Suspension Appeal

South Central College and the MnSCU Board Policy 2.9 require that all students make satisfactory academic progress towards a degree, diploma or certificate to remain in good academic standing. The College also believes that students are responsible for their own academic progress and for seeking assistance when experiencing academic difficulty. However, occasionally a student’s failure to make satisfactory academic progress is due to extenuating circumstances; therefore, we have developed an appeal process for these situations.

Academic and Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Process

Suspension Reinstatement Appeals:

Students who have been academically/financially suspended from any institution are required to appeal to be reinstated. A suspension lasts for 1 academic year. After this timeframe students can appeal to be reinstated. If an extenuating circumstance exists students can appeal for early reinstatement. See list of extenuating circumstances below. Students must be fully admitted to South Central College before appeal will be reviewed.

All appeals must include:

  • Letter of appeal written by the student
  • Letter of support from AMP advisor (mandatory for students suspended from South Central College)
  • Letter of support (for students suspended from another institution)
  • Supporting documentation of extenuating circumstances (if applicable)

These situations are examples of extenuating circumstances and are grounds for an appeal:

  • Medical or mental health issues – A doctor’s statement on letterhead is required as documentation.
  • A death in the immediate family – father, mother, or sibling. Documentation required: death certificate or obituary notice stating your name.
  • Military call for active duty – Copy of official military orders is required for documentation.
  • Family/relationship issues (i.e. abusive relationship) – Legal documentation required.
  • Disability issues not previously diagnosed or documented – Verified documentation must be included.
  • Natural Disaster: Flood, fire or tornado – Insurance verification required.
  • Loss of Job – Unemployment verification, W-2, termination letter from employer required for documentation.
  • Last semester GPA was at least 2.5 with a 100% completion rate at South Central College or another college – Official transcript required for documentation.
  • Other – extenuating or unusual circumstances that prevented you from succeeding academically, include documentation.

Steps to Completing an Appeal:

The deadline to appeal a financial aid/academic suspension is 14 calendar days before the start of the semester you wish to enter.

Fall 2012 start date is August 27 - deadline to appeal = August 13th

Spring 2013 start date is January 14 - Deadline to appeal = December 31

  1. Complete the appeal form
  2. Obtain required documentation of an extenuating circumstance if applicable.
  3. Submit your appeal forms and documentation 14 days prior to the beginning of the semester you wish to attend. All appeal documents can be sent to:

    Student Affairs Center
    South Central College
    1920 Lee Boulevard
    North Mankato, MN 56003
  4. You will be notified in writing of the outcome of your appeal. If your academic suspension is approved, and your financial aid suspension appeal is denied, you are responsible for full payment of your tuition and fees. If you choose not to attend you are responsible for dropping your classes by the drop deadline.