This is information for all Purdue Fort Wayne students on the structure, regulations, and procedures of the University that govern their relationship to the University in both academic and personal progress toward their ultimate educational goals. It is designed as a reference, with direct quotations from the Faculty Senate Academic Regulations website where applicable, covering the basic areas relating to all students on the campus.
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There may be problems or questions of detail, particularly concerning academic regulations or code of conduct procedures of a student’s instructor, school, or housing facility, for example, which can be answered only by the staff directly involved. Where a question regarding the interpretation of academic regulations, or code of conduct procedure arises, a student should consult the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of the Registrar, an academic advisor, a school counseling office, or other appropriate offices. For the comprehensive list of all university policies, please see the University Policies section of the Academic Catalog at Purdue Fort Wayne Policies.
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1.0 Definitions: As used herein, the terms below have the specified meanings.
1.1 Academic record: the Purdue Fort Wayne cumulative record maintained by the Registrar in accordance with these academic regulations. The Purdue University Fort Wayne academic record is the sole basis upon which all questions relating to such matters as grades, graduation requirements, academic standing, and scholastic recognition are resolved. Official transcripts will continue to be produced using Purdue University procedures, and it is the responsibility of the PFW Registrar to maintain consistency between the PFW cumulative record and official transcripts.
1.2 Credit: the semester hour. Any reference to credits, credit hours, etc., shall be understood as referring to semester hours.
1.2.1 Resident credit: credit earned at Purdue University Fort Wayne or at another campus of Purdue University.
184.108.40.206: Course credit: resident credit awarded by PFW on the basis of a student’s enrollment in and satisfactory completion of courses.
220.127.116.11 Special credit: resident credit awarded by Purdue University Fort Wayne and based on bases other than a student’s enrollment in and satisfactory completion of courses. Special credit may be established by any of the following methods:
18.104.22.168.1 Credit by examination: credit awarded to a student on the basis of achievement on a departmental/divisional proficiency examination. (See Section 7.1)
22.214.171.124.2 Departmental/divisional credit: credit for a course offered by a department/division and awarded on the basis of substantially equivalent experience; may be granted only by the chair/director or designee of the department/division offering the course.
126.96.36.199.3 Achievement credit: credit awarded on the basis of demonstrated achievement in a nationally administered college-level examination. (See Section 7.2)
1.2.2 Transfer credit: nonresident credit. Transfer credits for a student entering PFW from outside the student’s university system shall be evaluated by the Registrar’s Office and accepted as transfer credit if completed at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or better. Designations of plus and minus that accompany these grades shall be disregarded in the evaluation of this credit.
Credit accepted as transfer credit shall be equated to Purdue University Fort Wayne course numbers (or included as an undistributed entry) and posted to the student’s academic record at the time of matriculation or re-entry to PFW. The academic-record entry shall include the name of the transfer institution, the years of attendance, and the individual courses accepted for transfer. The course-equation process is subject to adjustment upon request by the student’s department chair/dean/division director, and the department/school/division determines the applicability to a student’s plan of study of credit earned at other institutions and accepted by PFW.
1.3 Student classification: a system for classifying students regularly admitted to Purdue University Fort Wayne:
Undergraduate Student Classification
Earned Credit Hours
Fewer than 30
90 or more
The Registrar may establish additional classifications to serve Purdue University Fort Wayne’s record-keeping needs. The Registrar will report classification codes to Purdue University in a manner consistent with their respective codes.
1.4 Advanced placement: the practice of admitting an entering student to courses beyond the first course or courses in a normal sequence without allowing credit for courses not taken.
1.5 Substitution: the practice of replacing a course required in a curriculum with another course identified by the unit specifying that requirement.
1.6 Excusing: the practice of replacing a course required in a specific curriculum by an equal number of credit hours in courses not specified, as approved by the unit specifying the course requirement.
1.7 Work not scheduled for a regular fall or spring semester: regular work offered in a summer session or off-calendar, equivalent in content, contact hours, and credit value to the work of a regular semester. As these regulations apply to academic work not scheduled for a regular fall or spring semester, all deadlines and time periods are to be prorated.
1.8 Beginning student: a student enrolling in college courses for the first time, or a student who has completed a small number of credits as a nondegree student, most often while still also a high-school student.
1.9 Intensive course: a course that meets for extended class times and fewer weeks than a similar course would meet in a regular summer session.
1.10 Pass/Not-Pass option: an enrollment option that generally limits course grades to P and NP. The option may be used to allow the student to take the class with minimal concern for the grade that will be earned. Students who receive a grade of NP will have a grade of N recorded on official transcripts.
1.11 Grade-point averages: all reports and calculations of grade-point averages described in these regulations will be based on what is known as the “4-point” system, with grades of A equated to 4 points and other grades scaled accordingly. [Note: Prior to Summer 1993, Purdue University transcripts and related records were based on a “6-point” system, with grades of A equated to 6 points and other grades scaled accordingly (F equated to 2 points). Subsequent Purdue University records use the 4-point system described in these regulations.]
1.12 International student: For admission purposes, an international student is defined as: an individual who resides outside of the U.S. and will be applying for a temporary (e.g. F-1, J-1) visa to study at Purdue University Fort Wayne, or an individual who resides in the U.S. on a temporary visa, and who is not an immigrant (W.S. legal permanent resident), or an undocumented immigrant, or a refugee.
2.0: Admission. University requirements for admission are established by the trustees. Program-specific admission requirements in addition to those established by the trustees may be imposed by schools, divisions, and departments. Any such requirements shall become effective when published in the catalog or its supplement.
2.1: Regular admission of a nondegree student. Any student admitted in nondegree status may apply for regular admission. Nondegree admission is limited to a maximum of 24 credits; thereafter, a student may register only after applying for and being granted regular admission; exceptions are granted by the Registrar upon the recommendation of the student’s advising unit. Any student who is denied regular admission shall be notified of the reasons for this decision; any student who is granted regular admission shall be notified of which courses taken in the nondegree status may be applied to satisfy degree requirements.
2.2: Admission of a student transferring between institutions or IPFW programs.
2.2.1: A transfer student or a re-entering student who has not enrolled at IPFW during the previous twelve months shall:
188.8.131.52: Designate the intended curriculum on the re-entry or transfer-admission form.
184.108.40.206: Submit the completed form to the admissions office for evaluation.
2.2.2: Any other student who wishes to transfer from one program to another at IPFW shall:
220.127.116.11: Prepare the prescribed transfer-request form.
18.104.22.168: Secure the approval of the school/division to which the transfer is proposed.
22.214.171.124: Submit the completed request form to the Registrar’s office. The Registrar shall notify the admissions office whenever such a transfer will also change the student’s university affiliation, and the admissions office shall then transfer all previous IPFW credits to the records system of the student’s new university.
2.3: Credit transfer for a student transferring between IPFW programs. When a student transfers from one degree or certificate program to another, the school/division to which the student is transferring shall promptly report to the Registrar the status of every course previously taken. Each completed course, regardless of the grade received, shall be classified into one of the following two categories:
2.3.1: Courses which are required for, or applicable to, the student’s new curriculum or which are substantially equivalent to, and are acceptable as, substitutes for such required courses.
2.3.2: Courses not applicable to the program to which the student is transferring. The grade in any course which can satisfy a degree requirement, other than a free elective, may not be removed from the cumulative GPA.
2.4: Application of credit for students who re-enter Purdue University Fort Wayne. At the time a student is accepted for campus transfer, re-entry, or readmission after not having attended any other campus of Purdue University for five or more calendar years, the academic unit by which the student is accepted may report to the Registrar each GPA- applicable course on the student’s academic record in which the grade earned cannot be counted toward graduation or degree credits because it is considered to be of less than passing quality. As recommended by the student’s academic unit, the Registrar will exclude grades earned in these courses from the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA. However, both these courses and the grades earned therein will remain on the student’s academic record. This option can be employed only once per student, and an appropriate notation of this transaction shall be made on the student’s academic record. Click here for more information regarding Academic Renewal.
For information about Admissions policies, please check out PFW Policies section of the catalog.
Registration and Course Assignment
3.0: Registration and course assignment
3.1: Procedures. Registration for courses shall be accomplished in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Registrar.
3.2: Placement procedures. Students should complete the following procedures as soon as possible after admission to PFW. Students completing these procedures shall be notified of the test results and their implications in a timely fashion.
3.2.1: English. A regularly admitted beginning student is allowed to register for classes only after completing the appropriate placement procedure. Any other student is allowed to register for classes beyond the session in which the first 12 credits are completed at PFW only if the student has (1) completed the appropriate procedures or (2) established credit in an entry-level English course.
3.2.2: Mathematics. A regularly admitted beginning student is allowed to register for classes only after completing the appropriate placement procedure. Any other student is allowed to register for classes beyond the session in which the first 12 credits are completed at PFW only if the student has (1) completed the appropriate procedures or (2) established credit in an entry-level mathematics course.
Students who place into developmental mathematics must complete the appropriate developmental course(s) in their first twenty-four credits of PFW course work, with the exception of developmental mathematics for those students enrolled in a certificate or associate degree program that does not require mathematics.
3.2.3: Reading. A regularly admitted beginning student is allowed to register for classes only after submitting one of the following:
SAT test score above 450 on the verbal test
ACT test score above 19 on the individual reading test;
Scoring above the lowest 15 percentile (determined by national norms) on the PFW placement test.
Students who do not meet at least one of these requirements will be required to complete a reading course as specified by the Department of English and Linguistics and approved by the College of Liberal Arts during one of the student’s first two enrollment periods.
3.2.4: Foreign language. A student who has studied a foreign language before entering PFW should take a foreign- language placement examination before continuing study in that language.
3.2.5: English-as-a-Second-Language1. Prior to admission, the Admissions Office shall determine which prospective undergraduate students have a native language other than English. All such students who do not have transfer credit for an English composition course that carries credit toward graduation shall be identified as ESL students and shall be required to submit scores on the TOEFL or an equivalent test approved by the Department of English and Linguistics.
ESL students shall be admitted with the condition that they achieve appropriate competency levels in English composition.
