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Academic Dismissal

A student is dismissed from Illinois State University at the end of any semester, except for summer session, if the student’s cumulative grade point average is below a 2.0 for a second or subsequent time. Additionally, when the student is dismissed from the University, they are also dismissed from their major.

As a student who has been dismissed from Illinois State University, you have the opportunity to submit a Petition for Reinstatement. Petitions must be received by the appropriate deadline.

Reinstatement to the University is uncommon. Typically, a reinstated student has suffered an extenuating circumstance which severely impacted their chances for academic success. Currently enrolled students and former Illinois State students follow different procedures for applying for reinstatement. Please see below for links to application forms and read the Frequently Asked Questions section of this site for specific instructions.

Once you have submitted a Petition for Reinstatement and it has been reviewed by the Reinstatement Committee, it is important to realize that Reinstatement Committee decisions are final.

Petitioning for Reinstatement

Policies and Definitions

Policies on Good Academic Standing, Academic Probation, and Academic Dismissal can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Definitions of these terms and other probation-related terms are as follows:

Good Academic Standing 

To be in Good Academic Standing, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Only grades earned at Illinois State are computed into a student’s grade point average.

Academic Warning

Each semester, Illinois State identifies students that appear to be in jeopardy of going on academic probation. Students on Academic Warning receive an email designed to help them develop a plan to improve their grade point average.

Academic Probation 

When a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.0/4.0, they are on academic probation.

Academic Reinstatement 

Students who are dismissed from Illinois State can petition the University Reinstatement Committee for permission to continue enrollment. Petition information is provided with the dismissal notification, which is emailed to the student's Illinois State University email address as well as mailed to a student’s home address. Reinstated students are Undeclared Students and need to reapply for a major program once returning to Good Academic Standing.

A student should expect to remain out of school for at least one calendar year before the Reinstatement Committee will act on a petition for reinstatement. Only students who have extenuating circumstances should plan to apply for reinstatement for the semester following their dismissal.

Probation History 

A student’s probation history is the number of semesters their cumulative grade point average is below the 2.0/4.0 required for Good Academic Standing. Probation history is permanently on your academic record.

Deficiency Points

A student that has a cumulative grade point average below a 2.0 has a grade point deficiency from Good Academic Standing. A grade point deficiency is how many credit hours of “B” grades a probation student must earn to achieve Good Academic Standing.

Reinstatement Deadlines

For currently enrolled students, Petitions for Reinstatement are due as follows:

  • Petitions for Spring 2018 are due on Wednesday, January 3rd by 4:30 P.M. for students who are currently dismissed.

Have questions?

If you have questions regarding Academic Dismissal please contact (309) 438-3217.

Illinois State University

University College
Normal, Il 61790-4060
Phone: (309) 438-3217

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