Dec 08, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

General Information and Policies



The particular nature and goals of Lenoir-Rhyne University presuppose that everything done has some religious dimension. Standards of moral and ethical value form the University’s value-based education. The University holds as sources for value the Scriptures and the traditions of the Christian Church, as well as the insights of the arts and culture. It affirms and cherishes its relationship to the Lutheran Church, yet takes a broad and sympathetic approach to religious diversity. Religious activities designed to engage Christian principles and culture include regular worship services, student group programs, forums, convocations, and regular interaction with the larger religious communities in which the University resides.

Lenoir-Rhyne Campus Computing Policies

Purpose

Lenoir-Rhyne University strives to maintain access for its students, faculty, and staff to local, national, and international sources of information and to provide an atmosphere that encourages the sharing of knowledge, the creative process and collaborative efforts within the University’s educational, research and public service programs.

Policy

Access to electronic information systems at Lenoir-Rhyne University is a privilege, not a right, and must be treated as such by all users of these systems. With this privilege come the following responsibilities:

  • All users must act honestly and responsibly.
  • Every user is responsible for the integrity of these information resources.
  • Users are responsible for protecting their accounts from access by others and shall keep private their passwords and ID’s.
  • All users must respect the rights of other computer users.
  • All users must respect the integrity of the physical facilities and controls.
  • All users must respect the pertinent license and contractual agreements related to University information systems.
  • Users who incur access or user charges for services provided by off-campus services (such as commercial databases, processing time, etc.) are responsible for full payment of such charges.
  • All users must act in accordance with relevant local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
  • All users must abide by all federal copyright laws and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a provider of a means to access the vast and growing amount of information available through electronic information resources. Lenoir-Rhyne University is not a regulator of the content of that information and takes no responsibility for the content of information, except for that information the University itself, and those authorized to act on its behalf, create. Any person accessing information through Lenoir-Rhyne University information systems must determine for him/herself whether any source is appropriate for viewing and use.

Scope of Policy

Any person accepting an account and/or using Lenoir-Rhyne University’s information systems shall constitute an agreement on behalf of the user to abide and be bound by the provisions of this policy. This includes any person using a privately owned machine on the University’s network. This policy shall not impinge upon academic freedom with regards to research.

Definitions

  • “University” shall mean Lenoir-Rhyne University.
  • “Electronic communications” shall mean and include the use of information systems in the communicating or posting of information or material by way of electronic mail, bulletin boards, World Wide Web (Internet), or other such electronic tools.
  • “Information Systems” shall mean and include computers, networks, servers and other similar devices that are administered by the University and for which the University is responsible.
  • “Networks” shall mean and include video, voice and data networks, routers and storage devices.
  • “Obscene” with respect to obscene material shall mean (1) an average person applying contemporary community standards would find that the material taken as a whole predominantly appeals to the prurient interest, (2) the material taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
  • “Phishing” is attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Restriction of Use

The University may restrict or prohibit the use of its information systems in response to complaints presenting evidence of violations of University policies and/or local, state or federal laws. Such complaints shall be addressed through established investigative and disciplinary procedures. Should it be determined that a violation has occurred, the University may restrict or prohibit access to its information systems, as well as any other disciplinary sanction deemed appropriate.

Permitted Use by Employees

University information systems are to be used predominantly for University-related business. Limited personal use by employees is permitted as long as:

  • It conforms to this policy.
  • It does not interfere with University operations or performance of one’s duties as an employee.
  • It does not result in additional costs to the University.
  • It does not require an inordinate amount of information systems resources.

Obscene Material

University information systems may not be used to access, download, print, store, forward, transmit or distribute obscene material.

Unauthorized Access

Unauthorized access to information systems is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Use of another’s password or ID.
  • Trying to guess another’s password or ID.
  • Any attempt to circumvent system security.
  • When any user terminates his/her relationship with the University, his/her password and ID shall be denied further access to University computing resources.

