Consumer Information

This page is intended to disclose general consumer information to members of the Wesley community including prospective and current students, staff, and alumni. The content of this page has been assembled from various administrative offices at Wesley and is intended to comply with federal regulations enacted with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Faculty

For a listing of Wesley faculty, including their education, training and experience, courses taught and publications, visit Faculty Profiles.

Curriculum

Wesley offers 4 degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts, and Doctorate of Ministry, as well as dual degrees with American University adjacent to the Wesley campus.

The Master of Divinity degree prepares students for the practice of Christian ministry. Most candidates for this degree seek to become qualified for ordination, and the design of the degree program comprises the basic ordination requirements of most Christian denominations.

The Master of Arts degree provides the most flexible program design and the fewest number of credit hours and is intended to support working professionals and others who are seeking a theological grounding for those pursing non-ordained ministries, whether that be a call to lay leadership, social justice activism, or other service in the world.

The Master of Theological Studies degree is offered to provide general theological understanding that equips graduates to reflect thoughtfully and faithfully on their life and work that enables lay members to participate more effectively in the mission of the Church. It also provides background in theological disciplines as a foundation for further graduate study. While not designed to provide qualification for ordained ministry, the MTS degree can provide a structure for meeting certification requirements for various forms of lay ministry.

Size, Location, Facilities, and Equipment

Wesley is one of the most diverse seminaries in the world. Within the community of about 500 students, 56% are women, 43% are an ethnic minority, and 38 denominations are represented. The campus is located in Washington DC, with the main campus in the northwest quadrant of the District and a satellite campus at Mount Vernon Square in downtown DC.

Wesley's campus consists of a chapel, library, residence hall, apartment building, administrative building, dining hall, faculty offices, classrooms, and community meeting areas.

Transfer Admission

Students who have an incomplete theological degree may be eligible for transfer credit and waivers of requirements. Those with a completed theological or non-theological degree may request advance standing. Previous academic credit will be considered for transfer if it meets the following criteria:

  • The credit is from a graduate theological school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada.
  • The grade is a B- or higher graded on a conventional grading scale; as a general rule "Pass" grades are not considered for transfer.
  • The course was completed no more than seven years prior to the date of admission to Wesley

No more than half of the credit hours of a degree program at Wesley can be fulfilled by transfer credits and once the student has matriculated at Wesley, the final half of the degree program must be completed at Wesley. However, incoming M.A. student may only transfer in 6 credit hours.

Withdrawals

If you withdraw from a course during a regular Fall or Spring semester, your tuition refund will depend on how long classes have been in session (the actual amount is based on the applicable percentage of the number of hours dropped). Financial aid will not cover courses that are dropped prior to the census date (end of add/drop period). If you withdraw:

No refunds will be granted after the fifth full week.

The specific drop deadlines for each semester are listed in the Important Dates section of the Catalog and posted at http://calendar.wesleyseminary.edu. The only exception to this policy is in the case of courses that do not begin in the first week of a Fall or Spring semester. Such courses may be dropped with no tuition penalty through noon of the next business day after the first class session is held. After this deadline, the tuition refund schedule in the table above will apply to any course drop.

Fees will not be refunded after the final add/drop deadline (the end of the second full week of any major semester). This scale also applies to refunds on tuition, fees, and housing rates for students withdrawing entirely from Seminary enrollment.

A refund schedule for J-Term and summer sessions is available in the Business and Registrar’s Offices, on the J-Term and Summer Term web pages, and on the Registration Form that must be used to drop any of these courses after the Registration Deadline. In general, students dropping any J-Term or Summer term course after its deadline will be assessed the Cancelation Fee. After the class has begun dropping in an intensive term dropping will result in assessment of full tuition. Doctor of Ministry students who withdraw prior to the start of the intensive term will have their tuition refunded in full less the Cancelation Fee.

Complete withdrawal from the Seminary during the course of the semester for emergency reasons is allowed, provided notice of intention to withdraw is presented to the Associate Dean for Community Life in an exit interview. The student may select, or the Associate Dean may advise either Permanent Withdrawal from Seminary or a semester-only Emergency Withdrawal for Medical Reasons.

During the third full week 75% refund During the fourth full week 50% refund During the fifth full week 25% refund

No refunds will be granted after the fifth full week.

The specific drop deadlines for each semester are listed in the Important Dates section of the Catalog and posted at http://calendar.wesleyseminary.edu. The only exception to this policy is in the case of courses that do not begin in the first week of a Fall or Spring semester. Such courses may be dropped with no tuition penalty through noon of the next business day after the first class session is held. After this deadline, the tuition refund schedule in the table above will apply to any course drop.

