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Appealing Graduate Assistantship Evaluation or Termination

A student with a graduate assistantship may appeal a decision regarding an assistantship in the following circumstances:

  • Unfair dismissal.
  • Prejudiced or capricious academic program evaluation.
  • Stipend not commensurate with that of other graduate students with the same status in the same academic program.

If you are a graduate student and believe one of the above situations applies to you, you may begin the appeals process.

Step 1: Work toward a resolution.

First attempt to resolve the matter with the faculty/staff member or appropriate administrative leader of the school, college or unit responsible for your assistantship.

Step 2: File a written appeal within your unit.

If your attempt at resolution is unsuccessful, you may then file a written appeal to the director of graduate studies for consideration by the appropriate graduate committee. This appeal must be filed within 60 days of the evaluation or dismissal. A written determination of the appeal will be presented to you and your supervisor. If the assistantship is not in an academic program, the Assocaite Vice Provost for Graduate Studies will consider the appeal.

Step 3: Present the appeal to the Office of Graduate Studies.

If no action is taken on the appeal within 30 days of its filing or if the matter is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may present the original appeal and documentation to the MU Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies.

If the associate vice chancellor determines that the appeal might have merit, they will request a review by a subcommittee of the Graduate Faculty Senate. Upon subcommittee recommendation, the full Graduate Faculty Senate will meet and serve as the final level of appeal.

During the appeal process, if an assistantship evaluation, renewal or dismissal is overturned, the supervisor has the right to appeal this decision in writing to the Graduate Faculty Senate.