Misuse of Information Systems

Misuse of University information systems are prohibited and shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Attempting to modify or remove computer equipment, software, or peripherals without proper authorization.
  • Accessing without proper authorization computers, software, information or networks to which the University belongs, regardless of whether the resource accessed is owned by the University or the abuse takes place from a non-University site.
  • Taking actions, without authorization, which interfere with the access of others to information systems.
  • Circumventing, or attempting to circumvent, logon or other security measures.
  • Using information systems for any illegal or unauthorized purpose.
  • Personal use of information systems or electronic communications for non-University consulting, business or employment. Any exception must be approved by the appropriate division/department head and notification sent to the Chief Information Officer.
  • Sending any fraudulent, harassing, threatening, or obscene electronic communication.
  • Violating any software license or copyright, including copying or redistributing copyrighted software, without the written authorization of the copyright owner.
  • Using electronic communications to violate the property rights of authors and copyright owners. Users should be especially aware of potential copyright infringement through the use of email.
  • Using electronic communications to disclose proprietary information without the explicit permission of the owner.
  • Using electronic communications to send chain letters or to initiate or perpetuate Phishing.
  • Reading or accessing other users’ information or files without permission.
  • Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to plagiarism (see Student Handbook).
  • Forging, fraudulently altering or falsifying, or otherwise misusing University or non-University records (including computerized records, permits, identification cards, or other documents or property).
  • Using electronic communications to hoard, damage, or otherwise interfere with academic resources available electronically.
  • Launching a computer worm, computer virus, or other rogue program.
  • Downloading or posting illegal, obscene, proprietary or damaging material to a University computer or network.
  • Transporting illegal, obscene, proprietary or damaging material across a University network.
  • Use of any University information system to access, download, print, store, forward, transmit, or distribute obscene material.
  • Violating any local, state or federal law or regulation in connection with use of any information system.
  • Installing software not approved for use by the University on any University computer, network, or server.

Use of Private Machines

Use of privately owned equipment is the responsibility of the owner of the equipment. The University will provide support for such equipment based on the standard support policies. Use of the University network is subject to all of the University policies herein. The University is not responsible for any access to or damage of privately owned equipment, its software, or its files connected to the University’s network. The owner is also responsible for any damage or compromise to the University’s systems and/or equipment.

Support Policies

There are multitudes of hardware and software choices on the market, and people naturally prefer to use those that suit their individual preferences. Many computer users rely on the Office of Information Technology (OIT) staff for support and it is impossible for the available staff to become experts on all hardware and software products. Therefore, hardware and software campus standards are necessary to make support activities as efficient as possible. Standards allow staff expertise and effort to concentrate on a limited set of essential applications and hardware systems that are widely used on campus. Concentration on standards allows support staff to build expertise in a manageable number of areas. It also focuses support services such as the Help Desk to benefit the greatest number of clients.

Standards also help clients make decisions about hardware and software that are consistent with OIT staff expertise and support programs. Standards, however, are not available for all possible applications that individuals or departments may need to use. In addition, some clients have needs for which the standard hardware or software is not ideal. In cases where non-standard hardware or software for desktop applications are selected, OIT must limit the resources available to solve problems in order to meet our obligations for support of standards. Therefore, clients using non-standard products must assume a greater burden for self-reliance and independence. The following policy explains the support that OIT will provide for various combinations of hardware and software.

Whenever standards have been set for hardware or software products, University policy requires purchase of the standard hardware and software be directed to the Chief Information Officer.

Definitions:

  • Campus Standard Hardware - Brands and models of hardware that have been tested and found to be reliable and compatible with existing standards. All other hardware is non-standard. Examples of hardware include CPUs, external drives, input devices, network cards, modems, printers, etc. Please see the University OIT website for the list of current hardware standards for more information. Network connectivity is assured for systems where both hardware and software meet University standards.
  • Campus Standard Software - The University direction for particular types of software in wide campus use that have been tested and found to be reliable and compatible with existing standards. Examples of software include operating systems, networking software, word processors.

The University may announce the direction the campus will take for a particular application prior to the application becoming a standard. Support for the software will begin when the software is designated as a Campus Standard.

