Academic Appeal Process

Be proactive. There are steps you can take to appeal an academic suspension.

Complete the Academic Appeal Form:

  • Please complete online appeal form and submit all additional documentation (medical documentation, letters of reference etc.) at one time. You cannot edit the appeal form once it has been submitted.
  • Send any additional information to Advising Services at advising@winona.edu.
  • Appeals for fall semester are due June 10, 2016. Results will be emailed to a student's WSU email account by June 17, 2016.

How Does the Appeal Committee Evaluate Appeals?

Each appeal is evaluated based on circumstances that are individual to each person and there is no guarantee that your appeal will be granted. Here are some common criteria members of the appeals committee may use when evaluating your appeal:

  • The number of times you have been suspended
  • You have a reasonable chance to be in good standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0) within 1-2 semesters. This may include looking to see if you are enrolled to repeat any courses that you didn’t do well in.
  • There has been improvement in your grade point average from semester to semester. For example, if you had a 1.4 fall semester and then a 2.2 spring semester, you would be showing progress even though your cumulative GPA is still below 2.0.
  • You have a documented medical/psychological disability or illness. If so, they would look for documentation from a physician, counselor or therapist. Typically, the committee looks to see if you have a plan as to how to accommodate your condition and if you have used the resources available to you on campus.
  • You experienced unforeseeable circumstances. The committee would look for documentation of that situation.
  • You attended a probation meeting (if applicable) and if you followed through on the recommendations made during that meeting
  • Your documented use of on campus resources such as tutoring, advising, counseling etc. It may be helpful to keep a record of your visits and have the staff include a letter of support with your appeal.
  • You are enrolled in a reasonable course load for improvement. This may mean reducing the number of courses you are enrolled in at one time. The appeals committee may evaluate if you have repeated or are planning to repeat any courses that you did not do well in.
  • You have changed your major. For example, if you were struggling in courses for your declared major  and have now decided to change your major to an area you have done well in, this could improve your chances of being successful at the university.
  • You had a change of living situations. Often living situations are cited as a distraction from academics, and if this is the case for you, a change in your living situation could be more conducive to academic success. 
  • Your financial situation has changed or you have reduced your workload. Students often cite that work interfered with their academic progress and they are able to successful in school if they alter their wok schedule.
  • You are attending summer school.