Prior to filing a petition, the participant should communicate with the Program Director/Advisor to discuss the merits of the petition and secure the advisor’s indication of “support/no support.” The burden of proof is on the petitioner. Petitioners are responsible for stating clearly, in writing, what they are petitioning for. They are also responsible for giving, in writing, clear and cogent reasons for supporting their request. After initial discussion, the Program Office will provide the participant with a pre-populated petition form to be completed. The participant will digitally sign and submit the petition form and supporting documentation to the Program Office ([email protected]). Required supporting documentation includes an unofficial transcript (for academic issues), an explanatory letter, and a proposed dissertation timeline (dissertation candidates only). If approved at the program level, the Program Office will forward the petition for review to the Graduate School Petitions Committee. The participant will be notified by UTC e-mail of the Petition Committee’s decision.