SYE Policy

Report to Faculty Council on SYE Independent Study Supervision
Submitted by Alison Del Rossi, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
March 21, 2016

Current Key Policies:

  • Note: Our policies changed in 2010-2011 under consultation with Faculty Council who received a "Report from the Ad Hoc Committee on SYE: Recession Response" (report submitted 3/1/10 to Faculty Council, and available here - viewed under SLU network credentials):

https: // The biggest change in policy was that SYE independent studies supervised by tenure track or tenured faculty and completed after Spring 2011 were not eligible for monetary compensation, only for course release accrual.

  • Since AY 2014-2015, reporting of SYEs supervised by all faculty members comes from the Registrar's office and is sent to the Associate Dean at the end of each academic year. Department chairs are asked to verify the information before it is finalized in Dean's office records.
  • Only SYE-designated independent studies count toward course releases.
  • Each one unit SYE independent study earns a tenure track or tenured faculty member 0.25 of a course release; therefore, four one-unit SYE independent studies  earn  a  faculty  member  a course release.
  • A faculty member accrues at most 1 unit of SYE credit for working with an individual student, regardless of the units earned by the student.
  • Faculty members have 10 semesters to take an earned course release once the faculty member has been notified that they have earned a course release (that is, have accumulated 4 units of SYE independent study supervision).
  • The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs (ADFA), Department Chair, and faculty member will agree to when the course release will be taken. All such course releases must be approved by the ADFA before they are taken. Generally, only one SYE-related course reduction may be taken per semester.
  • Banking of FYP/FYS overload credits may be combined with SYE credits; this must be agreed upon by the Associate Dean of the First Year and the ADFA so that records are accurate in both offices.
  • Visiting assistant professors can supervise SYEs, but department chairs need to notify the Dean's office prior to the supervision. These faculty members are paid at a rate of $700 per unit of SYE supervision, and they can supervise at most two one-unit SYEs per academic year.
  • The Biology and Chemistry departments have worked supervision of SYEs into their regular teaching/course workload, so they do not accrue course releases.