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Academic Amnesty
Academic Dishonesty
Academic Progress
Academic Records
Academic Standing
Acceptable Use Policy
Acceptance and Evaluation of Transfer Credits from Other Institutions

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Academic Amnesty

In recognition that sometimes students are unsuccessful academically for a variety of reasons and years later find a low GPA to be a barrier to occupational fields or further academic progress, the College has a policy to allow such students a second chance. This "forgiveness" will eradicate 0.0s from the student's GPA under carefully controlled conditions.

This policy applies to qualified students who receive a series of 0.0 grades early in their academic career resulting in a low GPA possibly blocking their entrance into programs or fields of study.

Qualified students may receive Academic Amnesty for a maximum of eighteen semester hours (or its quarter/term equivalent) for grades of 0.0.

Academic Amnesty applies only to LCC courses - not to any courses at other institutions. Further, there is no guarantee, expressed or implied, that Academic Amnesty will be recognized by any other college, university, or employer.

In order for a student to qualify for Academic Amnesty the following conditions must be met:

Upon approval of the application and processing, the 0.0s will no longer be calculated into the student's GPA. The "forgiven" grades will remain on the transcript along with a special notation explaining the Academic Amnesty Policy.

The College Registrar is responsible for preparing procedures to implement
this policy.

REVIEWED: 3/18/2002

Failure to follow this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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Academic Dishonesty

Each student is expected to be honest in his or her work. Cheating and plagiarism are dishonest. The purpose of this policy is to establish College definitions of cheating and plagiarism and to describe potential consequences of academic dishonesty.

This policy applies to all students.

The term "cheating" includes but is not limited to:

The term "Plagiarism" includes but is not limited to the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation or the inclusion of electronic sources, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. When producing work for a course, students are expected to present their own ideas and to appropriately acknowledge the incorporation of another person's work. Not doing so is dishonest.

  1. Responsibility
The College Provost is responsible for the implementation of this policy.

REVIEWED: 3/18/2002

Failure to follow this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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Academic Progress

Lansing Community College will comply with state and federal loan regulations.

This policy applies to all students.

To receive or to continue receiving financial assistance, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress each semester. Satisfactory academic progress for students receiving financial assistance is defined as follows:

Students applying for a federal or state loan program-including the Federal William D. Ford Direct Student Loan and the Michigan MI-Loan-must have completed at least one semester of prerequisites or core courses with a 2.0 or higher GPA and at least 70 percent completion of attempted credits prior to applying for a loan. A student borrower must earn a minimum of six credits, maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA each semester of the loan period, and maintain at least 70 percent completion of cumulative credits attempted. Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will have any remaining scheduled loan disbursements canceled.

The College Registrar is responsible for preparing procedures to implement
this policy.

REVIEWED: 3/18/2002

Failure to follow this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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Academic Records

The College will maintain the permanent official transcript of every student who attends the College.

This policy applies to all students who attend the College. The transcript is a copy of the student's academic record and contains the signature of the Registrar. The transcript includes courses waived, courses attempted and completed, courses and credits transferred, credits awarded for experiential learning, credit hours, GPA points, the LCC grade point average, current program and major, associate degrees, certificates of achievement, and certificates of completion awarded by the College.

Lansing Community College shall not distribute student lists to non-college agencies except as required by law.

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Lansing Community College provides information as follows.

Copies of the Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act are available upon request in Enrollment Services/Registrar's Office and the Office of the Dean of Student and Academic Support.

Lansing Community College will maintain a record of each disclosure of identifiable information from the external individuals or agencies listed above. The record will be maintained in the Enrollment Services/Registrar's Office and will include the date, the name and address of the requesting party, the information requested, and the reason for requesting the information. The College reserves the right to correct any error made on an academic record or evaluation and will notify the student in writing of any record or evaluation correction. Staff of the College are subject to the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.

Students have the right to request correction or amendment of information on educational records that are inaccurate, misleading or which violate privacy rights. Due process procedures for requesting correction or amendment to educational records are stated in the College Catalog under Student Appeals.

Students who feel their rights under the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act have been abridged may file complaints with the Family Policy and Regulations Office, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202.

All requests for the release of student information shall be referred to the Office of the Registrar in Enrollment Services.

The College's Registrar is responsible for preparing procedures to implement this policy.

REVIEWED: 3/18/2002
REVISED: 8/26/02

Failure to follow this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.


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Academic Standing

The College recognizes the need for students to maintain a minimum level of academic competency to prove academic success in a course as well as build proficiency in a field of study.

