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Advising Handbook

Petitions to the Administrative Committee

The College’s Administrative Committee is made up of the dean of the College or his designate, seven faculty members (including one from the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), and two undergraduate students. The student members are appointed by the undergraduate student body.

Petitioning the Committee

Students who wish to petition the Administrative Committee are advised to first discuss their concern with an advisor at the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS). 

Students can complete a paper petition, available at Lattimore 312, or an online petition. Petitions are presented in writing and should specify clearly the decision desired by the individual student.

About the Administrative Committee

The functions of the Administrative Committee, as specified in the Rules of the Faculty, are to: 

  • Establish guidelines consistent with faculty regulations for periodic review of the academic records of undergraduates
  • Act on all requests for exceptions to requirements for baccalaureates
  • Raise with the Faculty Steering Committee all questions of inequity or inconsistency in faculty policy which emerge from the consideration of individual problems

The committee meets approximately once each month during the academic year to consider petitions from individual students on a continuing basis. 

Each of these petitions involves an interpretation of the Rules of the Faculty. These interpretations include such questions as permitting a course to be added or dropped after the deadline, or modifying a cluster requirement.

Twice each year, the committee also considers students who may be separated from the College for academic reasons. See the probation and separation page for more information.

In the process of discussing these individual cases, the committee establishes guidelines by which the Rules of the Faculty should be administered by the dean of the College and his/her staff in CCAS. As an additional outcome of these discussions, the committee occasionally recommends policy changes to the Faculty Steering Committee.

In some cases, endorsement of the student’s request by a faculty or staff member is helpful. Students who believe that sufficient evidence of illness exists to warrant the committee to approve their request should consult with an academic advisor for the appropriate procedure.

University Health Service (UHS) does not provide retroactive excuses for missed classes. Students are notified in writing of the disposition of their case shortly after the decision is reached.