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This process describes the steps needed to start the academic appeal process.


Log into MyUWF and search for 'Academic Appeal'.

Choose Appeal

The Academic Appeal application will look like this.  Click on the 'Choose Appeal' drop down and choose the appeal you would like to start.

Appeal Types:

Registration AppealsGraduation AppealsGeneral Education
ReinstatementSummer 9 HoursGeneral Education
WithdrawalLast 30 in ResidenceGordon Rule
Late Grade Forgiveness- for courses taken Prior to Spring 2017. See instructions for other Grade Forgiveness Requests.Minimum of 48 upper-level courseworkMulticultural
Not ListedGPA Requirement

Foreign Language Requirement

Not Listed

appeal dropdown menu

Fill out any required information

Once an appeal is chosen, it will be displayed below the 'Choose Appeal' dropdown.  A description of the appeal and any important information will be displayed.  Some appeals require information to be selected and some do not. Fill out any required information.

Late Course Add option

Choose any departments helping with this appeal

If you are working with a department to help with this appeal, select it from the list.  More than one department can be selected.  Any department selected will be notified of the appeal and will have the option to provide any supporting documents or comments.

checkboxes for departments

Start the appeal

When the appeal has been chosen, all required information provided and any departments have been selected, click the 'Start Appeal' button.  

Start Appeal button

If the appeal was successfully started, you will see a message similar to this.  You will shortly receive an email directing you to the form that was created.  Follow the link in the email.

green confirmation message

General Education / Gordon Rule / Multicultural requirement appeals

General Education Appeals allow students to

  • request evaluation of transfer coursework intended to satisfy General Education, Gordon Rule, and / or Multicultural requirements
  • request an hours adjustment for transfer courses earned on a quarter-hour basis
  • request a UWF course substitution for a General Education, Gordon Rule, and / or Multicultural requirement
  • request course waiver(s) or substitution(s) on the basis of disability (NOTE: Students must first register with Student Accessibility Resources (SAR) and discuss the course substitution with their office prior to submitting an appeal. See Substitution/Modification of Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities for more information.)

*Students must attach appropriate documentation (course syllabus, catalog description, or letter from the instructor/advisor/SAR) in order for the General Education Committee to review. It is recommended that the student or advisor leave a brief comment describing the request being made, e.g. "Requesting General Education Humanities credit for X course."

General Education Appeals option

If you completed the course at UWF in Fall 2014 or later, your academic advisor can utilize the Syllabus Viewer app in MyUWF to download the syllabus for documentation.

  • Choose the "List" view at the top
  • Type in the year and semester of the course with no space. Use 01 for Spring, 05 for Summer, and 08 for Fall. The example below, 201408, means Fall 2014.
  • Choose the department for the course.
  • Locate your course, click "View," and download your syllabus. 

field for term code ,and drop-down menu for department

Open email 

You will get an email that looks similar to this.  Click the 'Review Document' link.  You will be taken to Docusign and may need to log-in if the email was sent to a non UWF student account and you already have a Docusign account.  If you do not have a docusign account you will be prompted to create one after you have reviewed and signed the document.

Review Document button

Open the Document

Click on 'Continue' to open the document.

Continue button

Add an attachment

You must now add an attachment, this is required.  You can add as many attachments as necessary to describe the need for the appeal. Appeals for Late Class or University Withdrawals should include a personal statement and supporting documentation.  Your appeal will not be reviewed without these attachments.  

titleHow To Write a Personal Statement

Share what factors beyond your control contributed to your academic situation.

  1. Please describe the personal situation that is impacting your academic performance. 
  2. Provide a timeline of the situation. 
  3. Are the issues resolved or ongoing? 
  4. How did the situation affect your performance in the class(es) you are requesting to withdraw from? 
  5. What resources did you use or are you using?
  6. Why did you miss the withdrawal deadline? 

Describe how these factors had a direct impact on your academic performance. Be as specific as possible. Provide any evidence that you were doing well until the circumstances occurred.  If you performed well in other courses but not a specific course, be very clear about what factors influenced your performance in that specific course and why other courses were not affected.

Describe the action you took at the time to address your academic issues.

Let the committee know if you sought support from an on or off campus resource (including academic advising).

Describe the action you are taking now to address the issue and your plan going forward.

Share the steps you are taking now and any action you will continue to take to prevent this from happening again. It is helpful to share the names of specific people you will meet with and the resources you will use.

Appeals for General Education, Gordon Rule, and / or Multicultural requirements should attach a course syllabus, catalog description, or letter from the instructor/advisor/Student Accessibility Resources. Click the 'Attachment' button.

Attach File button

Choose Upload or Fax then click 'Continue'

Continue button

Click 'Upload a File' if you chose to upload.

Upload File button

Find the file you would like to upload and click Open.  This will add it to the Upload Attachment screen.  Keep adding attachments until all you would like to include in the appeal are visible.  Once finished, click 'Done'.

Done button

Sign the form

Click the 'Sign' button.  You may be asked to select a signature or upload your own.  

Sign button

After you have signed the form, it will look like this

image of a confirmed signature

Submit the form

Now you must submit the form.  Either at the bottom of the page or in the upper right corner is a 'Finish' button.  Click that button.  You have now completed your step of the appeals process.  The form will be routed for approval and you will be notified of the outcome.

Finish button

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