Student Petition Types

Petition Types


Academic Renewal (Early or Retroactive)

Academic Renewal permits a former student to resume study without being penalized for his/her past unsatisfactory scholarship. To qualify for Academic Renewal, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) below a 2.00, and have taken no course work at Penn State for a minimum of four calendar years. (See Policy 54-90)

A waiver of the Academic Renewal policy may be requested when a student is seeking re-enrollment to the University and has not had a period of at least four years during which they were not enrolled in Penn State credit courses and/or the student’s previous cumulative grade-point average (GPA) was not below a 2.00.

Please include the following with an Academic Renewal petition:

REQUIRED

OPTIONAL

  • Letter From the Submitter (if desired)
  • Support letters or emails from faculty/advisers (Strongly Recommended)
  • Evidence that student can be successful if Academic Renewal is approved (Example: transcript from community college showing academic success) (Recommended)
  • Explanation and documentation of extenuating circumstances beyond students’ control that affected their academic performance in past semesters/sessions/terms (Recommended)

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Retroactive Administrative Course Cancellation

Students who were registered for a course (or courses) but for some reason never attended/participated, may petition for a retroactive Administrative Course Cancellation. This only applies if the student never attended/participated in any classes for the course(s) in reference. (See Administrative Policy C-2)

If the student did not attend/participate in any courses for an entire semester/session/term, this would be a retroactive Administrative Registration Cancellation.

Please include the following documentation with a Retroactive Administrative Course Cancellation petition:

REQUIRED

  • Petition Cover Sheet
  • Retroactive Administration Course Cancellation Checklist
  • Current Transcript
  • Signed Student Request Letter
  • If request is for the current term, include student’s schedule
  • Documentation of extenuating circumstances (as cited in student request letter)
  • Medical/Psychological Documentation (if applicable) with letterhead and signature
  • World Campus adviser letter with recommendation (if petition involves coursework taken through the World Campus
  • 2 Copies of Administrative Course Cancellation Form(s) (Acquired from the Department) with student and instructor signatures

OPTIONAL

  • Letter From the Submitter (if desired)
  • Support letters or emails from faculty/advisers (Strongly Recommended) preferably with signature or email header

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 Retroactive Administrative Registration Cancellation

Students who were registered, but for some reason never attended/participated in any courses for the entire semester/session/term, may petition for a retroactive Administrative Registration Cancellation. This only applies if the student never attended/participated in any courses for the entire semester/session/term. (See Administrative Policy C-2)

These cases are usually seen when a student intends to petition for a tuition adjustment through the Bursar’s Office. The Faculty Senate office does not handle requests for financial issues.

Please include the following documentation with a Retroactive Administrative Registration Cancellation petition:

REQUIRED

  • Petition Cover Sheet
  • Retroactive Administrative Registration Cancellation Checklist
  • Current Transcript
  • Signed Student Request Letter
  • If request is for the current term, include student’s schedule
  • Documentation of extenuating circumstances (as cited in student request letter)
  • Medical/Psychological Documentation (if applicable) with letterhead and signature
  • World Campus adviser letter with recommendation (if petition involves coursework taken through the World Campus
  • 2 Copies of Administrative Course Cancellation Form(s) (Acquired from the Department) with student and instructor signatures
    • (if there is a reason that Administrative Course Cancellation Form(s) cannot be attained, please contact the Senate office for guidance.)

OPTIONAL

  • Letter From the Submitter (if desired)
  • Support letters or emails from faculty/advisers (Strongly Recommended) preferably with signature or email header

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Retroactive Corrected Grade (Grade Change)

A grade change must be made within one year after the end of the semester/session/term in which the course was taken. After that time, students requesting a corrected grade must submit a petition for a Retroactive Corrected Grade. (See Policy 48-30)

Please include the following documentation with a Retroactive Corrected Grade petition:

REQUIRED

OPTIONAL

  • Letter From the Submitter (if desired)
  • Support letters or emails from faculty/advisers (Strongly Recommended) preferably with signature or email header

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Retroactive Late Course Add

After the late add period has passed for a semester/session/term, students must prepare a petition to late add a course retroactively. (See Policy 34-87)

Students who are already registered for a semester/session/term and want to add a course or courses, should prepare a petition for Retroactive Late Course Add. Students requesting to add all scheduled courses for a semester/session prior to Fall 2016 for which they were not registered, should prepare a petition for a Retroactive Late Registration. (Retroactive Late Registration is only available for semesters prior to Fall 2016).

