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Policies and Procedures


The Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs) were developed in 1997 and have been praised by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as being instrumental in shaping the LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) Essential Learning Outcomes. The PULs have provided a framework of learning outcomes that every undergraduate student at IUPUI should attain. Through the years, the PULs have been revised with the final revision adding the Principles of Co-Curricular Learning (PCLs) in 2013. Recently, the PULs were revised to ensure that they continue to represent the knowledge, skills, values, and competencies that faculty aspire our students to acquire across our academic programs heading into the campus’s 50th anniversary.

After an extensive process and through feedback from many faculty, staff, and students, the PULs were revised and renamed the Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success, or IUPUI+. IUPUI+ was approved by the IUPUI Faculty Council on May 1, 2018.

IUPUI prepares all students to communicate, innovate, and engage local and global communities to solve the problems of the 21st century. Along this journey, students have many opportunities to reflect upon their classroom and co-curricular learning, develop expertise in their chosen field(s), and grow as human beings. Students become acquainted with each of the profiles of communicator, problem solver, innovator, and community contributor in general education and first year experiences and progress along these pathways through their major coursework and co-curricular activities toward the capstone/culminating experience. Each profile is not distinct but supports and enhances the others in multiple ways, providing students with various occasions to deepen disciplinary understanding and refine what it means to be a well-rounded, well-educated person prepared for lifelong learning.


The IUPUI student conveys ideas effectively and ethically in oral, written, and visual forms across public, private, interpersonal, and team settings, using face- to-face and mediated channels. Communicators are mindful of themselves and others, listen, observe, and read thoughtfully, ask questions, evaluate information critically, create messages that demonstrate awareness of diverse audiences, and collaborate with others and across cultures to build relationships. The communicator:

  • Evaluates Information
  • Listens Actively
  • Builds Relationships
  • Convey Ideas Effectively

Problem Solver

The IUPUI student works individually and with others to collect, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information to implement innovative solutions to challenging local and global problems. The problem solver:

  • Thinks Critically
  • Collaborates
  • Analyzes, Synthesizes, and Evaluates
  • Perseveres


The IUPUI student builds on experiences and disciplinary expertise to approach new situations and circumstances in original ways, is willing to take risks with ideas, and pose solutions. Innovators are original in their thoughts and ask others to view a situation or practice in a new way. Innovators are good decision makers, can create a plan to achieve their goals, and can carry out that plan to its completion. Innovators use their knowledge and skills to address complex problems in order to make a difference in the civic life of communities, and to address the world’s most pressing and enduring issues. The innovator:

  • Investigates
  • Creates/Designs
  • Confronts Challenges
  • Makes Decisions

Community Contributor

The IUPUI student is an active and valued contributor on the campus and in communities locally and globally. They are personally responsible, self-aware, civically engaged and they look outward to understand the needs of the society and their environment. They are socially responsible, ethically oriented, and actively engaged in the work of building strong and inclusive communities, both local and global. The community contributor:

  • Builds Community
  • Respectfully Engages Own and Other Cultures
  • Behaves Ethically
  • Anticipates Consequences

Campus Statement on the Role of the Liberal Arts

Academic leaders at IUPUI reaffirm the inherent value of the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and mathematics as the core of any undergraduate degree program. To support the value of the liberal arts, campus academic leaders issued a statement on the role of the liberal arts at IUPUI and encourages the Undergraduate Affairs Committee as well as school curriculum committees and academic councils to consider ways to remove barriers and/or streamline pathways to students’ pursuit of double majors and other combinations of academic credentials that align with their interests, strengths, and post-baccalaureate plans.

Grade Replacement

Undergraduate students pursuing your first bachelor’s degree can use grade replacement for a maximum of 15 credit hours. You can request a grade replacement no more than twice for a single course, and each attempt counts toward your 15-credit limit. Grade replacement is available only for courses taken at Indiana University. Once a grade replacement has been put on your record, it can’t be reversed.

To use grade replacement, the repeated course grade should be the same as or higher than your previous attempt at the course. Any replaced grades will be excluded from your cumulative GPA, but will still appear on your academic record with an X to show that the grade was excluded.

Residency Requirement for Degree

A minimum of 26 credit hours must be completed after formal admission to IUPUI.

A minimum of 21 credit hours of major coursework must be completed in residence in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Course work completed on an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program counts as residential credit.

Incomplete Process

An incomplete (I) can be granted if a student satisfactorily completed 75% of the coursework, but extenuating circumstances during the term prevented the student from completing all coursework as of the end of the semester.