This policy applies to all students.

Students must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at Lansing Community College to remain in Good Standing, which indicates satisfactory academic progress. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 will be placed on either "Warning" or "Probationary" standing which indicate unsatisfactory academic progress. While on Warning or Probationary standing, the student may have limits on registration for classes. In addition, students on Warning or Probationary standing may be required to meet with a counselor and sign a Success Contract prior to registering. Students can return to Good Standing by earning a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. Continuing to earn a GPA below 2.00 may result in being academically recessed from LCC.

Note: Only course work completed at LCC is considered for determination of academic standing. The academic standing is determined at the end of each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). Listed below are the definitions of academic standing along with guidelines to promote student success.

Good Standing: Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) 2.00 or above
Warning: Cumulative GPA below 2.00; suggested that the student meet with a counselor.
Probation: Continued cumulative GPA below 2.00; registration limited to 12 or fewer credits for Fall and Spring Semesters and six or fewer for Summer Session, and student is required to meet with a counselor.
Academic Recess: Continued cumulative GPA below 2.00; student not eligible to register and must sit out one semester or Summer Session. Upon return following the semester of recess, a student must meet with a counselor to plan his or her academic success and sign a Success Contract. Satisfactory completion of this plan as well as semester-by-semester subsequent plans will allow further enrollment until a satisfactory cumulative GPA places the student in good standing.

The College's Registrar is responsible for preparing procedures to implement this policy.

REVIEWED: 3/18/02

Failure to follow this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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Acceptable Use Policy

This document describes the policies and guidelines for the use of the College's computer resources and use of College wide data. Use of College-owned computer and network resources is a privilege extended by Lansing Community College to students, employees, and other authorized users as a tool to promote the mission of the College and to enhance technological/computer literacy. Any activity that is not listed here, which violates local, state or federal laws, is also considered a violation of the Lansing Community College Acceptable Use Policy.

This policy applies to all technology users utilizing Lansing Community College resources, including those using the LCC network via a personally owned device.

  1. Glossary
    FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
    FTC Red Flag Rule - Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Prevention
    GLBA - Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999
    HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
    ITS - Information Technology Services Division
    LCC - Lansing Community College
    P2P - Peer to peer file sharing
    PCI DSS - Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
    Username - LCC User ID
  2. General Usage

    The use of Lansing Community College's technology, including computers, fax machines, email, and all forms of Internet/intranet access, is for College business and for authorized purposes only.

    Use of the College's computers, networks, and Internet access is a privilege granted by the College and may be revoked (and disciplinary action taken) at any time for inappropriate conduct carried out on such systems, including, but not limited to:

    • Sending chain letters or participating in any way in the creation or transmission of unsolicited commercial email ("spam") that is unrelated to legitimate College purposes;
    • Engaging in private or personal business activities, including excessive use of instant messaging or chat rooms, except as allowed by this policy;
    • Accessing networks, servers, drives, folders, or files to which the individual has not been granted access or authorization from someone with the right to make such a grant. It is a violation of College policy for any user, including system administrators and supervisors, to access electronic mail and computer systems files to satisfy personal curiosity about the affairs of others, unless such access is directly related to that employee's job duties.;
    • Making unauthorized copies of, or changes to, College files or other College records or data;
    • Making unauthorized copies of software or third party files, or otherwise violation software licensing agreements or copyright laws;
    • Destroying, deleting, erasing, corrupting or concealing College files or other College data, or otherwise making such files or data unavailable or inaccessible to the College or to other authorized users of College systems, except as provided by the Data Retention and Disposal Policy;
    • Misrepresenting oneself or the College;
    • Engaging in unlawful or malicious activities. (e.g., deliberately propagating any virus, worm, Trojan horse, trap-door program code, or other code or file designed to disrupt, disable, impair, or otherwise harm either the College's networks or systems or those of any other individual or entity, etc.)
    • Except as protected by applicable law, using abusive or threatening language or comments in communications; spreading knowingly false and/or malicious information about any other person, the College or any other entity; transmitting sexist, racist or similarly discriminatory remarks or images; or unlawfully harassing, intimidating, or stalking anyone. (See Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment Policy here);
    • Sending, accessing, viewing, uploading, or downloading pornographic materials;
    • Using peer-to-peer applications that violate content copyright;
    • Causing congestion, disruption, disablement, alteration, or impairment of College networks or systems;
    • Circumventing, attempting to circumvent, defeating, or attempting to defeat any security system, application, and/or procedures, including unauthorized activities or attempts aimed at compromising system or network security, such as hacking, probing, or scanning; attempting to break into another user's accounts or to obtain another user's passwords; sharing usernames or passwords with another person or utilization of another person's username or password;
    • Failing to log off any secure, controlled-access computer or other form of electronic data system to which you are assigned, if you leave such computer or system unattended;
    • Threatening any person(s) or property.

