Petition to Waive a Graduate Academic Policy

Note: Students whose graduation timelines have been affected by COVID-19 (for example, dissertation defense date postponed, data collection delayed, etc.) and will need to graduate in a later term than originally planned may petition for a waiver of the final term registration requirement, even if they do not meet the typical requirements for receiving a waiver. Students in this situation should submit a General Petition Form to request a waiver.

Effective March 27, 2020 and until further notice, the $15 petition fee will be waived for all petition types. 


Graduate students may file a petition requesting a waiver of an academic policy or requirement.


Petition Forms

Some of our policies have specific petition forms to:

To petition for a waiver of any other policies, the student should use the general petition to the Graduate School form.


Petition Requirements

On the petition the student must state the exception being requested and a detailed explanation for why the student is seeking the exception.

The petition must also have supporting statements from the student's adviser and head of the academic department.


Petition Review

Once the petition has been reviewed by the student's academic department, the petition is then submitted to the Graduate School for review.

The Graduate School reviews the exception being requested within the context of the educational purpose that the regulation in question was developed to serve.

Petitions are seldom granted if the only reason given is to save the student from inconvenience or expense.