There are many factors (academic, personal, social, health, etc.) that impact a student’s academic performance, which may lead to academic difficulty. The Clark School of Engineering is committed to providing assistance to students on academic probation in order to foster future success.

While academic probation may not be the outcome you hoped for, you will need to plan accordingly in order to develop an academic plan that will help you to reach your goals.  Below please find resources to guide you as you move forward.

Students will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. Normally, a student is expected to attain a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of any probationary semester. Students who fail to achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of their probationary semester may be academically dismissed, depending on their credit level as detailed below.

  1. Students who have earned 60 credits or more will be dismissed from the University in the event their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 at the end of their probationary semester. Students who are on probation and attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of a winter or summer term will not be subject to dismissal in the subsequent semester.
  2. Students who are on academic probation and have earned fewer than 60 credits will be permitted to continue on academic probation if a minimum semester GPA of 2.0 is achieved in each semester of probation.
    • Full-time students must complete 9 or more credits in each semester of probation. A completed credit is defined as credit for any course in which a student receives a grade of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-. F, P, or S.
    • Students who meet this requirement will be permitted to continue on probation until the close of the semester (excluding winter and summer terms) in which they attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
    • However, students who are on probation will be dismissed if they have not achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of the semester in which they complete 60 credits.
    • Students who are on probation and attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of a winter or summer term will not be subject to dismissal in the subsequent semester.
  • Engineering students placed on academic probation must complete the Creating Academic Responsibility in Engineering (C.A.R.E.) module program.  The C.A.R.E. module is a tutorial program that allows students to review University & Engineering policies; helps clarify what it means to be on academic probation; & provides tools to help students understand the benefits of repeating failed coursework.
     
  • Students on academic probation in Engineering must also meet with their departmental advisor (if student is undecided they will meet with an advisor in Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support - UA&AS) to develop an academic strategy that leads towards academic success.
     
  • Students on academic probation are not able to change their schedule in any way until they have met with their academic advisor.  This includes registering for and/or dropping any course(s)  This registration block remains until students have achieved a 2.0 or better cumulative UMD GPA (good academic standing) and have been removed from academic probation.  Note: Students may only be removed from probation at the conclusion of Fall or Spring semesters.
     
  • As part of the C.A.R.E. module program, students are asked to complete a self-assessment survey that helps them to reflect on their experiences and ignites thinking about ways to improve on their academic performance.As part of the C.A.R.E. module program, students are asked to complete a self-assessment survey that helps them to reflect on their experiences and ignites thinking about ways to improve on their academic performance.

There are many factors that contribute to a student’s academic success & wellness.  The University of Maryland offers free services to help students in all aspects of college life, academically, mentally, and physically.

Support Services available to students:

Factors That May Impact Your Academic Success

Study Skills Illness/Injury Time Management Writing Skills
Full or Part-Time Job Course Selection Family Concerns Stress Management
Alcohol and/or Substance Abuse Housing/Roomate Challenges Financial Problems Reluctance to Seek Assistance
Test Taking Grasping Material Incomplete Assignments Unprepared for Course Rigor
Depression/Anxiety Reading Skills Personal Relationships Social Life

 

Students who have earned 60 or more credits will be dismissed if their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters (excluding winter and summer terms). Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the preceding winter or summer term will not be subject to dismissal.
                    
Students who have earned fewer than 60 credits will be dismissed following any probationary semester in which they fail to attain a minimum 2.0 semester GPA and complete the requisite credits detailed under Academic Probation. Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the preceding winter or summer term will not be subject to dismissal.
                    
Students who have been academically dismissed and who are reinstated will be academically dismissed again if a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is not achieved by the end of the first semester after reinstatement. Reinstated students will not be allowed to add or drop courses, or to register during any semester without the approval of an academic advisor in their college, unless a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is achieved.
 

Students dismissed from the University of Maryland will be referred to the Student Success Office.  The Student Success Office (www.studentsuccess.umd.edu) provides services to assist students in completing their undergraduate degrees.  For additional information on student policies, student resources and the re-enrollment process & deadlines, visit the Student Success Office website.
 


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