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Academic standards

Student Responsibilities

Students need to make many decisions as they complete their degrees. While the schools and the university have a number of resources available (e.g., faculty, courses, advisors and tutors) to help with decision-making, students are expected to take responsibility for their decisions.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering have developed and enforce a number of academic standards. These standards are designed to support students academically and to ensure the quality of the school’s graduates.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Good Standing

Students are expected to select and successfully complete courses that lead to the timely completion of their degree programs. Students are said to be in good standing if they fulfill all the following:

  • maintain acceptable GPAs
  • enroll and complete critical tracking requirements
  • complete courses each semester that are applicable to their degrees
University Academic Warning

An undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 at the end of their first semester (fall or spring) is considered to be in the status of University Academic Warning.  If after one term with an academic warning a student still does not achieve the minimum GPA standard of 2.00, the student will be placed on probation for at least one additional term. If a student’s minimum GPA first falls below the standard in a term that is not the student’s first term at ASU, the student will be placed on probation. Failure to return to good academic standing after being placed on probation may result in disqualification.

A student with an academic warning is considered in conditional good standing and is permitted to enroll.

Whether a student’s status is an academic warning or probation, the student must meet with an academic success specialist to discuss academic success strategies for the subsequent semester and develop a success plan for returning to university academic good standing.  At the discretion of the student’s college or school, that plan may require successful completion of UNI 220: Mindset Connections.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Probation

A student is placed on college or university probation status when specific academic expectations are not met. Some conditions trigger an automatic placement on probation whereas others trigger an automatic review of the student’s case to determine if probation is warranted. When a probation review is triggered, the final decision and any conditions of probation are determined at the program level.

Automatic probation is triggered by any of the following:

  • two successive semesters with GPAs less than 2.00
  • an ASU cumulative GPA less than 2.00

Automatic review (borderline) is triggered by any one of the following:

  • a semester with a GPA less than or equal to 2.00
  • a cumulative GPA in the major of less than 2.00

Courses completed during summer sessions are not used to reevaluate a student’s probationary status.

Advising and registration process for students with probation status: complete the Probation Success Plan, schedule an appointment with your advisor, and take the completed form to your appointment where you will discuss success strategies and develop a plan to return to academic good standing.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Continuing Probation

A student in current probationary or continuing probation status at the university level is placed on college continuing probation status when specific academic expectations are not met. When a continuing probation review is triggered, the final decision and any conditions of continuing probation are determined at the college level.

To return to academic good standing in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, students with continuing probation status need to earn a minimum semester GPA of 2.25 and earn a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00 at the end of the probation semester. If enrolled in only one course, a grade of “C+” (2.33) or better and a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00 is required to obtain academic good standing.

Automatic continuing probation is triggered by any of the following:

  • a probationary student does not attain a semester GPA of 2.25 or higher and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 at the end of the probation semester
  • a probationary or continuing probationary student obtains a semester GPA of 2.25 or higher and has a cumulative GPA less than 2.00

Advising and registration process for students with continued probation status: Before making an appointment with your advisor, thoughtfully complete the Continued Probation Success Plan; schedule an appointment with your advisor to review the Success Plan and to discuss strategies and develop a plan to return to academic good standing.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Ineligibility

Students who are on continuing probation and fail to meet the schools’ retention standards become ineligible to continue working toward a degree within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Ineligibility occurs if the continuing probationary student does any of the following:

  • does not attain a semester GPA of 2.25 or greater and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 at the end of the probationary semester
  • has already been on probation for two consecutive semesters
  • fails to complete any courses appropriate for the degree during each semester

Ineligible students are subject to the following limitations:

  • Students who change colleges may not register for courses in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering unless the courses are required by their new majors.
  • Students who register for courses in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering may be withdrawn from these courses any time during the semester they are registered.

Ineligible students are encouraged to consider these options:

  • Students may be eligible to change their majors to other colleges if they are in university academic good standing and have acceptable cumulative GPAs; the acceptable GPA level depends on the number of hours of completed coursework. Students should contact their advisor to determine if this is an option for them.
  • Students may take nonengineering courses during summer sessions.
  • An ineligible student may apply for readmission to the college after one calendar year.
  • Students may request a status review by contacting the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
Ineligibility Appeal Process

If you are an international student, please be sure to contact the International Students and Scholars Center (ISSC) to inform them of your ineligible status as soon as possible.

Although you are ineligible to continue in any major in the Fulton Schools of Engineering, you do have options to continue your studies in another college at ASU.

