Counseling Service

Responding the the Academically Dismissed Student

Check the University’s Office of the Registrar’s website for official policies regarding academic dismissal.

Problems leading to academic dismissal often include wrong major; financial difficulties; too many outside work hours; an accident; illness of student or family members; the need for improved study skills, especially time management; and a failure to use campus resources.

The student can write a letter of appeal to the Faculty Petition Board, explaining specific problems during the semester and the planned interventions to insure future academic success.

  • Talk with the student in private.
  • Listen to the student’s concerns.
  • Remind the student that current academic requirements and policies are listed in the Schedule of Classes, in the UMD Catalog, and on the UMD website.
  • Have the student explain the main reasons for the dismissal.
  • Ask the student if he/she has seen an academic advisor.
  • Refer the student to an academic advisor to develop a two-semester corrective plan.
  • Encourage the student to write a letter of appeal to the Faculty Petition Board, Office of Reinstatement and Re-enrollment, Mitchell Building.
  • Refer the student to the Learning Assistance Service of the Counseling Center for academic support.
  • Refer the student to the Counseling Service of the Counseling Center for personal/social counseling or educational/vocational counseling
  • Assuming the student can work through the problems without developing a network of support on campus.
  • Discouraging the student from applying for reinstatement.
  • Reaching the conclusion that the student will not be reinstated.