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    Louisiana Tech University
   
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
University Catalog 2017-2018

Academic Standards Matriculation, Status, Grading, and Graduation


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General Education Requirements (GER)

Louisiana Tech University requires each undergraduate curriculum to include a core of general education requirements. Not all courses listed within the GER areas are offered at Louisiana Tech University. They are listed for the purposes of assisting transfer students.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE (GER):

ENGLISH (GER) 6 Hours

English Composition I and II (ENGL 101  and ENGL 102 )

 
MATHEMATICS (GER) 6 Hours

(e.g. Mathematics or Statistics).

 
NATURAL SCIENCES (GER) 6 Hours

Life Science: (e.g. Animal Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Botany, Environmental Science, Plant Science, Zoology)

Physical Science: (e.g. Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, Physics, )

 
HUMANITIES (GER) 3 hours

(e.g. Classical Studies, Communications, Foreign Languages, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Interdisciplinary)

 
FINE ARTS (GER) 3 Hours

(e.g. Music, Visual Arts, Applied Arts, Theatre, Dance, Interdisciplinary) 

 
SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (GER) 3 Hours

Social Science: (e.g. Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, International Studies, Interdisciplinary, Political Science)

Behavioral Science: (e.g. Psychology, Sociology)

 
TOTAL 27 Hours

 

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE (GER):

ENGLISH (GER) 6 Hours

English Composition I and II (ENGL 101  and ENGL 102 )

 
MATHEMATICS (GER) 6 Hours

(e.g. Mathematics or Statistics).

 
NATURAL SCIENCES (GER) 9 Hours

Life Science: (e.g. Animal Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Botany, Environmental Science, Plant Science, Zoology)

Physical Science: (e.g. Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, Physics, )

NOTE: Six hours must be earned in a single Life or Physical Science discipline; the remaining three hours must be earned in a Natural Science area other than that previously selected (both Life and Physical Sciences must be taken to fulfill this requirement).

 
HUMANITIES (GER) 9 Hours

(e.g. Classical Studies, Communications, Foreign Languages, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Interdisciplinary)

 
FINE ARTS (GER) 3 Hours

(e.g. Music, Visual Arts, Applied Arts, Theatre, Dance, Interdisciplinary)  

 
SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (GER)  6 Hours

Social Science: (e.g. Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, International Studies, Interdisciplinary, Political Science). NOTE: Currently, International Studies courses are not offered at Louisiana Tech University.

Behavioral Science: (e.g. Psychology, Sociology)

 
TOTAL 39 Hours

International Education Requirement (IER)

The Board of Regents and the University International Education Committee has adopted an international education requirement to insure that students gain exposure to and appreciation of the history, culture, and political institutions of other nations. These courses are to help the students gain a greater understanding of the world in which they must live and compete.

Each Louisiana Tech University student, prior to graduation, must complete at a minimum one 3-hour course which has been identified as satisfying the international education requirement.

The following courses have been reviewed and approved by the International Education Committee to meet this requirement:

Course descriptions are available in PART IV of this Catalog and the courses are designated with the symbol (IER) that indicates they meet the international education requirement.

Academic Status

There are three categories of academic status for undergraduate students: academic good standing and eligible to be enrolled; academic probation and eligible to be enrolled; and academic suspension, therefore not eligible to be enrolled. Although students will usually receive official notification of academic status, such notice is not a prerequisite to students being placed in one of the above categories. Students have the responsibility to learn their academic status prior to the beginning of the next enrollment period.

Good Standing

All undergraduate students are expected to achieve and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (C) on all college work attempted and on all work attempted at Louisiana Tech. The University will, however, certify a student to be in "good standing" as long as that student is eligible to be enrolled. There are some degree programs that specify higher GPA requirements for good standing, eligibility for entry into an upper division, and/or eligibility for graduation in the program. Specific GPA requirements can be found in the curriculum descriptions contained in the college/department/degree found in the undergraduate program pages of this catalog or through the individual departments.

Academic Probation

Undergraduate students will be placed on academic probation whenever their cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) are below a 2.0 average.

  1. Once on academic probation, a student will remain on probation (as long as each quarter or summer session average is at least 2.0) until the cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is achieved.
  2. Once a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is achieved, a student will be placed in academic good standing.
  3. Transfer students may be admitted on probation pending receipt of official academic transcripts to determine actual academic status.

Academic Suspension

Undergraduate students on academic probation will be suspended at the conclusion of any quarter, including summer, in which they fail to earn a GPA of at least 2.0. First-time freshmen admitted in good standing will not be suspended prior to the completion of three quarters of enrollment.

  1. The period for the first suspension will be for one quarter. Students suspended for the first time at the end of the spring quarter may attend summer school without appeal. If these students raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher, they are placed in academic good standing and their suspension periods are lifted. They may then attend the fall quarter without appeal. If they do not raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher in the summer session, the suspension for the fall quarter is in effect. In this case, only one suspension is counted against the student.
  2. All subsequent suspensions will be for one calendar year. Students suspended for a second or subsequent time at the end of the spring quarter may also attend summer school. To be readmitted to any quarter, other than the summer session, they must follow the Readmission from Suspension procedures below.
  3. All Universities within the University of Louisiana (UL) System have a one term (quarter or semester) suspension, except for second or subsequent suspensions that shall be for one calendar year.
  4. An undergraduate student suspended from a UL System university may not enroll in another university within the UL System, but may enroll in a community college. To ensure minimal or no loss of credits upon return to the university, the student should consult with his/her university advisor regarding the choice of courses to be taken at the community college. Credits earned under these conditions may be accepted for a degree at the suspending institution provided grades of "C" or higher are earned in each of the courses to be transferred.

