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1 \ course required in both degree programs does nol have to be repeated
for the second degree.

d. All university requirements such as minimum GPA and number of
residency credits taken at [UP in the major must be met for each degree

e. Should a student elect to discontinue the pursuit of receiv ing two
baccalaureate degrees simultaneously and deckle to apply for graduation
with one degree, the student will be bound to the second baccalaureate
degree requirements if a later return to IUP is desired to pursue another
undergraduate degree.

Sophomore Screening for
Junior Status Approval

General policy at [UP permits each college to determine its own scheme for
evaluating the development and progress of Us major students However,
each college is expected to employ some effective procedure for such

Several of the colleges use a procedure called "Sophomore Screening for
Junior Status Approval" with the following required: All students (in such a


college) enrolled in their fourth semester or who will complete 57 credits
attempted hy the end of the current semester must apply for Junior Status
approval by filling out an application form by the deadline dale designated
and announced.

All students should check with their faculty advisors to determine which
colleges use the "'Junior Status" screening procedure and the criteria for
Junior Status Approval.

University Policy on Semester Course Syllabi

Each faculty member shall prepare and distribute, without charge, to each
student within one week of the first meeting of the class a semester course
syllabus. The syllabus will be consistent with course content and catalog
description, which was approved by the Curriculum Committee of the
University Senate for the initial course offering or revision. Semester
syllabi may be distributed in hard copy or electronically.

The semester course syllabus is a vehicle of communication to promote
student academic planning and to avoid misunderstandings of course plan
and requirements.

It is recommended that each syllabus include:

a. the faculty member's name, office location, telephone number, and
office hours

b. an outline of the course content, objectives, and prerequisites, as

c. information about the required textbook(s) with title, author, and
edition, and any other required materials

d. information on the determination of grades, including the weight, types,
and scheduling of evaluations, other planned requirements, and
expectation for class participation

e. statement of policies and/or penalties for make-up exams and late
submission of assignments

Undergraduate Course Attendance Policy

The university expects all students to attend class.

Individual faculty members may define attendance standards appropriate to
each course and the consequences of not meeting those standards, within
the following guidelines:

1 . Each policy must be distributed in writing during the first week of the
course. Normally, it is expected that the information dealing with class
attendance standards will be distributed with the Semester Course

2. Each policy must recognize students' need to miss class because of illness
or personal emergency.

3. Each policy must define some limited level of allowable absence,
normally at least a number of clock hours equal to course credits,

4. Each policy must not penalize students who add the class during the
regular or specified university drop-add period and must allow those
students to make up work missed prior to adding the class.

Anticipated Class Absence for University
Representation and Participation

The university community recognizes the values of student participation in
cocurricular and extracurricular activities of the university. lL'P has fostered
this participation with an informal policy of good faith accommodation to
meet overlapping demands of the curricular and extracurricular commit-

The underlying spirit of good faith accommodation ultimately is set in the
faculty member's unabridged right to determine the terms of variance, il
any, from the established course sy llabus tesis. quizzes, due dates for papers
or other assignments, projects, presentations, and all other course

In seeking variance, the student must take the initiative lo make all
arrangements including validation of participation as needed I he student
should generally assume that papers and such assignments should he
completed and submitted before the anticipated class absence Alten

arrangements for tests, quizzes, labs, or class participation activity (panels,
simulations, presentations) should he sought sufficiently in advance lo
permit faculty student agreement on the plan for completion, whether the
actual completion is rescheduled lo be prior to or subsequent to the
anticipated absence.

