Initiate Course Directive
  • Log-in to MyMadison ( using your eID and password and authenticate your login with 2-factor authentication.
  • On the main landing page, in the left menu, click Advisor.
  • In the Advisor Center area, click My Advisees.
  • Click the View Student Details link to access the advisee's Student Center.
  • In the Academic Center, click the dropdown labeled other academic...
  • Select Initiate Directive/Waiver.

Initiate Directive


Directive Request Form
  • Confirm that the student's program information displayed at the top of the page is correct. If the student is not officially declared in the major, minor or concentration for which the directive is being submitted, then the Registrar's Office will not be able to process the directive.
  • In the dropdown next to Select if this request is a Directive or Waiver, select Directive.
  • In the dropdown next to Choose area for Directive request, select an area for the directive -- Major/Minor/Licensure or General Education.
  • In the dropdown next to Academic Plan or General Education Area, select the desired plan or general education area from the list of options.

Directive Form


Select a Course
  • A grid containing all available course data for the student will appear.
  • Select the course to be directed.

Note: courses can be sorted using the column headers. Only one course may be selected per directive.

Select a Course

Requirements and Reasons
  • Below the course grid, you can click Academic Requirements to view the student's academic requirements report, if necessary. On this screen, you can find the deficient requirement that is the target of the directive. Use the Return button at the top of the page to navigate back to the directive form.
  • In the box next to Direct course to this requirement, provide the name of the target requirement. If possible, also provide the target course being replaced by the directed course.
  • In the box under Reason for Request, provide a detailed reason for the request. This information is provided to approvers as the request routes through the approval workflow. If insufficient detail is provided, then it is possible that an approver may deny the request.
  • Click Submit. You may submit another request for the same student or return to their Student Center.
Note: Both the initiator and the student will receive an automated email confirming the final action taken on the request (either Approved and Processed, or Denied).

Reasons for Directive Request


For more information on Course Directives, please refer to the CDW FAQ page.

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