2019-2020 Academic Catalog

Student Services Policies

Academic Advising

The Student Development Center (SDC) provides academic and general student development advising. The Advisors at the SDC support and guide students throughout their time at the College by helping with the following:

  • Setting general life and professional goals
  • Selecting appropriate educational courses and programs that support those goals
  • Understanding policies and procedures
  • Connecting with campus services and resources

Students can call 801-524-8151 to set an appointment to meet with their Advisor.

Admissions

LDS Business College accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, creed, gender, national origin, age, or disability, provided they have met the equivalent of high school graduation requirements and the ability to benefit; agree to abide by the Church Educational System (CES) Honor Code, including the Dress and Grooming Standards, and are otherwise qualified as determined by College policy. Qualified applicants are admitted based on educational goals and commitment to College policies and standards.

Students who qualify for admission are admitted after reaching age 17. All applicants must submit the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma. This equivalency could be any of the following options:

  • High School diploma earned from a U.S. accredited public, private, or charter school
  • IB Diploma
  • GED, HiSET, or CHSPE passing testing
  • Diploma, certificate, or transcript showing completion of Home School program that is recognized by a state as evidence of High School Completion
  • Completion of secondary education (internationally) - must be evaluated by IERF or WES and determined to be a U.S. high school diploma equivalency

Non-native speakers must provide an English proficiency test. International applicants requiring an I-20 to be issued an F-1 visa must also adhere to all federal immigration and laws and regulations, including affidavit of financial support and submitting necessary payment prior to being issued an I-20.

Admission may be restricted by semester or department depending on College or program capacities.

Admissions Procedures

Prospective students may apply via the Internet at the Church Education System (CES) application website: apply.lds.org

All applicants will be required to complete an ecclesiastical recommendation as part of their admissions application.

  • Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints applicants will need to meet with the bishop of the ward where their records reside and a member of their stake presidency.
  • Those who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints applicants will need to complete an initial interview with their own clergy or an LDS bishop and then have a follow-up interview with the LDSBC Chaplain, Jeffrey Rowland at 801-524-1923 or via email: rowlandjl@ldschurch.org.

Application Fee

There is a one-time $35.00 application fee. CES admission application does not accept fee waivers.

Application Materials

Applicants are to be honest and forthright in providing all education history (from domestic and international institutions). Any student who fails to provide correct information will be denied admissions.

CES has a central processing center so all admissions application materials, including test scores for all CES schools (LDSBC, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho, and BYU) should be sent to:

CES Admissions Processing 
A-41 ASB
Provo, UT 84602
Phone (801) 422-2507

Application Deadlines

Applications must have all application material submitted or postmarked on or before the established deadlines listed below. For information on other application deadlines, please contact admissions@ldsbc.edu.

Semester  Application Deadlines
Fall 2019 (September 16 - December 18) International Applicants: August 1, 2019
Domestic Applicants: September 1, 2019
Winter 2020 (January 8 - April 9) International Applicants: November 15, 2019
Domestic Applicants: December 15, 2019
Spring 2020 (April 20 - July 23) International Applicants: March 1, 2020
Domestic Applicants: April 1, 2020

Applicant Types

Domestic and International students will select one applicant type on the admission application.

  • Freshman: The applicant has not completed any College or University work AFTER completing high school or a GED.
  • Transfer with fewer than 24 credits: The student has completed fewer than 24 credits of College or University work after completing high school or a GED.
  • Transfer with more than 24 credits: The student has completed more than 24 credits of College or University work after completing high school or a GED.
  • Former student with no additional credit: The student has earned credits from LDSBC and has not attended any other College or University since last attending LDSBC (If completed a certificate or degree at LDSBC, select post-degree applicant type).
  • Former student with additional credit:  The student has earned credits from LDSBC and has attended another College or University (If completed a certificate or degree at LDSBC, select the post-degree applicant type).
  • Post-Degree Applicant: has completed a degree or certificate at LDSBC or an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or graduate degree from any other College or University.
  • Visiting Student Applicant: any student wishing to enroll for a single semester to take courses. There is no financial aid available.

Notification of Application Status and Admission

Applicants can track their status and view their admission decision online at apply.lds.org. Admission decisions are usually made no later than four to six weeks after the final application deadline.

International Students Admissions

In addition to the standard application materials listed above, international students and U.S. citizens educated outside the United States (except most international American schools) must provide the following:

  • High school transcripts and, if applicable, college or university transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation agency as part of the application process. LDSBC accepts evaluations from World Education Services/ WES (www.wes.org) and International Education Research Foundation/IERF (https://www.ierf.org/uni-evaluation/byu-ces/. IERF is preferred. These evaluations must show evidence of a U.S. high school diploma equivalency.
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Cambridge): International and US students not educated in an English language curriculum are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting minimum scores on one of the exams listed below. In certain cases, these exams may be required of students educated in an English language curriculum as well. Official TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Cambridge English results are required of applicants from non-English speaking countries or U.S. citizens whose high school education was not in English. The minimum score requirements are as follows: (subject to change)

Effective September 1, 2017, LDSBC does not accept the Michigan MELAB or the Michigan Internexus tests.

Subject Area/Sub Scores  Reading Listening  Speaking Writing  Composite
TOEFL (IBT) 17 16 16 17 66
IELTS 6.0 6.0 5.5 5.0 6.0
Pearson's PTE 47 45 45 47 46
Cambridge English - 
Advanced Placement Test (CAE) or
Proficiency Test (CPE)
169 169 162 154 169

International Student Deposit

In order for students to be successful academically at LDS Business College, they must also be financially prepared. All international students (those in F-1 status) are required to pay a deposit as follows:

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be required to pay $5,000 USD and those students who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be required to pay $7,500 USD to the LDSBC cashier’s office following notification of their admission. Students will not be able to register for classes, nor will the I-20 be created until the deposit is paid and all other documents are received. The registration hold will be removed once all required documents and full deposit are received.  There is no option for students to pay a portion of the deposit.  A full deposit is required.

At LDSBC, the deposit will be held in escrow with the intent that it will assist the student to begin school.  Students who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may access up to $3,000 and students who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may access up to $5,500 to be applied towards their fees and tuition. The remaining $2,000, which is set aside for the student as an emergency fund, is for the purchase of a plane ticket to return to their home country.

Homeschool Applicants

Home school students who qualify for admission are admitted after reaching age 17, or after the graduation date of their traditional high school class. Students must submit the equivalent of a high school diploma. The following are the equivalent of a high school diploma:

  • Diploma, certificate, or transcript showing completion of home school program that is recognized by a state as evidence of high school completion
  • A GED Certificate
  • Evidence of a passing score on tests recognized by the state and similar to the GED, such as the High School Equivalency Test or HiSET and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion or TASC

High School Transcript Verification

For students who have completed their high school work at a U.S.-accredited institution, the applicant will need to self-report their high school GPA. However, the admissions office reserves the right to request a transcript to verify high school completion and GPA at random as well as in the event that conflicting information may be present in the application. If a transcript is required, it will be indicated on your status screen or from the admissions@ldsbc.edu email address.

BYU-Pathway Worldwide Students

LDSBC welcomes PathwayConnect students to apply for admissions.  On the admissions application, applicants will enter Pathway Program as an institution in their educational history and provide their Pathway transcript and any additional materials required as outlined in the admissions application.  PathwayConnect applicants will follow the regular admission process and are subject to the same admission requirements for all applicants.  The PathwayConnect transcript does not take the place of the high school equivalency or the English Proficiency requirements.  Admission is not guaranteed for Pathway students.

PathwayConnect Transfer Guide

LDSBC will accept nine (9) credit hours of elective credit and six (6) credit hours of religion from the student’s PathwayConnect experience.  LDSBC’s partnership with PathwayConnect gives students a wide range of educational and career options.  The degrees offered through LDSBC accommodate students who want to transfer to BYU-Idaho or other higher educational institutions.

PathwayConnect Course LDSBC Transfer Guide
GS 120: Pathway Life Skills
Elective credit (3)
GS 120L: Pathway English & Life Skills
Elective credit (3)
MATH 100G: Personal Finance
Elective credit (3)
MATH 100L: English Language and Personal Finance
Elective credit (3)
ENG 106: Basic Writing
Elective credit (3)
ENG 106L: English Language and Basic Writing
Elective credit (3)
FDREL 275: Teachings & Doctrine of the Book of Mormon
Cornerstone Religion, but not College Religion Residency Hours
FDREL 250: Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel
Cornerstone Religion, but not College Religion Residency Hours
FEDREL 200: The Eternal Family
Cornerstone Religion, but not College Religion Residency Hours

PathwayConnect students are encouraged to contact the Student Development Center (801-524-8151) and schedule an appointment with an LDSBC academic advisor to plan their course of study and create a graduation plan.

