Petition Guidelines

A petition is a request for an exception to a current graduate education policy usually due to an unusual situation beyond the control of student, staff or faculty.

Petitions must be initiated by the graduate coordinator, graduate program director, department chair, or supervisory committee chair in the student’s academic unit, using this form:

PDF Form: Petition to the Graduate School

Petitions must then be approved by the academic unit’s college, and then submitted to the Graduate School via e-mail to:

The subject line of the submission e-mail must include the student’s last name and the reason for the petition, as entered on the form.

Use of Adobe Digital Signatures is permitted and encouraged.

Supporting documentation should be submitted with the completed and signed petition form in one PDF document.

Petitions are reviewed by Graduate School staff in the order they are received. Response time varies depending on the complexity of the student’s situation and/or the policy exception being requested.

A decision is communicated to the originator and college representative. The academic unit is responsible for notifying the student (any other UF unit, if appropriate).