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    Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
   
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Bulletin 2009-2010 [Archived Catalog]

Part 8: Regulations, Policies, Rights, & Responsibilities


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Academic Regulations

  1. Definitions
  2. English Language Proficiency
  3. Advanced Credit
  4. Transfer Credit
  5. Special Credit, Credit for Military Service,
    and Excess Undergraduate Credit
  6. Placement Tests
  7. Registration and Course Assignment
  8. Attendance
  9. Academic Honesty
  10. Final Examinations
  11. Grades
  12. Grade-Point Averages
  13. Academic Standing
  14. Degrees
  15. Minors
  16. Transcripts
  17. Encumbrances
  18. Grade Appeals
 

IPFW Policies

  1. Admission
  2. Affiliation with Indiana University or Purdue University
  3. Residency
  4. Student Identification Number
  5. Fees and Expenses
  6. Enrollment Certification
  7. Statement on Civility
  8. Affirmative Action, Nondiscrimination, and Nonharassment
  9. Release of Student Information
  10. Parking and Traffic Regulations
  11. Smoking
  12. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
  13. Ethical Guidelines for Student Computer Users

Code of Students Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct

Part I. Student Rights and Responsibilities
Part II. Student Conduct Subject to Disciplinary Action
Part III. Student Disciplinary Procedures and Campus Appeals Board
Part IV. Policy on Students with Mental Disorders
Part V. Student Complaint Procedures
Part VI. Authority, Application, and Amendments

 


 

Academic Regulations

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The following academic regulations were in effect for all undergraduate students at the time of printing. Changes go into effect periodically and are published in the Schedule of Classes. The academic regulations are arranged as follows:

 

1. Definitions

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Certain terms have very specific meanings in these regulations. These terms are defined as follows:

Academic record Each student’s IPFW cumulative record as maintained by the registrar in accordance with these academic regulations. Your IPFW academic record is the sole basis upon which all questions relating to such matters as grades, graduation requirements, academic standing, and scholastic recognition are resolved. Since official transcripts are produced using Indiana University and Purdue University procedures, your official transcript may, as noted in these regulations, vary somewhat from your IPFW academic record.

Credit The semester hour, often also called “credit hour” or “hour.” Credit can be resident credit or transfer credit, as described below:

Resident credit: credit earned at IPFW or at another campus of the university through which you are enrolled at IPFW. There are two types of resident credit - course credit and special credit. Each is defined as follows:

Course credit: resident credit you earn on the basis of your enrollment in and satisfactory completion of courses.

Special credit: resident credit awarded by IPFW and based on factors other than your enrollment in and satisfactory completion of courses. There are three types of special credit:

Credit by examination: credit awarded on the basis of your achievement on a divisional or departmental proficiency examination.

Division/department credit: credit for a course offered by a division/department and granted on the basis of substantially equivalent experience. Only the director/chair of the division/department that offers the course is authorized to award this type of credit.

Achievement credit: credit granted on the basis of your achievement on a nationally administered college-level examination.

Transfer (nonresident) credit: Credit earned from another university (other than IPFW or another campus of the university through which you are enrolled at IPFW). Transfer credits are evaluated by Admissions and accepted as transfer credit if completed at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C- or better. Designations of plus and minus that accompany these grades will be disregarded in the evaluation of this credit.

Credit accepted as transfer credit will be equated to IPFW course numbers (or classified as “undistributed” if not equivalent to IPFW courses), and posted to your academic record at the time you matriculate or re-enter IPFW. The academic-record entry includes the name of the transfer institution, the years you attended, and the individual courses accepted for transfer. Your IPFW college/school/division or department determines how credit earned at other institutions and accepted by IPFW applies to your plan of study, and the dean/director or chair of your IPFW college/school/division or department may request an adjustment of transfer-course equivalencies.

Student classification: a system for classifying undergraduate students who have been regularly admitted to IPFW. Classification is determined by your advisor, and should reflect the credits you have accumulated or your progress toward completing the specific requirements of the degree program in which you are enrolled. When your classification is being determined for a future academic session, your advisor will also include courses and credits that you expect to complete by the time that session begins.

Classification
  Credits Completed Toward Degree
     
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
  Normally fewer than 30
Normally 30-59
Normally 60-89
Normally 90 or more

The registrar may establish additional classifications to serve IPFW’s record-keeping needs. Thus, your official transcript may show somewhat different codes.

Beginning student: a student enrolling in college courses for the first time, or a student who has completed a small number of credits while in a temporary admission status, most often while still a high school student.

Advanced placement: the admission of students to courses beyond the first course or courses in an established sequence, but without granting credit for earlier courses in the sequence.

Substitution: the replacement of a course required in a program with another course specified by the college/school/division or department that established the requirement.

Excusing: the replacement of a course required in a program with an equal number of credits from other courses not specified as “required.” Such an excuse requires approval of the school/ division or department that established the course requirement.

Work not scheduled for a regular fall or spring semester: course work offered during a summer session or during a period of time that differs from a regular 16-week semester, and that is equivalent in content, contact hours, and credit value to course work offered during a regular semester. Because the length of the course differs from the regular semester, all deadlines and time periods will be prorated.

Intensive course: a course that meets for extended class times but for fewer weeks than the course would meet in a standard summer session.

Pass/not-pass option: an enrollment option that generally limits course grades to P (pass) and NP (not-pass). You may use the option to take only elective courses with limited concern for the grade. You may not elect this option for more than 20 percent of the credits required for graduation or in courses for which you have already earned a grade. Under the P/NP option, Indiana University students who earn a grade of D or F have that grade recorded on their official transcripts. Purdue University students who earn a grade of D or F have a grade of N recorded on their official transcripts.

Auditor: a student who enrolls in a course, attends class, pays full fees, but does not receive a grade or credit for the course.

Cheating: dishonesty of any kind with respect to examinations, course assignments, or alteration of records.

Plagiarism: a form of cheating in which the work of someone else is offered as one’s own. The language or ideas thus taken from another may range from isolated formula, sentences, or paragraphs, to entire articles copied from printed sources, speeches, software, or the work of other students.

Grade-point average (GPA): a numerical calculation or report of grade averages. IPFW, Indiana University, and Purdue University GPAs are based on a four-point system with grades of A equated to 4.00 points, grades of F equated to 0.0 points, and other grades scaled accordingly (see 11. Grades).

NOTE: Prior to June 1993, Purdue University transcripts and related Purdue University records were computed on a six point scale (A = 6.00) rather than the four-point scale (A = 4.00) used by IU and IPFW. Since June 1993, all IU, Purdue, and IPFW GPAs are computed using the same four-point scale (A = 4.00).

 

2. English Language Proficiency

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The language of instruction at IPFW is English. Therefore, your ability to read, write, speak, and understand English is vital to your academic success.

Prior to admission, the Admissions office shall determine which prospective undergraduate students have a native language other than English. All students whose native language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency. The most common way of demonstrating English proficiency is through test scores on standardized exams, such as TOEFL, IELTS, and the Michigan Test. Other standardized and national exams may be considered as proof of English proficiency; the department of English and Linguistics, in consultation with the Admissions office and the office of International Student Services will determine the admissibility of these exams on a case-by-case basis.

All such students who do not have transfer credit for an English composition course that carries credit toward graduation shall be identified as ESL students and shall be required to submit scores on the TOEFL or an equivalent test approved by the department of English and Linguistics.

ESL students shall be admitted with the condition that they achieve appropriate competency levels in English composition.

Based upon TOEFL or equivalent test scores, the Department of English and Linguistics shall determine which ESL students need ESL instruction. Students who are found to be exempt from ESL course requirements shall be subject to the regular English placement-testing and course-completion requirements described in these regulations. Other ESL students shall:

  1. Be admitted only to the Mastodon Advising Center unless they score the equivalent of 550 or above on the TOEFL-Paper, 79 or above on the TOEFL-Internet, 6.5 or above on the IELTS, or 80 and above on the Michigan Test and meet the admission requirements of a degree-granting academic unit. Students admitted in this fashion to the Mastodon Advising Center shall not be eligible for admission to another academic unit until they have completed ESL-related requirements.
  2. Enroll in the appropriate ESL course each semester until the requirement is satisfied.
  3. Complete the prescribed series of ESL courses within their first 36 credits at IPFW.

The Mastodon Advising Center shall have authority to alter any student’s registration if these requirements are not being met.

 

3. Advanced Credit

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You can establish advanced credit in any of five ways:

College Board advanced-placement program. You can establish college credit based on an exam taken after completion of a high school advanced-placement course. The test score necessary to support an award of credit varies depending on the test subject. Specific information is available from IPFW Admissions or at www.ipfw.edu/admissions/credits/ap.shtm.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). This program evaluates nontraditional college-level education.

A guide to CLEP credit available at IPFW can be obtained from the Admissions office or at www.ipfw.edu/admissions/credits/ap.shtm. No credit is awarded for General Examination performance.

Education while in U.S. military service. If you are a Purdue University or Indiana University student who (1) took foreign-language courses in service schools; (2) took courses from the Community College of the Air Force; or (3) are an Indiana University student who (a) completed courses that appear in the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Forces (b) took DANTES examinations, and/or (c) completed Air Force Flight School; you may be eligible for credit. Twelve credits are granted for completion of Officers’ Candidate School. Each college/school/division determines whether credit for military service is applicable to the degrees it sponsors.

Directed Credit/Credit by Examination. For information about “testing out” of courses, see 5. Special Credit, Credit for Military Service, and Excess Undergraduate Credit.

Modern Foreign Languages Placement Test. If you begin foreign-language study in a second semester or higher course in French, German, or Spanish, you may be eligible for special credit for the courses below your placement level. You must apply for this credit through the Department of International Language and Culture Studies (CM 267, 481-6836); it is not granted automatically.

 

4. Transfer Credit

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For general limits on credit transfer, see 14. Degrees.

To transfer credits to IPFW, you must request that every college or university you have attended send an official transcript of your work to IPFW Admissions. IPFW accepts credits only from academic programs at institutions accredited by regional accrediting associations and only for courses in which you earned grades of C- or better. Courses from institutions not holding regional accreditation may be reviewed by the academic department in which the course is taught. Specific IPFW degree programs may impose additional criteria. Grades do not transfer.

Changing between IPFW programs. To change from one IPFW academic program to another, you must complete the appropriate forms and secure the approval of the IPFW college/school/division offering the program to which you want to change. If the change affects your university affiliation (IU or Purdue), the registrar will notify Admissions, which will transfer all of your previously earned IPFW credits to the records system of your new university.

If you are a re-entering student who has not enrolled at IPFW during the previous 12 months, or if you are returning to IPFW after having attended another institution, you must specify your intended academic program on the appropriate re-entry or transfer-admission form. You must then submit this completed form to Admissions for evaluation.

Credit transfer between IPFW programs. When you change from one IPFW degree or certificate program to another, the college/school/division to which you are transferring will report to the registrar the status of every course you have taken. Each course you have completed, regardless of the grade you earned, will be classified into one of the following two categories:

  • courses that are required for, or applicable to, your new program or which are substantially equivalent to, and are acceptable as, substitutes for such required courses.
  • courses that are not applicable to your new program.

Grades you have earned in any courses that can satisfy a degree requirement, other than a “free elective,” may not be deleted from the calculation of your graduation GPA.

 

5. Special Credit, Credit for Military Service, and Excess Undergraduate Credit

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Credit by division/department examination. Opportunities for earning undergraduate credit by division/department examination are encouraged in order to expedite the education of qualified students. Toward this end, each academic division/department establishes procedures to consider candidates and to administer and grade such examinations. Each division/department also keeps a list of the principal courses available for credit by examination and test schedules if known.

You may request an examination for credit for a course if the course is available for credit by examination and if no grade in the course other than a grade of W or NC has been awarded. The examination will be at least as comprehensive as those given in the course, and will be graded satisfactory (performance comparable to that expected of a student who receives an A, B, or C in the course), or unsatisfactory. The registrar will record results of satisfactory performance on your academic record; no academic record entry will be made for unsatisfactory performance.

Achievement credit. Credit or transfer credit for nationally administered examinations (except the International Baccalaureate Program) will be awarded only after approval by the IPFW division/department that offers courses in the subject area.

For participants in the International Baccalaureate Program, an award of 3-8 credits will be made for each high-level examination passed with a score of 4 or above. IPFW Admissions will award undistributed credit in the appropriate disciplines until specific credit equivalencies are established by IPFW departments. No credit will be awarded for performance on subsidiary-level exams.

