Indiana University was founded at Bloomington in 1820 and is one of the oldest state universities in the Midwest. It serves nearly 100,000 students on eight campuses. The residential campus at Bloomington and the urban center at Indianapolis form the core of the university. Campuses in Gary, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, New Albany, Richmond, and South Bend join Bloomington and Indianapolis in bringing an education of high quality within reach of all of Indiana’s citizens.
The mission of Indiana University Northwest, one of the eight Indiana University campuses, is to provide higher education to the people of the seven counties in northwest Indiana. Quality and relevance are the hallmarks of IUN’s programs. These programs serve the needs of the most diverse, urban, and industrialized area of the state. Out of this diversity, IUN strives to create a community dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and the value of education. We provide a friendly community in which faculty, staff, and students interact in an energetic and positive environment. Mutual respect and the development of the full potential of each person are essential parts of our educational philosophy. IUN believes that freedom of inquiry, reason, and honesty is necessary to the pursuit of knowledge. The faculty, staff, and administration are committed to excellence in teaching, research, community service, and the management of university resources.
Indiana University Northwest accomplishes its mission through:
In summary, IUN is an urban commuter university providing Indiana University programs to a diverse student body. IUN is committed to preparing its students to live and work successfully in the pluralistic society of the twenty-first century.
Indiana University Northwest is the result of growth and change that began in 1921 when the university offered its first formal classes in Lake County as part of a program sponsored by the Gary Public School System. Under various names and in various locations, Indiana University has been serving the needs of higher education in northwest Indiana ever since.
In 1932 Indiana University initiated the Calumet Center in East Chicago; and by 1939, through funds granted by the state legislature and the federal government, the Calumet Center was serving students in a building in Tod Park on a site donated by the city of East Chicago.
When Gary College was founded in 1933, Indiana University discontinued classes in Gary except for a few advanced courses. But in 1948, at the request of the Gary School Board, the university assumed the management of Gary College, which became the Gary Center of Indiana University. Gary Center classes were held after school hours and in the evenings at the Horace Mann High School until 1949, when all the main facilities of the center were moved to the commercial wing of the City Methodist Church, a move that allowed for a considerable expansion of the center’s program. In 1955, with approval from the Gary Board of Park Commissioners, the Common Council of the city authorized the sale of 27 acres of Gleason Park to Indiana University for the purpose of establishing a Gary Center campus (the present site of Indiana University Northwest). In May of 1959, the first classes were held in the new location.
Recognizing the growth of such centers and the increasing demands for higher education throughout the state, Indiana University in 1963 reorganized its various “extension’’ centers into regional campuses, and the Gary Center and the Calumet Center became the Northwest Campus of Indiana University. Soon after this reorganization, the first degree programs were authorized, and the Northwest Campus became a four-year college. The first commencement was held at the Northwest Campus in June of 1967. In 1968, the IU Board of Trustees changed the name of the Northwest Campus to Indiana University Northwest.
The campus of IU Northwest in Gary is adjacent to 240 acres of wooded park land, much of which as currently developed includes municipal playing fields, baseball diamonds, and golf courses. The city of Gary has already given 32.8 acres of this park property to Indiana University for the campus. The Gleason Park site is bounded on the north by an interstate expressway (I 80-94), on the east by a major north-south artery (Broadway-Indiana 53), on the west by the Gleason Park Golf Course, and on the south by residential housing. The northeast and northwest corners of the 240-acre tract lie adjacent to expressway cloverleaf exchanges east and west.
Eight of the buildings used by IU Northwest are located on the 27-acre main campus site. The buildings are the original classroom/office building occupied in 1959; a second classroom/office building and a student union building, which were put into operation in 1969; a four-story classroom/office building, which was first occupied in 1976 and which includes a computer center linked to the computer facilities in Bloomington and Indianapolis; the Library/Conference Center completed in the spring of 1980. A new three-story science/laboratory building, Marram Hall, opened in 1991, and the Savannah Center, which houses an art gallery, auditorium, health club and bookstore, opened in February 2000. In June 2006, the University dedicated the new Dunes Medical/Professional Building, housing the I.U. School of Medicine and the Schools of Business and Economics, Social Work, Nursing, Dentistry, and Public and Environmental Affairs. Adjacent to the campus is a building for divisional, departmental, and faculty offices. Two other structures contain university offices, research offices, and campus support services. There are also a greenhouse and physical plant facilities.
