Third Academic Dismissal
What happens if I am placed on a Third or Permanent Academic Dismissal from the Alamo Colleges District?
A 3rd Academic Dismissal occurs when students who were on 2nd 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 with three or more Academic Dismissals are not eligible to petition or enroll for a minimum of one (1) full Academic Year (Fall, Spring, Summer). After sitting out the required length of time, students must submit a completed petition packet 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 a Dismissal Interview. 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. Information regarding the Alamo Colleges District Academic Standing policy can be found online at Academic Standing and Probation.
What are the eligibility requirements for submitting a Third / Permanent Academic Dismissal Petition Packet?
Click here to view our Academic Dismissal Petition Process Page.
Where do I obtain the Dismissal Packet?
Please review the Academic Dismissal Checklist before submitting your transcript.
Academic Dismissal Packets will be available through the PASS Canvas course. They 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 email@example.com or by phone at 210-486-4459.
How do I submit a Third / Permanent Academic Dismissal Petition Packet?
Please click here to view our Academic Dismissal Packet Requirements Page.
How and when will I know the decision on my Academic Dismissal Petition?
Decisions are normally made within 2-3 weeks of the Dismissal Interview. 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 District.
You will be notified of this decision via ACES email only.
- 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.
- Be assigned an academic advisor
If Not Approved:
You will be notified of the decision and reason via ACES email only.
What are my responsibilities as a student on a Third / Permanent Academic Dismissal at Northwest Vista College?
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
- 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.
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.
Students whose petitions are approved are provided a copy of their Student Success Action Plan and a detailed explanation of the responsibilities. Not complying with all the responsibilities will result in the student having to sit out one (1) 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.
What if I do not meet all the requirements of the petition?
Students 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 a Third/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?
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.
Academic Standards Team- email us directly at:
If you would like your questions addressed by phone, please call the Advising Call Center at (210) 486-4100.
Chat Services are available:
Monday: 1:00-4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:00-11:30 am
If you are unable to get a chat response, it may be due to a high volume or your request is outside of the chat service hours.
General Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am- 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00am-5:00 pm
1st Saturday of the Month: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Advising Services is located in Desert Willow Welcome Center, room 202R.
The following information is for the Fall 2022 semester:
Fall 2022 Priority Deadline
July 28th, 2022
Students who complete all steps of the petition process by the priority deadline are guaranteed an opportunity to interview.
Fall 2022 Absolute Last Day to Submit
August 5th, 2022
Students who completed all steps after July 28th up to August 5th, 2022 are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis in order of process completion. Interview sessions are limited.
The following information is for the Spring 2023 semester:
Information regarding the spring 2023 semester will be available online beginning November 1st, 2022.