Petition for Scholastic Reinstatement After Academic Dismissal

Scholastic reinstatement is a process that allows graduate students who have been academically dismissed from LSU to become eligible for readmission and reenrollment. In order to be considered for reinstatement, students must meet various eligibility criteria.

Scholastic reinstatement is not, however, the same as readmission, and reinstatement does not guarantee readmission. For readmission once reinstatement has been approved, students should follow the application instructions found on our website. There can be situations where students seek reinstatement without also seeking readmission (such as when they are applying to programs at other institutions).

In order for students to be reinstated, the major professor (or delegate), department chair (or delegate), college dean (or delegate), and the Dean of the Graduate School must all approve the petition. Students who are unable to attain departmental and/or college-level approval for reinstatement may petition for reinstatement and admission to a new program or for admission as non-degree students.

Students should provide you with their personal statement, which is a one to two-page document briefly describing the grounds for being dropped, why they seek reinstatement, and what steps they have taken (or will take) to ensure they will be successful if reinstated. Students should also include brief documentation of pertinent information, such as medical or legal issues. With your guidance and approval, students should also draft an academic progress plan, which should include anticipated coursework, anticipated grades, and a clear timeline for when their GPA is expected to reach 3.0.

You then write a short statement of support for the student’s reinstatement and affirm the feasibility of his or her academic progress plan and complete the required form. Once all documents and documentation have been collated, you will submit the package to your departmental chair (or delegate). If department-level approval is obtained, the chair will send the package to the appropriate college dean. The college dean (or delegate) will return the packet with a signature or brief email comment if warranted. The chair will then forward the packet to the college’s Program Officer, who will in turn present the packet to the Graduate School Dean for a final decision

You will be notified of the decision via email by your college’s Program Officer. That decision is final.

(Updated 7/5/2017)