Students who do not meet all requirements to study abroad must fill out a petition. All students needing to petition should meet with their study abroad advisor before beginning the application process.
Three reasons why students may have to petition are:
- Academic Standing Petition (GPA)
- Disciplinary Petition
- Program Petition
GPA and Disciplinary petitions will be reviewed by the Committee on the Standing of Students (SOS) while Program petitions will be reviewed by the Study Abroad Faculty Policy Board.
Academic Standing Petition
This petition is for students wishing to study abroad who do not meet the GPA requirements to do so. GPA requirements depend on the type of study abroad program and failure to petition will result in the student not being able to participate.
Summer/Winter Lehigh-led Programs
Student participation depends on being in good standing based on a cumulative GPA average. GPA requirements to be considered in good standing depend on the student's academic year. First-year students must maintain a 1.70, sophomores must maintain a 1.80 and juniors and seniors must keep a 2.00. Failure to do so will put the student on probation and the student will need to petition to participate in summer/ winter Lehigh-led programs. Petitions will be sent to Committee on the Standing of Students (SOS). A list of SOS meeting dates can be found HERE.
Student participation depends on a GPA of at least 2.7. This GPA may be calculated by one of two ways:
- Cumulative GPA (all coursework completed at Lehigh)
- Average GPA of the two regular (fall or spring) semesters prior to applying to study abroad
Failure to maintain a GPA equal or greater than 2.7 by both methods of calculation will require a petition by the student to the Committee on the Standing of Students (SOS). A list of SOS meeting dates can be found HERE.
Students' behavior reflects on Lehigh University. All students' disciplinary histories are reviewed prior to approval to study abroad, and those whose records indicate a history of inappropriate conduct should expect to have their cases reviewed in depth by the Dean of Students Office and the Study Abroad Office. Such records will be considered in the final decision about whether a student may study abroad. Those students who are in good standing, but have a history of misconduct may or may not have to complete a petition. Students with a recent history of inappropriate conduct, that is, those who are in bad standing, will be required to complete a petition. A list of SOS meeting dates can be found HERE.
Students with a history of misconduct will have to meet with the director of study abroad to determine whether a petition to study abroad will be necessary.
This is a two-step process:
- Students should be prepared to explain their disciplinary history and demonstrate a clear understanding of Lehigh University's approach to conduct abroad to the director of study abroad, the Student Affairs staff, the student's parents through conference call, and any other faculty deemed appropriate.
- Upon careful review, the director of study abroad along with the Dean of Students will come to a conclusion and inform the student. The student's application to study abroad will either be approved and no petition will be required, or the student will be referred to SOS for petitioning, regardless of whether he or she meets other requirements of Lehigh and the intended study abroad program.
If you determine that no approved semester or year-long programs meet your needs, you may submit a petition to the Study Abroad Faculty Policy Board. Students should be prepared to explain why they feel a similar Lehigh program would be unsuitable. Accepted petitions will be valid for the student in question on a one-time basis only.
Contact the Study Abroad Office for information on meeting dates and deadlines to submit your petition paper work.