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.
- Late Add (or Re-Add)
- Deletion of a Course from the USC Transcript (refund of course tuition and no mark of “W”)
- Late Change of Grading Option
- Late Withdrawal (one course or whole program with or without marks of “W”)
- Late Change of Unit Value (in a variable unit course)
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.
The askUSC portal will help you find answers to our most commonly asked questions – and even some you may not have thought about. If you have any questions, or wish to email us, we invite you to askUSC.
Note: Current USC students must use their official university email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for all official university communications.