LSU has the
responsibility to protect its educational mission, and the health and safety
of its community and of the property therein, through regulating the use of
University facilities and setting standards of scholarship and conduct for
its educational mission, the University also has the responsibility to carry
out its disciplinary authority in a manner which contributes to the development
and education of the student.
authority of LSU is derived from the provisions of the Louisiana Revised
Statutes. These statutes established the Board of Supervisors and gave
it the power to adopt rules and regulations necessary for the government of
the University consistent with its mission, and to adopt rules and regulations
governing student conduct.
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Each student is responsible for completing all requirements established for his or her degree by the University, college, and department. It is the student's responsibility to learn these requirements; a student's adviser or counselor may not assume that responsibility. Any substitution, waiver, or exemption from any established departmental or college requirement or academic standard may be accomplished only with the approval of the student's dean. Exceptions to University requirements, including the general education requirements, will be authorized only with the approval of the student's dean and the Office of Academic Affairs.
THE CATALOG THAT DETERMINES THE CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS FOR AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE
that determines the curricular requirements for an undergraduate degree is
the catalog that is in effect at the time of entry. This catalog may be used
for a maximum of ten years provided enrollment is not interrupted for two
consecutive semesters. Students whose enrollment is interrupted for two or
more consecutive regular semesters may choose no catalog earlier than the
one in force at the time of re-entry. Continuing students may elect a subsequent
catalog when a new major is selected or when a catalog reflects a revised
curriculum. Transfer students may use the catalog in effect at the time of
their first entry into an accredited higher education institution, provided
that the transfer to LSU A&M is made within five years of the first entry.
will make a reasonable effort to honor the statement of curricular requirements
in the chosen issue of the catalog. However, because courses and programs
are sometimes discontinued and requirements are changed as a result of actions
by accrediting associations and other external agencies, the University, in
its sole discretion, shall make the final determination whether degree requirements
Note: admission to LSU does not guarantee admission to your program of choice; many programs have highly selective admission criteria. Students follow the senior college program admission requirements in their catalog of entry into LSU; however, students transferring from another institution to LSU or from one major to another within the University must meet the program admission requirements in the catalog in effect at the time of transfer. Students are encouraged to frequently obtain the most up-to-date and accurate information about requirements and changes.
A minor is that part of a degree program consisting of a specified group of courses in a particular discipline or field. The minor usually consists of 15 percent or more of the total hours required in an undergraduate curriculum. Minors, available to students on an optional basis, are established by departmental, school, or college faculties. Once a minor has been established, any LSU student may pursue that minor, subject to the following rules and procedures:
course requirements for the minor, including prerequisites, must be followed
as published in the LSU General Catalog. Any substitutions in the minor must
be approved by the chairman of the department and the dean of the college
offering the minor.
a student in one college wishes to pursue a minor in a different college,
the student must obtain permission from his/her own dean.
student following a particular catalog for the major field must follow the
minor requirements stated in the same catalog. Exceptions must be approved
by the chair of the department and the dean of the college offering the minor.
student must earn a minimum 2.00 gpa in the minor field, although some faculties
may impose higher minimum gpa requirements.
used to satisfy the minor may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
Degree audits for minors will be verified by the college in which the student is enrolled. The minor must be declared no later than graduation check-out time. All course requirements for the minor must be completed by the time of graduation.
UNDERGRADUATE AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
A concentration is an alternative track of courses within a major, accounting for at least 30 percent of the major requirements. Establishment of a concentration does not require prior approval by the Board of Regents. Areas of concentration are available within most undergraduate curricula. For additional information, see the curricula listed in the appropriate college chapter.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR OBTAINING A DEGREE
grade-point average of 2.00 ("A" = 4) on all work taken, except
for those courses in which grades of "P," "W," or "I"
are recorded, is required for graduation. In order to meet graduation requirements,
students must have a 2.00 average on work taken at this University (all System
campuses) as well as a 2.00 average on their entire college record.
for a bachelor's degree must fulfill a minimum residence requirement of two
semesters (or four summer terms), earn at least 25.0 percent of the total
number of hours required for the degree at this University (all System campuses),
and meet the residence requirements of their college as stipulated in each
college's and school's section of this catalog.
students have earned one-half of the credits required for a bachelor's degree,
they may not use additional credits earned in a two-year college outside the
LSU System to fulfill degree requirements, unless authorized to do so by the
dean of their college or school.
must complete a general education component of 38-39 semester hours in approved
courses in six major areas: English composition, analytical reasoning, arts,
humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Each student must demonstrate
computer literacy in ways deemed appropriate by the faculty of the senior
college in which the student is enrolled. The "General Education Requirements"
section of this catalog specifies approved courses and the regulations governing
should review specific curricula for precise degree requirements.
addition to these minimum requirements, students must meet all special regulations
established by the faculties of their respective colleges and listed in each
college's section of this catalog.
Degrees, both honorary and earned, are conferred only by vote of the Board of Supervisors upon recommendation of the faculty of the University or the faculty of the appropriate college, school, or division of the University (all System campuses).
Procedural Requirements for Obtaining a Diploma
the semester prior to the one in which graduation is anticipated,
candidates must request that the dean of their college evaluate their academic
records for compliance with degree requirements. (Each college establishes
its own degree requirements, which are listed in that college's section of
this catalog.) At the time of degree application, candidates must indicate
how they wish their names to appear on the diploma and in the commencement
their last registration,
candidates must pay the graduation fee. Students should consult the current
Registration Schedule of Classes for the deadline to receive a refund
of the graduation fee. Students who previously have paid a graduation fee,
but who did not graduate at the expected time, must pay a $20 duplicate diploma
financial indebtedness to the University (all System campuses) must be cleared
prior to graduation. For those students who received Stafford or SLS loans,
an "exit interview" conducted by the Office of Student Aid and Scholarships
Candidates for degrees are expected to participate in the commencement exercises, unless excused by their deans.
