What does it mean to be on academic probation?

Probation is an academic warning.   Both a cumulative GPA and a cumulative major GPA of 2.00 or above are required for graduation.  If, after the fall semester, your cumulative or cumulative major GPA is below a 2.00, you will be on academic probation.

This semester of probation is a good time to work on resolving any issues that are impeding your academic success to ensure you will be more successful in future terms.

Please note: Academic probation and financial aid warning are two separate policies with different criteria and timelines. 

What does the probation status mean for me?

Expected Advisor Meeting 

You are expected to meet with your academic advisor by Friday of week 4 to discuss your academic difficulties.  Please contact your advisor to set up an appointment.

Reflection Document

After the fall semester, if you are on academic probation, you are strongly encouraged to submit a reflection document to the Registrar.  The purpose of the reflection document is to give you an opportunity to objectively evaluate your academic performance and allow you to communicate the specific causes of your academic difficulty.  The reflection document should address these three questions:

  • What do you believe are the factors that negatively affected your success at MSOE?
  • What is your plan to address these factors?
  • What are three specific action items that you will complete in the coming term to resolve your academic problem area?

While this document is not required, if you are subject to suspension after the spring semester, this document will serve as your voice during the initial review of your record. 

Raider Success Courses

Freshmen and sophomore students who have a term, major or cumulative GPA below a 2.00 are strongly encouraged to register for the RCAS Foundations of Student Success course.  

RSC 0101 - Foundations of Student Success    1 lecture hours 0 lab hours 1 credits

Course Description
In this course, students will work to achieve their goal grades through strategy utilization and individual goal setting. Instructors teach core components of learning and development to optimize a student’s approach to time management, organization, study habits and prioritization. Students will work with one another to identify, implement, and assess strategies to leverage academic success. (prereq: none)

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop and apply the learning strategies necessary for academic success
  • View learning as a process that can be planned and monitored
  • Learn to develop accountability to self and others for their learning process
  • Recognize the academic and non-academic reasons that can impede their progress
  • Know what supports are available to aid in their academic success

Extracurricular Activities

All full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for active membership in student organizations.  A student with less than a 2.00 cumulative GPA may not have officer-level responsibilities in any student organization or extracurricular activity, serve as a student representative on any institutional committee or represent the university as a member of any MSOE athletic team.  It is the student’s responsibility to inform the organization of ineligibility and the organization’s responsibility to inform the Student Activities staff.  In addition, academic eligibility will be reviewed periodically by the Student Activities staff for student organizations and is reviewed quarterly by the Registrar’s Office and the Athletic Department for intercollegiate athletics.