Academic Dismissal Appeals

Students attend higher education institutions with the assumption that they will graduate. Most students are successful in their endeavors and do well. However, some students struggle with meeting the academic performance standards their school has set for them. In cases when a student fails to make satisfactory academic progress at a college or university - which is defined differently by different schools - they will be dismissed or told that they can no longer be enrolled in a school.

Fortunately, the majority of schools allow students the option of contesting this decision by requesting an appeal. If school authorities find it appropriate, they will not carry out a dismissal and allow a student to enroll in an upcoming semester without any restrictive measures or stipulations.

Grounds for an Academic Dismissal Appeal

In a college setting, there are a variety of factors that are capable of inhibiting your success. Living with wild roommates, noisy residence halls, unhelpful tutors, and nonsensical professors are just some of the obstacles that will make your educational journey more challenging. But part of being a college student is learning how to navigate these situations and maintain a good academic standing in spite of distractions.

Mentioning these factors in an appeal after being informed of your dismissal will not likely sway your school authorities. After all, many students have worked in unfavorable situations and still have managed to succeed. In order for an appeal to be granted, you must have a legitimate reason, or grounds, for your poor academic performance in the eyes of school authorities. The majority of schools are especially receptive to two permissible grounds in an appeal request: factual errors made on behalf of the school and extenuating circumstances. Students must provide evidence of at least one of these grounds in their appeal application for their