Counselor - Willmar Campus
Ridgewater College and Minnesota State requires that all students make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) towards a degree, diploma or certificate to remain in good academic standing. Students are responsible for their own academic progress and for seeking assistance when experiencing academic difficulty. However, sometimes a student’s failure to make SAP is due to extenuating circumstances. For those circumstances, we have developed an appeal process for suspensions resulting from a failure to meet academic standards.
Have all the following required documents ready to upload before you begin working on your SAP Suspension Appeal Form. If you don’t attach all of the required documents, or if you upload them in a format that we aren’t able to view, your appeal will be denied. Here is what you will need:
You can scan and email documents to yourself from any copy machine on campus, if you need access to technology.
Once you have all your documents ready, submit your appeal by doing the following:
Once your completed appeal has been received, you will be scheduled to meet with a counselor to complete an Academic Success Plan (ASP).
Section 1: Introduce yourself, your major or education plan and explain the circumstances that lead to your suspension.
Section 2: Detail the events of the first term of warning (example: fall 2021) and why you did not achieve a 2.0 GPA and/or a 67% completion rate.
Section 3: Detail the events of the term of suspension (example: spring 2022) and why you did not achieve a 2.0 GPA and/or 67% completion rate.
If needed, provide additional information for additional terms suspended.
Closing Paragraph: Discuss your plan to ensure success if your appeal is approved (i.e. reduced credit load, fewer work hours, use academic support center or other support service, etc.).
|I am appealing based on:||Documentation required:|
|Personal, physical or mental health issue||Health providers statement on official letterhead|
|Death of a family member/close friend||Death certificate or obituary|
|Military call up for active duty||Copy of official military orders|
|Family/relationship crisis||Court or legal documentation|
|Childcare||Documentation from childcare provider|
|Disability||Letter of support from disability services office on campus|
|Natural disaster, including flood, fire, tornado, etc.||Copy of insurance claim and/or media report|
|Job insecurity||Unemployment verification or termination letter, or letter from an employer|
|Housing insecurity||Eviction notice, letter from a shelter or social worker|
|I have been out of college and did not take it seriously while I was enrolled||Letter of support from someone that confirms your commitment to your educational goals and why school is a good option for you|
|First generation college student||Letter from someone explaining you are the first person in your family to go to college|
|No career goal or major||Career assessments or information on how you chose your major|
|Other||Include documentation that supports any extenuating circumstances you outlined in your personal statement|
The writer of the letter should state their name and relationship to you. They must explain:
Spring Semester 2022 appeals are due by Noon on Friday, December 8, 2022.
Fall Semester 2022 appeals are due by Noon on Friday, July 21, 2023.
When you are ready to submit your appeal: SAP Suspension Appeal Form.
Once your appeal is received, you will be scheduled to meet with a college counselor to review your appeal and develop an Academic Success Plan (ASP).
If you need to upload additional documentation after you have already submitted your appeal you can do so here: Document Upload Form.
Your appeal will be reviewed by the Director of Financial Aid. Please note it can take up to 30 days for you to get your results. You will be notified via email with the result. If your appeal is not approved, you may request a committee review your appeal.
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