What is the Committee on Academic Standing?
CAS is comprised of Advisers and Advising Deans from the Center for Student Advising (CSA). CAS upholds the policies and regulations of the Columbia College (CC) and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Committees on Instruction (COI), and determines when circumstances warrant exceptions. CAS meets weekly to review petitions on a case-by-case basis. Decisions seek to uphold the rules of the CC and SEAS COIs while treating students equitably, bearing in mind the particular circumstances surrounding each student’s petition.
Why do students submit petitions to the Committee?
Students may submit the following petitions:
- Petition to register above credit limit*
- Petition to register for fewer than 12 credits in a semester (seniors only)
- Petition to take a class for "R" Credit (CC seniors only)
- Petition to take overlapping classes*
- Petition to add a class after the deadline
- Petition to switch course section or level
- Petition to drop a class after the deadline (SEAS only)
- Petition to withdraw from a class (get a "W") after the withdrawal deadline (CC only)
- Petition to change the grading option for a class after the deadline
- Petition to study abroad during senior year
- Petition to defer registration for Frontiers of Science
- Petition to take a language instruction class on a P/D/F basis
- Petition for a Study Abroad class to count toward the Global Core requirement (Study Abroad only)
- Petition to take a Voluntary Leave of Absence
You must consult with your adviser before petitioning.
*Petitions to exceed the credit limit and take overlapping classes are now exclusively online. Please click the links to submit your petition.
When is the deadline for petitioning?
The Committee meets weekly during the academic year. A petition will be considered only if it is submitted to the Center for Student Advising by 3pm on the preceding Friday. Please include any required documentation and forms. Your petition must be thorough, clear, and legible; incomplete information will mean a delay in the Committee’s response.
How do I find out the Committee’s decision?
The Committee on Academic Standing will notify you of its decision by email five business days after the Committee has reviewed your petition.
What if my petition has been denied?
If your petition is not approved, and you have new or updated information not available to the Committee at the time of its decision, you may submit an appeal. You should consult with your adviser before filing an appeal so that you have a more complete understanding of the decision. Appeals must be submitted in writing within 10 days of you being informed in writing of the Committee's original decision.