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A brief summary of some of LFGSM's academic policies are provided below. Full, official policies on these and other topics can be found in the LFGSM Academic Catalog and Student Handbook. Policies excerpted here are for informational purposes only, and do not supersede those published in the Academic Catalog. LFGSM reserves the right to change the policies at any time.

General questions about any LFGSM academic policies can be directed to the Registrar's Office, registrar@lfgsm.edu, 847-574-5208.

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The LFGSM Leadership Model grounds our curriculum and approach to teaching. For over 70 years, LFGSM has been empowering working professionals with the tools to make a difference in their organizations and communities. We believe a leader is someone who inspires others, changes lives, and propels businesses forward. The LFGSM Leadership Model is the core of our degree programs and drives our curriculum and approach to teaching. In the business environment, professionals must be ready not only to adapt to change, but also to lead change.

A detailed description of the LFGSM Leadership Model and further information can be found here.

 

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management regards regular face-to-face, live video/web conference, or online class attendance as vital to academic success. All students are expected to actively participate each week in academic activities, whether in the face-to-face classroom, live video/web conferences, or online. Responsibility for class attendance, coursework, and participation rests with the student. Consequently, attendance at all scheduled classes is expected. LFGSM reserves the right to deal with individual cases of non-attendance at any time.

Definitions:

Face-to-face students attend course offerings at the Lake Forest main campus, Schaumburg location, or corporate onsite locations in the Chicagoland area.

Video/web conference students attend synchronous course offerings using video/web conferencing tools.

Online students participate in weekly asynchronous course offerings using the LFGSM learning management system. Online course terms run concurrently with face-to-face course offerings, with weeks beginning on Monday and ending on Saturday.

Non-Attendance:  If a student does not attend the first two class sessions, or does not participate online for the first two weeks of the term, and does not respond to the School’s e-mails or phone calls, the School reserves the right to remove the student from the course. The student is charged for tuition according to the published Cancellation/Refund Policy. Please refer to the Tuition and Financial Aid sections of the Academic Catalog for more information on the financial aid impact of non-attendance.

Face-to-Face Students - Class Attendance Responsibilities

  1. Students must notify their instructor in advance of an unavoidable absence due to personal or business reasons, and are responsible for obtaining approval for make-up options with their instructor. (See Class Session Make-up Work section in the LFGSM Academic Catalog)
  2. Students have the option to attend their missed face-to-face session in another face-to-face session (if available), at the same location or at a different location, or attend via web conference, with instructor approval and with no attendance or participation penalty. Video/web conference sessions may be used to make up missed face-to-face class sessions; however, face-to-face students may not attend every class session of the term via video/web conference. Face-to-face students using the video/web conference option for four class sessions or more must receive prior approval from the instructor and the Registrar’s Office.
  3. If the face-to-face student does not attend an alternate face-to-face session or video/web conference, the student is responsible for completing missed work that is equivalent in content and rigor for class participation credit, if the instructor determines make-up work to be appropriate.
  4. Face-to-face students will receive the grade that they have earned based on their completion of required coursework, class participation and contribution. Participation in face-to-face courses is defined by the grading rubrics associated with the course.

Video/web conference Students - Class Attendance Responsibilities

  1. Students must notify their instructor in advance of an unavoidable absence due to personal or business reasons, and are responsible for obtaining approval for make-up options with their instructor. (See Class Session Make-up Work section in the LFGSM Academic Catalog)
  2. Students have the option to attend their missed session in another face-to-face session (if available), at a different location, or attend using video/web conference, with instructor approval and with no attendance or participation penalty.
  3. If the student does not attend an alternate face-to-face class session or video/web conference session, the student is responsible for completing missed work that is equivalent in content and rigor for class participation credit, if the instructor determines make-up work to be appropriate.
  4. Students will receive the grade that they have earned based on their completion of required coursework, class participation and contribution. Participation in video/web conference courses is defined by the grading rubrics associated with the course.

Online Students - Class Attendance Responsibilities

  1. Attendance for each regularly scheduled week for online classes is monitored through tracking of student time in the course site, student submission of class assignments, participation in weekly threaded discussions, and completion of quizzes and exams.
  2. Online sessions/weeks run from Monday and Saturday, with due dates determined by the instructor.
  3. Students will receive the grade that they have earned based on their class participation and contribution. Participation in online courses is defined by the grading rubrics associated with the course.

Class Session Make-Up Work

If the student misses a class session, the instructor will determine appropriate make-up work. The make-up work shall require the student to demonstrate substantially the same level of knowledge or competence expected of a student who attended the scheduled class session.

Tardiness

It is incumbent upon the instructor to take appropriate action in the event that a student is consistently tardy.

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management uses a letter grading system for core and elective graduate degree courses. Academic performance is evaluated using the full range of grades A through F. Plus and minus modifiers are used at the instructor’s discretion; however, grades of A+, F+, and F– are not used. Students receive the grades they earn, without regard to tuition reimbursement or other grade point average minimum requirements.