Church Educational System (CES) Honor Code

CES Honor Code

LDSBC and other Church Education System (CES) institutions (Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and BYU-Idaho College) exist to educate students in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These institutions select employees and students who voluntarily live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Living by those standards is a condition of employment and admission. Individuals who are not members of the Church are also expected to maintain the same standards of honor, integrity, morality, and consideration of others. By enrolling at LDSBC, or accepting appointment as an employee, individuals show their commitment to observe the Honor Code standards approved by the Board of Trustees “at all times ... and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9).

“We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men.... If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things” (13th Article of Faith).

As a matter of personal commitment, the faculty, administration, staff, and students seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will:

  • Be honest
  • Live a chaste and virtuous life
  • Obey the law and all campus policies
  • Use clean language
  • Respect others
  • Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse 
  • Participate regularly (if members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in church services
  • Observe Dress and Grooming Standards
  • Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

Good Honor Code Standing

When a student is in good honor code standing, they have the blessings of protection, preparation and peace. It also means a student’s conduct is consistent with the Principles of Personal Honor, the CES Honor Code, The Family: A Proclamation to the World, For the Strength of Youth, the College Standards and Policies, and the principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, both on and off campus. Students must be in good honor code standing to be admitted to, continue enrollment at, and graduate from LDSBC.

Students not in good honor code standing may be suspended from the college. Excommunication, disfellowshipped, or disaffiliation from the Church will automatically result in the loss of good honor code standing.

Furthermore, a student is not in good honor code standing if his or her ecclesiastical endorsement has either lapsed or been withdrawn, or if the Student Honor Office has placed a hold on the student’s records. All students are required to remain in good honor code standing once admitted to LDSBC, whether they are on or off campus, on or off break.

Individuals who are on any sex-offender registry are not eligible for enrollment at LDSBC. Registered sex offenders will not be allowed employment at LDSBC nor other access to the campus.

Confidentiality of Student Records (FERPA)

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 Registrar’s Office.

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 student 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 student information as the directory information that it may disclose 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
  • 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 with the Registrar’s 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.”

Additionally, under an agreement with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church), LDSBC releases the names and birthdates of students to the Church for the purpose of moving the students’ church membership records to the wards in which they will reside during a given semester. This data is provided to the Church in a secure, electronic format. Students can block the release of this information as described:

  • Students have the right to block the release of their public directory information or may modify the display of their public directory information. This can be done by contacting the Registrar’s Office. For complete confidentiality, these changes must be completed within the first ten days of each semester.
  • Parents or guardians of students claimed as dependents on the most recently submitted Federal Income Tax form may have grade reports forwarded to them pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Parents of dependent children under the above-described definition must submit a Certificate of Dependence Form in order to receive grade reports.

No grade report will be sent to a parent or guardian without proper authorization. Enrollment Services will record Certificate of Dependence forms and send grade reports as requested. Parents of students who have declared themselves as independent are not eligible to receive grade reports. Students may waive their independent status by completing the Waiver of Independence Form. Completion of this form authorizes parental access to student grades regardless of the dependency status of a student. Forms are available at Enrollment Services or online.

Changing Major

Students are admitted with a declared program of study from their selection during the admissions application process. If a student wishes to change their program of study (major), they will have to schedule a time to meet with their advisor in the Student Development Center.

Changes of majors should be processed the semester before students intends to start the new program. International Students will need to coordinate with the International Student Office if the change of major was processed.

Continuing Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Students must be in good Honor Code standing to be admitted to, continue enrollment at, and graduate from LDS Business College. The term "good Honor Code standing" means that a student's conduct is consistent with the Honor Code and the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Excommunication, disfellowshipped, or disaffiliation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints automatically results in the loss of good Honor Code standing. Further, a student is not in good Honor Code standing if his or her ecclesiastical endorsement has either lapsed or has been withdrawn, or if the Honor Code Office has placed a "hold" on the student's records.

  • LDS Students: All enrolled, continuing students at LDS Business College need to annually submit a continuing endorsement from the bishop of the ward in which they live and that holds their current Church membership record. Students attending wards on or off campus can obtain a form at the Registration Office, or Download the Ecclesiastical Endorsement form and follow directions for submission.
  • The Registration office will begin accepting continuing student Ecclesiastical Endorsements beginning on March 1st of each academic year. Your new Ecclesiastical Endorsement form must be submitted before you can register for Fall semester.
  • Other Students: Non-LDS students can be endorsed annually by any local bishop or branch president. Students who need to talk to an LDS bishop may contact the Honor Code Office. Please see apply.lds.org if you are applying as a new student.
  • Whether on or off campus, all students are expected to follow the Honor Code, which includes the (1) Academic Honesty Policy, (2) Dress and Grooming Standards and (3) Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement.

Withdrawn or Denied Ecclesiastical Endorsement

An ecclesiastical leader may withdraw a student's endorsement at any time or may decline to endorse a continuing student if the leader determines that the student is no longer eligible for the endorsement. If an endorsement is withdrawn or if a Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement is denied, no confessional information is exchanged without authorization from the student. The withdrawal of a student’s ecclesiastical endorsement automatically results in the loss of good Honor Code standing. Students who are not in good Honor Code standing must discontinue enrollment. Also, they are not eligible for graduation, even if they have otherwise completed all necessary coursework. Excommunication, disfellowshipment, or disaffiliation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints automatically results in the withdrawal of the student's ecclesiastical endorsement and the loss of good Honor Code standing. Disaffiliation is defined for purposes of this policy as removal of an individual's name from the official records of the Church.

The decision to withdraw an ecclesiastical endorsement or to deny a Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement may be appealed through appropriate ecclesiastical leaders only. As a matter of practice, LDS Business College does not intervene in ecclesiastical matters or endorsements. In unusual circumstances, however, a student may petition the Dean of Students’ Office to allow an exception to the Ecclesiastical Endorsement requirement. As part of the petition, the student must (i) complete an Application for Exception to Policy (this form may be obtained from the Dean of Students Office); (ii) prepare a written statement outlining the reasons why the college should allow an exception; and (iii) within ten business days of receiving notice that the ecclesiastical endorsement has been withdrawn or that a Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement has been denied, submit the completed application and relevant statements to the Dean of Students Office for consideration.

When considering the petition, the dean of students will determine whether the student has observed and continues to observe the standards of the Honor Code or has demonstrated other sufficiently compelling grounds to warrant an exception to the college’s ecclesiastical endorsement requirement. The dean of students will not review the ecclesiastical leader’s decision to withdraw or deny endorsement or the process for reaching that decision. The dean of students and other college officials will not discuss confidential matters with the student's present or former ecclesiastical leaders unless the student voluntarily signs a release allowing that communication. The dean of students may also choose to personally interview the student, who may further explain the circumstances which might justify an exception to the ecclesiastical endorsement requirement. The student bears the burden of persuasion that he or she should be considered to be in good Honor Code standing, notwithstanding the lack of an ecclesiastical endorsement. The dean of students' decision regarding the petition will be reviewed by the Vice President of Student Services if requested by the student. The decision by the Vice President of Student Services is final.

Counseling

LDS Business College offers free short-term counseling assessments to determine the best resources, support, and services (both inside and outside the college) to fit students’ needs. Students struggling with mental health, behavioral issues, or life challenges are encouraged to take advantage of this assessment. If they require more than short-term support, they will be referred to outside counseling services that can best support them in their goals. Other counseling resources may include workshops and online resources.

Church Attendance

Tithing dollars fund the majority of a student’s education at LDS Business College, and admission is reserved primarily for those who adhere to the principles and practices of the Church. The educational experience at the College should augment and enhance righteous worship. Students must attend weekly Church meetings in order to receive an ecclesiastical endorsement from their bishop and continue as a student.

Disability Services

LDS Business College (LDSBC) provides reasonable academic modifications for students with disabilities according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is the responsibility of the student to self-identify and provide proper documentation in order for LDSBC to provide adequate academic modifications. The type of documentation required, as well as what is considered current documentation, depends on the individual and the nature of the disability.

