Lebanon Valley College offers the following graduate programs: Certificate in Integrated STEM Education, Master of Athletic Training (MAT), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Music Education (MME), Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MSSLP), Master of Science in STEM Education (MSSE), and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

Graduate Program Policies and Procedures

Academic Advising and Registration

Graduate students should contact their academic advisors prior to class registration, as needed. The advisor will develop a graduation plan with the student. All course registrations require the advisor’s approval.

Veteran Registration

Students receiving educational benefits provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) and/or the Department of Defense (DoD) must report their enrollment to the Financial Aid Office upon registration each semester or summer session. The Financial Aid Office will then submit certification of enrollment to the DVA and/or the DoD. Students should complete the FAFSA and the financial aid process each year according to the school's requirements and deadlines. Please be advised that Lebanon Valley College reserves the right to decrease institutional aid awarded to students receiving military and veterans' benefits according to school policy. Students receiving Education Assistance Program (EAP) and/or Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) benefits are responsible for applying these benefits through their unit of assignment prior to the start of each semester or summer session and for submitting all the necessary forms to the Financial Aid Office.

Students participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to receive Yellow Ribbon Program matching payments.

Students must notify the Financial Aid Office immediately if they change the number of credits for which they are enrolled, withdraw, or request a leave of absence. Failure to do so may result in a charge to the student from the DVA for over-payment of benefits. For more information on veterans benefits, please visit the financial aid web page.

Concurrent Courses

A student enrolled for a graduate degree may not take courses concurrently at another educational institution without prior consent of the program director and the registrar.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 9 credits (a maximum of 6 core credits) in master's programs and 6 credits in certificate programs may be transferred from another graduate program with the approval of the registrar and appropriate program director.

Transfer institutions within the United States must be regionally accredited; institutions outside of the United States must be recognized as degree granting institutions by their home country. A course-by-course evaluation of all foreign university transcripts by an independent service based in the United States is required for international transfer students.

Coursework, including expected learning outcomes, must be equivalent to or consistent with the curricula and standards of the applicable graduate program at Lebanon Valley College. No transfer credit shall be accepted if the grade earned at another institution was less than B (a grade of B- or lower will not be accepted). Transferred Grades count for credit hours only, not for quality points. Students wishing to transfer credits may be asked to submit course syllabus, textbook used, and any reading materials, so proper credit may be given. No graduate transfer credit is accepted in the DPT program.

Grading

Student work is graded A, A–, B+, B, B–, C+, C and F. Candidates must maintain a grade point average of 3.000 with a maximum of two C grades in the program. DPT and MAT students must maintain a 3.000 grade point average in the professional phase of the program.

In addition, the symbols I, IP, and W are used. I indicates work that is incomplete (certain required work postponed by the student for substantial reason with prior consent of the instructor) but otherwise satisfactory. This work must be completed within the first four weeks of the end of the course or the I will be converted to an F. Instructors may set an earlier deadline. Appeals for an extension of the incomplete grade past the four-week period must be presented to the program director prior to the incomplete due date. IP (in progress) is a temporary grade for certain courses that have not been concluded by the end of the semester. W indicates withdrawal from a course through the tenth week of full-semester classes (or up to the first two-thirds of course meeting during the summer or for an abbreviated period during the fall and spring semesters).

MSE 830, MME 805/806, and some PHT courses (see Doctor of Physical Therapy section) are graded pass/fail.

Auditing Graduate Courses

Students may register to audit graduate courses with the approval of the director of the particular graduate program of interest and the course instructor. Students who audit a course receive neither credit nor a conventional grade for that course. Students who attend regularly will have a final grade of AU, which does not carry any grade points, noted on the transcript. Students auditing courses are not responsible for the assignments or examinations required in the course. The same tuition and fees are charged for audit as for credit courses. The same regulations regarding dropping, adding, and withdrawing from a course, as well as refund schedules, apply to courses that are audited. Since priority for enrollment is given to degree-seeking and certificate program students, those not enrolled in a graduate program may only audit a course if space permits.

