I'm wondering whether dismissal / withdrawal from a PhD program should be listed as disciplinary action on subsequent applications. A Master's program application usually asks questions like:
Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any post-secondary institution you have attended, whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in a disciplinary action?
I was academically dismissed from a PhD program after four semesters for not being able to maintain the minimum GPA. I plan to fully include this information in my application (e.g. through transcripts from the institution from which I was dismissed), and address why I was dismissed (and what steps I have taken to address academic concerns) in my Statement of Purpose. However, I am not sure if my dismissal counts as one that is due to "disciplinary violation" related to "academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct". I was simply dismissed due to not being able to maintain the required grades. Should I answer the above question in the negative?
After completing my Bachelor's degree, I began full-time work in the field. While working I decided to attempt a PhD program in a unrelated field.
I started in the program, while continuing to work full time. Due to some poor time management skills, study skills, and personal issues, I could not maintain the minimum academic requirements. I was dismissed from the program after 4 semesters, because I received 3 C grades (the program's requirement is no more than 2 C grades). I had by that time taken my prelim exams, and passed some but not others. With this dismissal I can not be readmitted by at that univerity.
After this, I took 2 classes at at another university in order to improve my grades so I can apply to Masters programs. I expect to do OK in these courses. I am currently in the process of applying to Master's programs in the area.