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Forms Signature Paths 2023-2024

All Students

Form Name and LinkRequired SignaturesAdditional Information
Add/Drop Form

Student → Academic/Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Paper Form: Available in the Office of Academic and Student Services or Registrar’s Office.

Please refer to the academic calendar for deadlines, or see your advisor.

Application for Readmission/Termination of Leave of Absence

Student → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Paper Form: Available in the Office of Academic and Student Services or Registrar’s Office.
Grading Option Application
  • Pass/Fail in a letter graded course: Assistant Dean 
  • Letter grade in a pass/fail course: Student
  • Changing to/from audit: Instructor

For pass/fail in a letter graded course, letter grade in a pass/fail course, audit, change from audit to letter grade.

Request for Incomplete GradeStudent → Instructor → Assistant Dean for Student Success


Grade Appeal/Change (No Form)Faculty → Assistant Dean for Student Success


Add Student to Blackboard (i.e., student not registered in class)Faculty → Assistant Dean for Student Success → Assistant Dean emails SOEHelp

Faculty member emails Assistant Dean, then AD emails SOEHelp

Proposal for Independent Study Course

Student → Faculty Sponsor → Academic/Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

For experience credit.
Petition to Faculty

Student → Academic/Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

**include a line for Instructor, if applicable

Consult with your academic advisor for the appropriate use of this form, as this form is used for multiple purposes.

For flagging a Petition to Faculty (e.g., when a grade was not flagged during the automated process), use this form

Petition to Walk (Early Participation in Commencement)

Student → Academic/Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Contact your academic advisor for details.
Release of Academic Information (FERPA Authorization)

Student → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Allow the release of academic or personal information to a third party (including family).
Class Withdrawal Petition

Student → Instructor → Academic/Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Withdraw from a class after the drop deadline has passed (but before the withdrawal deadline).

Classes from which students withdraw remain on the transcript with the grading symbol WD.

Withdrawal from Program

Student → Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

  • EXCEPT for Counseling and Human Services

Student → Faculty Advisor → Unit Lead → Assistant Dean for Student Success


Appeal to Late Withdraw From a Class

Student → Academic/Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success


Undergraduate Students

Form Name and LinkRequired SignaturesAdditional Information
Declaration of Major

Student → Academic Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Add or drop a major, or change majors within the School of Education.
Declaration of Minor
  • To declare a minor

Student → Academic/Faculty Advisor → Minor Coordinator →
Assistant Dean for Student Success

  • To drop a minor

Student → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Declare minor, add an additional minor, or drop a previously declared minor.
Application for Undergraduate Intra-University Transfer

Student → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Students should meet with an academic advisor regarding the Intra-University Transfer process.
Transfer Credit Petition: Inclusive Programs

Student → Academic/Faculty Advisor→ Assistant Dean for Student Success

To petition to take a course/transfer credits from another institution. To ensure appropriateness of the course, approval should be obtained BEFORE taking the course. Attach course description and/or syllabus and submit before course is taken.
Transfer Credit Petition: Selected Studies

Student → Academic/Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

To petition to take a course/transfer credits from another institution. To ensure appropriateness of the course, approval should be obtained BEFORE taking the course. Attach course description and/or syllabus and submit before course is taken.
Registration Advising Form

Student → Academic/Faculty Advisor

Use to select first choice and alternate classes for registration advising and to get advising hold released.
Tutoring Sponsorship Request

Student → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Request that the Office of Academic and Student Services sponsor you for a tutor through Tutoring Matching Service.
Undergraduate Leave of Absence (No Form)
Undergraduate students must seek guidance with their home school/college and advisor to request a leave of absence.


All Graduate Students

Form Name and LinkRequired SignaturesAdditional Information
Certification of Full-Time Status

Student → Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

For students registered for fewer than 9 credits, or who do not hold an appointment as a graduate assistant or fellow in a fall or spring semester, but are registered for at least zero credits for the semester and engaged, at a level equivalent to full-time study in one or more of the activities listed on the form, certified by the program.
Graduate Program Plan Transfer Form

Student → New Program Coordinator Assistant Dean for Student Success

To change graduate program majors.
Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application Current Program Coordinator → New Program Coordinator →
Assistant Dean for Student Success
To pursue more than one degree concurrently or presently completing a degree (or have completed on within the past 12 months) and wish to pursue another.
Graduate Leave of Absence

Student → Assistant Dean for Student Success

To take a semester/year leave of absence. Students requesting a medical leave must also work with the Dean of Students' office.

Master’s Students

Form Name and LinkRequired SignaturesAdditional Information
Master’s Program of Study

Student → Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

List courses to be taken and/or used to earn your master’s degree.
Request for Master’s Thesis, Exam, or Portfolio Presentation

Student

Request your master’s thesis, exam, or portfolio presentation.
Results of Master's Exam, Thesis, or Portfolio Presentation

Faculty/staff 

Report the results of a master's thesis, exam, or portfolio review as final project.

CAS Students

Form Name and LinkRequired SignaturesAdditional Information
CAS Program of Study

Student → Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

List courses to be taken and/or used to earn your CAS.
Application for CAS Qualifying Exam

Student → Faculty Advisor 

Apply for your qualifying exam. Send to soeacademicservices@syr.edu

Doctoral Students

Form Name and LinkRequired SignaturesAdditional Information
Informal Doctoral Program Plan

Student → Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Work with your faculty advisor to determine the details of your doctoral degree studies.
Formal Doctoral Program Plan

Student → Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

List courses to be taken and/or used to earn your doctoral degree.
Degree Completion Timeline Petition Student → Dissertation Advisor → Faculty Director of Graduate StudiesThis petition is to be submitted by doctoral students who are at or beyond eight years since their term of matriculation.
Application for Doctoral Qualifying Exam

Student → Doctoral Dissertation Advisor 

Apply for your qualifying exam. Send to soeacademicservices@syr.edu

Doctoral Request for Examination (Oral Dissertation Defense)

Student Dissertation Advisor Faculty Director of Graduate Studies

Send to degreecert@syr.edu.
All But Dissertation (ABD) Status Form

Student → Faculty Advisor → Assistant Dean for Student Success

Complete once you’ve passed your qualifying exams to have your ABD Status notated on your transcript.
Dissertation Registry


Available on the SOE intranet; log in using your NetID and password, and Registry link will be in the left navigation menu.
Research Apprenticeship Advisor Approval

Faculty Advisor

Submit once you have completed your research apprenticeship.
Research Apprenticeship Registration Form

Student → Faculty Advisor → Apprenticeship Advisor

Use this form to secure advanced agreement with your faculty advisor and faculty research apprenticeship sponsor for your research apprenticeship.
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