The following is a list of commonly petitioned rules and regulations:
Exams must be written when scheduled by the University. Do not make plans for other activities during the examination periods. Severe illness or trauma affecting ones mental state, occurring shortly before or on the day of an exam, and which is documented by a timely visit to a physician, may qualify for exam deferral. Everyday illness that we all deal with such as coughs, colds, minor fever, etc. will generally not be sufficient grounds. Your first step is to approach your professor (preferably with documentation) immediately after the exam, who may agree to deferred standing. If your professor does not agree, you may file a petition. Note that there is no provision to re-write an exam.
Dropping a course past the drop date:
Students are expected to monitor their progress in a course and decide to drop it before the drop date to remove the course from the student record, or by the last day of classes to annotate the student record to a ‘W’ (withdrawn), if so warranted. Exceptional and unexpected events occurring after the drop date and withdrawn deadline that has an irreparable effect on the student’s ability to complete the course may be grounds for a successful petition. Note that often such a traumatic event will affect all courses a student is taking. Conditions that are well-known to the student, such as workload or family commitments, will generally not be acceptable grounds.
A student’s first year at the University is recognized as a time of transition when a student’s expectations may be unrealistic and misjudgments may occur. Grounds for petitioning are more flexible for this first year and may warrant a ‘W’ petition decision.
Adding a course past the last date to add:
Students are expected to enrol in courses according to deadline dates at the start of each term. In courses with enrolment pressures students often attend hoping others will drop, thereby opening a space for them to enrol. Continuing to attend beyond the add deadline is not grounds for a petition. There are very few acceptable grounds for this type of petition.
That the grade from a fourth or subsequent attempt at a course be the grade of record:
When a student repeats a course it is the third grade that is used in calculating their GPA, i.e. the third grade is the grade of record. If a student takes the course a fourth time, it is still the third grade that is the grade of record. There are very few acceptable grounds for this type of petition.
To take more courses beyond the allowed limit for a bachelors degree, in order to raise their GPA to 4.0:
As a student approaches completion of 90 credits with a GPA between 4 and 5 they are expected to have satisfied degree requirements for a Bachelors degree and to graduate when they reach 90 credits. If 90 credits are reached and the GPA is less than 4 the student may take a further 12 credits (i.e. up to 102 credits) to try to raise their GPA so they can graduate. To take more than 102 credits requires a petition. Generally, successful grounds rest on the feasibility of achieving the required GPA after taking a few additional credits.
To continue without interruption when a required to withdraw, or debarred, academic decision has been made:
The Faculty has a progressive system of warnings and sanctions when a student’s academic performance is poor. Therefore an impending decision of required withdrawal or debarment is never a surprise to the student; rather the expectation is that the student will have addressed the underlying issues during the lengthy period of warnings. Grounds for continuing without interruption following such a decision rest almost solely on how close the student is to the required GPA and their recent pattern of academic performance.