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    University of Southern Indiana
   
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Graduate Academic Information and Policies


ACADEMIC RECORDS

 

REGISTRATION

GRADES AND GRADING POLICIES

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


It is important that a student be knowledgeable about academic information affecting continued enrollment status. Such information includes knowledge of the basis for assigning grades as an indication of academic achievement, the conditions of class attendance, and the class identification. Other information valuable to the student includes procedures for changing either semester class schedules or curriculum choice and special academic opportunities available to the student.

Academic Records

Course Numbers

Courses bearing the catalog number 500 or higher carry graduate credit. Courses numbered in the 500 series usually have 400-series counterparts that are open to undergraduate students. Excluding exceptional circumstances, courses numbered 600 and higher are open to graduate students only. Courses numbered 700 and higher are open to doctoral students only.

Enrollment Verification

How to Request an Enrollment Verification 

An Enrollment Verification is a printed document that includes formal verification of a student's enrollment status. This document may be used for a good student insurance discount, coverage on parents' insurance, potential employment, or other purposes. USI participates in the National Student Clearinghouse, providing enrollment data that is accessible by various loan companies for the purpose of student loan deferments. If an enrollment verification is needed for another purpose, the student can initiate the release of their information by printing an enrollment verification certificate.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 requires the written signature or electronic signature (myUSI password) of the student to release information pertaining to their academic records. Printing an enrollment verification certificate "conveys consent" to the officials of the University of Southern Indiana to release your enrollment verification information. 

Students print their own enrollment verification certificate and provide it to the insurance company or other recipient that needs proof of enrollment. Log log in to myUSI with your username and password, then:

  • Click the Self Service icon on the dashboard
  • Click Student, then Student Records
  • Click Request Enrollment Verification

Follow the on-screen instructions to obtain an enrollment certificate with the desired information. Options for printing the certificate are:

  • Current enrollment - provides enrollment status for the current semester, with status effective date(s)
  • All enrollment - provides enrollment history for all terms attended, with status effective dates

You may also view:

  • Student loan deferment notifications provided to loan holders
  • Proof(s) of enrollment that have been provided to health insurers and other providers
  • Specific information about your student loans

For enrollment verification that is not available by printing the National Student Clearinghouse enrollment verification form, the student can use the Enrollment Verification request form.  This option is applicable if an enrollment verification plus proof of good academic standing is needed (for example, in order to receive a good student discount on auto insurance), or if verification of enrollment is needed prior to the start of a term.

Employers, student loan companies, and others who need proof of enrollment or verification of degree completion should contact the National Student Clearinghouse directly at www.enrollmentverify.org or www.degreeverify.org, respectively.

General Requirements

A graduate degree is awarded to a student upon completing an approved graduate curriculum with a specified minimum number of credit hours of graduate credit, and conforming to all rules and regulations of Graduate Studies. A comprehensive project or thesis may be required in some programs.

The degree requirements of certain programs may exceed those of Graduate Studies as noted above. The student should contact the appropriate program director for information about specific program requirements.

Regulations

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) reserves the right to amend or otherwise change the requirements regarding admission and to drop, add, or change the arrangement of courses, curricula, the requirements for retention, graduation, and degrees, and other regulations of Graduate Studies. Such regulations shall be effective whenever determined by the appropriate faculty and administrative bodies; they may govern both old and new students. The Student Handbook and Code of Student Behavior describing policies covering the general behavior of students is published on the Dean of Students Office (DOSO) web site www.usi.edu/deanofstudents/code.

Transcripts (Academic)

Academic records are maintained by the Registrar's Office.  A transcript is a complete record of a student's academic work at the University of Southern Indiana.

How to view an unofficial transcript

Students may view their unofficial transcript online via myUSI.

An official transcript will not be viewable if a student has unmet financial obligations to the University or for Stafford Loan recipients who have failed to complete an exit counseling session with the Student Financial Assistance Office.

How to request an official transcript

Both paper and electronic transcripts can be ordered anytime by current or former students. Refer to the Electronic Transcripts page for more information about this option. 

