How to Petition

Undergraduate Petitions

Graduate students: Contact the Graduate School for petition information

Read this page carefully. You are required to indicate that you have read the following information before being directed to the petition form.

Under Academic Regulation 57 students may petition the university for exceptions to the academic calendar (e.g. withdrawal from a course after the deadline) OR petition for withdrawal from an individual course after having used the maximum number allowed.

Petitions must be made within two years of the date of enrollment in the course.

Your student account will be billed a $10 non-refundable processing fee regardless of the petition outcome.

Petitions are considered ONLY in the case of extraordinary circumstances. Common examples include: serious illness, death in the immediate family, medical emergency or a university error that either affected your attendance, completion of classes, or precluded your ability to drop or withdraw from a course, or withdraw from the current term by the deadline.

The explanation of your extraordinary circumstances and the verifiable documents you provide are the primary basis the committee will use to approve or deny your request. Examples of acceptable documentation are listed below. Simply forgetting a deadline, receiving a low grade, or changing your major are not considered extraordinary circumstances.

IMPORTANT: All documentation must be uploaded with the submission of the petition.

Examples of Documentation

Medical Documentation

Note: Do not send medical charts, notes, or photographs. Only send a letter from your health care provider as described below.

  • A letter from your health care provider(s) on clinic/agency letterhead that includes a description of the medical condition, the approximate date the condition began, treatment rendered, and how that condition affected your ability to function academically.
  • WSU Student Health and Wellness Services letter of support
  • WSU Counseling and Testing Services letter of support

 Documentation for Non-Medical Issues

  • Copies of prior correspondence (letters, e-mails, etc.)
  • Financial aid documents
  • Other proof of non-attendance or “extraordinary circumstances” (all letters/statements must be on official letterhead with appropriate signatures)

Allow 4–6 weeks for your request to be processed.

Rulings will be mailed to the address provided on the form.


  • Late Registration Fee: If you have a question about a late registration fee, email the WSU Online Registrar at
  • Tuition Late Payment Fee: If you feel you have been charged a late fee in error during the fall or spring semester, please contact the Bursar’s Office at If the late fee is during the summer session, please contact the WSU Online Student Accounts Office at
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Academic Regulations

  • For information regarding dropping and withdrawing from courses, review Academic Regulations 67 & 68 in the WSU catalog.
  • For information regarding withdrawing from the current term, review Academic Regulation 70 in the WSU catalog.
  • No courses designated as meeting University Common Requirements (UCORE) or General Education Requirements (GER) may be taken pass, fail. Review Academic Regulation 50 in the WSU catalog.

WSU Academic Regulations