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Orientation and Advising

New Student Orientation

View the online orientation that provides new graduate students with downloadable materials, information, and links to get them ready for their first classes. We encourage all graduate coordinators to provide program-specific orientations; this online site works well when coupled with your program-specific orientation to ensure your new students are aware of all resources offered by IUP.

Graduate Student Handbooks

An important resource for students is your graduate student handbook outlining program-specific policies and requirements. View a handbook template (MS-Word) that allows your program to quickly create a comprehensive resource for your graduate students.

View examples from the Department of Counseling (login required) and the Department of Art (PDF) to give you an idea of how you can approach one for your programs needs.

Signature Pages

All programs are strongly encouraged to have a student handbook with a signature page; it encourages students to take responsibility for the content within and protects the department from future challenges about policies and practices.

View a sample (PDF) for creating your own signature page for students.

University Policies — Graduate Catalog

From time to time, you may have need to refer to university policies as you advise and support your students. Refer to the current Graduate Catalog to access the most up-to-date policies. Common policies many graduate coordinators refer to are:

  • Transfer Credits
  • Time Limitations
  • Academic Good Standing
  • Academic integrity
  • Dissertation Credit/Extended Credit Registration


    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
    • Stright Hall, Room 101
      210 South Tenth Street
      Indiana, PA 15705-1048
    • Phone: 724-357-2222
    • Fax: 724-357-4862
    • Office Hours
    • Monday through Friday
    • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Summer: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.