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Student Handbook

"This handbook will help you plan, locate college resources, find your way around our campuses, and become involved in the LMC community. You’ll also learn what we expect of you as a member of the student body, what you can expect of us, and how to have a safe and secure experience while you’re here."

Barbara Craig
Vice President, Student Engagement and Support

 

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Lake Michigan College has two semesters and an optional summer term. Fall and Spring semesters and Summer term are each fourteen (14) weeks. Each may offer a variety of class session lengths: fourteen (14) weeks, seven (7) weeks, and five (5) weeks; the summer term also offers ten (10)-week class sessions. Any course which is less than fourteen (14) weeks in length, except clinical-based courses, is taught in an accelerated format.

The calendar is subject to change. Dates and events are added or updated as information becomes available.

Addresses of campuses and maps can be found at lakemichigancollege.edu/campus.

Addresses and maps of campuses and buildings can be found at lakemichigancollege.edu/campus.

Phone: (269) 927-8626 
Location: Room A209, Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center, Benton Harbor Campus 

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Career and academic advising, scheduling, transfer advising, personal advising as it relates to educational goals and objectives 

For an appointment or for general advising questions call: 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8128 
C 207 and C 209

Niles-Bertrand Crossing Campus (269) 695-1391 
Location: Student Services 

South Haven Campus    (269) 637-7500 
Location: Student Services 

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Prior to registering as a new student, if you are taking six or more credit hours or plan on obtaining an associate degree or certificate, you are strongly encouraged to see an academic advisor or faculty advisor for assistance in planning your schedule for your first semester. As a current Lake Michigan College student, you are encouraged to meet with a Student Services academic advisor or faculty advisor prior to each semester and anytime you have questions. Professional advisors are available to assist students with questions regarding academic and career transfer planning as it relates to educational goals and objectives. Some specific areas where assistance is provided are:

• Assistance with academic opportunities and choices

• Academic program planning, including questions regarding required course pre- and co-requisites

• Developing individualized Student Education Plans (SEP)

• Transfer to senior institutions

• Student resources, i.e. disability services, single parent/displaced homemakers, grants, and services

Full- or part-time students are encouraged to see the faculty advisor for their particular area of study during their first semester of classes to review their academic goals. Faculty advisors are available each semester to answer questions and assist students with their academic goals. Please contact faculty advisors directly for an appointment. Contact information for faculty advisors is available at the top of each program page in the college catalog. View the catalog at lakemichigancollege.edu/catalog

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Placement Testing  

Includes Reading, Writing, Math, and English assessments. Must bring photo ID. 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-6173 

Bertrand Crossing  (269) 695-1391 
Location: Student Services 

South Haven Campus (269) 637-7500 
Location: Student Services 

Out-of-Class Testing (Photo ID required) – course-based, and health science proficiency testing 

Benton Harbor Campus    (269) 927-6173 
Location: Room B200/202  

Niles Campus 
Location: Room 108    (269) 695-1391 

South Haven Campus 
Location: Room 123    123(269) 637-7500 

CLEP, Pearson VUE, GED and WorkKeys Testing     

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-6173 
Location: B200/202 

An ATM operated by Chemical Bank is located on the first floor of the main academic building on the Benton Harbor Campus. 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8165 

All students are welcome to use the College’s athletic facilities on the Benton Harbor Campus during posted or open hours. Facilities include the gymnasium, located on the first floor in the main academic building. Hours of operation will be posted and include times when classes or athletic teams are not using the facilities. A running track and a soccer field located west of the west parking area are also available for students to use except during scheduled events. Shower rooms are available in the gym. 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8190 

Beckwith Hall is the student residence hall located on the Benton Harbor Campus. Beckwith Hall features 188 beds, including 41 quad suites and 12 double suites. Amenities include common areas, a fitness room, in-suite washer and dryer, full kitchens, Wi- Fi, and 42” flat panel televisions. Security is provided through 24/7 access control with patrols by campus and community security personnel. Each resident will be provided with a housing handbook detailing policies related to on-campus living. Students who are interested in living in Beckwith Hall are welcome to apply at lakemichigancollege.edu/live

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Niles Campus  

Ph. (269) 695-2806 • (800) 252-1562 ext. 2806 • Fax (269) 695-5974  

The LMC Bookstore at Bertrand Crossing carries textbooks for all courses scheduled at the Niles Campus each semester. In addition to class materials, the bookstore carries school supplies, reference books, general reading books, convenience items, backpacks, and a variety of LMC clothing and merchandise. Barnes and Noble gift cards are available for purchase and are redeemable at this location.  

Benton Harbor Campus  

Ph. (269) 927-6713 • (800) 252- 1562 ext. 6713 or ext. 5165   

The LMC Bookstore at Benton Harbor Campus carries textbooks for all courses scheduled through LMC for all campuses and internet courses. In addition to class materials, the bookstore carries school supplies, reference books, general reading books, current bestsellers, convenience items, backpacks and a variety of LMC clothing and merchandise. Barnes and Noble gift cards are available for purchase and are redeemable at this location. The LMC Bookstore is located on the first floor of the academic building on the Benton Harbor Campus, between B and C Wings in room S121.  

South Haven Campus 

Ph. (269) 637-7500 ext. 7116 • (800) 252-1562 ext. 7116 • Fax (269) 639-2319  

The LMC Bookstore at South Haven carries textbooks for all courses scheduled at the South Haven Campus each semester. In addition to class materials, the bookstore carries school supplies, reference books, general reading books, current bestsellers, convenience items, backpacks, and a variety of LMC clothing and merchandise. Barnes and Noble gift cards are available for purchase and redeemable at this location.  

To Purchase Books  

Already Registered? You can order your books through Wavelink. See View/Order Books for My Courses. You can order with credit and debit cards, financial aid (when available), Barnes and Noble gift cards, and Paypal. If you have not yet registered for classes, you can order books at lake-michigan.bncollege.com. 

Textbook Rentals 

The bookstore rents most books, excluding custom, digital, workbooks/course-packs, and access codes. Rentals may be used through the end of semester, but must be returned by the due date in re-sellable USED condition (highlighting and nominal note-taking is permitted.)  

Bookstore Hours 

Benton Harbor Campus  
Fall and Spring Semester Hours: 
Monday -Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday: Closed 

Summer Term Hours: 
Monday -Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Friday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
Saturday & Sunday: Closed 

South Haven and Bertrand Crossing 
Hours vary by semester, according to the schedule. Please call to confirm hours. 

Pricematch Promise   

Your LMC Bookstore will price match online retailers.  Price matches are available for books available to be ordered or rented from Amazon.com or BN.com (excluding marketplace or third-party vendors), based on real-time posted price.  See store for more details. 

Bookstore Return and Refund Policy  

A full refund will be given in your original form of payment if textbooks are returned through the first week of class with a receipt. After the first week, you may receive a full refund with a drop slip and your receipt up to the last day to drop classes for full refund. Receipts are your responsibility; we do not keep copies and there are no refunds without a receipt. Also, textbooks must be in the original condition with all included materials. All merchandise, other than textbooks, may be refunded for up to 30 days from date of purchase, with original receipt as long as that item is in its original condition. Refunds will be given in the original form of payment. Exceptions: All software, CDs, supplies, and course packs may only be returned if those items are unopened and meet the requirements mentioned above. No refunds will be given on gift cards, prepaid cards, phone cards, magazines, opened merchandise and/or used merchandise.  

Buyback 

For all textbook buybacks, students are required to produce an LMC ID and the book’s receipt. The best time to sell back your textbooks is the week of exams. 

The College has the right to authorize the posting or distribution of on-campus signs, pictures, posters, printed materials, literature, or other displays by individuals or groups. This authorization, whether provided or withheld, is intended to enhance the educational climate and opportunities available to students, faculty, and staff to keep display areas neat and orderly. 

All posted materials should: 

  • be clear and accurate. 

  • not explicitly or implicitly impugn a population or group, or support an activity that would do the same. 

  • in general intent, support the College’s mission of meeting the educational, vocational, cultural, wellness, and recreational needs of the community. 

Niles Campus 

Check in the office, room 101, prior to posting any material. 

Benton Harbor Campus 

Students wishing to display items on bulletin boards should contact the Student Life Office, room A-200a, or call (269) 927-8150. 

South Haven Campus 

Check at the front desk prior to posting any materials. 

Tuition payments, billings, Flex Payment Plan, Dial-A-Ride ticket purchase 

Benton Harbor Campus    (269) 927-8610    (800) 252-1562, ext. 8610 
Location: A207, Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center 

Niles Campus    (269) 695-1391 
Location: Student Services 

South Haven Campus    (269) 637-7500 
Location: Student Services area 

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Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8100, ext. 5277 

Mosaic on Campus is located on the first floor of the academic building, between B and C Wings. The café serves both ready-made and made-to-order items such as soups, sandwiches, grill selections, salads, snack items, and beverages, featuring espresso drinks. Items are available for both carry-out and dining in. 

Kidzone Preschool & Childcare Center, L.L.C. is available to college students, employees, and community members with child care, preschool and school-age needs. For discounts, tuition rates, and availability, call either location or visit online at www.kidzoneonline.com

Benton Harbor Campus    (269) 927-6293 
Location: B107 

South Haven Campus    (269) 637-7501 

Niles Campus 

The Student Open Computer Lab is located in room BC 102. Hours will be established and posted at the beginning of each semester. 

Benton Harbor Campus 

Eighty-one computers are available in The William Hessel Library for open student access during posted library hours. 

South Haven Campus 

Student Open Computer labs are located in room SH 143. Hours will be established and posted at the beginning of each semester.  

Computer Lab Procedures 

  •  Labs may be used only by currently enrolled students of Lake Michigan College, staff, and faculty of Lake Michigan College.  

  •  Academic work by current LMC students takes precedence over all other uses of the lab.  

  •  Copying or removing software from the labs is considered theft and is a violation of U.S. copyright laws.  

  •  No personal software is allowed on lab computers.  

  •  Cell phones should be turned off, muted, or set to vibrate so they do not compromise the noise level and other lab users.  

  •  A user engaged in non-academic activity may be asked to give up her/ his computer to allow another user to carry out legitimate academic work.  

  •  Lab users may not attach personal hardware (with the exception of personal flash drives for storage of information). Network and computer cables cannot be disconnected from computers, or may not be attached to personal computers or other devices.  

  •  Please save your personal information to a flash drive or a cloud-based storage service. Information saved to any lab PC is subject to being purged.  

  •  Viewing of pornography or other sexually explicit materials in the lab is not appropriate. If you are engaged in such activity, you may be asked to stop the activity immediately and/or leave the computer lab. If you have a legitimate academic need for viewing such materials (as verified by your instructor), please call the Lake Michigan College IT Help Desk (ext. 8189).  

  •  Lab users must adhere to Lake Michigan College’s Terms of Use policy posted on the LMC website. 

Student Metered Printing Services - PaperCut 

LMC consumes nearly eight million pages a year from print and copier services. To better manage resources, the college has implemented PaperCut, a printer and copier management solution. PaperCut is a software application that manages students’ printing and will help us reduce paper and toner consumption.  

As a student you will receive a free $20 print (approximately 400 pages) and copier credit allocation per semester to cover your academic printing and copying needs. You may purchase additional print credits at any campus in $2 and $5 increments. You also have the option to print from your personal computing devices (iPad®, notebook) to open lab printers using PaperCut. You can also use PaperCut for making copies in the library.  

Printing FAQs 

How does metered printing work? 

  •  At the start of each semester/term, all students enrolled in at least one class will receive a free $20 credit allocation in their PaperCut account. A print credit balance will not carry forward between semesters. 

  •  The student’s PaperCut account resides on an LMC server and is accessed while printing to a PaperCut managed printer.  

  •  To print from within an open lab, a PaperCut window will appear after selecting the print option from within any Windows application. 

  •  PaperCut shows each student how much they have printed and copied. Print and copy activity is applied against each student’s allotment. 

  • Students will be charged five cents per page for single-sided prints, and seven cents for two-sided prints. Please note that printing fees are subject to change. Please see the www.papercut.lakemichigancollege.edu web page for the latest print/copier fee matrix. 

What happens when I use up my print/copy credit? 

  •  Additional print credits can be purchased in $2 and $5 increments at the following locations: Business office on the Benton Harbor Campus, and at the front desk at South Haven, and Niles Campuses. Students with financial need can contact Student Services for assistance with purchasing additional print credits.  

  •  Purchased print cards have no cash value and cannot be refunded.  

How will I know I am getting low on my print/copy allotment? 

  • PaperCut will display a small box (or widget) when you send a job to the printer. 

Who can use PaperCut? 

  •  Student must have a registered LMC email address (WaveLink Account).  Campus guests and students not currently enrolled in a class can purchase a print card. 

What are the benefits? 

  •  Students will also have access to print options that include two-sided printing and other options based on the printing device. 

  •  Student documents are secure; print jobs must be manually released at the print station by the student. 

Copy Machines 

Niles Campus 
Copies are available through the printing station located outside of room 105. Students will need their current student ID card to use the swipe box located on the printing station in order to photocopy or release prints. 

Benton Harbor Campus 
Students in the library can select from numerous printing stations to use for photocopying and/or Internet printing. Students will need their current student ID card to use the swipe box located on these printing stations in order to photocopy or release prints. 

Where can I find more information? 

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a five-year, federally funded program hosted by the college that provides information regarding academic and financial assistance for individuals who wish to pursue completion of high school, and/or pursue postsecondary education at any college or university. The EOC provides assistance with the preparation of applications for use by admission and financial aid offices.  

To be eligible for EOC services, you must be, (1) at least 19 years of age and, (2) a resident of Berrien, Cass, Allegan, or Van Buren counties in Michigan, or a resident of La Porte or St. Joseph counties in Indiana, and (3) a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States or in the United States for other than temporary purpose. The EOC assists eligible adults who have dropped out of high school or college, have graduated from high school, or received their GED and want to pursue a college degree, vocational or skilled trade certification. Call (269) 927- 8869 for more information.  

Benton Harbor Campus 

There are three elevators in the Napier Academic Building on the Benton Harbor Campus.  

One is located in C-Wing, west of the LMC Bookstore, one in B-Wing, and another in L-Wing near the library entrance. 

South Haven Campus 

There is one elevator located in commons area of the South Haven Campus. 

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Financial aid, financial aid forms, scholarships, work-study, loans. 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8112 
Location: C209, Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center 

Niles Campus 
The walking trail is located south of the building and is available for students, staff, and faculty pleasure. 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-1000 ext. 5286 

At approximately 5,000 square feet, the two-story Hawk’s Nest includes meeting and recreational space for students. The first floor features an activity and dining area. Video games, pool cues, air hockey equipment and ping-pong paddles and balls can be checked out on the first floor with a valid student ID. Students may check out the equipment in one-hour increments with a Hawk’s Nest Student Assistant. Hours for the game equipment vary. The glass-enclosed second floor is available for students to gather in between or after classes and includes study nooks and a conference room for small group meetings.

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-6172 

Lake Michigan College offers students opportunities to compete in a variety of intercollegiate sports. Baseball, basketball, and soccer are offered for men; basketball, softball, volleyball, and soccer for women. Lake Michigan College is a member of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. All full-time students are invited and strongly encouraged to try out for teams. LMC students get FREE admission to Lake Michigan College intercollegiate events. Visit redhawks.lakemichigancollege.edu for more information. 

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Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-6181 
Location: A216, Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8189 or email ITHelpDesk@lakemichigancollege.edu

Visit helpdesk.lakemichigancollege.edu to access the IT Support Center, and submit an online IT help ticket. The IT Helpdesk also provides phone-based support for students from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Please have your 8 digit student ID number available when you call the IT Helpdesk. This will enable us to better resolve your issue in a timely manner. 

Support is provided for: 

  • Canvas 

  • Email 

  • WaveLink 

  • Password resets and account login issues 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8750 
Location: B203 

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Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8605 
Location: L100 

Research assistance- All Campuses 

Visit lakemichigancollege.edu/library or call (269) 927-6287 

The William Hessel Library has the biggest window view on the Benton Harbor Campus, and the library staff encourages students to use the library for their research and study needs. There are a total of 81 computers located on the lower level in the library, the library/instruction lab, and the new open lab in the southeast corner.  

Printing – Use Your Current Student ID Card 

Computers – Students may login to use the library computers using their Wavelink ID and password. Printing also requires logging into the PaperCut box on the computer monitor with their WaveLink ID and password. To retrieve a print or photocopy, students can select from numerous printing stations. Students with a current ID card can easily swipe their card on the printing station’s touch pad to release their prints. 

Online Research Databases and Interlibrary Loan 

There are over 100 online research databases that can be searched from the library’s website. The databases provide content from many different types of sources such as magazines, journals, newspapers, podcasts, books, videos, maps, and images. A search in the online catalog can result in sources coming from print, eBook (electronic book), or media format. 

An interlibrary loan service is available for requesting articles and borrowing items from other libraries that are not available in the Hessel Library. Allow one week or more to receive requested items. 

Access Databases from Off Campus 

After accessing the library’s website, select a database and you will be prompted to log in using your WaveLink ID and password. 

Online Catalog Information for Non-Benton Harbor Students 

Non-Benton Harbor Campus students, after logging into their online catalog account, can request a library held item be sent to their respective campus.  

Staff Assistance – In-House or Online 

The library’s staff is available to assist students. The library staff can help to identify appropriate databases and other materials to use for research and assist students with database searching. An "Ask a Librarian" email is also available to assist students with questions. Visit lakemichigancollege.edu/ask-a-librarian to email a question. 

Electronic Library Guides on the Library Website 

These guides, called Library Guides, located under Library Quick Links, include topics on citing sources, nursing, music, careers, energy, government, finding articles, checking out an eBook, how to use the interlibrary loan service, and much more. 

Databases available 

Below is just a small sample of research level databases available to students.  

Visit lakemichigancollege.edu/library/databases for a full list of databases.  

  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost) - provides full-text articles for more than 4,600 journals.  

  • CQ Researcher (CQ Press) - coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy. Reports are published online 44 times a year.  

  • Credo Reference - over 3,000,000 full-text entries from over 600 reference books.  

  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) - search, view, and check out/download the full text of over 24,000 eBooks onto your computer device.  

  • JSTOR - full-text content to back issues from 350 academic journals.  

  • Lexis-Nexis - full-text news from major U.S. newspapers as well as regional and international newspapers, news transcripts, company information, and legal materials.  

  • Magazine Finder – tracks the location of the 38,000  magazines/journals available in the library’s databases.  

Library Policies 

  • The focus of the library is for quiet research and study. Are you bothering anyone with your conversation? Keep audio volume on earbuds low and take cell phone conversations out of the library.  

  • Present your current College ID to check out materials.  

  • A limit of ten items may be checked out at one time. Books circulate for two weeks. DVD/CD materials may vary from two days to two weeks depending on the item. Reference books and magazines do not circulate.  

  • Reserved materials, usually faculty assigned materials, are kept at the Circulation Desk. Check out time for these items is usually two hours.  

  • Return overdue materials on time to prevent fines. Fines of 25 cents a day up to a maximum of $5 are issued for each overdue item. Students with $5 or more of unpaid fines will not be allowed to check out materials.  

  • Drinks and meals are permitted in the library.  

