Student Petitions to the Subcommittee on Academic Standards
The Subcommittee on Academic Standards is composed
of faculty and students appointed by the Academic Program and Standards
Committee to consider student petitions for approval and adjudicate special
cases involving academic issues, including readmission of students previously
required to withdraw for academic reasons, retention of students who have
fallen short of established standards, and other exceptions to academic
policies and regulations.
The Subcommittee reviews petitions for
exceptions to policies and regulations. Students may petition for
exceptions to academic policies and regulations, in rare instances, and
only when circumstances beyond their control (family emergency, illness)
prevented them from meeting said policy or deadline.
situations are NOT grounds for petition:
- Student wishes to share
information previously withheld that explains why a low grade was or may be
- Student wishes to receive a retro-active accommodation for a
disability that was not previously disclosed.
- Student wishes to drop or
withdraw from a course after the published deadline because
- it is
not possible to earn the desired grade.
- no longer interested in taking
Procedure to Petition:
All petitions must be in writing, using the form available online.
The Subcommittee requires that the advisor respond to the student’s petition. This is done via email ( i.e. there is no form for the advisor to complete).
The Subcommittee is interested in any additional, relevant information that the advisor may have to offer as they deliberate regarding the student’s request. The advisor is not required to indicate his or her support for the student’s request.
The Subcommittee will convene on an as-needed basis to review petitions beginning in September.
It is the student’s responsibility to be sure that his/her petition and all responses are submitted via email to the Subcommittee in a timely manner. The student will be informed by letter/email from Associate Provost Bretz of the Subcommittee's action as soon as possible after the meeting.
Request for a Withdrawal from a Course for Health Reasons. Students who wish to withdraw from a course because of a health situation, may request a Health Withdrawal. If granted, the student will receive a "W" grade on the transcript. NOTE: A course withdrawal is considered a course attempted, but not completed and may affect a student's satisfactory quantitative progress toward the degree (See the Academic Expectations Section of the Academic Policies and Procedures Chapter of the Bulletin for additional information).
Procedure to Request a Withdrawal from a Course for Health Reasons. Send the completed formto the Subcommittee. Documentation regarding the student’s health situation is required. The Documentation for Health Provider form outlines the information that is required and must be submitted to the Subcommittee. (For more detail see: Petition Guidelines. Readmission of Students not in good academic standing: The subcommittee reviews the readmission application materials to make the decision regarding students whose GPA is below the minimum for their class; 1.75 for first-year students; 2.00 for all others. The advisor at the time of the student’s withdrawal will be asked to comment on the student’s readmission application. The student will submit the information as required on the Application for Readmission (see forms link on the Registrar’s page).
The advisor may send an email to the subcommittee with his or her comments (i.e., there is no form for the advisor to complete).
The Subcommittee reviews all records of students who are not making satisfactory quantitative and/or qualitative progress as defined in the printed Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Academic Bulletin.
A student who is required to withdraw may appeal that decision under certain circumstances by submitting the Petition to Appeal Required Withdrawal form. The Subcommittee welcomes the advisor’s input. The advisor may send an email to the Subcommittee with his or her comments (i.e., there is no form for the advisor to complete).