Courses are available for individual conference with a full-time, resident instructor (when available) when an urgent situation requires it and online instruction is not a viable option. Conference courses will have a substantial workload (additional readings, papers, projects, etc.) to replace the in-class learning experience.
Conferencing will be limited to upper-class students. The College assumes no obligation to offer a conference course when a student has failed to follow his or her prescribed Program of Study. The procedure for conferencing a course is as follows:
- The student obtains a Conference Course Request Form from the Registrar and then makes an appointment with the department chair of that course for conferencing approval.
- The department chair for that course will determine if a department faculty member is available. (Note: A conference course will be considered to be the equivalent of one third of a normal course load. i.e., a three hour conference course will be considered the equivalent of a one credit class for purposes of calculating an instructor’s load).
- If a faculty member is available, the Department Chair will notify the student’s Academic Advisor (if different from the department chair) and arrangements will be made. The faculty member, the student’s Advisor, and the Department Chair of the proposed conference course will sign the conference request form, which will be forwarded to the Registrar.
- The student will be responsible for staying current with assignments, meeting times, etc. Failure to maintain regular contact with the instructor, and/or neglecting to complete or turn in assignments, etc. may lead to a failing grade.
- All conference courses will have a syllabus explaining course requirements, assignment due dates, and grading criteria.
- Students will only be allowed to conference one course at a time, and no more than three courses throughout their degree program.
- Students wishing to conference a course(s) must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Any exceptions to the above-stated policies must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Questions and concerns regarding conference courses should be directed to the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.