The final deadline to appeal for Summer I has passed. Appeals are now being accepted for Summer II 2018. Read all information thoroughly before accessing the online appeal form at the bottom of the page. 

Suspended students with extraordinary circumstances may appeal for Probation. Appeals for Probation are required for students to enroll in any class in any term, including Carolina Courses Online and Summer courses. Appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. However, the following guidelines are considered:

  • Cumulative GPA above 1.9 and/or ability to restore to Good Standing within one term.
  • Demonstrated academic improvement.
  • Completion of previous academic intervention(s).
  • Engagement with resources and support.
  • Specific and realistic Plan of Action.
  • Demonstrated resolution of problems that led to current academic standing.
  • Use of time while away from the University, if appropriate.

You are strongly encouraged to meet with a member of our Academic Eligibility Team or an Academic Advisor to discuss options for restoring your Academic Eligibility. You may also wish to meet with the Counselor & Coordinator for Academic Appeals to discuss any questions you have regarding the Appeals process.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to helping each student reach his or her full academic potential. Students are encouraged to give thoughtful consideration to their academic and personal goals leading them to take responsibility for their academic choices and decisions. Students with extraordinary circumstances (e.g. serious illness, family emergency, personal crisis) may make an academic appeal. Faculty guidelines for academic appeals guide all appeal decisions. The Administrative Board of the College of Arts and Sciences reviews and approves the faculty guidelines. You are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to discuss your appeal and overall academic progress before submitting an appeal.

To appeal for Probation, you will need to know your current cumulative GPA, cumulative terms in residence, cumulative number of hours you have attempted, and the cumulative credit hours you have passed. You can obtain this information from Student Center in ConnectCarolina under the “Academics” tab.

You will also need to prepare the following documents:

1. Letter of Appeal

  • All Appeals require that you upload this document to the electronic appeal form.
  • Write the letter as a Word document.
  • Present a compelling explanation of your academic performance and why you believe you should be granted a term on Probation.
  • Detail your request and any relevant extraordinary circumstances.
  • Be as complete and concise as possible.
  • Explain how your circumstances affect your academic performance.

For tips on writing a Letter of Appeal, click here.

2. Plan of Action

  • All appeals require that you upload this document to the appeal form.
  • Write this Plan as a Word document.
  • The plan should detail the steps you will take to return to Good standing and the courses you will enroll in should your appeal be approved.

For tips on writing your Plan of Action, click here.

3. Supporting Documentation (if appropriate)
Additionally, you may choose to upload supporting documents (e.g. doctor’s note, letter from a professor, financial statement).

  • Your appeal may be more compelling with the inclusion of appropriate documentation.
  • Scan supporting documents to your computer so that you may upload them to the electronic appeal form.
  • Supporting documents are the student’s responsibility and must be uploaded to the appeal form. Do not fax or send documents separately.
  • If you include documents, the Letter of Appeal should draw an explicit link between your supporting documentation and your request.
  • Documentation from Medical Providers is welcome; however, please do not include LENGTHY medical records.
  • Note for those currently enrolled in courses at UNC-Chapel Hill or elsewhere: Please include confirmation of expected grades. Consider emailing each professor or taking a screenshot of Sakai’s Gradebook.

Appeal Preparation Tips and Resources:
Consider the information provided in the following documents as you prepare your materials for your Appeal for Probation.

What are my appeal options?
When completing the appeal for probation online form, students may choose from the following options:

Students who are considering a switch to Part-time Classroom Studies should meet with an academic advisor to discuss how rules governing this option may impact academic progress. As of Fall 2017, students seeking Probation and part-time enrollment do not need to make a two-semester commitment to PTCS. If approved for probation for part-time enrollment, students may enroll part-time for that specific semester and transfer back to full-time enrollment at the end of the semester. This exception to policy does not apply to students in Good Standing.


Summer/Fall 2018 

Term Application Available Priority Deadline Priority Readmission Application Deadline***
Summer II 2018 February 1, 2018 June 10, 2018 June 11, 2018
Fall 2018 March 15, 2018 August 6, 2018 August 7, 2018


Note: The deadline to appeal for Probation for enrollment in a short course through the Friday Center follows the timeline above.

If you were not enrolled in on-campus courses during the most recent semester (fall, spring) OR you withdrew during the most recent semester, you must apply for readmission in order to re-enroll at Carolina for all courses during any semester or term. This includes Carolina Courses Online as well as Summer courses. If you were enrolled in Summer courses, you will not need to apply for readmission to enroll in that Fall term.

***Students planning to return to the University in Summer 2018 are strongly encouraged to complete the appeal for probation and readmission application at least 2-3 weeks in advance of the posted priority readmission deadline. The sooner you submit your appeal for probation and application for readmission, the sooner you will receive a decision and be able to register for classes in a timely fashion.

  • The readmission application is a separate process from the Appeal for Probation. Students are encouraged to apply for readmission at the same time as appealing for Probation; however, please note the unique deadlines for both processes.
  • It make take up to 8-10 business days to receive the readmission decision.
  • See “How to Apply for Readmission” for all readmission application instructions.


  • How will I be notified of my appeal decision?
    Students will be notified of an appeal decision by UNC email. If the student no longer has access to UNC email account, then letter will be sent via secure email to the email address provided in the appeal.
  • What is required of me if my appeal is approved?
    If your appeal has been approved, you will be required to complete the probation intervention.
  • What should I do if my appeal is not approved?
    If your appeal is not approved, you are welcome to meet with a Counselor/Coordinator on the Academic Eligibility Team or an academic advisor to help you think through next steps.

The appeal for Summer 2018 is now open. We will begin accepting appeals for Fall 2018 in mid-March.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact Jessica Lambert Ward or call (919) 962-8235.


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity. The University does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (137 E. Franklin Street, Suite 404, CB #9160, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9160 or (919) 966-3576) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the University’s non-discrimination policies.

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