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Office of Student Success

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

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, attempted 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.

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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:

Visit the University Technology Services forms website 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.

Meet with OSS

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

Email us to

  • set up a virtual meeting with a Student Success staff member
  • ask any questions about this process and next steps
Dismissal FAQ's
What does being dismissed mean?
This means a student has been academically dismissed from the university for not meeting the minimum GPA according to the academic dismissal chart (refer to the Probation and Dismissal Policy tab). If this is a First or Second dismissal, the students is  academically dismissed from Oakland University for two consecutive semesters. If this is a Third dismissal, the dismissal is permanent.
What happens after I’ve been dismissed?
You will be notified by the Office of Student Success staff in three formats (OU email, call, letter) about your academic dismissal.  If this is your First or Second dismissal, you  are academically dismissed from Oakland University for two consecutive semesters. If this is your Third dismissal, the dismissal is permanent.

If this is your First dismissal,  there are two options:

Option 1: Appeal (within 7 calendar days)

  • Go to (https://www.oakland.edu/uts/efficient-processes-forms/forms/) and select the Academic Dismissal Request Form. (Use Firefox or Google Chrome to complete the form. Do not use Internet Explorer)
  • Complete the online form, and be sure to scan and attach documentation that supports the appeal reason.
  • Appeals will be reviewed by the Academic Standing and Honors Committee (ASH).
  • Continue to attend your OU classes during the appeal process, however you are encouraged to have alternate plans, such as register for community college classes so you do not miss community college registration deadlines if appeal is denied.

If your appeal is approved, you will be allowed to continue taking classes and must complete the stipulations given from the Academic Standing and Honors Committee, and earn a semester GPA of a 2.00 or higher until your overall GPA is back to Good Standing (2.00).

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.

Option 2: Do not appeal dismissal

  • If you decide not to appeal your dismissal or if your appeal is denied, you will be withdrawn from all future courses, if applicable, and will receive 100% refund on tuition.
  • You may apply for readmission after two semesters unless otherwise stipulated.
    • contact your Academic Adviser for the best courses for you to take at another institution;
    • take new courses and do not repeat courses you have already taken at OU;
    • earn a 2.5 or higher GPA. 

If you live on campus in university housing, please contact the University Housing Office at 248-370-3570 immediately to discuss the status of your housing contract.

Reasons to Appeal Academic Dismissal
Reasons to appeal could include:
  • a crisis situation with letter on letterhead from employer, legal, medical or other relevant professional;
  • military duty with copy of official orders for active duty;
  • a medical condition with doctor’s letter on letterhead verifying nature of conditions and dates of treatment;
  • a job conflict with employers’ letterhead confirming date and necessity of job changes;
  • financial problems with documentation of university error directly causing the financial problem.
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 or to discuss Payment Plans, contact Student Financial Services at (248) 370-2550 or visit their office in North Foundation Hall, Room 120.
Should I take classes at a community college?
If you elect to take community college classes during your time away from OU:
  • contact your Academic Adviser for the best courses for you to take at another institution;
  • take new courses and do not repeat courses you have already taken at OU;
  • earn a 2.5 or higher GPA.
What if I've already taken the maximum credits allowed at a community college?
If you have taken the maximum credits allowed to transfer from 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.