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Academic Policy Information for Faculty and Staff

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Academic Advising is responsible for implementing undergraduate academic policy, including reviewing academic progress and adjudicating requests for exceptions.  Here you can find information for faculty, instructors, and staff on topics such as academic progress expectations for undergraduates, requests for exceptions, and requests for Incompletes.

Stanford's Matadero Creek Trail winds up into the foothills, offering spectacular views. Credit: Kate Chesley

Academic Progress Expectations

All students are expected to make satisfactory progress towards their degree.  Academic Advisors work with students experiencing varying degrees of difficulty, including students who find themselves unable to satisfy the minimum standard for academic progress.  Read about the policies and expectations for undergraduate students here.

Requests for Exception

Academic Advising helps students navigate requests for exception to academic policy.  If your student has approached you about submitting a request, you can learn more about the process and read important considerations here.

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Requesting an Incomplete

An Incomplete (I) grade is restricted to cases in which the student has satisfactorily completed a substantial part of the course work.  Learn more about Incomplete policy, and read important points to consider before granting your student an Incomplete.