• Academic Standing Committee

    The Academic Standing Committee is charged with the enforcement of the regulations on Satisfactory Academic Standing.

  • As a subcommittee of the College Senate, the Academic Standing Committee (ASC) makes recommendations regarding regulations and policies to the Senate concerning academic standing, matriculation processes, degree requirements and the grading system. In addition, a subcommittee of ASC reviews academic appeals.

    Academic Standing Committee Workshop on Academic Policies held on Oct 18 2021

  • Early advisement can have a positive effect on student performance.

    • Provide a clear course objective on your syllabus
    • Assign an evaluation by the end of the 4th week
    • Initiate early contact with the students who are performing poorly
    • Faculty have an obligation to communicate to the students their pass/fail status in the course
    • Students should be made aware of the withdrawal period and the last day of withdrawal.
    • Faculty should not specifically advise students to withdraw. Students have the right to stay registered in a class even if they are failing.

    Web Attendance

    • a. Web attendance is found under Faculty and Staff under Technology Resources
    • b. Attendance, present, late, absent or excused, should be taken at the beginning of class for accuracy.
    • c. The maximum number of unexcused absences is 15% of the total class time.

    Verification of Attendance

    • a. Certification of Attendance (COA) under CUNYFirst must be submitted by the census deadline because this can affect a student’s financial aid status. If a correction is needed a WN correction form is available in your department office.

    1. Use Blackboard Safe Assign and turnitin.com for assignments

    • a. Make the assignment unplagarizable (staged assignments, specific instructions)
    • b. Provide information on plagiarism, instructions on proper citation.
    • c. Include a paragraph of the academic integrity policy on the assignment.

    2. If students are caught plagiarizing, faculty should always fill out an Academic Integrity Complaint Form. It protects both students and faculty members.

    3. The Academic Integrity violation information is not reflected on the student’s transcript.

    4. The Academic appeals committee is a subcommittee of the Academic Standing Committee. They meet twice a month and review 30 appeals (academic, not financial) per month. Appeals must be filed in a timely manner. Students have only one semester to file the appeal.

    Academic Appeals Form
    Academic Integrity Complaint Form

    1. The grade "WD" is given when a student drops after verification of attendance day.
    2. The grade "WN" is given to a student who has never attended class.
    3. The grade "W" is the official withdrawal grade. It is given when students withdraw before the official withdrawal date.
    4. The grade "WU" is given to students who stopped attending before the official withdrawal date but failed of officially withdraw. The "WU" grade is essentially an "F"
    5. The grade "INC" is intended to accommodate students when they are faced with situations beyond their control. This grade can only be initiated by the student and the student must provide documentation establishing their eligibility for an incomplete grade. Furthermore, the student’s prior work must be satisfactory. The "INC" grade will turn into "FIN" if a change of grade form is not filled out before the end of the incomplete term.

    Request an Incomplete (INC) Grade.

    The Academic Standing Committee is made up of elected representatives from each academic department as well as representatives from the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Adult and Continuing Education.

    Department Representative E-mail
    Library Alexandra Rojas, Chair arojas@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Academic Affairs Amish Khalfan akhalfan@lagcc.cuny.edu
    ACE Erika Correa ecorrea@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Admissions LaVora Desvigne lavorda@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Business & Technology Lee Boyar lboyar@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Counseling LuAnn Butironi luannb@lagcc.cuny.edu
    ELA Caterina Almendral calmendral@lagcc.cuny.edu
    ELA Michele De Goeas-malone mmalone@lagcc.cuny.edu
    English Lilla Toke ltoke@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Health Sciences Valencia McPherson-White vmcpherson@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Humanities Andrew McFarland amcfarland@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Chair of Academic Appeals
    Vera Albrecht
    MEC Glenn Henshaw ghenshaw@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Natural Sciences Janet Gonzalez jagonzalez@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Registrar Derwent Dawkins
    Alternate: Burhan Siddiqui
    Social Science Kyle Hollar-Gregory Khollar-Gregory@lagcc.cuny.edu

    What is academic integrity?
    Academic integrity is defined as honestly doing one's own academic work in compliance with assignment requirements and guidelines. Examples of academic dishonesty include cheating, plagiarism, Internet plagiarism, obtaining an unfair advantage, falsification of records or any official documents, and misconduct on internships.

    What constitutes cheating?
    Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise.

    What is plagiarism?
    Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writings as your own.

    What is Internet plagiarism?
    Internet plagiarism is plagiarism that includes the submission of downloaded term papers or parts of term papers as your own work, paraphrasing or copying information from the Internet without citing the source and includes other forms of “cutting and pasting.”

    What is an unfair advantage?
    An unfair advantage is any activity that intentionally or unintentionally gives you an unfair academic advantage over other students.

    What constitutes falsification of records and official documents?
    Falsification of records and official documents includes forging signatures or authorization, providing false information on academic records or official documents such as grade reports, drop/add forms, ID cards or other college documents.

    What behavior constitutes misconduct?
    Misconduct on internships constitutes behavior which is inappropriate to a professional setting or in violation of the rules established by either the College or the internship site. Misconduct also includes non-compliance with local, state and federal laws while on internship.

    What can be appealed?
    Grades assigned by teaching faculty can be appealed with appropriate documentation as outlined on the Academic Appeals Form.

    What is the first step in an appeal?
    The first step in the appeal process involves arranging to meet with a counselor to discuss the appeal and the process of submitting an appeal.

    What happens after I submit an appeal?
    After an appeal is submitted, the Appeals Subcommittee of Academic Standing reviews documents submitted with the appeal. After review, the Appeals Subcommittee reaches a decision about whether to grant or deny the appeal.

    When will my grade change appear on my college records if I am granted an appeal?
    If an appeal is granted, a change of grade will be registered with the Registrar and noted on your college transcript within 72 hours after a final decision is made. If the appeal is not granted, the original grade remains in effect.

    How will I be notified of final appeal decisions?
    Notification of final decisions of the Appeals Subcommittee is issued by the Academic Appeals Subcommittee in a letter to you.

    Who notifies me of sanction/penalties imposed for violation of academic integrity?
    You are notified of sanctions/penalties for a violation of academic integrity by the Student Judiciary Officer.