Petition for Modification of Academic Requirements

The Purpose of this Petition Form

Students may use this form to request an exception to policy. This form is used for all matters that may be petitioned except for late course withdrawal. Please carefully review the information below before submitting a petition.

How is the petition evaluated?

Your petition will be reviewed to determine whether an extenuating circumstance and significant need exists that would present a compelling reason to grant an exception. Modifications are not typically granted unless the following criteria are met:

  • An extenuating circumstance prevents the student from adhering to policy
  • A significant need exists
  • The student demonstrates advisor and/or other faculty/staff support for the exception
  • Documentation that is pertinent to the matter is included with the petition
  • The Committee believes the exception is in the best interest of the student and will not harm the College or the value of the degree

Example of extenuating circumstances and need:

A student wishes to add a course after the add/drop deadline because the student was unexpectedly hospitalized during the end of the add/drop period. The course is needed as part of the student’s major. The student has included a letter from a college office attesting to the health emergency and a letter of support from the advisor.

What matters are not appropriate for a petition?

  • A student has been attending class for weeks but never registered for the course.  There is no serious no extenuating circumstance (e.g., hospitalization, serious illness in the family, etc).  While such a petition is technically allowed, the committee does not tend to view these favorably.
  • A student would like to withdraw from a course in which an incomplete grade was awarded. This is not allowed. Once a grade (incomplete or otherwise) has been awarded and the semester has been concluded, the student may not withdraw from the course.
  • A student wants to satisfy a General Education requirement with a course that has not been designated to fulfill GE. This is not allowed. A course is designated by the Curriculum Committee to fulfill GE requirements or it is not.
  • The student wants to graduate but has earned less than 128 credits. The committee will not approve of granting a degree to a student who has not fulfilled the minimum credit requirement to earn a degree.
  • The student wants to use advanced placement credit to fulfill General Education requirements. This is not allowed. AP credit cannot satisfy GE requirements for one student but not another.

Who hears academic petition matters?

The Subcommittee on Petitions, Appeals and Student Designed Majors is a subgroup of the faculty members currently serving on the Curriculum Committee. Upon the request of the petitioning student, the student member of the Curriculum Committee may join the Petitions Committee for the hearing of petitions. (Please note that the student representative is not available in the summer semester and may not be available at all times during the academic year.) The Director of Student and Departmental Account Services will make determinations on financial matters related to academic petitions.

The task of the Petitions Committee is to ensure that exceptions to the regulations are granted only after careful consideration of all the facts and the student’s academic record, and that decisions are made with consistency and fairness. (Please note that policies involving curricular matters such as General Education may not be granted exceptions via the petitions process.) 

Decisions of the Committee are final.

Talk to your Advisor first!

Before filing a petition, the student must meet with the Academic Advisor to consider ways of fulfilling the requirement without the need for modification. In many cases, alternatives exist that would achieve the same objective. If that is not possible, the student may submit a petition by following the instructions below.


  1. The student should meet with the advisor to discuss the proposed petition to determine if it is necessary.
  2. If the advisor believes the petition is necessary, the advisor should review and sign the petition, and provide a letter of support explaining the necessity to the Subcommittee on Petitions, Appeals, and Student-Designed-Majors.
  3. The requested information must be typed. No handwritten petitions will be accepted. The form can be filled out online and the student should complete his or her part of the form before printing it for the advisor’s signature.
  4. If the policy/procedure for which the student is requesting an exception requires a form (overload form, internship form, etc), the completed form must be included with the signed petition.  Be sure to include an academic plan approved by the advisor.
  5. The student should obtain necessary documentation and letter(s) of support, and then return the completed petition to the Office of the Registrar.  Incomplete petitions or hand-written petitions will not be accepted.  If you have non-medical documentation to submit, please send it directly to the Registrar at  If you have medical documentation that you do not wish to share directly with the committee, you may send that documentation to the Office of Student Accessibility or other appropriate campus health office. That office will substantiate for the committee that appropriate documentation has been received by the college.
  6. The completed petition must be submitted to the Registrar at least two weeks prior to the next scheduled meeting of the Curriculum Subcommittee on Petitions, Appeals, and Student-Designed Majors.  The subcommittee shall meet at least monthly during fall and spring semester unless there are no petitions to be considered.
  7. The completed petition and supporting documentation will be submitted to the subcommittee by the Registrar.  The Registrar shall attend the subcommittee deliberations in an ex-officio capacity. 
  8. The Registrar will notify the student of the Committee’s decision by email.
  9. The decision of the faculty committee is final. 

Petition Form:

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Petition for Modification of Academic Requirements