John Leland Baptist College offers academic credit on a quarter system. Each quarter hour of academic credit represents clock time instruction of one fifty minute class period per week for ten weeks with an additional final exam period in the eleventh week. The College reserves the right to configure instruction time in formats different than traditional fifty minute sessions. Thus, a three credit course may meet on a once per week basis, a twice per week basis, or a three times per week basis based on the College’s plan for distributing courses.

Class Attendance

The College regards the activities of the classroom as the focal point of academic work. The insights, perspectives and content gained, as well as the overall contributions of the student to the class, are all products of the student's presence. While some absences may be necessary, faculty members expect students to attend all classes. Each faculty member is free to construe whatever percentage grade-point deduction for class absences he or she deems appropriate for their course.

Work Load

Because John Leland Baptist College is determined to keep the academic standard high, the student should expect to spend on the average of two hours of preparation time outside of class for each fifty minute class period. Some classes may require more time depending upon the student’s own abilities and background. For example, if a student is enrolled in a three hour class that meets three times a week for fifty minutes, the student should plan to spend at least six hours each week reading and preparing for the particular course.

Grading System

Instructors assign a grade in each course for which the student is registered.

GRADE                GRADE VALUE                              DESCRIPTION
    A+ .................... 4.0                         Excellent (Superior work)
    A ...................... 4.0
    A- .................... 3.7

    B+ .................... 3.3                         Good (Above-average work)
    B ...................... 3.0
    B- .................... 2.7

    C+ .................... 2.3                         Satisfactory (Average work)
    C ...................... 2.0
    C- .................... 1.7

    D+ .................... 1.3                         Poor (Below-average work)
    D ...................... 1.0
    D- .................... 0.7

    F ..................... 0.0                         Failing (No credit given)

W - Withdrawn: Assigned to students who withdraw from a course before a grade can be given.
WP - Withdrawn Passing: Assigned to students who officially withdraw from a course and who are doing passing work at the time of withdrawal.
WF - Withdrawn Failing: Assigned to students who officially withdraw from a course and are not passing at the time of withdrawal.
I - Incomplete: Assigned with the approval of the instructor when some work has not been completed but is forthcoming. The grade of “I” automatically becomes an “F” if work is not completed by the end of the next Quarter.
AU - Audit: Signifies that the student has attended classes on a regular basis.
AUNR - Audit: No Recognition: Assigned when a student auditing a course fails to attend at least 60% of the class meetings.

Transfer of Credits

Students will receive credit for work done at other recognized institutions which corresponds to courses at John Leland. Only course work for which the grade was a C or better will transfer.

Credit By Examination

Students who have attained sufficient knowledge through work done at an unrecognized school or some other means may obtain credit by special examination. A student desiring such credit must apply in writing for each examination he or she desires. An exam will be prepared and scored by a faculty member under the supervision of the Academic Dean. The decision of pass or fail by the faculty committee is final. The cost for each exam is $45 and is not refundable in case of failure. Credit by examination can not exceed 30 semester hours.


An auditor does not participate in the activity of the class but is expected to attend regularly. A student may register as an auditor in a class or classes if space is available. An Audit (AU) designation will appear on the student's transcript if the student has attended the class on a regular basis. An AUNR (Audit: No Recognition) designation will appear on the student’s transcript if the student fails to attend at least 60% of the class time.

Grade Point Average

To be eligible for graduation, a student must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) in all courses taken at John Leland. Failures (F) are considered as 0 in averaging the student’s grade point average.

Class Standing

Students in a bachelor's degree program are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. A student must have completed 30 semester hours to be classified as a sophomore, 60 hours to be classified as a junior, and 90 hours to be classified as a senior. Students not working toward a degree are listed as Unclassified Students.

Academic Good Standing

To maintain academic good standing, a student must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. However, in the case of transfer students, only course work done at John Leland will be used in determining a student’s academic standing.

Academic Probation

Students who fail to meet the above requirements are placed on academic probation.

Academic Dismissal

At the end of any quarter that a student goes on probation a second time, he or she is dismissed from the College. Students dismissed from the College may petition the Reinstatement Committee for permission to continue. The Reinstatement Committee will be made up of an undisclosed number of faculty. A decision not to readmit a student is final.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. A student’s name on any academic exercise shall be regarded as assurance that the work is the result of the student’s own thought and study. Offenses involving academic dishonesty include but are not limited to the following:
1. Cheating on quizzes or examinations. This occurs when any student is found using or attempting to use any book, paper, or any other means of assistance during a quiz or exam.
2. Plagiarism. This is the unacknowledged use of another’s work, words, or ideas and representing them as your own.
3. Collusion. This occurs when students willfully give or receive unauthorized or unacknowledged assistance on any assignment. This may include the reproduction and/or dissemination of test materials. Both parties to the collusion are considered responsible.
If it has been determined that academic dishonesty has occurred, a faculty board will determine the appropriate punishment. However, in most cases, the student should expect to be dismissed from college for one year.

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