Academic Dismissal FAQ

Academic Dismissal FAQ

  1. What is academic dismissal?
  2. What happens if I am academically dismissed from Luther College?
  3. What if I think my dismissal is because of circumstances out of my control?
  4. How do I begin the appeal process?
  5. What is a Dismissal Appeal Form?
  6. What happens once I submit an appeal form?
  7. Who will determine the status of my appeal?
  8. What are the chances of my appeal being approved?
  9. How will I be notified about the outcome of my appeal?
  10. What happens if my appeal is approved?
  11. If my appeal is approved, do I have to register for classes again?
  12. What happens if my appeal is denied?
  13. I received an academic dismissal letter, but I am registered for next semester. What happens to those classes?
  14. Does this dismissal apply to other colleges?
  15. Where can I get information about my future education options if I am dismissed?
  16. When will I be eligible to return to Luther College?

1. Q: What is academic dismissal?

A: Students on academic probation risk dismissal from Luther College. Full-time students on probation will be dismissed if:

  • they remain on academic probation for three consecutive semesters having not yet achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • they fail to adhere to the conditions of enrollment  established by the committee on academic progress.
  • they earn a term GPA of less than 2.00 (12 hours minimum fall or spring, 4 hours minimum January term), unless the term GPA raises the cumulative GPA above the minimum level for academic probation.

The college reserves the right at any time to dismiss any student who was not previously on academic probation. [Back to top] 

2. Q: What happens if I am academically dismissed from Luther College?

A: Academic dismissal means that you are no longer in a degree program, lose all financial aid, and are not eligible to return to Luther College without completing the academic appeal process and being approved for re-admittance. [Back to top]

3. Q: What if I think my dismissal is because of circumstances out of my control?

A: You need to fill out an Dismissal Appeal Form in which you will be able to explain your situation. [Back to top] 

4. Q: How do I begin the appeal process?

A: To begin the Academic Appeal process, you must complete the Dismissal Appeal Form and submit documentation to support the appeal. The plan and all supporting documentation must be returned to SASC by the stated deadline on the written notification. [Back to top] 

5. Q: What is a Dismissal Appeal Form?

A: The Dismissal Appeal Form is an opportunity for you to reflect on the things that did not go well in the previous semesters and what you need to do in response. [Back to top] 

6. Q: What happens once I submit an appeal form?

A: Once you submit your appeal, the Academic Progress Committee will review and act on your appeal. [Back to top] 

7. Q: Who will determine the status of my appeal?

A: The Academic Progress Committee will determine the status of your appeal.  The committee consists of representatives from the faculty, Student Life, Financial Aid, Admissions and the Registrar's Office. [Back to top] 

8. Q: What are the chances of my appeal being approved?

A: Once you have completed the appeal form, the Academic Progress Committee reads each appeal individually and makes decisions on a case by case basis. The information that you provide assists the committee with their decision. All decisions made by the Academic Progress Committee are final. Materials submitted by students are confidential and do not become any part of the student's academic record. [Back to top] 

9. Q: How will I be notified about the outcome of my appeal?

A: You will be notified in writing regarding the outcome of your appeal. Students may contact the Registrar's Office with any questions regarding the appeal process and/or decision at 563-387-1167. If you have questions regarding the transition from Luther please contact SASC at 563-387-1270.[Back to top] 

10. Q: What happens if my appeal is approved?

A: If your academic appeal is approved, you will be reinstated with probationary status and required to meet conditions specified by the Academic Progress Committee. One of these requirements is that you achieve a semester GPA of at least 2.0.[Back to top] 

11. Q: If my appeal is approved, do I have to register for classes again? 

A: No. You will still be registered for the classes you signed up for in the previous semester; however, you may need to make changes based on your plan. [Back to top]

12. Q: What happens if my appeal is denied?

A: You will be notified in writing regarding the status of your appeal and when you will be eligible to return to Luther College. All pre-registered classes will be dropped. Students may contact the Registrar's Office with any questions regarding reinstatement at 563-387-1167. [Back to top] 

13. Q: I received an academic dismissal letter, but I am registered for next semester. What happens to those classes?

A: If you do not file an appeal for readmission or your appeal is denied, those pre-registered classes will be dropped. [Back to top] 

14. Q: Does this dismissal apply to other colleges?

A: No. This academic dismissal applies only to your status at Luther College. [Back to top] 

15. Q: Where can I get information about my future education options if I am dismissed? 

A: If you have questions regarding the transition from Luther please contact SASC at 563-387-1270. [Back to top] 

16. Q: When will I be eligible to return to Luther College? 

A: Dismissed students, regardless of their financial aid status, must file an academic appeal. Academic dismissal remains in effect until the student has been readmitted to the college by the Academic Progress Committee. In addition to your appeal, the committee would like to see evidence of taking a minimum of 12 transferable credits with at least a 2.5 GPA from another institution. [Back to top]