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Admissions Statement. Equal Educational Opportunity policy
Message from the President

About InterAmerican University
IUNINS. InterAmerican University International Network System
The Consortium
Our Mission
Brief History
Applying Previous Education
Academic Program Accreditation
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Distinguished Scholarship Programs
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Academic Regulations
Classification of Students
Academic Full-Time Classification and Maximum Load
Academic Standards
Additional Means of Earning Credit

Admissions Statement. Equal Educational Opportunity policy


I.A.U. 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 activities.


The  reserves the right to make changes at any time in the regulations, fees, class schedules and programs, that are considered to be deemed and necessary.


The provisions of this catalog are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and I.A.U.


Message from the President


Dear prospective student,


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 excellence.


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).


I.A.U. comprises 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 Network System


Since 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, and telecommunications.


The Consortium


The InterAmerican 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.


Our Mission


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 cultural understanding.


In pursuit of this mission, we endeavor to:


n       promote equal opportunity for participation;

n       maintain appropriate standards for academic achievement;

n       provide support services which contribute to instructional effectiveness and student success.

n       affirm the importance of multi-cultural, international, and inter-cultural collegiate experiences that foster individual and group understanding.


Brief History


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 Network System.


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.


II. 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 level.


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.




III. Locations


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 academic year.




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.




Various testing 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 General.




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 academic semester.




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.






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:


1.       Passport valid for at least 180 days.

2.       Application form properly filled.

3.       4 color passport size photographs.

4.       Letter of admission into the university (i.e. evidence of having been admitted).

5.       Original receipt of payment of fees from the university.

6.       Original receipt of payment of boarding from the university.

7.       Evidence of sufficient funds to cover stay and accommodation in the U.S. while the program lasts).

8.       Medical certificate.

9.       Police certificate (good conduct) only if you are over 18 years of age.

10.   Photocopy of the first six front pages of your passport.

11.   Your international health insurance.

12.   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


1.       Admission Form                                                                                                                              Complete and mail the enclosed application materials to:                                                                                                                                               


The Office of Admissions                                                                                                                                   2710 Broadway

3rd Floor

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.


3. Acceptance of Students

      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


n       Persons who possess a high school diploma or its equivalent meet the basic eligibility requirement for admission.

n       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 criteria include:                                                                                                                                                                                                         Persons who are eighteen (18) years of age.

n       Persons in grades K-12, under special circumstances. 


      Information regarding other eligibility criteria and/or admission procedures is available in I.A.U. Office of Admissions.    


The application 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


      Admission Prerequisites - An applicant must fulfill the following requirements before being considered for admission to I.A.U.:


n       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.   


n       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 or foreign.


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.


VI. 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 activities, etc.






All international 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 family coverage.


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.




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 fees.


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.




College students 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.




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 purposes.


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).


The University's 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.


The enforcement 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 which follows.


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 permitted.


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 information;


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, and staff;*


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 exercise;*


(*) 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.


v      Any unintentional act that, if it were intentional, would be a serious violation.


v      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 as follows:




v Placement of "conduct warning" letter in student's educational record.


v 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)


Serious Violations


v Suspension from class.


v Suspension from the University for a specified period of time.


v Expulsion from the University with no transcript notation.


v       Expulsion from the University with transcript notation indicating "Academic Misconduct Dismissal”


Internet PoIicy


Open 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 communication.


I.A.U.’s E-mail 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 and procedures.


Internet access 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:


     Be polite—do not use abusive or offensive language in messages to others.


     Do not reveal your personal address or phone number or those of other students, faculty, or I.A.U. employees.


     Remember 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.


     Do not tie up the Network with idle activities or game playing-remember there are many students who need to use the system.


     Do 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:


     Unauthorized use of any computer account.


     Unauthorized transfer of or entry into a file.


     Using I.A.U.’s network to gain unauthorized access into any computer system.


     illegal copying of software protected by copyright law (may also result in civil damages and criminal penalties).


     Using E-mail to threaten or harass others.


     Using the University’s network to access pornography or obscene material and sites displaying the same.


     Activities for the purpose of personal or commercial financial gain including chain letters, solicitation of business or services, sales of personal property, etc.


     Storing, processing or displaying racially offensive, gender offensive or obscene material.


     Using another individuals account or identity to send or receive E-mail.


     Viewing, damaging, or deleting other users’ files or communications without appropriate authorization.


     Posting materials on electronic bulletin boards, which violate existing laws, regulations or  policies or codes of conduct.


     Theft, misuse or abuse of computing or networking resources.


     Posting of  confidential materials, records, policies or procedures or transmitting the same to unauthorized personnel.


     Sharing of passwords with others.


VII. 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 classroom sites.


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 that period.


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

Matriculation fee (per semester)                        U.S. $ 165

Health insurance plan (4 months)                      U.S. $ 235

For 12-18 semester units (per semester)            U.S. $ 6.780

Additional credit unit                                         U.S. $ 300

On-line library access                                       U.S. $ 30 (annual)

Internet Center (includes 2 5 hr. bonus)              U.S. $ 50 (per semester)

Graduation Fee                                                U.S. $ 65

Legalization (Apostille of La Hague)                   U.S. $ 200

Certificates and transcripts (each)                     U.S. $ 10


On Campus Accommodation Fees


Double room & Board                                       U.S. $ 3.200 (per semester – 4 months)

Single room & Board                                        U.S. $ N/A


Payment Provisions


The cost 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 classes.




