Bridge to Academic Success
The Bridge to Academic Success Program (BTAS) provides support services to students on Academic Warning, Suspension and Probation. BTAS Advisors can help you: Understand why you are on academic warning or suspension, answer questions about the appeal process and develop strategies to improve your academic success. Please see "Key Terms" in the righthand column for definitions of Warning, Suspension and Probation.
Students on Academic/Financial Aid Warning
Students on academic and/or financial aid warning are strongly encouraged to participate in the Bridge to Academic Success (BTAS) program. While on academic warning, it is strongly recommended that a student attend Workshops, and have individual meetings with a counselor/advisor to help the student to identify specific barriers to success and learn about campus resources available to assist them.
Students on Academic/Financial Aid Suspension
North Hennepin Community College and MnSCU Board Policy 2.9 require that all students make satisfactory academic progress towards a degree, diploma or certificate to remain in good academic standing. The College also believes that students are responsible for their own academic progress and for seeking assistance when experiencing academic difficulty. However, occasionally a student’s failure to make satisfactory academic progress is due to extenuating circumstances; therefore, we have developed an appeal process for these situations.
1. Complete an Appeal for Academic/Financial Suspension. Be sure to follow all directions and submit your appeal before the deadline.
2. Submit your appeal form, along with any required documentation, to:
Attn: BTAS Appeals
7411 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
3. You will be notified in writing (via email) the outcome of your appeal within 7-10 business days. If your academic suspension appeal is approved, and your financial aid suspension appeal is denied, you are responsible for full payment of your tuition and fees. If you choose not to attend you are responsible for dropping your classes by the drop deadline.
The following criteria will be used as the basis for an appeal:
- Medical or mental health issues – A doctor’s statement on letterhead is required as documentation.
- A death in the immediate family – father, mother, child/dependant or sibling. Documentation required: death certificate or obituary notice stating your name.
- Military call for active duty – Copy of official military orders is required for documentation.
- Family/relationship issues (i.e. abusive relationship) – Legal documentation required.
- Disability issues not previously diagnosed or documented – Verified documentation must be included.
- Natural Disaster: Flood, fire or tornado – Insurance verification required.
- Loss of Job – Unemployment verification, W-2, termination letter from employer required for documentation.
- Other – extenuating or unusual circumstances that prevented you from succeeding academically, include documentation.
The following criteria are NOT considered extenuating:
- Lack of funds
- Employment/Scheduling issues
- Change in marital status
- Child care issues
- Transportation issues
- Lack of knowledge about college policy
- Failure to correctly process web registration activity
- Dissatisfaction with instructor and/or course
- Failure to follow pre-requisites or placement results
Students Reinstated on Probation (Approved Appeals) are required to:
- Meet with an advisor in person to review the terms of their appeal before registering for classes.
- Follow the credit limitations and course requirements determined by the appeal committee.
- Earn at least a 2.5 term GPA and 100% term completion rate during their probationary term.
- Complete mid-term Self Evaluation for each class with their instructors.
- Meet with a counselor or advisor at mid-term to discuss the completed self evaluation forms.
- Attend GPS Lifeplan and/or campus workshops.
- Other requirements as assigned by the committee.
Future registration/enrollment at NHCC may be prevented for suspended students who do not meet the requirements of their appeal.
Transfer Student Suspension Appeals
Minnesota State College and University System (MnSCU) procedure 3.4.1 states that students suspended at any MnSCU institution are not eligible for admission to other system schools during the term of their suspension. After you have applied for admission to NHCC, if you are denied admission based on a suspension at another MnSCU college or university, you may appeal by submitting a Transfer Admission Appeal form. Students appealing suspension in transfer should appeal to the institution they plan to attend, and should submit appeals by the deadline.
If a student wishes to contest an appeal decision, they may appeal in person to a committee consisting of advisors, counselors and department directors. Committee appeals can be scheduled by calling 763-424-0703. Final appeal is to the Chief Student Affairs officer.