Guidelines for Submitting an Appeal to take a College Course for the
Fourth and Final Attempt Due to Extenuating Circumstances.
Please read this page before filling out the appeal form. An appeal for a Fourth Attempt will
only be granted based on major extenuating circumstances. Written documentation of those
circumstances must accompany the completed appeals form.
Major extenuating circumstances are:
Death of an immediate family member
- Documentation of the death and the student’s relationship to the
deceased. Immediate family members are limited to spouse, child, parent and sibling.
College change or error
- A letter from the appropriate College official documenting the situation in which the
College was in error or initiated an action that caused the student to have to withdraw.
Employment - A letter on company stationery indicating that the student’s employer changed his/her work
schedule (listing old and new work schedule) and that this change prevents the student from completing the term.
Medical - A letter from the student’s physician or health care agency specifically indicating an illness of such
severity or duration that the student cannot continue in a course(s). The letter must include dates of the illness
- Documented involuntary call to active military duty.
STEPS TO FILE AN APPEAL
1. Make an appointment to meet with the designated Academic Advisor for your campus to develop or update
your educational plan.
2. Complete the Appeal form.
3. Submit proper documentation to support your claim for extenuating circumstances. An appeal will not be
accepted or reviewed without adequate supporting documentation. Examples of such documentation are listed
A written statement on official letterhead signed by a medical or mental health professional describing
the dates and services provided or official record of jury or legal action.
A written statement on official letterhead signed by a medical or mental health professional or a
credible professional, such as a member of the clergy, of the impact of this illness/emergency on your
An objective report of the occurrence such as a police report, divorce documents, insurance damage
reports for natural disasters, obituary, military orders, court records, bill for services related to the
A written statement on official letterhead detailing involuntary job or work schedule changes. The letter
must include old and new work hours and the effective date.
A written statement/form documenting second language barrier by respective College Department.
A written statement/form from a staff member of the Disability Support Services department regarding
the disabilities which affect learning and academic performance.
4. Complete, sign and date your request for the Appeal and attach proper documentation and a copy of your
5. Submit completed appeal form with documentation to your designated academic advisor.
A decision will be communicated to the student by email.
Please Note: Florida Statutes place responsibility for the full cost of college prep and credit courses on the
student after the second attempt.