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 challenging 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:
- 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; or
- 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 subcommittee 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.
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.
To begin the process of appealing a dismissal, download and complete the Dismissal Appeal Application
If you are returning to UT following a first dismissal, you will need to clear or address any holds on your account and apply for readmission by the established deadlines, meeting the following firm deadlines:
- 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.
- 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.
The Appeals Committee serves as a standing subcommittee 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 fair, thorough, and final.
The university provides students with plentiful withdrawal options throughout the semester. As detailed in the University Catalog, students may withdraw from individual full term courses with no notation on the academic record by the tenth day of the semester or with a W (Withdrawn) by the eighty-fourth day of the semester. In addition to those individual course withdrawal 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 withdrawal appeals must be accompanied by statements and documentation explaining why the student did not complete any of the proper withdrawal options.
Retroactive withdrawal appeals are 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 (a total term retroactive WD). Only grades of “F” are eligible for retroactive withdrawal appeals. An academic coach at the Student Success Center can make sure you’re appealing to the correct office. To set up an appointment with a coach, call 865-974-6641 and ask to speak with a coach about retroactive withdrawal.
Students seeking to appeal a grade must do so within ninety 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 subcommittee 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 fair, thorough, and final.