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This form is required if you want to enrol in a course for which you are missing the pre-requisites or the course requires departmental permission.
If submitting over email, complete the form and email it to the department offering the course.
Select your department to access the corresponding form.
Petition for special consideration (Form A)
The Faculty of Engineering has the responsibility to ensure that degree, program and course requirements are met in a manner that is equitable to all students. While the Faculty adheres strictly to all deadlines and academic regulations as stated in the university calendar, it does wish to assist students with legitimate difficulties.
Students who seek special consideration or who wish to request that the application of a particular University or Faculty regulation be waived because of compelling medical, personal or family reasons, may submit a petition for special consideration to the Office of the Associate Dean.
Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of the Petition. The authority to grant Petitions lies with the Faculty Associate Dean’s office and is discretionary.
Students are responsible for submitting petitions for special consideration in a prompt and timely manner. Please send your completed petitions to our Engineering Admin Team.
Requesting a late withdrawal from a course
McMaster University provides a late withdrawal option to assist students who have become irretrievably behind in a course.
Students who have fallen behind with assignments and/or are not prepared to write final examinations (or equivalent) in one or more courses are encouraged to make use of this option. They can meet with their academic advisor in the Faculty/Program Office to discuss the situation, options and implications, as well as what steps they can take to prevent a recurrence; this can happen either before or after submitting the late withdrawal request.
The maximum number of units for which students may request a late withdrawal is 18 units throughout their undergraduate degree.
Students may request a late withdrawal, without petition, no later than the last day of classes in the relevant term. However, it is important to note that:
- Requests for late withdrawal cannot be made in courses for which the final exam (or equivalent) has been attempted or completed. This also includes courses where a final grade has been assigned (e.g. clinical courses).
- Such requests will be cancelled or revoked if it is determined that the student attempted or completed the final exam (or equivalent).
- Students cannot use the late withdrawal option for courses in which they are under investigation or for which they have been found guilty of academic dishonesty.
Course(s) approved for late withdrawal will be:
- Assigned a non-numeric grade of late withdrawal, in lieu of an alpha/numerical grade
- Excluded from the calculation of the GPA
- Ineligible for tuition refund
Approval of a late withdrawal is final, and requests to be re-enrolled in the withdrawn course(s) will not be considered. A withdrawal will not preclude students from enrolling in the course(s) in a subsequent term.
Reinstatement request form
Students must contact the Office of the Registrar to apply for reinstatement within the application deadlines. Reinstatement is not guaranteed.
If reinstatement is granted, the student is placed on academic probation and their Cumulative GPA is re-set to 0.0 on zero units. At the discretion of the Faculty, the student may retain credit for courses successfully completed. If at any academic standing review after reinstatement the student’s Cumulative GPA falls below 3.5, the student will be required to withdraw from the University.
The student must complete a minimum of 60 units of work after reinstatement to be eligible for Graduation With Distinction or other recognition based on the Cumulative GPA.