OIT provides all standard computer hardware and software. Additional hardware and software for the standard office computer may be purchased by the department with approval from the Chief Information Officer. Any non-standard computer hardware or software purchased with university funds must abide by this policy and will be classified as a Support Level 3. (See below).

Support Levels:

  • Level 1 - Full Support (Provided for all University owned equipment using Campus Standard hardware and software)
    • OIT provides support (including Help Desk, troubleshooting, and when appropriate, training and documentation) for standard software and guarantees to the extent possible that the various standards will operate correctly together. OIT will make every effort to get standard hardware or software working and bring in expertise as needed until the problem is solved or is found to be unsolvable. In such a case, OIT will work to provide an alternate solution. However, if a software or hardware problem appears to be related to a conflict with non-standard or unapproved component(s), support will drop to Level 3 (see below). Please see the list of Campus Standard hardware and software that receives Level 1 support.
    • Some combinations of standard hardware and software will not be supported because these combinations do not operate well together.
  • Level 2 - Partial Support for University Owned Equipment
    • OIT support for Approved Software may include making it work with standard hardware and software and/or making it available in our facilities. For example, academic departments may wish to have software available in Lab facilities for their students. In such cases, the professors are responsible for supporting the actual use of the program (“how do I use the quiz feature of the program?”), in conjunction with the manufacturer. OIT support is limited to attempting to make the program run and print on the network.
    • OIT will devote up to one hour attempting to connect non-standard hardware to the network. If the problem cannot be resolved during that time, OIT will not research or refer the problem. If campus standard network software and configuration settings or variations compatible with the network do not work, the hardware will not be connected to the network
  • Level 3 - No Support (applies to software and hardware that is not standard or has not been approved for use on the campus network or is not University owned)
    • When time permits, a best-guess effort will be made to troubleshoot and correct problems that involve non-standard hardware or non-standard software. “Best guess” means that the OIT Help Desk will suggest solutions or steps toward resolution of problems based on their expertise and experience. In such a case, there will be no research on the problem, office visits or referral of the problem beyond the Help Desk for work by other OIT staff. Clients who purchase nonstandard hardware and unsupported software assume an obligation for self-support. They should learn what support and assistance the vendor or manufacturer provides before making a decision to purchase.

Use of Computer Labs/Facilities

Users of computer labs are obligated to all policies herein and to any supplemental policies posted in that lab. Further regulations include but are not limited to:

  • Food, drink, or tobacco use is not permitted in computer labs.
  • Priority of use and hours of use is as posted in the specific lab.
  • Users must exercise proper care of the equipment in the lab.
  • Users shall not attempt to remove, repair, reconfigure, move, modify or attach any external device to the computer(s) or system other than usb drives.
  • Users shall not attempt to add, delete, or modify data, files, or programs.
  • Users shall not attempt to circumvent security measures of the University or other users.
  • Primary use of all labs is for academic and educational purposes. Users must be respectful of this in behavior.
  • Users shall report any malfunction, or concern to the Help Desk as posted in the lab.
  • Users shall report any violation of policy to the Chief Information Officer.

Privacy

When University information systems are functioning properly, a user can expect the files and data he/she generates to be private information, unless the creator of the file or data takes action to reveal it to others. However, users should be aware that no information system is 100% secure. Persons within and outside of the University may find ways to access files. ACCORDINGLY, THE UNIVERSITY CANNOT AND DOES NOT GUARANTEE USER PRIVACY, and users should be continuously aware of this fact.

Users should be aware that on occasion duly authorized Information Technology personnel have authority to access individual user files or data in the process of performing repair or maintenance of computing equipment and systems. This may include the testing of systems in order to ensure adequate storage capacity and performance for University needs. Information Technology personnel performing repair or maintenance of computing equipment are prohibited by law from exceeding their authority of access for repair and maintenance purposes or from making any use of individual user files or data for any purpose other than repair or maintenance services performed by them.

Email

All policies stated herein are applicable to email. Users should never assume that no one other than the addressee would read the message(s). Users should also be cautious about attachments and broad publication of messages. Copyright laws and license agreements also apply to email.

