The SelfDesign Graduate Institute employs a “credit/no credit” grading policy. Our expectation is that learners are motivated to learn and will earn credit in their courses and directed studies.
Learners who withdraw from a program, or from the Institute entirely, are entitled to a full refund of tuition and other fees (less the amount of the Registration Deposit, which is $60) if withdrawal occurs on or before the last business day prior to the semester’s start of classes.
A learner who withdraws from a specific course can claim a refund of all charges associated with that course. Withdrawal notification must reach the Office of the Registrar by the end of the third week of the semester. No refund will be issued and no charges will be removed if the learner drops a course after the refund period; a grade of “W” will appear on the academic transcript.
However, learners may only withdraw and receive a tuition refund from a Residency Workshop if they submit the completed Add/Drop form to the Registrar at least 15 days prior to the first day of the Residency.
SDGI complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 which was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of learners to inspect and review their educational records, to challenge the content of those records, to have a hearing if the outcome of the challenge is unsatisfactory, to submit an explanatory statement for enclosure in the record if the outcome of the hearing is unsatisfactory, to prevent disclosure, with certain exceptions, of personally identifiable information, and to secure a copy of the Institute policy which includes the location of all education records.
The SelfDesign Graduate Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, religion, physical ability or disability, or national or ethnic origin in the admission to or administration of any of its programs.
A learner who has successfully completed a graduate level course at another accredited post-secondary institution may request that these credits be transferred to SDGI if the course work is similar to a course offered by SDGI or if the learner can show that the course is meaningfully related to the learner’s selfdesigned program. SDGI may grant a maximum of 6 credits towards a Master’s degree for this previously completed course work if it is approved and if the credit has been granted within the past five years.
Learners send applications for transfer credit to the Academic Dean. The learner must provide an
official transcript for the course credit and a course syllabus or content outline.
Within two weeks of receipt such application, the Academic Dean will provide a response to the learner. If the Dean rejects the application, a written explanation for rejection will be provided. The learner may appeal the rejection to the Institute’s President.
Occasionally it is necessary to cancel a course for educational or administrative reasons. When a course is cancelled, enrolled learners will be notified and offered assistance in selecting an alternative course. In the event that an alternative course is not available, the learner may choose a full refund of tuition for the cancelled course, or the application of that tuition toward a future registration. Any cancellation decision will be announced by the Friday of the first week of the semester to allow learners to make alternative arrangements.