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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, 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.

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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 assisting students in understanding what dismissal means and whether or not to complete the Academic Dismissal Appeal Request Form.

We encourage students to call the office at 248-370-4480 to set up a meeting with a Student Success staff member to discuss the appeal process and answer any questions.

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 dismissal chart (refer to the Probation and Dismissal Policy tab). 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.
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 or to discuss Payment Plans, 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.  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, one of your options would be to appeal the dismissal.
  • 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.
  • You may only appeal if this is your first dismissal from the University. 
If it is your First dismissal and you choose not to appeal, you are academically dismissed from Oakland University for two consecutive semesters. After that time, you can then re-apply for readmission to Oakland University after the two consecutive semesters have passed.
What should I do during the time I am dismissed from the institution?
If you have courses you can take at a community college, then you 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.
  • Take new courses and not courses you have already taken at OU. Consult your Academic Adviser for the best courses for you to take at another institution.
  • If you no longer have 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.