Web Pages

All University web pages shall be designed in accordance with established regulations and guidelines as maintained by the Marketing Department. Creators of all web pages using University information systems shall comply with University policies and are responsible for complying with all local, state and federal laws and regulations, including but not limited to, copyright, obscenity, libel, slander and defamation laws.

Creators of a web page are responsible for the content of the page, including but not limited to accuracy of the information. Content should be reviewed on a timely basis to assure continued accuracy. Web pages should include a contact (phone number, address, or email) of the person to whom questions/comments may be addressed, as well as the most recent revision date. For further details, please contact the Marketing Department.

Institutional Data

Institutional data is information that supports the mission of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Institutional data is considered a vital asset and is owned by the University. Due to the essential nature of institutional data, its quality and security must be ensured to comply with legal, regulatory, and administrative requirements. Authorization to access institutional data varies according to its sensitivity. This policy sets forth the university’s standards with regard to the handling and storing institutional data.

Definitions:

  • Archival/Storage: The act of physically or electronically moving inactive or other records to a storage location until the record retention requirements are met or until the records are needed again.
  • Institutional Data: Information that supports the mission of Lenoir Rhyne University.
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or Sensitive Data: Data requiring the highest level of protection including, but not limited to, data protected by law, data protected by legal contracts, or security related data. It also includes data that is not open to public examination because it contains information which, if disclosed, could cause severe reputation, monetary or legal damage to individuals or the college or compromise public activities. Examples include: passwords, intellectual property, ongoing legal investigations, medical or grades information protected by FERPA or HIPAA, social security numbers, people code ID’s, birth dates, professional research, graduate student work, bank or credit card account numbers, income and credit history.
  • Restricted Data: Data whose access is restricted by federal or state statute (i.e. HIPPA, FERPA). For purposes of this policy, restricted data is a subset of PII data.

Archival/Storage Procedures

  • Enterprise Resource Programs (ERP): The system(s) that maintain enterprise-wide institutional data that is considered PII and requires the greatest security. At all times, personnel should use internal identifiers in lieu of social security numbers. These systems include but are not limited to: PowerCAMPUS, PowerFAIDS, and Dynamics. The ERP is backed up nightly to a back-up server that is also backed up nightly. The data is being backed up but not the entire database structure. OIT will be able to restore the data after the replacement and build of a new database server.
  • Electronic Mail (E-Mail): The E-mail system is a delivery system for electronic communication and is treated as Institutional Information. E-Mail is backed up nightly and moved to a Storage Area Network that is backed up weekly to a server in a secondary data center. The mailbox stores are being backed up but not the entire Exchange environment. OIT will be able to restore the data after the replacement and building of a new Exchange server.
  • File Servers: The servers used to store all non-ERP related information that is vital to the mission of the University. The File Server is backed up nightly to a server in a secondary data center.

Access Controls

  • Only authorized users may access, or attempt to access, sensitive information.
  • Authorization for access to sensitive data comes from the appropriate Vice President or department head, and is made in conjunction with an authorization form which is found on the login screen to PowerCAMPUS.
  • Where access to sensitive data has been authorized, use of such data shall be limited to the purpose required to perform university business.
  • Users will respect the confidentiality and privacy of individuals whose records they access, observe ethical restrictions that apply to the information they access, and abide by applicable laws and policies with respect to accessing, using, or disclosing information.
  • Notification of a user’s termination or removal of authorized access to electronic sensitive information must be conveyed immediately to the Office of Information Technology (OIT). The Office of Public Safety must be notified to remove physical access to offices containing sensitive information.

Data Transfer of Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

  • PII should not be transmitted through electronic messaging even to other authorized users unless security methods, such as encryption, are employed.
  • PII must not be transferred by any method to persons who are not authorized to access that information. Users must ensure that adequate security measures are in place at each destination when sensitive data is transferred from one location to another.
  • PII must not be taken off campus unless the user is authorized to do so, and only if encryption or other approved security precautions have been applied to protect that information.
  • Physical protection from theft, loss, or damage must be utilized for mobile devices that can be easily moved such as a PDA, flash drive, thumb drive or laptop.

