LaGrange College at Albany Graduate Bulletin 2009-2010, Albany, Georgia

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LaGrange College at Albany Graduate Bulletin 2009-2010, Albany, Georgia
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College officially known as LaGrange Female Academy 1831-1847, LaGrange Female Institute 1847-1851, LaGrange Female College 1851-1934, LaGrange College 1934-. College name appears as La Grange in some college publications. Since 2011 the Undergraduate Catalogs (Bulletins) have been produced in electronic form only. The Catalogs (Bulletins) contain details about the faculty, curriculum, student body, physical plant and more from 1848. Catalogs (Bulletins) published as separate itemuments include: Graduate Catalog (Bulletin) from 1992, Evening College Bulletin from 2000, LaGrange College at Albany (Georgia) from 2000-2010, Interim Term from 2001-2010.
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at Albany


2009 - 2010

Albany, Georgia

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at Albany

Bulletin 2009 -2010
Albany, Georgia

Office Hours

M, T, W, TH - 10AM TO 6PM

Friday - 9AM TO 12 NOON


www. lagrange . edu/albany

Scope of This Publication

This publication has been prepared for LaGrange College at Albany,
a division of LaGrange College, LaGrange, Georgia. This publication
includes admission-related material as well as policies and procedures
through the year 2009 - 2010 for the graduate program in Organizational
Leadership. This publication supplements the current Bulletin of
LaGrange College. The program offered by LaGrange College at
Albany is a well-defined and discrete program. It is a degree-completion
program (no courses in general education are offered at the BA level).
The Albany program is designed for more mature students who have
been in the workplace for several years. The major, Organizational
Leadership, is interdisciplinary and is available at both the BA and
MA levels. It emphasizes liberal arts. Students matriculate as a cohort
group and remain together for the duration of the program. Teamwork
and collaborative learning are emphasized. Because of these important
distinctions, there are policies and procedures for Albany that differ
from those at LaGrange College in LaGrange. Where this document is
silent, the policies are the same on both campuses. Where this document
addresses a policy or procedure, that statement takes precedence over the
LaGrange College (LaGrange) Bulletin for students enrolled in Albany.

This publication is accurate at the time it is prepared. It is certain that a
few policies and procedures will need to be modified. Enrolled students
and students applying for admission will be informed of changes that
will affect them. Changes will be made in the context of serving students

This publication will be updated for the year 2010-2011.

Mission Statement
for LaGrange College at Albany

The Mission of LaGrange College at Albany is to Provide
Private Christian Education at the Senior College and
the Graduate Levels to the Southwest Georgia Area,
Centered in Albany; to Challenge the Minds and Inspire
the Souls of the Students Enrolled; to Employ Leading
Pedagogical Strategies in Achieving These Goals;
and to Produce the Economic Resources Necessary to
Perpetuate and Expand the Program.

LaGrange College reserves the right to make modifications in the
degree requirements, courses, schedules, calendar, regulations, fees
and other changes deemed necessary or conducive to the efficient
operation of the college. Such changes become effective as announced
by the proper college authorities.

For LaGrange College at Albany these changes may include, but
not be limited to the following: combining cohort groups, deferring
starting a course, changing the order of the courses, and changing
the curriculum. Should changes be necessary, the student will not
have more requirements than are detailed in this publication.

LaGrange College, established in 1831, is owned by the North Georgia
Conference of The United Methodist Church. LaGrange College is
proud of this relationship and believes that its mission is an extension
of the work of The United Methodist Church. LaGrange College is
committed to the free, uninhibited pursuit of truth. Academic freedom
and free expression of faculty and students are integral to the LaGrange
College ethos.

LaGrange College is committed to challenging the minds and inspiring the
souls of students by improving their creative, critical and communicative
abilities. Faculty recognize the part they play in a student's development
by serving as mentors and role models. The total LaGrange College
program - curricular and cocurricular - is designed to challenge and
support students as they deal with fundamental issues of self, world, and

The principal curricular means by which the College assists students
in the improving of their creative, critical and communicative abilities
are an interdisciplinary, technologically sophisticated liberal arts
program (A.A., B.A., B.S., B.M.), professional programs in business
(B.B.A.), nursing (B.S.N.) and education (B.A., M.Ed., M.A.T), and
Organizational Leadership (B.A, M.A), and continuing education. The
principal cocurricular means is through a comprehensive program of
student life and athletics.

LaGrange College strives to be a caring and ethical community. The
hallmark of the LaGrange College community is the quest for civility,
diversity, service, and excellence.

LaGrange College is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age or disability.

Table of Contents

Scope of Publication ii

Mission Statement iii

Table of Contents 1

Calendar 2

Accreditation 3

Access 3

Admission Requirements 4

Financial Information 5

Refund Policies 6

Financial Aid 7

Student Life 12

Student Records 16

Student Grievance Procedure 18

Career Planning and Placement 19

Counseling and Testing 20

Honor Code 20

Information Technology 22

Academic Programs 23

Probation 23

Core Curriculum 24

Communications Directory 29

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for Instruction and Holidays at

LaGrange College at Albany
July 2009 - August 2010

Unless otherwise noted, classes meet on a
Monday thru Thursday basis from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.



