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Policies and Forms


Apply through the IUPUI Admissions Office at .  To be eligible for scholarships you must be admitted by Feb. 1 preceding the fall semester you intend to begin.

All students entering the School of Liberal Arts must be admitted officially to IUPUI as a degree-seeking student by the Office of Admissions or by another Indiana University campus as a degree-seeking student. After students have been admitted by IUPUI, they must also be admitted by the specific school in which they intend to pursue a degree. The School of Liberal Arts welcomes all students that wish to pursue a Liberal Arts degree and meet the school and department requirements for admission. Upon Admission to IUPUI, all new and transfer students should schedule an Orientaiton. We also encourage students interested in pursuing a Liberal Arts degree to take a language and Math placement exam prior to their orientation. 

Students not eligible for direct admission to the School of Liberal Arts can indicate their interest in a major in the school by dual admission to University College and to a School of Liberal Arts department or program. Many Liberal Arts students are transfer students coming from another college or university, another Indiana University campus, or another division of IUPUI and may be admitted to University College. To gain admission to the School of Liberal Arts students are required to have a declared liberal arts major, at least a 2.0 overall GPA, and 12 earned credits from IUPUI. If you meet these entrance requirements, click here to update your major.

 **Note students seeking admission to American Sign Language English Interpreting program or the Individualized Major Program have admission requirements above and beyond those listed here. You should contact the Office of Student Affairs for the specific entrance requirements. 

Probationary Admission

Individuals interested in transferring to Liberal Arts whose college GPA is lower than 2.0 may petition the School of Liberal Arts for probationary admission. Special consideration is given to adult learners and students returning after five or more years. Petitions are available from the School of Liberal Arts Office of Student Affairs, Cavanaugh Hall 401, (317) 274-3976. Transfer students from other colleges or universities should attach a copy of their college transcript. Petitions are reviewed by the School of Liberal Arts Associate Dean and should be submitted by the following deadlines:

To enroll for the fall semester: July 15

To enroll for the spring semester: November 15

To enroll for summer session: April 15

At the discretion of the associate dean, the school will ordinarily admit transfer students whose past performance, experience, or current situation show reasonable potential for successfully completing a degree. Such students are counseled through the Office of Student Affairs or their major department and remain on probation until their cumulative GPA is raised to at least 2.0 (C).

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Academic Policies

IUPUI Bulletin - all students, faculty and staff are expected to regularly refer to the IUPUI Bulletin ( for detailed information about policies, procedures and degree requirements.  Additionally, the IUPUI Registrar maintains a website with current and future semester information at  

Program Planning and Counseling

The School of Liberal Arts provides academic advising and counseling services to assist students in planning their program of study. Students who have chosen a major are assigned a departmental faculty advisor and should make an appointment with that advisor before each registration period in order to discuss long-term goals as well as specific course work for the upcoming semester.

Consulting with their advisor is a semester-by-semester obligation of students to ensure ongoing progress toward a degree. Students, not their advisors, are responsible for their programs. They should be thoroughly familiar with the general requirements for a School of Liberal Arts degree as well as with those of the department they plan to major in. Students are urged to complete most, if not all, of their general-education requirements during the freshman and sophomore years.

In planning a program, students should refer to both the Schedule of Classes and the IUPUI bulletin. Special attention should be paid to course descriptions and prerequisites. This bulletin identifies prerequisites with a ‘‘P,’’ corequisites with a ‘‘C,’’ and recommended courses with an ‘‘R.’’ Students should not enroll in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites. Instructors may require a student to drop a class if the student has not fulfilled the prerequisites.

Additional information is available on this website under "Degree Requirements", "Academic Advising", and on individual department and program pages.

Student Code of Conduct / Office of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct / Academic and Personal Misconduct

From The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct describes the behavior expected of all IUPUI students. Students should read the Code carefully to fully understand student responsibilities related to conduct both on and off campus.

