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.
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 and Educational Funding 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.
Probation: Students whose cumulative GPA falls below the minimum standard or who fail to pass the required number of semester hours are 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 earn a suspension for one term. After a suspended student has been away from Lakeland University for one term, he or she may apply for readmission. Readmitted students to the university after a period of academic suspension return on academic probation.
Students who wish to appeal do so, to the Provost about these policies.
Dismissal: Readmitted students who enter after an academic suspension and fail to meet the appropriate term GPA standard earn an academic dismissal. Dismissed students may no longer enroll in Lakeland University coursework, are ineligible for readmission to Lakeland University, and may not appeal this determination.
Students’ who have violated established rules of the Lakeland University community, as published in the university’s Student Handbook, may be immediately suspended or dismissed from the university. Unless the Provost approves a specific sanction, behavioral suspensions will result in the award of failing grades in all enrolled classes.
Lakeland University expects academic honesty from all of its students. Cheating, plagiarism, or other kinds of academic dishonesty are 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.