What is the ARC?

The Appeal Review Committee (ARC) is responsible for evaluating and approving petitions for exceptions to college rules on enrollment and related matters. Exceptions can only be granted for cause. The committee is dedicated to fair, consistent and equitable review of student requests. 

Submitting a Petition

  • Students: You may submit a petition for an exception through your counselor, an instructor or the Admissions and Records Office.
  • You can use the online form linked below to submit a petition directly to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Before submitting a petition, you must have an up-to-date educational plan. If you are using the online petition form, you can upload your current plan or indicate that your current plan is available in DegreeWorks.  
  • Your counselor, instructor or a representative from the Admissions and Records office will submit a recommendation on whether to approve, deny or abstain from a decision.

Submit Your Petition Online

How the ARC Works

  • What happens first? The preview process

  • What happens next? The review process

  • Why the ARC doesn't review class grades

Guidelines for ARC Decisions

In reviewing and deciding petitions, the ARC must rely on

  • California law and regulations (Title 5 and other codes)
  • Policies and procedures adopted by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District 

Challenges to ARC Decisions

Students may challenge an ARC decision by arranging to make a personal appearance before the committee. Students may ask a faculty or staff member to serve as their advocate. If willing to serve, the faculty or staff member must contact the ARC before the student’s appearance.

Committee Membership

The committee includes the dean of Enrollment Services as chair, plus

  • Two instructional faculty members, appointed by the Academic Senate
  • Two counseling faculty members, appointed by the Academic Senate
  • One classified professional representative, appointed by the Classified Senate
  • One articulation officer, appointed by the vice president of Instruction
  • One instructional dean, appointed by the vice president of Instruction

Except for the dean of Enrollment Services, members will be appointed for two-year terms. Members will be selected with an eye to providing representation from Disability Support Programs and Services, Extended Opportunities Programs and Services and the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education. 


Nazy Galoyan
Dean, Enrollment Services


Office Location

RSS Admissions and Records Office
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