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School of Informatics
Undergraduate 2008-2010
Academic Bulletin

IU Informatics and Computing Program
School of Informatics and Computing 
Indiana University 
901 E. 10th St. 
Bloomington, IN 47408-3912 
Local (812) 856-5754 
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IU Informatics and Computing Program
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Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Undergraduate Program Information

Undergraduate Programs
Admission to the School of Informatics
Application Materials and Deadlines
Program Planning and Counseling
Transfer Students
Academic Regulations

Undergraduate Programs

The School of Informatics offers a Bachelor of Science in Informatics (INFOBS), a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CSCIBS), and a Professional Master’s in Computer Science.

The very nature of these degrees, with the changing technologies and applications, requires that the content of each degree be continuously assessed and revised. Therefore, the faculty of the School of Informatics will periodically review and revise the curricula to ensure that students are prepared to meet contemporary workplace and intellectual demands. Please contact the School of Informatics Student Services Office, or refer to our Web site at www.informatics.indiana.edu.

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Admission to the School of Informatics

Students wishing to major in informatics or computer science must be admitted to Indiana University and first enter the University Division at IUB. Freshmen should begin to satisfy specific degree requirements in the first year. Undergraduates who wish to be admitted to the School of Informatics must first satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete 26 credit hours of course work that can count toward a bachelor of science degree in informatics or computer science with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C).
  2. Complete the English composition requirement (ENG-W 131 or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C.
  3. Individual programs may have additional requirements.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in informatics must also satisfy the following two requirements:

  1. Complete INFO-I 101, Introduction to Informatics, with a minimum grade of C.
  2. Complete the fundamental math skills requirement (MATH-M 118, or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C.

Contact the Office of Admissions at (812) 855-0661, e-mail iuadmit@indiana.edu, or view the Web site at www.indiana.edu/~iuadmit for complete instructions. For specific information on the Informatics program, phone (812) 856-5754, e-mail undergraduate@informatics.indiana.edu, or view the Web site at www.informatics.indiana.edu. For specific information on the Computer Science program, phone (812) 855-6038 or e-mail ug-info@cs.indiana.edu.

Direct Admission

Incoming freshmen with strong high school records and an interest in majoring in informatics or computer science can be offered direct admission into the School of Informatics. For more information, send e-mail to brownr@indiana.edu.

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Application Materials and Deadlines

Application Materials and Additional Information:

Office of Admissions
Indiana University
300 N. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1106
(812) 855-0661
E-mail: iuadmit@indiana.edu
Web: www.indiana.edu/~iuadmit

International students should request the International Application for Admission from:

International Admissions
Indiana University
300 N. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1106
(812) 855-4306
E-mail: intladm@indiana.edu
Web: www.indiana.edu/~iuadmit

Students also may contact the School of Informatics or the Department of Computer Science for additional information:

School of Informatics
Indiana University
919 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
(812) 856-5754
E-mail: undergraduate@informatics.indiana.edu
Web: www.informatics.indiana.edu

Computer Science
Indiana University
Lindley Hall 215
150 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-6038
E-mail: ug-info@cs.indiana.edu
Web: www.cs.indiana.edu

Priority Dates for Application for Admission to Indiana University Bloomington

  International Students U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
August (Fall)February 1February 1
January (Spring)September 15November 1
May (Summer I)February 1April 1
June (Summer II)March 1April 15

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Program Planning and Counseling

The School of Informatics provides counseling services to assist students in planning their study. Students who have chosen a major are assigned an advisor and should make an appointment with that advisor prior to each registration period to discuss long-term goals as well as specific course work for the upcoming semester. Consulting an advisor is a semester-by-semester obligation of students to ensure ongoing progress toward a degree.

Students, however, are responsible for their progress. They should be thoroughly familiar with the general requirements for an informatics degree or a computer science degree. Students are urged to complete most of their general education requirements during their freshman and sophomore years.

When planning a program, students should refer to both the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin or the Registration Guide and Academic Information and this bulletin. Special attention should be paid to course descriptions and prerequisites. This bulletin identifies prerequisites with a “P,” corequisites with a “C,” and recommended courses with an “R.” Students should not enroll in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites. Instructors may require a student to drop a class if the student has not fulfilled the prerequisites.

