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Petitions for Exemptions from the Regulations Print

The 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.

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the University policy on Petitions and Grade Reappraisal before taking any steps which may have repercussions or affect their academic progress. The purpose of a petition is to request an exemption from a regulation or deadline. Being unfamiliar of regulations or deadlines does not constitute a valid reason for a petition.


Students may 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.

The Petitions Committee considers student academic petitions for exceptions to all Faculty regulations, including petitions to continue studies without interruption in cases where a student has been required to withdraw or debarred. The committee will give due consideration to transition difficulties documented by students in their first university session.

Petitions relating to a student's enrolment status in a course will only be considered if they are submitted within 30 days of the last day of classes. Such petitions may be considered for a period of up to one year if they are based on special circumstances.

Petitions are held in the strictest confidence. The committee considers the petition itself, any supporting documentation (from professors or medical practitioners) and other relevant information contained in the student's record. Students do not normally appear in person.


An appeal is a written request for the alteration of the decision taken on a petition generally made to the same level but to another person, panel or committee.

Appeals against decisions of the Petitions Committee will be permitted only on the grounds of:

a) new evidence, or

b) evidence of procedural irregularity in the committee's consideration of the case.