Letter Grade

Equivalent

Numeric Range

A 100% – 96%
A- 95% – 93%
B+ 92% – 90%
B 89% – 87%
B- 86% – 84%
C+ 83% – 81%
C 80% – 78%
C- 77% – 75%
D+ 74% – 72%
D 71% – 69%
D- 68% – 66%
F

65% - 0%

Grades will be rounded to fit in the brackets above.   Grades xx.5 or more will be rounded up.  For example if the final grade earned by the student is a 92.5%, it will be rounded to 93% and the grade will be an A-.

Students may apply to change from one graduate degree program to another by submitting the Degree Program Change Petition to the Registrar's Office. Students must satisfy admission requirements for the new degree program at the time of application to the new program. Acceptance into and/or successful completion of one degree program does not guarantee admission to another program. Appropriate courses taken for credit in one LFGSM graduate degree program may apply as a course waiver toward completing another LFGSM graduate degree program.

There are no fixed rules regarding granting credit for previously completed coursework at LFGSM toward the new degree program requirements. A case-by-case review of the student's prior academic record will be done to determine whether credit can be granted for previously completed coursework at LFGSM. Factors considered during the academic record review include, but are not limited to:  length of time since the coursework was completed, grade earned in the course, and curriculum changes that may have occurred since coursework was completed. Required courses with grades below B for the student's first degree program are not eligible for credit toward the new degree program requirements. Courses completed for the first degree program that are not required for the new degree program are not eligible for course waiver.

Grade point average (GPA) is restarted if a student changes from one degree program to another. Students must complete the new degree program within six years of first enrollment in the first degree program.

Honesty and integrity are the very foundation upon which any academic enterprise is based. Accordingly, to avoid plagiarism, LFGSM requires the proper citing of sources for all work submitted by students using American Psychological Association (APA) citation guidelines. All work must correctly identify the source of language and ideas, and embody the spirit of intellectual integrity valued by the School.

Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of words or ideas from an existing source as if it were the student’s work. A student must not adopt nor reproduce the ideas, words, or statements of another person or group without appropriate citation.

LFGSM considers submission of work done partially or entirely by another person or student group to be academic dishonesty. LFGSM further considers the resubmission of work produced for one course in a subsequent course without the permission of the subsequent course’s instructor to be academic dishonesty.

It is the student’s responsibility to seek clarification from the course instructor about how much help may be received in completing an assignment, exam, or project, and what sources may be used. The instructor must notify the student and the Dean of Faculty and Degree Programs or Vice President and Chief Academic Officer when plagiarism or academic dishonesty is suspected. Appropriate steps will be taken to determine whether plagiarism or academic dishonesty has occurred. Students found guilty of plagiarism or academic dishonesty shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the School.

LFGSM complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. Documentation of the student’s disability and its effect on his/her course participation must be submitted to the Director of Student Services. Any student with special needs or difficulties in learning and/or in completing course requirements should notify the instructor immediately so that available and reasonable accommodations can be arranged. It is the student’s responsibility to disclose his/her accommodation request with the instructor and discuss the necessary arrangements. Assistance with these arrangements can be facilitated with the help of Student Services upon request.

Contact Student Services:
Currie Gasche, Director of Student Services
847-574-5158, cgasche@lfgsm.edu

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) is committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational and working environment for all members of the LFGSM community, including students, faculty, administrators, staff, and visitors. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, LFGSM prohibits all forms of sexual or gender-based harassment, discrimination or misconduct, including sexual violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Misconduct of this nature is contrary to LFGSM’s institutional values and prohibited by state and federal law.

LFGSM encourages the prompt reporting of any incident of sexual or gender-based misconduct to local law enforcement and to LFGSM’s Title IX Coordinator using the complaint procedure described in our policy. This means that anyone that is either a victim or a witness of sexual or gender-based misconduct must report the incident. The full institutional policy on Title IX can be found at http://www.lakeforestmba.edu/about/consumer-information-policies/titleix.aspx.

Persons with inquiries concerning the application of Title IX, or persons wishing to report a Title IX incident or complaint may contact LFGSM’s Title IX Coordinator:

Linda Stolberg
Title IX Coordinator
(847) 574-5244
1905 W. Field Ct.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
lstolberg@lfgsm.edu
Anonymous report: complaint@lfgsm.edu

Additional resources can be found at https://my.lfgsm.edu/ics/Help/Policies/TitleIX/

All information provided to LFGSM is kept confidential in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (Public Law 93-380). Except as required by law, no information regarding attendance, grades or any other aspect of students’ academic standing will be released to any third party without written student consent. The records are maintained for five years after graduation or at least six years after a student’s last day of attendance.

Students have the right to file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-5920, concerning any alleged failure by the College to comply with FERPA.