Academic Standards of Progress 

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Joliet Junior College is committed to academic success. The JJC Academic Standards of Progress Procedure, initiated in fall 2005*, establishes criteria that constitute good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress toward attainment of educational goals. The monitoring and prescribed intervention of academic progress allows for the identification of students who may need assistance in setting appropriate educational goals and utilizing resources to achieve academic success.

This is a separate process that applies to all students and is in addition to the Financial Aid Standards of Progress.

Academic Standing Categories

Students who fall below good academic standing will be identified into progressive categories as follows: Academic Caution, Academic Probation, Academic Suspension, and Academic Dismissal. The interventions prescribed must result in academic progress demonstrated by improved GPA. In some cases and at the discretion of the counselor or adviser, the summer semester can be utilized to demonstrate academic progress. A description of each Academic Standing category is listed below.

Academic Caution

AC notation will appear on student's academic summary.

Students previously in good standing who do not meet the appropriate grade point average requirement will be placed on Academic Caution. An e-mail and letter will be sent to all students in this category at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters. Students are responsible for self-monitoring of academic improvement in this category.

Recommended Intervention: Students on Academic Caution are recommended to limit the number of hours in which they enroll and to consult with a counselor or advisor to identify strategies to improve academic performance. Recommendations may include use of Student Development resources and services such as free tutoring, general academic assistance, and/or seminars in study skills and time management. To learn more you are welcome to contact the Dean of Student Success Office or visit the JJC Counseling Office or the Academic Skills Center.

Academic Probation

AP notation will appear on the student's academic summary.

Students on Academic Caution who do not meet the appropriate grade point average requirement will be placed on Academic Probation. An e-mail and letter will be sent to all students in this category at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters.

Required Intervention: Students on Academic Probation are required to attend a Probation Intervention Group session. Students can register online at www.jjc.edu/info/apgroup. Probation students are also required to schedule an appointment with a counselor at 815-280-2673 for recommended course selection and limited credit hours for the next semester. and may be required to enroll in a GSD course Students who have previously registered for the next academic semester (Fall, Spring or Summer) will be notified that failure to comply with these requirements by a designated deadline will likely result in withdrawal from classes for the subsequent semester. Computer restrictions will prevent self-registration through e-resources (online) in this category. Appropriate registration personnel will have override authority for student schedules with counselor/advisor approval signatures.

Academic Suspension

ASP notation will appear on the student's academic summary.

Students on Academic Probation who do not meet the appropriate grade point average requirement will be placed on Academic Suspension. An e-mail and letter will be sent to all students in this category at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters.

Required Intervention: Students on Academic Suspension are restricted from taking courses the following semester. Students on suspension are also required to schedule an appointment with a counselor at 815-280-2673 two weeks prior to the semester you are eligible for re-enrollment. Students returning from a one-semester Academic Suspension are limited to the number of hours successfully completed or passed with a "D" grade or better, or the number of courses recommended by the counselor or advisor. Course selection will be determined in the counseling session. Computer restrictions will prevent self-registration (online or in person) while suspended from the college.  Students have the right to appeal their suspensions via the Academic Standards Appeal Process (see details below).

Appropriate registration personnel will have override authority for student schedules with counselor/advisor approval signatures.

Academic Dismissal

ADS notation will appear on the student's academic summary.

Students who have returned from a one-semester Academic Suspension and again do not meet the appropriate grade point average requirement will be dismissed for one academic year. An e-mail and a letter will be mailed at the conclusion of fall and spring semesters to all students in this category.

Required Intervention: Student is restricted from registering in any courses at JJC for the next two semesters (including summer).Dismissed students are also required to schedule an appointment with a counselor/advisor at 815-280-2673 two weeks prior to the semester you are eligible for re-enrollment.College restrictions will prevent self-registration (online or in person) while dismissed from the college. Students have the right to appeal their dismissal via the Academic Standards Appeal Process (see details below).

Appropriate registration personnel will have override authority for student schedules with counselor/advisor approval signatures.

Grade Point Average Requirements for Academic Standing Categories

In order to be considered in "good academic standing," grade point averages must be met according to credit hours earned as described below. In the case where this does not occur, the categories, notification methods and prescribed interventions will be progressively applied.

Minimum GPA To Be Considered in Good Academic Standing

  • 0-12 Credit Hours Earned: 1.75 Cumulative or 2.0 Semester
  • 13-32 Credit Hours Earned: 1.85 Cumulative or 2.0 Semester
  • 33-48 Credit Hours Earned: 1.95 Cumulative or 2.0 Semester
  • 49 and above Credit Hours Earned: 2.0 Cumulative or Semester

Academic Standards Appeal Process

Students who have been placed on suspension or dismissal for failure to meet the appropriate grade point average requirements may appeal to the Academic Standards of Progress Appeal Committee.

The appeal committee shall review appeal requests on a case-by-case basis. Students who choose to appeal must submit documentation to support the extenuating circumstances that resulted in failure to meet the appropriate grade point average requirement. Examples of extenuating circumstances include: death in the family, prolonged hospitalization or serious illness, and personal crisis (such as divorce or illness of family member).

Following the notification of suspension or dismissal, a student wishing to appeal must complete and submit an academic standards appeal form and include appropriate documentation of reason for appeal by the deadline identified in their notification letter. The Dean of Student Success (or designated administrator/staff) will serve as the facilitator to coordinate the appeal committee and process. The appeal committee will review all appeal documentation submitted in a reasonable timeframe. It is the goal of the committee to render decisions prior to the start of each semester. In extenuating circumstances, the committee may ask the student to attend a meeting in support of making a final decision.

Students will be notified of their status by the Dean of Student Success. The decision of the appeal committee is final.

Appeal Process Form and Directions

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