A student petition is a formal request for a waiver of a Senate Policy. Waivers would
The most common petition types are retroactive withdrawals, late course drops, late course adds, and corrected grades. View the most recent report presented by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education:
Preparing a Petition
Students initiate a petition by speaking with an adviser at their college/campus advising center. Students should not send petition letters or supporting materials directly to the Faculty Senate Office.
For students enrolled at University Park:
For students enrolled at a campus:
Student petitions are always submitted through the college/campus in which the student is currently enrolled, no matter where the student attended during the time of the request. Students are responsible for obtaining documentation from another college/campus if applicable.
Students who are not currently enrolled will submit their petition through the college/campus in which they were enrolled while taking the course(s) in reference.
Review of Petitions
The Senate Subcommittee on Academic Standards reviews petitions continuously throughout the academic year, including summer sessions, and petition reviewing is not coordinated with meetings of the University Faculty Senate.
Student petitions are reviewed at the college/campus level and submitters will make a recommendation of support or non-support to the Senate Committee. The petition will then be forwarded to the Senate Office where it will be reviewed by the Senate Subcommittee on Academic Standards.
If a petition is denied, the student may appeal the decision if he/she can provide additional information to support his/her case.
After a petition is submitted, students can expect a decision within three to five weeks from the time the petition is received in the Senate Office.
The student petition process does not include the handling of refunds or waivers of money owed to the University. These matters need to be addressed through the Office of the Bursar.
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