Appeals for probation are now open.

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 should your appeal be approved.

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

3. Supporting Documentation (Optional)
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.

Additional Resources:
Consider the information provided in the following documents as you prepare your materials for your Appeal for Probation.
How to Prepare Your Appeal for Probation
Appeal for Probation Checklist

Once you have these documents prepared, you may move forward with the completion of the online Appeal.

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 or Carolina Courses Online should meet with an academic advisor to discuss each option and how rules governing each option may impact academic progress.

What is the timeline for Appeals for Spring 2017?
Appeals for probation opened on Monday, March 6, 2017. Please note priority appeal and readmission deadlines in the chart below.

Important Appeal for Probation Deadlines


Application Available

Priority Deadline

Final Deadline

Priority Readmission Application Deadline**

Summer I & Summer II 2017

March 6, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5PM

Monday, May 15, 2017 at noon

April 26, 2017 for Summer I June 5, 2017 for Summer II

Fall 2017

March 6, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5PM

Monday, August 21, 2017 at noon

August 1, 2017

**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 by US mail.

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.

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.

  • 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.
  • Please note that it make take up to 8-10 business days to receive the readmission decision.

Access the Appeal for Probation here. If you have any problems or questions while completing the Appeal, please contact Jessica Lambert Ward.

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