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Academic Policies & Procedures

The information below pertains to academic policies and procedures at the University of Denver. Students with additional questions should utilize the contact and website information below for assistance and clarification. 

Academic Exceptions

Academic policies define institutional standards and ensure equitable treatment of all students. All students are expected to observe the academic policies and practices of the University set forth in the University Bulletin. However, in instances of documented extraordinary circumstances, a student may request an exception to a policy or practice.

The Academic Exceptions Committee is a standing subcommittee of the Undergraduate & Graduate Councils which represents the Councils' interests as advisory to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. As chair of the Committee, the Vice Provost appoints its members and ensures that the Committee is representative of appropriate academic and administrative units. Decisions of the Committee are final.

Fall Quarter 2020 Meeting Dates

The Academic Exceptions Committee meets on a monthly basis. Please check back for the fall 2020 quarter meeting dates. Only completed academic exceptions will be reviewed the by the committee and must be completed prior to the meeting dates indicated here.

Committee Purview

The Academic Exceptions Committee considers requests for exceptions to University-wide academic policies affecting students. This is an academic committee that cannot take considerations of convenience, financial cost, or academic standing into the decision.

Exceptions should be submitted within one calendar year after the completion of the quarter in question and must be submitted prior to a student's degree being certified and posted to the transcript. Any exceptions that do not meet this expectation should include a rationale for why the request was not made within the appropriate time frame.

Required Documentation

A valid petition includes, at minimum, the official online request submission through PioneerWeb, written documentation from the student and supporting documentation, as appropriate for the petition type. Additional documentation may be required. Documentation may be emailed to or faxed to 303-871-4566. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all documents are submitted in a timely fashion.

The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs or designee has final determination as to whether the documentation the student has submitted is sufficient.

Petition Review & Status
  • It is the responsibility of the students to check the status of their petitions and respond to requests by the Committee representative.
  • The student will be notified (via PioneerWeb) of the decision within one week of when the request was reviewed.
  • A student has 45 days from the initial submission to complete the petition. If, at the end of 45 days there are still outstanding documents, the petition will be cancelled, and the student will need to resubmit a new petition.
  • A student may re-petition if there is new documentation that was not reasonably available at the time of the initial decision.
Additional Information




Active students may appeal academic and student status related decisions and/or seek resolution of complaints or grievances through the below outlined formalized policies and procedures during their enrollment at the University of Denver.

Graduate Appeals Process

Graduate students who would like to seek resolution of complaints or grievances may do so through the Academic Grievance and Appeal Procedure. Graduate units may have additional requirements specific to their accreditation or professional standards. It is the responsibility of the student to determine whether the graduate unit has specific requirements and the responsibility of the unit to ensure that those requirements are addressed prior to advancing the grievance to the Office of the Provost. In the event of conflict between any grievance process published in unit manuals or websites, the formal grievance process will govern.

Students who would like to appeal a grade must follow the grade appeal procedure, as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin.

Undergraduate Appeals Process

Undergraduate students who would like to appeal a grade must follow the grade appeal procedure, as outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Academic Standards

In order to graduate from the University of Denver, students must maintain minimum academic standards. These official standards vary by academic level and can be found outlined below. 

Graduate Academic Standards

See the Graduate Bulletin for a description of the University of Denver's academic standards and grading.

Graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be in good academic standing. Master's students in the Sturm College of Law must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7. JD students in the Sturm College of Law must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.3.

Any student whose overall grade point average falls below a 3.0 (2.7 for Law Master's, 2.3 for Law JD) is no longer in good academic standing and may be warned, put on probation, suspended or terminated, depending upon the grade point deficiency. Each quarter on probation, the student must contact the advisor to develop a plan to remedy the academic deficit.

Undergraduate Academic Standards

The Academic Standards committee reviews students' academic records to determine whether a student needs to take time away from the University. Students may be suspended from the University of Denver for academic reasons or behavioral reasons. The information included here pertains only to students who are suspended for academic reasons.

See the Undergraduate Bulletin for a description of the University of Denver's academic standards and grading.

It is important to note that students with:

  • A GPA above a 2.2 are in good standing with the university
  • A GPA between a 2.2 and a 2.0 are on academic warning while remaining in good standing with the university
  • A GPA below 2.0 are on academic probation, no longer in good standing and at risk of being suspended or dismissed from the university

For additional information on academic suspension, visit the Academic Advising website

Medical Leave of Absence

A student with a mental health and/or physical health condition may elect to apply for a Medical Leave of Absence from the University. The Medical Leave of Absence and Medical Reentry Policies describe the circumstances under which a student may request a Medical Leave of Absence and the procedures the student must follow.

More information about this process can be found on the Student Outreach and Support website. 

Tuition Appeals

A student may appeal for an exception to the University refund policy if unusual circumstances exist that are beyond the student's control. A student must officially withdraw from the course prior to beginning the appeals process. The statute of limitations for an appeal is 90 days from the end of the term in which the course for which the tuition being appealed was offered.

Additional Information

Graduate students can find more information on this process in the Graduate Bulletin

Undergraduate students can find more information on this process in the Undergraduate Bulletin