Appeals Process

Appeals for credits to be applied to the Hunter Core Requirement (HCR), including the CUNY Common Core and the Hunter Focus, will be received and reviewed by the Hunter College Senate’s General Education Requirement (GER) Appeals Committee.

If you want to appeal for substitutions to or exemptions from any HCR or GER, you must begin by filing an appeal with the General Education Requirements Appeals Committee of the Hunter College Senate.

Appeals must be filed in accordance with the following procedures:

  1. Please send an email to to obtain an application for appeal.
  2. The student must submit a complete application for appeal. Incomplete applications will be returned to the student without consideration by the appeals committee. This action will not be regarded as a denial of the appeal. The appeals committee may request additional documentation in support of an appeal. Students must respond to such requests within 30 days or reapply with a complete application.
  3. The student must present clear evidence that deviation from the prescribed program in the catalog is necessary and reasonable, and that any proposed substitutions adequately meet the academic objectives of the requirement.
  4. Appeals for experimental courses completed at Hunter College but not yet approved by the Undergraduate Course of Study Committee as fulfilling a general education requirement must be supported with a class action letter from the department or program that offered the course. Such appeals will only be considered for Pluralism and Diversity or for the Hunter Focus-not for the CUNY Common Core.
  5. The student must present clear evidence that a course transferred from another college or university fulfills the academic objectives of the requirement. Petitions for satisfaction of CUNY Common Core Requirements must include indication of which learning outcomes were met in the course and how they were met.
  6. The appeals committee will respond to appeals requests on or about the 15th and the 30th of each month during the spring and fall semesters when Hunter College classes are in session. The committee does not review appeals for currently enrolled students between June 1 and September 1 of the same year.

Notice! There are no appeals for Writing Intensive-‘W’ designated-courses. All ‘W’ courses must be completed at Hunter College. Note that not all sections of a course are necessarily offered with significant writing every semester. The ‘W’ designated courses (or specific sections thereof) for a particular semester are listed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. To satisfy a writing requirement, a particular section must be designated as ‘W’.