Students request an official academic transcript online:

  • If you have access to your myUSI account, you will be able to order your official transcript by logging in to myUSI. After selecting the Self Service icon from the dashboard, click Student, then Student Records. Choosing "Request Official Transcript" will take you to the USI Transcript Ordering Portal. Any student that enters the transcript ordering site through their myUSI account will be able to order transcripts immediately. Transcript requests can typically be processed within one business day of the completed order. Your unofficial transcript is available through myUSI under Student Records.
  • If you do not have access to your myUSI account, you will need to create an account on the USI Transcript Ordering Portal to obtain an official transcript. The initial process of creating an account on that system could take up to two business days, as the Registrar's Office will need to validate your account information with our official records. Once your account is established, transcript requests can typically be processed within one business day of the completed order. To reactivate your myUSI account and view your unofficial transcript, contact the USI IT Help Desk at 812-465-1080.

Once you have reached the USI Transcript Ordering Portal, the site will walk you through placing your order, including delivery options and fees. Please carefully follow all instructions. It is the responsibility of the requester to supply a correct mailing address; refunds will not be issued due to an incorrect address. Status updates of your order will be emailed to the email account you list on your order.

Transcript fees are approved by the University. Current fees for a transcript are:

Certified Electronic PDF official transcript (e-transcript) $8.00
Official paper transcript to be mailed (USPS) or picked up $10.00
Official paper transcript to be expedited (UPS next day) $40.00

Online payment will be accepted from the following credit/debit card accounts: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Diners Club, or JCB. If you are unable to pay by one of these methods, please contact the Registrar's office for assistance.

Notes:

  • An official transcript will not be released if a student has an unmet financial obligation to the University. An official transcript will also be withheld for Stafford Loan recipients who have failed to complete an exit counseling session with the Office of Student Financial Assistance. 
  • Requesting that a transcript be sent to another institution does not automatically indicate that the student wishes to be withdrawn from the current term or any upcoming term(s) for which the student has pre-registered. Any student wishing to withdraw must officially initiate withdrawal procedures.
  • The University can release only official USI transcripts. Transcripts from other universities or high schools attended must be requested directly from those institutions.

If you have any questions about transcript services provided by the University of Southern Indiana, please visit www.usi.edu/registrar or contact the Registrar's Office at 812-464-1763 or 800-467-1965 (#3).

Registration

Academic Year

The University's academic year includes two semesters and three summer sessions. The academic calendar is published for each term in the Schedule of Classes.

Administrative Withdrawal for Non-Attendance

Students whose grade may be impacted by their non-attendance in class may be reported by instructors and notified by letter to their mailing address (fall/spring) or by email (summer sessions) of the possibility of their being administratively withdrawn from their class. The students so notified will be given until the end of the sixth week (sixth day for summer sessions), when Progress Report grades are issued, to meet with their instructors to resolve the situation. The instructor of the class may complete the process of an administrative withdrawal of a student if the situation is not resolved. NOTE: Merely not attending a course does not automatically remove the course from a student's record. Students who do not accept the responsibility of completing an Add/Drop or Withdrawal form jeopardize their academic record with the possibility of incurring an F in a course not properly dropped.

Class Attendance

A student is expected to attend all classes. It is the responsibility of an instructor to inform the student of the consequences of absence from class. It is the responsibility of the student to keep instructors informed regarding absences from classes.

A student who knows of necessary class absences should consult instructors prior to the absence. A student who misses classes is not excused from the obligations to instructors. Instructors are expected to provide the student with an opportunity to meet class commitments when absences are for good and proper reasons. Further, instructors are expected to maintain attendance records and to report excessive absences to the Registrar's office.

Class Load

A full-time course load for graduate students is six hours of graduate course work. A half-time load is three to fewer than six hours of graduate courses. A part-time load is fewer than three hours of graduate courses. The maximum number of hours in which a graduate student may enroll without permission is 18 hours during the fall/spring semesters and 12 hours during each summer session. When exceptional situations prevail, a student may request permission to enroll for additional hours. Such permission must have the approval of the advisor, the program director, and the director of Graduate Studies. The full-time course load of any combination of graduate and undergraduate courses during any semester including the combined summer sessions is 18 hours.

