St. Mary's College of Maryland

General Education Committee: Appeal Process

Petition Policy (approved by the Core Curriculum Committee, Jan. 21, 2008)

Petitions to the Core Curriculum Committee for exceptions to Core Curriculum Policy may be made by following the procedures detailed below.

Students:

In order to submit a petition to the Core Curriculum Committee, the student must type a formal letter of petition to the Dean of the Core Curriculum and First Year Experience which details the nature of the petition and the requested outcome. Information required in the letter is as follows: Full name (First, Middle and Last), Date of petition, Student ID#, Current address (on or off-campus), Permanent address, Email address, Phone number, Advisor's name, and Major (if declared). The petition letter must be signed. For time sensitive issues, petitions must be submitted in writing to the Dean of the Core Curriculum by the end of the first week of classes in the fall and spring semesters and will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Core Curriculum Committee during the second week of classes. Other petitions may be accepted at any time in writing by the Dean of the Core Curriculum and taken to the full Core Curriculum Committee at its regular monthly meeting for consideration. Students will be notified by the Dean when the Committee has reviewed the petition and will either be given the outcome of the Committee's deliberation in writing or will be asked to attend a future meeting to provide further clarification or supporting data.

Faculty:

In order to add or remove a course from the Core Curriculum, a letter of petition may be submitted to the Dean of the Core Curriculum by a Department Chair or Cross-Disciplinary Coordinator. Information required in the letter is as follows: Course number and title, Course catalog description, and rationale for requesting the addition or removal of the course from the Core. For requested additions, the Core Curriculum Committee also requests the following supporting documentation: A syllabus, a written description of how the course addresses the learning outcomes of the section of the Core in which the course should be placed, and a staffing plan for when and how often the course will be taught. Petitions must be submitted to the Dean of the Core Curriculum and First Year Experience by October 1 to be considered by the Core Curriculum Committee for addition to the catalog in the following academic year. Faculty will be notified by the Dean when the Committee has reviewed the petition and will either be given the outcome of the Committee's deliberation in writing or will be asked to attend a future meeting to provide further clarification or supporting data. The decision of the Core Curriculum Committee will be sent on to the Curriculum Committee for ratification.

For petitions that fall outside of those listed above, contact the Dean of the Core Curriculum and First Year Experience for specific procedures.