Inclement Weather Policy

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is committed to the safety and security
of its students, faculty, stall, and v isitors. Therefore, the decision as to
whether university classes or programs and cv cuts will be held during
periods of adverse weather conditions is based on the overall concent for
the university community. Because of the university's residential nature,
the university will remain open in all cases, ami classes and events will
continue as scheduled if at all possible during periods of inclement weather

Should adverse weather conditions arise or be anticipated that would make it
inadvisable to conduct classes or events on a given day. an announcement
will be provided via the following:

• I Li P website:

• 1CP telephone: 724-357-7538 (Operates 24 hours a day. please do not
call University Public Safety during severe weather )

• Radio: WDAD-AM 1451) . WCCS-AM 1160, U-92 FM 92.5, WTAE-
AM 1250, KDKA-AM 1020

• Television: KDKA-TV (Channel 2), WTAE-TV (Channel 4). WJAC-
TV (Channel 6), WPXI-TV (Channel 1 1 )

Employees and students registered for Reverse 91 1 will receive a brief
message on their cell phone.

Announcements will be made only if the university's regular operation is
disrupted. Announcements will not be made saying the university is open
The university's Inclement Weather Policy and Procedures is available on 'policies. Questions regarding the university's
Inclement Weather Policy may be directed to the Office o( Human
Resources. G-8 Sutton Hall, IUP.

Cancellation of Il'P-Sponsored Activities or Events in the Absence
of University Closure: Should adverse weather conditions arise or be
anticipated that would make it inadvisable lo conduct an lUP-sponSored
activity or event on a date when the university otherwise remains open, the

sponsoring unit department has the option to cancel or postpone the
function. The sponsoring unit department also assumes responsibility foi
notifying event participants of the cancellation postponement in an
appropriate and timely manner.

Quality Points and Determining GPA

Grades and Quality Points

In the grading system, the following grades are used in reporting the
standing of students at the end of each semester 01 session:










Description Quality Points

Excellent 4 quality points credit

Good 3 quality points credit

\vcragc 2 quality points/credil

Passing 1 quality point credit

Failing quality points/credil

Passing quality points credit d"i credit courses

only) (sec policy explanation)

Satisfactory quality points i foi 0-credil courses only )

I usatisfactor) o quality points i tor 0-credil courses onl) i

Other Designations (carrying no quality points):
\l I) xuditcd (Ourse

E\M Examination

FOL Portfolio Assessment

I Incomplete 1 or more information, see policy explanation

I I. ate Grade/Continuing Course i oi more information, see

policy explanation
OI Other Location

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(i Fatal Semeani Withdrawal i til prioi to 2002 when a

student had totall) and officiall) withdrawn from the uniw
foi a given semcsiet

H Research In progreai (graduate thesis/dissertation only)

IK 1 1 .> us 1 1 1

\mi i lemptlon

\v Withdrawal I m innic information, see policj explanation

(Jradc mil reported bj Instructor. No grade information waa
repu ite d h\ the end ol the normal grading period

Grades followed b) the following designations indicate the application ol b
policy which has amended the student's cumulative grade poinl avei

Institutional ( redll (credit counts toward enrollment status

but does not count toward graduation or in GPA calculi

( ancelled Semester (see policj explanation)

I resh start (see polic) explanation)

Determining GPA

Cumulative Grade Point Vverage (CGPA) is determined bj multiplying the
credits foi a course bj the qualit) points received foi thai course, ["hen, the
total number of semester quality points foi .ill courses is divided bj the total
number of credits attempted.

Academic Honors

II I' recognizes academic achievement through Dean's 1 ists. Provost's
Scholars, and graduation honors

Provost's Scholar

Provost's Scholars arc recognized annually. \i the start of the Fall
semester, an) undergraduate student who meets the following requirements
is eligible to he named a Provosl Scholar:

• \ current junior with a minimum of 45 credits earned (completed.

graded) at II P

• \ cumulative GPA of3.50 or higher

• Must not have received this award previously, (recognition is given
onl) once i