The most frequent violations of the Code involve academic and personal misconduct. Faculty, staff, and students should refer to the above site for procedures and forms to be used in cases of misconduct. For Liberal Arts, faculty may submit the completed misconduct forms to the Office of Student Affairs in CA401 after meeting with the student to state the misconduct.  Students need to sign the form. Violations will be reported to the campus Dean of Students who may take additional action. 

The bottom line is that we expect students to do their own work, not cheat, credit others through citation for their thoughts and words, and to behave with civility. Students should expect similar behavior from faculty, staff and other students. All of us should behave in ways that encourage intellectual development and creativity; none of us has the right to disrupt the learning environment. 

Pass/Fail (P/F) Option 

Any School of Liberal Arts undergraduate in good standing (not on probation) may enroll in a maximum of eight elective courses to be taken with a grade of P (pass) or F (fail). The Pass/Fail option can be used for a maximum of two courses per year, including summer sessions. The course selected for Pass/Fail must be an elective. It may not be used to satisfy any of the major or school distribution requirements, with the exception of the 300- to 400- level course requirement. Forms are available in CA 401 and deadlines are posted on the Registrar’s Academic Calendar.

Final Examinations

Final examinations or other activities in lieu of a final are to be scheduled during finals week at the time indicated in the Schedule of Classes and is available on-line at

Students scheduled for three or more finals in a 24 hour period may have their examination schedule adjusted. They should notify the instructors involved by midsemester and determine if any of them are willing to schedule an alternate examination. Students having problems with an instructor may consult the chair of the department or the Office of Student Affairs, in CA 401, (317) 274-3976.

Forgiveness Policy

The School of Liberal Arts has adopted a modified version of the IUPUI forgiveness policy for students who have been out of school for three years. For more information about the policy, call (317) 274-3976 or visit CA 401. Forgiveness affects calculation of the graduation GPA. This policy is not automatic and must be requested by a student and approved by the Dean of Students.

Petition for Grade Change

Either students or faculty members may petition for a change in course grade.

A student desiring a change of grade should first discuss the situation with the instructor. If the instructor agrees, and no more than one full semester has elapsed since the course was finished, the faculty member must file a "Grade Change Authorization Form" with the Office of Student Affairs. If more than one full semester has elapsed, the faculty member still files the "Grade Change Authorization Form", but the form may be sent to the School of Liberal Arts Academic Affairs Committee, depending on the reason given for the change of grade. Campus policy limits petitions for change of grades to five years after the course. As of 2010, faculty can use the eGrade Change option in OneStart to electronically submit grade changes.

If the instructor and student do not agree on a change of grade, or if the instructor cannot be located, the student should discuss the matter with the chairperson, director, or coordinator of the department or program in which the course was offered. Following that, the student may petition the School of Liberal Arts Academic Affairs Committee directly, using the "Change of Grade Petition Form"; these forms should be completed online at  The petition must include (1) a statement of an attempted but unsuccessful interview with the faculty member and chair, and (2) supporting evidence for the petition.

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Academic Standing

Students in Good Academic Standing

Students with declared majors in the IU School of Liberal Arts who have calculated cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are considered to be in good academic standing. 

Dean’s List

Following each fall and spring semester, students who are enrolled as IU School of Liberal Arts undergraduate majors are eligible for recongnition through the Dean’s List under the following terms:

Full-time students (enrolled in 12 or more credit hours) must complete 12 or more credit hours in that semester with a semester GPA of 3.3 or higher. 

Part-time students (enrolled in 6-11.5 credit hours) must complete at least 6 credit hours in that semester with a semester GPA of 3.4 or higher.  Students enrolled in fewer than 6 credit hours are not eligible for Dean’s List recognition. Student registered as full-time, but who complete fewer than 12 credit hours, will be reviewed using the part-time criteria.

Students pursuing degrees in two schools for whom Liberal Arts appears as their second school will be considered for dean’s list through their primary school.  Students who are enrolled as non-degree seeking or visiting students may not be eligible for Dean’s List recognition.

Dean’s List recognition occurs about two months following completion of the semester.  Notifications are sent to students from the Office of Student Affairs and Dean’s Office. 

