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Independent Study

The purpose of independent study is to allow students to pursue projects that do not fit within the framework of regular course offerings. It is intended to be a truly independent project of a special nature, which may carry from 1 to 6 s.h. of credit.

Students must pursue independent study under the guidance of a faculty member. The instructor acts as advisor, consultant, and evaluator of both the student and the particular project as a worthwhile and appropriate educational process. Together, the student and faculty sponsor prepare a description of the project, which will be entered on a form obtained from the Registrar’s Office. The completed form must be signed by the sponsor and approved by the chair of the department within whose discipline the subject of the study falls.

To be eligible for independent study, the student generally must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete at least one semester’s work in a degree program at SUNY Oneonta.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  3. Have adequate preparation for undertaking the project. (Proposals requiring appreciable tutoring or direct instruction will not be approved.)
  4. Have no more than 6 s.h. of independent study work during any one semester and no more than a total of 30 s.h. in independent study toward a degree.
  5. Complete an independent study form and file it with the department chair no later than two weeks after the beginning of the semester.

The student may apply for Pass/Fail grading in independent study under the College rules for Pass/Fail options. Otherwise the student will be graded in the conventional manner. If the independent study project is not completed during the semester in which the student registered for it, a grade of "I" or "E" must be assigned, depending upon the circumstances.

The following exceptions to the policy should be noted:

  1. The independent study program in foreign languages is a closely-structured program that places it outside the limitations described above. It may be taken at any time and does not count toward the 6 s.h. of independent studies allowed in any one semester.
  2. In some cases, if a student finds it necessary to leave the campus to complete his degree in absentia, the rule limiting a student to 6 s.h. of independent study projects in one semester may be waived at the discretion of the appropriate academic dean.

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