Basically my PI dropped this on me last week and said that my work is not up to PhD standards. It's pretty frustrating because it seemed like I was on track to graduate this year. That said, my PI has brought this up before. Since then I had shown I was improving and had met his standards—or at least I thought so.
My school's official policy for my situation is that
A Student will be withdrawn from the University, if he or she obtains two unsatisfactory Graduate Student Research Progress Tracking Reports and the academic unit in which the student is registered recommends that he or she be withdrawn.
The Student’s transcript will thereafter indicate that the student was withdrawn from the University.
Regardless, I won't be able to work with him anymore. I've been looking for someone to finish under, but it is looking a bit hopeless right now. If I cannot find someone else to work under, should I just request to withdraw? If voluntarily withdrawing is an option, it seems better than being dismissed/kicked out.
In the future (specifically in interviews) I'd rather say "It wasn't working out for me so I withdrew" than "I was kicked out" to people.
I'm meeting with my department chair next week, but hopefully someone can give me an opinion based on their own experiences.