The library provides access to multiple information sources and services in support of student learning and faculty research. Along with the book collections of 240,000 volumes and 250,000 government publications, the library has access to 125 online abstract or full text journal databases, an online catalog of all IU libraries, online catalogs of local public and university libraries, 1500 electronic journals, online encyclopedias, and biography and statistics databases. The building’s variety of seating, attractive furniture and colorfully decorated walls, vistas presented by many windows, and café combine to provide a pleasant, comfortable place for individual and group study, research, and socializing. Special purpose areas include the Calumet Regional Archives, the Northwest Indiana Center for Data and Analysis, the Lake County Central Law Library, the Environmental Justice Resource Center, a Geographic Information System (GIS) Lab, and the Education Resources Room. Through the IU Northwest library, students have access to the seven million volumes and 26 million other materials of the other IU libraries. Books and journal articles in the Bloomington, Indianapolis, and other regional campus libraries can be obtained quickly for students and faculty through the IU Northwest System Services (Interlibrary Loan) Office.
The Calumet Regional Archives collects, preserves, and makes available records of local organizations and individuals that document the history of Indiana’s Calumet Region (Lake and Porter Counties) for use by students, scholars, and the general public. There are over 5,000 cubic feet of these documents, preserved for the education and enjoyment of future generations. The Northwest Indiana Center for Data and Analysis provides regional and sub-regional economic, demographic, health, environmental, and other data to businesses, and nonprofit and community organizations. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab provides software and assistance for creating spatial maps. The Environmental Justice Resource Center collects resources for the use of residents as they research environmental health quality in their neighborhoods. The Community Grants Information Collection provides materials and databases for grantseeking.
The Indiana University Northwest resident faculty numbers 180 men and women. They are assisted in their teaching responsibilities by associate faculty drawn from neighboring academic institutions and area businesses.
All resident faculty at Indiana University Northwest have academic appointments from Indiana University. Their conditions of employment, rank, salary, fringe benefits, teaching and research expectations, and promotion are the same as their colleagues in respective departments at all Indiana University campuses.
The faculty of Indiana University Northwest has its own organization, based upon a constitution written from principles embodied in the Indiana University Academic Handbook. Committees established by this faculty organization guide the conduct of the academic program at Indiana University Northwest in a tradition that encourages individual faculty members to recommend policy in all areas affecting their interests and those of their students.
The student body at Indiana University Northwest numbers approximately 4,600 persons working toward certificates and associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Of that number, over 600 are enrolled in graduate studies.
The rich economic, cultural, and racial diversity of the northwest region of the state of Indiana is found on the campus. Seventy-four percent of the students reside in Lake County, 19 percent in Porter County, and 7 percent in Jasper, Newton, LaPorte, Starke, and Pulaski Counties. Students, therefore, come with family backgrounds in steel and related industries, government agencies, service industries, the professions, and farming. With respect to the rich cultural and racial composition of the region, 59 percent of the students are Caucasian, 27 percent are African American, 10 percent are Latino, and 4 percent other. About 85 percent of the students at Indiana University Northwest work full or part time while pursuing their education at the university. About 63 percent of the students enrolled at the campus are 22 years of age or older.
The Alumni Office was established on the Indiana University Northwest campus in 1967 when the IU Alumni Association staffed the local office with a field representative. There is now a full-time staff to serve the alumni and students of Indiana University. The Alumni Office provides programming, maintains records, publishes communications, and provides services to those who are members of the IUN Alumni Association and the IU Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana.
The Campus Information and Switchboard number is the appropriate place to secure information about the campus at large. Well-informed staff can answer general inquiries or direct callers to the appropriate offices in the university. For campus information, call (219) 980-6500 or 1-888-YOUR-IUN (968-7486).
