Northeastern Illinois University is committed to helping students achieve their educational goals. At Northeastern, there are four distinct classifications of academic standing, which are reviewed each semester and which are reflected on a student’s permanent academic record or transcript:
- Good Standing (All students begin the University in Good Standing.)
- Academic Probation
- Continued on Academic Probation
There is an additional classification of academic standing that is reviewed each semester, but is not reflected on an undergraduate student’s permanent academic record or transcript:
- Academic Warning
Many factors (academic, personal, social, financial, etc.) can impact students’ academic performance. These classifications are designed to identify whether students are succeeding academically, and whether they would benefit from support services to maintain or regain Good Standing.
In addition to this Academic Standing Policy, students who receive financial aid are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
A student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to be classified in Good Standing. The cumulative GPA is computed on the basis of credit earned at Northeastern Illinois University only. Courses at the 100-level and higher count towards a student’s cumulative GPA. Courses that begin with “0” are developmental courses, and do not count towards the cumulative GPA. The classification of Good Standing will appear on a student’s transcript.
Students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to graduate, although some academic programs require a cumulative GPA higher than a 2.0 to graduate.
Academic Warning is designed to alert a student that she or he needs to work to regain Good Standing. Academic Warning occurs when a student’s current term GPA is below 2.00, and the student’s cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above. Students on Academic Warning are expected to see their advisors frequently, and to seek support from other University resources. The classification of Academic Warning will not appear on a student’s transcript.
Academic Probation occurs when a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. The student will return to Good Standing when the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. The classification of Academic Probation will appear on a student’s transcript.
Each student placed on academic probation will be expected to take the following actions:
- Schedule a meeting with an advisor within one week of notification.
- Meet with an advisor within two weeks of notification, and create a personalized achievement and success strategies (PASS) plan.
- Meet at least three times per semester with the advisor, and provide updates on the PASS plan. Faculty are encouraged to use AdvisorTrac for reporting these updates.
- Utilize appropriate University and community support services.
Continued on Academic Probation
The classification of Continued on Academic Probation occurs when a student has been placed on Academic Probation during a semester, and during the next semester the student 1) does not have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00, and 2) earns at least a 2.0 average for the semester. The classification of Continued on Academic Probation will appear on a student’s transcript.
In this situation, the student will be permitted to continue on academic probation. The student is expected to continue to take the following actions:
- Meet at least three times per semester with the advisor to provide updates on the PASS plan. Faculty are encouraged to use AdvisorTrac for reporting these updates.
- Utilize appropriate University and community support services.
A student is Dismissed from the University when she or he is on Academic Probation (or Continued on Academic Probation), and fails to raise the cumulative GPA to at least 2.00, and fails to earn at least a 2.00 semester GPA. The classification of Dismissed will appear on a student’s transcript.
An entering freshman student who only receives F, RF, NAF, RNAF, UWF, and RUWF grades resulting in a 0.00 GPA at the end of his/her first semester will be dismissed from the University, without previous warning, at the end of that semester.
Student Success Programs
Exceptions to the Academic Standards policy will be made for students who have been admitted into the Student Success Programs and who have signed Achievement Agreements. Student Success programs include Project Success, Proyecto Pa’Lante, El Centro Scholars, CCICS Allstars, and Wentworth Scholars.
A student in one of the Student Success Programs who is successfully complying with the requirements of the Achievement Agreement will be subject to the above academic standards after three continuous semesters in his/her program; summers shall not count as semesters unless a student is enrolled for the summer. Academic standing status is reviewed at the end of the third consecutive semester after enrollment in the program.
A student in one of the Student Success Programs who is not successfully complying with the requirements of the Achievement Agreement will be removed from his/her Student Success Program and be subject to the same academic standards as a student who is not in a Student Success Program. If, however, the student had an Admission Decision Score (ADS) of between 550 and 648, he/she will be dismissed at the end of the semester as opposed to being placed on academic probation.
University Without Walls (UWW) Program
Students enrolled in the University Without Walls program shall be exempt from being placed on academic probation or being dismissed during the first 12 credit hours of formal course work taken at Northeastern. If a UWW student takes more than 12 hours of formal credit, the normal University academic regulations will apply. The above policy has no bearing on transfer credits, or on any formal course work not completed at Northeastern.
Undergraduate students-at-large will be dismissed if, upon completion of four courses, they have less than a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA, and have not maintained a term GPA of 2.0 or better.
An undergraduate student who has been dismissed may petition to the Academic Standards Committee for reinstatement after one semester. If the petition is granted, the reinstated undergraduate student will be on academic probation and will be subject to the standards for a student on Continued on Academic Probation as detailed in the preceding paragraph. Undergraduate students who have been dismissed a second time may be eligible for reinstatement to the University through the petition process.
A petition (written letter, university admissions application, and nonrefundable application fee) addressed to the Academic Standards Committee must be submitted to the University Registrar no later than July 15 for the Fall semester, November 15 for the Spring semester, or March 15 for the Summer semester in order to be considered for reinstatement.
The Academic Standards Committee is responsible for all policies governing the academic probation, dismissal and reinstatement of undergraduate students, and will recommend action to the Provost. Decisions of the Provost shall be final in all cases.
To remain in good academic standing, a graduate student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. In addition, a graduate student in a degree or certificate program must make satisfactory progress toward his/her degree or certificate. A student must be in good academic standing to graduate.
A graduate student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If, in subsequent terms, the student earns grades that restore his/her cumulative GPA to 3.0 or above, he/she will be returned to good academic standing. If a student needs to be placed on academic probation for a third time after he/she returned to good academic standing in two previous probation instances, he/she will be dismissed. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be dismissed without academic probation. A student who is on academic probation and who does not restore his/her cumulative GPA to 3.0 in subsequent terms will be permitted to remain on academic probation as long as he/she earns at least a 3.0 GPA for the term. If, in any subsequent term, the student on academic probation fails to earn a 3.0 GPA for the term, he/she will be dismissed.
A graduate student may be dismissed from his/her program for the following academic reasons: sub-standard GPA (see Academic Probation policy); failure to make satisfactory progress toward completion of his/her program; or receiving more than six credit hours of unsatisfactory grades (C, D, or F). A student may also be dismissed as a consequence of acts of academic misconduct (see the University Code of Conduct).
To avoid dismissal, a student who has experienced extenuating circumstances may meet with his/her program advisor to request development of a plan outlining the course of action the student must follow to return to good academic standing. This plan must be approved by both the program and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research or the Dean’s designee. Failure to meet the terms of this plan may not be appealed and will result in dismissal.