Course Policies

Following is a list of our policies. Please read them over, as they will affect your understanding of how to complete your course and each contains important information you ought to know.

Academic Grievance Policy

There may be occasions when a student believes his or her academic work or conduct has been unfairly or inadequately evaluated1 by the faculty.2 Typically, such differences of opinion can be amicably resolved informally between the student and faculty. If not, the following procedures are intended to encourage satisfactory resolution of academic grievances with a minimum of formal procedure.

Academic Honor Code

As with all educational programs sponsored by Brigham Young University, a high sense of personal honor and integrity is expected in the completion of BYU Independent Study courses. The assignments are intended to prepare you for the examinations and should be your own work. If evidence of academic dishonesty on assignments is established or if submitted work is found to be profane or unduly disrespectful of others, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. This may include the following: rescinding the grade, failing the course, prohibiting re-enrollment in the course, and prohibiting participation in any BYU Independent Study courses.

Additional Teacher-Led Course Policies

Course Discussion Boards: Course instructors are responsible for monitoring and administering the discussion board related to their course. Provided in the course are instructions and guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable discussion board posts. Any posts that are unseemly, profane, or contain solicitations or requests for a student email address, physical address or other personal contact information, are not permitted and will be deleted.

Response and Grading Times: Instructors are expected to respond to student inquiries within two to three business days. Instructors are also expected to post grades for student assignments within five business days.

Assignments

Paper Courses: Please submit all assignments according to the instructions in the course. Generally, assignments may be submitted online or by email, fax, or mail. Some assignments will be graded immediately upon submission, while those requiring instructor grading should be graded within two weeks.

Always make copies of your assignments before submitting them! Credit will not be given for assignments lost in the mail. We do not accept separate portions of one lesson. Submit your lesson in its entirety when you mail, fax, or email it to us.

Course Completion

BYU Independent Study requires that all coursework and exams be received by our office three weeks before any and all deadlines requiring course completion. Examples of these deadlines are graduation deadlines, employment application deadlines, graduate school application deadlines, etc. 

Course Expiration

Expiration: Course expiration dates are specified within your course record. Expiration dates are effective at midnight on the date of expiration.

Extensions: One three-month course extension may be available for a $20 fee. This option is not available for all courses. If this restriction applies to your course, it will be noted in the course syllabus. The extension option must be processed before the course expiration date. No second extensions are available.

Enrollment / Withdrawal

If you're looking to withdraw from your course, there is a link after you login to your course that will help you do so. It is at the bottom of the page, under 'Edit Enrollment.'

More information about financial aid is available on our FAQ page.

Tuition

Tuition is due upon enrollment. 

Purchase Order customers — tuition is determined by the Purchase Order contract.

Withdrawal/Refunds

Students can withdraw at any time unless they have requested the final exam or completed the course. Refunds/vouchers are granted if you withdraw within the following time frames:

Exams

Method: All exams are paper-based and must be taken in a proctored setting. BYU Independent Study does not offer exams online.

Proctor: Students must take their exams with a proctor certified at the level of their course or above. All exams for university courses must be proctored by a testing center. Proctors and testing centers must be certified by BYU Independent Study before exams are requested.

Materials

Shipping: Materials will be shipped to the address listed in the student’s file unless otherwise specified at the time of enrollment. BYU Independent Study is not responsible for items lost or damaged in the mail. Materials may be replaced at the expense of the student.

Nondiscrimination Policy

We are committed to providing products and services free from unlawful discrimination. Unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, and/or disability will not be tolerated.

Petitions Process

The Petitions Committee has been established by BYU Independent Study to help students who encounter nonacademic emergencies or situations beyond their control. When these circumstances affect the student’s ability to follow established policies, he or she may appeal for exceptions to BYU Independent Study policies.

All petitions must be submitted to BYU Independent Study at is_petitions@byu.edu with all supporting documentation attached. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and submit supporting information from physicians, counselors, etc. Incomplete petitions will be returned to the student.

How to Petition

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include instances when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, or if a student fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.
As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

Privacy

FERPA: By an act of Congress, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student educational records. In compliance with FERPA, a student’s Social Security number or Confirmation Number is required before releasing any personally identifiable or educational information to the student, counselors, or parents.
 

High school students: By supplying your high school’s ACT code, you give BYU Independent Study permission to inform your high school of your activity and grades in the course[s]. Please click here to read the Notification of Rights.

Transcripts

Junior High and High School Students: Once a course is completed, the final grade and course completion date are posted online. Transcripts must be requested through the BYU Independent Study High School Department; a signed transcript request form is required for grades to be released. The form can be found at: http://is.byu.edu/site/courses/ordertrans.cfm.

Please allow one to three business days for processing transcripts being sent by regular mail. Express transcript requests received after noon Mountain Time will be sent the following business day.

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