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Special Sessions (Summer & Winter)

The Division of Graduate & Continuing Education will accept Banner forms for special sessions (Summer and Winter) year round. The process is similar so that we can have as many "guaranteed" and "non-guaranteed" courses listed in BearPAWS as possible by early October for Winter and late October for Summer to assist both students and their advisors in planning their course schedule for Winter, Spring Semester and Summer Session.

  • A Banner Form (PDF) is required for each course request.
  • Please have your Department Chair sign and forward your Banner form to the appropriate Dean to also sign and review.

As you think about and plan your course proposal(s) for special sessions, we strongly urge you to consider building and offering an online course (undergraduate or graduate). Students are increasingly looking for these types of courses, and if not available, will go to other institutions to take them during the summer and then transfer them back to Potsdam. Visit the distance learning pages to read the course development process and policy here.

Class Meeting Times

Meeting times are based on a standard three credit hour lecture course - 37.5 contact hours - with Monday - Friday meetings. Please reference the Class Meeting Time Calculation Chart or contact the Division of Graduate & Continuing Education if your course is not a 3-credit hour course for correct contact hour and class meeting times. A 10 minute break has been included in all meeting times.

For Summer, all 3-week courses (Sessions 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B) should be scheduled to begin at one of the following standard starting times to avoid conflict with other courses that a student wishes to enroll in.

8:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

11:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

3:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

6-week courses (Session 1 (5/21-6/25) and Session 2 (7/6-8/7)) should be scheduled to begin at one of the following standard starting times to avoid conflict with other courses that a student wishes to enroll in.

8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

9:45 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

11:30 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

1:15 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

3:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

4:45 p.m. - 6:25 p.m.

6:30 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.

For Winterim, all non-lab courses carrying more than 1 credit should begin at 10:00 am. Lab time should be tacked on at the end of the lecture period. Non-lab courses carrying 1 credit, typically Physical Education courses, will begin at 7:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.

General Education Committee Guidelines

Please note that all summer courses that carry a FW, FS or FM designator need to be approved by the Gen Ed Committee. In addition, the Committee must approve courses offered in shortened sessions (Winterim, Summer 1A, 1B, 2A, or 2B) for all General Education designators. A Shortened Academic Term General Education Proposal application will be required.

Compensation Rates

This rate is based on a minimum enrollment of 12 students in an undergraduate course and 8 students in a graduate course. For courses that have not been guaranteed, instructors will be given the option of accepting a pro-rated salary or canceling their course if student enrollment is under these minimums. Please reference the Faculty Compensation Table for additional details.

Internship Advisor - $50 per credit per student

Independent Studies and Thesis - Compensation rates are the same as indicated in the compensation table.