Academic Forgiveness Policy

The purpose of this policy is to establish an effective means to encourage capable, mature students to return to Indiana University Kokomo after they have achieved poorly (i.e., below 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale) during an earlier attempt at higher education within Indiana University. The spirit of the policy is to provide a fresh start for Indiana University students just as is accorded to students who transfer to Indiana University Kokomo from other universities.

  1. The Indiana University Kokomo Forgiveness Policy applies only to Indiana University students pursuing their first undergraduate degree. These students must have been away from the IU system for the past three calendar years (36 months). Implementation of this policy began in Fall 1997.
  2. Students must apply for invocation of this policy before the end of the first semester of their return to IU Kokomo. Students will not be able to use the forgiveness policy on any grades given because of academic dishonesty. Before the student can receive forgiveness, the Office of the Registrar will need to evaluate the student's record for any grades given because of academic dishonesty.
  3. The academic unit will evaluate the student's transcript. If the applicant meets the criteria stated in (1) and (2), all courses previously taken will remain on the transcript. In general, only courses with grades of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, P, and S can be counted toward degree completion. Students must also be advised that individual academic units at IU Kokomo and other IU campuses may vary in their implementation of this and similar policies.
  4. If the applicant meets the criteria stated in (1) and (2), the student will start with a fresh cumulative grade point index. From that point on, all the rules of academic probation and dismissal (for that school) will apply. After petition approval, the student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at IU Kokomo after his/her return in order to meet the graduation residency requirement.
  5. The policy does not apply to courses earned toward a first baccalaureate degree if the student is pursuing a second degree.
  6. Invocation of the forgiveness option does not preclude a student from using other available course-specific grade replacement options for work taken subsequent to re-enrollment.
  7. Forgiveness is only available for courses taken at Indiana University. Academic units retain the right to consider records of performance from other universities in determining admission to the unit, granting of honors, and/or other matters.

Proposed by Admission Committee (1996-97), April 28, 1997. Ratified by Faculty Senate, IU Kokomo, April 28, 1997.

Dean's List Policy

The academic affairs honor list includes students from each undergraduate division who have met the following academic criteria: Full-time students must have carried at least 12 credit hours of work throughout a semester with a grade point average of 3.5 and higher. Part-time students must have accumulated a minimum of 12 credit hours during the spring semester, summer session, and fall semester with a grade point average of 3.5 and higher.

Academic affairs honor list students are recognized at the Honors Convocation prior to Commencement activities.

Grading Policy

Instructors in undergraduate and graduate courses use a grading system that includes plus and minus grades as well as straight grades for all undergraduate and graduate course records. The registrar computes numerical grades for plus and minus grades when calculating grade point averages (GPAs) (A+ or A=4.0, A–=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3.0, B–=2.7, C+=2.3, C=2.0, C–=1.7, D+=1.3, D=1.0, D–=0.7, F=0.0). A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation.

Credit points are calculated by multiplying the grade points earned in a course by the number of credit hours for that course. For example, 3 hours of A=12 grade points. The grade point average for a semester is computed by dividing the total number of credit points earned by the number of credit hours attemped.


The grade of Incomplete (I) is an agreement between the student and the instructor, and is assigned only when the required work of the course is substantially completed and the student's work is of a passing quality. A grade of Incomplete must be removed within the time frame stipulated by the instructor; under no circumstances may this exceed one calendar year. If a grade of Incomplete has not been removed within the calendar year of its recording, it will be changed to an F. Students should not register for credit in a course in which they have received a grade of Incomplete.

Pass/Fail Option

The P/F option, which permits students to designate courses to be recorded for either Pass (P) or Fail (F), is available to all undergraduate students for a maximum of two elective courses per calendar year, September 1 to September 1, with a maximum of eight courses to be applied toward graduation. These courses may not include those offered only on a Satisfactory/Fail basis. Graduate students may elect the option for a maximum of four elective courses (which may be restricted to one such course per semester) to be applied toward graduation. Other specific course limitations vary from division to division. The student should consult a divisional advisor for details. Exercise and approval of the option must be completed by the end of the fourth week of classes during the fall or spring semester, or the second week of classes during the summer session. The student should obtain a Pass/Fail form from the Office of the Registrar, secure the signature of the chairperson or acting representative of the division, and return the completed form to the Office of the Registrar by the deadline noted above. The grades of A, B, C, and D (pluses and minuses) shall be considered as Pass (P) under the option. In no case will these grades be substituted at a later time in place of a P. The grade of P is not counted in computing grade point averages; the grade of F is included. Instructors will not be notified of those students registering for this option. A final grade of A, B, C, D, or F (pluses and minuses) will be submitted by the instructor and will be converted to the appropriate Pass/Fail grade (P or F) by the registrar.

Extended X Policy

Effective with the Spring 2004 semester, undergraduate students who wish to repeat a course in which they received a grade below an "A" must secure approval from their academic advisor. The course in which the student re-enrolls should be the same course which is being replaced. However, course numbers and titles occasionally change, and this will be taken into account. A student may exercise the Extended X option for no more than three courses, totaling no more than 10 credits during an academic career. In addition, a student may use the Extended X option only once for any given course. A student who has failed a course due to academic dishonesty may not retake that course for grade replacement under this policy. To exercise the Extended X option, students must obtain an Extended X form from their academic unit or the Office of the Registrar, secure the appropriate signatures, and return the form to the Office of the Registrar.

Probation and Dismissal Policies

The following policy regarding academic probation and dismissal applies to all Indiana University Kokomo students. Dismissal from the university occurs when a student has ceased to make adequate progress toward a degree.

1. Any student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation.

2. A student may be continued on probation when his/her semester GPA is above a 2.0 but his/her cumulative GPA is below 2.0.
Note: The faculty of a school, division or degree program may enact more stringent or more specific policies governing probation, suspension or readmission in that school, division or degree program.

3. A student on academic probation shall be dismissed from Indiana University Kokomo if his/her semester GPA is below 2.0 and hi/her cumulative GPA is below that required in the table below.

Credit Hours Completed at Minimum Cumulative GPA

Close of Semester (Total Grade Pts./Total Cr. Hrs.)

12 to 24—1.50

25 to 36—1.75

37 to 45—1.90

46 or more—2.00

4. Students will not be evaluated for possible dismissal until they have completed 12 credit hours.

5. A student will be removed from academic probation when he/she has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

6. Summer sessions will count as one semester when considering probation, dismissal, and re-admission criteria.

Note: Students may be dismissed from their school or program if they fail to meet academic or professional standards. Such students will be informed of their dismissal in writing by the school’s dean or the dean’s campus representative.

(Faculty Senate, 9/18/2006)