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Academic Policies

  • Class Attendance

    Purdue University policy states that all students are expected to be present for every meeting of classes in which they are enrolled.
    All matters relative to attendance, including the make-up of missed work, are to be arranged between you and the instructor involved.
    Only the instructor can excuse you from classes or course responsibilities.

    In the case of an illness, accident, or an emergency, The Advocacy and Support Center, a Division of the Office of the Dean of Students, should be notified as soon as possible. The student should make direct contact with his/her instructors as soon as possible, preferably before the class, if an exam is to be held. If the instructor cannot be reached directly a message should be left in the instructor’s department mailbox or with the instructor’s secretary.

    If you do have to miss a class, talk with the instructor about missed notes or borrow class notes from another student in the class and try to review them with that student or the instructor.
  • Dead Week

    The final examination period is intended for the end-of-semester examination. No examination or quiz may be given during the week (three days in summer session) preceding the final examination period of the semester (examinations for laboratory, intensive, or mini-courses excluded).

    It will be the responsibility of the department head, or where appropriate the school head, to ensure that none of the departmental or school faculty uses the week (three days in summer session) preceding the final examination period to administer an examination.
  • Final Exam Conflicts

    Students scheduled for more than two examinations in one calendar day are entitled to reschedule any examinations in excess of two. Similarly, students faced with a direct exam conflict are entitled to reschedule either examination.

    It is the responsibility of the student to make the necessary arrangements before the last week of regularly scheduled classes. Course instructors shall not penalize a student who chooses to reschedule an examination under these options (University Regulations, Part 2, Section I.B.5).
  • Grade Change Policy

    Incomplete Grades

    A grade of incomplete is a record of work that was interrupted by unavoidable absence or other causes beyond a student’s control, which work was passing at the time it was interrupted and the completion of which does not require the student to repeat the course in order to obtain credit. The incomplete grade is not to be used as a substitute for a failing grade. The incomplete may also be used to delay the awarding of a grade in courses (e.g., self-paced courses, mastery courses, and practicums) the completion of which normally requires one semester, but the structure of which allows specified additional time. An instructor may consult with the dean of students to determine whether the circumstances may warrant a grade of incomplete. When an instructor reports a grade of incomplete, he/she shall file in the departmental office registrar’s form 60 stating the reasons for the grade and what is required of the student to achieve a permanent grade. The instructor shall also indicate the grade the student has earned on the work completed, and the weight to be given to the remainder of the work in computing a final, permanent grade. The student must achieve a permanent grade in the course no later than one year after the incomplete is given, or the incomplete grade will revert to a failing grade. (See section F.) A student will not be permitted to enroll in a course in a future semester for a course in which they have a current I, PI, or SI grade.

    Grade Appeals

    A student who feels that she/he has received an inappropriate grade in a course may appeal the grade to the instructor, department head, or the Grade Appeals Committee of the college/school in which the contested grade was awarded. For detailed information about appealing a grade, please review this website.

    Grade Corrections

    An instructor who discovers that an erroneous grade was reported for a student shall immediately submit to the Registrar a statement, countersigned by the department head, of what retroactive correction is to be made. A correction of grade should be reported to the Registrar within 30 days after the start of the regular semester following the session in which the erroneous grade was reported. Any correction reported after this time must be accompanied by the instructor’s explanation for the delay in reporting in addition to the approval of the department head unless the grade change is the result of a grade appeal. When a grade correction is recorded the appropriate semester and graduation indexes will be corrected.

  • Probation and Drop Indexes

    Avoiding Academic Probation

    What it means to be on probation

    Effective with the Fall 2015 semester, University policy states a student shall be placed on academic probation if, at the close of any fall or spring semester, his/her cumulative grade point average is less than a 2.00.   A student on probation is at risk of being dropped from the University.

    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 both semester and cumulative grade point averages equal to or greater than 2.00.

    Academic standing will not be assessed in summer sessions.

    The following statements regarding probation and drop status take effect with the 2015 Fall semester:

    • If: Semester GPA or Cumulative GPA is < 2.00 = PROBATION
    • If: On probation and both, Semester GPA and Cumulative GPA are < 2.00 = DROP
    • If: On probation and Cumulative GPA is < 2.00 but Semester GPA is > 2.00 = PROBATION
    • If: On probation and Semester GPA is < 2.00 but Cumulative GPA is > 2.00 = PROBATION

    What causes a student to be placed on drop status

    Once on probation, you need to bring your grades up to a satisfactory level. A student on scholastic probation shall be dropped if at the close of fall or spring semester, his/her cumulative grade point average is less than a 2.00.Any grade change due to a reporting error will result in a recalculation of the index and determination of drop status.

