Petitions for Exceptions

CHP students who have unexpected or unusual academic planning problems that do not allow them to follow/complete the normal honors curriculum plan, or those who need an exception to stated CHP requirements or policy, may file a petition for special consideration.  Some examples of petitions include: conflict with required major course, study abroad for a quarter, etc.

Petitions are not guaranteed to be approved. Petitions will not be granted based on failure to register for a CHP course or departure from the CHP curriculum requirements without approval

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

Before moving forward with a petition, please consider whether taking another CHP course would resolve your issue. Please note that Social Science Core and Science Core can be taken in any order, and are NOT sequenced (vs. Humanities Core, which IS sequenced). Please also note that CHP students may use only ONE total CHP seminar for their entire time at UCI to automatically substitute for a maximum of ONE total QUARTER of a CHP core course as designated by the CHP. See for more information on the honors courses.

You should petition in advance for any exception related to waiving, postponing, or substituting a required CHP class.  Petitions should 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. The “petition window” occurs between Weeks 6-8 because this time is after the Schedule of Classes comes out and before enrollment windows open.

All petitions will be submitted online using the CHP Petition for Exception and must contain the following:

  1. A statement of your request and explanation of your circumstances, detailing what you are asking for and why
  2. A copy of your currently filed course plan
  3. A proposed course plan (which indicates the classes you will take if the petition is approved and when you will take them, if applicable)

It may take at least ten business days for a petition to be resolved.  The outcome of your petition will be emailed to your UCI email address.


If you wish to meet with a CHP advisor to discuss a draft of your petition, call the CHP Office at (949) 824-5461 to schedule an appointment with an honors advisor, preferably prior to week 8 of the quarter.  Bring your completed petition and proposed course plan to the meeting.  If you have any questions about the outcome of your petition, please contact a CHP advisor as soon as possible.