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 leaves.


VIII. Admissions Deadline


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 promptly


IX. Cancellation Policy


After acceptance in our Academic program, the applicant will be liable for the following charges:


n       Withdrawals notified after 2 weeks before commencement of the program: Tuition fees may be retained.


n       Withdrawals notified after the 1st day of the Program: Total fees will be retained

X. I.A.U. Academic Programs


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 success.

Main Programs of Study

  Certificate Associate Diploma Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree Doctoral Degree Distance Learning
Academic Exploration Program  
(Undeclared Major - General Education Requirements)
Business Administration  
Cinematographic Arts      
Computer & Information Sciences      
Foreign Languages      
Graphic Design       
Liberal Arts    
Real Estate Management      
Secretarial Studies         
Travel and Tourism  

Graduation Requirements


Total Credit Units


















Minor or 2nd Major


















General Education


























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:


Ř       International Council on Education and Development

Ř       American Intercultural Association


Library Facilities


I.A.U.´s Libraries 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


Student Aid


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 aid opportunities.


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 Aid Office.


Distinguished Scholarship Programs


Distinguished scholarships are awarded annually to entering students with outstanding scholastic records without regard to financial need. The deadline to apply for distinguished scholarships is January 15.


IAU offers the following distinguished scholarships:


The 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.


The 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.


The 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.


Valedictorian Scholarship


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.


Student Records


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


Student Information 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 Development


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.


Academic Counseling


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.


Personal/Psychological Counseling


The personal/psychological 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


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.


Office of Residence Life


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


Intensive English 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 regularly scheduled.


International 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 underway.


The University Store


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.


Post Office


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.


Automobiles on Campus


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.


ID Student Card


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.


Honors and Awards


n       Honor Society


n       Alpha Epsilon Delta, international honor society


n       Honors Students Association, an organization for University Honors students


n       Sigma 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 College.


ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARD is given each semester to the graduate who has received the highest grade point average in coordinated study.


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.


Academic Regulations




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


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 course.


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.


Adding 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 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.


Withdrawal From University


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


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


Freshman                     0-24

Sophomore                   25-54

Junior                           55-84

Senior                          85 or more

Special                         Students not working on a degree


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.


Credit 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 Maximum Load


Minimum                      Maximum

Term                                                    Hours                           Hours

Fall or Spring                                        2                                     20.5

First or Second Summer                       *                                       9

Extended Summer only                         *                                     16

Any combination of Extended,

First or Second Summer terms              *                                     16


*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 Summer Terms.


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 hours.


Questions should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.


Academic Standards


Grades 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.


Quality                                                 Quality

Grade                           Points              Grade                           Points


A, Excellent                  4                      T (See below)                0

B, Good                       3                      CR, Credit                    0

C, Satisfactory              2                      W, Withdrew                 0

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.


Grade of Incomplete


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.


"T" Grade


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:


1.       Prior to the registration period, the professor obtains approval of the chair and dean to use the "T" grade in a course(s).

2.       The dean notifies the Office of the Registrar of courses for which the "T" grade may be awarded.

  1. At the end of the regular term, the faculty member has the following options:
    1. Award grades A-F.
    2. Award 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 of "F.")
    3. Award 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.





Repetition of Courses


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 credit.


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:


Grade(s) Included

Attempt                                    In Computation


1st                                Original grade earned

2nd                                Only grade in 2nd attempt

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.


Audit Courses


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 letter grade.


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.


Credit/No-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.


Undergraduate 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 student.


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 in writing.


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 Committee's decision.


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 and action.




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:






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.


Good Standing


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.


Academic Probation


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:




14.99 or less                            No minimum

15.00--29.99                             1.40

30.00--50.99                             1.70

51.00--67.99                             1.90

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.


Academic Suspension


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.


1.       A student who incurs a first suspension must remain out of the university a minimum of one regular semester (fall or spring).

  1. A student who incurs a second suspension must remain out of the university a minimum of one calendar year.
  2. A student who incurs a third suspension must remain out of the university a minimum of three calendar years.
  3. 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.
  4. Former The  undergraduate 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 .


Recognition 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 is composed of those students who meet one of the following criteria:


  1. Completion of 6-8 graded hours in a semester with a semester grade point average of 4.00.
  2. Completion of 9-11 graded hours in a semester with a semester grade point average of 3.66 or above.
  3. Completion 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 point averages:


A.      The number of graded hours and grade point average for unrepeated courses taken during the semester and

B.      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 List.




Students who meet the requirements described below are eligible to graduate cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude:


  1. Fulfillment of graduation requirements
  2. * Completion of a minimum of fifty (50) graded semester hours at The  prior to graduation
  3. 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.




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


Advanced Standing 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 section below.)


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.


Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction


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.


Advanced Placement Credit


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.


International Baccalaureate


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.


Transfer Credit


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 Office.


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 Load.")


Correspondence 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.)


Credit 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 Aid.


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.


University 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 requirements.




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 Center.




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:


  1. Any 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.
  2. Permission 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).
  3. The form of the examination, the method of administering it, and the time of  examination are left to the discretion of departments.
  4. 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.




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.


University Credit 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 and Aid.

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