The policies and procedures described herein are also described in the Catalog and determine the academic status of students enrolled in the University. Exceptions to these policies and procedures may be considered only upon request to the Office of the Provost.
Classification as a part-time or full-time student is based upon the weekly academic load which the student carries. Undergraduate students are considered full-time when registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours. Part-time for undergraduates is 6 credit hours.
Graduate students are considered full-time when enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours. Part-time for graduate students is 3 credit hours.
These classifications apply to all three semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer!
Please note: Some Financial Aid is dependent on students carrying a full-time course load and will be prorated if the student carries anything less. Please see the Financial Aid website for more information.
Students in undergraduate programs are classified as follows:
|Freshman||0-29 credit hours|
|Sophomore||30-59 credit hours|
|Junior||60-89 credit hours|
|Senior||90+ credit hours|
CREDIT HOUR VS QUARTER HOURS
The University converted from a quarter credit system to a semester system effective beginning in the Fall of 1994. Work completed prior to August 1994 is recorded in standard quarter hours. Work completed after August 1994 is recorded in semester hours. Quarter hours convert to semester hours by multiplying quarter hours using a factor of two-thirds.
A record of grade point is kept in the student’s permanent record and used to determine his or her overall scholastic average. The following grades are computed in grade point average:
|D+||1.3||Not applicable to graduate students|
|D||1.0||Not applicable to graduate students|
|D-||0.7||Not applicable to graduate students|
|WF||0.0||Failure due to non-attendance|
DISPUTE OF GRADES
Students who wish to dispute their grades have one (1) semester to address the issue. The appropriate procedure for disputing grades, along with any other aspect of a course, is as follows:
- The student must first speak with the instructor of the course;
- If the resolution is not what the student hopes to achieve, the next course of action is to speak with the department chairperson for the course;
- Again if the outcome from addressing the issue with the department chair is not what the student hopes to achieve, the student should then address the issue with the Dean of the college of the course;
- Finally, if that resolution is not what the student hopes to achieve, the last and FINAL course of action is to speak with the Provost. The ruling of the Provost is FINAL and no longer disputable by the student.
RECOMPUTATION OF GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Students may repeat a course to improve the grade earned in a prior attempt, the course must be completed at Lawrence Tech. Students should be aware that the most recent grade will be the grade of record whether or not it is the highest grade earned.
Until a passing grade is achieved, all grades for earlier attempts in a course will appear on the transcript and will be computed into the grade point average. Once a course has been passed, only the credit hours and grade for the latest attempt will be reflected in the grade point average.
In order for the grade point average to be recomputed, the latest attempt must be in the same course as the one originally shown on the transcript. Directed study or special topics courses may not be eligible for the repeat process as the topic of study may vary from one course to another.
Students who have been found in violation of the Academic Honor Code and receive an inclusive final grade of “F” for that course are not eligible for the repeat process.
The University does not guarantee that a course will be offered in the future. Therefore, students will not be eligible for recomputation of a course no longer offered by the University.
The recalculation of the grade point average is an automated process within Enrollment Services/Office of the Registrar; the student is not required to submit any paperwork.
Graduate students can repeat one course during their academic career and have the grade removed from the grade point average. The following grades may be repeated and the grade point average recalculated at the graduate level: A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, F and WF. The latest attempt must have resulted in a passing grade. Until that point, all grades will appear on the transcript and will be included in the grade point average.
The repeat process at the graduate level is not automatic and requires departmental approval. A request for a repeated course to be removed from the grade point average should be submitted to your department chairperson. You can obtain the form by clicking here.
To be recomputed, the latest attempt must be the same course as the first and must be part of the University’s normal course offerings. Directed study or special sections may not be used for recomputation purposes.
The University does not represent that a course will be offered in a future semester and may be deleted from the curriculum which subsequently may not be recomputed.
When the recomputation is completed, only the credit hours and grade for the latest attempt will be reflected in the grade point average (assuming the grade received is passing). Courses that are not counted in the grade point average are indicated by an “E” (for exclude) in the column that is labeled “R” (for repeat). The passing course will have an “I” (for include) in the same column.
LTU POLICY ON DEGREES, MINORS, AND CERTIFICATES
To gain a better understanding of the the following items/policies, Lawrence Tech has defined Program, Degree, Major, Minor, Concentration, Certificate, and our credit hour policies.