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Appeal tips

Appeal guidelines for suspended/dismissed students

Your appeal will be reviewed by a board of faculty and/or administrators.  It is your only communication with the appeals board; there are no “in-person” appeals.

  • Be succinct.  Your appeal letter should be one to two pages in length.
  • Include an honest appraisal of the reasons for your academic performance.
  • Include documentation if you are citing external extenuating circumstances.  Examples of documentation may include physician statements, obituaries, etc.
  • Include a detailed plan of action for the future. Include concrete strategies that you intend to follow.    
  • Write well. Check spelling, proof-read, and write to your audience.  A hastily or sloppily written appeal is disrespectful to the board and gives the impression that continuing at BGSU is not important. Don't just quickly "fill in" the appeal form - take time to compose a thoughtful appeal, and type or paste it into the form.
  • Observe the appeal deadline as indicated in the “ACADEMIC STANDING INFORMATION” link on your MYBGSU grade report.  Read this information very carefully. Late appeals will not be accepted.

As an alternative to using the on-line appeal form, you may email your appeal to chhsadvising@bgsu.edu. Documentation may be scanned and emailed, or faxed to 419-372-2897.  If you fax documents, call 419-372-8242 to confirm that they were received.  Do not mail your appeal.