The instructor has the right to set a specific date, up to one year, by which you must complete all unfinished work.

In some cases, the instructor may recommend or require a student to attend another term (or portion of a term) of the course to remove the I. In this case, don’t register for the course a second time. Instead, make arrangements with the instructor to sit in on the course as required. Note that sitting in on a course does not count as part of your full-time or part-time load for financial aid purposes or for loan deferments. If the original instructor isn’t available or is no longer with IUPUI, contact the chair of the school or department that offers the course for assistance.

Once you’ve completed the work, the instructor will change the I to the appropriate letter grade. Students can track the progress of a request or check the academic record for grade information.

If a student fails to complete the coursework and turn it in to the instructor in the time allowed, the I will automatically become an F.

Post Auto-W (Late withdrawal)

Requests for withdrawal after the automatic withdraw deadline require the approval of the instructor, advisor, and the student's dean. Late withdraw requests are considered only in extraordinary (extenuating) situations which are beyond the student's control and rarely are granted. Poor performance in a course is not considered grounds for a late withdrawal.

Instructions for students requesting a late withdrawal with extenuating circumstances:

  1. Student submits an electronic late drop request via late drop in One.IU. https://one.iu.edu/task/iub/edrop-eadd
  2. Within seven (7) days of initiating the late drop request(s) or prior to the last day of class, the student must prepare a typed statement (1-2 paragraphs), explaining the extenuating circumstance(s) that prevented withdrawal from the course before the deadline for late withdrawal.
  3. The student obtains documentation supporting the written statement. Examples of documentation include:
    1. Doctor’s note on letterhead (include dates),
    2. Hospital admittance papers,
    3. Legal documents (i.e. police reports, eviction notice),
    4. Obituary in the paper/funeral home site,
    5. Counseling services or CAPS,
    6. Other official documentation not listed above
  4. All documents (typed statement and supporting materials) must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs, Cavanaugh Hall room 401, or via email.
  5. The instructor may assign a grade of W (withdraw) or F for the course.
  6. The Associate Dean of Students is the final approver of late withdraw requests. The student receives an automated response once the process is complete.
  7. If the student does not submit documentation regarding their extenuating circumstance, the withdraw request will be canceled.

Dual Major/Degree Advantage

The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are waived for undergraduate students whose first major is outside the School of Liberal Arts and whose second major is a Bachelor of Arts degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Students are only required to complete the courses in their major of choice in Liberal Arts. The IUPUI General Education Core or the Indiana transferable general education core must be successfully completed. Students must complete the degree outside Liberal Arts in order to have the Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies waived for degree completion. The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are only waived for students who actively pursue and complete another degree program outside of Liberal Arts.

Pass/Fail (P/F) Option

Any IU School of Liberal Arts undergraduate in good standing (not on probation) may enroll in a maximum of eight elective courses to be taken with a grade of P (pass) or F (fail). The Pass/Fail option can be used for a maximum of two courses per year, including summer sessions. The course selected for Pass/Fail must be an elective. It may not be used to satisfy any of the major, minor, or school distribution requirements.

Final Examinations

Final examinations or other activities in lieu of a final are to be scheduled during finals week at the time indicated in the Final Exam Schedule section of the Academic Calendar.

Students scheduled for three or more finals in a 24-hour period may have their examination schedule adjusted. They should notify the instructors involved by mid-semester and determine if any of them are willing to schedule an alternate examination. Students having problems with an instructor may consult the chair of the department or the Miriam Z. Langsam Office of Student Affairs, in CA401, (317) 274-3976.

Forgiveness Policy

The IU School of Liberal Arts has adopted a modified version of the IUPUI forgiveness policy (https://studentcentral.iupui.edu/grades-progress/grade-forgiveness.html ) for students who have been out of school for three or more years. For more information about the policy, call (317) 274-3976 or visit CA401.

Petition for Grade Change

Either students or faculty members may petition for a change in course grade. A student desiring a change of grade should first discuss the situation with the instructor. If the instructor agrees, and no more than one full semester has elapsed since the course was finished, the faculty member must file an eGrade Change with approval from the Associate Dean of the Miriam Z. Langsam Office of Student Affairs. If more than one full semester has elapsed, the faculty member still files the eGrade Change, but the form may be sent to the IU School of Liberal Arts Academic Affairs Committee, depending on the reason given for the change of grade. Campus policy limits petitions for change of grades to five years after the course.

