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PLEASE NOTE:  This information ONLY applies to you IF your transcript indicates you are on academic suspension following the 2018 spring semester.

SUBJECT: Suspension status at the end of the 2018 spring semester

NOTE FOR STUDENTS WHO RETURNED TO JMU FOR THE FALL 2017 AND/OR SPRING 2018 SEMESTER THROUGH APPEAL/ACADEMIC REVIEW:  If you have been allowed to return to JMU for the 2017 fall and/or 2018 spring semester through appeal/academic review you are subject to the terms in your contract letter

Your academic record at the end of the 2018 spring semester places you on academic suspension. According to university policy (, 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 twelve months, except as described in the Summer Session and Continued Enrollment Appeal paragraphs of this letter.

Students placed on academic suspension for the first time may apply for re-entry after, at minimum, a twelve-month absence by submitting an Intent to Enroll form with requested documentation. If you have been suspended more than once, you will be required to remain separated from JMU for a minimum of twenty-four months and may only apply to return under the Transfer Equivalent Option. 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.

Summer Session. You may attend the 2018 summer session by completing normal registration procedures. If your academic performance in the summer session raises your cumulative grade point average so that you are no longer on academic suspension, you will be eligible to continue your studies at JMU during the 2018 fall semester. Knowledge concerning JMU academic policy, and how that policy pertains to you and your continued enrollment at JMU, is critically important. Therefore, you must review the Academic Standing Workshop presentation ( and complete the Qualtrics-based quiz (the quiz link and password will be provided at the end of the Prezi presentation) by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018If you fail to complete this step, your ability to register for the 2018 summer session’s second four-week and six-week terms will be blocked and/or any second four-week and six-week term courses for which you are already registered will be dropped.

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 must be addressed to the contact person for your college. Appeals from students who do not attend the summer session must be received no later than June 1, 2018. Appeals from students who do attend the summer session should be sent immediately after completing summer classes and must be received no later than August 3, 2018.

Transfer Credit from Other Institutions.  You may wish to consider taking courses at another institution for transfer credit at JMU.  To do this, you should complete paperwork with the JMU Registrar prior to enrolling in the course(s) to verify that the courses 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.  If you plan to pursue a continued enrollment opportunity, you are advised to avoid taking courses at another institution during the 2018 summer session.  Please refer to the enclosed brochure 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), Dr. Windi Turner at

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

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