Jul 13, 2024  
Undergraduate Bulletin 2008-2009 
Undergraduate Bulletin 2008-2009 [Archived Catalog]

Part 7: Services

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1. Academic Advising
2. Academic Success Center
3. Alumni Relations
4. Athletics, Recreation, and Intramural Sports
5. Bookstore
6. Career Services
7. Center for Women and Returning Adults
8. Child Care
9. Collegiate Connection
10. Computer Resources
11. Continuing Studies
12. Crossroads
13. Dean of Students
14. Disabilities, Services for Students with
15. Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
16. Emergency Health and Security Services
17. Financial Aid
18. First Year Experience (FYE)
19. Health and Wellness Clinic
20. Honors Program
21. Housing Information
22. Independent Study
23. International Student Services



24. Library Services
25. Mastodon Advising Center (MAC)

26. Mastodon Performance Center (M.A.P)
27. Math Course Options
28. Media and Technology Support Services
29. Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC)
30. Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education
and Service-Learning (OACS
31. National Student Exchange Program (NSE)
32. Personal Counseling
33. Police and Safety
34. Registration and Graduation
35. Student Handbook and Planner
36. Student Life and Organizations
37. Student Technology Education Programs (STEPS)
38. Supplemental Instruction
39. Testing Services
40. Transcripts and Academic Records
41. Tutorial and Study-Skills Assistance
42. Veterans’ Services
43. Voter Registration
44. Women & Returning Adults
45. Writing Center


1. Academic Advising


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

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

It is the academic advisor’s responsibility to

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

It is the student’s responsibility to

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

2. Academic Success Center (ACCS)


Academic Success Center (Kettler 109, 481-6595) is responsible for providing academic advising services for students classified as undeclared, exploratory, and prebusiness; as well as career-related services for all IPFW students and alumni. Assistance is provided in the following areas: course selection/planning, identifying academic major and career choices, career assessments; full-time, part-time, and work-study employment; academic placement testing; job search strategies; internships; résumé referrals; campus interviews; and opportunities for National Student Exchange with other universities.

In addition to the services listed above, staff members are actively involved in teaching. IDIS 110 Freshman Success is designed to introduce students to the rigors of college life, and EDUC X210 assists students in the career planning process.

Office hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday during fall and spring semesters.

Student Employment Services provides assistance at no cost to IPFW students seeking on- or off-campus employment that is compatible with their class schedules. Listings of available positions are available online at www.ipfw.edu/accs/students/JLDdefault.shtml. This office is also responsible for coordination of the College Work-Study program.

3. Alumni Relations


More than 44,000 graduates, residing in 50 states and 38 countries, are alumni of IPFW. With eighty percent of IPFW alumni remaining in Indiana, their work is seen in the growth and economic development of the state.

IPFW students have a chance to connect with alumni in a variety of ways, including:

Fall Dining Etiquette and Mentoring Dinner: learn business etiquette and then have dinner with an IPFW graduate who is in the career field the student hopes to enter.

Spring Grip and Grin Networking Event: a seminar on how to network followed by a social hour of networking with IPFW graduates representing several different career fields.

Personal Student-to-Alumni One-on-One Visits: connected via the alumni office, you can chat with or spend the day with an IPFW graduate in the career field you’d like to be employed.

Fall Homecoming: celebrate during the pregame with IPFW graduates and faculty.

Each fall, students are asked to join alumni and faculty in having lunch with our northeast Indiana legislators and talking about the financial needs of IPFW. Each spring, we transport students, alumni, and faculty to the Indianapolis statehouse for another luncheon with our northeast Indiana legislators.

Students are also provided other opportunities through the IPFW Alumni Association’s student organization, the Student Alumni Association. These students have even more networking and meeting opportunities with key alumni in the area.

The IPFW Alumni Relations office is located in Walb 125, 260-481-6807, www.ipfw.edu/alumni.

4. Athletics, Recreation, and Intramural Sports


Athletics, Recreation, and Intramural Sports (Gates Center 210, 481-6643) administers sports-related university activities and manages the Gates Sports Center. Contact the office for further information about programs and fees.

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

Cross Country
Indoor Track (Women’s)
Outdoor Track (Women’s)



Information about athletics participation is available from the Athletics, Recreation, and Intramural Sports and the Admissions offices, or go to www.ipfw.edu/athletics.

