Policy Exception Form

College of Information Studies Exception to Academic Policy Form

College of Information Studies takes requests for exception to academic policy seriously. We consider exception requests in extraordinary and rare cases only in which a problem is “out of the control of a student and not predictable”. It is your responsibility to know and adhere to all academic policies.  A complete guide to academic policy can be found in the UMD Undergraduate Catalog.

A written explanation detailing the reasons behind the request is mandatory. Take the time before submitting a request to develop a clear, thoughtful, and concise presentation. Requests are not guaranteed and are considered on a case-by-case basis. Requests generally take between 10 business days to process and are reviewed in the order they are received.


If you experience problems or errors during the submission process please let us know by clicking the "Report a Problem" link (in the lower right hand corner of your browser window) and completing the pop-up form.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the form fields marked with and asterisk (*) below are required.

DO NOT provide identifying/personal information (e.g. Social Security Number) on this online form other than what is requested.
 
 
Step 1: Personal Information
Step 2: Request Information
Step 3: Request Details
Late add of a course
Requires complete explanation of reasons for the late add and approval by the instructor of the course that is to be added.
Late Graduation Application
Change of grading method
After schedule adjustment, requesting to change grading method from Regular to Pass/Fail or Pass/Fail to Regular
Drop more than 4 credits after schedule adjustment
Undergraduate students can adjust their schedule (add, drop, etc.) until the close of business on the last day of the "Schedule Adjustment Period." After the end of Schedule Adjustment, students are limited to dropping (with a "W") a maximum of 4 credits during the Drop Period.
Late/Retroactive withdrawal WITH a W
"The drop period for undergraduate students will begin at the close of the schedule adjustment period and terminate at the end of the tenth week of classes during the fall and spring semesters and at a corresponding time for summer sessions and winter term. During the drop period a student may drop a maximum of four credits. However, if the course the student wishes to drop carries more than four credits, the student may drop the entire course or, in the case of a variable credit course, reduce the credit level by four credits. Such a drop will be recorded on the student's permanent record with the notation "W". This mark shall not be used in any computation of cumulative grade point average."
Late/Retroactive withdrawal WITHOUT a W
You must provide a cogent explanation of the request for a late drop for the cases in which the drop is requested within a day or two following the end of the regular schedule adjustment period. For consideration of this exception late in the semester or after the semester in which the course was attempted, you will have to demonstrate that truly exceptional mitigating circumstances require this action. This is a request to withdraw from a course without incurring the "W" annotation.
Repeat-over 18 credit
Students may repeat no more than 18 credits. Additionally, if a student withdraws from all courses during a semester, those courses are not included in this limit.
Repeat-3rd/4th attempt of same course
There is a limit to the number of times a student may repeat a course. Students may have one repeat of any course. In this case, students must present a plan for successfully completing the course. All attempts will be counted toward the total limit for repeatable credits.
Enroll “off-campus” in final 30 credits
Policy: "All candidates for degrees should plan to take their final 30 credits in residence. Included in these 30 semester hours will be a minimum of 15 semester hours in courses numbered 300 or above, including at least 12 in the major." "To earn a baccalaureate from the University of Maryland College Park, a minimum of 30 credits must be taken in residence."
More than four credits winter term
Except for highly unusual circumstances with strong endorsement by both instructors, exceptions will be granted only for minor overlaps (15 minutes of less.) This still requires that the instructors for each course agree to overlap.
Course 1
Course 2
Time Conflict
Except for highly unusual circumstances with strong endorsement by both instructors, exceptions will be granted only for minor overlaps (15 minutes of less.) This still requires that the instructors for each course agree to overlap.
Course 1
Course 2
Credit limit-over 16 credits
Every student in the Information Science undergraduate program can register for up to 16 credits. Registering for more than 16 credits will require a Policy Exception.
The total number of credits that you are requesting.
Provide a list of all desired courses with credits for each
Other
Undergraduate students can adjust their schedule (add, drop, etc.) until the close of business on the last day of the "Schedule Adjustment Period." After the end of Schedule Adjustment, students are limited to dropping (with a "W") a maximum of 4 credits during the Drop Period.
Take benchmark course at another institution
Enter the name of the INST benchmark course that you will be substituting.
Medical Records, Email from Professor, etc * If you have more than one file to upload, please ZIP them together as one file prior to upload.
Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png txt rtf html pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods xml bz2 dmg gz jar rar sit tar zip.
Step 4: Agreement & Submission
By checking this box I affirm that I have read and understood the policies and requirements applicable to this request and that the data entered above are true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that incomplete or inaccurate information may delay or cause the denial of my request. Furthermore, I acknowledge that such requests for exception to academic policy are for truly unusual and/or mitigating circumstances, are not without limit, and are not remedies for errors in judgement.