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Student Handbook



1 want to extend a very warm welcome to both new and
returning lUP students. We're looking forward to a great
year. Your participation in university lite will contribute to
this success.

The Student Handbook is an excellent source of informa-
tion for you to learn about the university and the commu-
nity. Look through it now to familiarize yourself with its
contents, and use it throughout the year to review aca-
demic policies and campus regulations. It can also help
you to decide what cocurricular activities you want to
pursue this year.

We're glad to have you with us. Best wishes in the coming

A/tA(^^ — -

Dr. David A. DeCoster

Vice President for Student Affairs

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Student Handbook

Table of Contents

Quick Reference Guide 3

The University 7

Introduction 7

University Structure 7

University Governance 8

Academic Affairs 9

General Information 9

Academic Policies and Procedures 11

Academic Standards Policy 11

Grade Appeal Policy 12

Pass-Fail Policy 14

Withdrawal Policies and Procedures 14

lUP Refund Policy 15

Student Affairs 18

Student Affairs Offices and Services 18

Financial Aid 22

Types of Financial Assistance 22

Title IV Federal Student Assistance —

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
for Undergraduate Students 22

Student Organizations 25

General Information 25

Types of Organizations 25

Policies and Procedures Governing Student

Organizations 26

Student Cooperative Association 33

General Information 33

Purpose 33

Facilities 33

Services 34

Policies and Procedures Governing the

Student Co-op 34

Athletics 36

General Information 36

Intercollegiate Athletics 36

Sports Information 36

Intramural Athletics 36

Athletic Facilities 37

Guidelines for Contact Sports/Activities 37

Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities . . .39

General Statement 39

Student Records Policy 39

Affirmative Action Policy and Grievance

Procedure 40

lUP Sexual Harassment Policy and

Grievance Procedure 41

Policies and Regulations Governing Student

Behavior 43

The Judicial System 43

Academic Violations Policy 48

Alcohol Policy 49

Involuntary Withdrawal Policy 51

Solicitation Policy 51

Summary of Indiana Borough Ordinances

and State Laws 56

lUP and the Community 59

lUP Special Events 59

The Indiana Community 60

Community Referral Services 60

Community Attractions 60

IJuick Reference Guide


AcaJcmic Advisers

Add Drop Courses

Aciiviiics Acti\ iiics Board

ARA, Food Service, Catering

Athletic Schedules

Bilhng Information

Black Cultural Center




Indiana Transit Schedules

Charter Buses — Holidays, Breaks

Campus Dining Services

Career Exploration Information

Undergraduate Catalog

Change of Name/ Address/Social Security Number .
Check Cashing

Chemical Health Inforination

Community Service Listing

Course Listings

Disabled Student Services


Racial/Ethnic Harassment


Department Chair's Ofrice

Department Chair's Office; Scheduling Center/G-8C
Sutton Hall - Ext. 2652 Arena Drop Add

Activities Board Office/Hadley Union Building —


Student Activities and Organizations/ 102 Pratt Hall

- ext. 2315

Foster Hall - ext. 2570

Sports Information/ 102 Memorial Field House

Accounts Receivable/ 102 Administrative Annex —
ext. 2207

Black Cultural Center/Lewis House — ext. 2455

Co-op Store/HUB - 349-1194

Bus Depot/490 Water Street - 463-0213

Indiana Transit Authority — 465-2140

Hadley Union Building/Front Desk — ext. 2590

Housing and Residence Life/G-14 Sutton Hall —
ext. 7554

Advising and Testing Center — ext. 4067 or 5701

Admissions Office/216 Pratt Hall - ext. 2230

Registrar's Office/G-8A Sutton Hall - ext. 2217

National Bank of the Commonwealth/Hadley Union
Building - 349-4160

Pechan Health Center — ext. 4799

Student Community Services/ 109 Pratt — ext. 5657

Scheduling Center/G-8C Sutton Hall - ext. 2652;
Department Chair's Office

Advising and Testing Center/ 106 Pratt Hall —
ext. 4067

Director for Minority Affairs/359 Sutton Hall
ext. 6490

Sexual Harassment Concerns (involving students)

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/215A
Sutton Hall — ext. 4040; see Sexual Harassment
Policy for incidents involving nonstudents.

