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615 Special Courses and Concentrations

The College offers a number of special options and academic experiences for students planning a total academic program. Many are listed in the semester schedule of classes, but sometimes-special registration procedures are required. Students may plan an Independent Study course which they design themselves in consultation with a faculty sponsor, or design a contractual program aimed specifically at satisfying their own unique educational goals. Special off-campus yearly and semester programs are available in certain academic areas, as is cross-registration with other Rochester Area Colleges and a visiting student program. The College also offers a degree program, 3 + 2 Engineering, with the State University of New York at Buffalo, Case Western Reserve, Clarkson, SUNY Binghamton, and Syracuse University.

615.01 Independent Study

Independent Study offers students an opportunity to study a special subject in depth, and a chance to cultivate the skills of mature, independent scholarship. Independent Study is not designed as a substitute for regular course. It is designed as a "spin off" from a formal course background in a particular subject area.

  1. Procedure

    1. To register students obtain an application and outline form from the appropriate academic department or the Office of Academic Advisement.

    2. With the assistance of a professor-sponsor, students develop a content outline and appropriate bibliography.

    3. Students must obtain the approval signature of the professor-sponsor and the department chairperson on the completed application.

  2. Requirements and restrictions: To be eligible for Independent Study, a student must have:

    1. Junior or senior status (54 or more completed semester hours) except as noted below. Lower division students may take a maximum of one Independent Study course per semester upon the approval of the department chairperson subject to the other restrictions noted here. Request for such approval must be accompanied by a statement which demonstrates the capability of the student to undertake the work, and justifies the advantage to the student in undertaking the work while a lower division student.

    2. A completed application and outline form.

    3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. (Students are not eligible for independent study until they have earned a Brockport index.)

Notes regarding Independent Study: A department may specify requirements for Independent Study, which are more rigorous than those stated above. No more than two Independent Study projects will be approved for any one regular semester, and no more than one in any summer session. All projects must be included within the normal course load. Each individual project must be designated for liberal arts or professional credit by the professor-sponsor, and may not exceed six semester hours.

615.02 Directed Study

Directed Study provides flexibility in scheduling for those students whose programmatic needs are best met by such alternatives. Conventional courses listed in the Undergraduate Catalog may be taken for credit on a Directed Study basis in accordance with the guidelines listed below:

  1. Guidelines:

    1. Directed Study is a privilege granted to the individual student by the instructor a department concerned. It should neither be construed as a substitute for regularly scheduled courses, nor as a means to offset a failing grade.

    2. A student may carry no more than one Directed Study course per semester without special permission from the department chairperson and the appropriate dean.

  2. Criteria:

    1. The program is normally limited to juniors and seniors.

    2. Only students with a cumulative index of 2.0 or higher are eligible.

    3. Students must have completed at least one semester at Brockport before they are eligible for Directed Study.

  3. Procedures:

    1. Candidates for Directed Study begin the process prior to registration by obtaining an application form from the appropriate academic department.

    2. Students must supply a statement signed by the course instructor and the academic advisor justifying the request for Directed Study.

    3. Students must also obtain the signature of the department chairperson on the completed application.

615.03 Experimental Education

  1. Sponsored Learning:

    1. "Experiential education (learning)" describes planned, college sponsored learning experiences including internships, practical and career exploration options in a work environment (excluding studio and lab work) through which students can acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes unique to field experience education. Experiential education refers to the out of the classroom and typically off-campus learning activities.

    2. An "internship" is experiential learning that is required or elected within an academic program or major.

    3. A "practicum" is experiential learning that is required for a certification program.

    4. A "career exploration option" is an experiential learning program offered through Career Services that is an elected work experience planned in conjunction with a student's academic program and/or career goals. Examples include the Albany Senate Program, the Assembly Intern Program, the NYS Senate Assistants Program, BCEP (Brockport Career Exploration Program) and Special Internships. These options may be substituted for a required or elected internship with departmental approval.

