Probation and Dismissal

Academic Standing (Probation and Dismissal)
Arts and Science probation and dismissal information in the MU Catalog

Probation and Dismissal Information

Academic probation

  • Probation is an academic standing applied if a student’s term or cumulative MU GPA fall below 2.0. Probation is an active process during which students may be required to meet with their advisor or take a very defined course schedule as they work towards academic improvement.
  • When a student is placed on academic probation, they receive an email to their university email address notifying them of this academic standing and their required next steps.

Academic dismissal

  • Students may be ineligible to enroll, or, dismissed from the University if their term GPA falls below 1.0 for Fall and Spring semesters or they have three consecutive Fall and Spring semesters where the term or cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. When students are dismissed, they may appeal for re-enrollment. If the appeal is approved, students are placed on probation and will be required to follow the conditions of their re-enrollment.
  • When a student in Arts and Science is ineligible to re-enroll, they receive an email to their university email address notifying them of this academic standing as well as a letter mailed to their permanent address in myZou (typically two days-one week after grades post for the Fall or Spring semesters).

Good academic standing

  • Students are removed from probation when their term and cumulative GPA, following Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters, is 2.0 or higher.
  • When a student is removed from probation, they receive an email to the university email address notifying them of this academic standing.

Academic Recovery

  • If you find yourself on academic probation, please understand this is an opportunity to assess where you need to make adjustments, use the University’s extensive support network, and work with your academic advisor to make sure you are following a recommended academic plan.
  • More information is outlined in our academic recovery section. You can always reach out to your advisor to discuss your academic plans, and any questions you may have about your academic standing can be sent to Ruth Crozier in Arts and Science advising.

Appealing a Dismissal

If you are a current student and have been dismissed from the College of Arts and Science or your current academic unit, you may submit an appeal to be considered for continuation. This appeal is only for students who wish to declare a major in the College of Arts and ScienceIf you are exploring your options and have earned less than 75 credit hours, then you should appeal to the Discovery Center as an Exploring student.  

We strongly recommend that you provide an honest and thorough reflection, as well as a clear, detailed plan for academic success. You should write your appeal in a separate document, then copy/paste it into the online form. Make sure to save your answers in a separate document before submitting your appeal. Appeals submitted by January 10, 2021 will be notified of the committee's decision by January 12. All communication will be sent to your MU-issued e-mail address. 

To submit an appeal, use this online form. No appeals will be considered after January 10, 2021. 

If you were previously a degree-seeking student at Mizzou but have not enrolled in classes for at least one semester, you must apply for re-admission.  If at the time of departure from Mizzou, you were ineligible to enroll, you will be sent instructions on how to appeal when you submit your application. 

Academic Recovery

Academic probation is a process that allows you, the student, to understand your standing and when you need to make some necessary adjustments. These resources are not exhaustive, but often used when students are in academic recovery. We believe that academic recovery is an opportunity for students to reflect on past choices and create new goals for a future semester. If you are in academic recovery, make sure you talk to your network early and often. The more you communicate, the more we can help you! If you ever have questions about how to get started, you are welcome to email Ruth Crozier, Director of Advising, for A&S.

Academic Planning and Advising Support

Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to adjust their academic plans, as needed, and to make the best decisions about which courses to take to maximize academic success. Please note that students on final probation are required to meet with their academic advisor to discuss their academic plan. 

In addition to meeting with their current academic advisor, students may also want to learn more about the Discovery Center, which provides advising for all students exploring majors and in need of guidance at the University of Missouri. Conversations with career counselors can be beneficial as well for students who may need guidance on declaring a major or considering a new pathway.

Academic Support

The Learning Center offers a wide range of academic support services, including small group and 1:1 tutoring, and coaching for time management. Many students find the Learning Center resources to be an integral part of their academic success. A Study Plan Consultant can provide individualized study and planning support over the course of a semester for example.

In addition, students in academic recovery may want to explore courses designed to help support academic success. SSC courses empower students to become proactive, responsible self-advocates through the utilization of various strategies and skills, which encourage academic success.

Students connected with the TRiO support services office as well as the Center for Academic Success and Excellence (CASE) are strongly encouraged to connect with these offices on an ongoing, continual basis as well.  

Financial Support

The Office of Financial Success can help students improve their financial well-being with 1:1 financial coaching meetings and courses designed to help with financial wellness. The MU Financial Aid office helps students and their families understand financial resources, including scholarships, loans, and grants.

Health and Wellbeing Support

The MU Student Health and Wellbeing division includes a network of offices and professionals to support students overall wellness. The Care Team helps students navigate challenges related to navigating the MU campus, while prioritizing student wellbeing and academic success. The MU Disability Center supports students who have a documented disability by helping establish accommodation plans to allow for an equal educational opportunity at Mizzou.

Tech and Computing Support

Students who have challenges with technology and accessing what they need to be successful at MU can work with the Tech Support office.


All students should check their university email at least once daily to make sure that important announcements, updates, and information from instructors and other campus offices aren’t missed. We encourage you to read emails from Mizzou carefully and respond thoughtfully just as you would with in-person communication.