July 1 - 7

Summer Break

(no classes, office closed)

September 7

Labor Day

(no classes, office closed)

November 25 - 26


(no classes, office closed)

December 18-31

Christmas Break

(no classes, office closed)

January 1 - 3

New Years

(no classes, office closed)

January 4

College open, classes resu

January 18

M. L. King Holiday

(no classes, office closed)

March 3 1 - April 6

Easter Break

(no classes, office closed)

May 31

Memorial Day

(no classes, office closed)

July 1 - 7

Summer Break

(no classes, office closed)

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LaGrange College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane,
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to
award the degrees of Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of
Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master
of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Arts in
Organizational Leadership.

LaGrange College is also approved by the United Methodist University
Senate. It has membership in the National Association of Independent
Colleges and the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges. The
Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which confers professional
certificates upon college graduates meeting requirements in early
childhood, middle grades, or secondary education, has awarded highest
approval to LaGrange College's program of teacher education.

The Albany programs do not have specialized business program
accreditation through the Association of Collegiate Business Schools
and Programs (ACBSP).


LaGrange College at Albany admits qualified students of any race,
color, religious tradition, national and ethnic origin to all the rights,
privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available
to students at LaGrange College at Albany. It does not discriminate on
the basis of sex, race, color, religious tradition, national or ethnic origin
in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, loan
programs and other school-administered programs.

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Admission Requirements

Before an applicant can be admitted as a regular student qualifying for
transcripts, GRE or MAT scores, letters of recommendation, and any
other information required of the applicant by the graduate program. To
be admitted in full standing, the applicant must have:

1) Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or
university with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or
higher OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 semester

2) Acumulative G.P. Aof at least 3 .0 in all graduate coursework
taken at other colleges and universities.

3) A suggested score of 1000 on the GRE or 40 on the MAT.
Test scores must not be more than five years old.

4) Three letters of reference including at least one letter from
a former educator who taught the student coursework.

5) Completion of at least one of the following undergraduate
courses: Statistics, Research Methods or College Algebra.

6) Full time work experience.

7) A narrative essay of at least 1000 words in length that
describes the student's career goals and aspirations,
leadership experience, and work responsibilities before
program entry.

Students not meeting one or more of the above criteria may be admitted
under "provisional" status. A student satisfying the first nine semester
hours of course work in conditional status with no grade of less than
"B" may receive "regular" admission status. Otherwise, continuous
student enrollment will not be permitted. Failure to maintain a 3.0
cumulative G.P.A. for all coursework taken will result in academic
probation. Students in probationary status for two consecutive semesters
of enrollment will be terminated from the program. Grades of less than a
C may not be used toward the completion of the degree.

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Financial Information


1 . Admission

(Application for Admission, not refundable) $20.00

2. Tuition, per semester hour,

Albany only $447.00

3. Graduation

(regardless of participation) $40.00

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester





. $5364.00








Note: Students should expect to spend approximately $400 -$500 per
semester on textbooks. Students are also expected to have a personal
computer with Internet access. Depending on which Internet Service
Provider is selected; the cost ranges from $20-$50 per month.

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Refund Policies -Tuition and Fees

A student who plans to withdraw from the college must make an official
notification of his/her plan. The Director of LaGrange College at Albany
has been identified as the official office of notification. The student
should also consult the Financial Aid Office and the Business Office to
determine the financial consequences of a complete withdrawal.

Even though a student registers and pays for an entire semester, the
courses are taught sequentially. Students who withdraw prior to the first
class receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees. After the first class has
met, and before the second class has met, a student will receive a 50%
refund for that class and 100%> refund for subsequent classes that have
not started. An example: A student has registered for the first semester
(four courses), and he/she completed the first course and the first class of
the second course. The student then withdraws. The withdrawing student
receives a 100%> refund for the courses not started (the third and fourth)
and a 50%> refund for the course that he just started. There is no refund
for the courses completed or courses that have had their second class

No refund of any nature will be made to any student who is suspended or
dismissed for disciplinary reasons.

The Department of Education requires all unearned Title IV aid to be
returned to the program from which such aid was awarded. The College
will apply a credit to the student's account for all unearned "institutional
charges." The Department of Education defines "institutional charges"
as all charges for tuition, fees, and room and board, and expenses for
required course materials, if the student does not have a "real and
reasonable opportunity" to purchase the required course materials from
any place but the school.

Refund Policies for Students Receiving Financial Aid

LaGrange College does not advance any funds to students prior to the
date of enrolling.

A separate refund policy exists for new, first semester students who
receive Title IV federal financial assistance. Information is available in
the Financial Planning Office.

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Financial aid is considered to be used for direct educational costs
tuition, fees, books, room and board. Therefore, if a student withdraws
and is scheduled to receive a refund, funds will be returned to the
appropriate program(s) from which the student received funds. The
balance will be refunded to the student.

Financial Aid


LaGrange College believes that the student should contribute to the
educational expenses of attending a college or university to the extent
of their ability. The Financial Aid Office is available to assist students
in meeting the difference between the cost of education at LaGrange
College and what the student can contribute. The Financial Aid Office
at LaGrange College attempts to defray the cost of education from all
available Federal, State, and institutional sources. The student should be
prepared to assume a measure of responsibility in meeting educational
expenses through self-help financial aid sources such as student loans.

