Mar 21, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Information

Academic Advising

The college Registrar, Department Chairs, and Academic Advisors are available to assist the students in planning their semester’s academic schedules. Registration materials are provided several months before each semester in order to inform the students of the details about the upcoming semester. It should be noted, however, that the student has the ultimate responsibility to see that all program requirements are being met.

Academic Load

In order to be considered as a full-time student, one must register for 12 or more credits. Approval from the faculty advisor is required for a student to take more than 18 credits.

Academic Calendars

The college operates on a semester system. The first semester concludes prior to Christmas and the second semester concludes in the early weeks of May.

The college also conducts a winterim in January and several sessions of summer school following the May graduation exercises. Winterim and summer school are optional for students.

Fall 2016 Semester

Online Registration Verification August 22 - 29
New Student Arrival August 25
Orientation August 25 - 28
First Day of Classes August 29, classes begin at 7:00 AM
Labor Day September 5, no classes; classes resume 9/6 at 7:00 AM.
Day of Prayer October 12, no classes 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Fall Break October 20 - 23, break begins 10/20 at 7:00 AM; classes resume 10/24 at 7:00 AM.
Thanksgiving Vacation November 23 - 27, break begins 11/23 at 7:00 AM; classes resume 11/28 at 7:00 AM.
Final Exams December 12 - 15
December Commencement Ceremony December 16
Christmas Vacation December 16 - January 15, break begins 12/17 at 7:00 AM; spring semester begins 1/16 at 7:00 AM.

Winterim 2017

January 2-13, classes meet daily 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  

Spring 2017 Semester

Online Registration Verification January 9 - 16
New Student Arrival January 14
Orientation January 14 -15
First Day of Classes January 16, classes begin at 5:00 PM.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day January 16, no classes 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
First Full Day of Classes January 17, classes begin at 7:00 AM.
Missions Conference February 14 - 16
Spring Break March 11 - 19
Easter Break April 14 - 17
Faculty In-Service Day April 17, no classes 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Final Exams May 8 - 11
May Commencement Ceremony May 12

Summer 2017

Summer session begins on Monday, May 15, starting and ending on various dates throughout the summer.  No class on Memorial Day, May 29.  Please refer to the summer brochure for specific days and times.


Academic Classification

In determining a student’s classification, all credits that have been successfully completed are counted. The classifications are:

  Freshmen 0-29 credits
  Sophomores 30-59 credits
  Juniors 60-89 credits
  Seniors 90 credits and up

Academic Dismissal

Students will be academically dismissed at the conclusion of the academic year according to the following standard:

  Hours Registered Toward    
  Graduation Requirements Minimum GPA  
  0-17 No minimum  
  18-59 1.50  
  60-89 1.75  
  90- 1.90  

Students who are academically dismissed may appeal to the Undergraduate Student Appeals Committee if they believe extenuating circumstances were present. Appeal forms can be obtained in the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Probation

Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 (C average) will be placed on probation. Removal from academic probation will occur when the cumulative GPA reaches 2.0.

Class Attendance

Excused absences are granted for illnesses, emergencies, and for college sponsored activities, e.g., music, sports, and field trips. Policies for other absences such as over-cutting, lateness, and regarding probation students are formulated by the individual professors. These policies will be contained in the syllabus and explained in class. Attendance is required at 80 percent of the sessions of a course in order to pass that course. The maximum allowable excused and unexcused absences (20 percent) are:

  3 if the course meets once a week
6 if the course meets twice a week
9 if the course meets three times a week

If students miss more than 20 percent, they may appeal to the Undergraduate Student Appeals Committee if they believe extenuating circumstances were present.

Course Withdrawals

A student may withdraw from a course during the first nine weeks of the semester. No financial adjustments will be made. Students can obtain course withdrawal forms from the Registrar’s Office. Students must continue to attend class until they return the completed course withdrawal form to the Registrar’s Office. Students who withdraw will receive a grade of “W” as assigned by the faculty member. After the nine week period, if the faculty member believes extenuating circumstances are present and in consultation with the registrar, course withdrawal is permitted with a grade of “W”.

Dean’s List

Students who are registered for at least 12 credits, are matriculating in a degree or certificate program, and attain a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List the following semester.

Graduation Academic Honors

Upon graduation, students earning academic honors will be presented with an award stole. Students with a GPA of 3.50-3.74 will be honored with a white Cum Laude stole; students with a GPA of 3.75-3.89 will be honored with a silver Magna Cum Laude stole; and students with a GPA of 3.90-4.00 will be honored with a gold Summa Cum Laude stole.


