Writing a Bar Appeal Letter

If you have received an Academic Standing decision requiring you to enter the process of barred enrollment and wish to request further consideration and a possible exception to barment, we encourage you to submit an appeal letter, addressed to your College Provost, via the instructions in your bar notification.

Your College Provost may approve an appeal in cases in which a student clearly and honestly explains the circumstances affecting their academic performance and presents a detailed and realistic plan for returning to good academic standing in the next quarter.

The advice below can help you write your statement. You may also wish to consult offices on campus that can give you guidance on your appeal, such as EOPSTARS or your College Advisors. If campus staff are not available to help, trusted family members and friends can also be a good resource.

Format and Deadline

Bar appeal letters should be addressed to your College Provost. Instructions for submitting your appeal and the submission deadline are noted in your initial bar notification. Please keep copies of all documents pertaining to a review that you send or receive.


Bar appeal packets should include the following elements:
  • an opening sentence that clearly states the reason why you are submitting an appeal
  • an explanation that describes the circumstances that you believe contributed to your being barred from enrollment
  • a plan for the future that explains what specific steps you would take to return to good academic standing should your appeal be approved
  • documentation, if any, that supports your description of the circumstances that led to your being barred can be submitted securely via Virtru to protect your privacy.

Please note that the information you share in your appeal will be kept private and shared only with campus officials as required to process your appeal. However, in limited circumstances, including those related to potential harm to yourself or others, sexual assault, and abuse, we may be required by law to report incidents you disclose to other need-to-know offices on campus such as the Title IX Office and/or University of California Police Department. If you are in need of support for any issues you disclose in your appeal statement, please see the list of confidential and/or support resources.


The College Provost overturns the decision to bar only in exceptional cases. Appeals are approved when the following criteria are met:

  • there is a clear and persuasive evidence that the student has a viable plan for returning to good academic standing and
  • the student is seeking support for continued academic success (including but not limited to: college advising, department major advising, LSS tutoring, study hours, discussion sections, Disability Resource Center, EOP, STARS, and Career Success)

Students will be notified about the final status of their appeal within approximately one week. Please email your College Advisors with any questions.

Questions to Address in Your Appeal:


Was your performance in classes this quarter hampered by unusual, extreme, or emergency circumstances? Can you provide documentation to the College Provost to give context to your experience this quarter and how it affected your performance in class and on exams?

Major and Graduation Timeline

Are you still able to pursue the major you originally selected at UCSC? How has this quarter affected your graduation timeline? What changes can you make to your schedule next quarter to graduate by your expected graduation date?

If you are no longer qualified to declare your first-choice major, what major will you pursue now? What changes can you make to your schedule next quarter to declare on time?

Campus Resources

If allowed to continue, what campus resources would you make use of to establish a stronger foundation for academic success? Here are some resources other students in similar situations have benefited from: College advising, Major advising, LSS, the Disability Resource Center, Counseling and Psychological Services (or an off-campus therapist), STARS (for transfer students), EOP, and Career Success.

Your appeal should demonstrate that you know which resources would help you most and have taken steps to access them as soon as the quarter begins.

Support System

It is always possible for academic challenges to arise even when we have good intentions. If allowed to stay at UCSC next quarter, how would you strengthen your current support system? What kinds of support do you currently lack, and how would you bring that support into your life?

Next Steps and Appeal Timeline: 

Please submit your appeal via the instructions and deadline noted in your initial enrollment bar notification.

The College Provost will read it carefully and make a decision about whether to grant an appeal. The decision will be sent to your email address within approximately one week of submission. In the meantime, your college advisors can support you and answer any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions for Barred Students

Q: My enrollment has been barred. What does that mean?

A: Barred enrollment means that, because your GPA resulted in your being “subject to disqualification,” the Academic Standing Committee at your college reviewed your academic record. Finding a history of academic difficulty, the committee decided it would be best for you to take time off from the university. You are required to take a specified number of quarters off, after which you may apply for readmission to UCSC. During your time off, you are not an active UCSC student, and therefore ineligible for university housing, financial aid, and student benefits.

Q: What should I do now?

