MITCommittee on Academic Performance

Petition Process: Committee Review and Decisions

After confidential discussion, the CAP then decides to approve, deny, or table your petition. Decisions are usually made by consensus, occasionally by majority vote.

The Committee reads each petition individually, giving significant attention to your request and statements from your advisor, instructor, and others. Voting members discuss your request in the context of Faculty policy and Committee precedent. The Committee acts solely based on the written information provided, in light of advice from the ex officio members, if given. Students, advisors, and instructors do not appear before the CAP. Discussions and votes are not recorded, and members observe strict confidentiality.

If you submit more than one petition, the Committee will act on each separately; they may choose to approve one while denying another. Several petition requests approved at the same time will be charged only one filing fee and fine, if applicable.

Decisions are reported by email to you, your advisor, and your department administrator. You can also see decisions for online late registration change petitions on your My Forms page.

Note that this process is for undergraduates only; graduate students should follow the petition process outlined on the website of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

Details on the three types of CAP petition decisions are provided below:

Petitions can be: