Lee University Catalog 2013-2014 
    Aug 06, 2020  
Lee University Catalog 2013-2014 [Archived Catalog]

Division of Adult Learning Policies and Procedures

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To be eligible for undergraduate admission the applicant must have graduated from an approved high school, or satisfactorily completed the GED test, AND have three (3) years of life experience beyond high school graduation. Graduate program admissions policy requires that the applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75. All persons who register at Lee University are required to file an application. Acceptance of students is based upon discernible qualities and potential. The university admits students regardless of race, color, national origin, religious preference or disability.
Charlotte Center Exemptions

Lee University has been declared by the appropriate state authority exempt from the requirement for licensure under provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-15 (d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education.  Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.

Undergraduate Application Procedure

Applicants may apply for admission to the Division of Adult Learning online by downloading the DAL Undergraduate Application  .  All students expecting to enroll at Lee University in the DAL program for the first time must submit the following:

  1. A DAL undergraduate application for admission.
  2. Three (3) years of life experience beyond high school graduation.
  3. Official high school and/or college transcripts mailed directly from the institution, or evidence of GED-equivalent. All students must have achieved a C average or above on all high school and college work. (Students transferring with more than 15 semester hours are not required to provide a high school transcript; however, they must request an official transcript be mailed from the previous college(s)/university(ies) attended.)    An official test score report from ACT or SAT is required for all students under the age of 25 and having under 16 semester hours of college credit.  Applicants who have not already taken the entrance examination (ACT or SAT) will be required to take it prior to acceptance. The ACT/SAT should be taken on a national test date. Exceptions to this policy should be forwarded to the Director of Enrollment Services for consideration.
  4. An advance matriculation fee of $25 (not refundable). The matriculation fee may be applied to the account of the student for a period of two semesters following the date of payment.

    When the above requirements have been fulfilled, a student will be notified of his/her acceptance by DAL. The university may refuse admission and registration to students not meeting the minimum requirements for college, or may admit them on probation for limited work. Students who have a break in attendance of 1 or more semesters must reapply for admission. 

Graduate Application Procedure

Applicants may apply for admission to the Division of Adult Learning online by downloading the DAL Graduate Application .  All students expecting to enroll at Lee University in a DAL graduate program must submit the following:

  1. A DAL graduate application for admission, including writing sample.
  2. Official transcripts of all college work.
  3. An advance matriculation fee of $25 (not refundable). The matriculation fee may be applied to the account of the student for a period of two semesters following the date of payment.

*An interview with a DAL program representative will be required for admission into the graduate program.

With acceptance into the DAL program, a student is assigned a Lee email account (__@leeu.edu) and is granted access to register for classes through Portico/WebAdvisor.  

DAL Tuition and Fees

  DAL Undergraduate Tuition (per hour) $350
  DAL Graduate Tuition (per hour) 550
  Application Fee 25
  Registration Fee (per semester, non-refundable) 25
  Deferred Payment Plan Fee (per semester) 85
  Student Activity Fee (per semester–CEC students only) 40
  Health Service Fee (optional–CEC students only)* 75
  Technology Fee (per semester) 35
  Late registration 50
  Drop/Add Fee (per course) 10
  Proficiency Exams (for each hour’s credit established) 30
  Returned Check (per check) 30
  Graduation Application Fee 100

 *The Health Service Fee must be paid in order to use the services offered by the Health Clinic and Counseling Center.

Ministerial Discounts

A 50% DAL undergraduate ministry discount is available to all students studying in one of our undergraduate ministerial degree programs (Bible and Theology, Christian Studies, Christian Ministry, or Ministry Leadership). A graduate ministry discount is also available for all students studying in our graduate ministerial degree program (Ministry Studies). The graduate ministry discount is $150 off per credit hour (tuition per hour is $400 instead of $550).

Refund Policy (Tuition only)

Based on enrollment in six, eight, or sixteen week courses, the percentage of tuition to be refunded is as follows:  

During the first week of class 60%   During the first week of class 80%   During the first two weeks of class 80%
During the second week 30%   During the second week 40%   During the third week 60%
After the second week 0%   During the third week 20%   During the fourth week 40%
      After the third week 0%   During the fifth week 20%
            After the fifth week   0%

Withdrawal from class(es) does not exempt a student from payment of tuition and fees. Upon registration, the student is responsible for tuition, application fee, registration fee and textbook costs. NOTE: Textbook costs and fees will not be refunded.

Book Vouchers

Students will receive a book voucher only when their financial aid exceeds the amount of their school bill. If a student qualifies for a book voucher, the student will be able to go to the bookstore and use his or her Lee ID to purchase textbooks after he or she completes registration.  (Non-textbook purchases may not be paid for with a book voucher.) Charges for textbooks purchased will be applied to the student’s account at the time of purchase.  Questions regarding book vouchers should be directed to the Student Financial Services Office.