A: You should carefully read the information about your conditions for readmission. If you have questions about this information it is in your best interest to contact a College Advisor to discuss your conditions for readmission.

Q: Can I appeal my barred enrollment?

A: Yes. If you would like to appeal your barred enrollment, you may submit a letter of appeal via the instructions in your initial bar notification by the deadline stated in your letter of barment. Your appeal should be addressed to your College Provost, and should clearly explain any relevant extenuating circumstances and how you plan to be successful should your bar be overturned. Provide any documentation if applicable. Late appeals will not be accepted.

Q: Can I still take classes during UCSC Summer Session?

A: Barred enrollment does not prevent you from attending UCSC Summer Session. However, you should plan ahead and carefully consider whether attendance at UCSC in the summer is viable. Please contact a College advisor for support in determining if UCSC Summer Session is a good option for you.

Q: Can I take classes somewhere else, like a local community college?

A: Yes, and sometimes this is advisable, depending upon your situation. You can use www.assist.org to research UC transferable classes offered at California community colleges. If you will be taking classes for your major while away, you should consult with your major advisor to be sure you are taking the right classes. Your College Advisor can also help you develop a plan. Remember that your GPA from another institution will not be factored into your UCSC GPA. Also, remember that the number of credits you transfer in can impact the amount of time you have left to complete a degree when you return to UCSC.

Q: How do I apply for readmission?

A: You can find the Readmission Form here: https://readmission.ue.ucsc.edu/. Instructions and filing deadlines are also listed online. If you have questions about the additional documentation you will need to submit to us, you should contact your College Advisor.

Q: What happens when I return to UCSC?

A: When you return to UCSC, you are expected to maintain communication with your college and major advisors about your progress. If your academic performance is again below good standing, your record will be brought under review at the end of the quarter during which you return.

Q: Is my barred enrollment noted on my permanent academic record?

A: No, barred enrollment is not permanently noted on your official transcripts. Once you complete the stipulations of the bar and return to UCSC the barred enrollment notation will be removed.

Q: What will happen to my university housing?

A: If you live in university housing or if you have a university housing contract for an upcoming quarter, you must submit a Housing Cancellation request in the Housing Portal (studenthousing.ucsc.edu) to officially cancel your housing contract. Moving out or turning in keys without official approval will not release you from your housing contractual obligations, and you will continue to be billed accordingly. We encourage you to complete your move-out as soon as possible – delaying your move-out means you will continue to accrue room and board charges for each day you remain in residence. If you pursue an appeal to the academic bar, you may remain in university housing while your appeal is considered and you will be responsible for your room and board costs for each day you remain in residence. Off-campus students who plan to leave the Santa Cruz area should review the terms of their rental agreement/lease and make any necessary arrangements with their landlord.

Q: What happens to my financial aid?

A: If you are a financial aid recipient, your aid will be canceled for the quarter in which your barment becomes effective (which is fall quarter, for students who receive a bar notification letter after spring). This means you will be billed and have to repay any refund you may have received to the university. You will need to contact the financial aid office once you are readmitted to UCSC to have your aid eligibility re-evaluated. If you attend another university during your absence from UCSC, you may be eligible for aid at that institution and can consult with their offices about this. If you appeal your barment with your college and are approved to continue at UCSC, you will need to ensure you are meeting Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements to receive aid. Consult with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office about your status.

Q: What happens to health insurance when a student is barred? 

A: If you are on the Student Health Insurance Plan, UC SHIP, please contact the Insurance Department at insure@ucsc.edu.

Q: What other resources are available?

A: If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, you may contact our Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Crisis Line at 831-459-2628 or the local 24-hour Suicide Crisis Line at 1-877-663-5433.

If you need help finding housing, mental health or food resources in the community where you will be living, you can call your local 2-1-1 for community resources and/or apply for food benefits here: https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/.

The UCSC Slug Support Program offers support to students faced with varying crises to connect them to resources. If you would like to consult with a member of the Slug Support team about your transition plan after being barred, please contact the Dean of Students office at deanofstudents@ucsc.edu or by dialing 831-459-4446.

**Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and may vary depending on your situation**