Graduate Info & Policies

Admissions Information & Procedures

Graduate Admissions

Candidates for admission to Limestone University are evaluated based on ability and achievement. Limestone is limited in the number of students it can accept. Therefore, every effort will be made to admit students, who because of their academic preparation, particular interests, and talents, are qualified to accept the challenges and opportunities of a graduate school program.

Master of Business Administration

For admission to the Limestone MBA Program, a prospective student is required to have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, test scores, sufficient undergraduate GPA, or management background that indicates the ability and aptitude to succeed in a graduate program.

Students will be informed in writing of the graduate committee’s decision on admittance into the program. Students that are provisionally or conditionally admitted into the program will be informed of the conditions to be met for full admission status and the deadlines for meeting each condition.

The listings below indicate the steps to follow for each of the admission categories:

  • For Full Admission into the graduate program:

1. Official Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree in a Business related field

2. One letter of recommendation

3. One of the following requirements are met:

  • Hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university with either a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a business related field
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in business from a regionally accredited university, with a minimum 3.25 overall GPA
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in business from a regionally accredited university, with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and 3 years of management experience
  • An acceptable score on either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). An acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test is defined as:
    • (200 X Undergraduate GPA) + (GMAT / GMAT Equivalency Score) = 1,000
    • or (200 X Graduate Work GPA) + (GMAT / GMAT Equivalency Score) = 1,200.

4. Students whose native language is not English must submit scores on the TOEFL test: a score on the electronic version of 100 is required; a score of 550 is required on the paper version. This requirement may be waived if the student provides evidence the completed an accredited ESL program.

5. Students who transfer in a maximum of 6 graduate-level credit hours, will earn the status of Fully Accepted. Note: If the applicant takes the GRE, the MBA Admissions Committee will use the GRE Score Conversion Tool (http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool/) to convert the students’ GRE Score into a GMAT Equivalency score.

  • For Provisional Admission into the graduate program:

1. Official Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree in a Business related field

2. One letter of recommendation

3. One of the following requirements are met:

  • 5 or more years of management experience and a GPA of 2.6 -2.99 undergraduate GPA (exceptions can be made based on years since graduation and level of experience)
  • An acceptable score on either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). An acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test is defined as:
    • (200 X Undergraduate GPA) + (GMAT / GMAT Equivalency Score) = 800
    • or (200 X Graduate Work GPA) + (GMAT / GMAT Equivalency Score) = 950

4. Students whose native language is not English must submit scores on the TOEFL test: a score on the electronic version of 100 is required; a score of 550 is required on the paper version.

Note: After completion of 9 credit hours, all provisionally accepted MBA students will be automatically reassessed for full acceptance. The 9 graduate semester hours may be earned either at Limestone College or through a combination of transfer hours and Limestone College hours - a maximum of 6 credit hours from another institution may be transferred in to Limestone’s MBA program.

  • For Conditional Admission into the program: (for those without an undergraduate degree in Business)

1. Official Transcript

2. One letter of recommendation

3. If a student meets all other requirements for full or provisional acceptance, but did not major in business, the student will be Conditionally Accepted and required to take BA500 – Foundations in Business.

Depending on the student’s previous undergraduate and graduate course work, the student may be required to take the following modules within BA500:

a. Foundations of Accounting

b. Foundations of Finance

c. Foundations of the Legal Environment of Business

d. Foundations in Marketing

e. Foundations in Microeconomics

f. Foundations of Organizational Behavior

g. Foundations in Quantitative Analysis and Business Statistics

4. A Student may only be enrolled in BA 500 twice. If a module is not passed after the second time a student is enrolled in BA 500, the student will be required to take the associated undergraduate course prior to enrollment in the MBA program.

5. Once a student passes all required modules in BA 500, or the associated undergraduate or graduate course, the student will move to either full or provisional acceptance and may start the MBA program.

6. Grading for BA 500 is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Credit awarded for BA 500 will not count toward graduation requirements for the MBA program.

7. Students whose native language is not English must submit scores on the TOEFL test: a score on the electronic version of 100 is required; a score of 550 is required on the paper version.

  • Accelerated MBA Program Admission Requirements:

1. Current Limestone College students must submit the accelerated MBA application after the student has completed 70 undergraduate hours.

2. A 3.5 GPA with at least 45 hours completed in residence at Limestone.

3. One letter of recommendation

Note: Admitted students will be allowed to begin classes after they have earned 90 undergraduate hours, preferable in their second semester of the senior year.

  • 4+1 MBA Program Admission Requirements:

1. Incoming freshmen students can apply to begin the 4+1 MBA program in their senior year of high school. The application for their desired undergraduate program must be completed as well.

2. A SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 26 and a HS GPA of 3.7

3. One letter of recommendation

  • 2+1 MBA Program Admission Requirements:

1. Transfer students from technical or community colleges must apply to the 2+1 MBA program. The application for their desired undergraduate program must be completed as well.

