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Academic Dismissal

A Duke student can be involuntarily withdrawn for academic reasons, financial reasons, and for violation of academic regulations. The information in this section pertains to involuntary withdrawal for academic reasons.

You will be withdrawn involuntarily from Duke for academic reasons if:

  • at the end of a semester you fail to pass at least three courses (3.0 credits) that semester, except that in the first semester of enrollment at Duke, you must pass at least two courses (2.0 credits);
  • you fail more than one full (1.0 credit) course in a summer session at Duke;
  • you are on probation and at the end of your probationary semester, you have failed to earn grades of C- or better in each of the four courses completed that semester or a C average for that semester; or
  • before the beginning of any fall term, you have not met annual continuation requirements.

If you are withdrawn (dismissed) for academic reasons, you may apply to return to Duke no earlier than two semesters after your withdrawal. The summer counts as one semester. You are not eligible to receive credit for course work completed while withdrawn and should therefore not enroll at another college or university during the period of your withdrawal. Students dismissed twice for academic reasons are not usually readmitted.

If you are suspended for JUDICIAL reasons, you are involuntarily withdrawn for a varying number of semesters, depending upon the seriousness of the offense for which you are found responsible.

To apply to return from an academic or judicial withdrawal (dismissal), go to Readmission for specific information about requirements, deadlines and for an application form for readmission. You are required to seek and obtain steady employment with an employer not connected with your family and be prepared to have your employer write a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials for readmission.

Questions specifically about judicial suspensions should be directed to Associate Dean Stephen Bryan of the Judicial Affairs division of the Dean of Students Office.

Last updated: June 16, 2012