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Academic Policies

At Lyman Briggs College, we have a tradition of upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. The Office of the Registrar's Academic Programs Catalog is the primary source for University regulations, policies, and procedures.

S/NS Grade Reporting: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

MSU fully recognizes that the pandemic has created obstacles unlike any our community has ever faced, for that reason, we are offering the Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/NS) binary grade reporting option to students again the Fall 2020 semester and the Spring 2021 semester.

Faculty will assign numerical grades and students will have the option to maintain their grades or to record a S/NS for their coursework. The threshold between S and NS will be 1.0. Faculty will submit their grades as usual to the Registrar’s Office at the end of the semester, and undergraduates will have two weeks to view their grades and decide on a class-by-class basis if they would prefer to have their grades recorded on their transcripts with the numerical 1.0-4.0 grade or with S/NS. 0.0 grades will be automatically replaced with NS, and all original grades will be retained by the Registrar’s Office in case students need them reported sometime in the future.

Spring 2021 Semester Timeframe to elect S/NS: May 5 through May 18, 2021.

FAQ regarding S/NS

The Briggs Honor Code

"As a member of the Lyman Briggs College community, I vow to hold myself and my peers to the highest measures of honesty and integrity. I will neither give nor receive any unauthorized assistance in completing my work (through any resource — electronic or printed), which includes, but is not limited to: papers, essays, laboratory reports, group–work, and exams. I understand that this benchmark is set forth to uphold the intrinsic values of academic honesty and integrity."

Academic Honesty

Recent times have ushered in greater demands on students, new avenues for cheating (Internet, text messaging, etc.), and an increased desire by honest students to get appropriate credit for their work. Lyman Briggs College and the Student Advisory Council have worked together to make academic honesty a source of pride. Please take a look at the policy documents for Academic Honesty, Academic Hearings, and Academic Integrity for more information about academic honesty at Briggs.

Academic Grievance Policy

Lyman Briggs College takes student academic complaints and grievances seriously and has a number of processes in place to ensure that complaints are addressed appropriately and in a timely manner. This policy is meant for academic grievances only. Grievances based on sexual harassment, gender, race, disability, age, or other protected categories are best directed to the Office of Institutional Equity or the Office of the University Ombudsperson.

Full LBC Academic Grievance Policy and Form

TurnItIn.com

Lyman Briggs College uses TurnItIn.com to promote academic honesty and help fight plagiarism. This site uses an immense database to compare student work to existing papers, articles, and reports to identify areas where students need to use citations, quotations, or modify their text. In this way, students and faculty alike can be more confident they are submitting honest work.