What is a Suspension Appeal?

Currently, there is no formal Senate committee to review Academic Suspension or Dismissal Appeals. Each faculty evaluates these appeals using their own internal processes.

If you feel that you have valid grounds for appealing your suspension or dismissal, we strongly encourage that you visit us to help you plan your appeal package and prepare for the next steps. You can also meet with the Advisor to discuss your case.

When a decision has been made, you will be notified using your preferred email. This process can take up to 30 days to complete, and a copy of your appeal will be kept on your student file.

See Academic Regulation 7 in the Academic Calendar for information on Standing Requirements.

What You Have to Do

To file an appeal, you must fill out the Academic Suspension Appeal Form, which can be found on the Saint Mary’s University website. In addition to this form, you must include the following:

  • A letter answering the following questions:
    1. The reasons for your academic performance to date.
    2. What specific steps you have taken to address issues affecting your academic performance.
    3. Your plans to ensure your future academic success.
  • Any relevant professional documentation to support your appeal (notes from a doctor, psychologist, etc).
  • Once you have gathered all the documents for your appeal package, submit it to your Faculty Advisor, preferably in person.

How We Can Help You

We want to listen to your concerns and support you through the process. We can help you understand University regulations and appeal procedures, discuss possible resolutions, and act as a liaison between you and the administration/faculty. We have an open-door policy and will ensure a welcoming, non-judgemental, confidential, and professional setting.

Here are some of the ways we can help you with your grade appeal: 

  • Help you create your appeal package
  • Help you understand the process and answer any questions you may have.
  • Attend the meeting with you and be your advocate.
  • Make sure the process and procedures are followed.


Quick Links

Appeal Form

Click here to access the University’s Suspension Appeal form.

Academic Advising

Click here to visit the University’s website about Academic Advising.

Get Help Now

Click here to contact Abbie, our Vice President Academic.

Questions, Feedback, or Concerns?

Have any additional questions, comments, or concerns about suspension appeals? Need help putting together your appeal package? Contact Abbie!

Abigayle Winters

Abigayle Winters

Vice President Academic

E: [email protected]
T: 902-478-8606