Please include the following documentation with a Retroactive Late Add petition:

REQUIRED

OPTIONAL

  • Letter From the Submitter (if desired)
  • Letter/email of support from the instructor of each course (recommended)

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Retroactive Late Course Drop

After late drop period has passed for a semester/session/term, students must prepare a petition to late drop a course retroactively. (See Policy 34-89)

If a student is requesting to drop all courses scheduled for semester/session/term, this is a Retroactive Withdrawal.

Please include the following documentation with a Retroactive Late Drop petition:

REQUIRED

  • Petition Cover Sheet
  • Retroactive Late Course Drop Checklist
  • Current Transcript
  • Signed Student Request Letter
  • If request is for the current semester/session/term, provide a copy of the student’s schedule.
  • Documentation of the extenuating circumstances beyond students’ control that affected their academic performance (as cited in student request letter)
  • If one of the reasons for the petition is because of a hold on the student’s account, provide documentation of hold
  • Medical/Psychological Documentation (if applicable) with letterhead and signature
  • Death Certificate or Newspaper Obituary (if applicable)
  • Students requesting to late drop a course or courses from a semester/session/term and has passing grades in other courses taken during the same semester/session/term, need to explain why circumstances only affected the course(s) referenced.
  • World Campus adviser letter with recommendation (if petition involves coursework taken through the World Campus)
  • eLion/LionPATH summary (if student claims that actions were taken within eLion/LionPATH to complete the request but for some reason the request wasn’t completed) Contact Aaron Morrison [avm4@psu.edu] and provide student name, PSU ID number, the semester/session/term, and the timeline if provided.
  • 2 Copies of Registration-Drop/Add Form

OPTIONAL

  • Letter From the Submitter (if desired)
  • Supporting letters or emails from faculty/advisers (Strongly Recommended) preferably with signature or email header

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Retroactive Late Registration

** Retroactive Late Registration is only available for semesters/sessions prior to Fall 2016 **

A Retroactive Late Registration request is only available for semesters/sessions prior to Fall 2016. (Students MUST register for all courses scheduled.) (See Policy 34-20) Students requesting to add all courses for a term from Fall 2016 to present, should prepare a petition for Retroactive Late Course Add.

Students must have sufficient funds available to pay tuition and fees prior to submitting the request. Any type of financial aid (grants, scholarships, federal or alternative loans) that is processed by the Office of Student Aid and paid directly to Penn State CANNOT be used as payment towards a retroactive registration.

Please include the following documentation with a Retroactive Late Registration petition:

REQUIRED

OPTIONAL

  • Letter From the Submitter (if desired)
  • Letter/email of support from the instructor of each course (Recommended) preferably with signature or email header

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Retroactive Withdrawal

After the withdrawal period has passed for a semester/session/term, a student must prepare a petition to withdraw retroactively. (See Policy 56-30)

A Retroactive Withdrawal request is when a student is requesting to withdraw from all courses on the transcript for a semester/session/term.

All retroactive withdrawal petitions must include either the Student Aid Review for Retroactive Withdrawal form or the International Student Form for Retroactive Withdrawal, as appropriate. These forms were developed to help avert financial hardships and other consequences that occur when students have a petition approved for retroactive withdrawal from one or more semester(s)/session(s)/term(s). These forms must be acquired to accompany retroactive withdrawal petitions when they are submitted to the Faculty Senate office. Following are details and instructions for completion of the forms.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY PARK AND AT CAMPUSES OTHER THAN UNIVERSITY PARK

Details: For domestic students, consequences could include the loss of eligibility for previously awarded Federal Financial Aid. These students can receive a tuition bill from the University after losing aid for semesters/sessions/terms already completed. View the Student Aid Review for Retroactive Withdrawal form.

Instructions: Domestic students who are petitioning for retroactive withdrawal are required to complete and sign the first page of the Student Aid form, which includes contact information, details about aid received, and the semester(s)/session(s)/term(s) for which they are requesting a retroactive withdrawal. After completing the first page, students will mail, fax, or deliver the form to the Office of Student Aid at University Park. If the “Yes” box is marked on the first page of the form, a Student Aid staff member will evaluate the impact of the retroactive withdrawal(s) on Federal Financial Aid and complete the upper part of the second page of the form. An appointment (in person or by phone) will be arranged for the student to learn about the financial consequences of the requested action. If the student decides to proceed with the petition, s/he will sign and date the bottom part of the second page and give the form to the authorized college/campus petition submitter to be included with the petition when it is submitted to the Senate Office.

