Second Academic Dismissal

What happens if I am placed on a 2nd Academic Dismissal from the Alamo Colleges District?

A 2nd Academic Dismissal occurs when students who were on first Academic Dismissal are not successful in the petitioning semester, and receive a semester GPA below 2.0 and/ or do not meet all of the petition requirements. Students will receive a notification via ACES email informing them once final grades have posted. Students placed on 2nd Academic Dismissal will be required to sit out one (1)  full 16 week semester (Spring or Fall) as per the Alamo Colleges District policy found at: Academic Standing and Probation. After one full 16-week semester, students must submit a completed dismissal petition packet via email for a fall or spring 16 week semester. No Flex II, Start II or summer petitions are accepted at Northwest Vista College.

Petitions are reviewed with an academic advisor by appointment only. Submitting a Petition does not guarantee approval. It is at the discretion of the academic advisor to determine if it is in the student's best interest to return at this time.

What are the eligibility requirements for submitting a 2nd Academic Dismissal Petition Packet?

Click here view our Academic Dismissal Petition Process Page.

If you are not sure which level of dismissal you are on, please contact the Academic Standards team at to send a request to review your record. Please include your full name and banner id in the message. 

Where do I obtain a Dismissal Packet?

Please review the Academic Dismissal Checklist before submitting your packet.

Academic Dismissal Packets will be available through the PASS Canvas course. They must be completed in full with all sections filled out
and a typed Reflection Statement attached when submitted. Acceptable file formats are PDF and Word. No other file formats are able to be viewed- this includes One Note and Google Docs. Students who submit incomplete packets or have not completed all eligibility requirements listed above will not have a Dismissal Interview scheduled until all requirements have been met. If you have any questions about how to fill out any parts of the petition packet, you may contact the Academic Standards team by email at or by phone at 210-486-4459.

How and When do I submit a 2nd Academic Dismissal Petition?

Please view our Academic Dismissal Packet Requirements Page.

What are my responsibilities as a student on a 2nd Academic Dismissal at Northwest Vista College?

Students who are approved for re-admission must adhere to the following as outlined on their Contract for Students on Academic Dismissal:
  • Actively attend and participate in ALL enrolled classes, including the SDEV0171 course
  • Complete the SDEV0171 course with a "C" or higher
  • Complete the Level 1 Certification of the Learning 2 Lead Program
  • Visit with their assigned academic advisor at least once during the semester, preferably prior to the start of registration for the upcoming semester.
  • Earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher with "C"s or higher in all enrolled courses each semester
  • Continually earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or above until in Good Standing (cumulative institution GPA of 2.0) is reached in order to remain enrolled.
  • Comply with all contractual requirements discussed during dismissal interview.

In addition to the policies above, students previously enrolled in a semester prior to petitioning will be required to reduce their course loads to the maximum 6-8 credit hours. If you have not reduced your enrollment hours by the first day of classes, the Academic Standards team will drop you from the last enrolled courses to reduce your course load to the maximum hours.

Students whose petitions are approved are provided a copy of their Student Success Action Plan and a detailed explanation of the responsibilities. Not complying with all the responsibilities will result in the student having to sit out one (1) full 16 week semester, and submit a new petition after the sit-out period. Not earning a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher will automatically place you on the next level of dismissal, and require you to sit out one full academic year (spring, summer, and fall). There is no option to petition the sit-out requirement once a student is placed on 3rd/Permanent Academic Dismissal. Once the required sit out period is over, you will be eligible to submit a new petition following the guidelines outlined at: Academic Standing and Probation.

When will I be back in Good Academic Standing?

Students are placed back in Good Academic Standing when both their overall institutional and semester GPA’s are a 2.0 or higher. Once a student is back in Good Academic Standing their registration hold will be expired and their enrollment hours will be restored to full time.