Faculty Senate Petition

When a student has not followed a University Faculty Senate policy or procedure and believes an exception to the policy may be warranted, he/she may submit a petition to the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education Subcommittee on Academic Standards. A petition may be used to request an exception to any policy and/or to request a retroactive procedure. The committee does not grant petitions automatically. Strong, documented justification must be provided to establish the circumstances that warrant a retroactive action.

1. Students should meet with an academic adviser who serves as a dean's representative in the College to discuss their plans for petitioning the Faculty Senate. The advising session will help students to identify exceptional circumstances that prevented them from following senate policy and determine whether or not a petition is warranted.

2. Student letter should include the following:
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3. Student packet should include the following:

4. Students should meet with the dean's representative in their department/school who handles Faculty Senate petitions. A draft of the student's letter and supporting documents could be taken to the first meeting with the dean's representative, or those documents could be written/obtained after the student has had an opportunity to discuss the petition with the dean's representative. Students should not submit the petition materials directly to the Faculty Senate. The petition must be submitted to the Faculty Senate from the dean's representative who is handling the petition.