Class Schedules

A schedule of University class offerings is prepared for student use for each semester/term and published electronically. The course reference number (CRN), time, day, title, course number, credit hours, instructor, and room are listed. General information concerning admission, registration, and graduation also is provided.

The Schedule of Classes is available on the USI Bulletin website.  Select the desired class schedule (upper-right corner of the page) from the drop-down list of available publications.

Enrollment and Registration

Registration for graduate work that is to be applied toward a degree requires a valid current admission to a graduate program. When all conditions for registration have been met, students will receive registration materials. Graduate students must consult with their advisor and have courses approved. The registration process will take place as outlined in the Schedule of Classes for each semester or summer term.

Final Exam Schedule

The final examination schedule is published in the class schedule for each semester. In summer terms, final examinations are held the last scheduled class day.

General Student Policies

Policies on student behavior, plagiarism, falsification of records, and other policies may be found in the Student Life  section.

Add/Drop

An Add/Drop is when a student adds and/or drops courses but still remains enrolled in the semester/summer session.  Students who wish to alter their original schedule, whether by personal incentive or by college directive, must do so officially by the procedure outlined below. Students who do not assume this responsibility may jeopardize their record with the possibility of incurring an F in a course not properly dropped and/or not receiving credit in a course improperly added. Merely not attending a course does not automatically remove the course from the student's record.

Add/Drop-Academic Year

If a student drops or withdraws from one or more full semester courses through the first week of a fall or spring semester, the student will receive a 100 percent credit; during the second week, a 75 percent credit; during the third week, a 50 percent credit; and during the fourth week, a 25 percent credit.* No credit will be made thereafter. Refund checks, if applicable, will be issued by the Bursar's Office subsequent to the refund period. See the semester calendar for specific dates.

  1. Through the first week of the semester (100 percent credit*): After priority registration and through the first week of the semester, students add or drop courses online via myUSI (refer to the Schedule of Classes for web registration details). Computer stations are also available in the Registrar's Office for students who need assistance with the add/drop process.
  2. Beginning the second week of the semester, through 4:30 p.m. on the last business day before final exams (75 percent credit or less*): Online schedule changes are not available beyond the first week of the semester. Students may add or drop courses in person at the Registrar's Office by submitting an Add/Drop form. The form requires the signatures of the student and of the instructor of each course being dropped or added.  NOTE: Only in exceptional circumstances will students be allowed to add a course after the first week of the semester.

Grading: Classes dropped prior to the end of the 100 percent refund period will not be retained on the student's academic transcript and no grade is recorded.  Classes dropped via the Add/Drop procedure beginning the second week of a fall or spring semester through the ninth week of the semester* will be dropped "without evaluation."  The dropped course(s) will be retained on the student's academic transcript and the student will receive a grade of W for the dropped course(s).  Classes dropped via the Add/Drop procedure during the 10th week of the semester through the last day of classes before final exam week* will be dropped "with evaluation."  The dropped courses(s) will be retained on the student's academic transcript and the student will receive a grade of W if passing at the time the course is dropped; however, if the student is failing at the time the course is dropped, the student may receive a grade of F.

* Courses meeting less than a complete semester have different drop/refund/grading dates. Check the Refund Schedules page or contact the Registrar's Office for these dates. Online schedule changes or withdrawals for special length courses can only be processed through the course's 100 percent credit period (but no later than the first week of the semester). Thereafter, students must submit the appropriate form to the Registrar's Office for processing.

Add/Drop-Summer Sessions

If a student drops or withdraws from one or more standard-length courses through the first two days of a summer session (first day of Third Summer), the student will receive a 100 percent credit; during the third or fourth day (second day for Third Summer), a 75 percent credit; during the fifth or sixth day (third day for Third Summer), a 50 percent credit; and during the seventh or eighth day (fourth day for Third Summer), a 25 percent credit.* No credit will be made thereafter. Refund checks, if applicable, will be issued by the Bursar's Office subsequent to the refund period. See the term calendar for specific dates.

