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Academic Appeals

Any student who has been suspended for one calendar year or any student who has been suspended for three calendar years and has completed one year of the suspension period may file a written appeal and appear before the Readmissions Committee. The written appeal must be submitted to University Advising Services no later than two weeks before the opening date of residence halls as listed in the University Calendar. This deadline applies for the semester that readmission is sought. The Readmissions Committee usually meets the Monday before classes begin in Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.

Once the appeal is filed, the student will appear before the Readmissions Committee for the appeal hearing. Students will be notified via email of the hearing time and place.

IF YOU ARE APPEALING YOUR FINANCIAL AID, THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. Please click here to appeal the loss of your financial aid.

Who should appeal?

  1. A student who can present and/or provide substantial evidence of unusual mitigating or extenuating circumstances that led to academic difficulties.
  2. A student who can present and/or provide substantial evidence of changed circumstances that would support the likelihood of the student’s future academic success.
  3. If enrollment in classes is dependent upon the student receiving student financial aid, the student should contact Student Financial Services to determine his/her eligibility for financial aid.

What is considered an unusual mitigating or extenuating circumstance?

  • diagnosis of an illness or learning disability
  • major automobile or other traumatic accident
  • personal, emotional, or financial issue

Who should not appeal?

  • students thinking this is a financial aid appeal; IT IS NOT.  Please go to the Student Financial Services website for information on how to file a financial aid appeal.
  • students in their first suspension, which lasts one semester; an alternative to sitting out your suspension semester is participation in the Active Suspension Program.
  • students on their third suspension if one year of the suspension has not been completed; you must wait one calendar year to appeal your academic status if you are on Suspension-3
  • an academically suspended student without evidence of unusual circumstances as noted above;
  • a student who fails to practice time management, misses class frequently, turns in assignments late, and exhibits other irresponsible behaviors.

This appeal process is intended to be used in situations where circumstances were beyond the student’s control.

What happens if I decide to appeal my academic status?

  • You need to complete the appeal form. The deadline to submit appeals for the fall 2017 semester is 4:30 p.m. on January 5, 2018. No late appeals will be considered.
  • Be thorough in completing the appeal form. Remember you need to offer evidence for circumstances beyond your control or proof that upon your return to the classroom, you are prepared to be academically successful.
  • Once you submit your form, your confirmation will tell you what to do next.  The Readmissions Committee now does most of its work via email so there is no formal meeting at the beginning of the semester.
  • The Readmission Committee members will have a copy of your appeal form to review and access to your complete UNA transcript. If you are a transfer student, your transcript from the prior institution(s) will also be available to members.
  • You will need to present to the Committee the following:
    1. Reasons why you believe you should be readmitted.
    2. The circumstances that led to your suspension or dismissal.
    3. Answers to questions that Committee members may have about your academic performance and related activities.
  • You will be notified via email or phone whether your appeal was successful.
  • If readmitted, you will be required to see an advisor from University Advising Services before you can register for classes and continue to meet with this advisor until a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 is achieved. Readmitted students are frequently required to attend workshops, study skills sessions, obtain a tutor from the University Success Center and have their professors complete progress reports.