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Academic Petition Appeals

Applicants wishing to file an ADMISSIONS APPEAL can find information on the Admissions Appeals page.

Students wishing to file a GRADE APPEAL may submit a request to the Fairness Board

Other Appeals: You may initiate an academic appeal after you have received a decision on a petition or other academic-related request, and you believe the decision is in error or that special circumstances were not adequately considered.  Academic petitions may include, but are not limited to, issues related to

  • Change of major
  • Course substitution
  • Course and term withdrawals
  • Academic probation and disqualification
  • Academic policy deviation requests

 

Before initiating an appeal, be sure you have followed the petition process and addressed your concerns with the department / college responsible.  If you have questions, contact your advisor or the Office of the Registrar to ensure you have followed all procedures and exhausted your options.

Following a petition decision, and under limited circumstances, students may appeal to the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning or his/her designee. The right to an appeal is not guaranteed and an appeal will only be considered if the student can show that one or more of the following exist:

  1. A requirement or policy was incorrectly applied to the petition.
  2. A requirement or policy is unclear or ambiguous.
  3. There is new information that should be considered in the evaluation of the petition.
  4. There are special circumstances warranting the granting of the appeal.

 

Appeal Process

If you feel your case meets the above criteria, gather all documents and communications related to your case, including any petitions or forms.  Briefly outline your situation and the steps you have taken to resolve it (a bulleted list is ideal), and state why you feel the denial of your request was the incorrect decision.

Bring this information to the Academic Programs office, room 319 in the Kennedy , or email to acadprog@calpoly.edu.

Your request will be reviewed, and additional information may be gathered from your advisor, department, dean, and the office of the registrar. We may wish to meet with you and will contact you if needed.   

The Associate Vice Provost's decisions regarding appeals represent the University's final decision on academic petitions.

 

Contact the Office of Academic Programs at 756-2246 or by email at carson@calpoly.edu if you have questions or need additional information.

 

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