Academic Policies & Procedures


From Final Examinations Students are required to adhere to the policies regarding final examinations as published in the Schedule of Classes.

From Scheduled Classes Illness or equivalent distress is the only acceptable excuse for absence from class. Other absences must be explained to the satisfaction of the instructor, who will decide whether omitted work may be made up.

Credit for Correspondence Courses

With prior approval, the School of Informatics will accept a maximum of two courses (6 credit hours total) by correspondence study to count toward the degree requirements. Only general elective courses may be taken by correspondence. Distance learning courses and courses conducted online are not considered correspondence courses and, therefore, do not have a credit hour limit associated with them.

Degree Application

Candidates for graduation must file an application with the school by March 1 for December graduation and October 1 for May, June, or August graduation. Credits for all course work, except that of the current semester, must be recorded on the candidate’s Indiana University transcript at least one month prior to the date of graduation.

Statute of Limitations

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree in informatics have the right to complete the degree requirements specified by the bulletin in effect at the time they entered Indiana University, provided that the required courses are available and that no more than eight calendar years have elapsed since the date of entry.

Grading Policies

The School of Informatics follows the official grading system of Indiana University described in the front of this bulletin.


During an undergraduate program, students in the School of Informatics in good standing (not on probation) may enroll in up to a maximum of eight university elective courses to be taken with a grade of P (pass) or F (fail). Students may take up to two Pass/Fail courses during an academic year. The procedure for declaring this option may be found in the Schedule of Classes. A grade of P is not counted in the grade point average; a grade of F is included. Grades of P cannot be changed to any other letter grade.

Probation/Dismissal/Readmission at School of Informatics
Academic Warning

A student whose semester (fall or spring) grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0, but whose cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or higher will be placed on academic warning. An advising hold will be placed on the student’s record and the student will be required to meet with their academic advisor prior to registration. 

Academic Probation

 A student whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0 will be placed on probation for the subsequent semester. A probation hold will be placed on the student’s record and the student will be required to meet with their academic advisor prior to registration. Once the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher, the student will be removed from probationary status. 


A student on probation who has completed a minimum of 12 IU GPA hours is subject to dismissal if they fail to attain a GPA of at least 2.0 in any two consecutive semesters (fall and spring) and their cumulative IU GPA is below 2.0.


Students who are dismissed for the first time must sit out for a minimum of one regular fall or spring semester (not summer) and petition by the established deadlines to be eligible for readmission. Students dismissed two or more times must remain outof school for two regular (fall and spring) semesters and petition by the established deadlines to be eligible for readmission.  Readmitted students may only begin in either the fall or spring semester.

Grade Replacement

The Grade Replacement Policy is available only to undergraduate students. It may be exercised for a maximum of 15 credit hours, no more than two times for a given course, with each attempted replacement counting toward the 15 credit hour limit.  Any grade may be replaced with the last grade earned for the course, as long as the most recent grade is equal to or higher than the grade being replaced. The replaced grade will then be excluded from the cumulative grade point average. However, the course listing and the replaced grade will remain on the student’s academic record with an “X” notation indicating that the grade is excluded from the cumulative grade point average.

 The policy became effective beginning with the fall 1996 semester, and any courses being used to replace an earlier grade must have been taken in the fall of 1996 or later. Grades previously granted FX will be honored and will count toward the 15 credit hour limit. Once invoked, a student may not subsequently request reversal of the grade replacement granted for a given course. Also, this policy is not available for graduate students or students seeking any second undergraduate degree.  Please see your academic advisor to discuss grade replacement and obtain a form. For more information about the policy, visit