NOTE:  Students are not required to use book vouchers to purchase textbooks.

Settlement of Accounts

Students should be prepared to pay full semester charges on or before registration.  Money may be submitted in advance to the Student Financial Services Office.  This payment will facilitate registration.  Students are required to pay fifty percent down on or before registration according to the deferred payment plan.  Students who are unable to pay their accounts in full must either borrow the necessary funds or enroll in the university’s deferred payment plan.  Students who will have difficulty paying the full charges within the semester are encouraged to make advance arrangements for borrowing the needed funds.  The university also offers Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express services by which students may pay on their accounts.

Deferred Payment Plan

Any student desiring to participate in the university’s deferred payment plan is required to pay fifty percent of the total charges at registration and the balance of semester charges in two equal monthly payments.  The same financial requirements apply to veterans and others in cases when money is not sent directly to Lee University.  Students enrolling in the deferred payment plan will be charged an $85 fee for this service.  This fee will apply to all students owing a balance in excess of $500 at the completion of registration.

Financial Aid

The Federal Pell Grant program is available for qualified DAL students enrolled in DAL programs.  Some additional scholarship and loan programs are available to qualified applicants as well.  To determine need, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed through the Federal Processor. This will allow a student to be considered for the range of financial aid options available through the Lee University Financial Aid Office. All information must be filed with FAFSA online (www.fafsa.ed.gov) and received by Lee University before April 15 to be included in the priority group.

Lee University has been approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission each year to be able to certify eligible veterans and dependents for educational benefits. Each student who thinks that he/she is eligible for veterans’ educational benefits can call 1-800-827-1000 for current VA information. This number is available from any location in the United States and will connect the caller to the nearest regional office. For more information, go to www.gibill.va.gov or contact veterans@leeuniversity.edu .

To find out more about the availability of Financial Aid, see the Undergraduate Financial Aid  section of the Lee University Catalog, or visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/financial-aid.

Graduate Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible to apply for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. Graduation from a program can impact eligibility for future federal aid. Maximum annual loan amounts are indicated below:

                Unsubsidized Stafford                                20,500

Aggregate Loan Limits can be viewed in the Lee University Calendar under the Undergraduate Financial Aid section. These amounts will be subject to the student’s filing for federal aid, showing eligibility for loans and cost of attendance for school. Students may or may not be eligible for the maximum possible award based on these criteria. Students must be enrolled at least halftime to receive Federal Student Aid.

                Half-time Enrollment                                  5 to 6 credit hours

                Three Quarter-time Enrollment                   7 to 8 credit hours

                Full-time Enrollment                                   9 credit hours or more

All graduate students who receive federal financial aid must be working toward an eligible degree from Lee University. In order to assure that students make satisfactory academic progress requirements have been established.  Please view the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards in the Undergraduate Financial Aid section of the Lee University Catalog. 

Federal Graduate Plus Loan

A Federal Grad Plus Loan is a loan for graduate students who need further assistance after the use of Federal Direct loans. This is a federal loan with a fixed interest rate and is approved based on a student’s credit. Applications are made at www.studentloans.gov . Students are eligible for an amount up to the Cost of Education, less other aid received. Grad Plus Loan Entrance Counseling is required before funds can be disbursed. Entrance counseling can be also be completed at: www.studentloans.gov.

  • Grad Plus Loan Entrance Counseling
    This interview process provides valuable information about the Federal Graduate Plus Loan Program. It is a Federal requirement that recipients must complete prior to receiving funds from this program.

  • Grad Plus Loan Exit Counseling
    Federal regulations require all students who borrow Graduate Plus funds to complete exit counseling when graduating or dropping below half-time enrollment.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards      

All students who receive federal financial aid must be working toward an eligible degree from Lee University. In order to assure that students make progress the following requirements have been established.  Lee University will utilize the following policy in determining federal financial aid eligibility.  Progress will be evaluated at the end of the academic year or at the end of a term as described in Section III.

I.  Definitions

A.  Academic year is fall, spring and summer.

B.  Attempted hours are defined as any course which appears on the transcript. 

C.  Satisfactory grades are A, B, C and D.

D.  Unsatisfactory grades are W, F, or I.

II.  Progress Standards

A.  Quantitative (Pace) Standard:  Both undergraduate and graduate students must satisfactorily complete 67% of all hours attempted. 

B.  Qualitative (GPA) Standard: Undergraduate students must maintain the following cumulative grade point averages to be considered making satisfactory progress.

