A petition is a request for an exemption from a university rule, regulation or deadline that applies to all students at the university. Through the petition procedure, the university may offer additional accommodations to support for students experiencing extenuating circumstances.
From time to time, students encounter unforeseen situations that can severely interfere with their capacity to fulfill their academic obligations during the term. It's important for students to be aware of their options for support - including having an honest conversation with faculty, and seeking advising support to better understand their next steps.
Matters involving term work, such as the organization of a course, grading practices or the conduct of an instructor fall under the authority of the department offering the course, and should be raised with the instructor or the departmental office.