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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. 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). The
Albany program is designed for more mature students who have been in
the workplace for several years. The major, Organizational Leadership,
is interdisciplinary. 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 20 10-20 11 .
FOR LaGrange College at Albany
The Mission of LaGrange College at Albany is to Provide
Private Christl^n Education at the Senior College Level
TO THE Southwest Georgia Area, Centered in Albany;
TO Challenge the Minds and Inspire the Souls of the
Students Enrolled; to EiMploy 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
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
halhnark 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
Earning Credit Through the United States Armed Forces Institute
and Service Schools 5
Financial Information 6
Refund Policies - Tuition and Fees 7
Federal Tax Credits 9
Student Life 15
Student Records 19
Student Grievance Procedure 21
Career Planning and Placement 22
Counseling and Testing 22
Honor Code 23
Information Technology and Academic Support Services 25
Academic Program and Degree Requirements 25
Class Attendance Regulations 27
Course Descriptions 28
Glossary of Terms 32
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
(no classes, office closed)
(no classes, office closed)
November 25 - 26
(no classes, office closed)
(no classes, office closed)
January 1 - 3
(no classes, office closed)
College open, classes resu
M. L. King Holiday
(no classes, office closed)
March 3 1 - April 6
(no classes, office closed)
(no classes, office closed)
(no classes, office closed)
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 and Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Arts in
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.
Applicants must present the following indication of their readiness to
undertake senior-level study.
At least sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter hours of
acceptable transfer credits from a regionally accredited institution.
(Many successfiil applicants may already have a four-year degree in
A2.0 GPAon all college work, which must include at least 30 semester
hours of general education courses drawn from and including at least
one course from each of the following areas: English Composition,
Humanities, Lab Science, Mathematics, History/Social Science.
Students under the age of twenty-five are not normally admitted
to LaGrange College at Albany. Exceptionally strong and mature
students under the age of twenty-five who are employed fiiU-time
or who are married or have dependents may petition to be admitted.
Their petition should consist of a personal statement, two letters of
recommendation one of which should be from a previous college
instructor or adviser and the other should be from the current employer.
The petition and supporting letters should emphasize the maturity of
the student and the level of experience that the student will bring to
the cohort group. The ability of the applicant to contribute to the
growth of the group through examples and background is the basis
for the over-25 expectation. The petition is delivered to the Director
of LaGrange College at Albany who will review the applicant's
petition and other application materials. The Director will interview
the candidate by telephone or in person. The Director will prepare
a written recommendation and forward the recommendation to the
Vice President for Academic Affairs who will forward the petition
to the Director of Admission with a recommendation for action.
All transcripts of college-level work done.
Completed application that includes a personal statement, a resume,
usual application information for non-traditional students, application
fee, and a signed statement regarding full understanding of the nature
and structure of the Organizational Leadership curriculum.
The acceptance of some students may be deferred until they have met
certain pre-entrance requirements:
Where the transferable credits are fewer than the requisite 60
semester hours or 90 quarter hours, students may be accepted
pending completion of the necessary course work at another
institution. LaGrange College at Albany recommends coursework
taken in this category.
Where the applicant's college GPA is less than the required 2.0,
the student may be asked to complete additional work at another
institution prior to matriculating at LaGrange College at Albany.
Their grades in those courses must demonstrate that they can be
successful in a senior-level college program. Coursework taken in
this category is to be specified by LaGrange College at Albany.
Where the applicant is lacking in one or more of the specific courses
required for admission, such as English Composition, the student
may be offered acceptance pending completion of the course(s).
Earning Credit through United States Armed
Forces Institute and Service Schools
Courses taken through The United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI)
and other recognized military educational programs are accepted in
accordance with the policy governing transfer work when presented on
official transcripts firom accredited institutions. Up to nine (9) semester
hours of elective credit will be all for military service credit, including
USAFI correspondence courses and military service school courses as
recommended by the American Council on Education. Academic credit
for one activity course in physical education, up to a maximum of four
(4) semester hours, will be awarded for each two (2) months served in
the Armed Forces. The maximum credit possible, then, is thirteen (13)
semester hours. The Registrar at LaGrange College in LaGrange should
be contacted in order to obtain appropriate credit. The telephone number
for the Registrar is 706.880.8237.