 Total Hours Attempted                  Minimum Required G.P.A.

0 – 29                                        1.5

30 – 59                                      1.7

60 – 89                                      1.9

90 – above                                 2.0

 Graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average which is the academic standard to remain in the graduate programs.

C.  Maximum hours: Any undergraduate student who has attempted 195 hours or more will not be making progress.

     Graduate students will be allowed to receive federal aid for a maximum of 150% of the published required hours of their program of study.

D.  0.0 GPA within a term:  Any student who receives all F’s, W’s or I’s in courses attempted in any semester (fall, spring or summer) will not be making progress.  This standard will be reviewed at the end of each term.  Students with a 0.0 term GPA will immediately be placed on suspension.

E.  Transfer students: All transferable credits will be counted toward the maximum number of hours allowed to be eligible for financial aid.  Satisfactory progress will be evaluated at the end of the first academic year attended at Lee University.

F.  Repeat, Remedial and ESL courses will be evaluated consistent with the academic standards of the University.

G.  Change in major:  all course work appearing on Lee’s transcript will be included in the evaluation process regardless of the association with the current declared major.

III.  Review of Eligibility

Satisfactory academic progress is reviewed annually for all financial aid applicants to insure that they meet the required qualitative, quantitative, and maximum time frame standards as outlined in Section II.  Progress will be evaluated at the end of the academic year or at the end of a term of probation. Any student earning a 0.0 term GPA will immediately be placed on suspension.  Applicants who do not meet the standards outlined in Section II will be notified. 

IV.  Removal From Financial Aid - Suspension

 A.  A student who fails to meet any of the above standards of progress will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. 

 B.  Removal from financial aid does not prevent the student from enrolling at Lee University if:

·  the student has an alternative method of payment and

·  if the student meets the academic requirements to re-enroll. 

V.  Appeals

Students placed on Financial Aid Suspension can appeal to the Financial Aid Office.    Reasons that may be acceptable for the appeal are:

·  serious illness or accident on the part of the student;

·  death, accident or serious illness in the immediate family;

·  other extenuating circumstances directly affecting academic performance.

The appeal must be submitted in writing and be accompanied by appropriate supporting documents.  These will be reviewed weekly by the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Committee.  Students will be notified in writing of the Appeal Approval or Appeal Denial. 

VI.  Reinstatement of Financial Aid

If an appeal is approved the student will be granted one semester of Financial Aid Probation.  An Academic Plan may be established by the committee.  If so, the plan will be designed to address the academic deficiency to ensure the student is making progress toward his/her degree. The student can continue to receive financial aid during this one semester of probation.  Eligibility will be reviewed at the end of the term of probation.  At that time the student must either be meeting the overall standards or meeting the terms of their Academic Plan if one was issued.

A student who is removed from financial aid and/or whose appeal has been denied may be eligible to have his/her financial aid reinstated if he/she enrolls without federal financial aid and is able to reestablish the minimum progress standards or the terms of the previously established Academic Plan. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the Financial Aid Office if the requirements have been met.

Course Registration Procedure

All undergraduate students must complete ENGL-106 and ENGL-110 by the completion of the 18th hour of college credit. If a student does not meet this requirement, he/she must enroll in ENGL-106 or ENGL-110 before enrolling in any additional courses.  B.A. degree candidates must complete six hours of a foreign language at the intermediate level or higher.

Instructions for DAL Course Registration:

  1. Must be accepted into the DAL program or currently a DAL student.
  2. All Lee University/DAL students must register with the university via Portico/WebAdvisor. (Portico is the secure electronic gateway for student access to their academic, billing, financial aid, and registration records.)
    • Go to the Lee University Homepage: http://www.leeuniversity.edu
    • Select: Current Students
    • Under Web & Technology Services select: Portico/WebAdvisor Student Instructions
  3. Please Note: Your advisor will review and approve your course(s) through Portico/WebAdvisor.
  4. A student is not officially enrolled until all paperwork and payments are secured and registration has been confirmed through Portico/WebAdvisor with the message that reads: “Congratulations!! Your registration is CONFIRMED”.  Payment for all associated charges is cleared with the Lee University office of Student Financial Services. Payment can be made by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express through the Portico/WebAdvisor, in the Business Office, or by calling 1-800-LEE-9930. Payment may also be made by check or money order and sent to:

Lee University
ATTN: Student Financial Services Office
PO Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

         (If you are receiving Financial Aid, please include a copy of your award letter with your payment.)

  • Books for DAL courses can be obtained by visiting the Lee University Bookstore in person or by visiting the campus bookstore web page, www.lee.bkstr.com. (All inquiries regarding texts should be addressed to the bookstore.)

