Self-Paced Course Regulations

Self-paced courses are online and offered through the Center for Independent and Distance Learning. They do not count toward full-time status for financial aid purposes nor does it count toward flat rate tuition if you are a degree seeking student at OU.   The Center for Independent and Distance Learning accepts US Military Tuition waivers. We will also accept Faculty/Staff waivers on a case by case basis. 

Self-pace courses must be completed in 180 days.  You can finish sooner if you wish. Enrollments not completed within this timeframe will be graded by your instructor based on the work submitted by the course end date. There will be no course extensions granted.

Please note that instructors may take time off during the period of your enrollment (i.e., holidays and summer vacations). This may delay their response to student inquiries, grading of assignments, or assignment of final grades.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (405)-325-1921 or email cidl@ou.edu.

Communication and interaction between students and instructors is critical to your success in our courses. The primary means for communication with our instructors and staff is through e-mail. All students who enroll in courses through CIDL are assigned an OU e-mail address. This e-mail can be accessed through portal.office.com. Our staff will use OU e-mail to communicate important information to you.

For questions about course content, grades, and assignments you will want to contact your instructor.

For questions concerning technical issues in Canvas or other course tools, please contact one of our course developers at cidldev@ou.edu.

For questions about test proctoring and scheduling exams, please contact one of our staff at testing@ou.edu. Any other issues can be directed to cidl@ou.edu.

You will complete your online course through the learning management system Canvas. In an online course, most of your assignments will be in the form of online quizzes that you will complete in Canvas.  This is not inclusive as some courses will require off site registration such as MyMathLabs. Each course will list other sites that are required to finish each assignment, if necessary.

All exams must be proctored. A proctor is an individual who supervises the students while they are taking exams. You have three options for testing locations.

  1. The Center for Independent and Distance Learning Testing Center. The Center is open for exams Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (405) 325-1208 to schedule an appointment or you can book an appointment to take an exam in our testing center by clicking the Schedule Your Exam button below or from your course homepage in Canvas. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. A local college or university testing center. The Consortium of College Testing Centers provides a comprehensive and user-friendly list of their participants. Libraries are not an accepted testing center.  You can also find any local college or university testing center that accepts tests from other sites.  Please note that you will have to pay any fees associated with using their testing center.
  3. Examity online service.  Most online exams can be supervised or proctored by the online service Examity. Students are required to pay for this service. Examity is a site that will proctor your exams from any location as long as you have a laptop or desktop with a web-cam, microphone, and high-speed internet connection.  All courses exceptMATH 1823, MATH 2423, MATH 2433, MATH 2443, FIN 3303 and FIN 3403 are allowed to use Examity.  

All proctoring centers or sites must be identified and approved by the Center for Independent and Distance Learning. Identifying an acceptable testing center is the student's responsibility and should be coordinated soon after enrollment. If you need assistance finding an approved testing site, please contact the Center for Independent and Distance Learning.

Once you have selected an approved testing site, submit the proctor's contact information in the Pre-Course Survey found under Modules within your course in Canvas.

It is not the exam proctor's responsibility to schedule exams. It is your responsibility to schedule an appointment with your exam proctor to take an exam.  All passwords and exams will be sent to your approved proctor and you will be notified when this is completed.

Regardless of your proctor arrangements, bring photo identification with you to the exam location.

Course grades are based heavily on the results of supervised exams. The Center for Independent and Distance Learning has a no re-test policy. In order to make the best grade, you should take each exam as soon as possible after you have completed and reviewed your graded lessons.

If you want to review a completed online exam, you will need to contact CIDL at (405) 325-1921 to make arrangements.

The University of Oklahoma uses a 4.0 grade scale (A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, F = 0.0). Your course syllabus will outline lesson and exam grading criteria for each course. A course grade will be assigned based on all work completed by the end date of your course.

Grading policy for self-paced courses is consistent with the University of Oklahoma's grading policy for all other courses.

All withdrawals from the Center for Independent and Distance Learning courses must be in writing. If you withdraw from a course within 14 days of your enrollment date, you will receive a 100% refund on tuition and fees.  If a course is dropped after day 14, it will be at 0% refund.  

A student who withdraws from a course during the first 14 days of enrollment receives no grade; however, a student who withdraws after the first 14 days and before 150 days of enrollment receives the grade of "W."

If you are a degree-seeking student at OU, withdrawals requested 150 days after the class start date are not permitted except by direct petition to the Dean of the college in which the student is enrolled.

For students not admitted to a degree program at the University of Oklahoma, they must petition the Center for Independent and Distance Learning by emailing cidl@ou.edu.  If approved, the student will receive a final grade of "W" or "F" at the discretion of the instructor.

Please e-mail CIDL at cidl@ou.edu for more information.

Students enrolled in CIDL university courses through OU are subject to the Off-Campus Academic Misconduct Procedures policy of the Office of the Provost available at Academic Integrity.

When enrolling in the Center for Independent and Distance Learning, students accept the terms of this policy. Any violation of this policy could result in a student's dismissal from the Center for Independent and Distance Learning courses.

Any student who would like to appeal a course grade must fill out the "Academic Appeals Policy" form which can be found here.

University of Oklahoma students on academic contract must meet with their academic advisor to get permission before enrolling in self-paced courses.

This institution, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services.

The University of Oklahoma is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for students with disabilities. Consistent with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Oklahoma ensures that no "qualified individual with a disability" will be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination solely on the basis of disability under any program or activity offered by the University of Oklahoma. If you require accommodation on the basis of a disability, please contact our office to discuss documentation submission and processing requirements for reasonable academic accommodation.

Note: Policies and procedures listed are subject to change without notice