Programmatic Waiver Request Template
Waivers from a portion of the SUNY-GER may be granted on a programmatic basis when it is demonstrated that fulfillment of the SUNY-GER would extend students’ time-to-degree beyond eight semesters of full-time study or the equivalent. It is normally expected that programs for which a waiver is granted will have highly prescriptive degree requirements due to accreditation or other relevant and demonstrable professional standards.
Use the format set out on the following page when requesting a partial waiver for a degree program or programs from the SUNY-GER. Instructions/examples are provided in boldface. Use as much space as appropriate to provide the requested information. This document is not a form, but you may find it convenient to use it to create a template for your submissions.
Electronic submissions are requested. They should be submitted in RTF or Word (Windows) format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions about a program’s suitability for a waiver will normally be conveyed within 30 days of receipt by the Provost’s Office. Campuses shall refrain from publicizing a programmatic waiver before receiving confirmation from the Provost’s Office. Requests for expedited processing should be made at the time of submission.
State University General
Education Requirement (SUNY-GER)
II. Campus Contact Person.
[Name, relevant title, phone & fax, email]
III. Program Identification
[Title/Award/SED program code. E.g., “Electrical Engineering, B.E., #12345.” The SED program code may be accessed via the online Inventory of Registered Programs at www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html.]
A. Semester-by-Semester Breakdown
[Provide in tabular format a breakdown by semester of coursework that would typically be taken to complete the program in eight full-time semesters.]
B. Curriculum Requirements
[Paste in or include as a separate attachment the catalog copy of program requirements.]
V. Waiver Requested
[Specify the portion of the SUNY-GER from which students graduating from the program would be waived. Examples might include:
VI. Rationale for the Waiver
[Describe the need for the waiver in terms of criteria described on the “Instructions” page—i.e., time-to-degree, accreditation and other relevant professional standards, vel sim. A persuasive rationale will derive demonstrable support from the curricular information provided in IV.A-B.]