Based upon TOEFL or equivalent test scores, the Department of English and Linguistics shall determine which ESL students need ESL instruction. Students who are found to be exempt from ESL course requirements shall be subject to the regular English placement-testing and course-completion requirements described in these regulations. Other ESL students shall:
126.96.36.199: Be admitted only to the Mastodon Advising Center unless they score the equivalent of 550 or above on the TOEFL and meet the admission requirements of a degree-granting academic unit. Students admitted in this fashion to the Mastodon Advising Center shall not be eligible for admission to another academic unit until they have completed ESL-related requirements.
188.8.131.52: Enroll in the appropriate ESL course each semester until the requirement is satisfied.
184.108.40.206: Complete the prescribed series of ESL courses within their first 36 credits at PFW.
The Mastodon Advising Center shall have authority to alter any student’s registration if the provisions of Sections 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 are not being met.
This section applies to undergraduate students only. As noted in the Graduate Programs Catalog, graduate applicants must follow university-specific requirements to demonstrate competency in English.
3.3: Academic load. The following maximums apply to student enrollment:
3.3.1: Absolute limit in any academic session or intensive course: A student may never enroll for more than 1.5 credits per week.
3.3.2: Limit with special permission: A student’s academic load shall exceed 18 semester hours (8 semester hours in a summer session) only under unusual circumstances and with special permission of the academic advisor.
3.4: Assignment to intensive courses. No student will be permitted to register in two intensive courses at the same time.
3.5: Course prerequisites and corequisites. When registering, a student must satisfy all course prerequisites and corequisites or secure the permission of the instructor. On an instructor’s request, the Registrar may remove any student who has not satisfied prerequisites or corequisites.
3.6: Auditing. A student ineligible for readmission by reason of having been dropped from PFW for scholastic or other reasons is ineligible to attend classes as an auditor; any other student may enroll as an auditor by completing regular registration and enrollment procedures, noting “Auditor” on the registration card. Determination of allowable load is in accordance with the credits assigned to the courses involved.
An auditor does not receive academic credit but is assigned a grade of W or NC in the course. An auditor may later be allowed to take an examination for credit, under the usual rules, in courses audited. (see Section 7.1)
3.7: Initial registration. A student’s initial registration shall occur according to the timetables for registration established for each academic term as published in the Schedule of Classes. An academic advisor’s approval is required for all students who register at the Registrar’s Office and for the following students: freshmen, first-term re-entry, transfer, or those in a new major, and those on academic probation. School/division policy determines whether an academic advisor’s approval is required for other students. A completed registration form with appropriate signatures must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office or the student’s department.
3.8: Schedule Revisions. A student may make schedule revisions in accordance with the following policies. The student must submit the completed schedule revision form with appropriate signatures to the Registrar’s Office or the student’s department. All schedules and deadlines are prorated for courses not meeting for an entire fall or spring semester.
3.8.1: Course additions. A student may add a course after the initial registration on the schedule revision form. An academic advisor’s approval is required for all students who add courses at the Registrar’s Office and for the following students: freshmen, first-term re-entry, transfer, or those in a new major, and those on academic probation. Additional restrictions are described below:
|Up through the 1st week of classes
||College/School/Division policy determines whether an academic advisor’s approval is required.
|2 through 4
||College/School/Division policy determines whether an academic advisor’s approval is required. The instructor must approve.
|5 through 9
||College/School/Division policy determines whether an academic advisor’s approval is required. The instructor and the student’s dean or division director must approve. Approval will normally be given only when extenuating circumstances are involved.
|10 and following
||Courses may not normally be added during this time.
3.8.2: Course drops (cancellations of registration). A student may drop a course, subject to the time limits below and the restrictions described in this section and in section 3.9 by presenting a request at the Registrar’s Office, the student’s department, or through Self-service in the online registration system.
|First week of classes (or equivalent, based on course length. See chart below.)
||College/School/Division policy determines whether an academic advisor’s approval is required. Course is not recorded on the student record.
|2 through 9
||College/School/Division policy determines whether an academic advisor’s approval is required. Course is recorded with grade of W on the student record.
|10 through 16
||Courses cannot normally be dropped during this period. If a drop is approved, the course is recorded with a grade of W o
The following table displays the point in time a withdraw grade will be recorded on the permanent record, based on course length.
|Number of Weeks the course meets
||Course Drop without Withdrawal Grade
||Withdrawal Grade Recorded
|9 or more
||Day 8 and thereafter
|3 to 8
||Day 4 and thereafter
||Day 3 and thereafter
|1 or less
||Day 2 and thereafter
Day 1 of a course is the first day of the term or part of term. All calendar days are counted, including weekends.
The opportunity to drop a class is restricted as specified below:
22.214.171.124: Alleged academic dishonesty. Students will not be permitted to drop a class in which there is an allegation of academic dishonesty.
126.96.36.199: Late-term drops related to academic performance. After the ninth week (or equivalent), students will not be permitted to drop a class due to poor academic performance in the class.
188.8.131.52: Late-term drops unrelated to academic performance. After the ninth week (or equivalent), and with the approval of the student's academic advisor and the student's dean/division director, a student may drop a course when the reason for requesting the drop is unrelated to the student's academic performance in the course.
184.108.40.206: Post-term drops. After the end of the sixteenth week, a course may be dropped only by following the procedure for a change of grade (see Section 6.6).
3.8.3: Change of Pass/Not-Pass option. A student may change the Pass/Not-Pass option for a course during the first four weeks of a regular semester or the first two weeks of a summer session by obtaining the signature of the academic advisor next to the appropriate notation on the schedule-revision form.
3.8.4: Change of auditing option. A student may alternate between audit and credit status during an academic session. A change from audit to credit or credit to audit may occur only during the first six weeks. The regular audit deadline is the Friday ending the first week of class. The late audit deadline is the Friday ending the sixth week of class. Approval of a regular change of auditing status in the first week of class requires a signature or written acknowledgment from the student's advisor and a representative from the Financial Aid Office (when applicable). Approval of a late change in auditing status during weeks two through six requires a signature or written acknowledgment from the course instructor, academic advisor, and a representative from the Financial Aid Office (when applicable).
3.9: Withdrawal from the university. Withdrawal from the university is normally accomplished by withdrawing from each course in which the student was enrolled. Special circumstances which can affect the withdrawal are specified below.
3.9.1: Withdrawal for military service. Any student called to active military duty may present a copy of their military service orders and (a) withdraw from all courses and receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees at any time during the semester through the end of final examinations or (b) with the permission of each instructor, receive an Incomplete or final grade in the courses taken. Such requests and documentation may be presented by the student or other responsible party who has the student's permission to make the request. Refunds of fees will not be made if the student receives a grade and credit for the course, and all refunds will be adjusted as required by financial aid regulations. If a withdrawal is processed after the fourth week of classes, the grade of W will be assigned.
3.9.2: Withdrawal for personal circumstances. Students who seek to withdraw from PFW after the ninth week of classes, based on personal circumstances, should contact the Dean of Students for guidance about the process.
3.10: Attendance. Every student is expected to attend every meeting of the classes for which the student is enrolled. Work missed during absences may be made up with the instructor's permission. At the beginning of the academic session, each instructor shall make a clear statement to all students regarding the instructor's policy for handling absences. Any student who discontinues class attendance and does not meet course requirements shall receive a grade of F for unauthorized withdrawal.
3.10.1: Students who must report their class attendance in order to satisfy requirements of financial-aid sponsors are obligated to present the sponsor's certification form to each instructor.
3.10.2: Each instructor will certify that student's attendance by completing the form.
3.10.3: Unless a prior agreement has been made by the instructor with the student, no instructor will be obligated to certify student attendance for more than the most recent class.
A student may not attend any class before completing official registration procedures, after withdrawing from the class, or after the registration has been canceled. An instructor who discovers an unregistered student in a class should discuss the problem with the student and notify the Registrar's Office if the problem is not promptly resolved.
4.0: Academic Honesty
4.1: Definitions -Students are expected and required to abide by the laws of the United States, the State of Indiana, and the rules and regulations of PFW. Students are expected to exercise their freedom to learn with responsibility and to respect the general conditions that maintain such freedom. PFW has developed the following general regulations concerning student conduct which safeguard the right of every individual student to exercise fully the freedom to learn without interference. PFW may discipline a student for committing acts of academic or personal misconduct.
4.1.2: Academic Misconduct: This type of misconduct is generally defined as any act that tends to compromise the academic integrity of the University or subvert the educational process. At PFW, specific forms of academic misconduct are defined as follows:
- Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The term "academic exercise" includes all forms of work submitted for cred or hours.
- Falsifying or fabricating any information or citation in an academic exercise.
- Helping or attempting to help another in committing acts of academic dishonesty.
- Submitting the work of someone else as if it were one's own by adopting or reproducing the ideas and opinions of others without acknowledgment. Such instances of plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional, and may involve isolated words, formulas, sentences, paragraphs, entire works, or other intellectual property; either copied from other published sources, or from unpublished work such as those of other students.
- Submitting work from one course to satisfy the requirements of another course unless submission of such work is permitted by the faculty member.
- Serving as or permitting another student to serve as a substitute (or 'ringer') in taking an exam.
- Altering of answers or grades on a graded assignment without authorization of the faculty member.
- Engaging in activities that unfairly place other students at a disadvantage, such as taking, hiding, or altering resource material.
- Violating professional or ethical standards of the profession or discipline for which a student is preparing (declared major and/or minor) as adopted by the relevant academic program. The instructor must thoroughly investigate signs of academic dishonesty, take appropriate actions, and report such actions properly to prevent repeated offenses and to ensure equity.
4.2.1: Student's responsibilities. Academic honesty is expected of all students. The student is responsible for knowing how to maintain academic honesty and for abstaining from cheating, the appearance of cheating, and permitting or assisting in another's cheating.
4.2.2: Instructor's responsibilities. The instructor is responsible for fostering the intellectual honesty as well as the intellectual development of students, and should apply methods of teaching, examination, and assignments which discourage student dishonesty. If necessary, the instructor should explain clearly any specialized meanings of cheating and plagiarism as they apply to a specific course.
- The instructor must thoroughly investigate signs of academic dishonesty, take appropriate actions, and report such actions properly to prevent repeated offenses and to ensure equity.
