Academic Standards

Classroom Protocol

Students are expected to attend class regularly, complete assignments by due dates, come to class prepared to participate actively and constructively, and display a professional attitude. Research has proven that student adhering to these guidelines earn significantly better grades and persist to graduation.

Disruptive Behavior

Students are encouraged to express relevant views. However, students do not have the right to impinge on the freedom of the instructor to teach or on the rights of other students to learn. (See Honor Code Policies and Procedures for more detail.)

Academic Standing


Students with outstanding academic records are recognized in two ways: the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll. Students who complete at least 12 credit hours per semester, and who attain a 3.7 (3.69 does not round) semester GPA or higher, qualify for the Dean’s List. Students who complete a minimum of 30 credit hours and attain a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher qualify for the Honor Roll.

Academic Standards

Students are required to achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher semester and cumulative GPA to have Good academic standing. Students’ academic standing is determined and adjusted at the end of each semester with the following categories: Good, Warning, Probation 1, Probation 2, and Suspension.

Students will leave Good academic standing anytime their semester and cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 at semester’s end. Students whose GPA falls below a 2.0 semester and cumulative in three different semesters will be suspended from the College and ineligible to return for a minimum of one semester.

  • Students’ academic standing regresses toward suspension each time their semester and cumulative GPA is below a 2.0.
  • Students will be placed on Warning the first time their semester and cumulative GPA do not meet Good standing requirements.
  • Students who do not meet Good standing requirements after having already been on Warning will be put on Probation 1.
  • Students who do not meet Good standing requirements after having already been on Probation 1 will be put on Academic Suspension and suspended from the school for a minimum of one semester.
  • Students who have a semester GPA of 2.0 or above and a cumulative GPA below 2.0 after having already been on Probation 1 will be put on Probation 2.
Students placed on Academic Probation will be required to follow additional guidelines, tailored to their individual case and needs, as outlined with the Student Development Center.

Students placed on Academic Suspension will meet with the Student Development Center to determine an exit plan and steps to be considered for readmission.

Financial Aid Implications

For students who are receiving federal financial aid, they should contact the Student Financial Aid Office to verify their financial aid eligibility.

Appealing Academic Suspension

Students who feel they have extenuating circumstances (circumstances beyond their control, i.e. mental, emotional, physical or family issues) which impacted their academic performance, may petition their Academic Standing to the Academic Standards Committee by submitting documentation of the extenuating circumstance to For FAQs about Academic Standing and how to submit an appeal please visit HERE: link:

Academic Renewal Policy

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

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

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

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

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

Class Attendance and Absence

Students are responsible for class attendance. No absences, whether approved by the College for participation in College-sponsored activities or necessitated by sickness or other personal emergencies, are “excused” in the sense that the student is relieved from class work assigned during the absence. To ensure continuity, students must make up missed work. In most cases, repeated absences will result in a lower grade or failure.

The Institute of Religion Department has a 75% attendance requirement regardless of the reason. No make-up options are given.

Emergency Leave of Absence

In the event of unusual circumstances such as serious illness or injury, students may be granted a leave of absence from their program of study. To qualify for a leave, students must submit in writing to the Appeals Committee a formal request that such a leave be granted.

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

Last Exam Day

Students are expected to be on campus for exams and should not schedule vacations or trips home prior to the conclusion of exams.

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