Reinstatement/Dismissal Appeal Policy
- Received notification that you've been dismissed and you want to appeal the dismissal?
- Received notification that you've been dismissed and you do not want to appeal the dismissal?
- Been dismissed in a previous semester and you want to return to Marist?
For students not appealing a dismissal or whose appeal of dismissal was deniedIf a student is dismissed from the College for academic reasons and if an appeal was not granted, or the student does not appeal, a student may apply for a one-time reinstatement to Marist College no earlier than one fall or spring semester following the dismissal after having proved successful academic performance at another approved institution. Students dismissed in June cannot apply for reinstatement until the following January at the earliest; those dismissed in January cannot apply for reinstatement until the following September at the earliest. However, most students will want to take more than one semester to consider whether to seek permission to continue their studies at Marist.
To be considered for reinstatement, the dismissed student must submit the following items to the Center for Advising and Academic Services (CAAS):
- A clearly written statement, addressed to the Academic Standards Committee, offering direct, verifiable evidence of seriousness of purpose in returning to academic studies at Marist College. This letter should outline a plan for academic success, including resources intended to be used and ways to improve/change in order to be successful.
- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the other institution attended. The letter should be written on official institutional letterhead, sealed, and signed by the faculty member across the seal. Also included, if applicable, could be medical documentation indicating that circumstances have changed.
- An official transcript documenting satisfactory full-time academic performance at another institution of higher learning in the period following dismissal from Marist, if the student was a full-time student. Part time students may submit an official transcript documenting satisfactory part-time academic performance and must be a part-time student during the semester of reinstatement. For reinstatement purposes, satisfactory performance is defined as earning a grade of “C” or higher in each course during a traditional semester (fall or spring) where a minimum of 12 credits, taken concurrently (minimum of 6 credits, taken concurrently for part-time students) has been completed.
- Payment of reinstatement $150 fee.
After reviewing the submitted materials, the Academic Standards Committee has the authority to reinstate the student on a provisional basis. The Committee may require: limited course loads, mandated academic support services, restricted extracurricular activity and any combination of requirements that help to enhance academic performance. Reinstated students are automatically placed on high-risk academic probation and are required to achieve at least a 2.0 semester grade point average during this and every subsequent semester. Under no circumstances will a student be reinstated to Marist more than once.
- If a student is looking to transfer back courses taken at another institution they are advised to complete the REQUEST TO TAKE A COURSE AT ANOTHER COLLEGE form and understand the instructions listed on the form. Students are advised to consult their major Dean/Chairs for advice regarding which courses in their Major and Core curriculum can be taken at another institution. If this form is not completed, there is no guarantee courses will transfer back.
- If a student has no intention of transferring courses back to Marist, they may attend either a 2 or 4 year institution.
- Reinstatement applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Center for Advising and Academic Services at least two months in advance of the semester for which they are seeking permission to return.
- ALL dismissed students must adhere to the reinstatement policy regardless of how long ago their original dismissal occurred.
- Students not in attendance for more than four semesters must also contact the Registrar’s Office for a readmit application once they have been reinstated.
Appeal information for students who have been dismissed for the first time
Students who fail to meet the minimum academic standards of the College during any semester may be dismissed. Every Marist student has one opportunity to appeal a first time academic dismissal. If an appeal is not granted, or a student does not appeal, a student may apply for a one-time reinstatement to Marist College (see Reinstatement for more information). Below are the specifics on how to appeal. Remember to abide by the mandatory time and date deadline set by the Academic Standards Committee. Any appeals received after the appeal deadline will not be accepted.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING APPEALS OF ACADEMIC DISMISSALS
How do I appeal my dismissal? Is there a form?
While there is no standard form, a student’s appeal is a letter addressed to the Academic Standards Committee. The letter should be typed, well-written and should contain the following elements:
- A clear elaboration of the circumstances that contributed to poor academic performance.
- Official documentation that verifies their statement (i.e. medical notes, faculty recommendations, proof of hour’s worked, legal documents, etc.).
- If the student was on Academic Probation prior to their dismissal, they should describe their compliance with the last probationary contract.
- A description of the steps they would take to improve their academic standing if given a chance to return to Marist.
- A student’s letter should be signed and it should contain contact information so they could be notified once the Committee makes a decision.
- Please note that late appeals will not be considered and in such cases the initial dismissal will stand.
How long should my appeal letter be?
There is no recommended length for an academic appeal and therefore it can be as long or as short as necessary to fully describe and document circumstances. Keep in mind that each letter is read completely, so only include relevant information. It is highly recommended the letter be proofread.
Can I appeal to the Committee in person?
Many years ago, Marist allowed students to appeal in person. This is no longer an option. Some students are comfortable discussing personal information in front of a group and others are not. Some students live locally and others do not. In order to be sure that each student has an equal and independent chance for reinstatement, the Committee utilizes a standardized process of document collection and analysis.
What percentage of appeals are granted?
Appeals are decided based upon the merit of each case and not the volume of cases. Therefore there is no set pattern to the ratio of appeals requested to appeals granted. As stated above, every student has an equal and independent chance for reinstatement.
I am going to be away during the time the Committee is deliberating. Can you leave a message with my parent/guardian regarding the outcome of my appeal in my absence?
Given the limits set by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), notice of a student’s academic standing cannot be given to anyone but the student.