Probation: How it affects your ME status
Academic Probation (A)
A student at Purdue University shall be placed on academic probation if his/her fall or spring semester or cumulative GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than a 2.0.
A student on academic probation shall be removed from that standing at the end of the first subsequent fall or spring semester in which he/she achieves 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 probation standing.
Academic standing will not be assessed in summer sessions.
(University Senate Document 13-11, April 21, 2014)
Core Probation (C)
A student in the School of Mechanical Engineering will be placed on ME core probation if his/her ME core GPA at the completion of any term (including summer) falls below a 2.0.
Both Academic and Core Probation (B)
A student in the School of Mechanical Engineering will be placed on both ME Core Probation and Academic Probation if both their term GPA and their ME Core GPA falls below the minimum 2.0 requirement.
Student’s placed on any probationary (A, B, or C) status will be required to complete a Plan of Success and sign a probation agreement with their Academic Advisor. Failure to do so by the assigned deadline will jeopardize a student’s status within the School of Mechanical Engineering.
While on A, B, or C probation, students are not permitted to be enrolled in more than 15 credit hours, per their probation agreement. Students that do not follow the course action plan within their probation agreement will be violating the probation policy contract and will result in an additional probationary status designation (i.e. adding a second strike on their probationary status). Students are permitted to have two probationary status designations as a Mechanical Engineering Student (as a reminder, students will be required to CODO to another program when designated with their 3rd probationary status).
Three Strike Policy
Mechanical Engineering students will be placed on probation at the completion of each semester if their term GPA is below 2.0, their cumulative GPA is below 2.0, or if their ME Core GPA falls below a 2.0. If a ME student goes on any type of probation (A, B, or C) for the third time (including the summer term), the student will no longer be able to complete the ME degree and the student will have to CODO to another engineering school or program. Prior probations 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
Being on academic probation means that you are at risk of being required to CODO out of Mechanical Engineering and possibly even dropped from the University if you do not improve your grades and make sufficient academic progress. It also means that you are limited to taking a maximum of 15 credit hours during your probation semester and that you may be ineligible to CODO to another program should that be something you are interested in. Many programs require CODO students to at least be in good academic standing. Additionally, students on academic probation are not eligible to participate in the Co-op program or consequentially may be ineligible to participate in an internship.
No, regardless of whether a student performs well or performs poorly, academic standing is not recalculated during the summer session. However, if you take an ME Core course and perform poorly, you may be placed on ME Core Probation at the completion of the summer term.
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. If you find that you aren’t motivated in class, then maybe it needs to be discussed if Mechanical Engineering is the best fit for you.
I was on “A” probation in the fall term and then “C” probation 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?
Yes, if you are on ME core probation at the completion of your spring semester and then you take one or more ME core classes over the summer and still don’t achieve the 2.0 minimum, then you will have to CODO out of ME at the completion of that summer term.
No, once you are required to CODO out of Mechanical Engineering you will not be 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.
Failure to abide by the probation agreement will result in an additional probationary status.
Example 1: If you are on your 1st probationary status and violate your probation agreement, you will be placed on your 2nd probationary status immediately.Example 2: If you are on your 2nd probation status and violate your probation agreement, you will be placed on your 3rd probationary status immediately. Being on your 3rd probationary status will require you to CODO out of Mechanical Engineering at the conclusion of the current semester.