IU Northwest is accredited for its undergraduate and graduate programs by the Higher Learning Commission [30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois, 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440] as an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) institution and as a member of the North Central Association (NCA). AQIP is an alternative accreditation process offered by the Higher Learning Commission that is based on principles of continuous improvement. The credentials of the NCA, a voluntary certification agency made up of member institutions in 19 states, are accepted on an equal basis by similar agencies in other parts of the United States and in foreign countries. Certain divisional and departmental curricula are additionally accredited by national agencies and organizations pertinent to those areas.
Environmental Affairs (Public and Environmental Affairs)
In addition, IU Northwest offers post-baccalaureate certificates in the following programs:
Note: See the IUN Undergraduate Bulletin for details.
In addition to the regular session, Indiana University Northwest regularly offers summer sessions. These sessions are for students who want to study on the graduate level, to supplement courses taken during the regular year, or to speed up the completion of university study.
These rules establish the policy under which students shall be classified as residents or nonresidents upon all campuses of Indiana University for university fee purposes. Nonresident students shall pay a nonresident fee in addition to fees paid by a resident student.
These rules shall take effect February 1, 1974; provided, that no person properly classified as a resident student before February 1, 1974, shall be adversely affected by these rules, if he or she attended the university before that date and while he or she remains continuously enrolled in the university.
Occasionally, Indiana University Northwest is forced to close because of weather emergencies. In the case of severe storms that occur overnight, every effort is made to assess conditions early enough in the day to notify the mass media of a campus closing in time to alert students, faculty, and staff members before they set out for the campus. In periods of very bad winter weather, students are urged to monitor northwest Indiana radio stations for closing announcements.
The Institute is a unique partnership between Indiana University Northwest and community leaders in northwest Indiana. The vision for the Institute is to create award-winning, nationally recognized, noncredit programs that are models for motivating, training, and channeling highly talented students into positions of community leadership. Admission to the two-semester Leadership Development Program is based upon a competitive application process. Applications are available in Sycamore Hall, Room 314, or for further information contact the executive director at (219) 981-5631.
Expenses for attending Indiana University Northwest for an academic year, including in-state fees for 12 credit hours, books, and supplies, total approximately $2,300 to $2,700 depending upon the graduate program. Expenditures for clothing, travel, entertainment, and personal items are not included in this estimate.
Tuition and fees are determined by the Indiana University Board of Trustees and are subject to change by action of the trustees. Students are advised to consult the fee schedule section of the campus Schedule of Classes or the Indiana University Northwest Office of the Bursar Web site, www.iun.edu/~bursarnw. to determine the current fees for any given semester. Fees are due at the time of registration each semester.
In accordance with Indiana University Northwest’s commitment to provide quality education at a reasonable cost, deferment plans are offered to eligible students. Eligibility is based on the total amount of a student’s assessed tuition and fees for a semester and past payment history with the university. When requesting a deferment plan, an initial payment of approximately 40 percent of the total bill is due. A deferment fee is charged for this service. During the fall and spring semesters, three payment plans are available: the two-payment, three-payment, and four-payment plans. During each summer session, a two-payment plan is available. Contact the Office of the Bursar for additional information.
When a student withdraws from a course or courses, a refund will be made for each course involved according to the refund policy stated in the campus Schedule of Classes. Full refund of fees is given only during the first week of classes.
All colleges establish certain academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted. These regulations concern such things as curricula and courses, majors and minors, and campus residence. Advisors, directors, and deans will always help a student meet those requirements, but the student is responsible for fulfilling them. At the end of a student’s course of study, the faculty and the Trustees of Indiana University vote upon the conferring of the degree. If requirements have not been satisfied, the degree will be withheld pending adequate fulfillment. For that reason it is important: (1) for students to acquaint themselves with all regulations and remain informed throughout their college careers and (2) for students to realize that while IUN establishes certain minimum standards that apply to its students, other standards may be established by its various academic divisions. Therefore, students should refer to the appropriate section(s) of this bulletin for a more complete statement of academic policy.