Changing a Schedule (Add, Drop, Withdraw)

Adding or dropping courses and changing from credit to audit or audit to credit may be accomplished only during the 12-day registration (add/drop) period at the beginning of each term. The exception to this policy is online courses. Due to their format, online courses cannot be added after the official first day of classes. Change of schedule requests must be submitted in writing or via e-mail to the student’s academic advisor. The request must include the student’s name, ID number, the name of course(s) and any other essential information. The official date of the change of schedule will be the date on which the request is received.

After the 12-day registration (add/drop) period at the beginning of the term, the student may wish to withdraw from a class in order to avoid negatively impacting his/her GPA or to reduce a heavy academic course load. To withdraw from a class, the student must initiate this transaction by following the guidelines as listed above. The last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W” is published in the university calendar which can be found at www.leeuniversity.edu. A student who never attends or stops attending a class for which he or she is officially registered will receive an “F” in that course if accepted procedures for withdrawal outlined above are not followed.

There is a fee applied for each change beginning with the first day of classes. Withdrawal from a course(s) does not exempt a student from payment of tuition, registration fee, and book fees. The tuition refund policy for dropping courses after classes have begun is explained in the section titled Refund Policy (Tuition Only). Registration and book fees are non-refundable. 

Withdrawing from the University

If a student withdraws from all courses of study, the student is considered to be withdrawing from the university. Students may withdraw from the university at any time beginning the first day of classes until the final day of classes for the session.  Students who withdraw will be assigned the grade of “W” for all courses. The procedure is as follows:

1.     Withdrawal from the University requests must be submitted in writing or via e-mail to the student’s academic advisor. The request must include the student’s name, ID number, the name of course(s) and any other essential information. 

2.     Upon receipt of this request, the student will be sent via an e-mail attachment, the required Withdrawal Permission Form. It is the student’s sole responsibility to complete this form in its entirety and return it back to the Division of Adult Learning.

3.     Upon receipt of the completed form, the appropriate offices will be notified.

Financial aid recipients should note that withdrawing from the University can affect eligibility for current and future aid. See the Undergraduate Tuition and Fees Refund section and the Undergraduate Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy respectively. Students who are recipients of federal student loans should complete required loan exit counseling. This can be completed online at www.leeuniversity.edu/financial-aid or in the Financial Aid Office. Recipients of the Tennessee Hope Scholarship should go the Financial Aid Office to complete the Tennessee Hope Enrollment Change Request Form to avoid loss of eligibility for future funding.

The office of Student Financial Services will issue a final statement of the student’s account.

Veterans and Dependents of Veterans

Lee University is approved for veterans and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans under existing public laws. Eligible persons should contact the Veterans Administration regional office of the state in which they maintain a permanent residence. One must have authorization for VA or vocational rehabilitation training before registering. If in doubt about the procedure, check with your local VA office (800-827-1000 or 888-442-4551). All questions concerning VA benefits at Lee University should be put in writing and sent to the Vice President for Enrollment.

Transcripts containing college credits acquired through USAFI courses and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP tests) or through colleges in the various branches of the military should be submitted with application. The transcript will be reviewed by the Registrar to determine the number of hours and the specific courses that are acceptable.

Statements of Compliance

Lee University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1961 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law in any of its policies, practices or procedures. The Vice President for Student Life is the campus coordinating officer for Title IX and all inquiries should be made to the Office of Student Life.

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Lee University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the recruitment and admission of students, or in the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal laws and regulations. Persons with questions about the Rehabilitation Act may contact the Office of Academic Support Programs.

Lee University complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This Act assures students attending a post-secondary educational institution that they will have the right to inspect and review certain of their educational records and, by following the guidelines provided by the university, to correct inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings. It protects students’ rights to privacy by limiting transfer of these records without their consent, except in specific circumstances. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office; U.S. Department of Education; 440 Maryland Avenue S.W.; Washington, D.C. 20202-4605. Information concerning this legislation is available via the web at www.ed.gov and from the Lee University Office of Records. A statement of Lee University policy relating to the maintenance of student records is also available on request from the Office of Records or online at www.leeuniversity.edu.

Lee University also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Policy Regarding False Information

Any applicant who fails to acknowledge attendance or who submits false records from any college or university where he/she has previously registered is subject to dismissal from the university.



