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Office of Records and Registration

Dear Petitioner,

The members of the Undergraduate Petitions Committee review every petition carefully before deciding on whether or not to grant the petition.  If you are a student who is petitioning suspension or probation, our goal is to assist the student in being academically successful while maintaining the integrity of the university. We want each student to be successful at Winthrop.  With that in mind, we view the petitions process as an opportunity for you to take stock of your situation, reflect on what in your academic and personal life has led you to this point, take responsibility for your actions, and make a plan for future academic success.  We look for evidence of such reflection and responsibility as well as the formation of a plan because these things are crucial to a successful career at Winthrop University.

With that in mind, we ask you to consider the following as your prepare your petition:

1. Do I need to address the number of academic hours I will enroll in? (Some students who have a low GPA might be able to improve it by gradually increasing their load, but start with only two courses).
2. Have I been involved in too many hours of off-campus work to be able to concentrate on my academic requirements?
3. Am I in the right major? (Some students are perhaps overlooking the obvious. With poor grades in classes required of their major, while having much better grades in other classes, it sometimes suggests a reconsideration of the direction being taken).
4. Have I discussed my difficulties with anyone on campus? Should I seek the proper resources (a faculty mentor, the counseling center, a student services staff person, an academic advisor) to help develop a better strategy for succeeding with my goals?
5. Do I have clear goals for my academic career? If not, should I discuss my options with someone on campus?
6. Is my program of studies able to be accomplished in the 4 years I originally planned? (Significant off campus commitments such as work or family may require a student to take longer than four years to complete a degree).
7. Am I focused on my academic priorities? (Students often join time-consuming organizations which interrupt their ability to give the necessary time to studies).

Ms. Margaret Williamson, Assistant Dean of University College, or Dr. Gloria Jones, Dean of University College has offered to meet with any student to address these questions and other issues to help them not only prepare a quality petition, but to start them on the right track to success at Winthrop.  Ms. Williamson can be reached at williamsonm@winthrop.edu or 803-323-4785; Dr. Jones can be reached at jonesg@winthrop.edu or 803-323-3900.

Student Academic Services (Director per College)   

  • Arts & Sciences: Dr. Adria Belk,106 Kinard Hall, 323-2183
  • Business Administration: Ms. Gay Randolph, 225 Thurmond Building, 323-4833
  • Education: Ms. Ruth Gaylor, 144 Withers Building, 323-4750
  • Visual & Performing Arts: Ms. Anna Fredericks, 124 McLaurin Hall, 323-2465
     

Other resources on campus:

Academic Success Center Director:  Ms. Michelle Wolf, Dinkins 106, 803-323-3929 or wolfm@winthrop.edu.

The Counseling Center, 204 Crawford, 323-2233

The Writing Center, 242 Bancroft, 323-2138

The Math Tutorial Center, 165 Bancroft, 323-2175

Academic & Student Athlete Services Director: Ms. Joanna Harris, Winthrop Coliseum, 323-2129 x6405 or harrisjp@winthrop.edu
    
TRiO Program  Director: Ms. Rose Gray, 102 Dinkins, 323-4794 or grayr@winthrop.edu    

Office of Disability Services:  Program Director: Ms. Gena Smith, M.Ed.,106 Crawford Building, 323-3290 or smithg@winthrop.edu

College of Business Resource Room, Thurmond 107 

Ask your academic advisor or Student Services Director whether additional resources are available to assist you with courses in your major.

Sincerely,

The Undergraduate Petitions Committee 

The petition for academically suspended or dismissed student is found here.