Petition Services

The Petition Services Office within Academic Records and Registrar reviews, initiates and facilitates the process for petitions. There are two types of petitions. Registration-related petitions are related to registration errors and are student initiated. General petitions relate to exceptions to academic policies and are initiated within academic units; these are not forwarded to Petition Services until the academic department has finished all paperwork and gotten all required endorsements and supporting documentation.


Submitting a Petition Inquiry

For instructions on how to submit a petition inquiry, please refer to our askUSC article: “How do I initiate a registration petition?

There are several exceptions to consider when determining if you are eligible to petition:

  • Students who have graduated or otherwise discontinued their enrollment at USC or who had an activity restriction (“hold”) prevent their registration change are not eligible to petition.
  • There is a two-year time limit from the end of a semester for a student to petition; this time limit can be extended up to five years with permission from the student’s school (if proper information is still available to complete the petition).
  • No petitions can be considered for coursework more than five years old.
Please refer to the Academic Policies in the USC Catalogue for information about Pass/No Pass and Audit grade options.


Petition Services is not available for walk-in advising, but you may contact us through the askUSC portal if necessary.


Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Monday to Friday (excluding USC holidays)
Phone: (213) 740-7741
Fax: (213) 821-0249


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