Academics

Academics

We believe that school should be a students’ first priority. Therefore, we treat all matters related to academics very seriously.

ACADEMIC RED FLAGS

Deans maintain regular contact with students’ teachers to ensure all dorm students are succeeding to their full potential. If any teachers indicate that a dorm student is suffering from any academic red flags the Deans will make appropriate adjustments to the student’s nightly study routine. These red flags include: multiple missed/late assignments, failing grades, skipped classes, lack of motivation or effort, etc. Once a student has been identified to have one or more of these red flags the Deans will create study contracts that may require you to see a nightly tutor or other academic supports. Parents will notified when an academic red flag contract is created.

STUDY HOURS

Study hours are a set time for students to complete their homework. This time is mandatory for all dorm students. If you are unable to be at study hours because of school events, or other circumstances. please notify the RA on Duty ahead of time. Unless you have permission to be elsewhere, you should be in your room with the door propped open or in the library during this time.

a. Study Schedule

  • Study hours ranges from 6:30-9:30pm. During this time you must complete 1.5hours of studying nightly.
  • You can choose to attend an earlier study session in the library from 6:30-8:00pm, this will be supervised by our library supervisor. The 6:30-8:00pm study session must be completed in the library.
  • You can also choose to study from 8:00-9:30pm. During this time you are expected to be in the library or in your room with the door propped open. 

b. Study Expectations

  • It is expected that you are actively working during this time.
  • Computer and cell phone use are monitored during this time. If you are wasting time on these devices, the RA may confiscate them
  • Doors must be propped open during this time.
  • You should be quite and respectful of other students

c. Exceptions

  • If you have signed an academic red flag contract it may override any of the above statements. Refer to your academic contract for detailed information regarding your individual study plan.

EVENING TUTOR AND HOMEWORK HELP

Students struggling to stay on top of their assignments may be placed in an evening group with an academic coach until they can manage on their own.

DRESS CODE

Students must wear appropriate clothing at all times (in and out of the dorm). Inappropriate content  the school dress code to find out what is acceptable to wear to class.

LIBRARY USE AND PRINTING

Dorm Students may print with their FOB in the library during library hours. The library is open on school days from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and in the evenings from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  You should arrange to print during these times. On weekends, ask the RA on Duty if you would like to use the library.

EXAMS

Please make sure to schedule flights around exam times. Exam dates are published early and can be found online on the Luther calendar. Exams will not be moved to accommodate flight arrangements for vacations, travelling, etc.

CHAPEL

Chapel is a chance for Luther students to meet and grow as a community. Attendance at chapel is a requirement for all students, day and dorm. It takes place every day during Period 4. Students who skip chapel will be given consequences.

ATTENDANCE

Attending class is an important step in every student’s academic success at Luther College. Skipping class is unacceptable and Deans will only excuse Dorm Students from class in exceptional circumstances. In order to best support students, we apply the following discipline process for absenteeism:

1 Unexcused Absence

Work duty + Additional Study Hours

2 Unexcused Absences
(on separate days)

Work duty + Additional Study Hours

3 Unexcused Absences
(on separate days)

As above + Personal Plan + Parents Notified

If students have 3 or more absences in a semester, they will be required to create a personal plan to remedy the issue. This plan will be done in consultation with the Dean, and may include work duty, loss of privileges, loss of electronics, required physical activity, breakfast attendance, etc. It will also include consequences for not following the plan. The goal is to increase class attendance.

* PLEASE NOTE – if a student has 10 absences from a class, excused or unexcused, the teacher has the right to remove that student from the class.