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The policies and procedures described in the LSA Academic Policies portion of the LSA website govern the conduct of academic matters affecting students enrolled in the College. Exceptions to these policies may be granted only upon written petition to the Academic Standards Board. Honors students petition the Honors Academic Board; Residential College students petition the RC Board on Academic Standing (BOAS).

You are responsible for knowing the academic rules and requirements of the College. “I didn’t know” is not a basis for a petition. If you are uncertain about whether a petition is appropriate for your situation, call 734.764.0332 to make an appointment with a Board member and we’ll help you identify options and next steps.

What is the Academic Standards Board?

The LSA Academic Standards Board is the unit of Student Academic Affairs that reviews requests from LSA undergraduate students about exceptions to the College's academic rules and requirements that may be granted while maintaining the integrity of the undergraduate degree. The academic rules and requirements are found on the LSA website.

What is a petition?

A petition is a written request to the Academic Standards Board for an exception to a College policy or requirement. You write a letter explaining what you are requesting and why you believe an exception is justified.

What should be included in a petition?

The petition should include relevant information, a chronology of events (if appropriate), and documentation that you believe supports the specific request and justifies the granting of an exception.

What is considered documentation?

Medical documentation, proof of non-attendance, or statements from instructors are all examples of documentation which may be submitted with a petition. If you are petitioning for a course substitution for an LSA requirement, the course description and course syllabus should be included.

Where do I submit my petition?

Petitions and all supporting documentation should be sent to or dropped off at the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center in 1255 Angell Hall. You may also fax them to 734.764.2772, or email them to academic.standards@umich.edu.

How is the decision made?

A panel of Board members reads the petition, looks at the advising file and your academic history, and makes a vote in light of all similar petitions already decided.

Can I come in to meet with the whole Board about my petition?

No, but you may meet with an individual member of the Board to discuss a petition. You may call the LSA Advising Center to schedule a Board appointment at 734.764.0332.

Can I appeal a decision of the Academic Standards Board?

Readmission decisions are final and may not be appealed. For all other petitions, you may appeal a decision only if you have relevant new information that was not included in your original petition. Appeals must be submitted in writing; the Board does not hear appeals in person.

How do I find out the Board's decision?

One of the Board members from the panel will email the decision to you. You may then contact that Board member if you have more questions. Also, you may contact the Board via email at academic.standards@umich.edu.

Can my parents speak to a Board member about my petition?

The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents us from discussing your student record, including any petitions you may file, with your parents without written permission from you. If you wish to give that permission, you may fill out a FERPA Release form.

Is there a limit to the number of petitions a student may file?

No, there is no limit to the number of petitions a student may submit, but each request should be carefully considered.