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Academic Dismissal

What is Academic Dismissal?

Academic Dismissal is the end result of a pattern of multiple semesters of grades below the university’s standards for Good Standing (1.50 GPA or higher during the first two semesters and 2.00 GPA or higher the third semester and beyond or higher GPA). Academic Dismissal only occurs after a student has been warned about their academic performance through being placed on Academic Probation.

What is the criteria for Academic Dismissal?

A student will be academically dismissed if the student’s cumulative GPA is less than 2.00 at the end of the student’s third semester and beyond when the student is on Academic Probation (1.50 GPA for the first and second semesters).

What is the impact of Academic Dismissal?

Students placed on Academic Dismissal status for the first time may apply for readmission after a period of one semester, not including winter or summer semesters. The Registrar’s Office determines whether or not a student is readmitted and will notify these students through email and U.S. mail of the decision within two weeks of the student requesting readmission.

Upon readmission, these students will be placed on Academic Probation and will need to earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, or they will be academically dismissed. Students academically dismissed for the second time may apply for readmission to the University, but may not apply for readmission to the same academic major for at least one calendar year.

Students on academic probation or dismissal status may not hold office in any campus fraternity organization; may not participate in intercollegiate athletics; and may be required to live in campus housing unless married or living with close relatives.

The Academic Dismissal appeal process

Students who are academically dismissed have an opportunity to appeal the dismissal if extenuating circumstances occurred during the semester that led to the academic dismissal.

The letter notifying these students of their dismissal status also outlines the process for appealing the academic dismissal.

Students must submit appeals no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of the following semester.

Appeals are reviewed by the Financial Aid-Academic Dismissal Appeals Committee. Students will be notified of the outcome of the appeal review through email and U.S. mail. If a student disagrees with the outcome, a second appeal can be made to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, whose decision is final.