Student Handbook

The LTS Student Handbook is the official document that contains all of the policies and procedures that apply to students at Lexington Theological Seminary.  These policies and procedures may change at any time.

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1.0 Vision and Mission Statements »

2.0 Organizational Information »

2.1             Board of Trustees

2.2            Administrative Officers

2.2.1        President

2.2.2        Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean

2.2.3        Chief Financial Officer

2.2.4        Vice President for Advancement

2.3            Administrative Staff

2.3.1        Director of Development

2.3.2        Director of Continuing Education

2.3.3        Registrar

2.3.4        Director of Admissions

2.3.5        Director of Library

2.3.6        Director of Technology

2.4            Faculty

2.5            Library Facilities

2.6            Standing Committees

2.6.1        Committee on Masters Degrees

2.6.2        Doctor of Ministry Committee

2.6.3        Assessment Committee

2.6.4        Appeals/Grievance Committee

2.6.5        Plagiarism Review Board

2.7           Organizational Relationships

2.7.1       An Ecumenical Tradition

2.7.2       Accreditation

2.7.3       Academic Partnerships and Agreements

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3.0 Community Life »

3.1           Student Conduct

3.1.1       Disciplinary Actions

3.1.2      Appeals

3.1.3      Readmission

3.2         Equal Employment Opportunity

3.3         Discrimination and Harassment Policy

3.4         Language Issues

3.4.1     Just Language Statement

3.4.2     Accountability within the Seminary Community

3.5         Illicit Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Policy

3.6        Non-Academic Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

3.7        Students with Disabilities

3.8        Campus Facilities and Services

3.8.1     Parking

3.8.2     Bosworth Memorial Library

3.8.3     Writing Center

3.8.4     Counseling

3.8.5     Verification of Enrollment

3.8.6     Transcript Requests

3.9         Use of Seminary Resources

3.9.1     Computing Resources

3.9.2     Media Resources in Library

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4.0 Admission Policies

4.1  Admissions Policies

4.2  Committee Procedures

4.3  Criminal Background Checks

4.4  Degree Admission Requirements

4.4.1  Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master in Pastoral Studies

4.4.2  Doctor of Ministry

4.4.3  Non-Degree Requirements

4.4.3.1  Special Student

4.4.3.2  Certificate Student

4.4.3.3  Auditor

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5.0        Academic Policies and Procedures »