Application for Degree
A student may withdraw from a course during the first 10 weeks of the semester (fifth week of a summer session) and will automatically receive a grade of W. After the tenth week (fifth week of a summer session), the grade shall be W or F as determined by the instructor.
At any time during the semester, the student may secure a Schedule Adjustment Form from the registrar’s office. A completed form must be submitted to the registrar’s office within seven days from the date of issuance in order for the change to be valid. The effective date of the form for grading and refund purposes will be the date of processing in the registrar’s office.
Students who alter their original class schedules, whether by personal incentive or by university directive, must do so officially by the procedure outlined above. Students who do not assume this responsibility are jeopardizing their records by the possibility of incurring an F in a course not properly dropped or not receiving credit in a course improperly added.
Students who simply stop attending classes without formally withdrawing will jeopardize their student status and may become liable for repayment of all federal financial aid.
No student is permitted to enroll in any regularly scheduled course or for any additional hours of credit in any course after Tuesday of the first week of a session unless the instructor of the course petitions that an exception be made and the request is approved by the student’s advisor.
The official grading system of the university is as follows: A, B, C, D, F, I (Incomplete), W (Withdrawn), P (Passed), S (Satisfactory), R (Deferred Grade). The University Faculty Council has passed a resolution that permits the use of plus and minus grades. The faculty council has also established a formula that attaches varying weights to these grades in computing grade point averages: A+ or A = 4.0; A– = 3.7; B+ = 3.3; B = 3.0; B– = 2.7; C+ = 2.3; C = 2.0; C– = 1.7; D+ = 1.3; D = 1.0; D– = 0.7; F = 0.0.
The legislation was framed in general terms and applies to instructors teaching graduates and undergraduates on all campuses of Indiana University. Within the policy, individual instructors and academic units can elect to require its faculty to assign (1) only straight letter grades; (2) any combination of plus, minus, and straight letter grades; or (3) Pass/Fail in clinical or other phases of course work, or to permit individual students in specified courses to elect Pass/Fail options. The weights assigned by the registrar will be those specified above. It is the responsibility of the academic unit to adopt procedures for electing options, implementing the decision, and announcing its decision to faculty and students.
S = Satisfactory
P = Passed (Pass/Fail Option)
W = Withdrawn
I = Incomplete
The time allowed for the removal of an Incomplete is one calendar year from the date of its recording, except that the dean or director of the student’s school may authorize adjustment of this period in exceptional circumstances. By assigning an Incomplete, the instructor implicitly authorizes and requires the I to be changed to an F at the end of the appropriate time period, if that instructor does not otherwise act to remove the I. The registrar will automatically change the I to an F at the end of the appropriate time period. A grade of Incomplete may be removed if the student completes the work within the time limit or if the student’s dean or director authorizes the change of the Incomplete to W. Students may not reregister in a course in which they have a grade of Incomplete.
R = Deferred Grade
At the end of the second term of a deferred grade course, the instructor will submit the student’s grade for the last term on the grade sheet for that term and/or send a Removal of Deferred Grade Card through the office of the student’s school to the registrar’s office.
If work is interrupted because of extenuating circumstances, a special arrangement between student and instructor must be made on a term-to-term basis. If a student drops out of a course before the work is complete, the instructor must assign a regular grade (A, B, C, W, etc.) for the course.
Graduate students attending the university with educational assistance from the G.I. Bill should note that for full-time monthly payment 8 hours of credit must be taken during the fall/spring semesters. Three-quarter-time benefit is paid for 5 to 7 hours of credit; half time consists of 4 credit hours or the equivalent; tuition and fees only for fewer than 4 credit hours.
Enrollment Services supports IU Northwest academic units by assisting prospective students to become a part of the IU Northwest community and assisting current students to remain a part of the community and to successfully complete their programs of study. An integral part of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, Enrollment Services is headed by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and consists of the following units: Office of Admissions, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Office of Student Testing and Assessment, Office of Special Retention Programs, Office of Career Services, and Office of the Registrar. The Enrollment Services’ office is located in Sycamore Hall 103, (219) 981-5693.