If the instructor and student do not agree on a change of grade, or if the instructor cannot be located, the student should discuss the matter with the chairperson, director, or coordinator of the department or program in which the course was offered. Following that, the student may file a Grade Change Petition found here: https://studentcentral.iupui.edu/grades-progress/grade-changes/index.html. The petition must include (1) a statement of an attempted but unsuccessful interview with the faculty member and chair, and (2) supporting evidence for the petition. The decision of the Academic Affairs Committee is final and there are no additional avenues of appeal.

Self-Acquired Competency

Credit may sometimes be granted for learning experiences acquired through means other than normal college course work. Credit is available for course-specific learning or for non–course-specific learning in (1) arts and humanities, and (2) social sciences.

Faculty will evaluate the experience and determine whether credit should be awarded and the amount of credit to be granted. Students may be asked to prepare a portfolio, take examinations, or document their learning in other suitable ways so that the faculty can make such judgments. Only 12 credit hours of self-acquired competency can be applied toward a degree. A brochure providing additional information is available in the Miriam Z. Langsam Office of Student Affairs, CA401.


Undergraduate students must apply for graduation prior to the graduation date. Announcements will be made through the student email listserv, by postings in the building, and through academic departments.  See the Official Calendar for specific dates. IUPUI students may apply for graduation dates of May, August, or December. 

Graduate students must apply through their program director and the IU Graduate School by the dates indicated in those programs. Graduate students have monthly graduation dates.

Graduation with Distinction

Liberal Arts undergraduate students with outstanding academic achievement are recognized by IUPUI at graduation by the designations of Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction.  These recognitions are bestowed on the top 10% of each graduating class. 

To be eligible for consideration, undergraduate students must have:

1) Officially applied for graduation on time:  January 1 for May and August graduation; by October 1 for December graduation.

2) Completed at least 60 graded credit hours toward the degree from IU at the time lists are prepared for the Registrar and Director of Student Records (on January 1). Again, you must have completed at least 60 hours at IU that count toward your degree by the time the list is prepared.

3) Have an IU Program cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 or higher when the lists are prepared (January 1). The cutoff for 10% may raise the lowest GPA, but no one with a recorded GPA of less than 3.5 will be considered.

Within the eligible students, the School of Liberal Arts uses the following IU cumulative GPA to determine the level of distinction: 
Highest distinction: 4.0 – 3.9
High distinction 3.89 – 3.75
Distinction: 3.74 – 3.5 or the 10% cut off

Students who meet the above requirements and are in the 10% will be contacted via email by the Director of Student Records and Information with instructions for picking up honor cords prior to May commencement.  

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Normally, holders of bachelor’s degrees seeking further education are encouraged to enter graduate programs; in certain cases, however, students may prefer to work toward a second bachelor’s degree. If admitted by the Dean to candidacy for a second degree, students must earn at least 26 additional credit hours in residence at IUPUI and meet the requirements of the IU School of Liberal Arts and of the department in which they are candidates. Second Bachelor’s Degree seeking students are exempt from completing the IUPUI General Education Core. School of Liberal Arts Baccalaureate Competencies and major requirements must be completed.

World Language Placement Test   

Students with previous experience in French, German, or Spanish should take the World Language Placement Test at the Testing Center to assess their level of language proficiency.

Special Credit for World Language Study

Undergraduate students who complete the course into which they were placed with a grade of C or higher are eligible for special credit at a reduced fee for the appropriate lower-division course(s) (100/200 level only) that precede the course taken. Language special credits can only be awarded for languages taught in the World Languages and Cultures department at IUPUI. Special credits count toward graduation and toward the world language requirements.The special credit is NOT an option after degree completion.

Students whose native language is not English may demonstrate proficiency in their native language and earn a maximum of 6 credits of 298/299 special credits by successfully completing a specific 300-level course. They may not, however, receive credit for taking first- and second-year courses in their native language. Students are also considered “native speakers of another language” if they have completed secondary (high) school in that language. For additional questions, consult School of Liberal Arts Student Information Specialist at teaminfo@iupui.edu.

Non-native English Speakers

Students for whom English is not a first language may be exempted from the language requirement, without credit, by completion of ENG-W 131 and either ENG-W 231, ENG-W 270, ENG-W 230 with the required grade of C or higher.

Transfer Credits

Students with transfer work from other universities may have some of their work counted toward the distribution requirements even if their courses, when transferred in, were not designated as matching the courses listed previously. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the departments, when appropriate, will determine whether transfer courses satisfy the distribution requirements.