Readmission from Suspension

Appeal for reinstatement after academic suspension may be made to the student's academic dean or to the Director of Basic and Career Studies, as appropriate. Appeals must be accomplished no later than noon on the day prior to the first day of classes (General Registration/Fee Payment/2nd Purge day).

If reinstatement is approved, the dean notifies the University Registrar and the reinstated student's registration status is reactivated and their preregistered schedule retained. Reinstated students will be continued on academic probation.

If reinstatement is denied, or the student did not appeal, the student's preregistered schedule will be purged on the afternoon of General Registration/Fee Payment/2nd Purge Day.

Degree Programs

Through the Louisiana Board of Regents, Louisiana Tech University is authorized to confer two associate degrees, seven baccalaureate degrees and fourteen graduate degrees.

The associate degrees are: Associate of General Studies (available through DoD MOU with Barksdale Air Force Base), and the Associate of Science Nursing (available through main campus only).

The baccalaureate degrees are: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Interior Design, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Science Forestry, and Bachelor of Interdiscipinary Studies.

The graduate degrees are: Master of Accountancy, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, Master of Arts Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Health Informatics, Master of Science, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, and a joint PhD/MD with Louisiana State University Medical Center-Shreveport.

Majors

A major is that part of a degree program which consists of a specified group of courses in a particular discipline or field. The name of the major is usually consistent with the degree subject area. A major usually consists of 25% or more of total hours required in an undergraduate curriculum. At Louisiana Tech University, the available majors are assigned to one of the five colleges within the University and administered by a school or department within that college. Detailed undergraduate curriculum for each major are depicted within the college and departmental pages found at Undergraduate Academic Programs . Detailed graduate curriculum for each major are depicted within the college and departmental pages found at Graduate Academic Programs  .

By the end of the student's sophomore year, he/she should have an idea of what discipline they choose to major in and should declare a major in that discipline. Students experiencing uncertainty in this area should contact the Director of Counseling and Career Service for professional assistance with this decision.

Majors are indicated on the student's transcript and diploma. Students may complete more than one major. However, the student should check with his/her academic advisor and with the University Registrar to determine whether the major combination he/she is interested in is approved for conferral before beginning the additional course of study.

Undergraduate major changes are accomplished using an approved Major Change form available on-line (www.latech.edu/documents/major-change.pdf) and at the Registrar's Office (Keeny Hall 207). The Change of Major form must be signed by the student and both the current and new academic departments. The change will be effective on the date of submission to the Registrar's Office. Those forms received after the last day of classes of the current quarter will become effective the following quarter.

Minors

A minor is that part of a degree program which consists of a specified group of courses in a particular discipline or field, consisting usually of 15% or more of total hours required in an undergraduate curriculum. A minimum of 40 to 60% of the minor courses are at the 300- to 400- level. Minors may be offered in various departments at Louisiana Tech. Refer to college and departmental sections for information on available minors. Minors should be determined no later than the junior year (completed 60 hours) at which time the student's minor plan is documented and placed in the student's departmental major folder. Progress toward completion of minor requirements is monitored by the student's major advisor. Approval and certification of minors are the responsibility of the student's major college. Minors are indicated on the student's transcript. Students may complete more than one minor.

Some, but not all, of the undergraduate majors require a minor. Students should check their major curriculum for specific instructions.

A student must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course applied toward meeting the requirements of a minor.

Curriculum Matriculation

  1. Students will follow the curriculum and catalog in effect at the time of their admission to the University, as long as the students are pursuing their degrees on a continuing basis.
  2. Students transferring from one college to another on campus, or those transferring from other institutions will follow the curriculum and catalog in effect at the time of internal transfer/transfer admission.
  3. Students who change their major must follow the curriculum and catalog in effect at the time of the major change.
  4. Students may follow an updated curriculum that becomes effective while in a program of study; however, mixing of curricula is not permitted in satisfying requirements for graduation.
  5. Students who interrupt their studies and do not enroll for one or more quarters (excluding the Summer Quarter) must be readmitted to the University and are required to follow the curriculum and catalog in effect when they return to the institution.

Louisiana Statewide Articulation

Louisiana Tech participates in the statewide Articulation Policy as adopted by the Board of Regents. The aim of this policy is to ensure that transitions which students may encounter in their educational career will be orderly. Pursuant to ACT 383 of the 2003 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session, Louisiana Tech University actively participates in the Statewide Student Transfer Guide and Articulation System Matrices (Board of Regents' E-matrix). These matrices indicate transfer equivalencies of courses among Louisiana's public colleges and universities and may be accessed through the Board of Regents' web page at http://www.regents.la.gov/page/master-course-articulation-matrix. This site lists courses that are acceptable for academic credit in general and for credit toward meeting degree program requirements at Louisiana institutions.

Louisiana Common Course Numbering (LCCN).  Louisiana uses a statewide common course numbersing system to facilitate program planning and the transfer of students and course credits between and among institutions. Faculty representatives from all of the public colleges and universities worked to articulate common course content to be covered for each course included on the Board of Regents Master Course Articulation Matrix. Beginning with General Education Requirements (GER), this initiative continues with an eye toward expansion throughout the entire Matrix.

