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Petitions for Enrollment Exceptions

University policies and deadlines are established to protect the integrity of the academic experience, and policies on enrollment set clear guidelines for graduation requirements and navigating enrollment changes. Evanston-campus undergraduates with special circumstances in rare instances are granted exceptions to the standard guidelines.

In special circumstances undergraduates may submit a petition for the following:

Overview

Undergraduate students are expected to have thoroughly reviewed the relevant University Policy as well as any processes specific to their school, and understand the specific elements for the petition (previously referred to as an appeal) they plan to submit. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to work with their school adviser or another school representative, or may contact anyone below for guidance:    

All petitions require students to provide a clear and factual explanation of the exceptional circumstances the student encountered, and, where appropriate and possible, include supporting documentation (see Instructions for a specific petition). Exceptional circumstances must demonstrate impediments beyond the control of the undergraduate which made it impossible to comply with academic requirements or complete an action by a published deadline.  Petitions must be written and submitted by the student.  In addition to the documentation provided by the student, the committee will also review a school statement of facts, and as appropriate, enrollment records, other institutional records.

Instructions for Petition Letters and Supporting Documentation

Follow the instructions for submitting a petition for an exception to enrollment requirements, including determining appropriate supporting documentation, below.   

Late Tuition Adjustment Instructions

Late Withdrawal Instructions

Undergraduate Registration Requirement Waiver Instructions

Undergraduate Tuition Waiver Instructions

Petition Review

Petitions are reviewed by a panel of the Undergraduate Enrollment Petition Committee, which consists of the associate provost for undergraduate education, the University registrar, associate or assistant deans from six undergraduate schools, and representatives from the student finance and financial aid offices.

Petitions are reviewed based on the standards and principles of university policies, the timeliness of the petition submission, the special circumstances described, and any supporting documentation included in the petition.  

  • Submit petitions to undergradeducation@northwestern.edu.  
  • Petitions received in full by the 15th of the month will be reviewed in the next month’s Committee meeting.
  • Committee decisions are final. In extremely rare instances the Provost may be appealed to review a petition outcome.  For information about the process for an appeal to the Provost please email nu-registrar@northwestern.edu