4.3: Procedures -In order to ensure that the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct are promoted and supported at PFW, academic departments should establish a written policy/statement, addressing the professional or ethical standards of their discipline, which is distributed to all students who are preparing in the discipline. Students have the responsibility to familiarize themselves with the academic department's policy/statement. (For additional information, see the Student Disciplinary Procedures section of the Code of Students Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct in the Catalog).
4.3.1: Initial decision. An instructor who has evidence of cheating shall initiate the process of determining the student's guilt or innocence and the penalty, if any, to be imposed. An instructor shall make initial findings only after informing the student, during an informal conference held within ten business days of discovering the alleged cheating, of charges and evidence, and allowing the student to present a defense. The instructor may assign a grade of Incomplete to any student whose case cannot be resolved before the course grades are due in the Registrar's Office.
4.3.2: Reporting. During the period in which the student is permitted to drop or withdraw from courses, the instructor shall inform the Chair/Director promptly to place an academic hold on the student's account in order to prevent the accused student from dropping or withdrawing from the course. The instructor who makes an initial finding that academic dishonesty has been practiced shall impose an academic sanction. Then, within seven business days, the instructor shall supply a written report to the student, the chair of the student's department, the dean or director of the student's school or division, and the dean of students. This report shall summarize the evidence and the penalties assessed.
4.3.3: Appeal. If a student's course grade is affected by the penalty, the student has the right to appeal the penalty imposed by an instructor through the PFW grade appeals system. (See Appendix B).
Final Examinations and Instructors' Grade Reports
5.0: Final Examinations and Instructors' Grade Reports
5.1: Penultimate week. No instructor may schedule an examination--comprehensive or non-comprehensive, except for laboratory practicums-during the week preceding the last week of a fall or spring semester.
5.2: Final week. With the exception of those courses classified as individual instruction, clinic, studio, practice teaching, research, or distance courses and those offered for zero credits, each class is expected to meet for a two-hour session during the last week of each fall or spring semester. The two-hour session may be used for:
- a final examination last,
- non-comprehensive examination
- submission of out-of-class examination or assignments, or
- a regular class meeting.
5.3: Conflicts. A student who is scheduled to take on one day more than two final examinations, or who has a final-examination conflict, or who is scheduled to take a state, national, or professional licensing examination may contact the instructors involved, prior to the last week of regularly scheduled classes, to obtain appropriate rescheduling. If the student and the instructors cannot agree upon a rescheduling, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or a designee shall investigate and issue a binding schedule. Instructors shall not penalize a student who chooses to reschedule an examination under these options.
5.4: Absences. Any student who must miss a final examination because of an emergency must contact the instructor as soon as possible. A student who misses a final examination may receive a grade of F for the course.
5.5: Grade reports. Course grades are to be submitted to the Registrar's Office as completed, but not later than 12:00 p.m. on the Monday following the last scheduled examination.
6.1: Basis of grades. The instructor is responsible for explaining to students, preferably in writing at the beginning of an academic session, the course requirements and grading system to be used. Each student shall be assigned a grade in each course in which the student is enrolled at the close of the session.
- The student is responsible for the completion of all required work in each course, by the time of the last scheduled meeting of the course or other deadline set by the instructor, unless the student has officially withdrawn from the course, or unless the student and the instructor have agreed that a grade of Incomplete will be assigned.
6.2: Semester grades. The following grades may be assigned:
|A, A+, A-
|B, B+, B-
|C, C+, C-
|D, D+, D-
||Below-average achievement; lowest passing grade
|Except in the computation of GPA, these grades are referred to simply as A, B, C, or D grades
||Failure, or unauthorized discontinuance of class attendance; no credit
||Incomplete; a temporary record of passing work which (1) was interrupted by circumstances beyond the student's control or (2) represents satisfactory work-in-progress in an independent-study or self-paced course. This grade does not affect GPA computations.
Unremoved Incomplete, Failing; Recorded for failure to achieve a permanent regular grade by the deadline stated in these regulations. This directed grade counts in all respects as a failing grade, affecting GPA computations.
||Unremoved Incomplete-Not Passing; for a credit course taken under the pass/not pass option and in which the student received a PI grade. This directed grade counts the same as an IF grade except that it does not affect GPA computations.
||Unremoved Incomplete-Unsatisfactory; for a zero credit course in which a student received an SI grade. This directed grade counts the same as an IF grade except that it does not affect GPA computations.
||Completion of the course as an auditor; carries no credit.
||Not passing grade when enrolled under the P/NP enrollment option. Purdue University students who receive this grade will have a grade of N recorded on official transcripts. This grade does not affect GPA computations.
||Not Submitted; assigned when a grade is not submitted by the instructor.
||Passing Grade; under the P/NP option, equivalent to a grade of A, B, or C. This grade does not affect GPA computations.
- Grade of PI
- Meaning: Incomplete - Pass; no grade; same as I except that the student was enrolled in a credit course under the pass/not pass option. It is a temporary record of passing work which (1) was interrupted by circumstances beyond the student's control or (2) represents satisfactory work-in-progress. This grade does not affect GPA computations.
- Grade of S
- Meaning: Satisfactory, credit; awarded by the Registrar upon satisfactory performance in a course offered only on an S/U basis, or on a departmental/divisional examination, or another award of special credit, or completion of a zero-credit course. This grade does not affect GPA computations.
- Grade of SI
- Meaning: Incomplete - Satisfactory; no grade; same as I except that the student was enrolled in a satisfactory/unsatisfactory graded course. It is a temporary record of passing work which (1) was interrupted by circumstances beyond the student's control or (2) represents satisfactory work-in-progress. This grade does not affect GPA computations.
- Grade of W
- Meaning: Withdrew; a record of the fact that the student officially withdrew from a course or was administratively withdrawn from a course for nonpayment of fees.
6.3: Pass/Not-pass option. In order to provide students with the opportunity to broaden their educational foundations with minimal concern for grades earned, this alternative grading system, the pass/not-pass option is established. A student who is enrolled in a letter-graded course under this option has the same obligations as those who are enrolled in the course for credit with letter grade. In such cases, the instructor will not be informed which students have elected this option. The instructor's final grades of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, or C- for these students are changed to the grade of P by the Registrar, as indication of passing the course. The instructor's final grades of D+, D, D-, or F are changed by the Registrar to grades of NP, as indication of not passing the course. The registrar's class roster will indicate which students in a letter-graded course have elected this option. Grades of P and NP are not used in computing the GPA. Students who receive a grade of NP will have a grade of N recorded on official transcripts.
Exercise of this option is subject to three limitations:
6.3.1: The option is open to all students in the University subject to the regulations of the college/school in which the student is enrolled. In particular, the college/school will specify under what conditions a course that is passed under this option may be used to satisfy its graduation requirements. Additionally, a department or college/school may specify that certain courses intended only for students in that department or college/school are available only on the pass/not-pass grading basis.
6.3.2: Subject to the regulations of the student's college/school, a student may elect this option in any course that does not already appear on the student's academic record as completed with letter grade of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or F and in which the student is otherwise eligible to enroll for credit with letter grade.
6.3.3: The student may not elect this option for more than 20 percent of the total credit hours required for graduation.
6.4: Incompletes. A grade of I, PI or SI is a temporary record of passing work for a course graded as regular, pass/no pass or satisfactory/unsatisfactory, respectively, which (1) was interrupted by circumstances beyond the student's control or (2) represents satisfactory work-in-progress in an independent-study or self-paced course. A student must have a majority of the required coursework completed (as determined by the instructor) before the instructor is permitted to assign a grade of I incomplete. The instructor who reports an incomplete grade shall file in the Registrar's Office a statement that includes the following information:
- The reason for the incomplete
- The requirements for completion of the course
- The grade for the course to date
- The time limit allowed for completion of the course, shall not exceed one calendar year. An instructor may change the incomplete to a regular letter grade if requirements for completion of the course are not met within the specified period.
- Given extenuating circumstances, and approval of the instructor and the instructor's dean/division director, the time limit may be extended for a period not to exceed one additional calendar year.
- The Registrar's Office shall change the incomplete grade to a grade of IF, IN or IU for regular, pass/no pass, or satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade modes, respectively, unless the student graduates or removes the incomplete within the time allowed.
- Students transferring resident credit for a course bearing an unremoved incomplete shall have the incomplete grade recorded but subject to the limitation of one calendar year from the time the grade was originally recorded at the relevant campus. At the end of this period, if the student has not graduated or provided evidence that the incomplete has been changed to a permanent grade, the Registrar's Office shall change the unremoved incomplete grade to a grade of IF, IN or IU for regular, pass/no pass, or satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade modes, respectively.
6.5: Final grade report. Each student's complete record for the session and the student's cumulative GPA shall be reported to the student, to the student's major department, and to the student's school/division.
6.6: Changes of grade
6.6.1: An instructor who discovers, within 30 days of the grade-processing deadline, that a grade reported for a student was in error shall promptly submit to the Registrar a statement, on a form specified by the Registrar and countersigned by the instructor's department chair/division director, of the circumstances of the error and of the change to be incorporated in future GPA's. Correction of errors after this time shall also require the approval of the instructor's dean/division director.
6.6.2: The Registrar shall inform the student, the department chair/division director, and the dean of the change of grade.
6.6.3: A student may retake any course. Unless the course is described in the catalog or its supplement as repeatable for credit, credit will be given only once for a repeated course, and only the most recent grade earned will be incorporated in GPA calculations.
6.6.4: A student may seek to effect a change of grade through the grade-appeals procedure established by the Fort Wayne Senate.
Special Credit, Credit for Military Service, and Excess Undergraduate Credit
7.0: Special Credit, Credit for Military Service, and Excess Undergraduate Credit
7.1: Advanced Credit. Credit by departmental/divisional examination. Opportunities for earning undergraduate credit by departmental/divisional examination are encouraged in order to expedite the education of qualified students. Toward this end, each instructional department/division shall establish procedures to consider candidates, to administer, and to grade such examinations, and each department/division shall provide the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or a designee with comprehensive information on the principal courses that are available for departmental/divisional credit by examination, and test schedules if known. This information shall be made available in the Catalog or its supplement, and it should be adequate to enable the student to assess eligibility and qualifications to take tests for credit.