2. Students must have an earned associates degree with a 3.5 GPA

3. One letter of recommendation

Note: Admitted students will be allowed to begin classes after they have earned 90 undergraduate hours, preferable in their second semester of the senior year

Master of Social Work

Candidates for admission to the Limestone MSW program are evaluated based on ability and achievement. Limestone’s MSW program is limited in the number of students it can accept. Admission is competitive and only applicants with fully completed application packets will be reviewed.  The MSW Admissions Committee will consider all components of the application in its admission decision. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis for full admission. 

For Full Admission into the graduate program: (Advanced Standing)

  1. Official Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree in the field of Social Work from CSWE accredited. Recent graduates of Limestone College will not be required to have an official transcript sent from the Limestone College Registrar’s office. The Graduate Studies Program will obtain the document.
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Resume
  4. One of the following requirements are met:
    1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with either a BA, BS, or BSW degree in Social Work, with a minimum 3.00 overall GPA.
    2. Hold a bachelor's degree in Social Work from a regionally accredited university, with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and 3 years of management experience
    3. No GRE or GMAT is required.
  5. Students whose native language is not English must submit scores on the TOEFL test: a score on the electronic version of 100 is required; a score of 550 is required on the paper version. This requirement may be waived if the student provides evidence the completed an accredited ESL program.
  6. Students who transfer in a maximum of 6 graduate-level credit hours, will earn the status of Fully Accepted.

Graduate Program Completion Term Limits

All course work for graduate programs must be completed within six calendar years. Students who are members of the National Guard or Reserves and whose coursework has been interrupted by an involuntary service in the armed forces will receive an automatic extension for the period are called to active duty. Credits for any coursework completed outside of the six-year period will not count toward graduation or the student’s grade point average.

Graduate Transfer Credits

Graduate students may transfer in a maximum of 6 credits from another regionally accredited college or university. Only courses for which the student received a grade of B or higher may be transferred. Additionally, all transfer credits must meet the same program term limits as graduate credits earned at Limestone College.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Limestone University provides equal opportunity and affirmative action in education and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. These equal opportunity provisions include but are not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and student services.

Limestone prohibits sex and gender identity discrimination as well as sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

It is University policy to actively recruit minority students. Limestone will recruit students from high schools that enroll significant numbers of minority students. Limestone will identify appropriate high schools in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland.

Moreover, in compliance with section 668.44(A)(6) of the United States Department of Education, Office of Post Secondary Education Publication, “current student aid and other related regulations”, Limestone has installed ramps and restrooms accessible to individuals with disabilities in recently renovated buildings to comply with ADA requirements and will incorporate similar provisions in any future renovation of campus facilities.

Limestone has also made extraordinary efforts to accommodate students with disabilities, both through the Accessibility office, which assists with accommodations at no additional charge and through the Learning Enrichment & Achievement Program.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the American with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and related statutes and regulations:

Director of Accessibility

Limestone University

1115 College Drive, Fort D

Gaffney, SC 29340

864-488-8377

limestone.edu

http://my.limestone.edu/academic-resources/accessibility

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and to serve as the overall coordinator for purposes of Title IX compliance:

Director of Human Resources

Limestone Universtiy

1115 College Drive, Cooper West 310

Gaffney, SC 29340

864-488-4473; jocrry@limestone.edu

For more information about the University's policies which are in accordance with Title IX, policies prohibiting discrimination and sexual harassment, and for a description of grievance procedures, please visit Day Campus, Evening, or Online Admissions Office.

Transient Students

Students currently enrolled at another regionally accredited institution who desire to take courses must:

  1. Submit a completed application including a $25.00 application fee. The fee of $25.00 will be waived if the application is completed online at www.limestone.edu.
  2. Submit a transient letter from that institution to the Day Campus, Evening, or Online Admissions Office indicating that the student is in good standing.

Limestone cannot guarantee another institution will accept its credits. It is recommended that students receive advance permission from their home institutions.

Financial Information

Graduate Tuition Rates

One (1) credit hour course ($120 of which is nonrefundable): $650*
Residency fee (for each weekend seminar on campus): $150

Three (3) credit hours ($360 of which is nonrefundable): $ 1,950* 

Other Fees: 
Graduation Fees: $150

Summons for Student Records: $50

*Note:  Active Duty Military members receive a $100 discount per credit hour on tuition rates. Military veterans that have exhausted their VA benefits are eligible for a 10% tuition discount. 

Students who enroll in fewer than 9 hours per semester are classified as part-time students.

General Refund Policy

Academic: See the Academic Procedures section of the catalog for academic withdrawal procedures.

Financial: The University has many continuing expenses, such as faculty salaries and plant maintenance. In order to plan and maintain these services over the entire semester, it is essential that the annual income from fees be assured. For this reason, it is understood that students are enrolled for the entire semester. The fact that school fees are paid in two or more installments does not constitute a fractional contract.