    What it means to be dropped

    If you are dropped from the University, it means that you have not made sufficient progress to warrant continuing your education at this University. Higher education is indeed a privilege. It does not mean however, that you cannot continue at a later time, at another university, or even at this University. Readmission, however, is not automatic.
  • Scholastic Recognition

    Dean's List

    At the conclusion of each semester the Registrar shall indicate which students are scholastically eligible to be included on the Dean’s List. The following criteria must be met:

    • Have at least 12 credit hours included in the graduation index
    • Have at least six hours included in the semester index
    • Attain at least a 3.5 graduation index
    • Have at least a 3.0 current semester index

    Semester Honors

    At the conclusion of each semester the Registrar shall indicate which students are scholastically eligible for Semester Honors. The following criteria must be met:

    • Have at least six credit hours included in the semester index
    • Attain at least a 3.5 semester index
    • Have at least a 2.0 graduation index

    Graduation Index Requirement

    For a bachelor's degree, the required minimum graduation index is 2.0.

    Graduation With Distinction

    • A candidate for the baccalaureate degree with distinction must have a minimum of 65 hours of credit earned at Purdue included in the computation of the graduation index. (This does not include pass/not-pass credits.)

    • The minimum graduation index for graduation with distinction in each school shall be no less than the 90th percentile of the graduation indexes of the graduates in each school, for the spring semester, provided the index is at least 3.3. The minimum graduation index so determined in the spring for each school shall be applied for graduation with distinction for the subsequent summer session and fall semester.

    • Of those graduates who qualify for distinction under these rules for the spring semester, the three-tenths of the baccalaureate graduates having the highest graduation indexes shall be designated as graduating with highest distinction, irrespective of the schools from which they graduate. The minimum graduation indexes determined for graduation with highest distinction shall be applied for graduation with highest distinction for the subsequent summer session and fall semester. Purdue University Regulations Section IX.C.
  • Student Code of Conduct

    The purpose of the Purdue University academic community is to search for truth and to endeavor to communicate with each other. Self-discipline and a sense of social obligation within each individual are necessary for the fulfillment of these goals. It is the responsibility of all Purdue students to live by this code, not out of fear of the consequences of its violation, but out of personal self-respect. As human beings, we are obliged to conduct ourselves in accordance with high integrity. As members of the civil community we have to conduct ourselves as responsible citizens in accordance with the rules and regulations governing all residents of the state of Indiana and of the local community. As members of the Purdue University community, we have the responsibility to observe all University regulations.

    To foster a climate of trust and high standards of academic achievement, Purdue University is committed to cultivating academic integrity and expects students to exhibit the highest standards of honor in their scholastic endeavors. Academic integrity is essential to the success of Purdue University's mission. As members of the academic community, our foremost interest is toward achieving noble educational goals and our foremost responsibility is to ensure that academic honesty prevails.

    University Regulations Part 5, Section II.
  • Withdrawal and Readmission

    Purdue students who wish to drop all of their classes during a given semester or summer session must withdraw from the university. The withdrawal process begins by contacting The Advocacy and Support Center, a Division of the Office of the Dean of Students. Detailed procedures for withdrawing are available at The Advocacy and Support Center website.

    Students who have been dropped by Purdue because of academic deficiencies may apply for readmission to the university.  Detailed procedures regarding application for readmission are available on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

    Academic Integrity

    Purdue University values intellectual integrity and the highest standards of academic conduct. To be prepared to meet societal needs as leaders and role models, students must be educated in an ethical learning environment that promotes a high standard of honor in scholastic work. Academic dishonesty undermines institutional integrity and threatens the academic fabric of Purdue University. Dishonesty is not an acceptable avenue to success. It diminishes the quality of a Purdue education which is valued because of Purdue’s high academic standards.

    Purdue prohibits “dishonesty in connection with any University activity. Cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University are examples of dishonesty.” [University Regulations, Part 5, Section III, B, 2, a] Furthermore, the University Senate has stipulated that “the commitment of acts of cheating, lying, and deceit in any of their diverse forms (such as the use of substitutes for taking examinations, the use of illegal cribs, plagiarism, and copying during examinations) is dishonest and must not be tolerated. Moreover, knowingly to aid and abet, directly or indirectly, other parties in committing dishonest acts is in itself dishonest.” [University Senate Document 72-18, December 15, 1972]. Additional information concerning Academic Integrity may be found in the online brochure, Academic Integrity: A Guide for Students from the Dean of Students office.