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Dismissal Reinstatement

This information is for students who received a letter from the Registrar at the end of Spring 2021 term discussing your academic standing. If your letter indicates that you have been academically dismissed and lists “Dismissal Reinstatement” as an option, you are invited to participate in a program called Dismissal Reinstatement. Dismissal Reinstatement represents a change in the UT dismissal policy that allows continued enrollment, instead of having to sit out or remain away from UT, for students who meet certain academic criteria.

Dismissal Reinstatement allows students to continue enrollment at UT, but it does not return students to their original college; catalog statements from the colleges of Engineering, Nursing, Business, Architecture or Education declare that a student dismissed while in that college cannot return to that college. Academic and Career Exploration (ACE) Coaches in the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration can help you choose and plan a new academic program. Click here to access the Academic and Career Exploration intake form to schedule an appointment.

The goal of Dismissal Reinstatement is to help you increase your academic skills, improve your GPA, and return to good academic standing. Dismissal Reinstatement requires your participation in resource engagement such as academic coaching and academic support workshops.

If you would like to preview the Dismissal Reinstatement Form before beginning, click this link. (This PDF is for viewing only. In order to apply for Dismissal Reinstatement, you must submit the online form via the link above.) Click here to submit your dismissal reinstatement enrollment form.

Students who are dismissed at the end of Spring 2021 and who meet the following criteria are invited to participate in this program:

  • no previous academic dismissals; and
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.50 or higher; and
  • 15 or fewer deficiency points.

To participate in this program, you must submit the online Dismissal Reinstatement enrollment form no later than noon on Wednesday, May 19th. You must be advised by May 28th, even if you have had a prior advising appointment.

UPDATE: The Dismissal Reinstatement enrollment deadline for Fall 2021 participation has been extended to July 7th at noon (eastern time). If you would like to participate in Dismissal Reinstatement for the Fall 2021 semester, please review the information on this page and submit your enrollment form by the July 7 deadline. Submissions will not be accepted after that date.

If you are submitting an appeal to change the grading modality for one or more of your Spring 2021 classes, your application must be submitted no later than Tuesday, June 15th at 11:59pm. Late applications will not be accepted. These appeals will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the results of your appeal may not be known for a few weeks. Because of this, students who enroll for the Summer 2021 semester through Dismissal Reinstatement will be required to finish the program and its requirements regardless of the outcome of their grade modality appeal. We believe in the value of the support provided to students through DR and want to continue to work with students to ensure a strong and successful semester.

Because you are a UT student, we know you are capable of success. The requirements below are intended to help you in this pursuit.

To participate in the Dismissal Reinstatement program, you must agree to:

  • Meet with an academic advisor or ACE coach by May 28th to plan or rework your Summer 2021 schedule. Because your dismissal may have changed things, this must be a new meeting.
  • Participate in at least one (1) success workshop and two (2) academic coaching appointments during your summer enrollment.
  • Engage weekly in academic opportunities. Options include: online study hours, tutoring/supplemental Instruction, coaching, or a workshop. Click here for a calendar of weekly offerings.
    • Online Study Hours will begin on Sunday, June 6th. They are held every Wednesday (3-5pm). Please use this zoom link to attend.

To continue uninterrupted enrollment beyond Summer 2021, you must achieve one of the following at the end of the summer:

    • Return to good standing with both term and cumulative GPAs above a 2.00, allowing you to continue enrollment in good standing; or,
    • Earn at least a 2.00 term GPA, allowing you to continue enrollment on academic probation. To continue uninterrupted enrollment thereafter, you would need at least a 2.00 term GPA in subsequent semesters until you return to good standing.

Although Dismissal Reinstatement offers a unique opportunity to avoid dismissal and continue enrollment, you should participate only if you are able to give full attention to your coursework. It is exceedingly important that your next semester of enrollment be a successful one. If you are not in a position (mentally, emotionally, financially) to succeed this summer, participation in in the Reinstatement program could possibly further harm your academic record.

Similarly, if you are not willing to engage tutoring, office hours, coaching and advising, now is not the time to return. Active engagement of resources is required.

Click the link below to see information regarding next steps, dates, and deadlines.

Summer 2021 Semester at a Glance

  • Contact One Stop for all information on costs, financial aid, and billing.
  • As discussed under “One Stop” in the Next Steps to DR Enrollment document above, there is no difference between a Dismissal Reinstatement student and any other UT undergraduate student with regard to tuition or other costs and options (housing, dining, etc.).

If you have questions about the Reinstatement program, email them to Jenny Ludwig at jludwig2@utk.edu. Do not hesitate to be in touch with questions or concerns.