Academic Standing Appeals

The Academic Standing Appeals Committee will evaluate petitions for exemptions to academic regulations in the area of, withdrawals, retention, dismissals, grade changes, and other matters of academic standing. The results of this work will be sent to the Provost and Registrar. 

What is NOT appropriate for Appeal to the University Academic Appeals Committee:

  • Academic grievances concerning the grade itself. Consult the academic catalog for the appropriate grade appeal.
  • Issues related to financial aid and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Requesting removal of W’s from the record.
  • Graduation requirements
  • Admissions appeals

Information related to financial aid and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeals are found at the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

This process is not for graduate students appealing graduate dismissal.  Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Appeal Deadline Dates

It is the responsibility of the student to submit a complete Academic Standing Appeal packet to the Office of the Registrar by the posted deadline. Packets received after the posted deadline will be deferred to the next appeal meeting.

All appeals must be submitted by NOON of the deadline:

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Friday, October 7, 2022
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Friday, March 3, 2023
Friday, May 19, 2023

The committee meetings are scheduled:

Monday, August 15, 2022 - 2:30pm & Monday, August 22, 2022 - 2:30pm
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 10:00am
Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 2:00pm & Friday, January 13, 2023 - 10:00am
Friday, March 17, 2023 - 10:00am
Friday, May 26, 2023  - 10:00am & Friday, June 2, 2023 - 10:00am

Incomplete, illegible or handwritten appeal packets will not be addressed by the Academic Standing Appeal Committee.  Students will be notified of missing or incomplete appeal packets by email. Appeals deemed incomplete will require resubmission of a completed appeal form. 

The appeal decision will be emailed two to three business days after the committee reviews and votes on the appeal.

Inquiries should be directed to academicappeal@kennesaw.edu.

Required Documentation 

Documentation must be uploaded in a PDF format. 

Personal Statement:
In addition to completing the appeal form, a student is required to write a personal statement of the hardship. The statement is a narrative to explain and convey the non-academic emergency or hardship to the Academic Standing Committee.  It is essential that accurate details about the circumstances surrounding the hardship are included such as dates of the emergency and an account of how the situation specifically prevented the student from completing the course work.

Medical (e.g. physical or psychological emergencies or birth of a child):
Typed correspondence on office letterhead from a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or any licensed healthcare professional should be submitted as part of your documentation.  The letter should include the dates for which you were under the doctor’s care, a statement of how your illness/condition interfered with the completion of your coursework and the name, title, and signature of that individual.  Notes on prescription pads, appointment slips, and/or medical consultation forms are not acceptable in lieu of a doctor’s letter.  Regarding the birth of a child, a copy of the child's birth certificate and a written statement from a medical professional confirming the extenuating circumstances caused by the birth of the child.

Personal (e.g., death in the family, family crisis, etc.):
All family emergencies require official and/or notarized forms, documents or correspondence from a state agency, a governmental entity or reputable business.  For example, death of a close family relative requires a death certificate. In cases of divorce, attach supporting court documents and a written statement from a counselor, pastor, employer, instructor, attorney or adviser confirming the extenuating circumstances.

Financial (e.g., loss of sole-supporting job, head of household challenges, mandatory job changes):
Financial emergencies require the student’s employer or supervisor to document the mandatory change(s), the date of the change, and the organizational representative who can verify the circumstances of the job change, preferably a human resource professional. 

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