  1. Through the first two days of a summer session/first day of Third Summer (100 percent credit*): After priority registration and through the first two days of a summer session (first day of Third Summer), students may add or drop courses online via myUSI (refer to the Schedule of Classes for web registration details). Computer stations are also available in the Registrar's Office for students who need assistance with the add/drop process.
  2. Beginning the third day of a summer session (second day of Third Summer), through 4:30 p.m. on the last day of class before the final exam (75 percent credit or less*): Online schedule changes are not available beyond the first two days of a summer session (first day of Third Summer).  Students may add or drop courses in person at the Registrar's Office by submitting an Add/Drop form. The form requires the signature of the student and of the instructor of each course being added or dropped. NOTE: Only in exceptional circumstances will students be allowed to add a course after the first two days of a summer session (first day of Third Summer).

Grading: Classes dropped prior to the end of the 100 percent refund will not be retained on the student's academic transcript and no grade is recorded.  Classes dropped via the Add/Drop procedure beginning the third day of the session through the third week of First or Second Summer (second say through the twelfth day of Third Summer)* will be dropped "without evaluation.  The dropped courses(s) will be retained on the student's academic transcript and the student will receive a grade of W for the dropped course(s).  Classes dropped via the Add/Drop procedure beginning the fourth week (thirteenth day of Third Summer)* through the last day of class before the final exam will be dropped "with evaluation."  The dropped course(s) will be retained on the student's academic transcript and the student will receive a grade of W if passing at the time the course is dropped; however, if the student is failing at the time the course is dropped, the student may receive a grade of F.

* The typical summer course length is five weeks in First and Second summer, four weeks in Third summer, although a variety of course lengths may be offered. Summer courses meeting other than the typical length, including cross-term courses, have different drop/refund/grading dates. Check the Refund Schedules page or contact the Registrar's for these dates. Online schedule changes or withdrawals for special length courses can only be processed through the course's 100 percent credit period (but no later than the first two days of the session/first day of Third Summer). Thereafter, students must submit the appropriate form to the Registrar's Office for processing.

Withdrawal

A withdrawal is when a student drops ALL enrolled courses for that semester/term.  A student who must withdraw from the semester/term, must do so officially by the procedure outlined below. If they do not assume this responsibility, they may jeopardize their record with the possibility of incurring an F in a course not properly dropped. Merely not attending a course does not automatically remove the course from a student's record.  Students enrolled in any classes that have ended at the time of withdrawal must follow the procedure for an Add/Drop.

Withdrawal-Academic Year

If a student drops or withdraws from one or more full semester courses through the first week of a fall or spring semester, the student will receive a 100 percent credit; during the second week, a 75 percent credit; during the third week, a 50 percent credit; and during the fourth week, a 25 percent credit.* No credit will be made thereafter. Refund checks, if applicable, will be issued by the Bursar's Office subsequent to the refund period. See the semester calendar for specific dates.

  1. Through the first week of the semester (100 percent credit*): After priority registration and through the first week of the semester, students may withdraw from all classes online via myUSI (refer to the Schedule of Classes for web registration details). Computer stations are also available in the Registrar's Office for students who need assistance with the withdrawal process.
  2. Beginning the second week of semester, through 4:30 p.m. on the last business day before final exams (75 percent credit or less*): Online withdrawals are not available beyond the first week of the semester*. Students may withdraw from the semester using a Withdrawal form found in the Registrar's Office and online. A withdrawal request will be accepted by fax at 812-464-1911. The student's signature is required for all withdrawals, as well as the signature of the graduate program director, dean of the college, or designee.  The student is responsible for obtaining all required signature(s) and submitting the Withdrawal form to the Registrar's Office for processing. Until all steps in the procedure have been completed, the student is still enrolled in all courses. Online Learning students (those enrolled in a USI course with a section number beginning with an 'N') who are unable to visit campus to obtain the required signature in person may obtain approval via email. The program director/dean/authorized designee must send the email from their USI account and must include the student's full name, student ID number, and relevant course IDs and CRNs from which they are approving the student to withdraw. The approval email should be submitted along with the Withdrawal form (or emailed to registrar@usi.edu).  A Withdrawal form with the student's legal signature is still required.