Intramural programs are open to all eligible IPFW students, faculty, and staff and include the following sports: badminton, basketball, billiards, flag football, racquetball, table tennis, volleyball, and wallyball. Annual tournament events include a 5K run/walk event and a golf meet. Call 260-481-6617 for more details.

IPFW Hilliard Gates Sports Center is the fitness center on campus for all IPFW students with valid IPFW ID cards. Memberships are also available to IPFW student spouses, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. Indoor facility offers a 1/9 mile indoor walk/running track, strength training room, cardiovascular conditioning room, racquetball courts, wallyball courts, basketball, courts, core conditioning area, and fitness class room. Outdoor facilities include 5km and10km cross country courses, soccer fields, baseball and softball, fields, and tennis courts. Fitness services include fitness assessments, fitness classes, “getting started” fitness consultations, nutrition consultations, personal fitness training packages, free education/awareness handouts, and special events like fitness workshops and walk/run events. For membership costs and more facility information call 260-481-6655, 260-481-6647, or visit our Web site www.ipfw.edu/athletics/fitness.

5. Bookstore


Follett’s IPFW Bookstore has served the academic community at IPFW for more than 35 years, fulfilling students’ needs from freshman classes to purchasing graduation apparel. Conveniently located in Kettler G10, the bookstore offers textbooks, general books, academically priced software, computer hardware, apparel, gifts, and more. In addition, the bookstore gives you the convenience of ordering your textbooks and other items online at efollett.com These items can be purchased for pick-up at the bookstore or shipped to your home. You can contact the bookstore at 260-483-6100 or by e-mail at bookstor@ipfw.edu.

6. Career Services


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

7. Center for Women and Returning Adults


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

8. Child Care


Child care is available on a part-time basis for children of IPFW students, faculty, and staff. The IPFW Child Care Center is located at 4133 Hobson Road. Hours of operation during fall, winter, and spring are 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. Summer hours are 7:15 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays; 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays; and closed Fridays. Evening care is based on sufficient enrollment. The center provides care for children ages 2-12. For registration or more information, contact the Child Care Center at 481-0111.

9. Collegiate Connection


The Collegiate Connection program is an exciting opportunity for students to earn college credit while attending high school. Collegiate Connection means:

  • Earning dual credit - college and high school.
  • Taking more advanced courses or courses not offered at the high school level.
  • Exploring a career direction.
  • Earning accredited transferable university credit.
  • Experiencing college!

Students must meet the following criteria for participation in the Collegiate Connection program:

  • Passed both sections of the ISTEP
  • Maintain a B average
  • Completed (or will be able to complete) enough high school credits to meet CORE 40 or Academic Honors high school graduation requirements
  • Parent/guardian approval

As a Collegiate Connection student, you may take any IPFW course that is appropriate for a college freshman. Some financial aid is available based upon need and is made possible with the support of the Lincoln Financial Foundation. Any student meeting the admission requirements and who qualifies for free and/or reduced textbook/lunch program is eligible to take up to two classes per semester (fall/spring) tuition-free. Students are responsible for their textbooks and transportation.

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

10. Computer Resources


IPFW’s computing environment includes access to networked computers and a variety of software, from word processing to discipline-specific applications.

Student Accounts -(includes e-mail, my.ipfw, student-access labs) - Accounts for student computing resources are created upon the student’s admission to IPFW. The student must complete an activation process before using the account including sending or receiving e-mail. Student e-mail accounts are accessible from any student-access lab, or the Web. Student accounts remain active as long as the student is enrolled.

Web Space-Each student and official student organization receives 10 MB of Web space to be used in conjunction with university responsibilities.

Computer Labs-All student-access computer labs and computer-equipped classrooms are capable of accessing many software applications, student e-mail, and the Internet. The student-access computer labs are in Kettler 204A, 217; Neff Hall B71 and B73 (a shared-use lab); Science Building G15; Helmke Library; and Walb Union 221. Besides these student-access labs, some schools and departments provide their students with access to additional specialized labs. The sponsoring departments define their availability and hours.

