Special Academic Problems

Not all special academic problems can be predicted, but here are some examples of how students might seek support from the DUS in petitioning the Committee on Honors and Academic Standing:

*A student who enters a major late and requires a ninth term to complete its requirements asks the DUS to write to the committee confirming the necessity of a ninth term.

*A student seeks the support of the DUS in petitioning the committee to allow more than the usual quota of four course credits earned at a Yale professional school1 or more than the usual ration of two course credits earned at another university.

*A student asks the DUS to recommend that they be allowed to take a heavier-than-usual course load, to enroll late in a course, or to exceed the number of credits of independent research a student is normally allowed to enroll in before the senior year.

In each such case, the student will take the initiative in consulting you. Your role is to assist the committee in reaching an educationally sound decision by addressing the academic merits of the student’s request, particularly as they relate to the program of study in the major.