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Academic Dismissal



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.


You will be academically dismissed if both your semester GPA and cumulative GPA are less than 2.00 at the end of any term when you are on Academic Probation.

Academically dismissed students must remain away from the university for the requisite break (see below, as well as the University Catalog section on Academic Dismissal) to reflect on and address the factors that led to poor performance. In addition to the breach of enrollment, certain colleges or programs at UT will not allow students to return to that particular program following a dismissal.

Thoroughly reflect upon the Action Plan for Dismissed Students as you consider options.

First Academic Dismissal
A student dismissed for the first time may not be readmitted until after a full semester (not including summer) has elapsed.

Second Academic Dismissal
A student dismissed for the second time may be readmitted after one calendar year has elapsed and after completing 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. Students who have been dismissed twice are required to meet with the Undergraduate Council Appeals Committee. Students may be readmitted only when they present evidence that they are capable of performing at the level required to meet university academic standards and completing all degree requirements within a reasonable length of time.

Third Academic Dismissal
After a third dismissal, a student is ineligible to attend the university and may not apply for readmission.



If you have been previously dismissed from UT, you will need to apply for readmission by the established deadlines. These firm, early deadlines position you for success because they allow time for proper advising and preparation for the upcoming term.

If you are returning to UT following a second academic dismissal, you must:

  • 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; and
  • Contact the Student Success Center at 865-974-6641 two semesters prior to your proposed date of return, to discuss the timing for the appeals committee meeting.


To begin the process of appealing a dismissal,visit our academic appeals page.

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