Statement. Equal Educational Opportunity policy
admits students of any age, religion, race, sex, marital
status, sexual orientation, ancestry, cultural background,
or national or ethnical origin to all of the programs, activities,
rights, and privileges generally accorded or made available
to students at the university. It does not discriminate
on the basis of these characteristics in the administration
of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship
and financial aid or other I.A.U. administered programs.
No qualified disabled person on the basis of disability
shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits
of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any
University-related program or activity.
Equal educational opportunity includes: recruitment and
admission; access to courses and facilities; access to counseling,
testing and tutoring services; financial assistance; health
and insurance services; and extracurricular programs and
the right to make changes at any time in the regulations,
fees, class schedules and programs, that are considered
to be deemed and necessary.
provisions of this catalog are not to be regarded as an
irrevocable contract between the student and I.A.U.
from the President
Thank you for reading our catalog.
Please, accept our warmest welcome to some of our images,
ideas, commitments and personalities that make up this uncommon
and unique . We appreciate your interest in our comprehensive
academic and curricular programs and really feel eager to
share our project and goals with you.
Over the short but intense history
of our University, what has been developed is an acclaimed
community, rather intimate in size, with an exceptional
faculty, a staff of extraordinary commitments, and a student
body of very competitive, mission-oriented personality,
internationally minded and aiming to succeed through continuous
We do hope your interest
in the Interamerican University will lead to a long
lasting and meaningful relationship with this small but
distinctive institution and will provide the encouragement
you seek to achieve the highest of callings in your life.
Thank you for being in touch. Contact us whenever you wish.
Dr. Angel L. Fernández
About InterAmerican University
I.A.U. is an international
American institution offering on campus and off campus programs
and courses within the U.S. pattern of higher education.
I.A.U. is fully registered and incorporated in Washington,
D.C., U.S.A. as an 501 (c) (3) non-for-profit organization.
I.A.U. is the major sponsor of the IUNINS (InterAmerican
University International Network System).
seven different colleges called: the COLLEGE OF ARTS AND
SCIENCES with 2/4 year programs in Liberal Arts, General
Education, etc., THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
with 2/4 year programs in Business Administration, Travel,
Tourism and Hospitality, INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES
with all types of courses in foreign languages, from beginners
through advanced, the COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND BEHAVIORAL
SCIENCES with courses in International Education, Psychology,
etc., the COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING with programs in Business
Technologies and Computer Engineering, among others, THE
COLLEGE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, specializing in Business
Law, International Relations, Politics, Diplomacy, etc.
and THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES.
I.A.U. is the founding patron of IUNINS (InterAmerican
University International Network System) and is governed
by a Board of Directors. As an urban university, I.A.U.
provides a stimulating academic environment for its students,
including an innovative undergraduate education and excellence
in selected research areas and graduate programs. The academic
environment extends beyond the campus boundaries to encompass
the entire community.
IUNINS. InterAmerican University International
1999, students and faculty of InterAmerican University
have benefited from the University’s membership in
InterAmerican University International Network System, a
consortium of 25 agencies, colleges and universities. IUNINS
works with its member institutions to help their students
and faculty gain access to many options available worldwide;
to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship,
scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize
research alliances among its members.
The InterAmerican University International Network System
manages, undergraduates, graduates, post-graduates, as well
as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities
for study and research. Students
can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines
including business, humanities, engineering, and mathematics,
among others. Appointment and program length range from
one month to four years.
Education is enhanced through exposure to diversity in
composition of the student body, faculty, staff, and administrators;
including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities,
and various age groups and religions. The University has
responded to the challenging responsibility of being located
in a culturally diverse region by developing a unique blend
of teaching, research, and service.
Teaching brings the benefits of scholarship and research
to students and through them to the people of the area.
IAU asserts that excellence in teaching traditional and
non-traditional students is its central responsibility.
A comprehensive undergraduate education, grounded in the
arts and sciences, develops intellectual, cultural, and
ethical qualities in its students. The innovative General
Education Program challenges students to develop the analytical
and critical skills necessary for life-long learning. IAU
offers advance standing degrees in selected graduate programs
as well as degrees in certain professional areas. Through
learning begins at any time, graduates compete in the global
intellectual community in which they live.
As a research university, IAU develops, integrates, disseminates,
and applies knowledge. IAU Faculty maintain on-going programs
of basic and applied research or creative activities appropriate
to their disciplines. The University's international environments
provide a rich opportunity for research and creative scholarship,
and for the use of that scholarship in the intellectual
and cultural development of the region. The University's
commitment to fostering a research and creative environment
harmonizes with the other aspects of its mission. IAU fulfills
its outreach mission through its contributions to professional
organizations and to the needs of the community.
The University promotes intellectual, cultural, and community
development of the region through, for example, its artistic
programs, lecture series, technical assistance, continuing
education, and intercollegiate athletic programs.
I.A.U., through its research, teaching, and outreach
roles, responds to individual needs and addresses broader
issues as well, for instance, K-12 education, economic development,
environmental initiatives, international programs, computing,
University International Network System, a 501(c)(3) non
profit organization, was established to support I.A.U.’s
mission. The Organization is governed by a volunteer Board
of Directors and Committees, including an Investment Committee,
review the foundation’s financial position quarterly. An
outside consultant also advises the Investment Committee
on portfolio management, the selection of investment managers
and allocation issues pertaining to fixed income and equities.
The InterAmerican University International
Network System is a major vehicle for developing and accepting
private gifts to I.A.U. I.A.U. desires that all private
support be made payable through the IUNINS. The Organization
manages a few endowment accounts and distributes income
to the University and its associated colleges, schools,
departments, programs and projects to promote academic enrichment.
Sources of funds to the foundation are contributed by alumni,
friends, parents, corporations and foundations. Outright
gifts, trusts and bequests are received by the foundation.
General accounts, as well as named accounts, are established
to provide: financial assistance to students, faculty support
and just about every need I.A.U. may have. All contributions
should be made payable to the InterAmerican University International
Network System. Any particular fund or department designation
can be noted on the memo line or on supporting correspondence.
The I.A.U. mission is to anticipate
and respond to the needs and expectations of men and women
preparing to embark on management and operational careers
in the largest global industry, service and professional
working fields. Our multi-disciplinary programs focus on
the synthesis of values, knowledge, and competencies required
by a rapidly expanding and diverse community. The student
is central to the educational process at I.A.U., and we
strive to foster learning partnerships that utilize current
industry practices, and promote professional development,
and life-long learning.
Our mission therefore
is to provide comprehensive lower/upper-division general
education, occupational education, transfer education, counseling
and guidance, which meet the changing needs of students
for academic, occupational preparation, citizenship, and
In pursuit of this
mission, we endeavor to:
promote equal opportunity for participation;
maintain appropriate standards for academic achievement;
provide support services which contribute to instructional
effectiveness and student success.
affirm the importance of multi-cultural, international,
and inter-cultural collegiate experiences that foster individual
and group understanding.
I. The Origin
The roots of I.A.U. as a consortium date back to 1978, with
the establishment and beginning of classes at the U.S. and
European campuses, which provided for the training of high
school graduates in E.F.L. and college General Education
Requirements. However, the seeds for the normal school's
creation were sown five years later, when the Board of Directors
decided to create the InterAmerican University International
The college expanded its liberal arts curriculum, and the
name was changed to InterAmerican University. The undergraduate
program was reorganized into seven schools and a graduate
school was then added.
The Academic Program
Each year I.A.U.
brings together an international group of students, as well
as a challenging and intensive curriculum in various subjects
of general interest in the arts and sciences. Most courses
offered are credited toward the Associate, Bachelor and
Master of Arts or in Science Degrees, including courses
leading to degrees at other American universities.
I.A.U. has assembled
an outstanding and experienced international faculty in
each field. Students joining I.A.U. will have the opportunity
to engage in collegial lectures and discussions based on
leadership issues confronting today's scholars.
At our academic
program, they have the opportunity, both formally and informally,
to meet with all members of our distinguished staff and
discuss shared issues and interests, at the highest professional
They also have access
to all I.A.U. facilities internationally. At the conclusion
of the program, they may receive an official certificate/diploma
and transcript of completion from the College or School
they have attended.
I.A.U. is presently located in the
U.S., Latin America, the European Union, Egypt, Malaysia,
Singapore, China, Indonesia, the Philipines and Pakistan.
IV. The I.A.U. Style
Our classroom scheme
may be different than what most students have previously
experienced. The relationship between professor and student
is usually informal. Professors welcome students comments
and questions; in fact class participation is often encouraged.
Examinations may occur several times during the course.
The class size may vary depending on the course and/or your
level. The average class size for undergraduates can range
from 10 - 20 students.
