Academic Dismissal Appeals

The information on this page will help you decide whether you want to appeal your dismissal and how to make your appeal. 


This web page is to help guide students who have been placed in the dismissal process at Buffalo State.  This happens to quite a few students, so you are not alone in experiencing these difficulties.  We know there are many reasons for such difficulties, including personal, financial, health, family, etc. We want to give you an opportunity to explain what went wrong, and make an appeal to have your dismissal rescinded.


How Do I Appeal this Dismissal?


You must complete and submit the Academic Dismissal Appeal Form by the deadline set in your e-mail and letter.  

You may submit your Academic Dismissal Appeal Form by regular mail (address below) or you can scan and e-mail the application to


  School of Natural and Social Sciences Dean’s Office, CLAS A113
  Buffalo State College
  1300 Elmwood Avenue
  Buffalo, NY 14222



Failure to submit an application by the deadline will forfeit your right to appeal, and you will be immediately dismissed.  Upon dismissal, all upcoming Fall or Spring registrations, housing contracts, and meal plans will be administratively cancelled by the college.



What Happens if my Appeal is Approved?


If your appeal is approved, you will be expected to 1) develop a plan of action with the help of a probationary adviser, and 2) sign a contract indicating your willingness to take these actions during the upcoming semester. Some of the actions that could be recommended are listed on this page: Academic Probation Requirements


What if I’m Already Registered for J-Term or Summer Classes?


J-term and Summer are special because your registration will NOT be cancelled by the dismissal process, and you will be allowed to keep those registrations.  However, it is imperative that you discuss these courses with the dean’s office as soon as possible, as they may not be helpful to your academic recovery.  J-term or Summer courses will not be administratively dropped by the college; you must drop your own courses if you no longer wish to attend school at Buffalo State.


What if I am already registered for upcoming Fall or Spring classes?


If you decide not to appeal or your appeal is denied, your upcoming Fall or Spring semester courses will be cancelled by the college. In addition, housing contracts and meal plans will be administratively cancelled.


What if I Choose NOT to Appeal?


Sometimes it’s better to take some time off.  You may need time to resolve a family crisis, deal with financial problems, or take care of other life issues. It’s possible you have lost your state (TAP) or federal financial aid. Taking time off from college can prevent the possibility of adding additional costs for tuition, housing, etc. After one year, you can reapply to Buffalo State.  The reapplication form is short, and it’s free!   


I Need More Information to Make a Decision


If you have any questions about the dismissal process, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. M. Herter (716) 878-6434.  Please be sure to indicate to the secretary that you wish to discuss your dismissal appeal. 


What if My Appeal is Denied?


If your appeal is denied, there is one additional level of appeal.  More information will be provided to you about the second appeal process if this occurs.


Can I Return to Buffalo State?

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Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6434  •  Fax: (716) 878-4009
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