Undergraduate Bulletin 2012-14
Loras will excel in developing principled thinkers and caring professionals in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions.
Loras, as a Catholic liberal arts college, creates a community of active learners, reflectivem thinkers, ethical decision-makers, and responsible contributors in diverse professional, social,
and religious roles.
Active learners want to learn. They are curious about the world and seek to make sense of their experiences. Loras students demonstrate their ability to learn in active ways.
Reflective thinkers display insight. They take into account their own dispositions and biases as they think creatively and critically. Loras students demonstrate their ability to think in a reflective manner.
Ethical decision-makers discern religious, cultural and personal values in order to act with justice and compassion. Loras students demonstrate their ability to decide matters ethically.
Responsible contributors to professions, societies and religious communities develop their talents and share them with others in ways that respect a global environment and are sensitive to cultural differences. Loras students demonstrate that they contribute in responsible ways.
To fulfill its mission, Loras College seeks to:
Maintain a faculty that is committed to teaching and the welfare of students, is professionally active and well-accomplished in its disciplines.
Foster and exhibit student competence in communication and critical thinking, as well as literacy in the arts, sciences, humanities, philosophy, and religious studies.
Cultivate spiritual, social, physical, and personal development.
Facilitate professional and career development needed by women and men to succeed in a changing world.
Emphasize values in the Catholic Christian tradition and sensitivity for the needs and concerns of others.
Offer student services and residential environments that promote the development of the whole person.
Provide the resources, facilities, and programs to serve students of diverse cultures, ages, abilities, and economic backgrounds.
Foster innovative and effective teaching methods and learning environments.
Nourish its spirit of community.
Build a learning community of faith.
Iowa’s oldest college, Loras is at home on 60 acres atop the highest bluff of historic Dubuque, overlooking the Mississippi River at the junction of the states of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The campus is situated in a residential area, 10 blocks from the center of the downtown area, and is only a three and one-half hour drive from Chicago, and a similar distance from Des Moines and the Twin Cities.
Loras College was founded in 1839 by the Most Rev. Mathias Loras, first bishop of Dubuque, who established St. Raphael Seminary to educate young men for the priesthood, but with the expressed intention also of providing an opportunity for higher education to the citizens of the area. The college has functioned under several names (St. Raphael Seminary, Mt. St. Bernard, St. Joseph College, Dubuque College and Columbia College), finally adopting its present name during its centennial in 1939. From the time of its founding, the college devoted its faculty and facilities to an undergraduate program; it conferred the Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science degrees. The college became coeducational in the fall of 1971.
Both the Undergraduate College and the Graduate Division of Loras College are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to institutional accreditation, a number of specific academic programs are accredited through external professional organizations. The undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs are accredited by the Iowa Department of Education. The Council on Social Work Education has accredited the social work major at the baccalaureate level. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has accredited the undergraduate athletic training program. Loras College is also on the list of colleges approved by the Association of American Universities and the New York Board of Regents.
THE LIBERAL ARTS GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Loras College has a long tradition of offering broad-based liberal arts education along with preparation for professions and careers. Both are needed for an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. The liberal arts tradition thrives at Loras in the general education curriculum which is part of every student’s studies at the College. The model for a liberal arts education began in the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome, was refined during the Renaissance, and continues today—although in different ways. Within that long tradition, several ideas are constant: liberal learning encourages critical and imaginative thinking; it helps develop judgment, and it prepares individuals for leadership and responsibility in many areas of life.
The General Education curriculum at Loras introduces and develops the elements associated with the liberal arts across the four years of the full-time baccalaureate program. It is designed to introduce and develop important intellectual skills, including understanding multiple approaches to learning and the broad spectrum of knowledge and information that is part of the contemporary world. Beginning with the Modes of Inquiry course, students develop the capacities for active learning and reflective thinking—key dispositions for intellectual and personal development. Additional Foundational courses focus on the essential tools of analysis, writing, speaking, research, and presentation of information. Because Loras is a Catholic liberal arts college, the general education curriculum includes academic work on both Catholic identity and democratic citizenship in global context in the Mission courses. At the Advanced level, courses related to five themes—aesthetics, cultural traditions, identity and community, humanity and the physical universe, and values and decisions—are designed to deepen student understanding of disciplinary areas of knowledge and of the interdisciplinary approaches needed to address complex concepts and issues. Key dispositions related to Mission and Advanced courses are ethical decision-making and responsible-contributing.
The majors curricula at the College reinforce and complement the breadth of study in the general education curriculum. By pursuing one of the more than 40 majors, students will engage deeply in one area of knowledge, its field of inquiry, major concepts, methodology, and application. Experiential learning approaches explicitly tie the classroom experience with applications outside the classroom. Opportunities for experiential learning exist in every January term course, internships, research, study away and abroad opportunities throughout the majors programs and general education curriculum.
THE LORAS ENVIRONMENT
An integral part of any strong academic program is an excellent library. The Loras College Library, located in the Academic Resource Center (ARCE), with a staff of nine and a collection of approximately 375,000 items, fulfills this purpose at Loras. The collection has been selected to support the Loras curriculum. In addition to its broad general collection, the library shows its rich heritage in its special collections of rare books. The library is also an official document depository for both the United States government and the State of Iowa.
Student and faculty laptops provide users access to the online computer catalog, numerous online academic research databases, and the world wide web. With computer cataloging and digital interlibrary loan via the internet, the Loras community has access to all levels of library service. Students, faculty and administrators alike are served by the extensive research and study facilities.
The Academic Resource Center opened in 2002 and provides group study rooms for students engaged in collaborative learning; private study rooms for concentrated, uninterrupted work; upholstered seating for casual reading; and spacious open study carrels. Three classrooms are also located here.
Other services included in the ARCE are the Center for Dubuque History and the archives of Loras College, the Headwaters Academic Support Center [which includes the Writing Center, offices for the Honors Program, and the Office of Disability Services] and the Barnes and Noble bookstore.
All full time students are issued a laptop. Part time students have the choice of opting into the program or checking out a laptop as needed for a limited period of time.
The Laptop Program provides students with much more than just a laptop. Technology is woven through everyday student experiences- in the classroom and in co-curricular activities, on campus and off. These experiences help develop Loras students into active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors.
WORK ANYWHERE, ANYTIME
Loras College offers wireless network access in all of the classrooms, in the Academic Resource Center, in the labs, in campus-owned houses, in all resident halls, and in common areas on campus. Simply stated, we are approximately covered 99% indoors with wireless access. Every residence hall room has 100 Mbps switched Ethernet connections as well as wireless connectivity. Most technology resources are available off campus via the internet as well as on campus.
In addition to the laptop, all students have:
350 Mb of personal network storage space
a 10 Gb mailbox for e-mail
an eLearn account, a course information and management tool
network web space to create personal web pages
Microsoft Office Suite- Professional edition
Mathematica for math classes
SPSS for statistics
discipline specific software
Outlook web for e-mail
Microsoft Client for accessing the network
unlimited Help Desk support
100 Mbps wired as well as wireless access to the network in the residence halls
wireless networking capabilities across entire campus
ASSISTANCE: WHERE AND WHEN IT IS NEEDED
The Help Desk offers walk-in, call-in and e-mail support during and beyond normal college business hours. Laptops are repaired on campus by certified technicians. Contact the Help Desk by phone: (563)-588-4949 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional policies and procedures as well as more information about the laptop initiative, visit http://inside.loras.edu/Technology/Pages/home.aspx (loras login account and password necessary)
Help Desk Hours*
Day Summer School Year
Monday- Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 8:00am-5:00pm
*Hours vary during breaks
The Information Technology Department will be making changes to our telecommunications system during the summer of 2012 and new options will be available. Please contact the Help Desk at 563-588-4949 for current information on options.
Students may choose to subscribe to Loras’ long distance by signing a long distance contract in the Telecommunications Office to have your internal extension unblocked for long distance. Students will be billed by their telephone extension and are responsible for all long distance calls made from their telephone line. The College’s long distance rate is 12 cents per minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students will be able to use calling cards from all extensions on campus.
NONDISCRIMINATION POLICIES: RACE, DISABILITY, GENDER
Loras College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Loras College does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of qualified disability or gender in its admission or access to, or treatment of, or employment in its educational programs or activities. Loras College is required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and by Title IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 not to discriminate in such a manner.
Inquiries concerning the application of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to Loras College may be referred to Coordinator, Box 124, Loras College, or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT
Loras College is in compliance with the Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity laws as required by the state of Iowa and the federal government. Loras College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, national, ethnic origin or handicapping condition in the educational programs which it operates or in its employment policies, practice and procedures. Inquiries regarding Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity may be addressed to Affirmative Action Officer, Box 124, Loras College.
STUDENT RIGHT-TO-KNOW AND CAMPUS SECURITY
Loras College is in compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (Federal Law 101-542/State House File 2028). A written policy addressing the areas of counseling, campus security, education, and the accurate and prompt reporting as relating to sexual abuse has been formulated and distributed as required. A copy of the policy may be obtained by contacting the Department of Campus Safety or Dean of Students.
POLICY AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Loras College is committed to having a positive learning and working environment for its students and employees and will not tolerate sexual discrimination or sexual harassment. This principle is consistent with the mission of the College that “recognizes the human dignity of each individual and challenges men and women to grow with purpose and direction.” Sexual Harassment is demeaning, degrading, and can have a negative impact on a person’s performance at work or in class. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Disciplinary sanctions will be taken up to and including discharge for College employees and expulsion of students. Academic presentations of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching regarding sexuality are very appropriate and consistent with the College’s mission, and may not be claimed as violations of this policy.
The complete policy is available in both the Student and Employee handbooks:
http://www.loras.edu/Campus-Life/Student-Handbook.aspx (Student Handbook)
FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT OF 1974 (BUCKLEY AMENDMENT)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution. These rights include:
The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day Loras College receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Loras College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance com mittee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Loras College who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Loras College.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Loras College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student to the following individuals and in the following circumstances:
To other school officials, including teachers, within Loras College whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a) (1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))
To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31(a)(6))
To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. ((§99.31(a)(7))
To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10))
Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))
To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of §99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or
offense, regardless of the finding. (§99.31(a)(13))
To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of §99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§99.31(a)(14))
To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))
Student Academic Records—J. Thomas Brown, Registrar, email@example.com
Student Development Records—Arthur W. Sunleaf, Vice President for Student Development,
ADMISSION POLICY REQUIREMENTS
General Entrance Requirements
Students who apply for admission to Loras College are considered on the basis of probable success determined by academic coursework and achievement in secondary school, aptitude scores, references and other relevant information.