- The student may request an examination for credit in a course if the course is available for credit by examination and if no grade in the course other than a grade of W or NC has been awarded. The examination shall be at least as comprehensive as those given in the course and shall be graded S (performance comparable to that expected of a student who receives an A, B, or C in the course) or unsatisfactory. The Registrar shall establish forms and procedures to assure proper distribution of results, and for satisfactory performance shall record credit for the course on the student's record. No record shall be made on the transcript for unsatisfactory performance.
7.2: Achievement credit. Except as provided herein for the International Baccalaureate Program, credit or transfer credit for nationally administered examinations shall be awarded only after approval by the PFW division/department that offers courses in the subject area. For participants in the International Baccalaureate Program, credits will be awarded based on Department approval for select Subsidiary and Higher Level subjects with a score of 5 or above. Purdue University Fort Wayne Office of International Education will work with departments to determine the appropriate number of credits to award in each specific discipline. Undistributed credits will be awarded for subjects where the respective department has declined specific course credits. Participants who complete Advanced Subsidiary ("AS") or Advanced ("A") levels will be awarded credits based on Department approval for select AS and A level subjects with a score of C or above. Purdue University Fort Wayne Office of International Education will work with departments to determine the appropriate number of credits to award in each discipline. Undistributed credits will be awarded for subjects where the respective department has declined specific course credits.
7.3: Credit for military service. Each school/division shall decide whether credit for participation in military service may be applied toward a degree.
7.4: Excess undergraduate credit. A senior with a GPA of 3.00 or better may, with written permission from both an authorized graduate advisor and the instructor(s) involved, enroll in up to nine credits in excess of the requirements for graduation, in courses intended for use in a graduate program. Permission, if given, shall be noted on forms supplied by the Registrar, who shall make a transcript notation of the special status of these credits. Instructors shall impose graduate-level standards on such a student.
8.0: Grade-Point Averages. A grade-point average (GPA) is a weighted average of credits for which a grade of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, or IF has been assigned. Grade points will be assigned to each completed course according to the following table:
4.0 x Semesters Hours
3.7 x Semester Hours
3.3 x Semester Hours
3.0 x Semester Hours
2.7 x Semester Hours
2.3 x Semester Hours
2.0 x Semester Hours
1.7 x Semester Hours
1.3 x Semester Hours
1.0 x Semester Hours
0.7 x Semester Hours
0.0 x Semester Hours
I, IN, IU, NC, NP, P, PI, S, SI, W, NS:
The GPA is the sum of the Grade Points for all included courses divided by the total number of hours for those courses. The GPA is rounded to two decimal places.
[Note: Prior to Summer 1993, Purdue University transcripts and related records were based on a "6-point" system, with grades of A equated to 6 points and other grades scaled accordingly (F equated to 2 points). Subsequent Purdue University records use the 4-point system described in these regulations.]
8.1: Semester GPA. The student's semester GPA is the GPA computed for those credits for which the student was assigned a GPA-related grade for the specified semester.
8.2: Cumulative GPA. The student's cumulative GPA is the GPA computed for all credits for which the student has been assigned a GPA-related grade, with the exception of those courses which have been repeated and which are not repeatable for credit (See Section 6.6.3).
8.3: Graduation GPA. The student's graduation GPA is computed by the Registrar each semester and is reported to every student enrolled. Included in this GPA are all credits for which the student has been assigned a GPA-related grade in courses which fulfill a graduation requirement for the student, with the exception of those courses which have been repeated or excluded as specified in Sections 2.3.2, 2.4, and 6.6.3 of these regulations. The graduation GPA of a student pursuing more than one degree program shall be computed in the academic unit through which the student registers.
All applicable credits earned at Purdue University Fort Wayne or at another campus of Purdue University for which a GPA-related grade was assigned are included if they were received for courses that fulfill a graduation requirement.
9.0: Academic Standing
9.1: Good standing. For purposes of reports and communications to other institutions, and in the absence of any further qualifications of the term, a student is considered in "good standing" unless that student has been dismissed, suspended, or dropped from Purdue University Fort Wayne and not readmitted.
9.2: Academic recognition. At the conclusion of each fall or spring semester (but not any summer session) the Registrar shall indicate which undergraduate students are eligible for academic recognition.
9.2.1: On the Dean's List for having (a) at least 12 credit hours included in the graduation GPA, (b) at least 6 credit hours included in the semester GPA, (c) achieving at least a 3.5 graduation GPA, and (d) achieving at least a 3.0 semester GPA.
9.2.2: On the Semester Honors List for (a) having at least 6 credit hours included in the semester GPA, (b) achieving at least a 3.5 semester GPA, and (c) achieving at least a 2.0 graduation GPA.
- Any student who achieves academic recognition for either of the two previous semesters is recognized at the annual Honors Convocation. An academic record entry will note the student's achievement of academic recognition.
9.3: Recognition of completion of honors program. When a student is certified by the Honors Program Council to have completed the requirements of the honors program, an appropriate academic record notation shall be made.
9.4: Academic probation, dismissal, and readmission. The following probation, dismissal, and readmission criteria are minimums for PFW; academic units may set higher standards which shall become effective upon publication in the catalog or its "What's New" section. Students supplement. A student dismissed from a program for failure to meet the higher standards imposed by an academic unit must be accepted in another program before registering for a subsequent academic session.
9.4.1: Academic Probation. A student shall be placed on academic probation if his/her fall or spring semester or cumulative GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than a 2.0. A student on academic probation shall be removed from that standing at the end of the first subsequent fall or spring semester in which he/she achieves semester and cumulative GPA's equal to or greater than 2.0.
- IF: Semester GPA or Cumulative GPA is <2.0= ACADEMIC PROBATION
- IF: On academic probation and Cumulative GPA is <2.0 but Semester GPA is ≥ 2.0= CONTINUED PROBATION
- IF: On academic probation and Semester GPA is <2.0 but Cumulative GPA is ≥ 2.0= CONTINUED PROBATION
- Any grade change due to a reporting error will result in a recalculation of the GPA and determination of probation standing.
- Academic standing will not be assessed in summer sessions.
- A student who wishes to appeal an academic probation standing should contact the academic department of their major for guidance in the appeal process.
9.4.2: Academic Dismissal. A student on academic probation shall be dismissed at the close of any fall or spring semester in which his/her semester and cumulative GPA is less than a 2.0.
- IF: On academic probation and both the Semester GPA and Cumulative GPA are <2.0=ACADEMIC DISMISSAL
- Any grade change due to a reporting error will result in a recalculation of the index and determination of the dismissal status.
- A student who wishes to appeal an academic dismissal standing should contact the academic department of their major for guidance in the appeal process.
9.4.3: Readmission. A student who has been dismissed from IPFW or from another campus of Purdue University may not enroll at IPFW until one fall or spring semester has passed. All readmissions are into probationary status and are subject to stipulations in effect as a condition of readmission. Readmissions shall be reported to the Registrar, and an appropriate entry shall be made on the student's academic record. A student who is academically dismissed for a second time is not eligible to enroll for at least one year.
- A student dismissed by this policy must apply to the appropriate office or readmission committee. A fee is assessed for processing the readmission application. Readmission is not guaranteed.
10.0: Degrees. Academic units may impose stricter requirements than those listed in this section but may not waive the following minimum standards. Provided these minimum standards are satisfied, adjustments to any degree requirement may be made by the unit establishing that requirement.
10.1: Degrees offered. For completion of undergraduate plans of study of at least 60 credits, associate degrees may be conferred. For completion of undergraduate plans of study of at least 120 credits, bachelor's degrees may be conferred.
10.2: Requirements for degrees. Any student entering a degree, certificate, or pre-major program will be required to fulfill the requirements in the catalog current at the time of entry or re-entry to the university.
The primary reasons for a student to be required to meet the requirements of a subsequent catalog include:
- Re-entry to PFW (after a one year period of non-enrollment)
- By request with the written acknowledgment of the academic advisor
- When required by accreditation, a department may require students to complete the curriculum defined by the most current catalog.
Any student who remains continuously enrolled or admitted to the university will be required to meet the requirements of the term of entry or re-entry to the university unless the student chooses to change to a subsequent with the written acknowledgment of the academic advisor.
Any student who is not continuously enrolled due to a period of deployment to serve in a branch of the armed services may meet the requirements of the catalog of the most recent entry or re-entry to the university.
Any new requirement for a degree, certificate, or pre-major program may not be applied to currently enrolled students in these programs if it would increase the number of semester hours or the number of semesters required for completion of the program.
The school/division/department committee in charge of curriculum matters may refuse to accept as credit toward graduation any course which was completed 10 or more years previously. Former students shall be notified of all such decisions upon reentering or when the credit is determined to be unacceptable.
To gain any associate or bachelor's degree at Purdue University Fort Wayne, the student shall satisfy the following requirements:
10.2.1: The completion by resident credit or transfer credit (see Section 1.2) of the plan of study underlying the degree, including:
10.2.1.1: For an associate degree, the registration in and completion of at least 32 credits of resident course credit, including at least 15 credits in courses applicable to the major.
10.2.1.2: For a bachelor's degree, the registration in and completion of at least 32 credits of resident course credit at the 200 level or above, including at least 15 credits at the 300 level or above in courses applicable to the major.
10.2.2: Normally, completion of the entire final year in residence. However, with the approval of the student's school/division, a student who has satisfied the resident course credit requirement may complete the remaining requirements in another approved college or university.
10.2.3: Establishment of a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better.
10.2.4: Registration, either in residence or in absentia, as a candidate for the desired degree during the academic session immediately preceding its conferral.
10.3: Double majors and double degrees. A student who will be completing the requirements for two or more degree programs simultaneously may be eligible to be registered as a candidate for more than one degree according to the following criteria:
10.3.1: Double major. If the degree programs are in the same school and lead to the same degree, only one degree shall be awarded. The academic record shall reflect multiple fields of study, as appropriate.
10.3.2: Double degree. If the degree programs are in different schools, two (or more) degrees may be awarded upon special request approved by the deans of the schools concerned and filed with the registrar at the beginning of the semester or session in which the degrees are to be awarded. If the degree programs are in the same school and lead to different degrees, the appropriate degrees shall be awarded.
