Lesley University academic policies are designed to ensure academic quality and integrity.
Most of the following policies are located in our Online Academic Catalogue.
- Academic Advising
Academic freedom is essential in higher education. It is the freedom to engage in teaching, research, scholarship, or other creative work as the basis for expanding knowledge, promulgating research findings, and teaching and learning in an atmosphere of free inquiry and expression.
The rights of faculty and students to academic freedom carry with them duties and responsibilities.
Faculty and students are entitled to freedom of inquiry and discussion in teaching and learning; freedom of investigation in research; and freedom of publication regarding research, scholarship, and creative work.
Since discussing different points of view is an essential aspect of free academic inquiry and teaching, it is appropriate for faculty to incorporate both their knowledge and beliefs into their teaching. With these freedoms comes a commitment to accuracy and integrity.
Faculty members are private citizens, professionals, and members of an educational institution. Faculty, recognizing that the public may judge an institution by their utterances, should indicate when they are speaking as official representatives of the University.
- Academic Grievance Policy
True learning can exist only in an environment of academic honesty and integrity.
No student should knowingly perform an act of academic dishonesty. Examples include: Abuse of academic materials; cheating; complicity in another person’s academic dishonesty; fabrication/falsification; lying, tampering, or theft; or plagiarism, among other infractions.
The Academic Integrity Policy applies to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Lesley University.
- Academic Standards
- Add/Drop Policy
- Audited Courses
- Class Standing
- (Use of) Copyrighted Works Policy
All degree, certificate, and certification candidates should confer with their academic advisor in determining their course of study. In some instances, courses need to be taken in a specific sequence.
Course/Studio Assistantship Policy
An undergraduate student may serve as a Course/Studio Assistant in a particular course that the student has taken previously (or otherwise demonstrated competency).
- Course Waiver
- Course Withdrawal
- Credit Hour
- Credit Loads
All students may take advantage of the resources available in the other schools of the university. Students may enroll in appropriate courses in the other schools of the university, and in selected graduate-level courses.
Undergraduate credits will count toward the baccalaureate degree. Graduate courses taken towards the baccalaureate degree cannot be counted again for graduate credit should the student wish to pursue an advanced degree.
- Degree Requirements
- Double Counting
To be eligible for a degree, a student must satisfactorily complete all requirements for the specific degree program. And, to participate in Commencement, students must fulfill other requirements, such as declare their intent to graduate, settle their student accounts, etc.
- Independent Study Courses
Except as otherwise provided in a written agreement with the School, when Intellectual Property is created by faculty, staff, or students in connection with any School course, program, or other School-related project, with or without Substantial Use of School Facilities, the School shall have the perpetual, non-exclusive, non-transferrable, royalty-free rights to reproduce, display, perform, and otherwise use such Intellectual Property for all its educational, promotional, marketing, and other non-commercial purposes (collectively, the “Use Rights”).
For the avoidance of doubt, the Use Rights shall not include the right to sell such Intellectual Property.
International Student Records Policy
Information regarding international student enrollment is reported to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) via the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). It is the student’s responsibility to maintain legal non-immigrant visa status.
Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Policy
When personal or professional circumstances preclude enrollment in classes, matriculating students must apply for a leave of absence. An approved leave of absence extends the time the student can complete their program of study.
Licensure Program Policies
Programs for teachers, guidance counselors, and education specialists lead to either a degree or licensure, and meet current Massachusetts licensure regulations.
Students are required to register with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, for licensure, shortly after they are accepted into their education program.
Pre-Admission Course Enrollment Policy
Prospective students with bachelor’s degrees who are considering application to a degree or certificate program at Lesley University may take courses for graduate credit.
Program Change Requests
Students who wish to transfer from one program to another may obtain the Request for Program Change Form from the University Registrar’s Office, their program office, or by mail.
Program Review Policy
Lesley University engages in periodic review of programs and graduation requirements. Programs are subject to change without prior notice.
Reinstatement Appeal Process
Any student dismissed for poor scholarship may be eligible for reinstatement and may apply after one full regular semester has elapsed. Reinstatement appeals should be directed to the dean of the school.
Requirements Completed Transcripts
For salary increments and other purposes, a student may require confirmation of the completion of a degree program in advance of the official conferral date.
Request a Requirements Completed Transcript
Student Classification and Status
Review the descriptions of what it means to be a degree student, certificate student, licensure student, non-degree student, and more. Review the number of credits a student needs to take in a semester to be considered full-time or half-time.
Student Consumer Information Policy
Lesley University, in keeping with accreditation guidelines, cannot guarantee that credits granted to students will be accepted for transfer into any other school, college, or organization.
Learn more about the Student Consumer Information Policy
An official Lesley transcript is a record of all coursework a student has taken at Lesley (including the Lesley University College of Art and Design).
- Transfer of Credit Policies
Provision of Waiver
Under extenuating circumstances, specific academic regulations may be waived by the appropriate division director. Undergraduate students requesting a waiver of academic requirements should petition the division director and provide a typewritten request that gives full particulars and justification for the request.