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Last Revision: July 22, 2024

Lack of New Student Activity

Students who receive failing grades in their first two (2) course attempts in their program as a result of not submitting a substantial percentage of the required course work will be dismissed from the university at the conclusion of those courses. This applies to students who fail all of their initial courses as a result of not submitting substantial course work to earn a passing grade. Students who apply for a program change (i.e. Associates to Bachelors, Bachelor’s to Masters, and so on) will also need to pass their first two courses in their new program to be considered in compliance with the Student Activity Policy.

If you have ongoing courses in your current academic semester when you fail your initial courses, you will be placed on Deferred Involuntary Withdrawal status and allowed to complete any current courses that are beyond the first week, though any future course registrations will be dropped.

The only way to appeal this is to pass your current courses

If you are on placed on Deferred Involuntary Withdrawal status and pass your current courses, you will be removed from Deferred Involuntary Withdrawal status and further registration allowed but for no more than 2 courses at a time for undergraduate students or one course at a time for master's level students.

If you are dismissed according to this policy or are placed on Deferred status with no current courses to finish and wish to appeal your dismissal from the university, you may appeal the decision. Appeals must be submitted used the official appeal form within 30 days of your notification being sent. If your appeal to return is approved, you will be placed on either academic risk or academic probation and limited to part-time registration until your APUS GPA is the minimum required for your program level (Undergraduate 2.0/Master's Level 3.0). The Academic Appeal Request form is located in your campus under the Academic Plan & Forms menu, in the University Forms section.