Overview

  • The Committee on Undergraduate Records and Certification (CURC) consists of faculty members and University administrators. CURC reviews student records and makes final decisions about dismissal.
  • In situations where there are extenuating circumstances, CURC can consider an appeal to the dismissal decision. (More about appeals below)
  • If CURC does not grant a request for an appeal due to extenuating circumstances (or no request is submitted), the CURC committee’s action will be to dismiss.

When are appeals appropriate?

  • Students with extenuating circumstances can appeal to CURC through their home college’s Assistant Dean. University Studies students should contact the Associate Director of University Studies.
  • CURC appeals are appropriate when there are extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control (e.g., serious documented illness, documented family emergency).
  • There are 3 options for appeals: (a) Freshman/Transfer Special Probation; (b) Special Probation; and (c) Retroactive Withdrawal

Freshman/Transfer Special Probation

  • First semester at UD
  • Slightly more than 13 deficit points
  • Must submit written request to Assistant Dean for CURC
  • Documentation not required
  • Grades, GPA, deficit points, credits not affected
  • Must reduce deficit points each semester

Special Probation

  • Not first semester at UD
  • Slightly more than 13 deficit points
  • Must submit written request to Assistant Dean for CURC
  • Documentation required
  • Grades, GPA, deficit points, credits not affected
  • Must reduce deficit points each semester

Retroactive Withdrawal

  • Anyone
  • Any number of deficit points
  • Must submit written request to Assistant Dean for CURC
  • Documentation required
  • Grades, GPA, deficit points, credits are affected
  • Does not apply

How to Submit an Appeal

  • The student must submit a written petition that clearly identifies what the student is requesting and explains his or her situation. The petition must be signed by the student.
  • Documentation from an appropriate professional who can assess the impact on the student must accompany the petition. If the request is based on a disability, documentation should include a letter from UD Disability Support Services. All supporting documentation must be provided in English.
  • Petitions are presented to CURC by the student’s Assistant Dean. Students do not attend the CURC meeting.
  • Petitions should be submitted as soon as possible. For students in pending dismissal status, petitions must be presented before the CURC deadline.
  • Any petition and any subsequent CURC actions must be finalized prior to degree conferral. Once a degree is awarded no changes may be made to a student’s academic record.