1 . Admission
(Application for Admission, not reflmdable) $20.00
2. Tuition, per semester hour, Albany only $447.00
3. General Fee J, per semester $60.00
4. Testing Fee , one time for all new students $160.00
5. Graduation (regardless of participation) $40.00
^General Fee, half of the general fee is held in reserve for use
by the group to help fund their ser\1ce/leadership project. The
remainder is used to reinforce strong group ties by helping to fund
group activities. The students determine the expenditure of aU of
The Testing Fee is required for the necessar\' pre-and post-testing
of students to measure outcomes and program effectiveness.
Note: Students should expect to spend approximately $300 - $500 per
semester on textbooks. Students are also expected to have a personal
computer with Internet access. Depending on which Internet Serx'ice
Provider is selected, the cost ranges from $20-50 per month.
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. Afi:er the first class has
met, and before the second class has met, a student will receive a 50%
refimd for that class and 100%) refiind for subsequent classes that have
not started. An example: A student has registered for the first semester
(five 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% reftind for the courses not started (the third, fourth and
fifth) and a 50%) refiind for the course that he just started. There is no
refijnd for the courses completed nor courses that have had their second
No reftind 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 ftinds to students prior to the
date of enrolling.
A separate reftind policy exists for new, first semester students who
receive Title FV federal financial assistance. Information is available in
the Financial Planning Office.
Georgia residents receiving credit for the Tuition Equalization Grant and
the HOPE Scholarship must be continuously enrolled for 14 days beyond
drop add to be eligible for these funds. Course drops reducing the course
load below 12 hours will result in the loss of these grants.
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.
A student will not receive a refund until all financial aid programs have
been reimbursed. Refunds will be returned in the order indicated in the
"Allocation Policy" below:
1st to Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan Program
2nd to Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan Program
3rd to Federal Perkins Loan Program
4th to Federal PLUS Program
5th to Federal Pell Grant Program
6th to Federal SEOG Program
7th to other Title FV Programs
8th to other federal, state, or private programs
9th to the student
Official transcripts and diplomas are withheld from any student
who has a financial obligation to LaGrange College.
Student Repayment Policy
Students who receive cash disbursements after registration for that
enrollment period will be assessed liability for repayment of the
appropriate percentage of the refund due the Title IV programs upon
withdrawal, expulsion, or suspension.
Students who receive cash disbursements that are attributable to Federal
Pell, SEOG, Perkins Loan, or SSIG programs may owe a repayment
of these funds to LaGrange College to prevent an overpayment. A
student who owes a repayment will be deemed ineligible for any
financial assistance from any source until the student has resolved the
overpayment. Repayments will be allocated to the student aid programs
in the following order: Federal Perkins Loan, Pell Grant, SEOG, other
Title rv programs, and then to the institution.
Students have 45 days from the date of their notification to make
arrangements for repayment of the aid received. If they fail to make
satisfactory arrangements within the 45-day time period, the account
will be submitted to the Department of Education and the student could
lose future eligibility for financial aid programs.
Federal Tax Credits
The Tax Reform Act of 1 997 provided two tax credits for higher education.
The "Hope Credit" Provides a $1,500 tax credit for the first two years of
post^secondary education in a program that leads to a degree, certificate,
or other recognized educational credential. The student must be enrolled
at least halfi:ime. Qualified expenses are for tuition and fees and do not
mclude room, board, books, insurance, and other similar expenses.
The second tax credit is the "Lifetime Learning Credit" which provides
a $1,000 per year tax credit (per family). For additional information
about these two credits, please consult the Business Office or your tax
These tax credits are phased out as your modified adjusted gross income
exceeds certain limits. Please check with your tax advisor regarding
General Financial Aid Information
You and your family are expected to contribute to the cost of college
attendance to the extent of your ability. However, realizing that it is not
always possible for a family to meet the expenses of college alone, federal
and state financial aid programs were established to assist families in
paying for college. To identify families in need of financial assistance,
a general need analysis form was developed. The Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the need analysis form used to
determine your family's Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC
is deducted from the Cost of Attendance at LaGrange College, which is
composed of tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board, transportation,
and personal expenses, to determine a student's financial need. Your
financial need determines financial aid programs for which you qualify.
Although financial need is a factor in most financial aid programs, there
are programs where financial need is not a factor.
Applying for Financial Aid
Applicants for financial assistance (including HOPE Scholarship) must
complete the applicable financial aid application annually. Financial
aid applications are available at the LaGrange at Albany office or at the
main campus by contacting the Financial Aid Office at 1-888-253-9918.