Each course is identified by a 4-Alpha character "rubric" (i.e. prefix or department abbreviation) and a four-digit number. Each 4-Alpha rubric begins with "C" to signify that it is a state "Common" number, followed by a standard discipline abbreviation so that when they are included in campus catalogs and web sites, its meaning will be clear. For example, "CMAT" is the standardized LCCN abbreviation for Mathematics courses included in the Statewide Course Catalog. Another example would be "CENL" for English courses.

The 4-Alpha character rubric is followed by four digits, each with their own positional meaning. The first digit of the course number denoteds the academic level of the course (1 = freshman/1st year; 2 = sophomore/2nd year). The second and third digits establish course sequencing and/or distinguish the course from others of the same level, credit value, and rubric. The fourth digit denotes the credit value of the course in semester hours. For example, CMAT 1213 College Algebra (Common, Mathematics, Freshman/1st year, articulated standard sequence 21, 3 semester hours, College Algebra); CENL 1013 English Composition I (Common, English, Freshman/1st year, articulated standard sequence 01, 3 semester hours, English Composition I.

All rubric/number course identifiers correspond to course descriptiors listed in the Statewide Course Catalog, published by the Louisiana Board of Regents with direct faculty input.The Statewide Course Catalog will comprise the academic courses for which there is statewide agreement among discipline faculty representatives as to the minimum course content to be covered so that a student completing the course will be ready for the next course for which it is a prerequisite in a sequence or curriculum. Louisiana Tech University courses that are part of the Statewide Common Course Catalog can be readily identified by the [LCCN: AAAA####] at the end of the course description.

The Master Course Articulation Matrix, and the Louisiana Statewide Common Course Catalogue can be found on the Louisiana Board of Regents website (http://www.regents.la.gov/page/master-course-articulation-matrix).

Questions regarding transferability of credit should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Louisiana Tech University (318)-257-3036 or Bulldog@LaTech.edu.

Grading System

Official grades are maintained in the University Registrar's Office. Louisiana Tech applies a traditional system of grading and awards quality points for grades earned. An "A" is awarded for the highest degree of excellence that is reasonable to expect of students of exceptional ability and application. A grade of "B" is superior. A grade of "C" is average. A grade of "D" is given for a quality of work that is considered the minimum for receiving credit for the course. A grade of "F" is given for a failure, and the work must be repeated to receive academic credit. The University's grading system is as follows:

Grade Number of Quality Points:
A 4 quality points per semester hour
B 3 quality points per semester hour
C 2 quality points per semester hour
D 1 quality point per semester hour
F 0 quality points per semester hour
I Incomplete (see explanation below)
S Satisfactory (see explanation below)
W Withdrew (see explanation below)
NC No Credit (see explanation below)

Definition of the Incomplete (I) Grade

The grade "I" (Incomplete) is used to denote failure to complete all assigned class work and/or exams as a result of conditions beyond the student's control. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate a request with the instructor that a grade of "I" be issued. If the student's work is of passing quality, the instructor may approve the student's request and will assign a grade of "I" plus the letter grade that represents the student's overall performance in the course to that point (e.g. "IA", "IB", "IC", or "ID"). A grade of "IF" cannot be issued. If the instructor agrees to issue an "I", he/she will complete a standard contract with the student detailing requirements for course completion and specifying the date those requirements must be finished. Instructors then provide a copy of the contract to the student and a copy to the department head/director. Students will receive a grade of "IA", "IB", "IC", or "ID" for that quarter. Incompletes are factored into hours attempted and quality points awarded. Therefore, they impact a student's quarter and cumulative grade point averages and are a factor in academic probation or suspension decisions.

The maximum amount of time allowed for a student to finish incomplete work is Friday of the fourth week in the following quarter, with one exception: students receiving an "I" in the Spring Quarter have until Friday of the fourth week in the following Fall Quarter to complete their work. A reminder of this date is published in the academic calendar each quarter and can also be found on the academic calendar at Tech's web site www.latech.edu.

If the student does not complete the required work within the contracted period, the instructor will change the "I" grade to an appropriate letter grade by delivering a final grade change to the Registrar's Office by Friday of the fifth week of the quarter. The final grade replaces the "I" on the student's permanent record (transcript); attempted hours, earned hours, quality points, and quarter/cumulative grade point averages are recalculated applying the final grade. A student may be placed on or removed from academic probation or suspension based on the recalculated GPA at the time the "I" grade is cleared. "I" grades are cleared only by completing the required course work, and not by registering for the course again.

NOTE: Students registered for approved research, practicum, dissertation, or thesis courses requiring multiple quarters of the same course registration to complete the research receive the "I" for each attempt until the research or practicum is accepted as complete by the advising faculty member. At that time, the graduate student's "I" grades are changed to "S" grades on his/her permanent record. Graduate students should refer to additional discussion of "I" grades found in the Graduate School  section of this catalog.

Definition of the Satisfactory (S) Grade

A grade of "S" indicates satisfactory completion of a course. The "S" grade increases hours earned but does not affect hours attempted or quality points and is not computed in any grade point average (GPA). Students registered for a course where the grade of "S" is used who do not complete the required course work will receive the grade "F".

