Course requirements for degrees granted by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are designed to provide a comprehensive education in both general education and in the student’s major field of study. In awarding a degree, VCU recognizes the satisfactory completion of courses essential for the practice of the student’s chosen profession or continued field of study and research. All admitted students are regarded as “otherwise qualified” to participate in any academic program with or without reasonable accommodations. Therefore, students with disabilities are not excused from degree requirements.
In certain limited instances where a student has a disability that is so profound, it prevents their ability to meet course requirements, the student may petition for a course substitution. These requests will be evaluated on a case-by case basis. Course substitutions will only be considered if the following conditions hold true:
In order to request a course substitution, a student should submit the following:
Course Substitution Requests are reviewed periodically throughout the semester. Students who are granted course substitutions will be required to replace the substituted course with one that teaches comparable skills and/or information. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to request course substitutions as early as possible prior to their graduation date. Exceptions will not be made for students who fail to request course substitutions well in advance of their anticipated graduation date. A copy of the committee’s decision will be emailed to the student and their academic department and will be kept in their SAEO file.
Documentation must be on professional letterhead, typed (or clearly legible), dated, and signed. It must be provided by an appropriately licensed professional. Documentation should include the following: