All students are subject to the academic regulations of Rice University as listed in the General Announcements. Students are personally responsible for meeting all departmental and university requirements and academic deadlines. However, circumstances students cannot foresee may cause them to not be in compliance with some regulation in the future. Even though students intend to do everything properly, illness, family emergencies, or accidents may prevent them from meeting their obligations.
Undergraduate students who are not in compliance with some regulation can petition the Committee on Examinations and Standing (EX&S). Students may petition to add or drop a course after the deadline, for permission to return to the University after an academic suspension, for waivers of rules or requirements, and for other actions pertaining to their academic status. EX&S is charged with interpreting and enforcing the academic regulations of the University while approving exceptions to them as circumstances warrant. EX&S allows exceptions to the academic regulations only in extenuating circumstances. More information on the Committee on Examinations & Standing, how to write a petition, where to submit a petition, and other questions regarding the petition process can be found here.