Jun 16, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Student Services

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Academic Advising

While students are ultimately responsible for accomplishing their own educational goals and progressing toward graduation, IPFW is committed to helping them meet this responsibility by ensuring access to quality academic advising. This is evidenced by the Academic Advising Council, a group of advisors and others (including students) from across campus that continually strives to improve advising services. Academic advisors are available to provide students with accurate, up-to-date information and appropriate guidance on academic matters. Students may find the names of their academic advisors by accessing http://my.ipfw on the IPFW home page or by contacting their academic units.

Students will benefit most from academic advising only when they accept a major share of the responsibility for seeking timely advice. Other, more specific obligations in the shared relationship between students and their academic advisors are as follows:

It is the academic advisor’s responsibility to

  • Be knowledgeable about university, school/division, and department academic regulations.
  • Establish, maintain, and clearly post adequate and suitable office hours for advising (including information on summer availability).
  • Assist the student with understanding degree requirements and the proper sequencing and selection of courses. This includes being knowledgeable about developmental course placement and any published changes in requirements.
  • Assist the student with determining practical and manageable academic loads.
  • Assist the student with monitoring academic progress.
  • Document approved exceptions to the student’s academic program.
  • Explain the relationships among degree requirements, departmental philosophy, and as necessary, certification criteria.
  • Assist the student with considering areas of enrichment appropriate to abilities and goals.
  • Assist the student with linking programs of study to relevant career opportunities.
  • Act, when appropriate, as a referral agent to other university personnel and services.

It is the student’s responsibility to

  • Be knowledgeable about university, school/division, and departmental program requirements; academic regulations; and calendar deadlines specified in the Bulletin, IPFW Student Handbook, and departmental publications.
  • Consult with his/her advisor whenever appropriate and in a timely manner.
  • Be prepared for all scheduled advising sessions.
  • Make academic decisions based upon the information obtained or recommendations offered. Academic advisors will not make decisions for students.
  • Act upon academic decisions in a timely manner.
  • Maintain personal records of academic progress, including documentation of approved exceptions to stated program requirements.
  • Seek additional or supplemental advice from other university personnel or services as needed or recommended.
  • Present and candidly discuss factors (such as employment, commuting distance, and other circumstances) that might influence selection of classes, registration processes, and other academic planning.

Alumni Association

More than 55,000 degrees have been granted by IPFW since opening in 1964. More than 54 percent of IPFW alumni remain in northeast Indiana and their work is seen in the growth and economic development of the state.
IPFW students have a chance to connect with alumni in a variety of ways, including:

Scholarships: Students who are children of or are married to an IPFW alumnus, or are an IPFW alumnus, are eligible for several scholarships offered by the IPFW Alumni Association. Applications are available at the beginning of the spring semester.

Homecoming: Celebrated during the pre-game with IPFW alumni, faculty, and staff.

STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow). This student organization is sponsored by the Alumni Association and offers students the opportunity to mingle and network with alumni through a variety of different programs and events.

The Alumni Association office is located in the Steel Dynamics Keith Busse IPFW Alumni Center, 1528 East California Rd., 260-481-6807, ipfw.edu/alumni.


Athletics (Athletic Center 270, 260-481-6643) administers NCAA sports-related university activities and manages the Athletic Center facilities.  Contact Athletics for further information about programs and fees.

Intercollegiate athletics are open to all qualified students.  IPFW competes in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I and is a member of The Summit League and the Midwest Intercollegiate Vollyball Association (MIVA).  IPFW offers the following programs:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Indoor & Outdoor Track (Women’s)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

 Information about athletics participation is available on gomastodons.com or by contacting the specific sport coach.

The Athletic Center houses the fitness facilities on campus. The fitness facilities are open to all IPFW students with valid IPFW ID cards. Memberships are also available to IPFW student spouses, faculty, staff, alumni and family members. The newly built field house offers both a 1/9 and 1/8 mile indoor mondosurfaced walk/running track, strength train room, and cardiovascular conditioning area. Racquetball courts, wallyball courts, basketball courts, core conditioning area, and a fitness class room are also available. Outdoor facilities include 5km and 10km cross country courses, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts. Fitness services include fitness assessments, fitness classes, “getting started” fitness consultations, nutrition consultations, personal fitness training packages, free education/awareness handouts, and special events such as fitness workshops and walk/run events. For membership costs and more facility information, call 260-481-6655, 260-481-6647 or visit ipfw.edu/fitness.


Follett’s IPFW Bookstore (Walb Student Union, 260-481-0300) has served the academic community at IPFW for more than 40 years, fulfilling students’ needs from freshman classes to purchasing graduation apparel. Conveniently located in Walb Student Union, the bookstore offers course materials in several formats, general books, computer hardware, apparel, gifts, and more. In addition, the bookstore gives you the convenience of ordering your course materials and other items online at ipfwshop.com.  You can contact the bookstore at 260-481-0300 or by e-mail at bookstor@ipfw.edu.

Career Services

Career Services (Kettler 109, 260-481-0689) offers a variety of services to meet the career development needs of IPFW students and alumni including career counseling, self-assessments, and internship and job search assistance. Students who need help choosing a major or career can take our career planning class called EDUC X210 or IDIS 11500. In addition, Career Services coordinates various programs throughout the year to assist students and alumni with their job search, including career fairs and networking events. Finally, many companies post a variety of employment opportunities with our office. Work-study, part-time, full-time, and internship opportunities are posted on JobZone, and our free job and résumé database is available to IPFW students and alumni. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.ipfw.edu/career or call 260-481-0689.