Requirements for a Second Baccalaureate Degree
who wish to obtain a second baccalaureate degree from this University must
meet all academic and residence requirements set by the college(s) concerned
and must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the work offered for the
degree requiring the fewer number of hours.
See "Requirements for a Second Bachelor's Degree" in each college's section of this catalog.
Enrollment in Two Degree Programs
dean's approval, a student may be enrolled in two degree programs concurrently.
A student can enroll as a dual registrant using one of the following procedures:
Enrollment Within the CollegeBy
completing residence and academic requirements for two degree programs, a
student may earn one bachelor's degree with two majors. By completing residence
and academic requirements, and earning 30 hours over the degree requiring
the fewer number of hours, a student will earn two separate bachelor's degrees.
Enrollment in Two CollegesBy completing residence and academic requirements for two degree programs and earning 30 hours more than the degree requiring the fewer number of hours, a student can earn two bachelor's degrees. The student must be accepted for admission to both colleges and must adhere to the regulations of both colleges. In addition, the student must declare a home college where registration will be initiated and permanent files maintained. It is the student's responsibility, however, to maintain contact with the second college to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made toward that degree.
Each semester an honor list is compiled. Full-time undergraduate students completing at least 12 hours in the semester, with a semester average of at least 3.50 and no "I" grades for the semester, are included in the list. Independent Study courses will not be used to determine full time status for Dean's list.
degree is awarded summa cum laude to any student whose LSU (all System
campuses) grade-point average is
at least 3.90, magna cum laude if the grade-point average is at least 3.80, and cum laude if the grade-point average is at least 3.70. Students awarded the baccalaureate degree with honors must also have satisfied all additional requirements imposed by their colleges, schools, or departments. Two grade-point averages will be computed for each student: (1) on all work completed and (2) on all work completed at LSU (all System campuses). The lower of the averages will be used to determine eligibility for honors.
Students in combined undergraduate, graduate, and professional curricula (medical, veterinary medicine, law, allied health) who earn more than 50 percent of their credits in an undergraduate college at LSU (all System campuses) with a grade-point average greater than or equal to 3.70 are eligible to receive their degrees with honors. To determine honors, the student's average at LSU (all System campuses) is weighted with the average furnished by the professional school.
At each commencement, the University medal for "Highest Academic Achievement" is awarded to the undergraduate student (or students) graduating with the highest grade-point average, provided that more than 50 percent of the credits required for the degree has been earned at LSU-BR. Grade-point averages will be computed for (1) all work completed and (2) all work completed at LSU-BR, with the lower of the two averages determining eligibility for the medal.
ENROLLMENT AT LSU
must complete registration to attend class, including payment of fees as stipulated
in the "Undergraduate Fees and Expenses" section of this catalog.
The Office of the University Registrar will provide evidence of registration
to instructors. Students whose names are not on the official roster cannot
attend the class until officially registered for that class.
To register after classes begin, students must obtain special permission from their academic deans. Approval by the Office of Academic Affairs also is required after the official "Final date for adding courses for credit," specified in the "Academic Calendar." Students may add or drop courses or make section changes with approval of the appropriate dean within the periods designated in the "Academic Calendar."
enrolled in the University, students are issued permanent photo identification
cards at no cost. The ID card is the property of the University and must be
retained for each subsequent term of enrollment.
Lost or stolen
ID cards must be reported to the ID Card Office, 221 LSU Union, as soon as
the loss or theft is discovered. Students who do not report lost or stolen
cards in a timely manner may be held responsible for any charges incurred
on the cards.
who alter or intentionally mutilate a University ID card, who use the card
of another, or who allow others to use their ID cards may be subject to University
A charge is assessed to replace a lost, stolen, or mutilated ID card, even if the student is reenrolling after an interruption of study. If a replacement card is issued, the original card is no longer valid.
Students are expected to keep the University informed of their current addresses. Students will be held responsible for communication from any University office sent to the most recent address(es) provided. Changes in address may be made by using PAWS, in deans' offices, or in the Office of the University Registrar.
First Class Meeting
who fail to attend the first class meeting without prior arrangement with
the department may be required to drop the course to make space available
to other students.
Students are responsible for ensuring that they have been dropped from the course; otherwise, they are liable for a grade of "F."
should observe any special attendance regulations stated by their college,
school, division, or the instructor. The instructor may report a student's
absences and the student may be placed on attendance probation by his or her
dean. A student may be dropped from the college by violating the written terms
of such probation.
due to illness or other causes beyond a student's control will be excused
when the instructor is convinced that the reason for absence is valid. The
University's Policy Statement 22 discusses approved trips, activities,
and other instances of excused absences.
Instructors will excuse any student who is unable to attend or participate in class or an examination on a religious holiday supported by the student's religious beliefs. It is the student's responsibility to anticipate such conflicts and discuss it with the faculty member well in advance. Policy Statement 31 discusses the University's policy on observance of religious holidays in further detail.
Adding or Dropping Courses
schedule changes after the official registration period, students are encouraged
to plan each semester's course work in consultation with academic advisers.
Any schedule changes should be made as soon as possible after the beginning
may drop courses through the sixth class day without receiving a grade of
"W." Students may add courses through the eighth class day. Courses
may be added, dropped, or sections changed using the telephone registration
system or PAWS. After the sixth class day, students may continue to use PAWS
or the telephone registration system to add courses. Students should consult
the current Registration Schedule of Classes to determine if they can
drop courses using the telephone registration system or PAWS. Students not
permitted to do so must initiate course drops using a form available in the
college dean's office.
