Petitions for Exceptions

CHP students who have unexpected or unusual academic planning problems which do not allow them to follow/complete the normal honors curriculum plan or who need an exception to stated CHP requirements or policy may file a petition for special consideration. There is no preprinted petition form.  Since the CHP is an academic program, the honors courses are a required part of your commitment.  See the Curriculum page for more information on these courses.

Please read carefully, make note of our process and deadlines, and plan ahead!

Petitions may be submitted no later than the end of week 8 of the quarter PRIOR to when your proposed change will take effect. For example, a petition dealing with winter quarter must be submitted no later than the end of week 8 of fall quarter. (We accept petitions early as well, so if you want to avoid the rush, plan ahead and submit your petition early!)

Students must meet with a CHP academic advisor PRIOR to submitting a petition to Professor Wright. Bring your petition (completed and typed) and proposed course plan to the meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that your petition contains all of the information needed. (A decision on your petition is not made in this meeting.)

All petitions require the following:

  1. An email explaining your circumstances, detailing what you are asking for and why
  2. A copy of your currently filed course plan
  3. A proposed course plan (assuming the petition is approved)

The process for filing a petition:

You should petition in advance for any exception related to waiving or postponing a required CHP class. Your petition should also be carefully prepared – typed, clearly stated, and well- thought out. Remember, petitions are only accepted for exceptional circumstances and are subject to the review and approval of the Director of the Program. The Director will look at your academic plan and the rationale for your request, but also will consider the goals and spirit of honors education when reviewing petitions. There are no guarantees! (Please note that petitions will not be granted simply because you have failed to register for a CHP course, or have already departed from the CHP curriculum requirements without approval.)

Remember to include your full name, email address, and student ID# with any petition you submit. Prepare your petition carefully, as it may be delayed or denied if it lacks necessary detail.