The academic year consists of two 16
week periods (semesters): the fall semester beginning in
late September or early October and ending in January; and
the spring semester beginning in February and ending in
May. A summer session is held between the end of the spring
semester and the beginning of the fall semester of the next
The reputation of
any major college or university is based on the quality
of its faculty. At I.A.U. Ninety percent of the faculty
hold advanced qualifications. I.A.U.'s tradition of excellence
attracts a faculty of international stature.
I.A.U. enrolls students
from all parts of the world, and look forward to an increasing
number of international students each year.
programs for students are provided on-campus. A variety
of international exams for students such as T.O.E.F.L.,
S.A.T., G.M.A.T., G.R.E., A.C.T., C.L.E.P., University of
Oxford, University of Cambridge, Pitman, Trinity, etc. are
administered. Application and information for these and
other tests are available at the Office of the Secretary
Housing is usually
provided at the International Residence Halls and eventually
with carefully selected local families, student hostels
or inexpensive hotels. In all circumstances, you will feel
truly comfortable and happy. Accommodation at the dorms
or with families include full room and board. All housing
packages at the hostels or hotels include a continental
breakfast each morning.
As a general policy, all international
students registered at on-campus programs are required to
stay in the International Residence Halls for at least one
I.A.U. is an international
consortium and therefore is spread all over the world, in
countries like Spain, Greece, Lebanon, Egypt, Malaysia,
Pakistan, Singapore, the Philipines, Indonesia, China, etc.
in all cases with facilities of the highest standard, including
computer labs, auditoriums, libraries, reading rooms, cafeterias,
restaurants, sport facilities, residence halls, etc.
GETTING A STUDENT VISA TO STUDY
AT I.A.U. in the U.S.
Students must go to the nearest American Embassy or Consulate
with the original and one photocopy of the following documents
which are to be presented:
Passport valid for
at least 180 days.
4 color passport
Letter of admission
into the university (i.e. evidence of having been admitted).
of payment of fees from the university.
of payment of boarding from the university.
Evidence of sufficient
funds to cover stay and accommodation in the U.S. while
the program lasts).
(good conduct) only if you are over 18 years of age.
Photocopy of the
first six front pages of your passport.
Original and photocopies
of your air ticket.
Important Notice: The submission of all documents does not necessarily guarantee
the issuance of the visa.
Immediately after the
visa has been granted, students must collect from the visa
officer all original documents and the pink copy of the
application form duly stamped by the Embassy or Consulate.
V. Admission Procedures
Complete and mail the enclosed application
The Office of Admissions
New York, NY 10025
together with a $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
There are no exceptions to this fee.
Please, include a letter and a record or transcript from
your current school, indicating your level of education.
2. Placement Tests
All first-time-in-college, degree seeking freshmen, are
required to take the A.C.T., S.A.T. or equivalent. Results
of these tests are used in the academic advising process
to help place students into proper levels of English, Mathematics
and Reading courses and are not otherwise used for admission
to the college. Students should complete placement testing
prior to enrolling in classes and are to register in courses
as indicated by the results. Students with limited English
proficiency are required to follow a one/two semester intensive
program of English as a Foreign Language before they are
allowed to attend regular classes.
If the application
is approved, upon completion of all forms and assuming eligibility,
a certificate of acceptance will be immediately mailed to
you (this will not take longer than three days after reception
of your application).
4. Admission Policies
Persons who possess a high
school diploma or its equivalent meet the basic eligibility
requirement for admission.
Persons who do not possess
a high school diploma or its equivalent but who meet additional
criteria are also eligible for admission if in the judgment
of I.A.U. College Admissions Officer they are capable of
profiting from the instruction offered. Additional eligibility
who are eighteen (18) years of age.
Persons in grades K-12,
under special circumstances.
regarding other eligibility criteria and/or admission procedures
is available in I.A.U. Office of Admissions.
will be put through the normal process of using an International
Student Admissions Application which must demonstrate academic
qualifications and the ability to meet the financial obligations
of the program of study.
Upon admission, the
will issue the accepted student the necessary information
to obtain a visa for study at I.A.U.
5. Admission Requirements
Prerequisites - An applicant must fulfill the following
requirements before being considered for admission to I.A.U.:
Submit a transcript of
high school credits and of all previous college work. No
student who has been disqualified from attending another
Institution for reasons of conduct may enroll in classes
at I.A.U. An exception to this policy may be permitted after
one or more semesters of time have elapsed since the student
was disqualified. Such an exception will be determined by
the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Records.
Students whose mother tongue
is other than English must provide evidence of English proficiency,
either by means of the T.O.E.F.L. Test (a minimum score
of 450 is required) or other recognized examination. Otherwise,
they may be granted provisional admission, subject to the
participation in the intensive E.F.L. Program (English as
a Foreign Language) for a minimum of one full semester,
in our language institute, before they may be able to attend
the regular class schedule.
Applying Previous Education
With few exceptions, post secondary education in
their own country will be applied toward the degree program.
It is very important to supply I.A.U. with a complete record
of previous education and to write a special letter asking
if courses from the home country will be counted toward
the American degree. Students may discover that only a few
of the courses will be accepted, but credit for them can
be very important in helping complete the American program
more quickly. Many students are pleasantly surprised when
virtually all of their previous courses are accepted by
an American institution.
Because of the general studies requirements, in American
higher education, even students who are making a great change
in field of study (such as from psychology to computer science,
or economics to engineering) will find that courses from
home will satisfy many general studies requirements and
can save as much as a year of time.
Foreign students often make serious errors when proceeding
from one level, such as a bachelor's degree at home, to
another level, such as a master's degree within the American
system of higher education, particularly when there is an
important change in major. Graduate American schools have
two basic requirements for graduate admission: (1) You must
have a bachelor's degree and (2) You must have an adequate
undergraduate background in your major. A student with a
bachelor's degree in economics from home does not need a
bachelor's degree in computer science to enter a graduate
computer science program in the American system. Instead,
the American university will require completion of certain
undergraduate courses prior to acceptance into a master's
or Ph.D. program (but not a second bachelor's degree). Students
who understand this and who ask many questions about academic
rules, may save as much as two or three years of study in
completing a graduate degree.
Not all bachelor's degrees from abroad are recognized
in the American system of higher education. This leads many
students to the false conclusion that the American institution
is rejecting the entire bachelor's degree program. One of
many examples is the student from India with a three-year
Bachelor of Commerce who will usually find that American
schools will not grant admission to a master's degree program
in business. American undergraduate schools, however, will
accept the Bachelor of Commerce courses toward a bachelor's
degree in business and will often grant nearly three years
of credit toward a four-year degree program.
Occasionally, foreign students will find that American
colleges and universities will reject all technical courses
when you are accepted into an academic program. For example,
an engineering school will accept a physics course in mechanics
but will reject an applied mechanics course covering manufacturing
machinery. On occasion, students may find that higher education
from home is not recognized at all by an American institution,
though this is not common. It is very important to ask about
"transfer credits". I.A.U. sets its own standards
for granting credit for study at other schools, American
Always apply at the appropriate level of education. If
student has completed two years of post-secondary education
in his/her home country, he/she probably should not apply
to an Associate Degree program and he/she certainly should
ask the school's advice before applying. If he/she has completed
a bachelor's degree program, he/she should contact the graduate
program to see if the requirements for admission are fully
met before applying to undergraduate programs. Graduate
and undergraduate admissions are often handled in separate
offices. Always address your inquiries to the Director of
Graduate Admissions when they have a bachelor's degree.
If additional undergraduate study is needed, the Director
of Graduate Admissions will explain the requirements.
Office of General Coordination
The Office of General
Coordination, located in Uptown New York City at the main
administrative section, serves I.A.U.'s student body and
visiting international faculty. The O.G.C. is a resource
center for information and consultation on matters related
to the international student and faculty/scholars. The staff
is prepared to help in any of the various areas of concern,
including academic problems, immigration questions, social,
health or financial matters, etc. The office also organizes
seminars and workshops on topics of interest to the college
community, including cross cultural communication, recreational
students are required to provide proof of an International
Student Health Insurance Plan. Those students who may bring
dependents with them (spouses and children) must purchase
If they fail to
indicate that they already have such coverage by submitting
the name and policy number of the issuing insurance company,
they will be enrolled automatically in the health insurance
plan offered by the Summer Program and charged the insurance
premium of U.S. $ 235 per semester.
Only students who already have their own coverage will be allowed to waive
participation in the Health Program Plan; all other students
will be billed the plan premium.
PRE-ACADEMIC ORIENTATION, ADVISING AND REGISTRATION
An orientation and
academic advising program for all new students is held before
entering the university. The sessions are conducted to acquaint
entering students with various programs of study, general
university regulations, and registration procedures. Students
are assigned advisors who aid them in selecting appropriate
courses. Assistance from the advisor, however, does not
relieve students of the responsibility of studying the catalog
and fulfilling all of the requirements therein for the specific
degree program being pursued. Before students attain senior
standing, they should consult with the college level advisor
or degree analyst of the college regarding fulfillment of
requirements for their chosen degree.