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

11. Division of Continuing Studies


The IPFW Division of Continuing Studies provides lifelong learning opportunities through its credit programs and public courses for professional development and personal enrichment. The Division manages approximately 20,500 enrollments annually.

The division increases student access to internationally recognized Indiana University and Purdue University degrees by partnering with the university’s academic departments to provide the alternative delivery of college credit courses. The division manages off-campus instruction (Auburn, Bluffton, Decatur, Public Safety Academy, and the IPFW Warsaw Center), distance-learning delivery (TV, Internet, and teleconferencing), and the university’s Weekend College program. In addition, the division administers the associate and bachelor’s degrees in general studies (A.A.G.S and B.G.S.) and offers special workshops for teachers that provide graduate credit applicable toward relicensure.

The Division of Continuing Studies also provides noncredit options, many of which yield continuing education units. These include public courses for personal and professional development and customized corporate training for regional businesses. For more targeted, in-depth training, selected professional development courses are grouped into certificate programs. These options offer students concise, career related education.

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

12. Crossroads: Connecting Learning Opportunities


To help you avoid the typical roadblocks experienced by transfer students - losing credits, time, and money - Ivy Tech Community College and IPFW are working together to ensure that certain courses will be equivalent and transferable between both institutions. That means you can take a variety of courses at Ivy Tech then transfer the credits to IPFW. Both schools have approved associate-to-bachelor’s-degree programs that allow you to earn an associate degree at Ivy Tech then complete a bachelor’s degree at IPFW. With Crossroads, you can enroll as either a part-time or full-time student - there is no time limit for completing the program. For more information, call 260-481-0748 or visit our Web site at www.ivytech.edu/fortwayne/crossroads.

13. Dean of Students


The dean of students office (Walb 111, 260-481-6601) may be contacted regarding any problem you are experiencing. Either direct assistance or referral to the appropriate individual or office will be provided. In addition, the dean and associate dean handle student conduct problems and advise students of their rights and responsibilities, provide assistance in pursuing late full withdrawals, grade appeals and student complaints, and serve as an advocate for students and their issues. The dean also advises the student government association and oversees personal counseling, Child Care Center, and Services for Students with Disabilities.

14. Disabilities, Services for Students with


Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordinates IPFW’s programming for students with disabilities, as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Persons with qualifying disability conditions per these regulations are eligible for specialized academic support services and other assistance through SSD.

SSD provides free and appropriate academic aids and services including reader and sign-language interpreter services, accommodated test proctoring facilities, disability-specific career/academic/personal counseling, coordination of the use of accessible computer workstations across campus, and more. SSD also serves the campus community as advocate/consultant on disability-related issues.

IPFW does not provide personal attendant care or transportation services. Students must be able to attend to their personal care and needs or must arrange independently for such services if needed. Although a personal escort may be provided during times of inclement weather, students are responsible for their transportation to and from campus and between classes and other facilities. Students with disabilities are responsible for attending classes as required by the class instructor’s attendance policy.

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

15. Diversity and Multicultural Affairs


Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (Walb 118, 260-481-6608) provides a vital support system for African American, Asian American, Hispanic, international, Native American, and other underrepresented students enrolled at IPFW. Evening appointments can be arranged for students who cannot visit the office during regular hours.

Services include networking opportunities, cultural/heritage programs, educational and personal counseling, leadership development and enhancement, mentoring, workshops, and study tables.

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs also assists in the development, administration, and evaluation of student recruitment and retention efforts; sponsors outreach and programs for early access to higher education; and provides cultural diversity training for IPFW faculty and staff.

16. Emergency Health and Security Services


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

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

Escort service to and/or from classes for safety reasons is available anytime by dialing 16900 from any campus telephone.

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

17. Financial Aid


IPFW attempts to meet the demonstrated financial need of all applicants. The IPFW Financial Aid office uses grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time university employment to provide financial assistance to IPFW students. Contact Financial Aid (Kettler 102, 260-481-6820; TTY 260-481-6082) or review information on our Web page at www.ipfw.edu.financial for specific information about eligibility requirements; application procedures; the types of aid available; and regulations related to scholarship, grant, loan, and other forms of assistance. A free brochure on federal aid is available in the Financial Aid office, or you can access the same information on the Internet at http://studentaid.ed.gov

Most financial aid programs at IPFW are based on the premise that the student and his/her family are responsible for paying the cost of the student’s education, with consideration given to the family’s current financial circumstances. IPFW financial assistance is awarded to help meet educational expenses not covered by the family’s contribution.

