Situations may arise during a student’s participation in the Cooperative Education Program that result in their desire to request an exception or waiver from the established policies of the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education.

A process has been established by which these requests can be submitted and considered by the Professional Standards Review Committee (PSRC).

Policy Summary

Students are subject to all policies and procedures of the Division and University. The Cooperative Education Program policies and procedures are outlined in the Co-op Student Handbook.

Any deviation from these policies and practices requires that a student request approval to do so via the process outlined here.

Deviating from established policies and procedures without following this process could result in sanctions being placed upon the student.


A student wishing to request a program exception or waiver should:

  1. Review the policy summary above.
  2. Review the complete policy in the Cooperative Education Student Handbook.
  3. Notify and consult with their Cooperative Education Faculty Advisor for clarification and discussion.
  4. Complete the PSRC Student Petition and notify/copy your Faculty Advisor.
    1. Students must provide documentation in cases where a waiver or exception is due to circumstances such as a medical situation or a military waiver.
    2. Students are advised to complete the petition with as much detail as possible in order for decisions to be rendered quickly.
  5. Submit the completed PSRC Student Petition for Co-op Program Exception or Waiver to both your co-op advisor and to Kathi Voils at kathleen.voils@uc.edu.

Next Steps

The student will receive an email confirmation of receipt of the petition and will be advised of the date, time and location of the meeting during which their request will be considered. Student attendance is only suggested for cases that may be very difficult or challenging to understand or require significant information or discussion.

Depending on the specifics of the situation, the student’s Co-op Faculty Advisor and/or the Professional Standards Review Committee (PSRC) may require additional documentation from the student. The PSRC will consider the case per the established hearing schedule (typically meeting twice per term), and the student will be notified of the committee’s decision via email.

The student and their Co-op Faculty Advisor should work together to determine how the PSRC’s decision would affect participation in the co-op program, if applicable.