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Details Regarding Reasons for Undergraduate Petitions

The petition form requests your NLU ID number, the term you were admitted, and in some reasons for petition, your unofficial transcript. Here's where to find this information.

  • NLU Portal:  The NLU Portal may be accessed from the NLU webpage.
  • NLU ID Number:  On the NLU Portal main webpage, look under My Info.
  • Admit Term:
    • Click on the My Services tab (near the top of the NLU Portal webpage).
    • Click on NLU Self Service (in the center of the webpage).
    • Click on Student.
    • Click on Student Records.
    • Click on View Student Information.
    • Select a Term from the dropdown menu. It is recommended that you select the current term.
  • Unofficial Transcript:
    • Click on the My Services tab (near the top of the NLU Portal webpage).
    • Click on NLU Self Service (in the center of the webpage).
    • Click on Student.
    • Click on Student Records.
    • Click on View Academic Transcript.
    • Click on Submit.

Reasons for Petition

Admission to the National College of Education

  • Policies
    • Students must meet all requirements for NCE admission.
  • You may need to petition for admission to NCE if ...
    • You have a low overall GPA.
    • You have a low GPA in your program of study.
  • Information / Materials Needed
    • Supporting documentation - Any documentation to further support your case (Letter of support from faculty, Note from a doctor verifying a medical condition, Grade report, Letter of ADA accommodations etc.).
    • Explanation — Provide a detailed explanation as to why you have a low overall GPA and/or low GPA in your program.
      It is recommended that you compose your Explanation in a word processing program (utilizing spelling and grammar checks, etc.), then copy and paste your Explanation into the petition form.

Begin the Professional Sequence Prior to Admission to NCE

  • Policies
    • Students must be admitted to National College of Education in order to begin the professional sequence.
  • You may need to petition for beginning the professional sequence prior to NCE admission if ...
    • You have not completed all of the prerequisite coursework
    • You have a low overall GPA
    • You have a low GPA in your program of study
  • Information / Materials Needed
    • Supporting documentation - Any documentation to further support your case (Unofficial transcript, Note from a doctor verifying a medical condition, Grade report, Letter of ADA accommodations etc.).
    • Explanation — Provide a detailed explanation as to why you have a low overall GPA and/or low GPA in your program.
      It is recommended that you compose your Explanation in a word processing program (utilizing spelling and grammar checks, etc.), then copy and paste your Explanation into the petition form.
    • Completion plan — If you are missing prerequisites, develop a term-by-term completion plan of courses with your advisor

Course Waiver

  • Policies
    • If you are requesting a course waiver with a course transferred from another institution, then request an audit from the Registrar’s Office prior to submitting a petition to AP Committee (per instructions on the Guidelines page).
    • If a course waiver is approved without equivalent credits being applied to the degree, the credit hour requirements for the degree must still be met.
  • You may need to petition for a course waiver if ...
    • You completed courses at another institution that you consider equivalent to NCE core courses.
    • You have changed programs, and you wish to apply courses from the previous program to the new program.
  • Information / Materials Needed
    • Courses To Be Waived — For each course you wish to waive/ be considered as equivalent, you will need to provide the following information: Institution, Term/Year Taken, Course #, Course Title, Grade, Credit Hours, as well as the equivalent NCE Course #, Course Title & Credit Hours.
    • Explanation — Provide a detailed explanation of why you are seeking waiver of the above course(s). If you do not have a course syllabus, please explain why.
      It is recommended that you compose your Explanation in a word processing program (utilizing spelling and grammar checks, etc.), then copy and paste your Explanation into the petition form.
    • Supporting Documentation:
      Catalog description
      Syllabus
      Copy of transcript showing grade received
      Copy of Student Adjustment Form submitted to the Registrar's Office
      Email from the Registrar's Office confirming that any transfer courses meet minimum university and college standards for transfer

