Winthrop University: Cultural Events - Petition Process

Cultural Events

Petition Process

Purpose of a Cultural Events 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 request Cultural Event credit for, including: off-campus events, travel experiences, and military experiences (student veterans). There is no limit to how old these experiences may be; however, all experiences must be post high school.

Petitions may be submitted by e-mail to or turned in as hard copies to the Office of Records and Registration at 126 Tillman Hall. For assistance, please contact contact us.

Instructions for Submitting a Cultural Events Petition

    Students who attend off-campus events may be eligible to receive credit towards their Cultural Events requirement; however, these events must be similar in nature to those that would have been - or likely would be - approved as Cultural Events if they were held on campus. A list of suggested options for petitionable off-campus events can be found here.

    When petitioning for credit for off-campus events, please complete the follow steps:

     Step 1. 

    Complete the Cultural Events Petition Form (pdf - 331 KB) in its entirety.

     Step 2. 

    Attach proof of attendance. A ticket stub/receipt is preferred. If there is no admission charge, a brochure with photo(s) of the student at the event may suffice (it must be clear in the photo(s) that you are, in fact, at the event).

     Step 3. 

    Compose and attach a well-written report (minimum of 250 words). The goal of attending any cultural event is to engage with a perspective vastly different from our own in order that we learn something new about the world around us. With this goal in mind, please begin your report by briefly describing the general event itself: what it is, who it is, where it is, and what happened (one paragraph should do). From there, and perhaps more importantly, please discuss your personal reaction to the event itself: in other words, an in-depth explanation of exactly how and why this event has been a significant cultural learning experience for you personally. What did you learn? How did you learn it? Why does it matter so deeply? (This discussion should be the bulk of your report.) Remember, your purpose is to prove that you attended the event and that the event has been culturally valuable, so be certain to add specific details that are important and relevant (such as artist’s, actor’s, and speaker’s names; detailed descriptions of performances; and/or particularly meaningful moments). Set the scene for us by being specific. Take notes during the event so that you can accurately describe it later. Finally, be sure to proofread your report for errors in spelling and grammar.

    Format: MLA, 12-Point Font, Times New Roman

    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.

    When submitting a petition for travel a experience(s), please complete the follow steps:

     Step 1. 

    Complete the Cultural Events Petition Form (pdf - 331 KB) in its entirety.

     Step 2. 

    Attach proof of travel such as a plane ticket/receipt, boarding pass, or stamped passport. If you would like, you can submit a travel itinerary and photos to help supplement your petition (note: it must be clear in photos that you are, in fact, at the location).

     Step 3. 

    Compose and attach a well-written report (minimum of 250 words). Describe in detail what you saw and did on your trip, especially those activities that were cultural in 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 found 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 one evening." The rubric for assessing written reports is as follows. Students may, but are not necessarily guaranteed to, receive:

    + 1 credit for each country visited

    + 1 credit (total) for discussing the international cuisine (i.e., describe the food you ate abroad and how it relates to the culture[s] you visited)

    + 1 credit (total) for discussing your interactions with locals (i.e., did you take note of any cultural differences in your interactions with others?)

    + 1 credit 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.)

    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.

    When petitioning for credit for military experiences (student veterans), please complete the follow steps:

     Step 1. 

    Complete the Cultural Events Petition Form (pdf - 331 KB) in its entirety.

     Step 2. 

    Compose and attach a well-written report (minimum of 250 words). 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.

    Note: Upon submission, your military service will be verified by the Veteran Benefits Coordinator. If your information is not on file, the Cultural Events Coordinator will be in contact with you to request the proper documentation.

    Post-traditional students may submit a portfolio of 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.

    When petitioning for credit for a portfolio of culturally related life experiences, please complete the follow steps:

     Step 1. 

    Complete the Cultural Events Petition Form (pdf - 331 KB) in its entirety.

     Step 2. 

    Attach proof of attendance and/or travel (if available) such as ticket stubs/receipts, boarding passes, stamped passports, pamphlets and brochures, photos, etc.

     Step 3. 

    Compose and attach a well-written report (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.


Review Dates

Petitions are reviewed by the Cultural Events Committee, which meets biweekly during the fall and spring semesters. In order to be reviewed at the next committee meeting, petitions must be submitted by the upcoming deadline.

      Tuesday, September 6

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, September 2 at 5:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, September 20

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, October 4

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, October 18

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, November 1

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, November 15

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, November 11 at 5:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, November 29

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, November 25 at 5:00 p.m.)

      Thursday, December 15

      (Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, January 10

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, January 6 at 3:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, January 24

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, February 7

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, February 21

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, March 7

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, March 21

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, April 4

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31 at 3:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, April 18

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m.)

      Thursday, May 4

      (Submission Deadline: Tuesday, May 2 at 3:00 p.m.)


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 and 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 and Registration to claim them.

Appealing a 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, 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: 11/22/22