Exceptions to Catalog Regulations


Petition Form


Process for Exception Requests

  1. Student completes petition form, signs it, and submits it to their department by the established deadline*. No additional signatures are required at the time of submission. Forms can be submitted to the department by mail, email, or in-person (preferred method). For forms submitted by mail or email, please contact the department to confirm materials were received. See a list of engineering department contact information.

*Forms must be received at least one week before a scheduled University Exceptions Committee meeting date. Deadline dates are stated below.

  1. Exception requests are considered through a formal process on a monthly basis at three levels: First, your department chair provides a recommendation, and then two committees see your petition: the College Committee, which is composed of faculty and staff from the College of Engineering Dean’s Office, and the University Committee which is composed of faculty and staff from several academic disciplines at Wichita State University.
  2. Results are available no later than the Monday following the action of the University Committee; your results will be emailed to your @shockers.wichita.edu email address, and you may also request a hard copy of your results from the Dean’s Office in Partnership 2, A101. Due to federal privacy laws, we cannot release Exceptions Committee results over the telephone.  Make sure you can access your WSU-provided email address before results are sent out.

Complete and print the fillable petition form, and then submit it to your department, along with supporting documentation. This form requires your handwritten signature.

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How to Improve Your Request for an Exception:

The request for an exception to a college or university regulations is a request for special consideration. The obligation to clearly and completely present the case rests with you. Exceptions are never automatically granted. Do not treat this request as a trivial or casual event.

The guidelines offered here are suggestions for improving your chances of getting approval of your request.

1. Get Good Advice:

  • Schedule an appointment with your academic success advisor or faculty advisor to discuss your case.
  • If the request involves a specific course, discuss it with the instructor. Some requests can be strengthened if accompanied by the instructor's endorsement.

2. Completing the Form:

  • In Part I, state WHAT you are requesting. Common requests include readmission, late withdrawal of courses, and waiver of graduation requirements.  Be specific.  For late withdrawals, include course names, CRNs and semesters.  For graduation requirements, identify the actual requirement for which you request an exception.
  • In Part II, clearly state WHY you are requesting the exception. Demonstrate why, in your situation, the rule or the requirement should be waived. Your justification must include relevant information about what happened, and your plan to remedy any problems.
  • Attach documents that support your case. If you attended another school after leaving WSU, include unofficial transcripts. If you cite medical, employment, or serious personal issues, you must include documentation.

2020-2021 Academic Year Exceptions Schedule

College of Engineering and University Exceptions Committee (UEC)
Deadline for students to submit exception petitions to the department by 5:00pm* College Meeting UAEC Meeting
August 3
08/10/2020 08/12/2020
September 7
09/15/2020 09/17/2020
October 5
10/13/2020 10/15/2020
November 9
11/17/2020 11/19/2020
November 30
12/08/2020 12/10/2020
January 4
01/11/2021 01/13/2021
February 8
02/16/2021 02/18/2021
March 1
03/09/2021 03/11/2021
April 5
04/13/2021 04/15/2021
May 3
05/11/2021 05/13/2021
June 7
06/15/2021 06/17/2021
July 6
07/13/2021 07/15/2021
*All requests received after the deadline will be reviewed during the next scheduled exceptions meeting.