Center for Women and Returning Adults

The Center for Women and Returning Adults (CWRA) (Walb 120, 260-481-6029) serves as an advocate for women and nontraditional students by providing academic, financial, and personal assistance while simultaneously familiarizing them with the network of services available on campus or in the community. The CWRA provides a continuum of services directed toward an extremely diverse subculture within the campus community. The nature of our services extends beyond the campus or student life spectrum into the life-planning arena that is specific to nontraditional students or individuals and family members. Our involvement in child care, housing, financial, and domestic abuse issues requires that our services be directed from the campus to the community. Special ongoing efforts designed to meet the needs of our subculture include STARS (Starting, Transfer, and Returning Students) orientations and Students with Families workshops and entertainment.

Child Care

IPFW partners with The Learning Community to provide child care for IPFW faculty, staff, and students at a discounted rate. The Learning Community is located at 2041 Reed Road. Hours of operation during fall, spring, and summer semesters are 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. TLC provides care for infants to children 12 years old. For registration and fee information, contact TLC at 260-424-8852 or visit www.tlckidsfirst.com.

Collegiate ConnectionTM

The IPFW Collegiate ConnectionTM lets students experience college while they are still in high school. Collegiate Connection students may take any IPFW course that is appropriate for a college freshman. Some financial aid is available based upon need. Any student meeting the admission requirements and who qualifies for the free and or reduced textbook/lunch program is eligible to take up to two classes per semester (fall/spring) tuition-free. Students are responsible for their textbooks and transportation.

IPFW Collegiate Connection high school program has partnered with participating high schools in Indiana to offer college credit courses at your high school during the regular school day.  These courses are taught by IPFW certified high school teachers and receive a substantial tuition discount. See the website for a complete listing of participating schools and course offerings.

Successful students:

  • Get an early start on their college degree, which gives the student more flexibility as a full-time college student. Many students find they are able to pursue second majors, study abroad, complete internships, or finish their degree early.
  • Begin building a college transcript. Most courses are transferable to other colleges and universities.
  • Gain access to IPFW’s vast, state-of-the-art technology and resources.
  • Satisfy the Indiana high school Academic Honors diploma requirements.
  • Take additional courses designed for high-achieving students.
  • Develop the critical thinking, writing, and reading skills that will prepare students for success in college.

For additional information, please call 260-481-5478, e-mail connection@ipfw.edu, or visit the program web site at ipfw.edu/collegiate-connection.

Computer Resources

IPFW’s computing environment includes access to networked computers and a variety of software, from word processing to discipline-specific applications.  Software can also be downloaded through the my.ipfw portal and clicking the link for IUware.  Also included are support services for multimedia creation and delivery, classroom technology and activities capture, and teleconferences.

Student accounts (includes e-mail, my.ipfw, student-access labs, wireless access). Accounts for student computing resources are created upon your admission to IPFW. You must complete an activation process before using the account including sending or receiving e-mail. Your e-mail accounts are accessible from any student-access lab or the Web. Student accounts remain active as long as you are enrolled. However, if a student infects our network with a virus, we may disable their account.

Training. All students will be able to access free software training videos, through lynda.com, on and off campus using their student email account as their username. Students may also request training through the IT-Services helpdesk by calling 481-6030 or emailing at helpdesk@ipfw.edu.

Web space. Each student receives web space through Google Sites when their account is activated. This space is accessible through their Gmail account. Student organizations can request to have web space.

Computer labs. All student-access computer labs and computer-equipped classrooms are capable of accessing many software applications, student e-mail, and the Internet. The student-access computer labs are in Kettler Hall 217; Neff Hall B71 and B73 (a shared-use lab); Science Building G15; Helmke Library (3 labs -  first floor -  24 hour lab on the first floor -  440A (a shared-use lab)); Visual Arts 205; Student Housing, Clubhouse; Liberal Arts 42 ( a shared-use lab); Walb 220 (Studio M curriculum Lab); and Walb Student Union 221. Besides these student-access labs, some schools and departments provide their students with access to additional specialized labs. The sponsoring departments define their availability and hours.

Getting help. For the most current campus computing information and software documentation, visit IT Services’ Web site at ipfw.edu/its. Student consultants are available in person to assist students in some labs during most open lab hours. Student consultants cannot do assignments for students, but they can answer general computing questions. In addition, IT Services provides assistance to students at the Help Desk in Kettler 206, 260-481-6030. Help Desk technicians can answer questions about specific computer services and facilities available to students.

Continuing Studies, Division of

The IPFW Division of Continuing Studies (Kettler 145, 260-481-6619) provides lifelong learning opportunities through its credit programs and public courses for professional development and personal enrichment. The division manages approximately 52,000 student enrollments annually.  The division increases student access to internationally recognized Indiana University and Purdue University degrees by partnering with IPFW’s academic departments to provide the alternative delivery of college credit courses, minors, certificates and degree programs. The division manages online learning delivery, high school dual credit, the university’s Weekend College program, the Accelerated M.B.A. program through the Doermer School of Business, and the M.S. in Educational Leadership through the College of Education and Public Policy.  Continuing Studies also manages the ACELINK program connecting Allen County K-12 schools through video conferencing and virtual field trips.  The Division of Continuing Studies also provides noncredit options, many of which yield continuing education units. These include public courses for personal and professional development and customized corporate training for regional businesses. The division offers a wide array of credit and noncredit professional development for educators.  For more targeted, in-depth training, selected professional development courses are grouped into certificate programs. These options offer students concise, career-related education.