Financial aid awards may be used to meet some costs of study-abroad and student-exchange programs, if IPFW credit will be awarded for the program and other requirements are met.

To apply for assistance, the student must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (school code 001828) as the college the student plans to attend. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA generates the expected online family contribution (EFC), which is used to determine eligibility for financial aid and is usually available online shortly after Jan. 1. Applications from IPFW students that are received by March 10 at the federal processor are given priority consideration. Information about specific procedures and assistance with filling out the FAFSA are available at the Financial Aid office.

If the student is eligible for financial aid and has submitted all additional required materials, he/she will receive e-mail notification when the awards are created. Freshmen will receive an e-mail and a paper award letter. To accept the aid that is offered, the student must log on to my.IPFW.edu and accept aid through the Financial Aid section under the Enrollment tab. Aid that a student accepts will be applied as a credit on the e-bill received after registering for classes.

The State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI) requires students to be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester through the end of the fourth week of classes in order to keep the Indiana Higher Education Award and/or the 21st Century Scholars grants.

Students may request a review of any decision concerning eligibility for aid, including satisfactory academic progress. A financial aid administrator will review the situation with the student. The student may appeal any decision to the director of IPFW Financial Aid. Final appeals may be made to the Scholarship and Financial Aid Advisory Committee. All determinations by this committee are final.

Satisfactory Academic Progress: All financial aid recipients are required to make reasonable academic progress toward completion of degree requirements. Standards for satisfactory academic progress involve two tests:

1. Students must successfully complete 67 percent of the credits attempted and earn at least the minimum GPA shown below:

Credits attempted
Minimum cumulative GPA

Grades of I,W, F, or audit will not count toward credits successfully completed.

2. Students will not be allowed to receive aid for more than the total number of credits shown below for the certificate or degree program they are pursuing:

  Bachelor’s degree
Associate degree (two-year programs)
Associate degree (three-year programs)
Master’s Degree
  180 credit hours
90 credit hours
130 credit hours
45 credit hours
45 credit hours

Financial aid recipients who do not meet the satisfactory academic progress standards will be notified in writing that they are no longer eligible for financial aid. If extenuating circumstances exist, a written appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date of notification. The appeal form and specific instructions will be included with the notification letter.

For additional information regarding:

  • Rights under Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • FFEL/Direct Loan deferments for Peace Corps or volunteer service
  • Available financial assistance
  • IPFW scholarships
  • Completion/graduation rate
  • Campus security report
  • Report on athletic program participation rates and financial support data

see the IPFW Web site at www.ipfw.edu.

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

18. First Year Experience (FYE)


IPFW wants you to succeed from the start and has created the First Year Experience (FYE). FYE makes it easier to find your way around, make friends, and succeed academically. You will connect with other students, faculty, and staff through exceptional academic programs and an exciting campus life.

A powerful way to experience FYE is through FYE Learning Communities. Learning Communities are linked or paired courses; students move through these courses as a group. Communities foster a deeper understanding, integrate different classes with each other, and contain a social element that links classroom experiences with fun and rewarding activities both on and off campus. FYE and Learning Communities information is available through the Center for Academic Support and Advancement in Kettler G23 and G25, 260-481-6077.

19. Health and Wellness Clinic


The IPFW/Parkview Health and Wellness Clinic provides comprehensive health services to meet the medical and psychological needs of students, faculty, and staff at IPFW.

Location The clinic is conveniently located in Walb Union, Room 234, 260-481-5748. Parking is available in the parking garage next to Gates Sports Center.

Hours The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Special hours, which will be posted, are in effect for holidays, semester breaks and summer.

Staff The clinic is staffed with two nationally certified family nurse practitioners and a medical assistant. Our collaborating physicians are Mark O’Brien, M.D., and Matt Barb, M.D.

Appointments Appointments are available for your convenience. Clients are also seen on a walk-in basis up to one hour prior to closing.

Services Provided Our master’s prepared, nationally certified family nurse practitioners are able to

Assess/diagnose healthcare problems, obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, and order and interpret diagnostic studies such as lab work and X-rays.

