Faculty Senate Petitions

A Faculty Senate Petition may be used to request an exception to a policy and/or to request a retroactive procedure. The Senate permits students to petition for exceptions to academic rules found in the Policies and Rules for Undergraduate Students. The petition provides an opportunity for a student to receive consideration on extenuating circumstances affecting his/her progress. Strong, documented justification must be provided to establish the circumstances to warrant an exception. The most common petitions are Retroactive Withdrawal and Retroactive Late Drop.

A petition is initiated by speaking with your academic adviser. Your adviser will assist in gathering the documents for the petition and will submit the petition on your behalf. Once the Faculty Senate receives your petition, it will take approximately 3-5 weeks to receive a determination and you will be notified via postal mail.

Required documentation from student

  1. Signed Student Request Letter
    Sample letter
  2. Documentation
    - Examples: hospital records, signed letter from physician, statement from counselor, court records, obituary or death certificate
  3. Signed Withdrawal Form or Registration Drop/Add Form
  4. Student Aid Review for Retroactive Withdrawal
    - Retroactive withdrawal requests may have financial implications. To help avert financial hardships, students are required to explore the consequences that could occur if their petition is approved, such as the loss of federal financial aid which could result in a balance being owed, prior to submitting the petition.

Your adviser will provide a copy of your transcript, petition checklist, and a letter with his/her recommendation. 

View additional information and details regarding the Student Petition Process.