Winthrop University: Cultural Events - Petition Process

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Cultural Events

Petition Process


Important Announcement:

Due to event cancellations related to COVID-19, all remaining Cultural Event credits for seniors graduating in May 2020 or August 2020 will be waived as long as students meet all other degree requirements for graduation.

Submitting a Cultural Event Petition

The purpose of the Cultural Event petition process is to allow students to receive Cultural Event credit for past events that are considered to be culturally significant. There are several different types of experiences that students can petition for Cultural Event credit, including: off-campus events, travel experiences, and military experiences (student veterans). There is no limit to how old these experiences can be; however, all experiences must be post high school. Petitions may be submitted by e-mail to culturalevents@winthrop.edu or turned in as hard copies to the Office of Records & Registration at 126 Tillman Hall. For assistance, please contact the Cultural Events Coordinator at 803/323-4849.

All petitions are reviewed by the Cultural Events Committee, which meets bi-weekly during the fall and spring semesters. The submission deadlines and committee meeting dates for Fall 2020 can be found below.

    Submission Deadlines

    Committee Meeting Dates

    • Friday, August 7th at 11:59 p.m.
    • Tuesday, August 11th
    • Friday, August 21st at 11:59 p.m.
    • Tuesday, August 25th
    • Friday, September 4th at 11:59 p.m.
    • Tuesday, September 8th
    • Friday, September 18th at 11:59 p.m.
    • Tuesday, September 22nd
    • Friday, October 2nd at 11:59 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 6th
    • Friday, October 16th at 11:59 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 20th
    • Friday, October 23rd at 11:59 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 27th
    • Friday, November 13th at 11:59 p.m.
    • Tuesday, November 17th
    • Friday, November 27th at 11:59 p.m.
    • Tuesday, December 1st
    • Tuesday, December 15th at 11:59 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 17th

 

Petitions for Off-Campus Events

Students who attend off-campus events may be eligible to receive credit toward their Cultural Events requirement; however, these events must be similar in nature to those that have been - or likely would be - approved as Cultural Events if they were held on campus. A list of examples may be found on the 'Options for Petitions' page.

    Petitions may be submitted by e-mail to culturalevents@winthrop.edu or turned in as hard copies to the Office of Records & Registration at 126 Tillman Hall. Please include the following materials:

    1. A single completed Cultural Events Petition Form (PDF - 331 KB).
    2. Proof of attendance such as a ticket stub/receipt. If there is no admission charge, a brochure with photo(s) of the student at the event may suffice. [Note: It must be clear in the photo(s) that the student is, in fact, at the event.] 
    3. A well-written report (minimum of 250 words; may be longer). This paper must be typed and should include a discussion on the student's experience. The purpose of this is to help the committee ascertain that you did, in fact, attend the event. Therefore, it should be personal in nature. It should include 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 sure to check it 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. It is advised that students take notes during the events so that they can accurately describe the event later.
 

Petitions for Travel Experiences

Students can earn Cultural Event credit for travel experiences in the U.S. and abroad. Domestic travel should include a significant cultural component (e.g., visiting a national museum or historic site.) Although a trip to Yellowstone National Park or a cruise in the Bahamas might be interesting, it likely would not qualify as a Cultural Event. International travel may include student exchange programs. 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.

    Petitions may be submitted by e-mail to culturalevents@winthrop.edu or turned in as hard copies to the Office of Records & Registration at 126 Tillman Hall. Please include the following materials:

