Writing a Successful SAP appeal

Writing a Successful SAP appeal2015-10-01T14:44:33+00:00

What happened – what has changed

Your satisfactory academic progress (SAP) appeal explanation must include the following:

Explain what happened

Why were you unable to maintain satisfactory progress?

Explain what has changed

What corrective measures have you taken or will you take to achieve and maintain satisfactory academic progress?

If this not your first appeal:

  • Your explanation statement must include information about what has changed since your last appeal.

Tips for writing your appeal explanation statement

Admit the problem

Take a hard look at your situation to determine what has kept you from making satisfactory academic progress. Perhaps you need help with time management or study skills. Admit the problem and explain how you will get that help.

Note: Lack of awareness of withdrawal policies, requirements for satisfactory academic progress, unpreparedness for college coursework, and incarceration will not be accepted as reasons for the purpose of an appeal and will automatically be denied.

Attach any relevant supporting documentation

  • This may include a doctor’s statement, copy of hospital/urgent care/physician’s bill, obituary, funeral notice or death certificate.

Valid reasons for an SAP appeal

Valid reasons for an appeal include:

  • medical emergencies
  • severe health issues
  • severe personal or family problems
  • financial or personal catastrophe
  • return for a second degree or certificate


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