The Schedule of Classes, published before the beginning of
each semester, contains a detailed outline of the registration
procedures and course changes and additions made since the
publication of the Catalog. Students are urged to study
these schedules carefully and keep them available for immediate
reference during the registration period and throughout
the semester. Continuing students register in November for
Spring and in April for Summer and Fall. New students are
provided an opportunity to register at New Student Orientation
programs. A late registration fee is charged beginning the
first day of classes, and there is no reduction in other
In no case is credit
allowed in any course for which students are not duly registered
and which is not entered properly on the official registration
material. Registration is not complete until all fees for
the semester have been paid in full.
STANTARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT
are considered to have reached the age of responsibility
and discretion. Their conduct, both in and out of college,
is expected to be dignified and honorable. Students must
realize that the responsibility for their success in college
rests largely upon themselves. Each student by the act of
registering, is obligated to obey rules and regulations
formulated by I.A.U.
ACADEMIC CODE OF CONDUCT
Any student who
violates the Academic Code of Conduct may be dismissed from
the University. A student accused of such a violation is
guaranteed an impartial hearing and the right of appeal.
I.A.U. is committed
to principles of scholastic honesty. Its members are expected
to abide by ethical standards both in their conduct and
in their exercise of responsibility towards other members
of the community. This Academic Code of Conduct is established
to lend greater definition and meaning to the principles
of scholastic honesty and to outline the ethical standards
which will guide the actions of the academic community.
in joining the academic
community, the student enjoys the right and shares in the
responsibility of exercising the freedom to learn. Like
other members of the academic community, each student's
conduct is expected to be in accordance with the standards
of the college that are designed to promote its educational
Students bear the
responsibility not only for their own academic integrity
but also for bringing instances of suspected violations
of the Academic Code of Conduct ("academic misconduct")
to the attention of the proper authorities. Compliance with
this policy is a matter of college-wide concern.
Faculty and Administration
Members of the faculty
are obligated, not only to the university, but also to the
students they teach and serve, to deal fully and fairly
with instances of academic misconduct. This obligation binds
the faculty member to act in accordance with the terms of
this policy. Any evidence that a faculty member has intentionally
acted in a manner not consistent with this policy (including
failures to report instances of suspected misconduct) will
be the subject of a referral to that faculty member's dean
or designee for appropriate action. Faculty members are
responsible for reminding enrolled students of the existence
of this policy during the first class session of each semester
(i.e. in writing as part of the course syllabus or verbally
as part of any introductory remarks).
academic administrators are obligated to deal fairly and
impartially in reaching all administrative determinations
involving suspected violations of this policy.
Acts of Misconduct
This Academic Code
of Conduct Policy prohibits certain "acts of misconduct"
by students enrolled at the . The following definition of
"acts of misconduct" are provided as examples
of conduct and activities which will be considered as unacceptable
and prohibited. This policy is intended to describe the
rights and responsibilities of students in the classroom
and in other academic settings or in the course or other
academic exercises. It is not intended to supersede other
college policies or regulations relating to student conduct
and behavior. Depending on the circumstances, the acts of
misconduct described below may be considered as either a
serious violation or an infraction. The instructor or supervisor
of the academic exercise will have the responsibility for
determining whether the particular act of misconduct should
be considered to be an infraction or a serious violation.
procedures which will apply in the administration of this
policy are described in the sanctions section which follows:
The following acts
are examples of serious violations and students found to
have committed these acts are subject to the sanctions described
as applicable to serious violations in the Sanctions section
Examination Behavior: any intentional giving or use of external assistance
during an examination if knowingly done without the express
permission of the instructor giving the examination;
Fabrication: any intentional
falsification or invention of data, citation, or other authority
in an academic exercise, unless the fact of such falsification
or invention is disclosed at the time and place it is made;
Plagiarism: any intentional
passing off of another's ideas, words or work as one's own.
Unauthorized Collaboration: knowing collaboration in any academic exercise in which the instructor
or supervisor has stated that such collaboration is not
Misappropriation of Resource Materials: any intentional or unauthorized taking or concealment of course or library
materials in the purpose of such taking or concealment is
to obtain exclusive use, or to deprive others of the use,
or such materials;
Unauthorized Access: any unauthorized
access to an instructor's files or computer account(s);
Alteration or Misuse of Official Documents: any alteration or misuse of University documents, including
but not limited to acts of forgery and/or furnishing false
Disruption of Academic Activity: continued disruptive behavior, continued willful disobedience, habitual
profanity or vulgarity, or the open and persistence abuse
of University personnel;*
Act or Threats of Physical Harm: acts or threats of physical abuse, assault and/or battery upon any member
of the University community, including students, faculty,
Acts or Threads of Damage to Property: acts or threats of abuse misuse, damage or destruction of property belonging
to or located on University controlled property or facilities;*
Serious Violations Defined by Instructor: any other intentional violation of rules or policies established in writing
by a course instructor or supervisor of an academic exercise;
Violation of Official Regulations: any other violation of University regulations that is deemed harmful
to others or the College during the course of an academic
(*) Serious violation marked with an asterisk in the sections
above may be handled, within the discretion of the instructor
(in consultation with the Director of Student Affairs) though
the student disciplinary procedures administered by the
Office of the Director of Student Affairs, rather than in
accordance with the procedural terms of this policy.
The following acts
are examples of infractions and students found to have committed
these acts are subject to sanctions described as applicable
to infractions in the Sanctions section that follows.
Note: Repeated infractions
may be considered for treatment as serious violations.
Any unintentional act that,
if it were intentional, would be a serious violation.
Any violation of the rules
or policies established for a course or academic exercise
which has not been effectively communicated to the student,
or which in the judgment of the instructor or supervisor,
has not been determined to constitute a serious violation.
The minimum suggested sanctions to
be imposed with respect to a determination that an act of
misconduct in violation of this policy has occurred are
Placement of "conduct warning" letter in student's
Placement of "probation" letter in student's
educational record. Probationary status means that any subsequent
violations of the Academic Code of Conduct (whether infractions
or serious violations) will result in automatic initiation
of formal charges and an automatic application of the sanctions
imposed in cases of serious violations (described below)
Suspension from class.
Suspension from the University for a specified period
Expulsion from the University with no transcript notation.
Expulsion from the University with transcript
notation indicating "Academic Misconduct Dismissal”
access through computers, networks, and the Internet is
a privilege. I.A.U.’s goal in providing this service to
our students, faculty and staff is to promote educational
excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation
and Internet resources are provided for the sole use of
I.A.U. students, faculty, staff and administration. E-mail
and Internet records are subject to all existing laws (local,
national and international as well as the University policies
is coordinated through a complex association of government
agencies and regional and national networks. In addition,
the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper
conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines.
The guidelines provided here are designed to make students,
faculty and staff aware of the responsibilities they are
about to acquire. In general, this requires efficient, ethical,
and legal utilization of the network resources.
lf a user violates any of these provisions, his/her
account may be terminated and future access could be denied.
Depending upon the severity of the situation, abuse of I.A.U.
E-mail, network, or Internet systems may also result in
disciplinary action including dismissal from the University
or termination of benefits (scholarships and/or grants).
Users are expected
to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
polite—do not use abusive or offensive language in messages
not reveal your personal address or phone number or those
of other students, faculty, or I.A.U. employees.
that electronic mail (E-mail) is not guaranteed to be private.
Those who operate the system do have access to mail. Messages
relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported
to the authorities without notification to or permission
from the student/employee sending or receiving the message.
not tie up the Network with idle activities or game playing-remember
there are many students who need to use the system.
not plagiarize—cutting and pasting ideas and documents into
your own document is very easy to do. Be sure to give credit
to the author when using his/her material.
The following types
of activities are specifically prohibited and may result
in administrative action:
use of any computer account.
transfer of or entry into a file.
I.A.U.’s network to gain unauthorized access into any computer
copying of software protected by copyright law (may also
result in civil damages and criminal penalties).
E-mail to threaten or harass others.
the University’s network to access pornography or obscene
material and sites displaying the same.
for the purpose of personal or commercial financial gain
including chain letters, solicitation of business or services,
sales of personal property, etc.
processing or displaying racially offensive, gender offensive
or obscene material.
another individuals account or identity to send or receive
damaging, or deleting other users’ files or communications
without appropriate authorization.
materials on electronic bulletin boards, which violate existing
laws, regulations or policies
or codes of conduct.
misuse or abuse of computing or networking resources.
materials, records, policies or procedures or transmitting
the same to unauthorized personnel.
of passwords with others.