Students may select audit status or change their status in a course from credit to audit through the drop/add period only.

Review Procedure

 

Academic Standing Requirements for MBA, MME, MSSE, and STEM Certificate Students

 

Every student’s academic progress shall be reviewed at the end of each academic period by the program director. Any MBA, MME, MSSE, and STEM Certificate student whose average falls below a 3.000 cumulative GPA or who earns a C or F in three or more credit hours may will be placed on academic probation. A student on academic probation may be required to retake courses or correct other academic deficiencies and must achieve a 3.000 cumulative average within two semesters of being placed on probation. A student may repeat a maximum of two graduate courses with any given course being repeated only once. Students who fail to correct deficiencies will be permanently dismissed from the program.

 

Probation Process. Once a student has been placed on probation, the student has one semester to return to good academic standing. If the student is unable to take courses due to extenuating circumstances, arrangements should be made for a scheduled hiatus and, after returning to the program, the student has one semester to return to good academic standing.  Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program. Students earning an F in a graduate program core course will have to successfully repeat the course. Students earning an F in an elective course will have the option to repeat the failed course or, if applicable, select a suitable alternative. Students should be aware of the consequences of poor academic performance on their employer reimbursement and loan eligibility.

 

Dismissal. Failure to return to good academic standing at the conclusion of a semester on probation will result in a dismissal from the program.

 

Appeals Process. A student may appeal a dismissal decision to the associate dean of academic affairs. No later than ten (10) business days following the date of the letter informing the student that they have been dismissed, the student may appeal the decision. Failure to appeal within the limited time period constitutes a waiver of the student’s right to appeal. The appeal must be made in writing. An appeal will be granted if severe mitigating circumstances sufficiently documented by an authority contributed to the student’s poor academic performance. The associate dean of academic affairs will assemble an appeals committee, consisting of a member of the Academic Affairs Council, a full-time faculty member, and the graduate program director. The associate dean of academic affairs will serve as the chair of the appeals committee. The appeals committee has the authority to affirm or reverse the decision to suspend the student. The decision of the appeals committee is permanent and final.

 

Reinstatement. A student may request reinstatement following a dismissal by submitting a written application for re-enrollment to the appropriate program director. The student must provide evidence that they are prepared for the rigors of graduate education and have addressed whatever difficulties contributed to a poor academic performance. This may include letters of recommendation from employers, counselors, or medical professionals. The application for re-enrollment must be received with sufficient time to allow a student to complete the program within the maximum timeframe indicated in the Time Restriction policy. Upon reinstatement to a graduate program following a dismissal, a student will have two semesters to return to good academic standing. A student who is placed on probation at any point after this two-semester period, will be permanently dismissed without recourse to appeal.

 

An academic dismissal is recorded on a student's academic transcript.

 

Academic Standing Requirements for DPT, MAT, and MSSLP Students

 

DPT students’ progress is reviewed at the close of every semester by the DPT faculty. In the DPT professional phase, students must maintain a GPA of 3.000 and receive a “P” (Pass) for all clinical education experiences to remain in good standing. Any student whose cumulative professional phase GPA falls below 3.000 will be placed on academic probation; deficient GPAs must be remediated within two academic semesters to a 3.000, and be retained at that level for the remainder of the professional phase of the program. Failure to maintain the minimum cumulative 3.000 GPA in any subsequent semester or achieve the 3.000 GPA before the final clinical experience will result in dismissal from the program.

 

Any student who earns two F’s in either academic or clinical education courses will be dismissed from the program without option for re-entry. Academic standards related to continuation in the program and requirements for academic progression in the DPT Program may be found in the Physical Therapy Department Handbook.

 

Review procedures for MAT and MSSLP programs are currently in development and will be published before any students matriculate.

A student may appeal any decision to the associate dean of academic affairs.

