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Waiver Information

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Effective Summer 2013: The Waiver Team provides a one-time-only service for granting placement levels and prerequisite overrides so that you can register for courses before official transcripts have been sent from your previous school(s).

After this current waiver from the Waiver Team, if you have any other registration issues that are not solved by credit transfer, you would need to contact the academic department(s) offering your desired course (s): http://www.lcc.edu/academics/programs/.

If you are submitting ACT or SAT scores only (not college transcript or AP), click here: http://www.lcc.edu/assessment/forms/ACT-SAT-Form_online.docx

Waiver FAQs and "How To's"

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Waiver Request Form (RTF File)

PDF file Criteria for Waivers (PDF File)

Waiver FAQ's For Faculty Members

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Prerequisites at LCC

Filling out the Waiver Form

Getting Placement Levels

Getting Prerequisite Overrides

Transfer Credit

Contact the Waiver Team

Prerequisites at LCC

1. What is a prerequisite?

LCC courses require prerequisites that student must have on their LCC academic record in order to be able to register. These prerequisites are determined not by the Waiver Team but by the professors in their various academic programs who have decided what type of preparation is necessary for students to be successful in their classes.

These prerequisites are listed underneath each course title in the schedule book or online. They may be a combination of Reading, Writing, or Math Levels, and they also may include a different course or courses which must be taken first. Of course, if a class's prerequisite is listed as "None," then any student may register.

It is important to be aware of the prerequisites for your intended courses, because if you do not have the necessary prerequisite on your LCC academic record, then you will not be able to register.

2. Why are LCC's prerequisites different from those at my school?

Students learn best - and classes work best - when students are appropriately prepared. LCC's prerequisites are determined by its professors, and sometimes such prerequisites indeed may be different from those at another school.

Some schools, for example, only need a student to have taken Intermediate Algebra before Statistics; LCC, however, requires College Algebra. Some schools have only reading, writing, and math prerequisites for their Human Anatomy classes; LCC, however, also requires one of a number of specific science classes to have been taken first. There are many such differences.

The posted prerequisites - whether placement levels or classes or both - are what the experts in each academic field have decided are necessary for students to have a reasonable chance at being successful in a particular course. If you need more information, check directly with the academic programs.

3. Do I need to meet prerequisites even if I'm a guest student?

Yes.

4. What is the difference between placement levels and a prerequisite override?

Placement levels allow you to register for any class that requires those levels, while a prerequisite override only allows you to register for a specific class in a specific semester.

Filling out the Waiver Form

5. How do I fill out a waiver form?

a) Get the waiver form here or from the Advising Center in Gannon Building-StarZone.

b) On the waiver form print your name, your student number (if you know it), and your date of birth.

c) Make sure that you print your e-mail address very clearly so that, for example, there is no confusion between a 0 and an O, a 1 and an L, a - and an _ ,etc.

d) For every class you may want, look up the prerequisite directly underneath the course title in the schedule book or online.

d.1) If the prerequisite for the class(es) you want includes only placement levels and you believe you qualify for those levels, check the box on the waiver form labeled "I only need levels to register."

d.2) If the course(s) you want requires that a different course be taken first and you have done so at another college or university, check the box on the waiver form labeled "I need an override to register." Then list which class(es) you want, and make sure you specify for which semester, because overrides are semester-specific, and we are often registering for more than one semester at a time.

You also would check the "override" box if the prerequisite for the class(es) you want includes a placement level for which you may not qualify but which you believe you might be able to bypass anyway. For example, ECON201 requires a low Math Level, and we cannot give a Math Level from any course taken more than two years ago. Still, if you passed, say, college calculus three years ago, we simply can give an override to allow you to take the ECON course even without a Math Level per se on your LCC record.