For more information about the Division of Continuing Studies and a listing of available courses, see ipfw.edu/dcs.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office (Walb 111, 260-481-6601) may be contacted regarding any questions or concerns you are experiencing. Either direct assistance or referral to the appropriate individual or office will be provided. In addition, the dean and associate dean handle student conduct issues and advise faculty, staff, and students on IPFW policies and procedures governing student rights, responsibilities, and conduct, provide assistance to students pursuing for late full withdrawals, grade appeals, and student complaints, and serve as advocate for students and their issues. The dean also oversees Career Services, Personal Counseling Services, and Services for Students with Disabilities.

Disabilities, Services for Students with

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordinates IPFW’s programming for students with disabilities, as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Persons with qualifying disability conditions per these regulations are eligible for specialized academic support services and other assistance through SSD.  SSD provides academic aids and services including sign-language interpreter services, accommodated test-proctoring facilities, disability-specific career/academic/personal counseling, coordination of the use of accessible computer workstations across campus, and more. SSD also serves the campus community as advocate/consultant on disability-related issues.  IPFW does not provide personal attendant care or transportation services. You must be able to attend to your personal care and needs or you must arrange independently for such services if needed. Although a personal escort may be provided during times of inclement weather by contacting university police and safety, you are responsible for your transportation to and from campus and between classes and other facilities. You are responsible for attending classes as required by your class instructors’ attendance policy.

To request services on the basis of disability or to receive further information, call 260-481-6657 (VOICE/TTD) or visit the director of SSD in Walb 113.

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (Walb 118, 260-481-6608) provides a vital support system for African American, Asian American, Hispanic, international, Native American, and other underrepresented students enrolled at IPFW. Evening appointments can be arranged for students who cannot visit the office during regular hours.  Services include networking opportunities, cultural/heritage programs, educational and personal counseling, leadership development and enhancement, mentoring, workshops, and study tables.  Diversity and Multicultural Affairs also assists in the development, administration, and evaluation of student recruitment and retention efforts; sponsors outreach and programs for early access to higher education; and provides cultural diversity training for IPFW faculty and staff.

First-generation and Nontraditional College Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481- 6847). Academic-success programs, academic and personal advising, and general support services are provided.

African American Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-6604). Academic-success programs, cultural heritage activities, and academic and personal advising are provided. Many activities are planned in cooperation with the Black Collegian Caucus.

Hispanic Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-6847). Individual academic and personal assistance, scholarship and internship information, and information regarding campus and community events are all available. Many programs are coordinated with Hispanos Unidos, which is open to all members of the campus community interested in Hispanic culture.

Asian American Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-6608). Academic support, academic and personal advising, and cultural activities are available. Activities are coordinated with various Asian American student organizations.

Native American Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-6847). Cultural heritage programs and academic and personal advising are provided. Many activities are planned in cooperation with United Native American Students.

Emergency Health and Security Services

For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911 from any university office telephone; then notify university police by calling 260-481-6911. From campus access-only phones, dial university police directly (16911). University police will call for additional assistance.

For routine healthcare needs, you are expected to remain under your personal physician’s care while attending IPFW.

Escort service to and/or from classes for safety reasons is available any time by dialing 16827 from any campus telephone or 260-481-6900 from a cell phone.

University Police (Support Services Building 102, 260-481-6827) and its officers are empowered to enforce state and local laws, as well as campus traffic and conduct regulations, and provide 24-hour emergency services on campus. The department conducts continuous patrols, furnishes disabled-vehicle assistance, and maintains lost-and-found articles. Students and staff are urged to report all suspicious activity or other hazards to the department. Crime prevention policy information, crime incidence, and arrest statistics are available from University Police.

Financial Aid

IPFW provides more that 90 million dollars in financial aid annually. The financial aid programs at IPFW consist of scholarships, grants, student loans, and student employment opportunities. Detailed information on the financial aid programs is available online at ipfw.edu/financial and in person at the Financial Aid Office located in Kettler Hall, room 102.

Eligibility for financial aid programs varies depending on the individual program. In general, a student must meet the following criteria to be eligible for financial aid:

  1. Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States;
  2. Be admitted and enrolled in a program leading to a degree or certificate; and
  3. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress towards that degree.

NOTE: Not all certificates are eligible for financial assistance. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you are unsure if your program is eligible.

The Student Financial Aid Programs

Federal Programs
     Pell Grants (PELL)*
     Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)*
     Federal Work-Study (FWS)*
     Unsubsidized and Subsidized Student Loans*
     Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

State Programs
     Frank O’Bannon Grant Program (Formerly Indiana Higher Education Award)*
     21st Century Scholars Program*
     Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship*
     Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant*
     Minority Teacher Scholarship*
     Part Time Grant*

Campus-Based Programs
     IPFW Foundation Scholarships

*To be eligible for these programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.                                                                                                                                                                                

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid

All financial aid recipients are required to make reasonable academic progress toward completion of degree requirements. Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress at IPFW are evaluated at the end of each academic semester, and at the time of awarding any aid. The policy consists of a completion requirement, a grade point average requirement, and a maximum time frame requirement.

