Appealing Suspension/Dismissal

Read the following information carefully.

A student at Northern Michigan University is academically removed from attendance in one of three ways: 1) a new freshman or transfer student who earns a 0.00 Grade Point Average (GPA) in their first semester of enrollment (eight credits or more) is academically suspended; 2) a student on academic probation who does not meet specific GPA requirements is academically suspended; or 3) a student who returns to NMU after being academically suspended previously then fails to meet specific GPA requirements, is academically dismissed.

For further information regarding probation and GPA requirements, visit the Academic Proficiency and Probation page of our website, or consult the warning or probation agreement.

Note: Typically, all state-funded four year colleges and universities honor the terms of academic suspensions and dismissals; a student suspended or dismissed from one Michigan four-year institution will usually not be allowed to enroll at another Michigan four-year institution.

Pre-registered courses will be dropped for students who have been Academically Suspended or Dismissed.

For important information on suspensions/dismissals go to: 

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If you feel that an error has been made in recording the grade for one or more of your classes, you should contact the instructor(s) directly to pursue any appropriate grade change(s) or the Records Office at (906) 227-2258.  Unless there is an error, your suspension/dismissal remains in effect.

Length of Suspensions and Dismissals

  • Academic Suspension – A student is academically suspended for one calendar year. After one calendar year, the student may, after completing the appropriate re-entry procedure, re-enroll at NMU. If a student feels they have extenuating circumstances (e.g., illness) that may have affected their ability to achieve a required GPA, the student has the option to appeal the length of the suspension and may return earlier than one calendar year, if the appeal is granted.
  • Academic Dismissal – A student that is academically dismissed is indefinitely removed from NMU and may not appeal their dismissal for one calendar year. The student can only re-enter NMU after being granted an appeal.

Appeal Procedures

Students may appeal the length of an academic suspension to be allowed to re-enter earlier than one calendar year and may, after one calendar year, appeal to return to NMU after being dismissed. Appeals for students suspended or dismissed are heard by the Admissions and Academic Policies Committee (AAPC) of the Academic Senate. The decision of the appeal body is final. To file an appeal, students must:

  • Fully complete all sections of the Academic Suspension/Dismissal Appeal form; a paper copy is available upon request. Incomplete appeals, including those lacking appropriate documentation, will not be considered.
  • Include extenuating circumstances leading to the suspension/dismissal, detailing how the problem has been resolved.
  • Include any supporting documentation, letters of support (letters of support from relatives will not be included in the appeal), transcripts of coursework completed elsewhere since leaving NMU, etc.

Academic Suspension or Dismissal Appeal Form

Send, mail, e-mail or deliver the completed form and any supporting documentation to:

Academic Proficiency Officer
Northern Michigan University
Academic and Career Advisement Center
1401 Presque Isle
Marquette, MI  49855
phone:  906.227.2971
fax:  906.227.1751

For questions or further information, please feel free to contact the Academic and Career Advisement Center.

Appeal Deadlines and Meetings - No appeals submitted after the established deadlines will be considered.

NOTE:  The AAPC conducts regularly-scheduled meetings throughout the fall and winter semesters.  Appeals submitted, therefore, during the academic year may be reviewed at one of the regular meetings instead of being heard as listed below.

Suspension/Dismissal Appeal Deadlines
Appeals are reviewed monthly during Fall and Winter semesters so there are no deadlines.

If you wish to return for the...

Complete and submit your appeal, with documentation,
by close of business on...

Your appeal will be
heard between…

Winter 2021 Semester
(starting January 19)

January 10, 2021

January 11 – 15, 2021

First Summer 2021 Session
(starting May 17)

May 9, 2021 May 10 - 14, 2021

Second Summer 2021 Session
(starting June 28)

June 20, 2021 June 21 - 25, 2021

Fall 2021 Semester 
(starting August 23)

August 15, 2021 August 16 - 20, 2021


*A student suspended in August (at the end of the summer session) may not be able to meet the appeal deadline for the fall semester as outlined above.

Important Financial Aid Information

Appeals approved by the Admissions and Academic Policies Committee (AAPC) for students suspended or dismissed under the Grade Point Average standard will be accepted as approved for financial aid eligibility.** If a student does not successfully appeal the length of their suspension and returns to NMU after the conclusion of their one year suspension period, they must successfully appeal through the Financial Aid Office to again receive financial aid.

**In the event a student has lost financial aid eligibility due to Credit Hour Pace or Maximum Credit Hours, an AAPC or GPC appeal will not automatically reinstate a student’s financial aid eligibility. An Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal will also be required.