Student Handbook

The LTS Student Handbook is the official document that contains all policies and procedures that apply to students at Lexington Theological Seminary. “Student” means any person who is enrolled at LTS and who has not completed a program of study in which they are enrolled.  Student status includes those auditing one or more courses as well as those taking courses for credit or non-credit, either full-time or part-time.

The policies and procedures contained in this handbook have direct bearing on all students and each student is responsible for familiarity with its content. These policies and procedures may change at any time. We encourage each student to take seriously the information contained in the Student Handbook and to review all policies and procedures on a regular basis.

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1.0    Mission and Vision Statements »

1.1Mission
1.2Purpose

2.0    Organizational Information »

2.1Board of Trustees
2.2Administrative Officers
2.3Faculty
2.4Standing Committees
2.5Organizational Relationships

3.0    Community Life »

3.1Student Conduct
3.2Equal Employment Opportunity
3.3Discrimination and Harassment Policy
3.4Language Issues
3.5Illicit Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco, and FIrearms Policy
3.6Non-Academic Disciplinary and Grievance Policy
3.7Students with Disabilities
3.8Campus Facilities and Services
3.9Use of Seminary Resources

4.0    Admission Policies and Procedures »

4.1Admissions Policies
4.2Admissions Procedures
4.3Criminal Background Checks
4.4Admissions Requirements

5.0    Academic Policies and Procedures »

5.1Online Courses
5.2Advisors and Program Responsibilities
5.3Registration Procedures
5.4Withdrawal from Seminary
5.5Grading Policy
5.6Incomplete Work
5.7Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal
5.8Academic Appeals
5.9Courses
5.10Clinical Pastoral Education
5.11Transfer Credit
5.12Academic Conduct and Policies
5.13Seminary Writing Support Policy

6.0    Relationships with Other Institutions »

6.1Hispanic Summer Program
6.2Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource (AMERC)

7.0    Degree Programs »

7.1Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
7.2Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.)
7.3Master in Pastoral Studies (M.P.S.)
7.4Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

8.0    Certificate Programs »

8.1Certificate in Pastoral Ministry
8.2Certificate in Congregational Renewal and Leadership

9.0    Preparing for Graduation »

9.1Application for Conferring of Degree
9.2Caps and Gowns
9.3Graduation Costs and Fees
9.4Students Seeking Ordination

10.0    Financial Policies and Procedures »

10.1Payment and Refund Policy
10.2Tuition and Fees
10.3Financial Aid
10.4Billing Errors and Inquiries
10.5Returned Check Policy

11.0    Miscellaneous Information and Policies »

11.1Call to Active Military Service
11.2Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
11.3Changes in Personal Information
11.4Recording Policy
11.5Cell Phones and Other Devices
11.6Text Books
11.7Minimum Technological Requirements for Participation in LTS Degree Programs

Appendices »
Appendix A:  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) »
Appendix B: Student Complaint Advisory Committee Policy and Procedure »
Appendix C: Title IX Policy and Grievance Procedures:  Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct»
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 L:  LTS Constitution/Articles/By-Laws »
Appendix M:  Campus Safety & Security Policies »
Appendix O: Library Policies »
Appendix P: Information Technology Policies »
Appendix Q: Organizational Chart »
Appendix R: Intellectual Property Policy »
Appendix U: Copyright Policy