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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
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What happens if I am placed on a 2nd Academic Dismissal from the Alamo Colleges District?

2nd Academic Dismissal occurs when students who were on first Academic Dismissal are not successful in the petitioning semester, and receive a semester GPA below 2.0 and/ or do not meet all of the petition requirements. Students will receive a notification via ACES email informing them once final grades have posted. Students placed on 2nd Academic Dismissal will be required to sit out one full 16 week semester (Spring or Fall) as per the Alamo Colleges District policy found at: Academic Standing and Probation. After one full 16-week semester, students must submit a completed dismissal petition packet to academic advisor for a fall or spring 16 week semester. No Flex II, Start II or summer petitions are accepted at Northwest Vista College.


Am I eligible to submit a 2nd Academic Dismissal petition?


- MUST have sat out one full 16 week semester from last Academic Dismissal. An example: Last attended Spring, Summer or Fall 2014, eligible to petition for Spring 2016 semester.)

- Only eligible to petition for a regular 16 week semester (Fall or Spring). Northwest Vista College does not accept petitions for Summer, Start II or Flex II semesters.

- Must have an active application to the Alamo Colleges District for the semester you are submitting a petition. If you have not attended an Alamo College in the last 12 months, you will need to submit a new application and complete all admissions requirements prior to submitting a petition. Please see AlamoEnroll for application and admissions steps.

- Must Submit a petition to the Alamo College they you attended. Students are only eligible to submit a petition to another Alamo College if they have sat out a minimum of three (3) years or more.

- Must not have any holds on your record other than the Academic Dismissal hold. All other holds must be cleared/ waived prior to attending your petition advising session.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are under the age of 22, state law now requires you to provide proof of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination. For more information visit : Bacterial Meningitis Information. This must be turned in prior to submitting your petition.

If you are not sure which level of dismissal you are on, please use our live chat feature on this page to speak with an advisor during our business hours. Outside of business hours, you are able to use this feature to send an email request to review your record. Please include your full name and banner id in the message. You may also contact the Academic Standards team at or by phone at 210-486-4459.


How do I submit a 2nd Academic Dismissal petition?

Click here to download your packet. 

Dismissal packets must be completed in full with all sections filled out and an attached typed Reflection Statement to be able to schedule an advising session. Students who submit incomplete packets or do have not completed all eligibility requirements listed above will not have an appointment scheduled until all requirements have been met.

1. Ensure you meet ALL eligibility requirements listed above.

2. Complete the petition packet in full. Read the instructions fully to ensure that you complete each form as indicated. If you have any questions about how to fill out any parts of the petitions packet, you may contact the Academic Standards team by email at or by phone at 210-486-4459.

3. Students on 2nd academic dismissal will submit their completed packets by email at . Once your packet has been received, it will be reviewed by the Academic Standards team to ensure that all of the following requirements have been met:

- All pages of the packet are completely filled out

- A typed Reflection Statement is included in the email submission

- Student has completed all admission requirements and is registration-ready.

Submit the petition from your student (ACES) email account only. Petitions submitted from your personal email account will not be reviewed. Petitions will not be accepted in person.

Students who meet eligibility requirements will then be notified by their advisor through their ACES email regarding scheduling an advising appointment. Students who do not meet all of the requirements will be notified which requirements are lacking and asked to resubmit their packet once all requirements have been met. Dates for submitting petitions will be updated for each semester on this website (see box on right side). It is important that you reach out to your advisor early if you are having trouble to ensure that you will be able to see your advisor prior to the deadline.

** As we have limited spots each semester we often fill these spots in advance of the petition deadline. We highly recommend that you submit your packet as early in the petition period as possible. Once all appointment times have filled, students who did not meet the deadline will have to wait until the following semester to petition.

4. Before you submit your petition, please ensure you meet all of the requirements above. Please make sure that you have followed all directions on the petition, and have a completed packet. No extensions on deadlines will be given. Read AND understand all requirements on the Contract for Students on Academic Dismissal. If approved, you will be accountable for each item. Fail to meet ALL petition requirements will result in you being dropped from all courses for the semester, and possibly having you sit out for up to one full academic year.

5. Check your ACES email for an email from an advisor to schedule your petition advising session. Submission of your petition is required in order to schedule your appointment. You will not be able to submit your petition on a walk-in basis. Petition appointments must be met by the petition deadline, late petitions will not be accepted. It is recommended you schedule an appointment as soon as possible once petitions begin being accepted, as appointments fill up quickly. Petition deadlines are set by the Alamo Colleges District and are not able to be extended regardless of circumstances. Missed appointments especially without prior notification will only be rescheduled once. A second missed appointment will result in automatic denial of your petition for the semester.

Please Note:

• If you are citing extenuating circumstances as to why you are on Academic Dismissal, include any relevant documentation with your packet.

