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Committee on Academic Standing

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 the credit limit (more than 22 for CC; 21 for SEAS) [PDF]
  • Petition to register for fewer than 12 credits in a semester (seniors only) [PDF]
  • Petition to take a class for "R" Credit (CC seniors only) [PDF]
  • Petition to take overlapping classes [PDF]
  • Petition to add a class after the deadline [PDF]
  • Petition to switch course or section level [PDF]
  • Petition to drop a class after the deadline (SEAS only) [PDF]
  • Petition to withdrawal "W" from a class after the deadline (CC only) [PDF]
  • Petition to change the grading option for a class after the deadline [PDF]
  • Petition to change the point value after the deadline [PDF]
  • Petition to study abroad during senior year  [PDF]
  • Petition to defer registration for Frontiers of Science [PDF]
  • Petition to take a language instruction class P/D/F [PDF]

You must consult with your adviser before petitioning.

More information about Columbia College policies regarding academic petitions may be found on the Academic Affairs website.

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 are strongly encouraged to consult with your adviser before filing an appeal, so that you have a more complete understanding of the decision. Appeals should be submitted in writing within 10 days.

More information about the appeals process for Columbia College students may be found on the Academic Affairs website.

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