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port of university activities. Each member of the SGA is a representative
on the University Senate, the institution's chief governing body. The SGA
meets bimonthly. Every student enrolled at HP is considered a member of
the SGA. and input is always sought and welcome I or more information,
visit SGA at 210A HUB or contact us at 724-357-1302

Veterans Affairs

Website: veterans
E-mail: vets a tup edit

I he Veterans Allans Office provides many services to veterans, including
academic support, tutoring, housing assistance, financial aid. and general
information. The office is located in 12f> (lark Hall, for information on
forms, please call 724-357-3009. The Federal Veterans Office telephone
number is 800-827-1000.

The following services are available to IUP
students but do not report to the Division of
Student Affairs.

Center for Learning Enhancement

I he Center for Learning Enhancement is an academic support service

sponsored bj the Department of Developmental Studies. The center pro-
vides noncredii support services m the areas of reading,
mathematics, biological and physical sciences, foreign languages, social
sciences, stud) skills, and related areas See detailed information in the

College of 1 ducation and I durational lechnologv section o\ this catalog

CUSP: The Early Entrance Experience

I he Department of Studies offers a pre-coUege experience

to all incoming In si scar students Please see detailed information at the

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Department ol Developmental Studies description in the ( ollegc ol i iiin. .1
boo and I Tcchnolog) section <>t tins catalog


Website: »»» »</' •'./» polk

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rhree types ol parking permits are available to students 1 > < ommutei pet
rnits .no allocated to those individuals traveling from outside the set
boundaries 10 class each day, -i Resident permits are di duate

students living on campus, and I) Robertshaw permits are available F01 .1 Fee
tor long-term parking In undergraduate students living in universit) owned
residence halls Permits are available at the I RSA website Parking
regulations .mil maps can be v iewed on line at wh " mp edu 'polk e\ select
the Parking link

I Ik- I niversit) Parking and Visitoi 1 entei is open Monday through I rida)
It. mii 7 mi . 1 in to 4 10 p.m and is located at 850 Maple Street, Universit)
rowers, hull. in. 1. PA 1 ^n s Questions should be addressed to the Parking
Services Department at 724 15 8748 i \ SIT).

Student Rights/Directory Information

I Ik- Following information is considered director) information under the
I amil) 1 Rights and Privac) Act (the Buckle) Amendment of
l''"4i and ma) be released without the student's permission name address,
telephone number, dates and status of attendance (enrolled, part-time full-
time) and previous institutions attended, degrees conferred, major field of
stud) and class, awards and honors, past and present participation in
official!) recognized sports and activities as well as physical factors of
athletes (such as height and weight), and e-mail usemame.

Students ma) request thai directory information not be publicly released by
completing a form available in the Office of the Registrar, (lark Hall
Lobby. Forms must he Tiled bv the end of the second week of fall semester
classes in order to have director) information omitted from the punted
Campus Director) 1 pon receipt of this signed form in the Registrar's
office, all information will he withheld, even beyond graduation, unless the
student requests in writing (hat (his nondisclosure request he rescinded.

Students Rights Underthe Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

I TRPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education
records They follow:

1 The right to inspect and res lew the student's education records within

forts -H\e days of the da) (be universit) receives a request for access

Students should submit to the Registrar, college dean, department chair,
or other appropriate official, written requests that identity the reeords
they wish to inspect. The universit) official will arrange for aeeess and
notify the student of the time and place where the records may be
inspected If (he records are not maintained by the official to whom the
request was submitted, that official will advise the student lo whom to
direct the request

2 I he nght to request amendment of the student's education records that
he she belies es arc inaccurate or misleading Students should submit such
requests in writing lo the appropriate universit) official. The written
request must clearly identify the part of the record the student wants to
be changed and must specify whs it is inaccurate or misleading. II the
universit) decides not to amend (he record as requested, the student will
be notified by a universit) official of the decision, and the universit)
official ssill adsise the student of his her right to a hearing regarding the
requested amendment. Additional information regarding hearing
procedures will be prosided to the student when he or she is notified of
the nght to a hearing.

