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Directed Study Policy and Procedure

Document Number: ACAD--127 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 09/27/2013
Primary Author: VP for Academic Affairs Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 12/08/2011

General Description

Information about directed study relative to Academic Affairs policy.


Delineation of policy and procedure.


Deans, Academic Affairs, Faculty, Students

Responsibility: Academic Affairs
VP for Academic Affairs
Student Financial Services
VP for Academic Affairs

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Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Current University policy
Standard company policies
Standards of good practice

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions

Directed Study

Credit may be gained for courses completed through Directed Study. These classes are completed under the direct and close supervision of a full-time faculty member. This aspect of the academic program is designed primarily for students whose program of study would be enhanced by this style of instruction. This type of learning requires self-discipline, motivation, and commitment to coursework and would not be appropriate for students who need maximum instructor contact; therefore, every applicant must possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 earned with a minimum of 60 credit hours. Forms for requesting Directed Study courses are available in the office of the Registrar. Written approval by the proposed instructor, along with the student’s advisor signature must be submitted to the School Dean responsible for the course. Documentation must prove that an acceptable substitute course is not available. If the request is approved by the School Dean, the student will transport the signed document to the Registrar. The Registrar will record the document, and register the student for the course. All paperwork will be filed in the Registrar’s Office.


Additional Stipulations

1. All Directed Study requests must be filed before the “Last Day to Add a Class” each term.

2. No Directed Study will be approved for the purpose of repeating a course to remove a previous unsatisfactory grade.

3. Directed Study courses are not approved only to accommodate a student’s employment expectations, athletic eligibility, or other issues of convenience.

4. Directed Study courses are available only for degree-seeking students of Cumberland University.

5. No more than one Directed Study course may be taken per semester.

6. No student may earn more than 12 credit hours of Directed Study course work as an undergraduate.

7. Instructors must provide syllabi and documentation that the Directed Study course work is comparable to that of a standard course.

8. All work for a Directed Study course must be filed with the Registrar before a grade will be recorded.

9. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 with a minimum of 60 earned hours.

10. Students will be charged a $100 directed study fee.


Exceptions to the above stipulations will be at the discretion of the Deans’ Council. In order for the Deans’ Council to grant an exception, a 2/3 majority vote in favor of the exception must be obtained.

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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
VP for Academic Affairs

VP for Academic Affairs

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