New England College of Optometry 2014-2015 Catalog
 
 
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Academic Policies

Appeal of Dismissal

The student may submit a written appeal of his/her dismissal to the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs within five business days after the date of the letter in which SAC advises the student of his/her dismissal.  The Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs or designee will serve as the reviewer of appeals of dismissals.

An appeal will only be considered if a student demonstrates that the SAC did not follow the dismissal process or if the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs finds that new extenuating evidence exists that was not available at the time of the hearing.  The Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs or designee will act in an expeditious manner after receipt of a written appeal and may elect to convene a committee of faculty and/or administrators to assist with this decision at any point of the process.  The Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs or designee may request input from the SAC, GSC, if applicable, or others as necessary.

If the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs deems that the appeal is justified, he/she may consult further with others before advising the student in writing of the student’s status, curriculum changes or conditions that are required as part of the student’s program in order to be  retained.  If the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs does not feel that the appeal is justified, the student will be advised in writing of this finding.  The decision of the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs will be final.

A student who is appealing a dismissal will be allowed to attend didactic courses and may be allowed to attend clinical courses.  The student must contact the Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs who will inform the student as to what courses and clinical assignments he/she may attend.