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.
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.
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 consider petitions for events attended within the past twenty four months (two-years).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:
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.
Cultural events credit may be obtained for travel within the United States or to a foreign country.
Include in your petition:
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:
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.