School of Music 2003-2005 Graduate Academic Bulletin
Change of Degree Requirements
Addition of Courses
Withdrawal from Courses
Incompletes and Deferred Grades
Change of Grade
Minimum and Maximum Semester Load
Change of Curriculum
All students at Indiana University are responsible for knowing the rules governing academic conduct in the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. The rules about academic honesty are important for everyone, but students who are new to the education system in the United States should be especially sure to read and understand them because the expectations here may be different from those to which they are accustomed.
Each student is expected to adhere to high professional, ethical, and academic standards, and the School of Music may dismiss from its programs any student who fails to do so. In general, it is assumed that all academic work (such as papers, essays, quizzes, tests, oral reports, projects, compositions, dissertations, documents, and performances) is a student's original work. Collaboration is sometimes permitted for certain assignments in some courses. Students should always make certain that they understand what an instructor expects for a particular assignment. It is also assumed that material borrowed or quoted from other sources (including from books, articles, the Web, and elsewhere) will be acknowledged and cited.
The penalties for cheating are severe, and can include dismissal from the university. Students with questions about the rules are welcome to ask the directors of undergraduate or graduate studies.
Each student is subject to the degree requirements outlined in the current School of Music Bulletin. When new requirements are introduced after a student has matriculated, the student may elect to observe either the requirements in force at the date of matriculation or those most recently established by the School of Music.
The official grading system of Indiana University is as follows:
No course may be added after the normal schedule adjustment period of a semester unless the instructor and department chairperson of the course give signed approval and the course addition is approved by the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled.
Withdrawals made during schedule adjustment period will not appear on a student's permanent internal record. Withdrawals during the first seven weeks of a semester and the first two weeks of a summer session are automatically marked W. After the first seven weeks of a regular semester or the first two weeks of a summer session, withdrawal is permitted only if the instructor and dean of the student's school approve the request on the basis of urgent, documented reasons relating to the student's health or equivalent distress. The desire to avoid a low grade is not an acceptable reason for withdrawal from a course. If a student withdraws with the consent of the instructor and the dean, the grade in the course shall be W if the work is passing and F if the work is not passing. The grade will be recorded on the date of withdrawal. Failure to complete a course without an authorized withdrawal will result in the grade of FN (see below).
If a student is not in attendance during the last several weeks of a semester, the instructor may report a grade of I (indicating the work is satisfactory at the end of the semester but has not been completed) if the instructor has reason to believe the absence was beyond the student's control; if not, the instructor shall record a grade of FN. In addition, a student may not enroll in a course in which the student has received a grade of Incomplete, except in performance. To remove an Incomplete in music performance study, a student must register in the following semester in the same number of credit hours as recorded for the Incomplete; the grade earned as the result of a jury examination, or given by the instructor if no jury examination is required, becomes the grade for the previous semester's Incomplete.
It is the responsibility of the student who has incurred the grade of Incomplete in any course to fulfill the requirements of that course within one calendar year from the date on which the Incomplete is recorded. The student is expected to complete all necessary work in time for the instructor to assign a regular grade before the expiration of this time period. If this is impossible because of circumstances clearly beyond the student's control, it is the student's responsibility to notify the director of undergraduate studies or the director of graduate studies, as appropriate, within the same period of such circumstances and to petition for an extension of time. Every overdue Incomplete is changed to F at the end of one year unless a grade is assigned during that year.
The grade of R is used in courses such as research courses in which completion of the work of the course is not necessarily required at the end of the semester.
The grade of FN is given to students who fail to attend or stop attending, to distinguish the grade from the F awarded for poor attendance and/or poor performance. The instructor must provide the last date of documented class attendance or participation when awarding the FN grade.
Under certain circumstances an undergraduate student in good standing (not on probation) may enroll in up to eight elective courses to be taken with a grade of P (Pass) or F (Fail) during the four years of the undergraduate program. A student may take two courses per academic year on the Pass/Fail option. An academic year begins with the first day of the fall semester and ends with the last day of the second summer session.
If a student elects the Pass/Fail option in a course, the Office of the Registrar will convert the final grade to either P (grade of A, B, C, or D) or F (grade of F). The grade of P indicates satisfactory work in fulfillment of degree requirements, but it is not computed in the grade point average. The grade of F is included in determining grade point averages.
No courses with a MUS or an EDUC prefix can be taken on a Pass/Fail basis by music majors. B.M.E. students may use Pass/Fail courses only for general education requirements except for ENG W131 Elementary Composition I and CMCL C121 Public Speaking or their approved substitutes. B.M. and B.S. students may use Pass/Fail courses only as free electives; they may not use Pass/Fail courses to meet stated degree requirements. Once the Pass/Fail option request has been processed, the decision cannot be reversed. The deadline for filing Pass/Fail option requests is the end of the third week of the semester or two weeks into a summer session. The Pass/Fail option is not available to graduate or diploma students.
Undergraduate students may petition for a grade substitution under the amended FX (Extended-X) policy. Undergraduate students may retake a course for which they 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 is marked with an asterisk denoting that a lower grade has been replaced by a second grade in the course. In the School of Music, performance study at the 400 level, master class (I500), and ensemble (X0) are ineligible for this type of grade petition.
No grade may be changed after six calendar months from the date of the last day of final examinations.
Illness is usually the only acceptable excuse for absence from class and must be officially confirmed. A student's excessive absence is reported by the instructor to the dean of students.
A student who misses a final examination and who has a passing grade up to that time may be given a grade of Incomplete if the instructor has reason to believe that the absence was beyond the student's control. The Committee on Absence of the Office of the Dean of Students reviews excuses for absences from final examinations and notifies instructors of its decisions.
Every effort is made to avoid time conflicts between School of Music classes and performances. However, if a student is required to participate in performances or other activities officially sponsored by the School of Music that coincide with classes or examinations within the school, some accommodation may be made by the instructors involved. No consideration will be given for events not sponsored by the school.
A student may earn some credit toward an undergraduate degree by enrolling in correspondence courses. Students admitted to the School of Music must have courses approved by the director of music undergraduate studies before enrolling in them.
Information about correspondence course offerings can be obtained from the School of Continuing Studies, Owen Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405.
The School of Music of Indiana University has a long tradition of openness in its performing and academic activities. Students and visitors to the campus may benefit from opportunities to attend lectures, rehearsals, lessons, or other activities. These activities may range from informal observation for a limited number of sessions to the following regulations:
Permission to observe classes informally is at the discretion of the supervising teacher. Limitations in seating capacity may make it impossible to include auditors or observers. Permission to audit formally (i.e., with registration and fees) is primarily the responsibility of the supervising teacher but is subject to the following regulations:
An undergraduate student may not change an elected curriculum after beginning the fifth semester, or junior year, except with the approval of the School of Music faculty. In the event that a curriculum is changed by action of the School of Music faculty, a student in that curriculum may elect to meet either the requirements in effect at the date of matriculation or those most recently adopted by the School of Music. The latter is recommended.
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