Academic Suspension Appeals

Higher education institutions have academic requirements that students attending their colleges or universities must meet. These standards, which are outlined in each school's code of conduct, dictate that students must maintain a good academic standing to graduate. Any student with semester grades or an overall GPA that falls below a school's expectations is placed on academic probation.

During a probationary term, a school obligates students to fulfill certain stipulations, such as routinely meeting with a school advisor and taking fewer credit hours than they usually would in a given semester. Academic probation essentially gives students a chance to take accountability for their poor academic decisions and performance and make improvements in an upcoming semester. If a student's grades have improved towards the end of a probation period, their original standing will be renewed. However, if their grades continue to suffer, they will be subjected to an academic suspension.

What is an Academic Suspension?

Students placed on academic suspension are prohibited from enrolling for a certain amount of time. This duration of time is dependent on the collegiate level a student has reached. Some schools deny a suspended undergraduate student from enrolling for a semester as a consequence of their first suspension, while others deny graduate and doctoral students for an entire school year in similar circumstances. But for students on every collegiate level, any amount of time suspended is detrimental and is considered a major setback in their plans to graduate.

Fortunately, the majority of schools give students the option of appealing this decision for academic reinstatement. Once an appeal is granted, students will be able to enroll in subsequent semesters without any restrictive provisions or obligations.