Writing Letters in Support of
As has been noted in recent years, the Admissions and Academic Standing
Committee relies heavily upon faculty (and staff) letters of support
when making their readmission decisions following student dismissals.
Therefore, if you are asked to write such a letter by a student, it is
important that you consider the letter you would write carefully.
These issues are important to regard in particular:
Do you believe the student
ought to persist at Monmouth College? This is fundamental
to any good letter of support. If you do not believe this,
then respectfully decline to write the letter.
Are you the best person to
write the appeal support letter? Have you known the
student long? In what capacities? If you don't feel
that you can be a strong advocate, respectfully decline to write
Can you include objective
facts in your letter? Since these letters are open to
student review, you want to be able to chart the accuracy of
what you claim in your letter. If you feel that you cannot
clearly do this, respectfully decline to write the letter.
Has the student allowed you
enough time and provided you with enough secondary information
to write a persuasive and informed letter? If not,
respectfully decline to write the letter.