Petition Guidelines & Forms
There may be circumstances beyond a student's control that prevent him/her from completing his/her coursework for a term. Students should consult with their advisor prior to withdrawing or beginning the petition process. Petitions may also be submitted for variance of other college policies.
Our guidelines provide details about the types of petitions (course drop/withdrawal, reinstatement of financial aid eligibility, exceptions to academic policy), step-by-step instructions, and the official petition form.
Waivers of academic policies and procedures are considered by Academic Affairs through a written petition process facilitated by the student’s advisor. Academic Affairs rules on all petitions, and the student is notified of the decision by letter.
Appealing a Decision
If a student thinks that reconsideration of the decision is warranted due to the availability of additional information, the need to further clarify information previously presented, or the decision of the Petition Committee was made contrary to college policy and/or made without reasonable process, he or she may appeal the decision to the Provost.
The student must do so in writing within fifteen (15) working days of the date of the decision. The appeal should clearly state the ground(s) on which the student is asking to have the decision reviewed and any relevant new information. The Petition Committee will forward all materials concerning steps already taken and information received to the Provost. The Provost will review the appeal and will provide to the student a final written decision.
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