Undergraduate Academic Policies

Academic Commencement Awards

Academic Dishonesty

Academic Probation

Academic Standards

Academic Suspension

Academic Warning

Class Attendance Policy

College Calendar

College Withdrawal

Credit by Examination Policy

Final Examinations

Graduation and Retention Rates

Graduation Requirements

Leave of Absence

Major, Minor, and Internship Requirements

Military Leave During a Semester


Student Confidentiality

Student’s Responsibility

Title II Report


Undergraduate Academic Grievance Process

Undergraduate Grading and Academic Credit Policies

Grading System
Grades submitted by the instructors are issued at the end of each semester and are represented by letters. Class promotion, graduation, honors, Good Academic Standing, Academic Probation and Suspension are based on a student’s grade point average (GPA). The GPA is computed by multiplying the number of semester hours of credit by the appropriate quality point value, and then dividing the sum of these products by the total number of semester hours of credit attempted. Students may take a specific course on a pass/fail basis with permission of the Dean of Advising and First Year Programs. (See also Pass/Fail Policy.)


Numerical Value

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INC means Incomplete
IP means In Progress (used for courses that extend beyond the academic semester)
W means Withdraw
X means non-credit item completed (i.e., lab)
LVP means Lasell Village participation
AU means Audit
NG means no grade was submitted by the faculty member
In Pass/Fail courses, P means Pass, and F means Fail
Students need to consult academic standards for individual departments regarding withdrawal policies.
The Mid-term Progress report represents the professor’s best judgment of a student’s progress in a course. It does not enter any permanent record, nor does it indicate a student’s final grade. Progress reports are issued prior to the midpoint of the course and include the following ratings:
GD means Good: B or above
S means Satisfactory: C to B-
WA means Warning: C or below

After scheduling courses with their academic advisors, students register with the Registrar’s Office each semester. Students who are already enrolled pre-register in April for the following Fall semester and in November for the following Spring semester. A student is officially registered for classes only after all financial obligations to the College have been met.

First-year students wishing to change a course must complete an Add/Drop Form, obtain their advisor signature, and process the change in the Registrar’s Office. All other students may make changes online in Self-Service or in-person in the Registrar’s Office. This must be done prior to the end of the Add/Drop Period, which ends after the first week of classes during the Fall and Spring Semester, and 72 hours after the start of the Summer Online Semester. Deadline dates are posted on the College Calendar. Students may not enter a class after the Add/Drop Period.

Course Withdrawal
After the Add/Drop period a student may be allowed to withdraw from one or more courses until the end of the withdrawal period deadline date published on the College Calendar. A grade designation of “W” (withdrawn) will appear on the transcript if the withdrawal is recorded prior to the course withdrawal period deadline date. After that time, a student not attending a class receives an “F”. In consultation with his or her academic advisor, the student should review policies regarding fulltime status, academic standing, financial aid, athletic eligibility and international student visa status prior to submitting a course withdrawal. Course withdrawal forms are available from and must be returned to the Office of the Registrar.

Course Repeat Policy
Students are permitted to repeat any course, on a one time only basis.  Students who fail to achieve the minimum required grade for a repeated course must meet with the Dean of Advising and First Year Programs or the Dean of Undergraduate Education and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs to discuss actions necessary for continuing at Lasell.  The Registrar will place a stop on the student's account and will remain until after the conference with the dean occurs.

When a course is successfully repeated, the higher of the two grades will be computed into the GPA, and the lower of the two grades will be removed from the average. No additional credits will be counted toward graduation; however, the lower grade will remain on the permanent academic record. For additional restrictions, students need to review individual major requirements.

Incomplete Grades
On rare occasions, a grade of Incomplete (INC) may be granted. Ultimately, the decision to grant a grade of Incomplete is at the discretion of the instructor; however, both the student and the instructor must sign the contract for completion before a grade of INC can be issued. An Incomplete should be issued only for extraordinary reasons. It is not appropriate to issue an Incomplete simply because a student has not performed well or has not completed required coursework. A copy of the contract must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar with the final grade roster. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the request and to make all arrangements with the instructor for turning in late work. First Semester Incomplete grades must be made up by the first day of the spring semester with grade changes submitted 48 hours prior to the end of the Add/Drop period for the spring semester. Second semester Incomplete grades must be made up within four weeks following the end of examination week with grade changes submitted by the end of the fifth week following the end of examination week. If there is no grade submitted by the instructor, the Incomplete is converted by the Registrar to an “F”.