Credit for military service. Each college/school/division determines whether credit for participation in military service may be applied toward a degree.

Excess undergraduate credit. A senior with a GPA of 3.00 or better may, with written permission from both an authorized graduate advisor and the instructor(s) involved, enroll in up to 9 credits in excess of the requirements for graduation, in courses intended for use in a graduate program. Permission, if given, will be noted on forms supplied by the registrar, who shall make a transcript notation of the special status of these credits. Instructors will impose graduate-level standards in these courses.

 

6. Placement Tests

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Placement procedures. Students should complete the following procedures as soon as possible after admission to IPFW. Students completing these procedures shall be notified of the test results and their implications in a timely fashion.

English. A regularly admitted beginning student is allowed to register for classes only after completing the appropriate placement procedure. Any other student is allowed to register for classes beyond the session in which the first 12 credits are completed at IPFW only if the student has (1) completed the appropriate procedures; or (2) established credit in an entry-level English course.

Mathematics. A regularly admitted beginning student is allowed to register for classes only after completing the appropriate placement procedure. Any other student is allowed to register for classes beyond the session in which the first 12 credits are completed at IPFW only if the student has (1) completed the appropriate procedures; or (2) established credit in an entry-level mathematics course.

Students who place into developmental mathematics must complete the appropriate developmental course(s) in their first 24 credits of IPFW course work, with the exception of developmental mathematics for those students enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program that does not require mathematics.

Reading. a regular admitted beginning student is allowed to register for classes only after submitting one of the following:

  1. SAT test score above 450 on the verbal test
  2. ACT test above 19 on the individual reading test
  3. Scoring above the lowest 15 percentile (determined by national norms) on the IPFW placement test.

Students who do not meet at least one of these requirements will be required to complete a reading course as specified by the Department of English and Linguistics and approved by the College of Arts and Sciences during one of the student’s first two enrollment periods.

Foreign language. If you studied French, German, or Spanish for two or more years in high school and wish to continue to study that language, you must enroll in the appropriate 113 course, unless you graduated from high school five years or more prior to enrolling at IPFW. The 113 course is equivalent to the second semester of the first year, but incorporates a review of what is studied in French, German, or Spanish 111. No placement test is required for enrollment in 113. Students who graduated from high school five years or more prior to enrolling at IPFW may start their foreign language over by enrolling in 111, or they may take a placement test to determine whether they might be successful in 113.

If you completed three or more years of high school French, German, or Spanish, you are urged to take the foreign-language placement test in order to determine whether you can place higher than 113. Call 260-481-6600 to schedule a free foreign language test.

If you studied French, German, or Spanish at a college or university and have transfer credits, please contact the Department of International Language Cultural Studies (CM 267, 260-481-6836) before enrolling in additional classes in that language.

English as a second language. If you have been designated as an ESL student, consult 2. English Language Proficiency.

 

7. Registration and Course Assignment

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Registration procedures. You must register for courses in accordance with procedures and guidelines prescribed by the registrar.

Your initial registration for each term must occur according to the timetables for registration established for each semester/session and published in the Schedule of Classes. In most cases, you will register for classes at your college/school/division or department office, the registrar’s office, or via the Web registration system.

Academic load. The following maximums apply to your enrollment at IPFW:

Limit with special permission. Your academic load may not exceed 18 credits in a regular semester or 8 credits in a summer session unless unusual circumstances exist and you have been granted special permission by your academic advisor.

Absolute maximum in any academic session or intensive course. You will not be allowed to register for a class, or combination of classes, that generates more than 1.5 credits per week. You will not be allowed to register for more than one intensive course at a time. Courses for which you register as an auditor are included in the calculation of your academic load.

Enrollment status. For most purposes, undergraduate students are considered to be full-time students when enrolled in 12 or more credits during a semester and part-time students when enrolled in 11 or fewer credits during a semester.

Course prerequisites and corequisites. Before you begin a course, you must have satisfied all prerequisites and corequisites or secured the instructor’s or sponsoring division/department permission. At the request of the instructor or the division/department through which a course is offered, the registrar may withdraw you from a course for which you have not satisfied all prerequisites and corequisites.

Auditing. You may enroll as an auditor by noting “Auditor” (A) in the appropriate space on your registration form, and by completing the normal registration procedures established by your division/department. Regular course fees will be assessed. You may not enroll as an auditor if you have been dismissed from IPFW.

You will be assigned a grade of W or NC and will not receive academic credit for a course in which you enrolled as an auditor. However, under the rules of a division/department examination, you may later be allowed to earn credit for a course you have audited.

Schedule revisions and late registration. After your initial registration, you may revise your schedule in accordance with the policies listed below. In all cases, you must submit the completed schedule-revision (drop/add) form with appropriate signatures to your division/department or the registrar’s office. All schedules and deadlines are prorated for courses not meeting for an entire 16- week semester. An academic advisor’s approval may be required to process a course addition or withdrawal at the registrar’s office.

Addition of a course. You may add a course after your initial registration by submitting a completed schedule-revision (drop/add) form with appropriate signatures to your division/ department, to the registrar’s office, or via the Web registration system.

Weeks   Restrictions
Through Week 1 of classes   College/school/division policies determine whether an academic advisor’s approval is required.
Weeks 2-4   Approval of the instructor is required. college/school/division policies determine whether an academic advisor’s approval is required.
Weeks 5-9   Approval of the instructor and of your dean or division director is required. School policies determine whether an academic advisor’s approval is required. Approval will normally be given only when extenuating circumstances are involved.
Weeks 10-16   Courses cannot normally be added during this time.

Withdrawal from a course. Subject to the time limits below - and in the absence of any allegation that you are guilty of academic dishonesty in the course - you may officially withdraw from a course by presenting a schedule-revision (drop/add) form with appropriate signatures to your division/department, to the registrar’s office, or via the Web registration system.

Weeks   Restrictions
Through Week 4 of classes   College/school/division policies determine of classes whether an academic advisor’s approval is required; the course is not recorded on your record.
Weeks 5-9   Approval of the instructor is required. college/school/division policies determine whether an academic advisor’s approval is required.
Weeks 10-16   Approval of the instructor and of your dean or division director is required. School policies determine whether an academic advisor’s approval is required. Approval will normally be given only when extenuating circumstances are involved.

During Weeks 10-16, a course may be dropped and a grade of W assigned if you receive approval of your academic advisor and your dean/division director, after the latter has consulted with the instructor. Such drops will not be approved if sought because of your poor performance in the course.

After the end of the Week 16, a course may be dropped only by following the change-of-grade procedure.

Change of Pass/Not-Pass (P/NP) optionn. Prior to the end of the fourth week of an academic semester (or equivalent period during a summer session), you may add or remove the P/NP option for a course by obtaining the signature of an academic advisor next to the appropriate notation on the schedule-revision (drop/add) form, and by processing the form in the prescribed manner.

Change of Auditing option. Prior to the end of the fourth week of an academic semester (or equivalent period during a summer session), you may change from audit to credit status by obtaining the signature of an academic advisor next to the appropriate notation on the schedule-revision (drop/add) form, and by processing the form in the prescribed manner. Prior to the end of the ninth week of an academic semester (or equivalent period during a summer session), you may change from credit to audit status in the manner specified above.

NOTE: All deadlines and time periods will be prorated for courses offered during a period of time that differs from a regular 16-week semester.

Withdrawal from the university. Withdrawal from the university is accomplished by withdrawing from each course in which you are enrolled.

Withdrawal for military service. Any student called to active military duty may present a copy of their military service orders and (1) withdraw from all courses and receive a 100 percent refund of tuition and fees at any time during the semester through the end of final examinations or (2) with the permission of each instructor, receive an Incomplete or final grade in the courses taken. Such requests and documentation may be presented by the student or other responsible party who has the student’s permission to make the request. Refunds of fees will not be made if the student receives a grade and credit for the course, and all refunds will be adjusted as required by financial aid regulations. If a withdrawal is processed after the fourth week of classes, the grade of W will be assigned.

Withdrawal for personal circumstances. Students who seek to withdraw from IPFW after the ninth week of classes based on personal circumstances should contact the dean of students for guidance about the process.

 

8. Attendance

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You may not attend a class (1) before completing official registration procedures, (2) after officially withdrawing from the class, or (3) after your registration has been canceled.

You are expected to attend every meeting of the classes in which you are registered. Work missed during absences may be made up if permitted by the instructor. At the beginning of the academic session, each instructor will provide a clear statement to all students regarding his or her policy for handling absences.

If you must report your class attendance in order to satisfy requirements of financial-aid sponsors, you must present the sponsor’s certification form to each of your instructors. Each instructor will certify your attendance by completing the form. Unless you have made a prior agreement with your instructor, he or she will not be obligated to certify your attendance for more than the most recent class.

Discontinuing class attendance and not fulfilling course requirements is regarded as an unauthorized withdrawal and will result in your receiving a grade of F.

 

9. Academic Honesty

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Policy. Academic honesty is expected of all students. You are responsible for knowing how to maintain academic honesty and for abstaining from cheating, the appearance of cheating, and permitting or assisting in another’s cheating.

Your instructor is responsible for fostering the intellectual honesty as well as the intellectual development of students, and for applying methods of teaching, examination, and assignments that discourage student dishonesty. If necessary, your instructor will explain clearly any specialized meanings of cheating and plagiarism as they apply to a specific course.

Your instructor will thoroughly investigate signs of academic dishonesty, take appropriate actions, and report such activity properly to prevent repeated offenses and to ensure equity.

Procedures. An instructor who has evidence of cheating will initiate a process to determine guilt or innocence and the penalty, if any, to be imposed.

During an informal conference held within 10 class days of discovering the alleged cheating, your instructor will inform you of charges and evidence and allow you to present a defense. Your instructor will make an initial determination after this conference. You may be assigned a grade of Incomplete (I) if the matter cannot be fully resolved before course grades are due in the registrar’s office.

Reporting. During the period in which you are permitted to drop courses, the instructor will inform the registrar promptly of any allegation of cheating, so that you cannot withdraw from the course. The instructor who makes an initial finding that academic dishonesty has been practiced will impose an academic sanction. Then, within 10 class days, the instructor will supply a written report to you, the chair of your department, the dean or director of your school or division, and the dean of students. The report will summarize the evidence and penalties assessed.

Appeal. If your course grade is affected by the penalty, you have the right to appeal the penalty imposed by an instructor in accordance with the grade-appeals policy (see 18. Grade Appeals).

 

10. Final Examinations

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Next-to-last week. No instructor may schedule an examination - comprehensive or noncomprehensive - except for laboratory and practicum courses, during the week preceding the last week of a fall or spring semester.

Final week. With the exception of courses classified as individual instruction, clinic, studio, practice teaching, or research and those offered for 0 credits, each class is expected to meet for a two-hour session during the last week of each fall or spring semester. The two-hour session is to be used for (1) a final examination; (2) a last, noncomprehensive examination; (3) submission of an out-of-class examination or assignments; or (4) a regular class meeting.

Conflicts. If you (1) are scheduled to take more than two final examinations in one day, (2) have conflicting final examinations, or (3) are scheduled to take a state, national, or professional licensing examination, you may contact the instructors involved prior to the last week of a fall or spring semester to obtain appropriate rescheduling. If you and the instructors cannot agree upon a rescheduling, the vice chancellor for academic affairs shall investigate and issue a binding schedule.

Absences. If you miss a final examination because of an emergency, you must contact the instructor as soon as possible. If you miss a final examination, you may receive a grade of F for the course.

 

11. Grades

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Basis of grades. Your instructor is responsible for explaining to you, preferably in writing at the beginning of an academic session, the course requirements and grading system to be used. You will be assigned a grade in each course at the close of the session. You are responsible for the completion of all required work in each course by the time of the last scheduled class meeting or other deadline set by the instructor, unless you have officially withdrawn from the course, or unless you and the instructor have agreed that a grade of Incomplete (I) is warranted. Note: Plus/Minus grades may be assigned beginning fall 2008.