Completion Requirement

IPFW students must complete at least 67% of their hours attempted cumulatively.  A student who fails to complete 67% of their hours attempted cumulatively will be place on Satisfactory Academic Progress Warning. If the student fails to complete at least 33% of their attempted hours cumulatively, the student is placed on Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension.

Hours attempted include all financial aid-eligible courses. For the purposes of this policy, hours attempted with grades of F, W, I, NP-or NC are considered incomplete.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Credits Completed Minimum Cumulative GPA
0-29 1.7
30+ 2.0

Maximum Time-Frame Requirement***

The maximum time frame a student has to complete their degree is equal to 150% of the hours required for the completion of the degree or certificate. As a general rule, the bachelor degree has a maximum of 122 hours attempted. A student would be placed on Satisfactory Academic Progress Denial after attempting 183 hours (150% of 122 credit hours). Hours transferred to IPFW from previous institutions are included in this requirement.

NOTE: A student seeking a second degree or certificate will still have his/her hours from the first degree counted in their total hours attempted. For example, a student who completed an Associate Degree while attempting 70 hours at IPFW would start out with those same 70 hours attempted before taking a single class towards his/her second degree.

Warning, Suspension and Appeal Process

Financial aid recipients who do not meet the satisfactory academic progress standards will be placed on a warning status and notified in writing that they have the opportunity to repair their record through their enrollment and counseling.

Students who fail to meet satisfactory academic progress in their next semester of enrollment will be notified in writing that they are on a Suspension status and are no longer eligible for financial aid. A student may provide a written appeal within 30 days of the date of notification if extenuating circumstances exist.

Federal Ombudsman Office

The Federal Ombudsman Office is a final resource for student loan borrowers to informally resolve loan disputes and problems after first seeking help through other customer service avenues. The Ombudsman Customer Service Line is 877-557-2575, or you can visit  http://studentaid.ed.gov.

Healthy Living: Campus Clinic and Wellness Programs, IPFW Center for

The IPFW Center for Healthy Living: Campus Clinic and Wellness Programs offers comprehensive health and wellness services for students, staff, faculty, retirees, and general public.

Location. The clinic is conveniently located in Walb Union, room 234. Parking is available in parking garage #2 (next to Athletic Sports Center).

Contact Information: Phone: (260)-481-5748.  Website:  ipfw.edu/clinic

Hours. The clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The clinic is closed only when the university is officially closed.

Staff. The clinic is staffed with two nationally certified family nurse practitioners, a medical assistant, wellness coaches, registered dietitian, and personal fitness trainers.

Appointments. Appointments are suggested and available for your convenience. Call or stop in to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are accepted until 4:00 P.M. daily.

Services provided.

  • Assessments and diagnose minor and acute illnesses, as well as chronic health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Physical examinations
  • Order and interpret diagnostic studies such as lab work and x-rays
  • Immunizations
  • Gynecological exams, birth control, and sexually transmitted disease screenings
  • Tobacco cessation support
  • Prescribe medications and consult with physicians and other health care providers, when needed
  • Promote healthy living through patient education and counseling

Allergy injections. Allergy serum may be stored at the clinic. Allergy injections can be given between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m

Health and wellness education. Health and wellness education includes screenings, assessments, consultations, workshops, classes, resources, and events to help individuals gain awareness and opportunities for better total wellness. Health education and health counseling can include, but are not limited to, weight management, heart-healthy living, sports performance, eating disorders, diabetic control, smoking cessation, and stress management. Registered dietitians and certified physical fitness instructors are on staff.

Fitness Services.

The IPFW Athletic Center is the fitness center on campus for all IPFW students with valid IPFW ID cards.   Memberships are also available to IPFW student spouses, faculty, staff, alumni, and family members.  The newly built field house offers both a 1/4 and 1/9 mile indoor mondosurfaced walk/running tracks, strength training room, cardiovascular conditioning room, racquetball courts, wally ball courts, basketball courts, core conditioning area, and a fitness class room.  Outdoor facilities include 5km and 10km cross country courses, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts.  Fitness services include fitness assessments, fitness classes, “getting started” fitness consultations, nutrition consultations, personal fitness training packages, free education/awareness handouts, and special events such as fitness workshops and walk/runs.  For information, call 260-481-6655 or visit ipfw.edu/fitness.

The hours are: Monday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Fridays 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sundays 12:00 pm - 8 pm.

Honors Program

The Honors Program (Honors Center, 2nd Floor Helmke Library, 260-481-6924) is an undergraduate program that provides learning opportunities in an environment of intellectual excitement and discovery.  Honors courses supplement and enrich studies in any academic major, are multidisciplinary and tend to be more interactive than other classes. Participation in the Honors Program can enhance your intellectual development within a learning community of students and faculty with similar academic interests. The Honors Certificate provides you with an excellent credential that will increase your chance of success in gaining employment or admission to professional and graduate school.

The Honors Program also has much to offer outside of the traditional classroom setting. Independent studies and H-Option Contracts allow for customized and creative learning opportunities. Beyond the campus setting, students can participate in honors study abroad opportunities, as well as regional and national honors conferences. The Honors Student Group organizes several social events each semester, providing an excellent setting to meet friends, have fun and perform community service.

See Honors Program in  Programs  of this Bulletin for details.

