction and a framework from which the committee is to work and be evaluated. This policy statement is intended to be specific enough to be meaningful, yet flexible enough to adapt to changing economic conditions. The objectives of investing the university’s funds are to preserve capital, protect economic value, and maximize total return. Total return investing relates to achieving both current income and capital appreciation. 

Responsibility for the Foundation’s investments rests with the Board of Trustees and is delegated to the FAI committee within the Foundation.  The FAI committee will be selected from within the Foundation Board of Directors according to Foundation policies. 

The Foundation’s investments will be well diversified to avoid undue exposure to any single economic sector or to any individual security. All investments should have a readily ascertainable market value and be readily marketable. 

The FAI committee within the Mid-Atlantic Foundation can employ professional management firms. The Foundation Board of Directors will have responsibility for all investment decisions.

Reason For Policy

To prescribe the investment policy to be followed by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation. 

Policy Information
Policy For Mid-Atlantic Foundation
Procedure For Mid-Atlantic Foundation
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 10/19/1995
Last Updated 10/2011

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BT - 12 - Academic Programs, Divisions of Study, and Distance Education

Policy Statement

The Board of Trustees of Mid-Atlantic Christian University, on recommendation of the Academic Affairs office and the President’s Office, approves:

  • the number and types of degrees which the university will grant,
  • the number and nature of departments (if any) and divisions through which the curriculum is administered,
  • and the extent to which the institution should offer distance learning programs.

Reason For Policy

To prescribe how academic programs of Mid-Atlantic Christian University are determined. 

Policy Information
Policy For Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Procedure For Administration and Faculty
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 02/09/1999
Last Updated 03/2014

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BT - 13 - Awarding of Honorary Degree/Fide et Amore

Policy Statement

The University chooses to award honorary degrees for reasons which can be summarized as follows:

  1. To recognize superior leadership or achievement in a chosen field of endeavor or in the face of extraordinary circumstances; 
  2. To acknowledge a selfless spirit of service that has contributed significantly to improving the world, the Church, or the individual’s particular community; 
  3. To express appreciation for exceptional generosity that has advanced the vision of Mid-Atlantic Christian University to be a national leader in Christian higher education; or
  4. To publicly identify and recognize worthy role models for students, faculty, alumni, and the community to emulate in their own lives.

The recipients of honorary degrees, although chosen for any of the reasons listed above, exemplify Christ-like characteristics of leadership and service. They have been determined to be living role models, working tirelessly for the good of others. The University uses the bestowing of honorary degrees to demonstrate and reinforce the importance of taking an active role in serving the Kingdom of God.

The honorary doctorate is the highest honor conferred by the University.

At Mid-Atlantic Christian University, honorary degrees are conferred in a public ceremony, most likely in connection with commencement exercises but perhaps at convocation or any other service deemed appropriate. Relating the experiences of honorary degree recipients to graduating students serves as a capstone to the University’s efforts to develop in students the knowledge, skills, motivation, and religious, and moral convictions that will compel them to join others in addressing critical issues facing society and the church.

Reason For Policy

The University chooses to recognize and honor individuals of extraordinary achievement, distinguished service, or exemplary character by awarding them an Honorary Doctorate appropriate to their accomplishments. In so doing, the University uses the occasion to make a public statement about its mission, its aspirations, and its institutional values.

Policy Information
Policy For Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Procedure For President
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 05/2006
Last Updated 05/2006

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BT - 14 - Trustees as Adjunct Professors

Policy Statement

A member of the university’s Board of Trustees may serve the university as an adjunct faculty member. The board member will receive a salary at the standard adjunct faculty rate and may have reasonable expenses reimbursed by the university (e.g., travel, food, lodging).

Reason For Policy

To state whether board members are allowed to also serve as adjunct faculty members. 

Policy Information
Policy For Board of Trustees and Academic Affairs
Procedure For Board of Trustees and Academic Affairs
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 10/2007
Last Updated 11/2008

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BT - 15 - Awarding of Lighthouse Award

Policy Statement

The University chooses to present this award for reasons which can be summarized as follows:

  1. To recognize superior leadership or achievement in a chosen field of endeavor or in the face of extraordinary circumstances; 
  2. To acknowledge a selfless spirit of service that has contributed significantly to improving the world, the Church, or the individual’s particular community; 
  3. To express appreciation for exceptional generosity that has advanced the vision of Mid-Atlantic Christian University to be a national leader in Christian higher education; or
  4. To publicly identify and recognize worthy role models for students, faculty, alumni, and the community to emulate in their own lives.