10.4: Graduation with distinction. A candidate for the bachelor's degree with distinction must have a minimum of 65 resident credits included in the computation of the cumulative GPA. A candidate for an associate degree with distinction must have a minimum of 35 resident credits included in the computation of the cumulative GPA. The required GPA, calculated each spring as outlined below, shall also apply to degrees for the following summer sessions and fall semester.
10.4.1: In each college, school or division, the minimum cumulative GPA for graduation with distinction from an associate or bachelor's- degree program shall be 3.80-3.94.
10.4.2: In each college, school or division, the minimum cumulative GPA for graduation with highest distinction from an associate or bachelor's degree program shall be 3.95-4.00.
10.4.3: In each school or division, the requirements for graduation with distinction or with highest distinction from an associate-degree program shall be separately calculated as outlined above for bachelor's-degree programs.
10.5: Conferring of degrees. Degrees may be granted as of the close of each academic session. The names of the degree nominees will be presented by the Registrar to the appropriate board of trustees for approval.
11.1: Establishment. A minor-subject program may be established by any academic unit at IPFW subject to approval by the college/school/division containing the unit, to approval by the Curriculum Review Subcommittee, to acceptance by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and to publication of requirements for completion of the program in the Bulletin or its supplement. Completion of any minor must require a minimum of 12 credits, including at least six resident credits at the 200-level or above.
11.2: Certification. A student may earn a minor by requesting acceptance into the minor form the academic unit offering the minor. If accepted, the unit offering the minor will submit the appropriate electronic Form 42 to the Office of the Registrar to add the minor to the student's current degree program. An academic unit may authorize a student's major advising unit to add the minor by submitted a Form 42 for the student. This authorization would be stated in the offering unit's minor requirements listed in the Catalog.
- At the same time as degree certification is processed, the degree-granting shall certify the student's completion of all minor requirements. Certification shall be based on completion of the minor program requirements in effect for the catalog of the student's current degree program.
11.3: Transcript entry. Concurrent with completion of degree requirements, the Registrar shall make an appropriate entry on the student's transcript to signal completion of the minor. No entry shall be made on the transcript if the minor is not completed by the time the student is certified for graduation.
12.1: Transcripts. A student or former student whose record is not encumbered for any reasons described herein shall, upon application at IPFW to the Registrar and payment of any prescribed charge, be entitled to receive a transcript of the complete record, including any major(s) and minor(s). The PFW policy governing the release of student records appears in Appendix A.
12.2: Record of Actions on Transcripts. Disciplinary actions will not be recorded on transcripts unless disciplinary actions involve involuntary separation from the University (e.g., suspension and or expulsion), or degree revocation. In these instances, the following notations will be added to the transcript:
12.2.1: Suspension. The following statement will be added to the transcript while the suspension is in place. Once the suspension ends, regardless of whether or not the student returns to the University, the statement will no longer appear on the academic record.
"The student has been suspended until [insert date] due to violation of University regulations."
12.2.2: Expulsion. The following statement will be added to the transcript and remain a permanent part of the transcript.
"The student was expelled due to violation of University regulations."
12.2.3: Degree revocation. The following statement will be added to the transcript and remain a permanent part of the transcript.
"The individual's degree has been revoked and this individual has been expelled due to violation of University regulations."
For more information regarding transcripts please visit PFW Policies.
13.1: Request for encumbrance. The request for the encumbrance of a student record shall be filed with the Registrar's office and shall indicate whether either or both the registration of the student and/or the issuance of a transcript or diploma is to be encumbered. Because the encumbrance shall remain in effect until the Registrar is notified by the officer responsible to disencumber the record, it is the responsibility of the officer lifting the encumbrance immediately to notify the Registrar.
13.2: Effect upon graduation. A student in arrears to PFW shall not receive a diploma. The clearance of a student's financial obligation on or before the Friday before Commencement shall be essential for graduation. If a student so delinquent clears the obligation.
14.0: Amendments. Subject to the following restrictions, these IPFW Academic Regulations and Procedures may be amended in accordance with the Bylaws of the Senate.
14.1: Submission. Proposed amendments shall be submitted to the Senate under the title "Proposed Amendments to the IPFW Academic Regulations and Procedures."
14.2: Voting. A final vote on proposed amendments may not be taken at the meeting or convocation in which the proposals are introduced.
14.3: Dissemination. Copies of amendments shall be forwarded by the Presiding Officer of the Senate to the appropriate administrative personnel
Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct
Part I. Student Rights and Responsibilities
Purdue University Fort Wayne regulations governing the actions of students are intended to enhance the values that must be maintained in the pursuit of Purdue Fort Wayne's mission and goals. These values include freedom of inquiry, intellectual honesty, freedom for the open expression of ideas and opinions within limits that protect the rights of others, and respect for the views and the dignity of other persons.
In exercising their rights, students must bear responsibility to act in accordance with local, state, and national laws, and university rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. No right should be construed as enabling students to infringe upon the individual rights of another member of the academic community.
A. Individual Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens
- Students retain all of their citizenship rights when enrolled at Purdue University Fort Wayne.
- Students who violate civil law may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities. Only where university interests as an academic community are distinct from those of the general community should the special authority of the university be asserted.
- Nondiscrimination. The university is committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. (see www.purdue.edu/purdue/ea_eou_statement.html)
- All members of the university community must be able to pursue their goals, educational needs, and working lives without intimidation or injury generated by harassment.
- In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the university seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The university believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.
The university views, evaluates, and treats all persons in any university-related activity or circumstance in which they may be involved solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.
The university prohibits discrimination against any member of the university community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The university will conduct its programs, services, and activities consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth by the Purdue University Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, and Affirmative Action policy, which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the university promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Purdue University Fort Wayne is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action university.
- It is the policy of the university to maintain the campus as a place of work and study for faculty, staff, and students, free from all forms of harassment, as defined in Purdue University's policy on Anti-Harassment (III.C.1) (hereinafter, the "Anti-Harassment Policy"). In providing an educational and work climate that is positive and harassment-free, faculty, staff, and students should be aware that harassment in the workplace or the educational environment is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated. [See Anti-Harassment Policy.] This Policy addresses harassment in all forms, including harassment toward individuals for reasons of race, sex, religion, color, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, or status as a veteran.
- Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech. Freedom of thought and expression is the lifeblood of our academic community and requires an atmosphere of mutual respect among diverse persons, groups and ideas. The maintenance of mutually respectful behavior is a precondition for the vigorous exchange of ideas, and it is the policy of the university to promote such behavior in all forms of expression and conduct. The university reaffirms its commitment to freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Accordingly, any form of speech or conduct that is protected by the First Amendment is not subject to this policy. The university reaffirms its commitment to academic freedom, which is essential to its educational mission and is critical to diversity and intellectual life.
B. Individual Rights and Responsibilities as Students
- Degree-seeking students have the responsibility for selecting a major field of study, choosing an appropriate degree program within the discipline, planning class schedules, and meeting the requirements for degrees. The university will provide advisors to assist students in academic planning, but students are responsible for being knowledgeable about all academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted.
- Students have the right to receive in writing (the terms "in writing" or "written" here and throughout this Code include both printed and electronic communication) accurately and plainly stated information that enables them to understand clearly:
a. the general qualifications for establishing and maintaining acceptable academic standing within a particular major and at all other levels within the university,
b. the graduation requirements for specific curricula and majors, and
c. at a minimum, the course objectives, requirements, and grading policies set by individual faculty members for their courses by means of a course syllabus.
- In the classroom, students have the freedom to raise relevant issues pertaining to classroom discussion, to offer reasonable doubts about data presented, and to express alternative opinions to those being discussed. However, in exercising this freedom, students shall not interfere with the academic process of the class. Students who interfere with the academic process of a class may be directed to leave class for the remainder of the class period. Longer suspensions from a class must be preceded by the personal misconduct procedures set forth in Part III.B of this Code.
- Students' course grades shall be based upon academic performance and not upon opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students have the right to discuss and review their academic performance with their faculty members. Students who feel that any course grade has been based upon criteria other than academic performance have the right to appeal through the university grade appeals procedure. [See Academic Regulations-Grade Appeals.]
- Students have the right to obtain a clear statement of basic rights, obligations, and responsibilities concerning both academic and personal conduct.
- Students have the responsibility to become familiar with, uphold, and follow all codes of conduct, including this Code, relevant codes of colleges/schools and departments, professional programs, student housing, and all rules applicable to conduct in class environments or university-sponsored activities, including off-campus clinical, field, internship, or in-service experiences.
- Students have the right to participate in the formulation of university policies that directly affect them. In exercising this right, students have the right of access to appropriate information, to express their views, and to have their views considered.
- Students have the privacy rights specified in the university policy on the release of student information. [See Academic Regulations-Release of Student Information.]
C. Rights and Responsibilities as Participants in Student Groups, Student Organizations, and Campus Activities
- Students have the right to form, join, and participate in groups or organizations that promote the common interests of students, including but not limited to groups or organizations that are organized for academic, professional, religious, social, economic, political, recreational, or cultural purposes.
- Any group of students may petition to become a recognized university student organization in accordance with the established guidelines. Any appeal of a campus decision to discontinue or refuse recognition of a student group shall be made through the Campus Appeals Board.
- Any student group recognized as a university student organization shall be entitled to the use of available campus facilities in conformity with university regulations. [See Regulations Governing the Use and Assignment of University Facilities at Purdue University Fort Wayne.] Recognition shall not imply university endorsement of group goals and activities.
- Any recognized university student organization or any group of students able to secure sponsorship by a recognized student organization and to demonstrate financial responsibility has the right to present speakers of its choice to address members of the university community using appropriate campus facilities. These assemblies shall be subject to regulations necessary to prevent space and time conflicts and to protect the operations of the campus and the safety of persons or property.
- Freedom of assembly shall be guaranteed to all members of the university community. Such assemblies shall be consistent with university regulations regarding the time, place, and manner of such assemblies.
- A student, student group, or student organization has the right to distribute written material on campus without prior approval providing such distribution is consistent with appropriate regulations concerning the time, place, and manner of distribution and does not interfere with university activities.