Definition of the Withdrew (W) Grade

A "W" is issued when a student withdraws from a class (drops a class) after the final date for registration has passed and before the end of the first eight weeks of a quarter. The "W" grade will appear on the student's permanent record (transcript), but is not included in computing the student's GPA. Students who stop attending class(es) without following proper drop/withdraw or resignation procedures (walk-aways) will receive an "F" grade for each class affected.

Definition of the No Credit (NC) Grade

The grade NC denotes no credit earned or hours charged and is not computed in any GPA calculation.  This grade is primarily used with remedial courses and credit exams.

Calculating Grade Point Average (GPA)

Academic grades are grouped by career (Undergraduate, Graduate, or Graduate Certificate) based on specific course work, and academic grade point averages are not combined.

The Quarterly GPA

A student's quarterly grade point average (GPA) is obtained by dividing the sum of the quality points earned for the quarter by the number of semester hours attempted that quarter.

The Cumulative GPA

The cumulative GPA is determined by dividing the total quality points earned by the total number of hours attempted. Cumulative GPA is the benchmark figure used to determine undergraduate academic honors, undergraduate degree class standing at graduation, academic probation, and academic suspension. Quarterly and cumulative GPAs are recorded on the student's permanent academic record (transcript) and reported each quarter with their grades.

The Earned GPA

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors permits member universities to use the earned GPA (when necessary) to determine eligibility for entry into specific upper division undergraduate courses, eligibility for progress into and completion of a certification program, eligibility for a practicum, and most importantly eligibility for receipt of an undergraduate degree.

An earned GPA is computed by dividing adjusted quality points by adjusted quality hours.

  • Adjusted quality points are computed by subtracting quality points received for repeated classes from total quality points.
  • Adjusted quality hours are computed by subtracting credit hours for "F" grades and repeated classes from total quality hours.

The earned GPA is calculated and maintained by the academic department involved and maintained with the department's/advisor's copy of the student's curriculum sheet. Earned GPAs are not maintained in the Student Information System as part of a student's electronic file and are not reported with grades or on the academic transcript.

Grade Reporting

Students view final grades on their Student BOSS account (menu options "Grades" or "Unofficial Transcript") at the end of each quarter. Specific instructions for access are published quarterly in the Schedule of Classes found at http://www.latech.edu/registrar/grades.shtml and in reminders provided by the University Registrar's Office during early registration. Students needing a copy of their grades after the reporting period may obtain them thru BOSS either by printing a copy of their unofficial transcript or requesting an official transcript.

Final Grade Appeals Procedure

A final grade in a course represents the cumulative evaluation and judgment of the faculty member placed in charge of that course. If a student thinks the final grade in a course was not determined in accordance with University policies or was determined arbitrarily, the student may appeal by adhering to the following procedure:

  1. Confer with the faculty member immediately, clearly setting forth all points of concern. If unsatisfied with the results of the conference, proceed to the next step.
  2. Confer with the head of the department in which the course is taught, clearly setting forth all points of concern. If the student remains unsatisfied, proceed to the next step.
  3. Write a letter of appeal to the dean of the college in which the course is taught. The dean will send copies of the letter to the faculty member and department head. This letter must be:
  • received by the dean within the first 10 regularly scheduled class meeting days of the term immediately following the term in which the appealed grade was received; and,
  • an accurate and complete statement of all facts pertaining to the matter. Falsification may result in disciplinary action.

The dean may make a decision, which would be final in the matter, or refer the appeal to the college's Committee on Standards for review and recommendation. The committee's report would be a recommendation to the dean, whose decision would be final. In reviewing the appeals, both the dean and committee would have broad latitude in their procedures and recommendations. They might, for example, request additional information privately from those involved. Or they might choose to invite specified persons, including the student and faculty member, to a meeting to discuss the matter. Whatever their approach, it should take appropriate account of the interests of both the student and faculty member.

In all cases the dean shall communicate the final decision to the student, faculty member, department head, and, if a grade change is involved, to the University Registrar. In appeals where the dean initially makes the decision, the decision should normally be communicated to the student within 10 class days after the appeal deadline. When appeals are referred to the committee, the final decision should normally be communicated to the student by the dean within 20 class days after the appeal deadline.

NOTE: In the case where a faculty member invokes a grade penalty on a student because of academic misconduct, the faculty member will report the incident and penalty to his/her Department Head and to the Office of Student Life. If the student chooses to appeal the sanction, the student will follow the procedures contained in the Academic Honor Code  (Section Eight: Appeals).

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct at the University is determined by the faculty member, committee, or other supervisor(s) under whom such misconduct occurs. The misconduct may occur in an individual class, a comprehensive exam, a practicum, an internship, a thesis or dissertation, a research project, a multi-quarter sequence of courses, or any other academically related matter or setting. Sanctions may range from dismissal from the University or an academic degree program to a failing grade or other penalty as determined by the faculty member, plan of study committee, supervising authority, or judiciary. The student has the right to appeal the charge of academic misconduct in accordance with the procedures contained in the Academic Honor Code  (Section Eight: Appeals).

Academic Transcripts

The official permanent academic records for all Louisiana Tech students are maintained in the University Registrar's Office. These records are protected in accordance with the guidelines contained in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), detailed in the University Overview of this Catalog. Transcripts of the academic record may be secured by the individual personally or will be released on the student's written authorization.

