Academic Policies

Transfer Credits - KTU will accept transfer credits of any industry certification offered by KTU courses or licensed colleges. Up to a maximum of 99% of credits may be obtained from another institution.

In fact, the majority of our courses are offered by other organizations, including Harvard University, MIT, University of Michigan or University of California. We use other established universities, already accredited courses as our own when an industry certificate is not appropriate. This allows us to scale with our student needs and deliver a full catalogue of courses.

Our license agreement provides access to 3,800 courses already taught online by a professor and from an accredited institution. That doesn't mean all 3,800 courses are immediately available to our students, as our licensing requirements with the state require approval of courses and programs.

Academic Authenticity

KTU holds, as a core value, that respect for ideas and intellectual property rights is a critical value in academic communities. All members of the university community share responsibility in ensuring that the authentic expression of those ideas is observed.

“Academic Authenticity” means the ethical completion of KTU coursework. Examples include appropriately attributing text, pictures, tables and graphs used in coursework to the creators, and each student completing their own coursework. Academic Authenticity is fundamental to the educational process at KTU.

The following policies apply to all KTU students and assessments regardless of location, and every KTU student is expected to uphold these Academic Authenticity rules:

I. Intellectual Property

AA.Students may not use any information found, requested, or purchased on the internet (or elsewhere) that may include KTU assessment materials or responses to those materials (i.e., answers to assessment questions or projects completed by someone else).

AB.Similarly, students may not create and/or transmit responses to assessments or projects, as those responses may potentially be submitted to KTU or another institution by someone else.

AC.Students may not copy, record, or disclose KTU assessment or project material to anyone else. This includes copying for personal use and disclosure on websites, blogs, and other social media.

AD.Any previously completed Capstone Project from another KTU degree or another institution is not permitted to be used for the creation and submission of the Capstone Project for the degree in which the student is currently enrolled.

AE. Students may consent to have their capstone work archived for restricted view by other students and alumni. They may also use and repurpose their capstone and other performance tasks for use when they graduate as an electronic portfolio in furtherance of the academic or professional careers, with care not to violate AB and AC above.


AF. General

  • Unless directed by official KTU course instructions to work with other students, all assessments and projects must be the student’s own individual work. Students are not allowed to engage in unauthorized collaborative efforts with, or obtain assistance from, others at any point in the research, creation, completion, submission, or revision of assessments.
  • Students shall not falsify or deliberately misrepresent information submitted to meet the requirement of any assessment.

AG.Objective Assessment

  • When taking a proctored KTU assessment, the student may not access any device or material not specifically approved in advance, nor communicate with anyone except the proctor; this includes reading the questions aloud.
  • All audio and video equipment must be in working order, and the student is required to remain in the view of the proctor at all times.

AH.Performance Assessment

  • If students use material from any source, an appropriately formatted citation must be provided. To use the work of another without proper citation is plagiarism and may lead to sanctions, including suspension or expulsion from the University.
  • All assessments and projects submitted by any KTU student will be evaluated for compliance with these rules. All written work will be checked by KTU Evaluation faculty, utilizing originality software, for evidence of plagiarism. To protect each student’s identity, students are encouraged to remove all personal information, such as phone numbers and addresses, from each assessment or project. The plagiarism checker will store a copy of all work submitted to prevent its use by other students.

Academic Calendar

The Kentucky Technical University academic calendar is nontraditional and student specific. Each month begins a possible student term. Allowing ongoing admissions. Student terms begin the first day following the month they self register (complete admissions) in the LMS.

Student terms are four months long with the first month open to course enrollment, followed by three months to complete the enrolled courses.

Each course is assigned three academic credits, unless noted otherwise. Degree granting programs include a holistic capstone project, upon approval by the Provost 12 credits are assigned to this project.

An associate degree requires completion of 60 course credits. A certificate program generally requires 12 course credits.

Four courses are required per term for full time student status. Students completing their four courses prior to the last month of their term are encouraged to add courses from their degree plan as long as they can pass the course during the term.

Academic Unit

Term Credit Hours or credit hours, are a traditional means to monitor your academic progress. Some courses are worth 1 credit hour while others may be worth 12. Most courses are worth 3 credit hours.

The course catalogue will list the total credit hours any course is worth.

Academic Suspension

Students can receive a suspension for failing to pass a majority of courses in a term, for course failures in consecutive terms, for plagiarism or issues with authenticity.

Appeals Process

Appeals can be filed for suspensions. The Student Code of Conduct spells out this process in greater detail later in this site.

