Academic Access/Nondiscrimination Policy
Access to Educational Opportunities Consistent with Indiana University’s Equal Opportunity Policy, the Indiana University School of Education affirms and conducts all aspects of its teaching, scholarship, service activities, field experience, student teaching, and educational placement without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, socioeconomic status, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, religion/creed, disability, or political or sexual orientation.
Students who believe that any of their rights have been violated should follow the guidelines established in the School of Education student grievance and appeals procedures.
Students with Disabilities Students with learning disabilities, hearing impairments, speech impairments, or other disabilities that may affect their ability to fulfill a requirement of the school should contact Disability Services for Students, Franklin Hall 006 at Bloomington, (812) 855-7578, prior to registering. Requirements will not be waived for students with disabilities; however, some modifications may be made within specific courses. Students seeking such modifications should do so early in their academic career to ensure timely progress to degree completion.
Federal laws that govern the provision of accommodations and assistance to students with disabilities at the college level are quite different from those that apply to students in high school. College students with disabilities and their parents should become familiar with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to better understand what their rights and responsibilities are as a disabled college student.
Indiana University and the School of Education expect students to follow the fundamental principles of academic and personal integrity in the pursuit of learning and behavior.
Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct requires university personnel to report all incidents of academic misconduct to the IU dean of students and expects incidents of personal misconduct such as classroom incivility to be reported. For detailed information about policies and procedures, including due process requirements, refer to the code, especially Part II: Student Responsibilities and Part III: Procedures for Implementation of the Code. Copies of the code can be obtained from the Dean of Students. The code is also accessible at dsa.indiana.edu/Code/index1.html.
School of Education Student Alerts are designed to provide faculty and staff a system to identify student behavior that for nonacademic or dispositional reasons may not be successful in teaching. Students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of beginning teachers. These expectations are set forth by the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) and have been adopted by the Indiana Professional Standards Board.
When a student acquires an alert, the Associate Dean for Teacher Education will determine whether a personal meeting with the student is required or whether a professional standards committee composed of faculty should review the student’s case to recommend appropriate action. In most cases, some corrective action will be recommended, although such a review can result in termination of the student from the program. All decisions related to disciplinary action can be appealed by the student to the School of Education’s Grievance Hearing Committee.
Students who wish to appeal decisions concerning admission to teacher education, who seek a waiver or substitution for a requirement in a specific program, or retention in the teacher education program must use the School of Education’s appeals process.
For additional details, contact the Office of Teacher Education or view procedures online at site.educ.indiana.edu/Default.aspx?alias=site.educ.indiana.edu/tep.
Attendance policy for classes is determined by the instructor. Typically, illness is the only acceptable excuse for an absence. Excused absences must be explained to the satisfaction of the instructor, who will decide whether missed work can be made up.
Final Exams times and locations are determined by the IU Registrar’s Office and are published in the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin. Students are responsible for ensuring that they do not have two or more exams that overlap during final exam week.
The student enrolled at Bloomington must complete at least 30 of the last 60 credit hours required for a specific degree program while in residence at the School of Education. At Bloomington, the 30 credit hours should include either one regular semester with a 12 credit hour load or two summer sessions with a 6 credit hour load each session. These 30 credit hours will include methods course(s) in the major and student teaching.
Class Standing is based on total credit hours that count toward minimum degree requirements: Freshman 0-25 credit hours; Sophomore 26-55 credit hours; Junior 56-85 credit hours; Senior 86 or more credit hours.
Full-Time/Part-Time Status Indiana University students are considered full time when they are enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of course work; students enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours are considered part-time students. A typical full-time load is approximately 15 credit hours. Students are cautioned to remember that enrollment status can affect financial aid and/or insurance coverage/benefits. Completion of the teacher education programs in four years requires a minimum of 16 credits per semester for most programs.
Credit Hours Required for Graduation A minimum of 124 credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science degree. Some education majors require additional credit hours for graduation. Consult an advisor for specific requirements.
Credit by Examination The school will apply credit earned by departmental examination, College Board Achievement Placement Tests, College Board Advanced Placement Tests, and language placement tests offered by the Bureau of Evaluative Standards and Testing toward appropriate degree requirements. Such credit must be entered on the student’s transcript.
Transfer Credit Hours Acceptance of credit from other institutions and its applicability toward a degree from Indiana University will be determined by the Office of Admissions. Credit toward the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education may be granted for courses taken at an approved institution provided such courses are equivalent to courses offered at Indiana University. No transfer credit is accepted from any school that is not accredited by a regional accrediting agency. No more than 64 credit hours earned at a junior or community college will apply toward a degree at Indiana University. No transfer credit will be allowed for work that has earned a letter grade lower than C. No passing grades earned at another institution will be used in computing the grade point average at Indiana University. To maintain the integrity of the teacher education programs, students are strongly urged to complete all professional education requirements on the Bloomington campus.
Note: Unofficial transfer credit evaluations completed by anyone other than the Office of Admissions is not a contract; it is an estimate of whether past coursework and experiences meet current Indiana teaching license requirements. Individual faculty members and advisors do not have the authority to determine program substitutions.