For specific questions about The Student Aid Review for Retroactive Withdrawal form, please contact Aaron Benson in the Office of Student Aid.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Details: The completion of the International Student Form for Retroactive Withdrawal helps international students become aware of implications for sponsorship and visa status. View the form for international students.

International Students at University Park

Instructions: International students who are petitioning for a retroactive withdrawal will be required to complete and sign the top part of the Global Programs form (with the exception of checking the boxes), which includes contact information, the semester(s)/session(s)/term(s) for which they are requesting withdrawal, and details about the reason for withdrawing. After completing the top part of the form, students must mail, fax (814-865-6194), or deliver the form to the Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) at University Park. A Global Programs staff member will then evaluate the impact of the retroactive withdrawal(s). Students must attend walk-in advising hours with DISSA so that the student may be informed about the consequences of the requested action. At that point, the appropriate Global Programs staff member will sign and date the bottom of the form. If the student is sponsored, she/he must also attend walk-in advising hours with the International Sponsor Relations Office, as retroactive withdrawal may impact the status of their scholarship. At that point, the appropriate Global Programs staff member will sign and date the bottom of the form. The student should check the appropriate boxes on the form only after consulting with the respective staff members (Check the first box after consulting with DISSA, and the second box after consulting with Sponsor Relations). If the student decides to proceed with the petition, she/he will give the form to the authorized college/campus petition submitter to be included with the petition when it is submitted to the Senate Office.

International Students at Campuses other than University Park

Instructions: International students at other campuses should email DISSA-Adviser@psu.edu, and an international student adviser will provide specific information about any consequences of a retroactive withdrawal on the student’s SEVIS record. The student should print and attach the response from DISSA-Adviser@psu.edu to the form when he/she submits it to his/her college. Sponsored students at other campuses should email sponsor@psu.edu, and the Sponsor Relations Manager will provide specific information about any consequences of a retroactive withdrawal on the student’s scholarship; the student should attach the email from sponsor@psu.edu to the form when he/she submits it to his/her college. The student should check the appropriate boxes on the form only after consulting with the respective staff members (Check the first box after consulting with DISSA, and the second box after consulting with Sponsor Relations). If the student decides to proceed with the petition, she/he will give the form to the authorized college/campus petition submitter to be included with the petition when it is submitted to the Senate Office.

For specific questions about the International Student Form for Retroactive Withdrawal, please contact Jennifer Campbell in the Office of Global Programs.

Please include the following documentation with a Retroactive Withdrawal petition:

REQUIRED

  • Petition Cover Sheet
  • Retroactive Withdrawal Checklist
  • Current Transcript
  • Signed Student Request Letter
  • Documentation of the extenuating circumstances beyond students’ control that affected their academic performance (as cited in student request letter)
  • Medical/Psychological Documentation (if applicable) with letterhead and signature
  • Death Certificate or Newspaper Obituary (if applicable)
  • World Campus adviser letter with recommendation (if petition involves coursework taken through the World Campus)
  • eLion/LionPATH summary (if student claims that actions were taken within eLion/LionPATH to complete the request but for some reason the request wasn’t completed) Contact Aaron Morrison [avm4@psu.edu] and provide student name, PSU ID number, the semester/session/term, and the timeline if provided.
  • 2 Copies of Withdrawal Form
  • Either the Student Aid Review for Retroactive Withdrawal form (for Domestic students)
    or the International Student Form for Retroactive Withdrawal (for International students)

OPTIONAL

  • Letter From the Submitter (if desired)
  • Support letters or emails from faculty/advisers (Strongly Recommended) preferably with signature or email header

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Waivers of Other Policies (Other Petition Types)

  • Requests for exceptions to other Senate policies may arise on occasion. Any action that varies from the established Policies and Rules for Undergraduate Students needs to be petitioned for approval by the Senate Subcommittee on Academic Standards.

If a unique petition request is encountered, you may contact Anna Butler at the Senate Office to assist you in determining documentation required based on the student’s situation, but the following is required for all petitions in the “Other” category.

Please include the following with petitions that fall into the “Other” Category:

REQUIRED

  • Petition Cover Sheet
  • Other Petition Types Checklist
  • Current Transcript
  • Signed Student Request Letter
  • If request is for the current term, provide a copy of the student’s schedule
  • Documentation of extenuating circumstances that warrant an exception to Senate policy (as cited in student request letter)

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