Academic Regulations Committee

Reinstatement Process

Reinstatement Following Academic Dismissal

Students placed on Academic Dismissal may only return to USF under the University's Academic Renewal policy, USF policy 10-075. Academic Renewal allows students previously dismissed or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00 to renew their pursuit of baccalaureate degrees without the responsibility of having to overcome the entire burden of low grades and low grade-point-averages.

If academically dismissed from USF, a student may not return to USF as a non-degree seeking student.

To be eligible for academic renewal, the student must select a major in which they will graduate according to the degree progression policy, USF policy 10-505. Students who choose to take courses at a non-USF institution should meet with the academic advisor of their intended USF major prior to enrolling in courses elsewhere. Those who qualify for Academic Renewal may, with the approval of the Academic Regulations Committee, have portions of their academic record excluded from their grade point averages (GPAs). Grades or sanctions assigned because of academic integrity violations are not eligible for removal or consideration under academic renewal. If approved, the entire academic record will continue to be reflected on their transcripts even though selected portion will not be counted in their GPAs. Academic Renewal students are admitted with the same terms of academic probation and dismissal as all other undergraduate students.

Academic Renewal will only be applied to a student's record one time at USF. Students readmitted under academic renewal may be excluded from admission to limited access programs and will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned. Students returning to the University under Academic Renewal may incur excess hours and associated monetary penalty, and it may affect financial aid, tuition assistance, use of Veterans educational benefits, or a student’s visa status. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the associated offices to evaluate any potential financial impacts of Academic Renewal.

ARC petitions for reinstatement are not subject to appeal at the College or University level

Academic Renewal I (AR-I)

Students who have been academically dismissed or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.0 may petition the Academic Regulations Committee to return to the University under AR-I. A student will be considered for reinstatement to the University under Academic Renewal I after completing all requirements for the Associate of Arts degree or equivalent (including general education, State Communication and Computation Requirements, formerly known as Gordon Rule) at a two- or four-year college other than USF.

Approved Academic Renewal I students will enter USF as an upper-level student and their USF grade point average will be calculated from that point forward. While AR-I is required for students who have earned less than 60 credit hours, it is not restricted to those students. In order to graduate following re-admission under AR-I, all campus and major residency and degree requirements must be met.

Students must:

  1. Complete Florida public AA degree.
  2. Submit a new undergraduate admissions application as well as all official transcripts.
  3. Meet with the academic advisor in the major they intend to pursue upon return and complete the Academic Advising Record for Reinstatement Through Academic Renewal form.
  4. Complete the Reinstatement After Academic Dismissal form, and check the box for "ARI".
  5. Write a personal statement addressing why they should be considered for reinstatement, how they have overcome specific barriers that previously affected academic success and a clear rationale for pursuit of the selected major.
  6. Submit all materials for the Reinstatement petition packet (steps 1 through 4) to the ARC representative in the college of the major they intend to pursue upon return to USF, at least three weeks prior to the start of term.

Academic Renewal II (AR-II)

Academic Renewal II is available to students who were academically dismissed or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00 and have 60 or more earned credits from USF or other institutions of higher education. These students will be considered for reinstatement to the University under Academic Renewal II, after a break in USF enrollment for a full academic year (fall, spring, summer). Students may choose to complete major prerequisites at a non-USF institution during this time, but are not required to do so.  Following readmission under Academic Renewal II, students will have their USF GPA calculated from that point forward. In order to graduate, following readmission under ARII, all campus and major residency and degree requirements must be met.

Students must:

  1. Submit a new undergraduate admissions application. Note: Official trascripts must be received in USF Admissions if student was enrolled at another institution during their year away from USF. 
  2. Meet with the academic advisor in the major they intend to pursue upon return and complete the Academic Advising Record for Reinstatement Through Academic Renewal form.
  3. Complete the Reinstatement After Academic Dismissal form, and check the box for "ARII." 
  4. Write a personal statement addressing why they should be considered for reinstatement, how they have overcome specific barriers that previously affected academic success and a clear rationale for pursuit of the selected major.
  5. Students should submit the Reinstatement petition packet (steps 1 through 4) to the ARC representative in the college of the major they intend to pursue upon return to USF, at least three weeks prior to the the start of the term.