Academic Standards

Good Standing and Academic Progress
To be considered in good standing and to make satisfactory academic progress, a student must achieve a cumulative and semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher each semester and be clear of involvement in any disciplinary action.

In order to receive financial aid, students must meet the Satisfactory Academic Standards, defined below. Students who fail to meet such standards will be subject to an academic review process, and new / adjusted degree requirements in cases where students have taken more than seven years to complete their degree or certificate.

Full participation is expected of all students and is necessary to fully benefit from and succeed in the College’s program of study. All students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly, and for the duration of the scheduled instructional time. Individual instructors will decide the optimum time for taking attendance and may penalize for lateness or absence.

Absences from class may result in a lowered grade or an “F” in the course, depending on the attendance policies stated by the instructor on the syllabus. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange with his/her instructor(s) to make up all missed work within the semester in which the course is taken. Failure to do so will also affect the student’s grade. In cases where the faculty member has not articulated unique course policies regarding absences and their penalties, the following shall apply:

In the event that absences are the result of extraordinary, documented circumstances and are numerous enough that it is impossible for the student to qualify for advancement, the student may be advised to withdraw from the course. If the course is required for the degree, the student will also be required to repeat the course in a subsequent semester.

Students who withdraw from a course or the College must do so through the Registrar’s Office. Non-attendance does not constitute an official withdrawal.

Grade Point Average and Minimum Grade Requirements
To make satisfactory academic progress and remain in good academic standing, a student must achieve a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.0 or higher each semester. All matriculated students receive academic evaluations at the end of each semester; those who fall below a 2.00 cumulative or semester GPA will be placed on academic probation for the following semester.


Students are also required to achieve a minimum of “C-” in each of those courses that require that a minimum grade be met in order for a student to receive credit in their major. Minimum grade requirements are noted on the students’ planning sheets, in the course descriptions and program grids in this catalog, and on individual course syllabi. Please note that a passing grade below “C-” in any of these classes will count as elective or general studio credits, but will not satisfy the degree requirements of the specific course.

Grade Alerts
Students are given grade alert notices at any time during the semester if their course grade falls below a “C.”

Probation/Financial Aid Warning
Students who do not maintain satisfactory academic progress are placed on probation/financial aid warning for the semester. If they fail to remove themselves from probation by achieving a 2.0 semester GPA at the end of the following semester, they are subject to dismissal at the discretion of a panel headed by the Dean. Exceptions due to extenuating circumstances may extend the probation/financial aid warning period one additional semester.

A student who is on academic probation/financial aid warning may be subject to a reduced and adjusted program of studies.

Financial aid will be affected by a probationary/financial aid warning status that continues for two consecutive semesters. Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Director of Financial Aid.

Students who are placed on probation/financial aid warning (less than 2.0 GPA) for the semester and fail to remove themselves from probation/financial aid warning by achieving a 2.0 semester GPA at the end of the following semester (thus not meeting SAP Standards) are subject to dismissal at the discretion of a panel headed by the Dean. Exceptions due to extenuating circumstances may extend probation/financial aid warning one additional semester.

If dismissed, a student may submit a written appeal to the Dean. If the appeal is granted by the Dean, and the student does not achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of one additional semester, the student will be dismissed automatically, without appeal or review.

A student may apply for re-admission through the Office of the Registrar after a one-year absence from the College by demonstrating satisfactory academic progress of a 2.3 or higher GPA during two consecutive semesters at another accredited institution.

Students who have previously attended the College as a matriculated student, but either separated from or were dismissed from the College, may apply for readmission. The Readmission process is conducted through the Office of the Registrar requiring final approval from the Office of the Dean, and does not require the student to repeat the initial admission process.

A request for Readmission as a degree candidate requires submission of a completed Readmission Form, available in the Office of the Registrar, and a payment of a $55.00 fee. The Readmission fee must be paid by June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. The office of the Dean, the academic department chair, and the Business Office must endorse the readmission prior to registration. The major department reserves the right to require transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an additional portfolio review. Credit for courses taken seven or more years prior to the date of readmission will be re-evaluated in conjunction with degree programs currently offered. Academic chairs may choose not to accept courses regardless of when they were completed for credit toward the degree based on the student’s level of performance in the course and its applicability to the program’s current requirements. Final determination on the Application for Readmission will be made by the Dean of the College. A decision on readmission applies only to the semester listed on the reapplication. If the student is accepted and does not return for that semester, the student must reapply.

