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Individually-Sponsored Residential Project (ISRP)

Faculty may augment the educational opportunities available at WPI's formal project centers and programs with Individually-Sponsored Residential Projects (ISRPs). ISRPs are part of the Global Projects Program (GPP) and as such, they are subject to an approval process through the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD) that includes risk management protocols.

Faculty intending to advise students who will earn academic credit while in residence off-campus in ISRPs must complete the following: 

Step One:
Faculty advisor sends a letter of intent to the IGSD, Attn: Julie Wilson.  A copy of the letter will be forwarded to following:

  • For IQP Projects – Dean of IGSD
  • For MQP or Humanities Projects – Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • For Graduate Student Travel - Dean of Graduate Studies
  • For Athletic Team Travel - Athletic Director

The letter should describe the scope of the anticipated project, where it will happen, how many students will participate, and the term that the students will be off campus.

Step Two:
WPI advisor completes and submits a completed WPI International Travel Risk Management Plan.docx and WPI IGSD Housing Form.pdf Please email as an attachment to Julie Wilson, Program Coordinator, 

Step Three:
All  students expecting to participate in an ISRP should be in good academic standing. WPI reserves the right to withdraw acceptance to students who are subsequently placed on academic warning. Students placed on academic probation are not eligible to participate. Upon review of academic and judicial records for each student the IGSD will inform the advisor of students who may be disqualified due to poor academic performance or who will require a meeting due to their judicial history at WPI. Please see the Policy on Student Judicial Review.

At the completion of step 3 WPI's risk managers will review the information provided and make a recommendation to the appropriate Dean who will make a final decision to approve or disapprove the activity based on considerations of risk management. 

If you have not already selected students for your ISRP, IGSD can make recommendations regarding your selection process. One selected, all students will undergo an academic and judicial review before their participation can be confirmed. Faculty leaders will be notified if a meeting is required to follow up on a student’s academic or judicial status.

Step Four:
Student participant(s) complete all forms though the Global Portal and attend all orientations.

Activities that do not fulfill the conditions of this protocol by providing the required information at the time specified will not be eligible to earn academic credit.

The information requested through this process is necessary for prudent risk management. Taking the time to collect it carefully and completely will protect everyone in the WPI community, including faculty who are responsible for the projects, and the students who will participate in them.

Deadline for Completion of Step One and Step Two

  Projects in E&A Terms  Projects in B Term Projects in C Term Projects in D Term
Step One: Letter of intent December 5   February 5 July 15 September 15
Step Two: ISRP Proposal and Housing Form December 15 February 15 July 25 September 25