What is a Registration Appeal?

Registration Appeals, or “Retroactive Withdrawals” are for exceptional cases that have impacted your ability to complete your course(s).

Successful appeals can result in a full (withdrawal from all registered courses) or partial (withdrawal from some but not all registered courses) withdrawal, with or without a refund.

Retroactive Withdrawal can affect many things related to attending University, including but not limited to:

  • Student loans/scholarships
  • Student Study Visas/Permits
  • Ability to play varsity sports
  • Ability to access campus resources (Counselling Centre, Health Centre, Housing and other)

We strongly suggest contacting the relevant departments to determine how these might affect you.

When a decision is made, you will be notified by email; this process can take up to 30 days to complete, and once finished, a copy of your appeal will be kept in your student file.

You are encouraged to seek help from the SMUSA VP Academic in preparing your appeal package.

See Academic Regulation 16 in the Academic Calendar for more information on withdrawing from a course.

What You Have to Do

If you wish to do a Registration Appeal/ Retroactive Withdrawl, you must do the following:

  • Fill out the Registration Appeal Form, which can be accessed here.
  • In addition to the form, the following must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar:
    • A personal letter that includes why you are requesting the appeal and the desired outcome.
    • Any relevant professional documentation that supports your appeal.
  • Students who received complete retroactive withdrawal regardless of the number of courses will have to pay a $50 administrative/processing fee.

How We Can Help You

We want to listen to your concerns and support you through the process. We can help you understand University regulations and appeal procedures, discuss possible resolutions, and act as a liaison between you and the administration/faculty. We have an open-door policy and will ensure a welcoming, non-judgemental, confidential, and professional setting.

Here are some of the ways we can help you with your registration appeal:

  • Help you create your appeal package.
  • Help you understand the process.
  • Answer any questions you may have.

Quick Links

Appeal Form

Click here to access the University’s Registration Appeals form.

People Finder

Click here to access the SMU ‘People Finder”, a directory of Faculty and Staff.

Get Help Now

Click here to contact, Abbie, our Vice President Academic.

Questions, Feedback, or Concerns?

Have any additional questions, comments, or concerns about registration appeals? Need help putting together your appeal package? Contact Abbie!

Abigayle Winters

Abigayle Winters

Vice President Academic

E: [email protected]
T: 902-478-8606