Financial Aid
Financial Aid Transcripts


Grade Appeals


Forms and Information


Graduate School Application

Health Information/Promotion/Wellness

Health Problems/Illness

Housing — On/Off Campus

1-Card Replacement

Installment Payment Plan


Judicial/Disciplinary Problems

Off-Campus Students

Resident Students

Legal Assistance

Lost and Found

Major Changes

Minority Affairs

Noncredit Courses

Notary Public Service

Parking Permits/Parking Tickets

Perkins Loan Deferment Information/Promissory

Personal Counseling

Placement Testing/Career Planning

Purchase of Athletic Tickets

Financial Aid Office/308 Pratt Hall - ext. 2218

Student Activities and Organizations/ 104 Pratt Hall
- ext. 2598

See Instructor, Chairperson, Dean

Academic Affairs/204 Sutton Hall - ext. 2215

College Deans

The Graduate School/128 Stright Hall - ext. 2222

Pechan Health Center — ext. 6476

Pechan Health Center — ext. 2550

Housing and Residence Life/G-14 Sutton Hall —

ext. 2696

Hadley Union Building Service Desk — ext. 2590

Administrative Annex — ext. 4467

Intramural Office/ 101 Memorial Field House —
ext. 2757

Judicial Affairs/21 5 A Sutton Hall - ext. 4040
Assistant Director, Residence Life/G-14 Sutton —
ext. 2698

Student Legal Services/226 Hadley Union Building -

Campus Police/ 1st Floor Sutton Hall — ext. 2141

College Deans

Office of Minority Affairs/355 Sutton Hail -
ext. 6490

School of Continuing Education/Whitmyre Hall —
ext. 2209

Hadley Union Building Service Desk — ext. 2590

Campus Police/First Floor, Sutton Hall — ext. 2141

Administrative Annex — ext. 2234

Counseling and Student Development Center/ 119
Clark Hall - ext. 2621

Career Services/302 Pratt Hall - ext. 2234

107 Memorial Field House — ext. 2751

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Rctimd Check Disiribulion

Reserving Facilities

Co-op Facilities

University Space

Athletic Facilities

Residence Hall Association/Residence Hall

Residence Hall Policies/Procedures

Residence Hall Room Changes

Resident Security Assistants Program

Resident Student Concerns/Emergencies

Solicitation Permits

Stafford Loan Check Distribution

Stafford Loan Deferment Forms Completed . . . .

Student Congress

Student Organizations

Student Payroll

Student Telephone Numbers

Study Skills/Reading Improvement Assistance/
Test Taking Skills Assistance

Suspension of Financial Aid Eligibility

Telephone Concerns (On-Campus)

Testing, Standardized

Testing, Summer Placement

Ticket Sale Information

Alice Paul iJousL- U'; 4444
Administrative Annex — ext. 2184

Hadley Union Building Front Desk — ext. 2590
Scheduling Center — ext. 2652
Memorial Fieldhouse — ext. 7830

Assistant Director of Residence Life, Training,
Evaluation/Shafer Hall — ext. 2614

Housing and Residence Life/G-14 Sutton Hall —
ext. 2696

Residence/Graduate Director, Housing and Residence
Life/G-14 Sutton Hall - ext. 2696

Assistant Director of Residence Life, Judicial and
Recruitment/G-14 Sutton Hall - ext. 2698
Campus Police — ext. 2141

Associate Director of Residence Life/G-14 Sutton
Hall - ext. 2698

Asst. to the Vice President for Student Affairs/21 5 A
Sutton Hall - ext. 4040

Administrative Annex — ext. 2518

Registrar's Office/G-8A Sutton Hall - ext. 2216

Student Congress/Hadley Union Building — 349-1377

Student Activities and Organizations/ 104 Pratt Hall
- ext. 2598

Student Payroll Office/G-22 Sutton Hall - ext. 2511

Student Telephone Directory
Campus Operator — ext. 2100

Learning Center/203 Pratt Hall - ext. 2729

Financial Aid Office/308 Pratt Hall - ext. 2218

Housing and Residence Life/G-14 Sutton Hall —
ext. 2697

University Testing Services (Career Services)/302 Pratt
Hall - ext. 2235

Advising and Testing Center/ 106 Pratt Hall —
ext. 4067

Hadley Union Building Front Desk — ext. 2590


Transfer Credits

lUP Enrolled Students

Students Transferring to lUP . . .


