Exceptions to Academic and Financial Policies

The university’s status as an accredited institution requires that students and the university follow all university policies. If a student has extenuating circumstances that the student believes justify an inability to follow a particular academic or financial policy, the student may apply for an exception to university policy (ETUP). Requests for exceptions to a policy are reviewed by committee as appropriate. Applications for an exception to a policy must be accompanied by supporting documentation, including a letter from the student’s advisor. An application for an exception does not guarantee an approval. Exceptions must be submitted within one year of the original situation's occurrence; beyond one year, exception requests will not be considered.

Once a decision has been made, the student is notified by mail, and a copy of the letter is placed in the student’s file in Student Administrative Services. Students should allow one month for a decision to be made, and an additional one to two weeks for a refund, if applicable, to be issued.

If a student would like to appeal the decision made by the exceptions committee, they may submit an appeal. Any appeal must include new documentation in addition to what was included in the original exception request. All appeals must be received by the Registrar’s Office within ninty days of the decision letter regarding the original exception request.

Under certain circumstances, a student may be assessed a processing fee or other late add/drop fees. Additionally, a late add for a course that has not been paid for may incur late tuition payment charges and interest charges. Finally, fees associated with a course are generally not considered refundable as part of the exceptions request. Exceptions to policy are only approved by the registrar. Students are not to rely upon oral communications from faculty and other staff about exceptions.