    LCC employees (including student-employees) are subject to several additional standards while using College technology resources and networks:

    • Employees are allowed brief and occasional personal use of the electronic mail system or the Internet as long as it is not excessive or inappropriate, only occurs during personal time (lunch or other breaks), and does not result in expense or harm to the College or otherwise violate this policy;
    • Employees must not engage in personal use of computer or network resources that are excessive (e.g., if it interferes with anyone's work, normal job functions, responsiveness, or the ability to appropriately perform daily job activities);
    • Employees must not use College computer or network resources to solicit or provide products or services that are unrelated to the College, or to distract, intimidate, or harass coworkers or third parties, or to disrupt the workplace;
    • Except as otherwise permitted by law, employees and others acting for the College are prohibited from using College computers or network resources to support or oppose a political party, candidate or ballot proposal;
    • Employees are prohibited from accessing and/or utilizing any pay-to-play Internet gambling site;
    • Employees are prohibited from maintaining, organizing, or participating in non-work-related Web logs ("blogs"), Web journals, "chat rooms," or private/personal/instant messaging;
    • Employees are prohibited from accessing reviewing or transmitting protected or confidential College information for purposes other than the completion of job duties;
    • Employees are prohibited from using recreational games.

    Violations of this policy may result in loss of computer privileges and/or disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct and/or employee disciplinary action up to and including discharge of employment. In addition, the user may face both civil and criminal liability from the College, from law enforcement officials or from individuals whose rights are harmed by the violation.

  3. Ownership and Access of Electronic Mail, Internet Access, and Computer Files; No Expectation of Privacy

    Materials created and/or produced by users of College-owned resources may be subject to intellectual property rights as established by the College. Refer to the current Intellectual Property Policy (here). Use of a College-owned computer to produce a product (e.g. document, program, etc.) qualifies the product for inclusion under the College's intellectual property rights policy.

    College information cannot be posted publicly without proper authorization from the Center for Data Science Office (for non-financial data), the Chief Financial Officer (for financial data), or the Board Secretary (for Board of Trustees data). No FERPA- or HIPAA-controlled data should be stored on external systems, and secure communication channels must be used whenever such data is accessed.

    The College monitors the content of communications (including emails or text messages) transmitted over the LCC Network. The purpose of the monitoring of electronic mail messages (including personal/private/instant messaging systems) and their content, as well as any and all use of the Internet and of computer equipment used to create, view, or access email and Internet content, is to reduce risk to the College and to enforce this and other polices of LCC and applicable laws. When responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, internal investigations, or court-ordered documentation requests, the College will search email messaging systems and other electronic storage devices as needed. The College will provide complete or redacted versions of records of business transactions and communications as required. In the course of investigating, LCC staff will endeavor to safeguard the privacy of all parties and will themselves follow the guidelines provided in this policy.

    No user may access another user's computer, computer files, or electronic mail messages without prior written authorization from either the user or an appropriate College officer or designee.

  4. Electronic Mail

    Email is provided to students, employees and Trustees of LCC to support the mission and work of the College. Alumni, retirees and former Trustees are generally allowed to retain their LCC email accounts. Users are responsible for all email sent from their accounts.

    Employee and Trustee emails will be archived to comply with applicable policies and laws. The College is not liable for lost or deleted email on College-managed resources.

    Electronic mail messages received must not be altered without the sender's permission. Users are also prohibited from knowingly falsifying email messages (e.g., by altering and forwarding electronic mail to another user without acknowledging the alteration, placing unauthorized or misleading attachments on another's electronic mail message, etc.).

