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Second Dismissal

University of Georgia students will be placed on Second Academic Dismissal when their cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0 and while on continued probation status following a return from a First Academic Dismissal, the student did not maintain a 2.3 term GPA. That means that while the student was on continued probation they did not meet their probationary terms of maintaining a 2.3 GPA in the classes that they were currently enrolled in or they did not register for the appropriate amount of hours (at least 6 in the Fall/Spring, 3 in the Summer), and are therefore now placed on Second Academic Dismissal.

PLEASE NOTE:
The petitioning process must begin at least 60 days before the start of the semester in which the student hopes to return. HOWEVER, due to the many different people the petition must be processed through, we recommend that students begin the petitioning process at least 90 days before the start of the semester in which they plan to attend to ensure that the petition is done in time.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND: The Educational Affairs Committee is a committee that only meets once a month and the materials for a second dismissal must be turned in two weeks in advanced of their meeting date. That being said, we ask that students begin the petitioning process with enough time to ensure that their petition is on the agenda for the upcoming Educational Affairs Committee Meeting. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for meeting dates.

If this happens, the student's account will be flagged and their status changed from “Continued Probation” to “Second Academic Dismissal.”

This means that the student will have to sit out of school for one full calendar year. During this time, it is expected that students will reflect on their experience at UGA and identify what barriers prevented them from achieving their academic goals while on continued probation. In addition, students are asked to take this time to rectify any barriers that may be impeding their academic achievement.

Within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, we are dedicated to making sure that our students are provided every resource and opportunity to succeed. When our students are placed on Second Academic Dismissal, they are required to meet with our Academic Counselor, Bekah Ingram, in order to discuss what happened during their time enrolled at UGA. Together, we develop a plan of action to take in order to either take more time off or apply to petition for readmission. Due to the fact that this is a second dismissal, we will have to identify exactly what the problem was that kept the student from maintaining the required 2.3 term GPA as a second dismissal is a more rigorous petitioning process than a first dismissal.

Although it may be tempting to contact the Office of Academic Affairs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, we ask that students contact the Academic Counselor first, as we will redirect them to the appropriate services.

Each student placed on Academic Second Dismissal is sent a letter after the term in which they are placed on dismissal that outlines their responsibilities.

A student placed on Second Academic Dismissal should follow these steps:

  1. Contact Bekah Ingram when the student feels ready to discuss their situation. During this meeting with the Academic Counselor, the student will develop a plan for what to do during their time off, when and if to petition, and how to begin the petitioning process.
    • Bekah will become the student's guiding coach through the petitioning process and will let them know when they are approved to turn in their petition and move forward in the process. However, the student and counselor must first meet face to face in order to begin.
  2. During this time, it is expected that students will reflect on their experience at UGA and identify what barriers prevented them from achieving their academic goals while on continued probation. Being placed on Second Academic Dismissal means that the student has had multiple semesters of unsatisfactory grades and it is imperative that they have a well thought out and thorough plan of action to implement if they hope to return. The year off is a prime opportunity to develop a plan, reflect on, and address any issues the student may be facing.
  3. After meeting with Bekah, the student will go through the following process:
    • Prepare a petition for re-admission
      • This will cover what happened during their time at UGA that led to their dismissal, what the student did with their time off, their specific plan to be successful at UGA, why they believe they're now ready to return (as opposed to waiting more time). Answer the questions: what's different now? How do you know you will be successful? Student should be sure to include their contact information.
      • Submit the petition to Bekah Ingram for edits.
      • After the petition is approved by Bekah, print and sign it.
    • Meet with their Departmental Faculty Mentor.
      • Provide their written petition to the mentor when setting up an appointment.
      • Meet to discuss their petition and request a letter of support, which should be sent directly to the student (PDF signed copies are acceptable).
    • Submit the petition materials in person or via email to Hannah Rull (hannah.rull25@uga.edu) in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Office of Academic Affairs located in 102 Conner Hall. This should include a PDF, signed copy of the petition and the letter of support from the student's advisor. Make an appointment to present this petition.
    • Dr.Broder will review petition materials and meet with the student, along with the Academic Counselor, to discuss the petition.  This is the time for students to make the case that they are prepared to return to school.  Based on this meeting, CAES may or may not provide the student with a letter of support.
    • Submit petition materials to the Educational Affairs Committee (EAC) at the University level.
      • Materials to be submitted include the written petition, as well as any letters of support and other supporting documentation.
      • E-mail, fax, or physical mail are all acceptable methods. Instructions for submitting an appeal can be found here.
      • The student will receive a letter notifying them of the petitions approval or denial from the EAC.
    • If the student is readmitted to the College of Agriculture, they MUST complete the UGA Former Student application. Application deadline is 2 weeks before the first day of class for the application term, so students should apply well in advance even though they will receive a notification that they have an Academic Counseling flag on their registration. Applications are open one term prior to the application. More info can be found here.
  • CAES Office of Academic Affairs
  • 102 Conner Hall
  • Athens, Georgia 30602
  • 706-542-1611

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