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.
For Students Entering the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Fall 2015 or Later
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 Undergraduate Education 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 Notice
SEAS academic notice is an official notification that the student's academic performance does not meet SEAS standards.
A student is placed on SEAS academic notice 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 notice, students receive a hold that limits their ability to register in courses until they satisfy a required advisement session. The goal of the advisement engagement is to connect students wiith resources that may help them improve their academic performance. The notice 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 notice, 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. We also consider other significant hardships. If a request for immediate reinstatement is granted, it is generally expected that the student will explore an Academic Withdrawal from University Coursework. Please note that the Academic Withdrawal process is independent from the SEAS petition process. Petition requests are submitted via an online form and are generally due within two weeks of notification of dismissal (see dismissal letter for specific details). Petition submissions include a statement and supporting documentation that one could reasonably be expected to obtain. Therefore, students are encouraged to begin assembling the petition application soon after notification of dismissal.
Students who do not submit a petition or unsuccessfully petition for reinstatement will be removed from the SEAS major and dropped from any engineering courses and 200-level or higher computer science courses they are enrolled in for the following fall or spring semester. These processes are generally completed within one week of the petition deadline. Students dismissed from SEAS are strongly encouraged to work with UB's academic advisors to explore other majors.
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.
Students are eligible to reapply to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences after at least one fall or spring semester away.
The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education is the arbiter for these regulations.
Students will receive official notifications of their SEAS academic standing via UB email.
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||Notice|
|CTGPA < 2.0 and STGPA > 2.0||Notice|
|CTGPA < 1.4 and STGPA < 2.0 and first semester at UB||Notice|
|CTGPA < 1.4 and STGPA < 2.0 and more than one semester at UB||Dismissal|
|Notice||CTGPA ≥ 2.0 and STGPA ≥ 2.0||Good Standing|
|CTGPA ≥ 2.0 and STGPA < 2.0||Notice|
|CTGPA < 2.0 and STGPA ≥ 2.0||Notice|
|CTGPA < 2.0 and STGPA < 2.0||Dismissal |
When a student begins a semester in academic good standing, their academic standing at the end of the semester is determined via the mapping to the right.
When a student begins a semester on academic notice, their academic standing at the end of the semester is determined via the mapping to the right.
After the first SEAS academic notice, students will receive a hold that will limit their ability to register in courses until they satisfy a required advisement session. The notice letter and the description of your hold in HUB provide details regarding the advisement session.
Students who are on SEAS academic notice due to “P.1.” 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 academic notice for the first time are required to complete the Academic Review Worksheet and then satisfy the Academic Review Seminar Requirement.
To complete the seminar requirement you may complete the “SEAS Academic Review Seminar” course in UBLearns or meet with your SEAS advisor during a timeframe specified in your notice letter. The UB Learns course includes four short videos with brief quizzes that will assess understanding of basic concepts. Holds will be removed three times a week for students who have completed their academic review worksheet, viewed the videos, and successfully completed the quizzes. If you opt to meet with your SEAS advisor instead, the academic review worksheet must be completed before your appointment for proper removal of your hold.