Academic Records Drop/Withdrawal Appeal

This procedure allows students the opportunity to appeal a transcript record following a course drop, a withdrawal to zero credits, or past the last day to drop with record due to one of the following extenuating circumstances:
  • Medical- Letter from Medical Physician or licensed professional on official letterhead including specific dates of treatment and condition warranting appeal
  • Military– Orders listing dates of activation
  • Death in immediate family– Funeral Service Bulletin showing relationship to deceased (immediate family members include: husband, wife, son, daughter, father, mother, stepparents, brother, sister, grandparents, grandchildren, stepchildren, foster children, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law and father-in-law.
  • Natural disaster– official newspaper article from area in resident
  • Natural disaster (work related)– Letter on official letterhead from employers Human Resource Department
  • Other – used for student who attempt to drop all course(s) in CampusConnection and receive the following error “Contact the Academic Records/Registrar's Office on your campus for assistance.”
Note: Documentation will need to be provided to the Academic Records Office within 24 hours after submitting the Academic Records Drop/Withdraw Appeal.
Complete the steps below to apply for Academic Records Drop/Withdraw Appeal:

1. Review the Student Policy - Course Drop, Withdrawal to Zero Credits, Drop/Withdrawal Appeals
2. Complete the Academic Records Drop or Withdrawal Appeal Form
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3. Attach appropriate documentation to appeal form or submit documentation to the Academic Records Office within 24 hours.
In Person:  Academic Records Office, 1st Floor Schafer Hall
Fax: 701-224-5643
Mail: Bismarck State College
         Attn: Academic Records
         PO Box 5587
         Bismarck, ND 58506-5587
Email: (must come from your BSC email account)

Reason for Denial of an Appeal
  • If the appeal is not received within the allotted time frame as outlined in the Student Policy – Course Drop, Withdraw to Zero Credits, Drop/Withdrawal Appeals.
  • Failure to follow proper drop/withdrawal procedures.
  • Lack of knowledge of applicable dates and deadlines.
  • Changes in job, work schedule or employment (*unless related to a natural disaster with sufficient documentation).
  • Failure to verify class schedule and/or schedule changes.
  • Non-attendance of class(es).
  • Personal errors in judgment regarding: 
    • Availability of finances to pay associated charges
    • Class work load and academic ability
    • Time management
    • Availability of transportation to and from class
  • Dissatisfaction with course content or method of instruction. If appealing is for this reason, please contact the appropriate Dean.
  • Inadequate, late application or loss of eligibility of financial aid, scholarships, or third party authorization.
  • Non-receipt of information/notices sent to student's email and/or USPS address.
  • Not benefiting from: 
    • A fee (e.g. wishing to appeal the mandatory/student/class/course/program fees)
    • Course credits in regard to degree requirements or changes in major
  • Lack of proper, descriptive documentation.
Note: Remember the burden of proof is on you.The more complete, and specific you can be, the less chance of misunderstanding and the better the Academic Records Office can perform their task.