Housing Information

IPFW Student Housing (260-481-4180) provides apartment-style living for full-time students at IPFW. The IPFW Student Housing community encourages the freedom of apartment-style living without sacrificing the convenience and comfort of off-campus living. Each unit is furnished and has a fully equipped kitchen including microwave, trash disposal, and dishwasher. Bedrooms are individually keyed for privacy, and each bedroom is set up with high-speed Internet and cable. Community amenities include 24 hour computer labs, community lounges, a fitness room, and 24-hour laundry facilities. Additional information is available from the Student Housing office or by visiting the Student Housing Web site at IPFWstudenthousing.com.

International Education, Office of

Office of International Education (Kettler 104, 260-481-6034) oversees international student services and international programs.

International Student Services  recruits, admits, enrolls, and retains international students. The office provides a host of admissions services including foreign degree certification, academic credential review, and transfer credit evaluation. ISS organizes an extensive international orientation one week prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. For more information, call 260-481-6494 or e-mail iss@ipfw.edu.

IPFW is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. ISS attempts to ensure that IPFW complies with all applicable laws set forth by the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of State, and other government agencies. ISS offers a variety of immigration services including assistance with change of status, extension of status, on- and off-campus employment, visa counseling, and others.

ISS helps enrolled international students with obtaining a social security number, state ID, and driver’s licenses. The office also pre-registers new incoming international students, administers the required international health insurance policy, and assists with non-resident tax preparation assistance. The office co-sponsors various trips and activities, campus and community ethnic and cultural celebrations, and serves as the advisor for the International Student Organization (ISO).

International Programs (Kettler 269, 260-481-6494) promotes and coordinates all aspects of international education on campus.  It provides or sponsors:

  • Information and advising for students interested in Study Abroad
  • Information for faculty about research and teaching opportunities in other countries
  • Events related to International Education and the internationalization of the IPFW campus

Library Services

The Walter E. Helmke Library is a virtual and physical environment that supports the IPFW community in discovering and accessing information for class work, research, career and the job market. 

The library building is undergoing a major renovation during 2016 and the building will be closed to the public until January 2017. However, throughout 2016, the same great library services are available: find services, librarians, book request forms, reserves and answers to your questions online or at the first floor Library Services. Follow the renovation progress.

The majority of our resources are online 24/7/365 on our website.  We provide high-quality information resources, coordinated information services and expertise, and innovative instruction fully integrated with the educational goals of IPFW so that you are able to:

Ask the right questions:

Find the best resources:

Evaluate the quality of your sources:

Credit your sources:

  • Use the Library’s collection of research and style guides and consult with a librarian and make an appointment with the Writing Center for questions on organizing your paper, creating bibliographies and using information ethically and legally
  • Check out a laptop or an iPad in the Library Services Center.

Watch for announcements of the annual spring Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium to present your research on a poster to peers and faculty

Mastodon Academic Performance Center

The Mastodon Academic Performance Center (MAP) (Gates Center 104) provides academic support for student-athletes, helping them to achieve  solid academic progress, maintain NCAA athletic eligibility, and graduate in their respective disciplines. Additionally, the MAP Center is responsible for the implementation of the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs program and supervision of the Student-Athletic Leadership Team (SALT).


Math Testing Center

The Math Testing Center (Kettler G18, 260-481-5722) is for students who are taking a math test outside of the classroom when arrangements are made by the instructor.  In order to receive a test, students must have a photo ID. More information and current hours of operation can be found at www.ipfw.edu/casa. 
Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC)

Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is one of the best leadership courses in the country offered within a college curriculum, and it is available at IPFW through the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science. During classes and field training, students learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and conduct missions as an Officer in the U.S. Army. ROTC students maintain a normal academic schedule like all college students, but they enroll in military science and leadership courses each semester. Upon graduation from IPFW and the Army ROTC, Cadets are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

For more information, call 260-481-0156 or email SFC Jeremy Higgins at higginsj@ipfw.edu.

Military Student Services

The office of Military Student Services (OMSS) (Kettler 104, 260-481-0517) provides support services for students who are currently serving in the military as well as veterans transitioning from the military to academic life. Services include access to Military transcripts through JST (Joint Services Transcript system), assistance with predeployment and return from deployment processes, GI Bill education benefit information, CAC Reader access to IPERM, AKO, CCAF, Veterans Affairs issues, transfer credit, referral to campus and community resources, advocacy and support through the Veteran Student Organization, which is an organization of faculty, staff and students. An IPFW MSS Facebook page provides resources and information on campus activities and military support programs. Further information may be found on the my.ipfw channel for military students and veterans.

Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education and Service Learning (OACS)

Cooperative education (co-op) is a nationally recognized academic enhancement training program that allows students to gain valuable employment experience related to their majors. Students are paid competitive wages and may receive academic credit. Local employers offer co-op jobs in biology, chemistry, communication, English, mathematics, physics, engineering, technology, computer science, business, and organizational leadership and supervision. Eligibility requirements include current university enrollment, completion of freshman courses toward a bachelor’s degree, and the established departmental GPA prerequisite. 

Service learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.

Academic Internships involve any work experience that is related to your educational and career goals. Internships may be part time or full time, paid or volunteer, and are available in many professional areas including law corrections, probation, education, health, community services, government, private business, and many more.

OACS is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment (www.ipfw.edu/oacs; Neff Hall 337, 260-481-6939).