The college follows the 4.0 grade point system and requires a 2.0 (C) average for graduation. The grades, grade points, and their interpretation are as follows:

  A 4.0 Excellent
  A- 3.7  
  B+ 3.3  
  B 3.0 Good
  B- 2.7  
  C+ 2.3  
  C 2.0 Average
  C- 1.7  
  D+ 1.3  
  D 1.0 Passing
  D- 0.7  
  F 0.0 Failure
  I Not figured in GPA. Incomplete
  W Not figured in GPA. Course Withdrawal
  S Not figured in GPA. Satisfactory
  U Not figured in GPA. Unsatisfactory
  AU Not figured in GPA. Audit
  P Not figured in GPA. Pass

Graduation Requirements

The college grants degrees and certificates to those students who meet the following standards:


  1. Demonstration of the assurance of salvation as evidenced by the fruit of the Holy Spirit and approved conduct in accordance with Christian character as prescribed in the Student Handbook.
  2. Demonstration of Christian service by successful completion of the Christian service and student internship requirements as outlined in the Christian Service Handbook.


  1. Satisfactory completion of one of the college’s programs with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
  2. Satisfactory completion of at least 30 of the last 60 credits for a bachelor’s degree or at least 15 of the last 30 credits for an associate’s degree or certificate in courses offered by the college.

NOTE - Upon graduation, all financial obligations and academic or financial aid documentation requirements must be fulfilled in order to receive your diploma and/or transcripts.

Application for Graduation and Ceremonies

Depending on when they finish their academic requirements, traditional undergraduate students will be counted as May, August or December graduates. Commencement ceremonies are held each May for May graduates and each December for August and December graduates. All students need to fill out an application for graduation to signal an official audit of their credits and to declare their intention to graduate, regardless of whether or not they participate in a ceremony. Students should work in tangent with their advisors to determine readiness for graduation. More information about graduation and commencement ceremony and the application may be found here.

Independent Study

Independent study affords an opportunity for the student who wishes to undertake a well-defined research project. While the student conducts the work under the guidance of a faculty member teaching in the subject area, the project is carried out in an independent manner without regular class meetings. Effective independent study is characterized by a reduction in formal instruction and an increase in the individual student’s responsibility and initiative in the learning process. A student who wishes to elect an independent study course and who meets the requirements is instructed to complete, with a faculty sponsor, an application form that describes the nature of the project. To qualify for independent study, a student must have at least a junior standing, a grade point average of at least 3.0, and permission of the instructor, department chair, and the Provost.

Late Registration/Admission

The late registration period will coincide with the schedule adjustment period. Full tuition and fee rates will apply. In addition, a late registration fee will be assessed.

Academic Mentoring Services

Academic Mentoring Services (AMS) is the learning support services arm of the academic community. AMS supports the mission of LBC to train young men and women for full-time Christian ministry by providing qualified students with academic assistance. Professional personnel and peer tutors offer tutoring to any currently enrolled student by providing assistance with organization, time management, and test-taking skills. Specific services are available to those who have a documented learning disability (LD), English as a second language (ESL), a physical challenge, or less than a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). Incoming students with a learning disability and/or physical challenge are encouraged to submit formal documentation to the Director of the Disability Service Office upon acceptance into the college, so that reasonable accommodations can be determined before the start of the semester for which they enroll.

Schedule Adjustments

At the beginning of each semester, a period of time not longer than one week is established by the registrar for the purpose of giving students an opportunity to adjust their schedules. Appropriate financial adjustments will be made. A schedule adjustment fee will be assessed.

Student Rights Under FERPA

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords you, the student, certain rights with respect to your educational record once you are admitted as a student to the College.

What are my rights under FERPA?

As a college student you have four rights under FERPA: (Forms to exercise rights #1-3 are available in the registrar’s office)

  1. To inspect and review your educational record within 45 days of your request.
  2. To request amendment of your educational record.
  3. To have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your educational record, except in the areas that FERPA authorizes disclosure without student consent.
  4. To file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

What documents are included in my educational record?

