Degrees Committee Guidelines for Requesting an Exception to a University Degree Requirement
Fall 2014 Deadlines
September 5th, October 3rd, and November 14th
(See “Appeals for Exceptions” )
The Degrees Committee is the body that considers student requests for exceptions to existing undergraduate graduation requirements as specified in the undergraduate catalog.
For appeals for waivers or exceptions to general education policies or requirements, students may contact Jessica Silvey, University Hall 115, 836-8346 to make an appointment.
Appeals for exceptions to major or minor requirements should be made to the department head/director of the major or minor.
Students who desire their appeals to be considered by the Degrees Committee must submit the following items/information to the Degrees Committee—Jessica Silvey, Student Development and Public Affairs, Missouri State University, 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65897. If you have questions concerning appeals to the committee, please contact Jessica Silvey, University Hall 115, 836-8346.
1. TYPED FORMAL LETTER addressed to the Degrees Committee. Include the following:
- Your full name
- Your complete mailing address and current phone number
- Your Missouri State Identification (M) number
- SPECIFIC explanation identifying the waiver, substitution, or exception you are requesting, and why you believe this should be approved.
- Be sure to date and sign the letter.
2. Supporting Documentation (if appropriate)
Some examples of supporting documentation which may be submitted with your letter include the following:
- letter from the department head of your major
- letter from the department head of the department offering the course for which you are requesting the waiver or exception
- letter from your academic advisor
- letter from the Learning Diagnostic Clinic
- letter from the instructor who teaches the course for which you are requesting the waiver, typed on department letterhead and signed by the instructor
- information from other colleges on courses completed at those colleges such as course description or course syllabus
Appeals (including supporting documentation) must be submitted to Jessica Silvey, Student Development and Public Affairs, two weeks prior to the committee meeting at which the student wishes his/her request to be considered—allowing time to obtain transcripts, copy and disseminate materials to committee members, and study the requests.
Appealing students do not attend meetings. Students will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision.