The Committee on Academic Status hears individual student requests for exceptions to academic rules and regulations.
If the request is related to a physical or mental health condition, students should complete a Medical Review Committee petition instead. Petition approval is not automatic and is generally given only when circumstances are extraordinary. Students are required to continue attending their present class schedule until notified in writing of the Committee’s final decision.
If this petition is denied, the student has 5 business days from the day their decision email was sent to submit an appeal of the denied petition. Appeals are submitted online the same way the initial petition was submitted.
Students are expected to be knowledgeable about William & Mary policies and regulations as set forth in the Course Catalog.
Please also consult the policies concerning academic standards and good standing.
NOTE: A professor's supporting statement will be requested and is a required component of the review process.
Types of petitions:
PETITION TO LATE-ADD or LATE-DROP:
If a student wishes to add or drop a class after the add/drop deadline, the student must petition CAS. Petitions to drop classes are rarely approved except under circumstances beyond a student’s control.
PETITION FOR A LATE WITHDRAWAL:
A petition may be made requesting (1) a late withdrawal from a class or (2) a withdrawal from all classes after the deadline to withdraw has passed. Students wishing to withdraw from all classes should contact our office for an appointment. Retroactive withdrawals refer to course withdrawals after the last day of classes or relating to a previous academic semester. The Committee will not hear requests for adjustments to semesters that reach back further than one year.
PETITION TO OVERLOAD (to enroll in more than 18 credit hours in the Fall & Spring semesters or enroll in more than 8 credit hours per session in the Summer ):
First-year students at William & Mary are not permitted to carry overloads. Students requesting to add courses for audit that will cause them to carry more than 18 registered hours (Fall & Spring) or more than 8 registered hours per session in the Summer must also petition for an overload. Overloads of more than 20 credits during the Fall & Spring semesters will be granted rarely and only for extraordinary circumstances.
Overloads are only granted in cases of extenuating circumstances. In addition, one of the following conditions must be met when applying for overloads:
PETITION TO UNDERLOAD (to take fewer than 12 credit hours):
Underload requests will normally be considered ONLY under one of the following conditions:
Important UNDERLOAD Information:
Students are encouraged to meet with a member of the Enrollment Support Services staff if they have questions concerning academic policies, the exception to academic regulations requested by this petition, or the Committee on Academic Status procedures. Please call 757-221-2510 for an appointment.