Academic Notice Policy in the School of Mechanical Engineering

Academic Notice

A student at Purdue University shall be placed on academic notice if their fall or spring semester or cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), at the end of any fall or spring semester, is less than a 2.0.

A student on academic notice shall be removed from that standing at the end of the first subsequent fall or spring semester in which they achieve a semester and cumulative GPAs equal to or greater than 2.0.

Any grade change due to a reporting error will result in a recalculation of the GPA and determination of notice standing.

Academic Notice will NOT be assessed in summer sessions.

Core Notice

A student in the School of Mechanical Engineering will be placed on ME Core Notice if their ME Core GPA, at the completion of any fall or spring term, is less than a 2.0. 

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ME Core Notice WILL NOT be assessed in summer sessions to align with university policy.

Both Academic and Core Notice

A student in the School of Mechanical Engineering will be placed on both ME Core Notice and Academic Notice if both their term GPA and their ME Core GPA is less than a 2.0.

Academic Notice Requirements

Any student placed on any notice status is required to: 

  1. Send their Academic Advisor a revised Plan of Study
  2. Complete and send their Academic Advisor the ME Core GPA Calculator Sheet
  3. Inform (via email) their Academic Advisor if they plan to repeat courses in the proceeding semester
  4. Complete a Plan of Success 
  5. Schedule an Academic Notice Review Appointment 
  6. Sign an Academic Notice Contract. Failure to do so by the assigned deadline will jeopardize a student’s status within the School of Mechanical Engineering.

While on any academic notice status, students are not permitted to be enrolled in more than 15 credit hours, per their Academic Notice Contract. Students that do not follow the course action plan within their Academic Notice Contract are in violation of the ME Academic Notice Policy and will result in an additional status designation (i.e. adding a second strike on their academic notice status). 

Three-Strike Policy

If a ME student goes on any type of academic notice for the third time (including the summer term), the student will no longer be able to complete the ME degree and is required to change majors.  Prior academic notice before entering the School of Mechanical Engineering will not count towards the three-strike policy.  Students that are dropped from the University, due to their overall GPA dropping below the 2.0 minimum, will not be considered for readmission to Mechanical Engineering.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does being on academic notice affect me? Being on academic notice means that you are at risk of being required to change majors out of Mechanical Engineering and possibly even dropped from the University if grades do not improve and make sufficient academic progress. It also means that you are limited to taking a maximum of 15 credit hours during the subsequent fall or spring semester and that you may be ineligible to change majors to another program (if interested). Finally, students on Academic Notice are not eligible to participate in the Co-op program or consequentially may not be ineligible to participate in an internship.
  • If I take classes during the summer and perform well can I get off of academic notice? No, only ME Core Notice is assessed in a summer term. If a student performs poorly in a summer term, they may be placed on ME Core Notice at the completion of the summer term.
  • Why am I required to complete the Plan of Success and other documents? It is important that you take your academic and future career planning seriously.  Academic advisors need to understand the reasons for your struggles so additional resources can be suggested and different strategies can be discussed.
  • I was on Academic Notice in the fall term and then Core Notice in the spring term, if I take classes in the summer and at the completion of that term I still have my ME core GPA below a 2.0, will that summer term count as my final semester in ME? No, if you are on ME Core Notice at the completion of your spring semester and then you take one or more ME Core classes over the summer and still do not achieve a 2.0 GPA, you will not have to change majors out of ME at the completion of that summer term, due to Academic or Core Notice not being assessed during the summer.
  • If I am required to change majors out of Mechanical Engineering because I was on notice for three different terms, can I change majors back into ME after I have improved my grades? No, once you are required to change majors out of Mechanical Engineering you are not permitted back into the school.  You may only take or repeat ME classes if your new school of engineering requires the course in their degree plan.
  • What if I violate my academic notice agreement? Failure to abide by the academic notice agreement will result in an additional academic notice status.

The School of Mechanical Engineering reserves the right to unenroll students from their classes in any given semester, regardless of the semester time frame, if students are in violation of their Academic Notice Contract, including student's non-response to multiple communication attempts.