The Academic Petition Form is for students seeking exceptions to academic policy. Examples include adding/dropping a class after the add/drop period, graduation requirement exception, etc.
Other Possible Signatures Required
Course Repeat Petition+
The course repeat petition form is for students who wish to repeat a course in which a “C-” or lower grade was earned. The form cannot be used to repeat courses in which the student earned a C or higher grade, nor can it be used for more than 16 credit hours. Pay close attention to calendar deadlines as printed in the catalog.
The course withdrawal form is for students withdrawing from one or more (but not all) courses in the current semester/term.
Student, advisor, instructor(s) of course(s) being dropped.
If the student is an athlete, a representative from the Athletics Department must also sign the form. Student-athletes who drop below full-time risk losing eligibility to compete, practice, or participate in any athletic-related activities.
For any student, dropping below full-time status could impact financial aid, scholarships, and/or insurance coverage. Students can add/drop courses via the Web through the last day to add or drop--without financial penalty—for that semester. After that deadline, they will be required to complete a Course Withdrawal Form and bring the completed and signed form to the Office of the Registrar for processing. Pay close attention to deadlines as noted in the academic calendar.
Withdrawing from a course prior to the deadline for withdrawing without Academic Penalty does not affect a student's GPA. A “W” will appear on the transcript for the class from which he/she withdrew. Withdrawing from a course after the deadline for withdrawing without Academic Penalty does affect a student’s GPA. A “WF” will appear on the transcript for the class from which he/she withdrew. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the withdrawal deadline for the current semester/term.
Withdrawing from All Courses
Students will not be able to withdraw completely from all courses via the Web. Students who wish to withdraw completely from the semester must complete a Withdrawal Request and mail, fax, or deliver in person the form to the Office of the Registrar. (Please see the instructions on withdrawing for more information. Some students are required to withdraw through their respective schools.)
The grade change form is available in the Office of the Registrar to faculty and staff only.
Name Change Instructions+
Name changes are no longer made through the Office of the Registrar.
Changing Your Name
To change your name, submit a copy or send a fax of your current social security card to all the appropriate offices listed below, except Alumni.
All Students Except Law and Pharmacy
The pass/fail form is for students (sophomore, junior, or senior only) who elect to have a course changed from a standard letter grade to a pass/fail grade basis or vice versa. This form must be completed and submitted by the deadline to withdraw from a class without academic penalty (see the academic calendar for exact dates) and cannot be used for courses that are required in the core curriculum, general education curriculum, or for major/minor/concentration requirements. Pass/fail courses can be applied toward the upper-level credit requirement (min 40 UL credits for a bachelor's degree). Students may elect to receive a pass/fail grade instead of a letter grade in no more than 12 credits of regular coursework, however.
Certain internship and externship courses may be taken for pass/fail credit only. Credits earned in these courses may count toward the major/minor and are not included in the 12-credit limit.
Preferred Name Change+
The preferred name change form is for students who go by a different first name than the one officially on their record can initiate a preferred name change by the using this form. This change will not affect actual e-mail addresses, but will alter the way the student’s name is represented in the email address lookup feature and the From line, allowing for greater recognizability and less confusion.
Students who complete this form in person must bring a photo ID. Students who choose to mail or fax the form must provide a photocopy of a picture ID (license, passport, etc.) along with the request. Changes will be made to preferred first names only, not surnames.
Registration Permit Override Request+
For students registering for a class for which there is a restriction (time conflict, seat limit, co-requisite, etc.).
Students Who Need to Repeat a Course
For students who need the RPTS permit code (to repeat a course), see also the course repeat form. In most cases you can use the same form to acquire permission for the permit override plus permission to repeat the course from your advisor and the dean of academic services. Be sure to register for the course yourself as soon as the permit has been entered, then submit the signed form to the Office of the Registrar. Please note that the course repeat form is only to be used when repeating a course in which the student earned a grade of C- or lower and if/when the student is attempting to have the first grade earned omitted from GPA calculation on the student's record. It cannot be used to repeat courses in which the student earned a C or higher grade, nor can it be used for more than 16 credit hours.
Other Permit Overrides
For all other permit overrides, or to repeat a course that doesn't meet the criteria noted above, use only the Registration Permit Override Request form below.
Request to Participate in the Commencement Ceremony Prior to Completing Degree Requirements+
The request to participate in the commencement ceremony prior to completing degree requirements is available to students in the Office of the Registrar.
Addendum to Confidentiality-Security Agreement+
For new staff/advisors/faculty or for employees transferring into a new position that requires a revision to their current Banner security access.
Transient Enrollment (Domestic)+
This form is for students who plan to attend summer classes at another institution. It is not to be used for study-abroad students who plan to take a course at a foreign college/university. There is a separate transient enrollment request for study abroad students.
- Determine if the course you intend to take has already been approved for transfer to Samford. Use the online list of already approved courses.
- If the course has been approved, complete the form and have your advisor sign it. A department chair’s signature is not needed.
- If the course is not on the list, then:
- Staple a readable and highlighted copy of the complete course description(s) from the catalog of the transient institution you wish to attend.
- Get your advisor’s signature first. Seniors must also obtain dean’s signature.
- Obtain signature of the Samford University department head representing each of the class(es) you intend to take elsewhere. This signature indicates the course will be approved for transient credit.
- Return completed transient form to the Office of the Registrar with all required signatures and the course catalog description (if required). It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary signatures.
- Once the summer course is complete, it is your responsibility to request an official transcript from the transient institution. The official transcript should be mailed to the Office of the Registrar, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229.
If you wish to attend Birmingham-Southern, Miles College, Montevallo, or UAB during the summer term, you must attend as a transient student.
University cCore courses may not be taken as transient work.