Services are individualized based on what reasonable modifications the student needs to ensure that the student has equal access to the educational and administrative services and programs offered at LDSBC. There is no predetermined list of modifications for any particular disability. Modifications are determined through an interactive process that begins during a student’s intake interview with the disability services representative. Modification decisions are based on the impact of a student’s disability, any relevant academic policies, and an assessment of the essential outcomes of a course or program of study.

Temporary medical conditions such as broken limbs, surgery, flu, and pregnancy are not usually considered disabilities. However, these students may visit with a disability services representative to brainstorm options for handling their situation. Services provided by disability services (e.g., note taker, exam reader/scribe) may be considered; however, documentation from the treating physician will be required to continue the intake process.

All inquiries and requests should be submitted to:

LDS Business College
Student Development Center
95 North 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: 801-524-8151
Email: disabilityservices@ldsbc.edu
Fax: 801-524-1900

Dress and Grooming Standards

Dress and grooming affects how students and those around them think, behave, and learn. Students show respect by their grooming; therefore, students should wear clean, modest clothing that brings honor to themselves and the College. Clothing should not include wording, symbols, artwork or other references that are vulgar, offensive, crude, immoral, or gang-related.

  • Women should be neat, comely and modest in their attire. Dresses should have sleeves, full backs, reach at least to the knee (even with leggings), and have a high enough neckline so as not to reveal cleavage. Cutoffs, if worn, should reach at least the knee. Blouses should have sleeves, high enough necklines so as not to reveal cleavage, and be long enough to keep the midriff from exposure as the student sits, walks, and bends. Clothing that has holes or ragged tears is inappropriate.
  • Men should be neat and modest in their attire. Shirts must be worn and should have sleeves. Cutoffs, if worn, should reach at least the knee. Exposed underwear is unwelcomed and inappropriate. Clothing that has holes or ragged tears is inappropriate. (Gen 41:14; 1 Cor 3:16-17; Rise Up, O Men of God, President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 2006, 60; A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth, President Gordon B. Hinckley, New Era, Jan. 2001; Standards of Dress and Grooming, Elder Dallin H. Oaks,New Era, Dec. 1971)
  • Hair Styles: Hair styles should reflect the standards espoused by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bizarre or unusual hair styles or coloring violate the dress and grooming standards. Dreadlocks, mohawks, fauxhawks or other unusual hair styles are not allowed except in cases where such styles are strongly cultural. Such exceptions must be cleared with the Honor Code Office. Men are to have hair cut so as to be off the collar and off the ears and eyebrows.
  • Facial Hair: Faces should be clean-shaven with sideburns no lower than the bottom of the ear; muttonchops are not allowed. Moustaches are allowed but should not extend below the corners of the mouth. Soul patches and goatees are not allowed.
  • Piercings: Women who desire to have their ears pierced should wear only one pair of modest earrings. Men should not wear earrings. Other body piercings for men or women are inappropriate.
  • Tattoos: The body is holy and God’s creation and should not be disfigured; therefore, the Honor Code prohibits getting or displaying tattoos. Tattoos that portray satanic, violent, hateful, lewd themes may not be displayed under any circumstance. Students with previously acquired tattoos must cover them at all times.
  • Hats: LDS Business College is a dedicated building. Out of respect for that status and as a courtesy to faculty and classmates, students are requested not to wear hats in classrooms. Hats with inappropriate language or symbols, or that imply gang membership, violate the College’s dress and grooming standards.

Graduation

Graduation Requirements

  1. Meet all program requirements.
  2. Have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
  3. Earn at least 50 percent of required credits directly from LDS Business College. Test credits are not included in this 50 percent.
  4. Have a current ecclesiastical endorsement.
  5. Have all financial accounts with the College current.
  6. Apply and be approved for graduation.
  7. Complete the Exit Survey.

In addition to specific degree requirements, students must also meet the graduation requirements listed below:

  • Minimum Grade: To satisfy a degree and/or certificate requirements, students must earn a minimum grade of C unless otherwise noted in the specific program requirements. To satisfy general elective requirements students must earn a minimum grade of D-. A passing grade (P) in a Pass/Fail course will satisfy the applicable program requirement.
  • Graduation Catalog: A student is responsible for the program requirements listed in the LDSBC Catalog from the year of first enrollment to the year of graduation. Students are subject to all other policies, requirements, and procedures as outlined in the College catalog for the current academic year.
  • Academic Standing: Students who are academically suspended or academically dismissed may not graduate from LDSBC.
  • Good Honor Code Standing: Students must be in Good Honor Code Standing in order to graduate from LDSBC. Former students wishing to graduate from LDSBC, but whose ecclesiastical endorsement has expired, will need to submit a current endorsement before their application for graduation will be processed.

Application for Graduation

All students must be in good Honor Code standing in order to graduate from LDS Business College. Former students wishing to graduate from LDS Business College, but whose ecclesiastical endorsement has expired, will need to submit a current endorsement before their application for graduation will be processed. If a CES hold exists on the student's record, then any request for graduation will not be processed until the hold has been released.

Current students apply for graduation online via the MyBC student portal. Former students may request assistance in applying for graduation by emailing graduation@ldsbc.edu. For specific deadlines, students should refer to the Academic Calendar. Students should apply to graduate in the semester they complete their program.

Graduates’ names will be included in the commencement program after the semester they graduate, not the commencement in which they march, if different. Official graduation is subject to a degree audit following the last semester of enrollment. Enrollment Services will notify students of any graduation deficiencies via official communication methods. The graduation application of those who do not complete the requirements will be reevaluated at the end of the next semester. However, students who do not satisfy all graduation requirements in the semester for which they applied must reapply to be considered for graduation in a subsequent semester.

Graduation applications open the first day of registration for the specific semester.

Name on the diploma

The LDS Business College diploma is a legal representation that the student earned the degree and/or certificate.  In which case, the institution uses the student’s legal name printed on the diploma (effective for graduates fall semester 2018).

Diploma Reprint/Reissue Policy

In the event a duplicate copy of a diploma is required due to change of name, lost, stolen, or a duplicate, a request for a replacement may be initiated with our Registrar’s office (online form). The cost for a replacement is $10.00.  The new diploma issued will bear the names of the current officials in office at the time the replacement diploma is produced.  Inquiries regarding records prior to 1987 will require additional time for research as these records are maintained on microfilm.

Attendance at Commencement

LDS Business College Commencement is held annually in April.  Students who have completed their program requirements the prior July, August, December and that April, or next July or August are invited and may apply to participate in Commencement.

Graduation Application Invited to Participate in Commencement
Spring 2019 April 2019 or April 2020
Fall 2019 April 2020
Winter 2020 April 2020
Spring 2020 April 2020 or April 2021
Fall 2020 April 2021

Graduates and their families and friends may attend formal Commencement exercises. All graduates, including those who complete their courses of study before Winter Semester, are encouraged to attend. Students who do not attend Commencement may claim a diploma cover from Enrollment Services before leaving campus.

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates only after all requirements have been completed and verified, six-to-eight weeks after final grades are posted.

Commencement exercises at LDS Business College are unique. We hold Commencement in the Tabernacle located on Temple Square. The historic, sacred location invites the ministry of the Spirit by event proceedings and the conduct of everyone participating in Commencement. To assist in this invitation and show respect for everyone present, graduates participating in Commencement are required to observe the dress and grooming standards of Sunday worship services and the College Honor Code.

Additionally — so as not to draw attention to any individual — flowers, leis and other embellishments, including decorating your cap, are not appropriate in the Commencement ceremony.

Change in Graduation Requirements

The College reserves the right to change the requirements for graduation at any time. Students are responsible to know the current program requirements for graduation. Students are encouraged to counsel with their assigned academic advisor each semester.

Graduation Honors

Honors is based on the cumulative GPA after grades post for the graduation semester. No adjustments will be made for grades posted or changed following the graduation semester. To be eligible, the application must be submitted before the published Final Graduation Application Deadline of the student’s graduation semester.

Students with a 3.70 cumulative GPA or higher will graduate with honors (3.69 GPA does not round up). Honors are based on GPA at the end of the semester prior to the graduation ceremony. Honor students will be recognized by their wearing a gold honors cord during graduation commencement.

Financial Holds

Candidates with outstanding debts to LDSBC, for any reason, will not receive diplomas or official transcripts until all amounts are paid in full.

