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Interim Requirements 

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In general terms, the graduation requirement for Interim for students who enter(ed) Wofford after August 31, 1994 is that each student must complete and pass four projects (one for each full-time year or equivalent at Wofford).

Credit Hours
Credit hours earned in Interim projects may be applied only toward Interim requirements, certain Teacher Education program requirements for students in that program, and hours for graduation; they cannot be used to satisfy any portion of General Education or major requirements. A student may register for credit in only one project per Interim period and will not be granted extra credit for undertaking more than one; he or she may not repeat, for credit, any project in which he or she has participated previously (including any project, whether H/P/F graded or A-F graded, in which the student has received the grade of F). While engaged in Interim, students may not undertake any other work for academic credit with the exception of a Physical Education course.

Grades 

In most Interim projects, the grade designations used in the evaluation of students' work are Pass with Honors (H), Pass (P), and Unsatisfactory (U). In some other projects, however, as requested in the proposals and agreed upon in the approval process by the Committee on the Interim and the parties concerned, students will be graded on the A-F scale. H/P/U grades do not enter into calculations of grade-point averages, but all A-F grades do.

Independent Projects 

Students may propose independent study projects. Each such project is expected normally to involve only ONE individual student (the inclusion of more than one student in a given project must be explicitly justified in the proposal) and is to be developed with the assistance of a faculty sponsor whose interests, training, and expertise are closely related to the project's topic and activities.

Students who are currently on disciplinary probation or who have been found guilty of academic dishonesty will not be allowed to propose an independent project.

For guidelines and required forms for preparing and writing proposals click here. The date for submitting completed proposals for consideration by the Committee on the Interim is noted in the Calendar.

Off-Campus Projects 

Normally it is required that independent projects conducted off-campus include arrangements for on-site supervision of the students and their work. If such supervision is not to be provided by the projects' faculty sponsors, then there must be acceptable, confirmed arrangements for supervision by other responsible, qualified persons (who are not to be relatives of the students involved).

Wofford College ordinarily offers in Interim several opportunities for off-campus study which require travel. Some of these programs include travel to other state or travel beyond the United States. Such travel inevitably involves risk – accident, injury, illness, civil unrest, and other unforeseen circumstances – which neither those who sponsor travel nor those who travel can control. Participation in such an off-campus study program is purely voluntary on the student’s part and as a condition for participation, Wofford requires that student travelers and their parents read and execute liability releases and other documents which acknowledge, accept, and assume all risks. Wofford also expects that students and their parents will use their own due diligence in informing themselves of current global conditions and in determining whether they wish the students to engage in travel to given sites. 

All deposits are non-refundable upon acceptance to the project. Each sponsor will implement their own Interim Refund Policy for the remaining balance for travel/study projects.

First-Year Students 

First-Year students may develop and participate in independent projects, but it is expected that such independent work will be done on-campus or close by in the Spartanburg area.

Hometown Study 

Students should not plan to return to their hometowns to carry out Interim studies, whether in group projects or independent projects.

Finances 

Each Interim project is to be self-sustaining financially, with any necessary project costs being borne by the students participating. In the case of projects involving major travel and living expenses, it is understood that the instructors' expenses are borne, on a pro-rated basis, by the student participants.

Exchange Programs 

With Wofford's participation in cooperative Interim exchange programs, there may be opportunities for students with GPAs of at least 2.5 to take part in Interim projects at other colleges. Information regarding cooperative projects at these colleges may be available at the office of the Coordinator of the Interim. Those qualified and interested should begin arrangements early, taking note of the other colleges' costs, deadlines, requirements, procedures, and Interim dates (which may not coincide exactly with Wofford's).

A student's participation in a project at another college is subject:
(1) to his or her acceptance by that college
(2) to the project's being approved by Wofford's Committee on the Interim
(3) to our general limitation that no more than three Wofford students will be approved to participate at any one other college in any given Interim period.
In addition, it is our general policy that no Wofford student will be approved to participate more than once in any one other college's Interim program.

The student is responsible for the expense of travel to and from another college at which he or she participates in an Interim project, and for all other individual costs connected with that project itself. Most colleges also require payment of a room-and-board fee by resident visiting students; some may require tuition payments by all visiting students, in addition.

Grades and evaluations received by Wofford students for Interim work at other colleges will be appropriately equated and recorded at Wofford as Pass with Honors, or Pass, or Unsatisfactory.

Releases 

Wofford requires that a Release (a document provided by the College) be properly executed and returned to the Coordinator of the Interim by each student whose project will involve any travel and/or any work and study away from the Wofford campus, and by each student working in an approved independent project of any kind.

