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    Jul 20, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Academic Catalog

Graduate Academic Regulations



CPS Graduate

Transfer Credit

Students who have attended graduate classes at another college or university may transfer credit under the following guidelines:

  • Courses must be discipline-related with grades of “B” or better.
  • The number of credits to be transferred cannot exceed nine (9) credit hours.
  • An official transcript must be received by Indiana Tech
  • The institution at which the credit was earned must be regionally accredited.
  • The prospective student must submit a course description and, if possible, a course syllabus.

Credit Hour Policy

A three credit, face-to face course that meets for six weeks: courses follow the formula of the equivalent of 45 hours of direct instruction and 135 hours of related learning activities.  Several different types of learning activities are included within the delivery of the courses and are designed in accordance with the following expectations

  1. Classroom instruction of at least 24 hours.
  2. Readings from required texts/articles and other related materials requiring at least 60 hours.
  3. Preparation of papers and projects related to the reading and/or required research activities requiring at least 56 hours.
  4. Assessment activities including feedback from faculty on papers/research projects, revisions, and discussion board posts and responses requiring at least 20 hours.
  5. Direct interaction with faculty and classmates using live discussion platforms, phone calls, discussion board postings requiring at least 20 hours.

A three credit, online course: courses follow the formula of the equivalent of 45 hours of direct instruction and 135 hours of related learning activities.  For online graduate courses, several different types of learning activities are included within the delivery of the courses and are designed in accordance with the following expectations:

  1. Readings from required texts/articles and other related materials requiring at least 60 hours.
  2. Preparation of papers and projects related to the reading and/or required research activities requiring at least 80 hours.
  3. Assessment activities including feedback from faculty on papers/research projects, revisions, and discussion board posts and responses requiring at least 20 hours.

Direct interaction with faculty and classmates using live discussion platforms, phone calls, discussion board postings requiring at least 20 hours.

Graduate Curriculum

At the time of admission, the curriculum chosen by the student is specified by the degree program as listed in the university catalog.

Students wishing to change degree programs must complete the Change of Curriculum Form available on our website at Registrar.IndianaTech.edu. A $10 fee will be assessed.

Upon changing degree programs, all students must follow all conditions of the most current academic catalog.

Students may change to the curriculum of the current year with the approval of the registrar. Students may not change to a curriculum in force prior to their enrollment, nor may students revert to previous curriculum requirements after officially changing to a current year curriculum.

Students are notified upon completion of their change of curriculum by their Indiana Tech email.

Academic Probation & Dismissal

A student will be placed on academic probation if the student’s GPA is less than 3.0 after 12 credit hours of coursework. After the next 6 credit hours of coursework the student must have a GPA of at least 3.0 or they will be academically dismissed.

Students placed on academic dismissal status for the first time may apply for readmission after a period of one semester, not including winter or summer semesters. The Registrar’s office determines whether or not a student is readmitted and will notify these students through email and U.S. mail of the decision within two weeks of the student requesting readmission. Upon readmission, these students will be placed on academic probation and will need to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher or they will be academically dismissed.

Statement of Academic Integrity

Indiana Tech is an academic community that values and promotes academic integrity. All members of our community have an obligation to themselves, their peers and the institution to uphold the code of ethics by demonstrating honesty, accountability, respect and professionalism. When academic integrity is compromised, learning is minimalized and the goals of the academic community cannot be realized.

In order to maintain academic integrity, faculty are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Maintain and role model personal academic integrity
  • Clearly define for students the expected level of collaboration (as it applies) on assignments/projects/homework
  • Confront academic dishonesty when it is believed to have occurred and adhere to the policy as stated on their course syllabi
  • Report incidences of academic dishonesty by completing infraction cards and submitting them to the assistant dean of their college
  • Act to prevent violations of academic integrity

In order to maintain academic integrity, students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Maintain personal academic integrity
  • Ask faculty to clarify any aspects of permissible or expected cooperation on any assignment
  • Treat all graded academic exercises as work that is to be conducted individually, unless otherwise permitted
  • Report any instance of academic dishonesty to the instructor or assistant dean of their college

Types of Academic Dishonesty

Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to:

  • Cheating, which includes submitting the work of another person as one’s own work, or using unauthorized aids.
  • Plagiarism, which is the misrepresentation of another person’s work as one’s own. Submitting any writing that does not properly acknowledge the quoting or paraphrasing of another person’s words or that fails to give proper credit for another person’s ideas is plagiarism. Acts of plagiarism can also include the unacknowledged use of other forms of media including, but not limited to music, video, audio, theater projects, compositions, website and computer software.
  • Self-Plagiarism (or Recycling Fraud), which is the resubmission of part or all of one’s own work to fulfill academic requirements in the same course or in other courses without providing proper acknowledgment of the original work with accurate citations.
  • Fabrication, which is the falsification or invention of information or data in any academic undertaking.
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty, which involves assisting someone in an act of dishonesty.

