Academic Review

The UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences conducts an academic review of all students at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters. It is important for all students to be aware of the academic review policies.

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Periodic Review of Intended Majors

Overview

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences periodically reviews the academic records of all students in an intended undergraduate SEAS major. An analysis is completed to evaluate the potential for the intended major to gain admission to the approved major.

Information regarding SEAS admissions requirements is provided at our Admission to SEAS for Current UB Students page.

Actions

One of the following actions results from the review:

  1. If the student is admissible to the SEAS program of interest, then he/she will be placed into the approved major.
  2. If the student is not currently admissible, but is making progress towards completing admissions requirements and could be admissible in the future, then he/she will remain in the intended SEAS major.
    • Note that if there are concerns regarding a student's progress toward meeting admissions requirements, then he/she will be required to meet with an academic advisor. A hold will be added to their record to prevent registration until this meeting is completed. Students are required to download and complete the SEAS Intended Program Review Worksheet and upload it to the SEAS portal prior to attending this meeting.
  3. If the analysis reveals that the student is not currently admissible and will not be in the future, then he/she will be dismissed from the SEAS intended major and placed into the UB exploratory major.
  4. If the student passes on opportunities to enroll in core courses, then he/she will be dismissed from the SEAS intended major and placed into the UB exploratory major.

Dismissal

Students with legitimate extenuating circumstances may petition for immediate reinstatement. Specific examples include documented medical issues of the student or an immediate family member, the death of an immediate family member, a disability, or military orders. In such cases, it is expected that the student will pursue an Academic Withdrawal from University Coursework. Successful petitions will present sufficient evidence that an Academic Withdrawal request is deemed to have a reasonable likelihood of being granted.

Upon dismissal, students are removed from the intended engineering or computer science major, placed into the UB exploratory major, and dropped from engineering and 200-level or higher computer science courses. Students who successfully petition for reinstatement are returned to the SEAS major. Students dismissed from SEAS are strongly encouraged to work with UB's academic advisors to explore other majors. Students are eligible to be reconsidered for admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences after at least one academic year following dismissal.

The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education is the arbiter for these regulations.

Communications

Students receive official notifications of admission to an approved SEAS major or removal from an intended SEAS major via UB email.

2015 Academic Review Policy

For Approved Majors Entering the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Fall 2015 or Later

Overview

To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences reviews the academic records of all undergraduate students. SEAS academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester.

Please note that the University at Buffalo Office of Educational Affairs completes an independent academic standards review at the end of each fall and spring semester.

SEAS Academic Good Standing

SEAS considers the technical GPA (TGPA) in its academic review. The TGPA is based on engineering, math, and science courses taken at UB.

A student is in SEAS academic good standing if their cumulative UB technical grade point average (CTGPA) is 2.0 or greater and their most recent semester technical GPA (STGPA) at UB is 2.0 or greater.

Poor academic standing within SEAS may limit a student's ability to participate in SEAS and other university activities.

SEAS Academic Probation

SEAS academic probation is an official notification that the student's academic performance must improve or the student will be subject to academic dismissal from SEAS.

A student is placed on SEAS academic probation if

P.1. their STGPA is less than 2.0 and their CTGPA is less than 1.4 and they are in their first fall or spring semester at UB, or

P.2  their STGPA is less than 2.0 and their CTGPA is greater than 1.4, or 

P.3. their STGPA is greater than 2.0 and their CTGPA is less than 2.0

After the first SEAS academic probation, students will receive a hold that will limit their ability to register in courses until they satisfy a required advisement session. The probation letter provides details regarding the advisement session.

SEAS Academic Dismissal

SEAS takes the action of academic dismissal on the premise that the student is currently unable to make satisfactory academic progress toward a bachelor's degree.

A student who has been enrolled at UB for two or more semesters is dismissed from SEAS if

D.1. their STGPA is less than 2.0 and their CTGPA is less than 1.4, or

D.2. their CTGPA and STGPA are both less than 2.0 while they are on academic probation, or

D.3. they do not follow the curriculum in their SEAS major for two consecutive semesters

A change in a student's academic status due to a deficiency in their CTGPA or STGPA may not be negotiated. SEAS will review cases only wherein there is a change in a course grade or a calculation error was made.

Students with legitimate extenuating circumstances may petition for immediate reinstatement. Specific examples include documented medical issues of the student or an immediate family member, the death of an immediate family member, a disability, or military orders. In such cases, it is expected that the student will pursue an Academic Withdrawal from University Coursework. Successful petitions will present sufficient evidence that an Academic Withdrawal request is deemed to have a reasonable likelihood of being granted. Instructions for submitting a petition are provided within the dismissal letter.