Website/Contact/Hours 

The library website is lakemichigancollege.edu/library. Students may reach the library staff by calling the Circulation Desk at (269) 927-8605. Check the library website for the most current library hours. 

Benton Harbor Campus, room A218 (269) 927-8866 
Lockers for use by students with disabilities are located in the first-floor subway near B-Wing in the main academic building on the Benton Harbor Campus. Contact the Student Outreach & Support Services office at the phone number above for more information. 

Niles Campus, room 108 (269) 927-8866 
Lockers for use by students with disabilities are located in the 108 hallway near the middle of the Niles Campus. Contact the Student Outreach & Support Services office for more information. 

Niles Campus 
Located in room 101, which is the main office. 

Benton Harbor Campus 
Contact the Information Center in the Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center, or Facilities Management in room S104. 

South Haven Campus 
Located at the front desk. 

The Mendel Center 
Check with Conference & Event Services or the Box Office at (269) 927-8700

Benton Harbor Campus 
The natural area is located in the northwest corner of the campus, just north of the softball field. The 50-acre tract serves as a wildlife sanctuary and outdoor classroom in conjunction with the College’s Environmental Center. Students and members of the community are invited to use this area to watch the seasons change, identify plants and animals, cross-country ski the trails, photograph nature, or draw, walk, and reflect. Visitors can follow a boardwalk trail more than a mile across a deciduous woods, pond and marsh, white pine forest, and old field environments. A prairie and grassland have been restored with native tall grasses. While the oldest residents of the site are huge 150-year-old beeches and maples, there are also elm, sycamore, white ash, white oak, basswood, shagbark hickory, and spicebush. Together, they create a spectacular show of color in the fall as well as provide a home for numerous species of birds. The woods are also home to amphibians, reptiles, and mammals including deer, rabbits, and squirrels. Please help to preserve this area by remaining on the trails and boardwalk. Do not remove or disturb the plant or animal life. With your help, this sanctuary will remain a place of beauty and solace.   

Benton Harbor Campus

Campus parking lots are for students, faculty, staff, and tenants of College-owned facilities, The Mendel Center patrons, and visitors. Operation and parking of motor vehicles within the campus and leased areas are subject to rules and regulations necessary for safety. Ten handicap parking spaces are located behind the Benton Harbor Campus main academic building in the restricted (Shipping & Receiving) lot near the maintenance entrance. An additional 12 handicap parking spaces are located behind C-wing. Only individuals displaying a certified handicap permit shall be authorized to utilize these spaces. Violators may be ticketed by the Benton Township Police Department.  

Two fifteen-minute “Delivery Only” spaces, located behind the Benton Harbor Campus main academic building in the restricted (Shipping & Receiving) lot near the maintenance entrance are provided for delivery people to load and unload. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at the owner’s expense. Likewise, no one except Board of Trustee members may park in specially marked spots designated for their use, nor shall any vehicle park in the spot reserved for the security vehicle.  

In an emergency, the College reserves the right to tow any vehicle located in an unauthorized area without warning.  

Niles Campus 

Student and visitor parking is available in the front of the building on the west side and in the rear of the building. Special parking permits or stickers are not required. 

The Mendel Center  

Student, visitor, and patron parking is available on the north and south side of the Mendel Center. Parking in Lot A on the north side of the building is most convenient for those attending events and classes in the Grand Upton Hall and The Deckmann Studio. Those attending events in the Mainstage Theatre, Hanson Theatre, Band Room, North and South Training Rooms and Executive Board Room should use Parking Lot B on the south side of the building. Handicap parking is available in both parking lots. Parking lots are accessible from the Napier Avenue and Yore Avenue entrances. Special parking permits or stickers are not required.  

South Haven Campus  

Student and visitor parking is available on the southwest side of the building. Special parking permits or stickers are not required.  

Benton Harbor Campus 
Payless phones are free phones for local calls and are intended as courtesy phones for students to call for a ride home. The phones have a three-minute limit, with an announcement made 30 seconds before the call ends. Two payless phones are installed on campus: one outside the One-Stop area, and one at the front entrance near the road.  

There are speed dial numbers configured into the phones for campus security, Dial-A-Ride, the IT helpdesk, and the College directory. At the remote campuses in areas where Dial-A-Ride does not have service, a public transit number such as a local cab company is pre-programmed. Call the IT helpdesk at (269) 927-8189 to report any problems with the phones. 

Student record information, name and address changes, transcripts, graduation audits and information, enrollment verification, and admissions application processing 

Benton Harbor Campus    269-927-8107 
Location: Room A222, Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8119 
Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center (269) 927-8128 

Niles Campus 

Contact the office at the Niles Campus at (269) 695-1391. 

Hanson Technology Center 

Contact Donna Maxson at (269) 927-6120 or Chad Dee at (269) 927-4851. 

The Mendel Center 

Contact Tonya Martindale at (269) 927-8604. 

Benton Harbor Campus Academic Building 

Contact Donna Maxson at (269) 927-6120. 

South Haven Campus 

Contact the South Haven Campus generalist at (269) 637-7500. 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8150 

Students are urged to follow their interests outside the classroom in a variety of clubs and organizations such as the LMC Flag Football Team, the LMC Cheer Team, the Student Nursing Association, Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, and various other clubs. Because trends change, the Office of Student Life remains flexible to student’s requests to form new clubs and organizations based on levels of interests. Contact the director of Student Life in room A-200a at the Benton Harbor Campus for more information.  

All LMC students need to obtain an LMC Student Identification Card. A $2 Student ID fee will be charged per semester (fall and spring only). Student IDs are valid for one academic year. 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8128 

South Haven Campus (269) 637-7500  

Niles Campus (269) 695-1391 

Obtaining a Card 

Visit the Student Services One-Stop area of the Napier Avenue, or the main offices at Bertrand Crossing and South Haven campuses during regular business hours with photo identification (valid driver’s license, passport, or other official identification card). Your card will be issued while you wait. A $2 replacement fee will be charged for lost or damaged ID cards. 

Card Guidelines 

Students must carry their ID cards when on campus and be able to present the card if asked to do so by LMC faculty or staff. Loaning or allowing someone else to use your card is prohibited. A complete list of LMC Student ID card guidelines is available online at www.lakemichigancollege.edu/ID. 

Card Benefits  

LMC Student ID cards allow students to use campus computer labs, check out materials from the LMC library, gain free admission to LMC home athletic events and earn a discount on Mendel Center Mainstage tickets. Your student ID card is also used to badge in through Papercut to the Canon multifunction printers\copy machines and selected open lab printers.  

Questions about LMC Student Identification Cards can be directed to the Student Services areas at each campus.  

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8150 

Student Life is located in room A-200a at the Benton Harbor Campus and room 101 at the Niles Campus. Student Life is committed to providing co-curricular opportunities for students who wish to develop their potential and achieve their goals. This program is an essential part of the development of the total person as it facilitates individual growth and achievement. Such program opportunities contribute to the social, cultural, and educational needs of the student. These provisions include:  

  • Leadership development and training  

  • Recognition of achievements  

  • Student organizations  

  • Involvement in College activities and community services  

  • Forums for participation in college decision-making  

Disability Services, Perkins, Special Populations 
Benton Harbor Campus    (269) 927-8866 
Location: A218 

Students requesting a disability-related accommodation must register with the Student Outreach and Support Services office. Students attending Bertrand Crossing or South Haven campuses are encouraged to call the office to make an appointment at their respective campus. The Student Outreach and Support Services office also serves any student enrolled in a career and technical education program and who is a(n): 

  • Individual with a disability  

  • Economically disadvantaged  

  • Non-traditional training by gender  

  • Single parent, including single pregnant women  

  • Displaced homemaker  

  • Individual with limited English proficiency  

Students who meet one of the six criteria may register for services. The purpose of this office is to help registered students be successful.  

Disability Information  

Lake Michigan College extends opportunities to students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990, As Amended. The college ensures that its physical facilities, programs, and services are accessible to students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with documented disabilities. 

Students have a right to either disclose or not disclose a disability. If a student desires to receive academic accommodations, they must contact the Lake Michigan College Student Outreach & Support Services office, located in room A218 on the Benton Harbor Campus. It is recommended they register with the Support Services office 45 days prior to the start of classes, or as soon as possible. With this disclosure, a student has the responsibility to provide relevant and current documentation of disability describing how it impacts their educational learning. The college is not required to fund the disability documentation process. Accommodations are discussed with the student and result in the development of a Plan of Accommodation. The student will be given copies of the Plan of Accommodation and will be responsible for discussing their accommodations with their individual course instructors. Documentation of disability materials are maintained in a secure area. In the event that any student with a disability feels that he or she has not received adequate academic accommodations; or they find their instructors are resistant to the implementation of the accommodation; or feels that they have been discriminated against; or has generally been treated unfavorably based on their disability, the student should contact the Coordinator of Student Outreach & Support Services in room A218 or call (269) 927-8866.  

According to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, no qualified disabled person shall, on the basis of the disability, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives or benefits from federal financial assistance. For more information, contact Student Outreach & Support Services.  

Benton Harbor Campus 

Lake Michigan College provides both formal and informal study areas for students at all campus locations. Tables and chairs have been placed in center stairwells of the Benton Harbor Campus for study purposes. For more formal study, a group study room or individual carrels are available in the library on the Benton Harbor Campus. Space for individual and group study is also available in the second floor of the Hawk’s Nest Student Activity Center. Veterans may use Liberty Hall to study. See the Benton Harbor Campus map.  

Niles Campus 

Tables, chairs, and cubicles are available in the main hallway and room 100. Large monitors are available in rooms 106, 114a, and 116a for group collaboration and individual use. 

South Haven Campus 

Tables and chairs are available in the student commons and in the quiet study room designated each semester. 

Box Office, Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8700, option 1 
Conference and Event Services, Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8700, option 2 

The Mendel Center for Arts and Technology features a 1,517-seat performing arts auditorium presenting a season of Mainstage entertainment, the 247-seat Hanson Theatre, the Louis and Frederick Upton Telecommunications Center, Executive Training Center, and additional space for meetings, seminars, workshops, tradeshows, and other events. Special facilities within the complex include lecture halls and banquet seating for 1,200 guests. Catering for all events is provided by Conference and Event Services located on the Benton Harbor Campus. For Mainstage & Hanson Theatre tickets, visit TheMendelCenter.com

Benton Harbor Campus 

Dial-A-Ride furnishes bus service to and from the Benton Harbor Campus on a on a regular basis during the fall and spring semesters with pick-up and drop-off in front of the main campus building near the first floor lobby area. Hours for drop-off are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. Hours for pick-up are 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. On Friday, the last pick-up is at 3 p.m. Dial-A-Ride furnishes bus service to and from the Benton Harbor Campus on a per call basis during summer semester. Call (269) 927-4461 to request transportation. 

Students requiring special assistance will be picked up and dropped off at the rear of the main campus building near Shipping & Receiving. The cost for transportation to and from Benton Harbor is $1. The cost to and from Benton Township, St. Joseph, and St. Joseph Township is $1.25. Tickets may be purchased from the Cashier’s Office, room A207.  

Niles Campus 

For Dial-A-Ride to and from the Niles Campus on a reservation basis, call  

(269) 684-5150 for fees and reservations for students who live in Niles. Buchanan area students may call (269) 697-0600 for fees and reservations. 

South Haven Campus 

Van Buren Public Transportation furnishes bus service in Van Buren County on a per call basis. Call (269) 427-7921 to request transportation. 

Benton Harbor Campus 

Food, snack, and beverage vending machines are available in the Hall of Pride area. Cold beverage vending machines are available in the C-Wing west, 1st floor; B-Wing, 2nd floor; and L-Wing, 3rd floor. 

Niles Campus 

Snack and beverage vending machines are available in the student commons near the restrooms. 

The Mendel Center 

Beverage vending is available near the two-way classroom. Snack and beverage vending is available near the Hanson Theatre. 

South Haven Campus 

Food and beverage vending is available near the commons area on the first floor.  

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Benton Harbor Campus    (269) 927-6181 
Location: Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center 

WaveLink is Lake Michigan College’s online student portal that enables students to: 

  • Register for classes  

  • View their schedule of classes  

  • Receive financial aid updates  

  • Access final semester grades  

  • Access their free LMC student email account hosted by Google  

  • Review their unofficial transcript  

  • Update their personal information  

  • Receive campus announcements  

  • Sign up for preferred refund method  

  • Access and print 1098-T tax documents  

  • Update phone numbers used by RaveAlert 

  • Order and pay for official transcripts 

  • Review pre-graduation audit 

  • Print enrollment verification 

  • Apply for graduation; view graduation information 

  • View test scores on file  

  • View the academic calendar including add/drop/withdraw and other important information  

  • Review FERPA information 

  • View account holds  

Accessing WaveLink  

  • Go to wavelink.lakemichigancollege.edu or visit the LMC homepage at lakemichigancollege.edu and click on myLMC in the upper right area of the website, and then click the Wavelink icon.  

  • Log in using your WaveLink User Name* and Password.  

  • Make sure the “LMC Student” tab is selected.  

    * Your WaveLink User Name can be found at the top of your LMC letter of acceptance. 

Forgot your password? 

Call (269) 927-8189 or email ITHelpDesk@lakemichigancollege.edu 

Forgot your User Name or Password? You can find your LMC ID, WaveLink User Name or Password by clicking on the “Forgot User Name or Password?” link in the WaveLink Login box, and provide two of the following: a) your 8-digit LMC ID number, b) your social security number, or c) your date of birth. If you forget your security question you will need to contact the Information Technologies Helpdesk at (269) 927- 8189. The original security question is the last four digits of your social security number. Follow the directions to change the security question. All WaveLink login issues should be directed to the Information Technologies HelpDesk.

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Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8138 

The Wellness Center features a state-of-the-art super circuit, cardiovascular training area with broadcast television, free weights, and functional training equipment. Students can utilize the Wellness Center upon two types of enrollment: college transferable credit course or student membership. Students may take PHED 145, Total Fitness I, a one credit hour course or PHED 212 Health and Fitness, a three-credit hour course. LMC students who are not in enrolled in a credit course may register for student membership at $25 per semester. Residence hall students and veterans are entitled to a free Wellness Center membership.  

Wellness Center Hours 

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m to 8 p.m. 
Friday: 8 a.m to 4 p.m. 
Saturday: 10 a.m to 4 p.m. 

The Wellness Center is closed when the Benton Harbor Campus is closed. For more information: lakemichigancollege.edu/wellness

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Prior to registering as a new student, if you are taking six or more credit hours or plan on obtaining an associate degree or certificate, you are required to see a Student Services academic advisor or faculty advisor for assistance in planning your schedule for your first semester. As a current Lake Michigan College student, you are encouraged to meet with a Student Services academic advisor or faculty advisor prior to each semester and anytime you have questions.   

Professional advisors are available to assist students with questions regarding academic and career transfer planning as it relates to educational goals and objectives. Some specific areas where assistance is provided are:  

  • Assistance with academic opportunities and choices  

  • Academic program planning, including questions regarding required course pre- and co-requisites  

  • Developing individualized Student Education Plans (SEP)  

  • Transfer to senior institutions  

  • Student resources, i.e. disability services, single parent/displaced homemakers, grants, and services  

For advising at the Benton Harbor Campus, contact the Student Services information desk or call 1-800-252-1562 or (269) 927-8128 to schedule an appointment.  

For advising at the Niles Campus, call (269) 695-1391 for an appointment.  

For advising at the South Haven Campus call (269) 637-7500.  

Student Services academic advisors can also be contacted directly for an appointment. Advising questions can be emailed to advising@lakemichigancollege.edu

Academic Advising by Faculty  

Full- or part-time students are encouraged to see the faculty advisor for their particular area of study during their first semester of classes to review their academic goals. Faculty advisors are available each semester to answer questions and assist students with their academic goals. Please contact faculty advisors directly for an appointment. Contact information for faculty advisors is available at the top of each program page in the college catalog. All extensions can be reached through the switchboard, (269) 927-8100 or 1-800-252-1562.  

Three academic recognition lists are published at the completion of Fall and Spring semesters: President’s List, Dean’s List, and Part-Time Dean’s List. President’s and Dean’s List students must have been enrolled full-time completing a minimum of 12 semester hours of 100-level or above courses in the semester. President’s List are those students who have earned a semester GPA of 4.0 for the semester courses. Dean’s List are those students who have earned a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher for the semester courses. Part-Time Dean’s List are those students who have accumulated 12 or more semester credit hours of 100-level or above courses at Lake Michigan College. Part- Time Dean’s List students must have been enrolled part-time completing between 6 to 11 semester hours of 100-level or above courses during the semester and have earned a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher for the semester courses. Grades for remedial courses (099 or below), grades of W, S, U, IP, or TR (courses transferred into Lake Michigan College) are not computed in the Lake Michigan College grade point average and therefore do not meet the qualification for courses for academic recognition.  

Lake Michigan College is committed to helping students meet their educational goals. When students are not making acceptable academic progress, the college will provide positive intervention strategies designed to help students evaluate their individual situations and return to good academic standing. Students must maintain an acceptable cumulative grade point average to be considered in good standing. Students will have their cumulative GPA calculated at the end of each semester (fall, spring, and summer) and, if it falls outside of the acceptable range, they will be placed on academic probation and will be notified. Students placed on academic probation will be subject to the process described in Lake Michigan College’s Academic Interventions procedure. This procedure as well as the acceptable GPA range, as determined by the Vice President, Student Services in consultation with the registrar, is published in the college catalog. Students on financial aid, participating in intercollegiate athletics, and/or enrolled in health science programs and/or other programs with specific academic criteria will be required to meet the academic standards of progress for those programs.  

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The Career Center is available to provide comprehensive support in all aspects of workforce development. Career exploration, local job postings, transfer information, employability skills, and other support services are included. The Career & Transfer Center is conveniently located in room A201 on the Benton Harbor Campus. For more information please contact (269) 927-6284. Information brochures are also available in the main reception area of the Bertrand Crossing and South Haven campuses.  

Financial aid is earned by attending your classes, so non-attendance means you have not earned your aid. If you are listed as not attending your classes, your financial aid (including loans) will be removed from your account.  

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The College Level Examination Program (CLEP), sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board, affords students and prospective students the opportunity to demonstrate academic proficiency at the freshman/sophomore college level in specific subject areas. (While CLEP does offer general examinations, Lake Michigan College does not accept these examinations for college credit.) The specific subject area examinations measure factual knowledge and understanding, as well as the ability to see relationships and apply principles to new problems. They are essentially end-of-course tests developed for widely-taught undergraduate courses. The Testing Center is located in room B200/202 on the Benton Harbor Campus. For further information, call (269) 927-6173.  

If you are a student attending Lake Michigan College for the first time and if you need to take pre-college-level courses in any two of the three basic skills areas (English, Mathematics, Reading), you are required to enroll in CLS 103, Higher Learning Strategies, during your first term.  

Grade Point Averages (GPA) are often used to determine your eligibility for university entrance, standing on academic achievement lists and minimum graduation requirements.  

Semester GPA  

To calculate your semester GPA, set up four columns. In the first, list your credits. In the second column, list your subjects. In the third column, write your letter grades. In the fourth column, record your points, i.e. A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, E=0. Multiply the point value of each grade by the credit value of the subject. Add up the points of the fourth column, and divide this by the number of credits listed in the first column.  

