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Petitions: A Guide for Students

Petitions: A Guide for Students


This Petitions Guide has been prepared to help you understand petitions and appeals, the petitions process, the Faculty of Arts & Science’s expectations of you, and the reasoning behind the answers students get in response to their different requests. It is informal and unofficial; you will find the official rules, regulations and the formal articulation of Faculty policy in the Calendar in printed text or on the Faculty website (see Degree Requirements, Rules and Regulations, and Sessional Dates). This Guide is for students in the Faculty of Arts & Science to use in conjunction with the Calendar, advice from their college registrar's office, and advice from departmental offices.


The Faculty of Arts and Science is governed by a series of rules and regulations that are intended to ensure that all students in the Faculty are treated equitably and fairly. The Faculty acknowledges, however, that in some instances there are valid reasons why students should be granted an exception from these rules. In considering petitions, the Faculty is sensitive to the needs of students who are experiencing problems that are beyond their power to foresee or control, but may not always be able to grant the remedy requested.

The Petition

A petition is a student’s formal request for an exception to the normal rules and regulations of the Faculty of Arts & Science. You make such a request by writing a letter stating your request, explaining the reasons that support it, and attaching any relevant documentation. You then fill out a petition form (detailing your name, address, student number etc.) and submit it with your letter and documents to your college registrar’s office, which forwards it to the Faculty’s Petitions Office. (All Faculty of Arts & Science students submit petitions about any courses they are taking – including ones at UTM or UTSC or in other faculties – through their home college. Students from other faculties or graduate departments are governed by the rules and procedures of their home faculty or department, including those from UTM and UTSC.)


If you think you need to petition or if you are having problems that interfere significantly with your academic work, your best source of advice and support is the advisors at your college registrar’s office. They are familiar with how things work, have experience helping students through their problems, and are able to take your whole experience as a student into account in advising you, including any personal or medical problems, financial issues, and academic difficulties you may have. Students with disability issues should consult Accessibility Services in conjunction with their college registrar’s office.


The Petition Process

Common Petitions

Frequently Asked Questions About Petitions