Semester Grades. The following grades may be assigned:

Grade       Grade Points
A+, A  

Highest passing grade

  4.0 x Semester Hours
A-       3.7 x Semester Hours
B+       3.3 x Semester Hours
B   Above-average passing grade   3.0 x Semester Hours
B-       2.7 x Semester Hours
C+       2.3 x Semester Hours
C   Average passing grade   2.0 x Semester Hours
C-       1.7 x Semester Hours
D+       1.3 x Semester Hours
D   Lowest passing grade   1.0 x Semester Hours
D-       0.7 x Semester Hours

 

F   Failure or unauthorized discontinuance of class attendance; no credit.
I   Incomplete. A temporary record of passing work that (1) was interrupted by circumstances beyond the student’s control or (2) represents satisfactory work-in-progress in an independent-study or self-paced course.
IF   Unremoved incomplete, Failing. Recorded for failure to achieve a permanent grade by the deadline stated in these regulations. Indiana University students who receive this grade will have a grade of F recorded on official transcripts.
NC   Completion of the course as an auditor; carries no credit.
NP   Not passing grade when enrolled under the P/NP enrollment option. Purdue University students who receive this grade will have a grade of N recorded on official transcripts.
P   Passing grade. Under the P/NP option, equivalent to a grade of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C or C-.
S   Satisfactory, credit. Awarded by the registrar upon satisfactory performance in a course offered only on an S/F basis, or on a departmental/divisional examination, or another award of special credit, or completion of a 0- credit course. Purdue University students who receive this grade will have a grade of P recorded on official transcripts whenever the course involves one or more credits.
W   Withdrew. A record of the fact that the student officially withdrew from (dropped) a course or was administratively withdrawn from a course for nonpayment of fees after the end of the fourth week.

Pass/Not-Pass (P/NP) option. The P/NP grade option provides a limited opportunity for you to take “free electives” with minimal concern for grades you earn. You must fulfill the same requirements as others enrolled in courses for which you elect this alternative. Instructors are not advised that you have registered for their courses under this option.

Your use of this option is subject to the three general limitations listed below. However, your college/school/division or department may impose additional restrictions.

  • You may not elect this option for courses that fulfill specific graduation requirements other than total number of credits (i.e., only for “free-elective” courses).
  • You may not elect this option for more than 20 percent of the credits required for graduation.
  • You may not elect this option for any course in which you have already earned a grade of A, B, C, D, or F.

If you earn a grade of A, B, or C under this option, it will be changed to a grade of P by the registrar and posted to your transcript. However, if you are enrolled at IPFW as an Indiana University student, grades of D or F that you earn under this option will be posted to your transcript without change. If you are enrolled at IPFW as a Purdue University student, grades of D or F which you earn under this option will be changed by the registrar to a grade of NP and will be posted to your official transcript as a grade of N. Grades of P and NP (or N) are not used in the computation of your GPA.

Incomplete. A grade of I may be granted to students (1) who are unable to complete specific course requirements for clearly unavoidable, nonacademic reasons (such as extended illness or relocation) and (2) whose work has been of passing quality up to that time. A grade of I will not be considered as an alternative to an anticipated low grade in a course. Certain IPFW schools/divisions or departments impose additional limitations on the use of I grades.

An instructor who reports a grade of I must provide the registrar’s office with a form specifying (1) the reason for the incomplete, (2) the requirements for completing the course, (3) the grade earned for the course to date, and (4) the specific time limit, not to exceed one calendar year, allowed for completing the course.

An instructor may change the incomplete to a regular letter grade if requirements for completion of the course are not met within the time specified. Given extenuating circumstances, the initial time limit may be extended for a period not to exceed one additional calendar year if approved by the instructor and the instructor’s dean/division director, and if the registrar’s office is notified before the expiration of the original time limit.

The registrar’s office changes the I to a grade of IF unless you graduate or remove the incomplete within the time allowed. If you are enrolled at IPFW as an Indiana University student and receive an IF grade, a grade of F is recorded on your official transcript. If you re-enroll in the same course while the I is still on your record, and the course is not repeatable for credit, the original grade of I remains on your official transcript.

If you transfer resident credit for a course in which you received an incomplete, you will have the grade of I recorded on your academic record for up to one calendar year from the date of admission to IPFW. At the end of this period, if you have not graduated or provided evidence that the incomplete has been replaced with a permanent grade, the registrar’s office will change the incomplete to IF.

Final grade report. Your complete record for the session and your cumulative GPA are reported to you, your major department, and your college/school/division.

Changes of grade. An instructor who discovers within 30 days of the grade-processing deadline that a grade reported for you was in error, must promptly submit to the registrar a statement, countersigned by the instructor’s department chair or division director, of the circumstances of the error and of the change to be incorporated in future GPAs. Correction of errors after this time requires the additional approval of the instructor’s dean/director.

The registrar will inform you, the department chair/division director, and the dean of the change of grade.

You may seek a change of grade through the grade-appeals procedure (see 18. Grade Appeals).

You may retake any course. Unless the course is described in this Bulletin or its supplement as repeatable for credit, credit will be given only once for a repeated course, and only the most recent grade earned will be incorporated into graduation GPA calculations.

 

12. Grade-Point Averages

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A grade-point average (GPA) is a weighted average of all credits for which a GPA-related grade (A, B, C, D, F, IF) has been assigned. The three GPAs used at IPFW are defined and computed (and rounded to two decimal places) as follows: Semester GPA is computed using only those credits for which you are assigned a GPA-related grade for the specified semester.

Cumulative GPA is computed using all credits for which you are assigned a GPA-related grade with the exception of credits earned in those courses that have been repeated and are not repeatable for credit. All credits earned at IPFW or at another campus of IU or Purdue for which a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or IF was assigned are applicable.

Graduation GPA is computed using credits for which you are assigned a GPA-related grade in only those courses that fulfill a graduation requirement with the exception of credits earned in those courses that have been repeated and are not repeatable for credit. If you are pursuing more than one degree program, your graduation GPA will be determined by the academic unit through which you register.

All applicable credits earned at IPFW or at another campus of IU or Purdue for which a GPA-related grade was assigned are included if they were received for courses that fulfill a graduation requirement.

Note: Prior to June 1993, Purdue University transcripts and related Purdue records were computed on a six-point scale, (A = 6.00) rather than the four-point scale (A = 4.00) used by IU and IPFW. Since June 1993, all IU, Purdue, and IPFW GPAs are computed using the same scale (A = 4.00).

 

13. Academic Standing

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Good standing. For purposes of reports and communication to other institutions, and in the absence of any further qualifications of the term, you are considered in “good standing” unless you have been dismissed, suspended, or dropped from IPFW and not readmitted.

Academic recognition. At the conclusion of each fall or spring semester (but not any summer session), the registrar indicates which students are eligible for the following academic recognitions:

Semester Honors List for (1) having at least 6 credits included in the semester GPA, (2) achieving at least a 3.50 semester GPA, and (3) achieving at least a 2.00 graduation GPA.

Dean’s List for (1) having at least 12 credits included in the graduation GPA, (2) having at least 6 credits included in the semester GPA, (3) achieving at least a 3.50 graduation GPA, and (d) achieving at least a 3.00 semester GPA.

If you have earned academic recognition for either of the two previous semesters, your achievements will be recognized at the annual Honors Convocation and appropriately noted on your academic records.

Recognition of completion of Honors Program. If you are certified by the Honors Program Council as having completed the requirements of the Honors Program, an appropriate academic record notation is made.

Academic probation, dismissal, and readmission. The following probation, dismissal, and readmission criteria are minimums for IPFW; academic units may set higher standards that become effective upon publication in the Bulletin or its supplement. If you are dismissed from a program for failure to meet the higher standards imposed by an academic unit, you must be accepted into another program before registering for a subsequent academic session.

Probation. You are placed on probation and are so notified by the university whenever your semester or cumulative GPA at the end of any regular semester is less than the minimum standards specified in the following table:

GPA Levels for Probation

Class   Semester   Cumulative
Standing  

GPA

 

GPA

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
 

1.50
1.60
1.70
1.70

 

1.50
1.70
1.90
2.00

An appropriate notation will be made on your academic record. Any grade change will require recalculation of your probation status. You are removed from probation upon achieving the minimum semester and cumulative GPA in the above table.

Dismissal. If you are on probation, you will be notified of dismissal by the university if, at the end of any regular semester, you (1) earn failing grades in 6 or more credits for that semester or (2) do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirements in the following table:

GPA Levels for Dismissal

Class Standing   Cumulative GPA
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
 

1.30
1.50
1.70
1.90

An appropriate notation will be made on your academic record. Any grade change will require recalculation of your dismissal status.

Readmission. If you have been dismissed from IPFW or any other campus of Indiana University or Purdue University, you may not enroll at IPFW until one fall or spring semester has passed. Thereafter, you may be readmitted according to the procedures specified by the IPFW college/school/division into which you are seeking readmission.

If you have been dismissed from IPFW with fewer than 12 credit hours attempted in courses with GPA-related grades since your admission or readmission, you may be eligible for immediate readmission to the division/department from which you were dismissed and be exempted from the procedures and fees normally associated with readmission.

All readmissions are into probationary status. An appropriate notation will be made on your academic record.

 

14. Degrees

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Schools and divisions may impose stricter requirements than those listed in this section, but may not waive the following minimum standards. Provided these minimum standards are satisfied, adjustments to any degree requirement may be made by the unit establishing that requirement.

Degrees offered. For completion of undergraduate plans of study of at least 60 credits, associate degrees may be conferred. For completion of undergraduate plans of study of at least 120 credits, bachelor’s degrees may be conferred.

Requirements for degrees. If you enter a degree, certificate, or premajor program, you will be required to fulfill the requirements published in the Bulletin (or its supplement or departmental regulation) current at the time of your most recent entry or re-entry into that program at IPFW. Only with the written acknowledgment of an academic advisor can you elect to fulfill the requirements in any subsequent Bulletin or supplement.

Any new requirement for a degree, certificate, or premajor program may not be imposed on currently enrolled students in these programs if it would increase the number of credits or the number of semesters required for completion of the program.

The college/school/division/department committee in charge of curriculum matters may refuse to accept as credit toward graduation any course that was completed 10 or more years previously. Former students will be notified of all such decisions upon re-entering or when the credit is determined to be unacceptable.

To earn any associate or bachelor’s degree at IPFW, you must satisfy the following four requirements:

  1. You must complete, by resident credit or transfer credit, the plan of study underlying the degree, including
    • For an associate degree, registration in and completion of at least 32 credits of resident course credit, including at least 15 credits in courses applicable to the major.
    • For a bachelor’s degree, registration in and completion of at least 32 credits of resident course credit at the 200-level or above, including at least 15 credits at the 300-level or above in courses applicable to the major.
  2. Normally, you must complete the entire final year at IPFW. However, with the approval of your college/school/division and if you have satisfied the resident credit requirement, you may complete the remaining requirements in another approved college or university.
  3. You must establish a graduation GPA of 2.00 or better.
  4. You must register, either in residence or absentia, as a candidate for the desired degree during the academic session immediately preceding its conferral.

Double majors and double degrees. The academic unit sponsoring your programs shall certify your completion of each degree and any second major that you may have completed.

Double major. If you complete all the requirements for more than one program, you will be awarded a degree with a double major if (1) the requirements are completed at the same time; (2) the programs are offered by the same school or division and the same university at IPFW; and (3) the programs lead to the same degree, where “the same degree” means a B.A. (IU or Purdue), B.F.A., B.S. (Purdue only), or a B.S.C., etc.

Double degree. If you complete all requirements for more than one program, you will be awarded two degrees if the above requirements for a double major are not satisfied, except that Purdue University students who complete requirements for a second major leading to the same degree as originally earned shall have this major noted on their transcripts but shall not receive a second degree.

Graduation with distinction. To be a candidate for the bachelor’s degree with distinction, you must have a minimum of 65 resident credits included in the computation of your graduation GPA. To be a candidate for an associate degree with distinction, you must have a minimum of 35 resident credits included in the computation of your graduation GPA. The required GPA, calculated each spring as outlined below, also applies to degrees for the following summer sessions and fall semester.

In each school or division, the minimum graduation GPA for graduation with highest distinction from a bachelor’s-degree program shall be at least 3.80 (A = 4.00), but never less than the 97th percentile of the graduation GPA of the school or division’s graduates.

In each school or division, the minimum graduation GPA for graduation with distinction from a bachelor’s-degree program shall be at least 3.50 (A = 4.00), but never less than the 90th percentile of the graduation GPA of the school or division’s graduates.

Also in each school or division, the requirements for graduation with highest distinction or with distinction from an associate degree program shall also be separately calculated as outlined above for bachelor’s-degree programs.

Conferring of degrees. Degrees may be granted at the close of each academic session.

