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Housed within the Advising and Testing Center (108 Pratt
Hall), the Career Exploration Center offers resources to
students who have questions about their choice of major.
The center's six computers are programmed with a self-
paced, career exploration program.

A career counselor and peer advisers are available to work
with students on the results of their exploration and to
meet with students who have concerns greater than may be
addressed by the computer on an individual, on-going
basis. The center also houses a resource library for career



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and major exploration. Siudcnis wantinj- to learn about
job dcscripiions, projected growth of a lield, and eco-
noniie return lor lields should use the Career I'xploration
Center. Appointments to use the program on the computer
may be made by calling 357-5701. Center hours are Mon-
day through 1 riday, beginning at \\:U) a.m. Appoint-
ments are encouraged.

Career Services

In today's world, career planning and job planning arc
among the most challenging tasks a student will lace at
lUP. The OlTice of Career Services provides a variety of
specialized services and programs to assist students in the
transition from the university to career. The goals ot" the
office are to assist students in refining their career objec-
tives and in becoming prepared to implement their objec-
tive.

The Office of Career Services is open to all lUP under-
graduate students, graduate students, and alumni. Stu-
dents are encouraged to use the facilities and professional
staff for assistance in career planning and development.
The primary services of the program include career coun-
seling, assistance in preparing and sending credentials,
resume writing, interviewing, and the job search. The
office arranges on-campus interviews and maintains a
vacancy list of available positions. A Career Resources
Library is also available.

The office also houses University Testing Services, which
coordinates the administration of the College Level E.xam-
ination Program (CLEP), the Miller Analogies Test
(MAT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Pennsylvania
Teacher Certification Testing Program (PTCTP), Law
School Admission Test (LSAT), Graduate Record E.xami-
nation (GRE), Graduate Management Admissions Test
(GMAT), and other specialized tests. Students may con-
tact the office for information regarding the procedure for
registering for these tests.

The Office of Career Services functions as part of the
educational system at lUP. It is not an employment office;
nor does it "place" anyone in jobs. Rather, its primary
objectives are to help students define and clarify their
goals, to provide assistance in working out opinions, and
to help students become self-reliant in meeting their post-
graduate plans.

Counseling and Student Development

The Counseling and Student Development Center provides
services and programs for lUP students which focus on
personal and emotional growth in conjunction with aca-
demic learning.

The Counseling Services component provides confidential
personal counseling on an individual and group basis to
students seeking assistance. Students may call 357-2621 or
stop by 119 Clark Hall to arrange for an initial appoint-
ment. The center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Monday-Friday. For after-hours' emergencies, staff may
be consulted by calling University Health Services, 357-
2550, Monday-Friday until 11:00 p.m. and Saturday and
Sunday until 5:00 p.m. The center also provides consulta-
tion to faculty, staff, and administrators regarding student
concerns and adjustment.

The Student Development Programs component of the
center presents the Six O'clock Series to the campus com-
munity. It is responsible for a variety of new-student ori-



entation programs, including the annual Activities Fair. It
fosters the development of programs to meet the special
needs of women students and other student groups. Ef-
forts arc made to reach students through such learning
experiences as a campuswide leadership workshop and
workshops lor student groups and organizations. Counsel-
ing and Student Development Center staff consists of
professional counselors, psychologists, and student devel-
opment specialists.

Course Placement Testing

The Advising and Testing Center conducts mandatory pre-
regisiration testing in English, math, French, German, and
Spanish for incoming freshmen, as well as exemption test-
ing for math for freshman elementary, special education,
speech and hearing, and early childhood majors. Students
who have taken these tests (administered in the summer)
and who have questions about their results should stop by
106 Pratt Hall or call 357-4067 (Voice/TDD). Students
who have not taken these tests and who desire to identify
the appropriate level at which to begin an English, mathe-
matics, French, German or Spanish course may also con-
tact the Advising and Testing Center for information on
assessment.

