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Academic Dismissal Appeal Procedure

The College of Education (COE) allows students who have been academically dismissed to appeal that decision in an effort to ensure fairness and consideration of all factors leading to the dismissal from the University. Please be aware there is no guarantee that an appeal of dismissal will be approved.

Students wishing to appeal should submit a formal letter of appeal to Margee Myles, Director of COE Student Services.

Appeal letters should include information that would explain the reason for academic difficulty including, but not limited to:

  • What prevented you from being academically successful.
  • Extenuating circumstance(s) that lead to the academic difficulty
    • Medical issue, family issue, etc.
  • What would be different if you were allowed to return.
  • Identify resources that you would utilize if allowed to return.

The appeal letter should also include the following information:

  • Z-ID
  • Telephone number
  • Return Address
  • Student Signature

Appeal letters may be submitted by email to, by FAX at 815-752-5100 or by U.S. postal mail to the following address:

College of Education
Attn: Margee Myles
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

Deadline to Appeal

Fall semester dismissal: Wednesday before spring classes begin
Spring semester dismissal: June 15
Summer semester dismissal: Wednesday before fall classes begin