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Academic Suspension Memo

PLEASE NOTE:  This information ONLY applies to you IF your transcript indicates you are on academic suspension following the 2017 summer session.

 SUBJECT: Suspension status at the end of the 2017 summer session

NOTE FOR STUDENTS WHO RETURNED TO JMU FOR THE FALL 2016 SEMESTER, SPRING 2017 SEMESTER, AND/OR THE SUMMER 2017 SESSION THROUGH APPEAL/ACADEMIC REVIEW:  If you have been allowed to return to JMU for the 2016 fall semester, 2017 spring semester, or 2017 summer session through appeal/academic review you are subject to the terms in your contract letter

Your academic record at the end of the 2017 summer session places you on academic suspension. According to university policy (2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog, page 17 or, academic suspension is applied when a student’s cumulative grade point average is below the minimum required for continued enrollment.  A student on academic suspension may not attend JMU for at least the following two regular semesters, except as described in the Continued Enrollment Appeal paragraph of this letter.

If this is your first academic suspension, you may apply for re-entry after a minimum of one calendar year's absence by submitting an "Intent to Enroll" form with requested documentation to Academic Student Services. If you have been suspended more than once, you will be required to remain out for at least two years and may only apply to return under the Transfer Equivalent Option through Academic Student Services. An academic review committee evaluates re-entry requests of academic suspension students to determine whether or not a student may return to James Madison University. Re-entry is not guaranteed.

Continued Enrollment Appeal. You may only make an appeal for continued enrollment after a first suspension. If you believe that there are extenuating circumstances associated with your first academic suspension, you may submit a written appeal.  Appeals for continued enrollment should be addressed to your college’s contact person.   Appeals from students who attended summer session should be sent immediately after completing summer classes and must be received by your college contact person no later than August 4, 2017.

If your appeal is denied, you will not be considered for re-entry until you have completed at least one calendar year's suspension.  An academic review committee evaluates re-entry requests to determine whether a student may re-enroll after one year or must wait two years and re-enter under the Transfer Equivalent Option. Please refer to the brochure that will accompany your personalized letter for more details.

Transfer Credit from Other Institutions.  You may wish to consider taking courses at another institution for transfer credit at JMU.  Before doing so you should complete paperwork with the JMU Registrar to verify that the course(s) will be accepted by JMU.  A maximum of 12 credit hours will be accepted as transfer credit.  These courses cannot be used to raise your GPA at JMU (your JMU cumulative grade point average is calculated only based on grades earned for course work completed at JMU), but may be considered when evaluating your re-enrollment. Please refer to the brochure that will accompany your personalized letter for more details.

You will receive a personalized letter and a brochure that contain more specific information about the university's policies on re-entry procedures, transfer credit, financial aid, suspension, and dismissal. The brochure offers information that will help you make an informed decision, and you should read it carefully to assure that you understand your rights and responsibilities.

If you are living on campus in a residence hall or on Greek Row, you are obligated by the terms and conditions of the JMU Living Contract. You must contact a staff member or the Office of Residence Life (540-568-4663) to officially check out of your housing assignment.


If you have any questions, contact the person listed below for your college.

College of Arts & Letters, Mr. Dietrich Maune at

College of Business, Ms. Molly Brown at

College of Health and Behavioral Studies, Dr. Rhonda Zingraff at

College of Integrated Science and Engineering, Dr. Henry Way at

College of Science and Mathematics, Dr. Anthony Tongen at

College of Visual and Performing Arts, Dr. Sonya Baker at

Outreach and Engagement (Adult Degree/BIS), Ms. Pamela Hamilton at

University Programs (IDLS and Undeclared majors), Ms. Catherine Crummett at