Academic Standing, Probation, Dismissal and Re-admission

Academic Standing

For students matriculating in 2014 or 2015: If a student who is on academic probation does not reach a cumulative GPA of 2.000 by the end of the next regular semester, the student will be academically dismissed.

For students matriculating in 2016 or after: If a student who is on academic probation does not reach a cumulative GPA of 2.300 by the end of the next regular semester, the student will be academically dismissed. (This does not apply to students who are academically dismissed under the provision for Academic Dismissal After First Semester.)

Academic Probation

At the end of any semester in which the student is not in good academic standing as set out under the subsection on Academic Standing, the student will be placed on academic probation. (This does not apply to students who are academically dismissed under the provision for Academic Dismissal After First Semester.) Any student who is on academic probation will meet with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs or his or her designee. (Another member or members of the faculty, administration, or staff might also attend the meeting as appropriate.) The purpose of the meeting will be to develop an academic success plan to maximize the student's chances of avoiding academic dismissal and improving academic success beyond that level.

Dismissal After First Semester

After the first semester of the first-year of studies at the College of Law, any student (whether full-time or part-time) whose grade point average is less than 1.700 will be academically dismissed.  This dismissal is final.  There is no appeal of the dismissal, and the dismissal is not subject to any petition for an additional semester on probation.  

Academic Dismissal

If a student who is on academic probation does not reach good academic standing by the end of the next regular semester, the student will be academically dismissed. (This does not apply to students who are academically dismissed under the provision for Academic Dismissal After First Semester.) A student who is academically dismissed is not eligible to be enrolled in the College of Law.

Once a student has been academically dismissed, the Registrar will notify the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean will then notify the student of his or her status by written communication that will become a part of the student’s academic record. The written communication shall include:

  1. Whether the student is eligible to petition to continue on probation or to petition for readmission
  2. The time limit, if any, on such petitions
  3. That any such petition must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  4. An enclosure or attachment of applicable College of Law policy

If a student is enrolled in one or more courses when dismissed, the Registrar shall withdraw the student from the course(s). The Associate Dean’s notification to the student of an academic dismissal shall also provide notice that a student enrolled in any course will be immediately withdrawn from the course and if the student is withdrawn prior to Census Day, will be entitled to a full refund, and if after Census Day, pursuant to UNT Dallas’s refund policy.

A student who has been academically dismissed after probation and has a grade point average above a 1.7 may petition for eligibility to continue on probation, petition for readmission, or may petition for both. A petition for eligibility to continue on probation requests that the academically dismissed law student be allowed to continue his or her law school education while on academic probation for another semester. A petition for re-admission requests that the academically dismissed law student be allowed to begin his or her law school education again as a 1L.

Petition for Eligibility to Continue on Probation

A student who has received notice of academic dismissal may submit, to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, a Petition for Eligibility to Continue on Probation.  Such a petition must be filed within thirty (30) calendar days after the student has received notice from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of academic dismissal.

Students should not assume or expect that the petition will be granted. This is not for punitive reasons, but because it is not fair or appropriate to allow students to continue a course of study in which they are not likely to be successful. A petition may be granted only if the student establishes the following: (1) that the student’s inability to remain academically eligible resulted from exceptional circumstances; (2) that the circumstances resulting in the student’s academic suspension have been remedied and will not prevent the student from attaining academic good standing; (3) that the student is capable of attaining good academic standing; and (4) that the student complied with the requirements of the academic success plan developed after probation. The Committee may set conditions for the student's continued enrollment on probation, including but not limited to reduction in course work and specific academic success programming.

A student's petition must include any and all supporting documentation that the student would like the Academic Standards Committee to consider and that would support the Committee finding that the student has established all four factors required to have the petition granted. For this reason, the petition should include any Academic Success Plan documents the student can obtain. The Academic Standards Committee will likely review some or all of the petitioner's Academic Success Plan documents, including in particular any documents showing whether the student complied with any Academic Success Plan. The petition should include the number of hours worked during each semester in attendance at the UNT Dallas College of Law. This listing of documents and information in support of a student's petition is not exclusive. The student bears the burden to supply the Academic Standards Committee with documents and information sufficient to demonstrate the student meets the criteria to continue or resume his or her studies at the UNT Dallas College of Law. 