3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable informa-
tion contained in the student's education records, except to the extent
that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent One exception which
permits disclosure without consent is to school officials with legitimate
educational interests A school official is a person employed by the uni-
versity in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or sup-
port staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health
Staff); a person with whom the universit) has contracted (such as an at-

loines auditor, 01 collection agent); a person serving on the ( ouncil ol
husiees. a student seising on an official commit) ipli
11.11 \ 01 •.■lies. uue committee, 01 assisting anothei -il I official in per-
forming In, 01 in! 1.1 i . \ 1 1 1 official 1 tie educational

interest M the official needs to review an education record in order lo
fulfill Ins her responsibility I his includes school officials in
Othel institutions lo which a student is seeking admission or intends to
t I he nght io file a complaint ssiih the I iiited Slates Department ol I ,lu
cation concerning alleged failures by III' in compl) with the require-
ments Ol I I RPA I he name ,\nd address Ol the office that administers

FERPA follows 1 . 1 1 1 1 1 1 . Policy Compliance Office, 1 s Department ol
I ducation, 400 Maryland Venue. SW, Washington, l>< 20202- ■■

IT Support Center

Website: h » » iup edu ilsupportt enter
E-mail: it [email protected]

The II Support (enter pros ides proactive and reactive measures to assist
students of II T with orientation to and use ol computers and other
technology at III' One of the goals ot the II Support (enter is to provide
Students with a place to go for advice and assistance with issues related to
computers and other technology on the campuses of IUP.

I he center can address student questions concerning e-mail, web pages.
computer account usage, and network services Students may contact the
support center via phone i 7 24- Vs~-4(l(>(ii or e-mail {it-support-centerlq
in/' edu). 1 he web page at u u n m/> edu itsupporti enter includes several

sections which might help students to answer their own questions Students
are also welcome to visit (he IT Support Center at Dclancy Hall. Suite 1
for personal assistance with their computing problems

Computer Software Policy

Website: at ademicqffairs 'polit ies

It is the pohev ol II P that contractually protected andor copyrighted
computer software shall no! be improperly copied, distributed, or used by its

employees, students, or affiliated organizations. Ii is the responsibilit) ol
each member of the university community to adhere to (his policy and to
enforce il with regard to those they supervise If any member of the
community has a question regarding (he propriety of using software, he she
is responsible for contacting his her supers isor for direction. The supervisor
may in turn refer the questions to the director of Information Technology
Services for a decision on what constitutes proper use. The full text of the
policy is available at the website listed above

University Computing Resources Policy
Website: itsupporti enter/policies

Universit) resources are limited, and the right to use computing resources in
the domain does not extend lo activities which unfairly deprive
Other potential users of access to computing resources, or which impose an
unnecessary burden upon the university. All users have an obligation to use
resources responsibly, aware that their use does cost the university, the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and citizens real money to provide.

Computing administration has an obligation to suspend activities which
the) deem to pose a clear and present threat to the efficient operation of
and equitable access to university computing resources Such suspension
should whenever practical, be accompanied by warning and a clear
explanation of the inappropriate activity The user has the right to appeal
the suspension through the faculty, employee, or student iiidicial processes

Wireless Communications Policy

Policies and procedures related to wireless communication have been
developed and endorsed bv II P Technology committees and forwarded to
the president for approval with consideration of recommendations from
the Academic Computing Policy Advisory Committee (ACPAC ) and
Vcademic Operations (Iroup (AOG).

To view existing procedures and policies concerning the campus network,
v isit the website itsupporti enter 'polii


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Academic Policies

Note: Please see individual college sections for policies pertaining only to particular colleges and majors.

Classification of Students

In order to be classified as full-time for the fall, spring, or summer semester,
undergraduate students must be current!) enrolled in at least 12 credits.

Full-time classification for students enrolled in instructional periods which
do not conform to the regularly scheduled academic sessions will be based
upon the number of enrolled credits during that period of enrollment (e.g.,
1 credit in one week of instruction would equal the minimum full-time
certification standard).

For purposes of designating students by class, the following credit classifica-
tion ranges are used:

Freshmen 28 credits or less

Sophomores 29-56 credits

Juniors 57-90 credits

Seniors 91 credits or more

Class designations are based on credits earned rather than credits attempted.
Persons holding a degree and working for a second baccalaureate degree may
be classified as seniors.

Normal Credit Loads

A normal credit load is 15-17 credits. A student who wishes to schedule 18
or more credits must obtain approval from the dean of the college in which
he/she is registered; approval will be predicated upon various criteria such as
the student's demonstrated competencies, total courses, and specific
conditions. If approval is granted, the dean will set the credit limit and
make the appropriate computer entry. A student is responsible for paying a
per-credit fee at the current tuition rate for each credit beyond 1 8.

Schedule Changes (Drop/Add)

IUP's registration system. University Records and Systems Assistant
(URSA), is characterized as one of continuous registration. From the stu-
dent's initial registration time for a given semester through the end of the
drop/add period, a few days into the semester (except for specified
restricted times), a student may modify his /her schedule to the extent that
classes are available or permission to register for a closed or restricted sec-
tion has been granted and entered into the computer system. Each student
is responsible for making appropriate computer transactions to ensure
schedule accuracy. Deadlines for the opportunity to drop or add sections
can be found in the academic calendar at the website
academic-calendar. Note that, while the department may enter permission
to register for a section, the student must complete the actual registration
transaction on URSA.

Advanced Placement and Credit/Exemption

Courses taken by students prior to college admission under the Advanced
Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board may be
recognized by the award of college credit or by exemption from required
subjects. Those « ho cam a grade of 3, 4. or 5 in the Ads anced Placement
Examination will be granted credit toward the number of credits required for

For students who have had other unusual opportunities foi instruction or
have advanced in a given field, an opportunity to gain credit and or
exemption from a course is afforded through examinations Universit)
Testing Services in the Career Development Center (302 Pratt Hall) offers
credit options through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students have an opportunity to gain exemption oi credit through
successful completion of comprehensive examinations by requesting from
the academic department an exam as a substitute for completing all the
usual requirements of the course

A student who passes an exemption examination will he exempt from
taking that course m his/her academic program. When a student receives
credit loi a course by examination, the credit will be applied to graduation
requirements just as though the course had been taken. If a student is
granted exemption only (no credits) from a course, be she will be permitted
to take a lice elective in place of that course. This enables the student to
specialize further, correct weaknesses outside the major field, build knowl-
edge in an ancillary area, or be introduced to an entirely different area.

Courses for which credit or exemption are awarded by examination will not
be used in the determination of grade-point averages.

Internship/Cooperative Education

Students may apply for an internship if the) have completed 57 credits and
have at least a 2.0 GPA. Internship sites are normally located within a 500-
mile radius of the campus. Overseas placements are located near an IUP
center. Internships are available in state and federal offices; businesses at
the local, state, and national level; state-related agencies: corporations: and

Students may apply for a co-op if they have completed 30 credits and have
at least a 2.0 GPA. Two experiences are required. Sites are national and
international. Placements parallel those of the internship program.

Because internships are viewed as an integral part of the student's academic
program, students who are interested in specific internship programs should
consult with the internship advisor in the department of their major. A
maximum of 12 credits is applicable to an undergraduate degree program
from any combination of co-op and internship experiences.

Prior Learning/Portfolio Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment Programs

IUP offers several methods for earning university credit for college-level
learning gained through work and life experience. Through the Career De-
velopment Center, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers
standardized examinations in general and specific subjects. In addition,
departmental examinations are available in specific areas on a limited basis.

Where examinations are not available, portfolio assessment may provide
the student with the opportunity to present evidence of learning for evalu-
ation by a university faculty member. Through portfolio assessment, work
and life experiences are evaluated to determine their appropriateness and
applicability for university credit. Credits earned through prior learning
assessment may not be applied toward universit) residency requirements for
awarding of degrees. In addition, no more than one-half of the credits re-
quired for a student's major may be earned b> (1 IT. departmental exami-
nation, and portfolio assessment. Contact the Office of Distance I earning
and Continuing Education (DLCE) for information regarding portfolio

Policy: IUP has authorized a policy for assessment of prior learning that
took place outside traditional classrooms in a procedure known as Portfolio
Assessment. It is particular!) designed foi adults with extensive document-
able knowledge from work experience, travel, independent study, or other
OUt-of-claSS experiences


I . Credit awarded through portfolio evaluation must conform to specific

course titles listed in this catalog. Credit awards loi general broad areas
(block credit) will not he permitted.

2 In order to request a portfolio assessment, the student must be currently
enrolled at IUP. Credit awarded must be intended lor use as part ol a
degree or certificate program

3. Each department will determine the maximum QUmbei ol credits to be
awarded foi prior learning for its majoi In no case will more than one-
half of the majoi he earned through c II P. challenge examinations, ami

other forms of prioi learning assessment

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t i redits earned through portfolio assessment ma) not apply as residency
credit foi the purpose ol awarding degrees

5 ( redits earned through portfolio assessment may be awarded only .is

ilai course credit
t< li .1 related examination is available through till' 01 ii .1 challenge
examination has previous!) been established foi the course, a portfolio
assessment <'i those credits will nol be accepted
Acceptance ol portfolio assessment credits b) the department will be
indicated In the signature ol the chairperson oi the department ofl
the course I Ik- dean ol the appropriate ll P college and the directot ol
the Office ol lull must also indicate approval

8 Students may qualify solely for undergraduate credit not graduate credit
'i rhe title of the course, the credits, and the indication that credit was

earned through Portfolio Assessment will be recorded on the academic


1 Student meets with the directot ol the < iffice ol l'l < I to determine the
feasibility ol earning credits through portfolio evaluation. Standard
outlines of related courses are provided to student

I Preliminary Application Form Student musi provide .1 resume and
answer die follow ing questions
.1 What have you learned ili.n relates to this course?
h w here and when have you learned if
c, What documentation do you have that supports the claim?
\ handbook to assist students in compiling a portfolio will be printed It
will show how to relate to the written portfolio learning gamed through
work experience, independent study, and other experiences Evidence of
learning through documentation of experience, completion of a project,
and written examination will he explained If there is sufficient demand,
a workshop will he conducted to assist students.