• Read the Reflection Statement Requirements very carefully. There are three areas that you need to address in your essay. Please take time to reflect on what events, actions and decisions resulted in your current academic standing. Remember to discuss all issues and semesters that you were having trouble in.

• Please make sure to address what changes you have made, and detail your plan to be academically successful.

• Your essay MUST be typed, handwritten essays will not be considered. See the Reflection Statement example in the petition packet as to the format of the essay.


How and when will I know the decision on my petition?

Decisions are normally made within one week of meeting with your advisor and submitting your petition. Remember, submitting a petition does NOT guarantee your petition will be approved.  All decisions will be sent to the student's ACES email only. It is important to check this email on a regular basis to ensure you receive all communications from Alamo Colleges District.

If Approved:

- You will be required to adhere to all petition requirements indicated on the Contract for Student on Academic Dismissal. Failure to complete all requirements will result in non-compliance for your petition and you will have to sit out a full academic year. No exceptions will be made.

If Denied:

- Your advisor will provide you with information via ACES email on steps to take in order to petition for an upcoming semester.


What can I expect to happen in my advising session when I submit my petition?

Students will meet with an academic advisor to review their petition and discuss their plan to be successful. During your advising session, you will work with your advisor to develop an Action Plan to help you be successful in your returning semester. You will also be provided with a list of available resources on campus that will help you stay on the road to success. You will discuss the SDEV 0171 course if applicable, and the Strategies for Success module requirements. You will be asked to identify which SDEV 0171 course sections you may want to be enrolled in if your petition is approved. More information regarding this class will be provided in the advising session.


If my petition is approved, what will be my next steps?

If your petition is approved, you will be notified through your ACES email with information regarding your next steps. You will then be able to register for 6-8 credit hours as discussed in the advising session. Your advisor will register you for the SDEV 0171 course if needed.

Your registration hold will be waived until the first day of classes to allow you to register in the rest of your classes for the petition semester, Utilizing the copy of the Schedule Builder that you and your advisor discussed will help you determine which classes you should register for.


What are my responsibilities as a student on a 2nd Academic Dismissal from the Alamo Colleges District?

Students who are approved for re-admission must adhere to the following as outlined on their Contract for Students on Academic Dismissal:

  • Actively attend and participate in ALL enrolled classes, including the SDEV0171 course (if applicable).
  • Complete the SDEV0171 course with a “C” or better (if applicable).
  • Complete a minimum of 2 Strategies for Success Modules and submit the Assessment Form for each module completed by the indicated deadline. The completed forms can be emailed to the Academic Standards Team at
  • Complete and submit a Progress Report to their assigned advisor ever semester until back in Good Academic Standing by the indicated deadline. Not submitting a progress report by the deadline will cause you to have to wait until the end of the semester when final grades post before being eligible to register for the next semester.
  • Visit with their assigned academic advisor at least once during the semester, preferably prior to the start of registration for the next semester.
  • Earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Continually earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or above until Good Standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0) is reached in order to remain enrolled.

In addition to the policies above, students previously enrolled in a semester prior to petitioning will be required to reduce their course loads to the maximum 6-8 credit hours. If you have not reduced your enrollment hours by the first day of classes, the Academic Standards team will drop you from the last enrolled courses to reduce your course load to the maximum hours.

Students whose petitions are approved are provided a copy of their Advisor/Student Action Plan and a detailed explanation of the responsibilities. Not complying with all the responsibilities will result in the student having to sit out a full 16 week semester, and submit a new petition after the sit-out period. Not earning a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher will automatically place you on the next level of dismissal, and require you to sit out one full academic year (spring, summer, and fall). There is no option to petition the sit-out requirement once a student is placed on 3rd/Permanent Academic Dismissal. Once the required sit out period is over, you will be eligible to submit a new petition following the guidelines outlined at: Academic Standing and Probation.


When will I be back in Good Academic Standing?

Students are placed back in Good Academic Standing when both their overall and semester GPA’s are a 2.0 or higher. Once a student is back in Good Academic Standing their registration hold will be expired and their enrollment hours will be restored to full time.

Petition Dates

Attention Students- the deadline to complete the petition process and submit a petition packet for the fall 2017 semester was Monday, August 7th by 11:59pm. At this time we are no longer accepting petitions for the fall 2017 semester. We will have information regarding the Spring 2018 semester beginning November 1st, 2017.

Note: All petition packets must be submitted by email at by the deadline to be considered eligible for an advising session. Please read all information regarding submission of your packet carefully. Advising appointments are limited - once all appointment sessions and SDEV0171 course offerings are full, petitions will no longer be accepted - regardless of the deadline date.

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Hours of Operation

Walk-In Services are available: 

Mondays: 8:00am-12:00pm

Thursdays: 1:00pm-6:00pm

General Hours of Operation 

Monday-Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am-7:00pm

Friday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

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Appointments are not available the same day, they must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance. 

The Advising Services office may be reached by phone at 210-486-4100. Please be able to provide your full name, and banner ID when requesting specific information.