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Thank you for your post. Please permit me to assist you if I can.
If I may ask, re-admission to what exactly? Could you kindly give me a bit more of the back-story here--what happened?
Thank you for your patience.
Did the school ever promise, in writing, that the student would be re-admitted upon compliance with the terms that you set out?
Thank you for your follow-up.
That is really key. A school has no inherent obligation to re-admit once a student has been discharged for whatever reason unless and only unless there is something in writing that expressly grants the student such a right. For that I suggest you first review your school's rules and handbook if any as far as the process for re-admittance, and if such a process even exists.
Then, when you draft the letter, point to this oral assurance (which I must again state is generally unenforceable as there is no evidence that you were actually promised a right to re-apply, or if that right was given, under what terms), and argue that they are bound because of 'detrimental reliance' on their words and your good faith attempts to comply with the conditions as described to you pertaining to re-admittance. That is key, and that would create your basis for application.
Then, list and point out all of the conditions that you met as far as re-application and then ask the provost for help as to what you may have missed in how you can best reapply. This letter cannot come off as accusatory or that they are obligated to help. Then they will fight you. Instead you need to rationally point out what you accomplished and then ask them for the next step. Makes it far harder for them to then blatantly deny.
I am sorry but I cannot draft this letter for you. You are asking me to go beyond general assistance and into representation, and that would violate my state bar and site rules. I can help edit and amend your draft as an additional service, but I cannot write this for you.
It is very similar to what I stated to you, that you need to explain what steps you took to comply and why you were unable to finish before, and that you are now able to complete the process. I still suggest stating that you are following the steps laid out to you and that you are otherwise in a position of detrimental reliance if denied again without basis.
You can ask the provost to research or help explain why this was a denial under extraordinary circumstances, or ask if this was an error, but do so indirectly so as to not cast blame. Ask the provost to define how your situation applies or not, and what further information they are seeking.
For that I can send an additional service request. If you accept then once finished drafting it, you can email it to me directly for review and I can then give you my thoughts and notes. It is an additional payment that is above this conversation that we are engaged in at this time.
I am basing my estimate on a two page letter. I have sent you an additional service for that amount.