This bypassing of a low Math Level might be done for classes in ARCH, ASTR, AUTO, CADD, CIVL, ECON, GEOL, or PHOT, and sometimes for certain classes in BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS. Please notice, however, that we cannot waive students into a math course.

e) Finally, remember to submit appropriate documentation to show that you are qualified. Common documents include official or unofficial college transcripts or grade reports, college diplomas, and scores from ACT, SAT, TOEFL, AP, or CLEP. Review our PDF file detailed list and remember that if you do not meet the minimum criteria, you will not be eligible for a placement waiver-instead you must take any appropriate LCC placement test at the assessment center.

You can submit the completed form along with any necessary documents in person to Advising at 117 TLC, by fax to 517.483.1970, or via e-mail to waiver_requests@lcc.edu. The Waiver Team will evaluate requests within one to three business days and attempt to inform each student when done.

Getting Placement Levels

6. How can I get placement levels?

Usually the quickest way to get levels in reading, writing, or math is to come in to the Assessment Center and take the placement tests. Assessment Center.

If, however, you have met certain criteria, the Waiver Team instead may be able to grant placement levels based on things like ACTs or SATs, TOEFL, AP or CLEP tests, or courses taken at other colleges or universities. You can see our PDF file complete list here, and if you are requesting levels, please be sure to study the list carefully. Remember that if you do not meet the minimum criteria, you will not be eligible for a placement waiver - instead you must take any appropriate LCC placement test at the Assessment Center.

Our waiver request form is here. You can submit the completed form along with any necessary documents in person to Advising at Gannon Building-StarZone, by fax to 517.483.1970, or via e-mail to waiver_requests@lcc.edu .

The Waiver Team will evaluate requests within one to three business days and attempt to inform each student when done. Look for an e-mail with a subject line like "Placement Levels at LCC," "Fall at LCC," "Spring at LCC," etc.

7. I took the placement tests at my other school - will these give me levels at LCC?

No, not unless they were the same tests we use, the Accuplacers.

8. At my previous school I tested directly into a math class but didn't do well - can I just repeat that class without taking any placements tests?

No.

9. Can I get placement levels from a course that isn't yet completed?

No. In such a case either you would need to seek levels based on the criteria you can view the PDF file waiver chart or you would need to take the placement tests at the Assessment Center.

10. I just drove in from several hours away - can I get my placement levels right now?

No. Out of fairness to students, we do all requests in the order they were received. In this case, if you wanted levels right away, you would need to take the placement tests at the Assessment Center.

11. Can the person at the front desk give me my placement levels?

No. In the interests of consistency and quality control, only the Waiver Team advisors may grant placement levels. Still, 76% of waiver requests are processed within the same business day, and 20% the next.

12. If I received levels from the Waiver Team last semester, do I need to turn in another waiver form for levels this semester?

No. Those levels still should be on your LCC transcript.

Getting Prerequisite Overrides

13. How can I get a prerequisite override?

If the LCC course you want requires that another course be taken first and you have done so at another college or university, you may be able to get a prerequisite override either from the department offering the course academics or from the Waiver Team.

In dealing with the Waiver Team, simply submit a completed waiver request form along with any necessary documents in person to Advising at Gannon Building-StarZone, by fax to 517.483.1970, or via e-mail to waiver_requests@lcc.edu. Our Waiver Team will evaluate requests within one to three business days and attempt to inform each student when done. Look for an e-mail with a subject line like "Placement Levels at LCC" or "Spring 09 at LCC," etc.

Please remember, however, that if your prerequisite class is still in progress at another school and is not yet completed, then for a prerequisite override you MUST contact the department offering the course(s) you want to take: academics programs. See FAQ #16 Below.

