Academic Standing

Undergraduate

Guidelines for the Determination of Satisfactory Academic Progress, Academic Warning, Academic Probation, and Academic Suspension

In order to assist both the student, parents and the academic advisor in determining whether a student is making academic progress, WPI has adopted both of the following guidelines, effective Term A, 1989.

  1. The student must complete at least 4/3 units of work in two successive terms, including Military Science, Physical Education and Consortium courses.
  2. The student must complete at least 8/3 units of work in four successive terms, including Military Science, Physical Education and Consortium courses.

Note: Term E (Summer School) will be included if the student is registered full time.

Academic Warning

Each student's academic record will be reviewed at the conclusion of terms B and D according to the guidelines above. If a student's performance falls short of either guideline 1 or 2, the student, parent and academic advisor will be notified that the student is not making satisfactory progress. The notification will place the student on Academic Warning. At this time, the student is urged, with the help of his/her advisor, to identify the nature of the academic difficulty and to formulate a course of action for overcoming the difficulty.

Academic Probation

During the next review of academic progress, should the student fail, once again, to maintain satisfactory academic progress, the student, parent and academic advisor will be notified. This notification will place the student on Academic Probation for two terms. Academic Probation will prevent the student from receiving financial aid, will result in loss of eligibility for team sports, will prevent the student from obtaining undergraduate employment in the Co-op Program and will prevent participation in the Global Perspectives Program.

Students who obtain no academic credit (exclusive of Physical Education or ROTC-related courses) in either Term A or Term C shall be sent a letter by the Director of Academic Advising informing them of the following change of academic status if they earn no academic credit for the next term for which they are registered. Students who fail to obtain credit for two consecutive terms shall:

  1. be placed on Academic Probation if currently they are classified as making satisfactory progress, or
  2. be placed on Academic Suspension if currently they are on the list of students on Academic Warning or on Academic Probation.

Subsequent academic review shall follow the rules for all students.

This amendment shall be incorporated in the Undergraduate Catalog and shall be implemented as of the Fall semester of 1994. Students affected by this rule retain the right to petition the Committee on Academic Operations for a waiver for extenuating circumstances.

Academic Suspension

Should a student on Academic Probation fail to make satisfactory academic progress during the next review period, the student will be suspended from WPI. The notification will prevent the student from enrolling as a full-time student or a special student for at least the next two terms. Subsequent readmission is subject to approval (with possible conditions) of a petition through the Registrar to the Committee on Academic Operations (CAO). As a general rule, a student readmitted after suspension will be placed on an Academic Probation status.

New students (first year or transfer) who fail to obtain academic credit for the first two terms shall be placed on Academic Suspension and not allowed to enroll for the following terms. Readmission is subject to approval by the Committee on Academic Operations.

Improvement in Status

Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation have the opportunity to improve their status by progressing through the levels in reverse order. If a student on Academic Probation satisfactorily meets the guidelines at the end of the next review period, he or she will be moved to the list of students on Academic Warning. A student on Academic Warning would be moved back to Satisfactory Academic Progress status.

Term E Review Period

An exception to the guidelines stated above can occur when a student registers full time for Term E. At the conclusion of Term E, a review will be conducted which will include the previous five terms. If the student has completed 10/3 units acceptable work, the student's academic progress status will improve. Thus, a student on Warning status after the Term D review will start terms A and B on Satisfactory Academic Progress. A student placed on Academic Probation after the Term D review will be on Warning status for terms A and B. A student on Suspension status after the Term D review will be able to register for terms A and B on Academic Probation.

Summer Bridge Program

Students who finish the academic year on Academic Warning or Academic Probation status, but who have passed at least 2 units of academic work during the previous four terms, are eligible to participate in the Summer Bridge Program. Students who participate in the program enroll in Term E for two courses and also take a four week study skills program. Successful completion of the courses and the study skills program will result in the academic status rising one level (Academic Probation to Academic Warning, or Academic Warning to Satisfactory Academic Progress). The Office of Academic Advising coordinates the Summer Bridge Program.

Special Students

Students pursuing the bachelor's degree as special students will be subject to the same review schedule and standards as full-time students except that, during any review period, the student's academic record from the four most recent terms will be checked to ensure the student has satisfactorily completed at least 2/3 of the academic activities for which he/she has registered.

Petitions

Students may petition through the Registrar's Office to the Committee on Academic Operations (CAO) for reconsideration of the status of any of the following:

  • Academic Warning
  • Academic Probation
  • Academic Suspension
  • Readmission after Suspension
  • Other unusual situations

Students who petition for reconsideration of status must accomplish the following:

  1. Go to the Registrar's Office and obtain a petition form.
  2. Complete form with advisor and obtain advisor's approval and signature.
  3. Submit form to the Registrar's Office within three weeks of the issuance of grades for B, D, or E term reviews except for readmission after suspension. For readmission after suspension, petitions must be submitted to the Registrar's Office at least three weeks prior to the start of classes.

Graduate

Academic Standards

Students must maintain high academic standards in all their program activities.  After attempting 12 credit hours, all students must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) above 2.75 to be considered making satisfactory progress.  If a student’s overall GPA falls to 2.75 or below, the student and advisor are notified by the Registrar that the student is not making satisfactory progress.

If the overall GPA of any student falls below 2.65, the Registrar will inform the student that all future registrations will be given grades only on a pass/fail basis unless the department Graduate Committee intervenes.

If the overall GPA of any student falls below 2.5, the student is removed from the program unless the department Graduate Committee intervenes.

 
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