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Academic Petitions

Students may occasionally need to petition for clarification of or exceptions to the preceding or other academic relations. Such petitions should be directed to different places, depending on their specific nature. A list of the most common petitions and their appropriate destinations includes:

Nature of Petition


Departmental and Major Requirements Department or program Chair
General Education Requirements Registrar's Office
Writing program requirements Writing Program Advisory Committee
Special Majors Academic Programs Committee (c/o Dean's Office)
Most Other Petitions Academic Status Committee (c/o Registrar's Office)

Petition Forms are available in the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office can also answer other questions about the petition process.

Students should note that certain basic requirements for baccalaureate degrees are never waived or modified including:

  • satisfactory completion of a minimum of 31 credits
  • completion of the General Education requirements
  • completion of the Senior Year Experience
  • cumulative g.p.a. of 2.00 in work taken at Willamette
  • cumulative g.p.a. of 2.00 in the major
The completion of department requirements may be modified or waived by the departments themselves, but not by the Academic Status Committee.