14. I am currently in-progress on a prerequisite class - Will I be able to register for the next class for next semester.

a) If you are currently taking the prerequisite at LCC and if you meet all other prerequisites (including placement levels), then you should be able to register without an override.

b) If you are taking the prerequisite at LCC with a waiver because you lack part of the prerequisite, (i.e., taking BIOL201 without a Math level and trying to register for BIOL202, taking ECON201 without a Math Level and trying to register for ECON202, etc.), then you will need to request an override.

c) If you are taking the prerequisite at LCC but lack part of the prerequisite for the next class (i.e., MATH050 needs Reading level 3, but MATH107 needs Reading Level 5; etc), then you will not be able to register until you satisfy the prerequisite.

d) If you are currently taking the prerequisite at another school, then you must request your override directly from the academic department offering the course, as discussed in FAQ#16 below.

15. I want to take a course that requires a math level, but my last math class was more than two years ago - can I get an override?

a) To take a class that is not MATH, very possibly. The answer depends upon what Math Level is supposed to be required, what the desired course is, and what your highest math course was. On your waiver request form, check the box labeled "I need an override to register," specify which course(s) you want, and remember to circle which semester. We will evaluate your request and will attempt to e-mail you with the result.

In addition, remember that if you request your previous school to send the official transcript to LCC’s Registrar’s Office, once that appropriate credit transfers, our Banner software then reads that credit as the necessary prerequisite, even if you do not have a Math Level per se.  For example, if you receive credit for STAT 170, you will be able to register for a non-MATH class needing Math Level 5 or lower; transfer credit for MATH 112 would allow you to register for a non-MATH class needing Math Level 6 or lower; transfer credit for MATH 151 would allow you to register for a non-MATH class needing Math Level 9 or lower; etc.

Information on transferring credits is here: http://www.lcc.edu/catalog/policies_procedures/studentrecords.aspx#transfer .

b) To take a class in MATH, no. The Math Department is very firm on the two-year rule, because they want their students to be adequately prepared. If you want a class in MATH but have not taken the necessary math prerequisite within the previous two years, then you must take the appropriate LCC math placement test.

16. Can I get a prerequisite override from a course at my school that isn't yet completed?

a) First, an in-progress override may be possible only from one sequential. non-developmental/remedial class to another: from Comp I to LCC's WRIT122 or ENGL122, from Intermediate Algebra to MATH120 or MATH121, from Intro Psyc to PSYC205, etc.

For this you must request your override directly from, and provide your documentation directly to, the academic department offering the course: academics. The authorities there will evaluate your documentation and give any prerequisite overrides they deem appropriate. Later, when your in-progress prerequisite course is completed and the grade is posted, you will need to submit the updated documentation to the LCC academic department.

If the prerequisite class has been passed with the necessary grade, you will be able to stay registered for the LCC class for which you received the override. If you have not passed successfully, however, then the department will remove your override, and you would be dropped from the LCC class.

b) In any event, remember that an in-progress override cannot be given based on any other school's developmental/remedial class (anything below WRIT121 or MATH112), nor can it be done in non-sequential classes.

For example, if you currently are in-progress at Comp I at another school, you are not eligible for an in-progress override to take, say ARTS102, HIST211, SOCL120, etc.

In such a case either you would need to seek levels based on the criteria you can view the PDF file waiver chart or you would need to take the placement tests at the Assessment Center.

17. I just drove in from several hours away - can I get my prerequisite override right now?

No. Out of fairness to students, we do all requests in the order they were received. You may, however, wish to contact the academic department directly academics, as they sometimes might be able to serve you more quickly.

18. Can the person at the front desk give me my prerequisite override?

No. In the interests of consistency and quality control, only the Waiver Team advisors may grant prerequisite overrides. Still, 76% of waiver requests are processed within the same business day, and 20% the next.

19. If I received a prerequisite override for one class and now want to take a different class which needs the same prerequisite, will I need to turn in another waiver form?

Because the Waiver Team provides a one-time-only service, after that you will need to request official transcripts to be sent from your previous school(s) to LCC’s Registrar’s Office.  For any registration issues that are not solved by credit transfer, you would need to contact the academic department(s) offering your desired course(s): http://www.lcc.edu/academics/programs/ .

20. If I received a prerequisite override for a class last semester but want to take the class this semester instead, will I need to turn in another waiver form?

