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 on the Graduate School website. The decision of the Graduate Council is final.