Policies and Procedures

Students in the College of Engineering are expected to meet academic standards set by the College and demonstrate reasonable progress towards a degree. Academic probation notifies a student that unless their academic performance improves they may be dismissed from the College. Probation procedures are intended to provide information and support to students in the College and increase the probability of academic success. Academic probation also voids the College’s agreement with a student who had elected to participate in the University of Iowa Four-Year Graduation Plan.


Students must achieve minimum 2.0 University of Iowa cumulative and semester grade point averages to remain in good standing. Students whose GPA’s in either or both areas fall below a 2.0 are placed (or continued) on probation or subject to dismissal (with or without previous probationary status).

Students on academic probation are restored to good standing if they successfully complete a total of 9 semester hours toward their engineering degree, either in one semester or cumulatively. Their University of Iowa cumulative and semester grade-point averages must be equal to or exceed those designated above.

A student is placed on probation, dismissed for unsatisfactory progress, or restored to good standing only at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students on academic probation who withdraw registration after the deadline to drop courses may be dismissed. Students who do not make satisfactory progress may be dismissed from the college without an intervening probationary period.  Students allowed to continue in the College on probation may choose to complete a  Performance Improvement Plan (see Academic Forms), specifying course work to be taken, expected academic performance, and in some cases, referrals to other sources for support services. Details of this procedure are available from the Student Development Center.

Notifications & Records

Students placed on academic probation, continued on academic probation, or dismissed from the College are notified of these actions via their uiowa email account.

The notation “on academic probation” is placed on the permanent records of those students who have been placed or continued on academic probation. “Not permitted to register” is entered on the permanent records of students who have been dismissed from the College.

Dismissal from the College

The College reviews the academic records of students on academic probation at the end of the fall and spring semesters. There is no review at the end of the summer session. A student who has not made satisfactory progress may be dismissed from the College without prior probation status.

Students dismissed from the college for poor scholarship may appeal to reenroll after an interval of one entire calendar year. A written appeal for reinstatement must be submitted to the Appeals Committee at the Student Development Center. Appeals must be submitted before June 15 for reinstatement in a fall semester or before December 15 for reinstatement in a spring semester. Detailed information about the appeal procedure is available from the Student Development Center.

Right to Appeal a Dismissal

If extenuating circumstances such as a disabling illness or a personal crisis interfered with academic progress resulting in dismissal, a student may appeal for a revocation of the dismissal. A student dismissed in January must submit a written appeal by the second day of spring semester classes. If dismissed in May, the written appeal must be submitted by June 15.

Appeals must be typewritten to “Dear Committee Members”; must include full name, student number, current address, current date; must be signed (unsigned letters will be returned); and must be addressed to the Appeals Committee, Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. The letter should be clear, concise and carefully proofread because it will represent the student to the Committee. Any supporting documentation available regarding extenuating circumstances should be included with the written appeal. See also Appeal Procedure document.

Reinstatement in the College

A student dismissed from the College due to poor scholarship may file a written appeal (for reinstatement) to re-enroll after an interval of at least one full academic yearStudents dismissed for the second time may or may not be granted a second reinstatement. The decision of the committee is final.

Requests for reinstatement should be addressed to the Appeals Committee, Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. The letter should indicate the session in which the student intends to return, how the time was spent since leaving the University, and what has occurred to make academic success more probable. It should be clear, concise and carefully proofread because it will represent the student to the Committee. Any supporting documentation (such as official transcripts from other institutions for course work taken during the absence) should be included with the written appeal. Appeal letters must be received before June 15 for reinstatement to a fall semester or before December 1 for reinstatement to a spring semester. Late requests are deferred to the following semester.

Students who are permitted to register following a dismissal are registered on academic probation and must complete an Academic Plan of Study Form stating specific expectations for their future performance. Very poor academic work in the first semester of a reinstatement, however, may result in dismissal at the close of that semester. See also Appeal Procedure document.

ReStart Policy

If you are returning or have returned to the College of Engineering (CoE) after an extended absence (4 consecutive years or more), you may use the ReStart option to request removal of one or more of your previously completed CoE academic sessions (i.e. semesters or winter/summer enrollments) from future grade point averages and degree considerations. 

If you have already graduated from The University of Iowa, you are not eligible to use the ReStart option whether for a second degree, teacher certification, or any other purpose.

Students are strongly advised to visit with advisors in the Student Development Center, 3124 Seamans Center, to discuss the ReStart option as soon as feasible and before submitting a ReStart request.

Academic Misconduct Policy

College of Engineering

I. Introduction

The College of Engineering endorses the policies and rights of students as printed in Section 1 of the General Conduct Regulations in the University of Iowa Code of Student Life.  The College of Engineering reserves the authority to handle acts of academic misconduct as adopted by Engineering Faculty.

II. Procedures for Reporting Academic Misconduct to the College

The instructor shall send a written report of any disciplinary action due to academic misconduct (or fraud) to the Office of the Dean and the report shall be placed in the student’s file. The Office of the Dean shall notify the student of each report and the right of the student to request a hearing for review of the case.

III. Grading Sanctions Assigned by the Instructor

In the case of academic fraud, an instructor may assign a lower grade than otherwise would have been given for the assignment, or for the assignment category (e.g., homework, or quiz), or for whatever is detailed in the course syllabus.

IV. Sanctions Applied by the College

For first offense:

The student is placed on disciplinary probation, meaning (1) the offense is noted as a College of Engineering internal record during the time of probation, (2) the student is warned about the consequences of a repeat offense, and (3) the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, together with the instructor, will determine if the student is required to enroll, at the student’s own expense, in an academic integrity seminar chosen by the Associate Dean of Academic Programs. The student will remain on disciplinary probation until the first degree is granted from the University of Iowa. A student’s internal College of Engineering records are not shared with external entities after graduation.

For second offense:

The Associate Dean of Academic Programs may impose the following or other penalties as the offense may warrant: cancellation of the student’s registration, disciplinary probation, suspension from the College, or recommendation of expulsion from the University by the President. If the student is expelled, the offense is recorded on the student's permanent record/transcript as follows: Not permitted to Register: Academic Misconduct. If expelled, the student may not return to the University of Iowa.

Note: Academic misconduct can involve many gray areas and borderline situations. In these cases, the College might combine or change the sanctions listed above so that they better fit the situation. The College also takes into account the instructor's recommendations about reducing or strengthening a collegiate sanction since the instructor is often aware of circumstances or details not always apparent in the report.

V. Student Appeals

When a written report of disciplinary action by an instructor is received by the Office of the Dean, the student shall be notified in writing of the action. After appealing to the professor, if the student feels that the finding of academic misconduct is in error or the penalty is unjust, the student may request a review by formally notifying in writing the Associate Dean of Academic Programs within three months of receiving the report. If the student is not satisfied with the results of the review, the student may request a separate review by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education.