Academic Appeals Procedures

Appeals related to undergraduate degree requirements and graduation

If your first appeal is denied and you wish to contest the decision, then proceed to step number 2, then 3, etc.

Type of appealSteps in the appeal process

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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, 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.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts Requirements.

Exit exam waiver

  1. first, present appeal to the Office of Assessment, Exit Exam Administrator, Carrington Hall Room 422, 417-836-6120;
  2. then a written appeal to the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, University Hall Room 115, 417-836-8346.

Learn more about the Exit Exam.

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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, Degrees Committee Guidelines;
  3. next a written appeal to the Provost or designee.

Learn more about the 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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, 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 Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346.

Learn more about commencement participation.

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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, 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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346;
  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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, 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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, 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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, 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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, 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.

Learn more about Scholastic Honors.

Semester of official graduation

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

Learn more about the semester of graduation.

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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, 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.)

If your first appeal is denied and you wish to contest the decision, then proceed to step number 2, then 3, etc.

Type of appealSteps in the appeal process
Academic Renewal Request

Submit an Academic Renewal Request form to Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346.

Learn more about Academic Renewal.

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-Records and Registration, Carrington Hall Room 320, 417-836-5520;
  2. then a written appeal to the Provost or designee.

Learn more about Auditing a Course.

DG or DX hold (temporary removal in order to register)
  1. The student or the student's assigned academic advisor initiates an online request for a temporary removal of the Hold.
    1. Student: Log on to My Missouri State, Academics Tab, Registration Tools Channel, Registration Status Link, and submit online request.
    2. Advisor: Log on to My Missouri State, Teaching & Advising Tab, Student Information Channel, Registration Status link, and submit online request. 

Learn more about this new DG/DX electronic workflow system.

Drop deadline exception Refer to the "Exceptions to the Policy" section of the Change of Schedule (Add/Drop) Policy for appeal procedures.
Grade appeal (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. first, present appeal 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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346;
  5. finally, to the President of the University.

Learn more about Grade Appeals and Academic Grievances.

Grade appeal (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: Jessica Silvey, University Hall, room 115, 417-836-8346, 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.

Learn more in the "Grade re-evaluation based on exceptions to University policy" section of the 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 appeal procedures.

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.

Learn more about the Pass/Not Pass.

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.

Learn more about Refunds.

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 appeal procedures.