EXAMPLE:  

Credits Subjects Grades Calculation Points
3 English 101 B 3 X 3 9
3 Math 101 C 3 X 2 6
3 Political Science 101 A 3 X 4 12
3 Chemistry 101 C 3 X 2 6
15 Total       45 Total

45 / 15 = 3.00 GPA


Cumulative GPA 

To compute your cumulative grade point average, add up the total number of points earned and divide by the total number of credits. This is your cumulative GPA. 

Grading Policies  

  • Students who have completed all course requirements as defined by the instructor will be issued grades of A, B, C, D, or E. Students who do not complete the semester, but whose standing in the course is passing, whose extenuating circumstances are beyond their control, and whose unfinished work is minimal, may be issued a grade of “I” (Incomplete). Such a grade must be removed as arranged with the instructor, but not later than the last day of classes one year later, or it will be treated as a grade of “E”. An “I” is computed in the GPA as an “E” and may affect financial aid eligibility. An “IP” (In Progress) grade will be assigned to students who are enrolled in open entry/open exit (oe/oe) classes and other classes that cross semesters and have not completed their assigned work at the end of the semester in which they are enrolled. Work must be completed by the end of the following semester excluding Spring and Summer and a grade will be assigned. An IP grade will not be computed in the student’s GPA.  

  • All other grade changes must be made within one semester of their issuance.  

  • Students who withdraw from class(es) through 80% of the semester will be assigned a grade of “W.”  

  • Grade Point Average (GPA).  

A, B, C, D, E, and I will be computed by dividing GPA points by GPA hours. Grades for remedial courses (099 and below), IP, W, S and U will not be computed in the Lake Michigan College grade point average. Contact the Office of Records & Registration for more information at (269) 927-8107.  

Reporting and Availability of Grades  

Students' final course grades will be available within one week after the close of each semester through WaveLink.  

Students with an unpaid balance with the college for any reason will have a hold placed on their account which prevents the release of official transcripts; however, final grades can still be viewed.  

A core component of Lake Michigan College’s strong academic program are the General Education Outcomes. All associate degree graduates of Lake Michigan College must meet outcomes in seven general categories. These outcomes are embedded in coursework across all curricula and are measured within specific courses. A well-educated student, upon completion of an associate degree program from Lake Michigan College, will be able to do the following:  

  1. Quantitative Literacy  
    Demonstrate the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems in a wide array of contexts; to understand and create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence; and to clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate) 

  1. Scientific Literacy  
    Demonstrate how basic principles of science apply to life and an understanding of our universe.  A key component of scientific literacy is the application of the methods of scientific inquiry and research to problem-solving.   

  1. Communication Competence 
    Demonstrate the ability to express ideas both orally and in writing. Demonstrate the ability to understand written, visual, and spoken communications; and convey purpose, meaning and main ideas effectively to individuals and groups. 

  1. Culture and Society 
    Demonstrate an awareness of factors and systems that shape human behaviors across time and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability. 

  1. Arts and Humanities  
    Demonstrate an awareness of the breadth, diversity, and creativity of the human experience as expressed through the arts and humanities. 

  1. Critical Thinking 
    Demonstrate the ability to make decisions on the basis of evidence and logical argument. 

  1. Professional and Life Skills  
    Demonstrate an understanding of those skills and activities that enhance both civic and social engagement such as wellness, lifelong learning, ethical and professional values, and teamwork. 

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Lake Michigan College serves as a testing center for LMC out-of-class testing as well as a national test center for various tests, including CLEP (College Level Examination Program) Pearson VUE certification exams, WorkKeys testing, GED exams, and Certified Nurse Aide (CNA state testing site). Contact the Testing Center, located in room B-200/202 or call (269) 927-6173 for more detailed information. There are fees for some exams; there is no fee for out-of-class testing for LMC courses.  

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Need a little help in a tough course this semester? Or maybe you’ve been away from school for some time and need some help to “brush up.” The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) at Lake Michigan College can help with free tutoring. The LAC offers free tutoring at all LMC campuses for all currently enrolled LMC students. LMC is committed to providing the resources you need to successfully complete your program of study. As part of this commitment, we offer these tutoring services at no cost to you. See lakemichigancollege.edu/tutoring on the college website for more information and to obtain a request form. Tutoring schedules vary each semester and are posted at each learning assistance area.  

Benton Harbor Campus  

The LAC provides free group, walk-in, and individual tutoring to eligible students at the Benton Harbor Campus. All tutoring takes place in room B-203 unless otherwise advertised. Any student needing academic assistance should stop by the Tutoring Center in room B-203 to fill out a Learning Assistance Intake Form to start the procedure for getting help. If you have additional questions call (269) 927-8750.   

Niles Campus and South Haven Campus  

The LAC provides free group, walk-in, and individual tutoring to eligible students at the Niles Campus and at the South Haven Campus. Call the Benton Harbor Campus for more information or call or stop by the main offices for more information.  

Niles Campus (269) 695-1391  
South Haven Campus (269) 639-8442  

Off-Campus Extension Centers  

Lake Michigan College students may attend classes at a number of locations other than the Benton Harbor Campus in Benton Harbor, the Niles Campus in Niles, and the South Haven Campus. The content of the classes and the instruction are the same as those offered on campus. Schedules for off-campus extension centers are included in the Lake Michigan College schedule each semester.  

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For course placement purposes, all students new to Lake Michigan College will be required to complete tests of writing, mathematics, and reading skills prior to registration unless an exemption applies based on current procedure. Before testing, students are strongly encouraged to call the Testing Center at (269) 927-6173 to get information about review materials used to prepare.  

English, mathematics, and reading basic skills prerequisites for college classes are listed in the course description section of the college catalog as E-English, M-Mathematics or R-Reading. Students whose assessment scores do not meet or exceed levels set for E, M, R prerequisites must successfully complete appropriate Transitional Studies courses prior to registration in courses with these prerequisites. There is no charge for the placement test. The initial placement testing is completed as a unit; however, students may retake each portion once. If you have not enrolled for five consecutive years, you must take the placement tests.  

Upon request, students with disabilities, with documentation on file in the Student Outreach & Support Services Office, will be provided special testing accommodations. Students may request disability-related test accommodations through the Student Outreach & Support Services Office at (269) 927-8866.  

Students who will be exempt from placement testing include:  

  • Students who submit ACT or SAT scores at or above current qualifying levels for E, M, and R prerequisites. Documentation of current qualifying levels will be maintained in the Testing Center.  

  • Students with an associate degree or higher, based on documentation.  

  • Students with a minimum grade of “C” in the equivalent of a college-level freshman composition course and a college-level algebra course, based on documentation.  

  • Students with documented transfer credit in a college-level composition class will be exempt from the reading and writing portions of the placement testing. Those students with documented transfer credit in intermediate algebra will be exempt from the math portion of testing.  

  • Students enrolling ONLY in courses with no prerequisites as printed in the current LMC College Catalog.  

  • Students taking non-credit courses and courses for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  

The Testing Center is located in room B200/202 on the Benton Harbor Campus. 

Placement testing at Bertrand Crossing and South Haven is done through the Student Services area. Placement testing hours can be found online or by calling Student Services offices. Placement testing hours at Bertrand Crossing and South Haven are not the same as Out-of-Class testing hours and locations. 

Questions may be addressed to LMC’s Testing Center staff at (269) 927-6173.  

Note:  Additional testing is required for Health Science Applicants. 

Academic progress is monitored at the end of each semester and will determine continued eligibility for financial aid (including loans). Both grade point average and completion rate (number of credits completed divided by the number of credits attempted) are evaluated by the criteria as listed below. In addition, students may only receive financial aid up to the point that their credit hours reach 150% of the total credits required to complete their degree. This includes any transfer credits and any credits earned while the student was not receiving financial aid.  

GPA Requirement  

Credit Hours     GPA requirement  

24 credits or fewer:     1.75 or higher  

More than 24 credits:    2.0 or higher  

Completion Rate Requirement: 67% 

If student attempts:         Student must pass: 

12 credits hours         8 credit hours  

9 credits hours             6 credit hours  

6 credits hours         4 credit hours  

Repeating Classes  

A student may only repeat a class already passed (with a D or better), one additional time and receive financial aid for it. If a student enrolls in a class that exceeds the number of allowed times, financial aid will be adjusted based on the number of credit hours that are aid eligible. This could result in the cancellation of loan funds, ineligibility for work study, and reductions in other types of financial aid.  

Withdrawing from Classes  

Withdrawing from classes, either officially or unofficially (stopping attendance), can affect your financial aid in two distinct ways:  

  • Current financial aid may be recalculated and the student may owe the college a substantial portion of the loans and/or grants received.  

  • Future financial aid eligibility may be affected (See Satisfactory Academic Progress).  

Students are highly encouraged to check with the Financial Aid Office at finaid@lakemichigancollege.edu or (269) 927-8112 on the ramifications of withdrawing from classes, as each student’s situation can be different.

This office serves students with a documented disability or condition and Career Technical Education majors. It coordinates accommodations which correspond with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The Amendments Act of 2008, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. It assists Career and Technical Education majors who are having difficulty being successful in their academic program through tutoring, cost assistance, and academic planning. This office was formerly known as Special Populations, which is a term utilized by the Federal Perkins Grant that the college receives. This grant requires students be from one of the following demographic groups: (1) individual with a disability, (2) economically disadvantaged families, including foster children, (3) non-traditional training and employment participants, (4) single parents, displaced homemakers, (5) individual with limited English proficiency. Students who need services should schedule an appointment with Student Outreach and Support Services. Please call (269) 927-8866 or email studentoutreach@lakemichigancollege.edu. The office is located in A218 on the Benton Harbor Campus and serves South Haven, Niles, and Allegan by appointment. 

Student Support Services is a federally funded TRiO academic program that offers additional support services to first-generation, low-income, or students with a disability to assist in the successful completion of an associate degree and/ or transfer to a four-year college or university. Services for participants include academic advising, financial aid application assistance, study skills workshops, transfer campus visits, assistance in transferring, service learning opportunities, cultural activities, and laptop computer lending. TRiO computer lab assists with computer needs. Contact Student Support Services by calling (269) 927-8603, visiting lakemichigancollege.edu/sss, or stop by our office located in room C205 on the Benton Harbor Campus.  

An official transcript will only be issued if there is no outstanding balance or hold on your account. Official transcripts must be ordered online through our automated ordering system which can be accessed via the LMC website at lakemichigancollege.edu/transcripts or by logging into your WaveLink account. Official transcript fees apply. Unofficial transcripts may be accessed 24/7 through your WaveLink account at no charge. Contact the Records Office at (269) 927-8107 or records@lakemichigancollege.edu with any questions. 

It is consistent with the college philosophy that regular class attendance is necessary if the student is to receive maximum benefit from the course. Students are expected to be fully prepared and to attend every class and laboratory period for which they have registered. Absences should be explained to the instructor and must be made up by the student in a way satisfactory to the instructor within a reasonable period of time after returning to class. Attendance is a requirement for most financial aid awards. There are special events and circumstances that may make it desirable that students miss one class in order to attend the special session of another class. However, if this is the case, attendance at the special session should be optional. The class originally scheduled for the time period involved has priority. Students, after having consulted with the instructors involved, must make the ultimate choice regarding which class session or event to attend. Although circulation of lists of students expected to attend a special event is desirable to notify colleagues of an impending conflict, unless signed and approved by the dean, such a list does not constitute an excused absence. In the case of an excused absence, students should be given an opportunity to make up graded, in-class exercises that were missed.  

Graded materials done outside of class, but due on the day missed, should be completed prior to an excused absence. If there are recurring special events, such as athletic contests, in which attendance by students will be required, students and advisors should not schedule any classes that conflict with the special events. If occasional conflicts cannot be avoided, contacts should be made as early as possible with all involved instructors so that adequate planning can be made to avoid putting students in a position where they will be penalized for non-attendance. A student who claims illness as a cause for excessive absence must be prepared to present a statement from the attending physician. If absences are incurred at the end of the semester or during the final examination, a grade of Incomplete may be given. Two weeks of consecutive absences or failure to attend 20 percent of the scheduled semester contact hours for a class makes a student subject to withdrawal from the class at the recommendation of the instructor. Students in the Nursing and Radiologic Technology programs are subject to withdrawal from class if absences exceed one week’s class and clinical hours. Technical classes are also included where hazardous conditions may cause injury to students or damage to equipment through misuse. Lake Michigan College will comply with legal requests of governmental and private agencies for information on student attendance.  

Note: Students are responsible for dropping or withdrawing from courses. LMC does not drop or withdraw based on attendance. 

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Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8966  

All incoming students, including those who speak English as a second language (ESL), are assessed relative to reading, writing, and mathematics skills. Lake Michigan College is aware that testing instruments designed for students whose first language is English do not adequately assess the skills of ESL students. Therefore, ESL students will be assessed for English language proficiency using a test of English as a Second Language. ESL students are required to take the ESL test. Non-native speakers of English and graduates of high schools outside the United States must take the ESL test unless they can present proof of a TOEFL score >500, or >173 on the computer version, at the time of their initial registration. 

Students who are enrolled as degree/certificate-seeking at another institution may apply for guest status at LMC to enroll in courses intended to transfer back to the degree-seeking institution. Those who wish to become guest students must begin the process at their current college or university registrar's office to complete a Guest Student Application or the Michigan Undergraduate Guest Application, which is available at macrao.org/Publications/MichiganUniformGuestApplication.pdf. Students must then submit test scores or unofficial transcripts, and then register at one of LMC's campuses. Remote registration is available. Please call (269) 927-8119 for details. 

Benton Harbor Campus (269) 927-8623  

The LMC LGBTQA works to promote a welcoming and safe environment at LMC for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning persons and their families, friends, and allies. Services available to students include: (1) information and resources on concerns relating to sexual orientation or gender identity issues (2) a LGBTQA Student Club for networking, support, and campus education/advocacy (3) assistance and support if you have been made to feel uncomfortable or have been harassed or threatened because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, or because of your alliance with such individuals. Contact Missy Howse-Kurtz at the phone number provided above, or by email at mhowse-kurtz@lakemichigancollege.edu.  

lakemichigancollege.edu/policies/non-discrimination

Lake Michigan College is an equal opportunity institution, affording enrollment, employment and services without distinction on the basis of age, color, height, weight, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, or gender. Minorities and disabled persons are encouraged to attend Lake Michigan College. Any questions regarding your rights under Title VI and Title IX should be directed to Assistant Director, Human Resources and Diversity, (269) 927-8102, room A305.  

Any questions regarding your rights under Section 504 should be directed to Student Outreach & Support Services, (269) 927-8866. 

Performing Arts Department

The Mendel Center    (269) 927-6745 

lakemichigancollege.edu/performing-arts

LMC’s performing arts department offers students the opportunity to participate in numerous instrumental, theatrical, and vocal performances. Students may attend these performances at little or no cost by presenting a current LMC student ID.  

Those with questions may email the Performing Arts Department at montcalm@lakemichigancollege.edu

The Mendel Center Box Office   

(269) 927-8700 

The Mendel Center is southwest Michigan’s one-of-a-kind entertainment venue featuring a full season performances in its Mainstage theater as well as performances in the Hanson Theatre. LMC students receive a $7 discount off the original ticket price for Mainstage brochure shows, and $5 off Hanson Theatre Living Room Series shows. Visit www.TheMendelCenter.com for more information. Select shows offer a deeper Student Rush discount at the door. LMC Students may also attend the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series for free. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 2 - 6 p.m. and one hour before show times. 

Volunteer at The Mendel Center  

Students are welcome to become involved by volunteering for musical, theatre and other types of performances. Those interested in volunteering may call (269) 927-8700 or email volunteers@lakemichigancollege.edu.  

lakemichigancollege.edu/audience/transfer-guest

If you are coming to Lake Michigan College from another college or university, you may receive a maximum of 120 transfer credits. College coursework completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher at regionally accredited, post-secondary institutions, may be considered for transfer. If you want prior coursework reviewed for possible transfer credit, apply for admission to Lake Michigan College and have an official transcript of your previous academic records sent to the Records Office. 

lakemichigancollege.edu/veterans

Benton Harbor Campus, room A216    (269) 927-6181  

All potential recipients of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs educational benefits, whether full-time or part-time, must apply formally for admission to Lake Michigan College. Interested individuals must meet with the certifying official, with their discharge documents, to apply for VA education benefits. For more information, contact the certifying official for VA educational benefits at the phone number provided above.  

Lake Michigan College is recognized as a Gold Level institution by the Michigan Veterans' Affairs agency. Gold level institutions provide the highest level of veteran friendly services. 

Liberty Hall  

Benton Harbor Campus, room D120    (269) 927-6181  

Liberty Hall is a resource room and study space located on the Benton Harbor Campus dedicated to students currently serving in the armed forces and student veterans of the armed forces. The room has computers, a printer, TV, couch, microwave, and refrigerator. Contact Veterans’ Affairs at the number provided above for information about access to Liberty Hall.  

Class schedules are digitally published for fall, spring, and summer semesters and include course offerings for all campuses as well as online courses. The class schedule for the current semester may be found at lakemichigancollege.edu/schedule

The college catalog is updated annually and contains programs of study, degree and certificate requirements, course descriptions, transfer information, and information regarding credit for prior learning. The LMC College Catalog can be found at lakemichigancollege.edu/catalog

Students attending LMC are responsible for knowing and adhering to LMC’s Code of Conduct, academic honesty, standards of progress, attendance, grades; use of facilities including the weapons-free campus policy; tuition and refunds; active military duty; children on campus; rules, regulations, and all local, state and federal laws.  

Lake Michigan College Policies and Procedures can be found online at lakemichigancollege.edu/policies

Exact deadlines for all course changes are established and published each semester. No course changes may be made after the deadline except when initiated by the instructor because the student has been misplaced and the change is approved by the departmental dean. Each student is responsible for his or her course schedule and any changes to it, such as adding, dropping, or withdrawing. WaveLink displays all courses for which a student is enrolled. Each student should print and inspect a schedule of his or her classes from WaveLink after registration and each time a change (drop, add, etc.) is made. Any discrepancy should be addressed immediately by making the appropriate change in WaveLink. Students requiring assistance may call or visit the One-Stop Registration area on any LMC campus.  

Students add course work to their schedule by enrolling through their WaveLink account. Students requiring registration assistance may call or visit the One-Stop Registration area on any LMC campus. Students may register for Open Entry/Open Exit or Open Entry/Defined Exit courses throughout the semester up to the last two weeks of the semester. For financial aid (this includes grants, most scholarships, loans, and work study) to apply to any classes added after the regular add/drop period, a student must submit a copy of their Degree Works audit or confirmation from an academic or program advisor that the class meets a degree requirement. This pertains to registration for all courses, including OE/ OE, OE/DE and late starting classes.  

To AUDIT is to take an academic course for NO CREDIT. Some of the reasons for auditing are personal exploration, enjoyment or gaining insight into a new subject. A student wishing to attend a credit course on a no-credit basis may register to audit the course; however, when openings in a class are limited, preference shall be given to students enrolling for credit. Tuition is paid at the same rate as for a credit course and the same attendance policy applies. Students receiving Financial Aid or Veteran’s Benefits will not be certified to receive aid or benefits for audited courses. A student may change from audit to credit and vice versa only during the Add/Drop period. Audited courses are not eligible for graduation. 

