First Academic Dismissal

What happens if I am placed on 1st Academic Dismissal?

The Academic Standards policy at Northwest Vista College states that students who are placed on Academic Dismissal must sit out one (1) full sixteen (16) week semester before they are considered eligible to return. After the sit-out period, students are required to complete the petition process to be considered eligible for registration. Petitions are reviewed with an academic advisor by appointment only.

Students who wish to enroll and not remain out a full fall or spring semester may submit a completed dismissal petition to be considered for an exception. Students granted an exception are able to enroll in classes with the understanding that they must comply with all requirements indicated on the Contract for Students on Academic Dismissal. Petitioning does not guarantee approval. It is at the discretion of the academic advisor to determine if it is the student's best interest to enroll or sit out the 16-week requirement as stated in the policy. After one full 16-week semester, students must submit a completed dismissal petition packet via email for a fall or spring 16 week semester. No Flex II, Start II or summer petitions are accepted at Northwest Vista College.

I have been notified that I am on 1st Academic Dismissal. What steps must I take?

All students on 1st Academic Dismissal will have to submit a petition for waiver of Academic Dismissal packet to the Academic Standards team by email at Prior to petition submission, you must ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements listed below. 

What are the eligibility requirements for submitting an 1st Academic Dismissal Petition Packet?

Please view our Academic Dismissal Petition Process Page.

If you are not sure which level of dismissal you are on, please  contact the Academic Standards team at to send an email request to review your record. Please include your full name and banner ID in the message.

Where do I obtain a Dismissal Packet?

Please review the Academic Dismissal Checklist before submitting your packet.

Academic Dismissal Packets will be available through the PASS Canvas course. Dismissal packets must be completed in full with all sections filled out and a typed Reflection Statement attached when submitted. Acceptable file formats are PDF and Word. No other file formats are able to be viewed- this includes One Note and Google Docs. Students who submit incomplete packets or have not completed all eligibility requirements listed above will not have a Dismissal Interview scheduled until all requirements have been met. If you have any questions about how to fill out any parts of the petition packet, you may contact the Academic Standards team by email at or by phone at 210-486-4459.

How and When can I submit my Academic Dismissal Petition?

Please view our Academic Dismissal Packet Requirements Page.

What are my responsibilities as a student on a 1st Academic Dismissal at Northwest Vista College?

Students that are approved are expected to meet the following requirements:
  • Actively attend and participate in ALL enrolled classes, including the SDEV0171 course
  • Complete the SDEV0171 course with a "C" or higher
  • Complete the Level 1 Certification of the Learning 2 Lead Program
  • Visit with their assigned academic advisor at least once during the semester, preferably prior to the start of registration for the upcoming semester.
  • Earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher with "C"s or higher in all enrolled courses each semester
  • Continually earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or above until in Good Standing (cumulative institution GPA of 2.0) is reached in order to remain enrolled.
  • Comply with all contractual requirements discussed during dismissal interview.

Students whose petitions are approved are provided a copy of their Student Success Action Plan and a detailed explanation of their 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 or completing the SDEV0171 course with a "C" or higher will automatically place you on the next level of dismissal.   

There is no option to petition the sit-out requirement once a student is placed on 2nd Academic Dismissal

When will I be back in Good Academic Standing?

Students are placed back in Good Academic Standing when both their overall institutional 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. Dismissal students will be required to complete an exit interview which is provided by email.