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 eight members; two student members plus 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.
View/print the Academic Appeal Hearing form here.
The completed form, with attached documentation, should be returned to the Registrar’s Office. All appeal forms must be on file in the Registrar’s Office 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.
Completed forms should be mailed to the following address:
Murray State University
113 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3312
Academic Appeal FAQ
Q. Do I have to be present?
A. 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 Registrar’s Office. 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?
A. 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?
A. 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. What kinds of cases are heard by this committee?
A. 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. How will I know the decision of the committee?
A. If you are present at the meeting, you will be told the decision then. If not, you will be notified in writing.