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 email@example.com (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. 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 Packet for Fall 2019 are no longer available. Please check back November 1st for packet information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The deadline to complete the petition process for the fall 2019 semester has passed. Students who missed the petition deadline for fall may check back November 1st for information regarding petitioning for spring 2020.
Fall 2019 Priority Deadline
August 5th, 2019
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 August 5th, the Academic Standards team is connecting with you to schedule a dismissal interview on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fall 2019 Absolute Last Day to Submit
August 12th, 2019
Students who submit their packet after August 5th up to August 12th 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 4 business days for a response.