Data Storage of PII

  • Physical protection must be employed for all devices storing PII. This shall include physical controls that limit physical access and viewing, if open to public view. When not directly in use, office, lab, and suite doors must be locked and any easily transportable devices should be secured in locked cabinets or drawers.
  • Users of laptop and other mobile computing devices need to be particularly vigilant and take appropriate steps to ensure the physical security of mobile devices at all times, but particularly when traveling or working away from the University.
  • It is strongly recommended that institutional data not be stored on PCs or other systems in offices or laboratories. Institutional data (including word documents, spreadsheets and Access databases) that is created on a PC or similar system should be stored on a networked server managed by OIT.
  • Individual desktop machines are not being backed up by OIT.

Data Retention and Disposal

This will be the responsibility of each Vice President, Department Head or designee to determine for each department, school or college at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Modification and Notification

This policy may be modified at any time in accordance with existing University practice and policy. Notification of this policy and any modification shall be through established University channels of policy information. Logging on to the University’s network constitutes acceptance of the policies, procedures, and sanctions herein.

Application and Enforcement

This policy applies to all administrative and educational areas of the University. This policy applies to all employees and students of the University. This policy applies to anyone including guests of the university who access the University’s network (both wired and wireless) as well as any university owned computer.

Judicial Process for Cases of Alleged Misuse of Computing Resources

If there is a preponderance of evidence that intentional or malicious misuse of computing resources has occurred, and if that evidence points to the computing activities or the computer files of an individual, OIT has the obligation to pursue any or all of the following steps to protect the user community:

  • Take action to protect the systems and data from damage.
  • Refer the matter for processing through the appropriate University judicial system.
  • Suspend or restrict the alleged abuser’s computing privileges during the investigation and judicial processing. A user may appeal.
  • Inspect the alleged abuser’s files.
  • Disciplinary sanctions may include suspension, expulsion, or termination.

Academic Honesty

Faculty and students are reminded that computer-assisted plagiarism is still plagiarism. Unless specifically authorized by a class instructor, all the following uses of a computer are violations of the University’s guidelines for integrity code and are punishable as acts of plagiarism:

  • Copying a computer file that contains another student’s assignment and submitting it as your own.
  • Copying a computer file that contains another student’s assignment and using it as a model for your own assignment.
  • Working together on an assignment, sharing the computer files or programs involved, and then submitting individual copies of the assignment as your own individual work.
  • Knowingly allowing another student to copy or use of one of your computer files and to submit the file, or a modification thereof, as his or her individual work.

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act

In 1987, Lenoir-Rhyne University entered into affiliation with the network of colleges and universities committed to the elimination of drug and alcohol abuse. In doing so, the University committed itself to a policy which is consistent with federal, state, and local laws regarding the use of alcohol and illicit or controlled substances. Furthermore, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1988 and Amendments of 1989 require that institutions of higher education adhere to ”standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities.” (Federal Register, Vol. 5, N. 59, Page 17385).

The following North Carolina Statutes inform the College’s position on drug and alcohol use:

Alcohol: (N STATUTE 18B-302)

  • It shall be unlawful for a person less than 21-years-old to purchase, attempt to purchase, or possess malt beverages, wine, liquor or mixed beverages.
  • It shall be unlawful to sell or give malt beverages, wine, liquor, or mixed beverages to anyone less than 21-years-old.
  • It shall be unlawful for anyone to obtain or attempt to obtain alcoholic beverages by using a fraudulent or altered driver’s license or other ID; also by using driver’s license or other ID issued to another person.