Grading:  Classes dropped prior to the end of the 100 percent refund period will not be retained on the student's academic transcript and no grade is recorded.  Classes dropped via the Withdrawal procedure beginning the second week of a fall or spring semester through the ninth week of the semester* will be dropped "without evaluation."  The dropped course(s) will be retained on the student's academic transcript and the student will receive a grade of W for the dropped course(s).  Classes dropped via the Withdrawal procedure during the 10th week of the semester through the last day of classes before final exam week* will be dropped "with evaluation."  The dropped courses(s) will be retained on the student's academic transcript and the student will receive a grade of W if passing at the time the course is dropped; however, if the student is failing at the time the course is dropped, the student may receive a grade of F.

Financial Aid: If a student receives financial aid but is unsure of the impact a Withdrawal will have on that financial aid, it is recommended that the student contact Student Financial Assistance prior to submitting the Withdrawal. Students with a Stafford Loan must complete an exit counseling session. Failure to complete the exit counseling session will prevent the release of the student's academic transcript.

Additional Steps: Students who live in University housing must contact the Residence Life office (O'Daniel North) to properly check out. Students who have a meal plan must contact Food Services (UC lower level) to cancel the plan. Students who owe money to the University must settle their account at the Cashier's window (OC lower level); an unpaid balance will prevent the release of academic transcript.

* Courses meeting less than a complete semester have different drop/refund/grading dates. Check the Refund Schedules page or contact the Registrar's Office for these dates. Online schedule changes or withdrawals for special-length courses can only be processed through the course's 100 percent credit period (but no later than the first week of the semester). Thereafter, students must submit the appropriate form to the Registrar's Office for processing.

Withdrawal-Summer Sessions

If a student drops or withdraws from one or more standard-length courses through the first two days of a summer session (first day of Third Summer), the student will receive a 100 percent credit; during the third or fourth day (second day of Third Summer), a 75 percent credit; during the fifth or sixth day (third day of Third Summer), a 50 percent credit; and during the seventh or eighth day (fourth day of Third Summer), a 25 percent credit.* No credit will be made thereafter. Refund checks, if applicable, will be issued by the Bursar's Office subsequent to the refund period. See the term calendar for specific dates.  Students enrolled in any classes that have ended at the time of withdrawal must follow the procedure form Add/Drop.

  1. Through the first two days of a summer session/first day of Third Summer (100 percent credit*): After priority registration and through the first two days of a summer session (first day of Third Summer) students may withdraw from all classes online via myUSI (Refer to the Schedule of Classes for web registration details). Computer stations are also available in the Registrar's Office for students who need assistance with the withdrawal process.
  2. Beginning the third day of a summer session (second day of Third Summer) through 4:30 p.m. on the last day of class before the final exam (75 percent credit or less*): Online schedule changes are not available beyond the first two days of a summer session (first day of Third Summer). Students may withdraw from the term using a Withdrawal form found in the Registrar's Office and online. A withdrawal request also will be accepted by fax at 812-464-1911. The student's signature is required for all withdrawals, as well as the signature of the graduate program director, dean of the college, or designee. The student is responsible for obtaining all required signature(s) and submitting the Withdrawal form to the Registrar's Office for processing. Until all steps in the procedure have been completed, the student is still enrolled in all courses. Online Learning students (those enrolled in a USI course with a section number beginning with an 'N') who are unable to visit campus to obtain the required signature in person may obtain approval via email. The program director/dean/authorized designee must send the email from their USI account and must include the student's full name, student ID number, and relevant course IDs and CRNs from which they are approving the student to withdraw.  The approval email should be submitted along with the Withdrawal form (or emailed to registrar@usi.edu).  A Withdrawal form with the student's legal signature is still required.