General Information

Students in need of financial assistance must complete a federal need
analysis form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA collects student and spousal, if applicable, income and
asset information needed to determine eligibility for financial aid. This
information is used in a federal need analysis calculation to determine
the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The Financial Aid Office establishes a Cost of Attendance Budget that
discloses the annual costs for a student to attend LaGrange College. The
Cost of Attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies,
and living expenses. Other components of the Cost of Attendance, which
is applied on an individual basis, are childcare expenses, study abroad,
and the purchase of a computer. These items may require documentation
from the student.

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is deducted from the Cost
of Attendance at LaGrange College to determine whether a need for
financial assistance exists. If the student's EFC is less than the Cost
of Attendance, a financial need is established. The Financial Aid Office
attempts to meet the financial need of applicants from federal, state, and
institutional sources.

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Financial Aid Application Procedures

Applicants for financial aid must:

Apply and be accepted as a regular degree-seeking student in an

eligible program at LaGrange College. Students conditionally

accepted into a master's program are not eligible for financial

assistance until all admission requirements are met for entry into

their chosen program. This includes submission of GRE or MAT

test scores.

Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid

(FAFSA) or a Renewal FAFSA annually.

Submit all required documents for verification if selected.


Verification is the process of evaluating the accuracy of financial
information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects approximately
30% of all financial aid applications for verification. The Financial Aid
Office may select additional applications for verification if conflicting or
incomplete information exists. A financial aid award cannot be provided
until the verification process is completed.

Students selected for verification will be asked to verify, at a minimum,
the following: adjusted gross income, federal income tax paid, earned
income credit, family size, number of family members in college, and
untaxed income. Most students will be asked to complete a verification
worksheet and provide copies of applicable federal tax returns. If
discrepancies are found during verification, the Financial Aid Office will
transmit the corrected information to the Central Processor. The results
are usually received within seven days. Once the corrected financial aid
information is received and provided all other eligibility requirements
are met, an official financial aid award letter will be mailed.

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Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

In general, to be eligible for financial assistance, the applicant


Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien of the United

Be accepted for admission or currently enrolled in an approved
degree-seeking or teacher certification program
Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress towards the
completion of your degree program

Not be in default on any federal educational loan or have made
satisfactory arrangements to repay the loan

Not owe a refund on a federal or state grant

Not have borrowed in excess of federal loan limits
Be registered with Selective Service, if required

Student Financial Aid Rights and Responsibilities
Students have the right to know:

The procedures for applying for financial assistance and
eligibility requirements

Financial aid resources available and eligibility requirements

Refunds and Repayment Policy in the event of complete

withdrawal from school

Cost of Attendance at LaGrange College

Deadlines for applying for financial aid

When and how your financial aid award will be disbursed

Your loan indebtedness and estimated monthly payments

Academic Programs available at LaGrange College

Name of associations and agencies accrediting the instimtion
and its programs

Campus Security Statistics

Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support


Completion and Graduation Rates

Students have the responsibility to:

Submit complete and accurate financial aid applications
Observe all deadlines for submission of financial aid

Maintain regular class attendance in all courses for which
financial assistance was awarded

Maintain satisfactory academic progress towards the completion
of their chosen degree or certification

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Notify the Financial Aid Office and lenders of any change in

address or name

Complete required Entrance and Exit Interviews for Federal

Stafford and for Federal Perkins Loan

Respond to all communications regarding student loans and

financial aid awards

Comply with all eligibility requirements for financial aid award


Repay student loan(s) received for education pursuits regardless

of whether he/she graduates

Notify the Financial Aid Office of any financial assistance to be

received from an external source (VA Educational Assistance,

Vocational Rehabilitation, Employer Reimbursement etc.).

Financial Aid Sources

Financial assistance for graduate study is primarily limited to student
loans and a few state and institutional grants or scholarships. Available
financial aid sources are outlined below.

Federal Stafford Loan is a low interest, repayable loan available to
undergraduate and graduate students regardless of income. The interest
rate is variable on Stafford loans but will not exceed 8.25%. The interest
rate is adjusted each July 1 . Federal Stafford Loans allow for a six (6)
month grace period before the borrower begins repayment. Borrowers
have a maximum often (10) years to repay their student loan(s). Loans
are available through banks, credit unions, and other lending institutions.
The only qualification for receiving a Federal Stafford Loan is to meet
the eligibility requirements for financial assistance. The student is
not subject to credit approval for this loan. All eligible financial aid
participants may borrow from the Federal Stafford Loan Program.

The Stafford Loan Program is composed of two loan types, subsidized
and unsubsidized. A subsidized loan is awarded on the basis of financial
need. Subsidized loan borrowers will not pay interest on the loan while
enrolled in school, during the grace period or during authorized periods
of deferment. The federal government pays the interest. An unsubsidized
loan is not awarded on the basis of financial need. Any student regardless
of income may participate in this loan program. However, interest does
accrue while the student is enrolled in school, during the grace period, and
during periods of deferment. The borrower has the options of paying

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the accrued interest or having the interest capitalized. Capitalization
adds the interest to the principal amount of your loan. This option will
increase your loan indebtedness.

The maximum Federal Stafford Loan a graduate student may borrow
each academic year is $20,500--$8,500 from the Federal Subsidized
Loan and $12,000 from the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. The
Federal Stafford Loan Program has a maximum aggregate (lifetime)
limit on the amount of funds a student may borrow. The aggregate loan
limit for graduate students is $140,500, which includes loans received as
an undergraduate student.

