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Academic Policies and Procedures

Grading System

A student's academic standing is indicated at the end of each semester or session by a grade point average (GPA) computed as follows:

A 4.0 points (excellent)
A- 3.7 points  
B+ 3.4 points  
B 3.0 points (good)
B- 2.7 points  
C+ 2.4 points  
C 2.0 points (satisfactory)
C- 1.7 points  
D+ 1.4 points  
D 1.0 points (not fully satisfactory)
D- 0.7 points  
E 0.0 points (unsatisfactory)

NOTE:  Check your specific program(s) for the required GPA for graduation.

The grades of CR, NC, P, I, W, and V (discussed below) are not computed in the GPA. Note: Students who are receiving financial aid may not be eligible to receive a grade of CR, NC, P, I, W, or V under some conditions. Consult the Financial Aid Office for information specific to your situation.

CR/NC (Credit/No Credit)

Credit/No Credit courses do not count towards graduation and are not calculated into the GPA .  A mastery level of 80 percent is required to receive credit in the following courses:

  • ENG 87 Listening/Speaking for Non-native Speakers
  • ENG 88 Reading/Writing for Non-native Speakers
  • ENG 90 Basic English
  • ENG 99 College Preparatory English
  • MAT 90 Basic Mathematics
  • MAT 97 Introductory Algebra

Pass(P)/Fail(E)

Pass/Fail hours count towards graduation. Although the P is not calculated in the GPA, the E is included. The College offers a limited number of courses on a Pass/Fail basis.

“I” (Incomplete)

An I is given rarely and only when extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control occur after the last date of withdrawal from classes. Incompletes are given only if students are passing the course and would be capable of completing the work before the end of the subsequent semester. An Incomplete Grade Contract must be completed and signed by both instructor and student. Students must take the contract to the Cashier’s Office, pay the $5 incomplete grade fee, and return the Incomplete Grade Contract to the instructor. If the incomplete work has not been finished by the end of the semester after the 'I' was given, the I will be changed by the Registrar’s Office to a letter grade. This will be the grade the student earned in the course prior to the signing of the Incomplete Grade Contract. Class attendance in a subsequent semester or re-registering is not permitted to make up the incomplete.

“W” (Official Withdrawal)

When students officially withdraw from a course, a'"W" will appear on the transcript.

“UW” (Unofficial Withdrawal)

Students who never attended class or who stop attending class but do not officially withdraw by the withdrawal deadline will receive an unofficial withdrawal. The "UW" is calculated in the GPA as a failing grade.

“V” (Audit)

“V” is used when students audit a class (register for class as a “listener” without receiving credit).

Challenge Examinations

Challenge examinations may be taken by students who have attended a school with limited transferability or who have through work or life experience attained knowledge equivalent to what is being taught in a college course. Program Directors and the Vice President for Academic Affairs determine which course offerings are open to challenge. Students wishing to challenge a class should see the Program Director.

The following conditions apply for challenging a course:

  1. Students who wish to challenge a course must be currently enrolled at LDS Business College as degree-seeking students.
  2. Students may not challenge courses previously failed, courses from which they have previously withdrawn, or courses for which they have previously received credit. Students may challenge courses in which they are currently enrolled provided they do so within three school days (excluding Saturdays) after the first class meeting. If they pass the challenge, they are entitled to a full refund of tuition for the course (if applicable).
  3. A grade of B or better on the challenge examination is considered passing. However, only a P for passing is recorded on the transcript. Students who perform unsuccessfully receive no grade or credit.
  4. Students may challenge a course one time only.
  5. Courses which have been successfully challenged are counted toward graduation credit, but do not count as credits taken in residence at LDSBC for purposes of graduation.
  6. Permission of the Program Director is required to challenge a course. After permission is granted, students must pay a nonrefundable challenge examination fee of $40 to the Cashier’s Office and present the receipt to the Program Director before taking the exam. Students who successfully pass the challenge examination must, within the same semester that the course is challenged, present the challenge examination form obtained from the Program Director to the Registrar’s Office to have the course and the P for passing recorded on the transcript.
  7. International students must have authorization from an international student advisor.

