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Academic and Curricular Petitions

General Petition – Committee on Academic Petitions

The general petition is used for a number of reasons, including academic load (excess credit), auditing a course after the deadline, extension of time to remove an incomplete grade, placing a course on pass/fail grading after the deadline, readmission to the University, withdrawing from the University, last hours out of residence, and other academic policies. The Committee expects to receive complete information about the situation. "What, when, where, and why" should be included in the petition. All pertinent information should be attached to the petition, or additional information should be sent directly to the Registrar's Office. The committee expects to see signatures, comments and support or non-support of the Chair or Dean and the Advisor, so petitions could be sent from the student to the advisor for passing on to the Chair.

Petitions are collected in the Registrar's Office for release to the committee at its next scheduled monthly meeting. Students can turn petitions in at the Registrar's Office (2nd floor, Administration Building) or email it to registrar@nwmissouri.edu. The student will be sent written notification of the decision of the committee.

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Late Course Drop Petition – Committee on Academic Petitions

This petition is for one situation only - late dropping of a course after the deadline. Late dropping is not withdrawal (unless the entire semester's enrollment is for a single course). It is for an individual course within a semester's enrollment. The Late Course Drop Petition form asks for specific information about the course and the student's activity in that one course. This petition asks for the instructor's signature as well as the advisor, with comments and support or non-support of the petition.

Petitions are collected in the Registrar's Office for release to the committee at its next scheduled monthly meeting. Students can turn petitions in at the Registrar's Office (2nd floor, Administration Building) or email it to registrar@nwmissouri.edu. The student will be sent written notification of the decision of the committee.

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Curriculum and Degree Requirements Committee Petition

The Curriculum and Degree Requirements Committee has jurisdiction over the general education requirements, institutional requirements and degree requirements. Students who request an exception to these requirements must submit a petition explaining the request, with the accompanying support, non-support or simple awareness of the advisor and chair. The petition also provides additional space for signature of the department chair if a course is from an academic department other than the student's major or minor department.

Petitions are collected in the Registrar's Office for release to the committee at its next scheduled monthly meeting. Students can turn petitions in at the Registrar's Office (2nd floor, Administration Building) or email it to registrar@nwmissouri.edu. The student will be sent written notification of the decision of the committee.

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Academic Appeals Committee Petition

Students have the right to appeal in person regarding decisions rendered by either the Committee on Academic Petitions or the Curriculum and Degree Requirements Committee. The purpose is not to provide a secondary hearing of a case already heard by either committee, but rather to ensure that students have been able to present all information pertaining to their case and that proper protocols have been followed.

This committee reviews petitions when all materials are submitted and a convenient time can be scheduled with the student and the committee. Students will receive notification of the decision from the committee by email.

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Petition for Excess Credit

The normal load for an undergraduate student is 14-18 academic hours per semester Students must petition for exceptions to the following policies:

  • A student who has a Northwest and overall GPA of 3.00 or above may take no more than 21 academic hours during any semester.
  • A student who has a Northwest and overall GPA of 2.00–2.99 may take no more than 18 academic hours in any semester.
  • A student who has a Northwest and/or overall GPA below 2.00 may take no more than 16 academic hours in any semester.

Students should review the Academic Load policy in the University Catalog.

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Student Petition to Reschedule Final Examination

Students may petition for a change of final examination for two reasons: (1) for medical, personal or family emergency, or University-prescribed activity; or (2) for three exams on the same day. Students should submit the completed petition to the department for the course they are petitioning.

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Scholarships, Financial Assistance and Charges

Northwest Scholarship Petition

The Northwest Scholarship Petition should be completed by students who are wanting to be reconsidered for a scholarship. Students are expected to attach a copy of their degree audit and provide a detailed explanation as to why they should receive the scholarship they are petitioning for.

Petitions are collected in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance. Students may submit the petition in-person (2nd floor, Administration Building), by email at finaid@nwmissouri.edu or fax at 660.562.1674. This committee reviews petitions weekly. Students will receive notification of the decision from the committee by email.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress Petition

To be eligible to receive federal, state and some private financial aid, students must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Federal law requires that the University monitor both qualitative and quantitative academic progress of its students. Students must be in compliance with the University's written standards to maintain eligibility for any type of federal, state, or institutional financial aid. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance will monitor SAP at the end of each semester. Students should review the SAP requirements located at nwmissouri.edu/finaid/PDF/AcademicProgress.pdf View PDF

Petitions are collected in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance. Students may submit the petition in-person (2nd floor, Administration Building), by email at finaid@nwmissouri.edu or fax at 660.562.1674. This committee reviews petitions weekly. Students will receive notification of the decision from the committee by email.

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Student Financial Appeal Petition

The Student Financial Appeal Petition is used by students wanting to appeal charges and/or financial assistance for a course they are no longer enrolled in. The Committee expects to receive complete information about the request. All pertinent information should be attached.

Students appealing charges can submit the form to the Cashiering Office (1st floor, Administration Building) or emailed to cashier@nwmissouri.edu.

Financial assistance appeals must be submitted to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance (2nd floor, Administration Building) or emailed to finaid@nwmissouri.edu.

This committee reviews petitions weekly. Students will receive notification of the decision from the committee by email.

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Residency

Petition for Residency

To qualify for in-state tuition and fees, a student must meet the official residency requirements established by the State of Missouri outlined at https://dhewd.mo.gov/policies/student-residency.php. A student who wishes to have his or her status changed must submit a completed petition to the Office of Admissions (2nd floor, Administration Building) or by email to apply@nwmissouri.edu, prior to the semester for which the petition is made. It is the student's responsibility to submit all necessary documentation by this deadline. Students will receive notification of the decision by email.

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Teacher Education Student Services (TESS) Office

All petitions to enroll in a blocked class, for the Professional Education Program, are reviewed by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee (TEAC). The TEAC ensures that the admissions process to the Professional Education Program is managed carefully and fairly and that students entering Northwest as teacher education majors have early feedback on admittance expectations and potential deficiencies and that the Assessment System empowers teacher candidates to utilize multiple measures to demonstrate their capability to be a teacher.

All petitions must be completed in their entirety and the required supporting documentation should be attached. Signatures are required from the student and his/her advisor on both the petition form and the student plan accompanying both petitions. Petitions that are incomplete or are missing a signature will not be reviewed. All petitions must be submitted to the Teacher Education Student Services (TESS) Office by 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled TEAC meeting.

For more information and access to the forms, please visit the TESS Office at nwmissouri.edu/education/peu/tess/forms.htm.

Graduate School

Students enrolled at Northwest Missouri State University in a graduate program can find forms and petitions at nwmissouri.edu/graduate/forms.htm.


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