Grading:  Classes dropped prior to the end of the 100 percent refund will not be retained on the student's academic transcript and no grade is recorded. Classes dropped via the Withdrawal procedure beginning the third day of the session through the third week of First or Second Summer (second day through the twelfth day of Third Summer)* will be dropped "without evaluation.  The dropped courses(s) will be retained on the student's academic transcript and the student will receive a grade of W for the dropped course(s).  Classes dropped via the Withdrawal procedure beginning the fourth week (thirteenth day of Third Summer)* through the last day of class before the final exam will be dropped "with evaluation."  The dropped course(s) will be retained on the student's academic transcript and the student will receive a grade of W if passing at the time the course is dropped; however, if the student is failing at the time the course is dropped, the student may receive a grade of F.

Financial Aid: If a student receives financial aid but is unsure of the impact a Withdrawal will have on that financial aid, it is recommended that the student contact Student Financial Assistance Office prior to submitting the Withdrawal. Students with a Stafford Loan must complete an exit counseling session. Failure to complete the exit counseling session will prevent the release of the student's academic transcript.

Additional Steps: Students who live in University housing must contact the Residence Life office (O'Daniel North) to properly check out. Students who have a meal plan must contact Food Services (UC lower level) to cancel the plan. Students who owe money to the University must settle their account at the Cashier's window (OC lower level); an unpaid balance will prevent the release of academic transcript.

* The typical summer course length is five weeks in First and Second summer, four weeks in Third summer, although a variety of course lengths may be offered. Summer courses meeting other than the typical length, including cross-term courses, have different drop/refund/grading dates. Check the Refund Schedules page or contact the Registrar's Office for these dates. Online schedule changes or withdrawals for special length courses can only be processed through the course's 100 percent credit period (but no later than the first two days of the session/first day of Third Summer). Thereafter, students must submit the appropriate form to the Registrar's Office for processing.

Grades and Grading Policies

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The grade point average is a numerical value which is obtained by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of hours attempted. This average is computed at the end of each term, both for the term and on a cumulative basis. The grade of A represents four points for each hour of credit; B+ three and one-half points; B three points; C+ two and one-half points; C two points. No points are recorded for an F, although the hours attempted are included in the computations. No points are recorded for an S or U and the hours attempted are not included in the computations.

Grade Report

At the end of each semester/term for which a student is enrolled, an online grade report is made available via MyUSI. The online grade report is a record of courses enrolled, letter grades earned, semester grade point average, and cumulative grade point average. Information concerning the student's current academic standing also is indicated.

Grading System

The following grading standards apply to graduate work.

Grade Type of Graduate Work
A Excellent
B+ Above average
B Average
C+ Below average
C Below average (minimal passing grade for graduate credit)
F Failure

In computing scholastic averages, the following point ratios are used: A = 4.0, B+ = 3.5, B = 3.0, C+ = 2.5, C = 2.0. An average of at least 3.0 is required to remain in good standing. This is to be considered the minimum graduate program requirement and may be higher in specific programs.

In general, incomplete (IN) grades may be given only at the end of a semester or term to those students whose work is passing but who have left unfinished a small amount of work – for instance, a final examination, a paper, or a term project – which may be completed without further class attendance, or to students who have unfinished theses or graduate research projects. Course instructors may, at the time the incomplete is given, place a time limit for removal of an incomplete grade. The instructor must submit to the Registrar's Office a statement describing the work to be completed by the student receiving an incomplete grade. In the event that the instructor from whom a student received an incomplete grade is not on campus, the disposition of a case involving an incomplete grade resides with the appropriate chair or dean.

An In Progress (IP) final grade is given in graduate project classes that require enrollment in the same class in successive semesters. An IP grade means the student cannot receive credit for the course under any circumstances without re-enrollment in the course.

A withdrawal (W) is given when a student officially drops or withdraws from a course during the automatic W period, or if the student officially drops/withdraws after the automatic W period and is passing at the time of the drop/withdrawal (refer to the Add/Drop and Withdrawal sections). A W means the student cannot receive credit for the course under any circumstances without re-enrollment in the course.