Discontinuing attendance in a class does not constitute dropping or withdrawing from a course. Failure to officially drop or withdraw from a course that the student is not attending will result in the grade earned according to the grading criteria outlined in the course syllabus. A drop or withdraw is not official until the student successfully completes and verifies the drop action in WaveLink or completes the appropriate withdraw form and delivers it, in person, to the One-Stop Registration area on any LMC campus. No student should assume that an instructor has dropped or withdrawn him/her from a course. Requests to add, drop, or withdraw from classes that are mailed or faxed (269-927-6875) to the college will be honored only if they are postmarked or received by the posted deadline. Mailed or faxed requests must contain a readable copy of a photo ID which contains the student’s signature, full name, LMC ID number, specific instructions for amending the schedule, and the student’s signature matching the signature on the photo ID. Unsigned requests will not be honored. 

Students drop course work through their WaveLink account. Students requiring assistance to drop a course may call or visit the One-Stop Registration area on any LMC campus. The student will receive a refund of any tuition and fees already paid for the dropped course. All Lake Michigan College refunds are distributed through BlackBoard Pay. Students must sign-up online via their LMC WaveLink account and select the method of refund they would prefer (paper check or direct deposit into a checking or savings account). Students who do not register online will automatically default to the paper check option. Students may drop a course only during the published drop dates. Late starting and Open Entry/Open Exit or Open Entry/Defined Exit courses permit a drop up to the end of the third day after registration and must be completed at the One-Stop Registration area of any campus.  

Students receiving financial aid (this includes grants, most scholarships, loans, and work-study), must contact the Financial Aid Office in room C207 or (269) 927-8112, prior to withdrawing from any course. Students withdraw from a course by submitting the withdraw form directly to the One-Stop Registration area on any campus. Withdraws are not available through WaveLink. A withdraw does not qualify for a refund of tuition and fees. During the first 80% of the course, a student may withdraw with a guaranteed “W” grade. During the final 20% of the course, the student must confer with the instructor to request permission to withdraw. Permission to withdraw is solely at the discretion of the instructor. Withdraw requests received after the last day of the class will not be honored.  

At Lake Michigan College, students have the opportunity to participate in Independent Study course work. This must be arranged with a supervising instructor and must be approved by the appropriate dean. Independent study is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding students to pursue special or advanced study topics. Independent study may be elected for one or two semester hours of credit, depending on the nature of the project undertaken. The amount of credit assigned is determined by the student, the supervising faculty member and the appropriate dean. Enrollment for Independent Study will take place during regular registration only. 

During the week prior to the start of the semester or term, a $20 late registration fee will be charged to students registering for the first time. During the first week of classes, students may only register for or add classes that have not yet met for the first time.  

Registration & Completion  

Open Entry/Open Exit (OE/OE) and Open Entry/Defined Exit (OE/DE) courses are self-paced classes designed to allow students more flexibility in completing some of their coursework. Courses offered in these formats are identified as such in the class schedule. An Open Entry/Open Exit course allows the student to complete the course by the end of the following semester, if necessary. Students may register at any time up to the last two weeks of the semester; however, students who enroll after the semester has begun must begin the course immediately upon enrollment. Students must engage in at least one instructional activity within the first week of enrolling in the course to maintain academic progress. After that, students should work to complete the coursework as quickly as they are able. Open Entry/Open Exit courses must be completed by the end of the next full semester. (Financial Aid students, please see special note below for requirements.) Open Entry/Defined Exit courses must be completed within the semester the student registers. Students must register no later than two weeks prior to the end of the semester; however, students who enroll after the semester has begun must begin coursework immediately upon registration and complete at least one instructional activity within the first week of registering for the class. Open Entry/Defined Exit courses do not extend into the following semester.  

Grading  

If an Open Entry/Open Exit course is not completed by the end of the semester in which the student enrolled, students will receive an IP (In-Progress) at the end of the term. Sufficient academic progress toward completion, as defined in the course syllabus, will determine if a student is eligible for an IP or will receive a failing grade. Students, therefore, must satisfy requirements for continued progress before an IP will be awarded. If an IP is awarded, students have until the end of the following semester to complete their coursework. An Open Entry/Defined Exit course must be completed by the end of the semester, regardless of when the student enrolled for the course. The grade earned will be recorded on the student’s transcript.  

Withdrawal from an OE/OE or OE/DE Course  

Students may withdraw from an OE/OE or OE/DE course with a “W” up through 80% of the allotted completion time of the course. Students should consult the college’s web site for specific dates. Late withdrawals are solely at the discretion of the instructor and must be completed on the appropriate form with the instructor’s signature. 

Dropping an OE/OE or OE/DE Course 

Students who register for an OE/OE or OE/DE course by the last day to add courses for the semester may drop the course according to the published semester drop date. OE/OE or OE/DE courses registered for after the full last day to add may be dropped within three days of the posted registration by visiting the One Stop area on any LMC campus. For OE/OE or OE/DE courses dropped 

Special Note for Financial Aid Students Enrolled in Open Entry Courses  

Students MUST begin work on their Open Entry course (whether it is OE/OE or OE/DE) before the financial aid for the class will be released to the student’s account. Students must continue regularly participating in the class to maintain academic standards of progress for the course. If students do not continue working on the course, (more than two weeks with no class activity) through at least the 60% point of the semester in which they enrolled, the financial aid award may be recalculated and possibly reduced, which could result in the student owing the college or the Department of Education for previously awarded financial aid. Students with a financial hold on their account may not be permitted to enroll in future terms.  

Courses that are repeated will result in the highest grade earned to be used for calculation of the GPA, compute honor points, and fulfill requirements for graduation. Any course in the college catalog may be taken more than once to better a grade; however, only those courses so specified in the catalog’s course description can be taken more than once for additional credit. No course may be retaken more than three times for credit; this means one original and three retakes for a total of four times for course credit. 

Supplemental Instruction sessions integrate how to learn with what to learn. Students discover appropriate study strategies and test preparation as they review course material. Assistance begins the first week of the term and typically two or more supplemental instruction sessions are scheduled each week thereafter. Inquire in the Learning Assistance Center about what Supplemental Instruction courses may be available.  

Educational records of all Lake Michigan College students are maintained in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended. FERPA is a Federal law administered by the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and applies to all educational agencies and institutions that receive funding under any program administered by the Department.   

FERPA ensures confidentiality of educational records and prescribes conditions under which information about students can be released, while also affording students certain rights with respect to their educational record.  FERPA applies to all LMC students regardless of age or parental dependency. 

Policy is at Notification of Student Rights.

By this notice, any student, staff, faculty member, or visitor to any Lake Michigan College campus or building that is considered Lake Michigan College property hereby grants permission to Lake Michigan College to use his, her, or their likeness and/or voice in photograph(s), video or audio recordings in any of its publications, on any of its online sites, online sites utilized by the college including social media, and in any or all other media without further consideration. Additionally, any student, staff, faculty member, or visitor also acknowledges that Lake Michigan College may choose not to use his, her, or their photo or video likeness, comments, or audio recordings at this time, but may do so at its own discretion at a later date. Any student, staff, faculty member, or visitor also grants permission to Lake Michigan College to interview him, her, or them, and use said comments in any of its publications, on one of its online sites, and in any or all other media without further consideration. The student, staff, faculty member, or visitor will make no monetary or other claim against Lake Michigan College for the use of the interview, photos, video or audio.  

All negatives, positives, and digital files, together with the prints shall remain Lake Michigan College’s property, solely and completely. 

If a student, staff, faculty member, or visitor does not wish to have his, her, or their photo, likeness and/or voice to be used, notice must be provided to LMC each academic year in which said person does not want his, her, or their image or quotes used. Notice shall be submitted in letter form prior to the start of the academic year to: 

Marketing Department 
Lake Michigan College 
2755 East Napier Avenue 
Benton Harbor, MI 49022 

Campus security authorities will promptly report if they observe any crime listed below or if any person reveals to them that he/she learned of or was the victim of, a perpetrator of, or a witness to any crime listed below. The reporter will immediately complete an Incident Report and send or forward to the Lake Michigan College Facilities Management Department, attn: Executive Director, Facilities Management or Public Safety Director/Evening Administrator. This applies to crimes on any LMC campus, public property adjacent to each campus and other locations at which college activities are taking place.  

Types of Offenses

  • Murder/non-negligent manslaughter 
  • Negligent Manslaughter 
  • Sex offenses - rape 
  • Sex offenses - fondling 
  • Sex offenses - incest 
  • Sex offenses - statutory rape 
  • Robbery  
  • Aggravated assault 
  • Burglary 
  • Motor vehicle theft 
  • Arson (only fires investigated by law enforcement) 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Dating violence 
  • Stalking 

Hate crimes

Disclose whether any of the above-mentioned offenses and the crimes of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, destruction/damage/vandalism of property, and any other crime involving bodily injury, were hate crimes.  
Arrests and referrals for disciplinary action for:  

  • Illegal weapons possession  
  • Violation of drug and liquor laws  
  • The Violence Against Women Act expanded crime reporting under the Clery Act to include incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking that are reported to campus security personnel, campus security authorities, and local law enforcement agencies.  

Lake Michigan College uses a contracted security service to assist with campus security. Security guards are a source to which students, employees and visitors can report criminal offenses. Campus security guards do not have police authority. 

See also lakemichigancollege.edu/about/safety-and-emergency.

If you feel your rights are being violated or if you are having problems, it is important to immediately report the situation to the appropriate person listed in this document. Lake Michigan College has policies and procedures to prevent and stop the violation of your rights. Lake Michigan College complies with requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For assistance, please contact Student Outreach & Support Services, room C218, (269) 927-8866.  

Campus Security  

Members of the campus security force are conservators of the peace. They seek to protect life and property, prevent anti-social conduct, and preserve a secure campus environment. They work with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Lake Michigan College security is staffed by contracted security guards who are supervised by certified security officers. The entire security function is supervised by the executive director of facilities management, the director of public safety/evening administrator, or facilities personnel.  

Annually and when needed, the college reviews, revises, or develops rules and regulations on access and security of campus facilities. Furthermore, the executive director of facilities management periodically inspects the lighting, landscaping, and the college’s physical plant (doors, locks, etc.) to determine what improvements need to be made for maximum security.  

Campus Security and Facilities Personnel  
  • Regularly patrol campus parking lots and buildings  

  • Make emergency notifications  

  • Enforce college policies and regulations  

  • Investigate and work closely with police and fire departments when criminal or safety incidents occur 

  • Respond to all smoke, fire, and security alarms on campus  

  • Identify precautions for the future  

  • Are available during operating hours  

Crime Statistics  

The Lake Michigan College Annual Security Report includes crime statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus and on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus sites. You can review this report by going to lakemichigancollege.edu/about/safety-and-emergency or you can obtain a paper copy upon request by contacting the Facilities Department at the Benton Harbor Campus at (269) 927-8135.  

Campus crime statistics for Lake Michigan College may be viewed at the U.S. Department of Education’s website at ope.ed.gov/security. 

The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, arrest record and disability in all employment practices, including terms, conditions and privileges of employment.  This act prohibits discrimination and provides specific remedies and penalties.  Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits sexual harassment of students in any part of any higher education institution receiving federal funds and requires institutions to maintain grievance procedures capable of prompt and equitable resolution of sexual harassment complaints. 

Lake Michigan College prohibits sexual harassment in its employment practices and in its education programs and activities. 

Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, including unwanted touching, verbal remarks of a sexually suggestive or derogatory nature, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature which have as their consequence an adverse effect on the recipients’ morale, work status, or academic or job performance.   

Such conduct is absolutely prohibited whether the perpetrators are students, employees of the college or contractors or other non-employees who have reason to be on college premises where: 

  1. submission to such conduct is either an expressed or implied condition of employment, education, or academic, financial or counseling assistance, 

  1. submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment decision or the performance evaluation of students or staff, or 

  1. the conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an affected person’s work or scholarly performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or education environment. 

The college will actively investigate any allegations of sexual harassment by students or staff, and if it is determined that sexual harassment has occurred, will take prompt and appropriate disciplinary action. 

Anyone who believes that sexual harassment has occurred is expected to report such conduct promptly under appropriate college procedures. 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects you from sexual harassment. In addition, Lake Michigan College has a policy strictly forbidding sexual harassment in any of its employment and educational practices. This policy protects students of Lake Michigan College as well as employees of Lake Michigan College. If a person’s behavior makes you feel uncomfortable, you must let that person know it does, either by telling them or asking them to stop the behavior. 

Sexual assault happens without your consent. The fact that you do not want physical contact makes it a sexual assault, not the amount of physical force used.  It is unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature.  It may follow sexual harassment, or be accompanied by harassment. It is important to remember that if you did not give your consent for the physical contact, it is assault and you must let someone know. 

Lake Michigan College has strict policies against sexual harassment, and the college applies these policies to sexual assault.  Sexual assault is a criminal offense and should be reported to the police as well as to the Director, Public Safety/Evening Administrator or a campus security authority.  Emergency phone numbers for both on and off campus are listed and can be used in the case of sexual assault. 

Remember: ASSAULT IS AN EMERGENCY! 

The following procedures for campus discipline are applicable in cases of an alleged sex offense. 

  • When reports of alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct surface, they are addressed by the Vice President, Student Services or designee. The judicial process exists to ensure that basic due process is granted to all LMC students who find themselves in conflict with college standards. 

  • The reporting of student misconduct shall be documented by providing all relevant information on the Maxient report. The Vice President, Student Services or designee handles matters that require disciplinary action at Lake Michigan College. Disciplinary actions taken by the Vice President, Student Services or designee toward a student found responsible for misconduct or a violation of college rules may include, but are not limited to, an oral warning up to expulsion from the college. 

  • Due process is the guarantee of student civil rights under the Constitution of the United States and the laws and regulations of Michigan and Lake Michigan College.  Due Process is that process which prevents rights from being taken away from an individual without notice and an opportunity to respond to allegations. 

  • A student found responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code may submit a written appeal request to the Vice President, Student Services or designee, who will forward the appeal to the chair of the Student Appeals Committee. 

  • The purpose of a hearing is to provide the opportunity for the campus designee or complainant and the respondent to present all relevant information and evidence with regard to the alleged misconduct.  It is the responsibility of the Student Appeals Committee, as applicable, to consider impartially all relevant information and evidence, determine the facts, apply college policy, and impose appropriate sanctions if the respondent is found responsible for the alleged violation.  The Student Appeals Committee chair sends to the accused the decision in writing within seven (7) business days. 

  • Lake Michigan College will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the college against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense.  If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, results of the disciplinary hearing may be provided to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested. 

Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for additional information.  

Lake Michigan College supports the rights of all students and employees to learn and work in an environment free from sexual coercion and violence.  Sexual contact with another person without consent or with the use or threat of force violates the standards of civility, decency, and respect expected of all members of the campus community. 

The requirements of this policy are blind to the sexual orientation or preference of individuals engaging in sexual activity or sexually exploitative behavior. 

Any retaliatory action or behavior taken toward an alleged victim as a consequence of his or her decision to report a violation, pursue conduct action, or criminal prosecution, is prohibited.  Retaliation by either party may result in immediate disciplinary action. 

  1. Non-Consensual Sexual Activity 
    Non-consensual sexual activity includes, but is not limited to, any sexual activity by a group or individual that takes place without the effective consent of the other individuals(s) involved.  Effective consent is shown by the exchange of mutually understandable words or actions between parties to a sexual interaction.  Consent must be informed and freely and actively given.  Silence in and of itself is not an indication of consent. 
     
    In order to be effective, consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion.  Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another.  When someone makes clear that he or she does not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.  In other words, consent may be withdrawn at any time. 
     
    In order to give effective consent, one must be of legal age (16).  Sexual activity with someone a person knows to be – or should know to be – mentally or physically incapacitated (because of disability, alcohol or other drug use, sleep, unconsciousness, blackout, or bodily restraint), is a violation of this policy. 
     
    Any time sexual activity takes place between individuals; those persons must be capable of controlling their physical actions and be capable of making rational, reasonable decisions about their sexual behavior.  A person who has consumed alcohol may experience diminished capacity for effective decision-making and action, and thus may be incapable of consenting to sexual activity. 
     
    Sexual activity with someone whose incapacity results from the ingestion of a so-called “date-rape” drug is in violation of this policy.  Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB, Burundanga, etc., is prohibited and administering one of these drugs to another student or employee for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy. 
     
    Use of alcohol or other drugs will never function to excuse behavior that violates this policy. 

  1. Sexually Exploitative Behavior 
    Sexually exploitative behavior occurs when a student or employee takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his or her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses.  Examples of sexual exploitation include but are not limited to: prostituting another student or employee, non-consensual video/audio-taping or photographing of sexual activity, unauthorized posting or distribution of materials involving the sexual activity of another person, going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as voyeurism or secretly watching others), or knowingly transmitting an STD or HIV to another student or employee. 

Lake Michigan College recognizes that all survivors of sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence have the right to have any and all assaults against them treated seriously and the right to be treated with dignity. Lake Michigan College prohibits any offenses of sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence. 

The college further recognizes the right of a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence victim to be free from undue coercion of any kind from the institution’s personnel for the victim not to report an assault committed against him or her to civil or criminal authorities or the institution’s law enforcement authorities or disciplinary officials, or for the victim to report a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence as a lesser offense than the victim perceives it to be.  

The college recognizes the right of a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence victim to decide, without pressure or coercion, what action he/she will take following an assault. The college encourages students to report all crimes to the police and to pursue sanctions against offenders through the college judicial process. The college makes information available to students about sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence victim rights, options, and resources for help. 

Lake Michigan College recognizes that sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence are a serious social problem that occurs among college students just as it does within other segments of our society. The college makes a strong commitment to work toward preventing sexual assault, stalking, dating, and domestic violence within our community, to provide support and assistance to assault survivors, and to impose sanctions on those who have been found guilty of committing a sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence. 

Our goal is to foster and protect within an environment of mutual respect and concern and to provide a safe community in which learning and growth can occur. 
For the purposes of this document the term “sexual assault” includes rape, attempted rape, and other sex offenses, both forcible and non-forcible. 

Domestic violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of a victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction. 

Dating violence means violence committed by a person who has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Also where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors; the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. 

Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to, fear for his or her or the safety of others: or suffer substantial emotional distress. 
Lake Michigan College will continue to offer educational programs to students in an effort to prevent sexual assault, dating violence, domestic assault and stalking. These programs will include awareness through written material presented throughout the campus, as well as on the campus monitors. 

Lake Michigan College encourages victims of sexual assault to take the following steps following an assault: 

  1. Preserve physical evidence
    The sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence victim has the right for full and prompt cooperation from college personnel and law enforcement authorities in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence that may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence in legal proceedings, including, but not limited to, a medical examination of the victim. 

    A special physical examination performed at the hospital collects evidence that will be helpful if the victim later decides to prosecute the assailant. To preserve evidence, the victim should not wash, brush teeth, use the toilet, douche, destroy clothing, or straighten up the area where the assault occurred.  
     