U.S. Post Office

Veterans Information

Withdrawal from a Course

Withdrawal from the University

Work-Study Job Listing

Registrar's Office/G-SA Sutton Hall - ext. 2217

Registrar's Office/G-SA Sutton Hall - ext. 2217

Admissions Office/216 Pratt Hall - ext. 2230

Learning Center/306 Pratt Hall - ext. 2159

Folger Hall - ext. 2578

Veteran's Affairs/302 Pratt Hall - ext. 3009


Advising and Testing Center/ 106 Pratt Hall —
ext. 4067

Financial Aid Office/308 Pratt Hall - ext. 2218

The University


University Fads and History

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is the fifth largest
university in a state that boasts more colleges and universi-
ties than nearly any other. Founded in 1875, the university
draws its fourteen thousand-plus enrollment from nearly
every state and scores of foreign countries. With three
campuses located in the foothills of the Allegheny Moun-
tains, lUP is one of fourteen members of the State System
of Higher Education.

In forty-five academic departments located within six
colleges and two schools, lUP offers more than a hundred
major fields of study. Graduate programs in many profes-
sional and applied areas are available, as well as six pro-
grams at the doctoral level. lUP's internship program is
the commonwealth's largest, providing students with on-
the-job experience to supplement their classroom learning.

Nearly every year, lUP is singled out by national guides
that rate values in higher education. Most recently. Money
magazine's Money Guide ranked the university twenty-
second among all the nation's public universities (and
number one in Pennsylvania). Money sought to identify
institutions that "deliver the best education for the buck."

Branch Campuses

lUP operates two branch campuses. The first branch was
established in September 1962, in Punxsutawney. The
following year the Armstrong County Campus in Kittan-
ning was opened. Approximately 280 students are enrolled
at the Punxsutawney Campus and 500 students at the
Armstrong County Campus. Both campuses have univer-
sity faculty members who teach full time at the branch
campuses. To meet special curriculum needs, other faculty
members from the main campus travel to the branch cam-

puses. The branches provide one or two full years of uni-
versity work which, if satisfactory, is transferable to the
niaiii campus of IIJP or to other accredited institutions. In
atklilion, students may enroll in Associate of Arts pro-
grams in business or criminology at the Punxsutawney
Campus. Also located at Punxsutawney is the lUP Culi-
nary School which offers a two-year certificate program.


lUP strives to fulfill the primary purpose of education: To
stimulate and guide student self-development. This is in
order for the student to learn how to make a living and
how to live. The intellectual climate helps develop stu-
dents' mental discipline; and their contacts help to stimu-
late their imagination, extend their tolerance, and enable
them to make critical and independent judgments and
mature decisions. The motivated student is challenged by
being offered a broad perspective in many curriculums
and the opportunity to study particular interest in depth.
Believing that self-education is also a most important as-
pect of any education, the faculty and staff encourage
students in both the ability and the desire to teach

University Structure

Academic Affairs

The principal goal of the Academic Affairs Division is to
provide students with undergraduate, graduate, and con-
tinuing education programs that are responsive to personal
and professional needs and that are intellectually stimulat-
ing and challenging. As one means to this end, the division
strives to attract faculty who are committed to excellence
in teaching and scholarly activity. Included within the
academic affairs division is responsibility for academic
deans and colleges, the libraries, summer sessions, the
Branch Campuses, the Registrar, and numerous offices
and programs supporting the educational mission of the
university. The Office of the Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs is located in 205 Sutton Hall.

Student Affairs

The mission of the Student Affairs Division is to promote
and support the intellectual, emotional, social, cultural,
career, and physical growth of each student. This mission
is accomplished through programs, services, consultation,
instruction designed to facilitate student development, an
array of activities which complement the academic mis-
sion, and specialized orientation programs for prospective
and enrolled students. Areas within the Student Affairs
Division include Admissions, Advising and Testing Center,
Black Cultural Center, Career Services, Counseling and
Student Development Center, Financial Aid, Health Cen-
ter, Housing and Residence Life, Intercollegiate Athletics,
Learning Center, Student Activities and Organizations,
and Student Cooperative Association. These offices and
services are described in greater detail in this handbook.
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is
located in 212 Sutton Hall.


