Granite State College is joining University of New Hampshire as the College of Professional Studies.

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.


If any of the following situations apply to you, you may be eligible for a petition.

  • Late Drop from the Current Term - If you have been unable to participate in a course (i.e. never logged on to an online class or attended a face to face class) due to extreme extenuating circumstances, and you wish to drop the course (course will not appear on transcript, tuition and fees refunded).
  • Late Withdrawal from the Current Term - If it is past the withdrawal deadline but before the close of the term, you may request a late withdrawal due to extreme extenuating circumstances ('W' grade assigned on transcript, no refund of tuition or fees).
  • Financial Relief - If there is a student account balance on your account that is the result of an official or unofficial withdrawal due to extreme extenuating circumstances, you may request institutional funds to clear that balance.


Please access our online form to review the Petition Instructions and Form:

Access Petition Form

Academic Exceptions Requests

To submit requests for other exceptions to academic policies or processes, please access our Petition for Academic Exception Form:

Access Exceptions Form

NOTE: Academic Honesty violations, grade appeals, and grievances are addressed through specific procedures outlined in the catalog and are not subject to Academic Petitions. Please consult with your advisor on those procedures.

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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