Federal Perkins Loan is a low interest, repayable loan awarded to
undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need.
The interest rate is 5% and no interest accrues on the loan while the
borrower is enrolled half time and during the grace period. Repayment
begins nine months after graduating or withdrawal from school. This
loan program has cancellation provisions for critical fields of study.
Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Loan Repayment

Student loans are excellent sources of financial assistance in defraying
education costs. However, borrowers should always remember that
they are obligated to repay these loans. LaGrange College encourages
students to borrow responsibly.

Disbursement of Financial Aid

Although students in the Organizational Leadership Program register
for a full load at the beginning of each semester, the courses are taught
sequentially, which means you complete the first course before beginning
the next course. Because of the nature in which the courses are taught, the
disbursement of financial aid occurs throughout the term as individual
courses are completed. Students receiving Federal Stafford Loans are
eligible for disbursement after completing 6 credit hours. Generally Pell
and Federal SEOG Grant recipients are eligible for half of their funds
after completing 6 credit hours with the remaining half disbursed when
they become full-time. The HOPE Scholarship and Georgia Tuition
Equalization Grant are the last funds to be disbursed because you must
reach full-time status and maintain it for 14 days beyond the beginning
of the fourth course or 12th credit hour. A schedule of disbursement dates
will be provided with the financial aid award letter.

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Prior to the disbursement of your financial aid, a final eligibility review
will occur to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for
financial aid. In order for your financial aid to be disbursed, you must have
submitted all required documents for disbursement; must be registered
for classes; must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards;
and must be enrolled for the appropriate number of credit hours necessary
to establish eligibility for individual financial aid programs.

All financial aid funds are disbursed directly to your student account
in the Business Office. The funds are applied towards current tuition
and fees, and other applicable charges such as room, board, testing fees,
books, and other charges as authorized by you. Financial aid funds are
for educational purposes only. Students who fail to enroll or attend
classes are not eligible for financial aid. Awards that require additional
documents will not be disbursed until such time as all requirements for
disbursement are met. For example, students who have Stafford Loans
must submit a completed Federal Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note
to their lender and complete Stafford Loan Entrance counseling before
their loan funds can be disbursed.

Student Life

Student Development Goals

The Student Development Goals of the LaGrange College at Albany
program are as follows:

To facilitate the transition of non-traditional students (25 years

of age and older) back into a college learning environment in

pursuit of a college degree.

To enhance cooperation and teamwork through a cohort model

where students begin, continue and complete the program

together as a cohort unit.

To provide a learning environment in which the "Student Code

of Conduct" is affirmed, respected and enforced.

To assist students who are already employed and on a career

track to discern further life goals and career planning, including

advancement through promotions or career changes.

To enhance personal integrity through commitment to the

LaGrange College Honor Code.

To provide a comfortable, clean and safe environment where

learning and academic study can be pursued.

To provide an ongoing evaluation of student support services

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through the regular use of the "LaGrange College at Albany Student

It shall be the responsibility of the Associate Dean and Director of the
Albany program, in consultation with the appropriate administrative
personnel at LaGrange College, to see that these goals are disseminated,
supported, evaluated and enforced.

Student Code of Conduct

The student Code of Conduct is a set of rules that regulate student
behavior. The Director of LaGrange College at Albany adjudicates
violations of the Student Code of conduct.


The responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions conducive
to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the academic
community. This College has a duty to develop policies and procedures
that provide a safeguard to this freedom.

By registering at LaGrange College, the student neither loses the rights

nor escapes the duties of a citizen. Each student should conduct his/her

personal life in the context of mutual regard for the rights and privileges

of others.

Therefore, it is expected that students will demonstrate respect for the

law and for the necessity of orderly conduct as a member of the campus


Students are responsible for being fully acquainted with the college
catalog, handbook, and other regulations relating to students and
for complying with them in the interest of an orderly and productive
community. Failure or refusal to comply with the rules and policies
established by the College may subject the offender to disciplinary
actions up to and including permanent dismissal from the College.

Violations of any of the following by a student constitute an offense,
which may result in disciplinary action.

A. The use of threatening or obscene calls, and obscene graffiti is
considered unwarranted and below the dignity of members of
the College community and will not be tolerated.

B. Conduct endangering safety and welfare. Any conduct which
endangers the safety and welfare of other individuals such

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as hazing, assault, battery, abuse or threat of abuse, on or off campus
is prohibited.

C. Use of firearms, weapons. No student may possess, use or sell on
campus any weapons or firearms, or any incendiary, explosive,
or destructive device, including fireworks.

D. Criminal arrest. If a student is arrested and charged with a
serious or violent crime off campus, a hearing may be held
as soon as possible to determine if his continued presence on
campus presents a possible threat of danger to members of
the College community. The infraction of a city ordinance, a
state or federal law by a student constitutes a breach of college
discipline. The college will act in the best interest of the campus
community and suspend a student who has been arrested, even
if not yet convicted by the legal system.

E. Use of illegal drugs. The use, possession, sale, or distribution
of narcotics and drugs, except as expressly permitted by law, is
strictly prohibited.

F. Possession of alcoholic beverages. The consumption or
possession of alcoholic beverages on campus is strictly

G. Disorderly conduct, abusive, drunk and disorderly, violent or
excessively noisy conduct on or in the vicinity of the College
campus is prohibited.