(Please note that questions about Advanced Placement,
CLEP, GRE, GMAT, and PTCTP should be addressed to
University Testing Services, 302 Pratt Hall, 357-2235.)

Disabled Student Services

Located within the Advising and Testing Center (106 Pratt
Hall), the Office of Disabled Student Services serves both
students with physical and learning disabilities and the
university community with information about disability.
Disabled Student Services exists to ensure that students
with disabilities are afforded full, integrated access to
university academic and social life. The office provides a
variety of services ranging from ongoing individual advis-
ing; early registration for students needing recorded books
or to ensure classroom access; assistance in locating acces-
sible housing; equipment loan, test proctoring and read-
ing; NCR paper; liaison with faculty, OVR, and BVS;
career-related counseling; a disability support group; and
an office newsletter, "The E.xceptional Society News."

The office also maintains a resource library on topics such

as disability specific information; careers in science; learn-
ing disability; and general information on disability. Mem-
bers of the staff of Disabled Student Services are pleased
to assist students writing reports about disability; to ad-
dress classes on the topic of disability; or to assist students
in locating information relating to disability.

Students with learning or physical disabilities or physical •
challenges (including temporary disability) should register
with the office by stopping by 106 Pratt Hall or calling
357-4067 (Voice/TDD) for an appointment. Office hours
are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. -noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid located in 308 Pratt Hall of-
fers financial information and counseling to all students.
The types of financial assistance offered include student
employment, loans, grants, and scholarships. In most
cases, a Pennsylvania Stale Grant and Federal Student Aid
Application is used to determine eligibility for these pro-
grams.



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For more information about financial aid please refer to
the Financial Aid section of this handbook or visit the
Office of Financial Aid, 308 Pratt Hall. The office is open
Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students may stop in or call 357-
2218. Counselors are available for student consultation on
a daily basis.

University Health Service

The University Health Service operates an outpatient
clinic and provides routine heaUh care to students while
classes are in session. The outpatient clinic is staffed with
physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and educators.
One clinic is located on the Indiana campus at the Pechan
Health Center, at the corner of Maple Street and Pratt
Drive. A satellite clinic on the Armstrong County Campus
is located in Minteer Hall in Kittanning. For emergency
care of students when the Health Center is closed, the
local hospital emergency room is available. The university
has a contract to cover the cost of transporting a student
to the local hospital for an emergency, if the student's
health insurance policy does not include coverage of am-
bulance services.

In addition to primary medical care, including minor sur-
gery, laboratory tests, allergy injections, and dispensing of
medications, the University Heahh Services offers a self-
care cold clinic, evening gynecology clinic, and programs
in chemical health, heaUh education, wellness, and nutri-
tion counseling. Free transportation to area medical facili-
ties also is available to students on the Indiana campus.

Students are required to complete a Student Health Form
which includes documentation of immunization status
prior to starting classes. Please refer to the Prematricula-
tion Immunization Requirement in the academic policies
section of this handbook for more details. For more infor-
mation about the University Health Service or religious or
medical exceptions to the Prematriculation Immunization
Requirement, call 357-6475.

Housing and Residence Life

The Office of Housing and Residence Life is responsible
for the following: administering the total operation of the
university's residence halls, apartments, and houses which
accommodate approximately 4,500 students; administer-
ing dining services which feed over seven thousand stu-
dents and cater special functions; providing off-campus
housing listings as well as serving as a liaison with owners
of privately owned residence halls and apartment com-
plexes; coordinating the student Centrex telephone service;
supervising the collection and updating of the student data
bank in regard to local address and telephone informa-
tion; coordinating the student section of the university
telephone directory; and coordinating housing and dining
services for credit-bearing workshops, camps, and confer-
ences. Housing and residence life staff members also ad-
vise the Residence Hall Association and counsel with
students regarding personal, social, or academic concerns.
In addition, staff members make referrals to campus and
community agencies designed to assist students.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The department of Intercollegiate Athletics is located in
the Memorial Field House. lUP offers nine varsity sports
for men and nine for women. Men have a choice of cross
country, soccer, football, basketball, swimming, track and



field, golf, baseball, and tennis. Women's options include
volleyball, tennis, field hockey, basketball, swimming,
gymnastics, track and field, softball, and cross country.
For further information, see the section on athletics in the
Table of Contents.

