Academic Dismissal

These policies apply to Undergraduate Students only. Graduate students should contact the Graduate School for more information.

If you do not show significant improvement in your cumulative GPA during your academic probation period, or if you do not meet the conditions outlined in your Conditional Readmission Contract, then you are subject to dismissal for academic deficiency (aka DAD, aka Academic Dismissal). The first time you are dismissed, the dismissal period is two semesters, though summer is considered one semester. The second time you are dismissed (and subsequently thereafter), the dismissal period is three calendar years. After your dismissal period, you are eligible to re-apply for conditional readmission.

Any courses taken at another institution during your active dismissal period are not eligible for transfer credit back to the College.

For answers to commonly asked questions about Dismissal, please visit the Dismissal FAQs page.



(Please click link above to be directed to the online Maxient appeal form)

Appealing Academic Dismissal

For dismissals that occurred as a result of the Summer 2020 end-of-term review, the last day to submit the online Dismissal Appeal Form is Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM. We encourage you to submit the dismissal appeal form as soon as possible and not wait until the last day to submit appeals. NO late appeals will be accepted.

Students who feel a dismissal decision is not warranted or who experienced significant mitigating circumstances that impacted their ability to reach good standing may appeal their dismissal decision.

The committee will heavily weigh the following information when determining whether a dismissal will be reversed:

  1. Increase in cumulative GPA since being placed on Academic Probation.
  2. Achievable GPA based on past academic history and credit hours remaining. If this is a student's second full-term on academic probation it must be mathematically possible and probable to bring the cumulative GPA up to the minimum scholastic attainment standards by the end of the next major semester while taking no more than 12 credit hours. For information about minimum scholastic attainment standards, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.
  3. Successful completion of components of Probation Contract. These could include but are not limited to:
    1. Completion of EDLS 100 (if required) with a passing grade
    2. Attendance at required meetings, submission of appropriate paperwork, etc.
  4. Supported and well-justified time management plan.
  5. Clearly articulated reflection of previous challenges and ownership of sound strategies necessary for academic success.

If mitigating circumstances beyond the student's control impacted academic performance, documentation should be provided.

Please note, previously approved appeals will be taken into consideration. Students are rarely approved on appeal more than once without significant mitigating circumstances.

Any questions about the appeal process should be directed to the Center for Academic Performance and Persistence (CAPP). Every effort will be made to review appeals within ten business days of receipt. Each appeal packet will be reviewed by an Appeal Review Committee made up of the College of Charleston faculty members, staff members, and/or administrators. After review, the Director of CAPP will notify the student regarding the outcome of the appeal.

Approved Academic Dismissal Appeals

If approved, a Dismissal Appeal Contract will be issued, and the student will be required to sign the contract. A hold will be placed on the student's account by the CAPP office until the signed contract is received. All components of the contract must be met by the end of the next major semester or the student will be subject to dismissal for academic deficiency.

As part of the dismissal appeal contract, the student may be obligated to meet other conditions as determined by the Appeal Committee and/or the Director of the Center for Academic Performance and Persistence.  Such conditions might include:

  • Regular meetings with the Center for Academic Performance and Persistence  to discuss academic progress
  • Regular meetings with a professional staff member in the Center for Student Learning
  • Meeting(s) with the career counselor to discuss a possible change of major
  • Weekly meetings with a Peer Academic Coach
  • Registration and successful completion of EDLS 100
  • Attendance at Study Skills Seminars
  • Attendance in the accounting, foreign language, math, speaking, and/or writing lab(s)
  • Registration in a math or science course that offers Supplemental Instruction (SI) and attendance at SI sessions
  • Regular meetings with a tutor for any courses not covered by SI or walk-in labs

A decision regarding a student's appeal will be mailed to their permanent address and/or emailed to their College of Charleston issued email address. Information related to the status of an appeal will not be provided over the phone.