Independent Study Program: Policies and Procedures

ISP Polices and Procedures

Please familiarize yourself with the policies below. Any questions or concerns regarding any information stated below should be directed toward the College of Professional Studies at CPS@indianatech.edu.

General Procedures

Many courses required for the undergraduate degrees offered through the College of Professional Studies can be completed through the Independent Study Program. An Independent Study class is initiated when a student com¬pletes an Independent Study Program Registration Form. The completed form, along with the tuition, is returned to the CPS office. Independent Study Courses must be paid for prior to beginning the course. A university faculty member is then assigned as a mentor to guide the student through the course work. Courses begin on the 15th of each month and must be completed within six months. Course are self-paced, self-directed study.

Textbooks and materials are mailed to the student’s home. The courses are offered in an electronic format via the internet. A paper alternative is available for those that have restricted computer access. The MAP is utilized in place of the instructor’s lecture.

Exams and Homework Assignments

Instructions for submitting Assignments and Exams will be included with the course materials either sent via mail or available electronically. Instructors will grade the as¬signments and return feedback and a grade to the student within two weeks.

Policy on Incompletes

If you are unable to complete the requirements of a course due to extenuating circumstances, an Incomplete grade (I) may be granted by an instructor. If an Incom¬plete is granted, the instructor will set a deadline for all work to be completed. All Incomplete grades and dead¬lines are subject to approval by the dean.

Withdrawal and Switch Policies

Students in the Independent Study Program will receive a 100 percent refund if they withdraw within 10 days after their registration. If a student withdraws 11 to 30 days after registration he or she will receive a 50 percent refund. Students may switch from the Independent Study Program to the Accelerated Degree Program within 90 days of their initial start date. Withdrawals with record (W) are al¬lowed from 11 to 90 days after registration. Students must notify the College of Professional Studies office in writing to withdraw. A student may not withdraw after 90 days.

Students taking an Accelerated Degree course may switch into the same course in the Independent Study Program no later than the third week of a five-week class and the fifth week of a 10-week class. A student cannot switch from ADP to the Independent Study Program if he or she is failing the course. The cost to switch into an Independent Study course is $50. Only one switch is permitted for each class. Students taking an Independent Study course may switch into an Accelerated Degree course no later than three months past the start date of the Independent Study course, contingent on the course being available. Both the Petition to Switch form and fee must be submitted to the Director of Distance Education.

Academic Credit Load

A student may register for up to two courses in the Inde¬pendent Study Program. If the student completes both courses within the six-month time allotment, he or she may receive permission from the Associate Dean to take three courses simultaneously.

Students with Disabilities

Indiana Tech is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs. If you have a documented disability requiring academic adjustments or accommodations, please notify the instructor within a week after the course start date. Early notification will ensure that your learning experience is not compromised or delayed.

Please refer to the student handbook for additional information.

Academic Honesty

  • Student Dishonesty: Student dishonesty (cheating or plagiarism) will not be tolerated in any class (face-to-face, online, or Independent Study) at Indiana Tech. Inform the class instructor, or the appropriate academic dean, if there is suspicion that a student is cheating or plagiarizing. Anonymity will be protected.
  • Plagiarism: All work must be your own. Plagiarism (defined as presenting someone else's work as if it were one's own) is serious academic theft.
  • Consequences: Any form of dishonesty (cheating or plagiarism) will, at a minimum, result in a failing grade for either the assignment or exam, and can result in a failing grade for the course.

Code of Ethics and Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves according to the Indiana Tech Code of Ethics at all times. If a student violates this code, faculty members are required to complete an Infraction Card and submit it to the dean of their college. The Infraction Cards, as well as any investigative reports, will be kept on file in order to track any repetitive misconduct issues. Completion of an Infraction Card does not necessarily indicate future or additional remediation or punishment. In the event that additional intervention is deemed necessary, the Student Conduct Committee will fully investigate the incident.

Returning Course Materials

Students who drop with 100% tuition refund are required to return the supplied course materials within two weeks of the withdrawal date. All returned materials should be in good condition. Students will be charged $150 for not returning the course materials or for materials that cannot be redistributed (activation code had been redeemed, sealed CD or software package had been opened, etc.).

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