Winthrop University: Records & Registration - Instructions for UG Petition Process

Instructions for University-Wide Undergraduate Petitions

Undergraduate students may appeal for exception to university policy in the general education requirements and other university-wide academic regulations. For undergraduate students petitioning academic suspension or dismissal, click here

Procedures for Petitioning

 Step 1. 

Complete the University-Wide Undergraduate Petition Form in its entirety (this form may be typed or printed neatly in black ink). On the form, specify what rule or regulation defined by University Policy you are petitioning. Any petition that is missing information, illegible, unclearly worded, or contains ambiguous information will not be considered. Such a petition will be returned to the student to be rewritten.

 Step 2. 

Compose and attach a typed letter or personal statement (no longer than one single-spaced page) explaining why the exception has been requested. Explain your case, your petition request, and your justification/the grounds for your petition. Include a well-thought-out action plan for academic success, if applicable.

 Step 3. 

Attach any supporting documentation that will help to explain and justify your petition. If applicable, include supporting information from faculty members, medical/health care providers, other persons (please specify), or other evidence documenting the exceptional circumstances that are the basis of your petition.

 Step 4. 

Meet with your Academic Advisor regarding this petition and obtain his or her signature. If your advisor is unavailable, obtain the signature of your Department Chair or the Director of Student Services for your college. The Student Services Offices are located at:

 Step 5. 

Submit your petition to the Undergraduate Petitions Committee for consideration. Petitions can be submitted via e-mail to or turned in as hard copies to the Office of Records and Registration at 126 Tillman Hall. The Undergraduate Petitions Committee will act on the petition at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The Office of Records and Registration will notify the student of the committee's decision.


      Tuesday, September 20

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, September 16 at noon)

      Tuesday, October 18

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, October 14 at noon)

      Tuesday, November 15

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, November 11 at noon)

      Friday, December 16

      (Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m.)

      Tuesday, January 10

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, January 6 at noon)

      Tuesday, January 17

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, January 13 at noon)

      Tuesday, February 21

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, February 17 at noon)

      Tuesday, March 21

      (Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 16 at 2:00 PM)

      Tuesday, April 18

      (Submission Deadline: Friday, April 14 at noon)

      Friday, May 5

      (Submission Deadline: Thursday, May 4 at 3:00 PM)

      June (TBD)

      (Submission Deadline: TBD)

      July (TBD)

      (Submission Deadline: TBD)





Last Updated: 3/9/23