  5. Policy Statement for End User Resources
    1. All users of LCC technology resources are required to follow these general computing guidelines.
      1. Account Use
        1. The Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) has final authority to determine unique account names.
        2. Users are responsible for maintaining the security of their assigned LCC accounts and files.
        3. Passwords must be changed often and must not be revealed to others (for further information, see College password change standards).
        4. Users must log out of their accounts when finished.
        5. Individuals who need to temporarily use the LCC network are required to be sponsored by a College employee. The sponsor of the individual is responsible for the sponsored person's actions while using LCC-owned resources and network.
      2. Network use
        1. Access to the Internet and College network is managed by ITS.
        2. Any transmission of data over the LCC Network (email, Internet files, web pages, printer files, etc.) is governed by these guidelines.
      3. Assignment of Computer Hardware
        1. LCC determines the computer system needs of employees and how those needs will be met. The College retains authority to establish and enforce procedures and rules for employee use of College-owned computer systems, software, and data.
        2. College-owned desktop computer equipment cannot be taken home, relocated, or reassigned without prior approval of ITS.
        3. Mobile computers are assigned to employees to enable access to College information resources at meetings and remote locations. Mobile computers or devices that are taken out of the workplace must be protected while offsite. See Employee Laptop Policy for further information.
      4. Assignment of Computer Software
        1. The College will assign appropriate computer software corresponding to the position held.
        2. Some software publishers permit employees to have one copy of their software on the College-owned computer and one copy of their software on an employee-owned computer. If a software publisher permits such an arrangement, the employee is still required to obtain permission from before installing a copy of the software on any computer.
        3. Only College-owned software is to be installed on College-owned computers. Any exceptions must be approved by ITS in writing prior to installation.
        4. The College has licensed the use of certain commercial software application programs for business purposes. Third parties retain the ownership and distribution rights to such software. No employee may create, use, or distribute copies of such software that are not in compliance with the license agreements for the software.
      5. LCC makes no warranties of any kind whether expressed or implied for the computer services it provides.
  6. Policy Statement for Internet/Intranet/Infrastructure
    1. The Internet is to be used to further the College's mission and to support other College-related purposes. LCC assumes no responsibility for any direct or indirect damages arising from the user's connection to the Internet. LCC is not responsible for accuracy of information found on the Internet. LCC merely facilitates the accessing and dissemination of information through its systems. Unless LCC expressly authors content, it has no editorial control over the content distributed or disseminated on the Network, and users are solely responsible for any material that they access and disseminate. The various modes of Internet/Intranet access are College resources and are provided as tools to users who may use them as appropriate to their position at the College.
    2. All servers must be approved by ITS. Administrative or Root access must be given to ITS for all servers on the LCC network.
  7. Policy Statement for LCC-owned web sites

    LCC will determine what is considered appropriate content for the College's web pages. Guidelines regarding the Structure and Maintenance of the LCC Website can be found (here). The College is not liable for lost or deleted web pages or the content of web pages residing on non-LCC owned computers.

  8. Personal Electronic Equipment

    Any user connecting a personal computing device, data storage device or image recording device to any College-owned computer or network resources assumes all risks associated with such connection and accepts responsibility for any damages or loss (to the user, the College or any third party) resulting in any way from such connection.

    LCC is not responsible for repair or replacement of non-LCC hardware.

  9. Printing/Copying

    Printers and copy machines are provided to further the College's mission and to support other College-related purposes. Excessive use or use for personal business is prohibited to all users. Departments may impose printing/copy limits.

  10. Student Computing

    Students are required to follow this policy.

    1. Access to Computer Resources
      1. General-purpose student computer labs are available on campus for LCC students to complete their course work. Hours of operation are posted. Students are expected to follow the rules for any lab or the department which houses the computer they use. Students must possess a current LCC Starcard to access general-purpose student computer labs.
      2. Technology accounts are available to currently enrolled students and other individuals approved by ITS.
    2. Authorized Uses of College-Owned Computer Systems
      1. Students may use available College-owned computer systems in general-purpose computer labs to complete course assignments. Students are expected to know the hardware and software required for their courses. Students should obtain assistance with specific assignments from the class instructor.
      2. Students may use College-owned computer systems only for exercises that promote learning related to currently-enrolled courses.
    3. Failure to follow this policy will be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

  11. Guests/Alumni/Retirees

    Guests/ Alumni/Retirees are required to follow this policy. Failure to follow this policy may result in loss of network access or other actions as required by law.

  12. Applicable Statutes

    Lansing Community College and all users will comply with all federal, state and local governing laws. These laws include, but are not limited to, FERPA, GLBA, HIPAA, PCI DSS, and FTC Red Flag Rule.