The recipients of the Lighthouse Award, although chosen for any of the reasons listed above, exemplify Christ-like characteristics of leadership and service. They have been determined to be living role models, working tirelessly for the good of others. The University uses the bestowing of this award to demonstrate and reinforce the importance of taking an active role in serving the Kingdom of God.

The Lighthouse Award is the second highest honor awarded by the University.

At Mid-Atlantic Christian University, such honors are conferred in a public ceremony, most likely in connection with commencement exercises but perhaps at convocation or any other service deemed appropriate. Relating the experiences of Lighthouse Award recipients to students and the entire Mid-Atlantic community serves as a role model to the University’s efforts to develop in students the knowledge, skills, motivation, and religious, and moral convictions that will compel them to join others in addressing critical issues facing society and the church or to devote themselves to selfless service.

Reason For Policy

The University chooses to recognize and honor the life and work of individuals whose work is of an exceptional nature in any field, vocational or voluntary, over their entire career. In so doing, the University uses the occasion to make a public statement about its mission, its aspirations, and its institutional values. The Lighthouse Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated superior performance in their chosen fields of endeavor and in their service to society.   Individuals who have made a unique and significant contributions to the university are eligible for this award. 

Policy Information
Policy For Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Procedure For President
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 10/2014
Last Updated 10/2014

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BT - 16 - Recognizing Distinquished Alumni

Policy Statement

The University chooses to name distinguished alumni for reasons which can be summarized as follows:

  1. To recognize superior leadership or achievement in a chosen field of endeavor or in the face of extraordinary circumstances; 
  2. To acknowledge a selfless spirit of service that has contributed significantly to improving the world, the Church, or the individual’s particular community; 
  3. To express appreciation for exceptional generosity that has advanced the vision of Mid-Atlantic Christian University to be a national leader in Christian higher education; or
  4. To publicly identify and recognize worthy role models for students, faculty, alumni, and the community to emulate in their own lives.

Those chosen as distinguished alumni, although chosen for any of the reasons listed above, exemplify Christ-like characteristics of leadership and service. They have been determined to be living role models, working tirelessly for the good of others. The University uses the bestowing of such an award to demonstrate and reinforce the importance of taking an active role in serving the Kingdom of God.

The award Distinguished Alumni is the third highest honor conferred by the University.

At Mid-Atlantic Christian University, the award of distinguished alumni is most often presented in a public ceremony, such as commencement exercises or convocation, but it may be awarded at any other service deemed appropriate. Relating the experiences of distinguished alumni recipients to students and the entire Mid-Atlantic community serves as reinforcement to the University’s efforts to develop in students the knowledge, skills, motivation, and religious and moral convictions that will compel them to join others in addressing critical issues facing society and the church or to devote themselves to selfless service.

Reason For Policy

The University chooses to recognize and honor alumni of extraordinary achievement, distinguished service, or exemplary character by presenting them the award “Distinguished Alumnus” or “Distinguished Alumna” as appropriate to their accomplishments. In so doing, the University uses the occasion to make a public statement about its mission, its aspirations, and its institutional values. Alumni who have earned academic credit for studying the equivalent of one academic year (32 credit hours) at Mid-Atlantic Christian University is eligible for this award. 

Policy Information
Policy For Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Procedure For President and Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Policy Owner President
Date Issue 10/2014
Last Updated 10/2014

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BT - 17 - Issuing Diploma in Alternate Name

Policy Statement

The Registrar’s office of MACU may produce a diploma utilizing an alternate name of the university – Mid-Atlantic University – when a graduate requests such a diploma and the request is approved by the University President and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  This policy is only for diplomas and is not applicable to official university transcripts.

Reason For Policy

MACU recognizes that there are foreign countries that may be hostile to the ideals and values of MACU.  This policy and procedure is intended to assist MACU graduates who wish to work in such environments by providing them documentation in an alternate name of the university.  

Policy Information
Policy For Board of Trustees and Academic Affairs
Procedure For Academic Affairs
Policy Owner Vice President for Finance
Date Issue 12/2014
Last Updated 12/2014

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