Treat minor and acute illnesses as well as chronic health problems, such as diabetes, and provide confidential gynecological services. Nurse practitioners prescribe medication and consult with physicians and other healthcare providers as needed.

Promote healthy living through patient education and counseling.

Allergy Injections Allergy serum may be stored at the clinic. Allergy injections can be given between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 and 11:30 a.m. Friday during fall and spring semester. Administration of allergy injections during summer hours is limited.

Health and Wellness Education Health and wellness education includes screenings, assessments, consultations, workshops, classes, and resources to help individuals gain awareness and abilities for better total wellness. Weight management, heart-healthy living, sports performance, eating disorders, diabetic control, breaking the smoking habit, and stress management are just a taste of the possible learning areas. Registered dietitians and certified physical fitness instructors are available to help you be a better you!

Health Fees Our clinic is a fee-for-service health facility. Students at IPFW are NOT assessed a student health fee.We request payment at each visit by cash, check, or credit card.

Students enrolled in the university’s health insurance will be charged their co-pay for a routine office visit. Due to the large number of health insurance plans carried by students, we are presently billing for AETNA, Chickering, Signature Care, Anthem, M Plan, HTH, Encore, Humana/Choicecare, MegaLife and Sagamore.We also carry Medicare and Medicaid. Please bring a copy of your insurance card for clinic appointments. Please call the clinic for verification if your insurance is different than what is listed above.

Upon checking out, an insurance-ready itemized statement will be provided so that you may submit it to your insurance company.

For those individuals with insurance that is out of network or who are without insurance, healthcare packages are available for purchase. Contact the Health and Wellness Clinic at 260-481-5748 for additional information.

20. Honors Program


The Honors Program (Walb G25, 260-481-6924) is an undergraduate program that seeks to create learning opportunities and an environment of intellectual excitement and discovery through enriched courses of study and activities within a learning community. Honors courses supplement and enrich studies in any academic major. Students can take as many or as few honors courses as they choose. Participation in the Honors Program can help students get jobs and get into graduate programs after graduation. The Honors Certificate can give students a leading edge in today’s tight job market. Honors courses are multidisciplinary and tend to be more interactive. Class size is limited to 20 students, so there is more interaction between students and instructors than in other classes.

The Honors Program also offers many social and cultural events outside of the classroom. Each semester, social events are planned to build an honors community and to enhance the college experience. There are opportunities to visit museums, view theatrical performances, and attend lectures. There are also parties and receptions that are primarily social events. These programs give students an opportunity to get to know each other and faculty members outside of the classroom.

See Honors Program in Part 5 of this Bulletin for details.

21. Housing Information


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

22. Independent Study


A variety of credit courses are offered through the Indiana University Division of Extended Studies’ Independent Study Program by correspondence and online at the Bloomington campus. Brochures describing available courses and enrollment procedures are available from IPFW Admissions (Kettler 111, 260-481-6812) or online at http://scs.indiana.edu. To apply correspondence-course credit toward a degree, an enrollment form must be signed by the student’s advisor, department chair, or dean/director.

23. International Student Services


The International Services office (Kettler 104, 260-481-6034) provides admissions and related services for new and continuing IPFW international students. Other services for international IPFW students include academic program planning and personal counseling, assistance with credit transfer and evaluation, visas, and related immigration concerns and issues. The office also coordinates various campus and community ethnic and cultural celebrations and serves as the advisor to the International Student’s Organization.

24. Library Services


The Walter E. Helmke Library (260-481-6512) offers excellent collections and services for IPFW students. Information services include

  • User assistance at all times the library is open (Ask at the Service Desk)
  • In-depth research consulting (in person or via IM chat, e-mail, or phone)
  • An extensive World Wide Web site (www.lib.ipfw.edu/)
  • Remote access to hundreds of library databases and catalogs
  • Librarian-prepared tutorials, course-related guides, and subject guides to materials and electronic information available at IPFW
  • IUCAT, the online library catalog for IPFW, and all of the libraries in the Indiana University library system statewide
  • Electronic course reserves, called ReservesEXpress, available 24-7

Collections are based on courses taught at IPFW and include more than 25,000 electronic and/or paper periodical subscriptions and well over 500,000 books, bound periodicals, and U.S. government publications on deposit, university archives, microforms, compact disks, videos, and art slides.

