Northern Illinois University Complaint - NIU Doesn't Care About Their Visiting Students! Rudest Department Chairs Ever!
DEKALB, ILLINOIS -- My husband applied and was accepted to Northern Illinois University as a visiting student. He is trying to complete a Chemistry degree through another university via long-distance, but needed to take a specific course through a local 4-year school.
When the time came for him to register for this one class, we found out it wasn't offered this semester, even though I had called the Chemistry Department 2 months earlier and they had confirmed that they were offering this particular course in the Spring semester. No matter, they had another course that was just the next level up. The problem was that if you didn't have the required prerequisites, you would need the permission of the department chair to take this class.
Fast forward to last week. My husband received a call from the chair of the department of Chemistry. He told my husband that he wouldn't allow him to take this particular class because he said that my husband "didn't have a snowball's chance in hell" of passing it. He would not allow my husband to defend himself or give a reason why he should be allowed to take it. If you were to look at my husband's transcript from his university, yes, it looks really terrible. He left school 4 years ago with several incomplete courses. After 6 months, those classes received F grades, which dropped his GPA. However, my husband is extremely intelligent and didn't believe that this person should make an arbitrary decision based on the less-than-stellar choices he made as an immature 22 year old.
After this phone call, my husband called me at work to tell me what happened. I called the university president's office to make an complaint about the conduct of the chair (my husband was too upset to discuss this calmly with anyone). I was transferred to the provost's office. Unfortunately, because of the Thanksgiving Holiday, no one was in the office at 3:45pm on Wednesday. I left a message asking for this issue to be addressed with either myself or my husband. No one ever called.
My husband wasn't looking for preferred treatment. Had the chair spoken to him in a respectful manner and explained the situation, this would have all blown over and I wouldn't be posting this. But, now he is stranded in terms of completing his degree because the deadline for most of the other colleges has passed more than a month ago. My husband is planning on attending grad school in a few years and NIU was one of the schools he would have considered. But, if this is the way that the university behaves towards students who weren't attending from day one of their freshman year, forget it!