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I am an applicant to FIU

Admissions Clearance Committee Information

Why do I have a hold?

There is additional information that you need to submit due your application.

Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.001, General Admissions, authorizes universities to refuse admission to applicants due to past misconduct.

If you indicated a positive response to the questions on your admission application regarding misconduct and/or criminal offenses you will see a "Judicial Hold” placed on your account. This prevents further progress with their application until the Admissions Clearance Process is completed and a recommendation is made to the Office of Admissions from the Admissions Clearance Committee.

How to resolve the hold

Are you disclosing behavioral misconduct from another school or university?

Have you ever been subject to disciplinary action or do you currently have disciplinary charges pending by any educational institution for behavioral misconduct, such as fighting, suspension, etc.? If you checked "yes" to this question on your application, you will need to submit the following:

  • Personal Statement

    This is a detailed written statement that describes the circumstances surrounding each incident. This allows you to explain in your own words what happened regarding the situation. If this statement includes past or current criminal charges, the statement must describe what happened for each charge(s). In this statement, you may consider addressing whether you are involved in extracurricular activities or community service, whether you are/were employed and for how long, whether you are/were enrolled in another institution and what are your academic plans, and any other information you feel would be helpful in the evaluation your application.

    If you are disclosing multiple incidents, please address each individually in your statement (preferably in chronological order).

  • Documents pertaining to the incident(s)

    This may include copies of letters regarding the incident and proof that sanctions have been completed (e.g. charge letter, outcome letter, incident report).

  • Dean Certification or Letter of Good Discipline Standing

    This needs to be requested from the school or university you were attending at the time of the incident and would refer to your conduct/discipline history at that institution and what is your current conduct/discipline standing. This document needs to be on school/university letterhead, signed by an administrator, and sent directly to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity from the school or university. This can be sent via email to conduct@fiu.edu or fax to 305-348-6477.

Note: If the incident you are disclosing was both an institutional and legal matter, you will need to provide documents pertaining to both processes.

You may attach and submit the required documents via the link below:

Attach And Submit Documents

Are you disclosing that you were charged with and/or convicted of a criminal offense?

Have you ever been charged with or convicted of a criminal offense, or are you currently the subject of any criminal proceeding? If you clicked "yes" to this question on your application, you will need to submit the following:

  • Personal Statement

    This is a detailed written statement that describes the circumstances surrounding each incident. This allows you to explain in your own words what happened regarding the situation. If this statement includes past or current criminal charges, the statement must describe what happened for each charge(s). In this statement, you may consider addressing whether you are involved in extracurricular activities or community service, whether you are/were employed and for how long, whether you are/were enrolled in another institution and what are your academic plans, and any other information you feel would be helpful in the evaluation your application.

    If you are disclosing multiple incidents, please address each individually in your statement (preferably in chronological order).

  • Documents regarding the incident

    This would include copies of all official documents associated with the case. (i.e. police reports, arrest reports, court documents regarding the outcome and penalties, letters from probations officers, community service completion record, proof of completion of educational programs, etc.)

  • Final charges and disposition

    This document(s) can be obtained from the Clerk of Courts that handled your case and would state the charges, disposition, and status of the case.

Note: If the incident you are disclosing was both a legal and institutional matter, you will need to provide documents pertaining to both processes.

You may attach and submit the required documents via the link below:

Attach And Submit Documents

Are you disclosing academic misconduct?

Have you ever been subject to disciplinary action or do you currently have disciplinary charges pending by any educational institution for academic misconduct, such as cheating, plagiarism, etc.? If you checked "yes" to this question on your application, a "judicial hold" is placed on the application by the Office of Admissions.

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS: If you checked "yes" to this question on your application, you will need to submit the following:

  • Personal Statement

    This is a detailed written statement that describes the circumstances surrounding each incident. This allows you to explain in your own words what happened regarding the situation. If this statement includes past or current criminal charges, the statement must describe what happened for each charge(s). In this statement, you may consider addressing whether you are involved in extracurricular activities or community service, whether you are/were employed and for how long, whether you are/were enrolled in another institution and what are your academic plans, and any other information you feel would be helpful in the evaluation your application.