Loras evaluates admission applications throughout the year for fall semester or spring semester entrance. When all materials required for admission have been received, the application will then be reviewed. Applicants are notified of the decision on a rolling basis.
Students accepted to Loras usually are graduates of a state-accredited high school and have completed a college preparatory curriculum. Recommended study includes:
Four years of English
Three years of mathematics
Three years of natural science
Three years of social science
Two years of additional academic courses (foreign language, additional natural science courses, etc.)
Generally, Loras College accepts students on the basis of six semesters of high school work with a cumulative high school grade point average of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. All incoming students must send a final high school transcript certifying their graduation to the Office of Admission prior to enrollment. All applicants are also required to submit an ACT or SAT test score. A minimum ACT composite score of 20 with no sub scores below 17 or a minimum SAT score of 1440 is required for admission.
Students who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered by the Admission Committee on an individual basis. Students may be asked to submit seventh or eighth semester grades as well as a personal statement and letters of recommendation.
Students who do not have a high school diploma must present the results of the GED Test, submit an ACT or SAT test score (unless the student has been out of high school five yearsor more), and submit a high school transcript(s) with all previous work. These standards do not apply to transfer students with a GED or who have successfully completed more than 14 semester credit hours of college work. Students transferring to Loras College should follow the guidelines for transfer student admission.
Loras College reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student who fails to fulfill properly and promptly all requirements for admission and registration, including any conditions specified for admission or readmission in individual cases.
Division & Program Entrance Requirements
All students accepted for general admission to Loras College are responsible for providing appropriate materials and meeting requirements of the program/division in which they choose to major. Contact the Division or Program chair for information about additional requirements.
FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
First-time applicants to Loras College must forward the following items to the Office of Admission:
1. A completed Loras College Application for Admission
2. Official high school transcript(s) or GED certificate
3. An official score report from one of the following tests:
a. American College Test (ACT)
b. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
4. Personal statement (optional, or by request of the Admission Standards Committee)
5. Letter(s) of recommendation (optional, or by request of the Admission Standards
Loras College welcomes the application of qualified students from accredited colleges or universities. Transfer applicants may be admitted to Loras if they present evidence of at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from the last college or university in which they were enrolled. College-level coursework that is comparable to the Loras College curriculum requirements and in which a minimum grade of “C” was earned is transferable to Loras (see Transfer Credit Policy for more detail). Students who do not meet the minimum transfer requirements may be reviewed by the Admission Standards Committee on an individual basis.
The transfer applicant must submit the following to the Office of Admission:
A completed Loras College Application for Admission
Official academic transcript(s) from each college/university attended
Official Financial Aid Transcript (FAT) from each college/university attended
Official high school transcript(s) with graduation date or GED certificate
Personal statement (optional , or by request of the Admission Standards Committee)
Letter(s) of recommendation (optional , or by request of the Admission Standards Committee)
It should be noted that transfer students who do not submit all official transcripts will be blocked from registering for their second term until such time as official transcripts are received.
Transfer applicants will receive an official credit evaluation of previous college coursework at the time of acceptance. They may receive an unofficial credit evaluation upon request. Students should contact their Admissions Representative for more information.
Any previously enrolled student wishing to return to Loras to complete his/her bachelor’s degree and who has been away from Loras College for more than one semester must apply for readmission. Students participating in a Loras approved foreign study semester are not required to apply for readmission.
All application materials must be on file in the Office of the Registrar at least 10 business days prior to the start of the term to be considered for readmission for that term.
Returning students must submit the following materials to the Office of the Registrar:
A completed Loras College Application for Readmission (contact Registrar's office for form)
An official academic transcript(s) from each college/university attended since withdrawal from Loras
Personal statement addressing the reasons for seeking readmission
The application materials may be submitted to the Office of the Registrar in one of the following ways:
In person at Room 135, Keane Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a m. to 4:30 p.m.
By mail: Office of the Registrar, Mail #1, Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
Returning student applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee when appropriate. Previous admission is not a guarantee of readmission. In select cases, the student may be asked to provide additional information or to schedule a personal interview.
Any student who has been away from Loras College for LESS than one semester should contact the Senior Assistant Registrar at 135 Keane Hall or by calling 563-588-7779.
SECOND DEGREE STUDENTS
A student who possesses a bachelor's degree from another accredited institution and wishes to enroll at Loras to pursue an additional degree may seek admission as a Second Degree Student. Loras College graduates are only eligible ro pursue a second bachelor's degree in a discipline other than the original degree (i.e., if a Loras graduate holds a B.A., they may not pursue another B.A. from Loras, only a B.S.).
Requirements for admission:
A completed Loras College Application for a Second Degree (http://depts.loras.edu/registrar/SecondDegreeApplication.pdf).
A nonrefundable $25 application fee.
Official transcript of previous degree(s) received.
Sumbit the application materials to the Office of the Registrar by one of the following methods:
In person, to Room 135 Keane Hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m.
By fax to Office of the Registrar, (563) 588-4962
By U.S. post to Office of the Registrar, Mail #1, Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista St., Dubuque, IA 52001
All application materials must be on file in the Office of the Registrar at least 10 days prior to the start of the term to be considered for admission for that term.
Requirements for degree:
Be admitted to Loras College
Be accepted as a major
Earn at least 30 credit hours in residence at Loras College
Fulfill all of the requirements for the major. If rpevious courses satisfy some of the major requirements, the division will designate courses from other areas that will enhance the major.
A holder of a B.A. or B.S. degree from another accredited institution is considered to have satisfied all the Loras general education requirements.
A Special Student is any student who is not pursuing a degree, as well as any student who is 16 years of age or older, but has not yet obtained their high school diploma. Students under the age of 16 are not admitted to Loras College under any circumstance.
Students pursuing a admission as a special student must:
A completed Loras College Special Student application (contact 563-588-4915)
A nonrefundable application fee
Transcript or statement of good academic and social standing from the last school attended (for undergraduates)
Transcripts from all institutions attended
Students will be notified by the Admission Office when they can register.
Any special student who has not completed a bachelor’s degree and wishes to continue at Loras beyond one summer session or one semester must complete the regular application procedure and provide additional documentation as needed.
ST. PIUS X SEMINARY PROGRAM
St. Pius X Seminary is associated with Loras College and operated under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The seminary provides a full undergraduate education and preparation for theological seminary. In addition, it provides a pre-theology program for participants who have already acquired a bachelor’s but do not have the academic background required for admission to a theological seminary (pre-theologians are eligible to earn a second undergraduate degree from Loras with the completion of the philosophy major). Both programs follow the guidelines set out by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Program of Priestly Formation, 5th ed. (2006). In the terminology of that document, St. Pius X Seminary is a collaborative diocesan seminary.
The seminary provides a coordinated program to meet the needs of participants in five principal areas: human formation, spiritual formation, intellectual formation, pastoral formation, and community life. All aspects of formation converge on a common mission: enabling candidates to reach an appropriate level of readiness to participate fruitfully and successfully in priestly formation at the theologate level.
A student who plans to enter major seminary after graduation from Loras is expected to include in his academic program 30 credits in Philosophy, including the following courses:
3 ch.- L.PHI-101: Introduction to Philosophy
3 ch.- L.PHI-220: Ancient Philosophy
3 ch.- L.PHI-221: Medieval Philosophy
3 ch.- L.PHI-222: Modern Philosophy
3 ch.- L.PHI-223: Contemporary Philosophy
3 ch.- L.PHI-250: Human Identity in Community-AI
3 ch.- L.PHI-301: Foundational Ethics
3 ch.- L.PHI-331: Knowledge, Truth, and Reality
3 ch.- L.PHI-333: Philosophy of God and Religion
3 ch.- Elective; either L.PHI-319: Bioethics-AV or L.PHI 278: Bioethics, Society, and Culture is strongly recommended.
12 ch.- Elective; selected with the advice of a seminary faculty member.
A reading knowledge of Latin and Greek is not an entrance requirement for most theological seminaries. However, most do require such knowledge for all M.A. candidates and strongly suggest that these languages be studied at the undergraduate level.
TUITION AND FEES
PAYMENT OF FEES
The tuition and fees for the current academic year are available at: http://www.loras.edu/ admissions/fees.asp
Specific information on the fees and refund policy associated with January term are available at: http://www.loras.edu/jterm.The January term courses have separate policies for schedule changes and refunds.
All fees are billed by the term and become an obligation at the time of registration for that term. Statements will be published online for all registered students in mid-July for the fall term, in mid-November for the January term, in late November for the spring term, and in mid-May for the summer term. By registering for classes, the student is automatically enrolled in a monthly installment payment plan for the fall and spring terms. Continued enrollment at Loras College is conditioned on the acceptance and understanding of the Terms and Conditions of the payment plan. It is important that the student understand the Terms and Conditions which apply to the payment plan and agree to be bound by the terms. To view the Terms and Conditions statement for the payment plan, visit the online student account system, select Installment Payment Plan Details, View Agreement. Payment of all charges not covered by financial aid or loans is due by August 15 for the fall semester, December 15 for the spring semester (includes January term fees), and June 15 for the summer term. Loras College also offers an option of paying in four installments per semester. Details about the payment plan option are sent to registered students in July. A $25 nonrefundable service charge is assessed to those who do not fulfill their monthly payment requirement.
In some cases, a student may have a Business Office Registration Hold based on the following:
Fall Registration Hold - This hold will take effect when registering for the fall semester. All students must have a balance of $500.00 or less in order to register from year to year (spring to fall the following year). If the student does not hvae the minimum balance by April 1st of the year prioir to registration ALL registrations will be CANCELLED, including classes, housing, meal plan and any/all other college registrations.
Spring Registration Hold - For the fall to spring registration, the College does not generally require a fully paid bill; however, if no payments have been made to that date or a significant outstanding balance exists, the College reserves the right to hold the student's registration for the upcoming term.
Students whose accounts are delinquent or not current on their payment plan (for registered students) may not obtain a transcript or a diploma until the account is paid in full. Also, transcripts will not be issued to a student if the student is in default on loans. For further information about the tuition, fees and refund policy please contact the Director of Student Accounts.
Loras College does not carry insurance on personal property of faculty members, students or workers, and is not responsible for the loss or damage of such property.
