Academic Petition and Appeal

Academic Petition Policy

A student who wishes to be granted an exception to a general academic policy may file a Special Academic Petition with the university Registrar. The Special Academic Petition is to be used for policies relative to (a) registration deadlines; (b) eligibility for upper-division credit; (c) academic load; (d) transfer credit; (e) university honors; (f) general education requirements; or (g) any other general academic policy.

Action of the Registrar: The Registrar will either grant or deny the petition and will notify the student in writing no later than seven days after receiving the completed Special Academic Petition.

If a student is dissatisfied with the action of the Registrar, the student may appeal the decision in accordance with the Academic Appeals Policy. The First Appeal to Department Chair or Program Director must be filed within twenty-one days of the action of the Registrar.

Academic Appeals Policy*

Appeals Process

Informal Appeal to Faculty Member. A student who believes that a faculty member has taken an adverse action against the student shall discuss the problem through an informal meeting with the appropriate member of the faculty. Such informal meeting need not be reduced to writing, and does not require a written decision from the faculty member. Any student who believes that the outcome of the informal meeting results in a decision of the faculty member which constitutes an adverse action may initiate a First Appeal by filing a timely notice of appeal with the faculty member's Department Chair or Program Director. Any failure by the student to bring such a first appeal within twenty-one days of the adverse action shall be deemed to be (a) a waiver by the student of any further appeal; and (b) a final action by the University.

First Appeal to Department Chair or Program Director. If a student is dissatisfied with the resolution determined by the faculty member under the Informal Appeal described above, the student may pursue a First Appeal, but only if the student files a Notice of Appeal with the Faculty Member's Department Chair or Program Director within twenty-one days of the adverse action. Any such first appeal shall be determined by the Department Chair or the Program Director. The Chair or Director shall provide the student notice of a hearing (if any) regarding such First Appeal, and shall issue a written decision regarding such First Appeal within seven days of the Chair's or Director's receipt of the Notice of Appeal or the hearing, whichever is later. Any failure by the student to timely file such a Notice of Appeal shall be deemed to be (a) a waiver of any further appeal; and (b) a final action by the University.

Second Appeal to Academic Unit Dean. If a student is dissatisfied with the decision rendered by the Department Chair or Program Director of the department of the University within which the appeal is taken, the student may pursue a Second Appeal to the Academic Unit Dean, but only if the student files a Notice of Appeal with the Academic Unit Dean within seven days of entry of the written decision of the first appeal. Any such Second Appeal shall be determined by the Academic Unit Dean. The Academic Unit Dean shall provide the student notice of a hearing (if any) regarding such Second Appeal, and, if a hearing occurs, shall issue a written decision regarding such Second Appeal within seven days of such hearing. Any failure by the student to timely file such a Notice of Appeal shall be deemed to be (a) a waiver of any further appeal; and (b) a final action by the University.

Third and Final Appeal. If a student is dissatisfied with the decision rendered by the Unit Dean, the student may pursue a Third and Final Appeal, but only if the student files a Notice of Appeal with the Vice President for Academic Affairs within seven days of entry of the written decision of the Second Appeal. Within seven days of notice of the appeal the VPAA shall inform the Academic Unit Dean of the appeal. The Academic Unit Dean shall appoint an Academic Appeals Committee and appoint a chair. The Third and Final Appeal shall be determined by the Academic Appeals Committee. The chair of the Academic Appeals Committee shall provide the student notice of a hearing (if any) regarding such Third and Final Appeal, and the Academic Appeals Committee shall issue a written decision regarding such Third and Final Appeal within fifteen days of such hearing. Any decision by the Academic Appeals Committee shall constitute the final action of the University regarding the Academic Appeal.

* The entire Academic Appeals Policy including definitions of terms is available in the Office of the Registrar.