- Students who publish student publications under university auspices have the right to be free of unlawful censorship. At the same time, students who publish such publications must observe the recognized canons of responsible journalism such as the Sigma Delta Chi Code of Ethics and avoid libel, obscenity, undocumented allegations, attacks on personal integrity, and the techniques of harassment and innuendo. Editors and managers of The Communicator may not be arbitrarily suspended or removed from their positions because of student, faculty, administrative, or public disapproval of their editorial policies or publications. Student editors and managers may be suspended or removed from their positions only for proper cause and by appropriate proceedings conducted by the Board of Directors. All student publications shall explicitly state on the editorial page that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the university or of the student body.
D. Summary of Rights and Responsibilities
- This statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities is a reaffirmation by the entire Purdue Fort Wayne community that the constitutional guarantees and the basic principles of fair treatment and respect for the integrity, judgment, and contribution of the individual student, coinciding with each student's freedom to learn set forth in the foregoing articles, are essential to the proper operation of an institution of higher learning. Accordingly, in the interpretation and enforcement of the policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the university, these student rights shall be preserved and given effect, but they shall not be construed or applied so as to limit the rights guaranteed students under the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the State of Indiana. Except in the case of grade appeals and appeals of Student Housing decisions, which are addressed further below in this paragraph, a complaint by a student or a group of students that the rights described in this Part I have been violated and that the student or group of students has been or will be adversely affected thereby shall be submitted and resolved in accordance with the procedures described in Part IV. In case of grade appeals, the individuals and committees designated in the university grade appeals procedure shall have final authority to decide the appeal. In the case of an appeal of Student Housing decisions, the individuals and committees designated in the Housing Agreement shall have final authority to decide the appeal. In the case of complaints of discrimination and harassment, the individuals and committees identified in the Purdue University Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Discrimination and Harassment shall have the authority designated in such procedures.
- If the student has a question as to whether the university grade appeals procedures, Student Housing procedures, or the student complaint procedures described in Part IV should be used to resolve a complaint, the dean of students shall decide which one set of procedures shall be used after consulting with the unit head of the faculty or staff member with whom the student or group of students has the complaint. Once the appropriate process is identified, the dean of students will explain the timelines associated with the process.
- The enumeration of these rights and responsibilities shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the student. Nothing contained in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct shall be construed as any denial or limitation upon the legal authority or responsibility of the Board of Trustees to establish policies and to make rules and regulations governing the operation of the university.
- A university activity is any teaching, research, service, administrative, or other function, proceeding, ceremony, program, or activity conducted by or under the authority of Purdue University Fort Wayne or with which the university has any official connection, whether taking place on or off campus. Included within this definition without limitation are Purdue Fort Wayne cooperative education programs, internships, practicums, field experiences, and athletic or other intercollegiate activities.
- University property means property owned, controlled, used, or occupied by Purdue University Fort Wayne.
- A business day means any day other than Saturday, Sunday, and any day on which the university is closed, whether by virtue of its being a university holiday or otherwise.
Part II. Student Conduct Subject to University Action
Students are expected and required to abide by the laws of the United States, the State of Indiana, and the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of Purdue University Fort Wayne. Students are expected to exercise their freedom to learn with responsibility and to respect the general conditions that maintain such freedom. The university has developed the following general regulations concerning student conduct which are intended to safeguard the right of every individual student to exercise fully the freedom to learn without interference. The university may hold a student responsible for his or her behavior, including for academic or personal misconduct
A. Academic Misconduct
This type of misconduct is generally defined as any act that tends to compromise the academic integrity of the university or subvert the educational process. At Purdue Fort Wayne, specific forms of academic misconduct are defined as follows:
- Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The term "academic exercise" includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours.
- Falsifying or fabricating any information or citation in an academic exercise.
- Helping or attempting to help another in committing acts of academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to, sharing papers and assignments.
- Adopting or reproducing ideas or statements of another person as one's own without acknowledgment (plagiarism).
- Submitting work from one course to satisfy the requirements of another course unless submission of such work is permitted by the faculty member.
- Serving as or permitting another student to serve as a substitute (or "ringer") in taking an exam.
- Altering of answers or grades on a graded assignment without authorization of the faculty member.
- Engaging in activities that unfairly place other students at a disadvantage, such as taking, hiding, or altering resource material.
- Violating professional or ethical standards of the profession or discipline for which a student is preparing (declared major and/or minor) as adopted by the relevant academic program.
In order to ensure that the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct are promoted and supported at the university, academic departments should establish a written policy/statement addressing the professional or ethical standards for their discipline, which if developed, must be available to all students who are preparing in the discipline. Students have the responsibility to familiarize themselves with the academic department's policy/statement.
B. Personal Misconduct
The university may find a student responsible for the following acts of personal misconduct that occur on campus property or in connection with a university activity, or when the health, safety, property, or security of the campus may be adversely impacted.
- Dishonest conduct, including but not limited to false accusation of misconduct; forgery, alteration, or misuse of any university document, record, or identification; and giving to a university official information known to be false.
- Release of access codes for university computer systems to unauthorized persons; use of an access code for a purpose other than that stated on the request for service.
- Lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct as defined by law.
- Disorderly or disruptive conduct that interferes with teaching, research, administration, or other university or university-authorized activity.
- Failure to comply with the directions of authorized university officials in the performance of their duties, including failure to identify oneself when requested to do so, and violation of the terms of a sanction.
- Unauthorized entry, use, or occupancy of campus facilities; refusal to vacate a campus facility when directed to do so by an authorized official of the university.
- Unauthorized taking or possession of university property or services; unauthorized taking or possession of the property or services of others, including but not limited to selling or bartering notes/handouts/recordings from academic classes.
- Intentional action or reckless disregard that results in damage to or destruction of university property or of property belonging to others.
- Possession of firearms, fireworks, other explosives, or other weapons; possession or display of any firearm except as authorized by the university police; and intentional possession of a dangerous article or substance as a potential weapon, or of any article or explosive calculated to injure, intimidate, or threaten any person. Public law enforcement officials who are required by their departments to carry their firearms at all times must register with the university police.
- Acting with violence; and aiding, encouraging, or participating in a riot.
- Harassment, as defined by the Anti-Harassment Policy. Use of the term "harassment" includes all forms of harassment, including stalking, racial harassment, and sexual harassment as defined more completely by the Anti-Harassment Policy (purdue.edu/ethics/policies/FosteringRespect_accessible.pdf)
- Hazing, defined as any conduct that subjects another person, whether physically, emotionally, or psychologically, to anything that may endanger, abuse, degrade, or intimidate the person as a condition of association with a group or organization, regardless of the person's consent or lack of consent.
- Physical abuse of any person or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person.
- Any form of communication that (a) involves a serious expression of intent to commit an act of unlawful violence to a particular individual or group of individuals or to cause damage to another person's property, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health and safety of another person or another person's property, or (b) that is inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction or incite an immediate breach of the peace in a face-to-face situation.
- Possession, consumption, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages on campus except as expressly permitted by the Internal Operating Procedures for the Possession, Consumption, Distribution, and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages on the Fort Wayne campus.
- Use, possession, manufacture, processing, distribution, or sale of any drug or controlled substance except as expressly permitted by law. The term "controlled substance" is defined in Indiana statutes, and includes, but is not limited to, substances such as marijuana, cocaine, narcotics, certain stimulants and depressants, hallucinogens, and prescription drugs used without proper authorization.
- Violations of other published university regulations, policies, procedures, or rules, such as the Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus policy.
- Violation of any rules governing student organizations, or the use of university property (including the time, place, and manner of meetings or demonstrations on university property), or of any other rule that is reasonably related to the orderly operation of the university, including, but not limited to, university solicitation policies
- Obstruction or disruption of any university activity or inciting, aiding, or encouraging other persons to engage in such conduct. Obstruction or disruption means any unlawful or objectionable acts or conduct: (1) that seriously threaten the ability of the university to maintain its facilities available for performance of its educational activities; or (2) that are in violation of the reasonable rules and standards of the university designed to protect the academic community from unlawful conduct; or (3) that present a serious threat to persons or property of the academic community. Such phrases shall include, without limitation of the foregoing general definition, the unlawful use of force or violence on or within any buildings or grounds owned, used, occupied, or controlled by Purdue University Fort Wayne; using or occupying any such buildings or grounds in violation of lawful rules, regulations, policies, or procedures of the university, or for the purpose or with the effect of denying or interfering with the lawful use thereof by others; and injuring or harming any person or damaging or destroying the property of the university or the property of others, within such buildings and grounds.
C. Other Student Conduct Issues
- Demonstrations. Any individual or group activity or conduct apparently intended to call attention to the participants' point of view on some issues is not of itself misconduct. Demonstrations that do not involve conduct beyond the scope of constitutionally protected rights of free speech and assembly are, of course, permissible. However, conduct that is otherwise improper cannot be justified merely because it occurs in the context of a demonstration.
- Misconduct Subject to Other Penalties. As provided by Indiana statute, misconduct that constitutes a violation of this Code may be sanctioned after determination of responsibility under the procedures herein provided, without regard to whether such misconduct also constitutes an offense under the criminal laws of any state or of the United States or whether such conduct might result in civil liability of the violator to other persons.
- Personal Conduct Not on University Property. The university may find a student responsible for acts of personal misconduct that are not committed on campus property or in connection with an university activity if the acts distinctly and adversely affect the security of the campus community, the safety of others, or the integrity of the educational process, including, but not limited to, drug and alcohol violations or offenses against another person.
Part III. Student Misconduct Procedures
Purdue University Fort Wayne procedures for imposing academic and personal misconduct sanctions are designed to provide students with the guarantees of due process and procedural fairness. Except as provided in Part IV, the procedures hereby established shall be followed in all cases in which Purdue Fort Wayne institutes proceedings against students for violations of rules of student conduct set forth in Part II.
A. Procedures for Academic Misconduct
- The process for investigating complaints of academic misconduct may vary depending upon the situation. An essential component of any misconduct process should incorporate the requirements of due process. As such, a student whose conduct is being reviewed should know the nature of the information presented against them and be able to have a meaningful opportunity to be heard. Therefore, throughout Part III, Section A, of this Code, whenever there is a requirement for the student to have an "opportunity to be heard," the minimum standard for that meaningful opportunity will include all of the following:
• notice of the nature of the alleged misconduct
• notice of the date, time, location, and general procedure of the review of the allegation
• notice of the potential outcomes of the review
• opportunity to address the information supporting the allegation
- When a student in a course commits an act of academic misconduct related to that particular course, the faculty member teaching the course has the authority to initiate academic misconduct proceedings against the student in accordance with these procedures.
