Graduate Appeal of Academic Dismissal

A graduate student who has been dismissed from an academic program in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences (the “Program”) by the Scholastic Standing Committee may appeal that decision to the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Appeals Committee. The procedure for appealing a dismissal decision is as follows:

  1. The appeal must be received by the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Appeals Committee (the “Appeals Committee”) within fourteen (14) calendar days following the date of the letter from the Scholastic Standing Committee informing the student that she or he has been dismissed. The letter of appeal should be typed and submitted to the chair of the Appeals Committee (or his or her designee) by personal delivery, regular or overnight mail, or as a Word document attached to an e-mail. Appeals will not be accepted by e-mail (except as described in the previous sentence) or telephone. Normally, appeals that are not timely received will not be considered and will be denied.

  2. The Appeals Committee will consider each written appeal and may, as it determines to be appropriate under the circumstances, request that the student meet with the Appeals Committee before it decides the appeal. No advisor to or representative of the student (including, without limitation, attorneys) is permitted to meet with the Appeals Committee or to otherwise participate in the business of the Appeals Committee.

  3. The Appeals Committee may, as it determines to be appropriate under the circumstances, conduct its own independent inquiry and, among other things, review relevant documents and seek information from persons with knowledge about the issues before the Appeal Committee.

  4. The Appeals Committee will meet as soon as practicable after the fall and spring semesters and the second summer session. The Appeals Committee will also meet as may otherwise be reasonably necessary.

  5. An appeal will be granted if the student demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Appeals Committee that it is more likely than not that his or her unsatisfactory academic performance is the result of extraordinary and non-reoccurring circumstances and is not representative of the student's academic ability. If an appeal is granted, the student will be reinstated in the Program and placed on academic probation. (See Reinstatement After An Appeal below.) If an appeal is denied, the effective date of the student's dismissal is the date identified by the Scholastic Standing Committee in its letter informing the student that he or she was dismissed from the Program.

  6. The Appeals Committee will issue its decision in writing usually within five (5) business days of the date on which the Appeals Committee made it decision.

  7. The decision of the Appeals Committee requires a majority vote and is final and not subject to further review.

As may be determined by an Associate Dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences to be appropriate under the circumstances, a student may be permitted to attend class while his or her appeal is pending before the Appeals Committee. Such approval must be in writing. If the appeal is denied, effective immediately the student will no longer be permitted to attend class, no grades or credits will be issued for the classes attended while the appeal was pending, and the student's dismissal from the Program will be effective on the date identified by the Scholastic Standing Committee in its letter informing the student that he or she was dismissed from the Program.

The Appeals Committee consists of four faculty members and one Associate Dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, from which three shall be selected to decide an appeal. The members of the Appeals Committee are approved by the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences Assembly and serve for a two-year term. No member of the Appeals Committee may be a concurrent member of the Scholastic Standing Committee. A member of the Appeals Committee who was a participant in the circumstances that gave rise to the unsatisfactory academic performance that resulted in the student being placed on probation, dismissed or the subsequent appeal, must recuse him or herself from the Appeals Committee for the sole purpose of that student's appeal.

Reinstatement After An Appeal

A student whose appeal is granted will be reinstated in the Program on academic probation, the conditions of which will be determined by the Appeals Committee. A student who is reinstated and fails to satisfy the conditions of academic probation imposed by the Appeals Committee within the time period permitted, will be dismissed automatically from the Program. If such occurs, ordinarily the dismissal will be final and the student shall not have the right to any further review or appeal.

The Appeal of Academic Dismissal Policy may be changed from time to time at the sole discretion of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and such changes may be with or without prior notice. The Appeal of Academic Dismissal Policy is not intended as, and shall not be construed as, a contract.