  2. Report the assault to the police at (269) 926-9221 or dial 911 

    It is the victim’s decision whether or not to report the assault to the police. Reporting a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence to the police may protect the victim and others from possible future victimization by helping public safety officers apprehend the assailant. A police report also maintains the victim’s future option of criminal prosecution, and helps support a college disciplinary action or a civil law suit against the perpetrator. Making a police report does not obligate the victim to prosecute the assailant. Whether or not the case will be prosecuted is a decision that is made later, based on a number of factors. The police do not reveal the victim’s or the suspect’s name or any identifying information to the media for printing or to the general public. 
      

  3. Get medical attention 
    A rape evidence exam should be performed as soon as possible. The exam is available only at Lakeland Regional Health System. 

    If the victim decides not to have the rape evidence exam, she/he should still be examined for possible injury, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections. An exam for these purposes is available at Planned Parenthood, or with a physician of choice. 

    Injuries as a result of sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence should be treated and photographed as soon as possible. 
     

  4. Ask for information, support and assistance 
    To insure that victims of sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic assault have accurate and complete information about their rights, options, and available resources for help, as well as any assistance they need in carrying out decisions about what to do following an assault, the victim may wish to call the 24-hour crisis line at (269) 925-9500. Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan provides information and support by phone or on-site at the hospital or police stations. The assault victim has the right to be made aware of, and assisted in exercising, any option provided under state and federal law regarding mandatory testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases and notification to the victim of the results of the testing. The victim also has the right to be informed of rights and remedies accorded to crime victims in general. 
     
  5. Report the assault to the Vice President, Student Services 
    Sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence are expressly prohibited by the college’s rules and regulations. The college has the right to discipline students who violate these rules and regulations. It is not necessary for the victim to file a police report in order to pursue sanctions through the college; however, it is strongly recommended as beneficial to the victim. Pursuing sanctions through the college does not preclude the victim from also pursuing criminal prosecution or a civil lawsuit. 

The victim has the right after the assault has been reported to appropriate campus authorities to require the institution’s personnel to take any reasonable feasible actions as are needed to prevent any unnecessary or unwanted contact or proximity with an alleged assailant, including, but not limited to, transfer of classes, if requested by the victim. 

The college’s judicial process is initiated by the victim making a report. A detailed description of the process is found below.  

Sexual assault victims are assured the following rights within the college’s judicial process:

  1. The right to have a support person present throughout the process to advise and provide support. 

  1. The right to not have her/his sexual history discussed during the proceedings, except as it relates to the specific incidents in question. 

  1. The right to relate her/his account of the incident. 

  1. The right to be informed of the results of the judicial proceeding upon written request. 

  1. The right to have her/his name and any identifying information kept confidential. 

  1. The right to a speedy hearing and decision. 

A student charged with committing sexual assault is also assured of the rights listed above. A student found guilty of committing a sexual assault or other sexual offense by the college’s judicial process will be given a sanction appropriate to the offense. Possible sanctions range from a reprimand to expulsion from the college. 

If a report of sexual misconduct is reported to an LMC representative, below are the procedures that will be followed:  

  1. In the case of stalking, domestic violence or dating violence: 

    1. Assess immediate safety needs of complainant 
    2. Assist complainant with contacting campus security or local police if complainant requests AND provide contact information for local police departments. 
    3. Provide instructions on how to apply for Protective Order if the complainant wishes to pursue this option. 
    4. Provide information to complainant on how to preserve evidence 
    5. Assess need to implement interim or long-term protective measures to protect the complainant, if appropriate. 
    6. Provide a No Contact or No Trespass directive to accused party if deemed appropriate. 
    7. Provide written information regarding community resources. 
       
  2. For sexual assault and sexual exploitation LMC will: 
    1. Depending on when reported (immediate vs delayed report), provide complainant with access to medical care
    2. Assess immediate safety needs of complainant 
    3. Assist complainant with contacting campus security or local police if complainant requests AND provide contact information for local police department 
    4. Provide written information regarding community resources including referrals to off-campus mental health providers 
    5. Assess need to implement interim or long-term protective measures, such as change in class schedule, “No Contact” directive between both parties. 
    6. Provide a No Contact or No Trespass directive to accused party if deemed appropriate. 
    7. Provide written instructions on how to apply for protective order 
    8. Provide a copy of the Sexual Misconduct Policy to complainant and inform the complainant regarding timeframes for inquiry, investigation and resolution 
    9. Inform the complainant of the outcome of the investigation, whether or not the accused will be charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and the outcome of the meeting. 
    10. Enforce and take immediate and separate action against parties that retaliate against a person for complaining of sex-based discrimination or for assisting in the investigation 
       
  3. Protective measures for the student filing the complaint may range from No Contact Orders, to classroom adjustments/arrangements, to interim suspensions of the alleged perpetrator if necessary. LMC representatives will strive to maintain confidentiality regarding protective measures provided to the victim. 

Reports of student misconduct will be managed and investigated by the Vice President, Student Services or his/her designee. Complaints involving employees will be investigated by a Title IX Coordinator in the Human Resources office. All investigations will be conducted professionally, expeditiously, and confidentially (to the extent possible). The process may take up to 60 business days to complete from start to finish; however, many cases will be resolved before the 60 days. 

LMC will provide the complainant and accused with equitable opportunities throughout the investigation and resolution process.  

Upon receipt of a complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will confirm with the complainant the receipt of the complaint, and will specify who will be assigned to conduct the investigation. Generally, the Title IX Coordinator or designee interviews the complainant and any relevant witnesses identified by the complainant. Once sufficient information is gathered, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will then notify the charged individual of the allegations. With permission from the complainant, the Title IX Coordinator or designee shall advise the charged individual of the name of the complainant. Where a complainant does not wish to be identified, the extent of the investigation may be limited; however, the investigation will continue to the extent possible while maintaining the confidentiality of the complainant. The Title IX Coordinator or designee will interview the charged individual and any witnesses deemed relevant. 

Additional evidence may be sought from any relevant party or witness, including but not limited to, email communications, social media postings, text messages, phone records, etc. Parties are expected to cooperate and provide this information. Failure to cooperate with an investigation may result in separate disciplinary proceedings. Parties should be aware that as members of the college community, their access to college resources has very limited privacy rights, and the college may obtain information through the college’s resources and informational technology system with or without the individual’s cooperation. The investigation and findings generally should be completed within 60 business days of receipt of the complaint, preferably sooner as practical. 

Once the Title IX Coordinator or designee has gathered the information, he/she shall render a determination on responsibility and refer the matter to the appropriate administrative official. 

After the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator or designee shall render a finding based on the relevant evidence utilizing a preponderance of the evidence standard, i.e. the facts complained of are more likely true than not.

Upon completion of the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator or designee is authorized to take the following actions: 

  1. Dismissal of the claim - The Title IX Coordinator or designee finds that no violation occurred and dismisses the complaint, giving written notice of said dismissal to each party involved.
  2. Determination of Responsibility - The Title IX Coordinator or designee makes a finding of responsibility for any of the allegations and notifies the parties and appropriate administrative officers of the finding and may recommend actions to be taken. Both parties shall receive notification, in writing, which will include: 
    1. The result of any investigation that arose from an allegation of violation. 
    2. (For students) Additional appeal rights as set forth in the Student Code of Conduct. 
    3. (For Employees) If evidence supports a finding of misconduct, the college will take appropriate corrective or disciplinary action. Action taken by the college for employees may include (but will not be limited to), counseling, warning, transfer, demotion, termination.  
    4. If evidence supports a finding of responsibility, the written report of the action taken shall then be placed in the personnel record of the employee or student file. Sanctions of suspension, expulsion, or revocation or withholding of a degree will become a permanent part of a student’s record. Cases that result in all other sanctions will be maintained for seven (7) years. 
  3. Potential student sanctions will be applied based upon the facts and circumstances of the case. Sanctions may include:
    1. College Property Restrictions – restriction from certain college facilities or property, either physical or virtual, for a definite period of time.  
    2. Disqualification – from receipt of institutional financial aid while the sanction is imposed or possibly thereafter.  
    3. Educational Sanctions – a student is required to write a paper, plan and present a program, attend a class or seminar, or complete other educational requirements.  
    4. Expulsion – the most severe sanction of violation of college policy is expulsion, which results in immediate dismissal and permanent separation from the college. Any student who is expelled due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted.  
    5. Fine – a monetary penalty for property damage, theft, or other violations that result in inconvenience cost to others.  
    6. Formal Warning – a written reprimand that expresses disapproval of the student’s actions and warns against any potential violations of college policy in the future.  
    7. Interim Suspension – temporarily restrict student(s) from campus/college activities pending a hearing.  
    8. Loss of Privileges – denial of specific privileges for a designated period of time.  
    9. Parental Notification – as permitted by law, the college reserves the right to disclose to parents or legal guardians information about a student’s violation of college regulations and policies and Federal, State and/or local laws governing the use of alcohol or a controlled substance. The college may notify parents/legal guardians of alcohol or a controlled substance violation if the student is under the age of 21. The Vice President, Student Services or designee determines the circumstances under which parental notification takes place. 
    10. Probation – a period of observation and review. The length of this period of probation will be determined by the Vice President, Student Services or designee. If found responsible for violating any college policies or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this period, the student may be immediately suspended from the college and/or events pending further disciplinary review.  
    11. Restitution – compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary replacement.  
    12. Suspension – immediate dismissal from classes and activities at the college for at least the remainder of the term/semester in progress and/or a specified period of time thereafter. Any additional violations or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this time period of suspension may result in expulsion. During suspension, the student is not permitted to visit the college premises or attend any college functions without prior written permission from the Vice President, Student Services or designee. Any student who is suspended due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted. 
  4. For employee appeals, refer to the appropriate handbook. 
  5. For hearing procedures for students, refer to the Student Code of Conduct. 

An employee or student may be accountable for sexual misconduct under applicable local, state, and/or federal law, as well as under LMC policy. A criminal investigation may be conducted concurrently with the Title IX investigation. Disciplinary action by LMC may proceed while criminal proceedings are pending and will not be subject to challenge on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced. 

On-Campus

Title IX (Students) Coordinator: 269-927-8150
Title IX (Employees)Coordinator: 269-927-8102
Director of Public Safety: 269-927-7060
Vice President, Student Engagement and Support: 269-917-8147

Off-Campus

Domestic Violence Shelters: 269-925-9500
Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan: 269-925-1726
Safe Shelter: 888-237-1891
Domestic Violence Coalition: 888-655-9008
National Domestic Violence Hot Line800-799-SAFE
MI Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence517-347-7000 

"A Resource Handbook for Campus Sexual Assault Survivors, Friends and Family" published by the Governor's Office in conjunction with the first lady of Michigan

Counseling Information

Andrews Community Counseling Center269-471-6238
Providing free psychological services under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults who reside in the Michigan area, or who are members of the community near the university. Office is located in
Berrien Springs.

Centered on Wellness269-926-6199
Offering behavioral counseling, coaching, consulting, education and prevention for children, families, couples, and adults. Offices are located in Benton Harbor and Niles.

Freedom Counseling Center269-982-7200
Freedom Counseling Center provides high-quality counseling and psychological evaluations to individuals, parents, couples, adolescents and children.

Riverwood Center800-336-0341 (24-hour hotline)
Riverwood partners with children, families and adults in their journey toward recovering from behavioral health and substance use challenges, and helps individuals with intellectual disabilities succeed in community living. Offices located in Benton Harbor.

Southwestern Medical Clinic Christian counseling and Psychological Services269-429-7727
Counseling services for treating abuse and trauma, addictions and co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, AHHD, eating disorders, coping with loss and grief and behavioral services for children and adolescents. Offices located in Berrien Springs, St. Joseph, Stevensville, Coloma, and Niles.

A personal protection action involves seeking an order from the court to protect you from harassment, assault, beating, molesting, wounding, or stalking by another person.  The order can also prohibit a person from entering your premises and from removing minor children, unless the removal is part of court-ordered parenting time.  The person filing the petition for personal protection is called the petitioner.  The person to be restrained by the personal protection order is called the respondent. 

There are two types of personal protection actions:  domestic and nondomestic.  A domestic personal protection order can be obtained if you have or had an established relationship with the other party or have a child in common.  A nondomestic personal protection order can be obtained if you want to prevent threatening or violent behavior by someone with whom you have not had any form of domestic relationship; this type or order is also referred to as an order against stalking. 

There are two ways personal protection orders can be issued.  The court can issue an order after the other person has been notified that you have filed for a personal protection order and after the court has held a hearing.  The court may also issue a personal protection order without notifying the other person and without a hearing.  This is called an ex parte order.  In Michigan, most personal protection orders are issued ex parte. 

Although it is a crime in Michigan for someone to assault or threaten another person, Michigan law provides additional protection to persons who have a domestic relationship, or those who are being harassed or stalked by another person, by allowing them to seek a personal protection order.  Stalking involves harassment that causes you to feel terrorized, intimidated, frightened, or molested.  This could include following you, making unwanted calls or mailings, or showing up repeatedly at your home or work. 

If you decide to file for a Personal Protection Order with the Berrien County Trial Court, the forms may be picked up in two locations: 

Berrien County Clerk’s Office 
1st Floor, Berrien County Courthouse 
811 Port Street 
Saint Joseph, MI 49085 
Phone: (269) 983-7111, extension 8736 
Fax: (269) 982-8642 
Email: clerk@berriencounty.org 

Berrien County Clerk’s Office 
South County Building 
1205 N. Front Street 
Niles MI 49120  

The following preventive measures will help minimize your chances of being attacked: 

  • Accept the fact that you are a potential assault victim.  Many people operate under the illusion that “it will never happen to me.”  It may. 

  • Above all else…trust your instincts.  If you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave immediately. 

Many attacks start with casual conversation—the assailant is “sizing the woman up.”  If she is polite and friendly (as most people have been taught to be), he will probably attempt to intimidate her.  Although most women feel uncomfortable about such an encounter before it escalates, they don’t want to appear to be unfriendly or suspicious.  If your gut-level response to a man, whether a stranger or a friend, is uneasiness, try to get out of the situation as quickly as possible, even if it means being rude or making a scene.  

Date rape occurs more frequently than reports seem to indicate.   

The key to prevention lies in: 

  • AWARENESS 

  • TRUSTING YOUR INTUITION 

  • ASSERTIVE BEHAVIOR 

Women have deterred assailants in a variety of ways.  Talking and thinking about what to do if attacked increases your chances for successfully defending yourself. 

It cannot be emphasized enough that sexual assault is a crime of violence.  Sexual assaulters are unstable persons who view their victims as objects upon which to vent their rage, aggression, frustration or insecurity.  They do not view their victims as fellow human beings at that moment, and sexual gratification is not a motive for their crime.  They wish to humiliate and degrade their victims, to make them lesser beings than they are.  Too often, the fantasy they are acting out carries with it danger of physical harm in addition to the crime of rape itself. 

Sexual assault can happen virtually anywhere, but the largest single grouping of reported incidents is either in the home of the victim or the home of the offender.  It is important to be aware of all potentially hazardous areas: 

  • Remote parking lots 

  • On the street 

  • Stairwells 

  • Shopping centers 

  • Public parks 

  • Hitchhiking 

  • Beaches at night 

  • Laundromats 

  • Jogging courses 

  • Deserted buildings 

  • School playgrounds 

  • Vehicles 

Sexual assaults often occur in conjunction with other crimes such as burglary, so the more effective preventative measures and common-sense precautions you take, the less your chances of becoming a victim.  But regardless of how many or how few precautions you take, you are not provoking the attack.  A locked door gives you time to call the police (911). 

Lake Michigan College encourages all students to participate in maintaining a safe environment on campus.  The power of bystanders, those that witness inappropriate behavior, is a powerful tool to help reduce all types of misconduct on campus.  Bystander intervention techniques are safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene, especially when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene.  Bystander intervention includes but is not limited to: 

  • Making a report to Campus Safety and Security or local law enforcement when you observe inappropriate behavior. 

  • Ask if you can help if you see someone that looks like they are in trouble. 

  • Be respectful of yourself and others around you; ask others to be respectful when they are not. 

  • Stop someone from driving if they are impaired. 

  • If you see a friend or acquaintance doing something inappropriate, say something. 

  • Speak up if you see or hear offensive, derogatory, or abusive remarks or actions. 

  • If a friend is impaired, offer to assist them in getting home and don’t let them go off with people they do not know. 

In accordance with the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Lake Michigan College is providing a link to the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry.  This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.  It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In the State of Michigan, convicted sex offenders must register with Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry maintained by the State police. 

The Sex Offenders Registration Act, MCL 28.721 et seq., directs the Michigan State Police to develop and maintain a public registry and provides guidelines on the type of offender information available to the public.  The registration requirements of the Sex Offenders Registration Act are intended to provide the people of this state with an appropriate, comprehensive, and effective means to monitor those persons who pose such a potential danger. 

In accordance with the Wetterling Act, Megan’s Law and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, it is now mandatory that all registered sex offenders report to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in which the institution of higher learning is located.  The Michigan Public Sex Offenders Registry can be accessed at www.mipsor.state.mi.us (opens in a new window)

Lake Michigan College (LMC) seeks to foster a secure learning environment. The Student Code of Conduct sets forth expectations for individuals who choose to become part of the College community. Students attending LMC are responsible for adhering to LMC’s Student Code of Conduct, Rules, Regulations, College Policies, and all local, State and Federal laws.

  • Accused Student– Any student accused of violating this Student Code of Conduct or the general College rules.
  • Appeal-- A request to review a previous College decision. All students are required to state their appeal in writing at the time they begin the appeal process.
  • Campus Designee-- A College appointee who is responsible for initiating the judicial process at the local level.
  • Campus Student Discipline Committee-- Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee; the Public Safety Director/Evening Adminstrators; and an Instruction representative appointed by the Vice President, Instruction. Director, Student Resource Center serves as an alternate as needed.
  • College-- Lake Michigan College
  • College Officials– Administrative and executive Officers and their designees.
  • Complainant– Any person who submits a charge alleging that a student violated this Student Code of Conduct or the general College rules.
  • Criminal Activity– Any alleged violation of local, State, or Federal laws.
  • Off-campus– Off-campus classes, including online, utilize LMC resources including faculty, internet, or intranet services, whether or not directly operated by LMC.
  • On-campus– All property owned, operated, maintained, controlled, or leased by LMC.
  • Property Belonging to LMC-- All land, buildings, facilities, or other grounds or structures, including adjacent streets and sidewalks, or any item in possession of or owned, used, loaned, leased, maintained, or controlled by LMC or funded by LMC budgets, including computers and network systems, library materials, classrooms, and laboratories used for LMC purposes.
  • Reinstatement Committee- this committee will review and make decisions related to suspended students requests for reinstatement to the College. Requests will only be considered after the original suspension has lapsed.
  • Student– an individual, who is currently enrolled, has been enrolled, or who has applied to be enrolled in the College.
  • Student Appeals Committee– A group of persons authorized by the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee to consider whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct.

This Code applies to:

  • The on-campus conduct of all students and registered student organizations.

  • The off-campus conduct of students and registered student organizations in direct connection with the use of College resources, including the campus network; academic course requirements, such as internships, field trips, international study, or experiential learning activities; any activity supporting the pursuit of a certificate or degree, such as research at another institution; and any activity sponsored, conducted, or authorized by LMC or by registered student organizations.

