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tered credits at lUP is 173 credits.

Students who exceed these credit guidelines due to loss
of transfer credits, change of major, or double majors
will be screened by the Financial Aid Eligibility Review
Board for Continuance.

Time Frame for Degree Completion

All students must complete their degree requirements
within an established time frame. Since enrollment status
may vary from semester to semester, the maximum time
frame for degree completion is measured in terms of
credits attempted at lUP.

Under normal circumstances, an undergraduate student
should complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree
at the point of having 165 registered credits at lUP. Since


seventy-five percent of the registered credits must be
earned in order to be maintaining satisfactory academic
progress, 124 credits (the number generally required for
graduation) would be earned at the point of having 165
registered credits.

Treatment of Audits, Incompletes, and Other

In order that a student fully understands how various
grades and enrollments impact upon the calculation of
Satisfactory Academic Progress, the following informa-
tion is provided:

Audits, "S", and "U" Grades

Because course audits, "S", and "U" grades carry no
credits, they are not reviewed or counted for sufficient
progress purposes.


Grades of "I", "R", and "*" are treated as credits
attempted/zero credits earned/no effect on QPA. How-
ever, these grades are treated as noncompleted credits and
have an impact in the calculation of the percent of pro-
gress measure. (Note: The "*" is an administrative symbol
indicating that a grade was not submitted at the time of
grade processing.)

"F" Repeat with Replacement

An "F" repeat with replacement is treated as credits
attempted/credits earned with the quality points of the
new grade replacing the 0.00 QP of the original "F" grade.
An "F" repeat has a positive effect on the QPA but repre-
sents an additional number of credits attempted in regard
to the percent of progress measure.

"D" Repeat with Replacement

Repeated classes that are "D" replacements to a student's
record are treated as credits attempted/zero credits earned
with the quality points of the new grade replacing the 1.00
QP of the D grade. A "D" repeat with replacement may
improve a student's QPA but represents an additional
number of credits attempted in regard to the percent of
progress measure.

Repeats with Averaging

Courses that are repeated with averaging count as credits

attempted/credits earned with the quality points for the
class averaged into the QPA. The maximum time frame
for degree completion may be impacted by repeat with
averaging classes.


Grades of "W," "WP" or "WF" are treated as credits
attempted/zero credits earned/no effect on QPA. Any
type of "W" grade is treated as noncompleted credits in the
calculation of the student's percent of progress standing.

Pass/Fail Grades

Pass grades are treated as registered credits/credits earned
with no effect on QPA. Fail grades are treated as registered
credits/zero credits earned with zero QP averaged into the
calculation of QPA.

NonCredit Courses

Noncredit classes, such as those with Continuing Educa-
tion Units (CEU's), are not used in measuring sufficient
progress, since these classes cannot be applied toward
degree requirements and no financial aid may be received
for enrollment.

Institutional Credits

Institutional credits are counted as registered credits/
credits completed. The QP for the course is not averaged
into the student's overall QPA.

Cancelled Semester

All registered credits/credits completed are calculated in
the determination of percent of progress. The QPA for a
cancelled semester is not averaged into the overall QPA of
the student.

Additional Information

Additional information concerning this Satisfactory Aca-
demic Progress Policy as it relates to Title IV Assistance
Programs may be directed to

Financial Aid Office

308 Pratt Hall


Indiana, PA 15705



Student Organizations

General Information

Recognized Organizations

A truly comprehensive college experience happens not
only through your coursework but also by active participa-
tion in lUP's cocurricular programs and organizations! At
lUP, opportunities for student involvement are numerous.
The cocurriculum offers almost two hundred recognized
organizations and thirty formal programs for student

Being involved will challenge you to make decisions, solve
problems, achieve personal and professional goals, and
increase your level of satisfaction and sense of accomplish-
ment. And, as with your coursework, your commitment to
your "out-of-the-classroom" education will enhance your
employability and professional competence. Participation
in lUP's recognized programs and organizations will en-
rich your total college and lifetime experiences!

Carefully consider the possibilities by reviewing the fol-
lowing categories of recognized organizations. Watch for
new-member recruitment announcements on campus and
in the student newspaper for opportunities to get involved.

New Organizations

If you have your own idea about starting a new program
or organization, please be encouraged to do so! New orga-
nizations must develop a constitution and have it approved
by the Student Congress and the Office of Student Activi-
ties and Organizations. A complete outline of the recogni-
tion process and a complete listing and description of all
recognized organizations can be obtained from the Office
of Student Activities and Organizations in 104 Pratt Hall.

Types of Organizations

Depurtincniul Organizations

Dcpaiiinciiial oigani/atiuns arc generally founded by and
operate from an academic department at lUP. Often affili-
ated with chapters of the same name at other universities,
lUP's departmental organizations offer an excellent mix
of professional special-interest activities, personal con-
tacts, and social events.