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Transfer Students

Transfers from Other Undergraduate Schools on the IUB Campus

Students transferring to the School of Informatics at IUB from other undergraduate schools of the university—such as the College of Arts and Sciences or the Schools of Education, Public and Environmental Affairs, Music, or the Kelley School of Business—must have completed at least 26 credit hours of course work that can count toward a degree in the School of Informatics, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C). Students also must complete the English composition requirement and receive a grade of C or higher before entering the School of Informatics. Students pursuing a B.S. degree in informatics (INFOBS) must also complete INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics, complete the mathematics requirement, (MATH-M 118, or equivalent with a minimum grade of C) before entering the School of Informatics.

Transfers Within the School of Informatics on the IUB and IUPUI Campuses

Transfer students admitted to the School of Informatics on the IUB campus who want to transfer to the School of Informatics on the IUPUI campus, or vice versa, should file an Intercampus Transfer Form. Intercampus Transfer Forms are accepted throughout the year.

Transfers from Other Indiana University Campuses

Please consult “Transfer to Other Indiana University Campuses” at the back of this bulletin for information on transfers between Indiana University campuses.

Transfers from Other Colleges and Universities

Students who have completed at least 26 credit hours that can count toward a degree in the School of Informatics—including the English composition requirement—may apply for admission to the School of Informatics at IUB. Students pursuing a B.S. degree in Informatics (INFOBS) must also complete MATH-M 118 and INFO-I 101 with a minimum grade of C before being admitted.

The Office of Admissions at IUB will determine acceptance of credit from other institutions. The dean of the School of Informatics will determine the applicability of credit toward degree requirements. Please consult “Undergraduate Admissions Policy” at the front of this bulletin for more information about transfers from other colleges and universities.

Transfer Credit Rules

Credits transferred are generally evaluated according to the following rules:

  1. Courses taken at other institutions in which the student earned a grade below C do not transfer.
  2. Courses taken at other institutions on a quarter system instead of a semester system will be evaluated as carrying fewer credit hours (for example, a 3 credit hour course taken on a quarter system will transfer as 2.5 credits).
  3. Courses taken at other institutions for which there is an equivalent IU course (in terms of course description, level, and prerequisites) generally will be evaluated as credit in the equivalent IU courses.
  4. Courses taken at other institutions for which there is no equivalent IU course (in terms of course description, level, and prerequisites) generally will be evaluated as “undistributed” credit (marked UNDI on the IU transcript). Undistributed credits may count toward the student’s degree requirements, but the school through which the course is offered determines if the course may be equivalent to a certain distribution or requirement. Please see your advisor for further information.

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Academic Regulations

Absences
Credit for Correspondence Courses
Degree Application
Statute of Limitations
Grading Policies
Academic Standing
Semester Load
Academic Warning
Academic Probation
Dismissal
Readmission
Academic Misconduct
Student Grievance Procedures

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Absences

From Final Examinations: Students are required to adhere to the policies regarding final examinations, as published in the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin or the Registration Guide and Academic Information.

From Scheduled Classes: Illness is usually the only acceptable excuse for absence from class. Other absences must be explained to the satisfaction of the instructor, who will decide whether omitted work may be made up.

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Credit for Correspondence Courses

With prior permission from the dean, the School of Informatics will accept a maximum of 2 courses by correspondence study. These courses may only count as general electives.

Degree Application

Candidates for graduation must file an application with the school by October 1 for December graduation and by March 1 for May or August graduation to be included in the graduation ceremony program.

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Statute of Limitations

Candidates for the bachelor’s degree in informatics have the right to complete the degree requirements specified by the bulletin in effect at the time they entered Indiana University, provided that the required courses are available and that no more than eight calendar years have elapsed since the date of entry.

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Grading Policies

Grading Policies
Grade Point Average
Change of Grade
Incomplete Courses
Pass/Fail Option
R Grade
Extended-X Option
Withdrawals

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Grading Policies

The School of Informatics follows the official grading system of Indiana University, which is as follows:

A+= 4.00C+= 2.30
A= 4.00C= 2.00
A-= 3.70C-= 1.70
B+= 3.30D+= 1.30
B= 3.00D= 1.00
B-= 2.70D-= 0.70
F= 0.00

The following grades carry no grade points: I (Incomplete), NC (No Credit), NR (No Report Filed by Instructor), P (Passing), R (Deferred), S (Satisfactory), W (Withdrawal).