In view of the foregoing, a refund of any portion of the tuition and fees will be made only in the case of official withdrawal from Limestone through the Office of the Provost and on the following basis:

Traditional Day Program:

  The Portion of Tuition and Fees, Room Returned:
When the student has been enrolled:  

Up to 7 calendar days after classes begin

100%

8 to 14 calendar days

75%

15 to 21 calendar days

60%

22 to 28 calendar days

45%
29 to 35 calendar days 30%
36 to 42 calendar days 15%

 

No comprehensive refund will be allowed after six (6) weeks. No refund will be issued after the first 7 calendar days after classes begin.

In the Online and Evening Program refunds are as follows:

  • Up to 7 calendar days after the course begins - 100% refund
  • 8 calendar days to end of course - 0% refund

Return of Unearned Military Tuition (TA):

This policy applies to all students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the Department of Defense (DOD) policy, Limestone College will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending.

In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, RCTC will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion in compliance with the DOD policy. In instances when a Service member stops attending due to non-military service obligation after the drop/add date, the Service member will be responsible for paying Limestone College the amount of the returned portion of the TA funds.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes, and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. This policy only applies to this type of educational benefit. The TA program is a benefit that is available only while the student is in the service. This policy does not apply to Veterans or Veterans' benefits.

To remain in compliance with the Department of Defense’s policy, Limestone College will return any unearned TA funds through at least 60% of the semester on a prorated basis. The amount of unearned TA that is returned is based on the date of withdrawal from the course.

After 60% of the semester has passed, TA will not be evaluated for a return to the DOD.

Federal, State, or Institutional Financial Aid:

Refunds for students receiving Federal, State, or Institutional Financial Aid will be made in accordance with the regulations governing the respective programs. Policy statements regarding the refund of financial aid money are available in the Business Office or Financial Aid Office. An unofficial withdrawal may result in a student’s forfeiting all financial aid and thus becoming responsible for the entire balance. Schedules are sent to all students at the beginning of each semester.

Note: Schedules concerning refund dates are sent to all students at the beginning of each semester. Students are asked to check their limestone.edu email addresses and LC Portal.

Student Credit Balance Cash Disbursement Procedures

Online and Evening Program: Online and Evening student credit balances will be disbursed two times each month. Charges are entered on student accounts each term after the drop/add period. Subsequently, payments received are entered on student accounts as funds are received from all sources (examples: loans, grants, paid scholarships, etc.).

Day Campus Program: Day Campus program student credit balances will be disbursed two times each month. Charges are entered on student accounts each semester after the drop/add period. Subsequently, payments received are entered on student accounts as funds are received from all sources- loans, grants, paid scholarships, etc.

Note: Schedules concerning refund dates are sent to all students at the beginning of each semester. Refunds are not mailed until the BankMobile refund agreement has been submitted on the LC Portal. Schedules are also available on the LC Portal. Students are asked to check their limestone.edu e-mail address for any refund updates. Limestone College uses BankMobile as a refund agent. New students will receive a Refund Selection Packet in order to select their preferred refund method. Please verify your mailing address in the LC Portal. The Refund Selection Packets will be issued within 3 weeks of the drop/add date of your first day of class.

Student Delinquent Accounts

Students who have any unpaid accounts at the end of each semester, including such items as library fines (if in access of $25), parking fines, and dormitory damage assessments, may not attend classes for the next semester. Transcripts and diplomas are not issued unless all charges are paid in full. Limestone reserves the right to report a delinquent account to a third party collection agency. There may be additional fees due to this process.

Returned Checks

Checks which are returned to the Business Office for any reason must be paid along with a $25.00 service charge within 10 business days of notification from Limestone College. Acceptable methods of payment for the amount are credit/debit card, cash or money order. If the check and fee are not paid on time, Limestone College will be notifying the Solicitor's Worthless Check Unit for collection. Failure to pay the check and applicable fees may lead to your arrest and criminal prosecution by the Solicitor's Office. If a check is returned and is submitted to the Solicitor's Office for collections, we will no longer accept personal checks as a method of payment.

Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid

Limestone College is committed to helping our graduate students find ways to finance their education.  Graduate students are eligible to receive Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and can also apply for the Grad Plus Loan.  In order for us to consider you for these funds and to determine eligibility, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than May 1st of each year.  The FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Be sure to indicate on the FAFSA that you are seeking a Master’s Degree.  Students can apply for the Grad Plus Loan online at www.studentloans.gov.  You will need your 4 digit FAFSA PIN to log in.   
 
Graduate students can also apply for private education loans to help with the costs of the program. We have compiled a list of preferred lenders, which can be accessed via the Financial Aid Webpage under the “Quick Links” tab.  From there, select the “Preferred Lenders” tab and follow the prompts.  

Graduate students are not eligible for institutional scholarships, or for federal or state grants. 

Graduate students may also be eligible for certain Veterans Benefits to help with the costs of tuition.

