Academic Regulations Committee

Guide to the Petition Process


IMPORTANT : Undergraduate students from the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, the Office of Undergraduate Studies and undergraduate non-degree students should use the online Archivum ARC form for late add, late withdrawals and withdrawal limit exceptions.

All other students should continue to use the paper forms at this time.

The Academic Regulations Committee (ARC) within each college receives undergraduate student petitions to waive the following requirements in USF policy 10-006 “Student Registration Changes, Initial, Drop/Add, Withdrawal, and Auditing” and USF regulation 3.018 “Admission to Baccalaureate Programs of University of South Florida”:

  • late add a course after the add/drop deadline (limited to 2nd week of classes)
  • withdraw from select courses after the withdrawal deadline
  • withdraw from all courses in a term
  • override the withdrawal limit (see “Withdrawals” in the Student Registration and Records section of the Undergraduate catalog)
  • request reinstatement to the University following academic dismissal

Undergraduate students must petition and secure approval from their college’s ARC to return to the University after having been academically dismissed or to receive special consideration regarding an academic regulation, including late or retroactive drop of a course, late registration or late add of a course, and withdrawal from a term.

Each college’s ARC regularly reviews petitions submitted by undergraduate students. It is the student's responsibility to obtain, complete and submit all documentation required by this process. All submitted documentation is subject to verification. Submission of false, forged, or fraudulent information will result in a referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Incomplete petitions will not be considered. The ARC representatives or designees in each college are available to assist with the petition process, and evaluate documentation to make a decision on completed petitions. Students will receive notification of the committee’s decision by mail/email.

Certain ARC decisions may be appealed first through the college Dean or designee within ten business days of the initial decision. Each college’s ARC will reexamine initial decisions when the student provides new and substantive information directly related to the petition or evidence that an error was made. If the student is not satisfied with the College level appeal, they are permitted to request a final appeal with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies (or the Designee). Please review the ARC Appeals page for more information.

Questions about your College’s ARC process? Reach out to the College ARC contacts listed on the ARC petition (Note: undergraduate non-degree students should direct ARC petitions to the Office of Undergraduate Studies).

Not sure what College you’re in? Review your major’s undergraduate catalog description or your Degree Works audit.