Students who do not submit a petition or unsuccessfully petition for reinstatement will be removed from the SEAS major and dropped from any SEAS courses they are enrolled in for the following fall or spring semester after the petition period closes. Students dismissed from SEAS are strongly encouraged to work with UB's academic advisors to explore other majors. Students are eligible to reapply to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences after at least one fall or spring semester away.

Students dismissed from SEAS at the end of the fall (spring) semester will be allowed to continue enrollment in SEAS courses during the winter (summer) term that immediately follows. Outside of this limited period, dismissed students are not permitted to register for SEAS courses.

The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education is the arbiter for these regulations.

Communications

Students will receive official notifications of their SEAS academic standing via UB email.

Summary

The table that follows summarizes the SEAS academic review process.

CTGPA = UB Cumulative Technical GPA

STGPA = UB Semester Technical GPA

Status Fall or Spring Semester Performance Action
Good Standing CTGPA ≥ 2.0 and STGPA ≥ 2.0 Good Standing
  CTGPA ≥ 1.4 and STGPA < 2.0 Probation
  CTGPA < 2.0 and STGPA > 2.0 Probation
  CTGPA < 1.4 and STGPA < 2.0 and first semester at UB Probation
  CTGPA < 1.4 and STGPA < 2.0 and more than one semester at UB Dismissal
Probation CTGPA ≥ 2.0 and STGPA ≥ 2.0 Good Standing
  CTGPA ≥ 2.0 and STGPA < 2.0 Probation
  CTGPA < 2.0 and STGPA ≥ 2.0 Probation
  CTGPA < 2.0 and STGPA < 2.0 Dismissal

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2009 Academic Review Policy

For Approved Majors Entering the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Fall 2009 through Spring 2015

For Computer Science Majors first approved for the major Fall 2011 through Spring 2015

To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) regularly reviews the academic records of all undergraduate students. This review addresses the quality of the student's studies as measured by the student's course grades. The academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester. Individual departments and programs may have additional criteria for entry to a major, academic good standing, probation and dismissal.

SEAS Academic Good Standing

A student is in academic good standing in SEAS if their:

  • cumulative Technical Grade Point Average (Technical GPA) is 2.0 or greater, and
  • most recent semester Technical GPA is 2.0 or greater.

The Technical GPA is based on engineering, math, technical elective, and science courses taken at UB that are required in the major. A minimum Technical GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

A student in academic good standing in SEAS and at UB is eligible for all university activities.

SEAS Academic Probation

A student who is not in academic good standing is on SEAS academic probation. After the first occurrence of SEAS academic probation, students will receive an advising hold that will limit the ability to register in courses until they attend a required advisement session with an engineering advisor.

Dismissal from SEAS

A student will be dismissed from SEAS if he/she has not been in academic good standing for three semesters and possesses a cumulative Technical GPA < 2.0. The three semesters do not have to be consecutive.

A student who has been enrolled at UB for two or more semesters and has a cumulative Technical GPA less than 1.0 will be dismissed from SEAS regardless of his/her most recent semester GPA.

A student who does not follow the curriculum in his/her SEAS major for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from SEAS.

Each dismissed student will receive official notification via UB e-mail, and all academic-year registration into future engineering classes will be blocked. The student major will be changed to “exploratory”. The student will not be allowed to reapply to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences or register for engineering classes for a period of at least one year.

A dismissed student may appeal the dismissal in writing to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in SEAS during a period of time specified in the dismissal letter.

The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education is the arbiter for these regulations.

Advisement Sessions for First Probation

After the first SEAS academic probation, students will receive a hold that will limit their ability to register in courses until they satisfy a required advisement session. The probation letter and the description of your hold in HUB provide details regarding the advisement session. 

Students who are on SEAS probation due to “P1” criteria described in the 2015 Academic Review Policy must schedule an Academic Review Appointment with an advisor in 410 Bonner Hall.  All other students who are on SEAS probation for the first time are required to attend one of the following Academic Review Seminars. Attendance will be taken at the seminar. Pre-registration for the seminar is not necessary.

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Friday, February 15 3:00pm – 3:50pm 115 Talbert

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Thursday, February 21 12:30pm – 1:20pm 102 Clemens

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Monday, February 25

1:00pm – 1:50pm 262 Capen

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Tuesday, March 5 3:30pm – 4:20pm 201A Capen

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Monday March 11 12:00pm – 12:50pm 209 Obrian

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Wednesday, March 27 11:00am – 11:50am 17 Clemens

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Tuesday, April 2 2:00pm – 2:50pm 240 Capen

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Wednesday, April 10 3:00pm – 3:50pm 240 Capen

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Thursday, April 18 11:00am – 11:50am 119 Clemens

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Friday, April 26

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Friday, May 3 3:00pm – 3:50pm 115 Talbert

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