MITCommittee on Academic Performance

Petition Process

The Committee on Academic Performance reviews petitions from registered undergraduates (see Eligibility below) requesting exceptions to established academic policies and deadlines. Each petition must provide a clear, concise explanation of the student's request and corroborating statements from MIT personnel. The Committee takes individual circumstances into account while striving to uphold academic integrity and equity for students across departments and classes.

The CAP considers petition requests in two main categories:

Consult the Committee's Staff Associate for situations not mentioned here.

How to Submit a Petition

Submitting a petition and obtaining a decision from the CAP involves four steps:

You must submit a separate petition form for each request. The Committee considers each request individually, and may choose to approve one petition while denying another, based on the merits of each case.

A $25 filing fee will be charged to your MIT term-bill account by the Registrar's Office for a petition that is approved by the CAP. Petitions approved with neglect will be charged an additional $25 fine; a second approval with neglect incurs a fine of $50.

No fee is charged for petitions that are denied. Several petition requests approved at the same time will be charged only one filing fee and fine, if applicable.


The Committee on Academic Performance reviews petitions only from currently registered undergraduates. The Committee does not review petitions from students who have withdrawn from MIT for any reason.

Students who have received a bachelor's degree may not petition the CAP. The only exceptions pertain to a limited set of circumstances related to a student's final semester at MIT. Three months after a student has graduated, the student's record is sealed, and no further petitions may be received for any reason.

Graduate students should follow the petition process outlined on the website of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.