Mar 31, 2023  
2019-2020 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Guidelines/Policies (Graduate)

Academic Advising

An important aspect of academic life at Lakeland is the relationship between its students and their advisors.

While students are expected to be responsible for their own academic decisions and curricular requirements, they should know that, throughout their years at Lakeland, one sure source of friendly concern, supportive encouragement, and accurate academic advice is their advisor. The advising relationship can help students with the following:

  • Mapping out the path to degree completion
  • Selecting courses each semester
  • Communicating with offices on the main campus

Class Attendance and Participating Online

Students are expected to be present and actively engaged in all class sessions. For classroom-based instruction, this means students are present and punctual in all class sessions. For online instruction, this means students should log in a minimum of three days each week and participate in the discussion forum. For BlendEd® courses, students must follow the attendance requirements whichever way they choose to attend. Individual course instructors are responsible for clearly notifying students of their unique and specific class attendance policies.

Adding or Dropping Courses

  • Students may add and drop courses in accordance with the published add/drop deadline schedule each term.
    • Students can complete this transaction online via
    • Added courses are then approved by the advisor.
  • Students are responsible for adding and/or dropping courses within the stated deadlines.
  • A student receives no grade for a dropped course.

Administrative Drops for Non-Attendance

  • Lakeland University reserves the right to administratively drop a student from any class during the semester regular term (12-week sessions in fall/spring/summer) or short term courses (7-week sessions in fall/spring/summer) for failure to attend classes or commence enrollment during the first part of the term/session without an approved excuse.
    • An instructor may excuse a student at their discretion.
    • The instructor and student make agreed upon arrangements to submit assignments. 
  • Commencing enrollment requires participation in the class meeting in person on campus or via Lakeland’s courseware system, Blackboard. 
    • Simply logging into a class via Blackboard does not qualify as commencing enrollment. 
    • Student submits assignments or the student must participate in a discussion board activity in order to “commence enrollment.”
  • If the student fails to commence enrollment the following process is followed:
    • Instructor raises a flag in Starfish called Student has not Commenced Enrollment.
    • The Starfish process sends a notice to Student, Academic Leadership, Academic Advisor, and Financial Aid.
    • Academic Leadership verifies by reviewing any subsequent course participation in Blackboard or by contacting the instructor directly. 
    • If enrollment activity has since taken place, the instructor or staff clears the flag after verifying the activity. Student remains in the course.
    • If the student fails to initiate the drop process or participate by the end of the add/drop deadline for the term or session, an administrative drop is completed.
      • Administration drops student from the course who no longer has access to the Blackboard platform.
      • The student’s enrollment status may change based on the number of courses dropped.
      • Tuition and financial aid refund calculations will commence following the policies in place on the day prior to the start of the term/semester.

Withdrawing from a Course OR the University

  • A student who wishes to withdraw from one, some or all courses must do so in accordance with the withdrawal dates published for each term.
    • Withdrawal dates may differ depending on length of course.
  • Official withdrawal from course(s) requires the student secure approval by telephone or email from their Kellett School advisor and completion of the add/drop/withdrawal form.
  • International students or students receiving military benefits should check with these institution representatives to ensure they understand the impacts to their enrollment status if withdrawal is completed.
  • Add/drop/withdrawal form is available to download from
  • A student receives a W grade for a withdrawn course.

A student who withdraws from one or some courses and adds an upcoming course to their schedule should note:

  • Nine (9) semester hours is a full-time load for graduate level students.
    • Withdrawn courses count toward this load.
  • A student who wishes to add a new course after withdrawal may have to be approved for an overload by their program director.
    • Additional tuition and fees apply to any added courses.
  • Example: 6 semester hours still enrolled, 3 semester hours withdrawn, addition of a 7W2 course (3 semester hours), student petitions for an overload for the 7W2 additional semester hours.
    • Student is considered to be enrolled in a total of 12 semester hours (3 of which are withdrawn).

Definition of Falling out of Enrollment

Continuous enrollment is completion of a minimum of one three-semester-hour course each two-semester period. Students will be required to apply for readmission before registering for courses after a period of non-enrollment exceeding one semester. If degree requirements have changed since the time of one’s last admission to Lakeland, the reapplication process will revise one’s degree plan in accord with the new requirements.

Medical Withdrawal and Family Leave

Students may withdraw from one or more courses up to the published withdrawal deadline date. (See Withdrawing from a Course OR the University) If an extraordinary situation related to the physical or mental health of the student or an immediate family member emerges after the withdrawal deadline expires, a student may submit a request for medical withdrawal or family leave. 

Students seeking medical withdrawal or family leave must submit an application to the Provost within six (6) months of the last day of the term for which the leave is requested. Applications must include two things:

  • A letter from the student outlining his/her situation and
  • credible documentation from supervising physician, caregiver, or authorized professional that includes
    • dates and duration of student or family member’s condition and accompanying treatment;
    • assessment of whether the condition or treatment of it reasonably interfered with the student’s ability to attend classes or complete required coursework.


  • Successful applications for medical withdrawal or family leave require withdrawal from all courses within the term. Students may not seek medical withdrawal or family for a single course when enrolled in multiple courses. 
  • Incomplete applications will require additional time to process, which can delay applications for readmission or resolution of academic standing issues.
  • Requests for refunds related to withdrawal for medical situations require a separate request to the Bursar’s office.

Repeating a Course

Students may repeat a course up to two times but will receive credit for the course only once. Lakeland uses the highest grade received to compute the cumulative grade-point-average (GPA). All attempts of repeated courses, including the grades received, will remain on the transcript even though only the highest grade is included in the cumulative GPA.

Independent Learning Experiences-Evening, Weekend, Online Graduate Program

Lakeland recognizes two types of circumstances in which a student may complete degree requirements outside of a typical course offering.

  1. Courses with low enrollment: On rare occasions, academic leadership adds a course for 1-4 students in order to ensure they maintain appropriate degree progress. If an advisor identifies a course need the advisor should communicate course needs as part of the scheduling process. Kellett staff works with the dean of the school to make the course available for enrollment. Together, they review options and alternative course selections for the student. If the team in consult with the Provost determines a special offering of a course is necessary, the team will work to offer the course making it available during the normal registration process.
  2. Courses designed for independent learning: Many of Lakeland’s programs provide opportunities for students to complete their degree requirements through independent learning. Examples of these courses include (but are not limited to) the following:

Students should consult with their academic advisor to complete the approval process for enrollment into these courses.

Auditing a Course

  • A student may audit any Lakeland course. No credit is earned for an audited course.
  • The instructor will identify expectations and course requirements of an audited course.
    • The minimal requirement for an audit is regular class attendance.
  • Grades assigned:
    • AU = Successful completion of the work assigned by the instructor
    • UAU = Failure to complete work assigned by instructor
    • WAU = Withdrawal from the course
  • A student may convert a course to audit status at any time on or before withdrawal deadline date on the academic calendar.
  • A reduced tuition rate is available to a student who completes an audited course.
    • Students should refer to the tuition and fee schedule or their individual bills for specific rate information.
    • There is no audit tuition reduction for a student who has enrolled in special registration programs, such as internships, independent studies, or CPA/CMA courses.