Repeating Courses

A student may repeat a course in which a low grade has been received. Repeating a course is a right, not a privilege, given to students as long as a course is offered by the College. Once the course has been discontinued the right to repeat the course is gone.

The student must register and pay tuition for the semester/term in which the class is repeated. The original grade remains on the record and is marked as a repeated course. The highest grade received in the course will then be used in calculating the student’s cumulative grade point average. Hours earned in repeat courses may be counted toward graduation requirements only once. If after having repeated the course the student still has not achieved a required grade (i.e., a C grade or higher in the program classes), the student must obtain approval from the Department Chair to repeat the course. (Different rules may apply for financial aid eligibility. )

Academic Standing

Honors

Students with outstanding academic records are recognized in two ways: the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll. Students who carry at least 12 credit hours per semester, and who attain a 3.7 semester GPA or higher, qualify for the Dean’s List. Students who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours and attained a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher qualify for the Honor Roll. Both lists are published after each semester and posted on campus bulletin boards. Copies are available from the Academic Administrative Assistant.

Satisfactory Progress

Students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and are moving steadily and progressively toward degree completion are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress.

Probation

Students are placed on academic probation if:

  • They are newly admitted students whose entering cumulative GPA (high school or transfer) is below 2.0.
  • They are current students whose semester GPA is below 2.0 (C average) at the end of any semester.

Students on probation:

  • Are strongly encouraged to take LE 116 (Study Skills & Foundations of Learning)
  • May not register for more than 14 credit hours
  • must meet with a member of the Student Support Team before the add/drop deadline of the semester they start their probation to create an academic plan that outlines what they will do to complete their education. (Failure to meet with a member of the Council by this deadline will result in the students’ classes being dropped and their enrollment at the College terminated.)

Students are removed from academic probation when their semester and cumulative GPA reaches 2.0 or above.

Suspension

Students are suspended if:

  • They are admitted on probation and then their GPA falls below 2.0 any semester while attending the College.
  • Their semester GPA falls below 2.0 any two semesters while attending the College.

Suspended students:

  • Are automatically suspended from the College for a minimum of three consecutive semesters (i.e. Fall, Winter, Summer).
  • May apply for re-admission during their third semester of suspension for the following semester.
  • Must successfully complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of college courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0 at another institution. (The requirement for college courses may be waived if a full-time mission is honorably completed after the suspension occurred.)
  • Submit a letter requesting re-admission to the Student Support Team. (The letter must explain what steps the student has taken to increase their ability for success and should include the resources they are using to take those steps.)
  • Present an official transcript showing completion of the academic requirement and/or an honorable release certificate from a mission; will be advised in writing as to the result of their petition.

Students who are readmitted will be placed on academic probation and must meet all of the conditions required.

Academic Renewal Policy

Academic renewal is a policy that provides a means by which students with poor past academic performance may, under certain limited conditions, petition to eliminate grades of D+ or lower from the calculation of their GPA. Before submitting a petition for academic renewal, students must meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have been out of attendance at LDS Business College for at least two full academic years (four consecutive semesters)
  • Upon return, students must have completed at least 24 credit hours (not including Religion credit) with a GPA of at least 2.5 and with all classes at "C'"grade or higher
    and
  • Students must be currently enrolled.

Petitions for academic renewal are considered on a case-by-case basis, and there is no guarantee that academic renewal will be granted. Submit petitions to the Registrar’s Office.

If academic renewal is granted, all courses on the transcript with a grade of D+ or lower will no longer be calculated into the GPA. Although the courses must continue to appear on the transcript, they will not count toward required courses or credit hours needed for graduation, or toward courses in residence. A code will appear on the academic transcript next to those courses with grades of D+ and lower indicating they are not calculated into the cumulative GPA. (For purposes of academic honors, however, all grades on the transcript will be calculated into the GPA.)

Students may take advantage of the academic renewal option only once during their academic studies at LDS Business College.

