Office of Student Success

Process to Appeal Academic Disqualification

The Academic Standards Committee meets three times a year to review appeals. Meetings are held:

  • the week before classes begin for Spring semester in early January (appeals of Fall actions, out-of-sequence, or previous late appeals);
  • during Summer Session I in mid-May (appeals of Spring actions, out-of-sequence, or previous late appeals); and
  • the Friday of the second week of Fall semester classes in early September (out-of-sequence appeals; earliest semester a student could return if appeal is successful is next Spring (January) semester).

A student who has been academically disqualified may appeal if:

  1. there are documented compelling and unforeseen reasons why the standards for satisfactory academic progress were not met, and
  2. there is high probability that the student’s cumulative GPA can be raised to 2.0 or higher in no more than one additional Fall or Spring semester of coursework. This is determined by having a Quality Point Deficiency of no more than 10 points as determined by the GPA Repair Calculator.

Students make the appeal by submitting an Academic Standing Appeals package to the Registrar’s Office.  The deadline to submit this appeal package will be specified in the notification letter and email sent to the student.

Future appeal dates are:

Deadline Date of Hearing Date of Notification of Decision
1 p.m., Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Friday, September 12, 2014 Monday, September 15, 2014
1 p.m., Monday, January 5, 2015 Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Friday, January 9, 2015
1 p.m., Monday, May 11, 2015 Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

The appeals package must include:

Incomplete appeals packages will not be considered.

The Academic Disqualification Appeals form is available for download. You can save the form to your computer and type right into the form. You can copy and paste the results of your GPA worksheet analysis into the space provided and you can copy/paste scanned documentation into the appeal form. You then email a copy of all appeal materials to  If necessary, you can mail print copies of the form and documentation.  
The Academic Standards Committee will consider appeals on a case-by-case basis.  The appeals package submitted by the student and the educational records of the student, including the disciplinary record, will be reviewed by the committee.  Additionally, the committee may seek input from faculty and professional staff in other relevant campus offices. The committee’s decision is final.

If the appeal is approved, the student’s academic standing will be “Reinstated from Academic Disqualification” and the student will have one additional semester in which to raise the cumulative GPA to 2.00. If this does not happen, the student will again be academically disqualified.

If the appeal is not approved, the student may apply to take FLC courses as a non-degree seeking “Guest” student in order to repair the cumulative GPA and then reappeal the academic disqualification or the student may take classes at another school and reappeal  once certain conditions have been met.  See Applying for Guest Status and Information about Academic Standings.

Students will be notified of the committee’s decision by email to the Fort Lewis College account by the date specified in the notification letter and email. If the FLC email account is not active, the student will be asked to provide an alternative email address.

Returning from Academic Disqualification

Students who were academically disqualified in previous semesters, have repaired their GPA, and now wish to reapply to the college should contact Andy Burns, Director of Admission & Advising, 877-352-2656 or 970-247-7180,

If you need further clarification regarding Guest Status, contact Crystal Fankhauser, Director of Student Success, at or 970-247-7670.


Contact Information

Phone: 970-382-6985
Toll Free: 1-866-385-3949
Fax: 970-382-6922

Kroeger Hall
1000 Rim Drive, Durango CO 81301