How to Submit an IMP: Update 2017

It’s that time of the year and we are getting a number of questions on how to submit an IMP. Although, information can be found on the following webpages:

we thought we’d put together a step-by-step post on how to do it in 2017.

Step 1

Students, email your mentor:

  • Your final draft of your IMP as an MS Word document AND
  • A completed and signed Checklist of Requirements for Independent Studies (PDF) * use this  document for step 3
  • Make the subject line your first and last name + IMP, for example: 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.

Step 3

Either way the IMP should be turned into a PDF and emailed to the mentor with these two completed fillable PDF forms (use Adobe Acrobat Pro) – Typing signatures is OK. Don’t forget to type and save:

Now, the job of the student is complete.

Step 4

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

  1. Start with Independent Study Submission Instructions
  2. Then select and complete one of the following:
    • Independent Study Approval Form for the Library storage OR
    • Independent Study Approval Form NOT for the Library.

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. Include one of the following:
    • Independent Study Approval Form for the Library OR
    • Independent Study Approval Form NOT for the Library.

What Happens Next?

  1. Everything is sent to the Graduate School for processing
  2. IMPs that are going online are sent via a secure electronic folder to the library
  3. They are cataloged and uploaded to the web
  4. IMP PDFs reside on a Bank Street server
  5. 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: We’re sorry but this service is no longer available. Try Village Copiers (118th & Amsterdam). If you find a binder you like let us know.

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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