Standards Holds

Candidates who are not in good Honor Code standing will not receive diplomas until they have completed the requirements outlined by the office they are working with. Students with a standards hold may not participate in commencement.

Exit Survey

In the interest of documenting post-graduation rates of employment for accreditation purposes, all students are required to complete a brief exit survey, available online, approximately one month before their anticipated graduation. Various means will be used to remind students of this graduation requirement, including emails sent to the student’s MyBC email account with a link to the survey, a notation on the student’s Grad Report, and notification through the Career Service offices.

Alumni Association

Since its founding in 1886, nearly 100,000 students have attended LDS Business College. Alumni are found across the globe in every walk of life and at every level of personal and professional accomplishment.

LDS Business College is pleased to acknowledge many notable alumni, including Russell M. Nelson, seventeenth president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Students who complete a degree or certificate at the College becomes a member of the LDSBC Alumni Association.

Alumni have access to helpful College services. Lifetime career services privileges give alumni access to the College’s employment services where they can review available positions and receive assistance in resume writing and interview coaching. Alumni are also encouraged to utilize LDS Employment Services in their area.

Those who have graduated with completing a certificate or degree, may also take one free course from the regular on-campus curriculum each year beginning the third year after graduation. Graduates returning as degree-seeking students may use the course with the lowest number of credit hours as the free on-campus class (subject to class and seat availability). Students will need to reapply as a former student and complete the admissions application. Then submit the Alumni Brush Up Form.

Alumni are also invited to attend LDSBC weekly Tuesday Devotionals on Temple Square. For a complete list of upcoming Devotional speakers and information, visit the online College calendar. Also, our Devotionals website includes previous addresses with videos and transcripts.

Contact Us

LDSBC Alumni Association
95 North 300 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-3500
801-524-8179
alumni@ldsbc.edu

Housing

LDS Business College’s approved housing program differs from the housing program offered by other schools affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although landlords of approved housing agree to promote the LDS Business College Housing Policy and Residential Living Standards in housing units leased to students, LDS Business College does not (a) oversee landlords’ enforcement or compliance with the Housing Policy and Residential Living Standards, (b) inspect or monitor the condition or cleanliness of units, (c) review or approve lease terms or (d) mediate or become involved in disputes between landlords and students. Students are strongly encouraged to carefully read any lease and inspect and evaluate any apartment before the student signs any lease.

Housing facilities are available to LDS Business College students through a variety of off-campus property owners, including Property Reserve, Inc. (PRI), the commercial real-estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Business College does not own, operate or control any student housing facilities. As an informal service to its students, the LDS Business College provides a list of possible housing opportunities on its website. Students are free to make housing arrangements wherever they like and are under no obligation to choose from the facilities listed.

Two of the rental properties listed on the College’s web site, the Plaza and the Lodge, are owned by and are under the control of PRI. PRI has contracted with Horne Lodging Properties to manage the Plaza and the Lodge on a day-to-day basis. Generally speaking, the managers of these two properties are able to exercise a greater degree of control in requiring adherence to the Honor Code standards than the management of other facilities.

LDS Business College makes no representation or warranty as to the suitability, quality, safety, living conditions, tenant satisfaction, value, or any other factor or condition with respect to any of the housing facilities listed on its website. The student and his or her family are solely responsible for making all housing arrangements while attending the LDS Business College, including determining the suitability of a particular facility and for inspecting and otherwise evaluating the facility before entering into a lease agreement.

Plaza/Lodge Meal Plan

Because dormitory-style housing includes no personal food preparation facilities, all applicants to the Lodge and the Plaza are required to make a $500 dining services payment to LDS Business College as a condition of being eligible to reside in either of those two facilities. The student resident then receives an electronic card with the $500 balance that is usable at the LDS Business College BC Café.

  • The cards are picked up at the BC Café.
  • The $500 non-refundable dining services payment is required in full before housing reservations can be made for The Lodge or The Plaza.
  • Residents use this convenient electronic card to purchase meals or snacks at the LDS Business College BC Café which is located adjacent to the main campus building.
  • The balance on the card may be carried from semester to semester until is it used up.
  • Residents have the option of replenishing the card balance at any time.
  • Any balance remaining on the card is forfeited if the student fails to register for classes at the College for two consecutive semesters, including spring session.
  • Participation in the LDS Business College pre-paid food service subsequent to the initial $500 dining services payment is encouraged but is optional.

Records and Registration

Adding Courses

A period in which a student may add a class that is available on the catalog with available seating. See academic calendar for specific dates and deadlines.

Auditing

Students wanting to audit a class (register for and attend class as a “listener” without receiving credit or a grade) must declare this at the time of registration. Tuition and fees are the same as if the class were taken for credit. Audited courses fulfill no graduation requirements and earn no credit. Therefore, they do not count in the credit load for international students, veterans, students receiving financial aid, or other tuition support programs. Students may not challenge courses they have audited. Incomplete grade contracts may not be fulfilled by auditing a course. It is possible to change from audit status to credit status, or vice versa, from the beginning of the registration period through the last date to drop classes. (See Academic Calendar.)

Credit/audit changes should only be made after careful consideration of the financial aid and credit load implications and after consultation with the Financial Aid Office and an academic advisor.

Dropping Courses

Drops exist to allow students the ability to adjust their class schedule at the beginning of each semester. Courses may be dropped through the date noted on the Academic Calendar.

Grading System

Grades are determined by each instructor based upon an evaluation of all assigned and completed coursework. Course participation, mastery of subject matter, and promise of continuing success in sequential courses in related fields are all criteria used to evaluate progress.

  • “A” represents outstanding understanding, application, and integration of subject material and extensive evidence of original thinking, skillful use of concepts, and ability to analyze and solve complex problems. Demonstrates diligent application of Learning Model principles, including initiative in serving other students.
  • “B” represents considerable/significant understanding, application, and incorporation of the material that would prepare a student to be successful in next level courses, graduate school, or employment. The student participates in the Learning Model as applied in the course.
  • “C” represents sufficient understanding of subject matter. The student demonstrates minimal initiative to be prepared for class. Sequenced courses could be attempted, but mastering new materials might prove challenging. The student participates only marginally in the Learning Model.
  • “D” represents poor performance and initiative to learn, understand, and apply course materials. Retaking a course or remediation may be necessary to prepare for additional instruction in this subject matter.
  • “E” represents failure in the course.
  • “P” represents passing the course and is not calculated into the GPA.
  • “W” represents withdrawal from the class and is not calculated into the GPA.
  • “UW” represents an unofficial withdrawal which is given to a student who meets the following criteria: Did not complete proper withdrawal procedures; has record of non-attendance that began before the last date to withdraw from individual courses without grade earned; and did not complete any work, tests, or class related assignments after attendance ceased. The “UW” is calculated into the GPA as a failing grade value. (0.0)
  • “I” is a conditional grade. (See Incomplete Grade)
  • “CR” indicates credit given.
  • “NC” indicated no credit.
  • “NR” represents the grade was not reported by the instructor. A student receiving a “NR” grade should contact the instructor to request that a valid grade be submitted to Enrollment Services.
  • “V” indicates a course taken for audit.

Under some circumstances, students receiving financial aid may not be eligible to receive a grade of CR, NC, P, I, W, or V. Consult the Financial Aid Office for additional information relevant to specific situations.

  • 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% is required to receive credit in the following courses:
    • MAT 90 Basic Mathematics
    • MAT 97 Introductory Algebra

Credit Definitions

Attempted The total number of credits in which a student has registered in a semester or on a cumulative basis. 
Earned The total number of credits completed with a progress grade in a semester or on a cumulative basis.
Passed The total number of credits earned that do not factor into a semester or cumulative GPA.
Quality The total number of credits earned that factor into a semester or cumulative GPA.
Points The total number of grade points earned in a semester or on a cumulative basis.

The following table indicates each grade variant at LDSBC with its equivalent grade points:

4.0 
A- 3.7 
B+ 3.4 
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.4
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.4
D 1.0
D- 0.7
E 0.0
UW 0.0
P *
I
IP *
W *
NR *
CR *
NC *
V **

* Does not affect the GPA calculation, but may impact Satisfactory Academic progress.

** Does not affect the GPA calculation, does not impact Satisfactory Academic Progress, and does not appear on the official transcript.

