Policy Exceptions

Policy Exceptions

AGNR Exception to Academic Policy

Academic policies and deadlines are crafted by the University to ensure integrity and provide equity for all students.  AGNR will consider granting an “exception” to a student who has made a diligent effort to work within the requirements but who encounters problems that are clearly beyond their control. “Exceptions to Policy” are not appropriate solutions for problems students can avoid by taking personal responsibility. 

  • Exceptions are only given in “rare and extraordinary circumstances” in which a problem is “out of the control of a student and not predictable.”  Requests are not guaranteed and are considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • A written explanation detailing the reasons behind the request is mandatory. Take the time before submitting a request to develop a clear, thoughtful, and concise presentation. Explain what the problem is, the origin of the problem, and how you will fix this type of problem in the future. Submission of falsified documentation will result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct.

  • AGNR does not make exceptions for poor judgment, poor performance, or forgetfulness.  It is your responsibility to know and adhere to all academic policies.  A complete guide to academic policy can be found in the UMD Undergraduate Catalog

To understand more about the type of exception you are requesting and how decisions are made, please read the Policy Exceptions FAQs.

It takes time to arrive at a fair decision; Requests generally take between 5 – 7 business days (does not include Saturday and Sunday) to process and are reviewed in the order they are received.  Do not assume your request will be granted; Take whatever actions are necessary in the event your request is denied.

The Academic Programs office will notify you via email when your request has been reviewed and a final decision made. For all inquiries and questions about your exception(s), please email 

PLEASE NOTE:  For those with double majors/double degrees:  You should be filing a policy exception request with AGNR only if AGNR is your primary advising College.  By viewing your unofficial transcript, you will be able to see which degree is your primary.