What is Academic Suspension?

Students who develop a pattern of low academic achievement risk being suspended from MSU. Please review the details of MSU's Academic Suspension Policy, including the criteria for being suspended and the consequences of suspension. After a first suspension, you may not enroll in classes for the next semester; with Spring term suspensions, this means both Summer and Fall terms. Following a second suspension, you may not enroll for a full academic year.

Being suspended from MSU may be both traumatic and problematic for you; however, many students have difficulty establishing good academic habits. A suspension period out of school often provides students opportunity and motivation to focus on their academic life. In addition, the money saved by working during this time can help with the cost of college. Students often return from suspension, take advantage of available resources, and successfully complete their degrees.


What are my options?

Academic suspension is a time to pause and reflect on what role a college education will play in supporting career goals, which major best aligns with those career goals, and how the resources available may be best used to support success. The key factor to success in college is the student taking responsibility for their education.

If this is your 1st academic suspension, you may have received an email and/or posted letter from the Office of the Provost inviting you to participate in MSU’s Second Wind program. The information below will direct you through the NACOE's process for submitting your appeal to participate in this academic recovery program.  

  1. Consider the circumstances leading to academic suspension. Some students decide that serving the one semester academic suspension is a better choice to address life circumstances preventing a focus on college. 
  2. If you have decided to participate in MSU Second Wind, you will be expected to take responsibility and direct the process detailed below.  
    1. Review your DegreeWorks and final grades from your classes.
    2. Consider your responsibility related to the circumstances surrounding academic suspension.
    3. Contact your academic department and meet with the main office academic advisor.
    4. Identify 13-14 credits (4 courses) for the academic recovery term. 
      1. Create a blank plan in DegreeWorks
      2. Label it "Academic Recovery (Spring/Summer/Fall 20XX) Term"
      3. Specify the courses that will be taken during your academic recovery term.
      4. Ask your academic advisor to lock and activate this plan.
      5. Talk with your advisor about resources available, which ones are best for you to use, and where to focus your efforts for academic recovery.
      6. Receive your Registration PIN from your academic advisor. You will not be reinstated until after you meet with NACOE Assistant Dean, Dr. Jennifer Clark in the Dean's Office.
    5. Review other resources you plan to use outside of MSU during academic recovery term.
      • Online academic support
      • Health care providers
      • Others (be able to describe)
    6. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to learn what Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) means and how it applies to your education.
    7. Prepare for meeting with NACOE Assistant Dean, Dr. Jennifer Clark.
      1. Complete the NACOE Petition to Participate in Second Wind survey
      2. Schedule an appointment to meet and review details of proposed plan.
      3. Email Request for Instructions to Register for required US 103 - Learning Strategies.
        • Sample text: "I have been reinstated to participate in the MSU Second Wind program and would like to register for the required US 103 course. Where do I find instructions on how to register for the US 103 - Learning Strategies course for Second Wind that meets on (provide details)? Thank you for your help."
        • US 103 - Learning Strategies section options may be found on MyInfo: Schedule of Classes - Find CRN
  3. Through your efforts, support from your department academic advisors and the NACOE’s Assistant Dean, Dr. Clark, the MSU Second Wind program will help facilitate your academic recovery and progress toward good standing.

Sometimes a student is suspended for low academic performance in a semester during which there were extraordinary circumstances beyond their control, such as a significant illness near the end of the semester, a traumatic event from which the student was unable to recover, an ongoing medical condition, etc. If you believe your academic performance in the semester for which you were suspended was due to extraordinary circumstances like this, you can appeal your suspension. (Note that circumstances such as too many morning classes, needing to go to a friend's wedding, noisy roommates, not going to class, working too many hours, brief illnesses, not being motivated, too much skiing/ snowboarding or partying, etc., do not qualify as extraordinary circumstances.)

Appealing a suspension does not assure being reinstated. The University Scholastic Appeals Board will weigh all the factors and make a final determination.

Students who have received a 2nd suspension and wish to return a semester early from the 1 year (2 semester) academic suspension must petition for reinstatement through the NACOE to the University Scholastic Appeals Board (USAB).  Petitions are reviewed and handled case-by-case and are submitted in accordance with suspension appeal deadlines and processes. Students must complete the following items as part of their Petition for Reinstatement.

