This is very helpful. It also explains the underlying reasons that why policies designed for commercial firms don't make sense for non-profit educational programs that don't collect student information.
Yeah. Thanks for the compliment. I have to say, it's rare that that solves the problem, partly because the person with whom I get to negotiate by email is about three pay grades below anyone who could take the initiative to change a policy or make an exception to it. I suppose I could try the Magic Words, but they work best on the phone, not by email.