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389. Group Projects (.5-1)
390. Individual Projects (.5-1)
To enroll in an Individual Project, a student must file a contract endorsed by the faculty tutor and the chair of the department. The contract must be submitted to the Registrar at least four weeks before the start of the term in which the Project is to be credited. Forms are available from the Registrar's Office. A half-course credit in an Individual Project is permitted only if taken in conjunction with another half-credit course or with a Parallel course. Exceptions must be approved by the Academic Standing Committee. Individual Projects courses may be taken either for grade point credit or for Credit/No Credit. (OP)
490. Summer Study
To register for a 490 course, students must file with the Registrar a prospectus, available either from the department or the Registrar's Office, before leaving for the summer (the earlier the better in case there is a problem obtaining the permission of the Academic Standing Committee). The prospectus must be approved and signed by the faculty sponsor and the department chair. Late or retroactive registration is not permitted. No more than one course credit may be earned in any one summer, and not more than two course credits of 490 may be counted toward a student's Cornell degree.
The 490 course must be completed during the summer in which it is undertaken, i.e., between the start of Term Nine and the end of Term One. All 490 courses are graded only Credit/No Credit. If a student fails or otherwise does not complete the course, he or she will not be charged and no record of the course or grade will be recorded on the student's transcript; however, if the College or the faculty sponsor has incurred any expense in connection with the course, the student will be charged the amount of this expense.
Tuition for a 490 course is free if the student substitutes the summer study for a course either in Term Nine preceding the start of the summer or in one of the nine terms of the following academic year. The student must also have paid or must pay tuition for the full academic year (eight terms) in which the 490 is credited. Under this option, the 490 is undertaken and completed during the summer, but the credit is posted either retroactively in Term Nine or in one of the following nine terms. A student is not permitted, however, to take a course in the term in which the 490 course is credited and must therefore take that term as a vacation. If these conditions are not satisfied, the student will not receive credit for a 490 course unless she or he pays tuition for the course at the rate charged for a single term during the regular academic year.
Students who elect to receive credit for their summer study retroactively in Term Nine but are unable to complete the course are not entitled to a refund, regardless of the circumstances. In such an event, the student's term-nine registration will be changed to ``vacation.'' Students should keep in mind the possibility that the internship may not materialize or that they may not be able to complete it. They should make certain, therefore, that they earn enough credits during the preceding eight terms in order not to jeopardize their being graduated on time. For information about 490 courses, consult the Registrar. (CR)
690. Special Studies
Students who undertake a Special Study (690 course) must file a Plan of Study with the Registrar before the start of the term. This is the contract for the term and must be approved and signed by the faculty advisor. Special Studies projects may extend over two or more consecutive terms; however, only one Plan of Study need be filed if only one project is involved. Any changes in the Plan of Study after the start of the term must be approved by the advisor and filed with the Registrar.
Students who file a Plan of Study at the beginning of a term must also file a Progress Report at the conclusion of that term in order to receive a term credit for their work. The advisor examines the student to determine whether she or he has done what was proposed in the Plan of Study and either signs the Progress Report (thus authorizing a term credit) or not, depending upon the advisor's evaluation of the student's academic progress. Students who file a Plan of Study for a multi-term project need not file a Progress Report until they have completed the project, i.e., at the conclusion of the final term specified in the Plan of Study. Because the advisor must certify to the Registrar at the end of every term that satisfactory progress is being made toward the completion of the project, the advisor may ask the student to submit periodic evidences of such progress. The Progress Report, typed onto an official form by the Recorder and signed by the student and the advisor, becomes a permanent part of the student's transcript.
There is no limit to the number of Special Studies that a B.S.S. candidate may take. The Academic Standing Committee approves petitions (available from the Registrar) to waive room and board charges for one or more semesters (periods of not less than four terms) for a limited number of B.S.S. candidates planning to undertake Special Studies outside Mount Vernon. (CR)
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