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Undergraduate Policies

Admissions Policies

Admission and Transfer - Apply through the IUPUI Admissions Office. To be eligible for scholarships you must be admitted by Feb. 1 preceding the fall semester you intend to begin.

All students entering the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy must be admitted officially to IUPUI as a degree-seeking student by the Office of Admissions or by another Indiana University campus as a degree-seeking student. After students have been admitted by IUPUI, they must also be admitted by the specific school in which they intend to pursue a degree. The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy welcomes nontraditional students and recent high school graduates if they wish to pursue a Philanthropic Studies degree and meet the school’s requirements for admission.

Transfer Students

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy welcomes transfer students and is committed to making their transition and transfer of credit as smooth as possible. At admission or at any time after being admitted to IUPUI, a student in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0 may transfer to the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Transfer students who have questions about how their previous course work will apply to their degree, or who encounter difficulties in the process of transferring credit or records, should contact the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's director of student services and admissions at (317) 274-8927.

Academic Policies

Student Code of Conduct / Office of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct / Academic and Personal Misconduct

The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct describes the behavior expected of all IUPUI students. Students should read the Code carefully to fully understand student responsibilities related to conduct both on and off campus.

The most frequent violations of the Code involve academic and personal misconduct. Faculty, staff, and students should refer to the above site for procedures and forms to be used in cases of misconduct. For the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, faculty may submit the completed misconduct forms to the Office of Student Services after meeting with the student to state the misconduct. Students need to sign the form. Violations will be reported to the campus Dean of Students who may take additional action.

The bottom line is that we expect students to do their own work, not cheat, credit others through citation for their thoughts and words, and to behave with civility. Students should expect similar behavior from faculty, staff and other students. All of us should behave in ways that encourage intellectual development and creativity; none of us has the right to disrupt the learning environment.

Program Planning, Advising, and Career Counseling Services

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy provides advising services to assist students in planning their program of study. Students should make an appointment with their school advisor before each registration period in order to discuss long-term goals as well as specific course work for the upcoming semester. Consulting with their advisor is a semester-by-semester obligation of students to ensure ongoing progress toward a degree.

Students, however, not their advisors, are responsible for their programs. Whenever possible students should avail themselves of the online "advisement report" available through the one.iu.edu portal. They should familiarize themselves with the general requirements for a philanthropic studies degree. Students are urged to complete most, if not all, of their general education requirements during the freshman and sophomore years.

In planning a program, students should refer to both the Schedule of Classes and this bulletin, and the degree map provided by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Career Services

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy also offers career services for students and recent graduates through the Office of Student Services. These services include individual consultations to help you connect your academic interests and accomplishments along with your work experiences, volunteer activities and on-campus involvement with potential career opportunities. Our student services staff can help you explore and plan your academic journey including on-campus leadership and job opportunities, community engagement through volunteering and internships, and preparation for professional job searching and graduate school applications. We help students learn to identify and articulate their unique skills and strengths, particularly through creating effective resumes, cover letters, graduate school essays and when preparing for interviewing and networking.

Residency Requirement for Degree

Our undergraduate degree is 120 credits. We do not offer an associate’s degree. We require more than the minimum of 30 credits because our major courses make up 40 credits and no other school offers our classes.

In addition, we have an agreement with Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) for the transfer of credits earned in the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts to the Bachelor of Arts in Philanthropic Studies.

The faculty of both institutions have worked together to develop the listings of course equivalencies, course requirements for the associate’s degree, and course requirements for the completion of the baccalaureate degree. The agreement applies to courses taken at ITCC beginning fall 2017. Courses covered by previous transfer agreements still in effect will transfer as specified in those agreements. All other course work taken prior to fall 2017 will be evaluated by the faculty of IUPUI to determine transferability. A maximum of 64 community college credits may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts in Philanthropic Studies.


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Pass/Fail (P/F) Option

Any Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy 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 or school distribution requirements, with the exception of the 300- to 400-level course requirement (Area III).

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 Schedule of Classes. 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 Director of Undergraduate Programs or the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Office of Student Services.

Grade Replacement Policy

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy does honor the IUPUI grade replacement policy. This policy allows approved undergraduate students seeking their first degree to repeat courses—a maximum of 15 credit hours, in order to improve poor grades, including grades of F. If a student earns the same or a higher grade after repeating the course, only the second grade will be counted in the cumulative GPA. Replacement does not happen automatically, so students must notify the school recorder that the course has been taken a second time and that they wish to exercise this option. Certain restrictions apply, and the grade replacement policy may not be honored by some schools when considering admission to the school or in computing graduation honors. For more information, students should contact their school/division.