All students participating in study abroad trips sponsored by Loras College are required to have accident and health insurance coverage, which is normally purchased by the College on behalf of participants.
STUDENT FINANCIAL PLANNING
FINANCIAL AID POLICY
RETURN OF TITLE IV FUNDS
A student earns aid based solely on the length of time he/she attends. The financial aid office recalculates federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, or are dismissed prior to completing 60% of a semester.
Title IV funds refer to the Federal financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) and includes the following programs: Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loans, Direct Subsidized Stafford loans, Federal Perkins loans, Direct PLUS loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal SEOG, Federal TEACH Grants. Though the Federal Work-Study program is also included in Title IV funds, it is not included when calculating the Return of Title IV funds.
Recalculation is based on the percent of earned aid using the following formula:
Percent earned = Number of days completed up to the withdrawal date* / total days in the semester.
*Withdrawal date is defined as the actual date the student began the institution’s withdrawal process, the student’s last date of recorded attendance or the midpoint of the semester for a student who leaves without notifying the institution.
Federal financial aid is returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid using the following formula:
Aid to be returned = (100%- percent earned) X the amount of aid disbursed toward institutional charges.
In accordance with Federal regulations, the student (or parent for a PLUS loan) must return unearned aid by repaying funds to the following sources in order: Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan, Direct Subsidized Stafford loan, Perkins loan, Direct PLUS loan, Pell Grant, FSEOG, and other Title IV programs. When aid is returned, the student may owe a balance to the college. The student must make satisfactory repayment arrangements with the Business Office at Loras College.
The Director of Financial Planning is responsible for the calculation of the amount of Title IV funds a student has earned at the point of withdrawal. Worksheets provided by the Department of Education are used and are available upon request.
RETURN OF LORAS COLLEGE AND STATE AID
In calculating the unearned Loras College and State aid, the procedure for determining the withdrawal date is the same as the federal policy. Once the federal policy has been applied, the College and State aid will be returned using the same unearned percentage as calculated in the federal policy.
Room and board will be adjusted at the rate of 95% for students who move in but leave on or before the first day of class. After that, room and board will be adjusted on the same percentage basis as tuition with no further adjustments after 60% of the semester has elapsed.
STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Parents and students are expected to be the primary source of financial assistance to meet college expenses. To determine the extent of the expected family contribution, all students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. FAFSAs may be complete online at www fafsa.ed.gov. Renewal FAFSA reminders will be emailed to students.
The priority deadline to submit a completed FAFSA is April 15.
Funding is limited, so awards made after April 15 are subject to availability.
All assistance must be applied for annually, and is limited to four years of full-time study during fall and spring semesters.
In any given academic year, the total amount a student may receive from institutional scholarships and awards is limited to the cost of tuition.
LORAS MERIT AND SPECIAL AWARDS / GRANTS
Loras awards assistance to full-time students on the basis of academic merit. All merit awards are renewable by maintaining a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average. Annual completion of the FAFSA is recommended for all award recipients.
Loras College Merit Awards: Based on high school achievement and standardized test scores. More information is available from the Admission Office or visit http://www.loras.edu/Admission-and-Financial-Aid/Financial-Aid.aspx.
Transfer scholarships and awards may be awarded to students based on cumulative college GPA. Transfer students must have at least 12 transferable credits to be considered for scholarships and grants.
Priesthood Scholarships. Available to students who are registered with the St. Pius X Seminary. Completion of the FAFSA is required.
Loras Grant. Available to full-time students who demonstrate financial need.
FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAMS
FEDERAL PELL GRANTS
Awarded to students according to specific federal need analysis criteria, making completion of the FAFSA necessary. Valued from $300 to $5,500, the actual amount is subject to federal funding for this program.
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANTS (SEOG)
Available to students demonstrating exceptional financial need with preference given to Pell Grant recipients. Valued from $100 to $4,000, the actual amount of the award depends upon the level of federal funding. Most Loras awards do not exceed $2,000.
FEDERAL TEACH GRANTS
Provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.
STATE SCHOLARSHIP/GRANT PROGRAMS
IOWA TUITION GRANTS
Grants of up to $4,000 are available to help Iowa students attend an Iowa private college. These grants are need-based and completion of the FAFSA by July 1 is required. Grants are available on a prorated basis to students who enroll less than full-time. An Iowa Tuition Grant can be received for a maximum of eight semesters of full-time study.
Grants of $1,000 are available to full-time Iowa students who meet need-based criteria and submit the FAFSA. Grants are also available on a prorated basis to students who enroll at least half-time.
Each year Loras College offers work opportunities to students who need financial assistance. Employment opportunities are posted on the portal.
The Office of Financial Planning awards work study from the Federal Work Study Program. To work under this program, a student must be enrolled at least half-time, be in good academic standing and complete the FAFSA. All hiring on campus is done through individual campus departments in conjunction with the Center for Experiential Learning and the Office of Financial Planning. Federal Work Study Community Service positions allow students to utilize their work study award through employment at community organizations.
Before beginning a work study position, students are required to submit a completed Work Authorization Form to the Financial Planning Office and complete a W-4 and I-9 form in the Business Office. These forms must be on file before a student may receive a paycheck.
Students are allowed to hold one job that is equal to or greater than four hours per week throughout the academic year and one position that is less than four hours per week and not necessarily lasting the duration of an academic year. The amount of hours worked depends on the student’s work study award and class schedule, with the maximum hours allowed being 15 hours per week for all positions worked.
FEDERAL PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM
A long-term low interest loan (currently 5%) administered by Loras College. Students may borrow up to $5,500 per year of undergraduate study. These loans are need-based and require the student to complete a FAFSA.
WILLIAM D. FORD DIRECT LOAN PROGRAM
The Direct Stafford Loan Program allows students to borrow low-interest loans from the federal government.
The Direct Stafford Loan is administered by the federal government. You may be eligible to borrow up to $5,500 per year as a first-year student; $6,500 as a sophomore; and $7,500 as a junior or senior. Graduate students may borrow $8,500 per year. These loans have an aggregate limit.
The Direct Stafford Loan Program includes both subsidized (need-based) and unsubsidized (not based on financial need) loans. You may have either loan type or a combination of both in your award letter.
The Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is available to parents (without an adverse credit history) of dependent undergraduate students. Parents may borrow the difference between the student’s cost of education less financial assistance.
RENEWAL OF ASSISTANCE
Financial assistance may be renewed for successive years providing the student continues to demonstrate financial need, satisfactory progress and personal responsibility. Annual completion of the FAFSA by April 15 is required.
FORMULATION OF ACADEMIC POLICY
The Provost oversees the formulation of academic policy and curricula. The Academic Council formulates and modifies academic policies for the undergraduate program. The Curriculum Committee is responsible for the general education curriculum and for the curricula of majors and minors.
Each new bulletin year begins with the fall semester. Students may not complete general education requirements under one bulletin and major requirements under another bulletin.
Graduation requirements are determined according to the bulletin in effect at the time of first enrollment. If enrollment is in any credit course and is continuous (at least one course is taken each academic year), then graduation requirements are taken from the bulletin in effect at the time of first enrollment.
To protect initial bulletin rights, leaves of absence must be requested and approved in advance of the term for which absence is anticipated. When an unapproved break in enrollment occurs, graduation requirements are determined according to the bulletin in effect at the time of re-entry into continuous enrollment.
CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENT
A degree student is a student who has met the entrance requirements, has been accepted as a degree candidate, and is currently enrolled at Loras College. A student is classified as a full-time student when registered for 12 or more credits; and as a part-time student when registered for less than 12 credits. A student is further classified based on the following schedule of college credits:
first year student: 1-27 credits
sophomore: 28-55 credits
junior: 59-89 credits
senior: 90+ credits.
SECOND MAJOR POLICY
A person with a bachelor’s degree from Loras College may not apply for an additional major and have that major added to his/her transcript after a degree has been conferred. Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree from any institution may seek admission as a Second Degree Student (see Second Degree Students under Admission Policy).
A special student who has not received a bachelor’s degree may register for no more than 11 credits per semester, not to exceed one summer or one semester. Any special student who has not completed a bachelor’s degree and wishes to continue at Loras beyond one summer or one semester must complete the regular application procedure and provide additional documentation as needed. A special student is not eligible for financial aid and may be reclassified as a degreeseeking student whenever he/she fulfills the admission entrance requirements, or by action of the Admission Committee.
Participation in the January term is limited to Loras College students who are enrolled in a degree program. A special student who is pursuing coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree has no restrictions on the number of credits in which he/she may enroll. A special student should contact the Financial Planning Office concerning financial aid options.
Each full-time degree-seeking student is assigned a faculty advisor. The advisor helps the student develop a course schedule for each semester and acts as a resource for the student regarding the academic curriculum. When a student declares a major, the student is assigned an advisor from the major area. A student declaring more than one major is assigned an advisor from each area.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements for the degree have been completed prior to graduation. The advisor is available to answer questions, but failure on the part of the advisor to recommend or insist upon required courses in no way absolves the student of responsibility in meeting those requirements.
APPLYING FOR ACADEMIC MAJOR
In order to be eligible for graduation, a student must complete a major as outlined in this bulletin. Degree-seeking students must apply for a major by the end of the second semester of the sophomore year. The application process for a major is:
The student completes an online Application for Major form for each intended major.
The Office of the Registrar forwards the electronic form to the Division Chairperson of the major area.
The Chairperson reviews the request, and if the student is accepted into the major, then the Chairperson assigns the student an advisor. A copy of the acceptance form is emailed to the student and the assigned advisor.
A student wishing to pursue more than one major completes the application for a major for each major. The online application for a major is found following th Academic Forms Heading on the IQ main page.
Students are bound by the requirements published in the Bulletin for the major in effect for the term within which the major is declared. If the division changes the requirements, the student may opt to fulfill the new requirements by receiving written permission from the Division Chair.
Students wishing to earn a minor must declare the minor by completing the online Declaration of Minor form located on the IQ Main Page. For minor requirements, see the individual program listings found in this bulletin.
Students with questions regarding the requirements for the minor or those with registration questions should contact the Division Chair in which the minor resides.
Registration is held in late October or early November for the following Spring term and in March or April for the following Fall and Summer terms. Registration for the January term takes place in March or April for the international courses and in late September for the on-campus and domestic travel courses. Each student develops a class schedule in consultation with the advisor. The advisor clears the student to register and the student self-registers on or after the student’s assigned registration time.
