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Dean's Exceptions to Academic Policy

The university’s academic deadlines are clearly outlined in the Schedule of Classes each semester. Thus, the College of Arts and Humanities takes requests for exception to academic policy seriously. We consider exception requests in extraordinary and rare cases only. Submission of an exception does not guarantee it will be approved. It is expected that students assess their academic standing throughout the course of the semester and plan accordingly. To submit a request, select the ‘Type of Request’ below that best describes your situation. All exceptions requests requiring professor/instructor documentation must be sent directly from the professor/instructor to arhuexceptions@umd.edu unless otherwise noted.

Type of Request Definition

Late add of a course from current semester (after schedule adjustment only)

Seeking to add a course after schedule adjustment in the same semester the request is made. Must first obtain permission from the course professor/instructor. Even with professor/instructor approval, there is no guarantee this request will be approved.  Professor/instructor support should be sent directly to arhu-reg@umd.edu.

Late add of a course from a previous semester/term

Must first obtain permission from the course professor/instructor. Even with professor/instructor approval, there is no guarantee this request will be approved. 

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 After schedule adjustment, students are allowed to withdraw from up to 4 credits. If you receiving financial aid, have on campus housing, are an international student or student athlete, dropping below 12 credits may affect your financial aid, housing, athletic eligibility and/or health insurance. 

Retroactive withdrawal WITH a W

Students who missed the deadline for the last day to drop a course with a “W” and can document they have extenuating circumstances may apply for this exception.

Retroactive withdrawal WITHOUT a W

Review of this request will only be considered if the student can document they either 1) never attended the course or 2) stopped attending on or before the last day of schedule adjustment.

Registration with a Time Conflict Attempting to register for classes that overlap in class meeting time.  Professor/instructor support should be sent directly to arhu-reg@umd.edu.
Other For any request not mentioned above; Typical requests include online advising, increase number of credits (ex: internship) 

The following exception to policy requests require a meeting with an ARHU advisor in 1120 Key Hall.

  • CORE/General Education override
  • Credit overload (exceeding the number of allowable credits in a semester/term)
  • Permission to enroll at another university
  • Repeating more than 18 credits
  • Third attempt of a course (must have permission from department offering course first)