For Graduate Policies and Procedures, please contact the College of Graduate & Professional Studies.
Longwood's advising program provides informed academic counseling which makes effective use of the assessment, career planning, student development, and software resources available. Although course selection is important, advisors are trained and prepared to counsel or refer advisees on such matters as the following:
Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.
Newly admitted students who have declared their intention to pursue a degree in a particular discipline are assigned advisors in the appropriate school. The assignment of the advisor is generally not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Students who have not declared a major are advised by academic counselors in the Office of the Registrar, located in Barlow Hall. Once students declare a major, they will be assigned an advisor within their major.
Prior to registration, students are required to consult with their assigned academic advisor regarding course selection, career goals, and relevant academic policies.
President's List: Longwood recognizes superior scholarship through its President's List which is published at the end of each semester. Students whose names appear on it are those who have earned a semester grade point average of 4.00 on a minimum of 12 semester hours work taken. Students eligible for the President's List must complete all courses in the semester for which they are registered. A grade of "I" on a student's record prevents consideration for this honor.
Dean's List: Longwood recognizes outstanding scholarship through its Dean's List which is published at the end of each semester. Students whose names appear on it are those who have earned a semester grade point average of 3.5 - 3.99 on a minimum of 12 semester hours work taken with no grade below "C-." Students eligible for the Dean's List must complete all courses in the semester for which they are registered. A grade of "I" on a student's record prevents consideration for this honor.
Continued enrollment in Longwood is a privilege that is granted to a student who is making satisfactory academic progress. A degree-seeking student enrolled in Longwood is in good standing unless placed on academic suspension.
Failure to earn a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 will automatically place a student on academic probation during the fall or spring semester that follows. Only course work taken at Longwood University will be calculated into a student’s GPA and be considered in the calculation of academic standing. Students are placed on probation based on their cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall or spring semester. Probation indicates serious academic difficulty and notice is placed on the student’s academic record when the cumulative GPA is below 2.000. Students on academic probation may not take more than 15 credits per semester and are encouraged to seek assistance in the Center for Academic Success.
Students will be suspended from Longwood University if:
Students are suspended at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students suspended at the end of fall semester may not take winter intersession courses. Students suspended after spring semester may not take summer courses.
The first academic suspension means required withdrawal from the institution for the semester (fall or spring) immediately following the semester in which the suspension occurs. A student who was suspended for spring semester may apply for re-admission for summer term.
A second suspension means required withdrawal from the institution for a minimum of five calendar years. Notice of suspension is placed on the student’s academic record.
Under extenuating circumstances, appeals for readmission or other exceptions to academic policies may be presented to the Faculty Petitions Committee. Students must contact the Office of the Registrar for information and deadlines for submitting an appeal.
For information on Petition deadlines visit http://www.longwood.edu/registrar/procedures-forms/petitions/.
Additional information Making the Grade (PDF)
If a student’s academic suspension is due to circumstances that were beyond his/her control and those circumstances will change, the student may file an appeal.
A student petition should include some or all of the following:
The date for petition submission will be included in correspondence the student receives regarding his/her suspension. Appeals will be reviewed by the Petitions Committee for approval or disapproval.
Suspended students may apply for readmission to Longwood for the semester following completion of the suspension period. The student must apply at least 21 days prior to the first day of courses of the intended re-entry term to the Admissions Office, which will direct the application to the relevant dean(s), who will review the student’s record and citizenship at Longwood as well as courses taken elsewhere. Readmission to the institution is not automatic, even if the student has raised his/her cumulative grade point average.
A student readmitted after suspension must satisfy the following conditions until the student’s cumulative grade point average is a minimum of 2.000:
If a student fails to achieve the minimum grade point average of 2.000 in any semester before achieving a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, the student will receive a second suspension.
Students may make schedule adjustments (adds and/or drops) for face-to-face, off-campus, online, and hybrid courses:
Students may make schedule adjustments (adds and/or drops) for face-to-face, off-campus, online, and hybrid courses:
Courses dropped during this period do not appear on the transcript.
A student may inform the Office of the Registrar in writing that all directory information may not be released without prior written consent. A student who desires to restrict directory information from the public must complete the Student Data Restriction form (available in the Office of the Registrar).
Students are expected to attend all classes. Failure to attend class regularly impairs academic performance. Absences are disruptive to the educational process for others. This is especially true when absences cause interruptions for clarification of material previously covered, failure to assume assigned responsibilities for class presentations, or failure to adjust to changes in assigned material or due dates.
Instructors should permit students to make up work when the absence is excused. Excused absences are those resulting from the student's participation in a Longwood-sponsored activity, from recognizable emergencies, or from a serious illness. Faculty may require documentation for excused absences in their attendance policy. Student Health Services will provide documentation of needed absence in very limited cases: only for those students who are sent home by Student Health (ex. Communicable disease). The Dean of Students may also provide documentation for students unable to attend class due to mental health reasons.
For the 2020-2021 academic year, faculty are encouraged to count attendance in ways that are consistent with health and safety. This may include virtual synchronous viewing, watching recorded lectures or participation in online activities, assignments and discussion boards. If a student is at risk of missing more than 10% of a course due to quarantine or illness, faculty should work with the student to determine a reasonable path forward based on medical information, grades to date, and time remaining in the semester.
