Appeals processes are for students who need special considerations due to rare and extenuating circumstances. There are several types of appeals:

  • Course Drop and Withdrawal Appeals – for students who need to drop courses or withdraw from UNC (effective for current or past semesters) after the typical deadline has passed. It may apply to individual courses or complete schedules for the term, depending on your circumstances.
  • Probation Appeals – for suspended students who wish to continue taking classes at UNC
  • Grade Appeals – for students who want to change a course grade
  • Additional Semester Appeals – for students who want to request a one semester extension to the eight-semester limit
  • Nontraditional Readmission Appeal – for students who have been away from the University for five or more years and want to be readmitted

This appeals process applies to:

  • All non-medical course drops and withdrawals
  • Medical or psychological drops made after the semester drop deadline

Before you start an appeal, you should consult with an advisor to understand the process, confirm whether it is the right appeal option for you, and find appropriate resources.

  1. Begin to collect supporting materials for the circumstances cited in your appeal. It is important that you do this first and have the materials ready to submit simultaneously with the appeal form.
  2. Review the Academic Appeal Statement Tips and review the Appeal Questions (pdf) and compose your responses prior to beginning the online form.
  3. Begin the Academic Appeal Form online. Please complete the form entirely in one sitting or work on it in a Word document and transfer it to the online form when you are ready to submit.
  4. Provide supporting materials and any forms/signatures prompted for you by the Appeal Form itself to Ann Oldham in 1010 Steele Building or fax to (919) 843-4775.

The online form and all supporting documents must be received by Monday at 10:00 am of any given week to be heard that same week. Students who do not complete the process or provide supporting documents in time will need to resubmit the form and materials for subsequent consideration.

An appeals decision will be emailed to your official university email address within two weeks. If you no longer have an official university email, the decision will be sent to the postal address indicated on the Academic Appeal Form. Appeals decisions are guided by the Faculty Guidelines for Academic Appeals. Appeals decisions are final, but you are welcome to meet with an advisor to discuss the ramifications of the decision and your options moving forward.

Suspended students must appeal for probation using the forms and process outlined by the Office of Undergraduate Retention to enroll in any courses in any term (fall, spring and summer, including Carolina Courses online). You are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to address academic concerns and eligibility issues. For more information on academic eligibility, visit the Student Success website.

A student who feels he or she has been awarded an incorrect grade should first attempt to resolve the matter with their instructor. You may also consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the chair of the academic department that offers the class. If your issue is still not resolved, you can appeal the grade through Academic Advising by submitting the Grade Appeal Student Form. This form must be submitted by the last day of class of the following fall or spring term. For a grade appeal to be considered, it must be based on one or more of the following grounds: arithmetic/clerical error, arbitrariness, discrimination, harassment, or personal malice. For more on this policy, visit the faculty guidelines for academic appeals.

For more information about the University’s discrimination and harassment policies, refer to the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office’s policy summary.

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Transfer to Part-Time Studies

Part-Time Classroom Studies (PTCS) allows students to continue their studies toward their degree on campus on a part-time basis. PTCS students are allowed to take up to 8 academic hours in a fall or spring term. PTCS does not apply to summer enrollment. In the fall term, students may transfer to PTCS until November 1. In the spring term, students may transfer to PTCS until April 1. Students must be in good academic standing to transfer to PTCS.

Click here to learn more about the policy.

The Office of Undergraduate Retention (3rd floor of Steele Building) coordinates many support services for students who are suspended or on academic warning or probation. Visit their website to learn more about the various academic eligibility standings (probation, warning, and suspension), probation appeals and the resources available depending on your situation. You can schedule an appointment with a member of the Academic Eligibility Team in Undergraduate Retention or see an academic advisor .

If you move to PTCS, you must remain for two semesters (this does not include summer), before you can return to full time status.

Academic Eligibility

There are four standards that students must meet to remain in “good standing”:

  1. Minimum cumulative UNC-CH grade point average (GPA) of 2.000.
  2. Earn minimum credit hours each term (see the Student Success website for details.
  3. Completion of at least two-thirds (2/3) of cumulative attempted hours.
  4. A maximum degree-completion time frame of 180 hours.

To learn more about the eligibility rules that are in effect, please see the Student Success website.

The Office of Undergraduate Retention (3rd floor of Steele Building) coordinates many support services for students who are suspended or on academic warning or probation. Visit their website to learn more about the various academic eligibility standings (probation, warning, and suspension), probation appeals and the resources available depending on your situation. You can schedule an appointment with a member of the Academic Eligibility Team in Undergraduate Retention or see an academic advisor .

Withdraw from UNC

Withdrawal refers to the official process of leaving the University and dropping all classes in an academic term (fall, spring, summer). There are different ways you can withdraw from the university: academic withdrawal (personal, financial, etc.), medical withdrawal (either physical or psychological) and administrative withdrawals (typically for disciplinary purposes, etc.). To learn more about academic, medical and administrative withdraws, please see the the university catalog and information on the registrar’s website. Scroll down to “Withdrawals” and review the type of withdrawal that fits your situation.  You are always welcome to see an advisor to discuss which option is best for you.

Readmission to UNC/Non-Traditional Readmission

The nontraditional readmission appeal process recognizes that individuals can gain personal and intellectual maturity over a period of years. In such cases, the University may choose to evaluate applicants for readmission on the basis of their current academic promise rather than their earlier academic performance. This process offers a way for former students who are far from current eligibility standards to restore their academic eligibility to return to the University and reestablish good academic standing.

Under the nontraditional readmission policy, the University reviews applicants who have not been enrolled full time in a formal educational program for at least five years.  To appeal, you must submit the Nontraditional Readmission Student Form. The deadlines to apply for readmission are July 25 for fall and December 5 for spring. To learn more stop by academic advising.

If you are ready to return to campus, check out some information here from admissions. If you are interested in checking in on your academic progress, consider scheduling an appointment with Academic Advising.