Petition for Exception to Academic Regulations

Science Petitions and Instructions for Students

Policy 70 (Student Petitions and Grievances) indicates that a petition “is a request by a student seeking exception to, or relief from, normal faculty or University rules and regulations”. Examples of petitions include adding or dropping a course after the deadline, altering a WF grade to a WD for a late drop, changing course load enrolment and reconsideration of an end of term academic decision. Petitions and grievances are further defined in the Undergraduate Calendar.

The Science Petitions Committee includes 9 members (1 non-voting) with faculty and staff representation from the Science Undergraduate Office, all Science departments and the Registrar’s Office. The committee is chaired by a Science professor. Normally, the committee meets every two weeks and results are sent out within a week of the meeting, thus most decisions are received within three weeks of submitting a petition.

All petition communications—including requests for clarification or further information as well as decisions—are sent to students via their uwaterloo.ca email address, therefore regular monitoring of this account is important at all times and is a student's responsibility.

Updated April, 2021.

Sources of documentation and support

AccessAbility Services (can assist in gathering and assembling your medical documentation)

Counselling Services

Health Services

Verification of illness