Academic Support

The Academic Support Program (ASP) acts as a liaison between students with disabilities and the Lee University academic community. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ASP works to ensure that students with disabilities, (physical, sensory, learning, and/or emotional), have equal access to educational opportunities. The ASP also provides information on issues of accessibility and reasonable accommodations. These services give students with disabilities equal access to academic programs. With the exception of one building, all buildings on campus are accessible for students with physical challenges. If a student with a physical disability takes a class in an inaccessible building, the class is moved to an accessible one immediately. In addition to serving students who are permanently disabled, the ASP also serves students who have temporary disabilities. The ASP also provides free on campus academic tutoring to all Lee students. Although some advanced classes may not have a tutor available, core courses have lab tutoring, small group tutoring, and/or or one-on-one tutoring for no charge. Additionally, ASP provides free mentoring for students who need extra support socially.

Students with Disabilities

Lee University is committed to the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, as defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students who think they may qualify for these accommodations should contact the Office of Academic Support to set up accommodations.

Center for Calling and Career

The Center provides resources for students, faculty and staff to examine their strengths and discover a clearer sense of calling by understanding who they are as God’s “work of art.” The Center uses a strengths based approach to advising that allows time for students to enter into dialogue with a Strengths/Vocational advisor to discuss their strengths themes, what they enjoy, what they do best and what they believe they are called to do with their life. Students also come to the Center to declare or change their academic program.

Several career-related assessments and job search resources are available for students to access online. LeeCareerCentral provides an online Job Board, listing local part-time and full-time openings. Students may come to the Center for individual career counseling, and for resume and job interview preparation.

Computer Labs

Lee University offers computer labs in both the Cleveland Education Center and the Charlotte Education Center.  Please check with the local education centers for hours of availability.



Confidentiality of Student Records

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Lee University students have the right to review, inspect and challenge the accuracy of information kept in a cumulative file by the university unless the student waives the right. The law further ensures that records cannot be released except in emergency situations without the written consent of the student other than the following:

  1. to all school officials within the educational institution who have legitimate educational interest;

  2. to officials of other schools in which the student intends to enroll, upon condition that the student be notified of the transfer, receives a copy of the record if desired, and has an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of the record;

  3. to authorized representatives of (1) the Comptroller General of the United States, (2) the Secretary of Education, (3) an administrative head of an educational agency or (4) state educational authorities;

  4. in connection with an emergency or legal situation;

  5. in connection with any publicly-announced honor such as the Dean’s List; 

  6. in cases of information classified as “directory information.” (See below for definition.)

If a student wishes to share confidential academic and financial information with a third party, s/he may share their computer login information so that the third party may readily view this information online. In order for the third party to access the student’s confidential information by contacting university personnel, a signed release form must be completed by the student giving the third party persmission to access this information, and the third party must be able to provide several items of personally identifiable information to ensure the authenticity of the third party.

In order for a student to release his/her confidential academic record (grades, GPA, race, gender, religion, country of citizenship) or on-hold directory information to a third party, the student must specifically state the information to be released, the purpose of the disclosure, and to whom the information is being released. This documentation must also be signed and dated to ensure its validity. This form is available in the Office of Records. Requests to release confidential information will be maintained permanently in the student’s permanent file.

In order to provide the utmost protection of our Lee students, the University rarely shares “directory information.” Directory information contains but it not limited to: name, address, telephone listing, email address, dates of attendance, degrees and awards, date/place of birth, major field of study, athletic involvement, and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student. If contacted by prospective employers, the University will assist students without a directory hold in obtaining employment by responding to employment background checks, especially from the U.S. Government. However, if the student has a directory hold in place or left Lee with a directory hold in place, that hold remains in effect until removed by the student, thus blocking release of any information to potential employers. An updated consent form submitted to the Office of Records will remove this hold.

It is highly recommended that a “directory hold” be placed on a student account only when there are security or safety issues. Once the threat is resolved, it is recommended that the student remove the directory hold. 

If the student does not wish academic information to parents or directory information to be released, the student should notify the Office of Records at any time during the semester to place a hold on this information. 

Questions concerning this law and the university’s policy concerning release of academic information may be directed to Office of Records.  If a student feels that his or her rights have been violated as it relates to the release of confidential information, the student may file a complaint of the alleged violations with the Department of Education no later than 180 days from the date one learned of the circumstances of the alleged violation. Complaints should be addressed to: Family Policy Compliance Office, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington DC 20202-5901.

Course Substitutions

Any substitutions for, changes in or exceptions to courses which are required for the granting of a degree from Lee University must be approved by the DAL Executive Director.

Discrimination and Harassment

No person in whatever relation with Lee University shall be subject to discrimination because of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability or other protected characteristics. Lee University is also committed to providing an environment free of harassment and/or hostility. The university maintains a strict policy prohibiting harassment because of race, color, sex, religion, disability, national origin, age, veterans’ status or other basis protected by law.


