Probation exists to help students achieve the high standards of the SoC. Through the system of probation, students receive advice and assistance making plans to be successful. In rare circumstances, probation forces students who are unable to complete a CS degree in a timely and satisfactory manner, to expediently move on to a more appropriate degree. In general, the student will have two semesters (excluding summer) to meet the requirements for returning to good standing. Students failing to do so will be removed from the major.

To remain in good standing and graduate, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA at the University of 2.5 or higher while also maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher in computer science classes. The CS GPA is computed based on all regular Computer Science courses taken at the 2000 level and above. Students whose GPA in either of these categories falls below 2.5 will be placed on probation and given conditions to return to good standing. The requirements for returning to good standing will be specified to the student in writing upon being placed on probation.

The first semester of probation is called the “warning” semester. During this semester, the student will retain Full Major Status (FMS) and all rights associated with that demarcation. Probationary students should talk with an advisor before registering for this semester in order to take the best set of courses to achieve success.

The second semester of probation is called the “extended probation” semester. A student on extended probation will be allowed to register for CS courses. However, after the semester add deadline, the student will have their FMS suspended (students will be prevented from registration for future courses until satisfactory progress is made). At the end of the “extended probation” semester and once grades are posted, it is the responsibility of the student to petition the SoC to be reinstated. At the time of the petition, if the student shows that their continuing GPAs (both cumulative and CS) are above the required GPA, the student will be reinstated to FMS. Alternatively, students who have not met this requirement, but have made strong gains toward it, may petition for an additional semester of “extended probation”.

A student who has previously been on probation and then removed from probation, but is once again placed on probation, will be placed in the “extended probation” category by default and will have only a single semester to improve their GPA. Such students are again strongly encourage to talk with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or a staff advisor about the best path for returning to good standing.

Students must adhere to the policy on repeating courses, namely that a course may be taken at most twice. Students who are unsuccessful in completing a required CS course in two attempts will be placed on “extended probation” with the requirement that they successfully petition to retake the course and then successfully pass the course at the next offering. Failure to do so will result in the student being permanently removed from the major.

Students must graduate within five years of being accepted to FMS. Students in their 11th or greater semesters will be placed on “extended probation” with the requirement that they petition to complete the remaining degree requirements in a short, yet reasonable, amount of time.

Students who believe that they have been incorrectly placed on probation or had their FMS suspended have until the mid-point of the probation semester to speak with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to rectify the problem. Failure to do so will result in the probation standing.