What is Academic Suspension?

Students who develop a pattern of low academic achievement risk being suspended from MSU. Details of MSU's suspension policy, including the criteria for being suspended and the consequences of suspension, can be found here in the undergraduate catalog. 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.

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 their 1 year (2 semester) suspension must petition for reinstatement through the Student Success Coordinator 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. Students must complete the following items as part of their Petition for Reinstatement.

  1. Review MSU’s Academic Suspension Policy.
  2. Complete the 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. Prepare suspension materials in accordance with guidelines on page 2 of the cover sheet. Details for the Academic Plan may be presented by working through a PASS Plan with your academic advisor. This form is available in the “student documents” link on the Provost Office Website, or by clicking on the link.
  5. Complete the Suspension Appeals Cover Sheet, which is found at link above. Review, gather, and complete all required paperwork and documentation listed on the second page of the Suspension Appeals Cover Sheet. Please forward questions to the COE Student Success Coordinator.
    • Petition for Re-instatement
    • Statement of Academic Purpose
    • Reference(s)
    • Information about and documentation supporting your petition for re-instatement
    • Student Conduct Information (if this applies to your appeal)
  6. Gather documentation that will support your appeal, e.g., memo from a doctor, disability test results, medical or psychological evaluation, etc. Include only essential materials, please. If you plan to include documentation of a disability, you can go here for information.
  7. Schedule an appointment with Jennifer Clark, Student Success Coordinator for the College of Engineering. You will be expected to discuss the circumstances leading to your suspension, the extraordinary circumstances prompting your appeal, and your academic plan to ensure your future success.
    • Contact Information: Dean’s Office, Roberts Hall 214, Phone 406-994-2272, FAX 406-994-6665
  8. Deliver, mail, or fax your appeal package (Suspension Appeal Form, Intent to Register and supporting documentation) to Jennifer Clark, Student Success Coordinator for the College of Engineering. Deadlines change every semester and can be determined by contacting the MSU Provost's Office at 406-994-4371.
Appeals are considered when students can document that extraordinary circumstances beyond their control 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 Cover Sheet for the Suspension Appeal Packet.  Please note: "GID" means your MSU Student ID.
  3. Prepare suspension materials according to the guidelines on page 2 of the cover sheet. Details for the Academic Plan may be presented by working through a PASS Plan with your academic advisor. This form is available in the “student documents” link on the Provost Office website, or by clicking on the highlighted link.
  4. Complete the Suspension Appeals Cover Sheet, which is found at link above. Review, gather, and complete all required paperwork and documentation listed on the second page of the Suspension Appeals Cover Sheet including:
    • Statement of Academic Purpose
    • Faculty Reference who can speak to your academic potential
    • Explanation and documentation regarding your Extraordinary Circumstances
    • Student Conduct Information (if this applies to your appeal)
  5. Gather documentation that will support your appeal, e.g., memo from a doctor, disability test results, medical or psychological evaluation, etc. Include only essential materials, please. If you plan to include documentation of a disability, you can go here for information.
  6. Schedule an appointment with Jennifer Clark, Student Success Coordinator for the College of Engineering. You will be expected to discuss the circumstances leading to your suspension, the extraordinary circumstances prompting your appeal, and your academic plan to ensure your future success.
    • Contact Information: Dean’s Office, Roberts Hall 214, Phone 406-994-2272, FAX 406-994-6665
  7. Deliver, mail, or fax your appeal package (Suspension Appeal Form, Intent to Register and supporting documentation) to Jennifer Clark, Student Success Coordinator for the College of Engineering. Deadlines change every semester and can be determined by contacting the MSU Provost's Office at 406-994-4371.

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 Student Success Coordinator of their college prior to registering.
  2. In the College of Engineering, Jennifer Clark, Student Success Coordinator, meets with all students returning from suspension. It is expected that the student will meet with their Advisor prior to meeting with the Dean’s Office and complete the following process:

For students living in the Bozeman area:

    • Meet with your Advisor to discuss academic progress, classes for upcoming term, success strategies, and receive your Advisor PIN. Often, the student’s academic advisor can provide insight to the resources and behaviors that will promote successful academic outcomes.
    • Complete a PASS Plan with your Advisor that will outline specific strategies to support your success.
    • Meet with Student Success Coordinator to discuss the details of the PASS Plan. You will be expected to take responsibility for following your proposed plan.
    • The “Must See” hold will be lifted.
    • You (the student) may register for classes.

For International or Out-of-Area students

    • Meet with your Advisor either through a telephone or Skype conference to discuss academic progress, classes for upcoming term, success strategies, and receive your Advisor PIN. Often, the student's academic advisor can provide insight to the resources and behaviors that will promote successful academic outcomes. 
    • The “Must See” hold will be lifted temporarily to allow you to register for classes.
    • Register for classes.
    • The “Must See” hold will be reinstated. 
    • Schedule a face-to-face meeting with Student Success Coordinator during the first week of classes (or before if returning to the area before classes begin) and discuss the details of your PASS Plan. You will be expected to take responsibility for following your proposed plan.

Students who have received more than two suspensions and wish to return from their 3rd suspension must petition for reinstatement through the Student Success Coordinator 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. Students must complete the following items as part of their Petition for Reinstatement.

  1. Review MSU’s Academic Suspension Policy.
  2. Complete the 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. Prepare suspension materials in accordance with guidelines on page 2 of the cover sheet. Details for the Academic Plan may be presented by working through a PASS Plan with your academic advisor. This form is available in the “student documents” link on the Provost Office Website, or by clicking on the link.
  5. Complete the Suspension Appeals Cover Sheet, which is found at link above. Review, gather, and complete all required paperwork and documentation listed on the second page of the Suspension Appeals Cover Sheet. Please forward questions to the COE Student Success Coordinator.
    • Petition for Re-instatement
    • Statement of Academic Purpose
    • Reference(s)
    • Information about and documentation supporting your petition for re-instatement
    • Student Conduct Information (if this applies to your appeal)
  6. Gather documentation that will support your appeal, e.g., memo from a doctor, disability test results, medical or psychological evaluation, etc. Include only essential materials, please. If you plan to include documentation of a disability, you can go here for information.
  7. Schedule an appointment with Jennifer Clark, Student Success Coordinator for the College of Engineering. You will be expected to discuss the circumstances leading to your suspension, the extraordinary circumstances prompting your appeal, and your academic plan to ensure your future success.
    • Contact Information: Dean’s Office, Roberts Hall 214, Phone 406-994-2272, FAX 406-994-6665
  8. Deliver, mail, or fax your appeal package (Suspension Appeal Form, Intent to Register and supporting documentation) to Jennifer Clark, Student Success Coordinator for the College of Engineering. Deadlines change every semester and can be determined by contacting the MSU Provost's Office at 406-994-4371.