A transcript of academic credits will be issued by the Office of Records upon written request of the student. Forms are available in the Office of Records or online at www.leeuniversity.edu (QuickLinks menu, “Request a Transcript”). The transcript will not be released until the office has received the student’s signature granting permission to release his/her record. Further, no transcript will be furnished until all accounts have been satisfactorily settled. An official transcript will be sent to another institution or other authorized person or agency. Official transcripts cost $5 each.

Replacement Diploma

The University will replace a diploma if destroyed, damaged, lost, or stolen. No diploma will be replaced due to a personal name change since this would alter a historical document. A Lee College diploma will not be replaced with a Lee University diploma for the same reason.

The replacement diploma will maintain historical accuracy as much as possible. A Lee University diploma will be issued with current signatures (President, VP of Academic Affairs, Chairman of the Board of Directors) if the graduation date is after 1997. A Lee College diploma with current signatures will be issued if the graduation date was 1997 or before. A note will be added to the bottom of the replacement diploma indicating that it is a replacment for a diploma issued on (date).

Although Lee University is the “records keeper” for Northwest Bible College in Minot, ND, Lee is not able to fulfill requests to replace a diploma from Northwest Bible College. Lee does not have the authority to issue a replacement diploma from another school.

Academic Integrity


As a Christian community of scholarship, we at Lee University are committed to the principles of truth and honesty in the academic endeavor. As faculty and students in this Christian community, we are called to present our academic work as an honest reflection of our abilities; we do not need to defraud members of the community by presenting others’ work as our own. Therefore, academic dishonesty is handled with serious consequences for two fundamental reasons: it is stealing - taking something that is not ours; it is also lying - pretending to be something it is not. In a Christian community, such pretense is not only unnecessary, it is also harmful to the individual and community as a whole. Cheating should have no place at a campus where Christ is King because God desires us to be truthful with each other concerning our academic abilities. Only with a truthful presentation of our knowledge can there be an honest evaluation of our abilities. To such integrity, we as a Christian academic community are called.


Students will not knowingly perform or assist others in performing acts of academic dishonesty. The following acts are those which we consider to be dishonest:

  1. Plagiarism
    Plagiarism is presenting as your own work the words, ideas, opinions, theories, or thoughts which are not common knowledge. Students who present others’ words or ideas as their own without fair attribution (documentation), are guilty of plagiarizing. Unfair attribution includes, but is not limited to, a direct quotation of all or part of another’s words without appropriately identifying the source. It is also unfair attribution to have included a source within a Works Cited page without having carefully cited the source within the text of the document. Plagiarism also includes, but is not limited to, the following acts when performed without fair attribution:

    1. directly quoting all or part of another person’s words without quotation marks, as appropriate to the discipline.

    2. paraphrasing all or part of another person’s words without documentation.

    3. stating an idea, theory, or formula as your own when it actually originated with another person.

    4. purchasing (or receiving in any other manner) a term paper or other assignment, which is the work of another person, and submitting that work as if it were one’s own.

  2. Unauthorized assistance
    Giving or receiving assistance that has not been authorized by a faculty member in connection with any exam or academic work is academically dishonest. Students should assume that any assistance on exams, quizzes, lab work, etc., is unauthorized unless the faculty member involved in the exercise has approved it. Examples of prohibited actions include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. copying or allowing others to copy answers to an exam.

    2. transmitting, receiving, or in some form obtaining information during an exam which would offer answers within the framework of the material being tested.

    3. giving or receiving answers to an exam scheduled for a later time.

    4. completing for others or allowing others tocomplete for oneself, all or part of an assignment.

    5. submitting as a group assignment work which was prepared by less than all of the members of that group. It is the responsibility of the student to inform an instructor of the lack of participation of one member of a group.

    6. Unauthorized use of calculators or other electronic devices.

  3. Lying/Tampering/Fabricating
    Offering false information with regard to one’s performance in academic work is academically dishonest. Such activity includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    1. giving false reasons for failure to complete an academic assignment.

    2. falsifying the results of a laboratory talk or other data.

    3. altering work after if has been submitted.

    4. altering grades, lab work, or attendance records.

    5. falsely signing another person as present when he/she is absent in a class.

    6. submitting for academic advancement an assignment which has previously been submitted for academic advancement (unless so authorized by the faculty member supervising the work).

  4. Theft
    Stealing or otherwise taking in an unauthorized manner information which relates to academic work is academically dishonest. Such activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. removing from a professor’s office materials which would give a student an unfair advantage on an academic assignment.

    2. procuring information from a professor’s computer hardware or software.

    3. taking exams, grade records, forms used in grading, books, papers, or other materials related to grading or evaluation of academic performance.

    4. stating an idea, theory, or formula as your own when is actually originated with another person.

