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Returning From Suspension

Suspension Override

Students who have been suspended may appeal to the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Appeals Committee to request an override of suspension. No student on suspension is guaranteed an override, and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. All students making this request must first see an advisor and include a summary of the advising session(s) in their documentation.

Students are recommended to consult the George Mason University Catalog under “Requirements for Retention” and “Periods of Academic Suspension” for exact criteria regarding suspension and to refer to the chart concerning your minimum GPA and credit level to avoid this and other academic actions.

Factors taken into consideration when reviewing requests for an override may include the following:

  • Documented visit to an academic advisor with a well-defined plan of action in which the student states academic and career goals and lists courses necessary to help achieve these goals
  • Documented reasons for student’s previous or situational unsatisfactory performance (illness, unforeseen personal circumstances, etc.) and evidence of positive changes.
  • The student’s cumulative GPA and number of credit hours successfully completed by the student in past semesters.
  • Willingness to consult with Learning Services and complete the Academic Skills Program.
  • Willingness to speak with other offices that could help student improve academically (possibly including the Disability Resource Center or the Counseling Center).
  • Willingness to repeat appropriate courses to improve cumulative GPA.
  • Timing of the request – should be made prior to the start of the semester of return to allow for the possibility of a satisfactory registration for courses.

Petitioning for a Suspension Override

  • Complete a Student Request Sheet explaining your specific request and reasons. Include written materials and verifiable documentation to be evaluated by the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Appeals Committee in reaching a decision.
  • Time is of the essence when submitting a request and documentation. Delays in submitting requests increase the academic component of the request and can have an adverse effect on the final decision. After 30 days, all undocumented requests are automatically denied.