MBA Program at Limestone College is designed to allow students to take courses each term (each term consists of one 8-week period). To be eligible for full-time VA benefits, students must enroll in 9 credit hours per semester which equates to one class each term. By following this format, students receiving VA benefits must be able to register for classes for the entire semester (July 1 – December 31 and/or January 2 – June 30). By registering, students may be eligible to receive VA benefits to cover tuition expenses.  Students receiving VA benefits must
sign a waiver, allowing Limestone College to re-evaluate their eligibility each term. 

Failure to enroll in a sequential course each term may result in a loss of full-time VA benefits. 

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for Veterans Benefits please contact the Veteran’s Benefits Coordinator at 864-488-7151 or via email at va@limestone.edu.

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Graduate Students

  • Limestone College is required to establish minimum academic standards that students must meet to be eligible, or maintain eligibility, for Federal financial aid
  • Students who are receiving financial aid or who seek financial aid in the future are required to meet these minimum standards.
  • Financial aid recipients are required to be in good standing and to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward their degree requirements for each semester/term in which they are enrolled.
  • SAP, as described below, is evaluated at the end of each semester.
  • Failure to maintain SAP, as described below, will result in Financial Aid Suspension (loss of eligibility).
  • Transfer credits accepted by the institution towards the student’s program will be included in the total hours earned.

Meeting the Quantitative Requirement (Pace of Progression)

Regulations allow a student to maintain eligibility for attempting credit hours that are 150% of the credit hours required to receive a degree. In order to meet this quantitative standard, students must complete and earn 67% of courses attempted each academic semester. The 67% criteria will be checked at the end of each semester. If a student has not completed 67% of the cumulative attempted hours at the end of the semester, the student is placed on Financial Aid Warning for the subsequent semester. During the Financial Aid Warning period, the student may continue to receive financial aid. If the student has not completed 67% of the cumulative attempted hours at the end of the subsequent semester, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. While on Financial Aid Suspension, the student will not be eligible to receive financial aid.

Hours Attempted Hours earned to meet 67% requirement
3 2
6 4
9 6
12 8
  • In addition, any student that fails to make progress by receiving all Fs or WFs (or combination of both) in any given semester will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will immediately lose eligibility for financial aid beginning the next semester regardless of the students’ GPA.
  • Students receiving all Ws will be placed on Financial Aid Warning beginning the following semester regardless of the students' GPA.
  • Financial aid eligibility may be regained when 67% of the cumulative attempted hours have been completed.
  • Students who unofficially withdraw (no formal notification) from the College in any given semester will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will immediately lose eligibility for financial aid beginning the next semester regardless of the students’ GPA.

Meeting the Qualitative Requirement

            In order to maintain eligibility for financial aid with the qualitative standard, a student must maintain the academic standing necessary to remain in the Graduate Program. The qualitative policy is the same as the academic policies is consistent with the Graduate Programs graduation requirements. The grade point average will be used to determine good academic standing, probation, suspension, and eligibility for financial aid. The GPA will be checked at the end of each semester for SAP. The student on good academic standing will remain eligible. A student on Academic Probation will be on Financial Aid Warning. A student on Academic Suspension will be on Financial Aid Suspension.

Graduate students are required to have a GPA of the equivalent of 3.0 or consistent with the graduate school’s graduation requirement.

Maximum Timeframe to Completion

            A reasonable length of time for the completion of a degree program is defined as no more than 150 percent of the normal time required to complete a degree program, as measured by credits attempted and including transfer credits.
Example: If your degree requires that you complete 36 credit hours, your maximum time frame would be 36 hours x 150% = 54. Your maximum time frame to complete your degree would be 54 hrs of attempted course work.
There is no Financial Aid Warning semester for students who exceed the maximum time frame requirement. Students will be suspended from financial aid eligibility the semester following the semester their attempted hours exceed 54 hrs.

Appeals

Any student on Financial Aid Suspension may appeal to the SAP Appeals Committee. An appeal must be based on specific extenuating circumstances. Examples may include but are not limited to death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or other extenuating circumstances. There is a formal request form that must be completed along with a statement explaining the extenuating circumstances. You will be required to complete Financial Awareness Modules. You must also meet with your academic advisor to create an academic plan.  This plan must demonstrate that, if followed, you will be meeting SAP standards at the next evaluation or by a specified point in time. This plan must be presented with your appeal letter.

The required Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form, along with all supporting documentation, must be sent to the Assistant Director of Financial Aid.

The determination of the appeal will be made available to the student to their Limestone email address within 14 business days.

