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Appeals of Academic Dismissal

A student subject to academic dismissal because of a low cumulative GPA or because of academic dishonesty may

appeal by submitting a letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs within two weeks of being notified of

dismissal, along with an explanation of why the student believes the dismissal was unfair. The student’s request will be

reviewed by the Academic Affairs Council with input from the student’s advisor, faculty who have had the student in

recent classes, and the academic counselor. The council will make a decision on the appeal, which will be

communicated in writing to the student by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Appeals of Student Life Department Disciplinary Decisions

Should a student’s conduct put his or her standing with the school in jeopardy because of violations of student policy,

the issue shall be brought before the Student Life Deans. If, after their careful consideration of the issue, they

conclude it is in the best interests of the individual and the University for the student to be dismissed, it is in their

power to take such action. Should the student wish to appeal that decision, he or she may do so through the Vice

President of Student Life within 48 hours. The appeal must be made by the student; appeals from outside parties will

not be processed. An Appeals Committee will convene consisting of the Vice President of Student Life acting as the

presiding officer (with no vote), one faculty member, the student’s RD, one member of the Student Life staff, the

Student Body Chaplain, and, if the appealing student desires, two character references of his/her choice (with no

vote). The Vice President of Student Life may also invite any student with relevant information to provide testimony

to the committee. Once the committee has convened, the presiding officer will invite the appropriate Dean and RA

into the meeting, along with the appealing student and as many as two character references chosen by the student.

The Dean will be asked to state the issues, after which the appealing student will be given every opportunity to state

his appeal. When all parties are satisfied that the issues have been clearly communicated and understood, the Dean,

appealing student, and character references will be asked to leave, although the committee may request the return of

the Dean or the student for further clarification. After any needed deliberation, the committee will come to a decision.

Both the Dean and the student in question will then be asked to return. If the committee was not in agreement with

the dismissal decision, they give their reasoning and recommend a change in the decision. If the committee upholds

the Dean’s decision, no further provision for appeal is available.


Institutional Semester GPA Regulation of 1.75

Any student-athlete having a semester GPA lower than 1.75 is subject to the following guidelines:


First semester freshman student-athletes are allowed a one semester grace period to improve their GPA

before being denied the privilege of representing the institution in athletics.


Student-athletes who do not have first-time freshman status or are transfer students will be denied playing

status during the next semester of attendance.


Once student-athletes raise their GPA to 1.75 or above, they can begin athletic participation and continue as

long as their semester GPA is maintained at 1.75 or above.

Institutional Cumulative Grade Point Average Regulation of 2.00

Student-athletes whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 are placed on academic probation. If they do not attain a

cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above for a second or any subsequent semester of enrollment, they will be denied

participation in intercollegiate programs and are subject to academic disqualification.


Institutional grade point averages can be raised

only by taking institutional credit hours.


The Master’s University is approved as a degree-granting institution for the attendance of veterans under Title 38,

United States Code. This includes the programs covered in chapters 30, 31, 32, 33 (Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon),

and 35 of Title 38, relating also to the education of disabled veterans and war orphans and chapter 1606 of Title 10.