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RCPL Graduate Student Handbook

We have created an RCPL Graduate Student Handbook to help our students navigate OU and the program.  We welcome feedback and additions to the draft document to help students in the future.

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College of Architecture Policies

As part of any program there are policies that we must follow in order to have a safe and vibrant learning environment. The College of Architecture has policies that all students need to be aware of and are listed on the main page:

Policies students should pay particular note include the Laptop Policy (all students are required to have a laptop), Building Use Policy, and Emergency Procedures.
  • Building Use Policy
  • Laptop Policy
    *Please note we require Windows PC computers because they work with the software that practicing planners use, typically ArcGIS.  Students choosing to purchase and use Mac computers are required to set up their computer to be able to run Windows and required software for the program.

Regional & City Planning Policy on Academic Integrity

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Regional & City Planning Policy on Academic Integrity

In order to promote consistent understanding of academic integrity and academic misconduct the following policy has been adopted by Regional & City Planning:

All students should be aware and understand Academic Integrity and Academic Misconduct policy of OU.  This information is available on the OU website under the Provost’s page.

Student Academic Integrity

Academic Misconduct Code

In order to insure all RCPL graduate students begin their academic career in the department with a basic understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and how academic misconduct is handled at the University of Oklahoma:

 (a)  all incoming students must take the OU Library academic integrity tutorial ( during the first semester of enrollment (Graduate Liaison to confirm before the end of ADD/DROP period of first semester);

(b) all full and part-time RCPL faculty must complete the OU Library academic integrity tutorial and present a certificate of completion to the Division Director by the by the second week of semester hired.

(c) All certificates submitted to the Graduate Liaison must indicate all questions were answered correctly.


Date finalized: 8/19/2010

Regional and City Planning Internship Policy & Process

For all students wishing to complete and receive academic credit for a planning internship (RCPL 6520 Field Studies/Internship) an internship report by the student and by the supervisor must be completed  and submitted to the Graduate Liaison.

RCPL 6520 is a variable credit course (1-6) that students may only register once for in their tenure in the program. To receive six internship credits, students are expected to complete 520 hours of internship work. Credit received will be prorated from the 520 hour figure. In general, it is expected that students will perform the internship work and register for internship credit simultaneously.

As part of the internship process, The Division of Regional and City Planning, University of Oklahoma, expects that each student and supervisor will informally discuss a student’s progress on an ongoing basis during the internship period.

The Student Internship Form and Employer Internship Form merely provides a final formal opportunity for evaluating the student’s overall work performance and experience. Please note that the student will not receive internship credit until the completed report is returned to the Graduate Liaison. When received, the forms will be reviewed by the following by the student and the Graduate Liaison and will become part of the student’s official record within the Division of Regional and City Planning.

Graduate College Forms and Process

While a student in the RCPL program there are forms that you often have to complete. They typically are on the Graduate College Website and require that you fill out, obtain signatures, and have the RCPL Graduate Liaison submit according the timeline for your degree.

Non-Thesis Option - Committee Membership

Each Regional and City Planning student electing to take the Comprehensive Exam option will have a committee comprised of a minimum of 3 members:

Committee member #1: Graduate Liaison  (Director of RCPL may serve as alternate member as needed); This role is to insure consistency of the process  in general and questions for the Comprehensive Written and Oral Exam.

Committee member #2: student may select a Regional and City Planning faculty who teaches with the core curriculum.

Committee member #3: faculty member of the students’ selection (needs to be listed as a graduate faculty member at OU).

Additional members may be included, if desired by the student.  Ex officio members (non-voting, providing guidance and feedback) may participate in the process but do not need to be listed on the Graduate Candidacy form.

Graduate Candidacy forms (page two of the form) should reflect the names of all the voting committee members, including the Graduate Liaison as members of the student's committee.

Students are advised to ask their potential faculty members of their willingness to serve on their committee prior to submitting the form. However, all committee assignments will be reviewed and typically there will not be any needed adjustments.