■4 I ees

Application Fee per Assessment: S 15.00

Assessment Fee one-half the current rate of tuition per credit for each

eredit requested, to be paid when portfolio is submitted for evaluation
5. The application will he submitted to the director of the Office of DLCE.
Upon approval, the chairperson of the department offering the course
will be requested to suggest the name ol a faculty member to the dean of
the college for approval.

6 I he faculty member will meet with the student to determine the
technique of assessment or a combination of techniques to be used.
including interviews, documentation, observation of performance,
examination, etc

After the portfolio has been prepared by the student, it will he submit-
ted to the directot ol the ( Mlicc of DLCE for review, then forwarded to
the appointed faculty member for assessment.
S. The faculty member will evaluate the portfolio, then make a recom-
mendation for or against the award ol credit and the amount of eredit in
the form of a letter, which must be approved and countersigned by the
chairperson oi the department offering the course. The portfolio will be
forwarded to the dean of the college which oversees the student's
curriculum to approve and verily that the course will be accepted as part
i<\ the student's program. Finally, the portfolio is sent to the director of
the Office of DLCE, who will notify the student and the Registrat

9 1 he Registrar will list the course title, eredit. and an indication that
credit was earned through Portfolio Assessment.

Advisory Program

A group of selected faculty members act as freshman advisois foi entering
freshmen in their departments In some curricula the advisors continue with
the same group of advisees from year to year. In other curricula the fresh-
man advisors remain with their advisee groups only for the students' first
year; under this program, the student is then assigned an academic adv isor
for the remaining years through to his hei degree in a chosen field. Faculty
members advise students on academic achievement, dropping courses,
changing curriculum, student activ nies. study schedules, and career options
Students may identify advisors by logging in to URSA i»»»i»fi'Jii«n,ii
and selecting ( I 1 "Student Services and Financial Aid." il I "Academic
Records." and ( 3 1 "View Your Adv isor "

Change of Major

I 01 students chan 1 in the t ollcge of Educal nd

Educational technology or in th >llcgc of Business and Informs

Hon rechnology, special policies apply Please refei to the individual

ections in this catalog foi change "i jot policies pertainin

spc< iin 1 olleges and majors

i.i qualify foi change ol major, a student must be in academii 1 ding

1." 00 cm 1 ml. ilivc GPA) and must meet any othel requirements spec 1 1 ik to

the majoi All teacher certification programs have requirements beyond a


\ student niusi apply foi b change <>i majoi in the office ol the dean ol the
college m which the student is registered ii the curriculum change desired is

from one department to another within the same college (lor example,
change from a mathematics major to a biology major) 01 in the office ol

the ilean ol the college to which the student wishes to transler il the
1 writ Ilium I hange is from one college to anothci II or example, secondary
education major to biology major) In eithei case, the student will complete
an application form that is available in the dean's office Before seeking a
change of major, it is advisable that the student consult with the depart-
mental chairpersons of both the "old" and "new" majors

When a student changes colleges, the dean 101 dean's agent) ol the college
into which the tianslet is sought will evaluate the student's credits before-
approving the transfci \ copy of the evaluation will be made available to
the student and his her new advisor if a change of major is effected.

In cases involving students who are veterans, the dean of the college into
which transfer is sought (or dean's agent) shall give the veteran a statement
of prospective approval and the effective date of the proposed changes
This statement shall also indicate the amount of extended training time the
change of major will entail and the amount ol credit loss, if any I he
veteran shall take this statement to the veteran's counselor at least one-
month prior to the effective date of the change No transfer of curriculum
shall he made by veterans until V.A. approval has been assured.

Dual Baccalaureate Degrees

A student who has earned a minimum of 28 undergraduate credits from IUP
and is in good academic standing may apply to pursue a second baccalaure-
ate degree concurrently with the first. This application must be submitted
to the dean of the college in which the major program of study for the
second baccalaureate degree is housed. If admitted to a second baccalaureate
degree program, the student must designate one of the two degree programs
to be primary. To receive both degrees at graduation the student must earn
at least 30 credits beyond the requirements of the designated primary
program of study The student must cam a minimum of 150 credits to
receive both degrees concurrently. Furthermore:

a. The student may not he graduated until both the degrees are completed.

b. All requirements for the curriculum of each degree must be satisfied

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