Office of Student Success

North Foundation Hall Rm 157
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4480
Fax: (248) 370-4485
studentsuccess@oakland.edu

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Academic Dismissal

Academic dismissal is the academic status for students who were on academic probation, earned 24 or more credit hours and do not have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00. Academic dismissal occurs at the end of each semester after official grades have been completed.

Winter 2019 Academic Dismissal Appeal Request Forms due by May 7, 2019 by 1:00p.m.

Dismissal Appeal

The first time a student is dismissed, they have the opportunity to appeal the dismissal. This must be done within 7 calendar days by completing the online form:

Click here then select Academic Dismissal Appeal Request Form and attach supporting documentation for the appeal.

All forms submitted by the set date and time will be reviewed by the Academic Standing and Honors Committee. The Academic Standing and Honors Committee will meet the first week of the following semester to review all appeals.

All students who complete an Academic Dismissal Appeal Request Form will be notified of the Academic Standing and Honors Committee's decision as to whether their appeal has been granted or denied and should continue attending classes until instructed otherwise.

Winter 2019 Academic Dismissal Appeal Request Forms due by May 7, 2019 by 1:00p.m.

Meet with OSS

The Office of Student Success is committed to assisting students in understanding what dismissal means and whether or not to complete the Academic Dismissal Appeal Request Form.

Students can call the office at 248-370-4480 to set up a meeting with a Student Success staff member to discuss the appeal process or email us with any questions at studentsuccess@oakland.edu

Dismissal FAQ's
What does being dismissed mean?
This means a student has been dismissed from the university for not meeting the minimum GPA according to the dismissal chart. (refer to the Probation and Dismissal Policy tab)

How will I know if I have been academically dismissed?
The Office of Student Success will make three contacts notifying you of your academic dismissal status:
  1. notification through your Oakland University email;
  2. call placed to the phone number on file in SAIL;
  3. official letter sent to your permanent mailing address on file in SAIL.

Does being dismissed affect my scholarship(s), grant(s), or financial aid?
Yes, students who have been dismissed no longer meet the requirements for scholarships, grants for financial aid. For more information, contact Student Financial Services at (248) 370-2550 or visit their office in North Foundation Hall, Room 120.

What happens after I’ve been dismissed?
You will be notified in three formats (email, call, letter) about your academic dismissal.

One of your options would be to appeal the dismissal.
  • If your appeal is approved, you will be allowed to continue taking classes, with the understanding that your semester GPA is a 2.00 or higher. You will also be required to follow any stipulations that have been applied to your approved appeal such as meeting with an Academic Adviser or reducing the amount of credits you are taking for the following semester.
  • If your appeal is denied, you would follow any of the stipulations stated in the appeal letter and not attend Oakland University for 2 consecutive semesters. After this time has passed and you have completed the stipulations, you can then re-apply for readmission to Oakland University by the due dates provided on the readmission form.
  • You may only appeal if this is your first dismissal from the University. 
If you choose not to appeal, you will not attend Oakland University for two consecutive semesters and can then re-apply for readmission to Oakland University after this time has passed by the due dates provided on the readmission form.

What should I do during the time I am dismissed from the institution?
If a student has courses they can take at a community college, then they would be encouraged to take courses and earn a 2.5 or higher GPA. Students should first meet with their Academic Adviser to discuss the best courses to take.
  • It is not recommended to repeat a course at another institution because that course will not improve your GPA. For more details, review the Undergraduate Catalog and consult your Academic Adviser for the best courses for you to take while you are not attending Oakland University.
  • If a student no longer has the option of taking courses at a community college, then it is recommended students gain other skills while away, such as:
    • complete study skills workshops to enhance their academic performance;
    • meet with a faculty adviser to discuss academic success strategies for when the student hopes to reapply to Oakland University;
    • job shadowing in the career they are interested;
    • meet with a member of the Office of Student Success.
Probation and Dismissal Policy

You can view the Probation and Dismissal Policy on our Academic Probation page.