Governance Organizations

The university governance organizations are representa-
tive, coordinating, and/or liaison bodies at lUP. Each of
the governing organizations plays a most important role in
serving the needs of the general student and university
population or of a specific group of students or organiza-
tions. Your involvement with these groups will ensure your
inclusion in the student decision-making process at lUP.

Honorary and Recognition Societies

Honorary and recognition societies exist to encourage and
recognize superior scholarship and/or leadership achieve-
ment. IVIost lUP honorary and recognition societies are
nationally affiliated organizations. Membership is open by
application or initiation to those persons of distinguished
curricular and cocurricular achievement at lUP.

Professional Fraternities

Professional fraternities are coeducational organizations
with the purpose of promoting professional competency
and achievement within a specific academic field. Profes-
sional fraternities generally limit their membership to
qualified students and faculty members who are enrolled
in a particular degree program and who have obtained a
determined minimum academic achievement level.

Religious Organizations

Religious organizations are associations with the general
aims of creating an awareness, furthering understanding,
and exercising worship within specific traditional or non-
traditional religions or denominations. Sometimes affili-
ated with local churches or congregations, lUP's religious
organizations offer an opportunity to provide and receive
spiritual guidance, personal support, and human service.

Service Organizations

lUP's service organizations offer a wide variety of human
service opportunities for individuals of all majors and
interests. Thousands of lUP students actively serve the
university and Indiana communities each year. Whether
they are seeking to continue a particular activity or look-
ing for new experiences and challenges, all lUP students
are strongly encouraged to get involved in service

General Greek Organizations

General Greek fraternities and sororities are self-
perpetuating organizations attempting to fulfill the total
cocurricular needs of their members in a self-directed and
self-governing manner. Fraternities and sororities regularly
sponsor service activities, intramural teams, social events,
and educational programs. Also sponsored are academic
activities and recognitions, and the scholastic achievement
of members is monitored by the organizations. Member-
ship in general Greek organizations is not limited to any
college or department at lUP and is drawn almost exclu-


sively from the undergraduate body of the institution. The
general Greek-letter system is comprised of twenty-two
fraternities and sixteen sororities and is governed by the
Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Council
(Panhel), and the Black Greek Council (BGC).

In fulfilling their governing responsibilities the councils
provide a central meeting platform, enhance relations
among member chapters, and exist as a liaison between all
general Greek chapters and the university and borough
communities. IFC, Panhel, and BGC also coordinate rush
and pledging activities, act as judicial bodies for alleged
violations of council constitutions, and, in general, serve
the best interests of the entire general Greek community.
Activities sponsored by the councils for member chapters
include Greek Week and Greek Sing, the Greek Extrava-
ganza and Fashion Show, philanthropic service projects,
and inter-Greek leadership conferences, competitions, and

In order to be eligible to accept a bid of membership and
to pledge a general Greek organization, a student must
have a 2.0 cumulative QPA, be enrolled full time at lUP,
and fulfill the requirements set forth by the individual

Communications and Publications

lUP's communications and publications organizations
serve the function of creating and enhancing information
flow and exchange through recognized communication
media. These organizations offer practical experience in
the fields of journalism, creative writing, broadcasting,
graphics, business, and production of several media.

Special-Interest Organizations

Special-interest organizations comprise a wide variety of
service, programming, and need-fulfillment activities.
Nonspecific to any general purpose as a group of organi-
zations, each special-interest organization is unique in its
goals, events, and membership requirements. There is
generally "something for everyone" within this group of

Sports and Recreation

Sports and recreational clubs offer the opportunity of
athletic competition in nonvarsity club and intramural
sport activities to both men and women at the university.
Regular practices, competitions, travel, and social outings
are all generally included in the activity schedule of a club
sport or intramural team.

Recognized Programs

Recognized programs are those major institutionwide
activities which, due to their positive contributions to the
university community, are supported by lUP. Comprising
a significant amount of the activities which take place at
lUP each year, recognized programs are typically annual
or semi-annual events. With each program designed to
accomplish a specific purpose, recognized programs also
offer extensive experience in activity design and manage-
ment, marketing, and program and personnel support

Policies and Regulations Governing
Student Organizations

Statement of Relationship of
General Fraternities and Sororities


Since 1914, lUP has acknowledged that general fraternities
and sororities can be a valuable component of the under-
graduate experience. Fraternal organizations maintain, as
their primary purpose, the enhancing of the student learn-
ing and growing process through activities encouraging
leadership development, organization management, inter-
personal and group dynamics, social awareness, philan-
thropic spirit, university loyalty and career orientation and
development, thereby earning them the privilege of Uni-
versity recognition.