Because the Waiver Team provides a one-time-only service, after that you will need to request official transcripts to be sent from your previous school(s) to LCC’s Registrar’s Office.  For any registration issues that are not solved by credit transfer, you would need to contact the academic department(s) offering your desired course(s): http://www.lcc.edu/academics/programs/ .

21. I received my prerequisite override, but now I can't register because the class is full - is there anything you can do?

No. We cannot add students to full classes, so you would have to keep checking the web in the hope that a seat may open up.

Transfer Credit

22. My waiver form was processed, and I was able to register, but I don't see any transfer credit on my LCC record - why?

Remember that the waiver process is simply a streamlined path for receiving placement levels and prerequisite overrides so that you can register for courses. If you want credits transferred to LCC, the process is much different.

If your school is in the United States, you will need to have them send an official transcript through the U.S. Mail directly from their Registrar's Office to ours: -/catalog/policies_procedures/studentrecords.aspx#transfer

If your school is outside the United States, you will need to contact one of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. credential evaluation services (www.naces.org)and request a course-specific evaluation as explained here: -/catalog/policies_procedures/studentrecords.aspx#foreign

In any event, for the purposes of credit transfer, such transcripts can never come through the student, regardless of whether the transcripts are sealed or not.

Whereas the waiver process may take a matter of days, official credit transfer could take six to twelve weeks.

23. If I received a certain waiver (Reading Level 5+Writing Level 8, override to take PSYC205, etc.), does this mean that if my school sends an official transcript through the U.S. Mail to LCC's Registrar's Office, I will receive transfer credit (for WRIT121, PSYC200, etc.)?

Not necessarily. Only Registrar's Office decides on transfer credit, so receiving a waiver does not imply any guarantee about whether classes will transfer.

24. I have heard that "Math credit is only 'good' for two years" - is that true?

No. Although a Math Level is good for only two years for the purpose of taking MATH 112 or higher, math credit does not expire. Please see FAQ# 15 above.

In addition, remember that if you request your previous school to send the official transcript to LCC’s Registrar’s Office, once that appropriate credit transfers, our Banner software then reads that credit as the necessary prerequisite, even if you do not have a Math Level per se.  For example, if you receive credit for STAT 170, you will be able to register for a non-MATH class needing Math Level 5 or lower; transfer credit for MATH 112 would allow you to register for a non-MATH class needing Math Level 6 or lower; transfer credit for MATH 151 would allow you to register for a non-MATH class needing Math Level 9 or lower; etc.

Information on transferring credits is here: http://www.lcc.edu/catalog/policies_procedures/studentrecords.aspx#transfer.

What is the Waiver Team?

The Waiver Team is a group of advisors authorized to grant placement levels and prerequisite overrides based on very specific criteria laid down by the professors and administrators of the academic departments. A joint effort between the Counseling and Advising Center and the Assessment Center, the Waiver Team works very closely not only with the teaching areas of LCC but also with Enrollment Services as well.

We strive to save students and LCC unnecessary placement and repeated courses while ensuring that students are not cleared to register for courses for which they are not prepared. In both matters we are responsible to the student requesting the waiver, to the academic department offering the desired course, and even to the other students taking the course.

The Waiver Team serves close to 4000 students yearly, or more than 20% of the entire LCC student population. Each year we grant over 7500 placement levels in reading, writing, and math, and we give almost 2000 prerequisite overrides, or as many as all other departments combined.  While waiver requests at peak times may take up to three business days to process, 76% are done the same day, and another 20% the next.

Contact The Waiver Team

If after consulting our FAQ's and "How To's" you still have questions, feel free to e-mail us at waiver requests@lcc.edu or leave us a voicemail at 517.483.1216.

We look forward to serving you.

Academic Advising Center at Lansing Communtity College

Academic Advising Center
Gannon Building - StarZone
Phone: (517) 483-1904
Fax: (517) 483-1970
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