Students interested in financial assistance must:
Complete a Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant Application
(applicable to Georgia residents only)
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
applicable to your academic calendar. Please include our Title
IV School Code (001578) on your application to insure that
we receive your processed application. You may complete the
FAFSA electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Financial Aid Deadlines
You are encouraged to submit your financial aid application 6 weeks
prior to the begmning of the term.
General Financial Aid Eligibility Requirement
To be eligible for financial assistance, you must:
Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien.
Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development
(GED) Certification, or pass an approved Ability-to-Benefit
Be fully accepted for admission.
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.
Completing the Financial Aid Process
After your FAFSA is submitted to the Central Processor, you will receive
a Student Aid Report (SAR). LaGrange College will receive an electronic
copy of your SAR called an Institutional Student Information Report
(ISIR). The Financial Aid Office will review your ISIR to determine if
additional information is needed to complete your financial aid file or
to establish your eligibility to participate in financial aid programs. If
you are selected for verification by the federal government or LaGrange
College or have eligibility issues, you will receive a "missing information
letter" from the Financial Aid Office requesting additional information.
If discrepancies are found as a result of verification, the Financial Aid
Office will transmit the corrected information to the Central Processor.
You will receive a revised Student Aid Report (SAR) reflecting the
Financial Aid Awards
Once all documents necessary to determine your financial aid eligibility
are submitted and you are accepted for admission, you will receive a
financial aid award letter disclosing the financial aid programs available
to assist you with school. Your award letter will be mailed in duplicate to
your permanent mailing address. You must submit a signed copy of the
award letter indicating the financial aid programs you wish to accept or
decline. You will also have an opportunity to reduce or increase the amount
of loan included in your financial aid award. A copy of "Understanding
Your Fmancial Aid Award Letter," which explains mformation about
the financial aid programs included in your award letter and eligibility
requirements, will accompany your award letter and any supplemental
forms necessary for the processing of individual awards.
If you receive or expect to receive educational assistance firom an
outside source, i.e. employer tuition reimbursement plan, veteran
benefits, vocational rehabilitation benefits, etc., you must report these
resources to the Financial Aid Office and provide a copy of the benefit
or reimbursement policy to the Business Office. If these fiinds result in
financial assistance that exceeds your financial need, the Financial Aid
Office must cancel, reduce, or modify your financial aid award.
Available Financial Aid Programs
Federal Pell Grant is a federal grant awarded to undergraduate students
pursuing their first bachelor's degree with exceptional financial need.
Your Expected Family Contribution determines eligibility for Federal
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federal
grant awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.
Priority is given to Pell eligible students with the lowest EFC.
The HOPE Scholarship Program is a non-need based State of Georgia
scholarship awarded to Georgia residents who graduated fi*om high
school on or after June 1996 with a "B" average. A student who did not
graduate from high school as a HOPE Scholar may become eligible for
the HOPE Scholarship after completing 30, 60, or 90 semester hours.
HOPE Scholars attending a private college or university must be full-
time to qualify. The award is $1,500 per semester for students attending
a Georgia private college or university. HOPE Scholarship recipients
may receive funding (provided all eligibility requirements are met) for
a maximum of 127 attempted semester hours of college credit. The 127
maximum semester hours includes all college courses taken since your
high school graduation regardless of whether or not you received HOPE
Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant is a State of Georgia non-need-
based grant awarded to Georgia residents attending a private college or
university as a full-time student. The annual amount is contingent upon
funding by the Georgia Legislature. The current amount of the grant is
$500 per semester.
Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan is a repayable loan awarded based
on demonstrated financial need. The Federal government pays any
accrued interest on the loan while the student is enrolled in school,
during the grace period or during authorized periods of deferment. The
annual loan limit is discussed in "Federal Stafford Loan Annual Loan
Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is not awarded based on financial
need. Any student regardless of income may participate in this loan
program. However, interest does accrue from the date of disbursement
until the loan is paid in full. The borrower has the option of paying the
accrued interest or having the interest capitalized. The annual loan limit
is discussed in "Federal Stafford Loan Annual Loan Limits" below.
Federal Stafford Loan Annual Loan Limits
The amount of Federal Stafford Loan funds a student may receive each
academic year is based on the student's classification and financial need.
Dependent undergraduate students may borrow a maximum of $3,500
as a freshmen; $4,500 as a sophomore; $5,500 as a junior or senior
combined from the Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
Program. Independent students may borrow at the same annual amounts
as a dependent student; however, an independent student is eligible
for additional funds from the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program.
