You tried to do your best in your college classes, but your grades fell short. Now you receive a letter from college stating that you will be academically dismissed. What can you do? Read on for advice from an attorney for college students.
What is academic dismissal?
Academic dismissal is being removed from your college program due a low grades or GPA.
I wasn’t given a warning about academic dismissal.
Academic dismissal can happen after a low or failing grade in just one class or overall poor GPA. Some college majors have strict academic performance guidelines. Just one D or even two C’s can put you at risk. If you are in a degree program that has strict criteria then the school may take the position that you should have know the requirements, no warning needed.
Did you file a grade or dispute?
If you have a course grade that is putting you at risk for academic dismissal, then you must file a grade appeal or grade dispute. Yes, one caused the other, but the school may tell you that you do not have to right to appeal the dismissal if you don’t appeal the grade. Check your student handbook for timelines for filing grade appeals. Do not miss the cut off.
Did you file for a medical or hardship exemption?
Schools can give students a chance if there were extenuating circumstances. Some include:
- Undiagnosed illness
- Death in the family
- Sole caregiver
- Severe injury and recovery
If a student is facing any of the above or other similar situations, a second chance may be given. However, check the student handbook for procedures that outline the filing of exemption paperwork.
If I am academically dismissed, can I fight it?
It depends. Each school has their own policies and procedures for appealing an academic dismissal. Check your student handbook for the appeal procedures and timeline.
Recommendations from a lawyer for college students
Consult with an attorney for college student as fast as possible. Your academic and professional career is at risk.If your college allows an appeal of the academic dismissal – you must submit one. An internal college appeal is your last chance at getting back in school. Make it your best.
Can you help all students facing academic dismissal from school?
Yes. I assist college students all over the country fight academic dismissals from school. There is great benefit to involving a lawyer in the academic dismissal appeal process. Richard Asselta is an award-winning attorney who offers student adviser services throughout the United States. He is experienced in defending all types of college issues including writing academic dismissal appeals. Call Asselta Law today for a free consultation and protect your future. (855) 338-5299 Click here to read about grade appeal procedures and here for information on how we defend students facing dismissal from college. Click here to read what clients are saying about Richard on AVVO, a lawyer review website.