Instructors may supervise individual independent study courses at their own discretion. Such studies may not duplicate a course offered during the current academic year, and the maximum for any student is four independent study credit hours per semester. Ordinarily, first-year students may not register for independent studies. Exceptions must be recommended by the department chair and approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. A proposal for independent study must be signed by the instructor, department chair, and academic advisor, and filed in duplicate with the Registrar. Forms are available in the Registrar's Office. The completed proposal must be submitted to the Registrar's Office no later than the end of the Add/Drop period. Independent studies do not fulfill Triad Education Program requirements.