On Campus Tuition and Fees
The U.S. average $ 6.215 per semester
total cost includes tuition, but not room and board, dorm
room internet access line (computer not provided) and local
telephone services (invoiced according to national applicable
fares). A graduation fee of U.S. $ 65 is due by the month
prior to graduation. All new students are required to spend
their first semester at the International Residence Halls
and are responsible for all living costs during their study
period, which must be paid in full before entrance. Students
are also responsible for their travel, books, personal expenses
and costs for the eventual setting-up of apartments at their
living site including: apartment deposit (typically the
first and last month's rent), utility deposits/installations,
furnishing expenses, etc. Travel costs for the student include
flights between their country and the U.S., from within
the U.S., as well as between the city they live in and their
Students must be aware that when arriving
in the U.S., they should have enough funds to cover incidental
expenses for their period of stay as there will not
be the opportunity to work, even on a part-time basis during
As previously mentioned, all international
students are required to be covered by health insurance.
Students must take the insurance offered by the university,
preferably. The charges are as follows:
U.S. $ 235.- This includes coverage
for the every four month period of the program. Because
of periodic insurance rate changes, this amount might vary
from year to year.
Students are also required to submit
a chest-x-ray report, and a complete physical exam including
proof of measle immunization prior to the beginning of classes.
On Campus Program Fees
Application fee (per semester) U.S. $ 35
fee (per semester)
U.S. $ 165
insurance plan (4 months)
U.S. $ 235
semester units (per semester)
U.S. $ 6.780
U.S. $ 300
U.S. $ 30 (annual)
Center (includes 2 5 hr. bonus)
U.S. $ 50 (per semester)
U.S. $ 65
(Apostille of La Hague)
U.S. $ 200
Certificates and transcripts (each) U.S. $ 10
On Campus Accommodation
Double room & Board U.S. $ 3.200
(per semester – 4 months)
Single room & Board U.S. $
of the application fee (U.S. $ 35), plus the matriculation
fee (U.S. $ 165) and the program's tuition cost (U.S. $
2.780, per academic semester), plus the cost of your medical
insurance for 4 months (U.S. $ 235), totaling U.S. $ 3215
is due before you begin the program. The remainder of your
program and accommodation fees will be due before you begin
New foreign students are required to
live on the International Residence Halls for at least one
academic semester; after that, they can choose among the
many options available. Student dormitory rooms have basic
furnishing of bed, mattress, study desk, bookshelf and closet/wardrobe;
they all include a private bathroom, color TV and phone.
Students will be issued bed linen, blanket, towel and pillow.
These will be returned to the residence when the student
An application form
for the Academic Program is enclosed with this brochure.
Completed applications must be received by the week immediately
before the course begins. All applications will be acknowledged
in our Academic program, the applicant will be liable for
the following charges:
Withdrawals notified after
2 weeks before commencement of the program: Tuition fees
may be retained.
Withdrawals notified after the 1st day of the Program:
Total fees will be retained
X. I.A.U. Academic
I.A.U. offers a series of degree programs
that have been designed to help you realize your potential
in both your personal and professional life. Each curriculum
is a blend of courses with your chosen field of study. The
I.A.U. is a private, coeducational institution known
for its solid educational programs and excellent connections
with employers. The average class size is fifteen/twenty.
The has the facilities,
experienced teaching staff and practical curriculum to prepare
graduates for the exciting world of higher education.
I.A.U.'s faculty encourage and assist
students to acquiring a broad, rich background for developing
skills for a rewarding career. At The
we will provide you with a strong foundation for
Main Programs of
Total Credit Units
Minor or 2nd Major
At the conclusion of the academic period,
IAU will confer the earned degrees in a formal graduation
ceremony. This is a significant event as it recognizes successful
completion of a rigorous program of study and marks the
beginning of many career opportunities for each graduate.
Family and friends of the graduate are encouraged to attend
this significant event.
Academic Program Accreditation
All IUNINS member
colleges and universities are duly accredited by their respective
official regional agencies, wherever they are. I.A.U. is
accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the
International Association of Universities and Schools to
award bachelor's, first professional, master's, educational
specialist's and other degrees. The various programs are
accredited by the following appropriate accrediting agencies:
on Education and Development
offer many services through its Reference Department, including
information retrieval from online databases, CD-ROM searching,
and instruction in use of the libraries.
I.A.U. Library's online catalog of its collections is available
through terminals. At these terminals users have access,
not only to the library's own database of holdings, but
to the campus network, the Internet, and to many other electronic
resources. Dial-access to the catalog is also available
from compatible personal computers.
I.A.U.´s libraries maintain agreements with other local institutions
for shared use of books and many library collections by
students, faculty, and staff.
All students must pay an annual fee of U.S.$ 30 for their
permanent access of the on-line virtual library.
Computer Information Systems
I.A.U. provides its students with
access to the largest computing resource in this area. Local
area networks (LANS), microcomputers, and peripherals are
connected to an optical fiber based, campus-wide network,
and banks of dial-in connections provide limited off-campus
modem access. Special purpose minicomputers and workstations
operate in academic departments, and on-campus microcomputers
connect the campus to the world via Internet.
Note: It is highly recommended
the use of a personal laptop or notebook computer
in all programs and majors
The university Scholarship
and Financial Aid Office provides financial assistance for
students in the form of scholarships and grants. This office
counsels with students about college expenses and financial
All applicants for financial assistance must submit the Free
Application for Scholarship and Financial Aid, directly
to the Office of General Coordination.
The preferred application deadline for fall semester is April
1. For the spring semester the preferred application date
is November 1. Applications are acknowledged as they are
received, and award notices are mailed when all documents
are received, usually in early spring for the fall semester.
All awards are made on an academic award year basis. All
students must reapply for financial aid each year.
The university awards
several hundred academic scholarships each year in varying
amounts. However, most scholarships awarded are awarded
to cover the amount of main registration fees. Scholastic
achievement, leadership qualities, and need are factors
utilized in evaluating applicants.
Scholarships are awarded for the academic year and are not
available for summer school. Students applying for scholarships
must have been enrolled in I.A.U. for at least two semesters
and rank in the top twenty-five percent of their high classes.
Currently enrolled students must have at least a 3.5 overall
grade point average, and must be enrolled full-time. Current
students wishing to be considered for a General University
Scholarship must submit a new application each year.
The General University Scholarship deadline date is March
1. However, some scholarships have an earlier deadline.
Information may be obtained from the Scholarship and Financial
are awarded annually to entering students with outstanding
scholastic records without regard to financial need. The
deadline to apply for distinguished scholarships is January
IAU offers the following
Blanca Amelia Fernández Merit Scholarship
The merit scholarship program has been created
in memoriam of Mrs. Blanca A. Fernández, an Asturian immigrant
to the United States who always distinguished herself in
helping out young people committed to excellence and success.
The grant offers a four-year, renewable scholarship on a
competitive basis to those merit students with a good personal
and academic background and who indicate The
as their first choice. The award provides registration
and tuition fees.
Suzanne Mubarak Awards
This program of scholarships is so called in the honor of
Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, first Lady of Egypt, who has
always tried to help those Egyptian women who, lacking of
resources, but with proven academic and professional possibilities
have shown the determination of aiming very high in life
and complete their objectives in a thorough manner and commitment.
This name symbolizes the cultural knots that exist between
Spain, the United States and Egypt.
The Presidential Award offers a four-year renewable scholarship
on a competitive basis for Egyptian young ladies. There
are two kinds of awards: the Basic Award covers all registration
and tuition fees; the Full Award also covers registration
and tuition fees, plus a campus housing allowance, and book
stipend. Eligible candidates must be interviewed for evidence
of sound character, and demonstrated leadership in co-curricular,
social and community activities.
Recipients must maintain a 3.00 GPA the first year and a 3.25
GPA every semester thereafter. Scholarship award is adjusted
if student does not reside on campus. Interested applicants
must contact the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt.
Ceferino de Anleo Award
The Academic Excellence Scholarship is a four--year renewable
scholarship awarded on a competitive basis to academically
talented students with outstanding leadership and achievement
records. The award amount varies from $2,800 to $3,000.
Applicants must have a 3.25 high school GPA.
All Academic Excellence Scholarship recipients must satisfy
the academic program service requirement of 20 hours annually.
In addition to the annual service requirements, Academic
Excellence Scholars have to maintain a 3.0 GPA the first
year, and a 3.25 GPA each semester thereafter.
The Ex Alumni Association provides a Valedictorian Scholarship
for the top scholar from each of international accredited
high schools. The qualifications for this program are that
the recipients must rank number one in their class and meet
the admission requirements of the university. The award
covers yearly in-state registration fees, and is renewable
with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
The Office of the
Registrar--Student Records provides grade reporting and
transcript (academic record) services. Grades are mailed
to the student's permanent address one week following the
last final exam for the semester.
Transcripts are issued at the request of the student in person,
by letter, or by fax. Students should include social security
number, name as of the last date of attendance, and signature
on the requests. There is no fee.
