It is expected that a student will complete all the requirements of his/her curriculum.
Under exceptional circumstances, certain requirements may be waived. New York State
Education Department regulations, such as the minimum number of credits required for
graduation and the required number of liberal arts and science credits, may not be
waived. It should be noted that waivers are never automatic. Examples of when a requirement
may be waived include: when a course scheduling problem has made it impossible for
a student to meet a graduation requirement, or when a student needs to meet a specific
requirement of a four‑year college to which the student intends to transfer.
When a required course is waived, a course of an equal or a greater number of credits
must be substituted. A Waiver or Modification of Curriculum form must be approved
before the student enrolls in a substitute course. The approval process is initiated
by the department chair, program chair or academic coach, reviewed by the appropriate
academic department, and finally acted upon by the dean of academic affairs. It is
then sent to the Registrar’s Office to be updated in the student’s Degree Works Audit.