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Academic Probation & Academic Disqualification

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Academic Probation

Undergraduate students are automatically placed on academic probation if their cumulative grade point average in the University of California falls below 2.0 (C average) at the end of any quarter. While on academic probation, students are under the supervision of the College of Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office.

Causes for academic Probation

The College of Engineering reserves the right to place a student on probation at any time there is concern regarding a student's progress towards their degree. Some other causes for a student being placed on probation include:

  • A student's Major or Upper Division Major GPA falling below 2.0
  • Any time there is a concern regarding progress in the major due to a student not following their grid or not passing necessary courses to make progress

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A STUDENT IS PLACED ON PROBATION

The College of Engineering is automatically notified when a student's cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0. Students will be notified via email about their academic probation status. Students on academic probation must meet with a College academic advisor during the first two weeks of the quarter to have their schedule reviewed and approved and to sign their Academic Enrollment Agreement (a.k.a., contract). The contract describes the stipulations the student must meet in order to be returned to Regular Academic status. The College reviews each students' record at the end of the quarter after grades are published to determine if they met the terms of their contract and if they are able to continue in the major. Students will be notified via email regarding their academic status for the following quarter.

Academic Disqualification

Any of the following conditions make undergraduate students subject to academic disqualification from further enrollment at UCSB:

  • At the end of any quarter their grade-point average is less than 1.5 for that quarter.
  • Their grade-point average for any quarter falls below 2.0 while they are on academic probation.
  • After two consecutive quarters on academic probation they have not raised their cumulative UC grade-point average to 2.0 or better.
  • While on academic probation their quarter grade-point average is below 2.0 and their cumulative grade-point average is below 2.0.

What happens when a student is subject to academic disqualification

The College of Engineering is automatically notified when a student meets one of the conditions noted above. The College academic advisors and Associate Dean will review each student's record and make a determination if the student will be placed on academic probation or dismissed. Students will be notified via email about their academic status. Students who are placed on academic probation will be allowed to continue in the following quarter and must meet with a College academic advisor during the first two weeks of the quarter to have their schedule reviewed and approved and to sign their Academic Enrollment Agreement (a.k.a., contract). The contract describes the stipulations the student must meet in order to be returned to Regular Academic status. The College reviews each students' record at the end of the quarter after grades are published to determine if they met the terms of their contract and if they are able to continue in the major. Students will be notified via email regarding their academic status for the following quarter.

Students who are dismissed may appeal that decision by submitting an Academic Self Assessment and Study Plan to the College (the email will state the deadline for appeals to be submitted). Students will receive a response about their appeal as quickly as it can be reviewed by the Associate Dean. Students who are approved will be placed on academic probation. Students whose appeals are denied should meet with an academic advisor to determine their options and next steps. Most students will be required to complete UC summer sessions courses before being considered for enrollment in a regular academic quarter. Students who have been dismissed are not eligible to register again at UCSB in a regular quarter (fall, winter, spring) unless they are reinstated on probation by their college.

Minimal Progress Probation

A student in the College of Engineering may be placed on Academic Probation if the total number of units passed at UCSB is fewer than:

  • 36 at the end of the third term
  • 72 at the end of the sixth term
  • 108 at the end of the ninth term
  • 144 at the end of the twelfth term
  • At least three-fourths of the minimum number of academic units passed must include courses prescribed by the major

The following courses may be counted toward the unit minimums:

  • Courses repeated to raise C-, D, or F grades
  • Courses passed by examination
  • Courses graded IP (In Progress)
  • Courses passed during summer session at UCSB or at another accredited college or university and transferred to UCSB