Other Academic Policies
Application for Graduation & Diplomas
Academic degrees are conferred in May, August, and December.
Formal commencement exercises are held at the end of the fall and
spring semesters. All requirements for a degree must be met prior
to participation in the graduation ceremony. (Diplomas are either
given to graduates during commencement or mailed to graduation
exercise participants after final grades are submitted to the
Registrar and final grades determined.) Attendance at commencement
and baccalaureate is required of all graduates. Exceptions to this
policy must be sought through the Provost and may be granted in
exceptional circumstances. Students who participate in commencement
and baccalaureate are required to dress appropriately; jeans,
T-shirts, and tennis shoes are not acceptable.
Summer graduates may participate in the fall or spring
commencement exercises following completion of all requirements for
A student must complete an application for graduation in the
Registrars Office at the beginning of his or her final term.
Payment of a $55 graduation fee is required.
Note: Graduation honors are calculated after the prior term.
Spring graduation honors are calculated at the end of the fall
semester; summer graduation honors are calculated at the end of the
spring semester; and fall graduation honors are calculated at the
end of the summer semester.
Arranged Courses and Directed Study
Arranged Courses and Directed Study are permitted upon approval
of the students adviser, applicable Division Chair, the Registrar,
and the Academic Dean or Associate Dean, respectively. Approval is
contingent upon a variety of factors, including need for the
special arrangement. Applicants applying for Directed Study must
have a minimum 2.50 GPA and demonstrated capability for independent
work. Students seeking an Associate of Arts degree may have no more
than six such credits; those seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree are
limited to 12 hours. Applications are available in the Registrars
Office. Students must register for Arranged Courses/Directed Study
during the normal registration period.
Lindsey Wilson participates in programs and assessment services
designed to evaluate student progress. Therefore, students may be
required to take tests or other evaluations designed to assess
educational outcomes at various points in their program of
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD FOR THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN
Requirements to Protect Human Subjects in Research
Lindsey Wilson College is committed to following high ethical
standards in fulfilling its mission of teaching, research and
public service. This commitment is safeguarded by the Institutional
Review Board (IRB). The IRB reviews the ethical suitability of all
projects (research, simulation, or training) involving human
subjects as participants. The following guidelines and ethical
principles apply to the IRB in its review of the projects:
- All activities involving humans in research, training, and
simulation must provide for the safety, health, and welfare of
every individual. Rights, including the right to privacy, must not
be unduly infringed.
- The direct or potential benefits to the subject and/or the
importance of the knowledge gained must outweigh the inherent risks
to the individual.
- Participation in projects must be voluntary. Informed consent
must be obtained from all subjects, unless this requirement is
waived by the IRB.
- An individual has the right to withdraw from a project at any
time or may refuse to participate without loss of benefits to which
he/she would be otherwise entitled. In case of a class requirement,
this restriction may be waived.
- Maintaining confidentiality of information gained about an
individual during a project is a primary responsibility of the
Research proposals may be divided into two categories for
purposes of the protection of human subjects policy: Exempt and Non
1. Research involving the collection or study of existing data,
documents or records if these sources are publicly available or if
the information is recorded by the investigator in such a manner
that subjects cannot be identified directly or through identifiers
linked to the subjects.
2. Research and demonstration projects that are designed to
study, evaluate, or otherwise examine:
- public benefit or service programs
- procedures for obtaining benefits or services to those under
- possible changes in methods or levels of payments for benefits
or services under these programs
3. Research conducted in established educational settings,
involving normal educational practices, such as:
- research in regular and special educational instruction
- research on the effectiveness of the comparison among
instructional techniques, curricula or classroom management
4. Research that involves the use of educational tests
(cognitive, aptitude, achievement) surveys, interview procedures or
observations of public behavior UNLESS
- the information is recorded in such a way that human subjects
can be identified directly or through identifiers linked to
- any disclosure of the human subjects responses outside the
research could reasonably place the subject at risk of criminal or
civil liability or be damaging to the subjects financial standing,
employability, or reputation.
- Application for the Conduct of a Study Involving Human
Subjects, Institutional Review Board. The format of this form
constitutes information about the research project that will be
necessary for the IRB to make an informed decision. The Principal
investigator will sign the form. Student projects should be
co-signed by the appropriate faculty sponsor. (See attachment
- Informed Consent Forms. Written informed consent must
be obtained from each subject who is legally, mentally, and
physically able to provide it. For subjects who are not able to
provide informed consent themselves, written informed consent must
be obtained from others (e.g., parents, guardians). The student
should provide two copies of the consent form, one for the subject,
parent, or guardian to sign and return, and the other for him/her
to keep. A completed copy of the consent form for each human
subject must accompany the Application. (See attachment 3.)
Information on membership and guidelines for submitting
proposals are available from the Academic Affairs office, in
computerized Faculty Forms folders, and the Faculty Handbook.