The following section explains how authorized individuals in L&S major departments/units can submit exceptions to major requirements for processing and review to L&S Academic Information Management (AIM).
DARS-X is an online system used to make exceptions or adjustments to L&S academic requirements as they are reflected on the DARS for individual students.
DARS-X provides an accurate depiction of curricular requirements based on the date of matriculation to UW-Madison and declaration of major/certificate program by combining current student information and L&S degree requirement information.
Common types of exceptions include approving a course not currently coded to meet a program requirement, exchanging a required course for another course the student has completed, and in some cases, adjusting the required credits or courses of a specific requirement.
Exceptions to established program requirements should be rare. Exceptions recognize when students meet the same learning objectives as a required course, in an alternate course. Exceptions do not assume that all students taking such an alternate course also meet the learning objectives. Usually, if a course should count for all students, that course should be listed in Guide and coded in DARS to count automatically.
If you find yourself submitting multiple, repetitious exceptions, please contact Academic Information Management (AIM) for consultation. In addition to administering the the DARS-X system for L&S use, the staff in AIM can assist departments to obtain governance approval of curriculum changes to be published in Guide and coded in DARS.
Exceptions can only be submitted by authorized parties, using the DARS-X online application. To request authorization, download the DARS-XAuthorizationform.pdf -- complete the top portion and have the bottom signed by the program chair or director -- and send it to AIM.
For any questions, contact AIM (AIM@saa.ls.wisc.edu)