A successful petition may result in one of the following:

  1. The student continues his or her studies on academic probation for an additional semester or for a period of time determined by the Committee. In such a case, the student will be required to retake all required courses in which the student received a grade of F.
  2. The student retakes all courses, including courses in which the student did not receive a grade of F.

In addition, the Academic Standards Committee may set conditions for the student's continued enrollment, including reduction in course work and specific academic success programming. The decision to continue a student on academic probation must be approved by a simple majority of the voting members of the Committee.

Petition for Re-Admission to the College Of Law

If a student has been academically dismissed from the College of Law and seeks readmission to the College of Law, the student may not seek admission through the regular Admissions process. Rather, such a student may return to studies at the College of Law only by filing, with the Academic Standards Committee, a Petition for Re-Admission.  Students should not assume or expect that the petition will be granted. This is not for punitive reasons, but because it is not fair or appropriate to allow students to take a course of study in which they are not likely to be successful. A petition may be granted only if the student establishes the following: (1) that the student’s academic dismissal resulted from exceptional circumstances; (2) that the circumstances resulting in the student’s academic dismissal have been remedied and will not prevent the student from maintaining academic good standing; (3) that the student is capable of maintaining good academic standing; and (4) that the student complied with the requirements of the academic success plan during the time they were in law school.

A student's petition must include any and all supporting documentation that the student would like the Academic Standards Committee to consider and that would support the Committee finding that the student has established all four factors required to have the petition granted. For this reason, the petition should include any Academic Success Plan documents the student can obtain. The Academic Standards Committee will likely review some or all of the petitioner's Academic Success Plan documents, including in particular any documents showing whether the student complied with any Academic Success Plan. The petition should include the number of hours worked during each semester in attendance at the UNT Dallas College of Law. This listing of documents and information in support of a student's petition is not exclusive. The student bears the burden to supply the Academic Standards Committee with documents and information sufficient to demonstrate the student will succeed at the UNT Dallas College of Law.  If the petition is granted, the Committee may set conditions for the student's enrollment, including limits on course hours and specific academic success programming. Before re-admission, however, the Committee must determine that the applicant has satisfied the then-current admission requirements for applicants who previously attended law school in addition to the requirements identified above. The Committee's decision to readmit a student must be unanimous. 

Procedures

  1. Once a student has submitted to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs a Petition for Eligibility to Remain on Probation or a Petition for Re-Admission, the Associate Dean shall forward the petition to the Registrar and shall notify the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee that a petition has been submitted.
  2. As soon as reasonably possible, the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee shall schedule a meeting of the Academic Standards Committee to consider any petition or petitions that have been submitted. Once the meeting has been scheduled, the Chair shall notify the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Registrar of the date and time of the meeting.
  3. The Registrar shall then assemble a package of materials for each student who has submitted a petition, including the petition with supporting documentation; the student’s law school transcript; and the student’s LSAC report. The Registrar shall provide this package of materials to the members of the Academic Standards Committee at least 3 business days before the Committee meets to consider the petition. Upon receiving the package of materials, the Committee may request additional information from the Registrar and/or the student.
  4. No later than five business days prior to the meeting to consider a dismissed student’s petition, the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee, with assistance from the Registrar, shall contact all of the student’s professors for the courses the student took during the semester after which the student was academically dismissed in order to offer them an opportunity to provide input as to the student’s academic performance and ability to meet the criteria for the grant of the petition.
  5. When the Committee meets it shall consider the student’s petition and all supporting documentation provided by the student, the materials provided by the Registrar, and any input provided by the student’s professors from the previous semester. Because the process may be anxiety-provoking for students and in order to maintain the efficiency and objectivity of the Committee, the Committee will make its decision without the personal appearance of the petitioner. The Committee thus encourages petitioners to provide fulsome information and thorough documentation to support a petition. The decision of the Committee is final and there is no reconsideration or appeal of its decision.

 

Amended by Faculty vote on February 15, 2018; Amended and approved by Faculty vote on December 19, 2019.