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 following the Fall 2018 semester, you were notified via email in early January 2019, and have or will receive reminder follow-up emails. It is very important that you read the email thoroughly and pay close attention to instructions and deadlines. You may also check out the Probation and Suspension section of our website for more detailed information.

Steps to take while on academic probation:

Pre-Major Students (students not yet admitted to a major):
- You will need to set-up a one-on-one appointment with your CSE Academic Advisor. You must contact the CSE Advising Office by February 22, 2019 to schedule your appointment with your CSE College Advisor. You can schedule your appointment with your college advisor in one of three ways:
          - Online at cseadvising.appointments.umn.edu
          - Visit our front desk at 105 Lind Hall
          - Call our office at 612-624-2890

- Complete the Academic Probation Contract and Self-Assessment Worksheet. During your appointment, you and your advisor will use the completed contract and worksheet for discussion. It is important to have these forms completed and with you when you arrive for your appointment. If these forms are not complete at the time of check-in, your probation hold will not be moved, as you will not have met a term of your probation. This means you will not be able to register at your queue time. 


Upper Division Students (students already admitted to their major):
- First, you will need to set-up a one-on-one appointment with your departmental advisor/Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS). You then need to schedule an appointment with your CSE College Advisor for after you have completed your meeting with your departmental advisor/DUGS. You do not need to wait until you have completed your appointment with your departmental advisor/DUGS to schedule your appointment with your college advisor. Once you have your appointment with your departmental advisor/DUGS on the calendar, you can schedule your appointment with your college advisor. You must contact the CSE Advising Office by February 22, 2019 to schedule your appointment with your CSE College Advisor. Please contact your departmental advisor/DUGS to schedule with them. You can schedule your appointment with your college advisor in one of three ways:
          - Online at cseadvising.appointments.umn.edu
          - Visit our front desk at 105 Lind Hall
          - Call our office at 612-624-2890

- Complete the Academic Probation Contract and Self-Assessment Worksheet. During your appointments, you and your advisors will use the completed contract and worksheet for discussion. It is important to have these forms completed and with you when you arrive for your appointments. If these forms are not complete at the time of check-in, your probation hold will not be moved, as you will not have met a term of your probation. This means you will not be able to register at your queue time.


Advisors have already begun meeting with probation students; be sure to schedule your appointment as soon as possible so you can meet the deadlines associated with your probation requirements.


Academic probation can definitely rattle your confidence, but it's also an opportunity for you to make changes that can have a positive lasting impact. Try to look at it as a learning and personal growth experience. Have a great, successful semester!