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Frequently Asked Questions About Probation

  1. What impact does being on academic probation have for me?
  2. Will I be dropped from school if I am on academic probation two semesters in a row?
  3. How did I get placed on academic probation?
  4. How do I get off of academic probation?
  5. Why does Exploratory Studies have a Laying Tracks Program?
  6. How successful is the Laying Tracks Program?
  7. What if I fail to complete the Laying Tracks program?

1. What impact does being on academic probation have for me?

Students can not be dropped by Purdue University for academic reasons because of one bad semester. They can be dropped if they are on academic probation and have a second bad semester. So the biggest impact of being on probation is that a student is in danger of being dropped by the university. In addition, most Purdue colleges and schools will not allow students to CODO in if they are on academic probation. This delay in CODOing can delay a student’s academic progress and graduation date.

2. Will I be dropped from school if I am on academic probation two semesters in a row?

No, not necessarily. Students can remain on academic probation for multiple semesters without getting dropped if their graduation index (cumulative GPA) doesn’t drop below the minimum level set by the university. However, this minimum graduation index gets higher as a student’s classification increases, so the longer a student remains on academic probation the greater the likelihood that he/she will get dropped because of bad grades.

3. How did I get placed on academic probation?

Students are placed on academic probation if their semester index (GPA) and/or graduation index (cumulative GPA) falls below the minimum levels set by the university for students with their classification.

4. How do I get off of academic probation?

In order to get off of academic probation students need to raise their semester index (GPA) and/or graduation index (cumulative GPA) above the minimum level set by the university for students with their classification. While grades from summer school classes do affect a student's graduation index, a student can only get off of academic probation at the end of fall or spring semesters.

5. Why does Exploratory Studies have a Laying Tracks Program?

Students come to Exploratory Studies and Purdue University in order to find out what major is right for them, earn their degree, and move on. No one wants to get on academic probation or be dropped. We in Exploratory Studies want all of our students to be successful, and we have designed Laying Tracks to help students improve their academic performance and get off of probation.

6. How successful is the Laying Tracks Program?

Laying Tracks is a relatively new program, and statistics on its impact are still being gathered and analyzed. However, there is significant anecdotal evidence that students who participate in Laying Tracks are more likely to improve their grades and get off of academic probation than students who don’t.

7. What if I fail to complete the Laying Tracks program?

You will not be allowed to register for future semesters by your Exploratory Studies academic advisor until you complete Laying Tracks.