Suspension and Dismissal

Academic Suspension

Various events and circumstances can negatively affect students’ academic performance, sometimes resulting in an academic suspension. The Academic Support Office is concerned about students’ progress and exists as a resource to help students identify solutions to challenges and get back on track towards graduation. Many students return from academic suspension and go on to perform well academically and graduate from BYU.

How does a student earn Academic Suspension?

A student on academic probation who earns less than a 2.0 GPA in at least six credits is academically suspended from the University. A student who is academically suspended is not eligible to enroll in BYU day, evening or extension courses for at least twelve months. Students who are academically suspended are encouraged to take time away to resolve the issues that may have impacted his/her academic perforamance.

While on Academic Suspension, can I take classes?

Registration for Evening or Extension Courses. After twelve months out of BYU, you may register for BYU evening or extension courses (i.e. BYU Salt Lake Center) without any special requirements from the Academic Support Office. The Academic Support Office will work with the Evening School office or with the Extension Center to temporarily remove your registration block, allowing you to enroll in courses.

Independent Study. Students who are academically suspended are allowed to enroll in Independent Study courses. You should be aware, however, that you may be denied readmission if your overall GPA in your Independent Study coursework is below a 3.2. If you earn less than a 3.2 average, you may have your readmission delayed until the "B+" (3.2) average is achieved through additional coursework.

Coursework at another Institution. Students are allowed to take courses at any other institution while away from the University on Suspension. It is suggested that you check with your BYU College Advisement Center before registering for classes elsewhere, to assure that all classes will transfer properly and count toward your graduation requirements. You may be denied readmission if your overall GPA in your coursework is below a 3.2. If you earn less than a 3.2 average, you may have your readmission delayed until the "B+" (3.2) average is achieved through additional coursework.

What do I have to do to be readmitted to BYU as a daytime student?

If you wish to be readmitted to the university to continue work on a bachelor's degree, you may apply for readmission. Even though you are not eligible to return to BYU until after twelve full months following your suspension, you must apply by the application deadline that pertains to the semester/term you wish to return: December 15th is the deadline for spring and summer, June 1st for fall and October 1st is the deadline for winter semester. If you do not apply by the required deadline you will not be eligible to attend until the next available semester. For example, suppose you were academically suspended at the end of fall semester 2009. This means that you would be eligible to return for winter semester 2011, one year after your suspension. In order to apply you MUST have all your materials into the Admissions Office by their published deadlines. To reapply, you should complete Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the admissions process on Please note that when students reapply they must complete and send into the Admissions Office an Ecclesiastical Endorsement signed by both the student's Bishop and the student's Stake President (if the student is LDS).

After I have reapplied and been accepted to the University, what is my next step?

The Academic Support Office wants you to be academically successful and to provide you with support and resources to aid you in returning back to academic “GOOD/PREVIOUS” standing. To begin this process you will receive information from the Academic Support Office instructing you on the requirements you must complete in order to be able to register for classes.

All students returning from suspension are required to meet the following requirements before they are permitted to register, since a registration block will be placed on their account.

  1. Complete the online Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) questionnaire at
  2. Develop a rough draft of your graduation plan
  3. Make an appointment with your College Advisement Center (CAC) advisor and/or faculty member to review and approve the AIP and the graduation plan
  4. Take the graduation plan to the meeting with your advisor/faculty member for review and endorsement
  5. They may require you to return for further help and advisement.
  6. Make an appointment with an advisor in the Academic Support Office to review and approve the AIP
  7. Take the approved graduation plan to the meeting with the advisor in the Academic Support Office. The advisor will discuss with you your academic history, review your plan to improve academically, and explain your responsibilities as a returning suspended student. You and the advisor prepare and sign an Academic Contract


Meeting with an advisor from the Academic Support Office is the last official step to have the registration block removed; however, in some instances, it may be helpful for a student to meet with an advisor before beginning the process, to assure that the student understands all that is expected to have the block removed.

If you are planning to return to the university from suspension and have questions about the process, we would strongly encourage you to contact the Academic Support Office in 2500 WSC or call 801-422-2723.

When I return after Academic Suspension, what will be my academic standing?

When you are readmitted after your academic suspension you will return to the university on continued academic probation (CAP). You will continue on CAP until your cumulative BYU GPA is a 2.0 or above, and you have accumulated at least 6 credit hours or more at a 2.0 or above. If you earn less than a 2.0 in at least 6.0 credits, then you will be DISMISSED, which is a second suspension. If you were to be academically dismissed you would be required to step away from the university for at least three years.

Are there any other options after having been suspended besides taking 12 months away from the University?

Fast Track If you have at least a 2.0 BYU cumulative GPA when you are academically suspended, you may opt for the Fast Track option, which allows a student to return to BYU after six months away. Be aware that Fast Track involves you taking approved classes at another institution or through Independent Study. A student must meet with an Academic Support Advisor within 60 days of having been suspended in order to pursue this option. For further information on this program, please refer to "Fast Track." 

Petitioning Time Away for Suspension. In very rare instances, a student may be granted an exception to the time-away requirement of academic suspension. Because the University has determined that academically suspended students benefit from the time-away requirement of academic suspension, only under extraordinary circumstances are students granted an exception.

It is strongly recommended that students first meet with an Academic Support Advisor before petitioning.

Further information about the petition process can be found by clicking here or by contacting the Support Office in 2500 WSC.

Academic Dismissal

If a student who has previously spent time away from the University on Suspension is suspended a second time, that student is academically dismissed from the university. Returning from dismissal is a process. Unlike returning from Suspension, returning from Dismissal is not automatic.

When a student is academically dismissed, you:

  • May not enroll in BYU day, evening or extension courses for a minimum of three years.
  • May - after two years - petition the Academic Standards Committee for a change of current standing to probation. If your petition is successful, you are allowed to apply for readmission to the university. Taking 12 credit hours of strong academic courses at a B average or higher is strongly recommended. 
  • May--after three years--enroll in BYU evening or extension courses, without completing any special requirements through the Academic Support Office or the Academic Standards Committee. The Academic Support Office will coordinate with BYU Evening School or an Extension office to have the registration block temporarily lifted to allow the student to register. 

How do I petition to return from Dismissal?

The Academic Standards Committee will consider petitions from students who have been academically dismissed from the university and who are requesting that they be permitted to continue as degree-seeking students. Because academically dismissed students have been given several opportunities to succeed at the university, consideration for approval will only be given to those students who demonstrate in their petitions extraordinary circumstances and substantially improved potential for success at the university. Taking classes through Independent Study or at another institution will help strengthen your petition.

In almost all instances, it is recommended that if a student has been academically dismissed from the university, the student give strong consideration to attending another school that may provide an opportunity to begin his or her academic program anew.

If you have been dismissed, you must demonstrate that the issues that impacted your academic performance have been resolved. Students who feel that they have experienced extenuating circumstances that warrant an exception to the time away policy after having been academically dismissed should follow the same petition process noted here. For those students who have already taken at least two years away from the University, you may petition to return early to the University. Accomplishments such as a 3.2 cumulative GPA in at least 12.0 credits of strong academic courses completed elsewhere are highly recommended and can be used as evidence that all past concerns have been resolved. Petitions must have strong departmental support or no positive consideration will be given.

It is strongly recommended that students first meet with an Academic Support Advisor before petitioning.

Further information on the petition process is available by clicking here.

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