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Program Modification/Exception Guidelines

Scholastic Standing Committee Petition

In exceptional cases, and subject to the approval of the major department, Scholastic Standing Committee and Dean, students may request exceptions to degree requirements prescribed by the College of Human Science and Services or by the General Faculty of the University of Rhode Island.  These requests tend to fall into (2) two categories: General Education and University Regulations.  To petition these requirements, students should obtain a College of Human Science and Services Scholastic Standing Petition form and follow the general guidelines below.  Forms are available in the Dean’s Office, Quinn 112 or online at www.uri.edu/hss

For Consideration of General Education Requirements:

Students who wish to use a non-approved course in the general education area must file a Scholastic Standing Petition to the College of Human Science and Services Scholastic Standing Committee.  If the petition is for a substitution of a course not approved for general education by the College of Human Science and Services, the petition must be signed by the chair of the department in which the course being petitioned is taught.

*All education majors must submit their petitions to the College of Arts and Sciences as education majors must follow BA General Education requirements. 

Program Exception Petition

In exceptional cases, and subject to the approval of the major department, students may modify any curriculum requirement stipulated by the major department. These requests tend to fall into (3) three categories: requests for course waiver, course substitution and requirement exceptions. To petition these requirements, students should obtain a (pink) College of Human Science and Services Program Exception form from their Department Office or CHSS Deans Office in Quinn 112 and follow the general guidelines below

For consideration of Major requirements:

Including requests for course waiver, course substitution or program requirement exceptions, file Program Exception petition form approved and signed by student’s academic advisor and department chair of student’s major.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Having a requirement or course waived by a Department or Scholastic Standing Committee does NOT reduce the total number of credits required for graduation.

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