5.1        Online Courses

5.1.1     Edvance 360 Management System

5.1.2     Course Closing and Due Dates and Times

5.2        Advisors and Program Responsibilities

5.2.1     Change of Advisor

5.2.2     Faculty Availability

5.3        Registration Procedures

5.3.1     Consultation with Advisor

5.3.1     Course Enrollment Limits

5.3.2     Changes in Registration

5.3.3     Withdrawal

5.3.4     Withdrawal from Seminary

5.4        Grading Policy

5.4.1     Pass/Fail and Letter Grades

5.4.2     Required GPA for Graduation

5.4.3     Principles of Grading

5.4.4     Incomplete Work

5.4.5     Letter Grades & GPA

5.4.6     Grading in Level I Courses

5.4.7     Grading Criteria

5.4.8     Additional Grading Criteria, Doctor of Ministry Program

5.4.9     Doctor of Ministry Students in M.Div. Courses

5.4.10   Institutional Forgiveness/Grade Bankruptcy-Level I

5.4.11   Institutional Forgiveness/Grade Bankruptcy-Level II

5.4.12   Honor Roll

5.5        Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal

5.5.1     Probation in the Master of Divinity Program

5.5.2     Probation in the Master of Theological Studies & M.P.S. Programs

5.5.3     Probation

5.5.4     Full Tuition on Probation

5.5.5     Probation in the Doctor of Ministry Program

5.5.6     Dismissal

5.5.7     Application for Re-Admission after Academic Dismissal

5.5.8     Probation for Students Returning After Dismissal

5.5.9     Readmission After An Absence

5.6        Academic Appeals

5.6.1     Grade Appeals

5.6.2     Appealing Other Academic Matters

5.6.3     Notification of Intent to Appeal

5.6.4     Hearing Procedure

5.6.5     General Regulations Governing the Hearing Procedure

5.7        Courses

5.7.1     Course Loads

5.7.2     Course Numbers

5.7.3     Waiver of Requirements

5.7.4     Directed Studies

5.7.5     Auditing Courses

5.7.6     Course Evaluations

5.7.7     Seminary Assessment

5.8        Clinical Pastoral Education

5.9         Transfer of Credit

5.9.2     Shared and Transfer Credit Within Degree Programs

5.10       Academic Conduct and Policies

5.10.1     Policy Regarding Plagiarism

5.10.2     Honor Code

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6.0  Relationships with Other Institutions »

6.1  TEAM-A

6.2  University of Kentucky

6.3  Wesley Theological Seminary

6.4   Hispanic Summer Program

6.5 Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (AMERC)

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7.1        Master of Divinity (M.Div)

7.1.1     Time Limit

7.1.2     Curriculum Requirements

7.1.3     Ministry Site

7.1.4     Mentors

7.1.5     Covenant Groups

7.1.6     Competency Exercises – Requirements

7.1.7     Competency Exercises – Procedures

7.1.8     Competency Exercises – Effect of Waivers

7.1.9     Policy for Moving from Level I (Apprenticeship Stage; 500-level) to Level II (Journeyer Stage; 600-level) Coursework

7.1.10    Capstone Project

7.1.11    Gerontology Program

7.2  Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)

7.2.1     Time Limit

7.2.2     Curriculum Requirements

7.2.3     Ministry Site Course

7.2.4     Gerontology Program

7.2.5     Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) Thesis

7.3        Master in Pastoral Studies (M.P.S)

7.3.1     Time Limit

7.3.2     Curriculum Requirements

7.4        Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

7.4.1     Time Limit

7.4.2     Curriculum Requirements

7.4.3     Submission of Project Proposal

7.4.4     Models of Project

7.4.5     Project Dates

7.4.6     Project Format

7.4.7     Project Completion and Committee Presentation

7.4.8     Project Submission
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8.0        Certificate Programs »

8.1  Certificate With Credit

8.2  Certificate (Non Credit)

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9.0      Preparing for Graduation »

9.1  Application for Degree Candidacy

9.2  Caps and Gowns

9.3  Graduation Costs and Fees

9.4  Students Seeking Ordination
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10.0 Financial Policies and Procedures »

10.1  Payment and Refund Policy

10.2  Tuition and Fees

10.3  Financial Aid

10.3.1  Scholarships

10.3.2     Loans

10.3.3     Travel Funds

10.4  Billing Errors or Inquiries

10.5  Returned Check Policy

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11.0      Miscellaneous Information and Policies »

11.1  Call to Active Military

11.2  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

11.3  Changes in Personal Information

11.4  Recording Policy

11.5  Cell Phones and Other Devices

11.6  Text Books

11.7  Minimum Technological Requirements for Participation in LTS Degree Programs
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Download the Complete Section on Appendices »

Appendix A:  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) »

Appendix B:  Grievance Procedures »

Appendix C:  Policy Statement on Sexual Harassment /Discrimination»

Appendix D:  Policy Statement on Racial Discrimination/Harassment»

Appendix E:  Illicit Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Policy

Appendix F:  Policy Statement on AIDS/HIV»

Appendix G:  Whistleblower and Anti-Retaliation Policy»

Appendix H:  Language Issues»

Appendix I:  Honor Code»

Appendix J:  Policy Regarding Plagiarism»

Appendix K:  Accountable Ministry Sites»

Appendix L:  LTS Constitution/Articles/By-Laws»

Appendix M:  Emergency Procedures»

Appendix N:  Campus Safety Policies and Procedures»

Appendix O:  Library Policies»

Appendix P:  Information Technology Policies»

Appendix Q:  Organizational Chart»

Appendix R:  Intellectual Property Policy»

Appendix S:  Staff Evaluation»

Appendix T:  Forms»

Appendix U: Lexington Theological Seminary – Copyright Policy

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