Independent students classified as freshmen or sophomores may borrow
an additional $4,000 and students classified as juniors or seniors may
borrow an additional $5,000.
Aggregate Loan Limits
Federal regulations set a maximum aggregate (lifetime) loan limit on the
amount of Federal Stafford Loan (combined Subsidized and Unsubsidized
Stafford Loans) funds a student may borrow for an undergraduate degree
program. The aggregate loan limit for a dependent undergraduate student
is $23,000 and $46,000 for an independent undergraduate student.
Federal Stafford Loan Entrance/Exit Counseling
Federal regulations require all first-time Federal Stafford borrowers to
complete Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling before receiving the first
disbursement of their loan proceeds. If you have previous loans and are
transferring to LaGrange College from another institution, you must also
complete entrance counseling.
Students who are graduating or transferring to another institution must
complete Federal Stafford Loan Exit counseling. Students at the Albany
Campus should fulfill this requirement on-line at www.mapping-your-
Students who are eligible for various veterans' benefits should coordinate
their application for any benefits through the Registrar at LaGrange
College in LaGrange. That office telephone number is 706.880.8024.
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 ehgible for disbursement
after completing 6 credit hours. Generally Pell and Federal SEOG Grant
recipients are eligible for half of their fiinds after completing 6 credit hours
with the remaining half disbursed when they become fiiU-time. The HOPE
Scholarship and Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant are the last fiinds to be
disbursed because you must reach fiill-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.
Prior to the disbursement of your financial aid, a final eligibility review will
occur to determine if you meet the eUgibihty 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 fiinds are disbursed directly to your student account in the
Business Oflice. The fimds are applied towards current tuition and fees,
and other apphcable charges such as room, board, testing fees, books, and
other charges as authorized by you. Financial aid fimds are for educational
purposes only. Students who fail to enroll or attend classes are not ehgible 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 fiinds can be disbursed.
Refund of Excess Financial Aid
If your financial aid fiinding exceeds your current tuition and fee charges (a
credit balance), you will receive a refiind of the residual fiands 14 days from
the date the credit occurred. All refiind checks are issued and mailed by the
Business Office. If you wish to leave the remaining fiinds on your account
for subsequent terms, you must sign a Student Authorization Form with the
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 aheady 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
through the regular use of the "LaGrange College at Albany
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
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 resuh 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
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 infi-action 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
F. Possession of alcoholic beverages. The consumption or posses-
sion of alcoholic beverages on campus is strictly prohibited.
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
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.
K. Unauthorized entry. A student may not enter, or attempt to enter
any College building room without proper authorization and
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 admmistration of
educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, employment or
any other program or activity.
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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 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 Ufe 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.
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.
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 ED 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Conduct: disciplinary records, law violation - Student
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
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
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 afl:er 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.
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 their
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.
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.
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:
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, fi:om 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
fi^om 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
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.
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 fi-ont of the classroom. Students should take the test in
the designated classroom, except under extenuating circumstances or by
Work prepared out of class should be that of the individual. Any assistance
firom fellow students, books, periodicals, or other materials should be
carefiiUy 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.
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.
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
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
Requirements for the Bachelor Degree with a Major in Organizational
The baccalaureate (four-year) degree from LaGrange College requires
120 semester hour credits or the equivalent, appropriate general
education courses, a 2.0 Quality Point Average on all work taken at
LaGrange College, all required assessments and a major. In Albany,
the College offers all assessments and the Organizational Leadership
major only. The major consists of a minimum of the 54-semester hours
program. Up to 66-semester hours of transfer credits may be applied to
the degree. Those transfer credits must include courses and satisfactory
grades in English Composition, Humanities, Lab Science, Mathematics,
and History/Social Science.
Other academic regulations and procedures can be found in the current
LaGrange College Bulletin, copies of which are available in the office of
LaGrange College at Albany.
The Organizational Leadership major consists of coherent courses
designed to assist students grow substantially in their interrelational
understanding and skills (coaching and counseling, communicating
effectively, managing conflict, and understanding influence and
negotiation) and their management understanding and skills (strategic
planning, problem solving and decision making, managing performance,
and managing change). This growth occurs in a liberal arts setting that
uses critical reading, analysis, clear writing and group projects and
Central in the curriculum is a commitment to developing and fostering
servant leadership. A group of students will undertake their study of
Organizational Leadership as a group. That cohort will research and
develop a service project that benefits the community. In that setting the
students will practice the skills of working with multiple constimencies
and implementing a comprehensive multifaceted project.
