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Scholastic Probation

If you receive a SAN from the Student Advising Office regarding a scholastic dismissal appeal, you may download the form here. Please pay close attention to the instructions listed on the document. All appeals must be completed and returned to the Student Advising Office by 12:00 PM (noon - central time) on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018. Late materials will not be accepted.

All students need a 2.00 grade-point average (GPA) to be in good standing. Your scholastic standing at The University of Texas at Austin is determined by your UT GPA and the total number of hours attempted (both UT and transfer credits).

This means the more college hours you have--no matter where you took them--the higher your grades at UT must be to avoid scholastic dismissal once you are on scholastic probation.

Scholastic probation can be caused by various situations: academic, personal or emotional. If you are experiencing academic difficulty during the semester your GPA falls below 2.00, don't wait! See your academic advisor as soon as possible. Your advisor can discuss academic strategies, explain your options, and give you positive suggestions to improve your academic situation.

The Comm Back on Track Program

If you have been notified that you have been placed on scholastic probation, you will be required to participate in the Comm Back on Track program for as long as you stay on probation.

The Comm Back on Track program’s primary goal is to assist students in getting back on the track to graduation by providing guidance and support.   Regular meetings with academic advisors will supply an opportunity for students to develop a mentoring relationship as well as give students the chance to explore all aspects of their potential academic success.

Comm Back on Track students are strongly encouraged to meet with their assigned academic advisor PRIOR to the start of every semester to review their course selections and to establish when and how often they will meet with their advisor throughout the semester.  Students will also be required to complete a Comm Back on Track agreement that will outline the minimum grades needed for the student to be removed from scholastic probation or the minimum grades needed for a student to be eligible to be continued on scholastic probation.

At the end of the semester, student grades are evaluated by the College of Communication to verify a student’s performance.  If a student meets the minimum standard that was agreed upon with their advisor in their Comm Back on Track agreement, they will be eligible to continue at the University under scholastic probation.  

Students who do not meet the terms of their agreement or who fail to meet with their academic advisors at all while on scholastic probation, will be subject to dismissal.  All students up for dismissal are notified directly after the semester ends about the appeals process and deadlines.

Important Documents (download)

Comm Back on Track Student Assessment

Comm Back on Track Student Agreement

Campus Resource Visit Form


Probation and Dismissal

Scholastic Probation occurs any time your UT GPA falls below 2.00. When you are on probation you are still eligible to attend The University. When you are on probation you MUST register for 12 hours of letter-graded work, unless you have received permission from the Dean for Student Affairs to enroll as a part-time student.

Scholastic Dismissal occurs when you have been on probation at least one semester, you have not raised your GPA to a 2.00 or above and your GPA falls below a set "standard,” (set by the University) and you/or you have failed to meet the stipulations outlined in your Comm Back on Track agreement.   It means that you are not eligible to attend The University.

Returning to UT After an Academic Dismissal

First Academic Dismissal

If you wish to return to the University after your dismissal period ends, you must apply for readmission through the UT Admissions Office, pay an application fee, and submit any necessary transcripts. Application materials must be submitted by the posted application deadline. You will follow the readmission guidelines for “former UT students”. To be eligible to reenroll, a former student who has subsequently attended another college must submit an official transcript from each college showing a grade point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale for all transferable coursework he or she has undertaken since leaving the University.

A student who leaves the University on scholastic probation will be on scholastic probation when readmitted, even if he or she has attended another institution in the interim. You will need to meet with your academic advisor prior registration to discuss remaining degree requirements, academic strategies, and removal of any registration advising bars.

Second Academic Dismissal

If you wish to return to the University after your dismissal period ends, you must 1) apply for readmission and 2) submit an appeal to the College of Communication Student Deans for permission to return.

You may apply for readmission through the UT Admissions Office, pay an application fee, and submit any necessary transcripts. Application materials must be submitted by the posted application deadline. You will follow the readmission guidelines for “former UT students”. To be eligible to reenroll, a former student who has subsequently attended another college must submit an official transcript from each college showing a grade point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale for all transferable coursework he or she has undertaken since leaving the University.

You may submit a General Appeal form (pdf) to the College of Communication Student Deans through the Student Advising Office, BMC 2.600 (512 471-1553). Please include your UT EID, contact information, the semester you wish to return, and any information concerning your academic circumstances you wish to be considered regarding your readmission request.

Under certain circumstances, you may be granted an appeal to return before the end of the three-year dismissal period, if you raise your UT GPA to at least a 2.0 overall while on dismissal. This may only be achieved by registering for online coursework through the University Extension program (http://www.utexas.edu/ce/uex/). Course work taken at other institutions, including community colleges, does not factor into your GPA, even though it may count towards your degree. You may only appeal for early reentry after your UT GPA is at least 2.0.

A student who leaves the University on scholastic probation will be on scholastic probation when readmitted, even if he or she has attended another institution in the interim. You will need to meet with your academic advisor prior registration to discuss remaining degree requirements, academic strategies, and removal of any registration advising bars.

Third Academic Dismissal

A third academic dismissal is considered a permanent dismissal from The University and you are ineligible for reentry.