Dean's List

Undergraduate students receive recognition on the Dean's List for each

semester tor summer session cumulatively) in which they earn at least a

9 2^ GPA based on at least 12 credits of graded (not I' F) undergraduate

coursework. or a combination of graded graduate and undergraduate


Graduation Honors

Traditional Latin honors are awarded at graduation to first bachelor's degree
candidates with appropriate academic records. Calculation is based on all
undergraduate credits and quality points earned at IUP. Graduation honors
are not granted for second (subsequent) degrees. I he distinctions are:

Cum laude 3.25 to 3.49 cumulative GPA
Magna cum laude 3.50 to 3.74 cumulative GPA
Summa cum laude 3.75 to 4.00 cumulative I IPA

Beginning December 1^44. non-Latin honors are awarded to associate
degree candidates. The distinctions are

With Honor 3.25 to 3 44 cumulative GPA

With High Honor- 3.50 to V 7 4 cumulative GPA

With Highest Honor 3.75 to 4.00 cumulative GPA

Grading Policies

Shortly after each semester or session, a grade report will be available to
each student at the Universit) Records and Systems Assistant (URSA) at
www.iup edu ursa.

Quality points are not counted on credits from other schools, and a student
transferring from another school is held responsible for quality points only
on work taken at this university

Institutional credits are associated with remedial courses which are
numbered below 100. Credits from institutional credit courses do not apply
to degree requirements for graduation but are used in determining enroll-

menl si. mis (full oi part-time), including financial aid and athletic im \ \i

Audit Policy

\ll audited I OUI iCS will be identified as such on the student's grade report

and transcript Work taken on an audit basis will not he graded and will not
count toward the fulfillment ol requirements foi a degree to be awarded by
li IP Since credits attempted and quality, points will not be awarded tor
auditi .1 1 "in the) will not affect the student's grade point average in any

w.iv Auditors « ill pa) normal tuition and other feet as may be required

for the com se

lo audit an undergraduate course, a person must be- admitted to the uni
siiv and have met couisc prerequisites, Students wishing to audit a course lor
which lliev registered should obtain B < OUI IC \udit I mm from the office ol
the department offering the course Students must first register lor the

couisc before filing a couisc audit form All audit processing, including revo-
ii H hi ol |>ie\ iousl) requested audit classification, must be completed during

the regular drop add period. < opies ol the completed form are returned to

the Registrar's < Hike, to the department chairperson, and to the student
Audit students have the same privileges as other students in all eoursework
I here is no limit on the number of courses which may be audited

Midte rm Grade Report Policy

To help undergraduate students monitor their academic performance.
faculty members will provide a warning to students with unsatisfactory
performance at midterm. Using the university's accepted grade reporting
technology, faculty members will assign a midterm grade ol "D" (danger or
potential failure) or "I " (failure). Each semester the Registrar will establish
and announce the dales for the window within which midterm grades may be
posted by faculty members and read by students and adv isors The midterm
grade is an advisory guide and is not a permanent part of a student's
academic history. It will not be used to determine enrollment status.
dismissal, or eligibility, for financial aid, housing, or athletics

Pass-Fail Policy

I he purpose of pass-fail is to permit a student to take an elective course in
a field of personal interest where he she may be competing with major stu-
dents in the department in which the course is offered. When scheduled.
such a course shall be included in the student's normal course load for the


A student may take courses on a pass-fail basis to a lotal of 15 credits
throughout his her university career I he student is limited to one pass-fail
course in any given semester during the sophomore, junior, and senior
years. All courses in the student's Liberal Studies program and courses
required to meet major and minor requirements are excluded from this

The student must declare his her intent to choose pass-fail in a specific
course no later than si\ weeks after the beginning of the semester or the
equivalent timespan in a summer session. Once declared, this pass-fail
option may not be revoked Instructors will not be notified of the identity
of pass-fail students m their courses. The grade given hv the instructor will
be translated to a "P" or "F" during grade processing

A student shall be given academic credit w nhout quality points for a course
taken pass-fail upon receiving a passing mark in the course. The credits
successfully completed under pass-fail ("passed"), within the overall 15-
crcdit limitation, shall be recorded as counting towards the lotal credits
earned for graduation but not towards the credit-attempted data used in
calculation of the cumulative grade-point average. However, if a student
fails a pass tail course, he she will receive the "I -'" grade and the correspond-
ing grade-point average An T" earned under the pass-fail option may be
repeated onl) under the graded option lo provide the quality points to
correspond to the "hours attempted" incurred with the "F."

