Academic Petition Process

The College of Business (COB) provides mechanisms for students to seek redress when a University academic regulation or policy causes undue hardship. The College may waive or alter an academic regulation when convinced a true hardship will exist if it does not take positive action. It generally considers hardship a situation that has occurred, or will occur, over which the petitioner has limited or no control. The College petitions process does not address cases of grievances with instructors or tuition matters.

The College has established specific rules concerning petitions for late withdrawals from courses and the waiver or alteration of University-level academic requirements beyond those of the College as follows:

  1. The student should petition in writing, using a Late Withdrawal Petition Form (for students) and the Instructors Memorandum Form (for faculty) - available on the COB website, indicating what the student would like to have happen. Attach a letter of explanation and accompanying supporting documentation as needed. The form includes instructions and what documentation is required for each type of petition. The petition and supporting documentation should be submitted to the Office of Student Academic Services. They will be reviewed by the Student Academic Services Director/Assistant Director.
  2. Petitions that deal with events in a given semester must be submitted by the end of the subsequent semester, excluding summer terms. For example, petitions for events occurring in a fall semester are to be submitted by the end of the spring semester. Petitions for events occurring in a spring or summer semester are to be submitted by the end of the following fall semester.
  3. The Students Academic Services Director/Assistant/Associate Director will approve or deny the petition within 10 business days (notification may take a bit more time based on speed of mail). For each decision, a memo of explanation will be written.
  4. If a petition is denied and the student wishes to appeal, he/she must do so in writing within 30 days of receipt of the petition denial memo. The student should submit an appeal letter and provide reasons for the appeal. A College committee will review the student’s documentation and the director/assistant director’s memo and uphold or overturn the decision of the director/assistant director within 30 days of the submission of the appeal.

The committee will comprise the Assistant or Associate Dean or a designee, a faculty member from the Undergraduate Council (UC) or a designee by the UC member, and one undergraduate student. The faculty member will serve on a rotating basis for one semester. The decision of the committee is final. There are no higher levels of appeal within FAU.

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