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LSU Online Orientation
Louisiana State University
  Feb 23, 2018
LSU Online Orientation



Students must reside in one of the following states in order to qualify for admission to an online degree program at LSU:

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

International students may also apply within these guidelines: International applicants who are seeking admission to an online degree program through LSU do not qualify for an LSU I-20/DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility. U.S. Immigration regulations stipulate that international students who are seeking or are maintaining F-1 or J-1 student status must have a “physical presence” in traditional, classroom courses. Therefore, international students on an F-1 or J-1 document listed with Louisiana State University cannot exclusively complete an online degree program through LSU while inside the United States in order to maintain/continue their status. For more information, e-mail

Identity Verification

Identity verification and exam proctoring services are offered through ProctorU. Upon admission to an LSU Online program, you are required to set up an account with ProctorU and walk through an initial “identification verification” procedure. You must meet ProctorU’s technical requirements including a computer with high-speed Internet, web cam, and microphone. In addition, you are responsible for fees charged by ProctorU. Please visit ProctorU’s website ( to setup your account and to walk through the one-time “identification validation” procedure.

Tiger Card Office - LSU Online ID Procedures

Once a student has completed the identity verification step with ProctorU:

  1. Visit:
    1. Log in with your myLSU credentials
  2. Click the ‘Change Photo’ link at the top of the menu bar
    1. Choose Photo file
      1. Photographs must meet the Tiger Card photo criteria. You will have the opportunity to crop the photo in the next step. Uploaded files must be less than 10 Megabytes in size and in JPEG, PNG, BMP, or GIF format.
    2. Read and agree to the Tiger Card terms.
    3.  Click the Submit Photo button
  3. Adjust the submitted photo
  • Photographs must be in color. They must be in focus, with sufficient lighting and background contrast to ensure that the cardholder’s front and head are clearly visible.
  • The photograph must be a frontal, full-front view of the cardholder, no profiles or angles. The cardholder’s front must be centered horizontally and vertically within the image area.
  • The distance from the base of the cardholder’s chin to the top of the head must occupy between 70% and 80% of the height of the photograph.
  • The cardholder must appear in normal street attire (no costumes), without a hat or other headgear or dark glasses (unless required for religious or medical reasons).
  • The photo may only be that of the cardholder alone (no family, friends, animals, objects, etc. are permitted).
  • The photograph background should be of a solid or consistent color without designs or patterns.
    1. Once the proper adjustments have been made please click the ‘Submit Adjustments’ button.
  1. The Tiger Card Office will review the submission and either approve or reject the submission.
    1. If your photo is rejected, please go back through steps 1 – 3.
    2. If your photo is approved, you will receive an email from the Tiger Card Office notifying you that your photo is approved. Please respond to the email notifying the Tiger Card Office that you would like to receive your LSU ID. The Tiger Card Office will print and mail your card to your university registered address.

Break in Enrollment

Students who do not enroll for three or more consecutive modules will be required to reapply for admission.

Dropping Courses and Resignation from the University

Dropping Courses

A course may be dropped in accordance with the dates in the Academic/Registration Calendar . Students will initiate the drop using the myLSU application.

Procedure to Drop a Course

During the drop/add period, dropping a course is done via the myLSU Portal as follows:

  1. Access the myLSU Portal.
  2. Select “Registration Services” from the menu on the left side of the screen.
  3. Select “Schedule Request” from the drop down menu that displays.
  4. On the Schedule Request panel, select “LSU” as your campus, select the appropriate module, and click on “View Schedule Request.”
  5. When your schedule request appears, click on the “Drop” button for the course you want to drop.

To view a display of the panels you will see during this process, view this GROK IT Knowledge Base article:


Dropping an entire course load constitutes resignation from the university for that module. A student who abandons courses without resigning will receive a grade of “F” in each course.

Graduate Students

A graduate student who wishes to resign must first secure approval of the dean of The Graduate School. Send your request to Completion of resignation involves clearance by certain administrative divisions of the university as shown on the resignation form.

Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Construction Management Students

A student pursuing the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Construction Management who wishes to resign must first secure approval of the dean of the College of Engineering. Send your request to Completion of resignation involves clearance by certain administrative divisions of the university as shown on the resignation form.

Full-Time Students

LSU Online students will be considered full-time when enrolled for six hours of credit.

Half-Time Students

LSU Online students will be considered half-time when enrolled for three hours of credit.

