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Petitions

  1. Petition Procedure
  2. Independent Study Petitions
  3. Independent Study Petitions for Hevrutah Study
  4. Equivalency (Transfer) Petitions
  5. Petitions for Exemption and Advanced Standing
  6. Petitions to Take Courses Out of Sequence
  7. Petitions for Exemptions from Electives
  8. Petitions for Leave of Absence or Equivalency Study
  9. Petition to Withdraw from a Class After the Drop/Add Period
  10. Appeals

1. Petition Procedure
A student who wants to petition for exemption from a required course, for an alternate way to fulfill a requirement, for postponement of a requirement, or to take a course out of sequence should submit the petition to the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) no later than the first week of the semester when she or he is scheduled to enroll in the required course. The Faculty Executive Committee will then review the petition no later than the second week of the semester.

Procedures for student petitions for exemption from or postponement of courses or requirements are as follows:

A. The student should submit a typed petition, detailing the reasons for the request, to the head of the Faculty Executive Committee.

B. Every student petition requires the signature of the director of assessment or the student’s faculty advisor and another responsible faculty member under whose jurisdiction the petition falls. The signature of the department chair or course instructor indicates her or his agreement with the petition. The signature of the faculty advisor or director of assessment indicates that he or she has discussed the petition with the student but not necessarily that he or she believes that the petition ought to be approved.

C. Once submitted, the petition is considered by the FEC for approval at its next meeting.

D. The approval of petitions for postponement of requirements does not obligate RRC to schedule courses to accommodate scheduling problems that result in subsequent years. Students may find it necessary to do an independent study or equivalent course work outside RRC.

E. To be exempted from a core-related course, a student must petition before the beginning of the semester in which the course is taken.

F. All courses required in a given semester must be taken at the proper time unless a petition for postponement or acceleration has been approved. This includes both core courses and language courses.

2. Independent Study Petitions
All petitions for independent studies must include the following: (a) the signature of the independent study advisor, the student’s advisor and the student; (b) a syllabus; (c) a description of the final project; and (d) a proposed schedule of meetings. Petitions lacking any of the above will be returned to the student.

3. Independent Study Petitions for Hevrutah Study
Independent study petitions for hevrutah study of texts will be considered favorably by the Faculty Executive Committee if the proposals include a formal, measurable final product that a member of the faculty agrees to supervise and evaluate.

4. Equivalency (Transfer) Petitions
Students may petition to be granted equivalency credit for graduate courses taken at other institutions if the courses correspond to RRC course requirements. Petitions to the Faculty Executive Committee should include the course syllabus, a transcript from the institution at which the course was taken, and the signature (signifying approval) of the member of the RRC faculty (usually a department chair) in whose area the course falls. RRC cannot grant equivalency credit for graduate-level courses completed at other institutions if the courses counted toward the fulfillment of requirements for another degree that the student received. The maximum number of equivalency credits for which a student may petition is 24.

5. Petitions for Exemption and Advanced Standing
A student may petition to be exempted from course requirements based on knowledge that he or she possesses. In such cases, the student must meet with the appropriate department chair or program director, who will evaluate the student’s knowledge in a way that she or he determines is appropriate. In these cases, the Faculty Executive Committee relies on the evaluation of the relevant member(s) of the faculty. In some instances the student may be exempted altogether from the course requirement. In other instances the student may be asked to do advanced course work in place of the course from which he or she is exempted.

6. Petitions to Take Courses Out of Sequence
Students must petition for permission to take core courses out of sequence.  Please note that enrollment in Senior Seminar and the second semester of Contemporary Thought is restricted to graduating seniors. Enrollment in the first semester of Contemporary Thought is normally restricted to graduating seniors.

7. Petitions for Exemptions from Electives
Students may petition to be exempted from a maximum of three required elective courses on the basis of graduate-level courses taken at other institutions that relate directly to rabbinic education, even if those courses were applied toward the fulfillment of the requirements of other degrees that they have completed.

8. Petitions for Leave of Absence or Equivalency Study
See Leave Policy.

9. Petition to Withdraw from a Class after the Drop/Add Period
Withdrawal after the fourth class meeting requires a petition. The request should include the reason for withdrawal and a statement indicating the student’s academic standing in the class. The instructor’s signature is required.

10. Appeals
A student wishing to petition for a modification in the regulations or the reversal of a decision of the faculty or of the Faculty Executive Committee must submit a petition to the vice president for academic affairs, typed in proper letter form and hand-signed. Whenever possible, petitions will be considered at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the regular faculty. If the faculty deems it warranted or necessary, it may invite the student to discuss the matter in person.