If a Financial Aid Suspension appeal is approved, then the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one semester, and eligibility reinstated for financial aid during that semester. The student must make Satisfactory Academic Progress within the probationary semester in order to continue their eligibility for financial aid in subsequent semesters.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: Treatment of Title IV Funds

  • Students withdrawing from school within the refund period will have institutional and state aid refunded according to the general refund policy of the University.
  • Federal assistance will be refunded as outlined in the Federal guidelines of each program. Students enrolling who do not complete 60% of the semester will have their federal aid prorated for a refund according to the Federal Government Return of Title IV Funds Policy
  • The financial aid office recalculates federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of the payment period.
  • Limestone must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible as soon as possible, but no later than 45 days after the date of the institution’s determination that the student withdrew.

Federal regulations specify how Limestone must determine the amount of federal (Title IV) financial aid that you earn if you withdraw from school. The federal programs at Limestone included under these regulations are: Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grants, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.

When you withdraw, the amount of assistance that you have earned is determined on a pro rata basis. For example, if you completed 30% of your payment period, you earn 30% of the assistance you were originally scheduled to receive. Once you have completed more than 60% of the payment period, you earn all the assistance that you were scheduled to receive for that period.

If you received less assistance than the amount that you earned, you may be able to receive those additional funds as a Post-Withdrawal Disbursement. For a post-withdrawal of loan funds, you will receive a written notification within 30 days of the date we determined you withdrew and you will be required to confirm you want the disbursement (or your parent for a Parent PLUS Loan).

If you received more assistance than you earned, the excess funds must be returned to the government by Limestone and/or you. This is called a Return to Title IV (or R2T4). If you received excess federal financial aid that must be returned, the University must return a portion of the excess equal to the lesser of:

  1. your institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of your funds, or
  2. the entire amount of excess funds.

This return of funds may create a significant indebtedness for you if this aid was used to pay for charges for which you are still responsible or if you received these funds as a refund.

If Limestone is not required to return all of the excess funds, you must return the remaining amount. Any loan funds that you must return, you (or your parent for a Parent PLUS Loan) repay in accordance with the terms of the promissory note. That is, you make scheduled payments to the holder of the loan over a period of time. Any amount of unearned grant funds that you must return is called an overpayment. The maximum amount of a grant overpayment that you must repay is half of the grant funds you received or were scheduled to receive. You do not have to repay a grant overpayment if the original amount of the overpayment is $50 or less. You must make arrangements with Limestone to return the unearned grant funds.

Unofficial Withdrawal

An unofficial withdrawal is when official notification is not received from the student.

Examples of an unofficial withdrawal include:  a student does not successfully complete any of their courses (receives all F grades or WF grades); stops attending classes; or did not complete any course work as of the 60% point of the semester- without officially withdrawing from Limestone, as required.

Upon determination of the student's last date of attendance, the Return of Title IV funds calculation will apply. The withdrawal date is your last documented date of attendance, as determined by instructors.

Students who unofficially withdraw will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension effective the next term of attendance.

Academic Procedures

Graduate Grading System

The semester credit hour is the basic unit used by Limestone College to measure student work. One semester credit hour represents in student learning outcomes and achievement the equivalent of one classroom hour of instruction and two (2) out-of-class hours of work for 15 weeks. A three-credit-hour course traditionally represents three (3) in-class hours and 6 out-of-class hours each week for 15 weeks. Online programs (8-week sessions) use identical student learning outcomes and course expectations as the equivalent traditional 15-week courses and represent 6 in-class hours and 12 out-of-class hours each week. Limestone College faculty assign credit hours based on an equivalent standard of work to lab work, studio work, practicum courses, and internships.

The academic standing of a student in the various courses is indicated as follows:

MBA Grading Scale    
Passing Grades Percentage Grade Value
A 94% and above 4.0
A- 90-93% 3.8
B+ 87-89% 3.5
B 84-86% 3.0
B- 80-83% 2.8
C+ 77-79% 2.5
C 74-76% 2.0
     
MSW Grading Scale    
Passing Grades Percentage Grade Value
A 90% and above 4.0
B 80-89% 3.0
C 70-79% 2.0
     
Non-Passing Grades (No Credit Awarded)  
F 0 Failing  
WP N/A withdrew passing  
WF 0 withdrew failing  
I N/A incomplete  

 

I Grade

"I" - A mark of "I" is assigned, at the discretion of the instructor and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, when due to extenuating circumstances such as illness, a student is unable to complete the work assigned in a course. It is understood that to receive a mark of "I", all completed work in the course must collectively be at the passing level or above. The mark of “I” must be removed by the end of the following term. Failure to complete required work will result in a grade of “F”. An incomplete must be requested at least one week before the class end date. Students cannot withdraw from a class after an "I" has been issued.

F Grade

Any admitted student receiving a grade of F in a graduate course will be placed on probation and the student will be required to repeat the course. Only the higher grade will be counted in computing the grade point average, although the lower grade will remain on the official transcript. No more than two F’s may be repeated; if a student earns three F’s in the program, he/she will be dismissed from the MBA Program.

