University of Minnesota Morris

Appeals, Exceptions, and Petitions

Academic Policy Petition
Exceptions may be considered to University academic requirements when compelling reasons are provided and approval does not compromise the quality of the student’s Morris education. When an exception is needed, the student should request an exception as soon as possible via submission of the Academic Policy Petition. Contact the Office of the Registrar ( to determine if additional documentation will be required.
Dean’s List Endorsement
Students may request “faculty endorsement” in situations in which course work was completed by the scheduled final date of the course but the grade was not recorded at the time that the Dean’s List was generated.
Dean’s List Petition
Students who have completed a minimum of 12 credits for the term with two-thirds credits on the A-F grading system and earned a GPA of 3.666 or higher may petition the Function and Awards Committee if they were unable to complete all credits for which they were registered during the term due to directed or independent study projects, serious illness, or justifiable emergency. More information and the procedure can be found on the form.
General Education Exceptions
Students seeking an exception from general education degree requirements, should contact the Scholastic Committee Executive Staff.
One Repeat Rule Petition
Students are entitled to petition the Scholastic Committee for exemption to the one repeat rule, although petitions are not likely to be approved. Students who wish to take a course for a third time must meet with their advisers to thoroughly discuss other options and the impact of taking a course for a third time. Petitions should be submitted to the Scholastic Committee executive staff in the Office of the Registrar.
Petition to take more than 20 credits
Students may enroll in up to 20 credits each semester. Scholastic Committee approval is required for a student to enroll in more than 20 credits in a semester. The Scholastic Committee executive staff acts on petitions from students to register for more than 20 credits. The form may be found online.
Substitutions for the Major
Students seeking a substitution in the major should contact the discipline through the appropriate division office.
Transfer Evaluation Appeal
Students with questions about transfer evaluation should contact the transfer specialist. Students are entitled to petition the Scholastic Committee regarding the outcome of transfer evaluation.
Tuition Refund Appeal
If you are leaving the Morris for medical or military reasons, or for academic dismissal, you may be entitled to a partial or, in rare cases, a full tuition refund. Print the Tuition Refund Appeal form or pick up a form in One Stop. You must provide third party documentation supporting your appeal. See the instructions on the form for more details. If you are leaving for military reasons, please refer to the Active Military Duty Cancellation Policy.
Late Registration Fee Petition
A late registration fee is assessed for an “initial registration” that occurs on or after the first day of classes for any semester. It does NOT affect adding or dropping of classes. During fall and spring semester, the fee is $50 if a student’s initial registration for that semester occurs within the first two weeks of classes and $100 thereafter (summer semester fees are $25 and $50, respectively). The form to appeal these charges is online.
Withdraw for Nonacademic Reasons Petition
To withdraw after the 10th week of the semester until the last day of instruction, students must petition the Scholastic Committee Students based on nonacademic, extenuating circumstances. Nonacademic reasons may include a prolonged illness or other difficulties beyond the student’s control. Students should use the petition form to explain the nonacademic reason(s).