 

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You may earn a minor by providing your division/department verification of your acceptance into the minor program, a statement of the minor-program requirements, and by successfully completing those requirements. You may choose any set of minor-program requirements in effect since your most recent admission or re-entry into IPFW. Completion of any minor requires a minimum of 12 credits, including at least 6 resident credits at the 200 level or above. Your division/department will certify your completion of the minor requirements as your degree certification is being processed.

Concurrent with the completion of your degree requirements, the registrar will make an appropriate entry on your transcript to denote completion of the minor. No entry will be made on your transcript if the minor is not completed by the time you are certified for graduation.

 

16.Transcripts

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If your record is not encumbered for any reasons described herein, you will (upon application to the registrar and payment of any prescribed fee) be entitled to receive an official transcript of your complete record, including any major(s) and minor(s).

Note: The registrar’s office is the only university office authorized to issue official transcripts. All requests for these documents must be directed to that office.

 

17. Encumbrances

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If you are in arrears to IPFW, you are not eligible to receive transcripts or diplomas. The clearance of all financial obligations by the Friday before Commencement will be essential for graduation. If you clear the obligation later, the diploma will be released.

 

18. Grade Appeals

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The Grade Appeals Policy applies to all students enrolled at IPFW. It can be used by any student who has evidence or believes that evidence exists to show that a course grade was assigned or a similar evaluation was made as a result of prejudice, caprice, or other improper condition such as mechanical error.

In appealing, the student must support in writing the allegation that an improper decision has been made and must specify the remedy sought. The student should seek the assistance of the dean of students in pursuing the appeal. During an appeal, the burden of proof is on the student, except in the case of alleged academic dishonesty, where the instructor must support the allegation. The student may have an advisor or friend present during all meetings with faculty members, administrators, and/or committees; he or she may advise the student but may not speak for the student during the meetings.

Grades may be changed only by a university authority upon the decision of the Grade Appeals Subcommittee or by the instructor any time prior to the decision of the Grade Appeals Subcommittee.

Appeal Deadlines An appeal must be initiated no later than the fourth week of the fall or spring semester immediately following the session in which the grade was assigned. A final decision at each step must be reported within 30 calendar days of the filing of an appeal at that step, provided that this deadline falls within the regular academic year (fall or spring semester). If the deadline falls during the summer, the decision must be reported within 30 calendar days of the start of the fall semester. Each successive step in the appeals procedure must be initiated within three calendar weeks of the completion of the prior step.

Steps in the Process of a Grade Appeal

Step 1. Course instructor: The student makes an appointment with the instructor to discuss the matter. If the instructor is unavailable, the department or program chair shall authorize an extension of time or allow the student to proceed to Step 2. If the chair is unavailable, the dean of the college or school shall authorize the extension.

Step 2. College/school/department/program: If the matter has not been resolved at Step 1, the student makes an appointment with the chair of the department or program offering the course, who may make an informal attempt to resolve the appeal. If the appeal is not resolved informally, the chair will direct the student procedurally in making an appeal to the department, school, or program committee. Only one committee shall hear the appeal in Step 2. The student filing an appeal shall have the opportunity to be heard in person by the committee.

Step 3. Grade Appeals Subcommittee: If the matter has not been resolved at Step 2, the student makes an appointment with the dean of students, who will direct the student procedurally in submitting the case to the Grade Appeals Subcommittee.

Department/College/School/Program Appeals Procedure Each department, college, school, or program will establish appeals procedures that provide for a committee of three or more faculty members responsible for hearing grade appeals related to courses listed or administered by that department/school/program if those appeals have not been satisfactorily resolved between the student and the instructor or informally by the department chair. The procedures established by each department, college, school, or program shall provide for each case to be heard by only one such committee. The procedure shall provide the opportunity for the student to be heard in person and for the decision to be reported in writing to the student and the instructor. A copy of each unit’s procedures will be given to the vice chancellor for academic affairs, to the dean of students, and to students, upon request.

Grade Appeals Subcommittee This subcommittee shall consist of nine members elected from among the Voting Faculty according to procedures specified in the Bylaws of the Senate.

Before hearing the details of a case, the subcommittee will decide by majority vote whether to consider the appeal and will report its decision in writing within 30 calendar days. The bases for a decision to consider an appeal may include (but not be limited to) a finding that (1) improper procedures have been followed by university employees at earlier steps of the appeal; (2) new information is present; or (3) the instructor has declined to accept the department, school, or program committee’s recommendation.

No member of the subcommittee may take part in an appeal involving a course or instructor from the member’s department or program. Members should also recuse themselves from cases in which they have potential conflicts of interest, personal involvement, schedules that will interfere with hearing the appeal in a timely manner, or other disqualifying causes. From those members remaining, the chair will elect the five-person hearing panel. The panel members will elect a chair who will be responsible for making arrangements related to the case.

If the case is to be heard, the hearing will take place within 30 days of the decision to hear the appeal, or within 30 days of the start of the fall semester, whichever is applicable. Each member of the panel will vote on whether the appeal is valid, and if so, on what remedy should be provided. If the panel, by majority vote, finds in favor of changing a grade, the chair shall report this finding to the registrar and to the parties listed below. The decision of the panel is binding on all parties and may not be appealed.

Reporting of Subcommittee and Panel Decisions The subcommittee and each panel shall report its finding and actions to the student; the department, school, or program from which the appeal came; the instructor; the chair of the student’s department; the dean or director of the student’s school or division; the dean of students; and (in the case of a panel decision) the chair of the Grade Appeals Subcommittee.

 

IPFW Policies

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The following IPFW policies were in effect for all undergraduate students at the time of printing. Changes go into effect periodically and are published in the Schedule of Classes. The policies are arranged as follows:

 

1. Admission

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You must be admitted to IPFW before you are eligible to register for classes. Admission applications may be obtained from the Admissions office (Kettler 111, 260-481-6812 or 800-324-IPFW) or online at www.ipfw.edu/admissions. After submitting all necessary information, you may be admitted to Indiana University or to Purdue University based upon the degree program you have selected. IPFW admissions counselors are available to help with your selection. Please call the Admissions office for a personal appointment.

University requirements for admission are established by the trustees. Program-specific admission requirements, in addition to those established by the trustees, may be imposed by schools/divisions and departments. Any such requirements become effective when published in the Bulletin or appropriate supplementary publications. Applicants should be aware that certain criminal convictions may result in ineligibility for admission to certain programs of study.

Basic skills. As an applicant for regular admission to IPFW, you should already possess the following basic-level skills in reading, writing, and mathematics:

Reading. You should be able to identify the main and supporting ideas in moderately complex texts, identify the authors’ purposes, and evaluate the logic, accuracy, and value of their writing. You should be able to recognize implications, inferences, and assumptions and to integrate information from your experience or reading with new information.

Writing. You should be able to write short (500-700 words) argumentative and expository essays and should have some familiarity with research and documentation. Your essays should be clearly organized and demonstrate an ability to develop a thesis through argumentation and evidence. You should display no major errors in spelling, syntax, punctuation, and usage.

Mathematics. You should be able to demonstrate arithmetic numeracy and mastery of the content of a substantial first-year high school algebra course and a high school geometry course. You should be able to use problem-solving strategies and translate word problems into mathematical expression; to recognize relationships between variables in graphs; and to identify one-, two-, and three-dimensional figures and use the formulas that yield the dimensions, area, or volume of the figures.

Graduation and persistence rates. Graduation and persistence rate information for IPFW is available at www.ipfw.edu/registrar/consumer.

Classification of applicants:

Applicants for undergraduate admission are classified into one of the following admission categories:

1. Beginning freshman. If you have never attended a college, you must submit an application, a high school transcript or GED scores, and an application fee. Unless you graduated from high school more than two years ago, you must also submit SAT I or ACT scores.

To have your SAT I scores sent to IPFW, use code number 1336.

To have your ACT scores sent to IPFW, use code number 1217.

If you are a high school student, you should apply to IPFW as soon as possible after your junior year. Priority consideration will be given to applications for regular admission received by:

  Aug. 1 for fall semester
Dec. 15
for spring semester
May 1
for summer session I
June 15
for summer session II

If your application and supporting materials are received after these deadlines, you either may be admitted on a temporary basis or advised to pursue regular admission for a subsequent semester.

If you are a high school senior completing graduation requirements at the end of your seventh semester, you must meet all regular admission criteria listed below in order to enroll in the spring semester. If you have not met all requirements, you will be considered for admission for the following fall.

Admission requirements. If you graduated from high school more than two years before the semester for which you are seeking admission and earned a high school diploma (not a certificate of completion), IPFW will waive the general requirements listed below. However, some of the university’s degree and certificate programs have admission requirements in addition to the campus requirements. These program-specific requirements are explained in Parts 4 and 5 of this Bulletin and cannot be waived.

Requirements for Indiana residents. As a resident of Indiana, you may expect to be admitted if you (1) are a graduate (which includes passing of the GQE) of an Indiana-accredited high school with a CORE 40 or Academic Honors Diploma, (2) submit satisfactory SAT I or ACT scores, (3) submit your application to IPFW on time, and (4) meet the following requirements:

Admission to Indiana University programs. You must rank in the upper half of your high school class. Your high school units (semesters) should include at least six units of mathematics (algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra) and six units of laboratory sciences (biology, chemistry, or physics), six units of social studies, four units of foreign language, and other units to total 32 units. Eight units of English are required.

Admission to Purdue University programs. Admission requirements for Purdue University programs vary as follows:

Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences: If you plan to complete a bachelor’s degree with majors in mathematics or a science in four years, you should have completed the following in high school: one unit of trigonometry and two units of chemistry (for any science degree).

Programs in technology, organizational leadership and supervision, and consumer and family sciences require that you rank in the top two-thirds of your high school class, and that your transcript shows eight units (semesters) of English and two each of algebra, advanced algebra, geometry, and laboratory science.

For admission to programs in engineering, see admission requirements under the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science.

For admission to programs in nursing, see admission requirements under the College of Health and Human Services.

Other Purdue programs not having program-specific requirements require that you be in the top half of your high school class and that your high school transcript shows eight units (semesters) of English, and six each of mathematics, and laboratory science and social studies. IPFW defines mathematics as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Laboratory sciences include biology, chemistry, and physics.

Additional requirements for nonresidents. If you are not a resident of Indiana, you must meet the regular admission criteria for Indiana University or Purdue University and those for the program of study you have selected, and must generally rank in the top half of your high school graduating class.

Exploratory. If you graduated from high school within the past two years, have not attended another college or university, and do not meet the standards for regular admission, you may be eligible to begin as an exploratory student. To be admitted as an exploratory student, you must rank in the top 80 percent of your high school graduating class; have completed eight units of English, two units of academic algebra, two units of academic geometry, and two units of laboratory science; and one of the following:

  • rank in the top 80 percent of your high school graduating class, or
  • have a combined SAT score of 1120 or above or an ACT composite score of 16 or above.

Contact an IPFW admissions counselor if you do not qualify for admittance as an exploratory student and wish to discuss your options.

Exploratory students receive academic advising through Mastodon Advising Center (Kettler 109, 260-481-6595).

Applications and other required materials must be received by July 1 for fall semesters and by Dec. 1 for spring semesters.

2. Intercampus transfer from Indiana University or Purdue University. If you are currently attending, or have attended, another IU or Purdue campus and want to transfer temporarily or permanently to IPFW, you must submit an application, an unofficial transcript from your IU or Purdue campus, and official transcripts from any colleges attended since your enrollment at IU or Purdue. No application fee is due.

3. Transfer. If you have attended college but never attended IPFW, IU, or Purdue, you must submit an application, a high school transcript or GED scores, an application fee, and official transcripts from all colleges you have attended. A cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C) or higher is required. If your grades are deficient, you may be considered for admission for the following semester.

4. Re-entry. If you previously attended IPFW but have not registered for classes at IPFW for more than one year, you must submit an application, unofficial IU or Purdue transcript(s), and official transcripts from any colleges attended since your enrollment at IU or Purdue. No application fee is due.

Since your re-entry is subject to the approval of the specific division/department you wish to re-enter, one or more working days may be required to process your application before you can register for classes.

5. Special high school. If you are a high school junior or senior ranking in the top half of your class, you may take up to 24 credits as a temporary student. You must submit an application, and a high school transcript. SAT I or ACT scores may be required. No application fee is due. Not eligible for financial aid.

6. Special adult. If you graduated from high school more than two years ago and have not attended college, you may take up to 24 credits at IPFW as a temporary student. You must submit an application but need not submit an application fee or additional documentation. Not eligible for financial aid.