Loras students may cross-register for courses offered on the Clarke University or the University of Dubuque campus on a space available basis. Cross-registered credits are considered institutional credits and grades earned are included in the computation of the student’s cumulative grade point average. Not all courses are open to cross-registration. To register for a class at Clarke University or the University of Dubuque, Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the Clarke/UD class details (catalog and section number, course title). After registration is completed at Clarke University or University of Dubuque, available seats will be identified and registration completed. If so, students will be able to see the course on the IQ page once they are registered. If the course being taken is meant to apply to a major requirement, students are encouraged to double-check with the course’s Division Chair and their faculty advisor to make sure that the course they are taking is applicable.
The following regulations apply to cross-registration:
Credit earned through cross-registration is considered institutional credit, and will affect a student's Grade Point Average, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and Extracurricular Activity eligibility.
A college may refuse to accept a cross-registration from a student who was dropped from that college for academic or other reasons.
A college may withhold the grades of a cross-registered student if that student has an outstanding balance at that college.
A college may refuse to accept a cross-registration for a student previously denied admission to that college for academic or other reasons.
Appeals to the above restrictions may be made to the Academic Dean of the refusing institution.
Loras College accepts collegiate-level, academic course work from regionally accredited colleges and universities. “Regionally accredited” refers to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or by similar regional accrediting associations. Transfer credit is accepted as equivalent coursework based on the credit value of the Loras course, not the credit value of a previous post-secondary institution
PROVIDING AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
An “official transcript” should be understood to be a transcript printed on specially prepared paper, sent in a sealed envelope. Students who have completed coursework at another institution should contact each previous school’s Office of the Registrar to have an official transcript sent to:
Office of the Registrar
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
Loras College also accepts electronic copies sent through a secure server. To be regarded as official an electronically ransmitted transcript must be from the original sending institution, or averifiable third party vendor such as Avow, Script Safe, Speedy EDI or other recognized vendor. Since electronic transcripts are not considered official once printed, the printed copy must be accompanied by a copy of the email from the sending institution with annotation of verification or from the third part vendor with the login and password for retrieval of the transcript. The designated person in admission who is trained in identifying official transcripts will print off both the email and the transcript, verify as official, initial and date the documents.
Electronic transcripts NOT processed in this manner will not be regarded as official. Electronic copies may be sent to: email@example.com.
Once the transcript is received, it will be evaluated to determine which courses will transfer. The transcript(s) should be provided prior to the beginning of the student’s first semester at Loras. Failure to provide the transcript(s) by the stated time limit may result in denial of transfer credit and/or a hold on registration for future terms.
GENERAL EDUCATION INFORMATION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS
Once a student has enrolled at Loras, all foundational, mission, and advanced general education courses must be completed at Loras College.
Modes of Inquiry Waiver
Any transfer student who attempted at least 12 credits (one full-time term) from post-secondary coursework, or 15 credits total, or is at least 24 years of age will have their Modes of Inquiry requirements waived. Coursework completed while co-enrolled in a high-school level program and exam credit will not count towards the minimum required credits. Credit transferred from military training or experience does count towards the minimum required credits.
January Term Requirements
Transfer students entering Loras College with less than 40 credits are required to successfully complete at least two (2) Loras College January term courses as part of the graduation requirements. Students entering Loras College with 40.0 or more transfer credits are required to complete at least one (1) January term. Loras College sponsored study away programs may fulfill one of the required J-term courses.
The Catholic Identity-MC course must be taken in residence at Loras College.
Transfer students are required to complete one course in each of the five (5) advanced general education categories; three (3) categories must be completed with courses taken at Loras; two (2) of the categories must be a fulfilled by a cluster. The Cluster requirement is not waived for students transferring 64 or fewer credits.
Advanced General Education Requirements
A maximum of two Advanced General Education (AGE) courses may be transferred into a Loras Bachelor degree. Coursework completed while co-enrolled in a high-school level program and exam credit will not count towards AGE equivalency. Any otherwise equivalent courses will transfer as regular credit. If a transfer student transfers credit that is equivalent to a Loras AGE course, that student may be registered for AGE courses without having to complete the AGE prerequisites. AGE equivalencies are generally not approved for 100-level coursework.
TRANSFER CREDIT RESTRICTIONS
Required grades for transfer credit
Only collegiate-level, academic course work with a final grade of “C” or better will be considered for transfer credit. A course with a grade of “P” or “S” may be awarded transfer credit at the discretion of the Office of the Registrar. A course will be considered for transfer credit only if content was similar to a Loras College course.
Maximum transfer credit awarded
A maximum of 64 credits from a community college/junior college/two-year college and/or examination credit may be awarded toward the total number of hours needed for graduation. A maximum of 90 credits from a four-year institution may be awarded toward the total number of hours needed for graduation. A maximum of 90 credits from two-year and four-year institutions combined may be awarded toward the total number of hours needed for graduation (not to exceed the previous stated maximums). The Office of the Registrar reserves the right to determine the total number of credits to be awarded for each transfer course. A maximum of 2 courses may be accepted towards Advanced General Education (see page 69). A maximum of 30 exam credits may be accepted towards completion of a baccalaureate degree.
Transfer Credit on the Loras College Transcript
Courses awarded transfer credit will be indicated on the Loras College transcript by the name of the college attended and the total number of credits accepted for transfer. Transfer courses are not calculated into the Loras College grade point average.
If a student completes a course at Loras College that had previously been awarded transfer credit from another institution, the transferred course will be removed from the transcript and the student will only receive credit for the Loras course.
Course work not awarded transfer credit
Non-collegiate level course work that was intended to be a review of secondary material (for example, but not limited to, English, mathematics or reading enrichment courses), credit awarded for intercollegiate athletic participation, physical education activity courses, and continuing education units (CEU’s) will not be awarded transfer credit. In general, vocational technical training is not eligible for transfer credit. Military Occupational Specialty courses are evaluated on a case-by-case basis using ACE-approved AARTS military transcripts.
Course work that may be awarded transfer credit
Credit awarded for internship, practicum, or field experience completed at institutions other than Loras may be awarded transfer credit at the discretion of the Office of the Registrar and the academic division which corresponds to the course work. Similarly, applied technical course work completed at a regionally accredited institution may also be awarded transfer credit at the discretion of the aforementioned offices. Military credit recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) will be evaluated and courses that are found to be similar in content to Loras College courses may be awarded transfer credit.
SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR INTERNATIONAL CREDIT
International credit must be evaluated by an independent evaluation service (with the exception of credit that was earned through an approved study abroad experience) and a course-by-course evaluation must be submitted in order to be considered. Courses that are found to be similar in content to Loras College courses may be awarded transfer credit. Students seeking to transfer international credit should consult with the Office of Intercultural Programs to determine an appropriate independent evaluation service provider.
Advanced Placement (AP) credit earned through the College Entrance Examination Board will be awarded appropriate transfer credit for scores according to the list below. In the situation where the student has been awarded college credit and AP Exam credit for the same course content, transfer credit will be awarded only for the AP Exam. Please note that AP exam results must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar directly from the College Board. Student’s should contact the College Board to have exam score results in the same way as post-secondary transcripts (see page 33).
ADVANCED PLACEMENT SCORES
Test. Minimum, Credit, Equivalent Subject
Art-Drawing, 3, 3, Elective
Biology, 3, 4, Elective
Chemistry, 4, 4, L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I
Chemistry, 5, 8, L.CHE-111: General Chemistry I and L.CHE-112: General Chemistry II
Computer Science A, 3, 4, L.CIT-115: Programming. & Design Basics
Econ-Macroeconomics, 3, 3, L.ECO-222: Macroeconomics
Econ-Microeconomics, 3, 3, L.ECO-221: Microeconomics
English Language/Comp, 3, 3, L.LIB-105: College Writing-FW
English Literature/Comp, 3, 3, Elective
Environmental Science, 3, 3, Elective
French Language, 3, 3, Elective
Geography, Human, 4, 3, Elective
History, European, 3, 3, L.HIS-140: Modern Europe Since 1750
History, U.S., 3, 6, L.HIS-121: U S History to 1877 and L.HIS-122: US History Since 1865
History, World, 3, 3, L.HIS-175: Themes in World History
Mathematics-Calculus AB, 3, 4, L.MAT-150: Calc. of One Variable-FM
Mathematics-Calculus BC, 3, 8, L.MAT-150: Calc. of One Variable-FM and L.MAT-160: Calc of One Variable II
Math-Statistics, 3, 3, L.MAT-115: Statistics-FM
Music Theory, 3, 3, L.MUS-101: Music Theory I
Music Theory, 4, 6, L.MUS-101: Music Theory I and L.MUS-102: Music Theory II
Physics B, 3, 8, L.PHY-210: Elements of Physics I and L.PHY-211: Elements of Physics II
Physics C, 3, 4, L.PHY-210: Elements of Physics I
Politics, Comp Gvrnmnt, 3, 3, L.POL-211: Comparing Political Regimes
Politics, U.S. Gvrnment, 3, 3, L.POL-101: Issues in American Politics
Psychology, 4, 3, L.PSY-101: Introductory Psychology
Spanish Language, 3, 3, Elective
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Credit earned through the College Entrance Examination Board will be awarded appropriate transfer credit for achieving a minimum qualifying score. Students seeking CLEP credit should consult with the Office of the Registrar about the minimum qualifying score for individual CLEP examinations. A list of exams offered by CLEP can be found at http://clep.collegeboard/org/exam.
Credit earned through the Higher Level Examinations of the International Baccalaureate Program will be awarded appropriate transfer credit for a minimum score of six (6).
Cambridge International Examination
Credit earned through the Cambridge Assessment will be awarded appropriate transfer credit for a passing score of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, or “E” on “AS” or “A” level examinations.
Procedures for Current Students Seeking Credit on Another Campus
Once a student enrolls at Loras College the student must complete all remaining general education courses including Foundation, Mission, and Advanced General Education courses at Loras College.
A Loras student wishing to transfer in course credit from another institution must obtain the permission of the appropriate division chairperson and the Office of the Registrar prior to enrollment in that course. Students may seek approval to take a course on another campus other than Clarke University or University of Dubuque by completing the online form found on the IQ Main Page (for Clarke University and University of Dubuque registration procedures, see page 33). The student must submit the official transcript to the Office of the Registrar within six months of completion of the course in order to have the course considered for transfer credit. Failure to provide the transcript(s) by the stated time limits may result in denial of transfer credit.
