Here you will find information about the duties and membership of the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS).
There are circumstances where a student may request an exception to an academic policy. Please consult the examples listed below before submitting a petition to the CAS.
Change a Course Prefix
For either a completed or in-progress course, a petition is required if you are changing the prefix in order to get pertinent distribution credit (D1, D2, or D3).
There is no need to change the prefix to have it count toward a major or concentration.
Postpone Making Up a Course Deficiency
A deficiency incurred in the fall term must be made up before the start of the following academic year. A deficiency incurred in the spring semester must be made up prior to the start of the following spring semester.
Postpone Completing a Distribution Requirement
- D1, D2, D3: Students must complete at least three graded semester courses in each division. Two in each division must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. No more than two of the courses used to satisfy the requirement may have the same course prefix. The courses must be taken at Williams or at programs under the direction of Williams College Faculty
- Quantitative Formal Reasoning: One by the end of junior year.
- Writing-Intensive Requirement: All students are required to take two writing-intensive courses; one by the end of sophomore year and one by the end of the junior year.
- Exploring Diversity Initiative: All students are required to complete one course that is part of the Exploring Diversity Initiative any semester before graduation.
Receive Credit for One Semester of a Hyphenated Course
Requires input from the pertinent department.
Change a Pass/Fail Course to Graded OR from Graded to Pass/Fail after the Deadline
Petitions of this nature are typically not approved.
Change a Fifth Course Designation after the Deadline
Petitions of this nature are typically not approved, but if they are, the student is required to take a “W” in the alternate course they wish to drop.
Study Away During Senior Year
Students should meet with Tina Breakell, Director of International Education and Study Away, before submitting a petition.
- First-year students may take no more than one course with the same course prefix, nor more than two in one department, in a semester.
- Sophomores may take no more than two courses with the same course prefix, nor more than three in one department, in a semester.
- Sophomores may take no more than three courses with the same course prefix, nor more than four in one department, during the full year.
- A student may take no more than a total of five courses with the same course prefix, nor more than eight in one department, during the first two years.
Requires department chair and first-year or sophomore advisor support.
Declare or Remain in a Major Despite not Meeting Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for any major, students must:
- have received grades of C minus or better in each course in the major taken in the first two years of college;
- also have received Honors or Pass on any Winter Study Project taken in the major department or program.
Seniors who have an average below 1.67 in the major field normally will not be allowed to continue.
Requires permission of the department chair.