Calculating GPA and SAP

GPA: quality points divided by quality credits

SAP: earned credits divided by attempted credits

NOTE: Student financial aid eligibility may be determined by a different GPA standard and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) percentage.

Challenge Exam Policy

Students may choose to take a challenge exam, which carries credit and a pass/fail grade, to fulfill the requirements for eligible courses. Students may request to earn credit through a challenge exam if they are eligible to enroll, including having an ecclesiastical endorsement.

  • Students may challenge a course only one time.
  • Students may not challenge a course for which they are currently registered.
  • Student also may not challenge a course that they have previously failed or from which they have previously withdrawn or received credit.

Although students may request to challenge a course for credit, individual departments determine whether an examination exists and will be offered. Departments also determine the passing score for each challenge exam.

Students wishing to appeal the grade or credit awarded for the challenge exam should follow the Grievance Policy and Procedures for Academics.

Did Not Enroll the Semester Admitted

Any student who does not enroll in classes the semester they are admitted will need to reapply for admissions.

Deferment

When a student requires their attendance to be deferred for a specific and designated time to serve a mission or is called on military duty, student will need to submit a deferment form indicating the semester they will return.

All students returning from deferment will go through the admissions application, submit a new Ecclesiastical Endorsement, and will be notified by admissions regarding the return from deferment.

If a student returns from deferment earlier than stated on their deferment form, they will need to contact the Office of Admissions to update the expected return date.

Discontinuance

A student will be discontinued from the College if they do not enroll after missing two consecutive semesters. After the add deadline of the third semester, students will be discontinued. Students will have to reapply for admissions.

Grade Changes

After the final grade submission deadline, grades may be changed only for the following reasons:

  • No grade was submitted by the deadline.
  • A calculation error was made in computing the grade.
  • The wrong grade was posted.
  • An Incomplete grade contract was finalized.
  • The previous grade was re-evaluated, but no additional work was submitted.

A grade change should not be submitted if a student completes any additional work beyond the end of the semester. If extenuating circumstances exist, an incomplete grade may be granted if requested before the grade submission deadline.

A submitted grade typically cannot be changed to a W (Official Withdrawal). Students who had a non-academic emergency may file a petition for withdrawal with Enrollment Services.

In addition to changing a student’s semester and cumulative GPAs, a grade change may also change a student’s total earned credits. A grade change may also positively or negatively impact a student’s academic standing.

Grade change requests may only be submitted by the instructor or an authorized designee via the College’s approved grade change process. Grade change requests older than one year are additionally reviewed by the Director of Academic & Institutional Assessment and typically are not approved.

Incomplete Grades

An incomplete grade (“I”) is a conditional grade and granted only when extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control occur after the semester withdrawal deadline. Incomplete grades are given only if students are passing the course and would be capable of completing the work before the end of the subsequent semester.

The instructor must receive approval from the Academic Office before issuing an “I” grade. Contracts are available from the Academic Office. A grade contract must be completed and signed by both instructor and student before the semester ends; not afterwards.

The student must be able to complete the remaining work on an individual basis with the instructor. Re-enrollment or attendance in all or part of the same course during a subsequent semester cannot be required as part of the contract. The general length of time to fulfill the requirements of an incomplete contract is one additional semester.

Instructor and student must meet to determine the extent of work/assignments to be complete and the due date(s).

Student must take the contract to the Cashier’s Office, pay the $5.00 incomplete grade fee, and return the Incomplete Grade Contract to the Academic Office for copies to be made for both the student and the instructor.

Class attendance in a subsequent semester or re-registering is not permitted to make up the incomplete.

If the incomplete work has not been finished by the end of the semester after the “I” was given, the “I” will be change by the Registrar’s Office to an “E” grade.

Readiness Testing

English

LDSBC no longer requires readiness placement testing for the English department.

LDS Business College has designed a new method for placing students in English courses. This method is called Directed Self-Placement. Readiness placement testing based on ACT scores, ACCUPLACER, TOEFL scores, etc. is no longer a mandatory indicator of which English course students should take. Incoming students looking to enroll in English 101 or its equivalent courses (ELAN 101A/101B or English 101SA/101SB) should follow the recommendations in the Directed Self-Placement guide and select the course best suited to their individual needs. Directed Self-Placement supports the mission of our college to “develop trusted and capable disciples of Jesus Christ.” We encourage all students to complete their English 101 requirement in their first year at LDSBC.

Math

Placement test scores, ACT/SAT scores, or a transcript showing college transfer credits are required to register for any math class above MAT 90. Test scores or previous college credit will determine which course is appropriate.

An updated LDSBC readiness test is required if previous ACT, SAT, or placement test scores are more than 18 months old.

Repeatable Courses

Repeatable courses allow a class to be taken two or more times for additional credit. Most classes at LDSBC are not repeatable for credit. Repeatable courses are generally designated with an “R” at the end of the course code (ex: MUS 102R). Departments establish the maximum number of credits and times a course can be repeated. A repeated course does not replace the former grade or credit of a previously completed course, unless the maximum allowable repeats have been exceeded. In such cases the enrollments are treated as a retake (See “Repeating Courses”).

Approval to enroll in a repeatable course for the purpose of replacing a previous credit and grade must be obtained from the Academic Exceptions Committee prior to registering for the course.

Repeating Courses

Students should seriously consider repeating courses if they have already received the satisfactory grade (C or higher) towards their program and graduation requirements. If a student chooses to repeat a course, they can repeat a course only once. They must register and pay tuition for the semester in which the class is repeated. The original grade remains on the record and is marked as a repeated course. Once the course has been discontinued, the right to repeat the course is gone.

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. Students must obtain approval from the Program Chair on the third attempt of the course (second repeat) if the student still has not achieved a C or higher grade.

Financial aid (including Pell Grants & Direct Loans) will only pay for students to re-take a class once after receiving a passing grade.  Certain eligibility requirements apply. See financial aid eligibility.

LDSBC courses cannot be replaced by equivalent courses from other institutions.

Test and Transfer Credit

Students may earn a maximum of 50% of the credit required for a credential from LDS Business College by transfer credit and credit by examination. Test credit includes Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), course challenge examinations, and industry certifications. All scores must be on official transcripts. Additional information can be found at www.ldsbc.edu.

Transcript Requests

Official academic transcript requests are made online at www.ldsbc.edu. Transcripts may not be ordered by phone, e-mail, paper or fax. Transcripts can be requested by both current and former LDSBC students by logging into their current or former student account. When requesting a transcript, students and former students may choose a certified electronic PDF transcript delivered within minutes of placing an order. Students and former students may also choose a paper copy to be sent by US Postal mail or overnight delivery for a fee. Transcripts may be sent immediately, at a later date, or after grades are posted at the end of each semester. Official transcripts will not be released until all LDSBC debts have been paid in full. For more information, visit www.ldsbc.edu.

Waitlists

If a course is full and a student would like to be placed on the waitlist, students have the option to be added to a waitlist queue. Students can utilize the waitlist process in their course registration process in MyBC. If an open seat becomes available in the course, the next student in the queue will be enrolled. Students will be emailed a confirmation when they are added to the course from the waitlist.

All registration errors and holds must be resolved in order for the student to be moved from the waitlist into a course when an opening in the course becomes available.

A student will not be enrolled in a course from the waitlist if there are any registration errors. Common registration errors are as follows:

  • The student is already registered for another section of that class
  • There is a hold on the student's account
  • The waitlist class has a time conflict with another class on the student’s schedule
  • The student has not met the prerequisites for this class
  • The course will put the student in an overload status for the semester (cannot exceed 18 credits in a semester)
  • The course requires the instructor's permission or other requirements

Withdrawal from Courses

Withdrawals exist to allow students time to determine if a class fits their ability and goals. Students are expected to take responsibility to ensure that their schedules are correct and to attend all courses for which they are registered until they officially withdraw from those courses. The following policies apply:

  1. Students who have not attended class by the final class session of the first week of the semester may be administratively dropped by the Registrar’s Office at the request of course instructors. This policy does not, however, relieve students of the responsibility to inform the Registrar’s Office in advance of the semester of classes they do not plan to attend.
  2. Students must drop from their schedules the courses which they do not plan to attend. Dropped courses will not appear on student transcripts if they are dropped by the Add/Drop date announced on the Academic Calendar.
  3. After the time period designated above, students who officially withdraw from a course receive a W (official withdrawal) on their permanent record. The W is not used in calculating GPA. Official withdrawal may occur through the date announced on the Academic Calendar.
  4. Under no circumstances is dropping a course after the official withdrawal period permitted for purposes of avoiding an unsatisfactory grade. After the end of the official withdrawal period, withdrawal (W) will only be authorized for critical circumstances which are beyond the student’s control and prevent them from completing courses for which they are registered. In such cases, circumstances must be documented and presented in a petition to the Registrar’s Office. In cases of serious illness or injury, family members may petition for student withdrawal.
  5. Students who never attended class or who stop attending class but do not officially withdraw by the withdrawal deadline will receive an Unofficial Withdrawal (UW). The UW is calculated in the GPA as a failing grade (E).