Fees will not be refunded after the final add/drop deadline (the end of the second full week of any major semester). This scale also applies to refunds on tuition, fees, and housing rates for students withdrawing entirely from Seminary enrollment.

A refund schedule for J-Term and summer sessions is available in the Business and Registrar’s Offices, on the J-Term and Summer Term web pages, and on the Registration Form that must be used to drop any of these courses after the Registration Deadline. In general, students dropping any J-Term or Summer term course after its deadline will be assessed the Cancelation Fee. After the class has begun dropping in an intensive term dropping will result in assessment of full tuition. Doctor of Ministry students who withdraw prior to the start of the intensive term will have their tuition refunded in full less the Cancelation Fee.

Complete withdrawal from the Seminary during the course of the semester for emergency reasons is allowed, provided notice of intention to withdraw is presented to the Associate Dean for Community Life in an exit interview. The student may select, or the Associate Dean may advise either Permanent Withdrawal from Seminary or a semester-only Emergency Withdrawal for Medical Reasons.

Financial Assistance and Loan Disclosures

We recognize that some students will require substantial assistance in meeting the costs of preparation for ministry. Accordingly, Wesley Theological Seminary has a comprehensive financial aid program consisting of scholarships, need-based grants, on- and off-campus employment through the Federal work-study program, Wesley work-ship, and church placements and internships in the Washington DC area. For more information on all types of student aid, how eligibility is determined and for necessary procedures and forms for applying for aid, and loan disclosures for borrowers, visit Financial Assistance.

Drug & Alcohol Prevention

In order to maintain a drug-free study and work environment where the use, manufacture, possession, transfer, dispensing, distribution or sale of illicit drugs and alcohol on campus is prohibited, Wesley Theological Seminary abides by the following policy:

Sanctions and Standards of Conduct

Out of respect for our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, as good stewards of our relationships with one another, and in compliance with the United States law, the unlawful possession, use or distribution of all illegal drugs, as well as prescription drugs or controlled substances taken for non-medical reasons, is prohibited. Additionally Wesley prohibits the unlawful and/or abusive use, possession and distribution of alcohol on campus.

Violators of this policy are subject to disciplinary action and are required to participate in a rehabilitation program. Failure to participate in a rehabilitation program may lead to dismissal, termination, and/or referral for prosecution by law enforcement agencies. An employee or student who begins work or attends class in an impaired state or who becomes impaired during the course of work or class is also subject to disciplinary action.

The Seminary recognizes that substance abuse is a complex health problem. Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse are covered in the Student Handbook pages 68-69.

This policy will be reviewed and disseminated annually to all students and employees. In addition, as a condition of admission and employment, each student and employee is expected to abide by this policy and to notify the Associate Dean for Community Life of any of the above noted violations.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

FERPA is a federal law enacted to protect the privacy of students' education records by requiring us to treat records in a legally specified manner. It applies to all institutions that receive funds under any Department of Education (DOE) program and is enforced by the Family Policy Compliance Office, DOE. Under FERPA, students have the following rights:

  • To inspect and review education records
  • To challenge the accuracy of the records
  • To request amendment to the records
  • To prevent unauthorized disclosure of records
  • To waive these rights in writing
  • To file a complaint with the US DoE about a FERPA violation
  • To be informed about education records
  • FERPA Update, 2012

    As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s FERPA regulations expanded the circumstances under which student education records and personally identifiable information contained in such records including Social Security Numbers, grades, or other private information may be accessed without student consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities (Federal and State Authorities, including District of Columbia Authorities) may allow access to student records and personally identifiable information without student consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program.

    The evaluation may relate to any program that is principally engaged in the provision of education, such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to student education records and personally identifiable information without student consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when the educational institution (i.e. Wesley Theological Seminary) objects to or does not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive student personally identifiable information, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without student consent personally identifiable information from student education records, and they may track student participation in education and other programs by linking such personally identifiable information to other personal information about students that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.

    For more comprehensive information regarding these right and the handling of FERPA regulations at Wesley, please see the Student Handbook and Catalog.

Fire Safety Reports and Student Housing

A pull station, fire extinguisher and framed fire exit route diagram is located at the entrance of both stairwells on each floor of Straughn dormitory as well as on each landing of Carroll Hall's four stair wells in close proximity of the doors of the apartment. When activated the pull alarms ring the entire building. Each apartment in Carroll and each room in Straughn has a permanently mounted 120 volt smoke detector. Smoke detectors are wired to the 120 volt service for each building. When activated, smoke detectors provide an audible alarm in the apartment or dorm room in which they are located.