Any student may request time to speak at the next scheduled board of regents meeting.


Upon graduating from high school, reaching the age of 18 or emancipation a student is expected to manage their schedule as an adult. With that said, we feel it is highly inappropriate for the university to dictate where and when you study. Attendance is not monitored other than to understand how you're progressing. Attendance is not part of the grade.

Students who have not logged into the LMS within the first 14 days of their enrolled term beginning will receive a Warning of Inactivity.

Students who fail to log into the LMS at any time during their term for longer than 30 days will receive a Warning of Inactivity.

If a student does not log into the LMS after a Warning of Inactivity for an additional 14 days they will have been deemed as self withdrawing unless they have already completed their terms full course load.

Degree Plan

Before you complete your student orientation, you will have completed a “Degree Plan” which maps out the courses you can take to reach your program’s certificate or degree, whichever is your goal.

The Degree Plan must be completed in the LMS within the KU Orientation course.

All degree plans must be approved by the Provost. If the Provost is unable to approve a degree plan they will work one on one with the student to create a modified degree plan.

Students are not bound into this as a contract, they just serve as a road map.

At any time, students may reach out to Student Support Services to discuss their degree plan.


Is extremely rare but it is final. Expulsion is generally used to address non academic, behavior issues that could have put others in harm.

Violence, discrimination, hate speech and bullying all qualify for possible expulsion.

Expulsion requires a meeting of the KTU officers, with a majority vote by the board of directors a student may be expelled. There is no appeals process, other than the board reversing its actions.

Transcripts include the following marks:

  • ●  Pass: Certifies successful completion of a course of study. A student has demonstrated required competencies by passing the final assessment with a grade equivalent of B or better or 3.00 grade points on a 4.00 scale.
  • ●  Not Passed: Indicates that a student failed to complete a course of study in the time allotted. To meet program requirements, the student generally re-enrolls for the course of study in a subsequent term.
  • ●  Requirement Satisfied: Recognizes that a student has satisfied the requirements of a course of study through alternate coursework that may not be directly transferred.
  • ●  Transfer: Signifies that a student has completed equivalent work at another regionally or nationally accredited institution.
  • ●  Withdrawn: Represents that the student was withdrawn from the University or course before term completion.
  • ●  Dropped: Verifies that the course was dropped from term registration and is not included in attempted units. The University does not calculate a grade point average (GPA).


Withdrawal dates are determined in two ways, either through student-initiated withdrawal (official) or through KTU administrative withdrawal (unofficial). Student-initiated withdrawal occurs when the student notifies KTU of the intent to withdraw. Administrative withdrawal occurs when KTU determines that students are no longer enrolled based on a variety of reasons such as lack of academic activity, failure to establish enrollment at the beginning of a new term, or failure to pay tuition.

Student-initiated withdrawals: The withdrawal date is the date the student notifies the university of the intent to withdraw. Administrative withdrawals: The withdrawal date is the last date of student academic activity.

Additional Policies

The preceding policies are not a comprehensive list of all KTU policies but are a highlight of some of the most important policies.

Additional policies may include course specific policies as agreed to by the student during enrollment.

KTU’s Student Code of Conduct outlines many more policies and is included at the end of this document for further review.

Students agree to all policies included in this publication upon seeking admission at KTU. If at any time students remove or rescind their agreement to this document, the student can be considered to have completed a student initiated withdrawal. Except where a policy may infringe upon the Student Rights section or is found unlawful.

Academic Progress

Students may work and progress at different rates and in different ways but Academic Progress is essential. A student will have met the requirement for academic progress if they complete at least 51% of the credit hours of their term’s degree plan.

Failing to meet this requirement will place the student in a probationary status. Students must meet requirements outlined in the Probationary Status Policy.

If a student fails to pass at least 51% of the second term’s credit hours the student will receive Academic Suspension for a period of no less than three months.

Returning Students

Eligible students are encouraged to return to KTU at any time they feel they are ready to continue their studies. Our motto is meant for returning students specifically...Confidence To Preserve.

Learning Management System LMS

The LMS is the central hub of all KTUC academic work. Students are responsible for learning to utilize this tool and must meet requirements such as reporting assessment scores to the university using this tool.

Completing lessons in the LMS is required to complete the course for the KTU program.

All assessments completed by a student through a third party must be self reported using the third party’s scoring receipt.

Upon academic review of the Provost’s office course credit will be awarded for complete LMS courses.

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