Academic Suspension Appeals Hearing

A student who has been academically suspended or dismissed from the university and feels it was due to circumstances beyond his/her control may appeal in writing to the Registrar for special consideration. If the Registrar desires, the student’s request can be forwarded to the Academic Appeals Committee for dispensation. This committee is composed of nine members; two student members, the Retention Services Director, and one faculty member from each of the academic colleges; the School of Agriculture; and the School of Nursing and Health Professions. The committee reviews each case and makes decisions based on information provided to them by the student or other individuals. The student may be present for the hearing or may present his case in writing only. The student comes before the committee alone. Guests are not able to speak or be present.

Review the Suspension Appeal Procedure document (shown on the right) before submitting an appeal request. A request form, with the attached documentation, should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than seven (7) days prior to the beginning of the relevant semester. After three (3) suspensions, a student is not eligible to return to Murray State.

Contact Information:

Office of the Registrar
Murray State University
113 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3312
Fax: 270-809-3777

Tentative Academic Suspension Appeal Form Submission Deadlines:

January 6, 2020, for Spring 2020 semester

May 17, 2020, for Summer 2020 semester

Changed August 9, 2020, August 10, 2020, for Fall 2020 semester (hearing via Zoom on August 12, 2020)

January 4, 2020, for Spring 2021 semester

May 17, 2021, for Summer 2021 semester

August 9, 2021, for Fall 2021 semester 


Academic Appeal FAQ

Q. Do I have to be present?
 No. You have the right to be present at the hearing, but you are not required to attend. You can submit everything you want the committee to know and they will base their decision on that information plus any additional information supplied by the Office of the Registrar.  It is to your advantage to attend the meeting so that you may provide additional information and answer any questions, if necessary.

Q. When and where are the meetings held?
. The meetings are normally held the week before the semester begins. Once a meeting has been scheduled, you will be notified of the date, time, and location.

Q. What kind of documentation do I need?
 You may provide any information that you feel will be relevant to your case. For example, if your grades are low due to frequent absences, you may wish to provide additional information regarding the reason for your absences.

Q. How will I know the decision of the committee?
 If you are present at the meeting, you will be told the decision then. If not, you will be notified in writing.

Q. What kinds of cases are heard by this committee?
 The most common cases consist of individuals who have been dropped or suspended from the university. Grade appeals are also reviewed but must be presented on the grade appeal form.

Q. If I submit an appeal for the May hearing and it is denied, can I submit another appeal for the August hearing?
No, students appealing for reinstatement for the fall term can choose to go before the committee in May or August, but not both.


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