What does it mean to be academically dismissed?

The College initiates an academic standing review as soon as the Registrar’s Office completes their end of term grade processing, generally within two weeks of the end of the fall and spring terms. If your GPA indicates that you are academically dismissed, the director of Student Advising and Academic Support will send you an email (to your Purchase email account only) and in hard copy to the home address you have listed with the College.

I just got a notice of Academic Dismissal, what do I do?

First, don’t panic. The first time that you receive a notice of academic dismissal, you have the right to submit an appeal to the Academic Review Committee, which is a group of 5 voting faculty members from across the College along with non-voting support staff from Student Affairs. The Committee is chaired by Jennifer Shingelo, Director of Student Advising and Academic Support (non-voting). If you have questions or concerns about this process, please reach out to Jennifer at 914-251-3998 or jennifer.shingelo@purchase.edu.

Second, understand that this is not a punitive process. We want to ensure that you are able to fully engage in your education here at Purchase without negatively impacting your finanical aid or your GPA. Sometimes, we find that students may be juggling too much (family obligations, work, mental or physical health issues) and need to re-assess whether now is the right time to be in college. The academic dismissal may serve as a “wake up call” which indicates that you may need to take a break and get some extra support before continuing your studies. Your mental, physical, and emotional health need to come first.

How do I appeal?

Instructions and deadlines  are stated both in your dismissal letter and will be updated  below each semester. Since the academic dismissal process might be challenging for you, we encourage you to read the letter and guidelines very carefully, and several times, so that you don’t miss an important piece of information or react hastily. You will find answers to most or all of your questions within the letter and on this page.  See below for tips on answering the appeal questions.

Timeline for Fall 2022 dismissals:

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 Final grades due to Registrar
Thursday, December 29th, 2022 Dismissal emails sent to students’ Purchase email addresses 
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023 Written appeals will be due via the link on this page (link will be posted by 12/21)
Thursday & Friday January 5th & 6th, 2023 Academic Review Committee Meets to review appeals
Monday, January 9th, 2023 by 5:00pm EST Results of Appeals sent to students’ Purchase email addresses

 

The college will accept only written appeals through the above link (i.e., we do not consider face-to-face or phone appeals).  As indicated in your letter, you may submit written documentation that substantiates an extenuating circumstance (e.g. unforeseen personal issue) or letter that supports your academic reinstatement (e.g. from a professor). You are responsible for furnishing any documentation you wish for us to read; please do not provide phone numbers for us to call or indicate support is available upon request. You may upload this documention in the appeal form as indicated.

The Academic Review Committee (ARC) carefully reviews every appeal and determines whether to give a student the opportunity to return on academic probation or to academically dismiss the student from the College. All cases are afforded the same due process and consideration. The terms of academic reinstatement and probation will be included in the reinstatement letter.