Classes in Organizational Leadership meet for four hours weekly. One
course is taken at a time. The courses last from five to nine weeks. As
working and somewhat older and experienced persons, the students are
expected to be challenged by, but succeed in, the accelerated curriculum.
The program requires active participation.
upon graduation, students who have been m residence at LaGrange
college for at least their last 60 hours and
1 . have attained a quality grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74 may
be granted the bachelor degree cum laude or
2. have attained a quality grade point average of 3.75 to 3.89 may
be granted the bachelor degree magna cum laude or
3. have attained a quality grade point average of 3.90 to 4.0 may
be granted the bachelor degree summa cum laude.
Upon graduation, students who have been in residence at LaGrange
College for their last 42-59 hours and have attained a quality grade
point average of 3.50 or higher may be granted the bachelor degree with
distinction. At the end of each academic semester, students who have
maintained a 3.60 cumulative grade point average on a minimum of 12
GPA hours of work will be placed on the Dean's List.
Class Attendance Regulations
A student is expected to attend all classes for all courses in which he/
she is registered. The student is solely responsible for accounting to the
instructor for any absence. In the instance of an absence, it is expected
that the student will inform the instructor or the Albany Office in advance
and no later than the day after. In normal instances, one class session is
tolerable but not encouraged. With special arrangements, the instructor
may approve two class session absences. The likely consequence of
missing one or two class sessions is a lower grade in the course. Missing
three or more class sessions will result in withdrawal from the course and
repeating the course.
Organizational LEADERsmp Courses
To BE TAKEN SEQUENTIALLY
Semester One (15)
3010: Introduction to Senior-Level Studies (3)
This course focuses on team building. The under girding studies
about collaborative learning are emphasized. Students will
explore the strategies and goals of the Organizational Leadership
curriculum. Effective practices for intensive study are emphasized.
Student activities designed to strengthen the group will occur and
planning will begin for the group service project. Course lasts six
3110: Communication: Part I, The Organization (3)
This course emphasizes building those necessary skills for
effective contemporary communication in the organization.
Students will learn computer writing and communicating skills
including basic word processing, e-mail, network utilization and
presentation software. Effective and efficient use of library and
community resources will be explored. Course lasts six weeks.
3120: Communication: Part n. With Others (3)
A course designed to teach enhanced written and oral
communication skills. The course will provide a review of
standard grammar, mechanics, and usage required to write
and speak effectively, using students' own backgrounds and
experiences as topics for their classroom work. Emphasis will be
placed on peer collaboration and editing, as well as projects for
presentations. Course lasts six weeks.
3050: The Essentials of Leadership (3)
Participants in this course will consider leadership both as an
individual influence within a community and as the confluence
of demographic, economic, cultural and political factors beyond
the control of any single leader. Readings include texts from
Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill,
Adolf Hitler and others examining the individual leader as a
primary influence within the community. Other sources offer an
alternative view of the leader as merely reflecting larger forces
within the community. Course lasts six weeks.
3210: Social/Cultural Dynamics: Part I (3)
An examination of the social and cultural dynamics of selected
ethnic groups, races and social classes in the U.S., with a view
toward social problems and problem resolution. The course will
extensively use case studies and epochal readings. Course lasts
Semester Two (13)
3400: Organizational Psychology (4)
A study of the behavior of the individuals and small groups in
organizations. This course emphasizes motivation, but other
topics including personality, perception and team behavior are
explored. Course lasts eight weeks.
4030: Christian Perspective on Leadership (3)
Examines how the values of the Christian tradition shape
leadership practices and goals. This course develops the concept
of servant leadership. Course lasts six weeks.
4070: Business Ethics (3)
A study of the basic ethical models and their application to the
ethical and legal issues arising in an organization. Students will
confront ethical and dilemmas, both as individuals and members
of small groups. They will make decisions, then share and critique
those decisions. Course lasts six weeks.
4090: Legal Environment (3)
A study of the legal context within organizational setting.
The course is designed to assist the student to recognize legal
problems, to understand the legal implications of decisions and
to be knowledgeable about the legal environment that impacts
leadership with organizations. Course lasts six weeks.
