Academic Action Appeals

The Academic Actions Committee reviews and acts on student’s appeals regarding:

  • Late drops or late withdrawals
  • Readmission following academic suspension if less than one year has passed from suspension date 
  • Waivers of university academic policies, including requests for waivers of general degree requirements
  • Deletions from a students’ academic record, excluding grievances involving individual course grades

Upcoming Deadlines

Appeal paperwork is due by the following date(s). No exceptions.

Friday, January 12, 2024  |  4:30 pm
Friday, June 14, 2024  |  4:30 pm
Friday, August 9, 2024  |  4:30 pm

Ready to submit your appeal?

All appeal documents including the academic action appeal form, pathways to success contract (if required), your narrative, and supporting documentation (such as medical documentation, letters of support, or legal documents) must be emailed as one PDF document to:

Academic Actions Appeal Form   Pathways to Success Contract


Do you have questions about your appeal?

The academic action process is important, so we want to make sure you have as much information as possible prior to submitting your appeal. Below are answers to common questions about academic action appeals. 

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The committee reviews:

  • requests to waive university academic policies
  • requests to waive general degree requirements
  • appeals for readmission following academic suspension if less than one year has passed from suspension date
  • late drop or late withdraws

Enrolled students are notified of their academic status at the end of each semester. This notification comes from the Provost's Office and will be sent to the student via their Rangermail account. This information includes very detailed content that explains the specifics of the student’s dismissal. 

Although we encourage you to be open and honest with your family about your academic situation, due to FERPA guidelines we do not notify anyone of your academic status.


An academic suspension is for a period of one year. Students may apply for readmission following their suspension period by completing the steps for reentry. Students who serve their one-year suspension do not need to appeal to the academic actions committee following the one-year period.

Students who feel exceptional circumstances justify immediate or early reinstatement (readmission prior to the conclusion of one year) may submit an appeal to the Academic Actions committee.

All appeals must include a letter that explains the circumstances surrounding surrounding your dismissal. It is also important to outline a plan that will keep you on track for future academic success.

  • What circumstances contributed to your academic performance falling below expectations?
  • Explain how the circumstances have been resolved that will allow you to perform at a satisfactory level.  
  • What strategies and resources do you plan to use that will help you be academically successful?
  • What additional information do you want the committee to consider in the review of your appeal?

After the one year suspension period, you do not need to appeal to the Academic Actions Committee. 

If less than one year has passed from your suspension date, and if you believe you have exceptional circumstances, you may choose to appeal using the following steps.


  1.  Review instructions
  2.  Download and complete Academic Actions Appeal form and Pathways to Success contract (if applicabale)
  3.  Write letter of appeal
  4.  Prepare any supporting documentation, such as medical documentation, letters of support, or legal documents (if applicable)
  5.  Gather unofficial transcripts (if applicable)
  6.  Meet with academic advisor

Students who are appealing for academic dismissal (suspension) are required to meet with an academic advisor. Your advisor can help review your forms and letter, and they must sign your pathways to success contract. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you begin work on your appeal with plenty of time before the deadline and come to your advising appointment with drafts of your materials. 

Students who are appealing for deletion or amending of an academic record or other academic policy are not required to meet with an advisor. 

All appeal documents including the appeal form, student success contract (if required), letter of appeal, and supporting documentation (such as medical documentation, letters of support, or legal documents) must be emailed as one PDF document to:

Your official transcripts should be sent to the Admissions office. An unofficial copy of your transcripts will need to be submitted with your appeal.

Upon dismissal from the university, you will be administratively withdrawn from all courses in any upcoming terms.


Students who have been suspended for the first time do not meet with the Academic Actions committee. Second and subsequent suspensions, can meet with the committee if the student so chooses.

Students who are requesting a waiver of university academic policies can meet with the committee if the student so chooses.

You will be sent an email asking if you would like to attend the committee meeting. You are not required to attend the meeting, but it does give you an opportunity to reiterate your story, clarify any questions the committee may have, and share the changes you have made to be academically successful.

Each student is given approximately 15 minutes to talk with the committee. To keep the committee and students on schedule, we recommend that you arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled meeting time.

The commitee will have access to your appeal and documents, so you do not need to bring copies for them. You may choose to bring a copy of your appeal for your own reference, but it is not required.

Arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled meeting time.


A student who submits an appeal will be notified within three business days following the Academic Actions committee meeting.

A student who appears in person and meets with the committee will be notified of the outcome of their appeal after meeting with the committee. The outcome of the appeal will be emailed to the student's Rangermail. If the student has been out for two consecutive semesters and no longer has their Rangermail account, an email will be sent to the address listed on the appeal form.

Students who have been readmitted prior to the conclusion of the one-year suspension period will receive an email stating the appeal has been approved. Students are encouraged to seek out academic support with their academic advisors to discuss ways to remain successful.

Students who have requested a waiver of an academic policy will be notified of next steps, if any, in their appeal decision letter.

You will receive an email notification when you are able to register for classes.

Students whose appeals have been denied by the Academic Actions committee often choose to attend a 2-year institution and successfully complete 12 degree credits with a grade of C and higher. This increases a student's preparation to return to Parkside. If you choose to take this recommendation, you should contact your advisor for additional assistance using Transferology to identify transferable courses which will apply to your degree and/or major.

No, you will need to complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal form. You can use the same narrative and documentation as you did to appeal your academic suspension.

Visit the forms page

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