  1. Review MSU’s Academic Suspension Policy.
  2. Complete the Suspension Appeal Cover Sheet for the Suspension Appeal Packet.  Please note: "GID" means your MSU Student ID.
  3. Complete the Intent to Register form online. Your Intent to Register will not be fully processed until after the Board meets.
  4. Meet with their academic department's professional academic advisor.

  5. Complete the Appeal Document Preparation survey for the NACOE. 
    1. The questions and document upload prompts in this survey align with those on the USAB, Suspension Appeal Cover Sheet. Responding to these prompts will help prepare a complete suspension appeal packet for review with the NACOE Assistant Dean and submission to the USAB.
    2. The NACOE Dean's Office will help generate the final document prior to meeting with the Assistant Dean.
    3. Appropriate survey responses and document uploads will produce the following items for the USAB's review: 
      • Statement of Academic Purpose; 
      • Academic Plan;
      • Faculty reference, in writing, from your academic department;
      • Information about your petition for re-instatement; and
      • Documentation supporting your petition for re-instatement.
      • Student Conduct Information (if appropriate for your appeal) may also be included.
  6. Contact NACOE Dean's Office (406-994-2272).
    1. Confirm submission of survey responses.
    2. Request support generating draft version of suspension appeal document for review.
    3. Schedule an appointment with NACOE Assistant Dean, Dr. Jennifer Clark. (Face-to-face meetings are preferred, but virtual meetings are available.)
    4. Bring completed Suspension Appeal Cover Sheet to meeting.
    5. Final product of meeting will be a completed Suspension Appeal Packet which will be submitted on the student's behalf to the USAB.
  7. The Office of the Provost will communicate final decisions from the USAB to the student. These decisions are final.

Appeals are considered when students can document extraordinary circumstances beyond their control which impacted their studies. If you plan to appeal, carefully review the required documentation necessary for completing a Suspension Appeal Packet. The Cover Sheet is available in the “student documents” link on the Provost Office website, or by clicking on the highlighted link. Recognize that as the student you must take responsibility for preparing and gathering the necessary documentation for your appeal. 

To appeal a suspension, you must:

  1. Review MSU’s Academic Suspension Policy.
  2. Complete the Suspension Appeal Cover Sheet for the Suspension Appeal Packet.  Please note: "GID" means your MSU Student ID.
  3. Complete the Intent to Register form online. Your Intent to Register will not be fully processed until after the Board meets.
  4. Meet with their academic department's professional academic advisor.

  5. Complete the Appeal Document Preparation survey for the NACOE. 
    1. The questions and document upload prompts in this survey align with those on the USAB, Suspension Appeal Cover Sheet. Responding to these prompts will help prepare a complete suspension appeal packet for review with the NACOE Assistant Dean and submission to the USAB.
    2. The NACOE Dean's Office will help generate the final document prior to meeting with the Assistant Dean.
    3. Appropriate survey responses and document uploads will produce the following items for the USAB's review: 
      • Statement of Academic Purpose; 
      • Academic Plan;
      • Faculty reference, in writing, from your academic department;
      • Information about your petition for re-instatement; and
      • Documentation supporting your petition for re-instatement.
      • Student Conduct Information (if appropriate for your appeal) may also be included.
  6. Contact NACOE Dean's Office (406-994-2272).
    1. Confirm submission of survey responses.
    2. Request support generating draft version of suspension appeal document for review.
    3. Schedule an appointment with NACOE Assistant Dean, Dr. Jennifer Clark. (Face-to-face meetings are preferred, but virtual meetings are available.)
    4. Bring completed Suspension Appeal Cover Sheet to meeting.
    5. Final product of meeting will be a completed Suspension Appeal Packet which will be submitted on the student's behalf to the USAB.
  7. The Office of the Provost will communicate final decisions from the USAB to the student. These decisions are final.

 


Returning to MSU After Completing an Academic Suspension

Students returning from a 1st suspension (1 semester) or a 2nd suspension (2 semesters), are reinstated at MSU by completing the Intent to Register form through their secure portal in MyInfo. Students must complete the following items prior to registering for classes. Be aware that this process takes time. It is strongly recommended you accomplish each of the following at least three weeks before the beginning of the semester in which you plan to take classes.