  • Off-campus conduct that negatively impacts LMC such as threats of violence or physical harm, unlawful harassment, or other conduct which may have a negative impact or may place its community (inclusive of students, employees or faculty) at risk.

This Code also applies to:

  • Any activity that causes substantial risk of destruction of property belonging to LMC or causes serious risk of harm or endangers the health or safety of members of the LMC community, including students, staff, and members of the public when participating in LMC events or activities.

  • Or any activity in which a police report has been filed, a summons or indictment has been issued, or an arrest has occurred for criminal activity.

Students of LMC are guaranteed all rights, privileges, and freedoms granted to a citizen of the United States. In addition, they are entitled to an environment that is conducive to learning and individual growth. To this end, students enrolling at LMC assume a responsibility for the College’s student conduct regulations, just as they assume a citizen’s responsibility to abide by Federal, State, and local laws. Violation of statutory laws or the College student conduct regulations or specific departmental rules may lead to disciplinary action(s) by LMC.

Students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible individuals in accordance with institutional policies, rules, and regulations. In developing responsible student conduct, the institution prefers advisory, guidance, admonition, and example. However, when these means fail to resolve problems of student conduct and responsibility, appropriate disciplinary procedures will be followed.

Misconduct for which students are subject to disciplinary action falls into the general areas of academic dishonesty, threatening physical and verbal behavior, and violations of civil or criminal statutes and/or institutional policies, rules and regulations. A student found to have committed or attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary sanctions:

  • Academic Honesty: This means that all academic work will be done by the student to whom it is assigned without giving or receiving unauthorized aid of any kind. Instructors will exercise care in the planning and supervision of academic work so that honest effort will be positively encouraged. Cheating and plagiarism are the two most obvious violations of academic honesty. No student shall engage in behavior that, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, constitutes cheating, fabrication, lying, plagiarism, or theft of academic property. In brief, plagiarism is borrowing ideas, words, organization, etc., from another source or person and claiming them as original. Any dishonest activity may result in failure of specific assignments or an entire course. Falsifying, forging, or altering of student records, College documents, and records or instruments of identification or providing false information to any official, College employee, or office also constitutes academic dishonesty and is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from Lake Michigan College
  • Alcohol and Drugs: The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession and/or sale of drugs, and unauthorized use and/or sale of alcohol on any LMC property or off campus sites such as hospitals or clinics is illegal and counter to the mission of the College.
  • Assault and Battery: Any conduct, including but not limited to, physical harm or abuse, bullying, verbal abuse, use of profanity, threats, intimidation, harassment, or coercion, or any behavior that threatens or endangers the health, safety, or well-being of any person is prohibited at any location providing College services.
  • Assembly: No student or students shall assemble in a manner that obstructs the free movement of persons about the campus or that interferes with the normal operation of College programs and services.
  • Athletic Conduct: Student-athletes represent LMC in special ways by bringing public and private recognition of the community to LMC. Therefore, the Athletic Department imposes a higher standard of conduct on its student-athletes. The Code set forth below indicates what criteria may be used to suspend or dismiss a student-athlete from an intercollegiate team.
    • Athletes are required to abide by all local, State, and Federal laws, as well as LMC rules and regulations.
    • Team practice and game match rules and regulations are to be adhered to at all times.
    • Athletes are to comply with reporting at a designated time for home athletic contests or departure to or from off-campus competitions unless they have received prior permission of the respective coach to alter their reporting time.
    • Athletes are to adhere to rules regarding tardiness or absenteeism. More than two occasions of tardiness or absenteeism without prior approval of the coach for practice, team departure or any away contest/event, or sports medical treatment will subject the athlete to team suspension.
    • Student-athletes must demonstrate high standards of sportsmanship and fair play while participating in an intercollegiate athletic LMC program.
    • Student-athletes must interact appropriately with teammates, coaches, sports medicine, and support staff. Insubordination in dealing with the coaches, athletic administrative staff, or sports medicine staff will be grounds for suspension or dismissal.
    • Student-athletes must conduct themselves in a manner which brings credit to themselves, their teammates and LMC. Conduct or being involved in activities which could bring negative public opinion to the team or athletic department of LMC is considered a violation of the Code of Conduct.
    • Student-athletes are required to attend classes and study tables to maintain academic standards established by LMC. Athletes who are put on academic, social or disciplinary probation, or suspension from LMC are subject to suspension or dismissal from the intercollegiate team.
  • Classroom Misconduct: Classroom misconduct is any substantial behavior which disrupts or interferes with the learning experience. Students are required and expected to conduct themselves as mature, considerate adults. Students should conduct and express themselves in a way that is respectful to all persons. This includes respecting the rights of others to comment and participate fully in class.
  • Compliance with Applicable Law: No student shall violate any College policy, rule or regulation or other local, State or Federal law, ordinance or regulation on College-owned or operated property or in connection with any College-sponsored program, course of study or activity.
  • Complicity in Violating the Student Code of Conduct: Includes attempting, aiding, abetting, conspiring, hiring or being an accessory to any act prohibited by this Code. If a student has knowledge of another student, individual, or group committing or attempting to commit a violation of the Code, he or she is required to remove him- or herself from the situation and report it to the College.
  • Contracts: No student shall enter into any contract in the name of the institution except with prior written authorization from appropriate College officials.
  • Dishonesty: No student shall furnish false and/or misleading information to the College regarding their admission or attendance. The omission of information shall be considered furnishing false and/or misleading information.
  • Disruptive Behavior: A student shall not behave in a manner that disrupts the academic atmosphere of the institution or that endangers the rights and/or safety of the student or other persons.
  • Failure to Comply: A student shall comply with the direction of institutional officials, faculty, staff, or security officers in performance of their duties and identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so. All students will wear or carry an LMC-issued photo identification.
  • Gambling: A student shall not engage in any form of gambling on College-owned or operated property that is not a college-sponsored activity.
  • Harassment: A student shall not engage in harassment or bullying of another person in violation of federal and/or state law.
  • Indecent or Obscene Behavior: A student shall not engage in any indecent or obscene behavior.
  • Keys: A student shall not engage in the unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any institutional facility nor engage in unauthorized entry to or use of institutional premises or property.
  • Obstruction/Abuse of Grievance Procedure: Includes but is not limited to:
    • Failure to comply with a summons of the Student Appeals Committee.
    • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of the information to the Student Appeals Committee.
    • Disruption or interference with the orderly process of a discipline hearing.
    • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in or use of the Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
    • Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of the Student Appeals Committee prior to and/or after a Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
    • Verbal or physical harassment and/or intimidation of a member of Student Appeals Committee prior to, during, and/or after a Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
    • Failure to comply with decisions, recommendations or sanctions imposed by the Student Appeals Committee.
    • Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
  • Registered Sex Offender: A student who is convicted of a felony or a crime requiring listing on the sex offender registry shall notify the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee of such status.
  • Safety: A student shall not engage in behavior that violates any safety rules of any classroom, laboratory, or other institutional facility. This shall include, without limitation, the wearing of any required personal safety equipment and following prescribed methods and procedures for handling and disposing of materials, which may be hazardous, unstable, contagious, etc.
  • Signs: A student shall not erect or display signs or posters on College-owned or operated property unless authorized by the institution. A student shall not deface, alter, tamper with, destroy or remove any sign or inscription on College-owned or operated property.
  • Soliciting: A student or organization may not use institutional facilities, solicit funds or goods on or off-campus, or schedule activities unless such action has been approved by appropriate institutional officials. Students may post information on identified, public boards on each campus.
  • Smoking and Use of Tobacco: In accordance with the Michigan Clean Indoor Act, P.A. 198 of 1986, LMC maintains a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not allowed inside the Napier Avenue Campus academic building, the Mendel Center, the Bertrand Crossing Campus, M-TEC facility, or South Haven Campus. Smoking and use of tobacco products is not allowed anywhere inside the premises, including restrooms and private offices, or other space owned, operated, or leased by LMC, or in any College vehicles. Employees and students who are found smoking or using tobacco products outside of the designated smoking areas will be considered in violation of College policy and will be subject to discipline in the same manner as violations of other College policies. (Also see Smoking Section of the Student Handbook.)
  • Theft or Other Abuse of Computer Time: This is addressed in detail in the College Handbook. (See Computer Lab Procedures section of the Student Handbook.)
  • Theft and Vandalism: A student shall not engage in attempted theft of and/or damage to property of the institution or a member of the College community or other personal or public property.
  • Use of Institutional Facilities: Unlawful or unauthorized use of the institutional facilities is prohibited.
  • Weapons: A student shall not possess, use, or threaten to use weapons or explosives on any College-owned or operated property or at a College-sponsored activity except as specifically authorized in writing by appropriate College officials. (Also see the Weapons-Free Campus Policy.)
  • Other Prohibited Misconduct: The College reserves the right to evaluate and document special cases and to refuse admission and/or continued enrollment if the College determines that the applicant/student is a threat or a potential danger to the College community or if such refusal is considered in the best interest of the College. The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee may specify other behaviors that shall constitute student misconduct, subject to the approval of the President.

When reports of alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct surface, they are addressed by the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee. The steps followed to resolve formal disciplinary matters are called the judicial process. The judicial process exists to ensure that basic due process is granted to all LMC students who find themselves in conflict with the College standards. Students, faculty, and staff may report possible infractions.

Due Process is the guarantee of student civil rights under the Constitution of the United States and the laws and regulations of Michigan and Lake Michigan College. Due Process is that process which prevents rights from being taken away from an individual without notice and an opportunity to respond to allegations.

Due process requires that the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee shall meet with the student as soon as possible after the alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct and at such meeting the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee shall provide the student with (1) notice of the alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct, (2) the facts upon which the alleged violation is made, and (3) an opportunity to discuss the alleged violations and to be heard. Within five (5) school days of the meeting, the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee will provide the student with notice of the decision and information regarding the appeal process, if applicable.

Anyone wishing to report student misconduct shall document all relevant information via a LMC Complaint Resolution Form, which shall be provided to a member of the campus administration. When a written incident report is filed, it shall be forwarded to the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee. Following review of the incident report (which may include, without limitation, any and all research deemed appropriate regarding the underlying incident), a determination will be made by the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee (in possible consultation with other campus and/or College leadership) whether charges of misconduct should be filed in response to the incident.

When a report of possible infraction of the Student Code of Conduct is received by the Office of the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee, the following process is implemented:

  1. The report of alleged misconduct is reviewed by any of the following: The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee or his/her designee, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, or the Director of Student Life. This review will determine suitable address of the matter, including whether judicial action should be initiated and may include contacting the student reportedly involved in the incident and/or other witness(es) to seek additional, clarifying information. Review of a reported incident does not, in itself, constitute judicial action.
  2. If it is determined that judicial action should be initiated to resolve a more serious infraction, written notice of judicial charges and sanctions is sent to the student’s local address listed in College records and a meeting with the accused student is conducted by either the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee or his/her designee, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, or the Director of Student Life.
  3. Failure or refusal to pick up or accept a letter does not remove the student’s obligation to adhere to any instructions, sanctions, or deadlines issued in the letter.
  4. A student may not avoid adjudication of an alleged policy infraction by withdrawing from the College. Should a student withdraw or depart from the College before investigation and/or adjudication of an alleged infraction is completed, the judicial process may proceed, and appropriate sanctions for confirmed charges may be issued. Pending resolution of a disciplinary matter, a hold will be placed on the absent student’s transcript.

The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee handles matters that require disciplinary action at Lake Michigan College. All students at the College are guaranteed due process (see Due Process section of this document) in disciplinary matters. When a student has been charged with misconduct or an infraction of the College rules, the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee will confer with the student charged. The student will be informed of his/her right to have an advisor present during this conference. Pending action by the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee on the charges, the status of the student will not be altered, nor will his/her right to be present on the Campus and to attend classes be suspended, except for reasons related to the safety and/or well being of other LMC students, employees, or property. The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee shall be the person to make the decision to suspend with regard to safety or property.

Disciplinary actions taken by the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designees toward a student found responsible for misconduct or a violation of College rules may include, but are not limited to, an oral warning up to expulsion from the College. See sanctions below.

Any combination of the following sanctions or other sanctions may be imposed through the judicial process. Multiple and/or repeated violations typically result in increased sanctions. The sanctions listed are not inclusive, but merely serve as guidelines:

  1. Formal warning: a written reprimand that expresses disapproval of the student’s actions and warns against any potential violations of College policy in the future.
  2. Probation: a period of observation and review. The length of this period of probation will be determined by the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee. If found responsible for violating any College policies or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this period, the student may be immediately suspended from the College and/or its events pending further disciplinary review.
  3. Suspension: immediate dismissal from classes and activities at the College for at least the remainder of the session/semester in progress and/or a specified period of time thereafter. Any additional violations or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this period of suspension may result in expulsion. During suspension, the student is not permitted to visit the College premises or attend any College functions without prior written permission from the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee. Any student who is suspended due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees after financial aid is adjusted.
  4. Expulsion: the most severe sanction for violation of College policy is expulsion, which results in immediate dismissal and permanent separation from the College. Any student who is expelled due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted.
  5. College property restrictions: restriction from certain College facilities or property, either physical or virtual, for a definite period of time.
  6. Fine: a monetary penalty for property damage, theft, or other violations that result in inconvenience or cost to others.
  7. Parental notification: as permitted by law, the College reserves the right to disclose to parents or legal guardians information about a student’s violation of College regulations and policies and Federal, State and/or local laws governing the use of alcohol or a controlled substance. The College may notify parents/legal guardians of alcohol or a controlled substance violation if the student is under the age of 21. The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee determines the circumstances under which parental notification takes place.
  8. Restitution: compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
  9. Educational sanctions: a student is required to write a paper, plan and present a program, attend a class or seminar, or complete other educational requirements.
  10. Loss of privileges: denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
  11. Disqualification from receipt of institutional financial aid while the sanction is imposed or possibly thereafter.
  12. Interim suspension: temporarily restrict student(s) from campus/College activities pending a hearing.
  1. Expulsion or suspension  
    1. All recommendations for expulsion or suspension shall be directed to the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee or designee, who may also initiate such action on his/her own authority. Where such recommendation is received, where the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee or designee on his/her own authority determines such recommendation appropriate, the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee shall meet with the student within five (5) school days and shall provide the student with (1) notice of the recommendation, (2) the facts or allegations upon which the recommendation is made, (3) an opportunity to discuss the allegations and to provide such information as the student deems appropriate or relevant, and (4) the right to appeal. 
    2. Upon receiving a recommendation for expulsion or suspension, or upon determining on his/her own authority that such discipline is appropriate, the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee may temporarily prohibit the student from attending any classes or participating in any other college activities until the meeting with the student is held.  
    3. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee may either (a) impose such lesser discipline as he/she deems appropriate under the circumstances, or (b) recommend to the president that such student be expelled or suspended. The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee shall notify the student of his/ her recommendation and shall also notify the student of his/her appeal rights.  
    4. See Student Appeal Process. 
  2. Exclusion from a Class or Course, Probation, or Reprimand  
    All recommendations for exclusion or removal from a course or class for reprimand or censure, or for probation must be initiated by a faculty member or adjunct. Or it may be initiated by the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee upon his/ her own authority. Where such a recommendation is received, or where the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee, deems such discipline appropriate, he/she shall meet with the student within five (5) school days and both will follow the Academic Complaint Procedure. 

Step 1: Violation – Student Code of Conduct  

Alleged event or alleged code of conduct violation occurs and the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee is notified. Investigation and adjudication of alleged violation occurs. The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee send student(s) a letter describing the allegation(s), or violation(s) and sanction(s) if applicable. Student is informed of rights regarding appeal.  

Step 2: Student Response  

  1. Student agrees with the findings and the case is closed.  
  2. If student disagrees with findings and/or sanction(s) the student can appeal the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee’s decision through the Student Appeal Process with the Student Appeal Committee. The student must submit their appeal request in writing to the College ombudsperson within five (5) business days after receiving the final decision from the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee.  

Step 3: Student Appeal Committee  

(If student disagrees with findings and/or sanction(s)) Within seven (7) business days of receiving the written appeal request the Student Appeal Committee will set a hearing date. The Student Appeal Committee will hear the case and make a final determination as to whether the student violated the Code of Conduct. Within seven (7) business days after the hearing the Student Appeal Committee will render a decision and the decision is final.  

The college reserves the right for the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee to suspend the normal judicial process under the following circumstances: cases where a student may present a threat of harm to self, or others, to property, or are disruptive to the campus living and learning community.  

General Provisions  

  1. All documents, communications, and all records dealing with an appeal shall be filed by the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee. All records of actions under this procedure shall be held in strict confidence and will be available to the student initiating the appeal or his/her representative.  
  2. Hearings and conferences held under this procedure shall be conducted at a time and place that will afford a fair and reasonable opportunity for all appropriate persons to be present. When such hearings and conferences are held during college hours, employees who are required to attend shall be excused to do so with no reduction in pay. Students who are required to attend will be excused from classes with no penalty.  
  1.  Jurisdiction  
    The Student Appeals Committee shall hear and determine appeals in the following situations: Student-, faculty-, or staff-generated complaints concerning student conduct excluding grades. The decision of the Student Appeals Committee is final.  
  2. Composition  
    The Student Appeals Committee shall consist of two (2) students from Student Senate, two (2) faculty from outside the division*, two (2) administrators outside the division and one (1) classified staff. The director of intercollegiate athletics will chair and facilitate the Student Appeals Committee and is a non-voting member. The Student Senate, Division and Departments will annually create a pool of participants from which to draw committee members. *Division refers to that of the faculty referenced in the complaint.  

  3. Ombudsperson  
    Any full-time staff and/or faculty member can serve as the Lake Michigan College ombudsperson and is appointed by the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee. The ombudsperson’s primary duty is to assist students in resolving complaints or disputes within the college. The ombudsperson also helps staff members, instructors, and administrators sort through college rules and regulations that might apply to specific issues and concerns. The ombudsperson carries out these duties in a neutral, confidential, informal and independent manner. The current Benton Harbor Campus ombudsperson is the director, advising and retention, room A-204, (269) 927-6280.  
     
    The South Haven campus ombudsperson is the Director of the Campus and can be reached at (269) 637-7500.  
     
    Current Niles Campus ombudsperson is the director of student services, room BC-101b, (269) 695-2988.  
     
    Following a request for assistance, the ombudsperson will take one or more of the following actions: (1) listen carefully to the concern, (2) explain relevant student rights and responsibilities, (3) review relevant college policies or regulations, (4) suggest fair and equitable options, 5) refer the individual to an appropriate college or community resource, or (6) investigate, when necessary. The ombudsperson is available to all parties involved in Student Appeals Committee hearings, the final step in an effort to resolve a dispute. 
     
