Academic Progression Standards

Academic Probation

Academic Progression Standards
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.

  • 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 Academic Persistence Specialist as well as seek tutoring as necessary.  Depending on the severity of the deficiency, the Academic Advisor may require the student to complete an Academic Probation Contract.  The contract will outline the requirements the student must meet in order to make enough improvements to get get off of Academic Probation.
  • When a student is placed on Academic Probation for the second time, the student will receive a hold on their account and must see their Academic Advisor to sign an Academic Probation Contract.  The student is also strongly encouraged to meet regularly with the Academic Persistence Specialist and to seek tutoring.

When a student in the College is dismissed from the University, the following standard actions apply:

  • The student may file an appeal petition with the College to be allowed to return to classes in a future term.
  • 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 current deadline for appeal petition submission is Friday, October 31st, 2014 to return for Spring 2015 classes, February 2nd, 2015 to return for Summer 1 or Summer 2 2015 classes, and March 18th, 2015 to return for 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 your department. (CJ requires a meeting with Dean Britt.) For students intending to change majors at the time of reentry, a second letter of support must be received from a department or faculty member of the new major.
    Possible points to discuss in the faculty letter of support are the following:

    1. Willingness to accept this student into (back into) your program.
    2. Do you feel that the student is liable 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 NU.
    6. 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 Academic Persistence Specialist.  Our Persistence Specialists are a designated resource for all students who are experiencing academic difficulty.