Consequences

The first violation of academic integrity will be handled by faculty at the course level with an academic penalty for the course as deemed appropriate by the instructor. The instructor will notify the student of the penalty and that the incident will be documented at the university level by submitting an Academic Integrity Violation report.

After the second violation of academic integrity that has been documented by the instructor in the same course or a different course, the student will be required to meet with the appropriate dean or associate dean. At this meeting the dean will discuss the seriousness of integrity violations and a letter from the dean will be given to the student stating that any further integrity violations will likely result in dismissal from the university.

Upon the third violation, the appropriate dean will recommend to the VPAA that the student be dismissed from the university. The VPAA will review the violations, meet with student, and make a decision on dismissal. The decision of the VPAA is final.

Graduate Grading System

The university uses the letter grades “A,” “B,” “C” and “F” in the graduate program. The use of +/- grades is optional. The grade of C- is not available for graduate courses.

  A = Excellent, highest possible grade
  B = Good performance
  C = Satisfactory performance ( a “C-” is not considered to be a passing grade in some courses)
  D = Unsatisfactory but passing ( a “D” is not considered to be a passing grade in some courses)
  F = Failure
  W = Course withdrawal; Assigned on the academic calendar for each term, it has no effect on the student’s GPA. All withdrawals must be initiated by the student. To begin the withdrawal from one or more courses, students must contact their advisors. If students are considering withdrawing from one or more classes, they should be aware that financial aid may be affected. Students should contact the Financial Aid office for further information on how their aid may be affected.
  I = Incomplete

Incompletes

These are the general guidelines for submitting a course incomplete request.

  • More than 50% of the course session has elapsed.
  • The student has encountered an unexpected situation that is beyond his or her control.
  • The student is:
    • In good academic standing - up to date on all of the course assignments and has at least an overall passing grade.
    • Able to complete all of the remaining coursework within a session (5 weeks for an undergraduate course; 6 weeks for a graduate course) that immediately follows the session in which the student is currently enrolled.
    • Able to provide support documentations to substantiate the need for extra time should the student not be able to complete the course requirements.

Withdrawals

No grade will be recorded on transcripts for any approved voluntary course withdrawal during the first week of classes each semester. Withdrawals with record “W” will be allowed until the end of the third week of class. After the third week, students may not withdraw from a class.

Grade Point Average

A student’s GPA is calculated based upon a point system. Term and cumulative GPAs are determined in the following manner:

Grade Point Value
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
F 0.00

Multiply course credit hour value by point value of grade earned in the course to get the total point value

See example:

Grade Course Credit Hour Value Point Value of Grade Earned Total Point Value
A 3 4.00 12
A 3 4.00 12
C 3 2.00 6
B 3 3.00 9
A 1 4.00 4
  • Add total course credit hour values
    Example from above: 13
  • Add total point values
    Example from above: 43
  • Divide summed total point value by summed course credit hour value
    Example from above: 43/13 = 3.3076923 (using the chart above, this is a “B” average)

No credit points shall be allowed for the grades of “F,” “W,” or “I.”

In computing the GPA, all university level courses completed by the student and all university level courses with “F” marks shall be included in the total hours (excluding transfer credit). GPAs for a semester shall be computed by dividing the sum of the credit points earned by the total hours. (Credit for courses for which a mark of “W” or “I” has been issued is not included in the GPA calculation.)

Graduate Grade Exchanges

A grade exchange is allowed on courses in which a grade of “B-“or lower has been earned. Although a given course may be repeated more than once, by choice or necessity, the grade exchange provision above will apply only the first time the course is repeated. The “B-” or lower grade will be exchanged with the grade earned in the first repeat attempt, regardless of if that grade is greater than, equal to, or less than the original “B-” or lower grade. The exchange grade, as well as any subsequent grades earned by repeating the class are used to calculate the cumulative GPA and degree major cumulative GPA. The following detail regulations apply to the grade exchange:

  • No grade exchange will be made unless the student completely repeats the course.
  • All grades will remain on the student’s transcript

Grade Appeals

Indiana Tech expects all faculty to adhere to fair grading practices that are explained to students and clearly identified in course syllabi. The right to appeal a grade is provided to give students recourse when they feel a grading policy has resulted in arbitrary treatment that places them at a disadvantage compared to other students taking the class. A student must initiate the grade appeal before the end of the session immediately following the session when the grade was issued. The appeal consists of the following process:

  • The student must first discuss the grade with the instructor.
  • Having failed to resolve the dispute, the student may appeal in writing to the assistant dean of the campus location at which the class was taken. The appeal must state the student’s name, ID, course name, and the specifics of why the grade is being appealed. A review is then conducted of the instructor’s grading practices and a ruling is issued.
  • The student may appeal the decision of the assistant dean. The appeal must be made in writing and sent to the associate dean. Students should be aware that the prior decision can be overturned only in cases where substantially new information has come to light.
  • Having again failed to resolve the dispute, the student may make a final appeal in writing to the dean of the college in which the course was taught. Such appeals must state the student’s name, ID and the specifics of the decision being appealed. Students should once again be aware that prior decisions can be overturned only in cases where substantially new information has come to light.
  • All appeal decisions are final with the dean of the college in which the course was taught.