  1. All students returning from suspension must file an Intent to Register with the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar then reinstates students to MSU, assigns Advisor PINs, and places “Must See” holds on their account requiring them to meet with the Associate Dean or Assistant Dean of their college prior to registering.
  2. In the NACOE, Assistant Dean, Dr. Jennifer Clark meets with all students returning from suspension. Appointments may be scheduled by contacting the Dean's Office at (406) 994-2272. It is expected that students will complete the student statement and semester plan and meet with their Academic Advisor before meeting with the Dean's Office. 
    1. Meet with your Department's Academic Advisor .
    2. Discuss academic progress, classes for upcoming term, success strategies, and receive your Advisor PIN.
      1. Create a semester plan in DegreeWorks.
      2. Have academic advisor lock and activate your 
      3. Often, the student’s academic advisor can provide insight to the resources and behaviors that will promote successful academic outcomes. Their advice will be included in your DegreeWorks notes. 
    3. Complete  the NACOE Must See Student Statement online survey outlining circumstances contributing to academic performance and  specific strategies you will use to support your success in the future. This will be used to create an academic recovery plan. 
      • The NACOE Must See Student Statement and academic advisor approved courses will provide the details for your academic recovery plan.
      • Academic advisors will provide direction of the appropriate courses and resources available to support students.
      • It is your responsibility to develop, commit, and explain what student behaviors will change and how online and campus resources will be used to support your success.
    4. Meet with Assistant Dean, Dr. Clark to discuss the details of the NACOE Must See Student Statement. You will be expected to take responsibility for following your proposed plan.
    5. The “Must See” hold will be lifted.
    6. You (the student) may register for classes.

For International or Out-of-Area students, appointments may be organized via WebEx or Zoom. These are MSU supported teleconferencing methods. Students may specify a preference when scheduling an appointment.

Students who have received more than two suspensions and wish to return from their 3rd suspension must petition for reinstatement through the Assistant Dean to the University Scholastic Appeals Board.

Petitions are reviewed and handled case-by-case and are submitted in accordance with suspension appeal deadlines and processes. It is expected that students will take time to experience success elsewhere. In many cases this takes a period of 3-5 years. Students must provide the following items as part of their Petition for Reinstatement.

  1. Review MSU’s Academic Suspension Policy.
  2. Complete the Suspension Appeal Cover Sheet for the Suspension Appeal Packet.  Please note: "GID" means your MSU Student ID.
  3. Complete the Intent to Register form online. Your Intent to Register will not be fully processed until after the Board meets.
  4. Meet with their academic department's professional academic advisor.

  5. Complete the Appeal Document Preparation survey for the NACOE. 
    1. The questions and document upload prompts in this survey align with those on the USAB, Suspension Appeal Cover Sheet. Responding to these prompts will help prepare a complete suspension appeal packet for review with the NACOE Assistant Dean and submission to the USAB.
    2. The NACOE Dean's Office will help generate the final document prior to meeting with the Assistant Dean.
    3. Appropriate survey responses and document uploads will produce the following items for the USAB's review: 
      • Statement of Academic Purpose; 
      • Academic Plan;
      • Faculty reference, in writing, from your academic department;
      • Information about your petition for re-instatement; and
      • Documentation supporting your petition for re-instatement.
      • Student Conduct Information (if appropriate for your appeal) may also be included.
  6. Contact NACOE Dean's Office (406-994-2272).
    1. Confirm submission of survey responses.
    2. Request support generating draft version of suspension appeal document for review.
    3. Schedule an appointment with NACOE Assistant Dean, Dr. Jennifer Clark. (Face-to-face meetings are preferred, but virtual meetings are available.)
    4. Bring completed Suspension Appeal Cover Sheet to meeting.
    5. Final product of meeting will be a completed Suspension Appeal Packet which will be submitted on the student's behalf to the USAB.
  7. The Office of the Provost will communicate final decisions from the USAB to the student. These decisions are final.

For International or Out-of-Area students, appointments may be organized via WebEx or Zoom. These are MSU supported teleconferencing methods. Students may specify a preference when scheduling an appointment.