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 academically dismissed with less than 60 hours (or greater than 60 hours in extenuating circumstances) will be considered for reinstatement to the University if they complete an Associate of Arts (AA) degree. If reinstated, the student’s GPA is calculated from the re-admission point forward. Students must complete at least 30 hours at USF following re-admission in order to graduate. 

Academic Renewal II

Students academically dismissed with more than 60 hours may return with Academic Regulations Committee approval if engaged in successful non-academic activities such as work or military service for at least one year, or demonstrated recent academic success of 12 or more credits with 2.0 GPA, including no grades lower than “C”, and no withdrawals. Returning USF GPA is reset to 2.0 following reinstatement. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits at USFSM from point of reinstatement, have a minimum of 30 USFSM hours of C or higher, and have a 2.0 overall GPA in order to graduate.