In the event of dismissal, an application for readmission will not be entertained until a full academic year has elapsed. Readmitted students will carry the cumulative GPA that was in place at the completion of the last semester attended at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Please also note that previous censure from the Academic Progress Committee will apply to all readmitted students.

Juried Student Exhibition Expectations 
The Juried Student Exhibition is held annually in the spring and is a valuable educational and professional opportunity for each student.  Thus, all students enrolled in the fall and/or spring semester of the current academic year are eligible and encouraged to submit work.  Students are only required to submit work if such is stated clearly within course syllabi. Penalty for the non-submission of work to the Juried Exhibition is stated on the course syllabi, and as such, is within the jurisdiction of the individual faculty member.

Academic Integrity
Violations of academic integrity are considered to be acts of academic dishonesty and include (but are not limited to) cheating, plagiarizing, fabrication, denying others access to information or material, and facilitating academic dishonesty, and are subject to the policies and procedures noted within this catalog, including the Student Code of Conduct. Please note that lack of knowledge of citation procedures, for example, is an unacceptable explanation for plagiarism, as is having studied together to produce remarkably similar papers or creative works submitted separately by two students.

Process for Addressing Violations of Academic Integrity
If an instructor suspects a student of any violation of academic integrity, the following process is to be followed:

  1. After an initial consultation with the department Chair where the infraction is identified and its seriousness assessed, the instructor must address the situation with the student, either in writing or in person. After having addressed the situation with the student, the instructor shall determine an appropriate course of action within his/her purview as a member of the teaching faculty. (Please refer to the “Sanctions” section of this policy for possible actions to be taken in such cases.)
  2. In the case of Assignment Sanctions (see below), the instructor may submit a written summary as outlined above if he/she deems it to be warranted.
  3. In the case of Course Sanctions (see below), the instructor must prepare and submit a written summary of the infraction and its penalties to the chair of the department in which the course was taught, to the student, and to the Dean who will have a copy placed in the student’s confidential file.
  4. In cases where either the Dean or the instructor determines that the offense merits consideration by the Disciplinary Committee, the instructor works in conjunction with the Office of the Dean to formally refer the case to the Disciplinary Committee.

After consulting with the department chair, it is up to the instructor to determine how serious the offense is (based upon his/her academic standards and expectations) as it relates to the sanctions to be imposed within his or her course. Both the Office of the Dean and the instructor have the right to determine whether the offense warrants advancement to the Disciplinary Committee. The Office of the Dean must be kept apprised by the instructor of all actions taken. If it is judged that a student has violated the university’s standards for academic integrity, sanctions may include but are not limited to:

Assignment Sanctions:
(Please note that when sanctions are imposed in this manner, students become ineligible for an Incomplete or a Withdrawal from the course in which the sanctions are imposed if it is pursued as a result of the sanction.)

  1. Repeating the assignment or completing an additional assignment; or
  2. Failure of the assignment with no opportunity to repeat it. No points will be earned for the assignment (that is, an “F” will equal a “0”).

Course Sanctions:

  1. Issuance of a warning or verbal reprimand with a written description of the interaction by the instructor. Copies of such reprimands must be kept by the instructor, and submitted to the Office of the Dean who will forward copies to the student’s confidential file and the student;
  2. Failure of the class; or
  3. Referral to the Disciplinary Committee for possible actions that may include but are not limited to suspension, dismissal or expulsion. Such referral is likely in extreme or repeated cases involving a violation of academic integrity.

Appeals Procedure:
Students who wish to appeal the instructor’s sanction(s) should follow the procedure as outlined under the Academic Policies section, “Academic Grievances.”

Students who wish to appeal the decision of the Disciplinary Committee should follow the procedure outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Standards of Academic Progress (SAP)

Students following the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program requiring 120 credits must complete their program within 6 academic years of full-time study (an academic year equals two semesters plus summer sessions). Students following the Three-Year Certificate Program requiring 90 credits must complete
their program within 4.5 academic years of full-time study. Students following the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program requiring 30 credits must complete their program within one academic year of full-time study or two academic years of part-time study. The BFA Degree must be completed in 12 academic years of part-time study and the Certificate in 9 academic years of part-time study according to the following schedule


Graduation Requirements
In order to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards and graduate with a BFA, Certificate or Post-Baccalaureate degree, a student must maintain and fulfill the following requirements: