Changing a University Scholar Project or Plan of Study

When you develop your University Scholar proposal, you should think broadly and realistically about your proposed project and coursework, including possible challenges you may encounter. However, you may eventually still experience an unavoidable hurdle that impedes your progress and that requires that you make changes.

Plan of Study Changes

Class conflicts, new course offerings and other unpredictable course matters mean that plan of study changes are fairly common. If you wish to substitute one or more classes indicated on your Learning Plan form, you must select another course of equal or greater rigor and relevance to your University Scholar project.

To make such a course substitution, you must discuss these changes with your advisory committee in advance. You must obtain their approval by filling out the Plan of Study Revision Form by the last day of the semester when the course(s) are taken. This form can be uploaded for online approval. See the Forms page.

Additional approvals may be necessary in some circumstances:

  1. Substituting a class for General Education credit with another class that is not on the approved list: You must obtain permission from the University Scholar Oversight and Selection Committee by submitting the Plan of Study Revision Form to Rowe 419 (Enrichment Programs office).
  2. Engineering students wishing to substitute classes in engineering: If you are an engineering student, you must submit the Plan of Study Revision Form to the following bodies for signatures before submitting the form to the University Scholar Program:
    • Advisory Committee
    • School of Engineering Advising Office
    • Your department head
    • The Engineering Dean’s Office

Plan of study revision form
Policies for completing Plan of Study forms

Project Changes

In the case of your project, examples of substantial hurdles might include funding issues or a travel warning that prohibits going to a planned destination.

Any problems should be immediately brought to your advisory committee. Together you will plan modifications to your current project or initiate a new University Scholar project.

  • For minor modifications, you should consult with your advisory committee.
  • For substantial modifications, you must send a letter to the University Scholar Program describing the changes you plan to make and obtain the approval of all members of your advisory committee. The revised proposal will require the approval of the University Scholar Program.

If you are unable to develop an appropriate revised/new project, you may have to withdraw from the program. Before considering this step, please consult with your advisory committee.

Withdrawal from the Program

In rare cases, if a University Scholar is unable to arrive at an alternate project that is acceptable to the advisory committee, he/she will need to withdraw from the program. The student must first consult with his/her advisory committee to obtain members’ input regarding whether withdrawal is an appropriate step.

To withdraw, the University Scholar would contact Dr. Monica van Beusekom to indicate the decision. The withdrawal letter may be submitted electronically or mailed/submitted to:

Monica van Beusekom
Enrichment Programs office
Rowe 419, Unit 4147
Storrs, CT 06269

The student would then complete a regular plan of study for his/her major.