Withdrawal from the College

Students can withdraw from the College at their own discretion.

Students may withdraw or drop all classes through MyBC through the drop deadline. Students may also submit a request form with signature authorizing the Office of the Registrar to withdraw all courses through the drop deadline. (The official date of withdrawal will be the date written notification is received by the College.)  Students should be mindful of the financial aid implications, international student status, and other factors that will result in dropping all their classes and withdrawing from the college.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with appropriate services at the College prior to withdrawing from the college through MyBC.

When a student completely withdraws from LDS Business College after the tuition deadline, a pro-rated refund can be given by request until 60% of the semester has passed. There will be NO REFUND given when a student withdraws from school after 60% of the semester has elapsed.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

LDS Business College is committed to promoting and maintaining a safe and respectful environment for the campus community (see the LDSBC Sexual Misconduct policy for more details). The College will not tolerate sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking perpetrated by or against any College students, College employees, participants in College programs and activities, or visitors to its campus.

The College will take immediate and appropriate steps to stop Sexual Misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Any person who violates this policy may be subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment, suspension, dismissal, and a ban from campus, depending on the circumstances and the severity of the violation and the violator’s status as an employee, student, or visitor.

Prohibited Conduct

As required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the College prohibits sex discrimination in its educational programs or activities, admission, and employment. Under certain circumstances, Sexual Misconduct may constitute sex discrimination.

Sexual Misconduct prohibited under this policy includes a range of unwelcome sexual conduct, including verbal and physical sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual violence, each of which is a form of prohibited sex discrimination. Other criminal behavior, such as domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, that is generally (though not exclusively) sex-based is also considered Sexual Misconduct under this policy.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature whether verbal, nonverbal, or physical. Conduct is unwelcome if the individual toward whom it is directed did not request or invite it and regarded the conduct as undesirable or offensive. A wide variety of sexual conduct may constitute sexual harassment.

Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sexually suggestive or offensive joking, flirting, or comments
  • Unwelcome and intentional touching
  • Sexually oriented verbal abuse
  • Sexually oriented comments about an individual's body
  • Displaying objects or pictures that are sexual in nature
  • Sending sexually explicit or offensive text messages or other communications 

Sexual harassment of any kind is contrary to the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the LDSBC Honor Code Policies and Procedures and is considered to be Sexual Misconduct prohibited under this policy.

Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment and refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person who has not consented or who is incapable of giving consent. Consent is a voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity and is determined by all the relevant facts and circumstances. Consent cannot be given by someone who is incapacitated for any reason (i.e., because of the victim’s age, disability, unconsciousness, or use of drugs or alcohol).

Additionally, consent cannot be implied by silence, the absence of resistance, or past consent with the same or another person. Even if a person has given his or her consent to engage in sexual activity, consent to engage in further sexual activity can be withdrawn at any time. Consent is invalid where it is given under coercion, force, or threats.

Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual abuse. Such acts of sexual violence, in addition to being criminal offenses prohibited under the Utah Criminal Code, also constitute Sexual Misconduct prohibited under this policy. A single act of sexual violence (e.g., rape) may be sufficiently severe to create a hostile environment.

Domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are likewise criminal offenses under the Utah Criminal Code and are also considered Sexual Misconduct prohibited under this policy, even when the criminal behavior is not specifically sexual in nature.

Domestic violence is a violent crime committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner (or someone similarly situated) or any other person against a victim who is protected from that person’s acts under state domestic or family violence laws. Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Duty to Report

Some College employees have a duty under this policy to report Sexual Misconduct. Even so, all persons are encouraged to and may voluntarily report incidents of Sexual Misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. State law imposes additional reporting obligations related to sexual abuse of a child. Victims of Sexual Misconduct are strongly encouraged to report incidents of Sexual Misconduct.

Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator, 801-524-1920, tanderson@ldsbc.edu. The names, office addresses, and telephone numbers of the Title IX Coordinator and the deputy coordinators are also posted on the College’s Title IX website. In addition, individuals may submit reports, including anonymous reports, through EthicsPoint, the College’s 24-hour hotline provider, by telephone at 888- 238-1062, or by submitting information online. A report of Sexual Misconduct (“Report”) can be made verbally or in writing.

Transfer Evaluation

Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Programs

Students may receive credit for courses previously taken through an early college program if those courses were administered from a regionally-accredited college or university and are recorded on an official college or university transcript. Official transcripts must be sent to LDSBC to be considered for transferability. Concurrent or dual enrollment courses sent on a high school transcript will not be considered for transferability.

Full Disclosure of Transfer Schools

Failure to submit official transcripts to LDSBC from all institutions a student has attended or are currently attending, both U.S. and international, may result in disciplinary action including dismissal from LDBC.

Official Transcripts

LDSBC considers evaluation of courses only with an official college or university transcript. Official transcripts are transcripts mailed in a sealed envelope from the institution or through a secured electronic transmission. LDSBC will not evaluate transcripts submitted via any method deemed unsecure by the College.

Transfer from LDSBC

While LDSBC makes every effort to establish articulation agreements with other colleges and universities, students who are considering transferring to another college or university should review that institution’s transfer guidelines.

Transfer to LDSBC

LDSBC generally accepts college level transfer credits from regionally-accredited colleges and universities. Courses from institutions that are not regionally-accredited are generally not transferable to LDSBC except in circumstances where there is an articulation agreement with a specific institution and program. Generally, courses completed 10 or more years ago will be accepted as elective credit.

Only transfer courses with a grade of C- or higher are eligible for transfer consideration. Additionally, transfer credit may be used to satisfy degree requirements but will not be calculated into the LDSBC GPA. Transfer courses in disciplines not offered at LDSBC or considered to be out of harmony with established principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will not be accepted by LDSBC for credit consideration.

Institute of Religion Cornerstone classes with a grade are transferrable. These classes do not count toward the religion residency requirement.

Transfer of Religion Credit from Other Universities

Religion credit earned at other LDS Church schools will transfer to LDSBC as an equivalent religion course or elective credit so long as the course is taken for credit and such credit is noted on an official transcript. While religion credits from other LDS Church schools may transfer to fulfill required religion content, they do not satisfy the LDSBC resident religion requirement (religion courses taken from LDSBC). Coursework in religious studies from any institution other than an LDS Church school or Institute of Religion will not be accepted toward filling the LDSBC religion requirements.

Transfer of Religion Credit from CES Institutes of Religion

Religion credit earned at Church Education System (CES) Institutes of Religion will transfer to LDSBC as an equivalent religion course or elective credit so long as the course is taken for “Church University” or “BYU” credit and such credit is noted on an official Institute transcript. Qualifying Religion credit taken from CES Institutes of Religion will fulfill both the LDSBC content and resident religion requirement.

International Transfer Credit

Students with transcripts from institutions outside the United States may be given credit at LDSBC on a case-by-case basis. Transfer credit will be considered when a translation/evaluation is submitted from one of the two approved translation services listed below. Students may choose one of the two and should request the detail report that the evaluation service send directly to LDS Business College. They must also provide the College with an official copy of their transcripts from the institution they attended.

International Education Research Foundations, Inc.
P.O. Box 3665, Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Phone: (310) 258-9451, Web: www.ierf.org
Must request a “Detail Report”
World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 26879, San Francisco, CA 94126-6879
Phone: (310) 258-9451, Web: www.ierf.org
Must request a “Detail Report”

Reverse Transfer

Reverse transfer allows a former student to reverse credits they took at another institution back to LDSBC to complete their degree (certificate and/or associates). Former students will need to complete the reverse transfer request form and provide the official transcripts to LDSBC to be evaluated. Students will not need to reapply for admissions if they do not intend to take any classes at the college, but rather to submit the reverse transfer request form and official transcripts. No more than 50% of transfer credits may be used to satisfy LDSBC degree requirements. Students are required to follow all graduation requirements (See Graduation).

