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Proctored Examinations

All undergraduate classes end with a timed one-hour proctored examination. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements five weeks prior to the exam. Proctoring fees are determined by the proctor and are not included in institutional tuition or institutional fees.

Grading Policy

Students are expected to maintain at least minimum grade point averages (GPA). To remain in good academic standing each quarter and to earn a degree, a student must earn an institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Faculty members are responsible for grading all students assigned to them. Faculty members will be able to view all of their currently enrolled students’ grade reports through the LMS.

Response, evaluation, and grading of student lessons and projects: Faculty will submit assignment grades within seven days of assignment due date and a final grade within seven days of the course completion date. Students can monitor their grades in the LMS on a continual basis. Late assignments, if accepted by the instructor, will be graded within seven days of the course completion date. Assignments for incomplete courses will be graded within seven days of the date of expiration of the incomplete.

Official grades may be held until all financial obligations are met.

GPA Type Definitions

  • Course GPA: GPA calculated from one course
  • Term GPA: GPA calculated from all completed courses associated with one term
  • Institutional GPA: GPA calculated from all completed courses through the institution

Grading Scale and Equivalents

Lionel University has established the following grading scale. All faculty members are required to comply with this scale and its equivalents. Plus or minus grades indicate a high- or low-end grade that has been assigned. These grades may be assigned on individual assignments within a course or as the final course grade.

Grading Criteria

A = Excellent

The student has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the content and skills presented in the course and consistently initiates thoughtful questions and can see many sides of an issue. The student writes logically and clearly. They also integrate ideas throughout the course and, as appropriate, from previously completed courses in a program.

B = Good to very good

The student is an excellent writer and maintains consistent performance and understanding of course content that goes beyond the minimum requirements.

C = Satisfactory

The student demonstrates a minimal comprehension of the skills and subject matter included in the course, and accomplishes only the minimum requirements while displaying little or no initiative. Course grades of “C-” or lower fall below the level for satisfactory academic progress.

D = Below average

The student’s performance is barely acceptable. Assignments are late or missing, and there is not even a minimal understanding or mastery of course content skills.

F = Failing

Quality and quantity of work is unacceptable. 

I = Incomplete

Coursework will have a designed incomplete status when the course has ended, but a final grade has not been assigned.

W = Withdrawal

Students who officially withdraw before the final withdrawal deadline will receive a “W.” A “W” is not calculated into the GPA. If the student does not withdraw prior to the final withdrawal deadline, their grade will be calculated as points earned divided by total course points, and the grade is calculated into the GPA.

AC = Administrative cancellation

Administrative cancellation refers to a student course cancellation that is initiated by the institution. Administrative cancellations commonly apply to coursework that has not begun. Lionel University may cancel students from courses for reasons which include (but are not limited to):

  • Not satisfying a course prerequisite
  • Outstanding tuition
  • Plagiarism
  • Computer tampering

Students who are administratively cancelled from the identified course(s) will receive the grade of “AC” on their academic record. The “AC” grade has no effect on the student’s academic GPA. The student will be notified of the administrative cancellation to their primary email from the Office of the Registrar.

AW = Administrative withdrawal

Administrative withdrawal refers to a student course withdrawal that is initiated by the institution. Administrative withdrawals commonly apply to coursework that has already begun. Lionel University may withdraw students from courses for reasons which include but are not limited to:

  • Failing to participate in classes
  • Not satisfying a course perquisite
  • “Dropping out” in the middle of a term
  • Plagiarism
  • Computer tampering

Students who are administratively withdrawn from the identified course(s) will receive the grade of “AW” on their academic record. The “AW” grade has no effect on the student’s academic GPA. The student will be notified of the administrative withdrawal to their primary email from the Office of the Registrar.

IP = In progress

Coursework will have a designed “in progress” status while the course is in progress (during the course start and end dates). No quality points are assigned to in progress coursework, and there is no associated GPA.

Grade Challenges

ISSA College of Exercise Science faculty members are experts within their fields of study and have the final authority for assigning grades, with the exception of grades that are found to be a result of arbitrary or capricious grading.

If a student believes and is able to support with clear and credible evidence that capricious or unprofessional grading has taken place, a grade challenge may be made on a final course grade basis. Individual course assessment grades are to be handled between student and faculty while a course is in session. The grade challenge policy governs course final grades.

The following policies and procedures apply to all grade challenges:

  • If a student believes they received a final course grade based on capricious or unprofessional grading, the student must discuss the dispute with the faculty member who issued the grade within seven days of the final grade being posted. The correspondence must be tracked through email.
  • If a satisfactory solution cannot be found, the student may submit a written Grade Challenge to studentaffairs@lionel.edu. The challenge must include the reason for the request, description of circumstances, and documentation of the attempt to resolve the dispute with the course instructor.

Grade Challenges must be initiated within 21 days of the final grade posting date. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the necessary information to support the challenge.

The burden rests with the student to provide any additional supporting documentation. Examples of necessary information include medical verification if an exception is due to illness, copies of any documentation to substantiate the request, and so forth. If any type of documentation is missing, the challenge will be rejected.