Dean’s List recognition is separate from graduation recognition of distinction/high distinction/highest distinction (see below).


Academic Probation

Only IUPUI grades will be considered in determining probation and dismissal. Students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 (C), and they remain on probation until the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. Students on probation are encouraged to talk with their academic advisor, in the Office of Student Affairs, CA 401 or their faculty menotr to determine how they may become more successful in their studies. Students on probation must meet with their academic advisor before registering for future terms.

Students who have two semesters with a grade point average below 2.0 may be placed on probation at the discretion of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs regardless of their cumulative GPA, since they are failing to make progress toward a degree.


Students will be dismissed from the School of Liberal Arts when they have a cumulative grade point average lower than 2.0 (C) and a semester grade point average of lower than 2.0 (C) for two semesters of full-time enrollment or 24 credits. 

Dismissal decisions are made using official grades. Any subsequent grade changes, including withdrawals, will not be considered. Students eligible for dismissal will be notified in writing that they have been dismissed and that they must remain out of school at least one fall or spring semester. The letter will also inform such students that they will be withdrawn from classes for which they have registered. Once dismissed, students must petition for readmission. (See "Readmission" below.) Any grade changes that have occurred since dismissal may be addressed during the readmission process. 

Students who have been dismissed a second time must remain out of school for at least two semesters (fall and spring) and petition for readmission. (See "Readmission" below.)

A third dismissal is final.  


Students who have not been enrolled for more than two semesters must complete a returning student application with the IUPUI Admissions Center.  This application is available at .  This process must be completed approximately three month prior to the beginning of the semester that the student wishes to enroll in.  Students who previously had been admitted to the IU School of Liberal Arts and are in good academic standing will only need to complete the on-line form.

Students with a previous GPA of less than 2.0 and students who have been dismissed will be asked to complete a readmission petition form and to meet with an academic advisor prior to readmission.

Any student who has been dismissed from the School of Liberal Arts (or its equivalent on another IU campus) must petition for readmission. A "Petition for Readmission" form may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs, CA 401. Petitions for readmission must be filed by the  following deadlines:

To enroll for the fall semester: July 15

To enroll for the spring semester: November 15

To enroll for summer session: April 15


IUPUI holds commencement ceremonies one time each year, normally on the Sunday in May when Mother’s Day is observed. Students who graduated in the previous December, are graduating that May, or who anticipate graduating in August participate in this ceremony.  Participation in commencement is not equivalent to graduation.

Graduating with Distinction 

Each School may recognize only 10% of the undergraduate students graduating for that year. Within that, students must have earned GPAs of at least 3.9 to receive Highest Distinction; 3.75 for High Distinction; and at least a 3.5 for Distinction.  Not all students with those GPAs will receive recognition because of the 10% limit and due to the eligibility rules.  Often the top 10% will have GPAs in the 3.8 and higher range, meaning students with GPAs below that will not earn the distinction due to the 10% cutoff.

To be eligible for consideration, undergraduate students must have:
•1) Officially applied for graduation on time and accurately. If you applied late, you will not be considered for this recognition - no exceptions.
•2) Completed at least 60 credit hours toward degree from IUPUI at the time lists are prepared for the Registrar and Recorder in January. Again, you must have completed at least 60 hours at IUPUI that count toward your degree by the time the list is prepared.
•3) Have an IU cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 or higher when the lists are prepared in January.

These are IU guidelines that we cannot break.  See the IUPUI Bulletin for more details.

Those students who meet the above requirements and are in the 10% will be contacted via email by the Assistant Director of Student Records with instructions for picking up honor cords prior to commencement. 


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Incomplete Grade Report Form

NOTE: This form is not to be completed, nor is a grade of "incomplete" to be given, if the student has not successfully completed at least 75% of the required course work.

Download the PDF form here

This form is to be printed, then filled out by instructor, and signed by both instructor and student. A copy is to be given to the Department Secretary of the course, and to the Office of Student Affairs, CA 401

You can also fill out the online form by clicking here.

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