This policy is not available for graduate students or students seeking any second undergraduate degree. For a copy of this policy, visit the Office of the Registrar’s Web site.

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 a Grade Change Authorization Form with the Associate Dean. If more than one full semester has elapsed, the faculty member still files the Grade Change Authorization Form but the form may be sent to the Teaching and Learning Assessment 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 Director of Undergraduate Programs.  Following that, the student may petition the Teaching and Learning Assessment Committee directly, using the Change of Grade Petition Form; these forms should be completed online. The petition must include (1) a statement of an attempted but unsuccessful interview with the faculty member and (2) supporting evidence for the petition. The decision of the Associate Dean is final and there are no additional avenues of appeal.

Academic Standing Academic Probation

Only IUPUI 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 advisor in the Office of Student Services, (317) 278-8946, to determine how they may become more successful in their studies. Students on probation must schedule an appointment with their advisors before registering.

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 Director of Student Services regardless of their cumulative grade point average, since they are failing to make progress toward a degree.

Dean’s List

Following each fall and spring semester, students who are enrolled as Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy undergraduate majors are eligible for recognition through the Dean’s List under the following terms:

  • Full-time students (enrolled in 12 or more credit hours) must complete 12 or more credit hours in that semester with a semester GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Part-time students (enrolled in 6-11.5 credit hours) must complete at least 6 credit hours in that semester with a semester GPA of 3.4 or higher.

Students enrolled in fewer than 6 credit hours are not eligible for Dean’s List recognition. Student registered as full-time, but who complete fewer than 12 credit hours, will be reviewed using the part-time criteria.

Students pursuing degrees in two schools for whom Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy appears as their second school will be considered for dean’s list through their primary school. Students who are enrolled as non-degree seeking or visiting students are not eligible for Dean’s List recognition.

Dean’s List recognition occurs about two months following completion of the semester. Notifications are sent to students from the Office of Student Services.  

Dean’s List recognition is separate from graduation recognition of distinction/high distinction/highest distinction.


Students will be dismissed from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy 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. 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 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.'')

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

A third dismissal is final.

  • Students who have not been enrolled for more than two semesters must complete a returning student application with the IUPUI Admissions Center. This process must be completed approximately a month prior to the beginning of the semester that the student wishes to enroll in. Students who previously had been admitted to the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and are in good academic standing will only need to complete the on-line form.
  • Any student who has been dismissed from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (or its equivalent on another IU campus) must petition for readmission. Students with a previous GPA of less than 2.0 and students who have been dismissed will be asked to complete a readmission petition form and to meet with the Director of Student Services and Admissions prior to readmission.A Petition for Readmission form may be obtained from the Office of Student Services. 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

Students must apply for graduation prior to the graduation date. Announcements will be made through the student email listserv, and through academic departments. IUPUI students may apply for graduation dates of May, June, August, or December. For undergraduate students, the application must be completed and on file by the following deadlines:

To graduate in May, June, or August apply by the previous November 1.

To graduate in December, apply by the previous June 15.


Applications received after these dates may be deferred to the following graduation date.


IUPUI holds commencement ceremonies one time each year, normally on the Sunday in May when Mother’s Day is observed. Students who graduated in the previous December, are graduating that May, or who anticipate graduating in August participate in this ceremony. Participation in commencement is not equivalent to graduation.

Graduating with Distinction

Each School may recognize only 10 percent of the undergraduate students graduating for that year. Within that, students must have earned GPAs of at least 3.9 to receive Highest Distinction; 3.75 for High Distinction; and at least a 3.5 for Distinction. Not all students with those GPAs will receive recognition because of the 10 percent limit and due to the eligibility rules. Often the top 10 percent will have GPAs in the 3.8 and higher range, meaning students with GPAs below that will not earn the distinction due to the 10 percent cutoff.

To be eligible for consideration, undergraduate students must have:

  • Officially applied for graduation on time (i.e. by Dec. 1 for May and August graduation; by Aug. 1 for December graduation) and accurately. If you applied late, you will not be considered for this recognition - no exceptions.
  • Completed at least 60 credit hours toward degree from IUPUI at the time lists are prepared for the Registrar and Recorder (usually that is in Jan. for May and August graduates; in September for December graduates). Again, you must have completed at least 60 hours at IUPUI that count toward your degree by the time the list is prepared.
  • Have an IU cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 or higher when the lists are prepared (usually that is in Jan. for May and August graduates; in October for December graduates). The cutoff for 10 percent may raise the lowest GPA, but no one with a recorded GPA of less than 3.5 will be considered.

These are IU guidelines that we cannot break.

Those students who meet the above requirements and are in the 10 percent will be contacted via email by the Recorder with instructions for picking up honor cords prior to commencement.

Last updated: May 2021