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Disqualification appeal-Please review and advise

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  • motherbear332motherbear332 784 replies13 threadsRegistered User Member
    I share soMuch's concern about privacy. If I were you, I'd ask the moderators to allow you to edit it to remove name of school and names of Drs and school officials. Dr. X and Ms Y is just as good for the purpose as their real names.
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  • younghossyounghoss 3166 replies18 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited June 2014
    I agree there is some proofreading necessary.

    I also agree the claim of ADHD is overused, and I agree with etpr that it is real for some. The trouble is that certainly it is not real for all that claim it and that, unfortunately, makes it all the more difficult to be believed.

    Other than that, there is one thing that troubles me. The part that basically says- If you'll look at my transcript you'll see I have always struggled. This troubles me. I am guessing the intent of saying it is to show student didn't just now have a problem, in an attempt to persuade the college that these hurdles aren't just from one goof-off semester.
    However, there can be another interpretation. It could be interpreted to mean that the school was negligent in not noticing this earlier, and since they accepted her, they are somehow honor-bound to let her try again. Essentially saying "You should have known!". If I was on the board deciding her fate, and if I had the interpretation that the student felt it was partly my fault, I'd be slightly offended.
    edited June 2014
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  • compmomcompmom 10762 replies76 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I am a parent with some experience in this, and have helped others approach administrations on similar issues. This letter is excellent, one of the best I have seen. Your daughter absolutely needed to work with the disabilities office. She might also benefit from a coach, which can even be done online (but expensive). Once registered with the disabilities office she will have some accommodations and protections in place: the level of accommodations is not as high as a secondary school, and she will have to meet with professors and bring each one a letter, then discuss what she needs, at the start of class. She sounds mature and motivated in this letter and I hope it works. Appealing with a diagnosis of ADHD shouldn't have different results than appealing with any other medical or psychiatric diagnosis. ADHD is a brain-based disorder and needs to be recognized as such.
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  • aunt beaaunt bea 9833 replies62 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    They will want to see a history of your daughter asking for help over the years with previous professors: tutors, office hours, written samples of work for dss office, etc.
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  • compmomcompmom 10762 replies76 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Not if it is recent diagnosis.
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  • thumper1thumper1 74793 replies3278 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yes, she will graduate with a degree in her field just like the val in her college class. But her GPA will certainly NOT be the same as the Val's. I agree, she needs a solid plan on what she plans to do with her degree, as her academic performance will be a consideration when she applies for her first job...or two.

    As noted, usually students are not dismissed as a first step. They are put on some kind of academic probation first, with an expectation that their performance will meet a standard.

    It's particularly tough when this happens before senior year, but some programs have a criteria for minimum GPA, and they will not award degrees to those who don't meet them.

    Getting C's in ones major courses...and certainly D and F grades is not something most schools view lightly when awarding degrees.

    The most important thing here is to determine the issues that caused the academic issues. This means a very significant heart to heart with your daughter.

    And she needs a plan B anyway, just in case her appeal is denied.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8930 replies334 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Tomsriverparent wrote: The thing with ADHD is overused and an excuse for parents/students.

    ADHD can be a symptom of a larger, undiagnosed issue. Dyslexia, dyscalculia, & dysgraphia can all present as ADHD because avoidance is a coping mechanism.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8930 replies334 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Thumper1 wrote: I agree, she needs a solid plan on what she plans to do with her degree, as her academic performance will be a consideration when she applies for her first job...or two.

    How will employers know what her grades were? I attended 4 colleges and never received a GPA below 3.8, but all employers ever wanted were the names of the schools and date(s) of attendence/graduation. Of course, this was quite a few years ago and I had to show I was licensed in my field. Maybe it's different now...
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