It is the university policy to withhold grade reports and
transcripts from students who have outstanding financial
obligations to the University.
Student Information Services
Services provides services to students related to their
current term enrollment and their personal student biographic/demographic
data. These include: schedule adjustments (drop/add/withdrawal),
name changes, address changes, etc.
The Center for Student
The Center for Student
Development is a comprehensive counseling and assistance
facility providing academic, personal/psychological, and
career resources for students to draw upon as they confront
the developmental tasks concomitant with their educational
experience. The Center for Student Development encompasses
a variety of free counseling and helping activities through
its various components.
All students, transfer, and readmitted who have not decided
upon an academic major are assigned to an academic counselor.
The purpose is to provide academic counseling that will
prepare students for enrollment in one of the degree-granting
units once they have chosen a major. The counselors are
available to discuss the many academic programs offered
and to help the students explore these possibilities as
they relate to their personal and educational goals.
counseling component provides students with the opportunity
to discuss and explore any concerns and feelings that are
of importance to them. Problems in relationships, feelings
of loneliness or inadequacy, family or marriage difficulties,
depression, the inability to concentrate or study, or simply
"feeling the need to talk things out" are all
examples of concerns that are dealt with through personal
counseling. The staff is professionally trained and experienced
in working with a wide variety of student concerns through
individual and group counseling, testing, programs and workshops,
and referral to additional service centers on and off campus.
The counselors subscribe to the confidentiality policy in
the ethics and guidelines established by the American Psychological
Association and other relevant international organizations
Career Counseling affords students an opportunity to explore
self, career options, obtain information relating academic
majors to career choices, evaluate employment outlook information,
network with professionals in the community, and develop
realistic career goals. Through counseling, computer assistance
and testing each person is given the opportunity to make
a well-considered career choice.
The Office of Residence Life, located at most I.A.U.´s Residence
Halls, administers the IAU residence hall and the programming
of student activities within these buildings. Residential
community provides an environment to enhance individual
growth and development through the implementation of educational,
cultural, social, and recreational programs that encourage
interaction among residents, faculty, and staff.
Student Activities Council
The Student Activities Council is the principal programming
body for the university community. It is composed of student
volunteers for the purpose of providing social, cultural,
recreational and educational activities, and events that
appeal to all tastes. Concerts, fashion shows, coffee house
entertainment, movies, speakers, and the Madrigal Dinner
are just a few of the many activities planned and facilitated
by Student Activities Council.
Other Activities and Services
for International Students (ESL)
The intensive English language program has been developed
to meet the needs of international students in the U.S.
English language instruction for non-native speakers of
English is offered at five levels of instruction. For students
coming from abroad, the program follows the university calendar
for the fall and spring semesters. An eight-week session
is offered during the summer. Internationals residing locally
can enroll for shorter periods of time. Classes designed
to meet special needs can also be arranged outside of those
Programs and Study Abroad
The Office of International Programs administers semester
and year-long exchange programs and facilitates study abroad
programs for shorter periods of time. Exchanges are currently
available at many colleges and universities in different
countries through the International Student Exchange Program.
Some of the ISEP programs are taught totally in English
and others totally in the native language, but many provide
the opportunity to increase language skills while taking
other courses in English.
Direct or one-on-one exchanges are also administered by International
Programs. The currently
has agreements for such exchanges with universities in the
United States, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Latin America,
and the United Kingdom.
Negotiations to add to the number of exchange partners are
The University Store is managed by different international
publishing companies. for the convenience of students, faculty
and staff. In addition to textbooks and required school
supplies, the store handles a selection of general books,
complete line of insignia clothing and gift merchandise,
art supplies, and a variety of items for the convenience
of the resident students.
The University Post Office
has post office boxes available for rent by students and
faculty. Students living in university housing have post
office boxes located in these facilities.
Each student who expects to operate and park any motor vehicle
on the campus of The must
register it in the Parking Office by receiving an official
permit (hangtag). Permits (hangtags) are permanent and must
be displayed when parking a vehicle on campus. Each student
will be issued a permit (hangtag) by the Parking Office
when the student pays Registration (Enrollment) Fees. The
student will receive a validation sticker for placement
on the original parking permit every subsequent semester
that Registration (Enrollment) Fees are paid.
A valid parking hangtag does not guarantee a parking space
on university property. It is the driver's responsibility
to locate an authorized parking space and abide by the parking
rules and regulations of I.A.U. Citations will be issued
and vehicles may be towed for violations.
The ID Card is the student’s official identification
and it is issued by I.A.U. for the purpose of enabling the
lawful holder to enter upon its premises and use certain
of its facilities. This card is not transferable and it
is the property of I.A.U. It must be returned to I.A.U.
upon termination of enrollment. Loss of this card should
be reported to the University immediately. Thanks to a series
of agreements this card also offers students certain discounts
and reductions in public transportation and other general
services, including shopping in various places.
international honor society
an organization for University Honors students
Tau Delta, a national honor
society for English language and literature students
DISTINGUISHED SPECIAL PROJECT AWARD is
presented to each student whose special project has been
judged outstanding by the Faculty Council of University
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARD is given each semester to the graduate who
has received the highest grade point average in coordinated
FACULTY COUNCIL AWARD is presented to the graduating senior, each commencement,
who has earned the highest overall grade point average.
DEAN'S AWARD FOR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT is given to honor University College graduates
who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership,
professional and/or social commitment, and determination
to complete a baccalaureate program.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is
given to University College baccalaureate graduates who
have demonstrated academic excellence and scholarly potential.
Students have the right to appeal decisions made by university
officials in the implementation of university policy. If
a student feels that individual circumstances warrant an
appeal, the request for appeal must be filed in the university
office responsible for the implementation of that policy
or the office specified in the policy statement.
Class attendance may be used in computing grades at the discretion
of the instructor. If attendance is to be used, a complete
written statement of the instructor's policy detailing the
weight of attendance in determining the final grade must
be presented to all students present at the first and second
meetings of the class.
A student who is absent from the final examination without
the permission of the teacher incurs a grade of F on the
examination and may, depending on the weight of the examination
in determining the final grade, incur a grade of F for the
Students who receive scholarship benefits or any grants or
subvention funds for enrollment fees are subject to cancellation
of future awards and immediate repayment of these benefits
if they stop attending whether or not they officially withdraw
or drop a course. The last known date of attendance will
be reported by the instructor as the "unofficial withdrawal
date". Students who stop attending will be assigned
a grade of "F" in courses which do not reflect
an official withdrawal.
and Dropping Courses
After the official registration period is over, students may
make adjustments in their schedules through the process
of adding and/or dropping courses. (For dates and times,
see the Schedule of Classes. See also The
homepage on the web at http://www1.asturnet.es/auna)
Courses dropped through the last day of the Late Registration
period will not be shown on the student's permanent record.
Courses dropped after the Late Registration period will
be indicated on the record as withdrawal grades for those
courses. A student may drop any course or courses up through
the date specified in the University Calendar for that term.
(The University Calendar is located in the front of this
Catalog.) Requests for exceptions must be made within the
next regular term following the term in which the grade
was assigned. Exceptions are made only by the dean in the
college in which the student is earning a degree, or by
the dean's designee, and only on the basis of such extenuating
circumstances as serious personal illness and relocation
because of employment. To stop attending a class without
officially dropping the course incurs the grade of F.
Any student who wishes to officially withdraw from the university
must do so in person through the Office of General Coordination.
Students must complete an application for withdrawal. Failure
to officially withdraw will result in grades of F for the
courses in which the student is enrolled.
NOTE: From the beginning of registration for any term through
the last date for late registration for that term, students
withdraw in the Registration Center. See the Schedule of
Classes for specific dates.
Withdrawal is not permitted beyond the dates specified in
the University Calendar for that term. Requests for exceptions
must be made within the next regular term following the
term in which the grade was assigned. Exceptions are made
to this policy only in cases of such extreme circumstances
as serious personal illness and relocation because of employment.
Withdrawal requests after the deadline should be filed in
the dean's office of the student's major college or the
Academic Counseling Unit for students with no declared major.
Enrollment transactions include registration, adding and dropping
courses, and withdrawing from the university. The official
date shall be the date that the request is submitted to
the Office of the Registrar, subject to the final review
and approval of the Assistant Dean of Students. If the final
review reveals any apparent violation of the university's
academic regulations and/or contractual relationships between
the university and the student, the Assistant Dean of Students
has the authority to suspend the transaction pending joint
review with the college dean, the department chair, and
the student's academic advisor. If the joint review verifies
the legitimacy of the transaction, the official date will
be that originally established. If the joint review culminates
in a finding that academic regulations and/or contractual
relationships have been violated, the entire transaction
may be permanently invalidated.
Classification of Students
Classification of students is based on the number of college
level credit hours earned as shown in the following table.
