Jeff’s final grade in English 100 was 58%. He had a rough year with some medical problems but does not dispute that the grade was calculated properly. Jeff needed 60% in order to take another course which is required for his program. He informally asked his professor and the department chair if they would consider increasing his grade and he was denied. He filed a formal grade appeal and was denied in early August. Jeff decided not to pursue a Special Appeal because of the timing to September and the likelihood of success being low (he could not point to a practice by the professor or university that caused him to get the 58%). Instead, Jeff focussed on speaking to his professors to see if he could obtain permission to re-take English 100 at the same time as the course that required it as a pre-requisite (concurrently). Jeff also considered filing a retroactive withdrawal petition with the CUP committee on the basis of medical grounds. If successful, the petition would remove the grade from his transcript.