Academic Probation & Suspension

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To remain in good academic standing in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, a student must maintain satisfactory academic performance as measured by grade point average (GPA) criteria and satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in the College. For degree-seeking students matriculating at CU-Boulder Fall 2011 semester or later, CU cumulative, semester, and major GPAs should all be at or greater than 2.250 (2.000 for students prior to Fall 2011).  Failure to meet these requirements results in the student being placed on academic probation and, if not corrected, on academic suspension.  A student may be directly placed on academic suspension if retroactive grade changes lower his/her cumulative or prior semester GPA, or if the cumulative CU GPA falls below 1.000.  Academic progress in this college is determined by grades and averages as reported and calculated by the Office of the Registrar.

The status of academic probation and suspension is determined by the grade point average; it may not be negotiated.  There is no appeal process, only a review if there is a change in the grade point average or if a calculation error has been made.

For academic purposes, this college reviews student academic performance immediately following the Fall and Spring Semesters; this college has elected to not take academic actions following the summer terms.

Academic Probation

Academic probation is normally the first step taken by the college to express concern that a student is not maintaining satisfactory academic performance.  Academic probation is an official warning that the student’s academic performance must improve or the student will be subject to academic suspension from the college.  Once placed on academic probation, a student remains in that status the following two semesters* (summer term not included) of enrollment as an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. 

FOR STUDENTS MATRICULATING IN THE COLLEGE FALL 2011 SEMESTER OR LATER

  • Probation by the cumulative grade point average rule occurs if the student’s cumulative University of Colorado grade point average is less than 2.250 but above 1.000.  For the first semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA of at least 2.250.  For the second semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA, and cumulative GPA, of at least 2.250.  Summer term is not included.
  • Probation by the consecutive semester grade point average rule occurs if the student has two consecutive semesters (summer term not included) at the University of Colorado with semester grade point averages less than 2.250.  For the first semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA, and cumulative GPA, of at least 2.250.  For the second semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA, and cumulative GPA, of at least 2.250.  Summer term is not included.
  • If probation is due to both cumulative and consecutive semester grade point average rules, the student will be placed under the cumulative grade point average rule requirements.

FOR STUDENTS MATRICULATING IN THE COLLEGE PRIOR TO THE FALL 2011 SEMESTER

  • Probation by the cumulative grade point average rule occurs if the student’s cumulative University of Colorado grade point average is less than 2.000 but above 1.000.  The student must raise his/her cumulative grade point average to at least a 2.000 by the end of the next semester of enrollment and maintain that level for two consecutive semesters.  Summer term is not included.
  • Probation by the consecutive semester grade point average rule occurs if the student has two consecutive semesters (summer term not included) at the University of Colorado with semester grade point averages less than 2.000.  For the first semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA, and cumulative GPA, of at least 2.000.  For the second semester of academic probation, the student must attain a semester GPA, and cumulative GPA, of at least 2.000.  Summer term is not included.
  • If probation is due to both cumulative and consecutive semester grade point average rules, the student will be placed under the cumulative grade point average rule requirements.

While on academic probation, the student is required to enroll in and complete at least 12 credit hours per Fall or Spring semester in approved coursework that meets engineering degree requirements.  Coursework taken beyond degree requirements in humanities, social sciences, and ROTC does not count toward this minimum course load requirement, and no courses may be elected with the pass/fail grade option.  This requirement may be petitioned for exceptional circumstances; approval will lengthen the period of academic probation.

*NOTE: The normal period of academic probation in the College of Engineering and Applied Science is two semesters. However, if a student completes at least 12 graded credit hours of CU-Boulder engineering curriculum coursework in the student’s first semester of academic probation (i.e., fulfilling all requirements specified in the previous paragraph above, along with no Incomplete grades), and the student’s semester GPA is at least 3.250, and the cumulative GPA is at least 2.250, the student’s strong performance allows him or her to come off of probation a semester early and be restored to good academic standing.

Academic Suspension

Students will be placed on academic suspension if, while on probation, they fail to meet the academic requirements associated with academic probation.  A student will be placed directly on academic suspension if: (1) retroactive grade changes lower the cumulative or prior semester grade point averages, or if (2) the cumulative grade point average is below a 1.000.  The College of Engineering and Applied Science takes the action of academic suspension on the premise that the student is currently unable to make satisfactory academic progress toward a Bachelor of Science degree. 

