What happens if I am
placed on a 3rd or Permanent Academic Dismissal from the Alamo Colleges?
with three or more Academic
Dismissals are not eligible to petition or enroll for a minimum one full
Academic Year (Fall, Spring, Summer). After
sitting out the required length of time, students must submit a typed petition
to the Academic Standards Appeals committee a week prior to the posted deadline by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org
(see deadlines to the right). The committee must receive
the dismissal packet by email 7 business days prior to the deadline to be able
to review and schedule an appointment with students who's petitions are
approved prior to the submission deadline. Late petitions packets are not
accepted, and students on 3rd/ permanent dismissal do not have the option to
submit their packet in person or on a walk-in basis. Information regarding the
Alamo Colleges Academic Standing policy can be found online at http://mynvccatalog.alamo.edu/content.php?catoid=108&navoid=5165#Academic_Standing_and_Probation
Am I eligible to
submit a 3rd / Permanent Academic Dismissal petition?
REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMITTING PETITION
- MUST have sat out one full academic year from last Academic Dismissal. One
full year is a Fall, Spring and Summer Semester.(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, Flex II or Start
- Must have an active application to the Alamo Colleges 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 http://alamo.edu/AlamoENROLL/ for application and admissions steps.
Submit a petition to the Alamo College they last attended. Students are only
eligible to petition to another Alamo College if they have sat out a minimum
three (3) years or more.
not have any holds on your record other than the Academic Dismissal hold. All
other holds must be cleared/ waived prior to submitting your petition.
o 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 :
This must be turned in prior to submitting your petition.
How do I submit
a 3rd / Permanent Academic Dismissal petition?
Ensure you meet ALL eligibility requirements listed above.
Complete the petition packet in full. Click here to obtain the packet. Read the
instructions fully to ensure that you complete each form as indicated.
will need to download, complete and submit this form by email to email@example.com
Please make sure to save a copy of the document prior to
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 as to the format of the essay. The Reflection
Statement is very important in determining if your petition will be approved or
4. Read AND understand all requirements on the Contract for Students on Academic Dismissal. If
approved, you will be accountable for each item. Failure to meet ALL petition
requirements will result in you being dropped from all courses for the
semester, and having to sit out for one full academic year.
5. Submit the petition from you student (ACES) email
account only. Petitions submitted from your personal email
account will not be reviewed. Email the completed document to the
academic advising office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Petitions cannot be submitted in person. Appointments to continue the
petition process are made only if a petition is approved. Petition
appointments must be met by the petition deadline, late petitions will not be
accepted. Petition appointments will not be scheduled past the petition
deadline. Petition deadlines are set by the Alamo Colleges and are not
able to be extended regardless of the circumstances.
How and when will
I know the decision on my petition?
are normally made within 2-3 weeks of submission. All decisions will be sent
only to the student's ACES email. It is important to check this email on a
regular basis to ensure you receive all communications from Alamo Colleges.
You will be notified of this decision via ACES email only.
-The email will provide you several options for appointment times, and request
you to respond with your appointment time of choice.
-During the appointment (30-45 minutes) you will complete the petition
process, as well as go over your degree plan to prepare for registration.
You will be notified of the decision and reason via ACES email only.
If my petition is
approved, what will be my next steps?
your petition is approved, you will schedule an appointment to meet with the
Academic Standards Team Leader. In the appointment session, you will discuss
of you as the student while enrolled
that must be met to continue enrollment each semester
assigned an academic advisor
opportunities for success
What are my
responsibilities as a student on a 3rd / Permanent Academic Dismissal
from the Alamo Colleges?
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
- Complete and submit the Mid-term Accountability Plans (progress
reports) to the Academic Standards team at email@example.com by the
indicated deadline (link to forms page)
- Visit with their assigned academic advisor at least once during
the semester, preferably prior to the start of registration for the next
- 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.
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.
What if I do not meet
all the requirements of the petition?
who do not meet ALL requirements will be required to sit out a full academic
year. 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.
When will I be back in
Good Academic Standing?
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.