Petitioning for Readmission
If you are dismissed from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, you must successfully petition the appropriate Subcommittee on Student Conduct to pursue readmission before:
- Your disciplinary registration hold will be lifted;
- Your degree will be released; or
- The dismissal notation will be removed from your transcript.
When can I petition?
Your dismissal letter (or Expedited Case Disposition) will include the earliest semester during which you are eligible to petition. You may not petition early.
To be guaranteed a fall semester petition hearing, you must submit all required documentation by November 1. To be guaranteed a spring semester petition hearing, you must submit all required documentation by March 15. We will accept petition materials after November 1 and March 15, but we may not be able to schedule your petition hearing before the beginning of the next semester.
How do I request a petition hearing?
- Fully complete ALL educational sanctions listed in your dismissal letter (or Expedited Case Disposition). You cannot begin the petition process if you have not completed all of your sanctions. See below (link) for specific information on completing each sanction.
- When you have completed all of your sanctions and have collected the necessary documentation to prove this, you should either (1) email all documents to firstname.lastname@example.org, or (2) mail all documents in a single envelope to: Office for Student Conflict Resolution, 300 Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820. (Note: Drug test results must be sent directly from the testing agency.) These documents will not be returned to you, so please retain copies for your records.
- When you are ready to submit your petition materials to the Office for Student Conflict Resolution, contact your college office to inform them that you are petitioning the disciplinary subcommittee for permission to pursue readmission and find out what else you may need to do before your college will allow you to register for classes.
Instructions for Common Educational Sanctions
The following educational sanctions are commonly assigned by the Subcommittees on Student Conduct. If you have a specific question about an educational sanction that is not answered below, you should email your disciplinary officer (the dean that met with you and notified you of your subcommittee hearing).
There is no length requirement. You need to use as many words as necessary to state your intent to petition; describe what you are petitioning for (readmission, release of your degree, or removal of the dismissal notation from your transcript); discuss the changes you have made and what you have learned during your dismissal; and explain why the subcommittee should consider your petition.
Substance Abuse Evaluation and All Recommended Follow-Up
You will need to find a facility with licensed professional counselors and/or therapists to conduct your initial evaluation. You could check with your doctor or a local hospital for recommendations if you don’t know where to go for this evaluation. If you aren’t sure that a particular facility will be accepted, you should email your disciplinary officer (the dean that met with you and notified you of your subcommittee hearing). If, following your evaluation, your counselor or therapist recommends you complete any follow-up programs, you MUST complete these prior to petitioning. You will need to submit a copy of the evaluation and verification that you completed the recommendations. The evaluation is usually a lengthy document but may also be a letter from your therapist. The verification of any follow-up programs can take many forms but must be verifiable documentation from the facility where the program was completed.
Drug Testing (Evidence of Being Drug Free)
We only accept test results submitted directly from the testing agency. The testing facility can send the results to the Office for Student Conflict Resolution either via fax (217-333-4084) or mail (610 East John Street, 300 Turner Student Services Building, Champaign IL 61820). You will likely need to sign a release of information form with the testing facility when you ask them to fax or mail the test results directly to our office as stated above. It is your responsibility to pay for this testing and to make sure that the testing facility is sending your results to us. If you cannot find an appropriate testing agency, you should consult with your doctor, your counselor, or a local hospital for guidance.
You must find a service organization that is educational in nature, charitable, and/or not-for-profit, and you must NOT be paid for your work. When you submit your petition materials, you should include a signed letter from the appropriate supervisor at the service organization that documents your hours. This letter should also include contact information for verification purposes. Please note that the courts may count certain activities (substance abuse treatment, for example) as community service that we do not.
Essays and Papers
The sanction description will tell you the minimum length of your paper, the specific topic you are address, and any other requirements. Once you submit your paper, your disciplinary officer will review it and may instruct you to revise it before your petition hearing will be scheduled.
Successful Academic Work at Another Institution and/or Work History
If you take classes at another institution during your dismissal, you can verify this by submitting an “unofficial” transcript and/or a letter from a professor. If you are employed during your dismissal, you can submit a letter from your employer or relevant paystubs (please no more than three (3)). You are not required to work AND take classes, but you need to be able to show the subcommittee that you have been using your time wisely on educational or career-oriented pursuits. (You should contact your Illinois college office (or advisor) with questions about transferring course credit.)
No Contact Directive
If you have been instructed not to contact a particular person as a condition of your dismissal, we will contact the protected parties to verify that you have not communicated with them prior to scheduling your petition hearing. If you fail to abide by a no contact directive, you will not be eligible for a petition hearing until the semester following the submission of your petition materials. Unless otherwise instructed, you are not required to submit any documentation regarding no contact directives as part of your petition materials.
Most students who are dismissed from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are trespassed from all university property during the period of dismissal. If this restriction has been imposed on you but you believe that you must be on campus for an academically necessary meeting, you must contact the Office for Student Conflict Resolution for permission. You must include in this request all relevant details (reason, location, date, time, etc.). Until you receive a written response from our office, you may not assume that we have given you permission. If you violate a university order of no trespass, you will not be eligible for a petition hearing until the semester following the submission of your petition materials. Unless otherwise instructed, you are not required to submit any documentation regarding trespass notifications as part of your petition materials.
What should I expect at the petition hearing?
The procedures followed for your petition hearing depend on the reason for your dismissal. If you were found responsible for a sexual misconduct violation (sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, or domestic violence), then your petition hearing will be conducted by the Subcommittee on Sexual Misconduct. For the appropriate hearing procedures, see Appendix D of the Student Disciplinary Procedures, specifically Section 6.
If you were not found responsible for a sexual misconduct violation, then your petition hearing will be conducted either by the Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Conduct or the Subcommittee on Graduate Student Conduct. For the appropriate hearing procedures, see Section 4.02(b) of the Student Disciplinary Procedures.