A recognized general fraternity or sorority can comple-
ment the curricular and co-curricular aims of lUP by en-
hancing opportunities for personal development of its
members and providing significant contributions to the
campus and community environments. If the group is
successful in meeting these goals, the fraternal organiza-
tion has fulfilled its purpose of providing members with
the potential of a positive co-curricular experience.

To strengthen their positive presence and to ensure the
continued contributions of its recognized general fraterni-
ties and sororities, lUP has adopted the Statement of Re-
lationship of General Fraternities and Sororities. The
Statement details the relationship between each general
fraternal organization and the University in terms of defi-
nition, obligations, benefits, and accountability. The state-
ment details the criteria and means by which the potential
of the membership experience is measured and reinforced.

University Recognition

A. Definition of a Fralernily or Sorority

A general fraternal organization is defined as:

A chapter of undergraduate men and/or women which
has been chartered by a National Interfraternity Con-
ference, National Panhellenic Conference, or National
Pan-Hellenic Council member organization, and
which satisfies the University criteria for recognition
as defined within the Statement. The organization
maintains goals which are articulated by the chartering
national sponsor, and these goals are interpersonal/
fraternal rather than exclusively or primarily honorary,
professional, religious, political, or social in nature. A
recognized chapter and its chartering national organi-
zation maintain a fraternal ethos of higher ideals,
principals, and values as enshrined in esoteric ritual
and embodied in mission and practice consistent with
the aims of the University.

B. Purpose and SlatemenI of Relationship

University recognition is granted to a chapter which
contributes to the educational mission of lUP as de-
fined by the Statement. The University maintains the
burden of proof to demonstrate that the chapter is not
contributing to the educational mission of lUP, as
determined through the formal hearing procedures
defined by the Statement, should the withdrawal of
recognition be considered.


Univcrsiiy-rccogni/cd general IriKcnuil organi/ations
remain independeni of the University and do not serve
as agents or employees of the University. University
recognition and accompanying benefits should not be
misinterpreted as meaning that the chapter and its
members are controlled by the University, that the
University is responsible for the chapter's contracts or
other acts or omissions, or that the University approves
of the chapter's goals or activities in toto.

Through recognition, the University enters into an
agreement with each chapter only within the basic
parameters applied to University recognition of any
organization. There must be:

1. Commonality with lUP goals and standards;

2. Adherence to University rules and regulations;

3. Mechanisms for accountability; and

4. Provisions for the withdrawal of recognition should
goals diverge or standards decline in ways that
would expose the University to liability and/or
should the chapter fail to provide the members with
a positive educational experience as defined within
this Statement.

When Greek-letter organizations exist and operate with
University recognition, the Statement describes the
relationship between the University and the chapter.

A complete copy of the Statement of Relationship can
be obtained from the office of Student Activities and

Note: This is an interim statement to be acted upon by the
University Senate in Fall, 1991.

Hazing Policy

A. Definition

lUP defines hazing as "any action, situation, activity
or complicity in activity, or any mental or physical
requirement or request placed upon any pledge, mem-
ber affiliate, or alumnus which causes or has the po-
tential to cause endangerment of the physical,
emotional, or mental health or safety of the partici-
pant; physical or mental discomfort, pain, injury,
fright, degradation, moral compromise, coerced sexual
activity, or servitude; and/or the violation of any fed-
eral, state, or local law or rule or university policy, as
directly or indirectly related to the initiation or admis-
sion into or affiliation with or continued membership
in an lUP recognized organization."

The lUP definition of hazing includes, but is not lim-
ited to, the following:

1. Any activity which endangers or has the potential
to endanger the physical health of participants,
such as paddling, whipping, kicking, striking, beat-
ing, pushing, shoving, tackling, branding, and or-
dering calisthenics.

2. Any activity which endangers or has the potential
to endanger the mental health and/or academic
performance of participants, such as not allowing
adequate time for or interfering with academic
commitments; activities conducted between the
hours of midnight and 8 a.m.; and forced exclusion
from social and/or verbal contact with any other


3. Any activity which is or has the potential to be
physically or mentally harmful, painful, or injuri-
ous, such as the forced or required consumption of
alcohol, food, or drugs; excessive exposure to the
elements; quests, scavenger hunts, kidnappings, or
strandings; physical or psychological shock; and
activities causing physical or mental fatigue.

4. Any activity which has the potential to be frighten-
ing, morally compromising, degrading, unduly
embarrassing, deceptive, or promoting servitude,
such as throwing items at or on the participant;
carrying of items or wearing of apparel which is
undignified; public stunts, verbal harassment, and
beratement; requiring the participant to yell when
entering or departing a physical structure or in the
presence of designated individuals; the designation
of "pledge entrances or exits;" running personal
errands or servitude; intentionally creating labor or
clean-up work; scant clothing requirements or nu-
dity at any time; and deception designed to con-
vince the participant of impending pain, injury, or

5. Any activity which is in violation of any federal,
state, or local law or rule or university policy, such
as the illegal use of alcohol or any controlled sub-
stance in any form or quantity as part of any
pledge-related activity and violation of lUP student
behavior regulations, including unauthorized entry,
"raids," possession/theft/destruction/damage of
property, improper obstruction/disruption of uni-
versity activities, abuse/harassment, and disorderly
obscene conduct.

