Academic Dismissal FAQ

What is academic dismissal?

Students will be dismissed when their cumulative GPA falls below 1.0. 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.

What happens if I am academically dismissed from Luther College?

Academic dismissal means that you are no longer in a degree program and are not eligible to return to Luther College without completing the academic appeal process and being approved for re-admittance. Your courses for the next term will be dropped.

When can I appeal my dismissal?

Dismissal appeals will be reviewed at the end of Fall semester (first week of January) and at the end of Spring semester (first week of June.) Students who have been dismissed will receive an official letter from the Registrar at the end of each semester. At that time, if a student wishes to appeal the dismissal they may first contact the Office of Student Life at [email protected] or 563-387-1020 and they will assist you with completion of both the Dismissal Appeal and Readmission Form (appeal form will be available online once all semester grades have been submitted.) and the Academic Success Plan (ASP).

How do I begin the appeal process?

First, to begin the Academic Appeal process, you must contact the Office of Student Life at [email protected] or 563-387-1020 and they will assist you with the completion of the Dismissal Appeal and Readmission Form and the Academic Success Plan (ASP). Both forms must be submitted by the stated deadline on the written notification. The Dismissal Appeal Form asks the following questions:

1. Please describe the circumstances that contributed to or caused your academic difficulties in your last semester at Luther College.

2. Were there additional factors or extenuating circumstances that interfered with your academic progress? If so, please describe.

3. Provide a detailed plan to improve your academic performance if you are reinstated. Describe how the issue(s) mentioned in this form will be addressed. The committee is looking for specific examples.

Second, you will be required to complete the Academic Success Plan (ASP).

What happens once I submit an appeal form and who will determine my status?

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.

What are the chances of my appeal being approved?

Once you have submitted 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. Please note that appeals must be based on extenuating circumstances and very few appeals immediately following dismissal are approved.

How will I be notified about the outcome of my appeal?

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 CAE at 563-387-1270.

What happens if my appeal is approved?

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.

If my appeal is approved, do I have to register for classes again?

Yes. You will need to meet with your advisor to select and register for courses for the next term.

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

Those courses will be dropped from your schedule. You will no longer be enrolled in classes at Luther.

Do I need to move out of my residence hall after dismissal?

Yes, you should be in communication with Student Life (563)387-1020 to receive information about checking out of the residence halls and other pertinent information, ie. student employment, SPO, billing, etc.

Does this dismissal apply to other colleges?

No. This academic dismissal applies only to your status at Luther College.

Where can I get information about my future education options if I am dismissed? 

Attending a community college or taking online courses is an option. If you have questions regarding the transition from Luther please contact CAE at 563-387-1270.

When will I be eligible to return to Luther College? 

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.