Classification Semester Hours
Senior 85 or more
Special Students not working on
In order to avoid a possible delay in graduation, students
who have completed the required number of hours to be classified
as juniors but who have not completed their basic requirements
in the Lower Division should schedule these uncompleted
requirements during the first semester following in which
such courses are available.
Hours and Maximum Load
The unit of credit at The
is the semester hour; a semester our is defined as
the credit earned for the successful completion of one hour
per week in class for one semester; or two-three hours per
week of laboratory for one semester. (A course which gives
three semester hours credit will normally meet for three
lecture or recitation hours per week, or for two lecture
or recitation hours and two-three laboratory hours per week;
or for some other combination of these.) Each lecture hour
presupposes a minimum of two hours preparation on the part
of the student.
The minimum credit hour load for classification as a full-time
student and the maximum loads are found in the table below.
The maximum credit hour load includes all course enrollments
for any term, both at The
and any concurrent enrollment at other institutions.
It does not include credit by examination. No student is
permitted to enroll for correspondence or extension courses
while carrying a maximum credit hour load.
Academic Full-Time Classification and
Term Hours Hours
Fall or Spring 2 20.5
First or Second
First or Second
*Any enrollment of less than 12 hours for all summer terms
combined is defined as being less than full-time. The minimum
hours of enrollment required for full-time classifications
is 12 hours for any combination of Extended, First and Second
This maximum hour total includes the courses approved by the
university to meet the physical activity course degree requirement.
(See Graduation from the University for listing of approved
courses.) A student who has a B (3.0) average or better
for a semester may schedule, with the permission of the
dean of the college from which the student is seeking a
degree, a maximum of twenty-one hours for the following
semester. Any or all of the above requirements may be waived
at the discretion of the college dean or the dean's designee.
NOTE: ID card validation of full-time for student activity
purposes is based on a minimum of six credit hours
per semester and does not necessarily constitute a
full-time academic load.
The maximum course load for any combination of concurrent
summer terms is sixteen semester hours. The student's course
load for the entire summer session may not exceed 16 semester
be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
and Quality Points
At the end of each semester or summer term, instructors report
to the Office of the Registrar the standing of all students
in their classes. The grade of a student in any course is
determined by class standing and examination, combined in
such proportion as the instructor in charge of the course
may decide. Class standing in any course is determined by
the quality of the student's work and the thoroughness of
preparation. The instructor's evaluation of the student's
work is expressed by the following grades which are converted
to quality points for the purpose of averaging grades.
Points Grade Points
A, Excellent 4 T (See below)
B, Good 3 CR, Credit
C, Satisfactory 2
D, Poor 1,5 AD, Audit 0
F, Failure 0 *S, Satisfactory 0
I, Incomplete 0 *U, Unsatisfactory 0
*The S/U grade is limited to certain types of courses such
as practicums, practice teaching, etc. The IP (In Progress)
notation may also be used in certain research courses to
allow students time to complete research projects. These
grades are only awarded for those undergraduate courses
for which it is indicated in the course descriptions.
All courses for which the student is registered are recorded
as passed (with a letter grade), "T," failed,
dropped, withdrew, audit, credit, satisfactory, unsatisfactory,
or incomplete. In no case is credit allowed in any course
for which the student is not duly registered.
The grade of I (incomplete) indicates that the student has
not completed the course for some unavoidable reason that
is acceptable to the instructor. Unless the student completes
the requirements for removal of "I" within forty-five
days from the end of the semester or summer session in which
it was received, the grade of "I" will be changed
to an F, regardless of whether the student is enrolled or
not. Extensions may be granted if the instructor's temporary
absence from the campus makes it impossible for the student
to remove the incomplete or in other circumstances acceptable
to the instructor. Grades of incomplete earned during the
student's semester of proposed graduation will delay the
student's graduation until the end of the semester during
which the incomplete is removed. A grade other than "I"
or "IP" may not be changed as a result of additional
work performed by the student after a grade has been submitted
to the Office of the Registrar.
There is a Grade
Appeals procedure described below.
The "T" grade allows students to complete independent
studies courses in variable time periods that might exceed
a regular enrollment period. The following procedure governs
the use of the "T" grade:
to the registration period, the professor obtains approval
of the chair and dean to use the "T" grade in
dean notifies the Office of the Registrar of courses for
which the "T" grade may be awarded.
- At the end of the regular
term, the faculty member has the following options:
- Award grades A-F.
an "I" grade if the faculty member feels that
the work can be completed in 45 days. (If an "I"
grade is awarded, a runner with the student's name on
it will be sent to the faculty member during the 45-day
period. The faculty member must record either an A-F
or the "T" grade to prevent an automatic assignment
a "T" grade. If the "T" grade is
awarded, the student must re-register for the course
in order to earn credit. The "T" grade is
not used in the computation of GPA.
A student may repeat most courses in an attempt to improve
the grade previously earned. There are some courses that
may not be repeated for this purpose. Information concerning
these courses may be obtained from the office of the chair
of the department in which the course is offered.
In some degree and major programs, there are restrictions
on course repetitions even after drops or withdrawals. The
student should always check with the major advisor before
enrolling in a course a second or subsequent time(s).
The university is not obligated to allow substitutes for repetition
of courses which have been deleted from the curriculum.
Credit by examination may not be used for the purpose of
improving a grade previously earned in a course taken for
A student may not attempt the same course more than three
times for the purpose of obtaining a passing grade or higher
grade. Exceptions to this limitation may be made by the
dean of the college from which the student intends to graduate,
or by the dean's designee. These exceptions must be approved
prior to the student's registration for the fourth and any
subsequent attempts of the same course.
The student's grade
point average will be computed as follows:
Attempt In Computation
1st Original grade
2nd Only grade in 2nd
3rd and Grades earned in 2nd
subsequent and all subsequent attempts
calculated in grade point average.
The record will
continue to reflect all grades earned in the same course.
Students who are admitted to The IAU may register to audit
a course with the prior approval of the instructor and the
chair of the department. Students enrolling on an audit
basis do not receive academic credit for that course. Particularly
in high-demand courses, departments should make sure that
students who need these courses for degree credit can be
accommodated before they issue permits for audits.
Audits should not be used simply as a vehicle for obtaining
access to laboratory or studio facilities. Auditors are
not required take examinations and do not receive a regular
There should be a precise agreement between the student and
the instructor as to the extent and nature of the student
participation in the course, including class discussions,
projects, and readings. Students auditing a course will
receive “audit” on the transcript only if they have attended
regularly and participated according the prior agreement
with the instructor. A student may not change from a grade
point to an audit or from an audit to a grade point basis
after the last day to add classes for that session. Any
questions concerning this policy should be referred to the
colleges. Fees for audits will be assessed on the same basis
as fees for credit courses.
The University, wishing to encourage mature students to broaden
their range of interest without jeopardizing their grades,
allows students who have earned at least 60 semester hours
with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to enroll in credit/no-credit
courses as determined by their college. Students are limited
to one course per term and may not accumulate more than
12 semester hours on a credit/no-credit basis. (In most
cases, Physical Activity courses are exempted from these
requirements. See Graduation from the University.) Students
who transfer from one college to another should be aware
that credit/no-credit hours may be acceptable in one and
not in another. Students may apply to take, on a credit/no-credit
basis, a course that has been taken previously for a grade.
In every instance, approval to register for a course on
a credit/no-credit basis must be obtained from the advisor
and the dean of the student's degree granting college. Credit
hours earned on a credit/no-credit basis will be accepted
toward degrees within the following limitations:
The University College accepts hours earned on a credit/no-credit
basis in any course that is not required for a student's
Coordinated Study Program.
A student who registers for a course on a credit/no-credit
basis may change the registration to a letter grade point
basis only during the add period, and a student who registers
for a course on a letter grade point basis may change the
registration to a credit/no-credit basis only during the
add period. The student who success fully completes a credit/no-credit
course will receive the appropriate number of hours as credit
toward graduation. These hours will not be used in the computation
of the grade point average.
Grade Appeal Procedure
This appeal procedure is designed to provide any undergraduate
at The with a clearly
defined avenue for appealing the assignment of a course
grade which the student believes was based on prejudice,
discrimination, arbitrary or capricious action, or other
reasons not related to academic performance. In all cases
the complaining student shall have the burden of proof with
respect to the allegations in the complaint and in the request
for a hearing. Students pursuing the appeal procedure must
proceed through steps 1-3 listed below and file for a hearing
in accordance with the following time limits. Grade appeals
for the fall semester must be filed in the Office of the
Vice President for Academic Affairs by March 15 following
the semester in which the grade was earned. Grade appeals
for the spring or summer semesters must be filed in the
office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs by November
15 of the same year. If a student fails to pursue the procedure
within the time limits, the disposition of the student's
complaint made in the last previous step shall be final.