If a Loras student has received a passing grade in a required course for his/her major but has not met the specific grade requirement in the course for the major, the student must seek prior written approval from the Division Chairperson to complete this course at another institution to demonstrate content competency and fulfill this requirement of the major. The original course taken at Loras College, however, will remain on the student’s transcript and the course taken at another institution will not be transferred for credits toward the degree.
It is the student’s responsibility to provide official transcripts within the stated time limits in order to ensure that his/her transfer credit is evaluated and appropriate academic advising can take place. It is also the student’s responsibility to confirm that transfer credit has been transferred to the Loras College transcript. Students are encouraged to check their online transcript to verify that the transfer credit has been awarded. It is also the student’s responsibility to provide a course description, syllabus and examples of course work to the Office of the Registrar to assist in determining if a course is transferable.
STUDY ABROAD CREDIT
Students studying abroad on Loras College sponsored semester programs and affiliate study abroad programs in which students remain enrolled at Loras will adhere to the following requirements:
Students must register and complete the Loras College Equivalent of full time study at the host institution. Failure to do so may result in retroactive adjustments to student aid for the term abroad.
Students must ensure submission of an official transcript from the host institution to the Office of the Registrar to receive credit for the international coursework.
International coursework must receive a letter grade unless prior approval for a Pass/Fail grade has been documented in the Registrar's office.
International coursework must earn an equivalent grade of C or better in order to receive passing credit. This equivalency is determined by the Center for Experiential Learning based on standard best practices.
To support the above requirements, the following procedures will be followed:
Students will be registered for 12 "placeholder" study abroad credits at Loras College during their semester abroad.
Upon receipt of the student's official transcript, the "placeholder" credits will be replaced with the appropriate course titles and credits. The grades earned abroad will not be transferred to the Loras transcript as they appear on the host insitution's transcript. Rather, if the student earned a C or better, then the grade corresponding to that course will be recorded as a P. If the grade earned was less than a C, then the grade earned and recorded will be an F and will negatively impact the student's GPA. All attempted international coursework will be trascripted in this manner.
The heart of Loras College is its academic program. Class attendance is expected to take priority over other College activities. Any absence, regardless of the reason, will prevent the student from getting the full benefit from a course.
Due to insurance policy and Homeland Security requirements, any individual who is attending a course section must be properly registered for the course by the 6th day of the term. Individuals not properly registered for a course should not be permitted to further attend the course and their name should be reported immediately to the Office of the Registrar. Exceptions to the section attendance policy are: 1) college-approved guests, such as prospective students who are officially scheduled through the Office of Admissions, 2) college employees approved in advance by the instructor, and 3) other non-student guests not in regular class attendance as approved in advance by the Registrar, instructor and department chair.
POLICY ON CLASS ATTENDANCE AND COLLEGE SPONSORED EVENTS
Occasionally, during a semester other College sponsored events conflict with scheduled classes or required course activities. College sponsored events covered by this policy include: intercollegiate athletic competitions, theater and choral performances, and debate. This policy does not cover the following types of activities: course field trips, practice for any college sponsored event, or academic/co-curricular conferences.
This policy is intended to alleviate potential conflict that may place the student in the middle of choosing between attending two required events. The policy is clear about responsibilities and the processes to be followed. However, should a situation arise in which any student, instructor, coach or moderator believes that this policy is being violated, he/she should contact any one of the following individuals: the Athletic Director, the Dean of Students, or the Faculty chair of the faculty Senate. These three individuals will meet as necessary to hear and rule on all alleged violations.
Submit a copy of team/organization's schedule to instructors no later than the first week of class with all specific course conflicts highlighted.
Through email and oral notification, communicate with instructor(s) at least one class prior to each class scheduled to miss to coordinate how work will be made up and turned in. The course syllabus may require greater advance notice of a pending absence. Students are expected to make up coursework missed (or an appropriate equivalent) by the original due date.
Forward all relevant changes to the schedule to instructors as soon as possible.
Submit all course syllabi and schedule of course commitments to coach/moderator as soon as possible.
It is a privilege to participate in college sponsored events. Students found to be intentionally abusing this policy will lose the opportunity to participate in college sponsored events.
Distribute or post a course syllabus by the end of the second day of class that includes:
Dates for all required course events (both in and out of classroom);
Attendance policy and consequences for missed classes when they are not due to a colege sponsored event;
Policy on work, quizzes, exams, labs, or presentations missed due to participation in a college sponsored event;
due dates for major assignments and presentations.
Review course conflicts submitted by students. When a student submits more absences than the instructor deems acceptable, the instructor must communicate with the student and his/her moderator/coach within the first two weeks of class that it is not advisable for the student to take the course that semester. If the student must take the course at this time, then the student, instructor and moderator/coach should meet to identify whether a schedule of commitments can be determined that can support the student's success in both endeavors.
In some courses it is possible that there are days when students simply cannot make up the work and their success in the course demands that they be in class on these days. These non-replicable, high-stakes course activities must be clearly articulated in the syllabus and verbalized to students during the first week of classes. In these few instances, students can be penalized for missing class due to a college sponsored event.
Distribute and post to the portal the schedule for the semester that includes:
days, times (start and departure), locations of the event
post-season and tournament dates (roughly) in the event that group qualifies
contact person information
an official roster
Highlight and post any changes to the original schedule and to the roster as soon as they are known. Email schedule changes to students with as much prior notice as possible.
Schedule all contests/events so that there are limited conflicts during the week.
Seek prior approval from your area Vice President when any single college sponsored event will require students to miss 3 class days.
POLICY ON CLASS ATTENDANCE DURING JANUARY TERM
Students enrolled in a January term course are expected to attend each class meeting and participate fully in the January term experience. Students who do not attend class or who are not actively involved in the course may be administratively dropped from the class by the instructor at any time. Students who are administratively dropped after the second day will receive a grade of “F” and will forfeit all tuition and fees for the course.
ADMINISTRATIVE DROP POLICY
A student who registers for a class but who has not attended the first two consecutive class meetings and does not notify the course instructor why he/she is absent, may be reported by the instructor to the Office of the Registrar as “not attending” and the student’s name may be removed from the class roster. The available seat may then be given to another student.
A student who registers for a one-day-a-week class and does not notify the course instructor why he/she is absent for the first class period, may be reported by the instructor to the Office of the Registrar as “not attending” and the student’s name may be removed from the class roster. The available seat may then be given to another student.
When the name of a non-attending student is removed from a class roster, the student will be emailed an updated schedule. The instructor and the student’s advisor will also be notified by email that the student’s name has been deleted from a roster.
Beginning the second week of classes and through the end of the fourth week of classes, the faculty may forward to the Office of the Registrar the names of students who have a pattern of unexcused absences as defined in the course syllabus. By direction of the instructor, these students will be administratively dropped from the appropriate course roster.
This policy is in effect for the first twenty (20) business days of the fall and spring semesters, and for the first day of the January term.
Students are expected to manage their own registration, and the financial and academic consequences for failing to drop a class shall remain in effect despite student intent.
DISMISSAL FROM CLASS
The instructor reserves the right to dismiss from class and establish conditions for the return of any student who, after a warning, persists in activities detrimental to the purposes and objectives of the class. The student may appeal the dismissal to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs who, along with the division chairperson or designate and a professor of the student’s choice, will review the professor’s action.
Unless the students have been otherwise notified, a class may be considered cancelled for that period if the instructor has not arrived within 10 minutes of the scheduled start time.
WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE
FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
A student may drop a course during the first 3 weeks of the semester without a notation included on the transcript.
If a student drops a course the fourth week through the tenth day after the posting of mid-term grades, a non-punitive grade of “W” is recorded on the student’s transcript.
If a student drops a course on or after the 11th day after the posting of mid-term grades, the student receives a punitive final grade of “F” for the dropped course.
Midterm grades are due in the Office of the Registrar by 1 p m. on Tuesday of the 8th week of classes, and can be viewed by the student on their IQ page thereafter.
The last day to drop a January term course and receive a “W” (withdrawn) grade is 4:30 p m. on the first day of the term. Anyone dropping a January term course after the first day will receive a grade of “F” (fail). Students wishing to drop a January term course may do so in person in the Office of the Registrar or by sending an email to the Office of the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 4:30 p.m. on the first day of the term.
The deadline to drop a course for the January term and incur no financial penalty depends on the fee associated with the course. There will be no refunds issued after the first day of the January term.
Specific information on the fees, refund table, and policies associated with January term are available at: http://www.loras.edu/jterm. Please consult with the Coordinator of Study Abroad, who is located in the Center for Experiential Learning, for details.
REPEATING A COURSE
A student may repeat most courses to improve the grade. A student who receives a grade of “F” in a Loras course and wishes to repeat the course to improve the grade, will need to repeat the same course at Loras College, as transfer credit does not affect GPA.
If a student repeats a course at Loras, only the last grade and credit hours earned are included in the cumulative grade point average. The original grade remains on the transcript, but is not calculated into the cumulative grade point average. Federal Title IV student aid may only be used toward passing grade retakes once, with the exception of certain courses such as Music techniques, ensembles, physical activity, etc.
ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Loras College strives to nurture active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors. Students are required to take pride in and protect personal intellectual property, by not engaging in acts of academic dishonesty. The institution will hold students accountable for academic dishonesty.
CREATING ACADEMIC HONESTY WITHIN THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Students have the responsibility to:
Note the academic honesty policy as stated in the bulliten and on syllabi.
Utilize available resources on the Loras College Campus to learn how to comply with the Academic Honesty Policy.
Be proactive with a faculty or support services member in addressing questions and clarifications regarding academic dishonesty.
Course instructors have the responsibility to:
Reference the Acadmic Honesty Policy in their course syllabi.
Direct students to use available academic support services to avoid academic dishonesty (e.g. The Headwaters Center, library).
Encourage students to use websites that provide tips for avoiding plagiarism.
Course instructors are required to:
Maintain academic honesty in their courses.
Report incidents of academic dishonesty to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA)/
Contact the AVPAA if in doubt about a situation.
The College administration will take action to:
Enforce the Academic Honesty Policy
Maintain a database of reported students who violate the Academic Honesty Policy.
Report statistics concering violations of the Academic Honesty Policy to the Academic Council and Faculty Senate annually. This report will not contain names of students or instructors involved in the incidents.
Publish the Academic Honesty Policy in the Loras College Student Handbook and the Undergraduate Bulletin.
FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTYAND MISCONDUCT
The following list constitutes forms of academic dishonesty and misconduct. The list is not designed to be all-inclusive, but reflects examples of types of prohibited behavior.
Intentionally acquiring privileged information pertaining to content or means of testing prior to an exam
Using any means to share, exchange or retrieve privileged test questions or answers
B. Group Collusion or Unauthorized Collaboration
Rewriting large portions (a paragraph or more) of another student's work is dishonest when the intention was for the student to only offer feedback and suggestions on the work
Presenting work as solely one's own when in fact it is the result of an unauthorized joint effort
C. Duplicate submission of work
Turning in any work from a previous or concurrent course, whether that work was completed at Loras College, another college or high school, without the prior permission fo the course instructor to whom the work is being submitted
D. Fabrication, Falsification, Distortion of Information
Creating false data, research, or sources for use in any work
Altering data or only using a certain biased portion of data to prove a certain claim when the entire scope of the research proves a different claim
Falsely documenting hours completed for an internship, clinical or field experience
Providing false information on career documents such as resumes, letters or transcripts
E. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
Not reporting a violation of the academic honesty policy to the course instructor or other appropriate individual
Helping another student commit an act of academic dishonesty
F. Fraudulent Alteration of Academic Materials and Forgery
Altering, falsifying or intentionally providing any misleading information on any college documents
Forging a course instructor or advisor signature
Using another person's exact words in any work without properly designating the quote or citing the source
Summarizing/paraphrasing another person's thoughts or ideas in any work without properly citing the source
Taking any digital media product that was created by another person and using it in any work without properly citing the source
Copying another person's computer program without the owner's permission and without properly citing the source
Purchasing or borrowing a paper and submitting it as one's own
H. Theft, Abuse, Destruction of Academic Property
Not returning academic materials to the library or course instructor that loaned them
Vandalizing acadmeic property
I. Unauthorized Use of Information Technologies
Using a laptop, cell phone, calculator or any other device to access information without permission or to copy privileged test questions or answers from an exam
**Please also read Loras College's Technology Resource Policies and Procedures from the Loras Student Handbook**
J. Unfair Advantage
Seeking an extension on any work by use of a falsified excuse
Accepting and using a paragraph or more of text rewritten by another individual is doshonest when the intention was for the student to only receive feedback and suggestions on the work
PROCEDURES FOR ALLEGED ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
A. Course Instructor Procedures:
B. College Procedures:
Once the instructor has reason to believe that the academic honesty policy has been breached the instructor will convene a meeting with the student. The meeting should take place within five (5) business days of the instructor grading the assignment in a location where confidentiality can be assured.
In cases where the course instructor is unable to contact a student, she/he may consult with the Dean of Students for assistance.
In cases where the student chooses to not respond to the instructor’s request for a meeting, the instructor should notify the student in writing of the allegation.
If, after consultation with the student, the course instructor determines the Academic Honesty Policy has been breached, the instructor should consult the following guidelines to determine the severity of the offense:
First offense for failure to cite sources properly (student has not previously completed workshop)
Second offense for failure to cite sources properly (student has already completed workshop)
Duplicate submission of work
Facilitating academic dishonesty
Group collusion or unauthorized collaboration
Theft, abuse, or destruction of academic property
Third offense for failure to cite sources properly (student has already completed workshop)
Unauthorized use of information technologies
Fabrication, falsification, distortion of information
Fraudulent alteration of academic materials and forgery
After determining the level of the offense, the instructor should contact the AVPAA to discuss the disciplinary action for the student based on the total number of previous offenses.
The instructor may individually initiate any of the following consequences:
First Offense Minor
Educational workshop through Headwaters Center
Substitute assignment for a reduced grade
Substitute assignment for a grade of zero, but assignment permits the student to complete the course
First Offense Serious
Educational workshop through Headwaters Center
Substitute assignment for a reduced grade
Substitute assignment for a grade of zero, but assignment permits the student to complete the course
Required meeting with the division chair
First Offense Severe
Grade of zero or “F” on the assignment or test
Grade of “F” for the course
Second Offense Serious
Grade of “F” for the course
Second Offense Severe
Grade of “F” for the course
Must be referred to the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee to review all documentation which could include a recommendation for suspension or expulsion from the College
Third Offense Serious or Severe
Grade of “F” for the course
Must be referred to the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee to review all documentation which could include a recommendation for suspension or expulsion from the College
When disciplinary action is taken, the course instructor must communicate in writing within ten (10) business days, the action taken and the reason for such to the (1) student, (2) student’s advisor, (3) course instructor’s Division Chairperson, and (4) AVPAA. The course instructor should also submit to the AVPAA the following items:
A completed and signed “Form for Reporting Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct.”
A description of the assignment (e.g. copy of the syllabus or assignment sheet).
The documentation that verifies the offense.
In addition to the action taken by the course instructor, the following
steps will be taken by the College to ensure academic honesty.
C. Student Appeal of First Offense of Academic Dishonesty:
A record of all reported incidents of academic dishonesty will be kept by the AVPAA.
All cases of academic dishonesty at the level of “Second Offense Severe” and beyond will be reviewed by the Admission and Academic Standards Committee. This review may result in the committee recommending suspension or expulsion of the student.
A student alleged to have engaged in academic dishonesty has the right to appeal. If the student decides to challenge any disciplinary actions that result from a first offense, then she/he may file an appeal within ten (10) business days of receiving the written notice of action taken by the course
instructor. Following are the steps in the appeal process:
D. Student Appeal of Second or Third Offense of Academic Dishonesty:
The student drafts a letter of appeal and submits it to the Division Chairperson of the course instructor.
The Division Chairperson contacts the course instructor for the documentation of the alleged incident of academic dishonesty.
The Division Chairperson submits all documentation and his/her recommendation to the AVPAA.
The AVPAA will bring the appeal and the documentation to the AASC for a final decision.
The AVPAA will notify the student, his/her advisor, course instructor, and Division Chairperson in writing of the Committee’s decision in regard to the appeal.
If the student decides to challenge disciplinary actions that result from a second or third offense, then she/he may file an appeal with the Provost within five (5) business days of receiving the written notice of action taken by the course instructor or the AASC.
The student should draft a letter of appeal and submit it to the Office of the Provost.
The Provost will review all of the relevant documentation and the decision of the AASC and if necessary request a meeting with the student.
The Provost will issue a final decision in writing to the student, his/her advisor, course instructor and Division Chairperson.
INDEPENDENT STUDY POLICY AND GUIDELINES
The primary purpose of independent study courses at Loras College is to provide students an opportunity to work with faculty on research or directed readings related to a specific topic. In some cases, students may take an independent study course to fulfill a requirement in the major or minor area of study. Academic departments may offer students three types of independent study courses: empirical research, directed readings, and arranged courses.
397: Independent Study: Arranged Course
This course duplicates the content of a course regularly offered in the Loras College curriculum. Students may request to take an arranged course after they have exhausted all other possibilities for fulfilling a particular course requirement through regular department offerings.
398: Independent Study: Empirical Research
This course aims to give students an opportunity to work with Loras College faculty on supervised research projects. The research may be qualitative or quantitative and in the lab or in the field. It is desirable for students in this course to produce or contribute to producing a product of publishable or professionally presentable quality.
498: Independent Study: Directed Readings
This course aims to give students an opportunity to pursue a focused study on a particular topic primarily through library research. This course is not designed to duplicate current departmental offerings, but rather to offer students a venue for analyzing a topic or phenomenon more deeply. For example, an education student would not pursue a directed readings course in curriculum and instruction in mathematics because this is a regularly offered course. The student may, however, want to follow up on what he/she learned in this specific curriculum and instruction class by focusing in on reading about effective methods for teaching math to urban, poor children.
Students must be aware that they:
May not register for more than 4 credit hours per semester through independent study
May count a maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study toward their major field of study
May count a maximum of 4 credit hours of independent study toward their minor field of study
May count a maximum of 12 credit hours of independent study toward their Loras degree
Independent study courses are offered at the discretion of a faculty member, with approval by the division chair and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. The application for Independent Study is located in the “Academic Forms” folder on the IQ main page.
Appeals to the above policies may be made to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Loras College Internship Program allows students the opportunity to integrate theoretical classroom learning with practical, workplace experiences that relate to the student’s area of study. Information on internship opportunities can be obtained through academic divisions and from the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL). Internships, which can be credit or noncredit, paid or unpaid, can be arranged locally or in other geographic locations, during the academic year or during the summer. Credit for internships can be arranged through academic programs or the Center for Experiential Learning. The application for internships is located in the “Academic Forms” folder on the IQ main page. Internship applications must be completed, approved and registered for before a student begins the internship experience. For the last day to register for an internship, refer to the academic calendar at: http://www.loras.edu/Academics/Registrar.aspx.
Loras College issues both midterm grades (undergraduate courses only) and final grades for all courses. Midterm grades are temporary grades issued in October and March to notify students of progress in registered courses. Grades can be viewed once they have been entered into the students’ record through the students’ portal. Grades can be viewed at any time through a student’s IQ page. If necessary, requests for an official grade report can be made to the Office of the Registrar, provided the request is done in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The Office of the Registrar does not accept standing requests; each request must be made after grades are posted according to the Academic Calendar.
Loras College course grades are assigned on the basis of criteria appropriate to each discipline, such as research papers, written and oral examinations, oral presentations, projects, laboratory experiments, and class participation. Grades earned in individual courses are associated with the grading scale published in the course syllabus. Faculty determines the grading scale, assignment weights and evaluation measures associated with individual courses.
Faculty report course grades for students to the Registrar where they are transferred to the student’s permanent academic record (the transcript). Grades appearing on a student transcript are assigned the following values:
Grade, Grade Points, Description
F 0.00 - No credit granted.
The grade of incomplete is used only when a student has done passing work, D- or above, but because of circumstances beyond the student’s control, has been unable to complete the required work for the course.
The incomplete grade is not used to give a failing student an opportunity to redo unsatisfactory work or to allow more time to complete the work when the reasons for the delay have been within the student’s control.
To be eligible to receive a grade of “I” an online Incomplete Grade Approval Form must be completed and approved by the instructor and be submitted to the Registrar’s Office when final grades are due. Incomplete grades submitted without an Incomplete Grade Approval Form on file will be changed from an “I” grade to an “F” grade. The form is available on the IQ main page.