A grade of
"W" will be entered on a student's record for any course dropped
between the 6th class day and the final date for resigning from the University
and/or dropping courses. The latter is specified in the academic calendar.
Although "W" grades do not affect the grade-point average, an excessive number reflects negatively on a student's record and could have a bearing on the student's academic standing. Therefore, it is recommended (although not required) that students keep the number of "W" grades within the limits shown in the following table.
Earned at LSU
Since August 25, 1989
Students may drop all courses by withdrawing from the University according to the guidelines in the section, "Resignation from the University." A resignation will not count towards the number of drops permitted.
in Graduate Courses
LSU seniors may register for graduate credit with the recommendation
of the undergraduate college dean, the approval of the appropriate department
chair, and the dean of the Graduate School. Superior undergraduates may also
register for graduate credit under the "Accelerated Master's Degree Program."
Requirements and regulations for both programs are specified in the sections,
"Graduate Credit for LSU Seniors," and "Accelerated Master's
Degree Program," found in the chapter, "Graduate School -
Professional Programs," in this catalog.
Under the "Superior Undergraduate Student Program," advanced undergraduates who have earned a minimum gpa of 3.50 and 30 hours of course work may enroll for undergraduate credit in 4000- or 7000-level courses with consent of the instructor and permission of the dean of the student's undergraduate college. Refer to the "Course Numbering System" section in the chapter, "Courses of Instruction," in this catalog for additional requirements.
nonacademic (excluding faculty) employees, who have been employed at least
one year, with approval from their department head or supervisor, may register
for job-related undergraduate or graduate courses at any LSU System campus
for up to six hours per semester and receive full tuition exemption. Only
three hours per week of the approved job-related courses may be taken during
work time without charge to annual leave. Continued participation in the tuition
exemption program will be based on making satisfactory progress as determined
by the employee's supervisor. Satisfactory progress shall generally be interpreted
to include completion of the course with a passing grade. (Please note that
the provisions of this policy do not apply to specialized self-supported educational
programs such as the Executive MBA Program. Employees should consult with
the Chief Academic Officer on their campus to determine eligibility.)
Full-time nonacademic and other academic (excluding faculty) employees, during the first year of employment and with approval from their supervisors, may register, at their own expense, for a job-related course and be allowed to take the course during work time for no more than one hour per day up to three hours per week.
Cancellation of Registration
Students who drop all of their classes prior to the first day of class will have their registration canceled.
These students will receive a 100 percent refund (less the $10 nonrefundable registration fee), but they must apply to re-enter the University before they can register for a subsequent semester or summer term.
Resignation from the University
may voluntarily resign from the University beginning with the first day of
class through the final day for resigning shown in the "Academic Calendar."
Resignation is initiated in the office of the student's academic dean. The
student must obtain a resignation form and file the form with the Office of
the University Registrar within 10 days after it has been endorsed by each
administrative office indicated on the form. Resignation is not complete
until the form is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.
who absent themselves from the University without leave and without official
resignation will not be assigned "W" grades and, at the end of the
semester, normally will receive grades of "F" in courses for which
they are registered.
Students who withdraw from the University (including all campuses of the LSU System) without approval, or who are dropped from the University for any reason, may be ineligible for readmission for a semester or longer.
Year Classification of Students
of semester hours of credit earned determines a student's year classification,
- fewer than 30 hours
Sophomore - at least 30, but fewer than 60
Junior - at least 60, but fewer than 92
Senior - 92 or more
Exception - A student in a five-year program with at least 60, but fewer than 136 hours, is a junior; with 136 or more, a senior.
Numbering System" for regulations governing the level of courses students
may take, based on their classifications.
enrolled in University College are further classified as UCFY-1 or UCFY2,
depending upon the number of semester hours of credit earned.
Students are also classified as full-time or part-time in accordance with the following provisions.
carry 12 or more hours of resident credit in a regular semester or six or
more hours in a summer term.
enroll in Graduate School for at least nine hours of work in the fall and
spring (six hours in the summer term).
The benefits and privileges accorded to full-time students include use of the Student Health Center; admission to certain athletic events on presentation of a validated University identification card; one subscription to The Reveille, the student newspaper; the Gumbo (yearbook), the Gumbo Magazine, and the Legacy Magazine. Only full-time students will be approved for campus employment or may represent LSU in any athletic, dramatic, literary, musical, or other University organization.
Undergraduate students are classified as part-time if they schedule or drop to fewer than 12 hours of course work in a semester or fewer than six hours in a summer term. Criteria for part-time status in the Graduate School are available from the Graduate School.
establishes the number of semester hours of course work required in each year
of its curricula. In no case, however, will students be permitted to register
for more than 21 hours of degree credit in a regular semester. Maximum loads
for the summer term are ten hours for the long session and six hours for the
short session. A maximum of 12 hours may be earned in a combination of summer
sessions. Under no circumstances can these maxima be exceeded.
