Students must maintain a minimum academic standard in order to continue at UWL. Based on grades earned at UW-La Crosse, a student will be assigned a Good Standing, Warning, Probation, or Suspension status. These standards are defined in the  UWL Catalog in the Academic Regulations and Student Conduct section under the subsection of Retention, Probation, and Suspension . It is possible for a first semester student or for a student never before on Probation to be declared Suspended!

IMPORTANT: If you were suspended after the spring 2021 semester, we recommend submitting a request to change any grades of “F” to “U” (unsatisfactory) under the spring 2021 COVID-19 S/U grade change policy.  

“F” grades are calculated into the semester and cumulative grade point averages used to determine academic standing whereas “U” grades are NOT calculated into the semester and cumulative grade point averages. Assuming approval of your request to change any “F” grades to “U,” your semester and cumulative grade point averages will change and that may impact your academic status. 

The deadline to submit grade change requests for spring 2021 semester courses is 11:59 p.m. on June 11, 2021. Do not wait until the deadline to submit any requests! 

If you have any questions about the spring 2021 COVID-19 S/U grade change policy and how it affects your suspension status, please contact Nicole Vidden (nvidden@uwlax.edu). 

If you are suspended at the end of the semester, you have the right to appeal the decision.  Read instructions below for further information.

Appealing Your “Suspension” Status

A student with a status of "Suspension” may write a letter addressed to the members of the College of Business Administration Dean’s Office to appeal their status. To write a letter of appeal, please follow the guidelines below.

  • Letters of appeal should be no more than one page in length and address the following questions:
    • What factors beyond your control contributed to your poor academic performance?
    • What specific steps will you take to improve your performance this coming semester?
    • What major and/or academic program do you intend to pursue?
  • Letters should be sent as soon as possible to nvidden@uwlax.edu  from your UWL email account (preferred).

If the members of the Dean’s office approve your appeal, you will be readmitted to the University and your academic standing will be changed to “Probation.”

If the members of the Dean’s office deny your appeal, you have the right to bring your original appeal before the Committee for Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS). This faculty committee will hear appeals made in-person by students on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. This is the final level of appeal. If CAPS denies the appeal, you will remain “Suspended” and will be eligible to apply for readmission after your suspension period has ended.

Please be aware of two critical dates regarding letters of appeal:

Wednesday, June 25, 2021: Your Fall 2021 class schedule will be saved if you submit an appeal letter and are readmitted by the members of the Dean’s office by 4 pm on this date.

Friday, September 3, 2021: This is the last day to submit a letter of appeal to be considered for readmission for the Fall 2021 semester.

Any questions or concerns regarding academic eligibility and/or the appeals process should be directed to the College of Business Administration Dean’s Office at (608)785-8090.