The incomplete work must be completed and submitted to the instructor and a permanent grade recorded by midterm of the next semester of the college calendar. If a grade of Incomplete is given during the January term, the work must be completed by midterm of the subsequent spring semester. If the student misses critical experiences of the January term course due to circumstances beyond his/her control, the student will receive a grade of “W” (withdraw) for the course. If the Incomplete grade is not replaced by a permanent grade by this date, the “I” grade is replaced by the “F” (fail) grade.
If a student is awarded an “F” grade because the instructor did not submit a final grade by midterm, the instructor has until the last official day of the semester to change the grade. After the final day of the semester, the “F” grade becomes a permanent grade and cannot be changed. An instructor may recommend to the Registrar’s Office an extension of the midterm deadline in cases of special hardship.
To receive a grade of Pass, a student must earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00). A student earning a grade of “C-” or below in a pass/fail course receives a grade of “F” (Fail). Study Abroad credit taken through an affiliated program falls under this grading category.
The Pass grade is non-punitive and therefore does not affect the student’s grade point average. The Fail grade is punitive and is calculated into the student’s grade point average.
A student may apply to take a course Pass/Fail during the first two (2) weeks of a semester or during the first two (2) class days of a summer session course. The completed Pass/Fail form is submitted to the Registrar’s Office, Room 135 Keane Hall.
The following courses may not be taken Pass/Fail: foundational courses, mission courses, advanced general education courses, January term courses, major courses, and minor courses, courses taken at Clarke College or at the University of Dubuque.
The following courses may be taken pass/fail and do not require special permission to be taken pass/fail: approved/required internships toward the major; approved/required practica and field studies courses. To receive a grade of Pass in these courses a student must earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00). A student earning a grade of “C-” or below in a pass/fail course receives a grade of “F” (Fail).
Instructors do not know which students are taking a class pass/fail.
A grade of “W” is recorded on a student’s transcript for all courses dropped the fourth week through the tenth calendar day after the posting of midterm grades. Courses dropped on or after the 11th calendar day after the posting of mid-term grades receive a grade of “F” (fail). Midterm grades are generally due by 1:00 p m., Tuesday of the 8th week of classes.
A designation of “AUD” is recorded on a student’s transcript to signify that a course has been successfully audited. No credit is earned when a course is audited. A January term course may not be audited.
NR-Not Reported 0.00
The grade was not reported to the Registrar’s Office by the instructor. Students receiving a grade of NR should contact the instructor.
IP-In Process 0.00
In progress—for use at the conclusion of the first semester of a two-semester course.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)
Grade points are determined by multiplying the grade point value for each course (see above) by the number of semester hours for each course. The grade point average is calculated by dividing the total grade points by the number of semester hours attempted on the regular grading system. The grades of I (Incomplete), P (Pass), W (Withdrawal), AUD (Audit), and IP (In progress) are not included in the grade point average. Grades for courses transferred to Loras College are not included in the cumulative grade point average. In order to graduate, a student must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00.
CHANGE OF GRADE POLICY
A final grade is issued to the student at the conclusion of the course. Once the final grade is submitted by the instructor, that grade is a permanent grade and cannot be changed unless the final grade has been miscalculated or if the final grade is under appeal.
APPEALING A GRADE
Students wishing to appeal a final grade are encouraged to try to resolve the issue through direct contact with the professor first, then with the Division Chairperson and finally with the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA). In these initial discussions the student should gather the following information: the course syllabus; the points or grade received for each component of the final grade and the respective weight assigned to each; and when possible, the graded assignments/exams contributing to the final grade. The student, having made these contacts and unable to resolve the grade dispute satisfactorily, may formally appeal a grade by following the process listed below. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor. A grade appeal must be filed within one semester of the disputed grade being posted.
The student completes the Final Grade Appeal Form available on-line in the “Academic Forms” folder located on the IQ Main Page.
The student initiates the formal grade appeal process by completing the student portion of the appeal form and submits this copy to both the faculty and the Division Chairperson involved.
The faculty submits his/her completed portion to the Division Chairperson.
The Division Chairperson submits all documentation and his/her recommendation to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA).
The AVPAA reviews all statements and submits a written recommendation to the Provost.
The Provost renders a decision on the appeal. Only the Provost or the instructor is able to change the disputed grade. The Provost will notify the student of the results of the appeal.
TRANSCRIPTS OF ACADEMIC RECORDS
The transcript is a permanent record of the student’s academic history. Transcripts will not be issued to anyone who has an outstanding balance at Loras College. Transcript requests are generally processed within 1-2 business days. Transcripts can be picked up in the Office of the Registrar, Room 135 Keane Hall, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a m. and 4:30 p m.
METHODS FOR ORDERING LORAS TRANSCRIPTS
Loras College and Scrip-Safe International have partnered to provide students and alumni with access to an online transcript ordering system through a secure website. To access the website or go to http://iwantmytranscript.com. First-time users are required to set up a transcript ordering account in accordance with the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The cost is $7.00 per transcript (additional options are available at additional cost). Students desiring an electronic copy of their transcript must go to the website to order. Students should be aware that they must submit their written signature by fax or scanned image through this website if it is their first order; subsequent orders will use the stored signature image to allow transcript release.
To request a transcript by U. S. mail, send a signed request and enclose a check or money order in the amount of $7 for each transcript requested. Include the following information on the transcript request:
Your Name printed or typed. Indicate any other names or spellings of your name that you may have used while a student at Loras College.
Your Signature. We cannot process your order without your written signature. A computer generated signature cannot be accepted.
The approximate dates you attended Loras College.
The last 4 digits of your social security number or your 6-digit Loras College ID number, if available.
Your current home mailing address, telephone number or email address so we can contact you if there are problems processing your order.
The address(es) where each copy of your transcript is to be sent.
Transcripts may be requested in the Office of the Registrar, Room 135, Keane Hall, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a m. and 4:30 p.m. Transcripts with normal processing are $7.00 per transcript. On-demand transcripts may only be requested in-person and are $10.00 per transcript.
Loras College does not rank students.
The Dean’s list is compiled at the completion of each semester. To be eligible, a student must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.50 for the term; and the student must be a full-time student taking at least 12 credits, excluding courses taken Pass-Fail. A student not wishing to have his/her name published in the media is required to inform the Academic Dean in writing within the first month of the semester.
Final examinations are held at the close of the semester, while partial examinations are scheduled during the semester at the discretion of the teacher. All students must take final examinations at the scheduled time.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP) POLICY
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that each student maintain satisfactory progress in the course of study the student is pursuing in order to receive Federal Title IV financial aid (Pell, SEOG,TEACH, Direct Loan, Perkins Loan, PLUS loan and FWS). SAP measures both a qualitative and quantitative component. These standards are established to encourage students to complete the courses for which aid is received and to progress satisfactorily toward graduation.
In order to be eligible for financial assistance, students must meet at least the minimum standards for satisfactory pace toward a degree (see Table A) as well as the minimum standards for good academic standing based on cumulative grade point average (see Table B). At the end of each academic year, the student’s cumulative grade point average will be monitored. If the student has a grade point average below what is required to be considered making SAP, the student will lose eligibility for financial assistance.
In addition to maintaining the grades specified in Table B, the student must be progressing in pace towards degree completion. (Table A) In order to meet the minimum standards, students must complete two-thirds of all cumulative attempted credits. If a student falls below the minimum standard, the student will lose eligibility for financial assistance. (See Appeals, Probation, and Academic Plans below). Loss of financial assistance includes Loras College assistance, and no aid package will be offered. Suspension of aid is not the same as academic suspension which is handled by the Academic Dean’s office.
TABLE A: MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR SATISFACTORY PACE OF PROGRESS TOWARD A DEGREE:
Completed full-time semesters, Minimum percentage of completed semester credits attempted
After 2 semesters, 67%
After 4 semesters, 67%
After 6 semesters, 67%
After 8 semesters, 67%
TABLE B: MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING
Completed full-time semesters, Cumulative GPA
After 2 semesters, at least 1.80
After 4 semesters, at least 1.90
After 6 semesters up to 89 credits, at least 1.98
90 or more credits, at least 2.25
The maximum time frame in which students are expected to complete their degree is 150% of the program requirement. Students enrolled in the BA or BS program at Loras College may receive financial assistance for a maximum of 180 attempted credits.
The following will not be considered as credits successfully completed: grades of F (Failure) or I (Incomplete) unless work is completed within specified time.
Transfer credits that are accepted at Loras College will be counted toward the total attempted credits in determining whether the student is maintaining SAP and also count towards the maximum 180 credits.
APPEALS, FINANCIAL AID PROBATION, AND ACADEMIC PLANS
When a student loses eligibility for financial assistance because of failure to make SAP, the student may appeal in writing to the Director of Financial Planning on the basis of: an injury or illness, the death of a relative, or other special circumstances. An appeal must be in writing and explain why one failed to make SAP and what has changed that will allow the student to make SAP at the next evaluation. If the appeal is granted eligibility for aid will be reinstated for one payment period under financial aid probation. If it is determined that the student needs more than one semester or payment period to make progress the student will be asked to consult with their advisor to develop an academic plan. Upon successful review of the academic plan, a student may be granted probation for longer duration.
A student who loses financial aid eligibility can reestablish eligibility by successfully completing sufficient credit hours and/or attaining the cumulative GPA required while not receiving aid.
SCHOLASTIC WARNING, PROBATION AND DISMISSAL
Loras students are considered to be in Good Academic Standing if they have not been placed on Scholastic Probation for the current semester and are making satisfactory academic progress. Scholastic Warning and Probation guidelines are in effect for all students upon completion of their first semester of enrollment at Loras College. Dismissal guidelines are in effect for all students upon completion of their second semester of enrollment at Loras College. Students with extremely poor academic performance upon completion of their first semester of enrollment may be dismissed at the discretion of the Academic Dean.
Students are placed on Scholastic Warning, Scholastic Probation, or Dismissed from the college based upon the following table:
Earned Credits, Dismissal, Scholastic Probation, Scholastic Warning
1-24, below 1.800, 1.800-1.899, 1.900-1.999
24.1-48, below 1.850, 1.850-1.899, 1.900-1.999
48.1-72, below 1.900, 1.900-1.949, 1.950-1.999
72.1-89.9, below 1.950, 1.950-1.979, 1.980-1.999
90+, below 2.000, 2.000-2.249, 2.250- 2.499
Students who are on Scholastic Warning or Scholastic Probation may be dismissed at the close of any semester in which work is de ficient based upon the table above. Academic dismissal occurring at the end of the fall semester makes a student ineligible to participate in a January term course. For Fall term dismissals, students who are enrolled in a January term course will have their registration cancelled without refund. For Spring term dismissals, students who are enrolled in Summer term course(s) will have their registration cancelled only for Session II classes. Students registered for Session I and full Summer term classes may be allowed to complete these courses at the discretion of the Admission and Academic Standards Committee.
