Types of Petitions: Exceeding Credit Limits
The CAP does not routinely approve petitions to exceed a Credit Limit. However, if you, your advisor, and your department Undergraduate Officer believe there are sound educational reasons for you to exceed a Credit Limit, you may ask for permission by petitioning the Committee on Academic Performance. You and your advisor may consult the Committee's Staff Associate in advance to learn more about how CAP has handled such petitions.
Such petitions should be reviewed before the beginning of the term in which the limit applies:
- Warning and Freshman Credit Limits: For the Fall: Tuesday, September 9 for September 12 review and for the Spring: Friday, January 16 for January 21 review
- IAP Credit Limit: Tuesday, December 2 for December 5 review.
Do not register for more units than the credit limit allows. CAP will review a petition before Add Date so that you can add a subject if your petition is approved.
Petitions to exceed a Credit Limit include three statements:
- Student Statement: Explain in specific terms why you need to exceed the limit and what leads you to believe that you can complete the term successfully with a heavier load. Explain how you will find time to meet all academic and other commitments.
- Advisor Statement: Your advisor should indicate the degree to which s/he supports your request, and provide any clarifying or corroborating information that may help the Committee's decision.
- Additional Statements: (For Warning and Freshman Petitions) The Undergraduate Officer of your major department, or for first-year students Dean Julie Norman, should indicate whether the department supports your request, and provide any information that may help the Committee make an informed decision. (For IAP Petitions) The instructor of each subject you propose to take for credit should explain how many hours of work s/he expects, and the degree to which s/he supports your request.
Your statement and the undergraduate officer's approval must be submitted in hard copy on the petition form; your advisor's and instructors' statements may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.