Sufficient Progress

Students are expected to maintain sufficient progress toward their degree completion. If a student has not finished a course for a period of three (3) years, the student must meet the requirements of the curriculum that is in force at the time of re-registration.

CPS Graduation Policies

Petition for Graduation

All students who wish to receive a degree from Indiana Tech, must file a Petition for Graduation with the registrar’s office. The graduation process is complete after the student has achieved academic and financial clearance to graduate. Diplomas and final transcripts are sent only after financial clearance is received.

Students can submit petitions when they are within 2 semesters of the anticipated course work completion date, or when:

  • Graduate students have earned 27 credits
  • The Petition for Graduation is posted at www.IndianaTech.edu.

Graduate Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation from Indiana Tech, you must successfully:

  • Submission of all official transcripts from transfer institutions from which you are receiving transfer credit.
  • Complete all necessary credits for the degree, with no more than 9 transfer credits
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 with no more than 9 credit hours of C work counting toward the degree. 
  • Complete all course work within seven years after completing the first class.
  • Satisfy all financial obligations to the university.

Commencement Ceremony

Students planning to participate in the May commencement exercises must file the petition prior to February 1. Petitions filed after February 1 will not be accepted for participation in the commencement ceremonies.

Note: Undergraduate students must be within 15 credits by March 31 to participate in May commencement. Graduate students must be within 12 credits by March 31 to participate in May commencement.

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Procedure for Requesting Transfer Credit

Requests for transfer credit should be directed in writing to the Ph.D. program director no later than during the first term of doctoral study. The requests must include: official transcript showing the course(s) for which transfer credit is requested and course description from the catalog or syllabus of the course.

Ph.D. Transfer Credit

  • Up to 12 doctoral credits or up to 9 master’s level credits (or up to a combined total of 12 doctoral and master’s level credits) from a regionally accredited graduate school may be transferred toward the Ph.D. in Global Leadership Program.

     

  • Course credit must be fewer than seven years old to be considered for transfer.

  • The minimum grade of B (3.0) or equivalency will be considered for transfer credit.

  • Students may not transfer courses graded on a nonstandard basis (e.g., pass/no pass, credit/no credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory) to their graduate certificate or degree programs unless it can be verified from the registrar of the prior university that the grade is equivalent to a B (3.0) or better.

  • Previous coursework will be evaluated by the program director based on applicability to Ph.D. degree requirements, including course descriptions, outcomes, and global elements

Ph.D. Graduation Policies

To successfully complete the Ph.D. in Global Leadership students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 doctoral credit hours of coursework including 18 credit hours of research core, 18 credit hours of global leadership core, 18 credit hours of specialization, and a minimum of six credits of dissertation coursework.

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a grade of B or higher in each course.

  • Fulfill the residency requirement.

  • Complete the degree within six calendar years from the date of the student’s initial course start date.

  • Prepare and successfully defend the qualifying paper.

  • Prepare and successfully defend the dissertation proposal and dissertation.

  • Meet all financial, academic and other related obligations of Indiana Tech and the Ph.D. program.

Credit Hour Policy

All of the courses in the program are valued at three credits and are delivered online using Blackboard as the course management system.  Courses follow the formula of the equivalent of 45 hours of direct instruction and 135 hours of related learning activities.  Several different types of learning activities are included within the delivery of the courses and are designed in accordance with the following expectations:

 

  1. Readings from required texts/articles and other related materials requiring at least 64 hours.
  2. Preparation of papers and projects related to the reading and/or required research activities requiring at least 64 hours.
  3. Assessment activities including feedback from faculty on papers/research projects, revisions, and discussion board posts and responses requiring at least 24 hours.
  4. Direct interaction with faculty and classmates using GoToMeeting, phone calls, discussion board postings requiring at least 28 hours.

In addition, students are required to attend Immersion Weekends during their enrollment in the program.  These experiences are not credit bearing and do not require payment of tuition.  Students must cover their own travel expenses.

Academic Dismissal

A student will be placed on academic probation if the student’s GPA is less than 3.0 after 12 credit hours of coursework. After the next 6 credit hours of coursework the student must have a GPA of at least 3.0 or they will be academically dismissed.

Students placed on academic dismissal status for the first time may apply for readmission after a period of one semester, not including winter or summer semesters. The Registrar’s office determines whether or not a student is readmitted and will notify these students through email of the decision within two weeks of the student requesting readmission. Upon readmission, these students will be placed on academic probation and will need to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher or they will be academically dismissed.

Additional policies for the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program may be found at: http://phd.indianatech.edu/formsandpolicies/.