A member or members of the Student Standards Committee will review the challenge to determine if further action is warranted. The Committee member’s determination will be final.

Term Credit Limit

Students are not allowed to enroll in more than 18 credits in a quarter. Students should expect to devote 30 hours per quarter of studying for every one quarter credit that they are enrolled in. Students enrolled in the maximum allowed credit amount of 18 credits in a quarter should expect to devote 540 hours to their coursework over the course of the quarter. Over a 10 week quarter, this equates to 54 hours of studying per week (30 hours x 18 credits / 10 weeks = 54 hours).

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who have been enrolled in their program for more than four quarters, and who have not had any violations of the school’s Academic Honesty policy or Code of Conduct policy, can request to enroll in more credits than the 18 credit per term limit. This request should be sent to studentaffairs@lionel.edu and should include:

  • The reason why the student would like to enroll in more than 18 credits in the upcoming quarter
  • The total number of hours that the student is able to devote to their coursework each week
  • The student’s planned study schedule

Students will be notified of the results of their request by email within seven days.

 

Transcripts

How to Order a Transcript

Official Transcripts

Transcripts can be ordered online via issa.populiweb.com

  • Login
  • Navigate to My Profile > Student > Transcript
  • Click on “Transcript Actions”
  • Select “Official Transcript Request”
  • Official Transcript Fee: $12.50 per transcript copy
  • Official transcripts can be sent through Secure Electronic Delivery**

**Prior to requesting an official transcript to be sent via secure electronic delivery, please verify that the intended recipient will accept an electronic transcript delivered directly through Credentials eScrip-Safe.

Third-Party Ordering:

In order for a third party (i.e., another institution) to request an official transcript on a student's behalf, our institution must receive the following:

  • Transcript Release Authorization signed by the student
  • Transcript request
  • Payment of transcript fee

Please contact our Registrar's Office with questions (registrar@lionel.edu). Transcript requests will be processed within one week.

 

Unofficial Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts can be downloaded via issa.populiweb.com

  • Login
  • Navigate to My Profile > Student > Transcript
  • Click on “Transcript Actions”
  • Select “Export Transcript”
  • There is no charge for an unofficial transcript


If You Do Not Have a Populi Account

If you attended prior to Spring 2016 and do not have a Populi account, please contact our Registrar's Office for access (registrar@lionel.edu).

Interinstitutional (School-to-School) Transcript Requests

Please download and complete the Interinstitutional Transcript Request Form. Student signature required to release transcript. Email completed forms to the registrar (registrar@lionel.edu). 

Associate Degree Progress Worksheet

Link to associate degree progress worksheet

Bachelor’s Degree Progress Worksheet

Link to bachelor’s degree progress worksheet

Graduation

Degrees are conferred four times per year at the conclusion of each quarter. If a student will be completing all degree requirements by the end of the term, they will need to submit a graduation application by the last day of class. Diplomas are only sent to students who have successfully completed all degree requirements and submitted a graduation application. Diplomas can be expected 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the student's final term. If a graduation application is not received by the deadline, the diploma will be issued at the conclusion of the following quarter.

Associate Degree Requirements:

  • Earn a minimum of 90 quarter credits consisting of 30 general education, 30 core, and 30 electives
  • Complete at least 30 credits as structured undergraduate courses through Lionel University
  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.00 or higher in core coursework
  • Fulfill the academic requirements as directed by the degree program
  • Pay all financial obligations in full, including obligations by a third party (e.g., military or employer TA)
  • Have a photo ID on file

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Requirements

  • Earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits consisting of 45 general education, 75 core, and 30 electives
  • Complete at least 60 credits as structured undergraduate courses through Lionel University
  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.00 or higher in core coursework
  • Fulfill the academic requirements as directed by the degree program
  • Pay all financial obligations in full, including obligations by a third party (e.g., military or employer TA)
  • Have a photo ID on file

Master Trainer Certificate Requirements

  • Earn a minimum of 6 certification courses (30 credits)
  • Complete at least 5 courses through Lionel University
  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher
  • Fulfill the academic requirements as directed by the degree program
  • Pay all financial obligations in full, including obligations by a third party (e.g., military or employer TA)
  • Have a photo ID on file

Graduation Form

Forms must be received by the following deadlines:

  • For Summer 2021: September 12
  • For Fall 2021: December 12 
  • For Winter 2022: March 13

Connect with Fellow Students

Lionel has a student-only Facebook group designed to facilitate connections and conversations between you and your classmates.

We hope this is a space that facilitates conversation and allows you to meet, connect with, and get to know the people who are furthering their education in the hopes of making a difference in the world.

This is a closed group and, though maintained by Lionel University, it will be a space for you with only occasional postings by the college (e.g., new programs, registration deadlines, and so forth).

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Program Reactivation

For Degree and Certificate Programs

If you have been away from classes for more than a year, you will need to reactivate your program to continue your studies. 

Questions can be directed to: