Wayne State University

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Writing a Successful SAP Appeal

Your satisfactory academic progress (SAP) appeal explanation MUST include the following:

  1. Explain what happened - why you were unable to maintain satisfactory progress

  2. Explain what has changed - the corrective measures you have taken or will take to achieve and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

IF this not your first appeal:

  • Your explanation statement must include information about what has changed since your last appeal.

  • You MUST also attach a Student Improvement Plan signed by your advisor.

Tips for Writing your Appeal Explanation Statement

Take a hard look at your situation to determine what has kept you from making academic progress. Maybe you need help with time management or study skills. How will you get that help?

  • Include your name and student ID at the top of your one-page explanation.

  • Attach any relevant supporting documentation, which may include a doctor’s statement, copy of hospital/urgent care/physician’s bill, obituary, funeral notice, or death certificate.

Lack of awareness of withdrawal policies, requirements for satisfactory academic progress, or unpreparedness for college coursework, will not be accepted as reasons for the purpose of an appeal.

Valid Reasons for a SAP Appeal

Valid reasons for an appeal include extenuating circumstances such as a medical emergency, severe health issues, severe personal or family problems, financial or personal catastrophe, or return for a second degree or certificate.

Example of a Valid Explanation Statement

The explanation statement itself is not all you need for a successful appeal. Your appeal must be backed up by a degree audit and academic plan of work. You must also be able to show through your GPA Calculation results that meeting SAP standards and graduating from your program is an attainable goal.

SAP & your Plan of Work

A Plan of Work is important to your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP.) A plan of work is required if you are not meeting SAP standards and are below the minimum GPA or 67% pace of progression.

See our web page for instructions on completing the required Plan of Work.

SAP & the GPA Calculator

It is important to your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) that you identify a point in time that you will meet SAP standards. The STARS GPA Calculator will help you identify your semester goals to meet GPA and pace requirements.

See our web page for instructions on using the required GPA Calculator.

SAP & the Degree Audit

A Degree Audit is important to your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP.) A STARS degree audit is required if you are not meeting SAP standards and are exceed the 150% time frame for degree completion. Aid cannot be used to pay for courses not required for your degree or program. If you are taking electives not required for your degree, you will be denied aid.

See our web page for instructions on completing the required Degree Audit and Plan of Work.