The Academic Regulations Committee (ARC) serves as a board of appeal for USF Sarasota-Manatee students that wish to secure waiver or modification of University-wide academic regulations. Only students with USF Sarasota-Manatee designated as their home campus may submit petitions to the USF Sarasota-Manatee ARC Committee.

ARC petitions are used when a student experiences extenuating circumstances that necessitate an appeal to the Academic Regulations Committee for the late add or drop of a course, total withdrawal from a semester, withdrawal limit exemption, or reinstatement after academic dismissal.

Withdrawal Limit Exemption

Effective Fall 2011, all undergraduate students will be limited to a total of five (5) course withdrawals while enrolled as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking undergraduate student at USF. The five course withdrawals will be limited to three (3) course withdrawals for students with less than or equal to 60 semester credit hours, and two (2) course withdrawals for students with more than 60 semester credit hours. Only in extenuating circumstances will approval be granted for more than five course withdrawals. Appeals for additional course withdrawals due to extenuating circumstances must be submitted to the Academic Regulations Committee.

Students who wish to file a petition for Withdrawal Limit Exemption should submit a completed ARC Petition Form, personal statement worksheet, and Instructor’s Documentation Form (one for each course in the petition) to the Persistence Academic Advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their academic advisor and financial aid before submitting the petition.

Reinstatement After Academic Dismissal

Effective Fall 2011, students wishing to be reinstated to USF may only return under the University’s Academic Renewal Policies (see below). Students may only be reinstated to USF using Academic Renewal one time.

Academic Renewal I

Students who have been academically dismissed, or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00, may petition the ARC to return to the University under Academic Renewal I.  A student may be re-admitted to USFSM under ARI, after completing all requirements for the Associate of Arts degree or equivalent (including general education and the State Communication and Computation Requirements formerly known as Gordon Rule) at a two-year or four-year college. ARI students will enter USFSM as an upper-division student, and their USF grade point average will be calculated from that point forward. While ARI is required for students who have earned less than 60 credit hours, it is not restricted to those students.  In order to graduate following re-admission under ARI, all campus and major residency and degree requirements must be met.  Students who are admitted under ARI may be excluded from admission to limited-access programs and will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned.


Academic Renewal II

ARII is available to students who were academically dismissed or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00 (probation) and have 60 or more earned credits from the USF System or other institutions of higher education. These students will be considered for reinstatement to the University under Academic Renewal II, after a break in USF enrollment for a full academic year (fall, spring, summer). Students may choose to complete major prerequisites at a non-USF institution during this time, but are not required to do so. Students who choose to take courses at a non-USF institution should meet with the academic advisor of their intended USF major prior to enrolling in courses elsewhere.

Following readmission under Academic Renewal II, students will have their USF GPA calculated from that point forward. In order to graduate following readmission under ARII, all campus and major requirements must be met. Students admitted under ARII may be excluded from admission to limited access programs. Additionally, students who utilize the Academic Renewal II policy will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned.