Dismissal Hearing Policy and Procedure
When a student meets the criterion for academic and/or clinical dismissal, the SAC will conduct a dismissal hearing.
As part of the review, the SAC will consider the student’s academic record, clinical record, Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) recommendation, if applicable, and all pertinent information provided by the student such as:
- circumstances regarding poor academic and/or clinical performance,
- the student’s proposal for satisfactorily completing the academic and/or clinical program,
- evaluation by the Counseling Service requested by the SAC or the student,
- or written faculty recommendations and comments when requested by the student.
Prior to any dismissal action, the SAC will notify the student in writing and/or by email of the time and date of his/her hearing. A student has the right to select a faculty member or administrator of the New England College of Optometry as an advisor.
Following the dismissal hearing, the student may be dismissed or retained on modified status. The SAC will notify the student in writing of the decision to dismiss or retain. If the student is retained on modified status, the SAC will also inform the student as to whether the notation 'academic and/or clinical probation’ will be permanently transcribed onto the student’s transcript. A dismissal that is upheld will always be permanently transcribed onto the student’s transcript.