Appeal for Waiver of Requirement
There are two circumstances under which you may appeal the University Writing Skills Requirement:
First, if you have attempted a first-tier course at least three times and your portfolio has received Limited Competence each time and your most recent teacher agrees to give you a letter saying that you did everything you could have done but were unable to pass, you may appeal the requirement to the Basic Skills Requirements Appeals Committee. If the appeal is successful, your permanent record would state that you have not met the Graduation Writing Requirement, but you will be allowed to graduate provided all other requirements have been met.
Second, if you have received a D or a D+ in a second-tier course, you may request an Administrative Appeal. (A first-tier course is a prerequisite if your WST score is a 6.) If the appeal is successful, your permanent record would state that you have not met the Graduation Writing Requirement, but you will be allowed to graduate provided all other requirements have been met.
If you do not satisfy the requirement or have a waiver approved, you will not be allowed to graduate. There are NO exceptions to the above criteria.
In either case, contact the Petitions Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
There is no prohibition against taking a second-tier course on a CR/NC grading pattern if the course is not in your major department (i.e. MKTG 3495 for Business majors). Passing the course with a grade of CR will satisfy the UWSR. However, if you earn a grade of D+ or D on the CR/NC pattern, you will receive an NC grade and neither complete satisfaction of the UWSR nor meet the criteria for a waiver.