Remuneration 

Students may undertake internships with or without pay.  However, students are limited to only one internship experience that bears both pay and academic credit during their academic career.  If credit hours and pay are granted for the same internship experience, that student has exhausted his/her single paid internship opportunity.  The amount and timing of payment are not of consequence when the pay and credit are associated with the same internship experience.  For purposes of this policy, “pay” is defined as the student's receiving an IRS Form W-2, Form 1099, or other official wage statement from the employer for the internship.   

(Amended 9/9/14)

Internships 

Internships help students integrate academic and experiential learning through a wide range of practical experiences. Though internships vary considerably in form across disciplines, successful internships share two characteristics: appropriate supervision and a substantial academic component, including assessment of learning outcomes.  Internships affiliated with Wofford College may or may not bear academic credit.  The focus of this policy is on internships that bear academic credit.  Accordingly, the sponsoring programs (faculty, departments, co-curricular programs) shall have the authority to regulate internship matters within their own disciplines, subject to the general provisions in this policy. 

Appropriate supervision is​ expected for all internships.  Though this is not defined as a matter of college policy, what constitutes appropriate supervision will vary based on the sponsoring program’s specific policies, disciplinary traditions, and individual facts and circumstances.  For example, students placed with an organization with a significant history with Wofford College may require less supervision than students placed with new organizations.  Similarly, students placed geographically further from campus may require different types of supervision than students near campus.  Appropriate supervision suggests, at a minimum, regular, periodic contact with the student as well as faculty or advisor availability should the student need it.  Phone contact, site visits with the off-campus supervisor, and email availability are all examples of ways to achieve appropriate supervision. It is the responsibility of the academic programs or sponsors to oversee the internship, as well as the individual faculty member or advisor, to determine whether the level of supervision is appropriate to the individual internship experience.  Accordingly, the academic department shall have the ability to set appropriate ratios of students to faculty members in order to ensure appropriate supervision.  Evidence of appropriate supervision should be retained for each internship experience in accordance with academic record retention policy.  

A substantial academic component is expected for any internship receiving academic credit.  As with any course at Wofford College, academic progress associated with the internship experience must be assessed and evaluated by the appropriate faculty member.  Reliance solely on the external sponsoring organization's evaluation of the student is generally insufficient to establish either a substantial academic component or evidence of learning outcomes. 

Paid internships.  Internships may take many forms and may be paid or unpaid.  In general, Wofford does not restrict students' internship experiences.  However, students shall be limited to only one internship experience that bears both pay and academic credit during their academic career.  If credit hours and pay are granted for the same internship experience, that student has exhausted his/her single paid internship opportunity.  The amount and timing of payment are not of consequence when the pay and credit are associated with the same internship experience.  For purposes of this policy, “pay” is defined as the student's receiving an IRS Form W-2, Form 1099, or other official wage statement from the employer for the internship.   

Student responsibilities.  Students shall submit representation, obtained directly from the internship sponsor, as to the nature of the internship, specifically whether it is paid or unpaid.  Evidence of the paid or unpaid nature of the internship should be retained by the faculty member or advisor in accordance with academic record retention policy.  As employment compensation is a private matter between employer and employee, it is not necessary for students to document the amount, timing, or nature of their compensation.  Students shall also notify the faculty member or advisor of record of any material changes in circumstances, such as employment duties, pay, or work schedule.  The Honor Code is in effect with respect to internship disclosures, so students should be candid and complete in their internship reporting. 

Faculty/advisor responsibilities.  The faculty member or advisor of record is responsible for the following:  1) Providing appropriate supervision of the internship, and retaining evidence of such supervision.  2) Assessing and evaluating the academic component of the internship and its learning outcomes.  3) Providing evidence of the paid or unpaid nature of the internship to the academic department and the registrar, and retaining such evidence. 

Internship and apprenticeship projects should be preceded by an adequate orientation, should include a directed reading program, and during each of the four weeks of Interim should involve students in at least 30 hours of direct contact with the off-campus mentors. Students should keep a daily record and critique of their activities during the month and should expect their faculty sponsors to be in contact with them and/or with their outside agencies at least weekly. Students' proposals for internships or apprenticeships, or for any other projects involving the facilities and/or cooperation of non-Wofford persons or agencies, must be accompanied by appropriate letters of verification from those persons or agencies.

In his or her Interim work at Wofford, no student should undertake more than one internship or apprenticeship in any given area.

(Amended 9/9/14)

Enrollment 

It is usually possible for students to be enrolled in one of their preferences among the group projects, but all enrolling is subject to these conditions:

  • In all questions of a student's eligibility for a given project, it is understood that all academic, procedural, financial, and other prerequisites must be met, and that in some cases the approval of the project instructor(s) is required as well.

  • Student-initiated independent projects and participation in them or in projects at other colleges require the approval of the Committee on the Interim.

  • Any project may be cancelled if not enough students are enrolled in it to make it practicable.

  • An initial priority for enrollment in projects of their choice will normally be given to qualifying seniors.

  • Maximum enrollments as published for each project are not to be exceeded.