Academic Disqualification

As per USF's undergraduate student regulations and policies, academic disqualification constitutes the termination of a student's relationship with the University for unsatisfactory academic performance. A disqualified student may not register in any of the University's courses and is denied all privileges of student status.

The following students are subject to disqualification:

  • Students who, after being placed on academic probation, fail to achieve a 2.0 (C) average for the work undertaken during the probationary semester.
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Appeal and Petition Instructions

Students who have been academically disqualified from the University of San Francisco are not eligible to enroll or continue in any coursework at USF without going through the Appeal process. To formally appeal the disqualification, students must submit Petition Materials (Written Petition Application and Names of Professional Recommendations) to be reviewed by the Academic Disqualification Committee.

Before you begin the appeal process, we encourage you to consider whether or not returning to USF is truly in your best academic and personal interest. If you decide that you are not prepared to appeal at this time, you may contact us again in a future semester.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Academic Disqualification appeal process, you can contact your Academic Success Coach via email or call them at (415) 422-5050 or contact Sara Solloway at (415) 422-6742 or backontrack@usfca.edu.

Petition Materials

Requirement #1: Petition Application

You must complete a set of questions within the Petition Application where you will reflect on the reasons why your grades fell below academic status and what changes you will make to ensure future academic success.

Requirement #2: Recommendation Support

Submit a minimum of one person's contact information of an individual who knows you well and supports your case for reinstatement. Please contact your recommender in advance to ask for their permission to complete a recommendation on your behalf. The individual can be a USF professor or staff member (not your CASA Academic Success Coach), high school teacher/counselor, therapist, or employer; and who is not related to you (peers/friends are also excluded). Your recommender will be sent an email to submit recommendation feedback online.

Students have until 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 25, 2020, to submit their Petition Materials. Professional Recommenders have until 5:00 PM on Friday, June 26, 2020, to complete the online recommendation form. 

NOTE: Late submissions are not accepted.

Petition Materials Review Process

The Academic Disqualification Appeals Committee will review all the Petition Materials and base a decision to grant a hearing by the quality of the following items:

  1. Academic Probation Contract Fulfillment (completed by the end of the semester), which consists of 1-on-1 meetings with your Success Coach AND submission of progress reports and academic success plans
  2. Quality of Petition Application Responses
  3. Strong Recommendation of Support

For strong petitions that are approved, students will be granted an appeal hearing between the dates of Tuesday, June 30 to Thursday, July 2, 2020. If you are unable to attend the appeal hearing on one of those dates via Zoom, we recommend that you not petition at this time.

Appeal Hearing Information

If your Petition Materials are approved by the Academic Disqualification Committee, you will be invited to an online Zoom appeal hearing with the Committee. The Academic Disqualification Committee will provide you with a final decision regarding your reinstatement. If the appeal hearing with the Committee is successful, you will be reinstated and eligible to return to USF based on any Committee conditions and recommendations.

If your Petition Materials are not approved, you will not be invited to an appeal hearing and you will not be eligible to return to USF for the following semester. The Academic Disqualification Committee will provide you with feedback about your Petition Materials and may allow you to go through the appeal process again in a future semester.

Many students have told us that it was helpful for them to take time away from USF before deciding to go through the Academic Disqualification process. We recommend consulting with your CASA Academic Success Coach to receive assistance, advice, and counsel during this time of reflection and discernment.

Helpful Preparation for Application Completion

Below are the appeal questions asked on the application, you may want to thoughtfully consider your responses prior to receiving the application link. Once the application link is sent to you, you must complete it at one time, or your link may become invalid. If your link becomes invalid, please contact Sara Solloway at slsolloway@usfca.edu.

Application Questions:

  1. Explain in detail why your grades fell below academic standards (if you experienced medical issues, please email any medical documentation to backontrack@usfca.edu).
  2. Describe why you believe you will be more successful at USF if reinstated.
  3. What major would you like to pursue at USF and why did you choose it?
  4. What are your career goals?
  5. Explain your graduation timeline.
  6. Are you planning on being employed during the semester? If so, how many hours per week will you be working?
  7. Did you complete all of the Back on Track program requirements as stated in your academic probation contract? If not completed, please explain.
  8. Have you applied for financial aid? Do you have housing arranged in San Francisco?
  9. Explain what changes you have made to ensure future academic success.

Appeal Process Visual Overview

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