Navigating academic probation

Learning you've been placed on academic probation can feel overwhelming and even a bit scary. That's why CSE academic advisors are here to help navigate the process. Find out what you need to do to evaluate your situation and take action to get back on track.



Learning you've been placed on academic probation can stir up a lot of emotions. You might be asking yourself, "Am I a good student?" and "What does this mean for me?"

Take a deep breath! Academic probation happens from time to time, and it doesn't mean you aren't a capable student. However, it does mean that it's time to reevaluate your situation and take action.

If you've been placed on academic probation, you were notified via email the week of May 24th (if you were on probation from Spring 2017) or after the conclusion of your summer course(s) (if your summer courses resulted in probation), with reminder follow-up emails. It is very important that you read the email thoroughly and pay close attention to instructions and deadlines.

First, you will need to complete the academic probation contract and self-assessment worksheet, which will help you identify challenges from last semester. Please note that students already admitted to their major must meet with their department to have their contract signed prior to meeting with their CSE academic advisor. Check out the Probation and Suspension section of our website for more detailed information.

You then need to set-up a one-on-one appointment with your CSE academic advisor. During the meeting, you and your advisor will use your self-assessment worksheet to develop an action plan for success. It is important that you come to your appointment with your paperwork fully completed, or you may be asked to reschedule.

Advisors have already started meeting with students on academic probation; if you have not yet scheduled your appointment, be sure to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

Academic probation can definitely rattle your confidence, but it's also an opportunity for you to make changes that can have a lasting impact. Try to reframe it as a learning and personal growth experience. With that mindset, you'll be on your way to success in no time!