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Academically Dismissed Frequently Asked Questions

What are my chances of being reinstated?

The only way to be considered for reinstatement, is to petition for reinstatement. The Reinstatement Committee reads each petition for reinstatement individually and makes decisions on a case-by-case basis. The information that you provide assists the Committee with their decision.

The reinstatement petition that you submit is your appeal for Academic Dismissal. All decisions made by the Reinstatement Committee are final.

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I am trying to register/change courses, but the system says I have a block. Why?

A registration block could mean that you've been academically dismissed. Follow the instructions in your dismissal letter if you wish to return to the University. Your dismissal letter can be found on In addition, your letter will be sent to your home address.

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What do I do if I think my grade(s) are wrong?

You must contact the instructor of the class that you believe has listed the incorrect grade. If warranted, the instructor will complete a "Change of Grade" form, and submit that to the Records Office. The Records Office will notify University College once the change has been made. The Reinstatement Committee cannot act upon any grade changes until the changes are actually processed on your academic record. Please be aware that grade changes do take some time. If you have been dismissed from Illinois State, it is highly recommended that you file a petition for reinstatement even though you are expecting a grade change.

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I already turned in my Petition for Reinstatement. When will I receive a decision?

An email will be sent to your Illinois State email address regarding the Reinstatement Committee's decision. A letter will also be sent to your home address.

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What about the courses I have registered for?

If you are dismissed, the courses that you have registered for are not purged/dropped until after the Reinstatement Committee has made a decision. Therefore, if you have been notified that you are dismissed, and have petitioned for reinstatement, your course schedule is frozen until the committee has made a decision. If you are reinstated by the committee, your courses will not be dropped. If you are not reinstated, your course schedule will be dropped.

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What should I state in my petition to the Reinstatement Committee?

In your petition, explain why the Reinstatement Committee should allow you to return to Illinois State University. You must explain why the Reinstatement Committee should make an exception to the dismissal policy and allow you to return to Illinois State. For your best chance of Reinstatement - please address all items below as appropriate to your individual circumstances. Also, please be aware that the Reinstatement Committee will consider the quality of your written petition. Please proof read prior to submission.

  • Explain any unusual circumstances which contributed to your being on academic probation. How have those been resolved? Note: Copies of additional documentation (i.e. doctor's letter, etc.) should be mailed to University College.
  • What will you be doing differently to maximize your chances to achieve good academic standing? What is your plan for earning "A's" and "B's" at Illinois State University?
  • What steps have you taken to ensure that you can successfully pursue and complete your intended major? What are the requirements of your intended major and how do you plan to meet those requirements?
  • Discuss your participation in Project Success and Project Rebound. Did you find the program helpful? Why or why not? What aspects of the program did you complete?
  • If you have been reinstated in the past, please explain the circumstances regarding your previous reinstatement--conditions not met, limited progress made towards academic good standing--in other words, why should the committee feel confident that you will now take advantage of being reinstated and as a result be in good academic standing?

You can submit this petition online.

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Who is on the Reinstatement Committee?

The Reinstatement Committee is an external committee of the Academic Senate. Members of the committee include administrative professionals from the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, a faculty member from each of the six colleges, and three student representatives. Faculty members are appointed for a three-year term. Student members are appointed to a one-year term by the Student Government Association.

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I wasn't on academic probation last semester, but I received a letter saying I was dismissed due to my grades this semester. Why?

As stated in the Undergraduate Catalog, "At the end of any semester, except for summer session, when a student's cumulative grade point average is below a 2.00 a second or subsequent time, he or she is dismissed from the University." Therefore, you do not have to be on probation for two subsequent terms. If your cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 two or more times, you are subject to dismissal.

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I am a New Start Student. Why was I dismissed from the University?

When you return to Illinois State University as a New Start Student, only your cumulative grade point average is impacted. Your probation history still continues. So, if your New Start cumulative grade point average is below a 2.00, it counts against your probation history. Therefore, you are subject to dismissal.

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Reinstatement Deadlines

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

  • Students enrolled in summer courses that
    start May 15, 2017:
    Friday, May 19, 2017
    by 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

  • Students enrolled in
    other summer courses
    or fall 2017:
    Friday, May 26, 2017
    by 4:30 p.m.

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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