Submission of Petitions

Please always submit petitions in writing to the respective examination delegate at the address listed at the right. Please note that it may take up to four weeks to process your petition after submission.

Attention: Petitions regarding minor programs taken at other faculties must be addressed to the relevant office at the other faculty.

General petitions

The more precisely a petition is formulated, the more quickly it can be processed. For that reason, please always include at least the following information in your petition:

  • Sender and date
  • Student ID number
  • Degree program and study programs (e.g., Bachelor's degree program with Business Administration as a major and Economics as a minor study program)
  • Clear and concise justification
  • Any supporting documentation (doctor's note, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Original signature

Withdrawal from examination (e.g., with doctor’s note)

If you cannot take an examination due to an illness or accident, you must request to withdraw from the related module in the Student Portal (“My Requests” tile). The request must be submitted no later than five business days after the examination date. Please remember to upload a relevant piece of proof before submitting your request.

The decision (approval or rejection) will also be communicated in the Student Portal. You will receive a notification in your UZH e-mail account for every request that has been processed.

ATTENTION: If you upload a proof in the form of a doctor’s note to the Student Portal, you must still send the original to the examination delegate or submit it in person at the Dean’s Office desk. Please indicate your name and student ID number.

Please be aware that falsifying a doctor’s note or any other kind of proof is considered forgery of documents. If there is justified suspicion of forgery, disciplinary and criminal proceedings may be initiated. In cases of doubt, the examination delegate may consult a doctor of their choosing.

If you withdraw from an examination for health reasons, a petition may be submitted for a make-up examination on the next available date, if the module cannot be completed successfully within the two-year assessment period or within the period defined for any additional requirements. This additional petition to the examination delegate must be received in writing (not by e-mail) by 31 July in your second year of assessment at the latest. In case of additional requirements, it must be received toward the end of the fourth semester of your additional requirements at the latest.

Information on examination withdrawal procedure (PDF, 34 KB)

Student Portal

Military service

Coordinating military service and studies

Information and policies concerning a petition for deferral of service (Dienstverschiebungsgesuch) can be found on the website of the Swiss Federal Department for Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (VBS).

VBS website, petition for deferral of service

Petition for deferral of service (Dienstverschiebungsgesuch)

Please send the electronically completed petition for deferral of service along with the notice of service to your responsible contact person (see box on the right). We will only examine complete petitions and send back to you the completed and signed “Request of Advisory Office” (Antrag der Beratungsstelle) via e-mail within 2 to 3 working days.

Office hours of the Dean's Office

Students with disabilities

Students who wish to submit a petition for measures to assist them with their studies due to a disability or a chronic illness or the like must notify the UZH Disability Office well in advance of commencing their studies. Students must resubmit a claim for measures to assist them with their studies each semester.

Students with disabilities

Studies and top-level sports

Top-level student athletes who are participating in the Olympic Games have the opportunity to request certain adjustments to their course sequence.

Studies and top-level sports

Suspension of studies

In exceptional cases, assessment-level students may pursue extra-curricular activities (internships, language courses abroad, employment, humanitarian aid, etc.) during a short period of time.

Suspension of studies

Legal process

Every decision letter of the examination delegate includes instructions on the right to appeal, which give you information on the correct legal procedure including deadlines. Please note that petitions and appeals must always be made in German.