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Honors Academic Policies, Petitions, and the HAB

Honors students may request a requirement substitution or policy exception by submitting a petition to the Honors Academic Board or HAB. The forms on this site should be used by LSA Honors Program students only. Residential College students petition the RC Board on Academic Standing. All other LSA students petition the LSA Academic Standards Board.

Substitutions for General LSA Requirements
Bachelor of Science
Distribution (HU, NS, SS, MSA, CE, ID)
First Year Writing Requirement
Upper Level Writing Requirement 
Quantitative Reasoning 
Race & Ethnicity
Language Substitutions

Exceptions for Major or Minor Requirements
Only departmental advisors can approve substitutions or exceptions for the major or minor. Please contact the department to find out about their policies and procedures.

Academic Policy Exceptions
Drop/Add Guidelines
Modification of Credit Hours
Late Modification of Credit Hours (after late drop/add deadline only)
Request for Term Withdrawal 
Incompletes and Time Extensions
Auditing a Course 

Petitions for Items NOT Listed Above

For all other requests, students should use the general HAB Petition [PDF], addressed to the HAB. The petition should state the specific request and set forth all the reasons why the request is necessary, justified, or helpful to the student's academic program. Submit your petition to the Honors Office via email to lsa-honors-petitions@umich.edu.

Exceptions to the Grade Conversion Deadlines for COVID-graded Semesters

Review published deadlines and policies for grade conversions here.

Once the grade conversion deadline has passed for the course in question you will not be able to request grade conversions through Wolverine Access. There may be legitimate academic reasons that students may need to request conversions after the deadline, as follows:

Late grades: Letter grades are those entered after the deadline (i.e. July 1, 2021 for Fall 2020 courses). This includes Study Abroad grades received after the deadline as well as Incomplete (I) and Y grades changed to a letter grade after the deadline. Requests to convert a late grade must be made within two months after the grade appears on your transcript. 
Honors consideration: While students are encouraged to convert grades before the deadline, there could be cases where a student is unaware that consideration for University Honors, Angell Scholar, or school/college awards may require a certain number of graded courses.
Degree requirements: Students intending to graduate may need a grade in a course to meet certain degree requirements.
Administrative error: Used only when an advisor or department incorrectly advised a student whether or not to convert their grade. 

LSA Honors students may use this form to request a grade conversion after the deadline, based on one of the conditions above. Your request will be reviewed and you’ll receive a response within 10 business days. Please submit a new request for each course in which you would like to convert your grade after the deadline. 

Please note: If your request is approved, you will not be able to reverse your decision to convert your grade. 

Other HAB Information, Policies and FAQ

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 an Academic Board. Honors students petition the Honors Academic Board (HAB); Residential College students petition the RC Board on Academic Standing (BOAS); mainstream LSA students petition the Academic Standards Board (ASB).

You are responsible for knowing the academic rules, requirements, and deadlines of the College. If you are uncertain about whether a petition is appropriate for your situation, make an appointment with a board member and we’ll help you identify options and next steps.

In the case of a grade complaint, also known as a Grade Grievance, a petition is replaced by following the Grade Grievance procedure established by the College of LSA. Only grade grievances that pertain to Honors courses (course prefix must be Honors, e.g., Honors 241) will be handled by the Honors Program’s Grade Grievance Committee. Grade grievances pertaining to other departments’ courses, including Honors sections of those courses, must be handled by the department offering the course. Your Honors academic advisor can discuss with you the grade grievance procedure should you have any questions or concerns. Click here for more information regarding Grade Grievances.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions:

What is a petition?

A petition is a written or digitally documented request to an Academic Standards Board of the College for an exception to a College policy or requirement.

What should be included in a petition?

Many petitions are now submitted through online forms, which include instructions on what to include based on the type of request. In general, however, a petition should state the specific request and set forth all the reasons why the request is necessary, justified, or helpful to the student’s academic program. Often the petition should include a confirming statement, and perhaps a recommendation, from a course instructor, employer, health-care provider, or other relevant person. In almost all requests, relevant chronology is important and students should try to provide dates as specifically as possible. 

The student should do the following when completing the petition:

  • State the nature of the request;
  • Explain why the change is wanted, what happened, and when;
  • Explain the role of relevant parties (for example, a misunderstanding between the instructor and the student; incomplete or wrong information given by a University office);
  • Follow all instructions on forms completely;
  • Type or write legibly, when necessary, using ink or dark pencil; 
  • Use a style suitable for a formal petition within a collegiate setting: proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The audience for your petition consists of academic advisors appointed to the Academic Board.

The Honors Academic Board may defer petitions that do not fully meet the above criteria. If you have questions about completing a petition, please contact an advisor.

When does the HAB meet and when will I know the result?

Barring holidays or unforeseen circumstances, the Board meets once per week, typically on Monday mornings. Completed petitions, including all supporting materials, that are submitted by noon (12pm) on Thursday will be discussed at the following Monday meeting.

Students who submit petitions to the Honors Academic Board can expect to hear a response shortly after the HAB meeting in which the petition was reviewed; a member of the HAB will email the student directly with the Board’s decision or to request any further information or documentation needed for a decision. Process and deadline questions can be directed to lsa-honors-petitions@umich.edu.

How is the decision made?

A panel of Honors Academic 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 HAB about my petition?

No, but you may meet with an individual member of the Board to discuss a petition. You may schedule an appointment with any HAB member.

Can my parents speak to an HAB 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 or other non-authorized persons 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.

Application for Reactivation in Honors

If you have not been registered for two or more years, you must complete this form and call
(734) 764-6274 to schedule a meeting or phone appointment with an Honors Academic Board member before you can be reactivated.

General Questions? Use our chat feature between 10a and 12p to talk to our front desk team.