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Frequently Asked Questions about Academic Success

This information is pulled from the A-Z list of Student Services at IUP. Please carefully review this listing in order to have a better understanding of these important issues.

Absences

If you have an emergency, are going to be absent from class(es), or must leave the university for an extended period of time, be sure to contact your professors to arrange the absence and to make up work. The Health Service does not write excuses for missed classes. If you have difficulty reaching your professors, contact your dean or advisor to assist you in contacting your professors. Note: if you are able to contact your professors yourself, please do so. For more information, refer to the IUP Undergraduate Catalog.

Academic Advisor

You are assigned an advisor from your academic department to advise you on matters of academic achievement, schedule adjustments, curriculum changes, student activities, study schedules, and assistance with individual problems. Your academic advisor is available to guide you through your career as a student at IUP. This is your first contact person if you have any academic questions or concerns. If you don’t know who your academic advisor is, contact the secretary in the department of your major.

Academic Dismissal

You will be dismissed from the university if you do not meet the minimum academic standards (2.00 cumulative GPA). For more information, refer to the IUP Undergraduate Catalog, Academic Standards Policy section, or contact your academic department/advisor.

Academic Good Standing

This is an overview only. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the entire policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog before taking action. You must maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA to be in academic good standing and continue as a student. Teacher certification students have additional requirements for good standing.

Academic Probation

When your cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 and you have special permission from your dean to be enrolled in the university, you are considered to be “on probation” with the university. For more information, refer to the IUP Undergraduate Catalog’s Academic Standards Policy or contact your academic department/advisor.

Academic Records

You may check your academic records, including current grades and current and future registrations, by accessing them on MyIUP. You may print out an unofficial report, but for an official transcript, contact the Office of the Registrar, Clark Hall, 724-357-2217.

Academic Standards Policy

This is an overview only. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the entire policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog before taking action. This policy states the minimal requirements that must be met to remain enrolled in the university and the consequences of not meeting these requirements.

Audit Policy

This is an overview only. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the entire policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog before taking action. If you are interested in a course but do not need the credit hours toward your degree, you may audit the course. For more information, contact your advisor or refer to the catalog.

Canceled Semester Policy

This is an overview only. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the entire policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog before taking action. If you have not been enrolled as a student for four or more consecutive semesters and the intervening summer sessions, and you have a semester with a low GPA, you may apply for a cancellation of a semester. The courses and grades will still be listed on your transcript but are not included in your cumulative GPA. See your associate/assistant dean’s office for more information and the necessary form.

Classification of Students

Classification is based on total hours earned through courses, exams, or transfer credits.

  • Freshman: 28 semester hours or fewer
  • Sophomore: 29-56 semester hours
  • Junior: 57-90 semester hours
  • Senior: 91 semester hours or more

For more information, refer to the IUP Undergraduate Catalog.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The CLEP Program enables you to earn credit for knowledge of a particular subject area without taking the course. A list of tests and their corresponding courses is available through University Testing Services, 302 Pratt Hall, at 724-357-2235.

Course Attendance Policy

This is an overview only. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the entire policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog before taking action. Attendance standards will be defined by the individual faculty member. However, the university expects all students to attend class. The catalog may also be purchased at the Co-Op Store.

Course Repeats

This is an overview only. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the entire policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog before taking action. You may replace the grades and quality points in courses in which you received a “D” or “F” by repeating that course at IUP. Only six repeat-with-replacement attempts are permitted during a student’s entire undergraduate career. You must obtain a D/F repeat form from your department office. For more information, contact your academic department/advisor.

Course Syllabi

It is your responsibility to become familiar with the entire policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog before taking action. This is your lifeline to any course that you take. It contains information about the professor (office hours and location), outline of course material, required readings, exam times and content, grading for the course, procedures for makeup work, etc.

Curriculum Guide

A curriculum guide gives you the information needed about your major. It helps you to decide which courses you need to take and the recommended order in which to take them. You may obtain a copy from your academic department/advisor.

Final Examinations and Policy

Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog Academic Policies for information on this policy. The final exam schedule will be published in the Penn prior to the final exam period. The Registrar’s Office oversees the finals schedule.

Incompletes

An Incomplete (I) designation must be completed and reported to the Registrar’s Office in the next regular semester (Fall/Spring) by the last regular class day before the final exam period. The faculty member may set an earlier deadline so that the grade change can be processed before the due date.

Individual Course Withdrawal Policy

Please refer to the IUP Undergraduate Catalog and “Academic Policies” on URSA, or contact the Office of the Registrar, Clark Hall, at 724-357-2217.

Night Exam Policy

This is an overview only. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the entire policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog before taking action. Some classes require you to take exams in the evening hours, which will be listed with the class in the registration information. Faculty members usually give compensatory time. If the night exam conflicts with a regular class, an alternate exam time will be scheduled.

