Changes to Academic Standing Polices for Spring 2020

The college is making some changes to the academic standing policies based on the extraordinary circumstances in Spring 2020. Effective Spring 2020 only, CEAS will be applying the following changes to the academic standing rules used to review your academic standing status after grades are posted:

  • If you are currently in good standing and do not meet the required cumulative GPA in Spring 2020, you will not be placed on an academic standing such as Academic Alert, Academic Recovery, or Academic Suspension.

  • If you are currently on an academic standing status such as Academic Alert or Academic Recovery and you successfully meet the required minimum GPA based on your Spring 2020 cumulative GPA, you will be moved to good academic standing.

  • If you are currently on an academic standing status such as Academic Alert, Academic Recovery, or an Academic Agreement, and do not successfully meet the requirements to achieve good academic standing, you will continue in this samestanding during your next enrolled semester in CEAS.

  • If you are currently on Academic Suspension and meet the requirements of reinstatement, you will be eligible to resume enrollment in Main Campus classes

If you have chosen to take some or all of your Spring 2020 courses pass/fail, it is important to note that a grade of P or P+ will not factor into your GPA but an F grade will. Should you have questions about pass/fail, please see our FAQ website here.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science will return to our normal academic standing policies for Fall 2020 (meaning, we will be reviewing student academic standing statuses in December 2020 after Fall semester grades post in the normal way).


Normal Academic Standing Polices in the College of Engineering

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. Degree-seeking students should be meeting CU cumulative, semester, and major GPAs of at least 2.250.  Failure to meet these requirements results in the student being placed on Academic Alert, Academic Recovery, and/or Academic Suspension.  Academic progress in this College is determined by grades and averages as reported and calculated by the Registrar's Office.

Special Notes:

  • Academic standing statuses are determined by grade point averages and may not be negotiated. There is no appeal process, only a review if there is a change in grade point average(s) or if a calculation error has been made. 
    • Note that grade changes (including the posting of a final grade to replace an Incomplete grade) may impact academic standing statuses both positively and negatively. The college will not alter academic standing statuses until the grade change is officialy processed.  
    • Grade Replacement does NOT change a past academic standing status. 
    • A Retroactive Withdrawal MAY change a past academic standing status.
  • Students in our Partnership Programs (with Colorado Mesa University or Western Colorado University) should consult with their Program Director regarding how these academic standing policies apply to them.
  • Students in the Applied Computer Science Post-Baccalaureate Program are subject to modified Academic Standing Policies from those shown here and should consult with their academic advisor for more information.

Process:

The College of Engineering & Applied Science reviews academic standing twice a year, immediately following the Fall and Spring semesters. Students are notified via email if they are placed on an academic standing category below. The College’s official policy is stated on this page, but please also consult Frequently Asked Questions.

Resources for Students:

Worksheets and guides for students to use with their academic advisors include:

  • Students should use as many resources as possible to improve their academic performance. Please see our academic support website for many resources!
  • Goal Setting Worksheet (this worksheet in inputtable PDF format helps you set/define your SMART goals for academic improvement)
  • GPA Calculation Worksheet (this Excel worksheet can be used to help you plan courses and determine grades needed to achieve desired semester and cumulative GPAs)
  • For a visual flowchart of the following information regarding academic standing statuses, click here.

Academic Alert

Academic Alert status is assigned to engineering undergraduate students who experience academic difficulties in their first semester as a degree-seeking student at CU Boulder and their CU GPA falls below 2.250.  A student placed on Academic Alert is not in good academic standing and must discuss his/her situation with an academic advisor without delay and then take immediate steps for academic improvement.  

After the following semester where the student is on Academic Alert, a student's second semester grades are then reviewed with the following possible outcomes: 

  • Student's CU cumulative GPA is at least 2.250 -- Outcome is that student returns to Good Academic Standing.
  • Student's CU cumulative GPA is below 2.250, but the CU semester GPA at least 2.250 -- Outcome is that student is placed on Academic Recovery.
  • Student's CU cumulative GPA is below 2.250 and CU semester GPA is below 2.250 -- Outcome is that student is placed on Academic Suspension.  

Academic Recovery

Academic Recovery status is assigned to continuing engineering undergraduate students whose CU Cumulative GPA falls below 2.250.  A student placed on Academic Recovery is not in good academic standing and must discuss his/her situation with an academic advisor without delay and then take immediate steps for academic improvement.  

