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Appeal of Academic Suspension or Dismissal

Academic Standing Dates & Appeal Dates

Academic standing is determined after each semester of enrollment (including summer). Below are the anticipated dates for the 2023-2024 academic year:

Semester Date Academic Standing Updated Appeal Due Date
Spring 2024 May 15, 2024 May 27 at 11:59pm *WCU offices are open on May 27
Summer 2024 August 9, 2024 August 13 at 11:59pm

The appeal form will be available on this webpage by the date that academic standing is updated. 

Appeal Information

Your online appeal form and all supporting documentation MUST be received by the published deadline to guarantee its consideration by the Academic Appeals Review Board. If you have questions about the required parts of the appeal, we encourage you to contact our office prior to the appeal deadline.

How to submit your appeal:

1. Complete the online appeals form: Answer all questions within the appeal form. Personal statements attached as documentation will not be considered. Students who expect to be suspended after the current semester can prepare their responses ahead of time. Both questions have a 2,000 character limit. The appeals form asks at least two questions:

    • What led to your academic difficulties?
    • What is your plan to rectify your academic challenges?

2. Attach documentation in the appeal form: All appeals must include documentation to support all statements you make about reasons for your appeal or extenuating circumstances. Personal statements attached as documentaiton will not be considered. Examples of documentation to support statements in your written appeal: 

    • Letter from physician/medical provider/mental health provider or copy of official medical diagnosis, including treatment and dates that you were ill or hospitalized, documenting your ability to return to school
    • Documentation supporting personal or family emergency
    • Legal documentation, police reports, insurance reports, etc.
    • Changes in employment or unexpected financial difficulty
    • Employment termination notice or documentation demonstrating a significant change in financial status
    • Copy of death certificate or obituary
    • Letter of support from your professors, counselors, advisors, or professional reference. Please review guidelines and instructions for Letters of Support on this page
    • Other documentation to support the written statements on your appeal. This is not a comprehensive list of possible documentation.

3. Sign and submit your form: Submit the form by the published deadline. You can save a copy of your appeal submission for your records. 

Appeal Decision:

The Academic Appeals Review Board will meet to review appeals shortly after the published deadline. The Board will notify students of the decision by Catamount email. Results of an appeal cannot be given to anyone but the student who submitted the appeal. The decision of the Appeals Review Board is final.

If you have any questions about the appeals process above, please contact the Office of Student Retention. Email retention or call 828.227.7171 (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm).

If you are looking to return to WCU after an Academic Suspension or Dismissal and have taken a semester off, LEARN about the steps to return

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