7. Special college graduate. If you hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to take undergraduate courses but do not plan to pursue another undergraduate degree, you may take up to 24 undergraduate credits as a temporary student. You must submit an application but need not submit an application fee or additional documentation. Not eligible for financial aid.

8. Guest. If you want to become a visiting student from another college outside the IU or Purdue systems, you may enroll temporarily at IPFW for up to 24 credits. You must submit an application and an official transcript from your home institution. No credits will be evaluated for transfer to IPFW. No application fee is due. Not eligible for financial aid.

Institutional, state, and federal financial aid is not available to special adult students, graduate nondegree students, special high school students, and guest students. These are temporary/nondegree-seeking classifications.

Regular admission of a temporary student. If you are admitted in temporary status, you may apply for regular admission. After you have earned 24 credits in temporary status, you may register for additional credits only after you apply for and are granted regular admission. Exceptions are considered by the registrar upon the recommendation of the college/school/division or department through which you last registered. If you are granted regular admission, you will be notified as to which of the courses you completed as a temporary student may be applied to satisfy the requirements of your degree program. An application fee will be charged. If you are denied regular admission, you will be notified of the reasons for this decision.

Academic renewal. This option may be available to you under the following conditions:

  • You were previously admitted to and completed classes at IPFW;
  • You have not registered for classes at IPFW or any other campus of Indiana University or Purdue University for five or more calendar years; and
  • The college/school/division through which you re-enter IPFW provides this option for eligible students.

If you are eligible for the academic-renewal option, a participating college/school/division may exclude from the calculation of your graduation GPA grades you previously earned that are considered to be below “passing.” However, both these grades and the courses in which they were earned will remain on your official academic record.

You must request this option; it must be exercised during the re-entry semester and can be employed only one time per student. For additional information, please contact the college/school/division that offers the degree you are seeking.

 

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IPFW is a campus of both Indiana University and Purdue University. If you are enrolled at IPFW as an Indiana University student and transfer to another campus of Indiana University, all credits and grades you have earned will be retained on your academic record. The same is true if you are enrolled at IPFW as a Purdue University student and transfer to another campus of Purdue University. However, if you change your university affiliation when transferring from IPFW to another campus, courses completed at IPFW will be treated as transfer credit.

 

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Resident student status for fee purposes. When you are admitted to IPFW, you are classified by the admissions office either as a resident or a nonresident of the State of Indiana. This classification is determined by rules established for all IPFW students by the trustees of Purdue University. If you are classified as a nonresident student, you must pay nonresident fees as shown in the schedule of fees.

Among other criteria, resident student status for fee purposes requires all independent students who enter or re-enter the State of Indiana to be domiciled in the state for 12 consecutive months before the first day of classes of the semester or summer session for which reclassification may be sought. If you think you are classified incorrectly, you may apply for resident student status. To appeal your residency classification, go to the following Web site and print off the application and instructions:

www.ipfw.edu/registrar/policies/residency.shtml

When complete, return to IPFW Registrar, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499.

 

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You will be assigned a nine-digit number typically beginning with either 900 or 999 as your student identification number. It is used to identify records within IPFW and has no significance outside IPFW. It will not be provided to external agencies or individuals except in accordance with university policy on release of student information.

You are, however, required to provide IPFW with your Social Security number so that IPFW can issue certain informational returns to the Internal Revenue Service and to you. You are also required to provide your SSN on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid if you desire to apply for federal or state financial aid. IPFW does not use your SSN as your student identification number, but only for those purposes required by law or governmental agencies.

 

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All fees are subject to change by action of the trustees. Fees for the 2009-10 school year are shown below:

Course Fees (may not apply to continuing-education courses)

  Undergraduate residents
Undergraduate nonresidents
Graduate residents
Graduate nonresidents
Distance learning classes
  $219.85 per credit
$518.15 per credit
$271.05 per credit
$602.25 per credit
$277.55 per credit

If you audit a course, regular course fees are assessed.

Other Fees. The following fees are in addition to the course fees listed above.

  Admission application
Readmission application
  $30
$100
       
 

Late registration fee

  $8.50 per credit
 

($100 maximum)

   
  Continuing Studies fee   varies

Refunds. Fee assessments and/or refunds are determined as of the date forms are submitted to the registrar’s office in person or via the Web registration system, regardless of any other dates that may appear on the forms. Requests for exceptions to the refund schedule will be considered only to resolve problems that result from (1) documented errors made by university representatives or (2) other circumstances that are clearly the responsibility of IPFW. Requests and supporting documentation must be received by the registrar’s office within the first two weeks of classes.

IPFW reserves the right to cancel courses and will refund all fees assessed. If you withdraw from a class, the following refund schedule will apply:

Number
of Weeks

 

100%

 

60%

 

40%

 

20%

 

0%

14, 15, or 16
12 or 13
9, 10, or 11
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Less than 1

 

Days 1-7
Days 1-7
Days 1-7
Days 1-3
Days 1-3
Days 1-3
Days 1-3
Days 1-3
Days 1-3
Days 1-2
Day 1
Day 1

 

Days 8-14
Days 8-14
Days 8-14
Days 4-7
Days 4-7
Days 4-7
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

 

Days 15-21
Days 15-21
Days 15-21
Days 8-10
Days 8-10
Days 8-10
Days 4-7
Days 4-7
Days 4-7
Days 3-4
Day 2
N/A

 

Days 22-28
Days 22-28
Days 22-28
Days 11-14
Days 11-14
Days 11-14
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

 

Thereafter
Thereafter
Thereafter
Thereafter
Thereafter
Thereafter
Thereafter
Thereafter
Thereafter
Thereafter
Thereafter
Thereafter

Notes: A 100 percent refund will be allowed through the day of the first class meeting, even if it occurs after the designated period.

Any course meeting for more than eight weeks will use the refund schedule approved for fall and spring semesters.

All calendar days are counted, including weekends.

If you are receiving federal Title IV financial aid (Stafford, Pell, Perkins, SEOG), and you make a full withdrawal, a calculation will be made to determine the amount of unearned aid that you will be required to repay. Specific information about this calculation may be obtained at the financial aid office or at www.ipfw.edu/financial.

Refunds are not transferable from one student to another. To qualify for a refund, your class withdrawal must be processed during the periods specified above. The refund schedule for off-campus credit classes offered through the Division of Continuing Studies may differ from the one above and appears in registration materials published by the Division of Continuing Studies.

Payment plan options. Payment plan options are available through the bursar’s office.

Senior citizen fee-remission program. A waiver equal to one-half the resident tuition (to a maximum of 9 credits per semester) is available to Indiana residents who are age 60 or older, retired, not full-time employees, and high school graduates or GED recipients. The waiver does not apply to fees. This program is available only during the week prior to the start of classes and also during late registration. Additional information and applications are available from IPFW Financial Aid office (Kettler 102, 260-481-6820).

 

6. Enrollment Certification

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The registrar’s office is the only university office authorized to officially certify your enrollment status. All requests for enrollment certification should be directed to that office. Your enrollment status for a specific semester/session can be certified only after classes for that semester/session have begun and will be reported only as of the date requested.

7. Statement on Civility

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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is committed to the goals and ethics of academic investigation and education. The foundation of academic pursuit is the process of free inquiry, in which individuals may openly explore and express ideas. Free inquiry requires an environment that encourages open investigation, as well as the educational growth and positive social development of individuals. therefore, it is important to state explicitly the ethics that define our academic community.

Prominent among the values that define the academic community is civility, which includes mutual respect, fairness, and politeness. Membership in any community requires a concern for the common good for all who belong to that community. Each individual may possess different ideas, as well as different ways of communicating those ideas, particularly in a community as varied and diverse as a university. Because of these differences, respect and civility are integral to maintaining the quality of the academic environment and free inquiry. Respect and civility should therefore be afforded to all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, family status, socioeconomic level, educational background, veteran status, or position at the university.

Because it is not possible to establish a set of rules or guidelines that will address every issue of civility, all members of the academic community are called upon to promote and value this ethic of common respect and civility. Ultimately, such a community-wide concern will assure the continuation of a free and open exchange of ideas.

 

8. Affirmative Action, Nondiscrimination, and Nonharassment

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IPFW is committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the university seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The university believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

IPFW views, evaluates, and treats all persons in any university-related activity or circumstance in which they may be involved solely as individuals on the basis of their personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.

IPFW prohibits discrimination against any member of the university community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. The university will conduct its programs, services, and activities consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Purdue University’s Executive Memorandum No. D-1, which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the university promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans through its affirmative action program.

If you have a question or complaint, or want advice, you may talk with the affirmative action officer or an official designee (Kettler 110N, 260-481-6106) or the director of Services for Students with Disabilities (Walb 113, 260-481-6657).

 

9. Release of Student Information

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The IPFW policy governing access to student records, which complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, is described below:

Definitions:

A record includes any data or information about you and related individuals, regardless of the media used to create or maintain the record.

Educational records include records maintained by the institution but exclude records maintained by individuals and available only to those individuals or designated substitutes (that is, “personal files”). Your educational records are located and maintained by administrators in one or more of the following offices: Academic Counseling and Career Services; Admissions; Alumni Relations; Athletics, Recreation, and Intramural Sports; Bursar; Center for Academic Support and Advancement; Continuing Studies; Financial Aid; Honors Program; Police and Safety; Registrar; student affairs administration; and academic units.

Note: The registrar’s office is the only university office authorized to issue official transcripts and certify students’ enrollment status. All requests for such documentation must be directed to that office.

Public information consists of your name, class standing, college/school/division, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards, recognized student activities, sports, athletics information, and current enrollment status; your address and telephone number are also public information unless you have filed a registrar’s form to keep these private. Records of arrests and/or convictions are public records and thus not subject to university policy.

Note: If you wish to restrict the release of your address and telephone number, you must do so by the end of the first week of classes for a session in order to exclude this information from any student directory that may be published.

Release in emergencies. The confidentiality of all records may be broken in an emergency if deemed necessary by the severity of the emergency, the usefulness of the records, and the extent to which time is critical.

Release to you. Your records are available to you with the following exceptions: confidential letters of recommendation submitted prior to 1975; records of your parents’ financial status; records related to your student employment that are subject to other laws and are administered by the Human Resources office; medical and psychological records, which will be released only to a healthcare professional designated by you; and, if you signed a voluntary waiver of access, letters of recommendation related to admission, candidacy for awards, and candidacy for employment - these records may be used only for the purpose originally intended.

You may see any of your available records within 30 days after submitting a written request, either in person or by mail, and may copy any of these records, subject only to payment of any applicable copying charges. You will receive an interpretation of the record upon request, at or after the time that access is granted.

If you object to any part of your record and the responsible office will not revise the record as requested, you may request a formal hearing concerning the objection. Policies and procedures governing the hearing process will be specified by the vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Release to IPFW faculty and staff. Your records are available to members of the faculty and staff who have a legitimate need for them, as determined by the administrator of the office responsible for maintenance of the record.

Release to others. Except as specified below, your records will be released only upon completion of a consent form or letter you have signed. Any such release will include a notice that further release by the recipient is prohibited by law. A record of the release will be maintained.

Records about you will be released without your consent to your parents if you are a dependent as defined by the Internal Revenue Service; to federal officers as prescribed by law; as required by state law; to agencies or individuals conducting educational research, provided that the administrator of the records is satisfied concerning the legitimacy of the research effort and the confidentiality to be maintained by the researcher; to agencies responsible for accreditation of the institution or its programs; in response to a lawful subpoena, after making reasonable attempts to provide prior notification and opportunity for objection by you; and to institutional security officers when necessary for a criminal investigation.

Retention of records. IPFW reserves the right to maintain only those records it considers useful and to set retention schedules for various categories of those records. However, the administrator responsible for each category of records will ensure that a record being challenged is not destroyed prior to resolution of the dispute.

 

10. Parking and Traffic Regulations

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Parking. You are charged a parking fee based on the number of credits you take. This entitles you to park in open parking spaces (not in spaces designated as “A” parking, Green Lined spaces) in lots or garages. Parking permits for students with disabilities are available from Police and Safety (Support Services 105). Validation from a physician or Services for Students with Disabilities (Walb 113, 260-481-6657) is required.

Traffic regulations. The operation of motor vehicles on the IPFW campus is governed by applicable state, local, and campus regulations. University police officers are empowered to enforce these statutes. Additional information is published in the Student Handbook and Planner, with complete information about IPFW parking and traffic regulations appearing in the Vehicle Regulations and Emergency Informationn brochure that is available from University Police and Safety and other campus locations.

