Student Handbook 2021-2022


Student Requests for Exceptions to Non-Academic Policies

This section does not apply to non-academic policies mentioned elsewhere in this Student Handbook.

Walsh policies and procedures have been thoroughly considered before adoption and are consistently applied. However, Walsh reserves the right to grant an exception to a policy or procedure. The integrity of a Walsh degree and equality of treatment of students limits the types of policy exceptions that may be granted and the justifications which may be considered. To request an exception, a student must direct the request in writing to the director of the department implementing the non-academic policy. The request must include the student’s Walsh identification number, telephone number, Walsh e-mail, the policy for which the student is seeking the exception, the reasons justifying the request, and any documentation necessary (e.g., if the request is due to medical problems, a written statement from the physician should be attached to the request). Exceptions are not granted for work related reasons or when the student has completed the course (s) by having taken the final exam and/or submitting the final project. The request must be submitted by the end of the following semester, not to exceed three months after the semester for which the exception is requested.

Requests will be reviewed with the appropriate Walsh personnel and will be considered based upon the amount of control the student had over the situation, the circumstances and merit of the request, and the impact the action will have on the overall academic standards of Walsh. The student will be notified of the decision in writing. A copy of all written decisions may be retained in the student’s file.

Non-Academic Issue Resolution

Non-academic issues involving general student conduct and/or the application of administrative policies or procedures will be considered as cases of non-academic misconduct. Cases of this nature should be brought to the immediate attention of the administrative director of the department directly involved with the area of administrative policy or procedure.

If the issue cannot be resolved with the director of the responsible administrative area, the matter may be referred to one of Walsh’s Officers for review. An officer of Walsh may attempt resolution of the issue, including meeting with the student, remand it to the director to resolve; or recommend to the assistant vice president, academic administration that it be considered by the Student Conduct and Appeals Committee.

Cases involving discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct are subject to a separate Walsh policy, included in the Student Handbook under Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy, which contains guidance on reporting and procedures.