Academic Dismissal FAQs

If you have learned that you or your student has been Dismissed Due to Academic Deficiency, you may have some questions. Below are some of the most common questions we hear from students and parents. You are encouraged to review this information before contacting the Center for Academic Performance and Persistence (CAPP) to discuss your status. If, after reading this information, you still have questions, please contact the CAPP office to request an individual appointment.

I received a letter that says I am Dismissed Due to Academic Deficiency. What does this mean?

Students are Dismissed Due to Academic Deficiency from the College for one of two reasons: (1) The student did not show significant improvement in their cumulative GPA during their Academic Probation period, OR (2) The student was conditionally readmitted to the College and failed to meet the conditions of readmission (i.e., their Conditional Readmission Contract). 

The first time you are dismissed, the dismissal period is two terms (summer is considered one term). For the second or other subsequent dismissals, the dismissal period is three calendar years. Students who are dismissed at the end of the term will be dropped from all classes in the subsequent semesters.

Why was I dismissed after only one term of Academic Probation?

All students who are on a first term of Academic Probation are reviewed after final grades post. Students who have not made significant progress in returning their cumulative GPA to good standing and/or who have not successfully completed EDLS 100: Learning Strategies may face Dismissal after just one term of Probation.

Students who have made significant progress in returning their GPA to good standing AND who have successfully completed EDLS 100: Learning Strategies may be given a second semester of probation. Students continued on probation for a second semester are expected to get back to good standing by the end of the next major term. “Significant progress” differs for each student; it is calculated based on the extent of the student’s GPA deficit and clearly outlined in the Academic Probation Contract provided at the beginning of the term.

Why dismiss students at all? Why not just give me another chance?

The College of Charleston dismisses students when their record of academic performance shows that they are not recovering a deficit GPA at a rate that will restore them to good standing in a reasonable amount of time. In addition, students who have completed a SAP Appeal through Financial Aid will face a loss of financial aid for failing to demonstrate significant academic progress. Allowing students to continue on probation when they are not showing significant academic progress has the potential to create a GPA deficit that can become too great to overcome and make it impossible for students to graduate. Rather than indefinitely continuing students on probation, despite the lack of significant progress, the College of Charleston will dismiss a student so that this student can take a break from the College and hopefully assess the cause(s) of the difficulty so that the student can return more prepared and focused on succeeding academically.

Can I appeal a Dismissal?

Students facing Academic Dismissal and who meet eligibility requirements may consider appealing the dismissal decision. More information including the Appeal due date, eligibility requirements, and link to the online appeal form can be found on the CAPP website here.

Can I return to the College of Charleston in the future? When? 

After your dismissal period has ended, you are eligible to apply for Conditional Readmission. Conditional readmission is not guaranteed. To know when you are eligible to seek conditional readmission, please consult the chart below. Students who were dismissed at the end of a term other than Summer 2020 can contact CAPP to find out when they are eligible to reapply. All applications for conditional readmisson should be submitted to the Admissions Office by the posted deadline. 


Dismissal Type

Dismissal Terms (aka, “active dismissal period”)

Eligible for readmission

Conditional Readmission deadline

First time dismissed Academic Dismissal: 2 terms (D1)

Summer 2021 and Fall 2021

Spring 2022

November 1, 2021

Second+ time dismissed Academic Dismissal- Three Years (D2)

Summer 2021 - Spring 2024

Fall 2024

May 1, 2024

During my Dismissal Period, can I take classes at another institution for transfer back to the College of Charleston?

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

That said, some students on dismissal choose to take classes at another school to improve in certain subject areas or to stay in an academic mindset. CAPP understands that taking classes that “don’t count” may not be feasible or reasonable for most, so CAPP does NOT expect students to take classes during their active dismissal period.

Once an active dismissal period has ended, students may take classes to transfer back credit to the College of Charleston.

What should I do in my time away from the College of Charleston?

How students spend their time during a dismissal period varies greatly and depends on the individual, their personal circumstances, their financial responsibilities, their reason(s) for academic difficulty, and other factors.  Students often ask if there is something they should “do” to increase their chances of readmission to the College after their dismissal period. CAPP does not endorse one activity over another, rather, we hope that a student will spend the dismissal in a way that is productive for that student and addresses challenges faced during their time here.

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

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