Academic Progression Standards

Northeastern students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progression toward graduation each semester. However, when a student earns fewer than 12 Semester Hours (SH) of credit per semester and/or is below a 2.000 GPA in 3 consecutive academic semesters, the student is dismissed.  You can find the complete Academic Probation policy in the Northeastern University Undergraduate Catalog under Academic Progression Standards.

Academic Probation

If a student earns fewer than 12 SH in one fall or spring semester and/or the student’s GPA drops below a 2.000, the student will be placed on Academic Probation by the College of Arts, Media and Design.

  • When a student is placed on Academic Probation for the first time, the student is encouraged to come see his/her Academic Advisor or to meet with the Student Retention and Persistence Specialist as well as seek tutoring as necessary.  All students on Academic Probation are required to complete an Academic Probation Contract with their Academic Advisor.  The contract will outline the requirements the student must meet in order to return to good academic standing.
  • When a student is placed on Academic Probation for the second time, the student must meet with our the Student Retention and Persistence Specialist to complete an Academic Probation Contract and are required to seek tutoring.

Dismissal

Students who have remained on Academic Probation for 3 consecutive academic fall or spring semesters will be dismissed from the College and University.  Additionally, the College may, at its discretion, immediately dismiss students who earn 4 or fewer credits in any fall or spring semester or have an overall GPA of 1.000 or less.  When a student in the College of Arts, Media and Design is dismissed from the University, the following standard actions apply:

  • The student will be dropped from all registered courses for the semester immediately following dismissal.
  • The student may not petition to return to classes for the semester immediately following dismissal.
  • The student may file an appeal petition with the College to be allowed to return to classes in a future term.

The current deadline for appealing a dismissal is Friday, Febrary 13th, 2015 to return for Summer 2 or Fall 2015 classes.

Dismissal Appeal Petition Process

There are two parts to the dismissal appeal:

  1. Academic Dismissal Appeal Form is to be filled out by the student. Please be very thoughtful as you complete this, as it is your only avenue to explain your reasoning of why you should be allowed to return to Northeastern.
  2. A letter of support from the chair or a faculty member in the department you are returning to.
    Faculty: Possible points to include in the faculty letter of support are the following:

    1. Willingness to accept this student (back) into your program.
    2. Do you feel that the student has the capability to succeed in his/her current/new program?
    3. Did the student seek assistance or guidance throughout the last semester?
    4. Would you describe the student as engaged and/or participatory in class and/or the program?
    5. Other relevant information that you feel would be helpful in evaluating the student’s petition to return to CAMD.
    6. If the student is allowed to return, do you have any contingent recommendations?
  3. For students intending to switch into the College of Arts, Media and Design at the time of reentry, a second letter of support must be received from either a) the chair or other faculty member of your prior major or b) a letter from a former professor for any class in which you performed well.  This is intended to be a vote of confidence that you could find success generally at Northeastern, even if not in your prior major.
    Faculty: Possible points to include in this letter of support are the following:

    1. Do you feel that the student has the capability to succeed generally at Northeastern even though s/he did not find success in your program?
    2. Did the student seek assistance or guidance throughout the last semester?
    3. Would you describe the student as engaged and/or participatory in class and/or the program?
    4. If the student is allowed to return, do you have any contingent recommendations?

Both the Academic Dismissal Appeal Form and the faculty letter(s) of support should be submitted to your Academic Advisor by the deadline stated above.  You will be contacted with the College’s decision after the deadline stated above.

If you are readmitted to the College, you will be required to hold regular and mandatory meetings with our Student Retention and Persistence Specialist.  Our Persistence Specialist is a designated resource for all students who are experiencing academic difficulty.