To consult with the 504 coordinator of Issues of Students with Disabilities at IU Northwest, contact the Office of Student Support Services, (219) 980-6798. The coordinator of Title IX for Women’s Rights and Issues at IU Northwest Director of Diversity and Equity, (219) 980-6705.
Detailed information on types of financial assistance and application procedures may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Indiana University Northwest.
Career Counseling and Planning
Placement and Resume Referral Services
Federal Work-Study Program
Programs and Workshop
Career/Job Fairs, Online Job Board, and Events
Please feel free to contact the Office of Career Services:
The Office of the Registrar has primary responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing schedules of classes, registrations, and course changes. Other functions include student record maintenance, grade processing, student information reporting, enrollment certifications, and transcript services. Questions concerning veterans’ affairs may be addressed to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar is also responsible for scheduling meeting rooms as well as classrooms for activities other than classes.
Release of Information in Student Records
Further details about 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. Copies are available in the Office of Student Life, Savannah Center, room 217.
The Student Services Administration provides a variety of support services to students as they pursue higher education. The Office of Student Services Administration is administered by the Vice Chancellor for Student Services. The units of student services work together to enhance the development of each student. They support the mission of the university and they bring the needs of the students to the attention of the faculty and administration.
The following offices, having relevance to graduate students, report to the Student Services Administration: Child Care Center, Counseling Services, Multicultural Affairs, and Student Life/Athletics.
IUN Child Care Center provides child care for children of students, faculty, and staff. The center offers a quality program at a reasonable hourly rate for children from ages three through nine during the following hours:
For further information, contact the director at (219) 980-6875.
Professional counseling services are available to all students through the IUN Counseling Office, Sycamore Hall 301. In addition, faculty and staff are available for consultation on personal problems. When appropriate, referrals to community or private counseling resources will be made. All counseling and consultation, and all records are held in strict confidence.
The Multicultural Affairs Program is designed to meet the academic, cultural, and social needs of students in order to increase retention, graduation, and professional and graduate school participation, specifically for students of color.
Applications for participation are available in Raintree 227, or for further information contact the coordinator at (219) 980-6763.
The Student Life/Athletics Office promotes and enhances the quality of student life on the Indiana University Northwest campus. The office serves as the central university resource for student clubs and organizations. Professional assistance is available to individuals and student organizations sponsoring campus activities, forming new clubs, and addressing special needs or interests.
Students may participate in intramurals and recreation; student government; planning and sponsoring campus entertainment through the Student Activities Board; developing journalistic skills as a member of the student newspaper, the Northwest Phoenix, or the Spirits literary magazine; or community service projects through the IUN Volunteerism program. More than 40 registered student clubs and organizations seek to develop social, educational, and cultural appreciation, and provide creative expression through the fine arts. Additionally, the Student Life/Athletics Office issues photo identification cards, approves on-campus publicity, processes student requests for the use of campus facilities and food services, and distributes recreational equipment and games.
Student Life/Athletics also oversees the new Savannah Recreation Center and Gym, where the IU Northwest RedHawks sports teams play their home games. Membership in the Savannah Fitness Center is available to students, faculty, and staff for a nominal fee.
The Dental Hygiene Program on the Indiana University Northwest campus offers clinical dental services to students and faculty including a dental inspection, dental prophylaxis (scaling and polishing of teeth), caries preventive treatments (application of fluorides), sealants, preventive periodontal treatment (treatment of minor gum disorders), and diagnostic dental X-ray films. Qualified dental hygiene students under the supervision of an instructor render all treatment. All persons are eligible for treatment, and appointments can be made by calling (219) 980-6772.
The Dental Assisting Program also offers supervised X rays for a nominal fee. Appointments can be made by calling (219) 980-6772.
1 Invocation of the provision in Rule 2(a) that applies to cases of divorce or separation requires appropriate legal documentation.