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What is a Petition?

The petition process provides students with a method to request a removal of grade and course or replacement of grade with a DR grade due to documented extenuating circumstances.  Extenuating circumstances are those determined to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student and based on the Florida Board of Governors Regulation 7.002 (10 & 11).  Petitions for removal of grade and course must be submitted no later than six months after the end of the term in which the courses were taken. Drop requests received later than six months after the end of the term in which the courses were taken will only be considered for replacement of grade with a DR grade. Refer to the Academic Calendar for the deadline for removal of grades.

ATTENTION:   Approval of the petition can adversely affect your financial aid, scholarships, veteran's educational benefits, international student status and/or athletic eligibility.

Petition Criteria

A student may submit a petition for a late drop by submitting a completed petition form to OneStop. Petitions are considered under the following exceptional circumstances:

  1. Death of a student or immediate family member (parent, spouse, child, sibling, or grandparents). Death certificate and documentation establishing relationship are required.
  2. Call to active military service. Copy of orders required.
  3. Illness of student of such severity or duration to preclude completion of courses. Confirmation by a physician required.

Petitions for late drops/withdrawals within six months of the end of the term in which the course was taken can be considered for removal of course and grade. Refer to the Academic Calendar for the deadlines for removal of grades.

How to Submit

Follow directions on the student petition form below. You must submit all supporting documentation with your petition. Failure to submit supporting documentation will delay the review and the petition may be rejected or denied. Note that it is the student's responsibility to upload this form and supporting documents through the student portal. For non-active students, email the final PDF and supporting documents to

Student Petition Form

Medical Support Form (must be completed by a medical professional)

  1. Login to your account 
  2. Click on Upload My Documents  
  3. Select REGISTRATION from the drop-down menu 
  4. Select STUDENT PETITION from the drop-down menu 
  5. Attach all corresponding documentation
  6. Click Submit

Petitions may take 6-8 weeks for review and processing due to additional consultation which may be needed from other departments such as, but not limited to: Student Health Services, Veteran & Military Affairs, Financial Aid/Scholarships, International Students, or Athletics.

Drop requests received 6 months after the end of the term in question will only be considered for DR grades. If your petition is approved, you may owe money back to the university for reasons such as a reduction in financial aid, scholarships or any sort of credit that was applied to your account. This may also affect your veteran’s benefits, international student and/or athletic status.  In these cases, funds will need to be returned to FIU as soon as possible to avoid being sent to collections. See Drop or Withdraw from Classes for more details.


Last updated: January 9, 2023