Course Withdrawal and Tuition Refund

Any MBA, MME, MSSE, STEM Certificate student who withdraws from courses for which he or she is registered must notify the appropriate program office. The effective date of withdrawal is the date on which the student notifies the office. Failure to give notice of withdrawal will result in a grade of F. Notifying the instructor does not constitute official withdrawal. A refund schedule based on official withdrawal date is available on the business office web page. Part-time students receiving federal financial assistance (Title IV) will receive a refund according to federal policy as noted above.

Students may drop a course with no penalty during the first week of classes of a full fall or spring term or, for courses meeting during the summer or for an abbreviated period, prior to the 2nd meeting of the course. There will be no tuition due for a course dropped during this period and any tuition paid for the course will be refunded in full. The course will not appear on the student’s academic transcript.

Students may withdraw from a course after this period up to the first two-thirds of the course. In such cases, a “W” will be noted on the academic transcript in place of a grade and tuition will be refunded according to the College’s Tuition Refund Schedule.

Maintaining Active Admission Status

MBA, MME, MSSE, or post-baccalaureate students who do not enroll in classes for a period of two (2) years will be withdrawn from their academic program. If they do not enroll within a two-year period, they must secure a leave of absence from the program director in order to maintain active status, or be administratively withdrawn. To be granted a leave of absence, students must demonstrate that they will complete their program within the seven-year window described below. Status changes are reviewed in August, January, and May each year.

Withdrawn students who seek to return will need to reapply for admission. Readmission of a student requires written permission from the program director. All admission requirements and degree requirements will be re-evaluated at the time of the request for readmission.
 
As students in full-time programs, DPT, MAT and MSSLP students are expected to be enrolled each semester until the completion of their program. Students who are unable to do so must secure a leave of absence by completing a form available from the Registrar's Office and securing the approval of the associate dean of academic affairs. This form must be returned to the Registrar's Office by 4:30 p.m. on the last day of classes in order for the leave of absences to take effect that term. Students who have stopped attending classes but failed to complete the leave of absence application and secure the official approval for the leave will be administratively withdrawn from the College.

When they are ready to return to the College after a leave of absence, DPT, MAT and MSSLP students should contact their academic advisor to register, as well as other offices needed to facilitate their return. Students who do not provide due notice (60 days) of a change in the date of expected return will be administratively withdrawn from the College and must petition the associate dean of academic affairs for formal readmission.

Time Restriction

The maximum time for completion of a master's or doctoral program is seven years from the date of the admission letter. Students who have not earned the graduate degree during this period shall have their academic standing reviewed and may be asked to meet additional requirements in order to graduate.

Students enrolled in a certificate program have a two-year time limit to complete the certificate requirements.

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to uphold the principles of academic honesty.

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Definitions of academic dishonesty and procedures concerning reported cases of academic are consistent with those at the undergraduate level. Sanctions for graduate students, however, differ from those in undergraduate programs.

For the first academic dishonesty offense, failure in the course is mandatory. For the second offense, failure in the course and expulsion from the graduate program and College are mandatory.

Privacy of Student Records

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 39-380) Lebanon Valley College releases no student education records without written consent and request of the student or as prescribed by the law. Each student has access to their education records with exclusions only as specified by the law.

Financial Aid

Students may participate in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program. Graduate students can visit www.lvc.edu/finanical-aid/part-time.aspx for additional information or contact the Financial Aid Office at 717-867-6181 to discuss financial aid eligibility.

Withdrawal from Program and College and Readmission

To withdraw from a graduate program at Lebanon Valley College, MBA, MME, MSSE, and post-baccalaureate certificate students must submit a written request to the program director.

DPT, MAT and MSSLP students must complete a withdrawal form through the Registrar's Office. 

Once withdrawn, a graduate student must apply for readmission to a program in order to return.  All admission requirements and degree requirements will be re-evaluated at the time of the request for readmission.