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 Fall 2021 end-of-term review, the last day to submit the online Dismissal Appeal Form is Tuesday, January 4, 2022 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 incomplete or late appeals will be accepted. 

Students who experienced significant mitigating circumstances Fall 2021 that impacted their ability to reach good standing may submit an appeal of their dismissal decision. 

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

  1. Mathematically possible 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.  
  2. Evidence of a mitigating circumstance that impacted academic performance. * 
  3. Successful completion of requirements of Probation Contract. These could include but are not limited to: 
    • Completion of EDLS 100 (if required) with a passing grade
    • Compliance with accountability partner/PAC meetings 
    • Attended academic workshops 
    • Met with CSL Staff or Tutor
    • Met academic advising requirement 

If mitigating circumstances (defined below) beyond the student's control impacted academic performance, documentation must be provided. 

Mitigating circumstances include but not limited to the following:  

  • Severe accident, injury, illness, or surgery with prolonged recovery  
  • Severe complications resulting from a chronic medical or mental health condition  
  • New diagnosis of a life-threatening illness  
  • Documented severe medical condition(s) resulting in extended missed coursework  
  • Complications of pregnancy requiring mandatory extended bed rest  
  • Severe illness or death of a parent, sibling, spouse, or child  
  • Documented medical, legal, or other complications from sexual or other violent assault  

 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 the Appeal 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 via their CofC email account regarding the outcome of the appeal. 

 Approved Dismissal Appeals 

If your appeal is approved, a Dismissal Reversal 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 reversal 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.