Missouri State University

Academic Appeals Procedures

Appeals related to degree requirements and graduation ceremony

Type of appealSteps in the appeal process
(if unsatisfied with first decision, then proceed to number 2, then 3, etc.)

Bachelor of Arts requirements

  1. first, a written appeal to the Degrees Committee. Note: for appeals of the 12-hour language requirement, a letter of support from the department head of Modern and Classical Languages is strongly recommended. Contact person for the Degrees Committee: Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034 (Degrees Committee Guidelines);
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

Exit exam waiver

  1. first, present appeal to the Office of Institutional Research, Exit Exam Administrator, Carrington Hall Room 422, 417-836-4738;
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346

Exit Exam website

General Education course substitution or waiver

  1. first, present appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346;
  2. then a written appeal to the Degrees Committee. Contact person for the Degrees Committee: Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034 (Degrees Committee Guidelines);
  3. next a written appeal to the Provost or designee

General Education Program and Requirements

GPA Requirements:

  • 2.00 Missouri State GPA
  • 2.00 combined GPA (Missouri State and transfer combined)
  • 2.00 GPA in major or minor
  1. first, a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346. Note: for appeals to the major or minor GPA requirement, a letter of support from the department head of the major (or minor) is strongly recommended;
  2. then a written appeal to the Degrees Committee. Contact person for the Degrees Committee: Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034 (Degrees Committee Guidelines);
  3. next a written appeal to the Provost or designee

Graduation ceremony (permission to participate prior to the actual semester of graduation)

Written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs. Contact person for this type of appeal is Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034.

Commencement Participation Policy

Major degree requirement
  1. first, present appeal to your academic advisor and department head;
  2. then present appeal to the dean of the college in which the department of the major is located;
  3. next a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346
Minor degree requirement
  1. first, present appeal to the department head of the minor;
  2. then present appeal to the dean of the college in which the department of the minor is located;
  3. next a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346
Minimum 125 hours required for graduation
  1. first, a written appeal to the Degrees Committee. Contact person for the Degrees Committee: Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034 (Degrees Committee Guidelines);
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346

Residence Requirement:

  • Major (12 hours upper division)
  • Minor (6 hours upper or lower division)
  1. first, submit an Expedited Appeal to the Degrees Committee for Waiver of Major/Minor Residency form to the Degrees Committee. Contact person for the Degrees Committee: Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034;
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346
Residence Requirement of 20 out of the last 30 hours completed at Missouri State

Students who have completed 90 hours or more at Missouri State

  1. first, present appeal to the department head of the major;
  2. then a written appeal to the Degrees Committee. Contact person for the Degrees Committee: Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034 (Degrees Committee Guidelines);
  3. next a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346

Students who have not completed 90 hours or more at Missouri State

  1. first, a written appeal to the Degrees Committee. Contact person for the Degrees Committee: Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034 (Degrees Committee Guidelines);
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346
Residence Requirement of 30 hours completed at Missouri State
  1. first, a written appeal to the Degrees Committee. Contact person for the Degrees Committee: Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034 (Degrees Committee Guidelines);
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346
Scholastic Honors Eligibility
  1. first, a written appeal to the Degrees Committee. Contact person for the Degrees Committee: Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034 (Degrees Committee Guidelines);
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346

Scholastic Honors Policy

Semester of official graduation

 Written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346

Upper division requirement (40 hours of coursework numbered 300 or higher)
  1. first, a written appeal to the Degrees Committee. Contact person for the Degrees Committee: Lori Roessler, University Hall, room 122, 417-836-5034 (Degrees Committee Guidelines);
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346

Other appeals (refunds, grades, missed deadlines, academic renewal, repeats, etc.)

Type of appealSteps in the appeal process
(if unsatisfied with first decision, then proceed to number 2, then 3, etc.)
Academic Renewal Request Submit an Academic Renewal Request form to Lori Roessler, Program Coordinator for Academic Assistance, University Hall Room 122, 417-836-5034. 

Academic Renewal Policy
Admission to degree program (for students who have been denied admission)
  1. first, present appeal to the department head of the major (or minor);
  2. then to the dean of the college in which the department is located;
  3. next a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346
Auditing a course (missed deadline to place course on Audit)
  1. first, present appeal to the Registrar or Assistant Registrar for Records and Registration, Carrington Hall Room 320, 417-836-5520;
  2. then a written appeal to the Provost or designee

Auditing a Course Policy

Drop deadline exception Refer to the "Exceptions to the Policy" section of the Change of Schedule (Add/Drop) Policy for information.
DX hold (permission to register with this hold)
  1. first, present appeal to the dean of the college where the student's major is located;
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346
Grade appeals (letter grade based on performance in class)

The student can appeal a negative decision of a faculty member. The steps in the appeal process are as follows:

  1. present the appeal first to the faculty member’s department head;
  2. then to the college dean;
  3. next to the Dean of the Graduate College, if the appeal is in a course taken for graduate credit;
  4. then to the Provost, who may refer the appeal to his/her designee for a hearing and recommendation. Contact person for this type of appeal: Lori Roessler, Program Coordinator for Academic Assistance, University Hall Room 122, 417-836-5034;
  5. finally, to the President of the University.

Grade Appeals and Academic Grievances Policy

Grade appeal of XF or F grade assigned due to academic dishonesty Refer to the Academic Integrity Procedures Summary for procedures.
Grade appeals (permission for a late class drop or unresolved Incomplete grade issue)
  1. first, a written appeal to the Scholastic Standards and Revision of Records (SSRR) Committee. Contact person for the SSRR committee: Peggy Jones, Office of Student Affairs, Carrington Hall Room 200, 417-836-5526 (SSRR Committee Guidelines);
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346

Refer to the "Grade re-evaluation based on exceptions to University policy" section of the Grade Appeals and Academic Grievances Policy for more information.

Pass/Not Pass (missed deadline to place course on Pass/Not Pass)
  1. first, present appeal to the Registrar or Assistant Registrar-Records and Registration, Carrington Hall Room 320, 417-836-5520;
  2. then a written appeal to the Provost or designee

Pass/Not Pass Policy

Refund exception for dropped class
  1. first, a written appeal to the Refund Appeal Committee (Refund Exception Appeal form);
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Registrar-Operations, Carrington Hall Room 320, 417-836-5520.

Refunds website

Repeat (permission to exceed repeatable limit of a course) Present appeal to the department head of the course. For graduate courses, approval of student's graduate program advisor and the Graduate College are also required.
Repeat (permission to repeat a discontinued course with a similar course) Present appeal to the department head of the course. For graduate courses, approval of student's graduate program advisor and the Graduate College are also required.
Suspension/Reinstatement Refer to the Academic Status policy and to the Information for Students on Suspension Who Wish to Return website for procedures.