Resources for New Students

New Student Orientation

Upon acceptance to the university, all students will be automatically enrolled in the new student orientation course. An email will be sent to students with enrollment information. The Orientation is a self-paced course, facilitated by the Front Porch team, which will provide students with information about LeTourneau history, how to use Blackboard, understanding the degree requirements, registration information, and other helpful information for their student experience. All new students are required to complete the orientation course. Undergraduate students with fewer than 30 hours of transfer credit and undergraduate students admitted on Academic Probation or Academic Observation will take LETU 1073 Strategies for Adult Learning in their first semester.


ASSIST Program

Beginning fall 2011, undergraduate students admitted on Academic Probation or Academic Observation will also be enrolled in the ASSIST program. This program is designed to provide supplemental academic instruction and guidance to the non-traditional students through their first-year college experience. The program is designed to help students be successful as they transition from one semester to the next with the goal of reaching graduation. During the first year experience, ASSIST students will work very closely with their Academic and Retention Advisor to ensure they are enrolled in the correct courses, complete the appropriate diagnostic exams, and receive tutorial assistance as needed.


Student Expectations

  • LeTourneau University strives to provide an educational setting that is distinctive. In addition to academic pursuits, LeTourneau University is committed to the total development of its students. Standards have been established to provide the framework for an environment that is conducive to personal, social, and spiritual growth.
  • A student's enrollment at LeTourneau University involves a moral agreement with the university that the behavioral guidelines will be followed as a matter of each student's personal honor. The administration, faculty, and staff have a deep sense of responsibility and desire that significant personal and spiritual growth will occur in the life of each student.
  • The student should budget sufficient time and attention to the course so that each completed assignment reflects his/her best effort.
  • The student will indicate his/her agreement with the terms and requirements of the course by participating in the first week's assignments.
  • Written assignments should conform to the University's required style guide. (NOTE: your instructor may require a specific format for submitted materials, so be sure to confirm with your instructor what is required for written assignments.) The guide required by the university is taken from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. It is known as the APA Style Guide. (Here is a reference source for it and a checklist to use as a review of your work before you submit it. These were prepared by M. Plonsky, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point) In addition, spelling and grammar should be carefully checked before submitting written assignments.
  • Postings in the Discussion Board each week are an important learning activity of the course.
  • Two types of posts are required each week. The two types are Spiritual Life Discussion Topic(s) and the content-related Discussion Topic(s)/Question(s). The student is expected to contribute actively to both discussions.
  • The textbook- and course-related notes may be used as resources for all assignments. The student is expected to monitor and submit all assigned work on or before the time it is due.

Class Participation

Students are expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and assignments. However, LETU realizes that unexpected situations can arise that do not allow students to attend class as planned. In the event of any absence, students must contact their instructor immediately (preferably in advance of the missed class) to explain the reason for the absence and ask if they may make it up online or with additional work. Instructors are empowered and encouraged to provide opportunities for students to make up the missed work if the absence was unavoidable. It is the student's responsibility to drop a course if they are not able to meet course requirements.

Students should also arrive on time for class. In accelerated programs it is critical that students participate in the full class time. Late arrivals also create a distraction for the rest of the class.

The class participation policy for all adult programs is as follows:

  • Students are required to actively engage in the first week of each course.
  • Students who are unable to participate in any session should contact their instructor prior to the week or session to make arrangements for submitting assignments.
  • Lack of participation in the full class session may result in grading penalties, to be determined by the instructor.
  • Students who are unable to complete the scheduled course should drop the course. See the refund policy to determine any applicable refunds.

Academic Honesty

A foundation of mutual trust is essential to the learning community. That trust is broken when the standards of right and wrong that all students and faculty are expected to uphold are violated.

Academic dishonesty is a serious breach of trust within the LeTourneau University community because it violates the regard for truth essential to genuine learning and Christian consistency. From a broader perspective, it hurts all students and their peers who try to do their work with integrity. Therefore, it cannot be tolerated by the University. Given the serious nature of academic dishonesty, a student experiencing particular difficulties in a course is encouraged to discuss the problem with the instructor rather than succumb to the pressure to commit academic dishonesty.

Academic dishonesty is not qualitatively different from other types of dishonesty. It consists of misrepresentation in an attempt to deceive. In an academic setting, this may take any number of forms such as:

  • Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests, examinations or laboratory reports.
  • Plagiarism – the submission of work created by someone else as if it were one’s own or the presentation of the work of someone else without acknowledging source.
  • Use of files, tests, problems, or lab reports from previous classes other than allowed by the faculty member.
  • Looking at an examination paper or answer sheet of another student.
  • Obtaining, before or during the administration of a test, unauthorized information regarding the test.
  • Possessing or distributing a test or other assignment material before or during its administration.
  • Cooperating or aiding in any of the above.

It is the responsibility of the faculty member to determine an appropriate response to any form of academic dishonesty.

The response may range from failure of the course to a grade reduction on the given assignment. It is the choice and responsibility of the instructor to decide whether minor or major requirements of the course are involved and to initiate the proper action to be taken.

The following guidelines may be followed by the faculty if academic dishonesty is discovered:

  • First Offense: The student will be given a zero or “F” on the test, exam, course paper, or class assignment. The instructor shall notify the Dean of Students and the student in writing and make a written record of the incident with a copy sent to the Academic Advisor.
  • Second Offense (in the same or another course): The student will be given an “F” in the course. The student may be dismissed from the University, as recommended by the Dean of Students and/or the Student Judicial Review Committee.

Faculty members are encouraged to remind students in their classes of this written statement of policies and procedures developed by the University regarding cheating on examinations, plagiarism, collusion, use of files, and other academic-related misconduct. Faculty members are encouraged to include this policy in their syllabi.

 


Online Etiquette

Students are reminded that any LeTourneau Blackboard user is a representative of the university. Accordingly, all Blackboard users are expected to abide by standards of online network etiquette, which will be an ongoing part of the academic program. These standards include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Courtesy. Be polite and use appropriate language. Blackboard users may not send, or encourage others to send, discourteous or abusive messages. Remember that humor and satire are subject to misinterpretation!
  • Use of appropriate language. Vulgarity, obscenity, and other language which might be offensive to others are strictly prohibited.
  • Being considerate. Online Blackboard users should be mindful of their responsibility to avoid practices which may disrupt other users' educational experience. This includes posts to instructors and students in the discussion board.
  • Privacy. Do not reveal your personal login or those of students or colleagues. Keep your account password private and log off the network after each use.
  • Responsibility. Take responsibility for all activity involving your account and respect copyright laws.
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