Full-time students who are doing unsatisfactory work because of a heavy academic load may be required by the their college dean to drop one or more courses, provided such action does not change their full-time status.
to which credit earned in other colleges and universities is accepted toward
fulfilling degree requirements at LSU (including all campuses of the LSU System)
is determined by the dean of the student's college.
credit will be allowed for a maximum of 21 semester hours scheduled in any
one semester. Only work which is acceptable by the offering institution
as baccalaureate degree credit is recognized. Credit earned in two-year technical
or terminal degree programs which, when completed, results in an "associate
in applied sciences" diploma may be accepted to the extent that the courses
parallel baccalaureate degree work here, as determined by the appropriate
department and subject to the normally applicable conditions. Students who
have earned one-half of the credit required for a degree may not utilize in
fulfillment of degree requirements additional credit earned in a two-year
college (except in the LSU System) unless specifically authorized by the dean
of the college in which enrollment is sought. A maximum of one-fourth of the
credit required for the degree may be earned through regionally accredited
university correspondence and extension study.
have earned one-half of the credits required for a degree, they may not use
additional credits earned in a two-year college outside the LSU System to
fulfill degree requirements, unless authorized to do so by the dean of their
college or school. Students may not receive credit for work taken concurrently
at another college or university without prior written approval from their
Education Credit - Deans are to determine
the applicability of transfer courses to a component of LSU's general education
If the college does not approve a transfer course for general education credit, the student may petition the Office of Academic Affairs for a decision.
Credit for Repeated Courses
may not repeat a course in which a grade of "C" or better has been
earned unless the catalog description indicates that the course may be repeated
for credit or the student's dean approves the repetition for some special
reason. If a student registers for a course in violation of the above policy,
the student's dean may deny degree credit for the course.
stated in the course description, credit will be awarded only once for a course
that is repeated. When students are permitted to repeat for credit a course
previously taken in the LSU System, only the last grade determines acceptability
of the course for degree credit. If a student receives a failing grade when
repeating a course for which a passing grade had been earned, the student
will lose the credit previously earned for the course. All instances of repeated
courses are included in grade-point average calculations; however, degree
credit may be awarded only for the last repetition.
Students who receive an "F" in a course must repeat the course in the LSU System in order to receive credit and quality points for it. With prior concurrence of the chair of the department in which the course is offered and the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled, credit and quality points may be approved in individual cases for courses repeated outside the LSU System.
student may be admitted to class as an auditor by obtaining written consent
from the course instructor and the dean of the college offering the course.
After scheduling the course, students must submit the required approvals to
their deans' offices to change their enrollment from credit to audit. Other
students who desire only to audit (and not to schedule any courses for credit)
may obtain special enrollment forms from the Office of the University Registrar.
Auditors will not receive credit for courses audited, although courses previously
audited may later be taken for credit. Students will not be permitted to take
advanced-standing or proficiency examinations on audited course work. See
the section, "Undergraduate Fees and Expenses," for a listing of
fees for auditing courses.
Change in registration from audit to credit or credit to audit requires permission from the instructor of the course and the student's dean. Approval for change from audit to credit must be obtained no later than the final date for adding courses for credit as shown in the "Academic Calendar." A request for a change from credit to audit must be submitted no later than the final date for dropping courses without receiving a grade of "W."
Correspondence (Independent) Study
Correspondence course grades will be posted to the transcript when the course is completed. If a registered student takes the final examination by the last day of the examination period of a semester/summer term, the grade will be posted to that semester/summer term. The grade will be used to determine academic action at the conclusion of that semester or summer term. If the examination is taken after that date, or if the student is not registered, the correspondence grade will be posted to the next regular semester or summer term for which the student is registered. The grade will be used to determine academic action for that semester or summer term. Correspondence course grades will not be posted to intersession.
Credit Students awarded advanced-standing
or proficiency credit on other campuses within the LSU System can transfer
that credit to LSU if the basis for awarding the credit is comparable to that
on this campus. The student is responsible for requesting that the registrar
on the other campus send an official transcript to the LSU Office of Undergraduate
Admissions showing the credit earned.
from Other Collegiate Institutions Credit
earned through departmental proficiency examinations administered by other
accredited colleges/universities and listed on the official transcript is
evaluated in accordance with policies applying to resident credit earned at
those institutions. Grades earned through credit by examination are not included
in the computation of the grade-point average.
Examinations Transfer students who have taken
subject examinations in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or who
have participated in the Advanced-Placement Program of the College Board should
have their examination scores sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate
Admissions for evaluation.
credit is not awarded for work or travel experience, except as validated through
appropriate departmental proficiency examinations at LSU.
by Examination Credit by examination is limited
to 30 semester hours and cannot be used to reduce the minimum residence requirement
for graduation. With approval of the appropriate academic dean, credit earned
through Advanced-Placement courses of the College Board will be excluded from
the 30-semester-hour credit limit. Credit exams will not be used to fulfill
full time status for the purpose of determining honors or dean's list eligibility.
Examinations Proficiency tests are considered
equivalent to final examinations in college-level courses. Ordinarily, new
transfer, re-entry, and continuing students must obtain permission from their
academic deans and from the chairs of the departments offering the courses
prior to taking the examinations. Students may apply for these tests at any
time after they have been admitted to the University. Tests are administered
subject to the conditions specified below.
student must have been admitted to the University (includes all System campuses)
and must be in good standing.
initiate the examination, permission must be obtained from the appropriate
dean and the chair of the department offering the course. After authorization
is granted, the Office of the University Registrar will issue an Advanced-Standing
or Proficiency Exam Grade Report upon payment of the required fees. No instructor
may give a proficiency examination until he/she has received the official
a grade of "C" or higher is earned on the examination, a mark of
"P" and regular credit in the course are entered on the student's
transcript. If a grade lower than "C" is earned, only the fact that
the examination has been attempted will be recorded; credit will not be allowed.
A student may take a proficiency examination in a particular course only once.
credit will be posted to the semester that corresponds to the date entered
in the date field on the Advanced-Standing or Proficiency Exam Grade Report.
are not permitted to schedule proficiency examinations in courses they have
audited, in courses in which they have earned unsatisfactory grades, or in
courses they have dropped with grades of "W."
earned through proficiency examinations will not be used in computing the
student's grade-point average.
Students must pay a fee of $20 for each examination in which credit by proficiency examination is being sought; an additional $20 processing fee is assessed for each examination administered by the Center for Assessment and Evaluation.
The "Academic Calendar" shows the midsemester examination period. Faculty must report midsemester grades in all undergraduate courses. These grades are available through PAWS and the LSU Touchtone Information System (REGGIE).
Concentrated Study Period
The five-day period during the fall and spring semesters (Wednesday through Sunday) immediately preceding the week of final examinations will be set aside as a concentrated study period. During this time, no extracurricular student activities, such as social and athletic events, will be held on- or off-campus. There should be no required major examinations in academic courses, other than those considered laboratory courses. Any exceptions to this policy must receive prior approval from the Office of Academic Affairs.
examination period will be comprised of six days (Monday through Saturday).
Final examinations are required in all courses. When a final examination is
inappropriate because of the nature of the course, exceptions to this requirement
may be made upon approval of the appropriate department chair, dean/director,
and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.
must be given during the published dates for the final examination period.
A final examination
is defined as the last in a series of major tests specified in the course
syllabus. It need not be comprehensive. If the course syllabus does not call
for a final examination, the last major unit examination is to be considered
the final examination and must be given in the final examination period. When
a series of major tests is scheduled in addition to the final examination,
the last of the major test series may not be given during the concentrated
study period. Exams and performances in laboratory-type courses may be given
or required during the concentrated study period.
A student who, because of illness or other valid reason, is absent from any final examination may take a special examination only with authorization of the dean of the student's college and with the concurrence of the instructor involved.
members must provide the University and the student with an individual evaluation
of each student's work. At the beginning of each semester, faculty members
must distribute written course syllabi in all courses, graduate and undergraduate,
clearly stating the relative weight of the component factors of the final
grade. Additionally, in 4000-level courses in which instruction of undergraduates
for undergraduate credit and graduate students for graduate credit is combined,
syllabi should clearly set forth any different expectations of performance
by students in the two groups (beyond the expectation of a 2.00 minimum gpa
for undergraduates and a 3.00 minimum gpa for graduate students).
faculty should provide to students a review of all graded material, including
final examinations, which contributed to the course grade and a review of
the method by which the grade was determined. Final grades may not be lowered
to reflect a student's poor class attendance.
examinations and other graded material should be kept on file for at least
six months following the end of the academic term. Faculty members who
leave the campus during this period should file all course material in their
It is the
right and responsibility of faculty members to determine and assign
the grade for each student enrolled in their courses beyond the final date
for withdrawing with a "W," as specified in the "Academic Calendar."
The instructor's assignment of a grade is final; the grade may not be changed
or altered except through the academic appeal procedure, following appropriate
circumstances which make it impossible for the instructor to fulfill the responsibility
of determining a course grade, the department chair shall assign the grade.
In such a case, the department chair may elect to award the grade of "P"
(Pass). This "P" grade would be excluded from the normal limits
on use of the pass-fail option indicated below.
Re-examination, special examinations, extra-credit projects, or extra laboratory hours cannot be made available to an individual student unless the same options are available to the entire class.
of "A," "B," and "C" are assigned
for satisfactory work. A grade of "A" indicates distinguished mastery
of the course material; a grade of "B," good mastery; a grade of
"C," acceptable mastery. A grade of "D" indicates
minimally acceptable achievement for credit; in some colleges a grade of "D"
in certain courses does not allow that credit to be applied toward the degree.
A grade of "F" is failing. A grade of "P" (pass)
denotes satisfactory completion (grade of "C" or better) of advanced-standing
or proficiency examinations, pass-fail option courses, and certain other courses.
A grade of "NC" (no credit) indicates that no credit is earned.
scaleA student's grade-point average is determined by the ratio
of quality points earned to semester hours attempted. Quality points are assigned
to letter grades using the following scale:
"A" = 4 quality points; "B" = 3 quality points; "C" = 2 quality points; "D" = 1 quality point; "F" grades carry no quality points. Grades of "P," "W," "I," and "NC" are not used in computing the official grade-point average and, therefore, do not carry quality points. All courses taken for which grades of "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" are assigned, including repeated courses, are considered in calculating grade-point averages.
gradesA "W" will be entered on a student's record for
any approved course dropped within the dates specified in the "Academic
Calendar." In extraordinary cases, upon written petition, the dean of
the student's college may authorize a resignation and/or a drop from a course
after the last date specified.
gradesWork which is of passing quality but which, because of circumstances
beyond the student's control, is incomplete, may be marked "I" (incomplete).
An "I" grade may be assigned for undergraduates only if the instructor
receives appropriate authorization from the dean of the college in which the
student is enrolled. If authorization is not received, the instructor is to
consider the delinquent work to be of failing quality, and an "I"
grade may not be assigned. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate
the request for the academic dean's authorization. An "I" grade
will be converted to "F" unless it is removed during the next regular
semester in which the student is in residence in the LSU System prior to the
deadline for adding courses for credit as specified in the "Academic
Calendar." In extraordinary cases, the dean of the student's college
may authorize that the "I" grade become permanent, or that an extension
of time for removing the grade be allowed.