NOTE:  If a new student at CU-Boulder achieves a cumulative GPA below 1.000 following his or her first semester of enrollment at the Boulder campus, this student will be placed on academic probation rather than directly on academic suspension.  This exemption is only available to students following their first semester at CU-Boulder.  A cumulative GPA below 1.000 at any other time will be cause for immediate academic suspension without a period of academic probation.

The conditions of academic suspension are:

While a student is on academic suspension, and is still rostered in this College, the student may not enroll in any CU-Boulder Main Campus courses for any Fall or Spring semester.

The period of suspension is indefinite, but must be at least one academic semester (summer term not included) if it is the first suspension and two semesters (summer term not included) for the second academic suspension.  NOTE:  A third academic suspension is permanent and the student may not return to this College.

If the student needs to improve his/her CU GPA in order to be eligible to return to the University, the following options are available:

a)     The student may enroll in “Boulder Evening” and “Independent Learning” (online/correspondence) courses offered by the CU-Boulder Division of Continuing Education, and/or

b)    The student may enroll in “Summer Session” courses at any of the CU campuses (except for “Maymester” courses at the CU-Boulder campus).  Use this web form to request enrollment in Summer Session classes:  conted.colorado.edu/course-request-form.

c)     Students on academic suspension may not be enrolled in more than 16 credit hours at a time (in any combination of the aforementioned courses), and all CU-Boulder Continuing Education enrollment policies apply.

d)    CU-Boulder Continuing Education advisors are available to assist with questions about courses. Students are encouraged to confer with a Continuing Education financial aid counselor before registering for any Continuing Education courses. Please visit the Continuing Education web site at conted.colorado.edu and call (303) 492-5148 or email ceregistration@colorado.edu with questions.  Use this web form to request enrollment in Continuing Education classes:  conted.colorado.edu/course-request-form.

e)     In addition, while a student is on academic suspension, and is still rostered in this College, the student may not enroll in any courses offered through CU Denver or CU Colorado Springs (excepting summer term classes at those campuses).

NOTE:  Coursework completed at institutions other than the University of Colorado will NOT affect the CU GPA.

Continuing with an Engineering Degree at CU-Boulder

A student who was placed on academic suspension (sitting out from “Main Campus” classes) must attain a cumulative University of Colorado grade point average of at least 2.250 (2.000 for students matriculating at CU-Boulder prior to Fall 2011) to continue with an engineering degree. (NOTE: While on academic suspension, students may elect to complete coursework at institutions other than the University of Colorado, but these grades will NOT be used in computing a student’s GPA.)  Once the required CU GPA has been attained, the student should contact the college’s Assistant Dean for Students by email or letter, requesting to return from academic suspension. The student must present convincing evidence of his or her ability to continue successfully and complete an engineering undergraduate degree program.

A suspended student, upon return to the College of Engineering and Applied Science, returns on academic probation for two semesters (summer term not included). If the student fails to fulfill the terms of that academic probation (cumulative GPA rule or the consecutive semester GPA rule), the student will be suspended once again. While a student may be suspended more than once, a third academic suspension is permanent. A student who has been permanently suspended may not return to the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Continuing with a Non-Engineering Degree at CU-Boulder (in a different college or school on campus)

If a student, while on academic probation or suspension, is considering transferring to another CU-Boulder college or school, he/she should follow the destination college’s Intra-University Transfer (IUT) policy and procedures (which vary from college/school).  See advising.colorado.edu/students/current-students/intra-university-transfer for links to IUT information for the different colleges on campus. 

If the student elects to leave engineering, this college considers that the student has permanently changed his/her choice of academic major to one offered by the other school or college. Therefore, the student is not permitted to enroll in any courses taught by this college that apply only toward engineering degree requirements.  If, at a later date, the student attempts to transfer back to engineering, the current engineering college’s policy governing Intra-University Transfer (IUT) admission will apply. 

If an academically suspended engineering student is also a double degree student with another school or college at CU-Boulder, the student must drop Engineering as a degree program if he/she will be enrolling in the other degree program while on academic suspension.  The student may attempt to return to engineering in the future if desired; the current engineering college’s policy governing Intra-University Transfer (IUT) admission will apply.

 

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