H. Giving false information. Anyone knowingly making a false
oral or written statement to any member of administration,
faculty, staff, or student body with the intent to deceive may be
disciplined accordingly.

I. Misuse of property. Anyone who misuses, defaces, or damages
College buildings, property or library holdings, or private
property located on campus shall be subject to disciplinary

J. Theft and illegal possession. The unauthorized taking,
misappropriation, or possession of any property or library
holdings owned or maintained by the College or by any person
on campus is prohibited.

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K. Unauthorized entry. A student may not enter, or attempt to enter
any College building room without proper authorization and
legitimate purpose.

L. Academic dishonesty. Cheating, plagiarism, submitting another
person's material as one's own, or doing work for another
person who will receive academic credit are all impermissible.
This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or other
sources in order to secure or to give help during an examination;
the unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments,
reports, or term papers; or the presentation of unacknowledged
materials as if it were the student's own work. Violations of this
kind are under the purview of the Honor Council.


LaGrange College does not discriminate on the basis of age, color,
race, national or ethnic origin, handicap, or sex in the administration of
educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, employment or
any other program or activity.

Racial Harassment

LaGrange College expects its students to treat other persons with respect
and human dignity in all interpersonal relationships. Any behavior that
results in racial abuse, harassment, or intimidation of another person,
or any unwanted objectionable racial attention towards another person,
will not be tolerated and is a violation of the College's Code of Student

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment may take two forms:

(1) creating a hostile environment, and

(2) quid pro quo.

1 . A hostile, demeaning, or intimidating environment created by
sexual harassment interferes with an individual's full and free
participation in the life of the College.

2. Sexual harassment quid pro quo occurs when a position of
authority is used to threaten to impose a penalty or to withhold
a benefit in return for sexual favors, whether or not the attempt
is successful. Sexual harassment may involve behavior by a
person of either gender against a person of the same or opposite
gender. It should be noted that the potential of sexual harassment
exists in any of the following relationships: student/student,
faculty/student, student/faculty, and faculty/faculty.

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Here and subsequently "faculty" refers to faculty, staff, and
administration. Because of the inherent differential in power
between faculty and students, sexual relationships between
faculty and students are prohibited.

Sexual harassment may result from many kinds of behavior. These
behaviors may range from the most egregious forms, such as sexual
assault, to more subtle forms. Explicit behaviors include but are not
limited to requests for sexual favors, physical assaults of a sexual
nature, sexually offensive remarks, and rubbing, touching or brushing
against another's body. More subtle behaviors may be experienced as
intimidating or offensive, particularly when they recur or one person has
authority over another. Such behaviors may include but are not limited to
unwelcome hugs or touching, inappropriate staring, veiled suggestions
of sexual activity, requests for meetings in non-academic settings, and
risque jokes, stories, or images.


Individuals or student organizations may not engage in commercial
sales and fund-raising projects unless the proceeds from such sales and
projects are used for charitable or philanthropic purpose. Clearance
for such activities must be obtained in advance from the Director of
LaGrange College at Albany.

Grades and Certification of Enrollment

The Registrar's Office will provide a copy of student's grades and will
certify the enrollment of students for insurance or scholarship purposes.

Student Records

In general, all present and past students have the right to personally
review their own educational records for information and to determine the
accuracy of these records. A photo ID or other equivalent documentation,
or personal recognition by the custodian of record will be required before
access is gained.

LaGrange College assures the confidentiality of student educational
records in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act of 1974.

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Exception to Access Rights

Students do not have access to:

1. personal notes of administrative, faculty, or supervisory
personnel which are not accessible to or revealed to other

2. confidential letter of recommendation placed in files before
January 1, 1975, or those where student has waived right to
access; or

3. medical, psychiatric or psychological data recorded by
professionals or paraprofessionals solely for their own use
in treatment of the student; however, a physician or other
appropriate professional of the student's choice can review
such records.

Student consent prior to records release

Student educational record information will not be transmitted to third
parties outside the College without the student's written consent, with
the following exceptions:

1. Public information: student's name, address, telephone
listing, academic major, dates of attendance, awards received,
participation in officially recognized activities and sports,
weight and heights of athletic team members. This information
will be released to anyone requesting it. Information which can
be released to the public on any student is name, class, major,
date of attendance, degree earned, awards received, local
and permanent address, and telephone number. The above-
cited information will not be released if a student notifies the
Registrar's Office not to release information.

2. Information concerning application for or receipt of financial
aid, which may be released to official agencies, involved in
decisions and aid allocations.

3. Information released by College officials with a legitimate
educational interest.

4. Information required by federal or state agencies as specifically
provided by law.

5. Information needed in connection with an emergency to
protect the health or safety of the students or other persons, as
authorized by Department of Education regulations.

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Types of records maintained

Examples of "educational records" maintained on a student may include
but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

Academic: admission data, courses attempted, grades, dates of
enrollment, degrees awarded, academic hours and
awards received - Registrar's Office

Alumni: personal, educational, and professional data,
contributions and gifts -Alumni Office and
Advancement Office

Conduct: disciplinary records, law violation -Student
Development Office

Financial: student's confidential statements, Financial Aid

data - Student Financial Planning Office; charges,
payments, delinquent accounts -Business Office

General: directory information, correspondence, biographical
data - office of record to which information was
provided or correspondence addressed

Student Grievance Procedure


LaGrange College is committed to a policy of treating all members of the
College Community fairly in regard to their personal and professional

The primary objective of a student grievance procedure is to insure that
concerns are promptly dealt with and resolution reached in a fair and just
manner. It is essential that each student be given adequate opportunity to
bring complaints and problems to the attention of College administration
with the assurance that each will be given fair treatment.


