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Academic Reinstatement and Re-enrollment

Requirements after a First Academic Suspension

To be reinstated, a student who has been suspended for academic reasons must present convincing evidence that the barriers to academic success have been corrected or eliminated.

  • The student must complete at least two courses at another institution, earning grades of "B" or better. These courses cannot be taken as independent study, on-line or at William & Mary and must be comparable to courses offered at W&M.* The credits earned while a student is not in good standing at William & Mary will not transfer and do not count toward a William & Mary degree. These courses, however, may help the student strengthen a weak background and will demonstrate academic responsibility to the Committee on Academic Status. While taking two classes away from W&M students should make sure to not register as a "degree-seeking student" at the other institution. 
  • Successful employment averaging at least 20 hours per week, during the period of suspension also is required by the Committee.* This work is viewed as an indication of maturity and seriousness of purpose. Many work skills are also skills related to successful academic achievement. Comparable volunteer work with a non-profit agency may be substituted for paid employment.
  • Students also may benefit from professional help if they are dealing with medical issues, mental health concerns, family circumstances, financial difficulties, deficiencies in academic skills, or other personal matters.

*Due to COVID-19, these requirements may be completed virtually. 

Important Dates

Reinstatement and reenrollment are not automatic.

  • A student who has been academically suspended in May is eligible to apply after October 1st for review for reinstatement. If a student's intention is to return for the spring semester, all the Committee expectations must be met and the application submitted no later than November 15th. 
  • A student who has been academically suspended in January is eligible to apply after May 1 for review  for reinstatement. If a student's intention is to return for the fall semester, all the Committee expectations must be met and the application submitted no later than July 15th. 
Reinstatement Process

To apply for reinstatement, a student should do the following:

1. Petition the Committee on Academic Status in writing, including:

a. A detailed account of activities the student participated in during the period of academic suspension from William & Mary.
b. A discussion of the factors that were barriers to academic success and the manner in which those factors have been overcome.
c. An explanation of current academic goals and a specific plan to achieve them.
d. Up to date contact information.

2. Arrange for transcripts of all courses the student has taken while on suspension (or letters from professors of courses in progress) to be sent to the Dean of Students Office. An official transcript is required before reenrollment to William & Mary.

3. Provide letters of reference from employer/volunteer supervisor sent directly to the Dean of Students Office. Letters must be signed and on letterhead. If the recommender does not have letterhead, a business card should be attached. Letters from next of kin cannot be accepted as sufficiently objective documentation for a character recommendation, an employer's letter of support, or the primary medical documentation necessary when requesting reinstatement with medical clearance.


After a student receives notification of reinstatement, the student must submit an application for reenrollment if the student wishes to return to William & Mary and has not enrolled as a degree-seeking student at another institution since last attending William & Mary. 

Second Academic Suspension

It is extremely unlikely that a student who is suspended twice from William & Mary for academic reasons by the Committee on Academic Status will ever be reinstated.

Further Information

Questions concerning these policies should be addressed to the Dean of Students Office by emailing [[AskStudentServices]] or calling 757-221-1327.