Both Samford and overall GPAs must be at least 2.0 at the end of the current semester in order to have a letter of good standing sent to another college or university. All courses from transient schools are required to have a letter grade of “C-“ or better in order to be posted as earned credit on your transcript. The grade will not affect your Samford GPA, nor can it be used to repeat a course taken at Samford.
Upon completion of 96 credits, students may transfer no more than 8 semester credits or 2 courses to Samford. To receive a degree, students must earn at least 50% of their total credits from Samford.
If you decide to change institutions or to take a different course, you must submit a new transient enrollment form.
Transient Enrollment (International Study Abroad)+
This form is for students who plan to attend classes at a university in a foreign country through an institution other than Samford. It is not to be used for those who plan to attend domestic universities.
- Complete top of form and fill in information concerning the class(es) you plan to take. (Print more than one copy if you need additional course information blanks; do not use the back of the form.) Be sure to include the complete name and address of the school you plan to attend. Core courses may not be taken.
- Obtain signature approval from your academic advisor first. If you are a senior you must also obtain your dean's signature approval. Upon completion of 96 credits students may not transfer more than 8 semester credits or two courses to Samford. To receive a degree, students must earn at least 50% of their total credits from Samford.
- Obtain signature of the director of International Programs.
- Obtain signature of the department head representing the class you plan to take. (Attach a readable and highlighted copy of the complete course description from the catalog of the college where you plan to attend classes before you obtain the department head’s signature.) Davis Library has copies of college catalogs and many are also available online directly from the college/university itself.
- Return completed transient enrollment form to the Office of the Registrar with your signature. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary signatures.
- Both your Samford (Institution) and overall GPAs must be at least 2.0 at the end of the current semester in order to have a letter of good standing sent to another college or university. To have a letter of good standing sent before the end of the current semester a student must have a minimum of a 2.50 GPA.
- Study abroad students are responsible for requesting an international transcript evaluation from AACRAO or WES.
- Requesting an international transcript of the final grade(s) from the other school be sent to Samford is optional, although encouraged. All courses from transient schools are required to have a letter grade of C- or better in order to be posted as earned credit on your transcript. International transcripts should be sent to Nancy Bales in the Office of the Registrar, Samford Hall 214.
- Return the completed form to the Office of the Registrar, or fax to 205-726-2908, if you are facing an impending deadline.
Trial Study List (Registration)+
Veterans Administration Request for Certification+
Withdrawal Request (All Students Except Law)+
The withdrawal request form is for students withdrawing from the current semester/term or from a future semester/term for which they are preregistered. Although registration and drop/add is available via the Samford Portal, students will not be able to withdraw completely from all courses via the Web. Students who wish to withdraw completely from the semester must complete the form and mail, fax, or deliver it in person to the Office of the Registrar.
Undeclared or Arts and Sciences Undergraduates
Undeclared or Arts and Sciences Undergraduates must obtain the signature of the assistant dean, Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Office, Brooks 127, 205-726-2216.
All Other Undergraduates
All other undergraduates must obtain the signature of their program advisor.
Student-athletes must obtain the signature of the athletic administrator, regardless of their classification (freshman, sophomore, etc.), and in addition to that of their program advisor (if different).
All Undergraduate Evening Students and All Graduate/Professional Students (Except Law)
All undergraduate evening students (Evening College) and all graduate/professional students (except law) should obtain the signature of their program advisor. It’s recommended, however, that Evening College and graduate students contact their respective college/school first when planning to withdraw.
Withdrawal Request (Law Students Only)+
The withdrawal request form is for law students withdrawing from the current semester/term or from a future semester/term for which they are preregistered.
Law students must go through the Cumberland School of Law to withdraw.
Although registration and drop/add is available via the Samford Portal, students will not be able to withdraw completely from all courses via the web. Students who wish to withdraw completely from the semester must complete the appropriate form above and mail, fax, or deliver it in person to the Cumberland School of Law.
Address Change Information+
Faculty and Staff
Application for Graduation+
An application for graduation must be completed by students who expect to graduate in the current or upcoming term.
Undergraduate Students - Deadlines for Completion and Submission
BACHE Student Exchange Program+
Catalog Requirements Change Request+
Change of Academic Program (Change of Major)+
The Change of Academic Program form is for students changing or adding/dropping a major, minor, or concentration.
Timing of Requirements
As stated in the current catalog (under Graduation Requirements), students are required to meet all requirements “in effect at the time of entrance into the major.” For example, if a student enters Samford in 2012–2013 but changes majors in 2014–2015, then 2014–2015 is the catalog year in effect for the new program. This applies to majors, minors, and concentrations, unless special circumstances require the student to remain under a specific catalog year. To petition to change the catalog year, a student must complete the Catalog Requirements Change Request.
The Change of Academic Program form is also used to submit a new expected graduation date, or for students who are changing from the day to evening program (Evening College) or vice versa. Form requires the signature of the new advisor only in the case of a new or added major.
Fee Assessment and Changes
Due to new fee assessment rules, change of major forms turned in after the initial add/drop period (first week of classes) will be made effective for the next academic term. (For example, if the form is submitted in October or November, the change will be made effective beginning Jan Term/spring.) New advisors will still be able to provide students with their registration alternate PINs and students will still be able to register for major-specific courses for those future terms during the early registration period. The adjustment in procedure was made to avoid students being assessed fees applicable to specific majors after the term has started.
If the student is new to Samford and has not yet registered for classes, changes of major should be made through the Office of Admissions. Use of the form is not required at that stage. Contact the Office of Admission for more information.
Once the student has registered for classes, the Change of Academic Program form is required and should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar.
Change of Incomplete Grade or Final Grade+
The Change of Incomplete Grade or Final Grade is available in the Office of the Registrar to faculty and staff only.