A grievance is defined as dissatisfaction occurring when a student feels
or thinks that any condition affecting him/her is unjust, inequitable,
or creates unnecessary hardship. Such grievances include, but are not
limited to, the following: academic problems (excluding grades, see

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the current LaGrange College Bulletin for the grade appeal procedure),
mistreatment by any college employee, incorrect assessment of fees,
records and registration errors, student employment and discrimination
because of race, national origin, sex, marital status, religion, age or

Grievance Procedure

The initial phase of the student grievance procedure normally requires
an oral discussion between the student and the person(s) alleged to have
caused the grievance in order to discuss and resolve the grievance. The
meeting should be held as soon as the student first becomes aware of the
act or condition that is the basis for the grievance. If the student decides
not to meet with the person(s) alleged to have caused the grievance, or
consider the response to this discussion to be unsatisfactory and feels
that the grievance still exists, the grievance should be put in writing and
filed with the Director of LaGrange College at Albany.

Grievance Appeal Procedure

Any student who is not satisfied with the response after utilizing the
administrative channels outlined above should present the grievance in
written form to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean or the
President with a copy to the individual(s) complained about.

Career Planning and Placement

Career planning and advancement are part and parcel of the general
curriculum in Organizational Leadership. Throughout the curriculum
each student is challenged to assume control over her/his destiny. No
formal office of career planning or placement exists but the under
girding thesis of the program is that significant career planning occurs.
As LaGrange College at Albany students are employed, placement is not
a significant need. In those rare instances where employment changes
occur, students should consult the Director of LaGrange College at
Albany for possible assistance.

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Counseling and Testing

Informal counseling in academic areas is available on site. Students who
need academic counseling should talk with the Director. If the academic
counseling needs exceed the expertise of the staff of LaGrange College
at Albany, the academic resources of LaGrange College's home campus
are available through e-mail and telephone.

LaGrange College at Albany offers no formal process for personal
counseling. The cohort group has often been effective in assisting
students make adjustments to the changes in routine brought about by
the demands of returning to school. Students should seek referrals for
more difficult problems.

Students at LaGrange College at Albany are continually assessed in
order to determine the effectiveness of the program in meeting then-
needs. There is an initial pre-test of leadership knowledge and skills.
At the conclusion of the program, there is a post-test. The Director of
LaGrange College at Albany is responsible for administering these
achievement tests. There are many other situations where students may
seek additional testing. These tests might include CLEP, GRE, GMAT
and others. The Director of LaGrange College at Albany will assist the
students in addressing these needs.

Honor Code

Students at LaGrange College sign the Honor Code, which states,

As a member of the student body of LaGrange College, I
confirm my commitment to the ideals of civility, diversity,
service, and excellence. Recognizing the significance of
personal integrity in establishing these ideals within our
community, I pledge that I will not lie, cheat, steal, nor
tolerate these unethical behaviors in others.

The Honor Council deals with students accused of violating the Honor
Code. The Honor Council is selected each spring by the outgoing Chair
of the Honor Council, The Dean of Students, and the Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Dean. A member of the faculty serves as advisor.
Members of the faculty are strongly urged to support the efforts of the
Honor Council by reporting all suspected violations of the Honor Code.

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The Honor Code assumes that any student witnessing or otherwise
having knowledge of an Honor Code violation will report the violation
to the course instructor, the Chair of the Honor Council, or the Vice
President for Academic Affairs and Dean. (For a complete description of
the Honor Code, please see the Student Handbook.)

The following are violations of the Honor Code:

1. Lying.

2. Cheating by either giving aid to or receiving aid from a student
or other source without the consent of the faculty member or
plagiarizing (using another person's words or ideas without
documenting them properly).

3. Stealing (intentionally taking or appropriating without the right
or permission any individual, organizational, or institutional
property. This includes, but is not limited to, stealing off
campus, stealing from any person or business representatives
on this campus, stealing from a computer company or any other
computer-related theft, from the telephone system, vending
machines, a residence hall visitor, or any other business while
it is on this campus, and removal of any material or equipment
from the Library or other facilities without permission.)

4. Failure to report a violation of the Honor Code.

5. Failure to appear before the Honor Council as requested by
written notice.

6. Failure to maintain confidentiality regarding an Honor Council

Sanctions include: a grade of F in the course; suspension for one academic
term, dismissal from the college; or lowering the final grade in the course
by one letter or assigning a grade of zero to the related academic work
(assignments, tests, case study, etc.). An investigation and hearing shall
be confidential and those within the bounds of confidentiality shall not
divulge anything that is said or done with regard to these proceedings to
anyone outside the bounds of confidentiality. Should anyone outside the
bounds of confidentiality receive information which is considered to be
confidential, he or she will automatically be bound by confidentiality.
Those within the bounds of confidentiality include Council members, the
faculty advisor to the council, the Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Dean, the President, accusers, the accused, witnesses, persons
interviewed during the investigation, victims, and the College's attorney.
In addition, the accused may include within the bounds of confidentiality
his or her parents, faculty, staff, minister, personal or legal counsel.