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Grade Point Average

The cumulative grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours completed in which grades of A through F are assigned. Credit earned at another institution may be applied toward degree requirements, but the grades earned at other institutions will not be calculated in the Indiana University cumulative grade point average.

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Change of Grade

A student desiring a change of grade should discuss the situation with the instructor. A change of grade must be justified. If the instructor agrees, the faculty member will file a Grade Change Authorization Form. If the instructor and student do not agree on a changed grade, or if the instructor cannot be located, the student should discuss the matter with the chairperson or director of the department offering the course. Appeals unresolved at this level may be referred to the academic deans. Appeals of grades or requests for other actions will not be considered after one calendar year from the end of the semester in which the course in question was taken.

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Incomplete Courses

A temporary grade of Incomplete (I) on the transcript indicates that the course work is mostly completed, generally 75 to 80 percent, and of passing quality.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to have a grade of Incomplete assigned. The instructor specifies the work to be done to remove the grade of Incomplete and the period of time allowed for completion. If the student fails to remove the Incomplete within one calendar year, the Office of the Registrar will change the grade to an F. The dean (or instructor) authorizes adjustments of this period in exceptional circumstances. A student who has received a grade of Incomplete should not register for the course a second time but should arrange with the instructor to have the grade changed to a letter grade upon completion of requirements, provided that it is done within the year.

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Pass/Fail Option

Students in the School of Informatics may elect to take a maximum of 12 credit hours total under the Pass/Fail option. The procedure for declaring this option can be found in the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin or the Registration Guide and Academic Information. Special regulations affecting the Pass/Fail option for School of Informatics students are as follows:

  1. Only one course per semester or one course per summer session can be taken under the Pass/Fail option.
  2. School of Informatics students may take only university elective courses or general elective courses on a Pass/Fail basis. The Pass/Fail option may not be used for any course that satisfies the requirements for a minor or certificate.
  3. A grade of P is not counted in the grade point average; a grade of F is included. Grades of P cannot be changed to any other letter grade.
  4. Pass/Fail forms are available in the School of Informatics Office and the Computer Science Office.

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R Grade

The R grade (Deferred) on the final report indicates that the nature of the course is such that the work of the student can be evaluated only after two or more terms. Courses in which an R grade is assigned will be announced as deferred grade courses in the online enrollment system and Registration Guide and Academic Information.

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Extended-X Option

The School of Informatics does not recognize Extended-X grades for internal purposes and degree requirements. Grades of FX calculate as grades of F (D-X grades as grades of D-, DX grades as grades of D, etc.). This calculation will apply to all categories of academic standing (good standing, probation, and dis-missal); class rank; and all grade point average requirements in the degree, including cumulative, semes-ter, and major concentrations.

A student may retake a course for which he or she receives a grade below an A during the first 45 hours of course work. A student may exercise this option for no more than 3 courses, totaling no more than 10 credit hours. A student may use the Extended-X option on the transcript only once for a given course.

Only courses attempted during or after the fall 2001 term will be eligible for replacement under the Extended-X policy. The following grades cannot be replaced under the Extended-X policy: S, P, W, I, R, NC.

Withdrawals

A grade of W (Withdrawal) is given automatically to the student who withdraws from courses during the automatic withdrawal period as specified in the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin or the Registration Guide and Academic Information. After the automatic withdrawal period, a student may withdraw only with the permission of the dean. This approval is given only for urgent reasons related to extended illness or equivalent distress. The desire to avoid a low grade is not an acceptable reason for withdrawal from a course.

A grade of W does not affect the overall grade point average. A grade of F will be recorded on the official transcript if a student stops attending but does not officially withdraw from class. Students who alter their schedules, whether at their own initiative or by departmental directive, must follow withdrawal procedures. Students who do not assume this responsibility are jeopardizing their records because they will incur a failing grade in a course not properly dropped and will not receive credit for work done in a course not properly added.

Students who wish to cancel their Bloomington campus registrations for a future semester must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing prior to the first day of classes.

Students who are forced to discontinue all studies during the semester (even if enrolled in only one course) and withdraw from the university must contact the Student Advocates Office in Eigenmann #1121 to complete the withdrawal process.

At IUB, if a student withdraws after the first week of classes, the courses in which the student was enrolled will be retained on the student’s record with a grade of W or F (as appropriate) and a notation of the date of withdrawal. To qualify for a grade of W after the deadline, a student must be passing the course(s) on the date of withdrawal. If the student is failing, the grade on the date of withdrawal will be F.

