Academic Appeals and Exception to Academic Policy – Graduate

Students may request an exception, for cause, to academic standards or regulations using the ‘Exception to Academic Policy’ form. In order to consider a student’s request for exception, the Academic Standing Committee (ASC) requires the following:

  • An ‘Exception to Academic Policy’ form from the student which includes a clear, detailed explanation and detailed reasoning for the exception. The student’s plan to complete degree requirements and a current program evaluation should be attached. Cases are reviewed based on the information submitted. Exception to Policy forms are available at the Registrar’s Office. See the Registrar’s office for the necessary recommendations required for each specific exception to policy.

Recommendations may be required, when applicable, from the following:


  • A recommendation from a course instructor, when applicable.
  • A recommendation from the student’s Department Head.
  • A recommendation from the student’s Division Dean.
  • A recommendation from the Dean of Liberal Arts when the request is in regard to Liberal Arts, or from the Dean of the division offering the course if the course is outside the student’s major division.
  • A recommendation from the Dean of Student Affairs if the student’s petition is for medical reasons, or otherwise when applicable.
  • A recommendation from the Office of International Student Services, if a student is on an F-1 Visa

Students will receive instructions from the Registrar’s Office for submitting their Exception to Academic Policy requests. Note, there are specific deadlines for filing some requests. Check the Registrar’s website for more information. The ASC meets monthly. Students should take this timeframe into account when requesting exceptions for items that need timely response. The student will be notified of the Committee decision via their RISD email..