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All tests at the College are conducted under the Honor Code. Accordingly,
instructors may leave the room during the examination and students are on
their honor to do their own work. The Honor Code should be abbreviated
on the outside of the test and signed by the student before handing in
the examination. The student should leave all books and materials not
pertaining to the test either in the hall outside the classroom, or next
to the wall in front of the classroom. Students should take the test in
the designated classroom, except under extenuating circumstances or by
prior arrangement.

Work prepared out of class should be that of the individual. Any assistance
from fellow students, books, periodicals, or other materials should be
carefully acknowledged. Instructors should give specific guidance
regarding what constitutes a violation of the Honor Code. If any doubts
about plagiarism arise, a question should be raised by the instructor.
A student should never copy a section of an old term paper and submit
it as his or her own, and the student should be guided in the use of these
materials by the wishes of the instructor.

Every person found to have violated the Honor Code has the right
of subsequent appeal. Such appeal is made to the Academic Dean of
the College. The Appeals Board shall be the President of the Student
Government Association, the Appeals Representative of the Honor
Council, a student member selected for each Appeals hearing selected
by the Academic Dean and the President of the Honor Council, the
President or Past President of the Faculty Assembly, and the Academic
Dean. The appeal is heard from the record of the Honor Council hearing,
the attending written statement of the student requesting the appeal,
and the written statement of the Honor Council President. The Appeals
Board has the discretion to overturn the Council's decision and/or change
a sanction imposed by the Council, but it is confined to the approved
sanctions in the Honor Code.

Information Technology and
Academic Support Services

Information technology is pervasive in higher education. Students
enrolled at LaGrange College at Albany will be immersed in contemporary
learning technologies. The college expects each student to have access to
the Internet either at home or have permission for full access at their place
of employment. The College will provide on-site computer resources for
use during times other than class times.

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Instruction in the effective use of the Internet to obtain reliable
information and to get to the on-line capabilities of LaGrange College
in LaGrange is provided to all students. This provides communication
with libraries using GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online). A
special collection of leadership resources to support the major program
is available in Albany. Community resources are also available to area

Academic Program and Degree Requirements

The academic program at LaGrange College at Albany has been created
in direct response to community and area needs. An extensive needs
assessment in Southwest Georgia was initiated prior to the planning
and development of the program for LaGrange College at Albany. The
research results stressed the need for a program for non-traditional
students that would enable them to complete a baccalaureate degree and
now a master's degree. That program should be offered to the students
at a time when they could take the courses. The program should be one
with a predictable structure of course offerings, costs and outcomes. The
program should emphasize developing leadership knowledge and skills
in the workplace and in the community.

LaGrange College, as a venerable liberal arts College with strong ties
to the United Methodist Church, has interpreted the demonstrated
needs of Albany and Southwest Georgia with a coherent program in
Organizational Leadership.


Graduate students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 at the end of a
term or who fail to make sufficient academic progress will be placed on
academic probation. The students will receive a letter from the Associate
Dean and Director of LaGrange College at Albany informing them of
their status. Students may remain on academic probation for two terms.
These students are no longer on probation when their cumulative GPA
becomes 3.0 or above. In the event their GPA does not rise to 3.0 or
above within two consecutive terms from the date of academic probation,
the students are subject to dismissal from the College. Only graduate
courses taken at LaGrange College will be used to compute GPA.

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The Core Curriculum

Core courses provide students with the necessary conceptual and
methodological foundation to successfully complete six hours of course
related research at the end of their program of study.


ORGL 5011 Principles of Organizational Leadership 3 hrs.

This is a general survey course designed to put students with and
without an undergraduate degree in Organizational Leadership on
common footing. Topics include leadership versus management,
leadership perspectives, styles of leadership in different
organizational settings, including the "Servant-As-Leader"
Paradigm, and team building. Additional attention is devoted to
the role of leaders in motivating employees and research studies
on various aspects of leadership.

ORGL 5012 Research Methods 3 hrs.

This course reviews various procedures used by social scientists
in conducting research. Topics include inductive and deductive
logic, the development of hypotheses, operationalization and
measurement. In addition, this course reviews sampling and
research designs employed by sociologists, psychologists,
economists and historians. Ethical guidelines and the influence
of politics on the use of research findings are addressed.

Pre-requisites: ORGL 5011

ORGL 5013 Applied Statistics 3 hrs.

This course focuses on the importance of statistical analysis in
the evaluation of policies and program impact. Topics include
measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability
distributions and parametric methods for relationships. The
course then proceeds to review tests of sample means, probability
distributions and the use of chi-square analysis and other
nonparametric tests of differences.

Prerequisites: ORGL 5011, ORGL 5012

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ORGL 5014 Conflict Management and Diversity in

Organizational Settings 3 hrs.

Major attention is focused on diversity in pluralistic societies, the
historical problems of minorities in the workplace, identification
of sources of conflict within organizational settings and various
methods of conflict management: mediation, arbitration,
administrative hearings, collective bargaining and civil litigation.
In depth review of major Supreme Court decisions on the
constitutionality of affirmative action practices in the workplace
and how these rulings impact hiring, retention and promotion
will be explored.

