Policies and Procedures


Advising and Special Options

Advising Each student in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management is assigned a faculty counselor who advises the student in program planning and assists with any academic questions or problems. All students are expected to obtain academic counseling each semester prior to enrollment.

Forgiveness Policy Policy provides a fresh start to former IU students accorded to students transferring from other universities.  The policy applies only to former IU students, who have worked on a first undergraduate degree, but who have not attended any college for a minimum of three years.  Students must invoke this policy upon application for admission to the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management or submit a notification of intent to petition for academic forgiveness if not yet accepted by a school.  Forgiveness policy applications are located in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

If the forgiveness petition is accepted, all courses previously taken will remain on the transcript, but only courses with grades of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, P and S may be counted toward degree requirements, though these grades will not count in the student's GPA.  In effect, the student will start with a cumulative GPA of 0.0, after which all the rules of academic probation and dismissal will apply.  Forgiveness may be invoked only once and it does not preclude a student from using other grade replacement options available for course work taken after forgiveness is granted.  Forgiveness is available only for courses taken at Indiana University.  Visit the IUPUI Registrar's Office website to see the entire policy.

Independent Study Work may be accomplished in absence for credit through the School of Continuing Studies. A student must have satisfied the entrance requirements of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, however, before registering for such work if it is to be applied toward a degree. Special permission from the dean is required. Students may apply up to 18 credit hours of correspondence work from the School of Continuing Studies toward a degree in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

Pass/Fail Option Students may elect to take one course each semester with a grade of P (Pass) or F (Fail), with a maximum of two such courses each school year, including summer sessions. The student must elect to exercise this option early in the semester or summer session, per the timeline contained in the Registration Guide and Academic Information. Courses that satisfy school or degree program requirements may not be taken under this option.

Excessive Withdrawal Policy After eight withdrawals, a mandatory meeting among the student, the student’s advisor and department chair will be held to identify the reason(s) for the withdrawals, discuss alternatives for course scheduling and review the student’s plan of study to determine if satisfactory progress is being made toward the degree objective. After 10 withdrawals, a mandatory meeting with the dean of the school will occur. A review of the previous meeting and reason(s) for subsequent withdrawals will determine if the student will be allowed to continue in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

Special Credit Opportunities See department chair for procedures on special credit.

Academic Expectations Student work in general education and major courses will include content and learning activities supporting the principles of undergraduate learning as defined by the faculty of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. These principles relate to students’ competencies in the following five areas: core skills (reading, writing, speaking, quantitative analysis and use of information technology); critical thinking; intellectual depth, breadth, and adaptiveness; understanding society and culture; and integration and application of knowledge. These general education principles are defined on course syllabi. Faculty expect students to use software applications to prepare assignments, to use electronic mail to enhance communication and/or submit assignments, and to develop competencies with various campus technology resources (e.g., OneStart, Oncourse, internet browsers). Written work is to be of high quality (focused, organized, and with an introduction, purpose, sense of audience, thesis and conclusion; appropriate sentence structure; variety; and correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation). Writing should reveal the student’s ability to develop ideas with balanced and specific arguments. Papers should follow APA style unless another style is specified and should give credit to original sources when ideas or materials of others are used.

Academic Integrity Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the school’s regulations concerning cheating and plagiarism, which appear as follows in the IUPUI Faculty Handbook VI-5:

Cheating is dishonesty of any kind with respect to examinations, course assignments, alteration of records or illegal possession of examinations. It is the responsibility of the student not only to abstain from cheating but, in addition, to avoid the appearance of cheating and to guard against making it possible for others to cheat. Any student who helps another student to cheat is as guilty of cheating as the student who was assisted. Students should also do everything possible to induce respect for the examining process and honesty in the performance of assigned tasks in or out of class.

Plagiarism is the claiming of the work of someone else as one’s own. Honesty requires that any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged. The language or ideas taken from another may range from isolated formulas, sentences, or paragraphs to entire articles copied from books, periodicals, speeches, databases, or the writings of other students. The offering of materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgement also is considered plagiarism. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas or materials taken from another source is guilty of plagiarism.

A faculty member who has evidence that a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism shall initiate the process of determining the student’s guilt or innocence. No penalty shall be imposed until the student has been informed of the charge and of the evidence upon which it is based and has been given an opportunity to present a defense. If the faculty member finds the student guilty, the faculty member assesses a penalty within the course and promptly reports the case, in writing, to the dean of the school or comparable head of the academic unit. The report should include the names of any other students who may be involved in the incident and recommendations for further action. The dean, in consultation with the faculty member if the latter so desires, will initiate any further disciplinary proceedings and inform the faculty member of any action taken. In every case, a record of the offenses remains on file in the dean’s office.

For further regulations, students should refer to IUPUI’s Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct by the Board of Trustees of Indiana University. Students may obtain a copy of the Code from the dean’s office or view the text on the IUPUI website at www.iupui.edu.

Academic Load

Semester Academic Load A typical academic load is 12–18 credit hours, with an average load being approximately 15 credit hours. A typical load in a summer session is 6 credit hours. Students expecting to carry more than 18 credit hours per semester or 7 credit hours per summer session must have permission of the dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management and should have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B), or have earned a B (3.0) average in their last full semester.

Academic Standing, Probation, Dismissal and Reinstatement

Academic Standing Students who consistently maintain a GPA of 2.2 or higher in both their cumulative and semester records are considered to be in good standing.

