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Reinstatement Policy

If a student is academically dismissed from the College 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 return through reinstatement until the following January at the earliest; those dismissed in January cannot return through for reinstatement until the following August 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. Improved academic performance does not guarantee reinstatement to Marist.

To be considered for reinstatement, students must submit the following items (all in one packet) to the Center for Advising and Academic Services (CAAS):

  1. A clearly written, signed 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.
    1. If applicable, include medical documentation indicating that circumstances have changed.
  2. 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.
  3. An official, sealed transcript documenting satisfactory academic performance at the other institution. 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. Please note that should your reinstatement be approved you will only be able to register at Marist for the amount of credits you registered for elsewhere not exceeding 12-credits.
  4. Payment of reinstatement $150 in the form of a check made out to Marist College.

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.

Please note:

  1. 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 into Marist.
  2. If a student has no intention of transferring courses back to Marist, they may attend either a 2 or 4 year institution.
  3. Students whose reinstatement is approved can only register for up to the amount of credits taken at the previous institution.
  4. 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.
  5. ALL dismissed students must adhere to the reinstatement policy regardless of how long ago their original dismissal occurred.
  6. 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. Please note that previous Marist students do not have to reapply to the College through Admission.


Academic Dismissal

Students who fail to meet the minimum academic standards of the College during any semester may be academically 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 the Reinstatement site for more information). A student who is dismissed, reinstated then dismissed a second time cannot return to Marist. Note that disciplinary dismissal or probation is a separate entity and these procedures are described in the Marist College Student Handbook. Below are the specifics on how to appeal. Students must abide by the mandatory time and date deadline set by the Center for Advising & Academic Services (CAAS). 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 well written, typed, 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 decides.
  • 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?

No. 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?

No. 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.