The Administrative Division is a service-oriented division
responsible for administering the university development,
maintenance, and required support services. Areas within
this division include Human Resources, Public Safety-
including Campus Police, maintenance and operations of

university buildings and grounds. Purchasing, Inventory
Control, Motor Vehicle Fleet, Campus Physical Planning,
Postal Service, and Telecommunications. The Office of the
Vice President for Administration is located in 235 Sutton


The Finance Division is primarily concerned with financial
and computing services to the university. The finance divi-
sion includes the following areas: Information Systems
and Communication Center (formerly the Computer Cen-
ter), Payroll, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable,
Student Aid Accounting, and other key offices responsible
for the fiscal operations of the university. The Office of
the Vice President for Finance is located in 229 Sutton

Institutional Advancement

The Institutional Advancement Division is organized pri-
marily to enhance the university's image, broaden its iden-
tity, and build a long-term voluntary relationship between
the university and its constituencies in order to stimulate
greater understanding and support and to generate private
financial support for the university. Areas within the insti-
tutional advancement division include Alumni Affairs,
development offices. Public Relations, News Services,
Publications and Printing, and the Foundation for lUP
through arrangements with the foundation board. The
office of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement
is located in 301 Sutton Hall.

The Office of Minority Affairs

The Office of Minority Affairs was established to system-
atically assess the needs and campus experience of minor-
ity students. Services provided reflect minority students'
interests along with concerns and programs to enhance the
educational and cross-cultural experiences of all students.
These activities represent part of an overall commitment
by the university to create a campus climate that values
diversity while encouraging tolerance of and respect for
differences. The range of services, programs, and activities
include: faculty and peer mentor programs; special orien-
tation programs for new minority students; programs and
workshops on cross-cultural communications/ relations;
academic, personal, and financial counseling. The Office
of Minority Affairs is located in 359 Sutton Hall.

University Governance

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)

The Graduate Student Assembly is the formal organiza-
tion representing the graduate student body's interest at
lUP. It is composed of two elected representatives from
each department offering a graduate program.

The GSA meets regularly to review and make recommen-
dations on both university and Graduate School policies.
By serving as an information center for all graduate stu-
dents, the GSA seeks to enhance the cultural, intellectual,
and social life of the part-time and full-time graduate

Student Congress

To the extent that the Student Congress is officially recog-
nized by lUP as the representative body of the student
population of the university, the Student Congress shall
have such powers as are provided by law. The institution
retains the right to work with and cooperate with other
student organizations.

1 . The Legislative Branch of the Student Congress, re-
ferred to as the Assembly, comprises two houses, the
Student Congress Senate and the Student Congress
House of Representatives. Student Congress Senate
membership consists of a number of senators equal to
the undergraduate student segment of the lUP Senate.
The membership of the Student Congress House con-
sists of sixty-four members. All senators and represent-
atives are elected in a universitywide election as
prescribed in the Student Congress Constitution.

2. The Executive Branch of the Student Congress provides
administrative support and carries out the directives of
the Assembly and comprises the president, vice presi-
dent of the Senate, vice president of the House, the
secretary, the treasurer, and all joint Student Congress
committee chairs.

3. The Student Congress Judicial Branch, or the Rules
Committee, consists of four senators, four representa-
tives, and a chairperson.

4. The Student Congress has four standing joint commit-
tees of the House of Representatives, eight standing
committees of the House of Representatives, and five
standing committees of the Senate. The chairperson is
nominated by the Student Congress president and ap-
proved by a majority vote of both houses.

The University Senate

The University Senate is the body at the university that
reviews old policy and recommends new policies and regu-
lations affecting the welfare and operations of the entire
academic community. It is especially active in the areas of
academic policy, curriculum, and student affairs.