Major Requirements

The requirements for each major in the IU School of Liberal Arts are described, along with course descriptions, in the Liberal Arts section of the bulletin entitled ‘‘Departments, Programs and Centers.’’ A minimum of 29 credit hours must be taken in the major subject area. Any course in which the student receives a grade below C (2.0) may not be used to fulfill the major area requirement (thus a C– does not qualify). However, courses in which the student receives below C, but above an F, will count toward the 120 credit hour total provided that the student does not repeat the course.

Minors and Certificate Programs

IU School of Liberal Arts students may complete one or more minors and/or certificate programs. Minors will not appear on the student’s transcript until graduation. Students in other schools at IUPUI may complete minors in the IU School of Liberal Arts.

Only courses in which students receive a C (2.0) or higher can be applied to minors and certificates. Specific requirements are described in the section of this bulletin entitled ‘‘Departments, Programs and Centers.’’  Courses required for minors and certificates may also be used in fulfilling other requirements, including IUPUI General Education Core requirements, the baccalaureate competencies requirements if listed.

Students must receive departmental or program approval for the courses to be used for minors as well as approval for courses not taken at IUPUI that they wish to count in a minor. Special credit may be applied to minor requirements with departmental approval.

IU School of Liberal Arts minors are presently offered in many areas; as additional minors are being developed and approved, they will be added to the electronic version of the Bulletin.   Students must receive departmental or program approval for the courses to be used for minors as well as approval for courses not taken at IUPUI that they wish to count in a minor. Special credit may be applied to minor requirements with departmental approval.

Academic Standing

Dean's List

Liberal Arts undergraduate students with high academic achievement are recognized each semester through the Dean's List.  Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in and completing 12 or more credit hours for the semester must earn a semester GPA of at least 3.3.  Part-time undergraduate students enrolled in and completing 6-11.5 credit hours must earn a semester GPA of at least 3.4.  Students must be officially registered as Liberal Arts majors to be eligible.  Students pursuing degrees in two schools for whom Liberal Arts appears as their second school will be considered for the Dean's List through their primary school.

Students in Good Academic Standing

Students with declared majors in the IU School of Liberal Arts who have calculated IU Program cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are considered to be in good academic standing.

Academic Warning

A student whose IU semester grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.00, but whose IU Program cumulative GPA is a 2.00 or higher will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before registering for classes. A student will be advised of academic warning status by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. The status of Academic Warning will be notated on the unofficial transcript only.

Academic Probation

Only IU grades will be considered in determining probation and dismissal. Students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 (C), and they remain on probation until the cumulative grade point average is 2.0 (C) or higher. Students on probation are encouraged to talk with their academic advisor in the Miriam Z. Langsam Office of Student Affairs (Cavanaugh Hall 401), a faculty mentor or a counselor in the IUPUI Counseling and Psychological Services, (317) 274-2548, to determine how they may become more successful in their studies. Students on probation must schedule an appointment with their academic advisors before registering. To schedule an appointment, contact the Miriam Z. Langsam Office of Student Affairs at (317) 274-3976.

Students who have two consecutive semesters (excluding summer sessions) with semester grade point averages below 2.0 (C) may be placed on probation at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs regardless of their cumulative grade point average, since they are failing to make progress toward a degree.


Students will be dismissed from the IU School of Liberal Arts when they have a cumulative grade point average lower than 2.0 (C) and a semester grade point average of lower than 2.0 (C) for two semesters of full time enrollment or 24 credits.

Dismissal decisions are made using official grades.  Any subsequent grade changes, including withdrawals, will not be considered.  Students eligible for dismissal will be notified in writing that they have been dismissed and that they must remain out of school at least one fall or spring semester. The letter will also inform such students that they will be withdrawn from classes for which they have registered. Once dismissed, students must petition for readmission. (See ''Readmission.'')  Any grade changes that have occurred since dismissal may be addressed during the readmission process.  

Students who have been dismissed a second time must remain out of school for at least two semesters (fall and spring) and petition for readmission. (See ''Readmission.'')

A third dismissal is final.


Any student who has been dismissed from the IU School of Liberal Arts (or another IU campus) must petition for readmission. A Petition for Readmission form may be obtained from the Miriam Z. Langsam Office of Student Affairs (Cavanaugh Hall 401). Petitions for readmission must be filed by the following deadlines:

To enroll for the fall semester: July 15
To enroll for the spring semester: November 15
To enroll for summer session: April 15