Academic Dismissal Petition Packet Requirements

You will submit your completed petition packet and reflection statement through the PASS Canvas module.  Petitions are not accepted in person. 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:

When will the Dismissal packet be available?

The Dismissal Packet will be accessible through the Canvas course. You will be added to the course once you have completed the Admissions process (step 1) and submitted the Academic Dismissal Petition form (step 2).

Please read all the requirements below before submit your completed packet.

What are all the requirements to Petition for Academic Dismissal?

Click here to view the Academic Dismissal Checklist

How can I submit my Academic Dismissal Petition Packet?

You will submit your completed petition packet and reflection statement through the PASS Canvas module. Petitions are not accepted in person. 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:

  • Reflection Statement- is a typed Word document
  • Petition Waiver form-is completed in full and digitally signed
  • Individual Success Plan- has been completed in GPS with two semesters of courses planned out
  • Time Matters Activity-every box is filled in, typed

* Students who do not meet all the requirements will be notified which requirements are lacking and asked to resubmit their packet once all requirements have been met.

Students who meet all eligibility requirements are notified through their ACES email with information about scheduling your dismissal interview.

When is the last day to submit my petition packet?

Priority Date: Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Final Deadline: Monday, January 6th, 2020

Students who complete all steps of the petition process by the priority deadline are guaranteed a dismissal interview. If you submitted your packet and had completed all steps of the process by December 1st, 2019, the Academic Standards team will contact you via email to schedule a dismissal interview on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students who submit their packet after December 1st, 2019 and by January 6th, 2020 by 11:59 pm are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis in order of process completion, and are scheduled for dismissal interviews until all SDEV0171 courses and dismissal interview sessions are filled. Please allow up to four (4) business days for a response.

No extensions on deadlines will be given.

How will I schedule a Dismissal Interview?

Once your dismissal packet has been complete and reviewed, the Academic Standards Team will email to you to schedule dismissal interview.

**As we have limited spots each semester we highly recommend that you complete the petition process as early in the petition period as possible. Once all Dismissal Interviews have filled, students will have to wait until the following semester to petition. 

**Missed interview sessions, especially without prior notification, will only be rescheduled once, if Dismissal Interviews are available. A second missed appointment will result in automatic denial of your petition for the semester.

What can I expect to happen in my Dismissal Interview?

Students will meet with an academic advisor to review their petition packet and discuss their plan to be successful. In the Dismissal Interview, the student will be given a decision as to whether the petition has been approved. If the petition is approved, the student will be eligible to register. You will also be registered for a required Strategies for Success course (SDEV0171). More information regarding this class will be provided in the Dismissal Interview. During your interview, you will work with an advisor to develop an Action Plan to help you be successful in your returning semester and beyond. You will also be provided with a list of available resources on campus that will help you stay on the road to success.     


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

Decisions are normally made within one week of meeting with an advisor for your Dismissal Interview. 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 Northwest Vista College.

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 up to a full academic year. No exceptions will be made.

If Not Approved:

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

Tips for a Successful Packet:

• If you are citing extenuating circumstances as to why you are on Academic Dismissal such as medical-related issues, 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.