Please Note:

In order to receive academic services, including some of those listed above, students and alumni must be in financial good standing and a have a university record clear of holds. The Record Office will not be able to provided certain services, including, but not limited to, transcript issuance, diploma release, and class registration (add, drop, withdrawal, and such) to students or alumni with a financial balance due or a hold of any kind on their record. Holds are based on outstanding obligations and may be financial. Examples include fines owed for traffic or parking violations, incomplete immunization records, fines owed to the Mason or consortium libraries, and other administrative holds.

Check Patriot Web (Student Services and Financial Aid/Student Records/View Holds) to view your holds. Contact the department that placed the hold on your account in order to resolve the issue.

Process for setting up an independent study

The responsibility for coordinating an Independent Study lies with the student interested in pursuing such an option. These projects are normally structured for one, two, or three credits, can be graded pass/fail or by letter grade, and are out-of-class credit.

Traditionally such projects involve in-depth research and result in the production of a paper. A student may work with a tenured or adjunct professor on an independent study. However, if you wish to work with an adjunct you should plan to do the independent study in a semester when the adjunct is teaching a course at the law school.

The student must prepare a proposal that will govern the project following the guidelines articulated within the “Independent Study Proposal” form. This form and the proposal, once completed, must be forwarded to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rachelle Perkins, for final approval. Dean Perkins will notify the Records Office once it is approved. Only the Records Office can register you for an Independent Study and will only do so once the project has been set-up and approved.

Students are strongly encouraged to submit the proposal and form to Dean Perkins before the start of the semester. The deadline for submitting the proposal is one week prior to the last day to drop a course in the semester in which the independent study is to be completed. Dean Perkins will only consider proposals submitted after this date for “good cause” shown.