Transcript production is a service responsibility of the University Registrar's Office. Official transcripts will not be issued for any student who has an unfulfilled obligation to the University. This is termed a "charge" or a "hold" and must be cleared with the department levying the charge.

Instructions on how to obtain transcripts can be found online at http://www.latech.edu/registrar/transcriptorder.shtml

Undergraduate Appeals Procedure

Louisiana Tech University provides each undergraduate student with an appeal process to use for many of the specific academic situations that a student may encounter in their undergraduate academic career. These specific appeals processes include, but are not limited to, Late Drop/Resignation with "W" Grade(s), Academic Suspension Reinstatement, Final Grade Appeals, and Academic Misconduct/Academic Honor Code Appeal (all detailed elsewhere in Academic Policies  or Section Eight: Appeals).

Students will use the following general academic appeal process for all other academic program related situations regarding their undergraduate status or their progress in undergraduate academic programs that don't fall under the specific procedures named above:

  1. All appeals must be presented in writing to the appropriate University personnel. The written appeal must provide factual details of the issue and decision to be reviewed, along with factual supporting documentation.
  2. A student must initiate a College-level appeal within two calendar weeks of notification of the action being appealed. Each subsequent appeal must be made within two business days of the student being advised of the previous level appeal decision.
  3. Levels of appeal:
    1. Initiate the College-level appeal in writing to the Department Head/School Director of the college in which the student is enrolled. A letter of support from the student's Academic Advisor should accompany student appeals. The Department Head/School Director will approve/deny the request in writing. If the appeal is denied, the student may submit a written appeal at the next administrative level.
    2. The Department Head/School Directors decision may be appeal in writing to the College Dean. The Dean will review and approve/deny the appeal in writing. The decision of the Academic Dean is final.
    3. A student may appeal a Dean's final decision, in writing, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will review all documentation and decisions rendered to that point, and either support the decisions rendered to that point (deny the appeal), or initiate a review of all actions to that point in order to render a decision in writing to the student.
    4. A decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs may be appealed, in writing, to the President of Louisiana Tech University, who will follow similar review protocol prior to denying the appeal or initiating a further review.

Outstanding Academic Achievement

The President's Honor List

The President's Honor List is prepared at the end of each quarter and is for undergraduate students with an outstanding grade point average (GPA) for that given quarter. The requirements are

  • a GPA of at least 3.8, calculated on
  • a minimum of 9 semester hours completed (excludes audit and pass/fail hours), with
  • no (I)ncomplete grade, and
  • no grade lower than a B, and
  • all courses attempted are at the 100-level or above.

The Dean's Honor List

The Dean's Honor Lists are also prepared at the end of each quarter for undergraduate students with high GPAs for that quarter. The requirements are

  • a GPA of at least 3.5, calculated on
  • a minimum of 9 semester hours completed (excludes audit and pass/fail hours) with
  • no (I)ncomplete grade, and
  • no grade lower than a C, and
  • all courses attempted are at the 100-level or above.

Students enrolled in Developmental Education Program courses (099-series) are not eligible for these quarterly academic honors during the quarter(s) they are registered for the 099 course(s). In addition, the minimum 9 semester hours cannot include courses taken for satisfactory/failure or audit grades.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for All Degree Candidates

  1. The student must be enrolled at Louisiana Tech University during the quarter he/she expects to be a degree candidate. The student will report his/her candidacy to his/her dean and to the University Registrar within the first three weeks of the quarter. The student will register to graduate in the University Registrar's Office (Keeny Hall 207). This formally initiates the final degree audit process in preparation for conferral of the degree. Students who miss the deadline must have their Academic Dean's written permission for late addition to the degree candidates list.
  2. Arrangements for graduation robes, caps, invitations, etc., should be made through the University Bookstore as soon as registration for graduation is completed.
  3. Candidates requiring transfer course work to meet degree requirements (correspondence course, online course, collaborative course, etc.) must have an official transcript with the final grade posted in the Registrar's Office no later than the date that all degree-candidate grades are due.
  4. Each qualified degree candidate is expected to be present at the commencement ceremony. A candidate can petition to be absent through a written request to the University President. Information concerning duplicate diplomas, diploma mailing fees, and other diploma services can be obtained from the Commencement Coordinator located in the University Registrar's Office or online at www.latech.edu/registrar/graduation.shtml.
  5. It is highly recommended that the candidate register in the Career Center (Keeny Hall 340) during the quarter preceding the one in which he/she expects to graduate.
  6. A candidate for graduation who fails to pass the final examination in only one course during the last quarter's work may be permitted to take a "deficiency examination" in this course. The deficiency examination grade will replace only the final examination grade. A deficiency examination will be administered only if said substitution could lead to an overall passing grade. If the student fails the "deficiency examination," the course must be repeated.
  7. Candidates who do not meet degree requirements by published deadlines will not be allowed to participate in commencement exercises, nor graduate in the current quarter.

Associate Degree Requirements

The Associate Degree can be earned from Louisiana Tech University when a student has fulfilled the following requirements:

  1. The candidate must complete one of the approved associate degree programs consisting of 60 or more specified academic credit hours.
  2. He/she must make a "C" average on hours earned. A student who is deficient on an hours-earned basis of more than 6 quality points of a "C" average at the beginning of the final quarter will not be allowed to register for graduation. A transfer student must also make a "C" average on all hours earned at Louisiana Tech.
  3. If he/she is a transfer student, he/she must not have fewer than 24 weeks in residence at Louisiana Tech, during which at least 25% of the semester hours required for the curricula are earned with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  4. The last two quarters must be spent in residence. Exception: a student who has fulfilled the minimum residence requirements may be permitted to earn six of the last 18 hours out of residence.
  5. One fourth of the hours required for graduation must be completed in residence. Louisiana Tech does not permit a student to apply for more than 6 hours of correspondence study toward the pursuit of a degree.