lUP Interfaith Council

The lUP Interfaith Council is a group of recognized cam-
pus religious organizations that seek to serve the spiritual
needs of the lUP community. Members of the Interfaith
Council also seek to work together to offer cooperative
programs and "to foster mutual respect among religious
groups on campus." Contact: Reverend Dr. John McNeill,
United Campus Ministry, 463-8774.

Learning Center

The Learning Center is an educational support program
that provides a variety of services designed to assist stu-
dents academically. These services include tutorial assist-
ance in a large number of required liberal studies courses;
remedial reading and mathematics courses; and study
skills workshops focusing on the development of appropri-
ate study skills for college success. Additional academic
advising and career exploration programs are offered for
target populations. These services are offered in individ-
ual, group, laboratory, and structured class formats. Stu-
dents interested in obtaining services are urged to contact
the tutorial office at 357-2159 or to visit Room 306, Pratt
Hall.

Student Activities and Organizations

The Office of Student Activities and Organizations is re-
sponsible for the presentation of cocurricular activities
programming and the development and coordination of
recognized student organizations on the campus. By ac-
tively participating in these experiences, students can ap-
ply their classroom learning to relevant programs to
improve upon their leadership abilities, enhance their aca-
demic achievements, broaden their cultural perspective,
and develop their social skills. Primary assistance is given
to the advisement of the Student Congress, the Interfrater-
nity Council, the Panhellenic Council, the Black Greek
Council, the Activities Board, the University Concert
Committee, the Artist Series Committee, and the Ideas
and Issues Committee. The office is also responsible for
the management and supervision of the Black Cultural
Center, the Black Emphasis Committee, the Student Com-
munity Services Program, the campus film program, and
the university master calendar.

Any group of persons wishing to organize a club or orga-
nization at lUP must develop a constitution and have it
approved by the Student Congress and the Office of Stu-
dent Activities and Organizations. Guidelines regarding
the approval process and information regarding particular
organizations can be obtained in 104 Pratt Hall.

The office staff is available for counseling and advisement
with all students, campus organizations, and organization
advisers. Staff members are located in 101 B and 102 Pratt
Hall (Ext. 2315), 104 Pratt Hall (Ext. 2598), and Room 1.
Lewis House (Black Cultural Center) (Ext. 2455).

Student Community Services

Student Community Services (SCS) strives to promote
student and faculty service to the community and to the
university. Through the Office of Student Activities and



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Organi/aiioiis, this component is active in assessing the
service-related interests of students, lacuiiy, and recog-
nized organizations, identifying the needs ot coiuinunity
resideitts and service agencies, and coordinating assessed
interests and identified needs. Both intrinsic and extrinsic
outcomes place student service experiences among ttie
most rewarding and \ahiable of any cocurricular activity.
For more inlormation, contact the SC"S ol'tlce in 109 J'rait
Hall at ext. 5657 or Student Activities and Organizations
ate.xt. 2598 in 104 Pratt Hall.



Veterans and l)ependents/VA Benefits

Veterans and dcpeiideius must complete the proper forms
with the veterans counselor. Students should visit this
otHce each semester and each summer in order to verify
their eligibility lor benefits. Veterans must also notify the
veterans counselor if they withdraw from courses or with-
draw from lUP or change their address. Veterans and
dependents should submit a copy of the DD2I4 to the
dean of their college for evaluation for possible university
credit. Other assistance is available from the veterans
counselor in the Career Services Of rice, 302 Pratt Hall.
Please call 357-2234 for additional information.