Grades earned in courses offered by the Hebert Law Center, the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, and the School of Veterinary Medicine shall not be considered in computation of the grade-point average of an undergraduate student unless approval is given by the dean or director of the student's college to permit the student to use the professional courses as electives or to pursue a combined curriculum.
academic purposes, grade-point averages shall be specified to three significant
figures (two decimal places), with the last figure to reflect rounding from
a four-significant-figure average (three decimal places) where possible. If
the third figure after the decimal point is equal to or greater than five,
upward rounding shall occur. If the third figure after the decimal point is
less than five, it shall be dropped, regardless of what the fourth or subsequent
figures may be. Thus, 3.9550 becomes 3.96, and 3.9549 becomes 3.95. In calculations
to determine relative rank in class, a student's average may be carried to
three decimal places. Regardless of the results of rounding, no student shall
be deemed to have graduated with a "4.00" average if any grade other
than "A" or "Pass" for courses completed appears on the
Any grade-point average cited to only one decimal place (as 2.0) shall be construed to mean, mathematically, a figure accurate to two decimal places (as 2.00), regardless of the text.
have been approved to be graded pass-fail for all students enrolled. In courses
with regular grading, students may petition for the pass-fail grading option
subject to the guidelines indicated below. In all undergraduate courses with
pass-fail grading, the grade of "P" will be given for work of "C"
quality or better. The grade of "F" will be given for work below
may be registered in several courses regularly graded pass-fail during a given
semester and still elect to take an additional course under the pass-fail
option program. To register under the pass-fail option, students must obtain
the necessary approval signatures on a petition card which can be obtained
from the office of their dean.
with a grade of "P" may be offered for degree credit, but the grade
will not be considered in computing the grade-point average. An "F"
in a pass-fail course will be treated as any other "F," both with
regard to credit earned and to grade-point average calculation.
For information about the pass-fail option for graduate students, see the "Graduate School Professional Programs" chapter.
for Kinesiology Activity Courses
policies apply to kinesiology courses numbered below 1400.
are allowed to enroll under the pass-fail option regardless of grade-point
average, other courses being taken on a pass-fail basis, and total number
of courses completed on a pass-fail basis.
the approval signature of the instructor of the course is required on the
The petition must be submitted prior to the last day to add courses for credit.
for All Other Courses
of a pass-fail option is permitted at the discretion of the individual colleges
and schools, subject to the following policies.
pass-fail option is available only to those students whose grade-point average
in the LSU System is 2.50 or better.
pass-fail option is allowed only for unrestricted electives or other courses
approved by the student's major department.
more than 12 semester hours of degree credit in the pass-fail option program
are permitted; pass-fail enrollment may not exceed one course per semester,
excluding those courses normally graded pass-fail.
under the pass-fail option program must have the prior approval of the instructor,
the chair of the student's major department, and the dean of the college in
which the student is enrolled.
Through the last day to add courses for credit, students may, with appropriate approval, change from pass-fail to graded status and vice versa. No change in the grading option may be made after the last day for adding courses for credit.
Reports of final grades are mailed to students at the end of each semester and summer term if there is a change in their academic status, provided their financial accounts with the University (all System campuses) are current. Other students may request, via PAWS, that the Office of the University Registrar mail them reports of their final grades. Final and midsemester grades are also available through PAWS and the LSU Touchtone Information System (REGGIE).
Transcript of Record
Upon written request, former and currently enrolled students may obtain complete transcripts of their academic records, provided they are current in their financial obligations to the University (all System campuses). Requests must include the signature of the student. Partial transcripts are not issued. Normally, two days of processing are required after the transcript request is received. At the beginning or end of a semester, considerably more time is required. Telephone requests for transcripts cannot be honored.
Privacy of Student Records
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights
with respect to their educational records:
1. The right
to inspect and review the student's educational records within 45 days of
the day the University receives a request for access.
should submit to the University Registrar, Academic Dean, Dean of Students,
or other appropriate University official, written requests that identify the
record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements
for access and notify the student of the time and place the records may be
inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to
whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of
the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
2. The right
to request the amendment of the student's educational records that the student
believes are inaccurate or misleading.
may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or
misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the
record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify
why it is inaccurate or misleading.
If the University
decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University
will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of the right
to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding
the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the
right to a hearing.
3. The right
to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained
in the student's educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes
disclosure without consent.
which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials
with legitimate educational interests. All students' educational records are
open to the Chancellor, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Vice
Chancellors, the Academic Deans and Directors, and the Dean of Students. In
addition, the following individuals are also Louisiana State University officials:
(a) A person
employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research,
or support staff position, including health and medical staff, teaching assistants,
and student assistants.
(b) A person
appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
(c) A person
employed by or under contract to the University to perform a special task,
such as a University attor-ney.
(d) A person
employed by the LSU Police Department.
official has a legitimate educational interest if the official acts in the
following capacities: performance of a task that is specified in his or her
position description or contract agreement, related to a student's education
or to the discipline of a student; provision of a service or benefit relating
to the student or the student's family; or maintenance of the safety and security
of the campus.
the University discloses educational records without consent to officials
of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll and agencies
and offices administering financial aid.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures of Louisiana State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
the University's Policy Statement 30 concerning FERPA may be obtained
from the Office of the University Registrar.
information is defined as the student's name, local address, telephone number,
home address, and e-mail address; date and place of birth, major field of
study and classification; activities and sports, weight and height (members
of athletic teams); dates of attendance, and degrees, awards and honors received;
and the most recent educational institution attended by the student.
Students' names, addresses and major field of study are listed on the Internet by LSU. Students who wish to withhold any information in these categories should complete the appropriate form available from the Office of the University Registrar by the tenth class day in any term indicating directory information is not to be released and/or posted to the Internet. The hold will remain in effect until the student requests that it be lifted. Only currently enrolled students may place a hold on the release of directory information. Each student who is registered for the fall semester will have his or her name and local address listed in the campus telephone directory unless the appropriate form (available from the Office of the University Registrar) is completed by the tenth class day of the term.