    If you are disclosing multiple incidents, please address each individually in your statement (preferably in chronological order).

  • Documents pertaining to the incident(s)

    This may include copies of letters regarding the incident and proof that sanctions have been completed (e.g. charge letter, outcome letter, incident report).

  • Dean Certification or Letter of Good Discipline Standing

    This needs to be requested from the school or university you were attending at the time of the incident and would refer to your conduct/discipline history at that institution and what is your current conduct/discipline standing. This document needs to be on school/university letterhead, signed by an administrator, and sent directly to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity from the school or university. This can be sent via email to conduct@fiu.edu or fax to (305) 348-6477.

Note: If the incident you are disclosing was both an institutional and legal matter, you will need to provide documents pertaining to both processes.

You may attach and submit the required documents via the link below.

GRADUATE APPLICANTS: If you checked "yes" to this question on your application, you will need to contact: Ashley Mendez at 305-348-2455 for the appropriate procedures.

Attach And Submit Documents

It is important to answer the conduct questions on the application accurately since providing false information on your admissions application may result in revocation of admission and/or issuance of charges under the FIU Student Conduct and Honor Code.

What happens after I've submitted my materials for review?

Once SCAI receives all necessary information, the application is reviewed an applicant’s materials may be referred to the SCAI Admissions Clearance Committee. Depending on the situation, the Committee may request further information. The Committee will make a recommendation which is communicated by SCAI to the appropriate Admissions Office (Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions). The SCAI Admissions Clearance Committee meets on a monthly basis.

The SCAI Director or designee and/or the SCAI Admissions Clearance Committee make a recommendation only. The Office of Admissions makes the final determination on an applicant’s admission status.

The following recommendations are generally made to the respective Admissions Office (note that this is not an exhaustive list):

  1. Admit without restrictions.
  2. Admit with restrictions (which can be a single restriction or a number of restrictions depending on the facts and circumstances).
  3. Deny. Generally, depending upon the specific facts pertaining to the applicant, denial of admissions will be recommended when information provided includes but is not limited to the following:
    1. Any behavior, criminal or not, that indicates the individual is not consistently willing to respect the rights of other beings
    2. The individual could be considered to pose a risk to the University community
    3. The individual has a pattern of dangerous behavior
    4. The individual has been expelled or is currently suspended from another university or college
    5. The individual is not at least halfway through his/her misdemeanor probation
    6. The individual has not completed his/her felony probation
    7. The individual has not completed court-ordered programs and/or counseling
  4. No Recommendation. If the applicant does not submit all required information, the file will not be reviewed and the application will be considered incomplete.
  5. Pending criminal charges. SCAI will not undertake the recommendation process until such time as the criminal matter has had a final disposition and all court-assigned sanctions have been completed.

Communication of final decision

The Office of Admissions will decide whether to accept or reject the recommendation from SCAI. The Office of Admissions will communicate to the applicant in writing. All communication regarding an application’s final decision should be directed to Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions.

I am current student who is new to SCAI

  • Why do I have a hold?

    You may have missed your Information Session, you have a pending academic integrity matter, or you are close to graduating and a report involving you has been submitted to SCAI.

  • How to resolve this hold?

    Please review your email. If you have missed your Information Session, please email the person who sent you the communication to either reschedule or to learn when your hearing has been set for. If you have your notice of incident receipt letter, know that you matter is in queue and someone from SCAI will be contacting you in the coming weeks.

    If you have not received any communication from SCAI, please contact the office directly.

I am a current or suspended student who has interacted with SCAI

  • Why do I have a hold?

    If you are current student and are not on suspension, is likely that you have an overdue sanction.

    If you are a student on suspension, the hold is placed automatically at the time of suspension.

  • How to resolve this hold?

    If you are current student and are not on suspension, please email the person who sent your decision letter to inquire about an extension to complete your sanctions or for a one-time courtesy 24-hour hold lift.

    If you are suspended and need to conduct business related to your return to FIU, please contact the office directly.