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Financial Aid

Types of Financial Assistance

The Office of Financial Aid, located in 308 Pratt Hall,
offers financial information and counseling to all stu-
dents. Listed below is general information on types of
financial assistance. More specific information may be
obtained at the Office for Financial Aid.

Employment provides an opportunity for the student to
earn money to help finance educational expenses. Students
may be employed on campus for up to twenty hours per
week. All campus employment is administered by the fi-
nancial aid office. However, students are responsible for
finding their own jobs. The bulletin board outside the
office is posted with known vacancies.

Loans are a form of aid from which a student receives
assistance while attending the university. These programs
obligate the student to repay the loan funds after gradua-
tion or when his or her education is terminated. Interest
rates normally range from five to twelve percent, depend-
ing on the loan program.

Grants are funds which carry no obligation for repayment.
They are awarded on the basis of financial aid.

Scholarships are funds which carry no obligation for re-
payment. They are generally awarded on the basis of
ability.

Federal aid administered through the university is available
for both the regular academic year and for summer ses-
sions. The application deadline for upperclassmen for
these federal aid programs is normally May 1 for the fol-
lowing academic year. For the summer session, the appli-
cation deadline is also May 1. Pennsylvania Higher
Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) grants are also
available for both the regular academic year and the sum-



mer session. Contact the Financial Aid Office to deter-
mine the application deadlines for the PHEAA grant
program.

University short-term loans of up to $300 are available to
students whose financial aid refunds are delayed.

Army ROTC Scholarships provide full tuition, a textbook
and equipment allowance, and a subsistence allowance
during school in return for military service as a commis-
sioned officer (second lieutenant) in the U.S. Army, Army
Reserve, or National Guard. Competitively based, they are
awarded on the basis of academic standing, extracurricular
activities, leadership and athletic abilities, and a personal
interview.

Title rv Federal Student
Assistance— Satisfactory Academic
Progress Policy

Overview

"In order to receive Student Financial Aid under the pro-
grams authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education
Act, as amended a student must be maintaining satisfac-
tory academic progress in the course of study that he/she
is pursuing." (Federal Register/Volume 48, No. 195/
Thursday, October 6, 1983)

Title IV Financial Assistance programs include the
following:
Pell Grant

Federal College Work Study Program
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Perkins Loan
Stafford Loan

Parental Loan for Undergraduate Students
Supplemental Loan for Students

Maintaining satisfactory academic progress at lUP for
Title IV assistance purposes is defined as being in compli-
ance with both the university's Academic Standards Policy
and the Financial Aid Sufficient Progress Policy. Inability
to meet the guidelines of these two policies will result in a
loss of funding from all Title IV programs.

Sufficient Progress:

The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
requires sufficient academic progress toward a degree on
both academic good standing (GPA) and sufficient pro-
gress (percent of progress) bases. The standard of aca-
demic good standing is defined within the university's
Academic Standards Policy. The standard of sufficient
progress for financial aid eligibility is the successful com-
pletion of seventy-five percent (IS'^o) of the cumulative
number of registered credits at lUP. "Registered credits"
are the number of credits for which a student is enrolled at
the end of the Drop/Add period. (For a student who was
originally registered and charged at full-time status and
who reduced during Drop/Add to part-time status, the
registered credits will be calculated as twelve.)

A student who meets the standard of academic good
standing of the Academic Standards Policy but who does
not meet the standard of sufficient quantitative progress
may continue in university registration, but without finan-
cial aid eligibility for the federal Title IV aid programs.



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A tiill Matcmciit of requirements for Satisfactory Aca-
demic Progress for Title IV Federal Student Assistance is
available through the Financial Aid Office.

Finunciul Aid Sufficient Progress Policy

The liiiancial Aid Sufllcicnl I'roiircss Policy applies to all
graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the
university.

A. Sufficient Progress

To be in good standing on a sufficient progress basis, a
student must have earned at least seventy-five percent
of the cumulative number of registered credits at I UP.