The following provisions apply to all students, except those enrolled as extension, LSU25+, or "visiting" students. For details regarding the use of correspondence study grades to determine scholastic standing, see "Undergraduate Admission." Courses taken at Southern University through the LSU-SU Cooperative Program are recorded as transfer credit.
Average The grade-point average is
calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total
number of semester hours attempted. For example, a student who has attempted
46 hours and has earned 122 quality points has a grade-point average of 2.652.
Grade-Point Average The overall grade-point
average is calculated on work attempted at all colleges and universities attended.
Grade-Point Average The LSU System
grade-point average is calculated on all work attempted at LSU and at any
other institution in the LSU System.
Good Standing Students are in good standing if they are eligible to continue or to re-enroll at the University, even if on scholastic probation or on academic warning status.
At the end of the fall or spring semester, intersession, or summer term, students will be placed on academic warning status if their grade-point averages are one to nine quality points below a 2.00 on all work attempted or on all work attempted in the LSU System. A notation to that effect will be entered on their transcripts. Students will remain on academic warning until they bring their grade-point averages up to 2.00, or are placed on scholastic probation.
At the end
of the fall or spring semester, students will be placed on scholastic probation
if their grade-point averages are ten or more quality points below a 2.00
on all work attempted or on all work attempted in the LSU System. Students
may also be placed on probation on the basis of unsatisfactory progress toward
meeting the specific requirements of their academic program. Such students
will be informed in writing of the conditions required to continue in their
will remain on scholastic probation until they have overall averages of 2.00
or higher on all college work attempted and on all work attempted in the LSU
Students who have been removed from scholastic probation will be placed on probation again at the end of any fall or spring semester in which their LSU or overall averages are less than 2.00.
on probation will be dropped from the University at the end of any fall or
spring semester if their averages are less than 2.00 either on all work attempted
or on all work attempted in the LSU System that semester.
Students dropped for scholastic deficiency may enroll in the summer term at LSU. If their quality-point deficits are totally removed during the summer term, they may petition their dean to enroll for the fall semester. Students in scholastic drop status may register on a noncredit basis for correspondence courses; they may not, however, enroll as auditors. They also may not apply toward LSU degree requirements credit earned at any institution during the period of their ineligibility to enroll at LSU.
The Summer Term/Intersession
cannot be placed on probation or dropped from the University on the basis
of work taken during the summer term or intersession. They can, however, be
placed on academic warning status.
Work taken during the summer term can result in students being removed from academic warning status, scholastic probation, or scholastic drop status.
Reentry after Scholastic Drop
dropped for the first time reasons can be considered for readmission when
they have been out of the University (all LSU System campuses) for one regular
dropped the second or subsequent time for academic reasons must remain out
of the University (all LSU System campuses) for one calendar year.
instance, readmission may be delayed or denied at the discretion of the dean
of the college in which they desire to enroll.
Students entering the University after scholastic drop will be admitted on scholastic probation. Reinstatement after a scholastic drop (see "Appeal of Academic Ineligibility to Enroll") will not remove the drop notation from the transcript.
conditions, undergraduate students who have interrupted their college careers
for a period of at least five consecutive calendar years may, at the time
of application for admission to the University, declare academic bankruptcy.
Under this policy all college work taken at an earlier date is eliminated
from computation of the grade-point average and cannot be applied toward
a degree at LSU. Such work will remain on the student's scholastic records
and transcripts, but will not be used in the computation of the grade-point
average for honors or the University Medal. It will, however, be used to compute
the grade-point average for admission to graduate and professional study.
Students qualifying for academic bankruptcy may be admitted on scholastic probation. Details of this policy may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Appeals of final grades must be initiated by the student within 30 calendar days after the first day of classes in the next regular semester. The procedure is as follows:
1. The student
should meet with the faculty member concerned to discuss the situation and
attempt to arrive at a solution. Although each may have a counselor present,
it is believed that under most circumstances, the meeting will be more productive
if only the student and the faculty member are present. If an administrative
officer (department chair, dean, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost) is
the faculty member who assigned the grade which is appealed, that officer
should recuse himself or herself from the appellate process; his or her place
in the procedure will be taken by a faculty member appointed ad hoc
by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost or the Chancellor, as appropriate.
If the faculty
member is on sabbatical leave or is otherwise unavailable, his/her place will
be taken by a faculty member appointed by the department chair or his/her
designee. The faculty member must inform the student of his/her decision within
seven calendar days. If the decision reached requires change in an official
University record, the faculty member must comply with all University regulations
and procedures necessary to accomplish the change.
of grade is accomplished by filing a "Grade Correction Report."
A satisfactory reason for the change is "academic appeal." The department
chair and/or the student's dean (dean of the college in which the student
is enrolled) may request documentation of the facts of the matter to facilitate
any decision with respect to approval of the grade change.
2. If the
matter is not resolved between the student and the faculty member, and the
student wishes to pursue the appeal, he or she shall make a written request
to the chair of the department in which the course was taught asking for a
meeting of the department chair, the faculty member, and himself or herself.
The faculty member will provide the name of the appropriate department chair.
The written request should clearly state the purpose of the meeting and should
indicate the faculty member's name; however, it should not go into detail
as to justification for the appeal. This request must be submitted within
45 calendar days after the first day of classes of the next regular semester.
chair shall arrange a meeting within 14 calendar days from the date of receipt
of the request. At this meeting, both the student and the faculty member may
be accompanied by a counselor. At the close of the meeting, or within seven
calendar days thereafter, the department chair shall make a decision. If a
decision is made at the close of the meeting, it is to be given orally to
all present. If the matter is taken under advisement, the department chair
shall inform all parties, including the student's dean, of his or her decision
in writing. If the decision reached requires change in an official University
record, the faculty member must comply with all University regulations and
procedures necessary to accomplish the change.
