POLICIES FOR THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN ENGLISH
An average grade of B (3.0) is required for graduation, and no course with a grade lower than B- (2.7) will count towards the degree. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA. A student whose GPA drops below 3.0 must restore his/her GPA to 3.0 within 9 credit hours. Failure to maintain good standing will result in dismissal from the program.
Applicants may be allowed to transfer up to two graduate courses or 8 credit hours from another graduate institution (or from previous graduate work at IU South Bend) if those courses demonstrably contribute to the work required for the English M.A. Unless transfer courses are clearly equivalent to the required core courses for the M.A., those courses will be counted as electives. Students should submit transfer requests to the Graduate Director and include supporting documentation such as syllabi, assignments, papers, or other relevant material. Decisions regarding transfers are made by the graduate committee, which meets monthly each academic term.
Foreign Language Requirement
Applicants must have completed two college semesters of a single foreign language with a grade of C or better by the time the M.A. degree is conferred. Candidates who have completed these two courses as part of other graduate or undergraduate programs need not take additional courses as part of the M.A program. Candidates who have gained foreign language skills outside of the classroom may take a Foreign Language Placement Exam to demonstrate their achievement of language skills equivalent to those achieved from two semesters of formal study.
Plagiarism and Cheating
Plagiarism is the borrowing of ideas or language from a source without attributing it to that source. It is a serious offense at any educational level but is particularly egregious when committed by a graduate student. Hence, any act of plagiarism will result in no less than an automatic "F" for the course, and the student will be reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs, who will keep the infraction on record. The "F" for the course is irreplaceable, and a note will appear on the student's final transcript indicating that it was received for academic dishonesty. If the plagiairism is particularly severe, the student may also be suspended for the following term. A second offense of plagiarism will result in automatic suspension from the program.
Additionally, all work that students submit in their courses is expected to be written specifically for those courses. Submitting work from a previous course will be treated as academic dishonesty, and the student will be subject to the same penalties outlined above for plagiarism.