Appeal for Academic Reinstatement Information for Students

If you believe your academic dismissal occurred under extraordinary circumstances, you may file an appeal for academic reinstatement. This appeal is not for reinstatement of your financial aid.

Registration Holds

Appeals may not be filed until all registration holds have been cleared. Registration holds appear in the "Holds" section of your message center in MyRED.


The Academic Standards Committee will review appeals on the following dates. Please note you are required to submit appeal materials to your college prior to the review date and should check with your college academic advisor to determine submission deadlines. Appeals must be filed in the semester immediately following the one in which you were dismissed.

Appeal Review Dates to be Reinstated for Spring 2023:

  • January 11, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

Appeal Review Dates to be Reinstated for Summer/Fall 2023:

  • TBD

Steps to File an Appeal

  1. Meet with an academic advisor in your college to begin the appeal process. The advisor will assist you in developing an academic plan and in completing the Appeal for Academic Reinstatement form. Please note this form requires your signature.
  2. Write a narrative of your extraordinary circumstances and explain why you have not been as academically successful as you anticipated. This statement should:
    1. be typed and no longer than one page in length.
    2. address your efforts with past academic recovery plans.
    3. include a clear plan for achieving academic improvement.
  3. Obtain documentation, if applicable, which verifies statements made in your written narrative.
    1. For example, if you were under the care of a medical professional during the semesters in question, provide documentation of this care including dates of service. If you have information that is particularly sensitive or confidential, you may attach it to your appeal in a sealed envelope. All verification documents will be destroyed as soon as the appeal process has been completed.
    2. If you believe you have a disability that impacted your academic performance, contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), 117 Louise Pound Hall, (402)472-3787, to discuss the necessary documentation that will allow SSD to review with you the impact your disability had on your academic performance.
  4. Submit your written narrative and any verification documentation to the academic advisor you are working with (or designee) by the deadline the academic advisor provides. A college representative other than the academic advisor will review your appeal and then submit your appeal packet for review by members of the Academic Standards Committee.
  5. The Academic Standards Committee will review your appeal packet and other materials related to your comprehensive academic record (e.g. high school transcript, college transcript, student conduct records, etc.) when making their decision.

Note: If your appeal encompasses acts of misconduct, which by their nature may constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and/or criminal law, the information will be forwarded to the appropriate university office for possible action.

Appeal Results

You will learn of the appeal decision from your college/academic advisor. Please ask the academic advisor how and when you will learn of the appeal results.

If your appeal is approved:

  • Register for the courses you selected with your academic advisor and are written on your Appeal for Academic Reinstatement form. If you have difficulty registering for these classes, you must contact your academic advisor.
  • You will be academically reinstated on probation level 2 and have one semester to earn BOTH a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0, thus being removed from academic probation. If this does not happen, you will be dismissed.
  • This appeal is not for reinstatement of your financial aid. If you are seeking financial aid, please contact the Husker Hub for eligibility status.

If your appeal is denied:

  • You will be unable to enroll at UNL for at least two consecutive semesters (the four summer sessions count as one semester). Please see the Academic Dismissal Information for Students document for more information.
  • We highly encourage you to meet with your academic advisor to discuss potential options and plans during your time away from UNL.

Note: In extraordinary situations where additional information or substantial documentation have become available since the appeal, you may consult with your academic advisor about the possibility of filing an additional appeal at the Vice Chancellor level.