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
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:
- Cumulative GPA must have increased since being placed on Academic Probation.
- 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 than 15 credit hours. For information about minimum scholastic attainment standards, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.
- Successful completion of components of Probation Contract (i.e. completion of EDLS 100 and with a grade of “C” or better, attendance at required meetings, submission of appropriate paperwork, etc.)
- Demonstration and documentation of significant mitigating circumstances beyond the student’s control that impacted academic performance. Poor performance alone is not considered a mitigating circumstance.
- Previous approved appeals will be taken into consideration. Students are rarely approved on appeal more than once and almost never for similar reasons.
Any questions about the appeal process should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services. 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 Undergraduate Academic Services will notify the student regarding the outcome of the appeal.
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 Office of Undergraduate Academic Services 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 Undergraduate Academic Services. Such conditions might include:
- Regular meetings with Undergraduate Academic Services 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.