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Academic Dismissal

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 on your STEP 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 susequently thereafter), the dismissal period is three calendar years. After your dismissal period, you are eligible to apply for readmission through the STEP Program.

Any courses taken at another institution during your 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.


Appealing Academic Dismissal

Student facing Academic Dismissal and who meet eligibility requirements may consider appealing the dismissal decision. At the end of each major semester, Undergraduate Academic Services will make the dismissal appeal form (along with associated deadlines) available for download on this web page; students may also pick up a copy in Undergraduate Academic Services (Lightsey Center 101).

Only if you meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements will your DAD Appeal be considered:

  1. Cumulative GPA must have increased since being placed on Academic Probation.
  2. It must be mathematically possible and probable to bring the cumulative GPA minimum scholastic attainment standards by the end of the next major semester while taking no more than15 credit hours. For information about minimum scholastic attainment standards, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.
  3. You must have successfully completed EDLS 100 and with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. You must demonstrate and document significant mitigating circumstances beyond your control that impacted academic performance. Poor performance alone is not considered a mitigating circumstance.

Only complete appeal packets, returned to Undergraduate Academic Services by the designated deadline will be reviewed. Late appeal packets will not be considered. 

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.