The rough draft deadline set by the Department for the Research Prospectus is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The rough draft deadline set by the Department for the Junior Paper is the last Friday in March. Advisors are under no obligation to give detailed comments on preliminary versions of a Research Prospectus or Junior Paper if they are submitted after these departmental deadlines. Advisors may choose to read drafts after these deadlines, and faculty are encouraged to set their own preferred deadlines for preliminary work on the Junior Paper. It is strongly urged that students submit a rough draft of their Junior Paper.

A passing Fall JIW grade requires the submission of all graded components (e.g., workshop, plenary, Research Prospectus). If the Research Prospectus is not completed by the Department due date, a failing Fall JIW grade will be reported to the Registrar's Office without averaging the workshop and plenary components. A student who receives an F will have the opportunity to submit a Research Prospectus with a new deadline determined by the Department in conjunction with the student's residential college dean. Once the student receives a passing grade on the Research Prospectus, a second grade (which averages all three graded components) will be submitted to the Registrar's Office. Both grades will remain on the transcript.  

Students must achieve at least a “D” on each of their two semesters of junior independent work as well as an average of a “C” or above across the two. If the average of the two is below “C” or one of the two receives an “F”, a second Junior Paper is required (with a grade that brings the average of the Fall JIW and the Summer JP grades to at least a "C" or better). This is a prerequisite for beginning the senior year. For purposes of this requirement, the grades before the application of any late penalties are used.

The completed final assignment (Research Prospectus in fall semester, Junior Paper in spring semester) must be received and logged into the office of the Department of Politics by 4:00 pm on the due date for junior independent work established by the Office of the Dean of the College. Final assignments will not be accepted after this time without approval from the student’s residential college dean. If the student’s residential college dean does approve an extension with a late penalty in conjunction with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, then a late penalty of 1/3 of a letter grade for every 48 hours that an assignment is late will be applied, beginning at 4:00 pm on the due date.

Your Spring JP may expand upon ideas that you explored in the Fall prospectus. You may draw on and cite your own prospectus just like you would use other resources. In addition, you may re-use a limited portion of your prospectus in your Spring JP, including the literature review. Whenever material from the prospectus is re-used, you must add a footnote noting the duplication. Note this policy does not affect the standard university guidelines for attributing ideas and research findings, whenever appropriate.

Writing a JP: The Handbook (from the Writing Program)