Calendar 2001-2002<Faculty of Arts
Petitions for Exemptions from the Regulations
purpose of academic regulations is to allow students to develop
their interests and talents to the fullest in ways consistent with
the philosophy and standards of the Faculty. In establishing academic
regulations, the Faculty also recognizes that instances will arise
where it makes sense, in the context of a student's academic career,
to waive regulations which would otherwise apply.
Petitions Committee considers requests for exceptions to all Faculty
regulations, including petitions to continue their studies without
interruption from students who have been required to withdraw or
Note on Grade Reappraisals
for the reappraisal of final grades are not petitions in the formal
sense. Such requests should be directed to the teaching unit offering
the course in question.
Right to Petition
in the Faculty of Arts have the right to petition for special consideration.
It should be noted, however, that a petition is a request for the
waiver of a regulation; it cannot be used to create legislation
(e.g. a degree program) that does not exist. Normally, petitions
will not be considered by the Petitions Committee more than one
year beyond the date of the release of grades for the session to
which the petition relates.
are held in the strictest confidence. The committee considers the
petition itself, any supporting documents (from professors or medical
practitioners) and other relevant information contained in the student's
record. Students may not appear in person.
Initiating a Petition
initiate a petition students should obtain a petition package, which
includes an Attending Physician's Statement Form and Course Performance
Summary, from the Office of the Registrar, West Office Building,
416-736-5440. Advice on petitioning is available from the Office
of the Registrar; from the Office of the Dean, South 928 Ross Building,
416-736-5260; or from the Advising Centre, South 319 Ross, 416-736-5022.
Petitions should be brought or mailed to the appropriate committee
in care of the Office of the Registrar, West Office Building.