3. If the
student is not satisfied with the decision reached, he or she may appeal to
the dean of the college in which the department offering the course is located.
The dean's name will be furnished by the department chair. Appeals concerning
courses numbered 8000 or above should be directed to the dean of the Graduate
appeal must be in writing on a Student Appeal Form available in department
and college offices and must be submitted within 14 calendar days after notification
of the department chair's decision. The form must contain the following information:
(1) a statement of the action(s) complained of; (2) the relief requested;
and (3) a specific statement of the reasons supporting the relief sought.
of the completed Student Appeal Form, the dean must promptly forward
copies to the department chair and faculty member concerned, who must promptly
reply with individual written statements supporting their previous actions.
Either may request that a hearing panel be convened. Copies of the written
replies must be forwarded to the student.
department chair's and faculty member's replies have been received, the student
may choose oneand only oneof the following options: (1) The dean
may decide the question on the basis of the written appeal and the faculty
member's and department chair's written requests; (2) The dean may meet with
all parties concerned, who may be accompanied by counselors if desired, and,
after discussion, reach a decision; or (3) The dean may refer the appeal to
a hearing panel for their recommendation.
If a hearing
panel has been requested by the student, the faculty member, or the department
chair, the dean must convene such a panel.
to consider grade appeals will be appointed by the dean and shall be composed
of three faculty members selected by the dean, with no more than two from
the same department, and two students appointed by the president of the college's
student governing body. The dean should designate the chair of the panel.
shall hold a hearing with the department chair, the faculty member, and the
student, each of whom may be accompanied by a counselor. After deliberation,
the panel will make its recommendation in writing to the dean. Copies of the
recommendation, and the dean's final decision, must be given to all parties,
including the student's dean.
of the method used, the dean must make his or her decision within 30 calendar
days from the date of receipt of the student's appeal. The decision must be
written, listing the reasons supporting the decision; copies must be given
to all parties, including the student's dean. If the decision requires change
in an official University record, the faculty member must comply with all
University regulations and procedures necessary to accomplish the change.
4. If any
party to the appeal believes that a serious procedural error occurred
or that there was an abuse of discretionary authority in reaching the
decision, he or she may file with the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
a written petition for review. This petition, which must be filed within seven
calendar days after receipt of the decision in step 3, must contain a complete
statement of the alleged serious procedural error, or examples of abuses of
discretionary authority complained of, and also must contain reasons for the
relief sought. The petition must be accompanied by all documents produced
in the appeal. Copies should be sent to all parties to the appeal and to the
Vice Chancellor and Provost shall decide within 14 calendar days after receipt
of the petition whether further action should be taken. In reaching this decision,
he or she may ask other parties to the appeal to make written reply to the
request for a review, or these parties, on their own, may make a written reply.
If the decision is reached that a review is not justified, the student and
all other parties, including the student's dean, will be so notified.
If the Executive
Vice Chancellor and Provost decides to respond favorably to the petition for
review, he or she will hold a formal meeting with all parties and their counselors,
if desired, and reach a decision based on discussions at this meeting, as
well as on all written materials furnished.
Once a decision is reached, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost will notify all parties, including the student's dean, of his or her decision. The decision of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost shall conclude the matter, subject to the right of the Chancellor to review the case. The Chancellor will consider the case only on the basis of a petition for review following the procedure outlined above.
Ineligibility To Enroll
student dropped from the University because of scholastic deficiency may appeal
the ineligibility based on extenuating circumstances. Such appeals must be
submitted to the student's dean at least seven calendar days prior to the
beginning of the semester/summer term in which the students wishes to enroll.
The appeal should be in the form of a letter to the dean, accompanied by documentation
of the extenuating circumstances.
Appeals may be reviewed by the dean or, at the option of the dean, by a college committee established for that purpose. In the latter case, the committee will make a recommendation to the dean. Final authority in the college rests with the dean. If the appeal is approved:
the student is eligible to enroll at LSU on academic probation for the next
the dean may set conditions based on the student's situation, which may include
specific academic requirements the student must meet. The student will be
informed of any conditions in writing;
student's transcript will carry a notation that the student was dropped but
reinstated, based on appeal.
If the dean denies the appeal, the student may submit it to the Office of Academic Affairs for review, along with a statement of the reasons why the Office of Academic Affairs should consider the appeal. Final authority rests with the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.
OTHER RULES AND REGULATIONS
The students, faculty, and staff of LSU have jointly produced The Louisiana State University Handbook of Rights and Responsi-bilities in the Student-University Relationship. This Handbook was promulgated by the Office of the Chancellor to assist students, faculty, and staff to better understand the rights and responsibilities of the student and the University in relation to one another. All members of the University community are encouraged to become familiar with this Handbook. Copies may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students or the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Academic Services.
Code of Student Conduct
Disciplinary procedures for students who exhibit severe breaches of conduct can result in the students' separation from the University or in other disciplinary action, as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. Students charged with violations of conduct listed in the Code of Student Conduct are provided a due process administrative hearing with the Dean of Students or a hearing before a panel of the Committee on Student Conduct composed of faculty members, students, and administrators.
Other Rules and Regulations
issues and publishes other rules and regulations governing student activities,
conduct, and student organizations. Certain responsibilities for assisting
the University in the administration of these rules and regulations are delegated
to student boards, councils, and courts.
It is the
responsibility of all students to familiarize themselves with the Code
of Student Conduct and other University rules and regulations governing
student conduct and activities.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Academic Services has administrative responsibility for coordinating all University disciplinary procedures and practices for students.