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Academic Standards: Probation, Dismissal, and Reinstatement

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A minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average must be maintained in order to be classified as an undergraduate student in good standing. Students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative average in order to graduate, with some programs requiring higher than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average to graduate. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the basis of credit earned at Northeastern Illinois University only.

An undergraduate student will be placed on academic probation when his/her cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0. If, in subsequent terms, the student earns grades which restore his/her cumulative average to 2.0 or above, he/she will be returned to good standing. If, in subsequent terms, the student earns at least a 2.0 average for the term, but does not restore his/her cumulative record to 2.0, he/she will be permitted to continue on academic probation. If, in any subsequent term, the student on academic probation fails to earn a 2.0 average for the term, he/she will be dismissed from the University.


Students-at-large with bachelor’s degrees and 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 grade point average, and have not maintained a term grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Graduate Students

See academic probation and dismissal policies in the College of Graduate Studies and Research section of this Catalog.

Special Programs

Exceptions to the above policy will be made for students in the Project Success or Proyecto Pa’Lante programs (formerly the Educational Assistance Program) effective September 1972. Students in this program will be subject to the above retention regulations at the end of the fifth term after enrollment in the program regardless of the number of terms actually attended. Good standing or probationary status is reviewed at the end of the fifth consecutive term after enrollment in the program. The term and cumulative grade point average at the end of the sixth term determines whether the student is eligible to continue or is dismissed.

University Without Walls (UWW)

University Without Walls students 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 nor on any formal course work not completed at Northeastern.


A student who has been dismissed may petition to the Academic Standards Committee for reinstatement after one semester. If the petition is granted, the reinstated student will be on academic probation and will be subject to the standards for a student on academic probation as detailed in the preceding paragraph.  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.





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