Return from Suspension

Returning to Syracuse University from an extended forced absence is a time when you may be anxious, scared, nervous, angry, and excited all at the same time. Requesting to return to campus to complete your degree is a difficult decision yet should be one of which you are proud. Your time away was designed to provide you with opportunities for self-reflection and growth. It is our hope that when you return, you are stronger and are prepared to complete your studies successfully.

In order to request to return, you are required to complete and submit a Good Citizenship Petition. Requirements of a Good Citizenship Petition may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A Personal Statement.
  • Evidence of Academic Progress and/or Gainful Employment During Your Time Away from Syracuse University.
  • Official Transcript from Any Institution You May Have Attended; and/or,
    Paystub and/or a Letter on Company Letterhead Which Clearly Verifies Your Dates of Employment and Scope of Your Work.
  • Written Verification of Community Service – specific number of hours to complete would be in your suspension letter.
  • Completion of an Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Program to the Satisfaction of The Barnes
  • Center at the Arch, Counseling, at Syracuse University.
  • Completion of an Anger Management Program to the Satisfaction of The Barnes Center at the Arch, Counseling, at Syracuse University.
  • Letters of Recommendation Attesting to Your Good Citizenship, Maturity and Readiness to Return to Syracuse University.

The specific requirements for your Good Citizenship Petition were included in your suspension outcome letter. You should review that letter to verify the information that you must complete and submit with your petition. Your Petition should be submitted according to the date in your suspension outcome letter. After the Petition submission date has passed, your Petition will be reviewed in the order it was received. You will receive email communications regarding its status and whether any information is missing.

You may submit your Good Citizenship Petition through any of the following methods:

  1. Submit your Good Citizenship Petition items online.
  2. Email your petition to
  3. Mail your Petition to the following: Readmission Coordinator, Community Standards, 804 University Avenue, Suite 106, Syracuse, NY 13244 (may result in delayed receipt due to COVID-19 remote working operations).
  4. Fax your Petition to 315.443.9118 (may result in delayed receipt due to COVID-19 remote working operations).

If you are cleared to return to Syracuse University, you will receive a letter detailing any conditions of your return and instructions on how to proceed with the academic registration process. If you are not cleared to return, you will receive detailed information informing you of the reason(s).

If you have any questions about your Petition or the readmission process, contact our office.

Good Citizenship Petition Review

After our office receives your petition components, you will receive a confirmation via email of the items received as well as what components are outstanding. Once all requirements have been received and your eligible petition date has arrived, your Good Citizenship Petition will enter the review phase. This process can take up to several weeks as your file undergoes multiple levels of review. After the review is complete, you will be notified whether and under what conditions the University is prepared to support your return.

All clearance to return letters contain a list of campus resources to assist you in your re-enrollment, which includes contact information for on and off-campus housing. The Dean of Students Office will assist you in the re-enrollment/readmission process. Please note that on-campus housing and re-enrollment in Syracuse University courses cannot occur until you have received a clearance to return letter.