  2. Policy:

    1. Academic departments sponsoring students in internships or experiential programs should develop experiential courses. Departments may want to consider 300-level career exploration courses and 400-level internship courses for the academic program or major. Course titles and/or descriptions should denote career exploration, internship, or practicum.

    2. Experiential credit cannot be regarded as independent study. Independent study may be used as a co-requisite if credit is to be awarded for a required seminar in an agency- sponsored program or for a specific project, paper or research associated with the fieldwork.

    3. "Independent study" offers students an opportunity to achieve depth in their special subject and a chance to cultivate the skills of mature, independent scholarship. Independent study is not a substitute for a regular course nor should it be given for field experience. It is designed as a "spin-off" from a formal course background in a particular subject area.

    1. Experiential credit should be non-liberal arts, upper division credit available to students in good standing who meet other prerequisites as determined by the academic department, the program, or the off-campus business or agency. In some cases, credit for research oriented experience can be considered liberal arts provided that the experience and research is under the supervision of a faculty member and the research applies to college-level learning. Students will normally need a Brockport index.

    2. The academic department determines the maximum number of hours of experiential credit, which may be applied toward the major.

    3. The maximum number of hours of experiential credits, which may be counted toward graduation, is 18 semester hours. Total hours should not include seminar credits that may be part of a particular program or internship.

    4. Experiential credit awarded during a single semester should be based on one semester credit hour per 45-hours of participation.

    5. Directed study or regular college course work may be added to a full-time internship only with the consent of the departmental or program coordinator.

    6. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) is recommended for any experiential education option unless specific criteria and requirements are agreed upon between the staff and the faculty member.

    7. supervising the student or the student him/herself.

    8. If a student is receiving financial aid, it becomes that student's responsibility to report any stipend or earned wages to the Financial Aid Office. Career Services will complete an expense form and submit it to Financial Aid for each student participating in a career exploration option if expenses accrued during the internship period are above and beyond normal College expenses.

  3. Non-sponsored Learning:

    1. Non-sponsored experiential education is college-level learning that has taken place through life experiences associated with career or community activities.

Credit for life experience or prior learning recognizes that learners (usually adult students) have accumulated knowledge that may be equal to college courses. This knowledge may have been gained as a volunteer, through independent reading, non-credit courses, on-the-job experience or in a specific training program.

There are numerous ways of obtaining this credit for life experience, such as:

  1. Credit by examination through the CLEP (College Level Examination Program), Regent's College Examination, or a Brockport departmental exam.
  2. Training programs offered by companies, volunteer organizations, state and federal agencies, and the military.

615.04 Cross Registration

Brockport has a consortia agreement with the Rochester Area Colleges, which allows its students to take courses at other institutions under the tuition paid to Brockport. This agreement is operative under the following conditions:

  1. Students must be full-time, registered, matriculated undergraduates in good academic standing.
  2. The course for which cross registration is sought must not be available on the Brockport campus.
  3. Approval is contingent upon availability of space at the host institution.
  4. Applications must have prior approval of appropriate academic officials.
  5. Credit earned will be treated as transfer credit but will carry a grade and quality points.

The Rochester Area Colleges are: Alfred University, Finger Lake,

Community College: Hobart & William Smith College, Keuka College, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, State University College at Geneseo, University of Rochester, Empire State Colleges, Colgate Rochester/Bexley Crozer, and Genesee Community College. Note: Application forms are available in the Office of Academic Advisement. To complete the process, an Intercollegiate Registration Form must be filed with Brockport's Office of Registration and Records. This policy does not affect the transfer policy regarding the maximum number of hours to be transferred from a two-year college.

615.05 International Education

Qualified students are encouraged to participate in educational experiences in other countries and cultures at a cost roughly comparable to attending Brockport.

Brockport sponsors diverse overseas programs which embrace many academic fields such as education, social sciences, physical education, dance, English literature, theater, history, Spanish, French, criminal justice, and comparative education in countries such as Germany, England, Brazil, Mexico, France, and Japan.