After the semester the student is on Academic Recovery, a student's next semester grades are then reviewed with the following possible outcomes: 

  • Student's CU cumulative GPA is at least 2.250 -- Outcome is that student returns to Good Academic Standing.
  • Student's CU cumulative GPA is below 2.250, but the CU semester GPA is at least 2.250 -- The student may be offered an Academic Agreement, which includes the ability to continue on Academic Recovery for one more semester, if the student agrees to take the actions outlined in the agreement. If the student agrees, then the outcome is that student continues on Academic Recovery. If the student does not agree to the Academic Agreement, they will be suspended. 
    • If the student has agreed to an Academic Agreement, in the following semester, they must have either a cumulative GPA of 2.250 or a semester GPA of at least 2.750, and meet the other requirements of the Agreement. 
    • The College of Engineering reserves the right to not offer an Academic Agreement, and/or personalize the agreement for a student's situation.
  • Student's CU cumulative GPA is below 2.250 and CU semester GPA is below 2.250 -- Outcome is that student is placed on Academic Suspension.  

Academic Suspension

Academic Suspension status is assigned to students who fail to meet the academic requirements of Academic Recovery or Academic Alert, and reflects that the student is currently unable to make satisfactory academic progress toward a Bachelor of Science degree.  Academic suspension is NOT a disaffiliation from the College of Engineering and Applied Science (unless a third academic suspension), but rather is a suspension from the rigor of Main Campus classes for one or two semesters so that the student can address issues prohibiting positive academic progress.

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. Furthermore, the student may not take classes during the Fall or Spring semester through any of the other CU campuses (Denver, Colorado Springs, Anschutz), though summer term enrollment is allowed.
  • The period of suspension from Main Campus classes is one academic semester if it is the student's first suspension, and two semesters for the second academic suspension.  
    • Note:  A third academic suspension is permanent and the student cannot return to the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Continuing with an Engineering Degree at CU Boulder:
    • A student who was placed on Academic Suspension (sitting out from “Main Campus” classes) who would like to return to the College of Engineering & Applied Science, must attain a cumulative CU GPA of at least 2.250 to continue with an engineering degree.  
      • If the student needs to improve their CU GPA for reinstatement or transfer purposes, the following options are available:
        • The student can enroll in “Evening Credit” and/or “Online Credit” courses offered by the CU Boulder Continuing Education Office.  During the fall and spring semesters, students must earn a 2.300 or higher term GPA.  If a student does not meet this minimum term GPA in Continuing Education classes, they additionally are "dismissed" from enrolling in Continuing Education coursework during fall/spring semesters (the student can petition the College of Engineering and Applied Science for continuation) and can only enroll in CU summer session classes.
        • The student can enroll in "Summer Session" courses at any of the CU campuses.
        • Students on academic suspension can be enrolled in a maximum of 16 credit hours at a time (in any combination of the aforementioned courses), and all CU Boulder Continuing Education enrollment policies apply.
        • CU Boulder Continuing Education advisors are available to assist with questions about any of the above courses.  Please visit the Continuing Education website and call (303) 492-5148 or email ceregistration@colorado.edu with questions.  Use this web form to request enrollment in Continuing Education classes: ce.colorado.edu/course-request.
        • Students may also be eligible to resume enrollment in "Main Campus" classes by completing non-CU coursework to attain a "virtual GPA" of at least 2.250. Students interested in this option must:
          • Have a CU cumulative GPA of at least 2.200 and, 
          • Contact the Associate Dean for Students before enrollment in any non-CU courses (students must have an approved Academic Contract in place BEFORE exercising this option so students contacting the college after enrollment in non-CU courses are not eligible for this option).
          • NOTE: In all cases, coursework completed at institutions other than the University of Colorado will not affect the CU GPA.
    • Once the required CU GPA has been attained (no CU classes should be in progress or have Incomplete grades; all CU final grades should be posted to the student's transcript), the student should contact the college’s Associate Dean for Students to request reinstatement. The student must address what major they are currently interested in pursuing and what has changed such that the student will be academically successful in resuming Main Campus coursework and completing an engineering undergraduate degree program.
    • Students Placed on Academic Suspension in May:
      • Students placed on Academic Suspension in May have the option to complete CU coursework (at any CU campus) during the summer session -- if all coursework is completed by August and the CU cumulative GPA is at least 2.250, the student should contact the Associate Dean for Students regarding a rescission of their Academic Suspension status so that the student can re-enroll in Fall semester Main Campus classes at CU Boulder.
      • Students with a CU cumulative GPA of 2.200 might also be eligible for a similar option with non-CU coursework but must contact the Associate Dean for Students before enrollment in any non-CU summer courses for details on this option.  An approved Academic Contract must be in place before exercising this option, no exceptions. Coursework completed at institutions other than the University of Colorado will NOT affect the CU GPA.
  • Continuing with a Non-Engineering Degree at CU Boulder (in a different college or school on campus)
    • If a student, while on Academic Recovery or Academic 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).  
    • If the student elects to leave Engineering, the 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.