A grade of Z is temporary and is recorded when an instructor fails to submit a grade.   This grade will be replaced with a letter grade upon submission of the Change of Grade form by the instructor. 

Policies and Procedures

Academic Advisement

The University of Southern Indiana recognizes academic advising to be a critical component of the educational experience of its students. Through individual, collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students are best able to define and implement sound educational and vocational plans that are consistent with their personal values, goals and career plans. Academic advisors represent and interpret University policies and procedures to the student and help the student navigate the academic and organizational paths of the institution. The university acknowledges its obligation to provide students with accurate and timely academic advising, delivered through its advising centers, academic departments and colleges, as well as through additional units and offices devoted to specific student populations such as undecided and conditionally admitted students.

Student Participation in Program Planning. A student enrolled in the university is expected to read carefully and to understand the contents of this bulletin. This includes awareness of the university's general policies and regulations for academic achievement necessary for continued enrollment, as well as social and campus conduct.

A student also is responsible for knowing the specific requirements of the academic discipline of the student's choice, enabling the student to qualify for graduation.

A student should assume the initiative for preparing a semester schedule of classes. The academic advisor is available to offer suggestions and to verify the accuracy of course choice in meeting curricular patterns, but the primary responsibility for knowing the requirements of the academic program and proceeding to satisfy those requirements in an orderly and sequential manner remains with the student.

Academic Grievance

If a student has a possible grievance with a faculty member, the procedures for filing a grievance are outlined in the student code of conduct in the Student Handbook.

Auditing Graduate Classes

Only appropriate undergraduate courses may be open for audit. Graduate courses are not appropriate for audit. No graduate course may be audited.

Course Repeat Policy

Graduate courses taken at the University may not be replaced for possible GPA improvement. The grades received of all repeated courses will remain on the transcript and will be used for GPA computation.

Degree Progression

Interruption of Program

Degree seeking and non-degree seeking graduate students who have not enrolled in a graduate course for one academic year (consecutive fall and spring semesters) must fully reapply to Graduate Studies and the specific program in which they were originally admitted. Graduate students who have not enrolled in only one academic term (fall or spring) will not need to readmit or reapply. For some programs, students will need to be vetted by a program-specific admissions and progression committee in order to continue in the program. 

Time Limitation

In order to count toward a master's degree, coursework must be completed within seven (7) years of a student's enrollment in the first course(s) counting for degree credit in the program. For the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, coursework must be completed within five (5) years of the student's enrollment in the first course counting for degree credit in the program. For courses that exceed this time limit, students must either validate the previous credit or retake the course(s) to meet degree requirements. A faculty member identified by the director of the graduate program sets requirements needed for validation.

Validating Course Work

To validate a course that has exceeded the time limitation, the student requests a course validation petition form obtained from the director of the graduate program. The form is filed in the student's program office until the student completes the validation requirements. When the course has been validated, the graduate program director files the completed form with Graduate Studies and it becomes part of the student's permanent file.

Elimination from a Program

Inappropriate professional conduct is grounds for termination of admission. Students may be eliminated from a graduate program "for cause" by the director of Graduate Studies on the basis of recommendation from the advisor, graduate committee (if one exists), and graduate program director. "For cause" includes professional judgment of the graduate faculty of the program involved and the director of Graduate Studies that the student does not meet the academic or professional standards required for a student earning a graduate degree in that area.

Enrollment Status for Financial Aid

See the Graduate Financial Assistance  section for enrollment minimums for eligibility for assistance.

Graduation

Candidates for graduation must file with the Registrar's Office a Formal Application for Graduation and a Diploma Form. If degree requirements will be completed in a spring or summer term, the forms should be submitted no later than October 1 of the preceding fall term. If degree requirements will be completed in the fall term, the forms should be submitted no later than March 1 of the preceding spring term. The Application for Graduation may be obtained at the office of the student's graduate program director. The Diploma Form is submitted online by visiting www.usi.edu/registrar/graduation/diploma-form. Timely submission of the Formal Application for Graduation and Diploma Form help ensure that degree candidates receive commencement mailings, appear in the printed commencement program, and will have a diploma ordered.