GPA

A student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 after completing 9 credit hours at Limestone College to maintain good academic standing in the program. If the student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on probation. After being placed on probation, the student must achieve a minimum average GPA of 3.0 over the next 9 credit hours to make satisfactory progress toward good academic standing or achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Probation is automatically removed once the student achieves good academic standing. If the student fails to make progress toward good academic standing, the student will be suspended from the program. Once suspended, the student may appeal the suspension if there are mitigating circumstances. To appeal a suspension. the student must write to The Appeals Committee. The letter should be very well written, typed, business letter. In the body of the letter, the student should explain why his/her Grade Point Average has fallen below the minimums, what he/she will do to ensure that the Grade Point Average will improve to meet the minimum standards, and request to be reinstated to the academic program and to receive Federal Title IV aid. A student must also complete an "Appeal of Financial Aid Consequence of Unsatisfactory Progress" and return it to the Director of Financial Aid. If a student’s appeal is not approved, the student may reapply to the program after one year. The program’s admission committee makes the decision on whether to readmit the student to the program.

A student who is readmitted to the program after suspension will be on probation until he/she has taken 9 semester credit hours. The student must achieve a minimum average GPA of 3.0 over the next 9 credit hours to make progress toward good academic standing. If the student’s average GPA is below 3.0 for the 9 credit hours, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Academic Dismissal

A student may receive no more than one suspension and have the opportunity to be readmitted. A second suspension results in academic dismissal from the program.

Repeating Courses

Students earning an F in a course may repeat it one time; however, if a student repeats a course in which he/she earned a grade other than an F, financial aid may not cover the tuition.

Overload Policy

Graduate Program

In our cohort system, classes are designed to be taken one at a time. Requests to take more than one course at a time may be submitted in writing to the Director of the MBA Program. No more than two courses may be taken simultaneously.

Grade Appeal Process

If a student receives a grade he/she believes is incorrect, and the student wishes to appeal the grade, he/she must proceed in the following manner:

  • Present and review the concern with the instructor and attempt to resolve the issues concerning the grade. All concerns must be presented in writing.
  • If the concern is not resolved with the instructor, then the student should submit an appeal to the appropriate Dean of Academic Affairs using the online grade appeal form on the Limestone University website. Appeals must be submitted to the appropriate Dean of Academic Affairs within 30 calendar days of the grade being assigned.

Grade appeals will be considered for the following reasons:

  • The grade assigned was miscalculated according to the grading scale established for the course.
  • Grades were not assigned in accordance with the assignments, examinations, etc. as outlined in the course syllabus.
  • Students were not treated equally in terms of the manner in which grades were calculated for the course.

A decision concerning the grade appeal will be made as soon as possible, normally within 30 calendar days of submission to the appropriate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Grade Release Policy

Grades are no longer mailed but are available on the JICS Portal (a secure website available from the Limestone.edu main website). Grades may be reviewed approximately one week after the class has ended. Grades will not be released to a student verbally or otherwise. Grades are never released over the telephone.

Academic Conduct Policy

The full text of the Policies and Procedures for Academic Conduct can be found in the student handbook, The Gaslight (my.limestone.edu).

Class Attendance and Tardiness

Day and Evening Campus

Students are expected to attend all classes. When a student’s absences exceed twenty percent (20%) of the total number of scheduled class periods in the semester or session, the student may be assigned a grade of F at the end of the class.

Hybrid Classes Attendance Policy: “Students are expected to attend all classes. Attendance will be taken on both face-to-face meeting days and online days. The mode of contact for online days is determined by the instructor. It could be an email, assignment, discussion, etc. When a student's absences exceed twenty percent (20%) of the total number of scheduled class periods in the semester or term, the student may be assigned a grade of F at the end of the class.”

Online Campus

Students are expected to communicate with the professor frequently. In the Online Program, students are required to contact their instructor once a week. That mode of contact is determined by the instructor. It could be an email, assignments discussion, etc. If after two weeks a student fails to have any activity in a course, the student may be assigned a grade of F at the end of the course.

Weekend Seminars
Students are expected to attend all class sessions in a weekend seminar. Missing any portion of the weekend seminar may result in the student needing to retake the seminar.

Military Students

Limestone will excuse students from attending classes or engaging in other mandatory activities, including tests or examinations, in order for students to fulfill their military obligations. This exception applies to any student required to attend or participate in military service, duty, training, or disaster relief efforts, and applies without distinction to a student's status as a member of the active component, reserve component, or National Guard.

Students whose absences are excused may not be penalized for their absence and must be allowed to complete all missed assignments or take missed tests or examinations within a reasonable time of their return. Limestone shall determine what constitutes a reasonable time to make up the assignments, tests, or examinations missed by reason of military service on a case by case basis, taking into account the individual student's schedule and academic responsibilities.

Exam Proctor Information

Proctoring software and testing centers are used to ensure testing security and integrity. Below is information about proctoring for Day Students and Evening-Online Campus students.

