General University Information
At this time, the University is planning to return to a traditional campus experience for the 2021-22 academic year. It is expected that the majority of courses will be offered in-person, students will be living in on-campus housing, and engaging in in-person activities, events, and out-of-classroom experiences.
View billing information concerning Illinois State University tuition and fees for the 2021-22 academic year. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the mode of instruction and cover a variety of short- and long-term expenses which continue regardless of the instructional mode or access to campus facilities. The mode of instruction may be adjusted. Tuition and fees will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely or the mode of instruction changes for any part of the 2021-22 academic year. Illinois State University will continue to follow published withdrawal and refund policies concerning tuition and fees.
Illinois State University Mission Statement
We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.
Adopted by Academic Senate, May 7, 2008.
University Commitment to Diversity
Diversity and Inclusion is one of seven core institutional values underlying strategic planning and implementation of programs and services at Illinois State University. Goals and strategies for maintaining and increasing the diversity of students, faculty, and staff at Illinois State are articulated in the university strategic plan, Educate, Connect, Elevate: Illinois State. Illinois State affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.
Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional accrediting bodies for higher education recognized by the United States Department of Education. For further information regarding this accreditation contact the Higher Learning Commission at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, phone (800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit the Higher Learning Commission's website.
The teacher preparation unit and its programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, which, in 2013, consolidated with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to become the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Teacher preparation programs at Illinois State are also annually approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Numerous programs of study at Illinois State hold discipline-based accreditation. A list of specialized accreditation bodies is available on the Provost's website.
The University holds institutional memberships in the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Council of Graduate Schools.
Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, pregnancy, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions. Inquiries regarding equal opportunity or affirmative action at Illinois State may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383.
Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics
Illinois State University is committed to the safety and welfare of the campus community. Campus safety and security at Illinois State University is a shared responsibility. The best protection against campus crime is an aware, informed, and alert campus community (students, faculty, staff, and visitors) who report crime and suspicious behavior in a timely manner and use reason and caution during their daily activities.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. Information contained in the Annual Security Report includes criminal and fire statistics for the past three years of reports of incidents that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. The Annual Security Report also includes policies and statistics required by the federal Violence Against Women Act related to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. In addition, the Report contains information on other University policies and procedures related to campus security, emergency management, crime reporting, and other resources available to students. Effective fall of 2017, the University will also provide a report that includes information on campus sexual violence impacting the University community as required by the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act.
The Annual Security Report and Fire Safety is available on the Campus Safety and Security website at: Security.IllinoisState.edu. If you have any questions or would like to request a paper copy of the report, please contact the Illinois State University Police Department at (309) 438-8631.
Federal regulations require institutions of higher education to make public contact information for filing complaints. The information below is intended to provide both institutional and external contact information to current and prospective students.
Harassment and discrimination:
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EqualOpportunity.illinoisstate.edu) addresses all issues related to the policies and procedures for addressing discrimination and harassment.
Refer to the Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy Complaint Procedures for information on reporting and filing a complaint.
Concerns regarding faculty:
When a student has an issue or complaint regarding a faculty member relating to an academic course or program the following steps are recommended:
1. Address the concern directly with the faculty member.
2. If the concern cannot be sufficiently addressed with the faculty member, the student should contact the Chair of the Department or Program Director.
3. If the concern cannot be sufficiently addressed with the Chair or Program Director, the student should contact the Office of the Dean of the College.
When addressing complaints with faculty, students are also encouraged to review the following documents:
Concerns regarding staff members:
When a student has an issue or complaint regarding a staff member the following steps are recommended:
1. Address the concern directly with the staff member.
2. If the concern cannot be sufficiently addressed with the staff member, the student should contact the staff member’s direct supervisor.
Internal resource: Dean on Duty
All students have access to the Dean on Duty in the Dean of Students Office to ask for advice and assistance in navigating concerns and complaints. The Dean on Duty is available every Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for walk-ins or phone consultations in the Students Services Building, Room 387 or call 309-438-2008.
- The State of Illinois - Illinois Board of Higher Education
- The Higher Learning Commission (Illinois State University’s regional accreditor)
Online or Distance Education Complaint Resolution:
Students enrolled in Online or Distance Education are encouraged to contact:
- The Technology Support Center for technical problems.
- The instructor for academic concerns or referral to learning resources.
- The department chair or school director for concerns that cannot be resolved by the instructor or Technology Support Center.
If the issue cannot be resolved through the resources listed above, information regarding the complaint processes for each state of residence is listed in the Illinois State Consumer Guide.
University Ethics Office
Any student, faculty, or staff member who believes they have witnessed a violation of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act should report the violation immediately to the University Ethics Office at (309) 438-2339 or email@example.com.
Veterans Educational Benefits
Illinois State University will not take any of the four following actions toward any student using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while their payment from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is pending to the educational institution:
- Prevent their enrollment;
- Assess a late penalty fee to their student account;
- Require they secure alternative or additional funding;
- Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.
However, to quality for this provision, such students are be required to:
- Produce the VA’s Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class to the VA Certifying Official located at Moulton Hall Room 112.
- Provide written request to be certified;
- Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies (see VA Certifying Official in Moulton Hall Room 112 for all requirements.)