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Petitions

To request an exemption to a University requirement or deadline, students file a petition with the appropriate university committee as outlined below.

Undergraduate
Current Term - Deadline Appeals (DAC)

The Deadline Appeals Committee (DAC) rules on petitions to waive deadlines for the current term. Such deadlines include those for adding/dropping classes and changing grading options. Students submit the Deadline Appeals Board Petition to the Registration windows in the lobby of Neuberger Hall. The committee meets once a week during the term and makes decisions on all complete petitions submitted since their last meeting. In general, students are notified of committee decisions within 2 weeks of submitting a petition.

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Deadline Appeals Board Petition

Prior Terms - Scholastic Standards Committee (SSC)

The Scholastic Standards Committee (SSC) reads and makes decisions on petitions to waive deadlines from prior terms. Such deadlines include those for adding/dropping classes, changing grading options, and resolving I (Incomplete) grades on courses. Students submit the Petition to Waive Deadlines to the Registration windows in the lobby of Neuberger Hall. In general, students are notified of committee decisions 2-4 weeks after submitting a petition. Please note: The SSC Petition to Waive Deadlines is for undergraduate courses only. 

SSC Petition to Waive Deadlines from Prior Terms

Reinstatement - Scholastic Standards Committee (SSC)

Reinstatement

The Scholastic Standards Committee rules on petitions for reinstatement of undergraduate students after academic dismissal. Students submit the Petition for Reinstatement to the Registration windows in the lobby of Neuberger Hall. In general, students are notified of committee decisions 2-4 weeks after submitting a petition. Please note: The SSC Petition for Reinstatement is for undergraduate students only. 

SSC Petition for Reinstatement

Degree Requirements - Academic Requirements Committee (ARC)

Petitions regarding academic regulations such as credits loads, transfer credits, and general education and university degree requirements (but not major requirements) for all bachelor's degrees are ruled on by the Academic Requirements Committee (ARC). Students submit the Academic Requirements Committee Student Petition Form to the Degree Requirements office in Neuberger Hall 104. In general, students are notified of committee decisions 4 weeks after submitting a petition. To request exemptions to major requirements, students should consult with their academic adviser.

Academic Requirements Committee Online Petition

Medical Withdrawal

Students who need to drop all courses for the current term due to medical reasons can contact the Office of the Registrar to discuss options for medical withdrawal. If the student is unable to make the request, a representative, such as a family member, may contact the Office of the Registrar regarding the student's medical withdrawal.

Graduate
Current Term - Deadline Appeals (DAC)

The Deadline Appeals Committee (DAC) rules on petitions to waive deadlines for the current term. Such deadlines include those for adding/dropping classes and changing grading options. Students submit the Deadline Appeals Board Petition to the Registration windows in the lobby of Neuberger Hall. The committee meets once a week during the term and makes decisions on all complete petitions submitted since their last meeting. In general, students are notified of committee decisions within 2 weeks of submitting a petition.

Deadline Appeals Board Petition

Prior Terms - Graduate Council

Students are responsible for knowing all regulations and procedures required by the University as well as the departmental requirements for the graduate certificate or degree program being pursued. A graduate student may petition the Graduate Council for the waiver of a University graduate academic regulation or degree requirement. The petition process is an option in unusual cases with extenuating circumstances. A petition is not a remedy for poor advising on the part of an academic unit or poor planning by the student. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception granted because of ignorance of the regulation or of the assertion that the student was not informed by the adviser or other authority. 

The responsibility for initiating the petition rests with the student. The graduate petition form is available here. The decision of the Graduate Council is final.

Graduate Council forms

Medical Withdrawal

Students who need to drop all courses for the current term due to medical reasons can contact the Office of the Registrar to discuss options for medical withdrawal. If the student is unable to make the request, a representative, such as a family member, may contact the Office of the Registrar regarding the student's medical withdrawal.