If a faculty member initiates academic misconduct proceedings, the faculty member must contact the Chair/Director to place a hold on the student's account. A student may not withdraw from a course during the pendency of these proceedings or to avoid any imposed sanction.
a. A faculty member who has information that a student enrolled in a course being conducted by the faculty member has committed an act of academic misconduct related to that course is required to hold a conference with the student concerning the matter within 10 business days of discovering the alleged misconduct. The faculty member must advise the student of the alleged act of misconduct and afford the student the opportunity to address the information supporting the allegation. Any action that must be performed by faculty under these procedures may be performed by the faculty chair or next highest administrator.
b. If the faculty member finds that the student did commit the act of misconduct as alleged, the faculty member is authorized to impose an appropriate academic sanction related to the particular course involved. An appropriate academic sanction for such misconduct may include, and is limited to, one or more of the following:
(1) The student may be given a lower grade than the student would otherwise have received or a failing grade for any assignment, course work, examination, or paper involved in the act of misconduct.
(2) The student may be required to repeat the assignment, complete some additional assignment, or resubmit any assignment, course work, examination, or paper involved in the act of misconduct.
(3) The student may be given a lower grade than the student would otherwise have received or a failing grade for the course.
c. After imposing an academic sanction, the faculty member is required to report the matter and action taken within 10 business days in writing to the student, the chair of the department in which the course is offered, the dean/director of the college/school/division in which the course is offered, the chair of the student's department (if different from above), the dean/director of the student's college/school/division (if different from above), and the dean of students.
d. The student has the right to appeal the faculty member's findings and/or sanction through the procedures specified in Part IV of this Code.
e. The chair of the student's department has the authority to initiate additional academic sanctions against the student if the chair concludes, in consultation with the dean of students, that additional sanctions may be warranted by the nature of the act or because the student has committed previous acts of academic misconduct.
The chair of the student's department must notify the student in writing within 10 business days of the date of the faculty member's report if additional sanctions are contemplated at the department level. If additional sanctions are contemplated, the student shall be provided an opportunity to be heard in accordance with the standards articulated in the opening paragraph of Part III, Section A.
The chair must report any decision to initiate additional sanctions in writing to the student, the student's college/school/division dean/director, and the dean of students within 10 business days of the student's opportunity to be heard.
Additional sanctions imposed at the department level may include academic probation, denial of future admission, or dismissal from the department. The student may appeal the chair's decision about additional sanctions through the procedures specified in Part IV of this Code.
f. The dean/director of the student's college/school/division also has the authority to initiate additional academic sanctions against the student if the dean/director concludes, in consultation with the dean of students, that additional sanctions may be warranted by the nature of the act or because the student has committed previous acts of academic misconduct. The dean/director must notify the student in writing within 10 business days of the date of the chair's report if additional sanctions are contemplated at the college/school/division level. If additional sanctions are contemplated, the student shall be provided an opportunity to be heard in accordance with the standards articulated in the opening paragraph of Part III, Section A.
The Dean/Director must report any decision to initiate additional sanctions in writing to the student, the chair, and the dean of students within 10 business days of the student's opportunity to be heard.
Additional sanctions imposed at the college/school/division level may include academic probation, denial of future admission, or dismissal from the college/school/division. The student may appeal the dean's/director's decision about additional sanctions through the procedures specified in Part IV of this Code.
- When a student is alleged to have committed an act of academic misconduct that is not related to a course in which the student is enrolled, the chair of the student's department has the authority to initiate a review of the allegation.
a. After discovering the alleged academic misconduct, the chair must notify the dean of students and the student in writing within 10 business days if action is contemplated at the department level and provide the student an opportunity to be heard in accordance with the standards articulated in the opening sentence of Part III, Section A.
The chair must report the decision, including any sanctions imposed, in writing to the student, the student's college/school/division dean/director, and the dean of students within 10 business days of the student's opportunity to be heard.
Sanctions imposed at the department level may include and are limited to, one or more of the following: academic probation, denial of future admission, or dismissal from the department. The student may appeal the chair's decision (including sanctions) through the procedures specified in Part IV of this Code.
b. Similarly, the dean/director of the student's college/school/division has the authority to initiate additional academic sanctions against the student if the dean/director concludes that additional sanctions may be warranted by the nature of the act or because the student has committed previous acts of academic misconduct in accordance with the procedures above.
The dean/director must report any decision to initiate additional sanctions in writing to the student, the chair, and the dean of students within 10 business days of the student's opportunity to be heard.
Additional sanctions imposed at the college/school/division level may include and are limited to, one or more of the following: academic probation, denial of future admission, or dismissal from the college/school/division. The student may appeal the dean's/director's decision about additional sanctions through the procedures specified in Part IV of this Code.
- A student may not be placed on disciplinary probation, suspended, or expelled from the university because of an act of academic misconduct unless the dean of students concludes that such a sanction is justified by the nature of the act or because the student has committed previous acts of misconduct. If the dean of students concludes that additional disciplinary sanctions are warranted, the proceedings will be governed by the same procedures that apply to acts of personal misconduct (Part III.B) and may be commenced when notified of the outcome from the faculty member.
B. Procedures for Personal Misconduct
Any member of the university community may initiate a complaint of student personal misconduct with the dean of students. Misconduct proceedings are initiated by the issuance of a notice of charges and are governed by the following procedures.
- Notice of Charges
a. A personal misconduct proceeding is initiated by the dean of students by sending a notice to the student who is the subject of the complaint. If proceedings are initiated against a student under the age of 18, the dean is required to make reasonable efforts to assure that the parent(s) or, when appropriate, the legal guardian of the student is notified concerning the proceedings and the nature of the complaint.
b. The notice shall be sent by email to the student's address as it appears in the official records of the university or shall be delivered personally to the student. The notice shall quote the rule claimed to have been violated and shall fairly inform the student of the reported circumstances of the alleged misconduct. The notice shall require the student to appear in the office of the dean of students at a time and on a date specified (which ordinarily will not be earlier than three business days after the emailing of the notice) for a hearing on the alleged violations. A copy of these procedures can be found on the webpage: catalog.pfw.edu, a link to which will be included in the email or other notice to the student.
c. The notice shall inform the student of the following:
(1) The offense the student is alleged to have committed by citing the relevant section of this Code;
(2) The date, time, and place of the alleged offense, and other relevant circumstances;
(3) The date, time, and place of the hearing to discuss the alleged violation;
(4) That the student may have an advisor or other counsel present during the hearing, but with the understanding that such an advisor or counsel is limited to the role of advising the student and that such an advisor or counsel may not participate in presenting the case, questioning the witnesses, or making statements during the hearing;
(5) That the student need not answer questions and that a choice to remain silent will not be taken as an admission of responsibility, nor shall it be detrimental to the student's position;
(6) That, if the student fails to appear for the hearing, the dean of students may (a) reschedule the conference; (b) dismiss the charges; or (c) if the dean reasonably believes the failure to appear to be inexcusable, impose any of the prescribed sanctions set forth in Part III.B.3 below.
a. When the student appears as required, the dean of students shall inform the student as fully as possible of the facts concerning the alleged misconduct and of the procedures that follow. The student may, but need not, make responses and explanations.
b. If, after discussion and such further investigation as may be necessary, the dean of students determines that the violation alleged is not supported by the information, the dean shall dismiss the accusation and notify the student.
c. If, after discussion, or if the student fails to appear, the dean of students believes that the violation occurred as alleged, the dean shall so notify the student and shall impose a sanction by means of a written notice. The student, by such notice, shall have the option of accepting or appealing the finding and/or sanction through the procedures specified in Part V of this Code.
d. Both the student and the student's accuser shall be informed of the outcome of any hearing brought alleging any form of physical violence, threat, or harassment.
- Personal Misconduct Sanctions
- The dean of students is authorized to impose a sanction including, and limited to, one or more of the following:
a. Reprimand and Warning. A student may be given a reprimand accompanied by a written warning that the student may receive additional sanctions if the student engages in the same misconduct again or commits any other violation of this Code.
b. Disciplinary Probation. A student may be placed on probation for a specified period under conditions specified in writing by the dean of students, with a warning that any violation of the conditions or any further acts of misconduct may result in additional sanctions, including suspension or expulsion from the university. As a condition of probation, the student may be required to participate in a specific program, such as an alcohol-education program, or to provide a specific service, such as the repair or restoration of any property damaged or taken by the student.
c. Restitution. A student may be required to pay the cost for the replacement or repair of any property damaged by the student. If the student fails to pay the cost or make the repairs, the student may be subjected to additional sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.
d. Participation in a Specific Program, Assessment, or Evaluation. A student may be required to participate in a specific program, assessment, or evaluation, such as an alcohol-education program. If the student fails to participate in the program as directed, the student may be subjected to additional sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.
e. Provision of a Specific Service. A student may be required to provide a specific service, such as the repair or restoration of any property damaged or taken by the student. If the student fails to provide the service as directed, the student may be subjected to additional sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.
f. Suspension. A student may be suspended from classes and future enrollment and excluded from participation in all aspects of campus life for a specified period of time.
g. Expulsion. A student may be permanently dismissed from the university.
C. Summary Action
Summary action by way of temporary suspension and exclusion from university property may be taken against a student without the issuance of a notice of charges and without following the procedures prescribed in Part III.B or Part IV on the following conditions:
• Summary action shall be taken only by the chancellor or the chancellor’s designee, and only after the student shall have been given an opportunity to be heard if such procedure is practical and feasible under the circumstances.
• Summary action shall be taken only if the chancellor or the chancellor’s designee is satisfied that the continued presence of the student on university property threatens imminent harm to any other persons or to the property of the university or of others, or to the stability and continuance of normal university functions.
• Whenever summary action is taken under this provision, the procedures provided for in Part III.B for a hearing or the procedures provided for in Part V for appeals shall be expedited so far as possible in order to shorten the period of summary action.