I he sumniei sessions, collectively or in any combination, shall be
considered a unit similar to a spring or fall semester for pass-fail purposes.
Hence, a student is permitted to take only one course during the summer on
a pass-fail basis


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Exceptions: Currently, there are two courses which are exceptions to the
Pass-Fail Course Policy. EDUC 389 and NMDT 434 are only offered on a
pass-fail basis.

I (Incomplete) Policy

1 he designation of T' is used to record work, which so tar as covered, is of
passing grade but is incomplete because of personal illness or other
unavoidable reason. Changes of grade to convert designations of "I" must
be received in the Office of the Registrar no later than the final day of
classes in the next regular (fall/spring) semester after the designation was
assigned. If the faculty does not change the "1" designation using a Change
of Grade Form, it will be converted to an F.

In rare circumstances the student andor faculty member may ask for an
extension of the deadline. In this event, the dean of the college m which
the course is taught may approve the extension. pro\ iding the faculty
member concurs. To monitor designations, the registrar shall submit to
department chairs routine semester reports of outstanding "1" designations.


A faculty member assigning the "I" designation must complete an Incom-
plete Cirade Form with the dean's office indicating the work to be com-
pleted, deadlines for completion (it is not necessary to permit the
maximum allowable time), and guidelines to establish a final grade. Copies
of the completed form will be sent to the department chairperson, the dean
of the college in which the course was taught, and the student receiving the
"1" designation.

Upon completion of the coursework, or notification by the student that the
coursework will not be completed, the faculty member must submit a
Change of Grade Form to indicate the final course grade.

Receiving an "I" designation in a course means that the course docs not
satis/) prerequisites.

L (Late Grade, Continuing Course) Policy

The designation of "L" (Late grade, continuing course) is appropriate for
cases in which student work is expected to extend beyond a given semester
session. The designation of "L" is not to be confused with a designation of
"1", which is only appropriate for individual students unable to complete
their coursework because of unexpected illness or personal emergency. "L"
designations are appropriate for:

a. Internships, practicums. field experience courses, workshops, and
independent studies that, by design, extend beyond the normal end of
the gTading period.

b. Others as approved by the department chairperson and the dean of the
college in which the course is taught. If a specific course is always
eligible for "L" designations, the dean may grant standing approval for
"L" designations every time the course is offered.

Faculty wanting to use the "L" option for eligible courses must notify the
Registrar two weeks prior to the end of classes so that the grades can be
pre-entered. "L" designations which are not precoded may be given only
with the permission of the department chairperson and the dean of the
college in which the designation is awarded.

Instructors will convert "L" designations to letter grades at the end of the
course. Unless an extension is obtained from the dean of the college in
which the course was taught, an L designation unresolved at the end of one
year will be converted to an F.

To monitor "L" designations, the Registrar shall submit to each faculty,
member routine semester reports of all outstanding "L" designations
awarded by that faculty member. The purpose of these reports is to help
inform faculty as they help students complete their coursework.

The "L " designation is considered as having met the prerequisite for
subsequent course enrollments

Grade Change Policy

Once earned grades have been recorded, they may be changed only in the
case of clerical and or calculation error or in the event ol .i successful grade

appeal. It is not appropriate to change a grade based upon options, such as
supplemental assignments, that arc not equally available to all students I he
deadline for corrections of clerical and or calculation errors is the end of
the next regular (fall spring I semester after the grade has been awarded.