Time Limit for Graduate Students

Programs for master’s degrees must be completed within five years from entrance into a degree program. Credit for individual courses taken at LSU more than five years before the termination of a program may be revalidated by the student’s graduate committee through an examination. This examination may be oral, written, or both oral and written, depending on the requirements of the department concerned. The documentation of such an examination must be signed by members of the committee, the department’s graduate advisor, and reported to the Graduate School on the appropriate form before the request for the student’s final examination will be approved. No more than 50 percent of the courses in a student’s program may be revalidated and counted toward the degree requirements. However, some departments do not revalidate course work. Students should check with the department chair or graduate advisor to ensure revalidation is allowed.

Scholastic Probation and Suspension of Graduate Students

A student whose cumulative LSU average is below 3.00 will be placed on probation, except that a student whose cumulative average is as low as 2.75 may be dropped from The Graduate School without having a probationary period. A student already on probation whose cumulative average is below 3.00 will be dropped from The Graduate School. Rules governing students admitted on probation are given in the “Graduate Admission” section in the LSU General Catalog. The grades recorded determine the student’s academic status, even if the student changes to a different graduate degree program.

Students who have been dropped from a graduate degree program and are ineligible to continue in The Graduate School may not reapply as non-degree students.

Scholastic Probation and Drop of Post-Baccalaureate and Undergraduate Students

University Scholastic Warning

At the end of an LSU Online module, students will be placed on University Scholastic Warning if their GPAs are one to nine quality points below a 2.00 on all work attempted or on all work attempted in the University (all campuses). A notation to that effect will be recorded on their transcripts. Students will remain on University Scholastic Warning until they bring their GPAs up to 2.00, or are placed on University Scholastic Probation.

University Scholastic Probation

At the end of an LSU Online module, students will be placed on University Scholastic Probation if their GPAs are 10 or more quality points below a 2.00 on all work attempted or on all work attempted in the University (all campuses). Students will remain on University Scholastic Probation until they have cumulative averages of 2.00 or higher on all college work attempted and on all work attempted in the University (all campuses).

Students who have been removed from University Scholastic Probation will be placed on probation again at the end of any LSU Online module in which their University or cumulative averages are less than 2.00.

University Scholastic Drop

Students on University Scholastic Probation will be dropped from the university at the end of any LSU Online module if their module average is less than 2.00, unless application of the Grade Exclusion Policy by undergraduates results in the students’ University and cumulative GPAs recomputed to 2.00 or higher.

Re-entry after Scholastic Drop

LSU Online students dropped for the first time for academic reasons can be considered for readmission when they have been out of the University (all campuses) for two consecutive modules.
LSU Online students dropped the second or subsequent time for academic reasons must remain out of the University (all campuses) for one calendar year.

In either instance, readmission may be delayed or denied at the discretion of the dean of the college in which the student desires to enroll. Students entering the university after University Scholastic Drop will be admitted on University Scholastic Probation.

Incomplete Grades

If a student is awarded an incomplete grade for an LSU Online course, the student has until the final day of class in the next module, whether the student registers for the next module or not, to complete the course.

Student Responsibilities

Each student is expected to adhere to:

Students are especially directed to this excerpt taken from the LSU Code of Student Conduct, Section 8.0, page 18.

8.1 Academic Misconduct

A. High standards of academic integrity are crucial for the university to fulfill its educational mission. To uphold these standards, procedures have been established to address academic misconduct.

As a guiding principle, the University expects Students to model the principles outlined in the University Commitment to Community, especially as it pertains to accepting responsibility for their actions and holding themselves and others to the highest standards of performance in an academic environment. For example, LSU students are responsible for submitting work for evaluation that reflects their individual performance and should not assume any assignment given by any professor is a “group” effort or work unless specifically noted on the assignment. In all other cases, students must assume the work is to be done independently. If the student has a question regarding the instructor’s expectations for individual assignments, projects, tests, or other items submitted for a grade, it is the student’s responsibility to seek clarification.
Any Student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit Academic Misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions set forth in Section 9.0.

B. An instructor may not assign a disciplinary grade, such as an “F” or zero on an assignment, test, examination, or course as a sanction for admitted or suspected Academic Misconduct in lieu of formally charging the student with Academic Misconduct under the provisions of this Code. All grades assigned as a result of accountability action must be approved by the Dean of Students or designee.