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Academic Petitions and Appeals

Note: The information on this page applies to undergraduate students only. Graduate students should follow the graduate student petitions process.

Undergraduate students may appeal to the appropriate faculty petitions committee any decision made by an individual or body acting in the name of the university if the decision affects your academic standing and you believe it was made unfairly or you believe you should receive an exception to the rules due to extenuating circumstances.

You should become familiar with the university's policies and procedures on petitions as stated in the undergraduate academic calendar. Carefully read all the information required and provided by the university with regards to petitioning. It is your responsibility to fully understand the requirements and the petitions process.

The Illness Self-Declaration Form can be used to request academic consideration for course work due to medical reasons, in lieu of a medical document.

This form will automatically be forwarded to the instructor teaching the course to support your request.

Academic Petition Process

There are two categories of appeals that may be made granted through an academic petition:

  • An appeal may be filed on the grounds that the normal faculty or university rules, calendar requirements and/or Senate-approved regulations have not been properly or fairly applied to your circumstances.
  • You may request relief from a faculty or university rule, calendar requirement and/or Senate-approved regulation because of extenuating circumstances, such as medical or compassionate grounds.

In both types of appeals, a faculty's petitions and regulations committee will review your circumstances and supporting documentation and exercise its discretion to decide whether or not to grant an exception.

If you have questions regarding the petition process, arrange to meet with an academic advisor in your home faculty.

Types of Exceptions to University Undergraduate Academic Regulations

You may submit a petition for, but not limited to, the following reasons.

Forms and Faculty-Specific Information

Note: See Final Grade Reassessments for grade reassessment forms from the faculties of Human and Social Sciences and Liberal Arts.