The Admission and Academic Standards Committee reserves the right to examine and take action on any student exhibiting low scholarship or failing to make satisfactory academic progress following each semester. All students dismissed from the college have the right of appeal to the Admission and Academic Standards committee. During the appeal process, a student’s academic and conduct records will be taken into consideration.
Review of a decision of the Admission and Academic Standards Committee may be petitioned only by a student who has been dismissed. The petition for review must be written and prepared by the student and filed in the Academic Dean’s Office within three business days of notification of dismissal, and must also include reasons for the request and the factual information to substantiate those reasons. The request for review must be based on one of the following:
The student believes the Admission and Academic Standards Committee decision was flawed procedurally.
College policy was not applied correctly.
Additional information not available for the Admission and Academic Standards Committee hearing is available, which could alter the outcome of the case.
If there is valid basis for review, then the Academic Dean will proceed and recommend a course of action to be taken. The recommendation may include:
Affirm the decision of the Admission and Academic Standards Committee.
Overturn the decision of the Admission and Academic Standards Committee
The decision of the Academic Dean is final.
ELIGIBILITY POLICY FOR CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Students accepted under restrictions are initially ineligible to participate in co-curricular activities until they have established themselves as eligible by meeting the criteria listed in this section.
Co-curricular activities are defined as those activities under college auspices with a staff member in charge or moderating, done for the public or in intercollegiate competition, and not done for college credit.
In order to participate in co-curricular activities, students must meet both the minimum standards for satisfactory progress toward a degree (see Table A) and the minimum standards for good academic standing based on cumulative grade point average (see Table B):
TABLE A: MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR SATISFACTORY PROGRESS TOWARD A DEGREE:
Completed full-time semesters, Completed semester credits*
After 2 semesters, At least 20
After 3 semesters, At least 34
After 4 semesters, At least 48
After 5 semesters, At least 60
After 6 semesters, At least 72
After 7 semesters, At least 84
After 8 semesters, At least 96
*Includes AP, CLEP and course credits that are recognized by Loras College
TABLE B: MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING
Completed full-time semesters, Cumulative GPA**
After 2 semesters, At least 1.90
After 3 semesters, At least 1.90
After 4 semesters and up to 89 credits, At least 2.00
90 or more credits, At least 2.25
**The cumulative GPA is a student’s Loras College institutional GPA.
Students who have been determined to be ineligible for participation in co-curricular activities because they have fallen below the minimum standards for satisfactory progress or for good academic standing may appeal to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Eligibility is assessed each semester for all students. Students on academic probation are not eligible to participate.
Students who have been ruled ineligible, then later regain their eligibility, are eligible to participate the day following the completion of the institution’s final examinations for that semester, provided the requisite grades and credits have been officially recorded in the Office of the Registrar.
Loras College will initially assume that all incoming transfer students are meeting satisfactory progress and are in good academic standing, unless they have not met the requirements of their previous institution.
A grade of “I” (incomplete) must be successfully completed in order to be counted toward satisfactory progress and academic good standing. If the successful completion of an incomplete grade enables the student to satisfy the standard for both satisfactory progress and good academic standing, then that student can be eligible to participate as soon as the grade is officially recorded in the Office of the Registrar.
Responsibility for compliance with these regulations rests with the director of athletics and the moderators or directors of the other co-curricular activities. Names of participants are submitted to the Office of the Registrar, who verifies academic eligibility before participation.
For the purpose of intercollegiate athletics, “participation” is defined as practice or competition involving the team or one or more coaches.
Students participating in co-curricular activities should note the policy regarding Scholastic Probation and Dismissal in this bulletin. Students should be aware that maintaining eligibility to participate in co-curricular activities does not automatically ensure continued financial aid eligibility. Refer to the financial aid section of this bulletin for more information.
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE COLLEGE
A student who discontinues study at Loras College must complete an official withdrawal form by scheduling an exit interview with the Student Retention Coordinator by calling 563-588-7731. The student’s official withdrawal date is the date the student submits the withdrawal form online, which will be made available following the exit interview.. The official withdrawal date is used to calculate tuition owed and any refunds for which the student is eligible.
A student withdrawing from the College must return the laptop computer to the Technology Center Help Desk. Failure to do so may result in legal action. The student is encouraged to contact the Business Office to verify any outstanding balance, the Financial Planning Office for information on loan repayment, and the Post Office to complete a change of address form. If the student resides in campus housing, they must contact the Residence Life Staff to complete a check-out.
Loras College offers summer courses. Classes are scheduled throughout the morning, afternoon and evening hours and last 4-10 weeks, depending on the course.
POLICY ON ADMISSION OF UNDERGRADUATES TO GRADUATE COURSES
Seniors who meet the following criteria may take courses numbered 500 to 699 for graduate credit if:
They have senior status, exclusive of student teaching credits.
They are otherwise eligible for admission to graduate study.
They limit their load to a maximum of fifteen (15) credits for the semester including undergraduate and graduate credits.
They file an application for admission to study as a special student, pay the application fee and secure the approval of the division in which they wish to earn graduate credit.
Credits earned as a graduate student under this policy may not be used to fulfill any undergraduate
requirements. Undergraduate students admitted to graduate study under this policy may earn a
maximum of 15 graduate credits. Graduate credits earned under this policy may be applied to a
graduate program only with the approval of the appropriate division chair.
Loras College is committed to offering high quality programs for its students and systematically collecting data that are used for informed discussions about program effectiveness and improvement. The purpose of assessment is to evaluate institutional effectiveness by measuring student progress toward educational goals. Throughout the undergraduate curriculum selected samples of students are required to complete surveys, take standardized tests, and submit specific assignments. All academic majors have a graduation requirement which includes a capstone experience.
Student input concerning expectations, successes, and evaluations of the curriculum is obtained with formal survey instruments. National Surveys are cycled every 2-3 years with sample populations from appropriate cohorts. A statistical sample of alumni receive the Survey of Alumni in their third and tenth years after graduation.
All students are required to complete a series of reflections with supporting Loras artifacts on their growth and development through educational and co-curricular endeavors. Students will complete a portfolio or a capstone that includes the disposition assessment. Student portfolios must receive a passing grade in order for students to graduate.
All seniors complete a capstone requirement in their respective major fields. The capstone experiences are designed to give the student a synthesis and overview appropriate to the discipline. Some capstone courses include the re flections on the Loras dispositions. Examples of capstone experiences are as follows: thesis, recital or art exhibit, seminar course, comprehensive examination, practicum or internship. See the respective program listings for the specific requirements.
Be formally accepted to Loras College.
Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits. Thirty of the last forty credits must be completed at Loras.
Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.
Complete all requirements for at least one major including the stated minimum major grade point average.
Once matriculated at the College, all general education courses must be completed at Loras. Complete general education requirements follow:
Foundational Courses: 13 credits
• Modes of Inquiry-FI course-FI: 3 credits
• Writing-FW course: 3 credits
• Communication-FS course: 3 credits
• Mathematical Modeling-FM course: 4 credits
Mission Courses: 6 credits
• Catholic Traditions course-MC: 3 credits
• Democracy and Global Diversity class-MD: 3 credits
Portfolio Course-PJ: 1 credit
Advanced General Education Courses: 15-16 credits
• Aesthetic Dimension-AA course: 3 credits
• Cultural Traditions-AC course: 3 credits
• Humanity in the Physical Universe-AH course: 3-4 credits
• Identity and Community-AI course: 3 credits
• Values and Decision Making-AV course: 3 credits
The cluster courses are identified in the schedule of classes by the following codes:
CODE, FULFILLS REQUIRMENTS IN:
-CA, Aesthetic Dimension and Cultural Traditions
-CH, Cultural Traditions and Humanity in the Physical Universe
-CI, Cultural Tradition and Identity & Community
-CV, Cultural Traditions and Values & Decision Making
-HA, Aesthetic Dimension and Humanity in the Physical Universe
-HI, Humanity in the Physical Universe and Identity & Community
-HV, Humanity in the Physical Universe and Values & Decision Making
-IA, Aesthetic Dimension and Identity & Community
-IV, Identity & Community and Values & Decision Making
-VA, Aesthetic Dimension and Values & Decision Making
JANUARY TERM REQUIREMENT
All students must complete a minimum of two courses offered during the January term. These courses are designed to incorporate strong experiential learning elements. More information can be found at http://www.loras.edu/jterm.
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
To qualify for an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, a student must complete the following courses, earn a minimum of 60 credits and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00:
Modes of Inquiry-FI, L.LIB-100, 3 credits
College Writing-FW, L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111, 3 credits
Communication-FS, L.LIB-110, 3 credits
Survey of Math Models-FM, L.LIB-112 (or equivalent), 3-4 credits
Catholic Identity-MC, L.LIB-130 or L.LIB-135, 3 credits
Democracy & Diversity-MD, L.LIB-220, 3 credits
One course from three of the five Advanced General Education areas, 9-10 credits
Elective credits, 32-33 credits
Students seeking the Associate of Arts degree are not required to fulfill the advanced general education course cluster requirements. A minimum of 30 credits must be earned in courses offered through Loras College.
The A.A. degree is an individualized degree tailored to the student’s educational and professional goals and interests. A faculty advisor will assist the student in developing a plan of study.
POLICY ON PARTICIPATION IN GRADUATION CEREMONIES
Students who will have completed all requirements in May, during the following summer session or during the following fall term are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony. Students completing requirements through summer or fall course work will need to present proof of registration in order to be eligible to participate in May commencement. Students completing requirements during the summer or fall term will be noted in the commencement program.
A student with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 will graduate cum laude. The designation magna cum laude will be given for an average of 3.70, and maxima cum laude for an average of 3.90. The designation “completed honors program” will be noted on the record of a student who successfully completes the honors program. Honors noted in the commencement program will be based on the cumulative grade-point average earned prior to the semester of graduation. Honors recorded on the transcript will be based on the cumulative grade-point average of all semesters. Students not wishing to have graduation honors released to the media are required to inform the Office of the Registrar in writing within one month of the beginning of the student’s final semester.