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Academic Policies

Students in the College of Engineering are expected to meet academic standards set by the College and demonstrate reasonable progress towards a degree. Academic probation notifies a student that unless their academic performance improves they may be dismissed from the College. Probation procedures are intended to provide information and support to students in the College and increase the probability of academic success. Academic probation also voids the College’s agreement with a student who had elected to participate in the University of Iowa Four-Year Graduation Plan.

Probation

Students must achieve the following minimum University of Iowa and semester grade-point averages to remain in good standing. Students whose GPA’s in either or both areas fall below these minimums are placed (or continued) on probation or subject to dismissal:

Academic Year Minimum
GPA Required
Freshman (0-29 semester hours earned toward BSE degree): 2.00
Sophomores (30-59 semester hours earned toward BSE degree): 2.00
Juniors (60-89 semester hours earned toward BSE degree): 2.00
Seniors (90 or more semester hours earned toward BSE degree): 2.00

Students on academic probation are restored to good standing if they successfully complete a total of 9 semester hours toward their engineering degree, either in one semester or cumulatively. Their University of Iowa and semester grade-point averages must be equal to or exceed those designated above.

A student is placed on probation, dismissed for unsatisfactory progress, or restored to good standing only at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students allowed to continue in the College on probation are required to complete an Academic Plan of Study Form, specifying course work to be taken, expected academic performance, a monitoring schedule (if appropriate) and in some cases, referrals to other sources for support services. Details of this procedure are available from the Student Development Center.

Notifications & Records

The Associate Dean notifies students placed on academic probation, continued on academic probation, or dismissed from the College in writing of these actions. Mail is sent to the “current residing address” as listed in the student record. To ensure proper receipt of records, students must update their “residing address” whenever necessary.

The notation “on academic probation” is placed on the permanent records of those students who have been placed or continued on academic probation. “Not permitted to register” is entered on the permanent records of students who have been dismissed from the College. When reinstatement has been granted, “permitted to register” for a particular semester or session is entered on the permanent record.

Dismissal from the College

The College reviews the academic records of students on academic probation at the end of the fall and spring semesters. There is no review at the end of the summer session. A student who has not made satisfactory progress may be dismissed from the College without prior probation status.

Right to Appeal a Dismissal

If extenuating circumstances such as a disabling illness or a personal crisis interfered with academic progress resulting in dismissal, a student may appeal for a revocation of the dismissal. A student dismissed in January must submit a written appeal by the second day of spring semester classes. If dismissed in May, the written appeal must be submitted by June 15.

Appeals must be typewritten to “Dear Committee Members”; must include full name, student number, current address, current date; must be signed (unsigned letters will be returned); and must be addressed to the Appeals Committee, Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. The letter should be clear, concise and carefully proofread because it will represent the student to the Committee. Any supporting documentation available regarding extenuating circumstances should be included with the written appeal. See also Appeal Procedure document.

Reinstatement in the College

A student dismissed from the College due to poor scholarship may file a written appeal (for reinstatement) to re-enroll after an interval of at least one full academic year. Students dismissed for the second time may or may not be granted a second reinstatement. The decision of the committee is final.

Requests for reinstatement should be addressed to the Appeals Committee, Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. The letter should indicate the session in which the student intends to return, how the time was spent since leaving the University, and what has occurred to make academic success more probable. It should be clear, concise and carefully proofread because it will represent the student to the Committee. Any supporting documentation (such as official transcripts from other institutions for course work taken during the absence) should be included with the written appeal. Appeal letters must be received before June 15 for reinstatement to a fall semester or before December 1 for reinstatement to a spring semester. Late requests are deferred to the following semester.

Students who are permitted to register following a dismissal are registered on academic probation and must complete an Academic Plan of Study Form stating specific expectations for their future performance. Very poor academic work in the first semester of a reinstatement, however, may result in dismissal at the close of that semester. See also Appeal Procedure document.

ReStart Policy

If you are returning or have returned to the College of Engineering (CoE) after an extended absence (4 consecutive years or more), you may use the ReStart option to request removal of one or more of your previously completed CoE academic sessions (i.e. semesters or winter/summer enrollments) from future grade point averages and degree considerations. 

If you have already graduated from The University of Iowa, you are not eligible to use the ReStart option whether for a second degree, teacher certification, or any other purpose.

Students are strongly advised to visit with advisors in the Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center, to discuss the ReStart option as soon as feasible and before submitting a ReStart request.