Academic standards

ISU reinstatement procedure

The College of Human Sciences enforces the Iowa State University academic probation policy, which includes the policies regarding extenuating circumstances, withdrawing from the university, adding and dropping classes, and academic probation and dismissal.

CHS reinstatement preparation

Refer to these reinstatement guidelines (PDF) for recommendations on the steps to take to show that you have made progress since being academically dismissed.

All materials must be received on or before the date below. No late applications will be considered.   

Re-entry Semester deadline
Summer 2019 March 29, 2019
Fall 2019 July 5, 2019
Spring 2020  November 29, 2019

CHS reinstatement procedure

If you were academically dismissed from Iowa State University, there are procedures that you must follow to resume your studies at Iowa State. The College of Human Sciences requires that you do the following:

    1. Complete the Academic Reinstatement Packet (PDF). This must be completed by deadline indicated.
    2. Complete the Educational Career Goals form. Included in the Reinstatement Packet.
    3. Meet with an academic adviser in your intended major. Discuss and develop the long range plan sheet located in the petition packet. The plan must be signed by your adviser. As you plan for your return, note that the first term you return, you will be limited to taking 12 credits during the spring/fall or 6 credits during the summer.
    4. Submit a copy of your ISU transcript and your current grade report from courses in which you are currently enrolled and previously enrolled since being dismissed from the college. Unofficial transcripts in the form of a screenshot is acceptable for all courses taken away from the college during your dismissal period. Transcripts for all courses must be provided to complete the reinstatement petition. 
    5. If you have not been taking classes at another college/university, and have been granted an exemption from the CHS Academic Standards Committee*, please include at least one letter of recommendation (on business letterhead) from your current employer. The letter should address your responsibilities/job duties and discuss your work ethic and character.
    • *In order to be granted an exemption, you must complete the Exemption From Coursework form within 10 business days after being academically dismissed.
  1. If your dismissal and academic progress were related to medical and/or health issues, please provide a statement from a medical professional that the medical and/or health related issues referenced in your petition letter are now stabilized and you are ready to return to the rigors of a college curriculum.
  2. If you have been gone from ISU for longer than two academic terms (not including summer), submit a re-entry application.
  3. Attach any additional materials or letters of reference from faculty or employers that would support your petition, if desired. Letters must be signed and written on business letterhead.
  4. Completed application packets should be returned to:
          College of Human Sciences Academic Standards Committee
          131 MacKay Hall
          2302 Osborn Drive
          Ames, IA 50011-1078

If you do not follow all of these steps, the Academic Standards Committee will consider your application incomplete and will not consider your petition for reinstatement.