    NOTE: The ombudsperson is not an advocate for any group on campus; instead the ombudsperson is an advocate for fairness. The ombudsperson also does not provide legal service, represent students or instructors at academic grievance or disciplinary hearings or mediate disputes between or among faculty or between faculty and administrators. The office of the ombudsperson does not accept formal complaints or notice for the college. Members of the LMC community may contact the ombudsperson in person or by e-mail. At any point in the process, the student, faculty, adjunct or staff may enlist the assistance of the LMC ombudsperson for procedural assistance. Any informal records that are generated will be kept on file by the ombudsperson. The above procedure excludes issues related to sexual harassment, civil rights, Title IX, and disability concerns. Complaint procedures for these areas can be found in the college Policies section of the college catalog or directed to the executive director of human resources and diversity in room A305, (269) 927-8102. Any questions regarding your rights under Section 504 should be directed to the Student Outreach and Support Services office at (269) 927-8866.  

The purpose of a hearing is to provide the opportunity for the campus designee or complainant and the respondent to present all relevant information and evidence with regard to the alleged misconduct. It is the responsibility of the Student Appeals Committee, as applicable, to consider impartially all relevant information and evidence, determine the facts, apply college policy, and impose appropriate sanctions if the respondent is found responsible for the alleged violation. College judicial hearings are administrative hearings that allow flexibility and are not courts of law. Students may have an advisor from the college community during the hearings, but not an attorney. The advisor cannot speak or ask questions during the hearings or interrupt the procedures in any way. The judicial process is separate and independent from any civil or criminal action and may proceed even if a related matter is anticipated or pending in other forums. Rules of evidence and the criminal standard of proof do not apply. Student Appeals Committee members, as applicable, are expected to find a student or student organization responsible for violations of college policies only if the information shows that it is more likely than not that misconduct occurred.  

Whenever a hearing in front of the Student Appeals Committee is to be held regarding an allegation of misconduct, the campus designee or respondent and the complainant shall be given at least three (3) business days’ notice of the charges and the date, time, and place of the hearing. Failure of the respondent to attend the hearing will result in the case being heard in his or her absence. The order of presentation of the hearing will normally be as follows:  

  1. Introductions and reading of the charge(s) by the Student Appeals Committee Chair.  

  1. The campus designee or complainant presents an opening statement.  

  1. The accused presents an opening statement. 

  1. The campus designee or complainant presents relevant evidence and witnesses.  

  1. The accused may question the campus designee or complainant’s witnesses.  

  1. The Student Appeals Committee may question the campus designee or complainant’s witnesses.  

  1. The accused presents relevant evidence and witnesses.  

  1. The campus designee or complainant may question the witnesses of the accused.  

  1. The Student Appeals Committee may question the accused’s witnesses.  

  1. The Student Appeals Committee presents any witnesses called by the Student Appeals Committee itself.  

  1. First the campus designee or complainant and then the accused may question the Student Appeals Committee’s witnesses.  

  1. Any witness may be recalled for further questioning by any participant.  

  1. The campus designee or complainant presents a final statement.  

  1. The accused presents a final statement.  

  1. The Student Appeals Committee deliberates privately and renders a decision.  

  1. The Student Appeals Committee Chair sends to accused student the decision in writing within seven (7) business days.  

The Student Appeals Committee may ask questions of witnesses at any time and also facilitate the presentation of the case. The Student Appeals Committee may call additional witnesses or seek further evidence relating to a case if the Student Appeals Committee member desires clarification or further information. All hearings shall be closed to everyone except the Student Appeals Committee appropriate college staff, the respondent, the campus designee or complainant, the observer/recorder selected by the college, and witnesses during the actual time of their testimony. The proceedings of the Student Appeals Committee hearings are presumptively confidential. Unauthorized disclosure of information by any party or witness involved during the hearing process may lead to disciplinary action.  

The respondent is entitled to be present at the hearing, to hear and respond to evidence regarding the charges, to present witnesses, and to question witnesses and other evidence. Witnesses must be members of the college faculty, staff or student body; unless the Student Appeals Committee rules that others may appear in the interest of the case. The respondent and complainant must give the names of all relevant witnesses to the ombudsperson at least two (2) business days before the hearing. The respondent and complainant will have access to the names of all witnesses. It is the responsibility of the respondent and complainant to notify all witnesses of the date, time, and location of a hearing. If a witness fails to appear, the hearing shall be held in his or her absence. 

All relevant information will be admissible. It is the responsibility of the respondent and complainant to submit all relevant information to the ombudsperson at least two (2) business days before the hearing. The chair, in consultation with the Student Appeals Committee members, will determine relevance. All evidence and information presented to the Student Appeals Committee is expected to be truthful, accurate, and complete. Failure to give truthful and complete information at a hearing may result in disciplinary action for a witness. Following the proceedings, the Student Appeals Committee will meet in a private session to deliberate whether the respondent is responsible or not for the charges based on the Committee’s judgment of whether it is more likely than not that misconduct has occurred. The Student Appeals Committee will not provide input on sanction(s) to the respondent. The Student Appeals Committee’s decision shall be based only on evidence presented at the hearing. The chair will remain in the session as a resource person, but will not participate in the deliberations. The Student Appeals Committee must reach a majority decision, with all members of the Student Appeals Committee voting. The decision of the Student Appeals Committee is final.  

If a student is dismissed or suspended from one LMC location, that individual is dismissed or suspended from all LMC locations. After the suspension/dismissal period has been met the individual under dismissal or suspension may apply for reinstatement. The suspension/dismissal starts at the time/date of official notification to the student from the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee. Prior to returning to campus, the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee may, if deemed appropriate, require the student to be assessed by an appropriate psychological provider (e.g., licensed clinical mental health counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, licensed social worker). The purpose of the evaluation is to assure:  

  1. The student is safe to return to campus and does not pose an immediate harm to him/herself or others and is able to adequately care for him or herself.  

  1. The student is able to function both socially and academically and will not cause any disruption to the community and normal functioning of the college.  

 The individual must begin the reinstatement appeal process by informing, in writing, the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee. The letter should include a description of specific goals and supportive steps that the student will implement to help reduce the risk of another episode (or conduct issue) that caused the initial suspension or dismissal from the college. The appeal will be reviewed by the Admission Review  Panel and/or the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee, who will act on the appeal within thirty (30) days of its receipt. The recommendation of the Admission Review Panel and/or Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee, will be final. If the reinstatement request is denied, the student may appeal for reinstatement again after an additional five (5) years.  

Lake Michigan College strives to resolve all student complaints in a fair and expedient manner. This policy and procedure pertain to non-civil rights* related complaints that involve issues that are general in nature and are not related to instruction or academic matters, such as complaints about non-teaching college staff, the parking lot, snow removal, bathroom maintenance, facility issues, etc.  Student who have complaints that involve instruction or academic matters, such as evaluations of academic work (e.g., examinations, quizzes, papers, final course grades, etc.), and/ or failure of a faculty member to follow college policies and/or procedures as they relate to instruction or academic matters, should refer to the Student Complaint: Academic policy and procedure. 

Students who want to file a complaint regarding general, non-academic college operations should report their concerns to the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee. The following steps outline the requirements of the students as well as the timeline for the General Complaint Process: 

  • Verbal or written student complaint(s) should be submitted to The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee. The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee will consider the merits of the complaint and will take any and all action they consider appropriate or necessary to resolve the concerns raised in the complaint. At this level, the student may request to remain anonymous. Students having a complaint may submit the complaint either verbally or in writing at any time. The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee will respond to the complaint within 7 business days. 
  • If the student’s verbal or written complaint is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction and the student chooses to continue to pursue the complaint further, the student must submit a request in writing (making the complaint a formal complaint) to the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee requesting further resolution. The written request must be submitted within10 business days of notification of the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee's resolution to the informal complaint. The written request must include the specific nature of the complaint, reasons for filing the complaint, all documentation supporting the complaint,  and the specific remedy requested. The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee will seek a resolution by using the following means:  
    • Contact the appropriate college employee who is responsible for the college operation that a complaint has been lodged against and arrange a meeting between the parties involved to discuss a possible resolution. The written complaint will be forwarded to all appropriate parties involved in the conflict prior to the meeting.  
    • If a satisfactory resolution is concluded, then the appropriate college employee who received the complaint shall notify the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee that the complaint has been resolved, and an appropriate entry shall be recorded in the LMC Student Complaint Log. 
    • Should a resolution not be reached, the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee will review the complaint and all supporting material and render a written decision regarding the complaint which shall include the basis of the decision. A decision to the formal complaint will be rendered within five  (5) business days and will be communicated in writing. The decision will be communicated to the student in writing with a copy to the appropriate college employee who is responsible for the college operation that the complaint has been lodged against. An entry regarding the complaint and resolution will be recorded in the LMC Student Complaint Log. 
    • Appeal Process: In the event the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee is unable to resolve the complaint; the complaint will be forwarded to the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee for review and action. The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee will review the complaint and all supporting material and render a written decision regarding the complaint which shall include the basis of the decision. A decision to the formal complaint will be rendered within  five  (5) business days and will be communicated in writing. The decision will be communicated to the student in writing with a copy to the appropriate college employee who is responsible for the college operation that the complaint has been lodged against.   The decision from the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee shall be final. No further appeal will be considered.  An entry regarding the complaint and resolution will be recorded in the LMC Student Complaint Log. 

Formal complaints will result in an anonymous entry into the LMC Student Complaint Log. The log is available for review by college staff, representatives of accrediting agencies, and by other, appropriate outside agencies. The names of any individuals involved in a complaint (including the names of any student(s) or LMC staff directly involved) are not part of the log. The LMC Student Complaint Log will include the following information: 

  1. A description of the complaint 

  1. The date the complaint was received 

  1. The category of the complaint (grounds, facilities, etc.) 

  1. Steps taken to address the complaint 

  1. The disposition of the complaint, including referral to an outside agency 

  1. Any external actions initiated by a student and related to a given complaint 

LMC will maintain records of complaints for a minimum of ten years. The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee will maintain the LMC Student Complaint Log. Accrediting agencies and other appropriate outside agencies will be able to review the LMC Student Complaint Log in conjunction with accrediting visits and self-studies. 

Complaint resolution procedures are published on the LMC website and Student Handbook. Students can get hard copies at any LMC Student Information Center location. 

This policy and procedure does not apply to issues related to sexual harassment, civil rights, Title IX, and disability concerns. Complaints or concerns related to civil rights issues should be discussed with the Executive Director of Human Resources.

LMC distance education students wishing to file a formal complaint must first seek resolution through LMC’s Student Complaint Policies and Procedures. LMC participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) through the state of Michigan. If a student’s complaint cannot be resolved internally at LMC, the student may file a complaint with the State of Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department.

Lake Michigan College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds several program accreditations. Learn more about LMC’s accreditations.

All complaints submitted in writing, signed by a student, and addressed to or submitted to an academic officer may be shared with agencies that accredit the College or its programs unless the student expressly prohibits the College from doing so.

In accordance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, prospective students, enrolled students, and employees may access student consumer information on LMC's website.

The welfare and success of Lake Michigan College (LMC) depends on the physical and psychological health of all its students and employees. The abuse of drugs and alcohol poses a serious threat to the College, its students, and its employees. Commonly abused or improperly used drugs and substances include, among others, alcohol, pain killers, sedatives, stimulants, tranquilizers, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other illegal drugs.

Lake Michigan College does not encourage or discourage alcohol consumption for those individuals who are of legal age in the State of Michigan. However, Lake Michigan College requires that when alcohol is consumed on the premises, that it be utilized in a socially responsible manner and only in those public situations with prior approval by the College.

It is the joint responsibility of the College, its students, and its employees to follow the policies and procedures developed to support a safe, drug-free environment.

Be it known, therefore, that Lake Michigan College will make a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug-free work place through the implementation of the following policies:

A. Employees

  1. The manufacture, distribution, possession, unauthorized use or sale of any federally controlled substance and/or alcohol on College premises or while acting as an agent of the College is prohibited and will constitute grounds for termination.
  2. Each Employee engaged in the performance of a federal contract or grant must have a copy of the “Code of Conduct Policy to Support Drug Free Workplace” and must agree, as a condition of employment, to abide by its terms and to notify the College of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after the conviction.
  3. The College will notify federal contracting or granting agencies of any convictions (as described in paragraph 2) immediately within ten (10) days after receiving notice of the conviction.
  4. The college requires employees convicted of violations of criminal drug statutes in the workplace to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, or face sanctions up to and including termination.

The College will establish such procedures as it finds necessary to effectively enforce this policy. The College maintains an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It strongly urges employees to use the program for confidential help with alcohol or drug problems. It is each employee’s responsibility to seek assistance from the EAP before the problem affects judgment, performance and behavior.

B. Students

The manufacture, distribution, possession, unauthorized use or sale of any federally controlled substance and/or alcohol on College premises or while engaged in College activities is punishable by law and is prohibited and will be subject to discipline, including expulsion.

The College will establish such procedures as it finds necessary to effectively enforce this policy.

The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) requires an institution of higher education (IHE) such as Lake Michigan College, to certify that it has implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use and/or distribution of illicit drugs both by LMC students and employees both on its premises and as a part of any of its activities.

At minimum, an IHE must annually distribute the following in writing to all students and employees:

  1. Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees;
  2. A description of the legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
  3. A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuses;
  4. A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation reentry programs that are available to employees or students; and
  5. A clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees and description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution for violations of the standards of conduct.
  1. Federal
    Federal law provides criminal and civil penalties for unlawful possession or distribution of a controlled substance. Under the Controlled Substance Act as well as other related federal laws, the penalties for controlled substance violations includes, but is not limited to, incarceration, fines, potential for the forfeiture of property used in possession or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance (which may include homes, vehicles, boats, aircrafts and any other personal or real property), ineligibility to possess a firearm, and potential ineligibility to receive federal benefits (such as student loans and grants).
     
  2. State
    Under current Michigan state law, “a person shall not knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance.” If an individual is found guilty of a violation of the state law, they may be subject to large fines and/or imprisonment.

    A minor may not “purchase or attempt to purchase alcoholic liquor, consume or attempt to consume alcoholic liquor, possess or attempt to possess alcoholic liquor, or have any bodily alcohol content.” Violation of the law may subject a minor to fines, participation in a substance abuse program or treatment center, imprisonment, community service hours, and/or out of pocket expenses related to required substance abuse screenings.
     

  3. Local
    Berrien County follows State of Michigan laws.

A. Drug Abuse

The following subcategories are the most frequently used drugs, listed with their associated risks associated category (ies), per the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (www.drugfree.org).

  1. Prescription Drugs- covers both legally and/or illegally obtained.
    1. Prescription pain relievers (Codeine, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin) – a large single dose can cause severe respiratory depression that can lead to death.
    2. Prescription Stimulants (Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin) – taking high doses may result in dangerously high body temperatures and an irregular heartbeat. Potential for heart attack or lethal seizures.
    3. Prescription Sedatives and/or Tranquilizers (Merbaral, Quaaludes, Xanax, Valium) – slows down the brain’s activity and when a user stops taking them, there can be a rebound effect, possibly leading to seizures and other harmful consequences.
  2. Marijuana (Blunt, Dope, Grass, Hash, Herb, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, Skunk, Weed) – can cause memory and learning problems, hallucinations, delusions and depersonalization.
  3. Ecstasy/MDMA (Adam, Bean, E, Roll, X, XTC) - can cause severe dehydration, liver and heart failure and even death.
  4. Heroin (Big H, Black Tar, Dope, Junk, Skunk, Smack) – chronic heroin users risk death by overdose.
  5. Inhalants (Whippets, Bagging, Huffing, Poppers, Snappers, Dusting) – Chronic exposure can produce significant damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.
  6. Cocaine/Crack (Big C, Blow, Bump, Coke, Nose Candy, Rick, Snow) – can cause heart attacks, strokes and seizures. In rare cases, sudden death on the first use.

B. Dangers In The Workplace

On a worksite, the use of alcohol and other drugs may result in:

  1. mistakes, accidents and injuries
  2. damage to workplace equipment, causing subsequent injuries
  3. a deterioration in workplace relationships
  4. increased sickness-related absenteeism
  5. lateness and lost time
  6. a decrease in productivity
  7. a decrease in staff morale

A. Employees

The following programs are available for employees at LMC:

  1. The college’s Employee Assistance Program, available to all full- and part-time employees, is administered through HelpNet. Information can be found in the Human Resources offices or on SharePoint under the staff and faculty benefit links.
  2. Substance abuse treatment including counseling, in-patient and out-patient care, is available through the LMC group health plans. For more information employees may contact the Human Resource Manager/Benefits Specialist at (269) 927-8146.

B. Currently Enrolled Students

The following programs are available to currently enrolled students:

  1. Substance Treatment Resources in Berrien County:
    • Comfort in Counseling Robyn’s Nest (269)983-6686
    • Harbortown Treatment Center (269)926-0015
    • Riverwood Center (800)336-0341
    • Southwestern Michigan Clinic Christian Counseling (269)429-7727
  2. Students who would like information regarding additional alcohol and drug abuse referral services may contact the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee at (269) 927-8150.
  3. Educational programs covering drug or alcohol abuse are covered in the Healthful Living, Health and Fitness, and Personal Health classes to acquaint students with the concept of wellness and the relationship between physical activity and optimal Health and fitness.
  4. Brochures on underage drinking, drunk driving consequences, and drug use/abuse are available to students in multiple campus locations
  5. Informational booths and tables on substance and alcohol abuse are available to students.

A. Employees

“As required by the drug free workplace act, any employee found to be in violation of the above prohibition shall be subject to (1) mandatory participation in drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation programs as condition of continued employment; and/or (2) disciplinary action up to and including discharge or dismissal”

Furthermore, as a condition of continued employment, any employee who is convicted for a violation of any state or federal criminal statute involving manufacture, distribution, dispensation or use of any controlled substance in the workplace shall notify the Executive Director of Human Resources of the conviction no later than 5 days after such conviction. The Executive Director shall report the conviction as required by the Drug Free Act. Failure to timely report such conviction shall subject an employee to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge. Any employee who is convicted as described above may be subject to (1) participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program as condition of continued employment; and/or (2) disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.

B. Currently Enrolled Students

Violations of the student code of conducts are taken very seriously. When a currently enrolled student violates the student code of conduct, the following sanctions will apply.

Any combination of the following sanctions or other sanctions may be imposed through the judicial process. Multiple and/or repeated violations typically result in increased sanctions. The sanctions listed are not inclusive, but merely serve as guidelines.

  1. College property restricted: restrictions from certain college facility or property, either physical or virtual, for a definite period of time.
  2. Disqualification from receipt of institutional financial aid while the section is imposed or possible thereafter.
  3. Educational Sanctions: a student is required to write a paper, plan and present a program, attend a class or seminar, or complete other educational requirements.
  4. Expulsion: the most severe sanction of violation of college policy is expulsion which results in immediate dismissal and permanent separation from the college. Any student who is expelled due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted.
  5. Fine: a monetary penalty for property damage, theft, or other violations that result in inconvenience cost to others.
  6. Formal warning: a written reprimand that expresses disapproval of the student’s actions and warns against any potential violations of college policy in the future.
  7. Interim Suspension: temporarily restrict student(s) from campus /college activities pending hearings.
  8. Loss of Privileges: denial of specific privileges for a designated period of time.
  9. Parental Notification: as permitted by law, the college reserves the right to disclose to parents or legal guardians information about a student’s violation of college regulations, polices and federal, state and/or local laws governing the use of alcohol and other controlled substances. The college may notify parents /legal guardians of alcohol or a controlled substance violation if the student is under 21. The Vice President of Students Engagement and Support or designee determines the circumstances under which parental notification takes place.
  10. Probation: a period of observation and review. The length of this period of probation will be determined by the Vice President of Student Engagement and Support or designee. If found responsible for violating any college policies or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this period, the student may be immediately suspended from college and/or events pending disciplinary review.
  11. Restitution: compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate services and/or monetary replacements.
  12. Suspension: immediate dismissal from classes and activities at the college for at least the remainder of the term/semester in progress and/or a specific period of time thereafter. Any additional violations or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this time of suspension may result in expulsion. During suspension, the student is not permitted to visit the college premises or attend any college functions without prior written permission from the Vice President of Student Engagement and Support of designee. Any student who is suspended due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after finical aid is adjusted.