Campus safety and security information. IPFW strives to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and visitors. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report details a variety of safety services, policies, and information available to students, staff, and visitors. To obtain a copy, contact Admissions, University Police, or Human Resources. To view the report, go to ipfw.edu/offices/police/documents/IPFW_Police_Current_Annual.pdf.  The IPFW University Police department has fully sworn officers that are on duty 24 hours per day.  University Police is located in the Support Services Building with office hours from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  All business transactions, including ticket payments and parking permit requests, can be made during regular office hours.  A payment drop box is available 24/7.  For additional information, go to www.ipfw.edu/police.

Emergency Procedures

First aid. In life-threatening emergencies, dial 911 from any telephone to summons assistance for an Ambulance, Fire, or Police.  For non-emergencies, University Police can be contacted by dialing 260-481-6827 or 16827 from a campus phone.

Escort service. Dial 260-481-6827 or 16827 from a campus phone to provide your location and request service.

Fire emergencies. Fire alarm pull boxes are located in all campus buildings. If you suspect a fire emergency, pull a fire alarm at once. Whenever you hear this continuous horn sound, use the nearest exit to leave the building quickly and as safely as possible. Once outside, move away from the building. Don’t use elevators during fire emergencies or when you are in an otherwise unoccupied building.

Weather emergencies. The All-Hazards Outdoor Emergency Warning sirens will be activated in the event a TORNADO WARNING is in effect (a tornado has been sighted nearby). Take shelter in one of the following areas until notified by university officials it’s safe to leave:

ET Engineering, Technology and Computer Science Building ground floor corridor
GC Gates Sports Center basement
IU IU Medical Bulding basement corridor
KT Kettler basement or ground floor of south and east wings
LA Liberal Arts Building basement
LB Helmke Library basement
LS Life Sciences Resource Center ground floor
NF Neff Hall basement
PG-1 Parking Garage Ramp B Gold
PG-2 Parking Garage Lower-level Interior Ramp
PG-3 Parking Garage 1st-level against West block wall
RC Instrumental Rehearsal Room
SB Science Building ground floor corridor
VA Visual Arts Building ground floor restrooms or corridor
WT Williams Theatre to Visual Arts Building ground floor restrooms or corridor
WU Walb Student Union ground floor stair areas

If you are in the Support Services Building or Printing Services/Warehouse, go to the Liberal Arts Building basement.

Adverse weather. Snow emergencies and snow recesses are occasionally unavoidable during winter months. During an adverse weather closing, classes are canceled, and only essential personnel are to report to the university. If you suspect that an adverse weather closing has occurred, please monitor radio and television stations for announcements or call the IPFW Weather Line at 260-481-6050.

Emergency Notification

Alert Contact Information. IPFW Alert, the Emergency Warning Notification System, allows the university to contact you by phone, e-mail, and/or text regarding any campus situation that may affect you. Log on to myipfw.edu and locate the “Alert Phone Number” heading on the right side of the Web page. Click on the “Edit” button and enter the methods by which you would like to be contacted. (Your university-issued e-mail address is mandatory.)

You may be contacted for the following possible scenarios:
    -Weather conditions have closed the campus
    -Utility problems have affected all or specific parts of the campus
    -A hazardous material incident is affecting the campus
    -A hostile activity is affecting the safety of people on the campus

Once you have registered, your contact information will not be used for any other purpose than what is listed above. Messages delivered to you will always be brief, informative, and provide you with the directions necessary to ensure your safety.

Traffic Parking Rules Summary

Authority. These regulations are adopted pursuant to the authority conferred by the laws of the State of Indiana upon the Boards of Trustees of Indiana University and Purdue University.

The respective boards deem it necessary and desirable to make and enforce these regulations for the safety and welfare of students, staff, and visitors in protection of property and the safe operation of the IPFW campus.

University police are empowered to enforce state laws and campus regulations under the supervision of the vice chancellor for financial affairs.

Definitions. When used in these regulations, the following words and phrases have these meanings:

Parked vehicle. This is a motor vehicle with no licensed driver at the wheel.

Permit. This is a parking placard issued by University Police or its designees.

Restricted hours: Classes are in session between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Sundays. During restricted hours, you must display a valid permit to park in designated “Employee Permit”  or handicapped parking areas. Appropriate coins must be placed in meters during these hours.

Vehicle. This is any propelled device with two or more wheels.

Visitor. This is a person who is neither a student nor a staff member, including people attending meetings or conferences.

Parking Permits

Registration procedures. Parking permits, including information about the annual fees associated with them, are available from University Police in the Support Services Building.

Parking permits issued for cars and trucks are to be attached to the rear view mirror post with the permit number visible from the vehicle front. Only a current permit should be displayed. The parking permit is for use only by the purchaser and is the property of IPFW.

Parking Regulations

“Employee” parking lots (designated by green lined spaces) shall be used during restricted hours only by motor vehicles with an “Employee Parking Permit”.  Some, but not all, “Employee parking” lots change to open parking after 5 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Signs in each lot will indicate if and when the lot will change to open parking. The parking garages have areas designated as “Employee Parking Permit” parking  and metered short-term parking in Parking Garage #1. All undesignated areas (white lined spaces) are considered open parking and no permit is required.

Special and temporary parking permits may be obtained from University Police when extenuating circumstances exist. If you arrive on campus and realize you do not have your permit, you may pick up a temporary permit at University Police.

Authorization to leave a vehicle on campus overnight must be obtained from University Police. Unauthorized vehicles left on campus 72 hours or more will be considered abandoned and will be removed. An accumulation of unpaid fines or improper parking will also provide cause for towing at owner’s expense. Dock parking is only for loading and unloading vehicles. People who need to use the dock for more than 10 minutes must obtain authorization from University Police.

