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Dismissal Appeals

Many students who are academically dismissed seek to appeal the dismissal and return to school immediately rather than remaining away from the university for the requisite amount of time. Pursuing an appeal is one option available to students, but before you appeal your dismissal, consider that students facing dismissal have underperformed for a sustained period of time, including at least one semester of probation where they were clearly alerted to the consequences (dismissal) of continued academic struggle. Students facing dismissal may have demonstrated that they need a break from school.

Rather than rushing back to the classroom to immediately “fix things,” perhaps a wiser path would be to take the needed break, give time and attention to the issues which have challenged you, and return later when you are more grounded and better positioned for success. Again, thoroughly reflect upon the Action Plan for Dismissed Students as you consider options.

If you decide to appeal your dismissal, you are requesting an exception to university policy and seeking immediate reinstatement to the university. Using this dismissal appeal application, you will note the required essay and documentation, and that your appeal must meet one of the following criteria for appeal:

  • One or more of your grades are being changed that will bring your semester or cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher;
  • Completion of an Incomplete grade which will result in a grade that will bring your semester GPA to 2.0 or higher;
  • Personal or family emergency;
  • Unanticipated, serious medical difficulty (excluding chronic conditions—students are responsible for properly balancing work with known chronic conditions);
  • Serious psychological difficulty;
  • Issues pertaining to a recently diagnosed disability or other disability-related extenuating circumstances.

Dismissal appeals are reviewed by the Appeals Committee which serves as a standing sub-committee of the Undergraduate Council. Comprised of faculty, staff, and students, this committee is charged by the council to represent the highest level of shared governance with authority over most undergraduate academic appellate matters. An opinion rendered by the Appeals Committee is considered to be a fair, thorough, and final decision.

Academic dismissal is the end result of a pattern of multiple semesters of grades below the university’s standards for Good Standing (2.00 or higher GPA). Academic dismissal only occurs after you have been warned about your academic performance through being placed on Academic Probation.

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Readmission Appeals

If you are returning to UT following a first dismissal, you will need to reapply for readmission by the established deadlines, as follows:

  • June 1 deadline for readmission for Fall
  • November 1 deadline for readmission for Spring
  • April 1 deadline for readmission for Summer.

If you are returning to UT following a second academic dismissal, you must meet the deadline for readmission above, and you must appeal for readmission by meeting the following criteria:

  • complete a minimum of 12 semester credits of academic coursework with at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average from accredited institution(s) of higher education
  • meet with the Undergraduate Council Appeals Committee to present evidence that you are capable of performing at the level required to meet university academic standards and can complete all degree requirements within a reasonable length of time.

The Appeals Committee serves as a standing sub-committee of the Undergraduate Council. Comprised of faculty, staff, and students, this committee is charged by the council to represent the highest level of shared governance with authority over most undergraduate academic appellate matters. An opinion rendered by the Appeals Committee is considered to be a fair, thorough, and final decision.

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Retroactive Withdrawal Appeals

The university provides students with plentiful withdraw options throughout the semester. As detailed in the University Catalog students may withdraw from individual courses with no grade by the 10th day of the semester, with a W by the 84th day of the semester. In addition to those individual course withdraw options, students may withdraw from all courses (total term withdrawal) at any point in the semester up through the final regular day of classes.

Students who appeal for retroactive withdrawal are essentially appealing for the opportunity to withdraw from courses without having completed any of the withdrawal options described above. Therefore, all retroactive withdraw appeals must be accompanied by statements and documentation explaining why the student did not complete any of the proper withdrawal options.

If you are appealing for retroactive withdrawal, your appeal will be reviewed by one of several offices on campus, depending upon whether you ever attended the course(s) in question, and whether you are attempting to appeal all the courses from that semester or some of them. Only grades of F are eligible for retroactive withdraw appeals.

If you never attended the course(s) in question, and your appeal takes place within the next term, contact your college to appeal the course(s). (For example, you are appealing a Fall 2009 course during the Spring term of 2010). If you are appealing beyond the next term (appealing a Fall 2009 course during Summer 2010 or beyond), if you are appealing all your classes from that term, see the Registrar’s office, even if you only took one course that term. If you are not appealing all of your courses, see the Student Success Center, and use this application.

If you did attend the course(s) in question, see the Registrar if you are appealing all your classes from that term, even if you only took one course that term. See the Student Success Center if you are not appealing all your courses from that term, and use this application.

Retroactive withdraw appeals conducted through the Student Success Center will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee serves as a standing sub-committee of the Undergraduate Council. Comprised of faculty, staff, and students, this committee is charged by the council to represent the highest level of shared governance with authority over most undergraduate academic appellate matters. An opinion rendered by the Appeals Committee is considered to be a fair, thorough, and final decision.

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Grade Appeals

Students seeking to appeal a grade must do so within 90 days of the posted grade, and should follow the procedures detailed in the University Catalog. Grade appeals not resolved at the levels of instructor, department, or college may be heard by the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee serves as a standing sub-committee of the Undergraduate Council. Comprised of faculty, staff, and students, this committee is charged by the council to represent the highest level of shared governance with authority over most undergraduate academic appellate matters. An opinion rendered by the Appeals Committee is considered to be a fair, thorough, and final decision.

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