Four fire drills are held each year and a log is maintained by the Director of Facilities providing details related to each drill.

Rules related to portable electrical appliances are provided in the housing contract. Candles, hot plates and space heaters are prohibited in the dorms as are smoking and open flames.

Procedures for evacuation in the event of a fire are listed on pages 14-15 of the Emergency Response Manual. Policies regarding fire safety education and training programs provided to students, faculty and staff as well as a list of the titles of each person or organization to which campus community members should report a fire are also included in the Emergency Response Manual.

In the 2010-11 academic year, there were no fires reported on campus and therefore no fire-related injuries, deaths, nor damage to property.

Contact persons for community life issues such as the Clery Act and Fire Safety is the Director of Housing and Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean of Community Life.

Annual Security Report/Clery Act

The safety and well-being of all members of our community are of great concern to Wesley Theological Seminary. While we are happy to report that Wesley is an infrequent location for many crimes, a safe environment depends on the cooperation and involvement of individuals in safeguarding themselves and others. We encourage all members of the Wesley Seminary community to use this report as a guide for safe practices on and off campus.

The Office of Community Life prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The Office of Community life relies on members of the community to report any criminal activity that they witness or of which they are victims to the Community Life Office or to any Wesley campus official (including but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, resident managers, advisors to students and student organizations and administrators). These reports are combined with information from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), to compile the information.

This publication contains information to aid in the cooperative effort of creating a safer campus. It contains specific information on safety and security including fire safety, policies relating to reporting crime, and crime statistics for the three previous calendar years. These statistics reflect reported crimes that occurred on campus, in any off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Wesley Seminary, and on public property that is immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This publication is posted on Wesley’s web site by October 1 each year. We notify all students, staff, and faculty of the Web site via e-mail, as well as through informational postings within the campus.

All current or prospective faculty, staff, and students can obtain a paper copy by calling 202-885-8612, visiting Community Life on campus or by writing to:

Annual Security Report Request Community Life Wesley Theological Seminary 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016

Safeguarding Customer Information

To ensure that all customer information is safeguarded, Wesley uses available industry standard security platforms and networking techniques to protect against any intrusion. To establish and maintain a comprehensive information security system, we separate the network between staff and student users so that no data can be peered by non-contracted Wesley staff. We also encrypt our backed-up data before it is sent to our off site data store. The IT manager always consults office managers to ensure that their staff have the access they need, but more than they need. We keep all of this up to date to insure the security and confidentiality of customer information, protect against anticipated hazards and threats to that security and protect against unauthorized use that could result in harm or inconvenience to the customer.

Few personnel have access to or touch the actual client data that mixed in with our physical and software based security systems that we understand at all times who controls this data and has access to it. All software work is done in-house so access to our data is cut off. Any physical work done to the network is managed by licensed and bonded contractors who have contracts that also protect our data. We are audited each year and are flagged for anything our auditors see, if anything, that may be problematic to the integrity of our data and security of customer information.

Students With Disabilities

Wesley Theological Seminary is committed to providing equal access to Seminary educational programs for all qualified students with learning, physical, medical, or psychological disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the D.C. Human Rights Act prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Specifically, these laws require the Seminary to provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability to ensure their equal access and participation in Seminary programs. Once admitted to Wesley, students needing accommodations are encouraged to self-identify to the Associate Dean for Community Life. Students should submit to the Associate Dean relevant, current documentation from a qualified professional, which will be evaluated by a consultant with special training in disabilities.

All buildings on campus are accessible for wheelchair bound students through elevators, wheel chair lifts where elevators are not present and mechanical doors. There are accommodations on the first floor of Straugn dormitory for students in wheelchairs and handicapped parking spaces are available.

For students who are blind or visually impaired there is Braille signage outside classrooms and restrooms. Audio book versions of texts are also utilized as well as the conversion of texts to electronic files so that visually impaired students may use software to read or hear their texts on computers.

For students with auditory disabilities, we have hearing assistance in the chapel and accommodations in the classroom, including interpreters.

Miscellaneous Information

Voter Registration: For information on absentee voting, click here.

Vaccinations: All students 26 years of age and younger must provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, polio, rubella and tetanus. This is a District of Columbia requirement. Disclosure forms are available in the Office of Community Life.

Constitution Day: Wesley Theological Seminary participates in Constitution Day commemorating and promoting the awareness of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 through campus-wide activities that vary from year to year.

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