Petitioning for Exceptions
The Code of Legislation describes the rules and regulations governing graduate education at Cornell but a hallmark of our graduate education system is flexibility in these rules when there is a compelling need.
At times, you might find that your circumstances merit an exception to a policy described in the Code. To request an exemption, you may use the General Petition form and submit supporting documentation, for example, a letter from your committee chair or a detailed academic plan. Prior to submitting the petition, you should review the Code thoroughly to make sure you understand the regulation. You will need to submit convincing evidence that your exception is required and warranted.
Petition forms may be sent to the Graduate School’s Student Services office (143 Caldwell Hall or firstname.lastname@example.org). If your petition is denied, you may appeal that decision to the General Committee, the governing body of the Graduate School.
Examples of typical petitions:
- Extending the deadline to select a special committee
- Extending the deadline to take an A, M, or B exam
- Seeking additional time to complete a degree
- Registering in absentia while away from campus
Many petitions have specialized forms to guide you through the process. Others may require you to submit a general petition form.
Graduate Student Services Office