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Policies & Procedures

Graduate and Professional Policies

The following academic regulations of the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs are applicable to all graduate programs.

Confidentiality of Student Records  In accordance with Indiana University regulations, student records are confidential and are available to other persons only under specific conditions as outlined in university regulations.

Student Rights and Responsibility  Students are responsible for planning their own academic programs and for meeting the requirements for their degree or certificate programs. Faculty and academic advisors may assist students in meeting their responsibilities. Due process is followed in the event of disciplinary or other actions. Students should read the IUPUI Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, which can be accessed here, to ensure they are aware of these rights and responsibilities.

Applicability of Degree and Certificate Requirements  Students may choose to complete either the specific degree and certificate requirements published in the appropriate bulletin at the time of entry into the university or those in the bulletin current at the time of graduation.

Academic Standing  Students are considered to be in good standing during any semester in which their academic grade point average is at least 3.0 (B) both for their last semester's course work and for the cumulative average of all course work completed. Only courses with grades of C (2.0) or above may be counted toward degree requirements. However, grades below C are used in computing the cumulative grade point average, even if a course is repeated and a higher grade is earned. 

Academic Probation  Students are placed on probation following a semester in which their cumulative or semester grade point average falls below 3.0. Students on probation or admitted provisionally are required to attain an average of at least 3.0 for all work completed by the end of the next semester. Failure to do so is cause for dismissal. 

Dismissal  MPA and MSCJPS students who do not maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA face dismissal.  Students who are dismissed may appeal their dismissal but must sit out at least one semester before returning to the program.

Grading System  O'Neill follows the official grading system of Indiana University described in the introductory section of the bulletin.

Incomplete  A grade of Incomplete can only be given to a student facing a hardship such that it would be unjust to hold the student to the established time limits for completing the work.  To be eligible for the incomplete in a O'Neill course, the student's work must be of passing quality, and the student must have completed 75% of the course requirements.  The incomplete must be removed within the time specified by the instructor of the course; if not, the grade automatically changes to an F one calendar year after the Incomplete was given.

Withdrawals  Students must formally withdraw from courses in the timeframe allowed by the Registrar's office. This information can be found in the general policies of the Bulletin

Intercampus Transfer  Students enrolled in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at any campus of Indiana University may transfer to O'Neill on another campus, provided they are in good standing.

Transfer of Credit  A maximum of 6 credit hours of appropriate graduate course work with grades of B (3.0) or better may be transferred from degree programs of other academic units within Indiana University, including other O'Neill campuses, or other accredited colleges and universities. The transfer must be approved by the appropriate graduate program director.

Credit Earned in Nondegree Status  Not more than 12 hours of graduate credit completed as a nondegree student may be credited toward an O'Neill graduate degree. Not more than 9 hours of O'Neill graduate credit earned as a nondegree student may be credited toward O'Neill certificate programs.

Course Waivers  Requests for waiver of specific courses or requirements on the basis of previous course work are to be submitted in writing to the appropriate faculty member or program director.

Program Deviations  Requests for deviation from O'Neill programs or school requirements are granted only with written approval from an academic advisor and a campus or program director. Disposition by the O'Neill program or campus director is final.

Academic Integrity  Academic integrity requires that students take credit only for their own ideas and efforts. Misconduct, including cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, interference, or facilitating academic dishonesty, is prohibited because it undermines the bonds of trust and cooperation among members of this community and between us and those who may depend on our knowledge and integrity. Complete details are contained in the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Academic Appeals  Students may appeal academic decisions made by O'Neill faculty members. Attempts to resolve such issues should be made first at the class/instructor level. If necessary, written appeals should be submitted to relevant program directors. Appeals must be submitted before the last day of classes in the semester following the point at which the events in question occurred.

Course Revalidation  For O’Neill IUPUI graduate programs, it is required for master’s and certificate students, courses older than 10 years at time of graduation must be revalidated. Students should contact Student Services for acceptable forms of revalidation, in accordance with program director approval.