How to Submit an IMP

It’s true, the library no longer accepts print copies of IMPs, but we’re still asked many questions on how to submit them online.

Although, information can be found on the Bank Street website and (see the FACULTY tab), we thought we’d put together a step-by-step post on how to do it.

Step 1

Students, send your mentor (make the subject line your first and last name with IMP e.g., Joe Student IMP)

Step 2

Students and faculty must discuss whether an IMP should either:

  • Go to the library (i.e., go online) OR
  • Not go to the library

There are a variety of reasons an IMP might not go online. It could be that there are copyright or permission problems, or the thesis might contain sensitive material. There are also issues of time where a student may not be able to complete a thesis to the level required for going online (e.g., family commitments).

Step 3

Either way the IMP should be turned into a PDF and emailed to the mentor with these two completed fillable PDF forms – type and save:

Now, the job of the student is complete.

Step 4

Mentors need to go to and look under the FACULTY tab for IMP Information (see left-hand toolbar).

  1. Start with Instructions for Submitting an Independent Study
  2. Then select and complete either:
    1. Independent Study Approval Form for the Library storage OR
    2. Independent Study Approval Form NOT for the Library

These forms are fillable PDFs so typing signatures is OK.

Step 5

Put everything together and using your own bankstreet email account forward the following into one email to and you are done.

  1. The IMP (PDF)
  2. Checklist of Requirements for Independent Studies (PDF)
  3. Independent Study Cover Sheet (PDF)
  4. Either: Independent Study Approval Form for the Library OR Independent Study Approval Form NOT for the Library

What Happens Next?

  • Everything is sent to the Graduate School for processing
  • IMPs that are going online are sent via a secure electronic folder to the library
  • They are cataloged and uploaded to the web
  • IMP PDFs reside on a Bank Street server
  • Records containing download links can be found in the library catalog and in WorldCat.

Common Questions

Q: Can I have a copy of my IMP bound?
A: Absolutely! Visit our How Can I Have an IMP Bound? page.

Q: Does my IMP have to be double spaced?
A: Yes, double space the entire IMP.

Q: Is the abstract page 2?
A: Yes, please make the abstract page 2 (and the title page is page 1).

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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One comment on “How to Submit an IMP
  1. Ellie Costa says:

    Thank you for making this so clear!

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