Prerequisites: ORGL 5011


ORGL 5015 Organizational Behavior and Development 3 hrs.

This course begins by tracing the origins of complex social systems
and various classifications or typologies used to categorize them.
Next there is a focus on elements of the ideal "bureaucracy" and
problems in a democratic society. Additional attention is given to
functional prerequisites in all social systems, latent and manifest
consequences and leadership and decision making within formal
organizations. The course ends by reviewing contemporary
trends and issues in organizational structure: humanizing
complex bureaucracies, changing organizational culture and
organizational responses to employee innovation, creativity and
social change.

Prerequisites: ORGL 5011

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ORGL 5016 Organizational Planning, Implementation

and Evaluation 3 hrs.

Topics of this course include short and long range organizational
planning, elements of a comprehensive strategic plan: program or
policy implementation, employee acceptance of implementation
and process versus outcome evaluations. The primary focus is on
operationalization and measurement of outcomes or processes,
quasi-experimental research designs and the use of research
results in organizational evaluations. The secondary focus of
this course addresses employee accountability and performance
evaluations and the general use of information technology in
organizational evaluations:

Prerequisites: ORGL 5011, 5012 and 5013

ORGL 5017 Human Resource Management 3 hrs.

This course represents an analysis of the legal and ethical
responsibilities of employers in the public sector. An emphasis is
on recruiting and hiring practices, the use of employment tests,
employee professional development and training, performance
evaluations and methods of compensation within organizational
settings. Later topics include the due process rights of terminated
employees, exit interviews and post employment services offered
by agencies.

Prerequisites: ORGL 5011

ORGL 5018 Budgets and Financial Management 3 hrs.

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with basic
budgeting and financial management practices in the public and
private sector. Initial topics include purposes and types of budgets,
the budget process and budget categories. Next there is a focus
on public finances, principles of taxation, public expenditures,
public borrowing and reducing costs and increasing revenue.
Financial issues in the private sector include risk return, capital
formation and valuation. Concluding topics include financial
reports, sources of public funding and grant proposals.

Prerequisites: ORGL 5011

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ORGL 5019 Practicum in Organizational Leadership 3hrs.

Students will develop mentoring relationships with community or
organizational leaders and share their experiences with practicum
participants. The practicum will orient students to the capstone
or thesis project, including the essential elements of each, and
program academic requirements.

Prerequisites: ORGL 5011-5018

ORGL 5020 Seminar on Special Topics in Leadership 3 hrs.

Special topics addressed by the seminar will change from time
to time, but may include moral and ethical issues in exercising
leadership, evolving organizational and leadership models of
the future and contemporary problems or challenges for system
functioning. Students will receive faculty approval for capstone
or thesis project.
Prerequisites: ORGL 5011-5018

Research Courses

Capstone and thesis coursework are designed to demonstrate
an ability to apply core courses to an organizational problem
(capstone option) or to the disciplines (thesis option) which form
the bedrock of organizational leadership.

ORGL 5021 Capstone Project I 3 hrs.

This is a nonthesis option course requiring students to perform
a case study of an organization and any problem the system is
experiencing. Students are required to write a paper under faculty
supervision which describes the organization and its mission, its
evolution and history, organizational structure, the nature of the
problem and literature review of the same or similar problems in
other settings.

Prerequisites: All core courses

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ORGL 5022 Capstone Project H 3 hrs.

This is a continuation of ORGL 5021. Students are required to
complete the capstone project by an oral presentation to program

Prerequisites: All core courses

Corequisite: ORGL 5021

ORGL 5023 Thesis Research I 3 hrs

Selection of a thesis topic which may be descriptive or analytical
will be the focus. Students are expected to pose a testable
question or hypothesis after reviewing the literature related to a
specific topic. Faculty supervise and approve the completion of
the literature review.

Prerequisites: All core courses

ORGL 5024 Thesis Research U 3hrs

Students are required to collect qualitative or quantitative data
relating to the thesis question/hypothesis. The data should be
analyzed and conclusions drawn relating to the topic. Major
sections of the paper include Introduction, Statement of the
Problem, Review of the Literature, Methodology and Findings
and Conclusions. Faculty supervise and approve the completed

Prerequisites: All core courses

Corequisite: ORGL 5023

Total Required Credit Hours for the Master of Arts in Organizational
Leadership is 36.

If a grade of "I" is issued in ORGL 5021, ORGL 5022, ORGL 5023, or
ORGL 5024, during a regular grading period, the Director of Graduate
Studies will notify the student in writing, with a copy of the letter sent
to the Registrar. The letter shall remind the student that the "I" must
be removed within six months of the original date of completion of the
third semester, otherwise the "I" grade will be converted to an "F".
Extension may be requested by submitting an Academic Petition to the
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

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LaGrange College at Albany,
P.O. Box 71605, Albany, GA 31708-1605

LaGrange College at Albany (main number) 229.420.8000

(FAX) 229.420.7800

In LaGrange, Georgia:

LaGrange College (main number) 706.880.8000

Vice President for Academic Affairs And Dean 706.880.8235

Director of Student Financial Planning 706.880.8249

Registrar (transcripts, academic Reports) 706.880.8237

Controller (business matters and expenses) 706.880.8277

Honor Council (Honor Code issues) 229.420.8000

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