Academic Integrity

At LACM Online, students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity by completing their own work. Effective planning and progress must be accomplished for students to be successful in their degree program of study. Submission of work from another person, whether it is from a printed source or from someone other than the student, and/or papers submitted without appropriate source citations, can result in a failing grade, disciplinary actions or dismissal.

The administration, faculty, and staff believe strongly in the concept of an honor system. This belief is based on the knowledge that in competitive professional environments, greater emphasis is placed on originality and the integrity of ideas and work. All members of the LACM Online academic community, including faculty, students, and administration, are expected to assist in maintaining the integrity of the College, which includes reporting incidents that violate our Academic Policies.

Academic Grading System

Course grades are based on a 100 point scale. The chart below converts the 100 scale to a letter grade and Grade Point Average (GPA) score.

Points Letter Grade Grade Points
92-100 A 4.00
90-91 A- 3.70
88-89 B+ 3.30
82-87 B 3.00
80-81 B- 2.70
78-79 C+ 2.30
72-77 C 2.00
70-71 C- 1.70
68-69 D+ 1.30
62-67 D 1.00
60-61 D- 0.70
0-59 F 0.00

Additional Grade Letter Codes

W Withdraw from a course
P Pass, credit awarded
F Fail, no credit awarded
I Incomplete
R Repeat

Students must demonstrate academic progress by successfully completing courses attempted with a grade of “C” or higher. Completing courses with a “C” or higher indicates stable academic progress. To advance in tiered courses, students must complete a course with a “C” (72%) or better.


A syllabus will be provided to students at the start of each course from their instructor. A syllabus establishes goals, objectives, and grading criteria for determining student performance. Students are responsible for understanding each course syllabus to know what is academically and behaviorally expected.

Course Credits

All coursework at LACM Online is measured in quarterly academic credits, although some courses are divided into 2-part sessions. Courses are assigned specific credit values based on the type of course, overall coursework required, and approximated study-time requirements. Courses are stylized into lectures, ensemble workshops, labs, and private lessons. The ratio of credits to study-time outside of class equates to 1 quarter credit per 3 hours of study.

Determining Grade Point Average

GPA is determined by multiplying the grade points by the credit value of the course. Quarterly Grade Point Average (QGPA) is determined by dividing the total grade points earned for all courses in one quarter by the total credit values for those courses. Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is determined by dividing the total grade points earned for all courses in every quarter of a student’s program by the total credit values for those courses. If a student repeats a required course only the grade from the repeat will be calculated into both the QGPA and CGPA.

Honor Designation

To promote academic excellence and recognize exemplary achievement and success, honor designations will be awarded to Diploma and Associate of Arts students upon graduation:

Dean’s Honor Roll: Students must achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) between 3.20 and 3.6.

President’s Honor Roll: Students must achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.7 or higher.

Graduating with Honors

Degree & diploma recipients who have a 3.5 Cumulative GPA are awarded honors upon graduation. The designations of GPA are:

Designation GPA Range
Cum Laude 3.5 to 3.74
Magna Cum Laude 3.75 to 3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.9 and above

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Enrollment and  Financial Aid Eligibility (SAP)

Financial Aid Appeal Process: A student who loses FSA eligibility because of a failure to make satisfactory progress may appeal that result based on significant cause, such as major injury or illness, the death of a relative, or other special circumstances.

Federal Aid Programs: Full descriptions are provided in the booklet “The Student Guide,” published by the Department of Education. These booklets are available from the Student Finance Department. Grants are funds that do not need to be repaid. Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid with interest.

Federal Pell Grant: A Pell Grant is a federal need-based grant program. Award amounts depend on appropriations by Congress, student eligibility and the student’s level of enrollment. These funds are awarded to eligible undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree to help pay for their education. The award for full-time enrollment in the 2016/17 academic year is approximately $5,815. These are grants that do not need to be repaid. Not all students will qualify, but all are encouraged to apply for the Federal Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): FSEOG is a need-based grant awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional need in regard to possessing the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Pell eligible students are given priority for receiving FSEOG awards. Federal SEOG funds are very limited as the federal government gives the college a set amount of money to use each year based on the federal budget.

Federal Work-Study (FWS): This need-based program offers part-time campus-based jobs. At this time, LACM only offers Federal Work-Study opportunities to on-campus students.

Federal Stafford Loan–Subsidized: This program is available to students with financial need. This “subsidized” loan accrues interest, but the federal government pays all of the interest on the student’s behalf while he or she is in school. This loan program allows a student to borrow up to $3,500 during the first academic year, $4,500 during the second academic year, and $5,500 in the third, and fourth, academic years of undergraduate study. The interest rate for the in-school period in 2016/17 is 3.76%. The subsidized loan has a fixed rate set by July 1st of the year. The loan is financed by the US Department of Education.

Federal Stafford Loan–Unsubsidized: This loan program is available for all eligible students, regardless of income or assets. However, this loan accrues interest while the student is attending school; accrued interest must be paid until the loan payments are finalized. Students may choose to defer payment of the interest until six months after leaving school. In addition to borrowing from the subsidized Stafford loan, an independent student may borrow up to an additional $6,000 per academic year. The interest rate for the in-school period in 2016/17 is 3.76%.

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS): The PLUS loan is available to parents of dependent students as a supplemental source of funds to be used toward their child’s educational expenses. The loan is not need-based. Approval is determined by credit history. Parents who are eligible may borrow up to the cost of attendance. LACM Online is approved by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) to enroll veterans and eligible persons for education benefits. Students who believe they qualify for veterans’ educational benefits should contact the College School Certifying Official (Mary Olmos) at 626-568-8850 ext. 207, veterans@LACM Information and forms are also available online at

Verification: LACM Online is required by The General Provision regulations to verify all applicants selected for verification by the Central Processing System (CPS). The Financial Aid Administrator may choose to verify these applicants if he or she has reason to believe that the information provided is inconsistent. All conflicting information must be resolved before any funds are disbursed. The Verification requirements are applicable to all financial aid recipients under the following Student Financial Assistance Programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant Program
  • Federal Direct Student Loan Program’s approval from the program if the requested documents are not received within the specified time frame
  • Federal SEOG
  • Federal Work Study (FWS)

LACM Online will provide technical support for the Canvas educational platform. LACM Online cannot provide technical support for personal computers, hardware or software. LACM Online strongly encourages students to use the recommended hardware and software for each class. Please contact the LACM Online Technical Support Team if you have any questions.

LACM Online course work will not be used for marketing or promotional material. Videos, photos or testimonials will be used with permission of the student, faculty or staff.