B. Presumptions

1. Pledge-related activities by nature must reflect the
best interests of the pledges, members of the organi-
zation, the university, and the Indiana community.

2. For the purposes of this policy, any activity or situa-
tion, upon which the initiation or admission into or
affiliation with or continued membership in an lUP-
recognized organization is directly or indirectly
conditioned, shall be presumed to be "forced," the
willingness of an individual to participate notwith-

3. The negligence or consent of the participant or any
assumption of risk by the participant are not de-
fenses to an action brought pursuant to this policy.

4. All lUP students and recognized organizations are
responsible for abiding by this policy, both on cam-
pus and off campus, including privately owned
facilities and/or property.

5. Recognized organizations are responsible for any
activity in violation of this policy by any individual
or group affiliated with the organization (pledge,
member, auxiliary, or alumnus), unless it is proven
that the group or individual activity was indepen-
dent of, and occurred without the knowledge or
consent of, the recognized organization. Such re-
sponsibility will apply equally to situations in which
one or more members knew or should have known
of the activity and failed to make every reasonable
attempt to prevent or stop it.

6. The filing of charges at lUP against a recognized
organization does not preclude the filing of charges

at lUP against an individual student nor the filing
of civil and/or criminal charges against the organi-
zation and/or individual.

C. Implementation

1. The officers, primarily the president, of each orga-
nization are responsible for informing pledges,
members, affiliates, and appropriate alumni/ae of
this policy. This policy should be read by the presi-
dent to the membership at the first meeting of the
organization each semester and to the pledges prior
to the commencement of the first pledge activity
and should be posted in a prominent place for the
pledges and members to see.

2. The Hazing Compliance Agreement portion of the
Organization Recognition Form must be completed
and submitted to the Office of Student Activities
and Organizations, 104 Pratt Hall, within thirty
days of the commencement of fall semester classes
or the election of new officers to certify acknowl-
edgement of all conditions of this policy.

3. All nonacademic initiation or affiliation pledge
activities must be discontinued seven days prior to
the first day of the final examination period each
semester and remain discontinued through the end
of the final examination period.

D. Jurisdiction and Procedure

1. Charges of violations of this policy by a recognized
organization should be filed in the Office of Stu-
dent Activities and Organizations. Charges of viola-
tions of this policy by an individual student should
be filed in the Office of the Assistant to the Vice
President for Student Affairs.

2. Administrative hearings of alleged violations of this
policy by a recognized organization will be con-
ducted by the Recognized Organization Review
Board (RORB), in accordance with policy as de-
tailed in this publication.

a. In all cases of alleged violations of this policy,
the organization adviser and general headquar-
ters of the organization will be notified.

b. During the period of formal investigation or
adjudication of alleged violations of this policy,
all pledge-related activities, organization activi-
ties, and/or university recognition of the organi-
zation may be summarily suspended in keeping
with the university policy.

3. Administrative hearings of alleged violations of this
policy by an lUP student will be conducted by the
lUP Judicial System, in accordance with policy as
detailed in this publication.

4. Recognized organizations and/or individuals also
may be held responsible for criminal misconduct in
violation of the Pennsylvania Anti-Hazing Law,
considered a third-degree misdemeanor punishable
by up to a year's imprisonment.

E. Violations and Sanctions

I. Violations of this policy by a recognized organiza-
tion normally will result in the minimum sanction
of a one-semester probation, seven weeks of social,
intramural, and/or recognition benefits suspension
and a revision of the organization's pledge educa-
tion program, with a maximum sanction of with-

drawal of university recognition from the
organization for a period of twelve consecutive
regular academic semesters.

2. Repeated violation of this policy or violation of any
probation enacted as a result of this policy by a
recognized organization normally will result in the
minimum sanction of a one-year probation and a
one-semester suspension of social, intramural, and/
or recognition benefits, with a maximum sanction
of withdrawal of university recognition of the orga-
nization for a period of an additional twelve consec-
utive regular academic semesters.

3. Violations of this policy by an lUP student will
result in sanctions consistent with the lUP Judicial
System, in accordance with a policy defined in the
Student Handbook or penalties authorized by Penn-
sylvania law.

4. For violations of this policy by a recognized organi-
zation, sanctions shall be defined as follows:

a. Probation: A specified length of time in which
repeated violation of this policy or violation of
other specified policies result in increased sanc-
tions against the organization; no additional
sanctions are necessarily implied by the imposing
of a probation.

b. Mandatory Activity: The required participation

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