I. "Registered credits" is the number of credits for
which a student is enrolled at the end of the Drop/
Add period (for a student who was originally regis-
tered and charged at full-time status, and who
reduces during Drop/ Add to part-time status, the
registered credits will be calculated at twelve).

Each student will be measured for sufficient pro-
gress annually in January after Fall grade process-
ing. This evaluation will determine if the student
has a sufficient percentage of credits earned in or-
der to be eligible for Title IV funding for the next
financial aid award year (July I through June 30).

B. For a student who has not earned at least seventy-five
percent of the cumulative number of registered credits
at lUP, a one-time Financial Aid Eligibility Warning
Period will be extended in order for deficiencies to be
corrected. This extension period will permit the student
to receive Title IV funding for the next financial aid
award year (July 1 through June 30).

C. Financial Aid Suspension

If a student does not meet the sufficient percent of
progress evaluation after the Financial Aid Eligibility
Warning Period, then all Title IV aid for that student
will be suspended in the next financial aid award year
(July I through June 30).

A student who is in this financial aid suspension sta-
tus, however, will also be reviewed at the end of the
Spring semester and Summer terms in order to evaluate
whether or not the percent of progress has been met
through additional coursework. If this improvement to
seventy-five percent in the percent of progress is
achieved, then the student's Title IV financial aid sus-
pension will be rescinded beginning with the next term
of enrollment.

D. Appeal Process

For students who have experienced unusual circum-
stances which have led to a lack of sufficient percent of
progress, such as medical emergencies or death of a
family member, a written appeal may be submitted to
the Financial Aid Eligibility Review Board for consid-
eration of reinstatement of Title IV aid eligibility.

A student who is notified during the annual January
Review period that his/her Title IV aid will be sus-
pended in the next financial aid award year must sub-
mit a written appeal to the Financial Aid Eligibility
Review Board before June 30. This written appeal
must specifically outline the reason(s) for the percent
of progress deficiency and how the student will make
up this deficiency. For students who miss the June 30
deadline, an appeal for reinstatement of Title IV aid



for the Spring term of the next award year will be ac-
cepted for review if received before November 30.

After reviewing the written appeal of a student in Fi-
nancial Aid Suspension, the Financial Aid Eligibility
Review Board may decide to reinstate Title IV financial
aid eligibility for specific periods of the next financial
aid award year if the student had justifiable reasons for
the lack of sufficient progress. All appeal letters will be
answered in writing by Financial Aid Eligibility Review
Board as to the approval or denial of the requested
financial aid reinstatement and the semesters which are
involved with the decision.

E. Reinstatement of Title IV Aid Eligibility

For a student who has Satisfactory Academic Progress
deficiencies, one of the following must occur in order
for that student to receive Title IV assistance:

1. The student can reestablish eligibility for Title IV
assistance by meeting the minimum requirements
for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

2. A student who is on academic probation and/or
financial aid eligibility warning will be eligible to
receive Title IV funding while classified in one or
both of these categories.

3. A student who has not met the minimum criteria
for Satisfactory Academic Progress due to unusual
or mitigating circumstances and has filed an ap-
peal(s) which has granted the student continuance of
financial aid eligibility. Title IV aid funds may be
reinstated.

F. Summer Sessions

Summer session attendance may permit the student to
enhance satisfactory academic progress through addi-
tional coursework. For this reason, all students who
lack sufficient progress will be permitted to receive Title
IV financial aid funds during this period of enrollment
providing that their GPA is at least a 1.5 overall. Stu-
dents who have a GPA of less than 1.5 must meet with
their associate/assistant academic dean in order to
discuss an appropriate "academic action plan." Finan-
cial aid eligibility for summer sessions will be reinstated
once documentation of this discussion is received in the
Financial Aid Office.

For majors with graduation requirements in excess of
124 credits, the maximum number of registered credits
would increase proportionally. For example, for degrees
that require 130 credits, the maximum number of regis-


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