Controlled Substances: (N STATUTE 90-95)

  • It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell or deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture to sell or deliver, or possess a controlled substance or counterfeit controlled substance.
  • It is unlawful for any person to knowingly use, possess, manufacture, or deliver drug paraphernalia (N Statute 90-113.22, 90-113.23) as defined in N Statute 90-113.21

Penalties

Lenoir-Rhyne University takes very seriously the possession, use, or sale of any controlled substance as well as violations of the laws regarding alcoholic beverages. The campus is not a sanctuary that relieves students or its employees of their responsibilities as citizens to abide by local, state and federal laws, nor college regulations, policies, and procedures.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law which helps protect the privacy of student education records. The act provides eligible students the right to inspect and review their education records. An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or one who attends a postsecondary institution. The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records.

The rights protected under FERPA include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day Lenoir-Rhyne University receives a written request for access.
  2. The right to request an amendment to the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information (PII) contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the US 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
US Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901

Definitions as Related to FERPA Policy and Practice

Student: Any person currently or formerly enrolled at Lenoir-Rhyne University (or Lenoir-Rhyne College) regardless of their age or status with regard to parental dependency. Note that records of students who have made application but have not been admitted to Lenoir-Rhyne are not subject to FERPA guidelines, nor are the records of deceased students.

Educational Record: Any record maintained by the University directly related to a student and/or which contains information personally identifiable to a student. Educational records do not include:

  • Sole possession records or private notes held by school officials that are not accessible or released to other personnel.
  • Campus Security records that are solely for campus safety/security enforcement purposes and maintained solely by the Campus Security department.
  • Records relating to individuals who are employed by the University (unless directly related to employment status.)
  • Records relating to treatment provided by a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or other recognized professional or para-professional and disclosed only to individuals providing treatment.
  • Records created or received by the University after the student has graduated or is no longer enrolled (i.e. alumni records.)

School Official: Any member of the Lenoir-Rhyne University faculty, staff or administration whose intention is to act in the student’s educational interest within the parameters of their position at the University. In addition to faculty, staff and administration, school officials may also include contractors, volunteers and others performing institutional functions. Students who are serving on an official University committee or otherwise employed by the University may also be considered school officials if performing in the interest of the requested capacity. Reasons of legitimate educational interest for a school official include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing a task that is specified in his or her position or contract.
  • Performing a task related to a student’s education or academic progress.
  • Performing a task related to the discipline of a student.
  • Providing a service or benefit relating to the student (or student’s family) such as health care, counseling, job placement or financial aid.
  • Maintaining the safety and security of the campus.

Directory Information: Lenoir-Rhyne University defines the following as Directory Information:

  • Name
  • Local and Home/Permanent Address, Telephone, and Lenoir-Rhyne Email address
  • Name and Address of the student’s parent(s)
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Major and Degree
  • Participation in officially recognized University activities and sports
  • Height and Weight of University Athletes
  • Enrollment status (i.e. dates of attendance, class level, full-time/part-time, etc.)
  • Degree completion (or non-completion)
  • Honors, Awards and Recognition

Notification of Policy

Lenoir-Rhyne University releases the FERPA policy annually in the University’s General Catalog. Any significant changes to the policy are disseminated to the campus community via email and on myLR, the University’s internal website.

Release of Information/Records

Lenoir-Rhyne University will disclose information from a student’s educational records with the written consent of the student. Written consent may be received by means of an online transcript request, signed FERPA Release or Transcript Request form, or signed letter of consent directly from the student. Written consent may be submitted in person, through the US Postal Service, scanned attachment (pdf or Microsoft Word) via email or by secured fax at 828.328.7378. An email from the student may not serve as written consent.

In some cases, Lenoir-Rhyne may release information from a student’s educational records without the direct consent from the student. Records may be released without consent when the disclosure is:

  • To appropriate school officials (defined above).
  • To authorized representatives of federal, state or local educational authorities.
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or the student has received.
  • To third-party vendors conducting research or other analysis for or on behalf of the University.
  • To accrediting organizations.
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena (Note that under these circumstances we will make every effort to notify the student prior to compliance.)
  • Related to a health or safety emergency.
  • Information defined as Directory Information
  • The disclosure concerns sex offenders and other individuals required to register under state or federal law.

