Policies and Forms
- Academic Policies
- Academic Standing
- Incomplete Grade Report Form
- First Year Seminar/Themed Learning Communities/Freshman Bridge Courses
Admission and Transfer - Apply through the IUPUI Admissions Office at http://enroll.iupui.edu/admissions/ . 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 nontraditional students and recent high school graduates if they wish to pursue a Liberal Arts degree and meet the school’s requirements for admission. Students can be admitted before they have selected a major if their general interests lie in the humanities or social sciences.
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. Procedures for transferring into the School of Liberal Arts and special arrangements for transfer students are described below.
The School of Liberal Arts welcomes transfer students and is committed to making their transition and transfer of credit as smooth as possible. At admission or at any time after being admitted to IUPUI, a student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 may transfer to the School of Liberal Arts by filing a "Change of Record" form. Transfer students who have questions about how their previous course work will apply to their degree, or who encounter difficulties in the process of transferring credit or records, should contact the Liberal Arts Office of Student Affairs, Cavanaugh Hall 401, (317) 274-3976.
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).
IUPUI Bulletin - all students, faculty and staff are expected to regularly refer to the IUPUI Bulletin (http://bulletin.iupui.edu/) for detailed information about policies, procedures and degree requirements. Additionally, the IUPUI Registrar maintains a website with current and future semester information at http://registrar.iupui.edu/
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 http://life.iupui.edu/rights/code.html 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 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 http://www.registrar.iupui.edu/.
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.
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 http://registrar.iupui.edu/grdfrm.html 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.
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.
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 faculty advisor, with a counselor in the Office of Student Affairs, CA 401, (317) 274-8304, or IUPUI Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), (317) 274-2548, to determine how they may become more successful in their studies. Students on probation must go to their faculty advisors before registering.
Students without a faculty advisor should go to the Office of Student Affairs. 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.
Following each fall and spring semester, students who are enrolled as IU School of Liberal Arts undergraduate majors are eligible for recognition 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).
Students will be dismissed from the School of Liberal Arts when they have a cumulative GPA lower than 2.0 and grade point averages of lower than 2.0 for two semesters. (For part-time students, 12 credit hours or fewer may be considered equivalent to one semester). 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 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’‘). Students who have been dismissed a second time must remain out of school for at least two semesters and petition for readmission (see "Readmission’‘). 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 http://returnto.iupui.edu/ . This process must be completed approximately a 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
Students must apply for graduation prior to the graduation date. Announcements will be made through the student email listserv, by postings in the building, and through academic departments. IUPUI students may apply for graduation dates of May, August, or December. For undergraduate students, the application must be completed and on file by the following deadlines:
To graduate in May, apply by the previous Nov. 1 (to have an audit of your requirements by the Recorder) or by Dec. 1.
To graduate in August, apply by the previous Nov. 1 (to have an audit of your requirements by the Recorder) or by Dec. 1.
To graduate in December, apply by the previous July 1 (to have an audit of your requirements by the Recorder) or by Aug. 1
NO FINAL AUDIT UNTIL AFTER GRADUATION
Applications received after these dates will be deferred to the following graduation date.
Graduate students must apply through their program director and the IU Graduate School by the dates indicated in those programs. Graduate students have monthly graduation dates.
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. In Liberal Arts, we have about 350 students total on record by the application deadlines as graduating in Dec., May, and August. So, a maximum of 35 students can be recognized for the entire graduation 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 (i.e. by Dec. 1 for May and August graduation; by Aug. 1 for December graduation) 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 (usually that is in Jan. for May and August graduates; in September for December graduates). 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 (usually that is in Jan. for May and August graduates; in October for December graduates). The cutoff for 10% may raise the lowest GPA, but no one with a recorded GPA of less than 3.5 will be considered.
These are IU guidelines that we cannot break. (See IUPUI Bulletin 2010-2012, http://www.iupui.edu/~bulletin/iupui/2010-2012/undergraduate/special-opp/school-honors.shtml )
Those students who meet the above requirements and are in the 10% will be contacted via email by the Recorder with instructions for picking up honor cords prior to commencement.
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.
Freshmen are required to complete a first-year success seminar (usually SLA-S100 or UCOL-U110).
For Fall 2013, Liberal Arts is offering six options for freshmen. Each option consists of a first-year success seminar plus two courses that apply toward general education requirements of Liberal Arts degrees. Each community is limited to 25 students. Students should contact LIBARSVP@iupui.edu or call (317) 274-3976 to reserve a seat prior to orientation. Include your name, student identification number, and the number and title of your preferred learning community. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Summer Academy Bridge Program (Learning Communities that begin two weeks prior to the start of other classes, and continue through the semester)
ENG-BE 499 #31247 - Who am I?: Our Lives in/with Media
ENG-BE 499 #31251 - Transcending Perceptions
Themed Learning Communities (Learning Communities that begin on the regular start date of classes, and continue through the semester)
ENG-BE 499 #31244 - International Studies: Global Connections and Human Encounters
ENG-BE 499 #31250 - Changing the World: Where Do I Start?
ENG-BE 499 #31252 - We Are All in This Together: Understanding Peace and Conflict in Contemporary Society
ENG-BE 499 #31694 - You Can’t Be What You See: Women’s Roles and Social Change