What is it? Academic probation is a strong warning to students that their academic performance is less than that expected by the University. Notices of academic probation are sent to students through email at the end of the semester, when final grades are released.
Please note that probation is retroactive. When a student is notified of academic probation they already have one semester of probation.
How is this determined? A student seeking an undergraduate degree is placed on academic probation under any of the following three conditions:
- The University cumulative GPA is below 2.00.
- The GPA for the most recent semester is below 2.00.
- The cumulative departmental GPA is below 2.00, based on at least 16 credits. For ME students, this means all MEEM credits taken.
What are the consequences? A student on academic probation is not permitted to register for more than 16 credits per semester unless approval is granted by the Dean of Students Office. Academic probation is also an intermediate step toward academic suspension (see below). Financial aid may be impacted as well, contact Michigan Tech Student Financial Services to inquire about consequences specific to your aid package.
What can be done? When does probation end? See an advisor to develop a plan that may include repeating courses (see FAQ #6) and taking fewer classes. 1st year students must see an advisor once they are placed on probation. Failure to do so will result in a hold placed on your account.
A student is removed from academic probation (back to good academic standing) when all of the following conditions have been met:
- The University cumulative GPA is 2.00 or greater.
- The GPA for the most recently completed semester is 2.00 or greater.
- The cumulative departmental GPA is 2.00 or greater, based on at least 16 credits.
What is it? A specified period of time where a student will not be permitted to enroll at the University
How is this determined? The following are grounds for academic suspension:
- The student earns a semester GPA of 0.0 while attempting 12 or more credits, or
- The student’s cumulative GPA is below 2.0 after one semester of academic probation, or
- The student does not achieve good academic standing (i.e. not on probation) after two semesters of probation regardless of the cumulative GPA.
What are the consequences? This depends upon how many times the student has been placed on academic suspension and how well the student performs upon return:
- Upon receiving a first notice of academic suspension, a student must sit out for at least one semester, plus a summer. That is, a student suspended at the end of a fall semester may not reenroll until the following fall, and a student suspended at the end of a spring semester may not reenroll until the following spring. A student suspended at the end of summer, however, may enroll the following spring.
- Upon receiving a second notice of academic suspension, a student must sit out for two semesters, plus a summer.
- After returning from a second suspension, failure to achieve good academic standing (i.e. not on probation) or show substantial academic progress within one semester will result in academic dismissal. There is no opportunity for reinstatement after academic dismissal; however, a student may request an appeal (see below)
What can be done? The University has a reinstatement process in place for students returning from suspension as well as a suspension and dismissal appeals process.
Suspension appeals must be received prior to the start of the preceding semester. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the dean of students by accessing the appeal form through the academic standing link in MyMichiganTech.
Reinstatement requests must be made 6 weeks in advance of the start date of the planned return semester. To request reinstatement, students must follow the procedure on MyMichiganTech. The reinstatement request form is accessed by clicking on the academic standing link in the “Current Student” tab. This form will ask a series of questions regarding goals, previous academic history and future plans for improvement. Students will also be asked to submit a letter of recommendation/performance review from their current employer, a transcript for any courses taken during the suspension period (see FAQ #5 for how to transfer coursework completed at other institutions to Michigan Tech) and a three-semester academic plan developed in conjunction with an ME academic advisor.
More information about these processes can be found here.