University Policies

Campus Tobacco Use

The use of both smoking and smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all buildings on campus including classrooms, laboratories, hallways, offices, restrooms, residence halls and lounges. Smoking areas outside of buildings are marked. No smoking is allowed in front of entry doors to buildings unless otherwise indicated by signage.

Firearms Policy

No person is permitted to carry firearms or other weapons, either concealed or visible, on Lindenwood property or to any Lindenwood class. The exception to this policy applies only to duly sworn, on-duty law enforcement officers. Off-duty police officers may carry concealed weapons to their Lindenwood classes only if authorized to do so by their employer and the state of Missouri or Illinois.

Abuse of Student Portals

Any student who gains unauthorized entrance to another student’s portal, makes changes to another student’s schedule via the student portal, or otherwise tampers with or compromises private or privileged communications will be expelled from Lindenwood University. Additionally, such actions will be brought to the attention of law enforcement officials and may be prosecuted through the legal system.

Policy on Recording Classroom Activity

During classroom instruction, the use of cameras, video, audio taping devices, or any other kinds of recording devices (including telephones) is allowed only after obtaining written permission from the instructor; otherwise, the use of such devices is prohibited. Such recordings may not be redistributed to anyone not a member of the class without the express written permission of the instructor and all student subjects of the recording.

Applying for Graduation

In order to apply for graduation, students must complete the “Application for Degree” form in concert with their faculty advisor at the appropriate time during the enrollment process. Application for Degree deadlines are posted in the LCIE office in the cultural center and at all of the extended campus locations. Deadlines to apply for graduation are as follows: for a March and June graduation, the deadline is December 30 of the prior year; for a September graduation, the deadline is March 30 of the same year; and, for a December graduation, the deadline is May 30 of the same year. Please make certain, as you meet with your faculty advisor, that you complete the “Application for Degree” by one of the aforementioned due dates. Failure to do so will cause your graduation to be moved to the next available date.

Undergraduate Students

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is an exceptionally serious offense to oneself and one’s colleagues given that “the fabric of a learning community is woven by a bond of trust [which assumes that] the work to which we affix our names is our own.” To act in such a way that compromises this trust is to “undermine the contract of good faith on which productive study and the open exchange of ideas is based.” Therefore, students wishing to maintain formal membership in the Lindenwood learning community must display the high level of integrity expected of all its members.

According to Lindenwood University Academic Honesty policy, names of undergraduate students found guilty of cheating, plagiarizing, or deception (including lying) will be sent to the office of the University Associate Provost. A first offense of academic dishonesty may result in a reduced or failing grade on the work/test or failure of the course. A second offense will lead to failure of the class, and a third offense will result in expulsion from the university. Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to the Associate Provost.

Online Courses

In an online course, 100% of course instruction is delivered using an online learning management system platform. There is no time spent in a physical classroom. In some cases, students may meet for an introductory and/or summary meeting; however, these meetings are not mandatory.

Semester undergraduate students are limited to taking one online class per semester, except for those students enrolled in the Early Access MBA program or any program offered entirely online.

Online Coursework Limit

Undergraduate students are limited to taking one online class per term.

Hybrid Courses

A hybrid course is a method of instruction in which 75% or more of the course is taught using a learning management system platform. Time in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated.

Independent Study

An independent study is an innovative, nonstandard class involving independent research/study on the part of the student under the guidance of an instructor. The contact time requirement for an independent study is one documented contact hour every two weeks. It is strongly recommended that undergraduate students who are granted independent studies have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Graduate students should have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to qualify for an independent study course. Independent study courses cannot be used to meet an undergraduate general education requirement.

To enroll in an independent study course, the Independent Study Proposal form must be completed, signed, and returned to the Registrar’s office no later than the third week of the term in which the work is to be done. An add/drop/enrollment form and a 1-2 page course outline prepared by the student after consultation with the instructor must be attached.

Tutorial

A tutorial is a class listed in the catalog taught to a student on an individual basis. The content of the course is the same as the material taught in the regular class. The contact time requirement for a tutorial is one documented contact hour per week during which the subject matter will be discussed and student progress evaluated. Only instructors who have previously taught the class in the regular session will be approved to teach a tutorial unless permission is granted by the dean. Only students with a true need will be considered for a tutorial, and it is up to the academic school and instructor whether to grant a tutorial. It is strongly recommended that undergraduate students who are granted tutorials have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Graduate students should have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to qualify for a tutorial course.

To enroll in a tutorial course, the Tutorial Proposal form must be completed, signed, and returned to the Registrar’s Office no later than the third week of the term in which the work is to be done. An add/drop/enrollment form and a syllabus must be attached.

Preparing for Graduation

It is the shared responsibility of both a student and his/her advisor to determine that all requirements for graduation have been completed by the anticipated graduation date. The advisor has the authority to approve academic work within the major; however, only the Provost and the registrar have the authority to certify that all requirements for graduation have been fulfilled and post a notification of degree completion on a student’s transcript. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each student to track his/ her own progress through a degree program by maintaining a checklist of all requirements including major and emphasis requirements, general education requirements, free electives, sufficient numbers of 30000+ level courses, and total number of credits.

Graduate Students

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is an exceptionally serious offense to oneself and one’s colleagues. The fabric of a learning community is woven by a bond of trust: the work to which we affix our names is our own. To act otherwise is to undermine the contract of good faith on which productive study and the open exchange of ideas is based. Therefore, students wishing to maintain formal membership in a learning community must display the high level of integrity expected of all its members.

According to Lindenwood University’s Academic Honesty policy, names of students found guilty of cheating or plagiarizing will be sent to the Associate Provost. A first offense of academic dishonesty by a graduate student may result in a lessened or failing grade on the work/test or failure in the course or cluster. A second offense by a graduate student will result in expulsion from the university. Any questions about the policy should be directed to the Associate Provost.

Graduate Transfer Credit from Another University

Students transferring credit hours from a regionally accredited university must submit official transcripts from each university attended to the Office of Admissions along with the application for admission. All hours accepted in transfer must be from regionally accredited colleges and universities. In order to count towards graduation, all graduate credit hours must be 50000 level or above and must be in the same subject area. If courses have the same title, contain similar or like content and have a grade of “B” or above, they may transfer in as equivalents of Lindenwood course credit. Grades of “C” or below will not transfer into any LCIE graduate program. A maximum of nine credit hours of graduate credit will transfer to an LCIE graduate program. All transfer credit is subject to approval by the LCIE program director and the Dean of LCIE.

Transferring To/From Graduate Programs Between Schools at Lindenwood University

Some students, after taking one or more clusters in LCIE, may decide to transfer into another School within Lindenwood University to earn their graduate degree. When this occurs, students may be able to transfer nine credit hours from their first graduate degree program toward their new graduate degree program. Approval of transfer credit is at the discretion of the program director or department chair of the receiving School. The same nine credit hour rule applies to graduate credit transferred in to LCIE from another School within Lindenwood University.

Graduate Degree Time Limit

A graduate student is expected to complete a graduate program within five (5) years of the date of entry.

Preparing for Graduation

It is the shared responsibility of both a student and his/her advisor to determine that all requirements for graduation have been completed by the anticipated graduation date. The advisor has the authority to approve academic work within the major; however, only the Provost of the university and the registrar have the authority to certify that all requirements for graduation have been fulfilled and post a notification of degree completion on a student’s transcript. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each student to track his/her own progress through a degree program.