    1. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
      1. Directory information may be released at the discretion of College officials for any student who has not submitted a completed Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form to the Office of the Registrar by the end of the first week of the semester. The disclosure prevention form remains in effect until the student provides a written release to the Office of the Registrar.
      2. Lansing Community College prohibits the release of educational records, other than directory information, without the student's written consent or as otherwise provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
      3. Copies of the Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act are available upon request in the Admissions, Registration and Records Department.
    2. Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–315)
      1. Lansing Community College prohibits the use of its systems and equipment for unauthorized downloading and sharing of copyrighted materials such as, but not limited to, software, music, and movies. The College attempts to block the transmission of all known Peer to Peer (P2P) network traffic.
      2. The College will cooperate with authorities to stop illegal activity such as copying and sharing copyrighted material including software, music and movies. A list of legal sites to download copyrighted software, music and movies can be found here.
      3. Lansing Community College students are subject to academic discipline, as well as civil and criminal penalties and liabilities under this act, for using LCC systems or equipment for illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighting material. Penalties and liabilities may include expulsion, large monetary fines, and imprisonment.
      4. Legal sanctions for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties, whether or not LCC systems or equipment are involved. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.
  13. Indemnification Provision

    As a condition and result of using any LCC computing system or computer resources, each user agrees to indemnify and hold Lansing Community College and its officers, Trustees, employees and agents harmless for any claim, action, loss, damage, expense or liability (including attorneys fees) arising out of or related to the user's use of such system or resources. Such claims shall include, without limitation, those based on trademark or service mark infringement, trade name infringement, copyright infringement, dilution, tortuous interference with contract or prospective business advantage, unfair competition, defamation, unlawful discrimination or harassment, rights of publicity, invasion of privacy and all other wrongful conduct.

  1. Responsibility

The College's Chief Information Officer is responsible for preparing procedures to implement this policy. In addition, this policy shall be reviewed every year under the direction of the Chief Information Officer or designee.

REVIEWED: March 2002, Revised: 12/12/2011, 12/17/2012

Failure to follow this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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Acceptance and Evaluation of Transfer Credits from Other Institutions of Higher Education

The College recognizes that students may have previous academic experience from other institutions that are comparable to our courses. The College reserves the decision to evaluate and award credit value for courses from other accredited and non-accredited institutions of higher education.

This policy applies to all requests for review and evaluation of transfer credits.

Only official transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit. The credit value of each of the courses will be determined by Lansing Community College. The College will accept as official transcripts only incoming transcripts that have appropriate signatures and/or official college seals and that are mailed directly to the Lansing Community College Enrollment Services/ Admissions Office from an issuing institution. Transcripts or copies of transcripts carried by individuals may be used for academic advising or counseling, but transfer credits will NOT be posted to the Lansing Community College academic record from transcripts that are not received directly from the issuing institution. It is the function of the Enrollment Services/Admissions Office of the College to verify the official status of all incoming transcripts prior to the evaluation and posting of transfer credit. All transcripts submitted to LCC for evaluation become the property of LCC.

The following evaluation information applies to transcripts received from both accredited and non-accredited institutions of higher education. Additional evaluation information which applies to transcripts from non-accredited institutions may be found under the section entitled Non-Accredited Institutions.

Accredited and Non-Accredited Institutions

Freshman and sophomore level courses are accepted in transfer. Higher level credits are accepted if they correspond to a specific course at Lansing Community College. In most cases, an accepted course will be considered an equivalent of a corresponding Lansing Community College course or an elective credit. In cases where Lansing Community College does not have a department or area similar to the courses on incoming transcripts, no credit will be given. Credits for courses graded Pass/Fail are not accepted in transfer.

Credits only, not grades, are transferred. When the overall grade point average of a transferring student is at or above a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, the 1.0-1.5 or "D" grades will be accepted. Credits transferred in to specifically fulfill LCC General Education Core requirements and MACRAO requirements, however, must be graded 2.0 ("C") or higher. When the transferring overall grade point average is below 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, only courses graded 2.0 ("C") or higher will be accepted. With the exception of credits transferred in to fulfill LCC General Education Core requirements, the student may petition the departmental chairperson of his or her academic department to waive a degree or certificate course requirement(s) in which he or she has previously earned the 1.0-1.5 or "D." Waiver of a course requirement does not provide credit for a course

No evaluation is made when a student has received a two- or four-year degree from another institution. This may be done upon request, but it is assumed that the student is pursuing an entirely different curriculum and will not need previous course work.

A student may request a review of the evaluation if he or she feels that a course description differs from the way in which it was evaluated. A determination on the evaluation will be made by the departmental chairperson in conjunction with the Registrar. Verification of the change can be made through the Enrollment Services/ Registrar's Office.

Non-Accredited Institutions

The following evaluation information applies to transcripts from non-accredited institutions:

The College's Registrar is responsible for preparing procedures to implement this policy.

REVIEWD: 3/18/2002

Failure to follow this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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