Numbering System for Courses

001-099
institutional credit (no degree credits)

100-299
undergraduate lower division degree credits

300-499
undergraduate upper-division degree credits

500-999 graduate degree credits

Pass/Fail Policy

This is an overview only. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the Pass/Fail Policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog. This policy offers the opportunity to take an elective course of personal interest without competing academically with students who are majoring in the field. For more information, contact your academic department/advisor.

Prior Learning Assessment

This is an overview only. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the entire policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog before taking action. You may earn university credit for college-level learning gained through work and life experiences. For more information, contact the Office of Adult and Continuing Education, Keith Hall, at 724-357-2292.

Registration

The Schedule of Classes listing is found on MyIUP, the university’s scheduling and student records website.

  • Your Alternate PIN and scheduling appointment time. This paper information sheet is called your “Time Appointment Letter” and must be picked up from your academic advisor. If you lose your Alternate PIN or your Alternate PIN becomes “inactive,” you must contact the department of your academic major to have the code reset. If you have already registered for classes in a given term, you may view your alternate PIN on URSA. Login to secure area, choose "Student Services and Financial Aid," "Registration," "View your Alternate PIN."
  • PIN. The PIN remains the same from one semester to the next, after the student creates the code upon his/her first access to the URSA logon. Students who forget their PIN need to visit the Registrar’s window counter in the lobby of Clark Hall and bring photo identification with them to have their PIN reset.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree, you must meet university requirements, college requirements, and the requirements of your department and complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in both your major and/or minor field of study. For more information, refer to the IUP Undergraduate Catalog or contact your academic department/advisor.

Remember: You must apply for graduation; it doesn’t just happen!

Residence Requirements for Awarding of Degrees

To receive a degree from IUP, you must complete 45 semester hours in IUP courses, at least 15 semester hours at IUP in your major, and a minimum of 6 semester hours at IUP in your minor. For more information, refer to the IUP Undergraduate Catalog or contact your academic department/advisor.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal Student Aid

In order to maintain eligibility for the federal financial aid programs, a student must be making satisfactory academic progress in his/her course of study. This means that you must meet the university’s academic standards policy in addition to earning at least 75 percent of your cumulative registered credits. The full details of this policy are available in the Registrar’s office. Each student is responsible for being familiar with this policy. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid office at Financial-Aid@iup.edu.

Scheduling Center

For a listing of the services provided by this office, contact the Scheduling Center, Clark Hall, at 724-357-2652.

Schedule Changes (Drop/Add):

All students may make schedule adjustments using the university registration website from their initial time appointment until the end of the official Drop/Add period (view Academic Calendar ). If any exceptional circumstances exist beyond the end of the Drop/Add period, students must consult the assistant dean of the college of the student’s major.

Total University Withdrawal Policy

This is an overview only. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the entire policy found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog before taking action. If you do not plan to return for a semester for which you have registered or for which you or your aid have paid all or part of your university bill, you must contact Student Financial Services in Clark Hall, 724-357-2207, by the end of office hours on the first day of classes. If you have not canceled by the end of the first day of classes or if, during the semester, you need to interrupt your studies and leave the university for medical or personal reasons, you must process a “total university withdrawal” through MyIUP and do a “web withdrawal” for each of your classes. If you are a member of the Department of Developmental Studies support program, you will need to complete paperwork through the Advising and Testing Center, 216 Pratt Hall, 724-357-4067. If you are a regional campus admit, see your campus dean or director for paperwork (which he or she will forward to the Advising and Testing Center, upon your completion of forms).

When a total semester undergraduate university withdrawal is processed, your transcript will reflect a designation of “W” for each course for that semester rather than grades. For more information, contact the Advising and Testing Center, your associate dean, and/or your advisor. If you cancel or withdraw, you must apply for readmission to the college that houses your major. Applications for readmission are available from the Office of the Registrar, Clark Hall, 724-357-4820.

Transcripts

You may obtain an official academic transcript by filling out a Transcript Request Form at the Clark Hall lobby window counter for the Registrar’s office. You may also mail in your request or fax the necessary information, including your full legal name, dates you attended IUP, student ID number, your address and daytime phone number, the number of transcript copies needed, the address(es) to which the copies will be sent, and your handwritten signature, to the Office of the Registrar, 300 Clark Hall, or fax them to 724-357-4858. You can also download the request form from the Registrar’s Office website.

Transfer Coursework (Pre-approval)

You may take courses at another institution, but to ensure that your credits (not grades) will transfer to IUP, you must complete the Application for Pre-Approval of Coursework at Another College/University four weeks prior to enrolling for the course. You may pick up this application at the Office of Admissions, G26 Sutton Hall. For more information, contact your academic department/advisor.

  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Pratt Hall, Room 202/203
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2729
  • Fax: 724-357-6940
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.