Academic Advising

LDS Business College provides a systematic program of academic advising. The mission of this program is to ensure that all students attending LDS Business College are:

  1. Informed regarding College and program policies and procedures
  2. Assisted in planning career goals and selecting appropriate educational programs to achieve those goals
  3. Directed to campus services and resources designed to provide regular contact and support, and
  4. Tracked from entry through completion of their educational programs.

The academic advising process is divided into two functions: preparatory advising and academic program advising. Preparatory advising occurs at the student service level and includes information relative to admissions, college orientation, college policies and procedures, career counseling, and placement testing through the Learning Assistance Lab. Academic program advising occurs with an academic advisor with backup provided by student services. Based upon the educational program declared while registering for the first semester, students are assigned to an academic advisor. They provide students with academic advising departmental graduation plans that guide them in selecting and sequencing their courses and tracking their progress from entry to graduation. Advisors also advise students concerning special resources, challenge exams, transfer issues, career decisions relative to their current academic program, and special resources designed to provide support through completion of their educational program. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester as necessary to ensure they complete their program in a timely manner.

For academic advising assistance:  new students call 801-524-8141, continuing students call, 801-524-8151.

Tutoring

Tutoring services are provided free to all students. Students may arrange for convenient times and places to meet with qualified student and Church-service missionary tutors by contacting the Learning Assistance Coordinator at 801-524-8118. Students may also sign up for individual tutoring or to attend group-tutoring sessions as designated on the tutoring schedule in the Learning Assistance Lab.

Class Attendance and Absence

Students are responsible for class attendance. No absences are “excused” in the sense that the student is relieved from work assigned during the absence. Students are responsible to obtain assignments and notes for classes missed from another student, if possible. Students should consult the course syllabus for specifics concerning missed assignments, quizzes, or exams. Because repeated absences typically result in missed or late assignments, quizzes, and exams, students can expect a lower grade, or a failing grade as a result from not attending class.

Emergency Leave of Absence

In the event of unusual circumstances such as serious illness or injury, students may be granted a leave of absence from their program of study. To qualify for a leave, students must submit in writing to the Appeals Committee a request that such a leave be granted. If the leave is for illness or injury, a doctor’s statement is required confirming the student’s inability to continue school at the present time. Students who are on financial aid must also submit copies of the appeal, the doctor’s statement, and the decision of the Appeals Committee to the Financial Aid Office for inclusion in their financial aid file. If the leave period expires without the student’s returning to school, s/he will be withdrawn effective the date the leave was granted. Students may obtain only one leave during a 12-month period.

Last Exam Day

The last exam of a course must be taken as scheduled on the course syllabus. Exceptions are at the discretion of individual instructors but are strongly discouraged.

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to be honest in all academic work and to help others fulfill the same responsibility. Violations of academic honesty include, but are not limited to:

  1. Cheating – giving or receiving unauthorized help during an examination.
  2. Altering without authorization any grade record or any test or assignment after submission for grading.
  3. Submitting as one’s own academic assignment the work of someone else, or knowingly allowing one’s own academic work to be submitted by someone else.
  4. Plagiarizing – claiming the language, ideas, or structure of another as one’s own either by
    1. Failing to cite the source of quoted or paraphrased passages or
    2. Failing to distinguish clearly between one’s own language and the language of a cited source through the proper use of quotation marks or attribution.
  5. Knowingly giving false information.
  6. Misusing College software. Computer software is provided for student use only on campus computers. It is unethical, illegal, and a breach of academic honesty and of the Honor Code to make and/or to use unauthorized copies of College software.
  7. Unlawfully copying and using copyrighted materials, including photocopying of textbooks.
  8. Condoning or participating in violations by other students.

When in doubt about permissible uses of material in written, oral or computer-based work, students should consult with the Directory of Library and Information Resources.

When an instructor feels that a student has violated the Honor Code in regard to academic honesty, the instructor is obligated by College policy to confront the student. If the violation is confirmed, the instructor must give the student a grade of "E" on the exam or assignment and submit a report to the Dean of Students. If there is a previous violation in the student’s records, further action will be taken. Possible consequences of violations of academic honesty include receiving an "E" for the course and/or dismissal from the College.