International Students

It is the responsibility of international students to follow the procedures and policies according to the International Student Office (ISO).  The ISO is located on the second floor in the Enrollment Services Office.

I-20 Instructions

Once you have been admitted to LDS Business College, you will be sent an email with all the instructions on how to obtain your I-20.  You will be directed to click on a link in the email and then upload necessary documents. If you do not receive the email within 24 hours of being admitted to the college, please contact the International Student Office at international@ldsbc.edu.  (Students transferring from another college are required to follow all these instructions to get an I-20 issued by LDS Business College.)

International Student Deposit

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are required to pay $5,000 USD and those who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are required to pay $7,500 USD to the LDS Business College Cashier's Office following notification of their admission. Students will not be able to register for classes, nor will any I-20 paperwork be initiated until the deposit is paid and all other documents are received. The registration hold will be removed once all required documents are received, the full deposit received and the I-20 is created. There is no option for students to pay a portion of the deposit. A full deposit is required.

At LDS Business College, the deposit will be held in escrow with the intent that it will assist the student to begin school. Student who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints may access up to $3,000 of the deposit and students who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint may access up to $5,000 of the deposit to be applied towards their fees and tuition. The remaining $2,000 will be set aside for the student as an emergency fund and is for purchase of a plane ticket to return to their home country.

You cannot pay the deposit over the phone. Please contact the cashier’s office at (801) 524-8153 for payment options. There is no option for students to pay a portion of the deposit. A full deposit is required. There are no exceptions to this.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Confirm attendance within 5 days of the start of their first semester by completing International Student Check In
  2. Report all changes in:
    1. Address (in person or online)
    2. Course load
    3. Employment Situation
    4. Sponsor
    5. Program of Study
    6. Status (applications for permanent residency)
  3. Inform the ISO of intentions/plans to transfer to another institution
  4. Notify the ISO of plans to extend the I-20
  5. Maintain current passport

Maintaining Status

Maintaining your F-1 Student Status is essential for all international students. Whether students maintain their status will determine continued presence at LDS Business College. In order for international students to maintain status, they should:

  • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) each semester.  9 of these required 12 credits must be courses that require attendance at the college on a regular basis
  • Engage in authorized employment only
  • Successful progress toward completing their program within the established timeframe
  • Apply for changes such as transfers in a timely manner (allow for 2 business days for processing)
  • Maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)

A violation of the F-1 Student Status results in the student falling out of status. If students choose to engage in status-violating activities, the procedures and regulations established by law will be enforced. Status violating activities include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Staying in the country after the I-20 form has expired without having applied for a new program or transferring to another approved educational institution.
  2. Failure to maintain conditions of status, which include:
    1. Enrolling less than full-time without the authorization of the ISO - full time is 12 credits each semester
    2. Taking more than 9 credits of online courses as part of the 12 credits considered to be full-time
    3. Registering and attending a school other than LDS Business College without proper authorization
    4. Stop attending classes and receiving a UW grade
    5. Late applications for transfers, program extensions, and/or OPT
    6. Unauthorized employment or putting employment ahead of their education
    7. Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA for two semesters

Other types of violations, equally serious, are those related to the College’s Honor Code. In situations related to Honor Code violations and those of similar nature, the ISO will proceed according to the instructions received from the appropriate departments and individuals.

Attendance Confirmation

All international students must report to the LDS Business College ISO within 5 days of the start of their first semester. This is called International Student Check In. Students bring their I-20, I-94, visa, and their passport to the ISO to be scanned. (If the student has dependents, then all dependent documents must be brought to be scanned as well.)  Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requires students to report to the ISO to confirm attendance so the SEVIS record can be registered. Transfer students will receive a new I-20 once they report to the ISO confirming the approval of their transfer. Failure to report to the ISO will result in the cancellation of the I-20.

Name and Address Changes

SEVP requires an international student to notify the ISO within 10 days if they change their name and/or address or contact information. Remember, if the College does not know how to contact the student, it cannot keep them updated with important information.

Changing Majors

Changes of majors should be processed the semester before the student intends to start the new program. Students should meet with their Academic Advisor on the 9th floor in order to change their major. Students changing their majors may need a new I-20. They will be notified via their student email address when the I-20 is ready to be picked up.  They may pick up the new I-20 form from the ISO.

Program Extensions

Program extensions will be carefully examined. Extensions will be granted only to those international students who will need extra time to finish their program due to a change in major or other extenuating circumstances. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor in the Student Development Center on the 9th floor each semester to ensure they are on track to complete all the program requirements in a timely manner. Students who have not made satisfactory academic progress are not eligible for an extension.  If a student has to extend their I-20 for more than one semester, the student is required to supply new and current financial documents.  The student will need a new Affidavit of Support from their sponsor along with a new bank statement from the sponsor with at least $13,000 in the account.  An I-20 extension will only be allowed once and can only be extended for one year.  A detailed graduation plan will have to be submitted with the I-20 Extension Request Form.  The student’s full-time academic adviser must sign the I-20 Program Extension form before it is brought to the ISO for review.  The ISO will approve or deny the extension.

Transfer Out

Transfer Outs will be processed when the international student is academically eligible to transfer. Students must notify the ISO of their final decision to transfer by completing the SEVIS Record of Transfer Form located online at BC International on the website.  The student will be asked to upload a copy of the acceptance letter from the school they are transferring to. The ISO will transfer the student’s SEVIS record on the date the student has entered on that application.  All employment authorizations will end the day the SEVIS record is transferred.

International students may remain in the United States up to five (5) months when transferring out of the current school without pursuing a full-time course load when in-between schools. The 5 months are calculated from the last day the student attended LDS Business College and the first day of the semester in the new school. If that time period is longer than 5 months, then the SEVIS record cannot be transferred.

Student status and I-20 forms are issued in connection with a specific college and program. When a student transfers to another institution, the new educational institution will issue a new I-20 Form indicating the new educational institution, new program, and the new expected program end date.

Authorization to Reduce Course Load (drop below 12 credits)

International students cannot make changes in their schedule which would drop them below 12 credits (full-time) without obtaining authorization from the Manager of the ISO. This rule is applicable both before and after the add/drop deadlines. Authorization may be given for extenuating circumstances. Students will be considered in status despite less than 12 credit enrollment if:

  1. They have less than 12 credits left to graduate.
  2. They have obtained a medical leave of absence.
    1. Students who encounter a medical condition will need to present proper medical documentation stating the illness 30 days after the occurrence of the illness. Students will be required to enroll the following semester. If the medical condition extends for a period of longer than two semesters, they will be advised to return to their country to recuperate. Students who ask for a medical leave of absence immediately after they enter the country will be denied, unless they prove they have contracted the medical condition after entering the United States that restrains them from pursuing their academic work.
  3. They have been improperly placed – referring to course level.
Students are considered in session and may not work more than 20 hours a week while on reduced course load. The ISO may determine that employment should be terminated if the student cannot enroll in 12 credits of coursework because of medical reasons.

Completion of Study/Completion of OPT/Expiration of I-20

An F-1 international student is granted an additional 60- day period from their program completion date or end day of OPT to transfer to another institution or depart from the United States or apply for OPT (if eligible and not currently completing OPT).

Status changes must be applied for before either the completion of study/OPT or the expiration of the I-20.

Students whose I-20 expires without completing their program are considered out of status and must leave the country immediately.

Authorized Withdrawal

An F-1 international student authorized by the ISO to withdraw from all their classes will be allowed a 15-day period for departure from the United States.

Students who fail to maintain legal status will not be granted any additional departure period.  They must leave the US immediately.

Concurrent Enrollment 

An international student may be enrolled in two different SEVIS approved schools at one time as long as they combine enrollment amounts to a full-time course of study. Students must receive approval from the ISO before enrolling at another institution. Failure to obtain approval may cause a status violation.

Online Courses

Only one online course (3 credits maximum) will be considered toward the 12 credits required to maintain status. Nine (9) credits of those required 12 credits must be classes that meet regularly on campus.  An International student is prohibited from taking online classes while he/she is outside the U.S. While an international student is on a vacation semester, he/she cannot engage in online courses unless he/she is staying in the U.S.  This would be considered a status violation.