D. Time Limitations
Time limitations specified in the preceding sections of this Code may be extended by either the dean of students or the Campus Appeals Board for a reasonable period if an extension is justified by good cause under the totality of the circumstances. The documentation for extending the time limitations must be provided to the student.
E. Status During Conduct Proceedings
Except where summary action is taken as provided in Part III.C, the status of a student charged with misconduct shall not be affected, pending the final disposition of charges. The effective date of any sanction shall be a date established by the final adjudicating body (dean of students or the Campus Appeals Board). In case of suspension or expulsion, the student shall not be withdrawn any earlier than the date the notice of charges originated or later than the effective date established by the final adjudicating body.
Part IV. Student Complaint Procedures
The following student complaint procedures are designed to ensure that students have an identified and well-understood mechanism for registering and resolving complaints of the types described below.
A. Students having complaints concerning alleged violations of the Anti-Harassment Policy, as referenced in Part I.A.3, Part I.A.4 and Part I.A.6 of the Code, should use the Purdue University Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Discrimination and Harassment.
B. Students having complaints concerning actions or decisions which are claimed to violate other rights recognized in Part I of the Code must first make a reasonable effort to resolve the complaints informally with the faculty/staff member whose action or decision is the basis for the complaint.
- The effort to resolve the complaint informally with the faculty/staff member must be initiated by the student in a documented manner no later than within 21 calendar days the action or decision occurred. The documentation only needs to be dated and indicate that the student has made a good faith effort at initiating the conversation with the responsible faculty/staff member. For a complaint to continue to receive consideration under these procedures, the student must initiate each successive step in the process within 21 calendar days of conclusion of the previous step. In addition, it is expected that each step in the process will be concluded within 21 calendar days of initiation.
- If the complaint is not resolved informally between the student and the responsible faculty/ staff member, the student may pursue the complaint informally with the faculty/ staff member’s department head, who shall investigate, mediate, and suggest a resolution.
- If the complaint remains unresolved after the department head’s attempt to mediate a resolution, the student may continue to pursue the complaint with the head of the next highest administrative level (e.g., the college/school/division dean/director), who shall investigate, mediate, and suggest a resolution.
- Only after all such remedies have been exhausted may the student petition for a hearing before the Campus Appeals Board. To petition for a hearing before the Campus Appeals Board, the student must complete the online form. The complaint must describe the action or decision claimed to violate one or more of the student rights recognized in Part I of the Code, identify the right(s) claimed to have been violated, and specify the remedy sought. The dean shall direct properly received complaints to the chair of the Campus Appeal Board. The Campus Appeals Board shall have the authority and duty to reach findings and to convey recommendations to the chancellor. If necessary, the chancellor may present such recommendations to the university president and Board of Trustees for their consideration.
- See Part V of the Code for information about the composition of the Campus Appeals Board.
Part V. Petition for Hearing
Students wishing to appeal any decision by a university official or body under the preceding sections of this Code shall use this petition process.
A. Types of Appeals
The Campus Appeals Board (CAB) may hear the following types of appeals from students: (1) appeals of misconduct findings and sanctions imposed by the dean of students, including findings and sanctions concerning student organizations; (2) appeals of academic misconduct findings imposed by faculty members, department chairs, or academic deans or division directors; (3) appeals of SGA Judicial Court rulings; and (4) appeals of faculty/staff decisions claimed to violate student rights recognized in Part I of the Code (per Part IV). Extension to any time limits specified below must be approved by the chair of the board.
B. Campus Appeals Board
- Composition. The Campus Appeals Board (CAB) shall consist of nine members selected in the following manner: four students appointed by the president of Purdue Fort Wayne Student Government Association subject to confirmation by the SGA Senate; three faculty members elected by the Faculty Senate; and two administrative staff members appointed by the chancellor, one of whom shall be designated as chair of the Campus Appeals Board. An equal number of alternates from each constituent group shall be appointed at the same time and in the same manner as the regular members. From the members and alternates, the chair shall designate a hearing panel consisting of a minimum of three members including at least one student. A minimum of three panel members including at least one student is required for quorum.
- Terms of Office. The term of office for student members and their alternates shall be one year, and for the faculty and administrative members, it shall be two years, except that members shall continue to have jurisdiction of any case under consideration at the expiration of their term. The terms of office for all members shall begin at the start of the fall semester. No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms. If any appointing authority fails to make its prescribed appointments to the Campus Appeals Board, or to fill any vacancy on the panel of alternates within seven calendar days after being notified to do so by the chancellor, or if at any time the Campus Appeals Board cannot function because of the refusal of any member or members to serve, the chancellor may make appointments, fill vacancies, or take such other action as deemed necessary to constitute the Campus Appeals Board with a full complement of members.
C. Criteria for Appeal
Appeals may only be requested for one or more of the following reasons:
- Failure to follow an established policy or procedure;
- The assigned sanction is unduly harsh or arbitrary;
- New information has become available since the conclusion of the process; or
- Bias has been exhibited through the process.
The purpose of an appeal shall not be simply to hold a rehearing of the original matter.
D. Filing the Petition
Students who wish to request Campus Appeals Board action shall complete the online form within 10 business days of the date of the sanction letter or within 10 business days of the conclusion of the previous step in the appeal process, as applicable. The dean shall in turn forward properly filed appeals to the chair of the Campus Appeals Board.
To be properly filed, the appeal must be submitted within the established time limits, identify the action or decision being appealed, name the party whose decision or action is being appealed (sometimes referred to below as the “named party”), and identify one or more of the criteria identified in the Criteria for Appeal set forth above. If the above criteria are not met, the CAB chair shall dismiss the appeal.
E. Investigation of Appeals
Within 10 business days of the chair’s receipt of the appeal, the CAB chair will assign a board member or alternate who is a faculty member or administrator to investigate the appeal and notify the party named that an appeal has been filed. Notification will include a copy of the appeal and the identity of the student who filed the appeal. The party whose action or decision is being appealed will be requested to respond in writing within 10 business days from the date of notification. To protect both the student and the named party, CAB appeals will be treated with the greatest degree of confidentiality possible.
As soon as practicable following the appointment, the investigator will interview the student who filed the appeal. The student may have an advisor or legal counsel (at the student’s own expense) present at meetings with the investigator. However, the advisor or counsel may not stand in place of the student or otherwise participate in the investigation process.
Within 10 business days following completion of the interview with the student, the investigator will notify the chair as to whether or not the allegations set forth in the appeal, if substantiated, would support the basis for the appeal and, if so, whether the action or decision being appealed would constitute a violation of one or more student rights recognized in Part I of the Code. If in such notification the investigator answers these inquiries in the negative, the chair may dismiss the appeal, and the decision shall be final. The chair shall provide the student and named party with written notice of such dismissal. In all other cases, the investigator will conduct a thorough fact-finding investigation, and will meet separately with the student and named party, interview pertinent witnesses, and review relevant documents regarding the appeal. The investigation shall be completed within 10 business days following the assignment of the appeal to the investigator.
Within 10 business days following conclusion of the investigation, the investigator will prepare and deliver a report to the chair, the student filing the appeal, and the named party. The report will include a finding based upon a preponderance of information that the appeal shall be upheld or denied. The “preponderance of information” standard requires that the information supporting the finding is more convincing than the information offered in opposition to it. The report will include the basis upon which the investigator reached the finding and recommendation for remedy, if any.
Within 10 business days of receipt of the investigator’s report, the chair will convene a meeting of the CAB hearing panel. The student and the named party will be notified of the date, time, and location of the meeting. Prior to the meeting, the student, named party, and panel members shall be furnished with a copy of the investigator’s report and copies of the appeal and response. The student may have an advisor or legal counsel (at the student’s own expense) present at the meeting. However, the advisor or counsel may not stand in place of the student or otherwise participate in the hearing process. At the meeting, the panel will be afforded the opportunity to ask questions of the investigator. The student who filed the appeal and the named party will be afforded the opportunity to make a brief statement to the panel, after which the panel members may ask questions. The panel shall meet separately with the student and the named party.
Within 10 business days following the final meeting with the panel, the chair shall render the written recommendation of the hearing panel and include a brief explanation of the recommendation setting forth the findings upon which the recommendation is based. The chair shall furnish copies of the recommendation to the chancellor, the student who filed the appeal, the party whose decision is being appealed, and to others within the university with a need to know as determined by the panel. The chancellor shall render a written and final decision within 10 business days of receiving the panel’s recommendation.
Part VI. Authority, Application, and Amendments
Student rights, responsibilities, and standards of conduct will be established by campus administrators in consultation with the student and faculty government organizations and shall be consistent with the principles established by Purdue University.”
This Code, as from time to time amended, shall apply to all undergraduate and graduate students while enrolled at Purdue University Fort Wayne and shall be deemed a part of the terms and conditions of admission and enrollment at the university. In case of any conflict or inconsistencies with any other rules, regulations, directives, or policies now existing, this Code shall govern. They shall be enforced by the chancellor.
- In General. This Code, and any amendments hereto, shall remain in effect until rescinded or modified by or under the authority of the Board of Trustees of The Trustees of Purdue University, as exercised by the president of the university under delegated authority from the Board and in consultation with the chancellor. Amendments may be proposed by the Purdue Fort Wayne Student Government Association, Purdue Fort Wayne Senate, university administrative officials, , or the Board of Trustees, and any such proposed amendment shall be submitted to the Purdue Fort Wayne Student Government Association and Faculty Senate for review and comment before adoption.
- Amendments to Part I: Student Rights and Responsibilities. Without limiting the generality of the amendment process described in Part VI.C.1 above, the following additional provisions shall apply to amendments to the student rights and responsibilities set forth in Part I. Proposed amendments of such rights and responsibilities may be initiated by the Purdue Fort Wayne Student Government Association, the Faculty Senate, university administrative officials, or the Board of Trustees and shall be submitted to the Purdue Fort Wayne Student Government Association, and the Faculty Senate for consideration and recommendation before adoption by or under the authority of the Board of Trustees, as exercised by the president of the university under delegated authority from the Board. In the event such an amendment to the rights and responsibilities set forth in Part I is adopted without approval of the Purdue Fort Wayne Student Government Association or the Faculty Senate, either of such bodies may withdraw its endorsement of such rights and responsibilities, in whole or in part.