SOS Permission Form

The standard SOS Petition can be used for many requests. Here are the most common: 

  • Late adding a course
  • Dropping a course past the deadline without a "W"
  • Extension of Incompletes
  • Make-Up Exams
  • Reinstatement
  • Eligibility to participate in athletics 
  • Eligibility to study abroad

The SOS petition requires students to clearly state their request and to provide rationale to support it. In some cases, such as late adding and dropping courses, students need the signature(s) of instructor(s). In all cases students will need the signature of their advisor and of the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Dr. Susan Szczepanski. Once these signatures have been secured, the petition and any supporting documentation must be submitted to the Registrar's Office. 

The SOS Committee meets every other Thursday to review petitions submitted by students. The committee is made up of Associate Deans from every college, the Registrar, the Dean of Students, and a representative from the Education Policy Committee. The Associate Deans of Undergraduate Programs represent petitions submitted by students of their college, so it is important to get advice from your Associate Dean, and include clean, well-written requests on your petitions. Please be sure to secure all necessary signatures! In cases where it is not possible to obtain physical signatures from your advisor and/or instructor(s), students may request email permission in lieu of a written signature, which is to be printed out and turned in with the petition.

Completed petitions are due to your undergraduate associate dean by 4:45pm on the Monday before the Thursday SOS meeting. The SOS meeting schedule is posted every semester to the Dean of Students' website. Decisions made by the SOS committee will be emailed to your Lehigh account with the title, "Important Academic Concern", two to three business days following an SOS meeting. 

You are welcome to contact your Associate Dean and his or her staff member, or the Dean of Students Office, to ask questions about the SOS process or to inquire about the status of your petition. 

CAS Associate Dean of UG Programs Dr. Susan Szczepanski Beth Pelton, Undergraduate Program Manager
CEAS Associate Dean of UG Programs Dr. Sabrina Jedlicka Robin Armbruster, Administrative Specialist
CBE Associate Dean of UG Programs Dr. Katrina Zalatan Carla Jenkins-McDonald, Coordinator 


Common reasons why petitions are denied:

  • Missing signatures: if a petition is missing the signature of an advisor or the associate dean, it may be denied. It may also be denied if it is missing an instructor's signature on a late add or drop petition, for example.
  • Unclear request: if a petition does not clearly state the request, the committee may deny it outright or table it for more information.
  • No supporting documentation: if a petition claims to have a paperwork trail of failed attempts to late add a course but a student does not submit them with the petition, the late add request may be denied or tabled for more information, for example.
  • Incomplete rationale: if the reasoning behind a request is not clearly stated the committee may not understand the importance of the request and therefore deny it. 
  • Late request: if a student waits until the end of a semester or even later to make a request, it is likely to be denied by the committee.