Procedures - Faculty Discretion

When any form of academic dishonesty occurs, the teacher has the authority of deciding how to deal with it. Faculty have the following options:

  1. The faculty member may determine an appropriate course of action ranging from giving the student an F on the assignment or exam to awarding an F for the course.

  2. If the faculty member wants additional input from colleagues, he/she may ask the department chair to convene a committee to discuss the situation. If the incident involves students in courses from other departments, the school dean may convene a committee including members of other departments faculties. The committee may then determine the penalty.

  3. If the academic dishonesty is of the most serious nature, the committee may refer the case to the Dean’s Council. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may then determine the penalty or refer the case to the Judicial Council.

Student Appeal

If a student is accused of academic dishonesty, and he/she feels this judgment is in error, or the penalty is inappropriate, he/she may appeal to the department chair of the faculty member making the decision. If the committee determined the penalty, the student may appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the Judicial Council determined the penalty, he/she may appeal through the Judicial Appeal Board.



Academic Fresh Start

This policy allows Lee University degree-seeking students who have experienced academic difficulty to make a fresh start and have one final opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. This option benefits those students who early in their college careers failed to perform satisfactorily. The student must not have been enrolled in Lee University or any other post-secondary institution for a period of three consecutive years immediately prior to readmission, and must have had a cumulative GPA of below 2.0 prior to the three years’ absence.

Students who meet the above criteria may obtain further information regarding eligibility and application procedures for Academic Fresh Start from their faculty advisor or by contacting the Office of Academic Services.

Academic Probation

To graduate from Lee University a student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0, as well as a 2.0 (or higher if specified) in the major. In order to continue in residence at Lee, students must earn a minimum grade point average in accordance with the following scale of attempted hours:


Hours attempted


Grade Point Average Required

  0-29   1.5
  30-59   1.7
  60-89   1.9
  90-130   2.0

Any student failing to achieve this average will be placed on academic probation. This probation may be removed during the next semester by bringing the GPA up to the required standard. Students who achieve the required cumulative GPA for the hours attempted are considered to be in good standing. Those who fail to achieve the required average will be subject to the following action:

  1. A student on academic probation is limited to 12-14 credit hours each semester.

  2. All students on academic probation are reviewed by the Retention Committee. This committee will grant an extension to probation only when a student’s record demonstrates that such an extension would benefit the student in removing the probation and progressing toward graduation.

  3. No student will be continued on probation more than two consecutive semesters, unless approved by the Retention Committee.

  4. A student who has been authorized by the Retention Committee to continue on probation may be required to register for a specified class schedule which may include an Academic Success Implementation course.

Academic Standing

Academic standing is computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total hours attempted by a student. Continuance and promotion from one academic classification to another is based on completion of the following number of hours:

  Freshman   0-29
  Sophomore   30-59
  Junior   60-89
  Senior   90-130

Academic Suspension

A student will be subject to academic dismissal after it becomes evident to the Retention Committee that he/she lacks the necessary academic qualifications or discipline. Any student who is suspended for academic reasons is ineligible for readmission until after one full semester. The summer sessions are not considered a semester. Students who are suspended have the right to appeal for reentry if they believe there are valid extenuating circumstances responsible for their poor academic performance. Appeals must be put in writing and forwarded to the Chairman of the Retention Committee for review by the committee.


Grades and quality points are assigned and recorded as follows:






Quality points per
semester hour




D D-




1.0 0.7

  (Incomplete; converts to “F” at the end of the following semester; see explanation below.)
  W   0
  (Withdrawal from a course or from the university; see explanation below)
  U   0
  (Audit successfully completed; see explanation below)

It is the instructor’s choice whether to use a straight letter-grading system or to incorporate plus/minus increments.

A grade of “I” indicates the student’s work is incomplete. The “I” grade becomes “F” if the work is not completed by the end of the following semester, unless a written extension has been approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. A grade of “I” is given only to students who encounter some personal difficulty such as a severe illness or an extreme family emergency near the end of the semester. The “I” grade is not given in order to allow students additional time to complete assignments.

A grade of “W” is assigned to a student who, for any reason, officially withdraws from the university or withdraws from a course at any time after the registration (add/drop) period. The “W” is assigned without academic penalty to the student. (See the section on “Changing a Schedule” for details regarding this process.)

A grade of “U” is given when a student successfully completes the minimum requirements for auditing a class. (See section on Auditing a Class for details regarding this process.)