Since it is impossible for any library to collect all of the information materials available, the Helmke Library operates a fast and efficient document delivery service for needed research materials.

Special facilities include more than 55 networked computers with access to electronic databases and other resources, a Science and Technology Information Center, an electronic information training center, an after-hours study room that provides access to the Internet, and group study work stations with networked computers.

The Mastodon Card (www.ipfw.edu/idcards/getacard.htm) is also the Helmke Library borrower’s card, good at all Indiana University libraries. Activate it for library services at the library service desk.

A virtual self-guided tour is available on the library’s home page (www.lib.ipfw.edu/). Several informational brochures are available in the library.

25. Mastodon Advising Center


Mastodon Advising Center (Kettler 109, 260-481-6595) is responsible for providing academic advising for students classified as exploratory, deciding and non-degree. The academic advisors will provide assistance in the following areas: course selection/planning, academic monitoring, university, college and department regulations, identifying academic major and career choices. Students also have the opportunities to spend a semester or academic year at another college or university at a cost similar to IPFW, through the National Student Exchange program.

In addition to the services listed above, staff members are actively involved in teaching a Freshman success course. The Freshman Success (IDIS 110) course is designed to introduce students to the rigors of college life. Students will learn such things as time management, test-taking, note taking, study skills and campus resources and service.

Office hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays during fall and spring semesters.

26. Mastodon Academic Performance Center


The Mastodon Academic Performance (M.A.P.) Center (Kettler 109) provides academic support for student-athletes helping them to achieve academic progress, maintain NCAA athletic eligibility, and graduate in their respective disciplines. Director Leslie Clark and Associate Director Chris Kuznar share the responsibility of providing support for 16 athletic teams. Additionally, the M.A.P. Center is responsible for the implementation of the NCAA Champs Life Skills program and supervision of the Student-Athletic Leadership Team (SALT).

27. Math Course Options


Flexible pacing is an option available for some mathematics classes. Students work on modules at their own pace with an instructor and aides. Testing is done at the Mathematics Test Center (Kettler G18) at the completion of each module; tests are retaken until the required level of performance is met. Successful completion of all modules yields the course grade. The completion of a specified number of exams allows continuation of the course in the next semester.

Out-of-class testing for mathematics courses is an option available for some mathematics classes. It involves traditional lectures, but tests are administered at the Mathematics Test Center. No time limits are placed on tests other than the operation hours of the Mathematics Test Center. Each test (except the final) can be taken up to three times, with only the highest score recorded.

28. Media and Technology Support Services


The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides AV media and technology support services on campus for university purposes. The range of equipment and services provided by LRC to the campus community can be discussed by calling the LRC office at 260-481-6519.

LRC services can be scheduled in person at the LRC office in Science Building, G43, by e-mail at lrcscheduling@ipfw.edu, by fax at 260-481-6517, or by phone at 260-481-6519. For student activity functions, requests should be made through the Student Life office. LRC office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

29. Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC)


Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps, ROTC, is one of the best leadership courses in the country offered within a college curriculum, and it is available at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, through the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science. During classes and field training, students learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an officer in the Army. ROTC students maintain a normal academic schedule like all college students, but they enroll in Military Science and Leadership courses each semester. Upon graduation form IPFW and Army ROTC, cadets are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

For more information contact Captain Jamie Smith, U.S. Army, at 260-481-0154 or smithjj@ipfw.edu.

30. Office of Academic Internships, Cooperative Education & Service-Learning (OACS)


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

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

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

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

31. Personal Counseling


Counseling services are provided by the IPFW Personal Counseling service. Counselors are available to provide assessment, evaluation, and short-term assistance with personal problems such as depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and substance abuse. Please call 260-481-6601 to schedule an appointment.

32. Police and Safety


Campus Safety and Security Information IPFW strives to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and visitors. The safety report pamphlet details a variety of safety services, policies, and information available to students, staff, and visitors. To obtain a copy, contact Admissions, Police and Safety, or Human Resources. Police and Safety is staffed 24 hours per day. To view the report, go to www.phyplt.ipfw.edu/POLICE/REPORTS/IPFW_Police_Current_Annual.pdf For additional information, go to www.ipfw.edu/police.

