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SPEA Policies

Academic Dishonesty
SPEA faculty do not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty. If you have not done so, you should read the IUB Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, IUB Reporting Misconduct Form and SPEA Honor Code so you will be sure to understand what these terms mean and what penalties can be issued for academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty can result in a grade of F for the class (an F for academic dishonesty cannot be removed from the transcript). Significant violations of the Code can result in expulsion from the University.

Plagiarism is using another person's words, ideas, artistic creations, or other intellectual property without giving proper credit. According to the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, a student must give credit to the work of another person when he does any of the following:

  • Quotes another person's actual words, either oral or written;
  • Paraphrases another person's words, either oral or written;
  • Uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; or
  • Borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge.

Civility is important in an academic community to ensure that all parties—students, staff, and faculty—are working in an environment that fosters achievement of the individual's and community's goals and objectives. Civility requires all parties to demonstrate personal integrity and conduct themselves in a manner that shows respect, courtesy and tolerance to others. Examples of discourteous behaviors during class include reading the newspaper, listening to headphones, talking or laughing with others, chronically arriving late, and so forth. These behaviors are distracting to the instructor and classmates, and SPEA faculty will address these problems as they arise. Maintaining and fostering civility inside and outside the classroom is especially important to SPEA, which is a professional school.

Pursuant to the Indiana University Student Code of Conduct, disorderly conduct which interferes with teaching, research, administration, or other university or university-authorized activity will not be tolerated and will be immediately reported to the Office of the Dean of Students for appropriate disposition which may result in disciplinary action including possible suspension and/or expulsion from the university.

Course Withdrawals
Students who stop attending class without properly withdrawing from the class will receive a grade of F. It is important to withdraw from a course within specified timeframes (see chart below). Note that withdrawals after Week 12 of a regular session or Week 4 of a summer session are rarely granted. Poor performance in a course is not grounds for a late withdrawal.
No withdrawal forms will be processed in the Office of the Registrar after the last day of classes. Any requests for a late withdrawal after the last day of classes must go through the grade appeal process, but each student should remember that in accordance with campus policy, SPEA does not permit a student to withdraw from a course if he has completed the course requirements. Grade replacement should be used in this case. To withdraw, obtain a Final Schedule Adjustment Form (DROP/ADD form) from the SPEA Records office (Room 253).

N.B.: Funded students must meet with a Recorder or with the Director of Graduate Student Services before withdrawing from a class.

Withdrawal Deadlines can be found here.

A grade of incomplete (I) indicates that a "substantial portion" of the work in a course has been satisfactorily but not entirely completed by the student as of the end of the semester. The incomplete can be given to a student facing a hardship such that it would be unjust to hold the student to the established time limits for completing the work. To be eligible for the incomplete in a SPEA course, the student's work must be of passing quality, and the student must have completed 75% of the course requirements. Poor performance in a course is not grounds for an incomplete. A student who has received a grade of Incomplete (I) should not register for the course a second time, but should arrange with the instructor to have the Incomplete (I) changed to a letter grade upon completion of all requirements. Incompletes must be removed within a time period not to exceed one year after the semester in which the student was enrolled in the course. The incomplete will revert to an "F" if the work is not completed within the allotted timeframe established by the instructor, or after one year.

Students Called to Active Duty
SPEA encourages any student who is in the Indiana Military Reserves and is called to active duty to finish his/her coursework if at all possible. Students who cannot complete their courses have the option of withdrawing with 100% fee refund, but this request must be made within one week of being called to active duty. Students who are called to active duty may qualify for an incomplete (provided that all the above criteria have been met). For further information, please see the Office of the Registrar's website.

Final Exam Schedule
If a final exam is given, it must be held on the day and time set in the final exam schedule. If an instructor has changed the final exam date, the student should first consult with the instructor. Students who have more than three final exams in one day or insufficient time to get from one exam to another should consult with their instructors to resolve these conflicts. Exams may not be given in the week before the final exam week. If a student is not able to resolve a final exam problem with the instructor, the student may report the problem to the Director of Undergraduate or Graduate programs. See the Office of the Registrar's website for the final exam week schedule.