Rules and Procedures
The online school is dedicated to the study of The Urantia Book with the goal of assisting the global community of readers study the book more effectively. When enrolling in the school, the student agrees:
- To interact with the Facilitator and other students according to the spirit of the teachings of The Urantia Book
- To be respectful of the differing levels of comprehension, diversity of perspective, and varied communication skills of fellow students
- To respect the privacy rights of fellow students by keeping course content, student responses, and discussion within the confines of the classroom
- To adhere to class deadlines and study requirements
- To confine the discussion in the classroom to course topics and The Urantia Book .
The academic year consists of three trimesters with registration and enrollment occurring during the first full week of September, and the second full weeks of January, and April. Each trimester is 10 weeks in duration beginning with Orientation Week, followed by four periods of two weeks each, and concluding with Summary Week.
During Orientation Week, students will be expected to present a brief introductory personal biographical sketch to start the process of becoming acquainted with fellow students. They will also have the opportunity to explore the UBIS website. A Student Manual is available to guide in navigating the site. It is particularly important, this week, to read all the message sent by your Facilitator. This week will also provide an opportunity to have questions related to the course or website answered by contacting your Facilitator.
Each period is of two weeks duration, consisting of a Question/Response Week followed by a Discussion/Sharing Week. On Monday of Question/Response Week, on entering the classroom, students will find a list of six questions posted by the Facilitator. Each student is expected to select three or more of the six study questions and respond in their own words to each with 150 words or less. Although responding to three of the six questions is considered the minimal requirement, we recommend responding to all six questions to provide a more comprehensive learning experience. On Monday morning of Discussion/Sharing Week the responses will be available to the class for discussion. This biweekly schedule will continue for four periods for a total of eight weeks. During each Discussion/Sharing Week the Facilitator may introduce new topics, ask additional questions, emphasize emerging thought gems, or redirect the discussion as appropriate. During Summary Week students are expected to write a brief summarizing essay. This week is also the opportunity for farewells and exchanging e-mails as desired.
"To every spirit being and to every mortal creature in every sphere and on every world of the universe of universes, the Universal Father reveals all of his gracious and divine self that can be discerned or comprehended by such spirit beings and by such mortal creatures. God is no respecter of persons, either spiritual or material. The divine presence which any child of the universe enjoys at any given moment is limited only by the capacity of such a creature to receive and to discern the spirit actualities of the supermaterial world." [27.1; 1:4.6]