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First-Semester Recovery Program

The information on this page will help you decide whether you want to apply for the First-Semester Recovery Program, and how to make your application. 

The First-Semester Recovery Program is for students who have had a rocky first semester at Buffalo State.

Rest assured, this happens to quite a few students—so you are not alone in experiencing first-semester difficulties. We know there are many reasons, including personal, financial, health, family, etc., that may lead to poor academic performance.

Contact Us!

We want to give you an opportunity to explain what went wrong, and make an appeal to have your dismissal rescinded. Contact the School of Arts and Humanities Dean's Office at (716) 878-6326.


What are the components of the First-Semester Recovery Program? 

The actions you will need to take if you participate in the First-Semester Recovery Program will be decided on an individual basis after we receive your application.  Contact the School of Arts and Humanities Dean's Office at (716) 878-6326, or visit our office in Rockwell Hall 222.

You will be expected to sign a contract indicating your willingness to take the recommended actions during the upcoming semester.

How do I opt into the First-Semester Recovery Program?

To opt-in to the program, you must complete and submit the First-Semester Recovery program application by the deadline set in your e-mail and letter.

Failure to submit an application by the deadline will forfeit your right to participate in the program for the upcoming semester and you will be immediately dismissed. Upon dismissal, all fall registrations, housing contracts, and meal plans will be administratively cancelled by the college.

What if I choose not to participate?

Sometimes it’s better to take some time off.  You may need time to resolve a family crisis, deal with financial problems, or take care of other life issues. Taking time off from college can prevent the possibility of adding additional costs for tuition, housing, etc. 

What if I am already registered for summer classes?

If you are registered for summer courses at Buffalo State, you will be allowed to keep those registrations.  However, it is imperative that you discuss your summer courses with the dean’s office as soon as possible, as they may not be helpful to your academic recovery.

Summer courses will not be administratively dropped by the college. You must drop your own summer courses if you no longer wish to attend summer school at Buffalo State.

I need more information to make a decision

If you have any questions about this dismissal, Contact the School of Arts and Humanities Dean's Office at (716) 878-6326, or visit our office in Rockwell Hall 222. Please be sure to indicate to the secretary that you wish to discuss your participation in the First-Semester Recovery Program. 

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School of Arts and Humanities

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 222
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6326 •  Fax: (716) 878-6914