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Information for Parents and Family Members

Your student was, in part, admitted to Illinois State due to their potential for academic success in college. In addition, it’s safe to assume your student enrolled with the intent of being academically successful at Illinois State. However some students find they are unable to maintain academic good standing for a variety of reasons – both academic and personal.

To learn more about why your student is not in good academic standing, you are encouraged to discuss with your student the circumstances which surround their academic performance – ultimately their academic probation or dismissal. At this important point in your student’s academic career, you have the important role of being supportive and understanding, while encouraging them to perform at their full potential. Your student needs as much support and encouragement as possible in order to achieve academic and personal success.

Once you learn of your student’s academic status, your first reaction might be to contact the University. Please understand that the University can only provide you with information about your students’ academic or disciplinary record if your student has given the University written permission as a result of The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their student's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

You can learn more about FERPA online or by writing to Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.

Parent vs. Student Responsibilities

As a parent, the University recognizes that at times you may feel out of the loop in regard to your student’s education. While it may be difficult to let your student assume full responsibility for their academics, you can be supportive by providing enough assistance to make sure your student gets the job done on their own – ask your student what he/she has done to address the issue(s) which have contributed negatively toward their academic performance.

How or when do I know my student is in academic trouble?

Many times, you, as a parent, are the last to know when your student is struggling academically. For a number of reasons, students are hesitant to share that they are having academic struggles with their parents. The key to finding out as soon as possible if your student is in academic trouble is by having sincere, honest communication with your student.

Accessing your student's grades

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) the University is not permitted to share your student's academic record with you (grades; transcript; current schedule; etc.). Your student will have access to their grades and overall academic record through by using a pin number.

Midterm Grades

Faculty members are asked to submit midterm grades around the 8th week of the semester. Students can access their grades through You can ask your student about their grades after the 8th week of the semester.

Academic Probation Requirements, Programs and Services

Visit the Requirements and Programs for students on Academic Probation as well as the Campus Services section of our web site to learn more about how the University can assist your student with becoming academically successful. In addition, every student on academic probation is required to participate in Project Success. Ask your student about their participation in Project Success as well as encourage their utilization of campus services.

Academic Advisor

It is extremely important that students on academic probation meet with their academic advisor. Ask your student about their advisement appointment!

Time Off vs. Continued Enrollment

As a parent of a student on academic probation, or a student who has been academically dismissed, you play a valuable role in helping your student decide if they are in a place where they can academically recover and be successful.

In some cases, it is in the student’s best interest to take some time off from Illinois State and/or consider enrolling at a community college. Many families—especially students, feel that continued enrollment is the best and only way of improving their academic performance. In fact, many times it is not beneficial to the student. It is important to discuss with your student realistic options for improving their academic record at Illinois State.

Project Success Deadlines
for Spring 2018

Success Seminar I
Reservation Deadline:
January 23

Visor Center Workshop
Registration Deadline:
February 16

Advisor Conference Form
Completed by:
March 2

Success Seminar II
Reservation Deadline:
March 23

Illinois State University

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

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