Academic Probation or Suspension


Graduate Academic Suspension Appeal Deadlines for Fall 2015

January 11, 2016 Written Appeals Due by 4:30 p.m. (No Exceptions)

Bring to:
College of Graduate Studies
Sam H. Ingram Building, Main Floor
2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.

Mail to:
College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Fax to: 615-904-8020

Email as a PDF attachment to:

January 11, 2016 Hearing Interviews Scheduled
Call 615-898-2840 for appointment between the hours of 8:30-3:00
January 12, 2016 Appeal Hearings Begin, 10:00 a.m.
(All appeals are heard in the College of Graduate Studies, Sam H. Ingram Building)

Instructions for Filing an Academic Suspension Appeal

To appeal an academic suspension, a student must submit a packet with the following materials to the College of Graduate Studies:

  • cover letter with a valid explanation of situation that led to suspension,
  • Academic Graduate Appeal Form,
  • a plan of action,
  • a timeline (if applicable) to improve circumstances,
  • any relevant supporting materials;

The Academic Suspension Appeal Committee of the Graduate Council meets to review all submitted appeals. In addition to the written appeal, a student is encouraged, but not required, to meet with the committee for a personal interview. Students choosing to schedule an interview must do so during the specified times listed above. For students who elect not to schedule an interview, the decision will be based upon the written appeal.

Readmission by the Academic Suspension Appeals Committee of the Graduate Council does not imply reinstatement of financial aid, if applicable, nor does it guarantee readmission into the degree program.

The action of the Academic Suspension Appeals Committee of the Graduate Council is final. NO EXCEPTIONS ARE GRANTED FOR LATE SUBMISSIONS OR REQUEST FOR INTERVIEW APPOINTMENTS.

Academic Standards

Degree-seeking students are expected to take appropriate courses and make satisfactory progress towards their degree objectives as determined by the graduate program. A graduate student at the master or specialist level must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 for all graduate work completed at MTSU as well as in the major. A doctoral student must maintain a minimum GPA of at least 3.25 after the initial two (2) semesters of enrollment. Six semester hours of C grade (C+, C, or C-) coursework may be applied toward a master's or specialist's degree; seven hours of C grade may count toward a Ph.D.; no courses with a C grade are acceptable toward the D.A. degree requirements. A graduate student failing to meet the applicable minimum cumulative graduate GPA retention standard will be placed on academic probation for the subsequent term. Probation in itself has no serious consequences other that to alert the student of potential academic problems, and the requirement to (re)establish satisfactory academic status. Once on probation, a student has three consecutive semesters in which to restore the cumulative GPA to the minimum required. If the student fails to attain the required GPA at the close of the third semester of probation, the student will be suspended automatically. A student placed on suspension will not be allowed to continue coursework during the subsequent semester. In order to re enroll, a suspended student must formally appeal the suspension to the Graduate Council Academic Appeals Committee by writing the dean of the College of Graduate Studies within thirty (30) days of the end of the semester in which the suspension occurred. In the event that a student is suspended and subsequently upon appeal is granted permission to re enroll, should the student fail to maintain the minimum cumulative GPA, there will be no second probationary period. The student will be terminated at the close of the semester and no longer eligible for matriculation in any program at MTSU.

NOTE: Individual graduate programs may propose higher minimum grade standards than the above.