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the Report of Plagiarism, a student may comment on it and submit those comments to the dean’s office. After receiving any
comments, the dean will forward a copy of the Report to the Dean of Student Life and to the Provost.
If the dean determines that this is not the student’s first offense, the instructor will be contacted and can determine, in
consultation with the dean, whether other penalties are warranted.
Students wishing to appeal a decision relating to plagiarism may do so by submitting a written request for review of the case
to the Provost within 5 business days of being notified of the penalties. The Provost will review all materials relating to the
appeal, but the student may not provide new or additional material at this time. Within 5 business days the Provost will
render a decision, which is final and binding on all parties
Privacy Rights and Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, with which CIU fully complies, protects the
privacy of educational records, establishes the rights of students to inspect these records, and provides guidelines for the
correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal hearings. Student records include financial accounts and
financial aid records, practicum and internship assignments and evaluations, grades, Veteran Affairs, and Student Life files.
Students have the right to file complaints concerning alleged institutional failure to comply with this Act. Copies of the
institutional compliance policy are available in the Office of the University Registrar. CIU designates the following categories
of student records as public “Directory Information” and may use its discretion in disclosing these data:
Name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, dates of attendance, classification, photographs
Previous institution(s) attended, major field(s) of study, awards, honors, degree(s) conferred (including dates)
Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, physical factors (height and weight
of athletes), date and place of birth
Forms requesting the withholding of directory information may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar. Unless
this form is filed, approval for disclosure of directory information is assumed. Click
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Students are placed on academic probation at the end of any semester in which they earn a GPA
below 2.0 during that semester. Students on academic probation may be advised to 1) carry a reduced course load, 2)
reduce or eliminate employment, 3) reduce extracurricular activities, and/or 4) carry out other measures recommended by
the student’s academic advisor or administration to help the student improve scholastic standing, which may include referral
to the Academic Success Center for tutoring and/or testing. In many instances, students on academic probation will require
additional semesters to complete their studies. Academic probation is removed when a student accumulates a cumulative
GPA of 2.0 or above.
Students on academic probation will be notified and placed on watch immediately after the semester in which the GPA fails
to meet the institutional standard. After two consecutive semesters on probation the student will receive a written warning
from the academic dean indicating that failure to demonstrate substantive change in status will result in academic dismissal.
Substantive change means immediate improvement above a 2.0 GPA for the next semester and continued efforts to retake
failed courses in order to remove probation status. At the end of any three consecutive semesters, students who have not
removed themselves from academic probation and/or demonstrated substantive change in their current semester will be
dismissed from the college.
Students on academic probation may be required to carry a reduced course load, to reduce or eliminate
employment, to reduce extracurricular activities, or to carry out other measures recommended by the academic advisor or
administration to help them improve their scholastic standing. In many instances, students on academic probation will
require additional semesters to complete their studies. Academic probation is removed when students accumulate a
Students are placed on academic probation at the end of any semester in which they earn a GPA below 2.5* during that
semester. During the following semester the student is allowed to register for no more than 9.0 semester hours. (At his/her
discretion, the dean may limit enrollment to fewer than 9.0 hours.) If the student’s cumulative GPA by the end of the
subsequent semester does not improve so graduation is assured, enrollment normally is terminated.
* 3.0 in the M.A. in Counseling; 3.2 in the Education Specialist or Doctor of Philosophy; 3.0 in the M.A. in Teaching, and
below; 2.7 for all other College of Education programs.
Any student dismissed because of academic probation who desires to resume studies must complete the full application
process through the Admissions office, provide evidence that they can expect to be academically successful, and receive
approval by the Admission Review Committee.