Student educational records are specifically defined as all paper and computer records, files, documents, and other materials that contain information directly related to you, the student, and maintained by LBC or someone acting for the College according to policy. Excluded from student educational records are records of instructional, supervisory, and administrative personnel in the sole possession of the maker and that are not accessible or revealed to any other person, except a substitute. Additionally, notes of a professor or staff member intended for his/her own use are not part of the educational record, nor are campus security records, parents’ financial statements, application records of students not admitted to the College, alumni records, or records of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, or other recognized professionals.

Educational records are maintained by, but are not limited to the following offices, departments, and/or individuals: Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, Business Office, Student Services Office, iLEAD Office, Christian Service Office, placement office, and academic advisors.

What is Directory Information?

Some information about students is considered “Directory Information.” Directory information may be publicly shared by the institution without student consent unless the student has taken formal action to restrict its release. “Directory Information” at LBC includes: name, address (current, local, home, and electronic mail), telephone number (current, local, and home), date of birth, parent/spouse contact information (address and phone number), photo, major/program, weight and height (athletic teams), date(s) of attendance, enrollment status (full-time, part-time, not enrolled), date(s) of graduation, degrees and awards received, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports.

Can I control the release of Directory Information?

Yes, you can restrict the public release of directory information by completing a form available in the registrar’s office. You should carefully consider imposing a restriction on the Directory Information. The limits of the College’s student information system make it an all or nothing option. For example, your friends would not be able to obtain your directory information nor would the College be able to use it in graduation programs and news releases. This restriction should be reserved for extreme circumstances or on the advice of a legal or medical professional.

Who and under what circumstances can someone access my educational record?

According to FERPA regulations, no one has access to your educational record (other than directory information) without your written permission, except: (1) a school official (defined as: administrators, faculty, professional staff, staff, student workers, and students serving on official College committees) who has a legitimate education interest (defined as: the information or records requested are relevant and necessary to the accomplishment of some task or determination related to the inquirer’s employment responsibilities/committee responsibilities or are acting within the course and scope of their employment and/or authority). (2) a parent or guardian who presents a certified copy of the most recent federal income tax form that reports you as a dependent. Other, less common individuals who may access your educational record without your consent include: (3) authorized representatives of accrediting agencies, as well as federal, state, and local government offices, persons or organizations providing financial aid to a student, (4) persons in compliance with a judicial order or subpoena, (5) persons in an emergency if the protected information is needed to protect the safety of the student or other persons, (6) parents regarding the student’s violation of any federal, state, or local law, or any college policy or rule governing the use of alcohol or a controlled substance as long as the institution has determined that there has been a violation and the student is under the age of 21 at the time of disclosure, (7) the victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense (limited to the final results of the disciplinary proceeding conducted by the College), and (8) the public in relation to a determined crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense that violates College policy or rule (disclosure limited to the student’s name, the violation, and any sanctions imposed by the institution against the student).

Am I required to use my social security number as a personal identifier?

A Federal court ruling upheld the use of the social security number as a personal identifier for administrative purposes in higher education. We protect the privacy of the social security number as required by FERPA. However, you may request (form available in the Registrar’s Office) the assignment of an alternate identification number. Effective January 2002, any new students admitted to LBC will no longer have a social security number as a personal identifier for administrative LBC purposes.

Which College Officer is responsible for administering the FERPA guidelines?

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for the institutional compliance with the FERPA guidelines and maintenance and release of the educational record. Questions, interpretations, further explanations, or concerns about FERPA and the College’s FERPA policy are to be directed to the registrar.

How do I file a complaint with the US Department of Education?

Complaints are to be filed with the:

Family Policy Compliance Office
US Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Transcript Requests

Students desiring a transcript should use the Transcript Request Form  located bottom right on the footer of every page on the LBC website and in the Student Portal. If there are any questions related to transcript requests, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Transfer Policy

Lancaster Bible College accepts credit from accredited institutions of higher education and from other institutions of higher education which have academic standards comparable to LBC. Transfer credit is limited to those courses which are applicable to the program in which the student is enrolled and to those courses in which a grade of “C-” or higher was earned. Only the credit is transferred; the grade and grade points are not figured in the student’s grade point average. It is recommended that all transfer students to degree programs at Lancaster Bible College satisfactorily complete at least one course from Bible & theology, arts & sciences, and a professional department of the college.

Withdrawal from College

Any student who is contemplating withdrawing from the college should contact the Registrar’s Office. The registrar’s office will insure that all details are completed for an official withdrawal. Tuition refunds will be made according to the policies established by the college as listed in the Financial Policies section on College Withdrawal and Refunds  in this catalog.