Suspended students

Academic Standards and Suspension Appeals

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, Academic Warning, Probation, or Suspension status. These standards are defined in the  UWL Catalog in the Academic Policies section under the subsection of Academic Eligibility. It is possible for a first semester student or for a student never before on Probation to be declared Suspended!

Suspended student appeals

Students declared academically Suspened may appeal their status by writing a 1-page, detailed letter of appeal addressed to the Dean's Appeals Committee. Please follow the directions provided below:

  1. The Committee appreciates all the information you may supply, and your appeal should address these questions:
    1. What has contributed to your poor academic performance?
    2. How will you improve your performance this coming semester?
    3. What major/academic program do you intend to pursue?
  2. Letters should be no more than one 1-page in length and please include a current phone number and email address to facilitate efficient communication.
  3. Appeal process:  direct your appeal to the College of Science and Health Dean's Office – Academic Services Office. To save your next semester schedule your appeal should be sent ASAP (by email or mail as directed below):
    1. Email:
    2. NOTE: If emailing the letter, send from your UWL email address
    3. Mail:205 Graff Main Hall, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601.
  4. Please direct all correspondence and questions to:
    1. 205 Graff Main Hall, 608.785.8156. 

If your appeal is approved by the Dean's Appeals Committee, you will be permitted to return on probation this coming semester.

However, if your appeal is denied by the Dean's Appeals Committee you have the right to bring your original appeal before the Committee for Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS), which meets prior to the beginning of the spring semester. This is the final level of appeal; if CAPS denies the appeal, you must remain out of school for one semester.

Appeals Process


Appeal Format

Priority Date

Outcome of Appeal

1. Dean’s Appeal Committee

Letter of Appeal

Before January 10, 2018 to avoid elimination of your Spring 2018 class schedule

Successful—allowed to return on probation

Unsuccessful—suspended status remains, may appeal to CAPS

2. Appeal to CAPS

Appeal In-person before faculty committee

Please contact the Dean’s Office for the date to appeal in person before CAPS

Successful-- allowed to return on probation

Unsuccessful—suspended status remains for one semester

View a sample letter format