Emergency Procedures

First Aid In life-threatening emergencies call 911 from a campus telephone or notify the university police by calling 16911 from any campus telephone or any emergency telephone on campus.

Escort Service Call 16900 to give your location and to request service.

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

Weather Emergencies Intermittent blasts of the alarm horn indicate a TORNADO WARNING is in effect (a tornado has been sighted nearby). Take shelter in one of the following areas until notified by university officials it’s safe to leave:




Classroom-Medical Building basement
Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building ground-floor corridor
Gates Sports Center basement
Kettler basement or ground floor of south and east wings
Helmke Library basement
Life Sciences Resource Center, ground floor
Instrumental Rehearsal Room
Neff Hall basement
Parking Garage Ramp B Gold
Parking Garage Lower-Level Interior Ramp
Science Building ground floor corridor
Visual Arts Building ground floor restrooms or corridor
Williams Theatre to Visual Arts Building ground-floor restrooms or corridor
Walb ground-floor stair areas

If you are in the Support Services Building or Printing Services/Warehouse, go to the Classroom-Medical Building basement.

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

Traffic Parking Rules Summary

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

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

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

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

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

Permit: a parking placard issued by Police and Safety or its designees.

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

Vehicle: any propelled device with two or more wheels.

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


Registration Procedures-Vehicle registration is required on an annual basis on or before the first day of classes for faculty and staff wishing to park in an “A” lot or for anyone requiring a disabled-parking permit. All vehicles parked in these two areas without a permit will be ticketed. Staff and faculty parking permits must be obtained from Police and Safety in the Physical Plant building.

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

Parking Regulations

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

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

Authorization to leave a vehicle on campus overnight must be obtained from Police and Safety. Unauthorized vehicles left on campus 72 hours will be considered abandoned and will be removed. An accumulation of unpaid fines or improper parking will also provide cause for towing at owner’s expense. Dock parking is only for loading and unloading vehicles. People who need to use the dock for more than 15 minutes must obtain authorization from Police and Safety.

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

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

Traffic Regulations

Campus vehicle operators must:

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

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

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

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

All bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks. Bicycles chained to trees or signs or taken inside buildings may be impounded.

Skateboard use on campus is prohibited. See Police and Safety for the roller blading policy.

Violations and Fines


Meter Violation
Failure to display a permit in “A” lot
(“A” permit holder who forgot permit)
Improper Parking
Moving Violation
Handicapped Parking Only
Fire Lane
Displaying lost/stolen/counterfeit permit
There is a charge to replace a lost or stolen permit.


$ 15
$ 25
$ 5
$ 25
$ 60
$ 50
$ 50

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

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

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

33. Registration and Graduation


The IPFW Schedule of Classes is published for each semester and the summer sessions and is widely distributed on campus and published at the OASIS Web site, my.ipfw.edu. The OASIS Web site provides detailed current information about

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

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

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

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

Please visit the Office of the Registrar’s Web site, www.ipfw.edu/registrar, and click on Graduation information or contact your department.

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

34. Student Exchange Program


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

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

35. Student Handbook and Planner


A student handbook and planner is published each fall semester to inform students of the services, programs, and activities available at IPFW. It also contains important information on university policies and the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. The handbook is available at the Kettler Information Desk, the dean of students office (Walb 111), the bookstore, and other campus locations.

36. Student Life and Organizations


The Student Life office (Walb 115, 260-481-6609) promotes extracurricular and co-curricular programs that complement and enhance each student’s academic experience and personal development. In addition, Student Life serves as the planning resource for over 100 student organization, offers leadership training, coordinates the new student orientation program (SOAR), the Freshmen Mentoring program, and the Co-Curricular Transcript program. Additional information is available in the Student Handbook or at the Student Life office and on the Internet at www.ipfw.edu/stulife.

37. Student Technology Education Programs (STEPS)


STEPS offers free technology short courses to IPFW students. Information Technology (IT) Services and CASA, working together, offer these courses to provide students with the computer-mediated communication skills they need for college and beyond. No registration is required. The classes last about 90 minutes and a schedule can be found on the IT Services and CASA Web pages and on fliers posted on campus.

