A student who wishes to petition a department policy may do so by writing a letter that provides a rationale and, if applicable, supporting evidence which justifies waiving the policy in his or her particular situation. Before doing so, the Department advises that the student meets with his or her Faculty Advisor and/or Department Chair to understand the policy's basis better and learn about the types of concerns or questions faculty will want to see addressed in the student’s petition.
The student should then submit the letter and any accompanying materials to the Department Chair. If relevant, the Chair will consult with faculty who have additional information about the student’s situation. The Chair will circulate the petition to department faculty, who will then discuss (either via email or in-person as needed) the merits of the petition. Using a simple majority standard, the faculty will then vote whether or not to grant the student’s request; the Chair will communicate the decision to the student in writing and be in contact, if needed, with the Registrar to confirm any changes that need to be made to the student’s official degree progress records.