Communicating with Students through E-mail

Faculty and staff use Gmail to communicate. Students are responsible for all information sent to them through email. The students’ email address is their (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and password.

Off Campus: launch Internet Browser and go to: mail.ldsbc.edu, type your assigned Net ID and password, click login.

Confidentiality of Records

Student educational records at LDSBC are generally accessible to eligible students according to the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). LDSBC has adopted an Access to Student Records Policy that explains in detail student rights relating to their educational records. A copy of the policy is available at the Office of the Registrar.

The following is notice of student rights to their educational records, a summary of the procedures for exercising those rights, and a description of student directory information that may be disclosed to the public without the student’s consent as required by law:

Eligible students, admitted and enrolled at LDSBC, generally have the right to:

  1. Inspect and review their educational records within a reasonable period of time upon submitting a written request to the appropriate department managing their educational records specifying the records to be inspected along with proof of identification. The department will notify the student of the time and place the records may be inspected.
  2. Petition LDSBC to amend or correct any part of the education record believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of their privacy rights. Students may submit a written request to the department holding the record clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the department decides not to amend the record as requested, the department will notify the students of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures as outlined in College policy will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. Consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational record, except as otherwise authorized by law. Examples of exceptions to consent of disclosure include:
    1. Access of educational records by LDSBC officials and agents having a legitimate educational interest in the records. This category includes any LDSBC official or agent who accesses student educational records for the purpose of performing a task or responsibility relating to his or her employment or professional responsibility at the College. These individuals may include faculty, administration, staff, and other College agents who manage student educational record information including, but not limited to, student education, discipline, or financial aid.
    2. Parents who establish the student’s dependency for federal income tax purposes.
    3. Upon request, LDSBC will disclose educational records without consent to officials of another college or university to which the student seeks or intends to enroll.
  4. File a complaint with the Department of Education concerning failures by LDSBC to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is Family Policy and Compliance Office, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605, www.ed.gov/offices/om/fpoc.

LDSBC has designated the following as student directory information that may be disclosed to the LDSBC community without the consent of the student:

  • Name, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents or spouse
  • Major fields of study
  • Current class schedule
  • Pictures
  • Dates of attendance (current and past) and number of months/semesters enrolled
  • Class standing (freshman, sophomore) and total hours earned
  • Enrollment status (full-time, part-time, less that half-time)
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Previous educational institution attended
  • Anticipated future enrollments
  • Course registrations prior to the beginning of a semester or session
  • Expected date of graduation
  • Religious affiliation to a student’s local church or congregation

Students have the right to restrict disclosure of the above directory information. To request restriction of disclosure, students must file a written request on or before the tenth day of a semester or the sixth day of a session with the Registration Office.

Students may also restrict this information by logging into LDSBC Online and clicking LDS Business College>Student Center. Under “Personal Information” click on “Demographic Data.” Choose the “Security” tab and then click on “ferpa restrictions.”

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act  ("Clery Act")

The College makes available its annual security report (Institutional Security Policies and Crime Statistics) and information on completion or graduation rates. This report is available towards the bottom of the Campus Security Policy page.

Academic Freedom Statement

Check here for the College's Academic Freedom Statement.

LDS Business College (LDSBC) is located in downtown Salt Lake City, three blocks west of Temple Square.

Our complete mailing address is:

LDS Business College
95 North 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-3500

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You can submit questions or offer feedback via our online form, or make a call to one of the departments listed below (a more complete phone list is also available).

Admissions: 801-524-8145

Bookstore: 801-524-8130

Cashiers Office: 801-524-8153

Helpdesk: 801-524-8119

Registration: 801-524-8140

Regular Building Hours

Mon
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6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday
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6:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday
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10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday
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Closed

Hours for specific College services, and exceptions to the building hours (holidays, semester breaks, special events, etc), are available here.