People operating motorcycles may park in a vehicle stall or on motorcycle pads. Vehicles shall be parked between painted stall lines or in front of bumper blocks that indicate individual parking spaces.

The Allen County Extension office’s parking lot is for clients only, and not for use by the campus community.

Traffic Regulations

Campus vehicle operators must:

  • Obey all state and local regulations, including signs, signals, markings, and other traffic-control devices.

  • Not maintain a speed of more than 20 m.p.h. unless otherwise posted. In parking lots, the maximum speed is 15 m.p.h. Parking is never permitted within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or in designated fire lanes. People parking on grass will be ticketed and be responsible for any damages.

Pedestrians have the right of way in all crosswalks. If a pedestrian enters or is about to enter a marked crossing, approaching vehicles must stop while the pedestrian is in the crossing.

All traffic accidents that occur on campus must be reported immediately.

All bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks. Bicycle registration is available at the University Police Department from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Bicycles chained to trees or signs or taken inside buildings may be impounded.

Skateboard use on campus is prohibited.

Violations and Fines

Meter Violation $15
Failure to display a permit in “A” lot $25
“Employee Parking” permit holder who forgot permit $5
Improper Parking $25
Moving Violation $60
Handicapped Parking Only $100
Fire Lane $50
Displaying lost/stolen/counterfeit permit $50
Bicycle Violation $5
Smoking/Tobacco Policy Violation $25

Appeals. Appeal forms are available at University Police (in the Support Services Building). Campus tickets may be appealed to the Traffic Appeals Board, which consists of faculty, staff, and students. Board decisions are binding and final.

If a ticket recipient does not respond or pay the fine within five working days from the date of issuance, University Police shall notify the recipient by mail that unless the ticket/fine is appealed in writing or is paid within 10 working days after the date of notice, the ticket recipient has forfeited any appeal privilege. An administrative encumbrance fee shall be added to each unpaid fine. No appeals will be accepted or considered by any university appellate body unless filed within the 15-day period.

Failure to satisfy delinquent fines may result in denial of future academic registration, denial of parking privileges, and/or removal of vehicle from campus at the owner’s expense.

Registration and Graduation

The IPFW Schedule of Classes is published online at http://my.ipfw.edu. The Web site provides detailed current information about

  • course offerings
  • registration days and times
  • fees and refunds
  • the semester/session calendar
  • important deadlines
  • final exam schedules
  • general policies and procedures

Before you meet with your advisor, you should carefully examine the Schedule of Classes and make a tentative selection of classes in which you wish to enroll.

For the convenience of students with late-evening and weekend classes, a drop box is on the door of the registrar’s office (Kettler 107). In most cases, deposited forms containing all applicable information and required signatures will be processed by noon on the next working day. Partially completed forms cannot be processed. This drop box is not secured for the deposit of checks, cash, or other financial transactions. All financial transactions are to be directed to the bursar’s office (Kettler G57).

Graduation information. To be considered for graduation from an IPFW program, you must submit an application for graduation. If you do not apply for graduation by the deadline posted, you may not be considered for honors; your name may not appear in the Commencement program; and your spring degree may not be available at Commencement.

Please visit the registrar’s Web site at ipfw.edu/registrar, and click on Graduation Information or contact your department.

If you are finishing your degree Application Deadline
Fall June 1
Spring Nov. 1
Summer I & Summer II Feb. 1

Student Assistance Program (SAP) - Counseling Services, IPFW/Parkview

IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides free and confidential short-term services to all currently enrolled IPFW students. SAP works with a variety of concerns, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse, and eating disorders. SAP is available for consultation, outreach, and workshops upon request. They are located in Walb 113. Please call  260-373-8060 or 800-721-8809 to schedule an appointment.

 Student Exchange Program

The National Student Exchange (NSE) program (Kettler 109, 260-481-6595) allows eligible IPFW students to spend a semester or year studying at one of approximately 200 different universities and colleges in the United States, its territories, and Canada. The NSE program broadens students’ cultural and educational experiences.

Participating students pay regular tuition and fees to IPFW and have access to regular IPFW financial aid. While credits earned on exchange are recorded as resident credit toward the IPFW degree, exchange grades are not calculated in the IPFW grade-point average. Go to ipfw.edu/mac to schedule an appointment, or go to ipfw.edu/nse for more information.

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook is published each fall semester to inform students of the services, programs, and activities available at IPFW. It also contains important information on university policies and the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. The handbook is available at the Kettler Hall Information Desk, the Dean of Students office (Walb 111), Follett’s IPFW Bookstore, and other campus locations.

Student Life and Organizations

Student Life (Walb 210, 260-481-6609) promotes co-curricular and extracurricular programs, planning and facilitating the following: 120+ student organizations; leadership development programming; MAP-Works and Don2Don Student Success Coaching early alert initiatives; intramural sports and fitness classes; the Community Service Fair, NOH8 Campaign and The Big Event; the Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT) program, IPFW New Student Orientation and Freshmen Fest, and the Student Achievement Celebration. For more information, visit  ipfw.edu/stulife.

