Academic Policies

See College Bulletin for a full listing of Landmark College policies.

Academic Dishonesty & Plagiarism

As an academic community, Landmark strives to instill and foster intellectual honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to inappropriate giving or receiving of aid during tests, and plagiarism.

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Academic Probation

These policy statements outline the steps leading to Academic Probation, which may result in suspension from the College. The policy applies to students who attempt nine or more credits in a given semester at Landmark College.

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Academic Standing

These categories represent the Landmark College policy regarding Academic Standing definitions: Dean's List, Good Standing, Academic Probation, Suspension.

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Administrative Withdrawal

Data shows that Landmark students who earned all Bs or better over the course of several years averaged less than three absences per course, while students who ended their years on academic probation accumulated an average of eight absences per course.

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Appeal of Final Grades for Individual Courses

A student may appeal a final grade in a course under specific conditions.

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It is the policy of Landmark College to require attendance in all classes, to ensure intensive and consistent instruction. In addition, because classes are small, the absence of one or more students may affect the learning of the entire class. Students who miss classes may be subject to academic disciplinary action as described in the Administrative Withdrawal Policy and the Student Handbook (PDF). Students are reminded to check course syllabi for instructors' grading policies with regard to attendance.

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Class Cancellation

Official notice of class cancellations and faculty absences is generally posted at 8 a.m. each day during the academic year on the College’s Sharknet and also the door of the College’s Business Office. Please use this link to access information about daily cancellations and faculty absences.

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Copyright Statement

It is the intent of Landmark College that all members of the College community adhere to the provisions of the United States Copyright Law.

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Course Load

Students attending Landmark College are expected to enroll in four academic courses per semester at the credit or non-credit level. Students may enroll in five academic courses, but they are encouraged to consult with their advisors if they are considering this option.

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Grades and Reports

Only letter grades may be entered: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or F, except for the courses that carry an IP (in progress) designation, or a course that is offered as pass/fail.

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Independent Study Policy

Independent study is defined as individual academic work in a discipline, such as reading, writing, creative arts, experimental research, or scientific study, under the direct sponsorship of a qualified faculty member.

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Internship Policy

An academic internship is a credit bearing opportunity for students to gain experience in a career related occupational setting in order to develop professional skills outside of the traditional college/ university environment. Academic internships at the 2000 level are typically exploratory in nature.  Internships at the 3000/4000 level provide more in-depth learning and work experience related to a student’s career goals.

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Placement and First-Year Points of Entry

The Academic Placement Team reviews relevant information from the application for admission to determine each student’s initial placement in the curriculum.

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Policy on Academic Engagement

Constructive engagement with the academic curriculum is a fundamental assumption of participation in higher education. For continued enrollment at Landmark College, students are expected to be engaged productively and consistently in the academic program.

Patterns of academic engagement each semester include:

  • Attending classes consistently and regularly to meet course expectations
  • Completing assignments in all courses
  • Maintaining passing grades in a majority of courses
  • Use of campus resources provided by the College to support and enhance academic performance

Students who fail to meet minimum standards of academic engagement will be required to participate in any academic intervention meetings deemed necessary by the college and follow through on any designated action plans/learning contracts.

Students who fail to demonstrate minimum standards of academic engagement, fail to respond to intervention for an extended period (such as the majority of a regular semester), and fail to meet the conditions of their action plans/learning contracts within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the Academic Dean, will be liable for involuntary withdrawal from the College.

Any student involuntarily withdrawn under the Academic Engagement Policy has the right to appeal directly to the President of the College. Students who are involuntarily withdrawn under this policy may be eligible to reapply to the College, depending on the conditions specified in their exit paperwork.

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Policy on Classroom Recording

Federal laws, including the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, require institutions of higher education to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Permission to make recordings of lectures and class discussions is a reasonable accommodation for many students with language-based learning disabilities, attention disorders, communication disorders, and significant difficulties with executive functions.

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Reporting system for academic warnings

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Withdrawing from a Course

To withdraw from a course, the student’s advisor must sign a completed Drop/Add/Withdrawal form. The appropriate department chair must approve the form. A grade of W, WP, or WF must be specified on the form.

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Withdrawal from the College

A student may withdraw from the College until 5 p.m. on the last day of classes. Upon withdrawing, a “W” symbol will appear in the grade column on a student’s transcript for all courses still in session on the effective date of withdrawal. Courses that ended before the effective date of the withdrawal will report grades following normal conventions. All courses that have not yet started as of the effective date of the withdrawal will be deleted and no entry will appear on the student’s transcript.

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Questions? Contact us for more information!

Jill Hinckley, M.A.T./English
Associate Dean of Academics

Dr. Adrienne Major
Academic Dean