The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources emphasizes academic excellence and the development of professional responsibility. Professors, faculty advisors, and administrative staff are committed to working with each student to maximize prospects for success. If a student is failing, that reality needs to be confronted so that appropriate support can be attained.

At the conclusion of each semester, the Rubenstein School Honors and Studies Committee meets to evaluate the academic performance of students and recommends appropriate action to the Dean. Policies adhered to conform to the General Information section of the UVM Catalogue.

On Trial

On Trial is an intermediate status between good standing and dismissal. Circumstances under which a student is placed on trial are:

  1. Student has failed half or more of the credit hours for which he/she was enrolled during the semester;
  2. Student's semester grade point average is below 2.00 (1.67 for first semester first-year students); or
  3. Student has been readmitted to the University after having been dismissed for low scholarship.

A letter will be sent to each student placed on trial detailing the conditions of that student's situation. This letter will also include the conditions that will result in dismissal for low scholarship. A student is removed from trial when the stipulated conditions are attained.


A student may be dismissed for low scholarship if the stipulated on-trial conditions are not met. A student may also be dismissed for low scholarship for failing half or more of the hours for which the student was enrolled in a given semester, or for earning below a 1.00 semester grade point average. The letter of dismissal will include the requirements for readmission, and instructions for appeal of the decision.

Appeal Process

A student may appeal any decision by the Honors and Studies Committee through the Assistant Dean for Student Services of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The initial appeal should be in writing detailing any extenuating circumstances.