  1. You may change your major into any major for which you meet the admission requirements.  Information about majors offered at ASU can be found here.  Please use the advising directory to contact an advisor in the program in which you are interested.  You should change into a new major outside the Fulton Schools of Engineering as soon as possible.
  2. You may appeal your ineligible status by the May 20th deadline.  We will not be accepting late appeals:
    • In order to appeal, complete the appeal request form (please download the pdf prior to filling out the form). 
    • Submit one e-mail that includes your completed appeal request form, unofficial transcript, and a current copy of your DARS report to FSE.AcademicAppeal@asu.edu.  Any additional documentation will not be considered.
    • If you need to take a course for a third time, you must include a completed Undergraduate Standards Committee Petition and Addendum with your appeal request packet.  Academic & Student Affairs (ASA) will route the petition to the appropriate program for review and signatures.
    • Request for an appeal must be received no later than 5:00pm (Arizona time) on Monday, May 20, 2019. 

A decision on your appeal will be sent no later than June 6, 2019 to your ASU student e-mail account.

If you choose not to appeal your academic status or if your appeal is denied, after one academic year you may apply for readmission to the same program in the Fulton Schools of Engineering.

As part of the readmission process, you will be required to supply proof that you are now capable of successfully completing courses in the discipline by the completion of at least 15 hours of appropriate course work with a GPA of 3.00 or higher and a cumulative (ASU + transfer) GPA of at least 2.50.

If readmission is approved, you will return with continued probation status in the appropriate degree program.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Disqualification

Students who are on probation or continuing probation and fail to meet the schools’ retention standards become disqualified to continue working toward a degree within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Disqualification occurs if the probationary/continuing probationary student does not attain a semester GPA of 2.25 or higher and has a cumulative GPA less than a 2.00 at the end of the probation semester.

Disqualified students are subject to the following limitations:

  • A disqualified student is not allowed to register in a fall or spring semester at the university. If the student has already registered for a future fall or spring semester, the registration is canceled.
  • A student who has been disqualified may apply for readmission to the college after one calendar year.
  • A disqualified student may not attend as a nondegree student.
  • If a disqualified student elects to attend another university or two-year college, any credits earned there will not affect the ASU cumulative GPA. A course repeated elsewhere will not result in a replacement of a grade earned at ASU.
Disqualification Appeal Process

If you have been academically disqualified, the University Registrar’s Office will remove you from any fall classes on May 13, 2019.

If you are an international student, please be sure to contact the International Students and Scholars Center (ISSC) to inform them of your disqualification status as soon as possible.

You have the right to appeal your disqualification academic status by the May 20th deadline.  We will not be accepting late appeals: 

  • In order to appeal, complete the appeal request form (please download the pdf prior to filling out the form). 
  • Submit one e-mail that includes your completed appeal request form, unofficial transcript, and a current copy of your DARS report to FSE.AcademicAppeal@asu.edu.  Any additional documentation will not be considered.
  • If you need to take a course for a third time, you must include a completed Undergraduate Standards Committee Petition and Addendum with your appeal request packet.  Academic & Student Affairs (ASA) will route the petition to the appropriate program for review and signatures.
  • Request for an appeal must be received no later than 5:00pm (Arizona time) on Monday, May 20, 2019. 

A decision on your appeal will be sent no later than June 6, 2019 to your ASU student e-mail account.

If you choose not to appeal your academic status or if your appeal is denied, after one academic year you may apply for readmission to the same program in the Fulton Schools of Engineering.

As part of the readmission process, you will be required to supply proof that you are now capable of successfully completing courses in the discipline by the completion of at least 15 hours of appropriate course work with a GPA of 3.00 or higher and a cumulative (ASU + transfer) GPA of at least 2.50.

If readmission is approved, you will return with continued probation status in the appropriate degree program.

DEAN’S LIST

If you complete 12 or more graded credit hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher, you are eligible for the Dean’s List.

GRADUATION WITH ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

If you complete at least 56 hours of resident credit at ASU and achieve a qualifying GPA, you will graduate with academic recognition.

Cumulative GPA

Designation

3.40-3.59

cum laude

3.60-3.79

magna cum laude

3.80-4.00

summa cum laude

Calculating Your Grade Point Average (GPA)

In order to graduate from ASU and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, you must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale. Individual units may have additional GPA requirements for graduation. Use the following values to calculate your grade point average:

A+ = 4.333

A = 4.000

A- = 3.667

B+ = 3.333

B = 3.000

B- = 2.667

C+ = 2.333

C = 2.000

 

 

D = 1.000

 

 

E = 0.000

 

NOTE: Grades of X, W and Y are not used to calculate honor points.

Multiply the credit hours for each course by the grade points corresponding with your letter grade to produce honor points for each class. Divide the total number of honor points by the total number of credit hours graded.

GPA Calculators

Go to students.asu.edu/gpa-calculator.

Calculate your semester GPA, how your semester GPA will impact your cumulative GPA, and what GPA/credit hours are needed to raise your cumulative GPA to a certain level.

Effect of Repeating Courses Policies

  • 203–05Duplication of credit by an undergraduate student.
  • 203–06Deletion of a “D” or “E” grade received by an undergraduate student in an undergraduate course.
  • 201-13 Petition to take a course for the third time.