Exceptions to Graduation Requirements

Exceptions to Graduation Requirements

Students are responsible for initiating a request for exceptions to graduation requirements. Whether the exception is in the major, minor or general education areas or to University academic policy, you should file an exception request well in advance of your expected graduation date. Approved changes will be noted on your degree audit.

To request an exception, type an explanation. Prepare a clear and compelling justification for the request and attach any supporting documentation (e.g., letters from faculty, catalog descriptions, etc.). Along with the typed explanation, include a degree audit modified by hand to show precisely how the requested exception would change your audit. Submit the request and all attachments to the appropriate signatory for approval, as follows:

  • The academic adviser reviews all requests with the student before the request is sent forward for approval.
  • The department chairperson approves any exception requests in the major.
  • The department chairperson of the minor approves any exception requests in the minor.
  • For approval of exceptions to general education requirements and/or academic policy, the major department chairperson and school dean must sign.

The major department should forward the original Request for Exception to Graduation Requirements, degree audit and any other pertinent information to the school dean of your major. The school dean will notify you of the disposition of the request and distribute proof of the exception approval to the appropriate offices.