A student can complete a course independently with the written permission of his/her School Director. The student must discuss the special circumstance with the School Director or his/her designee. The student needs to ask their administrator to send their advisor, Nicole Calamunci, an email explaining the student’s “special circumstance” for not attending a course. A “special circumstance” would include illness, childbirth, death in the family, attendance at a previously scheduled school-sponsored event such as a field trip, etc.
The approval to complete courses independently because of “special circumstances” is in the best interest of the school and fellow students in the program. The school and/or the students in the cohort have to pay for the costs for each course. When a student doesn’t take the course as scheduled with the cohort, the rest of the students and school still have to pay the total cost of the course with one less person to help with that total cost. Requests to complete a course independently must be made after a student has an approved plan of study.
The cost to complete a course online independently is $900. $450 of which is paid to the IGPE office at SUNY Buffalo State and the other $450 paid directly to the professor of the course.
If a student has been approved to take a course independently online by their host school, they are advised to contact Nicole Calamunci at firstname.lastname@example.org during the following weeks in order to partcipate in a course: During the week of July 1st for Fall courses, the week of December 1st for Spring courses or the week of May 1st for Summer courses.
Please contact your advisor, Nicole Calamunci, at email@example.com with any questions regarding courses done independently online.
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