Intramural Sports are open to all eligible IPFW students, faculty, and staff and include the following sports: basketball, flag football, powder puff football, team tennis, ping pong, billiards, euchre, racquetball, table tennis, volleyball, sand volleyball, soccer (indoor and out), fall golf league, dodgeball, corn hole, ultimate Frisbee and wally ball. Annual tournament events include a 5k run/walk event, Dodgeball tournament, 3 on 3 Holiday Hoops basketball tournament, and a spring golf scramble. Events are added as popularity grows. For more information, please visit us online at ipfw.edu/intramurals.

Student Success & Transitions

The Center forStudent Success & Transitions (SST)  promotes an enhanced learning experience for IPFW students. SST programs and initiatives create a challenging and supportive environment, enabling successful transitions to the university, a solid foundation for continued academic success, and timely progress towards graduation for all students.  To explore the programs and services SST offers, including the Student Success Program.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is designed to assist students in historically-difficult courses. It consists of regularly scheduled study groups with trained peer leaders.  SI sessions usually begin during the first week or second week of the term. The instructor of the class or the SI leader will announce the SI schedule on the first day of class.  Generally, students who attend SI regularly attend a grade one half to one full letter grader higher than those students who do not attend SI.  Students who do not have an SI leader in their class, may attend SI sessions that may be helpful to them.  Visit ipfw.edu/offices/casa/si/  for available SI sessions.

Testing Services

Testing Services (Kettler 232) administers IPFW placement tests (English, math, reading, and foreign languages), national tests (CPA, CLEP, LSAT, MAT, PRAXIS, and SAT), correspondence-study examinations, career-assessment inventories, and board and certification computer based exams.  Placement tests. Students admitted to IPFW must follow the writing guided self-placement process and take the math placement test before registering for any class.  Transfer and/or nondegree students who have taken English composition and/or math at another college should check with their IPFW academic advisor about placement requirements. Placement test results are valid for two years from the date the exams are taken. Foreign Language placement exams in Spanish, German, and French are also available. Contact Testing Services (Kettler 232, 260-481-6600 for an appointment. For information regarding the guided self-placement writing exam, please contact the Department of English and Linguistics at 260-481-6841.

Transcripts and Academic Records

The Office of the Registrar (Kettler 107) can provide official transcripts for students who have been enrolled at IPFW or any other IU or Purdue campus.  Copies of academic records (unofficial transcripts) for IPFW students are available from the registrar’s office (Kettler 107).  If your record is not encumbered for any reasons described herein, you will (upon application to the Office of the Registrar and payment of any prescribed fee) be entitled to receive an official transcript of your complete record, including any major(s) and minor(s).

NOTE: The registrar’s office is the ONLY university office authorized to issue official transcripts. All requests for these documents must be directed to that office.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center (Kettler G21, 260-481-5740) offers free tutoring for many courses, Monday-Friday.  Students are allowed up to two free hours of one-to-one tutoring per week per subject. Appointments for one-to-one tutoring must be made 12 hours in advance through the online scheduling program TutorTrac at ipfw.edu/casa.  Walk-in tutoring is offered for math and some science classes in the Math Resource Area (Kettler G19).  Students needing technical assistance for software in their courses can ask tutors for help.  Online tutoring is available in select courses.

 Veterans and Military Students

The IPFW Veterans Benefits certifying official provides educational support services for veterans of the U.S. military.

Veterans’ benefits information and counseling for first-time, continuing, or transfer students is available from the VA-benefits certifying official in the military student services’ office (Kettler 104, 260-481-0517). If you are receiving veterans benefits, certification of your enrollment status is required each semester and must be requested by completing the “Request for Certification” form at the Military Student Services Office.

Voter Registration

Recent changes in the 1998 reauthorization of the U.S. Higher Education Act require colleges and universities to make available voter registration forms to all enrolled students. Any student not registered to vote may obtain an Indiana Mail-In Voter Registration Application (VRG-7) form, which is available at convenient locations throughout the campus. Please visit the Office of the Registrar’s Web site at www.ipfw.edu/offices/registrar/services/ and click on Voter Registration for more information.

The forms will be available at:

  • Bursar Office-Kettler Hall
  • Diversity and Multicultural Affairs-Walb Student Union
  • Financial Aid Office-Kettler Hall
  • Office of the Registrar-Kettler Hall
  • Office of the Dean of Students-Walb Student Union
  • Gates Sports Center
  • Information Center-Kettler Hall lobby
  • Information Desk-Walb Student Union lobby
  • Each college and school dean’s office

To be eligible to vote in Indiana, you must

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 18 years old on the day of the next general or municipal election.
  • Have lived in your Indiana precinct for at least 30 days before the next election.
  • Not currently be in prison after being convicted of a crime.

Women and Returning Adults

Located in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, (Walb 120, 260-481-6608)

Mission statement. The Office of Women and Returning Adults serves as an advocate for women and nontraditional students by providing academic, financial, and personal assistance, while simultaneously familiarizing them with the network of services available on campus and in the community.

Special ongoing efforts designed to meet the needs of these students includes:

  • Individual appointments
  • Social and educational workshops-Students with Families series
  • Scholarships for nontraditional students and women
  • Newsletter
  • Omicron-Psi Honor Society for adult students
  • Campus and community resource information and referrals.

Writing Center

The Writing Center (Kettler G21, 260-481-5740) serves students with any writing project in any course.  Consultants help writers focus, organize, and develop their ideas as well as learn how to cite sources and revise and proofread their own drafts.  Students should sign up through TutorTrac.  Walk-in consultations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students may also receive online consultations.  For further information, visit ipfw.edu/casa/writing.