Examples of Appropriate and Inappropriate Requests
Related Topic: Petitions for Exceptions to Academic Policies and Procedures
Consider the following scenarios for a student who was hospitalized and could not return to school:
- If the hospitalization occurred before the end of the semester/session withdrawal deadline, she/he should withdraw before this date.
- If the hospitalization occurred after the end of the semester/session withdrawal deadline (i.e., during the final exam period), a petition requesting a retroactive withdrawal may be appropriate. Documentation such as hospital records or a letter from her/his physician must be provided.
- If the hospitalization occurred before the end of the semester/session withdrawal deadline but the student did not follow the withdrawal procedure, a petition would not be appropriate unless she/he could document the circumstances preventing her/him from accessing a computer or phone.
If a student is requesting a selective late drop of one or more courses from a current or previous semester/session, the student must explain why her/his circumstances did not affect all of her/his courses. (For example, a broken leg might affect a volleyball course but not a calculus course.) In addition, the student must establish why the course was not late dropped before the semester/session late drop deadline. Documentation for this rationale must be provided.
Improving Grade-Point Average
If a student cannot document a reason that University procedures were not followed and his/her only justification for a retroactive procedure is to improve her/his grade-point average (e.g., for entry to major, law school, scholarships), the petition will be denied.
Last Update: July 2015