Supplement B: Academic Plan to Accompany Request for
Additional Term Probation
The Academic Plan is a reflection and goal setting activity to help pave your way to successful
degree completion at Otterbein. When requesting an extra term probation, Academic Hearing
Board would like to know more about your academic journey leading to this point, and more
specifically what will change if you are granted this request? Academic probation, while feels
like a punishment, is meant to be a protection for you. It asks you to stop, reflect and come up
with a new way to be successful at Otterbein.
While you may be required to complete this process, our hope is that it provides an opportunity
to think about your past and plan for your future. Your full interest and engagement in the
process will result in a better plan.
Take your time!
Complete in Word, fillable PDF or write in the fields, and return to
studentsuccess@Otterbein.edu with your petition coversheet.
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Academic History Reflection
Thinking about your academic history, please complete the following two charts. One focuses on your
academic successes and the other on your challenges. Identifying our successes and challenges helps us
build solid paths to success in the future.
Academic Success think about three moments of success in your academic history. This can be classes
that you excelled in, successful projects that you completed or milestones in your academic journey.
Describe the elements of success (In other words, why do you identify that as a success). Finally, describe
your actions, behaviors or choices that led to that success.
Success Moment
Why was this a success?
What did I do that led to
that success?
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Academic Challenge think about three moments of challenge in your academic history. This can be
classes that you did not successful complete, struggles or barriers, or difficult milestones in your
academic journey. Describe the elements of challenge (In other words, why do you identify that as a
challenge). Finally, describe your actions, behaviors or choices that led to that challenge.
Challenge Moment
Why was this a challenge?
What did I do that led to
that challenge?
Reflecting on your Academic Successes and Academic Challenges, what are the things that
you will plan to do in the future (and not do in the future) to be more successful? These can
be general strategies or related to your specific upcoming courses.
Based on my academic history, I know that I am successful when I do the following things. Therefore,
I commit to the following:
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Based on my academic history, I know that I experiences challenges when I do the following things.
Therefore, I commit to not doing the following things:
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Should you be granted the extra term probation, think about the courses you plan to take. When
thinking specifically about those classes, what are some specific strategies and campus resources that
you will use these classes:
Class
Goal for Class
Specific Strategy that I
will use to meet my goal
Resources available on
campus to help me
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Support Network
An essential tool for being successful in college is having a network of support. Please identify or name at least 1,
but ideally up to three people who you consider support advocates for you, and how they will help you moving
forward. It is not required, but encouraged, to ask one of these people for a letter of support for your petition.
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Plan for the Future
Many students facing suspension have changed majors or are in the process of changing majors. Can you clarify
your current major/minor, and your remaining requirements for graduation.
This plan must be supported by a faculty member in your home academic department or the Department Chair.
This can be done via email you'll need them to review your materials, or confirm what you have remaining
towards graduation.
Personal Statement
Academic Hearing Board always requires a personal statement with petitions. This is your opportunity to explain
what has happened leading to your current academic standing. This can include extenuating circumstances you
have dealt with such as Medical issues, mental health challenges, personal issues. This should be 1-2 pages.
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