Earning a Second Associate Degree

If a student wishes to add an associate degree as a second degree in another field of study at the University, at least 15 semester hours in addition to the number needed for the first degree are required. If a student completes requirements for an associate degree as he/she progresses toward a bachelor's degree, then no additional hours are required, providing that specific requirements are satisfied for both degrees.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

  1. The candidate must complete one of the approved baccalaureate curricula of the five colleges.
  2. A "C" average on hours earned is required. A student who is deficient on an hours-earned basis of more than 9 quality points of a "C" average at the beginning of the final quarter will not be allowed to register for graduation. A transfer student must also make a "C" average on all hours earned at Louisiana Tech.
  3. If he/she is a transfer student, no fewer than 36 weeks in residence at Louisiana Tech are required, during which at least 25% of the semester hours required for the curricula are earned with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  4. He/she must spend the senior year in residence. Exception: A student who has fulfilled the minimum residence requirements may be permitted to earn 9 of the last 36 semester hours out of residence.
  5. Three fourths of the hours required for graduation must have been completed in college residence. Louisiana Tech does not permit a student to apply more than 6 hours of correspondence study toward the pursuit of a degree.

Earning a Double Major

Students who wish to earn two majors (double major) at the same time must:

  1. Complete all degree requirements for the primary major, and all the courses required for the secondary major before receiving the baccalaureate degree.
  2. Meet all grade point average and grade requirements applicable to both majors.
  3. Complete the double major within either a B.A. or a B.S. degree program. There is no double major with a B.A. and a B.S.

NOTE: Many majors are not eligible for conferral outside of accredited, profession-specific degrees. The student should check with his/her academic advisor and with the University Registrar to determine whether the major combination he/she is interested in is approved for conferral before beginning the additional course of study.

Earning Two Baccalaureate Degrees Simultaneously

Typically, when two majors are not eligible for conferral under the same degree (B.A., B.S., or professional), a student will choose to pursue a double degree. To earn two baccalaureate degrees simultaneously, a student must:

  1. Complete all requirements for both degrees.
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 semester hours applicable to the second degree and beyond the minimum requirement for the first degree.
  3. Meet all grade point average and grade requirements applicable to both degrees.

Earning a Second Baccalaureate Degree

Students holding a baccalaureate degree from Louisiana Tech University or any regionally-accredited institution may earn a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree in another field of study if they:

  1. Earn a minimum of 30 semester hours in addition to the number required for the first degree.
  2. Complete all general (GER and IER) degree requirements and subject requirements for the second (or subsequent) degree.
  3. Meet all grade point average and grade requirements applicable to both degrees.

Masters and Doctoral Degree Requirements

For specific degree requirements, see the Graduate School  section of this Catalog.

Graduation with Honors

Associate Degree Honors

Students receiving their first associate degree are also recognized for outstanding academic achievement. The following conditions determine such recognition:

  • Honors - a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on all hours pursued
  • Distinction - a cumulative GPA of 3.70 on all hours pursued

The student must have earned a minimum of 15 semester credit hours at Louisiana Tech University to be eligible for and receive such recognition.

Baccalaureate Degree Latin Honors

Students who achieve outstanding academic results during their undergraduate career receive special recognition at graduation through a suitable Latin inscription on their diploma, special wording on their official transcript, and verbal recognition by their dean during the commencement ceremony.

The following cumulative GPA standards, established by the University of Louisiana System, are used to determine such eligibility and recognition:

  • cum laude - a cumulative GPA of 3.50 on all hours pursued;
  • magna cum laude - a cumulative GPA of 3.70 on all hours pursued;
  • summa cum laude - a cumulative GPA of 3.90 on all hours pursued.

The student must have earned a minimum of 30 semester credit hours at Louisiana Tech University to be eligible for and receive such recognition.

Honors Scholar Distinction

Students who complete 21 semester hours of Honors Program classes and graduate with at least a 3.3 overall GPA, will receive formal designation as Honors Scholars on their official academic transcript. Honors students who take 9 semester hours of 400-level Honors classes and write an Honors thesis will receive formal designation as Senior Honors Scholars on their official academic transcript.

Academic Honor Code

Section One: Preamble

Academic integrity at Louisiana Tech University is based upon and encompasses the Tenets of Tech: integrity, respect, leadership, loyalty, enthusiasm, caring, hope, pride, confidence, excellence, commitment, and knowledge. Through the active pursuit of academic integrity, the University strengthens the value of the education and degrees that students seek to earn. Conversely, misconduct tarnishes the reputation of Louisiana Tech University and discredits the accomplishments of current students as well as graduates. Consequently, the University expects that all members of its academic community will demonstrate honesty and integrity in all academic relationships.

The purpose of the Honor Code is to articulate and support the interests of Louisiana Tech University in maintaining the highest standard of conduct in academic affairs. This policy has been developed to provide students and faculty with guidelines to determine what behaviors violate the Honor Code and procedures for dealing with behaviors alleged to be in violation of the Code.