Day Campus
In general, Day students who may need to have tests proctored are to be tested by the Limestone Testing Center staff. Arrangements for such tests are made directly by the course professor with Testing Center staff. However, on occasion, due to extenuating circumstances, such as a disability, tests may be proctored by an approved, properly qualified individual other than the professor or the Testing Center staff. Approval may be sought from the office of accessibility and/or academic affairs.

Evening-Online Campus
For Evening, Online, and MBA courses, remote proctoring software is used to monitor students while taking an exam. This program requires the use of a webcam and microphone (internal or external). There are also computers that can be reserved to use the software at Campus sites. The software will record audio and video during the exam, so students should make sure to follow the guidelines set by their instructors while testing. Students should select a quiet, private space for testing. When accessibility issues or extenuating circumstances arise, the student may work through the office of accessibility and/or academic affairs for a different proctoring solution.

Accommodations for Students who have Disabilities

The Office for Accessibility at Limestone University is dedicated to opening doors of equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities. We assist students who self-identify with documented disabilities by determining their eligibility for services through an interactive, collaborative process between the student and Accessibility staff, and then working together to determine reasonable accommodations and services. Students who have a disability which may impact academic performance should register with the Accessibility Office prior to the beginning of each semester to ensure accommodations are in place when classes begin. Documentation should be sent directly to the Accessibility Office, Limestone University, 1115 College Drive, Gaffney, SC, 29340. For more information or to discuss documentation requirements, please contact Accessibility at (864) 488-8377 or http://my.limestone.edu/academic-resources/accessibility. There is never a fee for accommodations.

Withdrawal from the University

To withdraw from the University, the same rules apply as for withdrawal from a course. Students forced by illness or other hardship to withdraw from the University after the deadline may petition for a grade of “WP” from the Provost.

See the Financial Information section of the catalog for the Refund Policy. Students who drop out of college for more than eighteen months, not including summer school, must fulfill the requirements of the catalog in effect when they re-enter.

Withdrawing from a Class

In the Graduate Program, students wishing to withdraw from a course must contact the professor and the MBA office to submit a withdrawal form to the Registrar's office. Failure to do so will result in a grade of F. The request must be submitted prior to the course end date.

The grade of “WP” will have no effect on the student’s Grade Point Average. The grade of “WF” will have the same effect as the grade of “F.”. The grade of “W” will not affect a student’s GPA. The grade will be awarded to students who withdraw from a course from the 2nd week of class through the Friday after midterms or for graduate courses through the 5th week of class at 5:00 pm. After that, a grade of “WP” or “WF” will be awarded through the last day of class.

Graduate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a master’s degree from Limestone College, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours with a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Any undergraduate course required to begin the program will not count toward the 36 hour minimum or the GPA. Graduate students may transfer a maximum of six credit hours from another regionally accredited college or university. Only courses for which the student received a B or higher may be transferred. Additionally, all transfer credits must meet the same program term limits as graduate credits earned at Limestone College.

Graduation with honors
To be eligible for honors at graduation a student must:

  1. Complete 30 semester hours at Limestone College toward a master’s degree.
  2. Attain the following Grade Point Average on all Limestone College work.
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.95 to 4.0
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.75 to 3.94
  • Cum Laude 3.50-3.74

Limestone College Graduation Process
Limestone College holds graduation ceremonies in May and December. A student may apply for graduation up to a year in advance.

The Application for Degree
It is the responsibility of each student to complete the Application for Degree form. The Application for Degree form must be completed by February 15 for May graduation and by October 1 for December graduation.

The graduation form can be found on the LC Portal. The order form for the cap and gown is also included and must be completed as well. Once the graduation form is submitted, the registrar will review all course requirements for that student. After the review, the registrar will issue a degree audit that will contain any missing required coursework. The letter will also show the graduation day that the student has been assigned.

A graduation fee of $150, which includes application, cap/gown/graduate hood, tassel, diploma with cover and one official transcript, will be assessed to all students who have applied for the upcoming graduation. The deadline for May graduation is February 15th; for December, it is October 1st. Applications will be accepted after these dates, up to one month prior to graduation, but late applications will incur a $100 non-refundable late fee, for a total fee of $225.

If for any reason, a student does not complete his or her requirements for the assigned graduation, the application may be transferred to the next ceremony without additional fees. A student's application may be transferred only one time. After that, the student must reapply and pay a $35 fee to cover the cost of an updated diploma.

Fulfillment of Degree Requirements
Limestone College's awarding of a degree is conditional upon completed coursework with appropriate GPA, the satisfaction of all financial obligations, and compliance with college policies.

Student Responsibilities: All colleges establish certain requirements which must be met before a degree is granted. These regulations concern such matters as curricula and courses, majors, and campus residence requirements. Faculty and advisors will make every effort to inform students concerning these requirements, but students themselves are ultimately responsible for being acquainted with regulations and procedures as stated in this Catalog, Student Handbook, and other official publications of the college. For these reasons, it is important for students to be familiar with these publications and remain informed throughout their college careers.

