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Petitions for Exemptions from Regulations Print

Academic regulations allow you to develop your 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

The Faculty of Health Petitions Committee considers requests for exceptions to all Faculty regulations, including petitions to continue studies without interruption from students who have been required to withdraw or debarred. The committee will give due consideration to transition difficulties documented by students in their first university session. The guidelines for consideration of petitions/appeals by Faculty committees are located at

Right to Petition

Students in the Faculty of Health have the right to petition for special consideration. 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 Faculty of Health Petitions Committee more than one year beyond the date of the release of grades for the session to which the petition relates.

Petitions Procedures

Petitions are held in the strictest confidence and are presented anonymously to the committee. 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 may not appear in person.

Petition Deadlines

A petition must be submitted within 30 days of the last day of classes of the relevant course. Requests for deferred standing must be communicated within one week following a missed examination or the last day to submit course work.

Delayed Petitions

Should a petition submission be delayed due to extenuating circumstances a student may submit a complete petitions package with an additional written request for late consideration. Such petitions may be considered for a period of up to one year provided they include all supporting documentation and are based on special circumstances. There are no guarantees that any petition will be resolved in time for course enrolment in a subsequent academic session, thus, one should plan accordingly.

Initiating a Petition

To initiate a petition, you may obtain a petitions package from the Registrar's Office Web site at

Petitions must be mailed or hand delivered to:

    Faculty of Health Petitions Committee
    c/o Registrar’s Office, Bennett Centre for Student Services

The drop box is located in the front lobby and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

More information on petitioning is available from the Faculty of Health Office of Student and Academic Services, 019 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building.