Academic Probation Students are on academic probation when either their semester GPA or their cumulative GPA is below 2.2. Each student on academic probation will be so advised by a letter from the dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. The student will be informed of all conditions and restrictions required for reestablishing good academic standing.

Dismissal Students are subject to dismissal when they have failed to attain a minimum of a 2.2 GPA average in any two consecutive semesters or when the cumulative GPA of the student who is on probation falls or remains below a 2.2 GPA. Each student who is dismissed will be so advised by a letter from the Office of the Dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.

Reinstatement A dismissed student who wishes to be reinstated must complete an Application for Reinstatement located on the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management website. This application requires explanation of any extenuating circumstances that may have hindered academic performance and a brief outline of future schedules and study plans. Each application will be considered on an individual basis and will receive more favorable consideration if the student has sought advice about academic progress on previous occasions and if academic records are close to the standards required for retaining the student. In order to allow time for each case to be reviewed on its own merits, petitions for re-admission must be filed at least two weeks before the first day of classes.  Application for Reinstatement forms should be submitted to the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management Recorder.

The School of Physical Education and Tourism Management typically does not consider petitions for immediate reinstatement. Dismissed students who believe that circumstances warrant consideration for immediate reinstatement must meet with the dean, who will determine whether or not an application for immediate reinstatement is warranted.

One Dismissal Students who have been dismissed once for academic reasons may appeal for reinstatement subject to the conditions stated above.

Two Dismissals Students who have been dismissed twice for academic reasons may not appeal for reinstatement for any enrollment period during the next calendar year.

Students who are reinstated by the school will have to meet prescribed standards of performance for the semester for which they are reinstated. Failure to meet these standards will result in dismissal.

Student Grievance Procedures Students who feel they have been treated in an unfair or unethical manner by a member of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management faculty are encouraged to resolve their differences directly with the faculty member. When informal solutions do not appear possible, the following procedures should be observed.

Appeal for Grade Change A student may request a change of grade in a School of Physical Education and Tourism Management course by filing a petition with the dean of the school. The petition, along with supporting evidence that the grade was improper, must be submitted to the Dean’s Office (PE 251) no later than one calendar year following the final date of the term in which the course was taken.

Complaints of Unethical Treatment All academic personnel (faculty, part-time instructors and advisors) are expected to conform to the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct published in the Indiana University Academic Handbook. Students who feel they have been treated unfairly by a faculty member may lodge a complaint by following the procedures outlined in the Code, a copy of which may be obtained from the Dean’s Office, PE 251.

Student Advocacy The Office of Student Advocacy provides impartial, objective and confidential assistance to students regarding problems or disputes that appear unresolvable through existing procedures or systems. By considering problems in an unbiased way, the student advocate strives to achieve a fair resolution of disputes. As an advocate for just and fair treatment, the office works to protect the rights of all parties involved. The student advocate investigates claims of unfair treatment or erroneous procedures and serves as an information resource, advisor and intermediary.

For many problems, a procedure is outlined by university rules or policies. Where practical, students should observe the policies and regulations of their school. For more information, contact the Student Advocacy Office, Campus Center 350, (317) 278-7594, or the Office of the Dean of Students, Campus Center 350, (317) 274-4431.


Residency Requirements for Graduation Students must complete at least 30 hours of the last 60 credit hours required for a specific degree program while in residence at the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI. The 30 credit hours should include either one 12 credit hour regular semester or two 6 credit hour summer sessions.

Degree Application A candidate for graduation must file a formal graduation application for the degree with the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.  Applications must be filed by the following deadlines:  December graduates file the application by May 1st, May graduates file by October 1st, and August graduates file by February 1st.  Candidates for graduation will be notified before the start of their graduation semester/summer session regarding their graduation status.

Graduation with Honors Indiana University recognizes high cumulative grade point averages by awarding degrees with the designations “Distinction,’’ “High Distinction,’’ and “Highest Distinction.’’ Purdue programs recognize the top 10 percent of graduates with the designations “Distinction’’ and “Highest Distinction.’’ The designated individuals are presented with honor cords to wear at Commencement exercises for IUPUI.

Other Physical Education Department Information

Uniforms Physical education majors are encouraged to wear uniform shirts and shorts for several professional preparation activity classes. Instructors indicate on the first day of class if uniforms will be required. White polo shirts and long navy pants are the recommended attire for physical education majors participating in professional field experiences off campus.

Swimming classes require a one-piece bathing suit. Warm-ups or street clothes are appropriate attire for the office area on the bridge level of the Physical Education/Natatorium Building.

Camp Brosius In 1921, the Normal College (presently known as the IUPUI School of Physical Education and Tourism Management) established Camp Brosius at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, as a training camp for its physical education majors. Currently, the Indiana University School of Physical Education and Tourism Management operates the camp as both a College Camp (for academic credit) and Family Camp (for family vacations).  The Department of Physical Education holds leadership, team building, critical thinking and personal skills development classes at Camp Brosius as a part of the physical education major's required curriculum.  The physical education major (once admitted to the Department of Physical Education) is expected to attend camp early in their academic career with three sessions now being held every summer for this purpose.  Two sessions are held in mid-May and one session in mid-August.  Orientation to Camp is held on the IUPUI campus the week prior to going to Camp Brosius.  Students in the Department of Physical Education receive 3 credit hours towards their degree for the Camp Brosius experience.