Committee on Academic Status

The Committee on Academic Status (CAS) consists of six full-time members of the teaching faculty and the Dean of Students, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and the Registrar (or their designees). Faculty members are elected to three-year terms, with two terms expiring annually. After the election of new members, CAS elects its chair from among the elected members.

The Committee has three functions:

  1. The Committee hears individual student requests for exceptions to academic rules and regulations not directly related to the fulfillment of degree requirements (with some exceptions).
  2. The Committee reviews the progress of students in academic difficulty at the end of each semester and makes a determination of status (e.g., academic warning, probation, required withdrawal).
  3. When warranted, the Committee recommends changes to academic policy to the Educational Policy Committee based on considerations prompted by individual requests.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, the committee meets every other week. Meetings are less frequent during breaks, holidays, and summer sessions. This committee has a strict quorum requirement, and ordinarily all faculty members attend.

For more information, consult the web page addressing CAS Petitions.