Release of Directory Information

Unless a student requests in writing to the contrary, Lenoir-Rhyne University is permitted to release the following types of information without consent from the student:

  • Name
  • Local and Home/Permanent Address, Telephone, and Lenoir-Rhyne Email address
  • Name and Address of the student’s parent(s)
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Major and Degree
  • Participation in officially recognized University activities and sports
  • Height and Weight of University Athletes
  • Enrollment status (i.e. dates of attendance, class level, full-time/part-time, etc.)
  • Degree completion (or non-completion)
  • Honors, Awards and Recognition

Students wishing to restrict the release of directory information must submit a signed, written statement and submit to the Office of Academic Records. Please note that once received, all directory information will be withheld from a variety of third parties including parents/spouses, employers (current and prospective), honor societies and, of course, the media. Once the restriction is filed with the Office of Academic Records the restriction remains valid until the student, again in writing, rescinds the restriction.

Requests to restrict the release of directory information should be submitted to the Office of Academic Records located in Lohr Hall on the Hickory Campus, or by mail/fax/scanned document in email to:

Lenoir-Rhyne University
Office of Academic Records
PO Box 7227
Hickory, NC 28603
828.328.7368 (fax)
Registrar@lr.edu

Procedure to Inspect Educational Records

Students simply needing to obtain a copy of their official University transcript may do so online without the completion of a Student Disclosure Form. Current students may request a copy of their official transcript through their secure, online Self-Service account. Former students may make the request through the National Student Clearinghouse. For more information on requesting a transcript online please visit the Registrar’s website at: http://www.lr.edu/academics/office-of-registrar.

Students have the right to inspect/review their educational records within 45 days of the receipt of the request by Lenoir-Rhyne University. Students must complete and submit a signed Student Disclosure Form indicating the purpose for the release. The Student Disclosure Form is located on the Registrar’s website at: http://www.lr.edu/academics/office-of-registrar.

Students currently enrolled may select a “one-time release” to a specific party (or parties), or they may select “until I complete a new form.” If “until I complete a new form” is selected, the release becomes void once the student graduates or discontinues enrollment. If the student returns to Lenoir-Rhyne University at a later date, a new disclosure form must be submitted. Students who are no longer enrolled must select the “one time release” option and a new form must be submitted with each new request.

Requests to inspect/review educational records should be submitted to the Office of Academic Records located in Lohr Hall on the Hickory Campus, or by mail/fax/scanned document in email to:

Lenoir-Rhyne University
Office of Academic Records
PO Box 7227
Hickory, NC 28603
828.328.7368 (fax)
Registrar@lr.edu

Lenoir-Rhyne University reserves the right to deny copies of records, including transcripts, not required to be made available by FERPA if the student lives within commuting distance of the University, the student has an unpaid financial obligation to the University, or there is an unresolved disciplinary action against the student. Please note that if the student is requesting copies of educational records and is not within commuting distance, the student will be charged a $25 processing fee. There is no cost to any student to simply inspect/review their record.

 

Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment

Lenoir-Rhyne University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, political affiliation, age, marital status, sex/gender, physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or veteran status in any educational programs and activities, including admissions. Lenoir-Rhyne’s policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity extends to all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, reassignment, demotion, discipline, discharge, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits. Lenoir-Rhyne is committed to providing an environment that promotes non-discrimination, equal opportunity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors. 

Non-Discrimination Regarding Disability

For questions and complaints involving discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability you should contact:

Sherry Proctor

Director of Disability Services/Section 504 & Title III Coordinator

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Cornerstone House

625 7th Ave. NE

Hickory, NC 28601

(828) 328-7296

Sherry.Proctor@lr.edu

Title IX at Lenoir-Rhyne University

As a recipient of federal financial assistance for education activities, Lenoir-Rhyne is required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et. seq. and the rule promulgated on May 19, 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education entitled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance, 85 Fed. Reg. 30,026 (collectively, “Title IX”) to ensure that all of its education programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, including sex, sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. 

Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking are forms of sex discrimination, which are prohibited under Title IX and by Lenoir-Rhyne.  Lenoir-Rhyne also prohibits retaliation against any person participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internal or external to the University. 

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Sex/Gender Non-Discrimination and Anti-Retaliation Policy is available at https://www.lr.edu/sex-discrimination-policy, and includes how to report or file a formal complaint of sex discrimination, harassment, misconduct, and/or retaliation, how LRU will respond to reports and formal complaints, and LRU’s formal grievance process and procedures.

Any person may report sex discrimination, harassment, misconduct and/or retaliation at any time (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to have experienced the conduct), including during non-business hours, by contacting the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Coordinator in-person, by telephone, email or U.S. mail utilizing the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator below, or by utilizing the reporting function on the University’s Title IX webpage, by going to www.lr.edu/titleix and clicking on “Submit a Report or Complaint.”

Individuals with questions regarding Title IX, including its application, or who want to make a report of sex discrimination, harassment, misconduct and/or retaliation, should contact the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator below:

Title IX Coordinator

Dawn Floyd

Director of Compliance/Title IX Coordinator

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Cromer Center 206(A)

625 7th Ave. NE

Hickory, NC 28601

(828) 328-7040

Dawn.Floyd@lr.edu or TitleIXCoordinator@lr.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Robyn Marren Dr. Michael Dempsey
Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Columbia) Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Asheville)
Chief Operations Director Dean and Director
LRU Center for Graduate Studies Columbia/Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary LRU Center for Graduate Studies Asheville
Yost Administration Building 36 Montford Ave.
4201 N. Main. St. Asheville, NC 28801
Columbia, SC 29203 (828) 407-4269
(803) 461-3277 Michael.Dempsey@lr.edu
Robyn.Marren@lr.edu  

In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, individuals may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at U.S. Department of Education, Lyndon Baines Johnson Dept. of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-1100. Telephone/Fax: 800-421-3481; Fax: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339; Email: ocr@ed.gov.

Other Non-Discrimination Reporting Options

For questions and complaints involving all forms of discrimination you may also contact:

Rick Nichols Dr. Katie Fisher
Director of Human Resources Assistant Provost and Dean of Student Life
Lineberger #211 Cromer Center, Second Floor
(828) 328-7387 (828) 328-7246
Rick.Nichols@lr.edu Katie.Fisher@lr.edu

You may also direct any discrimination questions and complaints to: 

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

(800) 421-3481

ocr@ed.gov

 

Statement on Online Learning

Lenoir-Rhyne University offers several fully online or “distance” options among its many academic programs. Generally, these fully online programs serve the needs of Adult and/or Graduate students to enhance accessibility to educational opportunities for individuals with full professional and/or personal lives, or for students who are seeking an LR program but who are unable to relocate to one of our campuses.

Whether one is in a fully online program, is taking blended or “hybrid” courses that mix face-to-face sessions with virtual learning, or is simply in classes using web-enhanced pedagogies in traditional “on-ground” courses, LR furnishes an educational experience that ensures consistent, challenging, and engaging classes. Participating in LR’s online learning communities, for example, does not mean students sacrifice engagement with their faculty or fellow students, nor do they surrender a challenging and rewarding learning experience. In both our virtual and traditional classes, our faculty are available to support and to mentor students, and students have incredible opportunities to interact and learn with cohorts from around the country or the world with the same quality that has always been a part of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s educational mission.

LR supports online learning through the use of its learning management system, Canvas, and through the use of its online meeting and video conferencing, WebEx. Online students have access 24/7/365 to technical assistance, and additional academic learning supports are furnished through our Learning Commons. Distance students can connect virtually with a professional librarian through chat or WebEx, and can access the University Library’s substantial electronic resources (including ebooks, journal articles, music, films, research guides, and video tutorials). Additionally, the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the Office of Instructional Technology, support faculty teaching in the online environment.

At Lenoir-Rhyne University, we strive to ensure that regardless of the manner in which courses are delivered- face-to-face or across the web-students can expect the same quality and the same engaging learning environments that have always been a defining feature of the “LR experience.”