Course Repeat Policy

A Student may not normally repeat an academic course Exceptions to this
policy are:

1. Repeatable courses: Certain courses arc eligible lor repeat for credit
and grade. These courses arc advanced art studio courses, music
ensembles, special topics courses (281, 481 ) if the topic is different, and
other specifically designated courses.

2. D and F grades:

a. Repeat with replacement: Undergraduate students are permitted to
replace the grades and quality points for courses in which they
receive a D or F grade by repeating that course at IUP and filing a
repeat form with the Registrar's Office Only six repeat-with-
replacement attempts are permitted during a student's entire
undergraduate career. In calculating GPA, the new grade and quality
points earned will replace the old. However, the transcript continues
to document all academic work, and repeated courses arc not deleted
from the visual record.

b. Repeat with averaging: In addition lo the six repeat-w nh-
replacement options, undergraduate students may repeat other
courses in which they receive a D or F grade. In these other repeat
attempts, the new grade is averaged with, instead of replacing, the
prior D or F grade; the credit for the I > repeat counts only once. The
transcript continues to indicate all repeated courses.

c. Course transfers: Students seeking to replace or average D and F
grades must repeat these courses at IUP. If an IUP course in which a
student received an F is repeated at another institution, the credit will
transfer to IUP, but the original F will continue to count toward the
IUP GPA. If an IUP course in which a student received a D is repeat-
ed at another university, neither the grade nor the credit will transfer

3. Other grades: Courses in which students earned a grade of A. B, C, or

P may be repeated only on an audit basis. New grades will not be assigned
and additional credit will not be awarded.

This policy also applies to transfer credit. Students receiving transfer credit
for an IUP course may not repeat that course at IUP Similarly, students
who have already earned a passing grade in an IUP course may not
subsequently receive iranslci credit for that same course.

Cancelled Semester Policy

The Cancelled Semester Policy provides for cancellation from the cumula-
tive record of the effects of one semester below a GPA of 2.00 lor the

purpose of helping a student improve academic Standing. I'he student must
have been separated from the university for four consecutive semesters and
the intervening summer sessions.

Semester to be cancelled refers to any semester of enrollment, whether
full- or part-time. Students may elect to use an enrolled summer as their
"semester" to be cancelled. The entire sunimci ol any given year will be
treated as a semester lor the purpose of cancellation of grades. Cancellation
removes the mathematic effect of all grades (passing, failing, withdrawals)
from the semester, but there is no abridgement oi the transcript All courses
and original grades remain visible on the official transcript; credit toward
graduation remains for those credits associated with passing grades

\ student readmitted under this policy must meet current degree require-
ments and will be rev ievved under current academic standards requirements
applicable at the time of readmission

I his policy may be invoked only once in a student's undergraduate
enrollment in the university While readmission may be based on the
application of the cancelled semester, the transcript record will reflect this

only alter the student is enrolled and attending IIP It is not a tool to
qualify for transfer to another institution

I he student must apply to the college of which he she was a member at the
time of last enrollment If a student wishes to enter a major in a college

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othei than the one from which he she was separated, he she will ippr) to
the original college, which will forward the application and related n
to the new college i * >■ action rhe college will inform the Office ol the
Registrai il the application is approved Authorization foi registration will
come from thai > > ■ 1 1 >. e

Fresh Start Policy

\ Ntiuli-iu who has been separated from the universit) foi .1 minimum ol
three consecutive calendai years and has been readmitted ma) applv foi .1
I rcsh Stan 1 1 "i n the approprial college dean 01 designee Having reviewed
the prioi and intervening factors foi evidence ol potential foi improved
academic success, the college dean 01 designee ma) implement ilns polic)

I his polic) applies lo .1 student's first baccalaureati ind ma) be

applied onl) once V minimum ol 10 credits must be completed al 11 P after
.1 siiuli.Mii returns lo II P under this policj

\ student who wishes lo entei .1 majoi in .1 college othei than the one from
which he she was dismissed will appl) to the original college, which will

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