 

11. Smoking

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Smoking is prohibited in any university facility and on any university grounds except in parking lots and designated smoking areas.

The purpose of this policy is to provide a healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for the campus community. Accordingly, all employees, students, and visitors are expected to comply.

 

12. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

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Guidelines for the prevention of alcohol and substance abuse are included in the Student Handbook and Planner. Copies of the handbook are available at various campus locations.

 

13. Ethical Guidelines for Student Computer Users

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(Reprinted from IPFW Faculty Senate Document SD98-24a, revised Dec. 10, 2001)

The IPFW Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct (hereafter, the Code) sets forth general policies and procedures governing the use of university facilities by students. The purpose of these guidelines is to interpret these policies and procedures specifically for students using the university’s computing facilities.

University computer resources are designed to be used in connection with legitimate, university-related purposes. The use of university computing resources to disseminate obscene, pornographic, or libelous materials; to threaten or harass others; or otherwise engage in activities forbidden by the Code is subject to disciplinary action as specified in the Code.

Intellectual Property Rights and Responsibilities. Central to an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of student computer users is the notion of intellectual property. In brief, this concept holds that materials stored in electronic form are the property of one or more rightful owners. Like any other property, electronically stored information, whether data or programs, can be stolen, altered or destroyed, misappropriated, or plagiarized. Such inappropriate activities violate the Code and are subject to disciplinary action as set forth in the Code.

Access Rights and Responsibilities. The use of lab, e-mail, Web, and other computing resources should be focused on facilitating individual or small-group interaction; other uses - for example, using computer resources to conduct a commercial enterprise or private business - constitute theft from the university subject to disciplinary action as specified in the Code. Similarly, the introduction of information that interferes with the access or information of others - for example, the introduction of programs of a type commonly called “viruses” or of nonacademic, network game simulations - is subject to disciplinary action. E-mail should not be used for junk mailings.

Junk-mail, including chain mail, wastes system resources and the time of those who receive it. Neither should e-mail be used to forge a message so as to have it appear to come from another user. All such inappropriate use of e-mail is subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, loss of e-mail account.

Certain university-controlled computing resources are openly available to all students on a first-come, first-served basis; access to other resources is limited - often only by means of posted notices - to students in certain disciplines or specified courses; access to still other resources is carefully controlled by such means as user IDs and passwords.

Students are responsible for adhering to the spirit and the letter of these access controls. Violations of access rights can be interpreted under the Code as theft of university services whether or not those services have been separately billed. Students are also responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of access rights under their control. For example, release of a password, whether intentional or inadvertent, invites misuse by others and may be subject to disciplinary action.

General Rights and Responsibilities. Despite access controls imposed, system failures may occasionally make it possible for students inappropriately to read, use, copy, alter, or delete information stored electronically on a university computer system. Students are responsible for not exploiting such system failures and for reporting them to proper university personnel so that corrective steps can be taken.

The university strives to maintain a quiet, library-like environment in its computer labs so that lab users can use their time productively and with minimal distractions. Proper use of computer resources follows the same standards of common sense and courtesy that govern the use of other public facilities. Improper use violates those standards by infringing upon others’ ability to fulfill their responsibilities.

All inappropriate uses of computing resources should be reported to proper authorities for possible disciplinary action.

 

Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

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Part I. Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Preamble. IPFW regulations governing the actions of students are intended to enhance the values that must be maintained in the pursuit of IPFW’s mission and goals. These values include freedom of inquiry, intellectual honesty, freedom for the open expression of ideas and opinions within limits that protect the rights of others, and respect for the views and the dignity of other persons. In exercising their rights, students must bear responsibility to act in accordance with local, state, and national laws and IPFW rules. No right should be construed as enabling students to infringe upon the individual rights of another member of the academic community.

  1. Individual Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens
    1. Students retain all of their citizenship rights when enrolled at IPFW.
    2. Students who violate civil law may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities. Only where IPFW’s interests as an academic community are distinct from those of the general community should the special authority of IPFW be asserted.
    3. Nondiscrimination - IPFW is committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the university seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The university believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

      IPFW views, evaluates, and treats all persons in any university-related activity or circumstance in which they may be involved solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.

      IPFW prohibits discrimination against any member of the university community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. The university will conduct its programs, services, and activities consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Purdue University’s Executive Memorandum No. D-1, which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the university promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans through its affirmative action program.
    4. Antiharassment - It is the policy of IPFW to maintain the campus as a place of work and study for faculty, staff, and students free from all forms of harassment. In providing an educational and work climate that is positive and harassment-free, faculty, staff, and students should be aware that harassment in the workplace or the educational environment is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated. This policy addresses harassment in all forms, covering those with legally protected status for reasons of race, gender, religion, color, age, national origin or ancestry, or disability, as well as those who are harassed for other reasons such as sexual orientation.
  2. Individual Rights and Responsibilities as Students
    1. Degree-seeking students have the responsibility for selecting a major field of study, for choosing an appropriate degree program within the discipline, for planning class schedules, and for meeting the requirements for degrees. IPFW will provide advisors to assist students in academic planning, but students are responsible for being knowledgeable about all academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted.
    2. Students have the right to receive accurately and plainly stated information that enables them to understand clearly:
      1. the general qualifications for establishing and maintaining acceptable academic standing within a particular major and at all other levels within IPFW,
      2. the graduation requirements for specific curricula and majors, and
      3. the course objectives, requirements, and grading policies set by individual instructors for their courses.
    3. In the classroom, students have the freedom to raise relevant issues pertaining to classroom discussion, to offer reasonable doubts about data presented, and to express alternative opinions to those being discussed. However, in exercising this freedom, students shall not interfere with the academic process of the class.
    4. Students’ course grades shall be based upon academic performance, and not upon opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students have the right to discuss and review their academic performance with their instructors. Students who feel that any course grade has been based upon criteria other than academic performance have the right to appeal through the IPFW grade appeals system.
    5. Students have the right to obtain a clear statement of basic rights, obligations, and responsibilities concerning both academic and personal conduct.
    6. Students have the right to participate in the formulation of IPFW policies that directly affect them. In exercising this right, students have the right to access appropriate information, to express their views, and to have their views considered.
    7. Students have the privacy rights specified in the IPFW policy on the release of student information.
  3. Rights and Responsibilities as Participants in Student Groups, Student Organizations, and Campus Activities
    1. Students have the right to form, join, and participate in groups or organizations that promote the common interests of students, including but not limited to groups or organizations that are organized for academic, professional, religious, social, economic, political, recreational, or cultural purposes.
    2. Any group of students may petition to become a recognized IPFW student organization in accordance with the established guidelines. Any appeal of a campus decision to discontinue or refuse recognition of a student group shall be made through the Campus Appeals Board.
    3. Any student group recognized as an IPFW student organization shall be entitled to the use of available campus facilities in conformity with regulations. Recognition shall not imply IPFW endorsement of group goals and activities.
    4. Any recognized IPFW student organization or any group of students able to secure sponsorship by a recognized student organization and to demonstrate financial responsibility has the right to present speakers of its choice to address members of the IPFW community using appropriate campus facilities. These assemblies shall be subject to regulations necessary to prevent space and time conflicts and to protect the operations of the campus and the safety of persons or property.
    5. Freedom of assembly shall be guaranteed to all members of the IPFW community. Such assemblies shall be consistent with IPFW regulations regarding the time, place, and manner of such assemblies.
    6. A student, student group, or student organization has the right to distribute written material on campus without prior approval providing such distribution is consistent with appropriate regulations concerning the time, place, and manner of distribution and does not interfere with IPFW activities.
    7. Students who publish student publications under IPFW auspices have the right to be free of unlawful censorship. At the same time, students who publish such publications must observe the recognized canons of responsible journalism such as the Sigma Delta Chi Code of Ethics and avoid libel, obscenity, undocumented allegations, attacks on personal integrity, and the techniques of harassment and innuendo. Editors and managers of The Communicatorr may not be arbitrarily suspended or removed from their positions because of student, faculty, administrative, or public disapproval of their editorial policies or publications. Student editors and managers may be suspended or removed from their positions only for proper cause and by appropriate proceedings conducted by the board of directors. All student publications shall explicitly state on the editorial page that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of IPFW or of the student body.
  4. Summary of Rights and Responsibilities
    1. This statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities is a reaffirmation by the entire IPFW community that the constitutional guarantees and the basic principles of fair treatment and respect for the integrity, judgment, and contribution of the individual student, coinciding with each student’s freedom to learn set forth in the foregoing articles, are essential to the proper operation of an institution of higher learning. Accordingly, in the interpretation and enforcement of the policies, rules, and regulations of IPFW, these student rights shall be preserved and given effect, but they shall not be construed or applied so as to limit the rights guaranteed students under the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the State of Indiana.

      Whenever a student or a group of students claims that these rights have been violated and that the student or group of students has been or will be adversely affected thereby, and such complaint is not resolved informally by the interested parties, it may be presented to an appropriate body of the campus appeals system. Through this system, an appropriate individual, board, or committee shall have the power and duty to hear the interested parties and to make findings on complaints within its jurisdiction. In case of grade appeals, the individuals and committees designated in the IPFW grade appeals system shall have final authority. In all other cases, the Campus Appeals Board shall submit recommendations to the chief administrative officer of IPFW after such claims related to alleged misconduct, for which disciplinary proceedings have been instituted, have been presented to said board and findings determined in an appropriate hearing. If necessary, the chief administrative officer of IPFW may present such recommendations to the university president and board of trustees for their consideration. If the student has a question as to whether grade appeals procedures or student complaint procedures (Part V) shall be used to resolve a complaint, the dean of students shall decide which procedures shall be used after consulting with the unit head of the faculty or staff member with whom the student or group of students has the complaint. Once the appropriate process is identified, the dean of students will explain the timelines associated with that process.
    2. The enumeration of these rights and responsibilities shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the student. Nothing contained in this bill shall be construed as any denial or limitation upon the legal authority or responsibility of the board of trustees to establish policies and to make rules and regulations governing the operation of IPFW.
  5. Amendment of Rights and Responsibilities
    Proposed amendments of these rights and responsibilities may be initiated by the Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association (IPSGA), Fort Wayne Senate, administrative officials, or the board of trustees and shall be submitted to the IPSGA, Fort Wayne Senate, and Community Advisory Council for consideration and recommendation before adoption by the board of trustees. In the event the board of trustees adopts an amendment not approved by IPSGA and Fort Wayne Senate, either the IPSGA or Fort Wayne Senate may withdraw its endorsement of the rights and responsibilities in whole or in part.
  6. Definitions
    1. An IPFW activity is any teaching, research, service, administrative, or other function, proceeding, ceremony, program, or activity conducted by or under the authority of IPFW, or with which IPFW has any official connection, whether taking place on or off campus. Included within this definition without limitation are IPFW cooperative-education programs, internships, practicums, field experiences, and athletic or other intercollegiate activities.
    2. IPFW property means property owned, controlled, used, or occupied by IPFW.

 

Part II. Student Conduct Subject to Disciplinary Action

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Preamble. Students are expected and required to abide by the laws of the United States, the laws of the State of Indiana, and the rules and regulations of IPFW. Students are expected to exercise their freedom to learn with responsibility and to respect the general conditions that maintain such freedom. IPFW has developed the following general regulations concerning student conduct that safeguard the right of every student to exercise fully the freedom to learn without interference.