Grade Appeals

  • Policies
    • The grade appeal procedures apply to all classes at National College of Education. These procedures are congruent with the appeal procedures for National Louis University as described in the NLU Student Guidebook (published annually by the Office of Academic Affairs). Request for a grade appeal must be based on criteria for grade appeals (as published in the Student Guidebook, and on evidence that supports a change of grade for the student. In order for AP Committee to consider a grade appeal, evidence must be provided documenting Steps 1 and 2 of the grade appeal process, as well as any other documentation that supports a change of grade for the student — based on the criteria for grade appeals. The required documentation is detailed on the petition. Students are encouraged to contact the Advising Center for assistance with any questions related to the Grade Appeal process.
    • Please refer to the Student Guidebook for additional information regarding the Policy for Academic Appeals.
  • You may need to petition for a Grade Appeal if ...
    • You have completed Steps 1 and 2 of the grade appeal process, and you wish to appeal the Step 2 decision to the AP Committee.
  • Information / Materials Needed
    • Please see the petition form for explicit details regarding the information and materials needed.
    • Course Information
    • Criteria for Grade Appeal
    • Step 1 - Instructor / Person Responsible for the Grade
      Contacts with the instructor, including dates and types of contact
      Documentation, including the instructor's written decision (Please see the petition form for explicit details regarding the documentation needed.)
    • Step 2 - Program Representative for the Program in which the Course is Offered
      Contacts with the program representative, including dates and types of contact
      Documentation, including the Director's written decision (Please see the petition form for explicit details regarding the documentation needed.)

Retention in the Undergraduate Program

  • Policies
    • Students are expected to maintain a cumulative 2.5 grade point average while in NCE, with a minimum 2.0 GPA in each discipline (program) area.
    • Grades of D or F are not accepted toward completion of degree requirements.
  • You may need to petition for Retention in an undergraduate program if ...
    • your overall NCE GPA has fallen below 2.5 (or 2.0 for your current discipline/degree program).
  • Information / Materials Needed
    • Overall GPA in NCE
    • Overall GPA for your current discipline/degree program.
    • Unofficial Transcript: See details above regarding how to access the unofficial transcript.
      Print the unofficial transcript as a PDF. (Look for Adobe PDF in the dropdown menu for your printer[s].) You will be able to upload the PDF to the petition.
    • Supporting documentation - Any documentation to further support your case (Letter of support from faculty, Note from a doctor verifying a medical condition, Letter of ADA accommodations etc.).
    • Explanation — Provide a statement documenting the reasons for the failure to maintain the required grade point average, and providing an in-depth explanation as to why an exception to the policy should be approved
      It is recommended that you compose your Explanation in a word processing program (utilizing spelling and grammar checks, etc.), then copy and paste your Explanation into the petition form.

Permission to Retake a Foundations Course

  • Policies
    • Students may not be admitted to the National College of Education with a grade of D or F in any foundational educational coursework. Students must appeal to the AP Committee to retake any foundational course.
  • You may need to petition to retake a foundations course if ...
    • You received a grade of D or F in any of your foundational coursework.
  • Information / Materials Needed
    • For the foundations course you wish to retake, you must provide the following information: Course Number, Course Name, Overall GPA, and your GPA in your discipline/program of study.
    • Unofficial Transcript: See details above regarding how to access the unofficial transcript.
      Print the unofficial transcript as a PDF. (Look for Adobe PDF in the dropdown menu for your printer[s].) You will be able to upload the PDF to the petition.
    • Supporting documentation - Any documentation to further support your case (Letter of support from faculty, Note from a doctor verifying a medical condition, Letter of ADA accommodations etc.).
    • Explanation — Provide a statement documenting the reasons for the failure to maintain the required grade point average, and providing an in-depth explanation as to why an exception to the policy should be approved
      It is recommended that you compose your Explanation in a word processing program (utilizing spelling and grammar checks, etc.), then copy and paste your Explanation into the petition form.

    Other

    • Policies
      • If students wish to submit a petition for an exception to a policy not listed above, they must consult with the Chair of the NCE Academic Policies Committee with regard to the appropriate documentation to be provided.
    • Information / Materials Needed
      • Policy for which Exception is Requested — Cite or describe the policy for which you are requesting an exception.
      • Explanation — Provide an in-depth explanation of why an exception to the policy should be approved.
        It is recommended that you compose your Explanation in a word processing program (utilizing spelling and grammar checks, etc.), then copy and paste your Explanation into the petition form.
      • Supporting Documentation, as applicable:
        Syllabus
        Rubrics
        Copies of evaluated work
        Remediation plan
        Transcript(s) — from NLU and/or other institutions
        Plan of action / completion for a particular issue
        Contact(s) with NCE personnel related to the issue — e.g., emails
        Other
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