May 30, 2024  
2017-2018 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Standing (Graduate)

The intent of these minimum performance standards is to encourage students to give their best efforts to their college coursework at all times, thereby enhancing their own future opportunities for employment and the timely completion of their degrees. Maintenance of good academic standing and minimum academic progress is also required in order to retain eligibility for future financial aid awards.

Standards for Academic Good Standing

Kellett School graduate students must maintain a minimum grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale during each of their terms at Lakeland. In addition, all students must successfully complete a minimum of three (3) semester hours of coursework during each three-term period. Students who fail to pass the required number of semester hours also face academic probation, suspension, or dismissal from Lakeland University.

The Provost, in collaboration with the Registrar, Kellett School personnel, and the Director of Financial Aid will review each student’s term and cumulative GPAs at the end of regular semesters. Based on the findings of this review, the Provost will implement the following policies.

Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal

Probation: Students whose cumulative GPA falls below the minimal standard or who fail to pass the required number of semester hours will be placed on academic probation for the following term. The Provost will inform those students placed on academic probation of their status and the conditions under which they can return to academic good standing.

Suspension: Students who fail to fulfill the terms of their academic probation will be suspended for one term. After a suspended student has been away from Lakeland University for one term, he or she may apply for readmission. A student who has been readmitted to the university after a period of academic suspension will return on academic probation.

Dismissal: Students who are readmitted after an academic suspension and fail to meet the appropriate term GPA standard may be academically dismissed. Dismissed students may no longer enroll in Lakeland University coursework and are ineligible for readmission to Lakeland University.

Appeals of suspension decisions may be made to the Provost. Letters outlining the details of appeals and appropriate student contact information should be sent to the Provost at least one week prior to the first day of the next academic term. Dismissals may not be appealed.

Behavioral Suspension or Dismissal

Where judged appropriate by the Assistant Provost for EWO Operations and Retention and the appropriate appeals panel, students who have violated established rules of the Lakeland University community may be immediately suspended or dismissed from the university. Unless other action is specifically approved by the Provost, behavioral suspensions will result in the award of failing grades in all enrolled classes.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Lakeland University expects academic honesty from all of its students. Cheating, plagiarism, or other kinds of academic dishonesty are considered violations of established university expectations and may result in penalties ranging from failure of an assignment to dismissal from the university, depending on the severity of the offense. Students who believe they have been unfairly accused or penalized may submit a written appeal, stating the specific details of their situation, to the Provost. Where appropriate, the Provost may take such appeals to the Academic Appeals Committee for a formal hearing and decision. In matters of plagiarism and cheating, the decision of the Academic Appeals Committee is final.

Withdrawal from the University

A student who wishes to withdraw from Lakeland during a term must contact his/her Kellett School advisor and complete the official withdrawal process if he/she wishes to withdraw in good standing. (Please refer to the Financial Information  section of this catalog for the refund policy.)

Medical Withdrawal and Family Leave

A request for medical withdrawal or family leave may be made in extraordinary cases in which serious physical or mental illness or injury or another significant personal situation prevents a student from continuing his or her classes, and incompletes or other arrangements with the instructors are not possible. All applications for medical or family leave withdrawal require the completion of a Withdrawal form available at each Kellett School Center and online, thorough and credible documentation of the intervening circumstances, and the approval of the Provost. Requests for medical or family leave must be submitted, along with accompanying documentation, no later than six (6) months following the end of the term for which the leave is requested. Note: Requests for medical withdrawal or family leave from a single course in a term when several courses are taken are not granted.

A student may request and be considered for a medical withdrawal when extraordinary circumstances, such as a serious illness or injury, interfere with class attendance and/or academic performance. The student must be, or must have been, under medical care during the current semester in order to be considered for a medical withdrawal from all of his/her classes. The medical withdrawal policy covers both physical health and mental health difficulties.

A student may request and be considered for family leave when extraordinary personal reasons, not related to the student’s personal physical or mental health interfere with class attendance and/or academic performance. Examples include care of a seriously ill parent, sibling, child or spouse, or a death in the student’s immediate family.