Academic Policies – Graduate and Postgraduate

Students academically suspended (if previously denied an academic standing appeal) or academically dismissed from Liberty University may appeal for readmission under academic amnesty per the following protocols:

  1. The student must not have been enrolled at the university for at least 2 years. Example: If the graduate student’s last enrollment was in the spring 2022 semester, he/she would not be eligible to appeal for academic amnesty until after the spring 2024 semester.
  2. The student must submit a written appeal for readmission to the Associate Registrar for Academic Success. The appeal must be submitted via the online Academic Standing Appeal Form. The appeal should include a thorough explanation of (1) the circumstances which contributed to the academic performance which resulted in the student’s academic suspension or dismissal and (2) why the student’s present circumstances are more conducive to improved academic performance if permitted to resume his/her studies.
  3. Liberty University students who were academically dismissed because of academic dishonesty are not eligible for academic amnesty.
  4. The Associate Registrar for Academic Success will confer with the Director of Graduate Student Affairs to determine whether or not there are any student conduct related considerations that should render the student ineligible to resume his/her studies through Liberty University.
  5. If the Director of Graduate Student Affairs determines that the student is eligible to resume his/her studies from a student conduct perspective, the Associate Registrar for Academic Success will then present the student’s appeal for review to the associate dean or program director over the student’s degree program.
  6. If the student is determined by the associate dean or program director to be eligible for readmission, the Associate Registrar for Academic Success will submit the student’s appeal to the Vice Provost for review.
  7. If the Vice Provost approves the student’s appeal, all grades of C, D, and F (including +/- grades) will be revised to Q, and will no longer be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA. Grades of A and B (including +/- grades) will not be revised and will continue to be included in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA.
  8. Students in degree programs requiring a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for good academic standing and graduation will retain grades of C (and C+/-), as well.
  9. If the Vice Provost denies the student’s appeal, his decision will be final. The student will not be permitted to resume the pursuit of any Graduate or Doctoral degree from Liberty University.
  10. Once the approved student’s grades have been revised, he/she is eligible to apply for readmission. He/she must meet all applicable admission requirements to gain readmission. The student will be readmitted on academic caution and will be required to take and pass GRST 501 — Graduate Success Strategies in his/her first semester (unless he/she has already passed the course).
  11. The previously assigned academic standings will not change and will remain part of the student’s academic records for the respective semesters for which they were earned.
  12. Students who have been granted academic amnesty are not eligible for graduation honors.

The following policies can be found on the Student Honor Code and Student Advocate websites.

You can view the honor code for all Liberty University undergraduate and graduate students.

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