    1. A single completed Cultural Events Petition Form (PDF - 331 KB).
    2. Proof of travel such as a plane ticket/receipt, boarding pass, travel itinerary, or stamped passport. Students should also include photos to help supplement the petition. [Note: It must be clear in the photo(s) that the student is, in fact, at the location.
    3. A well-written report (minimum of 250 words; 2-3 pages recommended). In the write-up, students should detail and describe the things that they saw and did on their trip, especially those which were of a cultural nature. For example, a report on a trip to Paris might include the following statements: "I visited the Cathedral de Notre dame, the Sacre Cour, and the Left Bank of the Seine. I also spent the afternoon at the Louvre Museum, where I saw The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci and many other famous paintings. I would the architecture of the new pyramid addition to the museum quite fascinating. In addition, I attended a performance by the opera Carmen at the Paris Opera in the evening." The rubric for assessing these write-ups is as follows. Students should - but are not necessarily guaranteed to - receive:
      • +1 credit per country (this would be automatically awarded based on your proof of travel) 
      • +1 credit (total) for discussing the international cuisine (i.e., talk about the food you ate abroad and how it relates to the culture[s] you visited)
      • +1 credit (total) for discussing your interactions with the locals (i.e., did they teach you anything interesting about their culture - did you take note of any cultural differences?)
      • +1 for each culturally-distinct event attended (e.g., touring a national landmark or historical site, visiting an art museum, attending a theatrical production, etc. For these, you would need to include photos of yourself on site and, if there is an admission fee, provide a scanned copy or screenshot of your ticket/receipt.)
 

Petitions for Military Experiences (Student Veterans)

Students who have served in the military are eligible to receive Cultural Event credit for their experience. 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 bases. Upon receiving a petition, the committee will assess the nature of the student's experience and determine how many credits the student should receive. A maximum of nine (9) credits may be awarded for this type of petition.

    Petitions may be submitted by e-mail to culturalevents@winthrop.edu or turned in as hard copies to the Office of Records & Registration at 126 Tillman Hall. Please include the following materials:

    1. A single completed Cultural Events Petition Form (PDF - 331 KB)
    2. Proof of service. Your military service will be verified by the Veteran Benefits Coordinator in the Office of Records & Registration. If the proper documentation is not on file, the Cultural Events Coordinator will contact you to request a DD Form 214 certificate of release or discharge from active duty.
    3. A well-written, detailed report of 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, ticket stubs/receipts, pamphlets and brochures, and other materials suchlike to supplement their petition.
 

Petitions for Portfolios of Experiences (Post-Traditional Students)

Post-traditional students may receive Cultural Event credit for culturally-relevant experiences that they underwent since high-school and prior to matriculation at Winthrop University by submitting a portfolio. A portfolio is designed to illuminate those activities and life experiences that a student has had which are unrelated to their college experience. Consideration will be given for experiences such as travel (foreign or domestic), museum visits, and attendance at performances (e.g., theatrical productions, concerts and recitals, etc.) by professional, college, or community groups.

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 Event credits they must obtain at Winthrop University.

Upon receiving a petition, the committee will assess the nature of the student's experience and determine how many credits the student should receive.

    Petitions may be submitted by e-mail to culturalevents@winthrop.edu or turned in as hard copies to the Office of Records & Registration at 126 Tillman Hall. Please include the following materials:

    1. A single completed Cultural Events Petition Form (PDF - 331 KB)
    2. Proof of attendance and/or travel (if available) such as ticket stubs/receipts, boarding passes, stamped passports, pamphlets and brochures, photos, etc.
    3. A well-written detailed report of experiences (minimum of 250 words; 3+ pages recommended). Although the Cultural Events Committee does not necessarily expect a student to have proof of attendance and/or travel, they do expect to read a detailed report of the student's experiences. Therefore, students should include specific details in their paper (e.g., times, dates, and locations of events; names and descriptions of events; and their intake and experiences at the events). The purpose of this paper is to give the committee a clear understanding of the student's culturally relevant experiences, how they affected them, and some sense of their continuing commitment to such activities as a participant or audience member.

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.


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.


Note: Students may not earn more than one half of their total number of required Cultural Event credits 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 CoordinatorThe Cultural Events Committee reserves the right to award less than full Cultural Event credit to students if they feel that the student would benefit from exposure to on-campus Cultural Event programming or if it feels that these experiences represent a rather narrow focus and wishes to encourage them to broaden their experiences.

Last Updated: 6/4/20