Exceptions to Academic Policy

Purpose: To delineate responsibility for approving exceptions to established academic policy.

  1. Policy
    1. Academic policies are designed to provide consistency in, and uphold the integrity of Graceland University's academic programs.
    2. Academic policies may be proposed and approved by various schools, divisions, councils, or committees on the Graceland University campus, and are published as appropriate in the Graceland University Catalog and/or in the Graceland University Policies and Procedures. Academic policies include faculty-approved degree, general education, major, minor, and program requirements.
    3. Requests for exceptions to undergraduate academic policies regarding major, minor and program requirements are reviewed and acted upon by the appropriate school, or divisions. Requests for all other academic policies are reviewed and acted upon by the Curricular Adjustment Committee. Appeals may be made to the appropriate Deans Council.
    4. Requests for exceptions to graduate academic policies are reviewed and acted upon by the appropriate school. Appeals may be made to the Graduate Council.
  2. Procedure
    1. Students requesting exceptions to academic policies, including exceptions to degree, general education, major, minor, and program requirements, use the Student Petition form to communicate the exception requested and rationale for the request to the appropriate committee or council.
    2. Recommendations with rationale from the student's academic advisor and the appropriate academic department, division, or school must be included on the Student Petition form.
    3. After the action is taken, the decision-making body will submit the form to the Registrar's Office which will notify the student of the decision.