If the dean or chair fails to respond to the student's complaint
within the time limits, the Undergraduate Appeals Committee
will act on the student's complaint. The procedure is terminated
if the student and the instructor agree on the grade or
if the student fails to appeal a decision within the appropriate
time limit. All correspondence and records will be retained
in the office in which the complaint is terminated.
Step 1. The student shall first consult with the instructor
in an effort to provide a satisfactory resolution of the
complaint. In the event the student cannot schedule a meeting
with the instructor, the student may contact the department
chair who will schedule the meeting between the student
and the instructor. The only exception to this procedure
is the case where the instructor is unavailable so that
it is impossible to complete Step 1.
Step 2. If the complaint
is not resolved in Step 1, the student may present the complaint
in writing to the chair of the department in which the course
was offered. The department chair will attempt to resolve
the complaint in consultation with the instructor and the
student within a fifteen-day period dating from the formal
presentation of the written complaint. The department chair
may, at his or her discretion, counsel with the faculty
of the department.
If the department chair was the instructor of the course involved
in the complaint or if for any reason the chair disqualifies
him/herself, the student may proceed to Step 3.
The student's grade may be changed in Step 2 of the appeal
procedure by the written consent of the instructor and the
Step 3. If the complaint cannot be resolved at the level of
Step 2 within the prescribed fifteen-day time period, the
student may appeal further by presenting to the dean of
the college a written statement which clearly explains the
basis of the appeal (prejudice, discrimination, arbitrary
or capricious action, or other reasons not related to academic
performance), the evidence for this appeal, and any supporting
data. The chair must also forward a copy of all correspondence
and records to the dean.
The dean may utilize any resources available to the dean's
office to resolve the grade conflict within a fifteen-day
period. If the dean finds that the request does not have
merit, the dean shall so notify the student, the instructor,
and chair. If the dean and chair are in agreement that the
grade should be changed, either raised or lowered, the dean
shall be empowered to change the grade without the instructor's
consent. Otherwise the grade shall remain as recorded
Either the student or the instructor may appeal the dean's
decision made under Step 3 by filing, in the Office of the
Vice President for Academic Affairs, a written request for
a hearing before the University Grade Appeals Committee
within the time limit set forth above. In the event of such
an appeal the decision shall be stayed pending the completion
of the procedure in Step 4. The dean must be provided a
copy of the hearing request.
Step 4. The person requesting a hearing before the Grade Appeals
Committee must complete a grade appeal form provided by
the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs by
March 15 for grades earned the preceding fall semester and
by October 15 for grades earned the preceding spring and
summer semesters. All supporting documents should be included
with this form at the time of submission. The Vice Provost
for Academic Affairs will forward the request to the chair
of the undergraduate grade appeal committee. The chair will
subsequently distribute copies of the request to the members
of the committee for consideration. If the committee finds
the student's or the instructor's request merits a hearing,
the committee shall notify the student, the instructor,
the chair and the dean of the time and location of the hearing.
If the committee finds that the request does not merit a
hearing, the student and the instructor shall be notified
The University Grade Appeals Committee shall function as a
review board. The committee shall have the power to allow
the assigned grade to stand or to raise or lower the assigned
grade. All parties shall be notified, in writing, of the
The decision of
the University Grade Appeals Committee will be final.
The University Grade Appeals Committee shall be composed of
seven members and seven alternates constituted as follows:
A chair designated by the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs,
a faculty member and alternate designated by the dean of
the college involved, two faculty members and two alternates
elected by the Academic Senate, one student and one alternate
from the college involved, two students and two alternates
selected through the Student Government Association.
Although the primary responsibility of the committee is to
review appeals, the committee will report any obvious discriminatory
or capricious conduct on the part of either the student
or the instructor to the appropriate Vice Provost for consideration
In computing a student's grade point average, all courses
attempted are included except credit/no-credit, audit, incomplete,
remedial and developmental, and satisfactory/ unsatisfactory
courses and "T" grades. As an example: a student
carrying five three-semester-hour courses for a total of
15 semester hours makes the following grades: A, B, C, T,
F, thus accumulating grade points in the amount of 12, 9,6,0,
0, for a total of 27. In computing the grade point average,
the number of hours attempted (except "T" grade)
(12) is divided into the grade points earned (27) for an
average of 2.25.
Graduation: A minimum 2.0 grade point average on all work
attempted is required for graduation.
At I.A.U., students'
academic status is denoted by one of three conditions:
(l) GOOD STANDING
(2) ACADEMIC PROBATION
(3) ACADEMIC SUSPENSION
Official notification of academic status is by means of the
grade report processed to each student at the end of the
regular semester or summer session. The academic status
of probation or suspension will be stated at the end of
the report of grades. Policies and procedures related to
each of these conditions are outlined in the following comments.
Students are in good standing so long as their combined college
level and developmental studies grade point average is equal
to the minimum cumulative GPA required on the sliding retention
scale as defined in this policy statement. The term good
standing indicates only that students are meeting the minimum
standard for retention in the university.
However, in order to meet graduation requirements, students
must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
A student will be placed on academic probation at the completion
of any regular semester or summer session when the student's
cumulative combined college level and developmental studies
GPA falls below the following:
HOURS ATTEMPTED MINIMUM GPA
14.99 or less No minimum
68 and above 2.00
A student on academic probation who withdraws from the university
during the first probationary semester will be "continued
on academic probation." Withdrawal by such a student
from any subsequent probationary semester will be treated
as an academic suspension requiring clearance from the Academic
Status and Retention Office for any future registration.
Students who are enrolled on academic probation are allowed
to register for the following semester. However, students
whose grades result in an academic suspension will be automatically
withdrawn from the university before classes for that term
begin. For the purpose of participation in extracurricular
and organizational activities sponsored by the university,
students are considered in good standing and eligible to
participate while on probation unless other requirements
are specified by a particular group, organization, or activity.
Students on academic probation who, at the end of the following
term of enrollment, fail to raise their GPAs to at least
the required minimum on the Sliding Scale Retention Policy
above will be suspended. There is one exception to this
policy: students on academic probation will not be suspended
at the end of any semester or summer session during which
a term average of 2.00 has been earned.
who incurs a first suspension must remain out of the university
a minimum of one regular semester (fall or spring).
- A student
who incurs a second suspension must remain out of the
university a minimum of one calendar year.
- A student
who incurs a third suspension must remain out of the university
a minimum of three calendar years.
- A student
who has been readmitted following a third suspension and
who then fails to meet the retention standards is ineligible
for further enrollment at I.A.U.
students on academic suspension will be readmitted under
the retention policy in effect their last semester at
The . A counseling interview will be required prior to
re-enrollment. Academic status will be determined by the
Academic Retention Policy in effect in the current University
Bulletin. Any course work attempted at another accredited
college or university will be used in determining eligibility
for readmission to The .
for Academic Performance
There are several means available by which students may obtain
recognition for outstanding academic performance. In addition
to those listed below, there are other honors and awards
listed in the descriptions of the various honors programs.
THE DEAN'S LIST
The Dean's List is composed of those students who meet one
of the following criteria:
of 6-8 graded hours in a semester with a semester grade
point average of 4.00.
of 9-11 graded hours in a semester with a semester grade
point average of 3.66 or above.
of 12 or more graded hours in a semester with a semester
grade point average of 3.50 or above.
When a course is being repeated for the purpose of improving
a grade previously earned, the student must meet one of
the criteria for the Dean's List eligibility as described
above for each of two separate sets of courses and grade
The number of graded
hours and grade point average for unrepeated courses taken
during the semester and
The total number
of hours and overall term grade point average for all graded
courses taken during the semester.
Remedial/developmental courses are not considered in calculating
eligibility for the Dean's List. College level courses used
to satisfy high school deficiencies will be considered in
the computations to determine eligibility for the Dean's
Students who meet the requirements described below are eligible
to graduate cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude:
- Fulfillment of graduation
- * Completion
of a minimum of fifty (50) graded semester hours at The prior to graduation
- Final cumulative grade
point averages as follow:
Cum Laude 3.25-3.49
Magna Cum Laude 3.50-3.79
Summa Cum Laude 3.80-4.00
*Recognition of graduation with distinction at commencement
ceremonies will be based on the completion of a minimum
of forty-five (45) graded semester hours at The
prior to the final semester. (During the final semester,
the student must also be enrolled for a sufficient number
of hours to complete the required minimum of fifty.) This
recognition is not an actual conferral of distinction.
In order to be eligible, a student who transfers course work
from another institution must have made the required average
on all work taken at The
and must, in addition, have an overall average that
meets the honors requirements above. In no instance may
the GPA used for determining graduation with distinction
be higher than that earned on courses taken at I.A.U.
