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Brigham Young University Continuing Education Programs
Adult Religion Classes

Organized under Brigham Young University Continuing Education (an entity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints), BYU Continuing Education is a resource to priesthood leaders and members to provide religious continuing education opportunities for youth and adult members of the Church. These opportunities are comprised of approved "Optional Activities" (Handbook 2, 2010, p. 106) and are funded by participant tuition.

Specific BYU Continuing Education programs, dates, and locations are listed on the Internet at: ce.byu.edu/arc. For additional information about these programs, local S&I representatives or priesthood leaders should contact Andrea Ramsey, BYU Continuing Education, at 801–422–3896.

  1. Adult Religion Classes are noncredit classes.

  2. Adult Religion Classes are to be financially self‐sustaining.

  3. Each adult religion student must pay the tuition fee; audits are not allowed.

  4. The registration fee for Adult Religion Classes is set by BYU Continuing Education and cannot be changed locally. The tuition for spring Adult Religion Classes is $1.50 per week for the full registration. NO PARTIAL REGISTRATIONS ARE PERMITTED. Beginning summer 2017, tuition for Adult Religion Classes will be $22 per semester for courses held outside of BYU campus, and $30 per semester for courses taught on BYU campus..

  5. Adult Religion Classes are for adults and typically consist of one class of approximately 90 minutes per week for a period of 10 to 17 weeks. Classes should be held on the BYU semester schedule: Winter (January-April), Spring/Summer (May-August), and Fall (September-December).

  6. The course of study must be selected from the LDS Institutes of Religion "Approved Course" list (see "Approved Courses" tab for more information).

  7. The local stake president should approve the course of study, the class day and time, and recommend a teacher and chairperson. The recommended teacher should be strongly encouraged to utilize the Institute student manuals as a guide and a resource in teaching. Due to recent changes in the regulatory climate, and expensive mandates for providing benefits, BYU will no longer be able to employ those who are DMBA-covered retirees (i.e., retired from Seminaries and Institutes, BYU, etc.).

  8. Prior to the beginning of an Adult Religion Class, the recommended teacher will work directly with the BYU Continuing Education office to complete all required hiring documents.

  9. The stake president, or his representative, appoints an individual to be the class chairperson.

  10. BYU Continuing Education is contacted and given information about the proposed Adult Religion Class. (This must be done at least one month prior to the anticipated start date of the BYU Adult Religion Course to ensure adequate time to complete all paperwork, website updates, registration builds, marketing, and hiring duties.)

  11. Publicity for the classes and registration of students is the responsibility of the locally appointed class chairperson in cooperation with the class teacher.

  12. Course participants must register for the class and pay tuition online, by phone (participants can call BYU Continuing Registration staff Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 801-422-8925 to register), or by mailing a check for the complete tuition amount (no tuition discounts or "per class" registrations are allowed) to BYU Adult Relgion Classes, c/o Andrea Ramsey, 115A HCEB, Provo, UT, 84602. Checks should be made payable to BYU Adult Religion Classes. Adult Religion instructors and chairpersons are not allowed to take registrations or handle funds.

  13. An approved flyer for the Adult Religion Classes will be prepared by BYU Continuing Education and forwarded to the chairperson. The chairperson can also request copies of the flyer from BYU Continuing Education (but reimbursements for copying done locally are not possible.)

  14. After the classes have completed and all forms and fees have been received (including the log of teaching hours), BYU Continuing Education will pay the teacher an honorarium based on the amount of tuition received for the classes. A copy of the honorarium schedule is available from BYU Continuing Education.

  15. Full‐time Seminaries and Institutes of Religion personnel interested in teaching Adult Religion Classes must coordinate with their area director to assure that their participation meets approved policies.

  16. Due to recent changes in the regulatory climate regarding hiring and employment, and expensive mandates for providing benefits, BYU will no longer be able to offer Adult Religion Classes in out-of-state locations as of January 1, 2016.