Take a few minutes to check the Campus Directory and write down the e-mail address of your advisor, the instructor of the course in question (if applicable), and any others (including external parties, such as off-campus medical professionals) who have agreed to comment on your petition--you will need this information to submit the petition form. This form will go to the Office of the Registrar as well as your advisor, your instructors, and you.
Answer all questions on the following form before submitting it.
Petitions should be reserved for situations in which you find yourself dealing with circumstances beyond your control and/or seeking an exception from a specific policy/requirement. The Petitions Committee will not provide relief to those who face problems stemming from: poor planning, poor choices, poor work habits, and/or poor performance. (Be advised that the Committee will not approve a late change to or from Pass/D/Fail for those seeking to protect or enhance their grade-point average.)
Before submitting a petition, please meet with your faculty advisor to consider the integrity of your petition. Depending on the content and nature of your petition, please discuss your situation with the instructor of the course in question (if applicable) and with any other faculty member (e.g. department/program chair), dean, counselor, or doctor who has knowledge of your situation. Please ask them if they are willing to comment on and support your petition.
CAUTION: Because a petition should be your last resort, do NOT presume that the outcome will be in your favor. The likelihood of petition approval is generally low, which means that you should monitor your expectations and prepare accordingly. For example, if you are petitioning to get a non-Kenyon course approved for credit after you have completed it (without pre-approval), you should expect a negative response and have a contingency plan in mind. There is no such thing as a "routine" or "sure thing" petition.
The Petition Committee reserves the right to contact additional faculty and administrators from individuals who could provide supplementary information.
For other pertinent information regarding petitions and appeals, please review the Kenyon College Catalog . When the College is in session, the Petitions Committee convenes regularly to consider petitions with sufficient faulty/administrative responses. You will be informed of the Committee's decision via email within two working days of the meeting.