Policies & Expectations

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eStudies participants work together in an online learning environment built just for TIP students, but they also interact with elements from the web, with one another, and with new and current technologies. The Code of Conduct, Participation Agreement, and Digital Citizenship Agreement will help the program community maintain not only safety and integrity, but a fun and exciting learning environment for all participants.


eStudies students are expected to log in and engage with their instructor, peers, course activities, and course tools a minimum of five days per week. In general, Duke TIP can accommodate one single instance of a one-week (seven consecutive days) absence during the term. Students must communicate their schedule to their instructor in advance and work with their instructor to arrange for make-up work as per the Duke TIP Make-up and Extensions Policy, and any modifications beyond that communicated by the instructor.

Absences of longer than seven consecutive days, or multiple instances of absences that exceed five or more days each, with no Internet access during these times, may result in the student receiving a 1 on their final evaluation. Work cannot be accepted for evaluation after the term ends.

After the first week of the course, no refunds will be issued for students who fail to participate in the course or who are dismissed from the program as per the Duke TIP refund policy.

Vacation participation

Every year there are eStudies students who take a course with them on vacations and have great success in continuing their studies. As long as the student has a laptop, reliable Internet access, and brings along any necessary course materials or textbooks, the student can continue to participate in forum posts, assignments, and live meetings.

General expectations

Keep the following in mind:

  • Students are expected to take full advantage of the program’s intellectual and social learning experiences by applying themselves to the best of their abilities and participating fully in course activities.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate honesty, truthfulness, and fairness, and to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of other students and Duke TIP staff.
  • Students are expected to approach Duke TIP’s eStudies with a strong sense of personal responsibility for their own learning and conduct, as well as a willingness to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

Course credit

Duke TIP does not grant credit or issue a grade for completion of a Duke TIP course. Some schools, however, may be willing to grant credit or placement for a student's work in their eStudies course. Students and parents interested in seeking credit or placement should begin working with officials at the local school as soon as the student is placed in the eStudies course. Here are some suggestions to help families with the process.

  • Contact the school counselor, vice principal, registrar, or department chair (the person who would grant credit or placement for a student's work in the course).
  • Explain that Duke TIP eStudies students enroll in a seven-week course, with approximately 70–105 hours of coursework.
  • Inform the school official that students receive a course description, syllabus, and an evaluation rubric upon completion of the course.
  • School officials will use the information provided to decide whether or not to grant course credit or placement. Many factors may influence a school's decision, including state and local standards and requirements and the ability to match eStudies course content to a comparable course in the school.

If a local school grants course credit for a student's work in Duke TIP eStudies, it means that the school is willing to accept the eStudies course as an equivalent to a similar course offered in the local system or school. Often a school district will require a certain number of contact hours for the course to qualify for credit. The nature of an online course makes it difficult to approximate contact hours, but eStudies courses are designed to require 70-105 hours of contact with course instructor, peers, content, and instructional activities.

If the school official asks for a grade from Duke TIP, remember that Duke TIP eStudies is a nongraded program, and thus we are unable to issue a grade or transcript for work completed.

This seven-week program for seventh through eleventh graders takes place during the summer. Students join an online class of twenty-four and are led in high school– or college-level coursework by an expert instructor who oversees discussions, live video meetings, and peer-to-peer interaction.