Student Petition for Reconsideration (Policy SW-22)

A student may file a petition for reconsideration requesting an exception to a decision or policy because of extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances rarely occur and are unforeseeable, unpreventable and are expected to have a serious impact on performance. The petition for reconsideration policy is designed to resolve disputes between an individual and an institution that might occur over such issues as grades (except grades related to academic integrity issues), billing, financial aid, course transfer, degree requirements, other similar disputes, or to review events or circumstances that have occurred in an individual's particular relationship with an institution. Any allegations of discriminatory or retaliatory conduct should be pursued through the student grievance process.

Clarkson College complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws relating to discrimination, which pertain to its students and prospective students. This includes such laws as Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972 and The Americans with Disabilities Act. The College prohibits retaliation against a complainant or other person(s) who participate(s) in Grievance proceedings or Petitions for Reconsideration. Complaints of discrimination on the basis of sex may be filed with the U.S. Department of Education. Office of Civil Rights, 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, MO 64114-3302, 816.268.0550.

Petition Procedure:

Step 1: All Petitions for Reconsideration forms must be submitted to the Registrar's office within one (1) semester following the incident, and should be thoroughly completed with evidence.

Step 2: The Registrar's office will convene a committee meeting within five (5) business days of receipt of the Petition for Reconsideration Form. The committee formed will include the individual(s) being petitioned and a representative from the Registrar’s office.

Step 3: The decision regarding the Petition for Reconsideration will be made at that committee meeting.

Step 4: The Registrar's office will notify, the petitioner of the decision via their Clarkson College email, and will also send notification to all involved parties within five (5) business days.

Step 5: If after receiving the results the petitioner still believes the decision is inequitable, a new Petition for Reconsideration may be filed to the next level of authority as stated on petition form (within 14 business days). The above procedure will be used at the next level of authority.

Step 6: If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Petition for Reconsideration, the final step is petitioning the appropriate vice president or the College controller within 14 business days of the Petition for Reconsideration decision.

Step 7: The appropriate vice president or controller will respond within five (5) business days. Decisions made by the vice president or controller shall be final.

Petition for Reconsideration form: