Academic Policies

Academic Dismissal

Students who fail to meet the terms of G.P.A. probation will be dismissed at the end of the Academic Year, (begins in the Fall semester and ends after the Spring semester). Dismissal from the College is permanent unless a written reinstatement appeal, made to the Committee on Academic Standing of one of the College's three schools, is successful.

When applying for academic reinstatement, it is important to consider the following:

  1. Petitioning for academic reinstatement following academic dismissal has no guarantee of approval. You are requesting an exception to the academic policy, so you must have a good reason(s). Before you decide to petition, reflect on your academic path and progress.
  2. The underlying reasons for academic dismissal vary widely. Identifying the reasons for your poor academic performance are the first steps to a successful appeal. The most convincing appeals demonstrate the student has identified the problem and addressed it.
  3. You are required to include supporting documentation to help your case. Supporting documentation can include a number of different kinds of materials, depending on your circumstances.  The following is a list of potential supporting documents:
    • Academic documentation: i.e. copies of official transcripts or explanatory letters from academic departments or instructors
    • Medical documentation: i.e. a doctor’s note, hospital records, letter from a mental health counselor/therapist
    • Legal documentation: i.e. accident report, legal summons, court documentation, obituary or death certificate, police report
    • Financial documentation: i.e. student loan or financial aid information, pay stubs, documentation of financial hardship

The deadline for submitting appeals for reinstatement to the Committee on Academic Standing is November 1st for the Spring semester and April 1st for the Fall semester.