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Petition Process

Appealing Cultural Event Petition Decision

A student reserves the right to appeal a decision made by the Cultural Events Committee. Students may request to appeal a petition decision to the Cultural Events Coordinator. The Coordinator will assist the student to begin the appeal process.

Decision of Petition

In all cases once a petition is approved or denied by the Cultural Events Committee, the Cultural Events Coordinator will notify the student and will enter the approved petition(s) into the student's record. The Office of Records & Registration keeps the complete petition on file for one year. After that, reports and supporting materials will be discarded, and a copy of the petition form itself is all that is retained permanently. If you submit materials that you wish to have returned please mark these clearly with your name and with "return" and make sure you come back to the Office of Records & Registration to claim them.

Submitting a Cultural Events Petition

The Cultural Events Petition process is available to any Winthrop student who desires to receive cultural events credit for an off-campus event. Events which are submitted should be similar to events which have been or would likely be approved as cultural events if they were presented on campus. The Committee will only consider petitions for post-high school experiences.

Each event requires a separate petition (with the exception of petitions relating to foreign or domestic travel experiences [see below]). A completed petition will include the following items:

  1. A completed Cultural Events Petition form.
  2. Proof of attendance at the event, such as a ticket stub or receipt. If there is no admission charge, then a program or brochure will suffice.
  3. A Written Report must include 150-200 word (one-page) description of the events and the student's experience. This must:
    • Be typed.
    • Be designed to help the committee ascertain that you did, in fact, attend the event. Therefore, the report should be personal in nature. It should give your personal reaction to the event (whether you loved it or hated it!). A plot summary, in the case of a play, opera, or musical, for example, is not necessary or even useful, but your reaction to the sets or costuming or performance is relevant. Tell us about the event and how you felt about it. Add significant details.
    • Be checked over for correct spelling, grammar, etc. Spelling is particularly relevant in the case of a museum visit for example. If you cannot spell the artist's name the committee will doubt that you got anything out of your visit. Take notes during your visit so that you can accurately write up the event later.

Note: Students may not earn more than one half of the total required cultural event credit through a single event (e.g. trip abroad, conference). It should be noted, and strongly emphasized, that failure to attain the approval of the Cultural Events Committee does not reflect upon the quality or the validity of any event, nor the committee's support for the program being presented, only its relevance to the specific goals of the cultural events requirement.

For clarification or questions about submitting a petition feel free to contact the Cultural Events Coordinator.

Submitting Petitions Related to Travel Experiences

Cultural events credit may be obtained for travel within the United States or to a foreign country.

  • Travel within the United States receiving credit should include a major cultural component (such as visiting museums or historical sites with museums). A trip to Yellowstone Park or a cruise to the Bahamas, while it would be an interesting experience, might not qualify as a cultural event.
  • Foreign travel could include "semester abroad" experiences. One or more credits may be granted for such travel experiences or in cases where the student has visited multiple countries.If credit is being sought simply for traveling in foreign countries, students may receive no more than one cultural event credit per country. Students, however, may seek more than one credit per country for specific cultural experiences; in such cases, the same criteria used to determine cultural event credit for experiences within the United States will be applied.

Include in your petition:

  • A single completed Cultural Events Petition form should accompany a written report which should be more extensive than the one-page report required Cultural Events Petition.
  • Use as many pages as you need to effectively discuss your experiences. Detail the things you saw and did, especially those things which are of a cultural nature. For example, a report on a trip to Paris might include the following: "I visited the Cathedral de Notre Dame, the Sacre Coeur, and the Left Bank of the Seine. I also spent the afternoon at the Louvre Museum where I saw the Mona Lisa and many other famous paintings. I found the architecture of the new pyramid addition to the museum very fascinating. I attended a performance of the opera Carmen at the Paris Opera in the evening."
  • Documentation for the trip should be included such as a receipt for a plane ticket or an itinerary.
  • The Cultural Events Committee reviews each student's travel experience petition and decides on the number of cultural events to be granted.

Submitting Petitions Related to Military Experiences

Students who have served in the military are eligible to receive Cultural Event credit for their military experiences. In order to receive credit, students must submit a military petition to the Cultural Events Committee. These petitions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Upon receiving a petition, the committee will assess the nature of a student’s experience and determine how many credits they should receive. A maximum of nine (9) Cultural Event credits will be awarded for this petition.

Include in your petition:

  • A single completed Cultural Events Petition Form.
  • A well-written, detailed report of their military experience. This paper may be as many pages long as students feel is necessary to discuss their military experiences. Students may wish to include information about countries they visited, cultures they explored, and people they met while on active duty. In addition, students may wish to discuss their leisure time spent off-duty, including any recreation they took part in that may be considered culturally significant (e.g., dance performances, music recitals, museum tours, festivals, etc.). As proof of these leisure activities, students may include photos, tickets, brochures, and other such materials to supplement their petition.
  • Documentation for this experience should also include proof of enlistment or the student’s DD Form 214 certificate of release or discharge from active duty.

Submitting Portfolio Petitions

The Cultural Events Committee has established a Portfolio Petition option where student's cultural credit towards events may be earned on the basis of significant past life experiences of a cultural nature. The Portfolio Petition is primarily designed for the post-traditional student to gain cultural event credit on experiences they underwent since high school and prior to matriculation at Winthrop University.

Students who submit portfolio petitions are strongly encouraged to do so after their first semester of enrollment at Winthrop University. A portfolio petition is designed to illuminate those activities and life experiences which a student has had which are unrelated to college activities. Consideration will be given for experiences such as travel (foreign or domestic), museum visits, and attendance or participation in plays, dance programs, operas, or concerts done by professional, college, or community groups. Therefore, in the case of transfer students, no consideration will be given for activities participated in or attended at another college while they were a student there. Allowance is already made for that by the reduction in the number of overall cultural events credits they must obtain at Winthrop.

Include in your petition:

  • The portfolio petition should accompany a well written, detailed report.
  • The committee does not expect a student to have ticket stubs or programs relating to plays attended; however they do expect a detailed report (i.e., provide titles of plays, location, and a description about the performance, your intake and experiences from this event). The idea is to give the committee a clear understanding of those things which you have been involved with and/or attended, how they affected you, and some sense of your continuing commitment to such activities as a participant or audience member.
  • The portfolio may contain programs or photographs.
  • The more experiences you cite in some detail, the better your chances are of getting the maximum number of cultural events credits on the portfolio itself.

NOTE: The committee reserves the right, even if a large number of experiences are submitted, to grant something less than the full cultural events requirement if it feels that the student would benefit from exposure to some of the on-campus events, or if it feels that the experiences represent a rather narrow focus, and it wishes to encourage the student to broaden their experiences.








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