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Probation

Probationary status is a warning that improved academic performance is required. If the probation GPA level assigned is not met in the following semester, the student is subject to drop rules. The minimum academic goal of any student should be to keep his or her GPA for any semester above 2.00.

A detailed description of the campus probation regulations appears in part 1, article 3-110 of the Student Code .

The rules are outlined here for convenience:

GPA Situation Probation Rule
Cumulative GPA > 2.0 or beginning freshman 
Semester or summer GPA <2.0
2.00 probation
Cumulative GPA = 1.75 - 1.99 2.25 probation
Cumulative GPA < 1.75 2.33 probation
Combined Transfer and 
U of I GPA < 2.0
2.00 probation

In addition, students may be placed on probation if they do not meet Technical GPA requirements .

Drop Rules

Students who do not satisfy the terms of their probation, or who meet other drop rules of the University, are subject to being dropped.  The relevant portion of the Student Code states that a student is subject to drop action under any of the following conditions:

  1. Failure to earn at least a GPA of 1.0 in any semester (not including summer session).
  2. Failure to meet the assigned probation level if the cumulative GPA is below 2.0
  3. Failure to make satisfactory progress toward a degree.
  4. Failure to meet departmental GPA requirements.

Drop rules may be waived in individual cases by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs.  This normally happens only where there is good reason to believe that the student can be successful if he or she continues with classwork on our campus. 

Advice -- If you feel that you are in danger of being dropped, discuss your situation with the chief advisor of your major department before the end of the semester

Students who have been dropped once by the College of Engineering can apply for readmission, usually after being away from the University for at least one year.  Students who have been dropped twice may not apply for readmission. 

Readmission from Drop Status or from Withdrawal

If you were dismissed from the University for academic reasons then you are on "drop status." You must make a case for your readmission, i.e. convince us that readmitting you is the right thing to do. For more details on this procedure, please stop by 206 Engineering Hall and pick up a Petition for Re-Entry form. Please read the back of the form carefully, fill out the form, and return it to 206 Engineering Hall.

A student who leaves the University during the course of any term is considered a "withdrawal." The reasons for withdrawal may not have been academic but readiness to return is still a concern. Hence, you are on "petition status." For more information, please stop by 206 Engineering and pick up a Petition for Re-Entry form. Please read the back of the form carefully, fill out the form, and return it to 206 Engineering Hall.

Return from a Leave of Absence

A student who leaves the University after completing a semester and before a new semester begins is considered a "Leave of Absence." If the leave of absence was approved by a Dean in advance then you need to submit only a Letter of Intent to Re-Enter form (available in 206 Engineering Hall, the Undergraduate Programs Office). If the leave was not approved by a Dean, then follow the procedure for "Readmission from Withdrawal" above.

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