Faculty Senate Petition Support
Faculty Senate petitions are for students who are deserving of amendments to their academic records via retroactive actions, such as retroactive withdrawals or late-drops, retroactive late-adds, or any other retroactive academic administrative actions. In all cases, the petitions must be based on extenuating circumstances outside of the student's control.
Types of Petitions
- Retroactive withdrawal for a past semester (or semesters) CHECKLIST
- Retroactive Late-Drop of a course (or courses) from a current or past semester CHECKLIST
- Other Petition Types
Documents Required for Petitions
- Your letter of explanation (petition letter). Please limit to one page. LETTER LINK
- Documentation to support the retroactive action, such as:
- Supporting letter(s) on appropriate letterhead or an email from a counselor, academic adviser, instructor/other — preferably not family members or friends
- Supporting letter on business letterhead for a medical excuse
- Obituary or other documentation to support a death in the family excuse
Important tenets of a successful petition
- Brevity: concise and brief; grammatical correctness
- Supporting documentation (letters, emails, medical documents, other)
- A viable and reasonable case that is founded on extenuating circumstances outside of your control
Reasons that will jeopardize approval for a petition
- The course was too hard"; "I was not mature enough to appreciate my education"; "I just stopped attending class"; "I don't need this class to graduate"; "this impacted my GPA negatively"; "I need to raise my GPA"
- An excuse for which you have no tangible written proof; a case that is solely about lost scholarship support with no extenuating circumstances present; unjustifiable request for removal of poor work from years past
Acceptable reasons for retroactive requests
- Death in the family
- Personal or family crisis/situation
- Emotional upheaval/breakdown
- Financial worries/burdens
- Illness or disability (either mental or physical)
How to Submit a Petition
Please email all materials to your assigned academic adviser.
DO NOT submit your petition materials directly to the Senate or your petition will be denied.