Submitting a Petition
Students: Here's how to submit a petition (a formal request) for an exception to college rules on enrollment and related matters – such as the limits on repeating a class, requesting an excused withdrawal or taking excess units. (See more examples below.)
- You may submit a petition through your counselor, an instructor or the Admissions and Records Office.
- You can click the yellow button below to use the online form and submit your 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 Degree Works.
- 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.
- The dean of Enrollment Services will review your request to determine if it involves a matter that can be decided by the dean (or a designee) or if it must be decided by the Appeal Review Committee.
- Exceptions can only be granted for cause.
Appeal Review Committee
The Appeal Review Committee (ARC) is responsible for evaluating and approving petitions for exceptions to college enrollment rules related to academic policies. The committee is dedicated to fair, consistent and equitable review of student requests.
Decided by the dean
Here are some types of petititons that may be decided by the dean of Enrollment Services or a designee
- Requesting an excused withdrawal (EW) due to extenuating circumstances
- Appealing a decision on residency reclassification
- First-time disqualification – these must first be reviewed by a counselor
- Challenging for admission or late registration
- Taking excess units – these must first be reviewed by a counselor
Decided by the ARC
Here are some types of petitions that must be decided by the Appeal Review Committee.
- Requests to repeat courses that were previously completed successfully, due to a significant lapse of time
- Requests to repeat a course beyond the number of times stipulated in the college catalog
- Requests for readmission after dismissal – these must first be reviewed by a counselor
How the ARC Works
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.