A student on Academic Probation will be Academically Dismissed in the fall or spring semester if (1) their cumulative GPA is below 2.0 and term GPA is below 2.3 or (2) their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 after the third consecutive semester of Academic Probation.
I have been Academically Dismissed...what does this mean?
Being Academic Dismissed means that you are no longer a matriculated student (pursuing a degree) at Southern and your classes for the next semester have been dropped.
Can I appeal my dismissal?
Yes, please see "Academic Dismissal Appeal" below for details.
Besides appealing, are there other ways I can eventually return as a matriculated student?
Yes...if you are not eligible to appeal, there are two other ways to return to Southern as a matriculated student.
Apply for Readmission: You may apply to be readmitted as a matriculated student once you raise your cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher. As a dismissed student, the only way to do this would be to take courses as a non-matriculated (visiting) student at Southern and earn high grades so that you can raise your GPA. It is important to note that financial aid does not cover courses taken as a non-matriculated student. You would need to pay for these courses out-of-pocket or by securing alternative educational loans.
Fresh Start Program : If you earned less than 60 credits before being Academically Dismissed, you may be eligible for Fresh Start. This program provides the opportunity to return as a matriculated student, but has very specific criteria. Click here for more information on Fresh Start.
"After completing their first year at Southern, student is on Academic Probation with a cumulative GPA of 1.5. During their third semester, they earn a term GPA of 2.2...raising their cumulative GPA to 1.7. This student will be Academically Dismissed."
Explanation: This student has been Academically Dismissed because their cumulative GPA is still below a 2.0 and their term GPA was below 2.3. If this student earned a term GPA of 2.3 or higher but maintained a cumulative GPA below 2.0, they would have continued on Academic Probation. If this student earned a term GPA of 2.3 or higher and raised their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher, they would have been back in Good Standing.
"Student has just completed their third consecutive semester on Academic Probation. During that semester, they earned a term GPA of 2.4. However, their cumulative GPA is now a 1.9. This student will be Academically Dismissed."
Explanation: This student has been Academically Dismissed because their cumulative GPA was still below 2.0 after their third consecutive semester on Academic Probation. If this student was able to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher, they would have been back in Good Standing.
If eligible (see below), you can file an appeal to return as a matriculated student as early as the semester after your first semester away. For example, if you are dismissed after completing the Spring 2021 semester, you can file an appeal to return no sooner than the Spring 2022 semester.
Deadline and appeal instructions can be found on the Dismissal Appeal Form below:
Dismissal Appeal Eligibility
You are eligible to appeal your dismissal if you need 12 or less credits at a B average to obtain a 2.0. You can use this GPA calculator to determine your eligibility. This does not guarantee your appeal will be granted, it just means you are eligible for consideration."
Example: a student with 45 GPA hours and a 1.8 cumulative GPA is eligible to appeal because they only need 9 credits of a B average in order to reach a 2.0 cumulative GPA (see image below).
Once a student’s dismissal appeal has been granted, they will be ineligible to appeal if they are dismissed a second time.
Students who have been Academically Dismissed are only able to take courses at Southern as non-matriculated students. Non-matriculated students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.