A student who already holds a baccalaureate degree is eligible
for these distinctions if the requirements above (1-3 and
following paragraph) are met and if, within the hours presented
to fulfill the requirements for the second degree, at least
forty-five additional graded hours have been taken at The
subsequent to the award of the first degree. (These
hours would be for new courses, not courses repeated for
a higher grade. hours
earned prior to the awarding of the first degree may count
toward the fifty-hour minimum in requirement 2 above.) The
GPA used for determination of distinction for the second
degree will be calculated from all undergraduate courses
taken. College level courses used to satisfy high school
deficiencies will be considered in the computations to determine
eligibility for graduation with distinction.
Either the complete set of requirements governing graduation
with distinction in the current catalog or the complete
set in the catalog governing the degree requirements for
the student's graduation may be used to determine honors.
PRIVACY RIGHTS OF
PARENTS AND STUDENTS
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, with
which the university intends to comply fully, is designed
to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish
the right of students to inspect and review their educational
records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of
inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal
hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints
with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office
(FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to
comply with the Act.
The provisions for the release of information about students
and the rights of students and others to have access to
The education records are published in their entirety
in the Procedure--Privacy
of Education Records--which is available in the offices
of the Registrar or the University Counsel. A summary is
published each semester in the Schedule of Classes.
Additional Means of Earning Credit
Credit toward a degree will be accepted only from college-level
institutions for courses that are substantially equivalent
to those offered at IAU. After the student has been approved
for admission as a regular undergraduate, the Office of
Admissions will evaluate credits for university-wide use.
The Office of the Dean in each college has the authority
for determining the use of acceptable credit toward specific
degree programs in that college. (Also see Transfer Credit
In computing the scholarship ratio or grade point average
of a student who has earned an associate degree from an
institution with a grading practice that does not reflect
failing grades, only those courses for which credit was
granted will be used. A student who does not earn the associate
degree prior to transfer or one who attends merely to take
courses will have the grade point average computed using
all courses attempted at that institution.
Transfer credit from non accredited colleges or universities
may be eventually accepted toward a degree, if and when
they are properly documented.
Credit may be obtained for applicable courses completed
through certain non-collegiate sponsored instruction as
recommended in the current A Guide to Educational Programs
in Noncollegiate Organizations. No more than 20 semester
hours credit for service schools and/or noncollegiate sponsored
programs will be allowed. The Admissions Office should be
contacted for further information.
The participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance
Examination Board. To be eligible for credit, students must
score a three, four, or five on the CEEB Advanced Placement
Tests. Information pertaining to approved scores and credit
to be awarded may be obtained from the Admissions Office.
The recognizes high
school student's participation in the International Baccalaureate
Program and awards limited college credit for completion
of selected courses. To be eligible for credit, students
must earn a score of "4" or higher. Specific information
on score and credit requirements are available in the office
of applicant services.
After enrollment as regular undergraduates at The , students
should obtain prior approval from the dean of the college
from which they are to graduate before taking a course at
another institution for the purpose of meeting degree requirements
at IAU. The student who intends to take a course at another
institution should consult with the Admissions Office and
obtain forms for use in securing the dean's approval. Courses
taken without prior approval are subject to possible disapproval
when they are presented for evaluation at I.A.U.
Before credit earned at another institution can be transferred
and recorded on a permanent academic record, the student
must have an official transcript mailed to the Admissions
Office and must contact the college dean's office to make
arrangements for the posting of transfer credit by having
the original copy of the form returned to the Admissions
The maximum credit hour load allowed for any term includes
all course enrollments both at IAU and any concurrent enrollment
at other institutions. (See "Credit Hours and Maximum
or Extension Credit
I.A.U. accepts a limited number of credits earned by correspondence
and/or extension, provided that such credits are taken from
an institution that is a member of the University Extension
Association, or the appropriate regional accrediting association.
IAU offers some work by extension but none by correspondence.
Prior to a student's initial registration at The as a regular undergraduate, the Admissions
Office will, at the time the student applies for admission,
determine the acceptability of extension and/or correspondence
credits earned at other institutions. After the student
has been admitted as a regular undergraduate, whether a
beginning freshman or a transfer student, credit applicable
to any degree will not be given for subsequent correspondence
or extension courses unless written permission from the
dean of the degree granting college is obtained prior to
enrollment in such courses.
No student is permitted to enroll for correspondence or extension
courses while carrying a maximum load at IAU. Not more than
one-fourth of the semester hours applied on the bachelor's
degrees may be earned by correspondence or extension or
a combination of the two. (This restriction does not apply
to degree programs of the University College.)
A student who has completed thirty-three of the last sixty-six
hours required for residence and who lacks no more than
four semester hours toward completion of degree requirements
may earn these final credits by acceptable correspondence
or extension work, or by residence at another approved institution.
In those instances in which the dean's office has granted
such approval, thirty-three of the last seventy hours will
have been completed at IAU . (For details of residence requirements,
see Graduation from the University.)
by Course Placement
In some departments, students who have obtained prior approval
from the department chair may enroll in a course at the level for which they feel previous training or experience
qualifies them and receive credit for certain sequential
courses numbered lower than the one in which they enroll.
Recording of credit for the lower numbered course(s) is
contingent upon completion of the course with a grade of
C or higher. Upon completion of the course written application
to the chair of the department and payment of appropriate
fees are required for such credits to be recorded. There
is a fee for all placement credits that are recorded. It
is the same as that for credit earned through credit by
examination. For information on the fees, see Expenses and
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: In the Department of Foreign Languages and
Literatures, all of the requirements and fees listed above
are applicable and credit by course placement is limited
to the following courses: Students whose first college-level
course in a language is 200 may apply to the department
chair for credit for 1102 in that language, those whose
first college-level course is 200 or higher may apply for
credit for 100 and 200 in that language, and those whose
first college-level course in a language is a 3xxx course
in composition and/or conversation may apply for credit
for 100, 200 and higher in that language.
Credit by Examination
Credit by examination refers to all of the types of credit
described following this paragraph. Students may not take
any examination for credit in a course previously taken
for credit except to validate transfer courses for upper
division credit. Students may, however, take an examination
for credit in courses that were audited or in courses at
a lower level than one that was taken for credit. Credit
by examination may not be used to satisfy the Computation
Intensive, Writing Intensive and Integration General Education
CLEP is a national program of credit-by-examination, sponsored
by the College Entrance Examination Board. It offers students
the opportunity to obtain recognition for college-level
achievement. Some departments accept CLEP subject area examination
credits as equivalent to departmental courses. No credit
will be awarded for CLEP general examinations. Information
on courses for which CLEP credit is available, along with
information of fees charged, is available in the Testing
Almost all courses in the undergraduate curricula, except
for those of laboratory, research, and performance variety,
are available for credit by examination. Students who believe
they have already mastered the material of a particular
course offered at IAU may take a departmentally administered
examination for credit in that course. Students should consult
the department chair to make application and to obtain information
concerning the courses offered.
The following regulations
govern the granting of credit by examination:
student who has been admitted to IAU -full-time or part-time-may
make application to take an examination for credit. A
student who has been admitted but who has not yet registered
for courses at The will have any credit earned by examination
posted to the permanent record after enrollment. Any student
(other than first-time freshmen) must have a 2.0 GPA to
apply for credit by examination.
to take a credit examination must be obtained from the
chair of the IAU department in which credit is sought
and from the dean of the college in which the student
is seeking a degree. When permission is granted and after
payment of the cost of the examination, the Admissions
Office will issue an official permit for the examination.
(See Fees and Charges).
form of the examination, the method of administering it,
and the time of examination
are left to the discretion of departments.
- To receive
credit, the student's examination grade should be a grade
equivalent of at least a C. There are no university restrictions
governing the number of credit hours which may be earned
through credit by examination; however, the individual
colleges may have some limitations. Students should check
with the specific college concerning its degree requirements.
Credit is indicated on the student's record as CR.
CREDIT BY PLACEMENT
In some departments in which placement examinations are given,
a student may elect to receive credit for certain sequential
courses numbered lower than the course in which the student
was placed if prior approval was obtained from the chair.
(The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures does
not grant credit on the basis of placement examinations.
See Credit by Course Placement above.)
A student may take the placement test, which is given at the
beginning of each semester, to best determine the initial
course in which to be placed. A student completing the placement
test may apply immediately for the hours of credit warranted
by the test score.
The student must make written application to the chair of
the department and make payment of appropriate fees for
such credit to be recorded. There is no fee charged for
taking placement examinations; however, there is a fee for
all placement credits that are recorded. For information
on the fees, see Expenses and Aid.
for Experiential Learning
Students seeking degrees in I.A.U. may be granted credit
for college-level knowledge and understanding gained from
work experience, life experience, or for certain non-traditional
instruction. The student who wishes an assessment of such
learning prepares a detailed and documented portfolio of
those learning experiences that are to be evaluated.
Assessment by portfolio
is reserved for knowledge and competencies which do not
readily fit into
the credit by examination procedures described above. More
detailed information about procedures may be obtained from
the individual colleges. For fee information, see Expenses