Under extenuating circumstances, extensions may be granted by the instructor with the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate a written request for an extension by completing the appropriate paperwork in the Registrar’s Office.

Grade Changes
A final grade (excluding an Incomplete) may not be changed after submission of the grade by the instructor to the Registrar’s Office unless a clear and demonstrable mistake or miscalculation by the instructor is discovered. The submission of late or revised work by a student is not grounds for a legitimate change of grade, nor is the retaking of an examination. Changes to final grades cannot be made beyond one semester after the initial awarding of the grade. Changes to final grades require the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Pass/Fail Option
A student at sophomore status or above may take up to two courses (six credits) total while at Lasell in a degree program on a Pass/Fail basis. Courses that are only offered on a pass/fail basis are excluded from this two course (six-credit) limit. The following courses may not be taken Pass/Fail:

  1. Any courses required for completion of the student’s major, concentration within a major, or minor. Only courses listed under the catalog categories “Additional Requirements,” “General Education Core,” or “Unrestricted Electives” can be taken pass/fail (if they are not otherwise excluded, as noted below).

  2. Any courses within either the student’s major, minor, or general education core that have a specific letter grade requirement or otherwise excluded by the academic department.

  3. All Foreign Languages must be taken for a letter grade — not pass/fail.

A pass grade does not receive quality points and is not counted in determining the grade point average. A failing grade is equivalent to zero quality points and does count in the grade point average. Pass/Fails may not be changed to letter grades after the course is completed.

A student wishing to take a course on a Pass/Fail basis must have the approval of the Dean of Advising and First Year Programs, who consults with the Department Chair overseeing the student’s major or Registrar as necessary. Forms are available in the Registrar’s office and must be completed and returned to the Registrar by the posted deadline.


With the approval of the instructor, students may register to audit a course by completing a Course Audit Form by the end of the Add/Drop period. The form is available in the Registrar’s Office. Audited courses are recorded on the transcript but no grade or credit is given.

Directed Study (Independent Study)
Students may enroll in directed studies on a limited basis as determined by the Department Chair. Students interested in this option should pick up the required form in the Registrar’s Office. The completed form must be submitted within the first three weeks of the semester. Approval is normally restricted to pursuits that are not offered in existing courses and requires the approval of the Department Chair.

Transfer Credit Policy
Lasell students who wish to receive academic credit for coursework taken at another institution must request approval from the College before registering for the course. Students who are considering this must complete the Transfer Credit Approval form at Lasell’s Office of the Registrar and obtain all necessary approvals before enrolling in the course.

If approved by Lasell, academic credit can be granted for coursework taken at another institution; however, grades for courses taken at other institutions are not calculated into a student’s grade point average. Only grades of C or better are acceptable for transfer credit.

Students wishing to transfer credits in science courses that span two semesters must submit grades for both semesters.

Students are required to complete 50% of their credits at Lasell College, the final semester of which must be at Lasell.  No more than 60 credits are accepted for transfer to the College.

Classification of Students
Designation of class year for a student entering the College in their freshman year is determined at the end of the Spring semester. Upper-class standing is determined by the total number of successfully completed credits. The following credits in semester hours are required for ranking in the upper three classes of the College:
Sophomore Class:      30 Credits
Junior Class:              60 Credits
Senior Class:              90 Credits

Designation of class year for students transferring into the College, or for students transferring into a new major, is based upon the above classifications as well as the numbers of credits/years remaining to graduation at the time of transfer in the major in which the student enters.

Students who take an overload of credits must consult the College’s extra credit policy to determine if there will be additional costs. (See section on Course Overload and Excess Credit.)

Dean’s List
Each semester students who achieve a specific GPA will be placed on the Dean’s List. Dean’s List requirements are:

  • The student must be full-time carrying 12 or more graded credits for the   semester
  • The student must have a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • The student is not allowed a course below 2.0 in the semester
  • The student is not allowed any incompletes for the semester. If incompletes are made up in accordance with College policy, students who then qualify for the Dean’s List will have the notation entered into their permanent academic record