Administrative Withdrawal and Academic Dismissal

Excelsior College reserves the right to academically dismiss students from a degree program and may administratively withdraw them from the college when warranted.

Administrative Withdrawal

Administrative withdrawal from the College may result for the following reasons:

  1. By student request.
  2. Failure to resolve student account balances.
  3. Failure to meet credit requirement to be enrolled as outlined in Admission, Matriculation and Enrollment Policy.
  4. Violation of College policies.
  5. Involuntary withdrawal to maintain the health, safety, or welfare of the campus community.
  6. Behavioral misconduct.

Students administratively withdrawn from the College for reasons 1, 2, and 3 above are eligible for reactivation to their original academic policy date within 90 days of withdrawal:

  • At their signed request.
  • By resolving any balance on their student account.
  • By contacting their academic advisor with a plan for degree progression.

After 90 days, they will need to reapply and/or reenroll if they meet admission criteria in place at the time of application or enrollment.

Students administratively withdrawn from the College for reason 4 should refer to the specific policy for additional information about reengagement with the College.

Students administratively withdrawn from the College for reason 5 are eligible to appeal to the Provost to be allowed to reapply to Excelsior after one year. They will need to provide information on what has changed that will allow them to be successful since their previous enrollment. If granted, students will need to reapply to the college and will be under policies in effect at the time of application/enrollment.

Students withdrawn from the college for reason 6 are not eligible for reengagement with the college.

Academic Dismissal

Students can be academically dismissed from their degree program for the following reasons

  1. Failure to maintain good academic standing (Academic Probation)
  2. Accumulation of 6 Administrative course Withdrawals (AW) in undergraduate courses or 4 AWs in graduate courses
  3. Exceeding program time limits.
  4. Failure to complete non-nursing courses that are required to be taken at Excelsior after three attempts.
  5. Failure to achieve the minimum grade requirement in any undergraduate nursing component requirement of an undergrad nursing program within two attempts (exception, see point 7 below).
  6. Failure to maintain a minimum Nursing Component GPA of 2.00 in all undergraduate nursing programs.
  7. Failure of an associate degree nursing phase 3 required nursing course.

Students academically dismissed from a program for reasons 1 and 2 are administratively withdrawn from the college and cannot appeal their dismissal. Non-Nursing students are eligible to appeal for readmission to a program one year after administrative withdrawal. Nursing students are eligible to appeal for readmission to the program five years after administrative withdrawal. The appeal needs to be submitted to the Dean of the school offering the program. They will need to provide information on what has changed that will allow them to be successful since their previous enrollment. If granted, students will need to reapply to the college and will be under policies in effect at the time of admission.

Students academically dismissed from a Program for reasons 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 cannot appeal their dismissal but may be eligible to transfer to a different program within 60 days of their dismissal. When transferring, students must meet the admission requirements of the new program. After 60 days if the student has not transferred, they will be administratively withdrawn from the College. Non-Nursing students are eligible to appeal for readmission to a program one year after administrative withdrawal. Nursing students are eligible to appeal for readmission to the program five years after administrative withdrawal. The appeal needs to be submitted to the Dean of the school offering the program. They will need to provide information on what has changed that will allow them to be successful since their previous enrollment. If granted, students will need to reapply to the college and will be under policies in effect at the time of admission.

See the Student Appeals Policy for further details.

Procedures

Administrative Withdrawal

1. Student request for withdrawal from the College.

Students who wish to withdraw from the College should either use the online withdrawal request form (login required) or send a signed request to the Office of The Registrar.

2. Administrative withdrawal for violation of College policies

The College reserves the right to administratively withdraw students for violation of College policies:

The student will be notified in writing that they have been suspended pending administrative withdrawal from the College.

Students will have 30 calendar days to appeal the pending administrative withdrawal. The appeal must be submitted to the Provost. See the Student Appeals Policy for further details.

Students withdrawn from the College for violation of policy should refer to the specific policy for additional information.

4. Involuntary Withdrawal

The College reserves the right to involuntarily withdraw a student if there is sufficient evidence that the student is engaging in, or is likely to engage in, behavior that either poses a danger or disrupts the learning or living environment of others.

The student will be notified in writing that he/she has been withdrawn from the College. Students involuntarily withdrawn may not appeal their withdrawal.