Section Two: Honor Code Statement

Being a student of a higher standard, I pledge to embody the principles of academic integrity.

Section Three: Honor Code Violations

Acts that will be considered violations of the honor code are grouped in the categories that follow. It will be considered a violation of the Louisiana Tech University Honor Code to commit or to attempt to commit any offense as outlined below.

3.1 Cheating - Cheating is defined as the act of giving unauthorized assistance to or receiving unauthorized assistance from another individual for the purpose of completing academic requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, the completion of homework, tests, projects, or research assignments. Some examples of cheating are:

3.1.1. During an examination, having access to and/or referring to information not specifically allowed by the instructor or receiving information from another student or another unauthorized source. Also included would be allowing another student to copy one's paper.

3.1.2. Representing another person's work or any part thereof, be it published or unpublished, as one's own, which is referred to as "plagiarism."

3.1.3. Copying another's entire paper and claiming it as one's own.

3.1.4. Copying a part of a paper or another source and claiming it as one's own.

3.1.5. Copying information from a source word for word without using citations.

3.1.6. Copying information from a source but changing the words around without providing citations.

3.1.7. Obtaining, distributing, or referring to a copy of an examination which the instructor and/or department has not authorized to be made available for such purpose.

3.1.8. Submitting work that has been previously or is being concurrently used in a different class by oneself or by another student. Special permission must be obtained from the instructor or professor if a student wishes to utilize or develop further any work prepared for another class.

3.1.9. Misrepresentation of data for any purpose will represent a violation of the standards of the honor code.

3.2 Falsification - Falsification is defined as altering official University documents, forging signatures of University officials or any other individual, or any other attempt to misrepresent official institutional documents or records. This also includes the alteration of grades or any other records related to the academic performance of students, whether another student's or one's own. This shall also include submitting any false records in order to gain admission to the University. Violations include not only falsification of records but also oral and written misrepresentation of truth in any kind of communication with University officials. This violation will result in automatic referral to the Office of Student Affairs.

3.3 Stealing/Unauthorized Access - This violation includes acquiring unauthorized access to property, information, or materials which belong to another person. These materials or property may belong to a faculty member, a staff member, the university, or another student and can be acquired in any form, including electronic information. This violation will result in automatic referral to the Office of Student Affairs.

3.4 Handling or Using Unauthorized Devices and/or Violating Behavioral Testing Instructions - This violation includes but is not limited to using or handling cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, or unauthorized calculators when use of the device has been prohibited by the instructor. This violation could also include unauthorized communicating during an exam or looking at someone else's test paper.

It will also be considered a violation of the Louisiana Tech University Honor Code to assist, attempt to assist, or conspire to assist another student in committing the offenses as outlined above. A second reported offense may result in referral to the Behavioral Standards Committee.

Section Four: Honor Code Violation

Initial Action

Upon a determination by University faculty or staff that there has been a violation of the Honor Code, he/she may invoke sanctions without referral to the Honor Council. The student will have the option to accept the penalty without a hearing or to request that the matter be referred to the Honor Council for an appeal. If the student accepts the sanction without appeal, it shall be the responsibility of the instructor to report the violation and sanctions imposed to the Honor Council through the Dean of Student Development.

On other occasions, the instructor may feel that there was a possible Honor Code violation and will have the option to refer the matter directly to the Honor Council for appropriate action.

Should a student wish to report a violation of the honor code, he or she should notify the instructor or the Dean of Student Development, as is appropriate.

Section Five: The Honor Council

The Honor Council shall be comprised of the following:

  1. Three faculty members appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; and
  2. One staff member appointed by the Vice President for Student Advancement;
  3. Five students with three being upper-class undergraduates appointed by the SGA President and 2 graduate students appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School; and
  4. One faculty chairperson appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Quorum - The presence of a chairperson and six members with at least two student members; and, with a quorum present, the Committee may perform any of its functions and exercise any of its powers.

Recusation - Any member of the Committee who is involved or associated with the case being considered may excuse himself or herself.

All hearings will be closed except to those involved in the hearings.

Section Six: Honor Council Procedures

These procedures will apply when a student is referred to the Honor Council for infractions or violations of University Honor Code. The purpose of the hearing is to determine if an Honor Code violation has occurred.

The student will be given written notification at least three (3) days before the date set for the hearing. The notification will include a statement of the alleged academic misconduct; the date, time, and place of the meeting of the hearing board; a statement of the right to review evidence and a list of witnesses presented at the hearing; and a statement of the right to bring witnesses on his/her behalf. The day after the date of notification shall be the first day of the three-day delay period. The determination of the time of the hearing will include consideration of the student's class schedule.

Both the accuser and the accused will be informed that he/she may bring one representative (either personal or legal counsel) who may attend and advise the student but may not present the student's case. The representative or the attorney when applicable, has no standing in the proceedings, but may provide advice to the respective student in a quiet manner that is not disruptive to the proceedings. The student shall give the Council notice in writing of his/her plans to bring a representative.

The student will be notified that he/she can present evidence or witnesses on his/her behalf, that the student will have a reasonable opportunity for questioning witnesses appearing against him/her, and that the student may be present during all phases of the hearing except during the Council deliberation. The student will be notified of his/her right to review all of the evidence that will be presented on behalf of the University.