In addition to these programs, Brockport students are eligible for the more than 70 other SUNY overseas programs. There are also limited opportunities for independent study abroad in areas of the world where no Brockport or SUNY programs are established as yet.

615.06 Reserve Officers' Training CORPS (ROTC)

The ROTC program offers the opportunity to earn a minor in Military Science while preparing for commission as an officer in the reserve armed forces.

615.07 Visiting Student Program

Students attending Brockport are eligible to study at another regionally-accredited institution of their choice for either a single semester or a full year. Visiting students have an opportunity to meet other students and faculty, to experience the special qualities of a different institution in a different geographical setting and to view themselves and their education from a new perspective.

Enrollment in the Visiting Student Program: Application forms for the Visiting Student Programs are available in the Office of Academic Advisement. Acceptance at any given institution will depend upon space availability at the time of application. Visiting students are responsible for tuition and all other fees in effect at the host institution. Full transferability of Regents Scholarships and Scholar Incentive Awards is assured within New York State.

615.08 Policy for International Programs in Sensitive Areas

Faculty members are free as individuals to establish their own individual relationships wherever they feel this to be useful and appropriate. The following considerations apply when the University or any of its campuses become engaged in programs abroad as an institution. These guidelines should enter into decisions on the acceptance and management of international projects in politically sensitive areas.

  1. International involvement under University jurisdiction should support and enhance the integrity and reputation of the University and command the respect of other institutions.

  2. International activities should have a potential for significant contribution to the programs of the University.

  3. To the extent possible, international activities should lead to the development of reciprocal relationships with foreign institutions and activities, fostering faculty and student exchanges on a continuing basis.

  4. Information pertaining to relevant aspects of international activities administered by the University shall be fully disclosed to all participating faculty members and students. The University will not undertake any activity that has concealed funding and/or undisclosed purpose or is classified in such a way as to restrict publication and general dissemination of all facets of this activity.

  5. University international exchange relationships will be encouraged with any research and educational institutions in any country of the world and in any discipline or field in which SUNY has competence.

  6. The willingness of SUNY to accept contract obligations in a foreign country will depend on the availability of personnel in the particular fields involved and in the type of assistance to be rendered as well as the nature and characteristics of the institutions to which SUNY personnel will be attached directly.

  7. The flow of knowledge and scholarship should not be inhibited by political or ideological boundaries. Thus, the University is prepared to enter into formal agreements with institutions in countries of various political persuasions.

  8. SUNY will enter into funded cooperative programs and technical assistance projects in any country in which (a) the conditions of work permit performance up to the professional standards of the faculty; (b) there exists the opportunity to contribute toward social, economic, cultural, and developmental goals; and (c) SUNY resources are available and personnel are interested in participating.

  9. No international program should be initiated or continued if it (a) requires SUNY to violate the laws or regulations of the United States, the University, or the host country; (b) subjects U.S. participants to undue physical danger or harassment; or (c) restricts academic freedom of SUNY program participants.

  10. If on the basis of experience it becomes clear that a contractual activity imposes unacceptable burdens that hinder SUNY personnel from pursuing professional activities in the course of work or study and/or if conditions of work or study are such that SUNY personnel could not pursue activities up to professionally acceptable standards, the University will not enter into or continue the program.

  11. SUNY wishes to engage in the introduction and strengthening of educational and developmental efforts in other countries.

  12. SUNY will not engage in activities that will directly strengthen the elements of repression, provide aid to the deprivation of civil liberties of local citizens, or become an instrument of revolutionary activity of a government.

  13. By entering into educational programming or technical assistance contracts with a foreign country, SUNY in no way endorses the government or any other component of a society.

  14. International programs involving study abroad, formal exchanges of faculty, staff or students, or international assistance, which are conducted as official programs of the University, or any of its entities are subject to review and approval by the Chancellor or his designee.

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Last Updated 11/6/17

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