Petitions and Appeals
Writing an Effective Petition or Appeal
As a student at UC Riverside, there may be occasions that you wish to request an exception to a university policy and will normally be asked to do so through a letter of appeal or petition. It allows you to give your side of the story, using facts to support your case, such as specific times, dates and locations.
The AVC/Dean of Students is a resource to assist you in developing an appeal or petition that presents your request as fully and completely as possible. To begin, you may wish to consult the tips provided here and follow up with an appointment with the AVC/Dean of Students.
- Type your letter whenever possible.
- Write short paragraphs. Be concise. Keep in mind what you want to accomplish with the letter and stick to the point.
- Be polite. Remember, the person receiving your letter is probably not the one responsible for whatever it is that you're angry about.
- Proofread and spell check. Poor grammar and even one misspelled word can sabotage an effective plea.
- Double-check that your letter is addressed to the correct department. Also make sure that you spell the recipient's name correctly and with the right job title.
- Include all supporting documentation such as medical records, doctor's notes, etc. but NEVER send original documents. Make copies and mail those instead.
- Sign your letter. Include your student ID number, phone number and email address.
- Make a copy of the letter for your records.