Student classification is based on total credit earned and is updated at the beginning of each semester.
Freshman: 0 – 31 total semester credits
Sophomore: 32 – 63 total semester credits
Junior: 64 – 95 total semester credits
Senior: 96+ total semester credits
Academic standing for any given term is assigned at the close of the semester. Changes in academic standing are effective the official date grades are due according to the published academic calendar. Grade changes, including posting of grades from incompletes, made after the first Friday of the proceeding semester WILL NOT change the academic standing assigned. Students who achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher are considered to be in "Good Academic Standing."
The Academic Standards Committee of the Faculty (ASC) reviews the academic progress of all students at the end of each term. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below the minimum 2.0 required for graduation will be placed on academic probation by the committee for the following semester. While on probation, students are limited to a maximum of 12 credit hours and are expected to attend all classes. Students must be in good academic standing to receive approval for transient work. Students admitted on probation or placed on probation will be restricted from intercollegiate athletics competition, equestrian competitions, fine arts performances and leadership officer positions with College-recognized student organizations. Any student who cannot raise the level of performance to above a 2.0 cumulative GPA may be refused permission to continue as a degree candidate. In order for the ASC to provide a consistent and fair academic dismissal process, the following guidelines have been established:
1. When a student performs inadequately academically by attaining a cumulative grade point average under 2.0, he/she will be placed on academic probation for the entire following semester through the process already determined by the Committee. A student placed on probation will be informed that he/she has one semester in which to raise his/her average to the 2.0 level. Any student earning a 0.0 grade point average, for the first semester at LEC, will be dismissed from the College.
2. While on probation, the student must meet regularly with the Academic Advising Office designee during the probationary semester. The student is limited to a maximum of 12 credit hours. The College reserves the right to alter the student’s schedule to accommodate the 12 credit hour maximum.
3. If the student has failed to obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater at the end of the probation semester, the individual can be academically dismissed. An academic dismissal letter will be sent within fourteen (14) business days of the date grades are received by the Registrar.
4. If a student is placed on academic probation for three (3) non-consecutive semesters, the individual will be academically dismissed. The academic dismissal letter will be sent within fourteen (14) business days of the date grades are received by the Registrar at either the end of each academic term.
5. The student who is academically dismissed will receive a certified letter with return receipt requested. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of his or her academic status.
6. The dismissal letter will state that the student has fourteen (14) business days from the date of the letter to appeal the dismissal, using the appeal form posted on LEO.
7. The Academic Standards Committee will meet within 14 business days from the appeal deadline date to make a final determination regarding the previous dismissal decision.
8. A letter notifying the appellant student of the decision of the ASC will be sent by the Registrar within fourteen (14) business days of the date of the appeal decision. In the event that a student is allowed to return, additional requirements may be placed on the student by order of the ASC.
9. Incomplete Courses and Academic Dismissal - When a student is dismissed from the College, all unfinished courses are awarded a W for academic withdrawal. No grades will be given for outstanding incompletes.