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The Cultural Events Petition Process
Submitting a Cultural Events
Petition (to receive credit for an off-campus event)
Submitting Petitions Related to Travel Experiences
( to receive
credit for travel within the United States or to a foreign country)
receive credit for events attended
after high school and prior to
matriculation at Winthrop University).
Cultural Event Petition Decision
Submitting a Cultural Events
The Cultural Events Petition process is available
to any Winthrop student who desires to receive cultural events credit
for an off-campus event. Events which are submitted should be similar to
events which have been or would likely be approved as cultural events if
they were presented on campus
. The committee will consider
petitions for events attended within the past twenty four months
Each event requires a separate petition (with the
exception of petitions relating to foreign or domestic travel
experiences [see below]). A completed petition will include the
A completed Cultural Events
Proof of attendance at the event, such as a ticket stub or receipt.
If there is no admission charge, then a program or brochure will
-include 150-200 word (one-page) description of the events and the studentís experience.
-be designed to help the committee ascertain that
you did, in fact, attend the event. Therefore, the report should be
personal in nature. It should give your personal reaction to the event
(whether you loved it or hated it!). A plot summary, in the case of a
play, opera, or musical, for example is not necessary or even useful,
but your reaction to the sets or costuming or performance is relevant.
Tell us about the event and how you felt about it. Add significant
-be checked over for correct spelling, grammar, etc. Spelling is
particularly relevant in the case of a museum visit for example. If you
cannot spell the artist's name the committee will doubt that you got
anything out of your visit. Take notes during your visit so that you can
accurately write up the event later.
For clarification or
questions about submitting a petition feel free to contact the Cultural
Events Coordinator at
Petitions Related to Travel Experiences:
Cultural events credit may be obtained for travel
within the United States or to a foreign country.
Travel within the United States
receiving credit should include a major cultural component (such as
visiting museums or historical sites with museums). A trip to
Yellowstone Park or a cruise to the Bahamas, while it would be an
interesting experience, might not qualify as a cultural event.
Foreign travel could include
"semester abroad" experiences. One or more credits may be granted for
such travel experiences or in cases where the student has visited
multiple countries. Please Note: each country visited will receive one
cultural event credit.
in your petition:
-A single completed Cultural Events
should accompany a written report which
should be more extensive than the one-page report required
-Use as many pages as you need to
effectively discuss your experiences. Detail the things you saw
and did, especially those things which are of a cultural nature. For
example, a report on a trip to Paris might include the following: "I
visited the Cathedral de Notre Dame, the Sacre Coeur, and the Left Bank
of the Seine. I also spent the afternoon at the Louvre Museum where I
saw the Mona Lisa and many other famous paintings. I found the
architecture of the new pyramid addition to the museum very fascinating.
I attended a performance of the opera, Carmen, at the Paris Opera in the
-Documentation for the trip should be
included such as a receipt for a plane ticket or an itinerary.
-The Cultural Events Committee reviews
each studentís travel experience petition and decides on the number of
cultural events to be granted.
Submitting Portfolio Petitions:
The Cultural Events Committee has established a
Portfolio Petition option where student's Cultural Credit towards events
may be earned on the basis of significant past life experiences of a
cultural nature. The Portfolio Petition is primarily designed for the
post-traditional student to
gain cultural event credit on experiences they underwent
high school and prior to matriculation at Winthrop University.
Students who submit Portfolio Petitions are
strongly encouraged to do so after their first semester of enrollment at
Winthrop University. A portfolio petition is designed to illuminate
those activities and life experiences which a student has had which are
unrelated to college activities.
Consideration will be given for experiences such as travel (foreign or
domestic), museum visits, and attendance or participation in plays,
dance programs, operas, or concerts done by professional, college, or
Therefore, in the case of transfer students, no consideration will be
given for activities participated in or attended at another college
while they were a student there. Allowance is already made for that by
the reduction in the number of over-all cultural events credits they
must obtain at Winthrop.
in your petition:
-The portfolio petition should accompany a well-
written detailed report.
-The committee does not expect a student to have
ticket stubs or programs relating to plays attended; however
they do expect
a detailed report; i.e.
provide titles of plays,
location, and a description
about the performance, your intake and experiences from this event. The
idea is to give the committee a clear understanding of those things
which you have been involved with and/or attended, how they affected
you, and some sense of your continuing commitment to such activities as
a participant or audience member.
-The portfolio may contain programs or
-The more experiences you cite in some detail,
the better your chances are of getting the maximum number of cultural
events credits on the portfolio itself.
The committee reserves the right, even if a large number of
experiences are submitted, to
grant something less than the full cultural events requirement if it
feels that the student would benefit from exposure to some of the
on-campus events, or if it feels that the experiences represent a rather
narrow focus, and it wishes to encourage the student to broaden their
DECISION OF PETITION:
In all cases once a
petition is approved or denied by the Cultural Events Committee, the
Cultural Events Coordinator will notify the student and will enter the
approved petition(s) into the student's record. The Office of Records &
Registration keeps the complete petition on file for one year. After
that, reports and supporting materials will be discarded, and a copy of
the petition form itself is all that is retained permanently. If you
submit materials that you wish to have returned please mark these
clearly with your name and with "return" and make sure you come back to
the Office of Records & Registration to claim them.
APPEALING CULTURAL EVENT PETITION
A student reserves the right to appeal a
decision made by the Cultural Events Committee.
Students may request to appeal a
petition decision to the Cultural Events Coordinator.
The Coordinator will assist the student
to begin the appeal process.