Dismissal from the College

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences reviews the academic records of students on academic probation at the close of the fall and spring semesters. There is no academic review at the close of the summer or winter sessions. Dismissal will result in cancelation of any future course enrollments. Students dismissed for low scholarship may not enroll in courses offered by the University of Iowa unless they have been admitted to another college at the university.

Dismissal in January

All students on academic probation for a fall semester must achieve either good standing or demonstrate significant improvement with a fall UI Term grade point average of 2.00 or higher (C average). If not, they are subject to dismissal in January. This includes students admitted on academic probation for the fall semester from another UI college or another institution.

Please note:  Marks of Incomplete (I) cannot be used in calculating the UI Term GPA. Students on academic probation who receive marks of Incomplete (I) in all courses are subject to dismissal.

Dismissal in May

All students on academic probation for a spring semester must achieve either good standing or demonstrate significant improvement with a spring UI Term grade point average of 2.00 or higher (C average). If not, they are subject to dismissal in May. This includes students admitted on academic probation for the spring semester from another UI college or another institution.

Please note:  Marks of Incomplete (I) cannot be used in calculating the UI Term GPA. Students on academic probation who receive marks of Incomplete (I) in all courses are subject to dismissal.

Notification and records

If you are dismissed from the College, you will be notified in the following ways:

  1. The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Curriculum will send you a letter to the residing address listed in your student record and a copy of the letter to your University of Iowa email address.
  2. The Registrar will mark your grade report with the notation "Not permitted to register."

Appealing a dismissal

Dismissed students may appeal to the Student Academic Standards Committee for revocation of a dismissal. If you are planning to appeal an academic dismissal, we strongly encourage you to first consult the Office of Academic Programs & Student Development.

Petitions will not be accepted unless they are completed by the student. Third parties—including parents—cannot appeal on behalf of the student.

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of the appeal letter and any supporting documentation for a dismissal following a fall semester is 4:30 pm on the date listed in the dismissal letter. The deadline for receipt of the appeal letter and and any supporting documentation for a dismissal following a spring semester is 4:30 pm on June 15.

  • The deadline to appeal a fall 2016 dismissal is Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 4:30 pm.
  • The deadline to appeal a spring 2017 dismissal is Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 4:30 pm.

Petition Format

The student must send the dismissal appeal letter to the Student Academic Standards Committee. The letter may be hand-delivered, faxed, sent by postal mail, or emailed from the student’s UI email account. Be sure to include:

  • Full name
  • University of Iowa ID number
  • Postal mailing address
  • University of Iowa (only) email address
  • Date
  • Hand-written signature (not needed if letter is sent from student's UI email account)

Use the salutation: “Dear Committee Members:”

The very first sentence: “I am requesting a revocation of my dismissal from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.”

Next: describe concisely the circumstances that affected your academic performance and plans for future academic success (suggested maximum: three paragraphs).

Next: indicate what, if any, supporting documentation the Committee can expect to receive.

Note: Do not plagiarize a dismissal appeal letter, in whole or part, from a website or any other source.

For hand-delivery: The appeal letter, typed and hand-signed by the student, may be brought to Academic Programs & Student Development, 120 Schaeffer Hall, weekdays between 8 am – 4:30 pm.

For faxed letters: The student may fax a typed, hand-signed appeal letter to 1-319-335-3192.

For letters sent by postal mail: The student may send a typed, hand-signed appeal letter to:

Student Academic Standards Committee
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
120 Schaeffer Hall
Iowa City IA  52242-1409

For letters sent by UI email account: The student may send an emailed appeal to the Student Academic Standards Committee at clasps@uiowa.edu from the student’s UI email account (firstname-lastname@uiowa.edu) only. We will not accept appeal letters from other email accounts.

Supporting Documentation

The student is responsible for requesting any supporting documentation.

The person providing the documentation must send it directly to the committee. Documentation may be faxed to 1-319-335-3192 or mailed to:

Student Academic Standards Committee
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
120 Schaeffer Hall
Iowa City, IA  52242-1409

  • Any medical documentation must be in the form of a letter, on letterhead stationery, dated, and signed by the person providing it.
  • The committee is not in a position to review medical records or clinical notes.
  • The committee cannot accept billing statements, copies of prescriptions, or information from the internet.
  • Letters from parents or other close family members are not considered documentation.
  • All documentation must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation.

Note: If you were seen at Student Health & Wellness or University Counseling Service, please contact Academic Programs & Student Development, 120 Schaeffer Hall, 1-319-335-2633, clasps@uiowa.edu, for assistance in obtaining documentation from those offices.

Notification

The Student Academic Standards Committee will respond to the student in writing by a) a letter sent to the student’s mailing address and b) an electronic copy sent to the student’s UI email address. The decision of the committee is final.

Reinstatement

If you are dismissed for unsatisfactory scholarship for the first time and do not appeal the dismissal or if the appeal is denied, you will not be permitted to register again for one year.

To be eligible for reinstatement (i.e., to re-enroll), you must

  1. complete the one-year dismissal period
  2. complete the reinstatement interview (see below)
  3. earn a 2.50 GPA on any college transfer coursework taken while enrolled in another college during the dismissal period. Please note: grades for Career & Technical courses are not included in the 2.50 GPA requirement.

Note: The college does not reinstate students for a summer or a winter session. If you were dismissed from another college at the University of Iowa, and do not meet the academic standards of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences for good standing, you must complete a minimum one-year dismissal period before admission or readmission to CLAS. Please contact the Office of Academic Programs & Student Development with any questions.

Reinstatement Interview

To arrange a reinstatement interview, schedule an appointment with an associate director in the Academic Programs & Student Development by calling 319-335-2633 approximately two weeks in advance. Appointments for reinstatement interviews must not be scheduled online. If you are not currently residing in the United States, you may email clasps@uiowa.edu for assistance in scheduling a reinstatement interview to be conducted via telephone.

For reinstatement to a fall semester, the reinstatement interview must take place between March 1 and July 1.

  • For reinstatement to the fall 2017 semester, the reinstatement interview must take place between March 1 - July 1, 2017.
  • For reinstatement to the fall 2018 semester, the reinstatement interview must take place between March 1 - July 1, 2018.

For reinstatement to a spring semester, the reinstatement interview must take place between October 1 and December 1.

  • For reinstatement to the spring 2018 semester, the reinstatement interview must take place between October 1 - December 1, 2017.
  • For reinstatement to the spring 2019 semester, the reinstatement interview must take place between October 1 - December 1, 2018.

Late requests for a reinstatement interview will be deferred to the following semester.

The College does not reinstate students to a summer or a winter session.

Note: Even if you do not currently meet requirements to be approved for reinstatement (for example, you have a transfer GPA below 2.50 during the dismissal period) you MUST meet with an associate director in Academic Programs & Student Development during the appropriate times listed above to be considered for reinstatement to the next semester.

Reinstatement Policies

  • Any student reinstated after a first dismissal is on academic probation.
  • During the first semester of reinstatement, the student must achieve a minimum UI Term GPA of 2.0 or the student may be dismissed at the close of that semester.
  • During the second semester of reinstatement, the student must achieve a minimum UI Term GPA of 2.00, or the student may be dismissed at the close of that semester.
  • Students dismissed for the second time may or may not be granted a second reinstatement. These students are strongly encouraged to discuss their future academic options with an associate director in the Office of Academic Programs & Student Development.

Restart

If you have been gone from the University of Iowa for at least four years and wish to return to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, you might be qualified to reenter under the college's academic forgiveness policy. Additional rules and eligibility requirements apply. For more information, see Restart.