First Dismissal

Students are placed on First Academic Dismissal when their cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0 and, while on Continued Probation, they do not maintain a 2.3 semester GPA. Students receive a letter notifying them of the change to their academic standing immediately following the term in which they are dismissed.

Upon a First Academic Dismissal, a student may not re-enroll in the university until a full fall or spring semester has elapsed. (Summer does not count.) During this time, it is expected that students will reflect on their experience at UGA, identify what barriers prevented them from achieving their academic goals, and attempt to remove those barriers.

When CAES students are placed on First Academic Dismissal, they are required to first meet with our Academic Counselor, Bekah Ingram, to discuss what happened during their time enrolled at UGA. Together with the counselor, students develop a plan of action to either take more time off or submit a petition for readmission.

Requirements for Readmission:

All deadlines must be met. We encourage you to start this process early.

Semester Returning Deadline to Meet with Academic Counselor Deadline for Petition to be Submitted to Academic Affairs
Fall May 1st June 1st
Spring October 1st November 1st
Summer February 1st March 1st


A student placed on First Academic Dismissal should follow these steps:

  1. Contact Bekah when they are ready to discuss their situation. During their meeting with the Academic Counselor, the student will develop a plan for what to do during their time off, when and if to petition, and how to begin the petition process. Bekah will coach the student through the petition process and will let them know when they are approved to turn in their petition and move forward through the process.
  2. During this time, it is expected that students will reflect on their experience at UGA and identify what barriers prevented them from achieving their academic goals while on continued probation. Being placed on First Academic Dismissal means there have been multiple semesters of unsatisfactory grades, and it is imperative that students have a well thought out and thorough plan of action to implement if they return. The semester off is a prime opportunity to develop a plan and reflect on and address any issues they may be facing.
  3. After meeting with Bekah, the student should follow these steps:
    • Prepare a petition for readmission
      • Students should discuss what happened while they were at UGA that led to their dismissal, what they did with their time off, their specific plan to be successful at UGA, and why they believe they are now ready to return (as opposed to waiting). Students should be sure to include their contact information and answer the following questions:
        • What's different now?
        • How do you know you will be successful?
      • Students should submit this petition to Bekah for feedback.
      • After the petition is approved by Bekah, the student should print, sign, and scan it.
    • Meet with the student's Faculty Mentor or the department's Undergraduate Coordinator
      • The student should provide their petition to the Faculty Mentor or Coordinator when setting up their appointment.
      • The student and Faculty Mentor or Coordinator should then meet to discuss the petition, and the student should request a letter of support.
      • The student should ensure that the Faculty Mentor or Coordinator submits the letter of support directly to Kelly King.
    • Submit the petition via email to Kelly King. Once both the petition and letter of support have been received by the Office of Academic Affairs, an appointment will be scheduled for the student to present their petition.
    • Dr. Broder, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will review the materials and meet with the student, along with the Academic Counselor, to discuss the petition. This is the time for the student to make their case that they are prepared to return to school.
    • If the petition is approved and the student is readmitted, they will be notified by official letter.

Students scheduling an appointment are required to fill out this form prior to making an appointment in SAGE with Bekah. Meetings are by appointment only.

For more information on UGA Academic Regulations, please refer to the Bulletin.

Rebekah Ingram Academic Coach
Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Office Hours:

  • Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9-11 a.m., Noon-3 p.m.

Kelly S. King Director of Advising and Curriculum
Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs