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Frequently Asked Questions About Probation

  1. How did I get placed on academic probation?
  2. What does being on academic probation mean for me?
  3. How do I get off academic probation?
  4. Why would I be dropped from Purdue?
  5. What will cause me to be on probation for a second (or more) semester?
  6. What happes if I am dropped from Purdue University?
  7. Will I be dropped from Purdue if I am on academic probation two or more semesters in a row?
  8. What impact do summer classes have on academic probation?
  9. What if I don't agree with a grade I earned?
  10. Why does Exploratory Studies have a Laying Tracks Program?
  11. What if I fail to complete the Laying Tracks Program as instructed by my academic advisor?
  12. I'm struggling in my current classes. When is the last day to withdraw from some or all of my classes?
  13. What resources are available to help me get back on track?

1. How did I get placed on academic probation?

Students are placed on academic probation if their semester GPA OR cumulative GPA is lower than a 2.0 at the end of any fall or spring semester.

2. What does being on academic probation mean for me?

Students on academic probation are in danger of being dropped from Purdue.  While students cannot be dropped by Purdue because of one bad semester, it is possible to be dropped if they are on academic probation and have a second bad semester. 

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.

Think of your first semester on probation as a warning sign.  Students should examine what factors contributed to earning a low semester or cumulative GPA.  Students should also work with various college professionals to figure out how to be more successful moving forward.

3. How do I get off probation?

In order to get off of academic probation, students need to earn a semester GPA equal to or greater than 2.0 AND raise their cumulative GPA to equal to or greater than 2.0.   

4. Why would I be dropped from Purdue?

Students already on academic probation will be dropped from Purdue if BOTH their semester GPA AND their cumulative GPAs are below 2.0 at the end of a fall or spring semester.  

Click here to read the Purdue policies for Scholastic Deficiency.

5. What will cause me to be on probation for a second (or more) semester?

Students on probation will remain on probation another semester if their semester GPA is equal to or greater than 2.0 BUT their cumulative GPA is still below 2.0.

Students on probation will remain on probation another semester if their cumulative GPA is equal to or greater than 2.0 BUT their semester GPA is below 2.0.

6. What happens if I am dropped from Purdue University?

Students who are academically dropped from the University for the first time are not eligible to apply for readmission for at least one fall or spring semester.  Generally, students must complete at least 12 credit hours of coursework at another university with grades of C or higher in all classes as a basic consideration for readmission.

Readmission is not guaranteed even if students complete these basic requirements.  Readmission applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and readmission requirements will vary by College/School.  For more details information, visit the Readmission website.  Students who gain readmission are readmitted on probation. 

7. Will I be dropped from Purdue if I am on academic probation two or more semesters in a row?

Not necessarily. Students can remain on academic probation for multiple semesters without getting dropped if EITHER their semester or cumulative GPA is equal to or greater than 2.0. A student on academic probation shall be dropped from the University at the close of any fall or spring semester in which his/her semester AND cumulative GPA are less than a 2.0. 

8. What impact do summer classes have on academic probation?

You cannot be placed on academic probation due to summer grades nor can you get off of probation due to summer grades. While grades from summer classes do affect a student's cumulative GPA, a student can only get off of academic probation at the end of fall or spring semesters.

9. What is I don't agree with a grade I earned?

Faculty are responsible for assigning grades and, except for unusual circumstances, grades given are final.  Students who don't agree with a grade earned must follow the grade appeal policy as detailed in section E of Regulations Governing Student Conduct, Disciplinary Proceedings, and Appeals in Student Regulations.  Prior to initiating an appeal, students are strongly encouraged to resolve the situation with the instructor, department head, or head's designee. 

If you believe a grade was entered into the computer incorrectly, you must contact your instructor right away to get this resolved.  Be sure to check your academic transcript in myPurdue at the end of each semester to check for accuracy.  Any grade change due to a reporting error or appeal will result in a recalculation of the GPA and determination of probation standing. Academic standing is assessed during Fall and Spring semesters only (though summer grades do impact cumulative GPAs).

10. 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.  

11. What if I fail to complete the Laying Tracks Program as instructed by my academic advisor?

You will not be allowed to register for future semesters until you complete Laying Tracks program.  

12. I'm struggling in my current classes.  When is the last day to withdraw from some or all of my classes?

Students may choose to withdraw from one course or all courses by contacting her/his academic advisor.  This decision may impact your academic standing and potential to be dropped from the university so be sure to work with your advisor on making these decisions. 

The Drop/Add Deadlines Calendar for the current term details the dates and processes for withdrawing from one or more courses.  To withdraw from all courses a student must go through the university withdrawal process.  

13. What resources are available to help me get back on track?

Mutliple resources to help you have a successful semester.

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