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Academic Standing

A student is in good academic standing for an Indiana University bachelor’s degree when his or her semester grade point average is a minimum of 2.0 (C) for the last semester’s course work and when his or her cumulative grade point average is at least 2.0 (C). Students must be in good academic standing to graduate.

Class Standing

Class standing is based on the number of credit hours completed:

Freshman, fewer than 26 credits
Sophomore, 26 to 55 credits
Junior, 56 to 85 credits
Senior, 86 or more credits

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Semester Load

A typical full-time academic load is 12 to 17 credit hours per semester, with the average load being approximately 15 credit hours. Students who expect to carry more than 17 credit hours a semester should have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) and have approval from an academic advisor or dean.

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Academic Warning

Students will receive an academic warning letter if their semester grade point average is below 2.0, but their cumulative grade point average is above 2.5. Students will receive only one academic warning, any future semester of a gpa below 2.0 will result in academic probation or dismissal.

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Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation if their semester grade point average or cumulative grade point average is below 2.0, they have had an academic warning before and/or their cumulative grade point average is below 2.5. Students will be instructed to schedule an appointment at the Student Academic Center for assessment and to meet with their School of Informatics & Computing advisor. After one probation semester, students who fail to return to good academic standing will be dismissed.

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Dismissal

Students will be dismissed if they fail to return to good academic standing after one semester on probation.  Students will be notified in writing that they have been dismissed and will be withdrawn from classes for which they have registered.

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Readmission

Dismissed students must petition the dean of the School of Informatics for readmission. A Petition for Readmission must be filed by July 15 for fall, November 15 for spring, and April 15 for summer readmission. A student who has been dismissed is eligible to return to school after being out of school for one regular semester (summer sessions do not count) and having petitioned successfully. A third dismissal is final. Dismissed students whose petitions are denied will not be allowed to register.

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Academic Misconduct

Cheating

Cheating is dishonesty of any kind with respect to course assignments, alteration of records, or examinations. It is the student’s responsibility not only to abstain from cheating, but also to avoid the appearance of cheating and to guard against making it possible for others to cheat. Any student who helps another student cheat is as guilty of cheating as the student assisted. The student also should do everything possible to induce respect for the examining process and for honesty in the performance of assigned tasks in or out of class.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is assuming credit for someone else’s work, words, or ideas—whether or not the ideas are expressed in the borrower’s own words. Honesty requires that any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged. Plagiarism includes language or ideas taken from isolated formulas, sentences, or paragraphs; entire articles copied from books, periodicals, or speeches; the writings or created works of other students; and materials assembled or collected by others in projects or collections without acknowledgment.

A faculty member who has evidence that a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism will initiate the process of determining the student’s guilt or innocence. No penalty will be imposed until the student has been informed of the charge and of the evidence on which it is based, and has been given an opportunity to present a defense. If the faculty member finds the student guilty, the faculty member assesses a penalty within the course and promptly reports the case in writing to the dean of the school or comparable head of the academic unit. The report should include the names of any other students who may be involved in the incident and recommendations for further action. The dean, in consultation with the faculty member if the latter so desires, will initiate any further disciplinary proceedings and inform the faculty member of any action taken. In every case, a record of the offenses remains on file.

For further regulations, please refer to the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

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Student Grievance Procedures

All academic personnel (faculty, part-time instructors, and advisors) are expected to conform to the Code of Academic Ethics published in the Indiana University Academic Handbook. Students who feel that they have been treated unfairly by a faculty member may lodge a complaint by following these steps:

  1. Discuss the matter with the faculty member or instructor.
  2. If step 1 fails to resolve the situation, discuss the matter with the chairperson of the department or the coordinator of the program in which the faculty member is employed. The departmental chairperson will discuss it with the faculty member and seek some resolution.
  3. If step 2 fails, the student may discuss the matter or file a written, signed complaint with the dean. Anonymous complaints will not be entertained. A copy of any written complaint will be forwarded to the faculty member, who may respond in writing.
  4. When warranted, the dean may refer a written complaint and the faculty member’s response to the Faculty Affairs Committee for further investigation and review.
  5. The Faculty Affairs Committee will evaluate the complaint on the basis of university policy and may recommend to the dean that the instructor be sanctioned. If the committee finds the complaint to be unfounded, a letter to that effect may be placed in the student’s file.

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