The Council shall be empowered to hear or not to hear such witnesses and evidence as it may deem relevant and fair, including, but not limited to, any information made a part of the original report.

The Vice President for Student Advancement or his representative will be present at this hearing to present the case to the Honor Council.

Once a date, time, and meeting place of the hearing have been established, the student has been duly notified, and a Council quorum has been convened, the hearing will be held even if the student or his/her personal representative or both of them fail to appear. However, if in the opinion of the Chairperson of the Honor Council, there is just cause for delay of the hearing, the Chairperson may reschedule it for a later date. For purposes of this section, "just cause" means any eventuality that would prevent the student from receiving a fair hearing.

The proceedings will be tape recorded. Only one official recording will be permitted. All original documentation is maintained by the Office of Student Life.

Section Seven: Honor Council Sanctions

7.03 Censures Recommended by the Honor Council

7.03:01 Academic Sanctions can include any combination of the following:

7.03:01(a) Assignment of an "F" grade in the course.

7:03:01(b) Assignment of a failing grade or score on the assignment or examination in question.

7:03:01(c) Assignment of additional work in the class to provide evidence of the student's academic knowledge of the material.

7:03:01(d) Participation in the university SMART HABITS Academy. The purpose of this seminar is to provide an educational venue for students to become knowledgeable about academic honesty, honor code issues, and to build academic skills.

7:03:02 Administrative Probation - A precautionary measure which carries the provision that continued enrollment depends on strict compliance with University academic standards. Administrative probation shall be for a definite period of time.

7:03:03 Referral to Behavioral Standards Committee - The Honor Council may refer a student to the Behavioral Standards Committee if the committee members deem that the violation is beyond the scope of the Honor Council. Any sanction involving referral to the Behavioral Standards Committee is not appealable. Due process is guaranteed through the Behavioral Standards Committee process.

7:03:04 Suspension Recommendation - The Honor Council may refer the case to the Behavioral Standards Committee with a recommendation for suspension or expulsion.

The Honor Council may determine that the evidence of an alleged violation is not compelling enough to find the student in violation. In such an instance, the student is to follow the normal grade appeal process.

Section Eight: Appeals

Procedures for Appeal

A student may issue a written appeal of a decision by the instructor, the Honor Council, or Administrative Review Board if any of the following apply:

  1. procedural error
  2. new evidence
  3. unsupported conclusion
  4. disproportionate sanction

Students initiating the appeal process should be aware that an appeal can result in upholding the original sanction, reducing the sanction, or increasing the sanction. Students who face a suspension or expulsion sanction and are appealing should attend classes until notified by the university.

Prerequisite to All Appeals

An appeal shall not be considered until the complaining student has exhausted all prior appeals.

Appeal of a Sanction by an Instructor

Any student may appeal a sanction levied by an instructor for an honor code violation. The student appeal (through the Student Life Office - 326 Keeny Hall) within three (3) business days after notice of the instructor's decision has been mailed or verbally given to the student. Late notices of appeal will be accepted or rejected by the Dean of the College under which the course was taught after hearing the student's reasons for failure to comply with the preceding sentence. In appeals regarding administrative actions of the instructor of record, the Honor Council shall hear and decide the merits of the accusation and the censure imposed as if the matter were being brought before it initially. The instructor of record will be present at this hearing.

Appeal of a Recommendation by the Honor Council

Within three (3) business days after notice of a decision of the Honor Council, the aggrieved student shall have the right to appeal to the Administrative Review Board. To do so, the student shall give written notification to the Vice President for Student Advancement of his/her appeal to the Administrative Review Board. The Vice President for Student Advancement shall, within a reasonable time, set a date, time, and place for review of the decision of the Honor Council and notify the student thereof. Late notices of appeal will be accepted or rejected by the Vice President for Student Advancement after hearing the student's reasons for failure to comply with the preceding sentence. The entire record of proceedings and the evidence presented before the Honor Council shall be automatically transmitted to the Administrative Review Board. The student may, at his/her discretion, submit additional written evidence which is relevant to the issue before the Board. The Vice President for Student Advancement or his/her representative will be present at this hearing. The Administrative Review Board may take any one of the following actions:

  1. approve the recommendation submitted by the Honor Council;
  2. amend and approve the recommendation; or
  3. return the recommendation for further study.

Section Nine: Administrative Review Board

The Administrative Review Board shall consist of the following:

  1. The Vice President for Student Advancement or his/her designee, as chairperson;
  2. The Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee; and
  3. The dean of the college in which the student is registered or his/her designee.

Quorum - The presence in person of two members of the Administrative Review Board (or their duly appointed representative) shall constitute a quorum.

All hearings will be closed except to those involved in the hearings.

Section Ten: Effectuation of Censures

Censures other than Suspension and Expulsion Recommendations

In cases where the decision or recommendation of the disciplinary body or functionary is other than a recommendation to the Behavioral Standards Committee to suspend or expel the student, the censure shall take effect from the time the student is informed by the appropriate official.

Censures: Recommendation of Suspension or Expulsion

In cases where the recommendation of the Honor Council to the Behavioral Standards Committee is to suspend or expel, the case shall be referred immediately to the Behavioral Standards Committee for appropriate action.

Failure to Comply

Any student receiving sanctions from the Honor Council and failing to fulfill the requirements set forth within the prescribed time period shall be referred to the Behavioral Standards Committee.