Student Suspension/Required Withdrawal Policy-Student Affairs - Carnegie Mellon University

Student Suspension/Required Withdrawal

This policy is available on-line: http://www.cmu.edu/policies/documents/Suspension.html.

University suspension is a forced, temporary leave from the university. There are three types of suspension for students that apply to both graduate and undergraduate students:

  • Academic suspension is the result of poor academic performance or violation of academic regulations and is imposed by the student’s college or academic department.
  • Disciplinary suspension is the result of serious personal misconduct and is imposed by the dean of student affairs.
  • Administrative suspension is the result of failure to meet university financial obligations or failure to comply with federal, state or local health regulations and is imposed by Enrollment Services. (See Student Accounts Receivable Collection Policy and Procedures for financial obligations. Contact Student Health Services for information about health regulations).

Suspended students may not:

  • register for courses
  • attend classes
  • live in student or fraternity/sorority housing
  • use campus facilities, including athletic facilities, library and computer clusters
  • participate in student activities
  • be members of student organizations
  • have student jobs

Note: students on academic suspension may have a summer campus job if they accepted the job before they were suspended.

Employment

Although suspended students may not hold student jobs, students on academic suspension may, under certain circumstances, have a non-student job with the university; students on disciplinary or administrative suspension may not. To have a non-student job, students on academic suspension must receive approval from their associate dean (undergraduate students) or department head (graduate students) to ensure that the job will not violate their suspension terms. Students in violation of this will lose their degree student status, meaning they would have to reapply for admission to Carnegie Mellon through either Undergraduate Admission or the appropriate graduate department.

Transfer Credit

Suspended students may take courses elsewhere; however, they may receive transfer credit only if their college’s and department’s policies allow this.

Appeals

To appeal any action of this policy, the student may write to the following people:

  • Academic Suspension – associate dean (undergraduate) or department head (graduate);
  • Disciplinary Suspension – dean of student affairs;
  • Administrative Suspension – vice president for campus affairs, vice president for business and planning, and the dean of student affairs, in consultation with the student’s associate dean.

Returning from Suspension

In order to return from a suspension, a student must have the following approval:

  • Academic Suspension – associate dean (undergraduate) or department head (graduate);
  • Disciplinary Suspension – dean of student affairs;
  • Administrative Suspension – vice president for campus affairs or his or her designate.

Questions concerning this policy or its intent should be directed to The HUB, 412-268-8186.