Student Life

Counseling Services

The Sib Collins Counseling Center provides free and confidential short-term counseling services to students dealing with personal and social conflicts or coping with stress due to various reasons, including academic and career decisions. The Center is located in 111 Curtis, past the receptionist, down the Social Work hall, over Campus Security, and is staffed by a professional counselor and a part-time counselor.  Appointments are suggested; however, walk-in service is generally also provided.  The Center also has a list of local counseling resources for referrals off campus.

Center for Career & Professional Development

The Center for Career & Professional Development Office assists students and alumni with career planning and placement services. The office offers a variety of resources to assist with all stages of the career planning process; opportunities include career counseling and occupational information, job shadowing, workshops and individual assistance on resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, graduate school information, and job fairs.

For more information, visit https://my.limestone.edu/student-services/student-success/professional-development

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 afford students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar, Provost, or other appropriate officials, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official to whom the request was submitted shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the University to correct records which the student believes to be inaccurate or misleading. The students should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want to be changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his/her right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students have the right to withhold the disclosure of Directory Information. Students should consider very carefully the consequences of any decision to withhold Directory Information. Should a student decide to inform the institution not to release Directory Information, any future requests for such information from non-institutional persons or organizations will be refused.
  4. The institution will honor requests to withhold the information listed below but cannot assume responsibility to contact students for subsequent permission to release them. The institution assumes no liability for honoring instructions that such information be withheld.
  5. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including security personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. [NOTE: FERPA requires an institution to make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of the records request unless the institution states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.]
  6. FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR & 99.31):
    1. School officials with legitimate educational interest; Other schools to which a student is transferring; Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    2. Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  7. Accrediting organizations;
    1. To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.
    2. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-4605

As required by FERPA, Limestone University hereby informs current students of its intent to respond to legitimate, third-party requests for the following information: (1) legal name(s) during periods of attendance; (2) date and place of birth; (3) dates of attendance and actual or projected date of graduation; (4) degrees awarded and honors received, including the dean’s list and honor roll; and (5) participation in officially recognized activities and intercollegiate sports. For official publications and certain types of news media releases, “directory information” includes: (1) legal name and address of the student; (2) name and address of the parent(s), spouse, or legal guardian; (3) date and place of birth; (4) major field of study; (5) participation in officially recognized activities and sports; (6) weights and heights of members of athletic teams; (7) dates of attendance, honors and awards received, enrollment status, and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student; and (8) photographs made by the University or photographers under contract to the University, including candid photography. This information may be released to anyone at any time unless the student requests, in writing to the Registrar, that such information be withheld. Students who have questions or who wish to withhold permission to publish certain information should write the registrar’s office.

Student Complaint Procedure

A student complaint is defined as any dissatisfaction occurring as the result of a student’s belief that any academic or non-academic situation affects the student unjustly or inequitably. If you have a complaint against a Limestone University student, faculty, staff, or administrator for sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault, and/or domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking you should contact the Title IX Coordinator or one of the Designated Deputy Coordinators.

The student has the right to raise a complaint and to have that complaint considered with courtesy and objectivity, in a timely fashion, and without fear of prejudicial treatment. The following procedures are applicable for a student with a complaint.

•    The student should first discuss the matter with the person or persons directly involved, in an attempt to resolve the complaint through informal discussion. The student should make his/her advisor aware of the situation if the advisor is not directly involved.

•    If there is no resolution, the student should discuss the matter with the appropriate first level supervisor or administrator both verbally and in writing. The written statement should include a narrative of the situation and the individual with whom the discussion took place. If no resolution is reached, the student may then present a written complaint to the appropriate vice president.

•    If reconciliation has not been achieved, the student may then schedule an appointment with the Provost, after submitting a written complaint to him/her.

•    If after meeting with the Provost, the complaint is not reconciled, then the student may schedule an appointment with the President of the College.

Student Enrichment

The Office of Student Enrichment supports the unique needs of students by building strong relationships to help students acclimate and adjust to a collegiate environment. Using a holistic approach, the staff offers services that support student learning, enhance the student experience, and foster strong communities where students feel empowered to achieve their goals.

Services included:

  • First-Generation mentoring  
  • Success coaching
  • Orientation programming

Special Programs

Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The Limestone Online Writing Lab (LC OWL) is the virtual extension of the Writing Center on the main campus. The LC OWL offers live peer tutorial sessions to all Extended Campus students. When you visit the LC OWL, you will engage in a real-time chat with a writing consultant who will help you decide how to improve the essay or other writing assignments you are working to strengthen or complete.

For more information, visit https://my.limestone.edu/academic-resources/writing-help

Upswing Tutoring

Limestone is proud to partner with Upswing Tutoring to provide professional tutoring services for select quantitative focused classes. 

Please visit https://my.limestone.edu/academic-resources/support/tutoring for more information.