Second Master's Degree

A student with a master's degree from an accredited institution may be admitted to a second master's degree program at USI. The appropriate graduate program director may accept up to 12 hours of credits, and in consultation with the student, will advise on the remaining hours of the program. The limitation of seven years (see Time Limitation) does apply on these remaining hours. All regular requirements for the master's degree program also must be met.

Petition Procedures

Students wishing to request an exception to any of the policies of Graduate Studies should contact that office for information about petition procedures.

Posthumous Recognition of Students

Posthumous degree

The university may award a degree posthumously to a student who was enrolled at the time of death and had substantially completed the work for a degree, upon recommendation of the appropriate faculty and dean. A special, posthumous diploma will be presented to the student's family.

The University of Southern Indiana has established the following guidelines for awarding a posthumous degree:

Graduate

A graduate degree may be awarded posthumously when the student has substantially completed the work for the graduate degree. This determination shall be the responsibility of the dean of the college, in consultation with the graduate faculty of the student's program.

Certification of Recognition

The University may award a Certificate of Recognition posthumously to a student who was enrolled at the time of death but who did not qualify for a posthumous degree. A special, posthumous certificate will be presented to the student's family.

Readmission Procedures

A graduate student once enrolled at the university, who for any reason does not re-enroll for two or more consecutive fall/spring semesters, must re-apply to the university and to their graduate program prior to returning for the next semester.

Standards of Progress

Progress toward degree

During the period of study leading to the master's degree, a graduate student must show evidence of sound scholarship. The following standards must be met to retain good standing as a graduate student.

  • Maintain a B average or better in all graduate work (higher GPA may be required in certain programs).
  • Maintain continuous enrollment in graduate work. Any student admitted to graduate studies and to a graduate program who has not enrolled and received graduate credit for work at USI for a period of longer than one calendar year from his or her last enrollment must reapply to the program.
  • Complete degree requirements, including a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit, within seven years of enrollment in the first course(s) counting for degree credit in the program or retake or validate courses exceeding this time limit.

A student who fails to meet these standards or others specified by individual graduate programs may be placed on probation, suspended from graduate study, or dismissed from the University. The director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Council of Program Directors and Chairs will determine appeals of those decisions in such matters.

  • Retention and Progression: The degree requirements of certain programs may exceed those of Graduate Studies. Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade of B or better in all graduate courses and a cumulative graduate program grade point average (GPGPA)* of 3.0 to remain in good standing and progress in the graduate program.
  • Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy: Graduate students who fail to meet the preceding minimum standards will be placed on academic probation. The director of the student's graduate program is responsible for notifying the student of such action. A student may remain on academic probation for up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework. Failure to raise the GPA following completion of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework will result in academic dismissal from the University of Southern Indiana.  If the GPGPA drops below 2.5, a student shall be academically dismissed unless it is possible to bring the GPGPA up to 2.5 in no more than six additional hours of graduate work.
  • Appeal Option: Students may appeal the academic dismissal in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the graduate faculty committee within his or her program of study. Students should contact the director of the academic program regarding the appeal process.

*Graduate program grade point average (GPGPA) is the cumulative grade point average of all USI graduate courses taken (numbered 500 and higher) except specific graduate survey courses numbered "501" in the Masters Business Administration (MBA) program.

Students' Records

The Registrar's Office maintains the permanent student academic record. Forms for registration - changing a course, repeating a course, changing major, and taking a course as pass/no pass - are submitted to and processed by this office. Students may request a copy of their academic record (transcript) from the Registrar. This office also maintains all student demographic data and keeps names and addresses current. According to the Student Handbook, students must report any name or address changes to the Registrar's Office. Students can update their mailing address(es) as well as telephone numbers, marital status, and emergency contacts online via myUSI.

Workshop Credits

Individual degree programs set the number of credit hours earned in workshop courses applicable toward the master's degree. As a general rule, no more than eight credit hours of workshop credit will be accepted. The student's graduate program director and the office of Graduate Studies must approve petitions for more than eight hours.