The College will provide currently enrolled students and employees with a copy of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program notice annually. This notice will be emailed to the student via their Lake Michigan College student email as well as their personal email. All employees will receive the notice through the College email system.

The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee shall have oversight responsibility of the DAAPP including but not limited to; updates, coordination of information required in the DAAPP, and coordination of the annual notification to employees and students.

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Lake Michigan College is committed to providing a safe and healthy work and learning environment for all students and visitors.  

Smoking is defined, but not limited to, the act of lighting, smoking or carrying a lighted or smoldering cigar, cigarette or pipe of any kind, and/or “vaping” with e-cigarettes, mechanical personal vaporizers (MPVs), or atomizers. It also includes the use of any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contains tobacco flavoring, or delivers nicotine other than for purposes of cessation.  

Smokeless Tobacco  

Lake Michigan College prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco products on any of its campuses. This includes chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco (dip), snuff, nasal tobacco (snus) and/or any other variation of smokeless tobacco product.  

Electronic and Mechanical Nicotine Delivery Systems and Vaping  

Lake Michigan College strictly prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and/or any other type of electronic or mechanical nicotine delivery system. This includes electronic cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and atomizers or mechanical devices such as mechanical personal vaporizers (MPVs) which use mechanical magnetic switches for activation. While the college recognizes that these products do not contain tobacco, their use looks similar to regular tobacco products and therefore gives the appearance of smoking.  

The Tobacco-Free Campus policy applies to any property owned or maintained by the college including inside all buildings (including residential living), exterior open spaces except where designated, indoor facilities, on-campus sidewalks, recreational spaces, vehicles owned or leased by the college, and parking lots except in personal vehicles. This policy applies to all employees, temporary employees, students, clients, visitors (customers and vendors), consultants, independent contractors and/or their employees on college property, and any college-sponsored off-site conferences and meetings.  

Refer to the campus maps for designated exterior smoking areas.  

The Mendel Center

Smoking is only permitted within the building when it is part of a stage production. 

No other area community college or university has lower tuition and fees than Lake Michigan College. See the Tuition and Fees section of the LMC website for the latest rates. Contact the Business Office at (269) 927-8616, or call any campus if you have questions about tuition and fees.

Contact Hours 

Lake Michigan College assigns contact hours for a course based upon the total amount of weekly instructional time a student will receive in the course. This instructional time includes all types of instruction such as lecture, lab, etc. 

Contact Hour Fees  

A total of $46 in fees will be charged per contact hour to all students. The fees support services provided by the college that directly enhance the learning experience. Of the $46, $14 is assessed as a General Academic Fee, $1 as a Student Activity Fee, $14 as a Facility Usage Fee to assist in the upgrade and maintenance of the campuses, $14 as a Technology Fee to fund campus computer and classroom technology equipment upgrades, and $3 for the Student Senate Campus fund which will be used to address campus needs students identify as a priority. Other fees may be assessed based on the course structure, payment timing or late registration. See the Tuition and Fees schedule in the handbook. 

Other Fees 

Delinquency/Collection Fee A 33% of total balance delinquency/collection fee will be added to all account balances not paid by the due date on the final notice. 

Experiential Fee The experiential fee is for students who, through work experience and demonstration of their knowledge, place out of classes. If you substitute work experience for a class this way and have the credits applied toward your transcript, a fee of $50 will be charged for each course. 

Late Registration Fee  A late registration fee will be charged if you register for classes after the regular registration period. During the week before the start of the semester or term, a $20 late registration fee will be charged to students registering for the first time. During the first week of classes, students may only register for or add classes that have not yet met for the first time. See the Academic Calendar in WaveLink for specific late registration dates. 

Michigan Colleges Online Course Tuition 

Tuition for Internet courses offered through Lake Michigan College to students referred by Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) differs from standard tuition rates paid by accepted LMC students. See the rates on the Tuition and Fees section of the LMC website. ​​​​​These rates are subject to change without notice. 

For Internet courses offered through MCO only, students are eligible for in-district tuition rates if they are residents of any Michigan community college district. Michigan residents who do not live within a community college district will be charged out-of-district rates. All other students will pay the out-of-state tuition rate. The only LMC fee that is applied, in addition to the internet tuition rate, is a Late Registration fee as appropriate. 

Full-time/Part-time Status 

A student must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours to be designated as a full-time student. Students with 9 to 11 credit hours are considered 3/4-time students. Students with 6 to 8 credit hours are considered part-time students, and those with fewer than 6 credit hours are considered less-than-half-time students. 

Credit Hour Limit 

No student may take more than 18 credit hours without special permission from the appropriate dean or designee. Permission may be granted in those instances where students have a 3.00 cumulative GPA or better. 

Tuition and fees must be paid in full at the time of registration or payment arrangements through the Flex Pay Plan must be made at that time. By registering for classes at Lake Michigan College, you agree to financial responsibility for all charges on your college account. You also promise to pay Lake Michigan College the full amount of the obligation by the due date. Further, you agree to pay any and all costs, including collection, attorney, and litigation costs incurred by Lake Michigan College in its effort to collect, should you default on your account. Each time you register for courses you must make payment arrangements. If payment for a course is not made within the 24-hour timeframe, ALL courses will be dropped and a refund issued for courses already paid for.

Your two payment options are the following:  

  1. Paying in full at time of registration with:  
    • Cash  
    • Personal check or money order made payable to Lake Michigan College  
    • Third-party payment  
    • Funds held by LMC in an international student deposit account 
  2. Enrolling in Flex Pay
    If you don’t pay in full at the time of registration, or if you receive financial aid that does not cover your entire balance, or you are a Chapter 33 veteran, you must sign up for Flex Pay. Flex Pay is a payment plan that spreads your tuition and fee payments out over time. See details under the Flex Pay section.  

Chapter 33 Veterans  

Veterans must complete the following steps to register and pay for classes. Register online or at any LMC campus. Contact the LMC VA representative to provide the proper VA enrollment documentation. Login to Wavelink and select “I am a Chapter 33 Veteran” as your payment option. Provide a checking or savings account or credit card number which will be used for monthly automatic payment withdrawals for the outstanding tuition and fee balance after your VA benefits award has been applied to your account. Flex Pay-Pending Aid details can be found on the website.  

International Student Deposit  

A $6,500 deposit is due before international students are admitted to the college for the first time. This is a one-time required deposit which must be paid in the form of cash, credit card, money order or cashier’s check. Wire payments from outside the US may be made at Flywire.com The deposit is held exclusively for tuition and fees. The Business Office will open accounts at the LMC Bookstore for all international students with funds on deposit. If an international student decides to transfer to another school, the Business Office will refund any remaining balance to the student. Students who leave the college and want to re-enroll will follow regular payment procedures.  

Third Party Payment  

If someone other than the student is paying for tuition and fees (e.g. an employer, school district, Michigan Works, etc.), authorization to bill tuition and fees to a third party must be brought to the Business Office at least two weeks prior to the student registering for classes. You can access the required Third Party Billing Authorization form at the Financial Aid Office page.  

In Person  

You may pay tuition and fees at the Benton Harbor, Niles, or South Haven campuses during regular business hours. You can pay with cash or a check, employee tuition voucher, or Flex Pay program.  

Online  

You can pay your tuition and fees online through WaveLink.  

  1. Log on www.lakemichigancollege.edu  
  2. Click on the WaveLink icon.  
  3. Enter your login information.  
  4. Select the “LMC Student” tab.  
  5. After you’ve registered for classes, click on the “View Registration Charges” link to review your tuition balance.  
  6. Select a payment option.  

If you register for classes online and do not pay with a credit card or do not sign up for Flex Pay, you have 24 hours from the time of online registration to pay your tuition in person with cash or check at the Benton Harbor, Niles, or South Haven campuses. After 24 hours, your class registration will automatically be canceled. If you register ON or AFTER the last day to add/drop without a payment plan in place, you assume full financial responsibility. 

Flex Pay is a low-cost way to spread your tuition and fee payments out over time. Payments are automatically deducted from your checking or savings account or your MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express Card.  

Flex Pay is not a loan program so you won’t have interest or finance charges, and there is no credit check. There is a $25-per-semester, non-refundable enrollment fee. A 2.5% convenience fee is charged for credit card payments.  

Payments are processed on the 5th of each month and continue until the balance is paid in full. Certain banks will not allow payments to be made from a savings account. Please check with your financial institution prior to registering for Flex Pay if you wish to use your savings account. You must sign up each semester that you want to use the program.  

NOTE: Students who have previously defaulted on the Flex Pay/FACTS/e-Cashier program are not eligible to participate.  

Flex Pay Options  

There are two Flex Pay options. Your financial aid status at the time you register for classes determines if a payment plan is required.  

  1. Flex Pay for those with or without financial aid.
    If you do not pay in full at the time you register for classes and you do not receive financial aid (including scholarships, grants and loans), or if you have a balance greater than your financial aid, you will be placed into the traditional Flex Pay plan. The amount of the down payment you must make will be determined by the date you enroll in the program. The earlier you enroll, the smaller the down payment is. Refer to the Flex Pay Enrollment Dates chart. 

    Note: If you have applied for financial aid, please know that it can take 3 to 4 weeks after you submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) until you receive your estimated financial aid award package. If you anticipate receiving financial aid and want to utilize Flex Pay, please wait until your estimated financial aid award package is complete to register for classes. 

    When you register for classes after you receive an estimated financial aid award package from LMC that shows you are receiving some level of financial aid, and sign up for Flex Pay, you will be placed into Flex Pay. When you register for classes before receiving your estimated financial aid award letter from LMC and sign up for Flex Pay, you will be charged the $25 fee. Once you have been placed into the regular Flex Pay program, the $25 fee cannot be refunded.   

  2. Flex Pay – Pending Aid for Chapter 33 veterans. 
    Flex Pay-Pending Aid is available for Chapter 33 veterans only. Payments are deferred until after your VA payment is received. Refer to the Flex Pay charts for more information. 

How to Enroll in Flex Pay  

If you wish to use Flex Pay, you must re-enroll each semester at the time of registration.Login to WaveLink and click on the e-Cashier Payment Plan/Pay My Bill link. Please have the following information available:  

  • LMC student ID number  
  • Name address and email of the person responsible for making payments  
  • Account information for the person responsible for payment. Payments may be made by:  
    • Automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account; have the bank name, telephone number, account number, and the bank routing number available  
    • Credit card; have the credit card number and expiration date available  

ALL students, including those whose financial aid does not cover their total tuition and fees, must sign up for Flex Pay. The only exceptions are:  

  • Students who pay in full at the time of registration  
  • Students who are funded through Michigan Works!  
  • Students who have made arrangements with the college’s Financial Services office through their employer  
  • Students who have more aid than the total tuition and fees  

Note: If your Flex Pay plan has three unsuccessful attempts for payment before the last day to drop, your classes will be dropped for non-payment. If you wish to re-register, payment in full via CASH may be made at the Business Office.  

The Flex Pay enrollment dates calendar can be found on the website.

Financial aid is designed to supplement the financial resources of students and their families. Eligibility is based on need and awarded aid is based on numerous factors. All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid.  

To Apply for Financial Aid

Visit fafsa.ed.gov and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to list Lake Michigan College as your school of choice on your FAFSA (school code 002277). You will receive either an estimated award letter from Lake Michigan College or a letter requesting additional information 3 – 4 weeks after you submit your FAFSA.  

NOTE: COMPLETE THE FAFSA EARLY!! It can take 3 – 4 weeks from the time you submit the FAFSA until you receive your estimated financial aid award package from LMC. You may also be required to provide additional documentation to the Financial Aid Office. So the earlier you apply and turn in any requirements, the less likely you will have problems when you register for classes.  

Lake Michigan College offers 4 types of financial aid:  

  • Grants, e.g., Pell Grants  
  • Scholarships; both merit-based and need-based scholarships are available  
  • Work Study; students must complete a FAFSA to determine work-study eligibility  
  • Direct Loans; e.g. Stafford Loans: students must complete a FAFSA and additional paperwork to be awarded loans  

If you receive some form of financial aid and it covers your entire balance, you do not need to sign up for the Flex Pay Plan. If you receive some form of financial aid and it does NOT COVER your entire balance, you must sign up for the Flex Pay Plan. Your remaining balance will be split into payments that will be automatically deducted from your checking/savings account, or charged to your credit card. See Flex Pay information that relates specifically to students receiving financial aid.  

Don’t Lose Your Financial Aid!  

There are several situations that can result in a student either losing their aid or having to pay a portion back. Not attending classes, withdrawing, poor grades, repeating courses, and taking courses that don’t go toward your degree can all have a significant effect on your financial aid (which includes grants, scholarships, loans and work-study). It is your responsibility to check with the financial aid office to make sure you are on track.  

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards  

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to establish student standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for the continuation of all types of financial assistance, including federal, state, and institutional funds. These standards include consideration of grade point average (GPA), credit completion rate, and total credits attempted. Satisfactory progress is monitored at the end of each semester per the criteria listed below. 

GPA Requirement  

For a student to maintain their financial aid, their GPA must meet a minimum set of requirements. Students’ GPAs from any transfer credit will not count toward their GPA. 

Credit Hours:                 GPA Requirement: 

24 credits or fewer           1.75 or higher 

More than 24 credits        2.0 or higher 

Completion Rate Requirement  

All students must successfully complete a minimum of 67% of their cumulative credit hours attempted. Grades considered unsuccessful are “E,” “I,” “W,” “U,” or any other grade that does not signify a passing grade. Transfer credits will be considered in your completion rate as both hours attempted and hours completed. 

If a student attempts:     Student must pass: 

12 credit hours                  8 credit hours 

9 credit hours                    6 credit hours 

6 credit hours                    4 credit hours 

Maximum Credit Hours  

Students may only receive financial aid up to the point that their credit hours reach 150% of the total credits required to complete their degree. This includes any transfer credits and any credits earned while the student was not receiving financial aid. In addition, if when reviewing a student’s total hours it is determined that they are unable to complete their program within the 150% credit hour limit, the student’s aid must be terminated at that point.  

Financial Aid Warning  

When a student’s cumulative GPA or completion rate falls below the minimum standards of academic progress, the student is placed on Financial Aid Warning. A student who is placed on Financial Aid Warning will lose their ability to receive financial aid if, after the end of their next term of enrollment, their CUMULATIVE completion rate and GPA do not meet the minimum standards.  

Financial Aid Termination  

When a student who is on probation fails to maintain the minimum required standards during a subsequent semester, they will be placed on financial aid termination. During the termination period, the student cannot receive grants, scholarships, work-study, or loans. 

Regaining Aid Eligibility  

A student may regain financial aid eligibility by taking credits at their own cost and reaching the minimum required standards of progress for BOTH grade point average and completion rate. Alternatively, the student may complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal if they had extraordinary circumstances outside of their control that caused them to fail. See the SAP Appeal section below.  

Financial Aid Appeals  

Students who failed to maintain the minimum requirements can complete a Financial Aid Appeal form if they had circumstances outside of their control. Documentation should be provided of the circumstances. Examples of circumstances the committee will consider are: personal illness or injury, death of parent, spouse or child, or other circumstances that were outside the reasonable control of the student. The appeal committee will determine whether the student can continue receiving financial aid and will notify the student in writing. Appeal forms are available online and by request at the Financial Aid Office. Committee meetings occur once per month.  

Courses below the 100 Level  

Students enrolled in courses below the 100 level must successfully complete the required minimum 67% of all courses attempted. Unsuccessful completion of these courses will result in a grade of “E,” “U,” “W,” or “I.” However, since the grades received in these classes are not included as a part of the grade point average, the GPA requirement is waived. In addition, these credits will not be counted in the maximum credit hour calculation. By law, students cannot receive aid for more than 30 credit hours below 100 level.  

Repeat Courses  

Students who pay with financial aid may take a class that they have already passed only one additional time. A passed class is defined as one where the student received “credit” for the course. So, a “D” is considered a passing grade, even if it does meet graduation requirements or does not allow you to move on to the next class. This is regulated by federal law and CANNOT be appealed.  

Veterans’ Affairs Educational Benefits  

If you are eligible for veteran’s benefits through various G.I. Bill programs, certain conditions must be met in order for you to continue receiving VA benefits. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs requires that recipients of these benefits immediately report any change in credit hour load, dependency status, address, or program of study to the Veterans’ Affairs Coordinator. Additionally, academic progress toward degree completion must be monitored. You are considered to be making satisfactory progress if your cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 2.00 or above. 

Academic Probation for VA Benefits  

If, as a Veterans’ Affairs educational benefit recipient, your Lake Michigan College GPA drops below 2.00, you will be placed on academic probation. During the probationary period, you may continue to receive educational benefits; however, probationary status may not exceed two terms. At the end of the probationary period, if your cumulative GPA still does not meet the minimum graduation requirement of 2.00, a report of unsatisfactory progress will be sent to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and you will stop receiving benefits. Certification for further educational benefits will not be submitted until your cumulative GPA reaches 2.00. If you are now making satisfactory progress and would like to appeal to have benefits reinstated, contact the Office of Veterans’ Affairs.  

Refund Policy  

  • A 100% refund of tuition and all fees will be made if a class is canceled by the college.  
  • A 100% refund of tuition and course fees will be made if a class is dropped by the student within the published drop dates.  
  • For classes withdrawn after the published drop dates has passed, no refund of tuition or fees will be approved. Students with extenuating situations may file a formal tuition appeal available at any campus Student Services area.  

Student Refunds  

All Lake Michigan College refunds are distributed through BlackboardPay, a Money Network System. Each student will be e-mailed instructions on how to sign up online through their Wavelink account to select their preferred refund method. Students who do not register online will automatically default to the paper check option. You may select Direct Deposit into your own personal checking or savings account to receive a paper check or request a Pre-Paid MasterCard.  

Paper Check  

Refunds will be sent to the address on file via U.S. mail and should be received within 7-10 business days after processing by BlackboardPay, a Money Network System. Note: Refunds are not disbursed until class attendance has been confirmed. If your class starts later in the semester, your aid will not be released until then. Visit lakemichigancollege.edu/refund for more information regarding refunds. 

Direct Deposit  

Refunds will be deposited into your existing checking or savings account and will be available in 2-3 business days after processing by LMC Pay.  

LMC Pay Card 

If this is your chosen method to receive your refund, it will be deposited onto the card and will be available the same day refunds are processed by LMC Pay.  

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