38. Supplemental Instruction


Supplemental Instruction (SI), available through the Center for Academic Support and Advancement (CASA) (Kettler G23, 260-481- 6817), is a free, voluntary program that provides extra help for students enrolled in selected course sections. A trained leader helps students learn course material and study techniques in group sessions held outside of class. SI participation has proven helpful to all types of students interested in improving their course grades.

39. Testing Services


Testing Services, available in Kettler 232, include IPFW placement tests (English, mathematics, reading, and foreign languages), the Institutional SAT, national tests (CPA, CLEP, LSAT, MAT, PRAXIS, and SAT), correspondence-study examinations, career-assessment inventories, and board and certification exams for dental hygiene and dental assisting.

Placement Tests Students admitted to IPFW must follow the writing guided self-placement process and take the math placement test before registering for any class.

Transfer and/or nondegree students who have taken English composition and/or math at another college should check with their IPFW academic advisor about placement requirements. Placement test results are valid for two years from the date the exams are taken. Modern Foreign Language placement exams in Spanish, German, and French are also available. Contact IPFW Testing Services (Kettler 232, 260-481-6600 for an appointment. For information regarding the guided self-placement writing exam, please contact the English and Linguistics Department at 260-481-6841.

40. Transcripts and Academic Records


The Office of the Registrar (Kettler 107) can provide official transcripts for students who have been enrolled at IPFW or any other IU or Purdue campus.

Copies of academic records (unofficial transcripts) for IPFW students are available from the registrar’s office (Kettler 107).

41. Tutorial and Study-Skills Assistance


The Center for Academic Support and Advancement (CASA) (Kettler G23, 260-481-6817) assists students who want to improve their academic and study skills, need tutorial help in regular college courses, or would welcome advice on returning to college after a long absence from the classroom. It oversees a peer tutoring program in The SPOT, Kettler G21, (260-481-5419) that offers free individual appointments and regularly scheduled drop-in sessions. For appointments, sign up online at www.ipfw.edu/casa. CASA also has English-as-a-second-language materials, the Supplemental Instruction program, the First Year Experience program, and the IPFW Writing Center (Kettler G19, 260-481-5740).

42. Veterans’ Services


The IPFW Veteran’s Services coordinator provides educational support services for veterans of the U.S. military.

Veterans’ benefits information and counseling for first-time, continuing, or transfer students are available from the VA-benefits certifying official in the registrar’s office, Kettler 107, 260-481-6126. If you are receiving veterans’ benefits, certification of your enrollment status is required each semester and should be requested at the registrar’s office.

43. Voter Registration


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

The forms will be available at:

  • Bursar Office - Kettler Hall
  • Diversity and Multicultural Affairs - Walb Union
  • Financial Aid Office - Kettler Hall
  • Office of the Registrar - Kettler Hall
  • Office of the Dean of Students - Walb Union
  • Gates Sports Center
  • Information Center - Kettler Hall Lobby
  • Walb Information Desk - Lobby
  • All School Dean’s Offices

To be eligible to vote in Indiana, you must

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

44. Women & Returning Adults


Located in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, (Walb 118, 260-481-6608)

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

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

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

45. Writing Center


The Writing Center (Kettler G19, 260-481-5740) serves students, faculty, and staff with any university-related writing project in any discipline. The center’s mission is to help all writers produce clear writing appropriate to their audiences. Knowledgeable consultants help writers brainstorm, focus, organize, and develop their ideas as well as learn how to better cite sources and revise and proofread their own drafts.

For free 25- or 50-minute, one-to-one or small group appointments, students sign up through TutorTrac (www.ipfw.edu/casa/wc). Arrangements for other services are made with the Coordinator at 260-481-6893 or schwartm@ipfw.edu. For example, students make arrangements for large group project assistance or presentations (5 or more participants) and faculty and staff can make appointments to discuss their own or their students’ writing. Students may also, without an appointment: (1) drop in for quick writing help, (2) use the open lab computers in Kettler G19 to write their papers, and (3) use the Writing Center’s library of resources about writing.

For online consulting and further information, visit the Web site at www.ipfw.edu/casa/wc.

Writing Center hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m.