Undergraduate Students taking Graduate Coursework There are two conditions under which undergraduate students may enroll in graduate courses: (1) Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year may take graduate courses that will count in their undergraduate program if the graduate courses are relevant to their program of study and there is no similar undergraduate course available; and (2) undergraduate students in the last semester of their senior year may take graduate courses that may later be applied to a graduate program. Graduate courses taken prior to the last undergraduate semester may not be applied to a graduate program, and no course may be applied to both an undergraduate and a graduate program. Undergraduate students who meet either of these conditions must, further, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, obtain written permission from the course instructor, and obtain the approval of the associate dean for graduate studies. Exceptions may be made for students in the Cultural Projects Program, but must be approved by the director of that program.
Students in residence who are carrying regular course work in the School of Education may not take correspondence courses without written permission from the Office of Teacher Education. No more than 18 hours of correspondence work can be counted in the Bachelor of Science in Education degree. No authorized or unauthorized professional education courses can be taken by correspondence. No correspondence courses will be approved in any subject within one year of planned student teaching.
All professional and technology course work must be completed within the preceding 10 years of program completion. Course work that is 10 or more years old may be considered in the program if revalidated. The program faculty will establish the requirements for course revalidation and may limit the amount of old course work allowed in a program. The methods of revalidating professional and technology courses may include, but are not limited to: (a) passing an examination specifically covering the material taught in the course; (b) completion of a more advanced course in the same subject area; (c) presenting evidence of extensive professional experience that requires the application of material taught in the course or competence in the requisite skill areas. To be recommended for a license, students must meet the certification standards in place at the time of application to the state.
School of Education Scholarships
There are a variety of sources for financial aid for targeted audiences in identified shortage areas in the field of education. The Minority Teacher and Special Education Services scholarships are provided by the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana. The Web site for information on these programs is available at www.in.gov/ssaci/2342.htm.The School of Education manages a variety of scholarships as part of its endowment. Typically, these funds are limited to students admitted to specific departments or fields in education. Students are encouraged to apply to the School of Education Office of Teacher Education at: education.indiana.edu/scholarships between December 15 and February 1 for awards applied to the following academic year. Applicants will be considered for all scholarship categories they are qualified for by the School of Education.
These regulations are subject to change by the University Faculty Council. The following is the official grade code of Indiana University:
All Professional Education coursework in the School of Education must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Any student who receives a grade of C– or lower in a Professional Education course must retake the course prior to proceeding in the program. Students who are under the "conditional admission" category to the School of Education must complete any Professional Education admission course with a C or higher letter grade in order to remain eligible for authorized courses.
The deferred grade R used on the final grade report indicates that the nature of the course is such that the student’s work can be evaluated only after two or more terms. Courses in which the R grade is appropriate will be announced as a deferred grade course in the Schedule of Classes or Enrollment Bulletin.
The grade point average is determined by multiplying the credit hours by the credit points for each course completed, adding up all the products, and dividing the sum of the products by the number of credit hours in which credit points were received.
The School of Education calculates two GPAs: the University GPA includes all course work taken at Indiana University. The Degree GPA includes only courses counted in the program. In both cases, a minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Each professional and content or area of concentration course must be completed with a C or higher and a 2.5 overall.
If a student is not in attendance during the last several weeks of a semester, the instructor may report a grade of I (indicating that the work submitted is satisfactory but that the entire course has not been completed) if the instructor has reason to believe that the absence was beyond the student's control; if not, the instructor shall record a grade of F or FN.
The time allowed for the removal of an I grade is one calendar year from the date of its recording, the dean of the student’s college or school may authorize adjustment of this period in exceptional circumstances. By assigning an I, an instructor implicitly authorizes and requires that the registrar automatically change an I to an F at the end of the appropriate time period if the student fails to complete the course work to the instructor’s satisfaction. Both the student and the instructor in whose course the student received the I will be notified of this change of grade.
Within certain restrictions, students in good standing may choose to take some elective courses or general-education courses on a P/F basis. The instructor is not notified of the student’s decision to take the course P/F.
The decision to take a class Pass/Fail must be made on or before the end of the first three weeks of class during the regular semester and on or before the end of two weeks in a summer session. Check the Schedule of Classes or Enrollment Bulletin for the exact dates. Appropriate forms are available in the Office of Teacher Education.
There are two restrictions to the Pass/Fail option:
If a student earns a passing grade, a P is recorded on the transcript; this grade of P cannot be replaced by the actual letter grade earned in the course. The grade of P is assigned no grade points and is not considered in computing the grade point average.
If a student earns an F in the course, an F is entered on the transcript. The grade of F is treated as a regular letter grade and is used in computing the grade point average.
This grading option is initiated by the professor teaching a particular course. The professor must obtain permission from the dean of the faculties to grade the class on an S/F basis, and the class must be notified during the first class session that the course will be graded on an S/F basis.
The grade of S carries no grade points and consequently is not considered in figuring grade point averages. The grade of F is used in GPA calculations.
There is no limit to the number of courses or credit hours a student may take on an S/F basis because the option is initiated by a professor. For student-initiated Pass/Fail grading option information, see the Pass/Fail section.
Withdrawing from a course does not result in a grade or figure into the hours of credit or GPA calculations. A student must refer to the date published online at OneStart or the Schedule of Classes/enrollment bulletin to determine the last date for an automatic W from a class for each semester or summer session, or call the Office of Teacher Education for more details. After the automatic withdrawal date has passed, the instructor and the associate dean for teacher education make a determination about whether to give a W or a WF withdrawn failing. Ordinarily, the only acceptable reason for withdrawal is illness or obligation of employment. It's the student's responsibility to start the withdrawal procedure by getting the form and asking the appropriate people to sign it. The application for withdrawal must be processed within 10 days of its receipt.
Note: Students withdrawing from a course to which a laboratory/field experience is linked (M 101, M 201, M 301, M 303, M 401, M 403) must initiate withdrawal from both the academic class and the field experience. Withdrawal is not automatic. Failure to do so may result in a grade of F in the laboratory/field experience.
Any undergraduate student may retake a course for which he/she received a grade below an A during the first 45 hours of course work. A student may exercise this option for no more than three courses, totaling no more than 10 credits. A student may use this option only once for a given course.
The student’s transcript shall record both grades. For the course retaken, only the second grade shall be counted in the determination of the student’s grade point average (GPA). Any GPA calculated in accord with this policy shall be marked with an asterisk, denoting that a lower grade has been replaced by a second grade in the course. Note: This policy was implemented first semester 2001-2002. Courses taken prior to that term do not apply.
The following is a statement of the decision made by the Bloomington Faculty Council in March 2001, with regard to initial implementation of the new Bloomington campus grade forgiveness policy. A statement of the policy appears above.
Students in education must gain approval of a grade replacement petition form before the grade replacement policy can take effect. Forms are available in the Office of Teacher Education.
For more information regarding the extended-X policy, see the Office of the Registrar’s Web site at www.registrar.indiana.edu.
To register for an individual semester or summer session on another campus of Indiana University, the student must file a temporary intercampus transfer request on the campus currently being attended.
To transfer permanently from one Indiana University campus to another, the student must file an intercampus transfer request on the campus currently being attended. Advance notice is necessary to allow for the transfer of records and the validation of the student’s eligibility to continue studies. For more information about intercampus transfers, see www.iupui.edu/~moveiu/.
The IU Registrar sets calendar deadlines for adding or dropping course work during an academic session. No course may be added by an undergraduate after the first week of a semester or a summer session unless the instructor of the course approves and the request is authorized by both the chairperson of the department and the Associate Dean of Teacher Education. Published decision dates are available online at OneStart or Schedule of Classes/enrollment bulletin.
Once the automatic (W) deadline has passed, a student must secure the approval of the instructor and the Associate Dean of Teacher Education to drop a course with a (W). If permission is not granted the student will receive an “F” for the course. Ordinarily, the only acceptable reason for withdrawal is illness or obligation of employment. It's the student's responsibility to start the withdrawal procedure by getting the form and asking the appropriate people to sign it. The application for withdrawal must be processed within 10 days of its receipt. Important: Students withdrawing from a course to which a laboratory/field experience (M 101, M 201, M 301, M 303, M 401, M 403) is linked must initiate withdrawal from both parts of the course. Withdrawal is not automatic. Failure to do so may result in a grade of F in the laboratory/field experience.
Confidentiality of Records Indiana University, in compliance with the General Education Provisions Act, Section 438, titled Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, provides that all student records are confidential. Confidential academic information is released by the School of Education only to the student and to person(s) whom the student authorizes in writing to be appropriate recipients of the information. Students may review their records upon request (within 45 days) and may ask for deletions or corrections of the record in a hearing process described in detail in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct distributed at fall registration, available online at www.dsa.indiana.edu/Code or available in the office of the Division of Student Affairs, Franklin Hall 108.
Waiver of Student Access References, recommendations, and other similar documents may carry a voluntary waiver relinquishing the student’s right to review this specific material. The student may also release the record to others by signing a written release available in the offices that maintain records. Further details regarding the provisions of the Privacy Act and a list of offices where student records are kept may be found in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
Release of Information in Student Records Personally identifiable information, including Social Security number, date of birth, student identification number, grades, GPA, credit hours completed, or current class schedule may not be released without written permission of the student. Legislated exceptions include “legitimate educational interest/need to know,” parents who can show proof of IRS dependency, court-issued subpoenas, and medical or police emergencies.
Directory or public information can be made available to third parties by the I.U. Office of the Registrar, including name, address, phone number, major, dates of attendance, admission or enrollment status, campus, school, class standing, degrees and awards, activities, and sports unless restricted by written request of the student.
Transcripts Complete information on transcripts can be found in the I.U. Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin. Requests for transcripts must be made in person or in writing to the Office of the Registrar, Franklin Hall 100, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 or via e-mail to registrar [at] indiana [dot] edu.
Students seeking a total withdrawal from classes during a semester should complete the process as detailed by the IU Registrar’s Office in the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin. Withdrawals after the deadline require approval of the associate dean of Teacher Education. Approval is usually given only for “urgent reasons” such as extended illness or crises.