Academic Dismissal

You may not be aware that dismissal for scholastic reasons may severely restrict your choices of universities and programs in the future. If you are on financial aid, veteran’s assistance, or a family health insurance policy, you run the risk of losing that assistance. Please take advantage of the opportunity for assistance and guidance that can be gained from academic advisors and faculty so you can avoid a more serious situation in the future.  


What is Academic Dismissal?

If a student on Academic Probation or Continued Academic Probation at any of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District does not earn a semester GPA of 2.0 as well as a cumulative institutional GPA of 2.0 in the semester following their probationary status, they will be placed on Academic Dismissal. In accordance with the Academic Standards policy, students placed on Academic Dismissal are required to sit out one full fall or spring 16-week semester. Students placed on Academic Dismissal will receive ACES email notification informing them of their status at the end of the semester. You may view the Academic Standards policy online at: Academic Standing and Probation


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. Click here Academic Dismissal : First for more information.

What happens if I am placed on 2nd Academic Dismissal?

The Academic Standards policy at Northwest Vista College states that students who are placed on 2nd Academic Dismissal will be required to sit out one (1) full 16 week semester (Spring or Fall). After the sit-out period, students are required to complete the petition process to be considered eligible to return. Students placed on 2nd Academic Dismissal do not have the option to petition without sitting out. Click here Academic Dismissal : Second for more information.

What happens if I am placed on 3rd/ Permanent Academic Dismissal?

The Academic Standards policy at Northwest Vista College states that students with three or more Academic Dismissals are not eligible to petition or enroll for a minimum of one full Academic Year (Fall, Spring, Summer). After sitting out the required length of time, students will be required to complete the petition process. Click here Academic Dismissal : Third & Permanent for more information.

What happens if I was on Academic Dismissal from another university or college?

Students who have been dismissed from another college or university are required to complete the Academic Dismissal Petition Process as well. Click here Transfer Academic Dismissal for more information.

If you are not sure which level of dismissal you are on, you may send an email request to review your record to the Academic Standards team at nvc-ast@alamo.edu. Please include your full name and banner ID in the message.

If minimum academic standards (Good Standing) have been met at another accredited college or university during the period of dismissal, students may re-enroll in Good Standing after visiting with Advising Services and providing an official transcript showing they are in Good Standing (2.0 or higher Cumulative GPA).

 Academic Standing Forms

Click the link below to download the Academic Dismissal Petition Packet. Packets from prior semesters are not acceptable for submission.

  • Academic Dismissal Checklist
  • Academic Dismissal Petition Packet- will be accessible once you have accepted your invitation to the Canvas course.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports are required to be submitted every semester by students on Academic Dismissal until you are back in Good Academic Standing. You will submit your progress report to your assigned academic advisor during an advising session. Progress reports must be completed by each of your instructors before submission. If progress report is not submitted by the deadline you will not be eligible to register for any subsequent semester until final grades post. No progress reports will be accepted or reviewed after the deadline. 

Student Action Plan

The Student Success Action Plan is a tool designed to you and your certified academic advisor to help you to overcome the challenges you identified on your Academic Dismissal Petition and focus on achieving the goals you set. Based on the goals you list below, your advisor will help you to identify your strengths, address opportunities for improvement, and discuss potential resources that will help you to achieve your academic and career goals.


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