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Under normal circumstances, the rules and policies outlined in this document will apply to all graduate students. However, the Graduate Committee recognizes that sometimes there are unusual circumstances or opportunities that make it advisable to grant a student a waiver from a particular rule or policy set forth in this document.

A student or major professor can request a waiver or appeal from a particular rule, policy or decision by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies in written or email form. The request should specify the nature of the change that is requested and the reasons why a waiver is justified. The Director of Graduate Studies will share the waiver request with the Graduate Committee and the Department Head. Together they will decide if the requested waiver is justified. Depending on the nature of the request, they will also decide whether there will be any conditions or extensions of time limits attached to the waiver.