Academic Progress

International 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.

Academic Probation and Suspension

Academic probation is an administrative warning that will not affect the international student’s status. The student falls out of status if they are not progressing toward the completion of the program of study and are suspended for lack of academic progress. The ISO will react according to the recommendation and stipulations established by the Student Development Center as long as it is within USCIS rules and regulations.

Scholarships

Scholarships available through the College are limited. All questions should be forwarded to the Scholarship Office. International students should not expect to finance their studies through employment or scholarships. If they have a sponsor, the sponsor is the designated person to help them with their finances. In special cases when the sponsor is no longer able to support the student an extreme fluctuation in exchange rates, students may apply for Severe Economic Hardship.

Travel

International students who wish to travel out of the United States at any time will be able to do so. In order to re-enter the United States, students will need a current F-1 student visa, a valid passport, and a properly endorsed I-20. Students must have the second page of their I-20 endorsed by the PDSO/DSO prior to leaving the country. Students should plan to have their I-20 signed in a timely manner.

Annual Vacations

International students can take their annual vacation semester after having been enrolled for two consecutive semesters full-time. If students do not have a minimum of 12 credits each semester, they will not be eligible to go on vacation. An annual vacation can only be taken if he student is eligible and intends to register for the next semester.  Vacations cannot be taken during the student’s final semester.  Students must complete the Annual Vacation Application online at BC International and receive approval before going on vacation.  Vacations should not be mistaken for in-between semester breaks. Those periods of time, such as Christmas break, are separate from annual vacations. 

An International student is prohibited from taking online classes while he/she is outside the US at any time.  An international student cannot enroll in online classes if he/she is leaving the US for his/her annual vacation semester.

Employment Options

International students are eligible to work on-campus at the beginning of their first semester. Students cannot work off campus unless they are eligible to do Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Students cannot apply for CPT until they have been at the college for at least one academic year and completed 50% of the program core requirements or completed the certificate program. Failure to obtain CPT authorization before beginning employment will result in the termination of the I-20. Students may not work more than 20 hours a week while school is in session.  During annual vacation and semester breaks, students may work more than 20 hours.

On-Campus Employment

On-campus jobs are listed on the College’s website or students may visit Career & Employment Services. No international student may begin any employment without authorization from the ISO.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

International students are eligible to request CPT Work Authorization after they have completed 9 consecutive months or one academic year in a skill based major.  Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA, be a full-time student, and have completed 50% of the required program core courses or the full certificate program. They must also be enrolled in the internship course associated with the program.

To request CPT Work Authorization:

  • Go the ISO to request Part 1 of the CPT form. Read the instructions, fill it out and return it to the ISO. The ISO will notify the student if he/she is eligible to do CPT.
  • If you are approved, pick up Part 2 of the CPT form, fill in all required information and get all required signatures.
  • Enroll in the required internship course for your program.  You CANNOT participate in CPT unless you are enrolled in your required internship course.
  • Return Part 2 of the CPT Form to the ISO.
  • Receive a new I-20 showing CPT authorization. Students may not begin working until the above process has been completed and a new I-20 with work authorization has been issued.
  • Students cannot do CPT for longer than one year
  • While on CPT, the student can only work part time (20 hours or less per week) unless the student is on his/her vacation semester.

CPT is not a means to gain permanent off-campus employment. It is temporary employment authorization to gain practical training within the student’s course of study. For complete information, visit the ISO.

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)

International students should visit the ISO to determine eligibility for OPT. Following are general eligibility requirements.

International students are eligible to request OPT Employment Authorization during the last semester of their education. The process takes approximately three (3) months to complete and costs $410 (fees are subject to change without notice). Students who begin the process at the beginning of their last semester will most likely be eligible to begin working as soon as the semester is completed.

To Request OPT authorization:

  • Students may request OPT authorization 90 days prior to the completion of their program. (Students cannot apply more than 90 days prior to the end of their program).
  • Students must apply and be approved for graduation pending successful completion of remaining courses.  The OPT form will have to be signed by your Academic Advisor
  • Instructions on how to apply for OPT are available in the ISO. Please refer to those instructions.
  • Students who complete the process and receive their Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card, but do not successfully complete their degree requirements, will be able to work OPT part-time and return to school to complete the course work.
  • Students may apply for OPT up to 60 days after completion of their program but not more than 90 days prior to completion.

After OPT Employment Authorization is granted:

  • Students must present their EAD Card to the ISO.  A new I-20 will be printed with OPT Approved
  • Students must report employment information through the SEVP Portal.
  • Students must report any changes in name or address to the ISO within 10 days.

For complete information please visit the International Student Office.

Self-Employment

Activities such as babysitting, house cleaning, cooking meals, door-to-door sales, playing in a band, selling handicrafts or artwork, etc. are considered self-employment. The law prohibits self-employment. Engaging in these activities as well as similar activities is considered unauthorized employment and constitute a status violation.

Social Security Number

International students must have a job offer before they may apply for a social security number. The ISO will issue necessary documentation that must be presented to the Social Security Administration.

Communication

The ISO will communicate with international students via the College’s email system. Students are required to check their College email on a regular basis, including semester breaks, annual vacations, after graduation, and during OPT. Students are responsible for the information communicated via email.

Dependents

Dependents of F-1 visa holders are issued F-2 visas. F-2 visa holders may engage in part-time study or studies to pursue a hobby or in occasional, casual, or recreational studies, i.e. a ceramics class, swimming lessons, etc. Dependents are not authorized to work at any time, under any circumstance. They are not allowed to study full-time.

F-2 visa holders may travel without the primary F-1 visa holder provided they present a current and properly endorsed I-20 Form, a current passport, visa, and I-94.

Underage dependents, i.e. elementary, middle-school, and high school age dependents can be enrolled in a full-time course of study at any approved educational institution.

Legal Documents

An F-1 international student is responsible to maintain all documents required for legal status.

I-20

International students are expected to maintain all copies of the I-20’s issued to them. The I-20 in conjunction with the I-94 maintains the student’s legal status while studying the in the United States.

Passport

International students are expected to keep a valid passport at all times during their study in the United States. An expired passport is a status violation.

I-94

Form I-94 is the DHS Arrival/Departure records issued to international students who are admitted to the United States. This is an electronic form.  Students can print a paper copy at www.cbp.gov/I94.

Visa

All visitors to the United States, including international students, must enter with a visa (unless their county is part of the visa waiver program). All international students must enter with a valid I-20.  Once a student is admitted to the United States, status is maintained by the I-94 and the I-20 forms. Students who wish to leave the country and then return to the US may use the same visa to reenter as long as it has not expired. Students who leave the country and their visa has expired, must apply for a new visa in their home country. Always get a travel endorsement on your I-20 if you are planning to reenter the US.

Legal Matters Related to International Students

Despite the status as an international student, students can sue and can be sued in a civil court of justice. The legal proceedings will depend on the alleged felony, the court where the complaint was filed or where the arrest warrant originated.

Criminal Activity

International students involved in criminal activity, put their visa status into jeopardy. The Unites States Judicial System treats U.S. citizens and non-immigrants equally. Therefore, students have the same right to an attorney and to have their rights explained in a case of arrest – Miranda Rights. They are also protected from unlawful search and seizure. Some of these general rights conflict at times with some DHS mandates.

In case of arrest, students should notify the College immediately with the incident and process to hire an attorney.

If the felony is also considered a violation of the Honor Code or other regulations enforced by the College, the Honor Code Office will proceed in accordance with the College procedures and policies. The Manager of the International Student Office will participate in the procedure, if deemed necessary.

If the felony is not considered a violation to the Honor Code, the College will observe the proceedings and make the necessary adjustments to comply with the court mandates.

Please be aware all the rules, processes, and policies are in place to protect our students and to assure a better experience. We ask international students to feel free to contact the ISO of uncertainties, questions, and to seek clarification of procedures and policies they may not understand.

Tutoring

Free tutoring services are provided in the Student Development Center (801-524-8151) for all LDS Business College students. There are drop-in labs for Accounting, Math and Writing. Other subjects are available by appointment.

Veterans Education Benefits

Degree programs at LDS Business College are approved by the state approving agency for the enrollment of persons eligible to receive education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

Grievance

Honor Code Grievance

Issues relating to Sexual Misconduct / Title IX

Anonymous Reporting. If any person wants to file an anonymous report (regarding anything on campus).