Students are required to wear a face covering, as described in the face-covering policy, at all times inside academic buildings, including during class and in the hallways, restrooms, and elevators. Students without appropriate face coverings may be denied entry into the classroom and be counted absent for that day. Faculty and students may report those who refuse to wear a mask to the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity.
Grade level progression is as follows:
Directory information may include the student's name, Longwood e-mail address, local telephone number, major field of study, classification, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and dates of field experience. A student may inform the Office of the Registrar in writing that all directory information may not be released without prior written consent. A student who desires to restrict directory information from the public must complete the Student Data Restriction form (available in the Office of the Registrar).
Any student identified by a faculty member as lacking proficiency in English composition may be referred to the English Proficiency Committee for testing. If the test reflects an inability to write correctly and effectively according to the standards established by the faculty of Longwood, the student will be placed on communication condition. Students placed on communication condition must undertake the developmental work stipulated by the English Proficiency Committee (usually English 003) by the semester after they are placed on condition and continue it until they pass the examination. Students may not participate in an internship or graduate until they have demonstrated proficiency by passing the examination.
See Exam Scale.
The quality of work completed by a student is recognized by the assignment of points to the various grades, commonly referred to as the Four Point System:
Grade Quality Points
Prior to Fall 2011, there is no distinction in quality points awarded with a plus or minus grade. For example, a C+ would have 2 quality points.
The term quality hours refers to the total number of hours on which the grade point average is calculated. This measure is derived from hours attempted by subtracting the equivalent credits for those courses that are foundation level courses, those which are taken as pass/fail or under any other grading option which excludes calculation in the grade point average, those in which a grade of "I" was awarded, those in which a grade of "W" was awarded, and those which were taken for graduate credit.
A student's grade point average may be computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of quality hours. A student's grade point average is based only on work taken at Longwood. "Grades received in affiliate programs shall be counted in the student's GPA only if the student registered through Longwood."
See Grading Policies.
Students may declare a major upon entering Longwood. Undeclared students who have completed at least 45 credit hours must declare a major prior to registration.
Repeated course grades supersede initial grades and replace previous grades in calculation of grade point average (Include/Exclude) for the first five repeats (whether or not these arise from the same or distinct courses). After five repeats, both the original and repeated grades and grade points are included in the GPA calculation. Course credits are only counted once. Grades for repeated courses after the fifth repeat are designated as RA, RB, RC, RD and RF. The "R" grades were replaced by an A(verage) indicator as of Fall 2011.
Longwood University is organized on the semester plan whereby the credit hour, abbreviated as credit, is the semester hour. Students normally carry 15 to 18 credits but may carry up to 21 if they earned at least 2.0 on their previous semester’s work. Students on probation or readmitted after suspension may not enroll in more than 15 credits per semester. Students may carry no more than 8 concurrent credits in any summer or intersession. A schedule beyond these limits requires special permission from the student’s dean. Students must take at least 12 credits to maintain full-time status.
Intersession, an abbreviated session which begins after the end of the fall term and ends before the beginning of the spring term, is appended to the spring term for financial aid purposes. Credit hours in intersession do not count toward the maximum allowed for the normal spring session. Likewise, credits taken in an intersession will not keep your status active for the spring semester.
|Student status||Access to myLongwood terminates||Access to live email|
|Graduated||30 days from Graduation (in Banner)||Indefinitely|
|Withdrawn||One year (12 months) from Withdrawal||One year (12 months) from Withdrawal|
|Suspended||One year (12 months) from Suspension||One year (12 months) from Suspension|
Students may withdraw from individual classes with a grade of "W" (not computed in the GPA) until 5:00 p.m. on the 35th day of regularly scheduled classes. After that date, withdrawals from individual classes are not permitted except for medical or other non-academic emergencies. A student who withdraws, for medical reasons, from a class after the 35th day of regularly scheduled classes must, by noon of the last class day, have a letter sent to the Dean of the student's college by the student’s personal physician, detailing the nature of the illness and recommending withdrawal for medical reasons. In extenuating circumstances not related to academic performance, the Dean may grant a withdrawal from an individual course if a written request from the student is received by noon of the last class day. If the Dean approves the request, the Dean will send a copy of the request or letter to the Office of the Registrar and all affected grades for that semester will be noted as "W" on the student’s transcript. The Dean will notify the student’s faculty members of any grade changes.
Residential students who fall below full-time status with such a withdrawal will be referred to the office of the Dean of Students for special permission to remain in the residence hall.
For classes held in non-traditional time frames, such as summer school or for off-campus offerings, students may withdraw with no academic penalty during the first half of the course, but may not withdraw during the second half of the course except for medical or other non-academic emergencies.
The deadline to withdraw without academic penalty should not be confused with any deadline to withdraw and receive a full or partial refund of charges. Please see the "Expenses and Financial Aid Refunds and Charge Adjustments" section of the online catalog for information related to refunds and charge adjustments.