A grade change must be requested in writing by the student and approved by the instructor. The instructor will submit a change of grade on the appropriate form. Grade changes must be made within one semester. All grades are distributed through the student’s online account and are available at the end of each term. Paper grade reports are available only when requested from the Office of Records. If this service is desired, the request must be renewed each term. Parents may request paper grade reports only if their child has signed a waiver granting permission to the university to release academic information to parents. To request a paper grade report, students may contact the Office of Records by email (records@leeuniversity.edu) or by phone (423-614-8200).

If a student wishes to share confidential academic and financial information with their parent(s), s/he must share their computer login information so that the parents may readily view this information online.

Repeating a Course

A course can only be repeated twice. A course taken at another university and transferred onto the Lee transcript can be repeated if Lee offers an equivalent course. When a student elects to repeat a course, only the grade received for the repeat will be counted in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. This is true even if the second grade is lower than the first.

Graduation Policy

DAL students who are applying for commencement must complete all coursework and degree requirements prior to the 8-week session of the respective Lee University commencement that they are applying for.  Students may not walk at commencement without completing all graduation requirements prior to commencement.  With the convenient nature of DAL programs and course schedules, some DAL students may have to wait until the next scheduled commencement to walk and receive their diplomas.



Graduation, Academic Probation and Disqualification

Satisfactory progress toward the degree is required. A student may be disqualified from further graduate work if a 3.0 grade-point average is not maintained. In the event that the grade-point average drops below the minimum level, the student may be given one enrollment period to raise it to the satisfactory level. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Course Numbering System

Graduate courses are identified by a departmental abbreviation followed by a three-digit 500-level course number.


The Lee University graduate programs use the following system of grading and quality points for all graduate- level courses. These letter grades are assigned grade point values as follows:

Indicates the student’s work was incomplete
Passing Credit (no quality points)
In Process
Student officially withdrew from the class without penalty
  4.0 quality points
3.7 quality points
3.3 quality points
3.0 quality points
2.7 quality points
2.3 quality points
2.0 quality points
0 quality points

A grade of “I” indicates the student’s work is incomplete. The grade becomes “F” if the work is not completed by the end of the following semester unless a written extension has been approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. A grade of “I” is given only to students who encounter some personal difficulty such as a severe illness or an extreme family emergency near the end of the semester. The “I” grade is not given in order to allow students additional time to complete assignments.

A grade of “W” (withdrawal) is assigned to a student who, for any reason, officially withdraws or is withdrawn by the official semester date. This “W” is assigned without quality point penalty to the student.

Policies for Theses

Many, but not all, of the Lee University graduate programs require a thesis as a demonstration of the student’s research, writing and critical thinking skills. If a thesis is required, two copies must be deposited with the William G. Squires Library. In addition to the two copies required for the library, the college or school granting the degree will require a certain number of copies and the student may want several copies for his/her own purposes.

The library will assist the student by sending all copies to the bindery, but reproduction and bindery costs are the student’s responsibility. The college or school granting the degree will collect all the required fees and credit the proper library account. The charge for binding is $9 per copy. A fee of $15, in addition to the sum for binding, is charged for handling the bindery process. Should a student bring additional copies of the thesis to be bound at a later date, an additional fee will be charged for processing the second order. Therefore it is important that all copies requiring binding be delivered to the library at one time.

When the copies are delivered to the library, the student must include a one-paragraph abstract of the thesis. At that time the student will also complete a form to ensure all relevant information is communicated correctly.

Because the two copies held by the library are considered a permanent record of the student’s scholarship, these two copies should be duplicated on paper that is acid free and 25% rag content. 

Study Load

To be classified as a full-time graduate student, students must enroll in no fewer than nine hours per semester. Maximum graduate enrollment is 12 hours per semester. Students enrolled in summer sessions may take a maximum of six hours per session. For summer sessions shorter than four weeks, the maximum load is four hours.

Time Limits

Course work completed more than 10 years prior to admission is generally not accepted toward meeting degree requirements. The student has a maximum of six years from the date of admission to degree standing (and registration for course work) in which to complete the requirements for the master’s degree. Refer to specific program sections within the catalog for detailed policies.

Transfer Credit

Lee University will allow up to six semester credit hours of a graduate program to be comprised of transfer credit from a regionally accredited graduate program when the grade received is a “B” or better. The individual program committee must approve application of transfer credits. Exceptions to this policy may be determined by the respective graduate program committees.

Up to six semester credit hours of appropriate graduate work with a grade of “B” or better from institutions outside the United States may be approved by the individual graduate program committee.  The program committee will normally require these credits to be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).  Instructions for submitting a transcript for review can be found at www.wes.org.  This website provides specific submission instructions for each country.  The transfer work will not be added to the Lee transcript until the program committee has approved the hours and, if requested by the committee, the official academic credit report is received from WES.  All costs associated with obtaining the WES evaluation are the responsibility of the student.