Student Petitions to the Subcommittee on Academic Standards
- You wish to now share information previously withheld that now explains why a low grade was earned
- You wish to receive a retro-active accommodation for a disability that was not previously disclosed
- You wish to drop or withdraw from a course after the published deadline because you believe it is not possible to earn the desired grade and you do not want the earned grade on your record
- You wish to drop or withdraw from a course after the published deadline because you no longer want to take the course
- Your advisor MUST be a respondent to any petition you submit. No petition will be reviewed by the Subcommittee without the advisor's response submitted by sending an email to email@example.com, (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 verifying information that you have provided in the petition as well as providing additional information. The advisor is not required to offer any indication of support for the student's request.
- When you are requesting a change regarding a course enrollment, the professor of the course must also respond.
- When you are requesting an extension to a deadline, you MUST include justification for why you did not make the decision by the deadline. In other words, the Subcommittee does not just need to know why you think you need this approval for a late action, but also why you did not take the action in a timely manner. You must include detailed chronology of any circumstances that explain why you missed the deadline and provide documentation/substantiation of those details and dates.
NOTE: If your request is solely to avoid an undesirable grade, the Subcommittee will not accept the petition.
- If a health-related circumstance is the reason for your request, you must provide documentation from your health care provider by submitting the Documentation from Health Care Provider form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX (717-245-1618). Please direct correspondence to the attention of Damon Yarnell, Dean of Academic Advising. The Subcommittee will consult with Dickinson's Wellness Center about your petition.
- Depending on the circumstances, it may be relevant to have other college officials, such as other faculty members, administrators or Resident Advisor, respond to the Subcommittee. Responses are only appropriate when that person has pertinent information.
- Only responses from officials of the college and health care providers will be used by the Subcommittee. Statements from family members, roommates, and/or friends cannot be considered.
NOTE: A course withdrawal is considered a course attempted, but not completed and may affect a student's satisfactory quantitative progress toward the degree, as stated in the Academic Expectations Section of the Academic Policies and Procedures Chapter of the Bulletin.
- to provide each respondent with a copy of the petition and to discuss it with each of them so that they are fully informed.
- to ask them to respond to the petition. A response is required and does not guarantee the respondent's support for the petition.
- to remind them to email the response to email@example.com.
- to be sure that your petition and all responses are submitted via email to the Subcommittee by the deadline stated below for the current semester.
Readmission of Students not in good academic standing. The subcommittee reviews the readmission application materials for all students whose gpa was below the minimum for their class (1.75 for first-year students; 2.00 for all others) at the time they left the college and determine if they will be permitted to return. The student's advisor at the time of the 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. The advisor may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with his or her comments (i.e., there is no form for the advisor to complete). The Subcommittee recognizes that often the advisor has not had contact with the student and cannot offer any timely and relevant information. Therefore, the review of an Application for Readmission does not require the advisor's response.
Retention of Students Who Have Fallen Short of Established Standards: At the end of each semester and summer session, 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 Bulletin.