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Students Receiving an IN for a Course

To enroll in courses each semester, a student having more than two (2) IN’s will not be allowed to enroll in any additional courses until that IN has been changed to a grade. The student will have one semester to change the IN to a grade in order to enroll in any additional courses during the next available semester.  A student maintaining a grade of an IN for more than 3 consecutive semesters (including the summer semester) or beyond the time designated by the faculty of record must retake the course for a new grade.   Students must maintain a 3.0 g.p.a. Students may petition to the Graduate Committee and the Chair of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice for an exception.   Exceptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Students Receiving an F for a Course

Students receiving an F for a graduate level course will be placed on probation until the course is repeated and a passing grade is received.  During this probationary period, the following will apply:

  • Students will not be allowed to enroll in more than six (6) credits per semester. 
  • Students maintaining an F on their transcript for more than one year, or until the course is first offered, will not be allowed to enroll in any additional courses until the course requirements is satisfied. 
  • A student may not repeat any course more than one time.
  • Students receiving a total of two (2) or more F’s will be removed from the Criminology & Criminal Justice program. 

Students may petition to the Graduate Committee and the Chair of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice for an exception.   Exceptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer Courses

The Indiana State University Graduate School will accept up to 30 percent of the semester hours required for a specific master’s program (see Graduate Handbook for specific requirements).  The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice reserves the right to exclude transfer credits.  Transfer credits must be accepted by both the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice and the School of Graduate Studies.

Progress Toward Degree On-Campus Students

Students enrolled in the on-campus program must meet the standards set forth by the graduate school to maintain good standing as a graduate student:

1. Maintain a 3.0 average or better in all graduate work.

2. Continuous enrollment in graduate work.  Any student admitted to the School of Graduate Studies and to a department who has not enrolled and received graduate credit for work at Indiana State University for a period of two consecutive years will be required to re-apply for admission.

3. Have no encumbrances on his/her record (Indiana State University Graduate Catalog, 2001-2003, p. 22).

Students may petition to the Graduate Committee and the Chair of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice for an exception.   Exceptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Distance Education Students

Students seeking the Criminology & Criminal Justice Master’s Degree via distance education must meet the following standards to remain in good standing as a graduate student: 

1. Students must maintain a 3.0 g.p.a. average in all graduate work.

2. Students must be enrolled in courses at Indiana State University on a continuous basis.  If a student does not enroll in courses for two (2) consecutive semesters at Indiana State University, not including summer, they will be placed on probationary conditional enrollment for one (1) year.  If you fail to enroll in any courses during the subsequent year you will be required to re-apply for admission to the Criminology & Criminal Justice Master’s distance education program or the Criminology & Criminal Justice Master’s on-campus program.

3. Have no encumbrances on his/her record.

Students may petition to the Graduate Committee and the Chair of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice for an exception.   Exceptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.