IPFW may discipline a student for academic or personal misconduct for the following actions:

  1. Academic Misconduct
    1. Cheating-intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The term “academic exercise” includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours.
    2. Fabrication-intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
    3. Facilitating academic dishonesty-intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another in committing dishonest acts.
    4. Plagiarism-the adoption or reproduction of ideas or statements of another person as one’s own without acknowledgment.
  2. Personal Misconduct
    IPFW may discipline a student for the following acts of personal misconduct that occur on campus property or in connection with an IPFW activity:
    1. Dishonest conduct, including but not limited to false accusation of misconduct; forgery, alteration, or misuse of any IPFW document, record or identification; and giving to an IPFW official information known to be false.
    2. Release of access codes for IPFW computer systems to unauthorized persons; use of an access code for a purpose other than that stated on the request for service.
    3. Lewd or indecent conduct, obscene conduct, or obscene expression as defined by law.
    4. Disorderly or disruptive conduct that interferes with teaching, research, administration, or other IPFW or IPFW-authorized activity.
    5. Failure to comply with the directions of authorized IPFW officials in the performance of their duties, including failure to identify oneself when requested to do so, and violation of the terms of a disciplinary action.
    6. Unauthorized entry, use, or occupancy of campus facilities; refusal to vacate a campus facility when directed to do so by an authorized official of IPFW.
    7. Unauthorized taking or possession of IPFW property or services; unauthorized taking or possession of the property or services of others.
    8. Intentional action or reckless disregard that results in damage to or destruction of IPFW property or of property belonging to others.
    9. Possession of firearms or other weapons; possession or display of any firearm except as authorized by the IPFW police; and intentional possession of a dangerous article or substance as a potential weapon, or of any article or explosive calculated to injure or discomfort any person. Public law enforcement officials who are required by their departments to carry their firearms at all times must register with the IPFW police.
    10. Acting with violence; and aiding, encouraging, or participating in a riot.
    11. Harassment, as defined by the IPFW Antiharassment Policy.
    12. Hazing, defined as any conduct that subjects another person, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically, to anything that may endanger, abuse, degrade, or intimidate the person as a condition of association with a group or organization, regardless of the person’s consent or lack of consent.
    13. Physical abuse of any person or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person.
    14. Verbal behavior that involves an expressed or implied threat to interfere unlawfully with an individuals personal safety; personally abusive language (“fighting words”) inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction in a face-to-face situation.
    15. Possession, consumption, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages as defined by state law, on campus except as expressly permitted by the Internal Operating Procedures for the Possession, Consumption, Distribution, and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages on the Fort Wayne Campus.
    16. Use, possession, manufacture, processing, distribution, or sale of any drug or controlled substance except as expressly permitted by law. The term “controlled substance” is defined in Indiana and includes, but is not limited to, substances such as marijuana, cocaine, narcotics, certain stimulants and depressants, and hallucinogens.
    17. Violations of other published IPFW regulations, policies, or rules.
    18. Violation of any IPFW rule governing student organizations or the use of IPFW property (including the time, place, and manner of meetings or demonstrations on IPFW property), or of any other IPFW rule that is reasonably related to the orderly operation of IPFW.
    19. Obstruction or disruption of any IPFW activity or inciting, aiding, or encouraging other persons to engage in such conduct. Obstruction or disruption means any unlawful or objectionable acts or conduct: (1) that seriously threaten the ability of IPFW to maintain its facilities available for performance of its educational activities, (2) that are in violation of the reasonable rules and standards of IPFW designed to protect the academic community from unlawful conduct, or (3) that present a serious threat to person or property of the academic community. Such phrase shall include, without limitation of the foregoing general definition, the unlawful use of force or violence on or within any buildings or grounds owned, used, occupied, or controlled by IPFW; using or occupying any such buildings or grounds in violation of lawful rules or regulations of IPFW or for the purpose or with the effect of denying or interfering with the lawful use thereof by others; and injuring or harming any person or damaging or destroying the property of IPFW or the property of others within such buildings and grounds.
  3. Other Student Conduct Issues
    1. Demonstrations - Any individual or group activity or conduct apparently intended to call attention to the participants’ point of view on some issues is not of itself misconduct. Demonstrations that do not involve conduct beyond the scope of constitutionally protected rights of free speech and assembly are, of course, permissible. However, conduct that is otherwise improper cannot be justified merely because it occurs in the context of a demonstration. Demonstrations that involve violations of any subsection of Part II-A or -B will not be permitted. A student will be charged with misconduct for any individual misconduct committed by the student in the course of a demonstration.
    2. Misconduct Subject to Other Penalties - As provided in Chapter 273 of the 1969 Acts of the Indiana General Assembly, misconduct that constitutes a violation of these rules and regulations may be punished after determination of guilt by the procedures herein provided without regard to whether such misconduct also constitutes an offense under the criminal laws of any state or of the United States or whether such conduct might result in civil liability of the violator to other persons.
    3. Personal Conduct Not on IPFW Property - IPFW may discipline a student for acts of personal misconduct that are not committed on campus property or in connection with an IPFW activity if the acts distinctly and adversely affect the security of the campus community or the integrity of the educational process.
    4. Status During Disciplinary Proceedings - Except where summary action is taken as provided in Part III-C, the status of a student charged with misconduct shall not be affected, pending the final disposition of charges. The effective date of any disciplinary penalty shall be a date established by the final adjudicating body (dean of students or the Campus Appeals Board). In case of suspension or expulsion, the student shall not be withdrawn any earlier than the date the notice of charges originated or later than the effective date established by the final adjudicating body.

 

Part III. Student Disciplinary Procedures and Campus Appeals Board

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Preamble. IPFW procedures for imposing academic and disciplinary sanctions are designed to provide students with the guarantees of due process and procedural fairness. Except as provided in Part IV, the procedures hereby established shall be followed in all cases in which IPFW institutes disciplinary proceedings against students for violations of rules of student conduct set forth in Part II.

  1. Disciplinary Procedures for Academic Misconduct
    1. When a student commits an act of academic misconduct that is not related to a course in which the student is enrolled, the dean of students has the authority to initiate academic misconduct proceedings against the student after consulting with the dean or director of the school or division in which the student is enrolled. The proceedings are governed by the same procedures that apply to acts of personal misconduct (Part III-B-1).
    2. When a student in a course commits an act of academic misconduct related to that particular course, the instructor who is teaching the course has the authority to initiate academic misconduct proceedings against the student in accordance with the established procedures (Part III-A-2a).
      1. An instructor who has information that a student enrolled in a course being conducted by the instructor has committed an act of academic misconduct related to that course is required to hold an informal conference with the student concerning the matter within 10 class days of discovering the alleged misconduct. The faculty member must advise the student of the alleged act of misconduct and the information upon which the allegation is based.
      2. If the instructor concludes that the student did commit the act of misconduct as alleged, the instructor is authorized to impose an appropriate academic sanction related to the particular course involved. An appropriate academic sanction for such misconduct may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
        1. The student may be given a lower grade than the student would otherwise have received or a failing grade for any assignment, course work, examination, or paper involved in the act of misconduct.
        2. The student may be required to repeat the assignment, complete some additional assignment, or resubmit any assignment, course work, examination, or paper involved in the act of misconduct.
        3. The student may be given a lower grade than the student would otherwise have received or a failing grade for the course.
      3. After imposing an academic sanction, the instructor is required to report the matter and action taken within 10 class days in writing to the student, the chair of the student’s department, the dean or director of the student’s school or division, and the dean of students.
      4. If the student’s course grade is affected by the sanction, the student has the right to appeal the academic sanction imposed by an instructor through the IPFW grade appeals system.
      5. A student may not be placed on disciplinary probation or suspended or expelled from IPFW or a school or division within IPFW because of an act of academic misconduct unless the dean of students concludes that such a sanction is justified by the nature of the act or because the student has committed previous acts of misconduct.
      6. If the dean of students concludes that additional disciplinary action is warranted, the proceedings will be governed by the same procedures that apply to acts of personal misconduct.
  2. Disciplinary Procedures for Personal Misconduct

    Any member of the IPFW community may initiate a complaint with the dean of students. Disciplinary proceedings are those proceedings initiated by the issuance of a notice of charges and are governed by the following procedures. Disciplinary proceedings for an act of personal misconduct that is committed simultaneously with an act of academic misconduct are also governed by the following procedures unless the dean of students and the faculty member involved agree otherwise.
    1. Notice of Charges
      1. A disciplinary proceeding is initiated by the dean of students by sending a notice to the student who is the subject of the complaint. If disciplinary proceedings are initiated against a student under the age of 18, the dean is required to make reasonable efforts to assure that the parent(s) or, when appropriate, the legal guardian of the student is notified concerning the proceedings and the nature of the complaint.
      2. The notice shall be sent by certified mail to the student’s address as it appears in the official records of IPFW or shall be delivered personally to the student. The notice shall quote the rule claimed to have been violated and shall fairly inform the student of the reported circumstances of the alleged misconduct. The notice shall require the student to appear in the office of the dean of students at a time and on a date specified (which ordinarily will not be earlier than three class days after the mailing of the notice) to discuss the alleged violations. A copy of these regulations shall accompany each notice of charges.
      3. The notice shall inform the student of the following:
        1. The offense the student is alleged to have committed by citing the relevant section of these regulations;
        2. The date, time, and place of the alleged offense, and other relevant circumstances;
        3. The date, time, and place of the informal hearing to discuss the alleged violation;
        4. That the student may have an advisor or other counsel present during the hearing; that an advisor or counsel is limited to the role of advising the student; and that an advisor or counsel may not participate in presenting the case, questioning the witnesses, or making statements during the hearing;
        5. That the student need not answer questions and that a choice to remain silent will not be taken as an admission of guilt, nor shall it be detrimental to the student’s position;
        6. That, if the student fails to appear for the hearing, the dean of students may (a) reschedule the conference; (b) dismiss the charges; or (c) if the dean of students reasonably believes the failure to appear to be inexcusable, impose any of the prescribed disciplinary penalties.
    2. Informal Hearing
      1. When the student appears as required, the dean of students shall inform the student as fully as possible of the facts concerning the alleged misconduct and of the procedures that follow. The student may, but need not, make responses and explanations.
      2. If, after discussion and such further investigation as may be necessary, the dean of students determines that the violation alleged is not supported by the evidence, the dean of students shall dismiss the accusation and notify the student.
      3. If, after discussion, or if the student fails to appear, and if the dean of students believes that the violation occurred as alleged, the dean of students shall so notify the student and shall propose a disciplinary sanction by means of a written notice. The student, by such notice, shall be offered the choice of either consenting to the determination and proposed penalty or of requesting a hearing before the Campus Appeals Board. Should a student desire a hearing before the appeals board, the request shall be made in writing and delivered to the office of the dean of students no later than seven class days after the mailing of the notice.
      4. If no written choice is received by the dean of students within the time specified, no further hearing shall be held, the disciplinary sanction proposed by the dean of students shall be imposed, and the action shall be considered final.
      5. Both the student and the student’s accuser shall be informed of the outcome of any hearing brought alleging a sexual assault.
    3. Disciplinary Sanctions
      The dean of students is authorized to impose any one or a combination of the following sanctions for acts of personal misconduct:
      1. Reprimand and Warning. A student may be given a reprimand accompanied by a written warning that the student may receive additional sanctions if the student engages in the same misconduct again or commits any other violation of this code.
      2. Disciplinary Probation. A student may be placed on disciplinary probation for a specified period under conditions specified in writing by the dean of students, with a warning that any violation of the conditions or any further acts of misconduct may result in additional disciplinary sanctions, including suspension or expulsion from IPFW. As a condition of probation, the student may be required to participate in a specific program, such as an alcohol-education program, or to provide a specific service, such as the repair or restoration of any property damaged or taken by the student.
      3. Restitution. A student may be required to pay the cost for the replacement or repair of any property damaged by the student. If the student fails to pay the cost or make the repairs, the student may be subjected to additional sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.
      4. Participation in a Specific Program. A student may be required to participate in a specific program, such as an alcohol-education program. If the student fails to participate in the program as directed, the student may be subjected to additional sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.
      5. Provision of a Specific Service. A student may be required to provide a specific service, such as the repair or restoration of any property damaged or taken by the student. If the student fails to provide the service as directed, the student may be subjected to additional sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.
      6. Suspension. A student may be suspended from classes and future enrollment and excluded from participation in all aspects of campus life for a specified period of time.
      7. Expulsion. A student may be dismissed from IPFW. The student may, after two years, petition for readmission to IPFW.
    4. Campus Appeals Board
      1. Composition. The Campus Appeals Board shall consist of nine members selected in the following manner: four students appointed by the president of Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association subject to confirmation by the Student Senate; three faculty members elected by the Fort Wayne Senate; and two administrative staff members appointed by the chancellor, one of whom shall be designated as chair of the Campus Appeals Board. An equal number of alternates from each constituent group shall be appointed at the same time and in the same manner as the regular members. From such panels of members and alternates, the chair shall designate a hearing panel consisting of a minimum of five members including at least two students.
      2. Terms of Office. The term of office for student members and their alternates shall be one year, and for the faculty and administrative members, it shall be two years, except that members shall continue to have jurisdiction of any case under consideration at the expiration of their term. The terms of office for all members shall begin at the start of the fall semester. No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms. If any appointing authority fails to make the initial appointments to the Campus Appeals Board within the time specified, or to fill any vacancy on the panel of alternates within five days after being notified to do so by the chief administrative officer, or if at any time the Campus Appeals Board cannot function because of the refusal of any member or members to serve, the chancellor may make appointments, fill vacancies, or take such other action as deemed necessary to constitute a Campus Appeals Board.
      3. Hearings
        1. The Campus Appeals Board may hear the following types of appeals from students: appeals of disciplinary findings and sanctions imposed by the dean of students, including findings and sanctions concerning student organizations; appeals of Student Judicial Court rulings; and appeals of faculty/staff decisions claimed to violate established student rights. Students who wish to request a hearing before the Campus Appeals Board shall submit a written request to the dean of students who shall in turn contact the chair of the Board. Before hearing the details of a case in which a faculty/staff decision or action is claimed to violate established rights, the designated hearing panel shall decide by majority vote whether there is a basis to grant the request for hearing. The bases for a decision to grant a request for hearing include (but are not limited to) a finding that: (1) improper procedures have been followed at earlier steps of the appeals process; (2) new information is present; or (3) the faculty or staff member has declined to accept the recommendation of the unit head or the head of the next highest administrative level. If a request for a hearing is granted, the chair of the Board, will make arrangements for the hearing by phone or e-mail. The student and all other parties shall be notified of the arrangements for the hearing.
        2. In all cases where an appeal is heard, the chair shall inform the parties to the appeal, in writing, of the following:
          1. The violation alleged to have been committed, by citing the relevant section of these regulations;
          2. The date, time, and place of the alleged violation, and other relevant circumstances of the complaint, including a summary of the evidence upon which the charges are based;
          3. The date, time, and place of the hearing, which shall not be earlier than 10 class days after the date of the notice except by agreement of parties to the complaint;
          4. That the parties must prepare a list of the persons that may be presented as witnesses and/or whose statements may be offered as evidence at the hearing for distribution to the parties and submit that list to the chair no later than five class days before the hearing, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays;
          5. That the student is required to be present at the hearing and is entitled to present witnesses and to cross-examine witnesses who appear unless the Campus Appeals Board decides to proceed in the absence of the student because of extraordinary circumstances such as a student’s refusal or inability to attend;
          6. That the student is entitled to be represented at the hearing by counsel or an advisor of his or her choice at his or her own expense, but that the student is still required to be present even if represented by counsel or an advisor; and that an advisor or counsel may not participate in presenting the case, questioning witnesses, or making statements during the hearings;
          7. That IPFW may be represented by legal counsel if it so elects, whose sole function shall be to advise the Appeals Board; and that counsel may not participate in presenting the case, questioning witnesses, making statements during the hearing, or be involved in the Board’s determination of the appeal;
          8. That the hearing will be closed to the public, unless both parties to the appeal request an open hearing. The chair of the Campus Appeals Board shall make arrangements satisfactory to the Campus Appeals Board to accommodate observers if a hearing is to be public, and the Campus Appeals Board’s choice of the place and determination of the number of observers that can be conveniently accommodated are final;
          9. That failure to appear at the hearing will be action for which the student forfeits the right of appeal if the Campus Appeals Board, upon diligent inquiry, finds such failure to be inexcusable;
          10. That the decision of the Campus Appeals Board shall be based solely upon matters introduced at the hearing and must be based upon preponderance of evidence;
          11. That within 10 class days after the conclusion of the hearing, the chair of the Campus Appeals Board shall render a written decision and include a brief explanation of the decision and set forth the findings of fact upon which the decision is made. The chair shall promptly furnish copies of the decision to the student and to others with a need to know as determined by the Board. In the case of appeals concerning disciplinary findings and sanctions for alleged sexual assaults, both the appealing student and the student’s accuser shall be informed of the outcome of the appeals proceedings.

