Academic Appeals

The course drop and withdrawal deadlines are strictly enforced. Any request for an exception to these deadlines must be submitted using the Registration Appeal Form.

Course Drop/Withdrawal Appeal During Current Semester

This appeal applies only to current semester registrations and must be filed in the Office of the Registrar prior to the end of the current semester.

  • Course drop/withdrawal appeals will only be considered when there were extenuating circumstances beyond your control that kept you from adhering to the normal deadlines. These extenuating circumstances could include medical conditions, death or illness in the family, unanticipated financial problems or University error.
  • Factors not accepted for a course drop/withdrawal appeal include, but are not limited to, such things as poor academic performance in a class, time management related situations or lack of adherence to/awareness of University policies or deadlines.
  • If you received financial aid, you must have the appeal form signed by Financial Aid prior to submitting to the Office of the Registrar. Please visit their website at http://www.unco.edu/ofa/aid/maintaining/index.asp for more information.
  • Submission of your request does not guarantee any type of refund.
  • All petitions must be in writing and signed by the student, legal guardian, power of attorney, or executor (in case of death). Documentation may be required if the petition is from someone other than the student.
  • You should include a written statement describing the circumstances and reasons for the appeal and any required documentation.

Tuition Appeal

A tuition appeal is necessary when you are requesting an adjustment to the tuition and fees that were charged as a result of a University withdrawal.

  • Tuition appeals will only be considered when there were extenuating circumstances that were beyond your control that necessitated a University withdrawal. These circumstances could include medical conditions, death or illness in the family, unanticipated financial problems or University error.
  • Factors not accepted for a course drop/withdrawal appeal include, but are not limited to, such things as poor academic performance in a class, time management related situations, or lack of adherence to/awareness of University policies or deadlines.
  • All petitions must be in writing and signed by the student, legal guardian, power of attorney, or executor (in case of death). Documentation may be required if the petition is from someone other than the student.
  • You should include a written statement describing the circumstances and reasons for the appeal and any required documentation.
  • Upon receipt of the tuition appeal, an appeals committee will convene to determine whether or not to approve the request. A member of the appeals committee will contact you via your Bearmail with the decision. The committee's decision is final.

Non-Attendee Retroactive Withdrawal Appeal

A non-attendee retroactive withdrawal appeal is permitted if you registered for courses at UNC, never attended the institution, and did not notify the institution to be removed from courses.

The Registrar will determine, in consultation with faculty members, the Dean of Students and others as appropriate, if the retroactive withdrawal should be granted. If your appeal is submitted more than 90 days after the end of the course(s), University Leadership approval will be required in addition to the Registrar.

  • If granted, the courses will remain on your transcript with a grade of "UW", which does not impact your GPA, and tuition and fees will be adjusted if applicable. Certain charges related to your registration such as student insurance, fines, permits and/or emergency cash advances will be charged at 100%.
  • If the petition is denied, you will be charged 100% of tuition and fees, as well as certain charges related to your registration such as student insurance, fines, permits, and/or emergency cash advances.
  • All petitions must be in writing and signed by the student, legal guardian, power of attorney, or executor (in case of death). Documentation may be required if the petition is from someone other than the student.
  • You should include a written statement describing the circumstances and reasons for the appeal and any required documentation.

Retroactive Withdrawal Appeal

A retroactive withdrawal appeal may be necessary when you experienced extenuating circumstances, or an incident of such trauma and major proportions, that you could not have reasonably been expected to possess the normal capabilities necessary to complete the academic period satisfactorily or complete a withdrawal.

  • If granted, the courses will remain on your transcript with a grade of "W", which does not impact your GPA, and tuition and fees will be adjusted if applicable. Certain charges related to your registration such as student insurance, fines, permits and/or emergency cash advances will be charged at 100%.
  • If the petition is denied, you will be charged 100% of tuition and fees, as well as certain charges related to your registration such as student insurance, fines, permits, and/or emergency cash advances.
  • Factors not accepted for a retroactive withdrawal appeal could include, but are not limited to, such things as poor academic performance in a class, time management related situations, or lack of adherence to/awareness of University policies or deadlines. Partial course withdrawals will not be considered, only complete schedule withdrawals.
  • The Registrar will determine, in consultation with faculty members, the Dean of Students and others as appropriate, if the retroactive withdrawal should be granted. If your appeal is submitted more than 90 days after the end of the course(s), University Leadership approval (i.e. AVP for Undergraduate Studies or Dean of Graduate School) will be required in addition to the Registrar.
  • All petitions must be in writing and signed by the student, legal guardian, power of attorney, or executor (in case of death). Documentation may be required if the petition is from someone other than the student.
  • You should include a written statement describing the circumstances and reasons for the appeal and any required documentation.

Committee