Organized in 1966 as a Faculty Senate, it was originally
composed of all full-time faculty and administrators at
lUP. In 1971 it became a University Senate and admitted
students as voting members. The first elections for student
seats were held in September, 1971. Now, students compose
twenty-seven percent of the Senate, administrators make
up eighteen percent, and the remaining fifty-five percent is

Recommendations passed by the Senate are sent to the
president and Council of Trustees for action. The student
segment of twenty-seven percent represents the highest
percentage of student representation on such a body of all
colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. In fact, the large
percentage of students on the governing body places lUP
in the top five percent of all colleges and universities in the
U.S. for student involvement on the governing body.

The entire Senate is headed by a chair, vice chair, and sec-
retary. Four Senate committees most directly affecting
students are Academic Procedures, Athletics, Curriculum,
and Student Affairs.

Academic Affairs

General Information

Academic Dismissal

Academic dismissal shall be administered by the dean of
the college in which the student is enrolled, with notifica-
tion to the registrar, the vice president for student affairs,
the vice president for finance, the student's adviser, and
the veterans' counselor, if the student is a veteran. For
more detailed information on academic dismissal, refer to
the Academic Standards Policy in this handbook.

Advanced Placement, Credit by Examination,

lUP cooperates with the College Board to award credit for
Advanced Placement Examinations (taken through a stu-
dent's high school guidance office) and for the College
Level Examination Program (CLEP). Information regard-
ing CLEP tests is available from University Testing Serv-
ices, 302 Pratt Hall. Students also have an opportunity to
gain exemption or credit through the successful comple-
tion of a comprehensive examination. This type of exam,
offered at the discretion of the academic department, can
be obtained by making a request to the associate dean of
the college. Specific information regarding advanced
placement, exemption, or credit by examination may be
found in the undergraduate catalog.

Advisory System

The objective of the advisory system is to provide an op-
portunity for each student to discuss problems relative to
scholastic work with a faculty member in his/her major
field. Each student is assigned a faculty adviser by the
chairperson of the major department in which he/she is

A group of selected faculty members serve as freshman
advisers for entering freshmen in their departments. In
some curriculums the advisers continue with the same
group of advisees from year to year. In other curriculums
the freshman advisers remain with their advisee groups
only for the students' first year; then the student is as-
signed an academic adviser for the remaining years
through completion of his/her degree.

laculty advisers counsel the students on academic achieve-
ment, dropping courses, changing curriculum, student
activities, study schedules, and personal problems. The
adviser receives a copy of the student's permanent record
at the beginning of the academic year.

Changing Curriculum

Students desiring to change to a new curriculum must
complete an application form available from the office of
the dean of the college in which the student is registered (if
the curriculum change desired is from one department to
another within the same college) or in the office of the
dean of the college to which the student wishes to transfer
(if the curriculum change is from one college to another).
When a student changes colleges, the dean of the college
into which the transfer is sought will evaluate the student's
credits before approving the transfer. A copy of the evalu-
ation will be made available to the student and his/her
new adviser if the change in curriculum is approved. Be-
fore seeking a curriculum change, it is advisable that the
student consult with the chairpersons of both the "old"
and "new" departments.

Class Attendance

Class attendance and class participation beyond mere
physical presence are essential for maximum educational
advantage and are strongly encouraged. Responsibility for
all course material rests entirely with the student, whether
or not he/she attends each class. Class attendance, per se,
shall not be used as a basis for awarding or altering a
grade in a course. This applies to freshmen through senior
class levels. The exceptions to this policy are students en-
rolled in ED 100, EN 100, MA 100, elementary foreign
languages (levels I and II), and institutional credit courses.
These students are permitted a maximum of three unex-
cused absences during the semester. At the discretion of
the individual instructor, more than three unexcused ab-
sences could result in a grade penalty, up to and including
failure in the course. Also excluded from optional class
attendance are students in the advanced courses of the
ROTC program.

Course grade will be based on such factors as class prepa-
ration, class participation, skill development, effectiveness
of oral presentations and/or written reports, quiz grades,
and test and final examination scores. It is the prerogative
of the instructor to administer unannounced quizzes as
part of the student evaluation process and to pass judg-
ment on the merits of all cases involving late class submis-
sions and class requirements missed by the students.

All students are required to attend class at the opening of
the semester in order to stabilize enrollments and class

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