Semester Three (13)
4130: Communication: Part HI, Interpersonal Skills (4)
This course focuses on interpersonal relationships in an
organization. Topics include building effective relationships
within an organization and confronting and resolving difficulties
arising in those relationships. Cases and other types of experiential
exercises are used. Conflict resolution and mediation skills are a
part of this course. Course lasts eight weeks.
4220: Social/Cultural Dynamics: Part II (3)
This course offers analysis of gender differences and
considerations. It frirther explores cultural diversity and the
management of diversity in achieving leadership goals. Course
lasts six weeks.
4250: Applied Statistics/Research Methods (3)
A course to introduce the student to both descriptive and
inferential statistics, especially with examples that apply within
organizational settings. The course will survey various types of
research design, including the strengths and limitations of each.
Topics to considered include research design, data collection,
data analysis and research reporting. Emphasis will be given to
evaluating published research. Course lasts six weeks.
4270: Human Resource Management (3)
A course to address personnel administration in organizational
settings. Topics to be considered include personnel recruitment,
training, compensation, evaluation and termination. Case studies
will be used extensively. Personnel issues will be addressed
in light of various leadership styles and mission objectives of
organizations. Course lasts six weeks.
Semester Four (13)
4510: Organizational Tools (4)
The essential tools used for planning and controlling the
organization are studied. Included in this course are understanding
financial statements, the tax code and the budgetary process.
Students develop and present plans and policies. Course lasts
4520: Organizational Environment and Strategy (3)
A study of strategic planning, policy development, and the legal
context of organizational leadership. Course lasts six weeks.
4700: Readings in Leadership (3)
A study of the dynamics of leadership from both fictional and
non^fictional sources. The course is designed to enable students
to recognize and analyze qualities of the leader in a variety of
contexts in world literature, including archetypes and models
from works as diverse as Homer's Odysseus and the essays of
Andrew Young. Course lasts six weeks.
4900: Issues of Leadership (3)
An interdisciplinary, capstone experience that integrates the
theories and practices of leadership learned throughout the
program in constructive project. Course lasts six weeks.
Total Required Credit Hours
in the Organizational Leadership Major 54
Other Courses Available in Albany
For students who have admission-related requirements:
Organizational Leadership (ORGL)
4950: Directed Independent Study (3)
4960: Directed Independent Study (3)
These two courses may be used, as necessary, to complete
graduation requirements. Together they may fianction as a
Senior Thesis. Students should consult with their adviser well in
advance of anticipated enrollment. A prospectus is required prior
to acceptance for enrollment.
Cost of Directed Independent Study
Students will be charged $447.00 for each semester hour of Directed
Independent Study they enroll. These tuition charges are in addition to
the normal tuition, book, and fee expenditures.
Total Hours required for the B. A. with a Major in Organizational
Leadership are 120. The other credits must be from previous work or
recent work at another accredited institution.
Glossary of Terms
Assessment finding out accomplishments towards achieving goals. In
higher education today, it is important to assess students in their progress
and to assess the programs. Assessment in this context covers broader
concepts than just a 'test' in a course.
CLEP College Level Examination Program. This is a higher level
achievement test with national standards that enables students to gain
college credit by sitting for an exam.
Cohort In the context of LaGrange College at Albany, a cohort is that
group of students that comes into the program at the same time. The
cohort consists of approximately 12 students who will take all of their
General education General education is that group of foundation
courses normally taken during the fireshman and sophomore years.
General education courses are typically English, history, mathematics,
science and social studies courses.
Major That group of senior division courses that explore in depth a
particular subject The group of courses can be in one discipline (English)
in several disciplines (American Studies) or it can be an interdisciplinary
set of courses around a theme (Organizational Leadership). The major
normally constitutes about 40% of students' undergraduate studies.
Transcript An official record of courses taken, credits earned, dates
completed and descriptive information about the student (name, birth
date, social security number, gender and address). Transcripts are under
the care of college Registrars.
Probation a warning about quality of academic performance.
Employer reimbursement This financial support is recognition by
the employer of the value of the employee/student to the employer.
The employer typically will pay a portion or all of the tuition, fees and
book costs of the employee/ student. After the employee/student has
satisfactorily completed courses, the employer will reimburse the student
for all or a portion of the charges. Typically employers will assist with
those charges that are not met by other means such as state grants.
LaGrange College at Albany, P.O. Box 71605, Albany, GA 31708-1605
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