            Additional information to be provided in writing to the parties to the appeal is dependent upon the type of appeal to be heard.
        3. Students who are appealing a dean of students’ disciplinary finding and sanction shall additionally be informed:
          1. That the student need not answer questions during the hearing, and that a choice to remain silent will not be taken as an admission of guilt, nor shall it be detrimental to the student’s position;
          2. Of the sanctions that may be imposed by the Campus Appeals Board;
          3. That the Campus Appeals Board shall make a finding whether the student has committed the violation(s) as charged and shall either reverse the decision of the dean of students and acquit the student, affirm the finding of the dean of students and the disciplinary sanction imposed, or affirm the finding of the dean of students but in cases where a proposed disciplinary sanction is believed to be inappropriate to the misconduct, reduce or increase the severity of the sanction;
          4. That the decision of the Campus Appeals Board is final and not subject to further appeal.
        4. Students who are appealing a dean of students finding and sanction against a student organization shall additionally be informed:
          1. That the Campus Appeals Board shall have jurisdiction to hear and shall be required to hear any appeal from a student organization which the dean of students has refused to recognize, has suspended for a period of time, or from which recognition has been withdrawn. In such cases, the Campus Appeals Board shall have the authority to reverse the finding of the dean and restore the student organization to its original status, or to affirm the finding and penalty imposed by the dean, or to reduce or increase the severity of the disciplinary penalty. The action of the Campus Appeals Board shall be final.
        5. Students who are appealing Student Judicial Court rulings shall additionally be informed:
          1. That the Campus Appeals Board shall have discretionary jurisdiction to hear appeals from the student government association. In such cases, it may affirm or reverse a decision, and its action shall be final.
        6. Students who are appealing faculty/staff actions or decisions claimed to violate rights established under Part I of the Code, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Ethical Guidelines for Computer Users, or HIV/AIDS Guidelines shall additionally be informed:
          1. That the Campus Appeals Board shall have the authority to convey recommendations to the chancellor of IPFW, whose decision is final.
      4. Appeals from Student Judicial Court. The Campus Appeals Board shall have discretionary jurisdiction to hear appeals from the student government association. In such cases, it may affirm or reverse a decision, and its action shall be final.
  3. Summary Action

    Summary disciplinary action by way of temporary suspension and exclusion from IPFW property may be taken against a student charged with misconduct without the issuance of a notice of charges and without the procedures prescribed in Part III-B on the following conditions: (1) Summary action shall be taken only by the chancellor or the chancellor’s designee, and only after the student shall have been given an opportunity to be heard if such procedure is practical and feasible under the circumstances; (2) Summary action shall be taken only if the chancellor or the chancellor’s designee is satisfied that the continued presence of the student on IPFW property threatens harm to the student or to any other persons or to the property of IPFW or of others. Whenever summary action is taken under this provision, the procedures provided for in Part III-B for hearing and appeal shall be expedited so far as possible in order to shorten the period of summary action.
  4. Time Limitations

    Time limitations specified in the preceding sections of this code may be extended by either the dean of students or the Campus Appeals Board for a reasonable period if an extension is justified by good cause under the totality of the circumstances. The documentation for extending the time limitations must be provided to the student.

 

Part IV. Policy on Students with Mental Disorders

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Preamble. Incidents of alleged student misconduct normally will be adjudicated in accordance with the provisions of the preceding regulations. If, however, the available evidence indicates that the student may be suffering from a mental disorder (as defined by the current edition of the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), and if the student’s behavior poses a significant danger of causing harm to self, other persons, or property, or substantially disrupts the normal activities of IPFW, the student may be asked to withdraw voluntarily or may be administratively withdrawn involuntarily from IPFW.

  1. Review and Hearing Procedures
    1. The dean of students shall determine in each individual case whether it shall be handled through this policy or through other student disciplinary procedures.
    2. A student may be requested in writing and/or orally (depending upon the urgency of the situation) to attend an informal meeting with the dean of students and an IPFW counselor for the purpose of determining the seriousness of the student’s condition and, if so, the necessity for withdrawal. Such a request will include a statement of the reasons for IPFW concern. Parents, spouses, or other appropriate persons (i.e., faculty, counselors, psychologists, etc.) may be contacted either by the student or by IPFW for information and may, with the consent of the student, participate in the informal meeting. At the meeting the reasons for IPFW’s concern regarding the student will be clearly stated, and the student will be given an opportunity to respond to these concerns. If after the meeting the student is found not to have a serious mental disorder, the student will be so informed in writing and allowed to continue as a student.
    3. If, after the informal meeting, the dean of students and the IPFW counselor decide that the student should withdraw from IPFW and be permitted to re-enter IPFW only with their approval, the student shall be informed of such decision and the reasons therefore. The student will receive a written notice of the decision and reasons within 10 class days after the informal hearing. If the student agrees to voluntarily withdraw from IPFW on such conditions, regular withdrawal procedures will be followed. However, the student may be permitted to withdraw voluntarily without grades if in the judgment of the dean of students and the IPFW counselor the circumstances warrant such action.
    4. If the student refuses to accept the decision of withdrawal reached by the dean of students and the IPFW counselor and refuses to withdraw from IPFW voluntarily, the student shall notify the dean of students of such refusal. The student may then appeal the withdrawal decision to a committee appointed by the chief administrative officer of IPFW, consisting of a faculty member, a student, and an IPFW administrator, other than a member of the staff of the dean of students. The committee shall hear the entire matter again after notice to the student and the dean of students. The issues to be determined by the committee shall be:

      (1) whether the student has a serious mental disorder, and (2) if so, whether the student should be involuntarily withdrawn from IPFW. The student and the dean of students and the IPFW counselor may attend the hearing and present evidence and question witnesses. They may be represented by counsel. The committee may, at its discretion, authorize an independent evaluation of the student by a certified psychologist or licensed psychiatrist at IPFW’s expense. The committee shall make a written report containing its findings and conclusions within 10 class days after the hearing. Copies of the report shall be furnished to the student, the dean of students, and the chief administrative officer of IPFW. The decision of the committee shall be binding upon the student and IPFW.

 

Part V. Student Complaint Procedures

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Students having complaints concerning actions or decisions that are claimed to violate rights established under Part I of the Code, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Ethical Guidelines for Computer Users, or HIV/AIDS Guidelines, must first seek to resolve their complaints with the faculty of staff members responsible for the actions or decisions claimed to violate their rights. For a complaint to receive consideration under these procedures, the student must first make a reasonable effort to resolve the complaint informally with the responsible faculty/staff member. The effort to resolve the complaint informally with the responsible faculty/staff member must be initiated by the student in a documented manner no later than the fourth week of the fall or spring semester immediately following the session in which the action or decision which is the basis for the complaint occurred. The document only needs to be dated and indicate that the student has made a good-faith effort at initiating the conversation with the responsible faculty/staff member. If the complaint is not resolved informally between the student and the responsible faculty or staff member, the student may pursue the complaint informally with the faculty or staff member’s unit head who shall investigate, mediate, and suggest a resolution. Good-faith efforts will ensure the timely handling of such complaints. For a complaint to continue to receive consideration under these procedures, the student must initiate each successive step in the process within 30 calendar days of conclusion of the previous step. In addition, it is expected that each step the process will concluded within 30 days of initiation. If the complaint remains unresolved after the unit head’s attempt to mediate a resolution, the student may continue to pursue the complaint with the head of the next highest administrative level who shall investigate, mediate, and suggest a resolution. Only after all such remedies have been exhausted may the students request a hearing before the Campus Appeals Board. To request a hearing before the Campus Appeals Board the student must file a formal complaint with the dean of students. The formal complaint must describe the action or decision claimed to violate established rights, identify the right(s) claimed to have been violated, and specify the remedy sought. The dean of students shall direct properly received complaints to the chair of the Campus Appeal Board. The Campus Appeals Board shall have the authority and duty to reach findings and to convey recommendations to the Chancellor of IPFW.

 

Part VI. Authority, Application, and Amendments

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  1. Authority

    As provided in the IPFW Management and Academic Mission Agreement, “Purdue University shall be responsible for all policies related to student matters. IPFW student rights, responsibilities, and standards of conduct will be established by campus administrators in consultation with the student and faculty government organizations and with the IPFW Community Advisory Council and shall be consistent with the principles established by Purdue and Indiana universities.”
  2. Application

    These regulations, as from time to time amended, shall apply to all undergraduate and graduate students with either IU or Purdue affiliation while enrolled at IPFW and shall be deemed a part of the terms and conditions of admission and enrollment at IPFW. In case of any conflict or inconsistencies with any other rules, regulations, directives, or policies now existing, these regulations shall govern. They shall be enforced by the chancellor of IPFW.
  3. Amendments

    These regulations, and any amendments hereto, shall take effect on a date prescribed by the Trustees of Purdue University and shall remain in effect until rescinded or modified by them. Amendments may be proposed at any time by the Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association, Fort Wayne Senate, IPFW administrative staff, Community Advisory Council, or by the Trustees of Purdue University.

 

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