Policies & Principles

ENGRUD status   Academic integrity   Academic misconduct   Technology expectations

Engineering Undeclared status policies

To maintain Engineering Undeclared (ENGRUD) status, students must:

1. Be registered for at least one of the following courses each quarter:
AA 210
AA 260
BIOEN 215 or ENGR 115
BIOL 180
BIOL 200
BIOL 220
CEE 220
CHEM 110
CHEM 142
CHEM 143
CHEM 145
CHEM 152
CHEM 153
CHEM 155
CHEM 162
CHEM 165
CHEM 223
CHEM 224
CHEM 237
CHEM 238
CSE 142
CSE 143
EE 215
EE 233
EE 235
IND E 250
IND E 315
MATH 120
MATH 124
MATH 125
MATH 126
MATH 134
MATH 135
MATH 136
MATH 307
MATH 308
MATH 309
MATH 324
ME 123
ME 230
MSE 170
PHYS 121
PHYS 122
PHYS 123
STAT 220
STAT 221
STAT 311
STAT 390
2. Earn/maintain a 2.50 UW ENGRUD grade point average (GPA) across the above courses:
  • You must maintain a 2.50 GPA across the courses listed above taken at UW (not a 2.5 in each individual course). Grades in courses taken at another school are not counted as part of your UW ENGRUD GPA.
  • If you repeat a course from the above list, both grades are recorded on your transcript and calculated into your ENGRUD GPA. You don’t earn credit for taking the course a second time unless the first grade was 0.0. Please talk to your adviser if you’re considering retaking a course. 
  • Your grades in English composition and ENGR 231 are also included in your ENGRUD GPA.
  • Each placement requirement course must be completed with a 2.0 grade or higher.
  • Note: Bioengineering requires a 2.5 grade in CHEM 162 for placement.
3. Be placed into an engineering major within the time limits.
  • It is expected that students will be placed into an engineering major after completion of 3 or 4 quarters at the UW.
  • It is required that students must be placed into an engineering major after completion of 6 quarters at the UW (excluding summer quarters).
  • Those who are unable to place into a major before exceeding this requirement will be dropped from ENGRUD status in the College of Engineering and transitioned to pre-major status.

Review and notification of progress

  • Students’ progress will be reviewed each quarter based on what’s outlined above. If a student’s performance fails to meet the standards outlined above, they will receive a warning email outlining their required next steps that include setting up an appointment with their assigned engineering adviser.
  • Students on ENGRUD warning status who fail to meet satisfactory progress requirements after one quarter will be placed on ENGRUD status probation and a hold will be placed on their registration. To remove the hold, students must meet with a College of Engineering adviser.
  • Students on ENGRUD status probation who fail to meet satisfactory progress requirements after one quarter will be dropped from Engineering Undeclared status and transitioned to pre-major status.

ENGRUD reinstatement process

Students dropped from Engineering Undeclared status and transitioned to pre-major status as a result of not meeting continuation requirements may appeal for continuation as an Engineering Undeclared student by submitting a statement and submitting an educational plan. Students who have exceeded 6 quarters at the UW without placing into an engineering major are not eligible to appeal for continuation of their ENGRUD status.

The appeal statement should be no more than 750 words and should address the following:

  1. What has caused you to be dropped from ENGRUD status? Identify the barriers to your academic success. Be specific.
  2. What are the behaviors and circumstances that you have already changed or that you plan to change so that your academic success improves? This could include habits, practices, or resources that address physical health, mental health, time management, study habits, etc. Be specific. For example, "trying harder" is not a behavior change.
  3. How will you hold yourself accountable to these changes?

The educational plan should include the classes a student plans to take to complete placement requirements and transition into an engineering major. Students should also indicate when they plan to request placement and what engineering major(s) they plan to rank.

Appeals should be submitted to the College of Engineering Advising Office,

Quarter Deadline for ENGRUD status appeal
Autumn by 5:00 p.m. (PST) the first Thursday in September
Winter or Spring by 5:00 p.m. (PST) the first Thursday of the quarter

If a student chooses to appeal, submission of appeal documents as soon as possible after a student’s final grades are posted is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

Students will be notified of the decision within two weeks of the deadline. The decision about a student’s appeal will be sent to their official UW email account.

If a student’s appeal is approved, the student’s major status will be changed back to ENGRUD and they will be on ENGRUD status probation. Students cannot appeal more than once.

Academic integrity

College of Engineering statement of principles of academic honesty, integrity, and responsibility

The UW College of Engineering prepares students to enter the engineering profession and to hold themselves to the highest standards of integrity and honesty – including a commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of the communities they serve. Therefore, we are committed to promoting integrity in our teaching, learning, and research endeavors.

As a member of the UW College of Engineering and in preparation for entering the engineering profession students are expected to:

  • Adhere to the University of Washington Student Code of Conduct and related policies.
  • Hold yourself to highest standards of ethics, integrity, and accountability in line with becoming a professional engineer.
  • Promote Academic Integrity by:
    • Only submitting your own work -- neither giving nor receiving unauthorized aid on exams or assignments.
    • Always crediting the intellectual work of others by providing proper citations or acknowledgements.
    • Only using or submitting accurate and verifiable data, records, or other information
    • Upholding the standards of conduct established by an instructor or outlined in a course syllabus.
    • Always observing strict standards of laboratory, fabrication, and experimental safety to protect yourself and others.

As a UW engineering student, you are expected to follow these conduct codes:

For each course you take, your instructors will share with you the rules for the class. Those rules are based on the College of Engineering's policies and procedures:

Academic misconduct

Effective August 18, 2017 an updated Student Conduct Code went into effect. The full Student Conduct Code is described in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 478-121. The University has developed a companion policy on academic misconduct, Student Governance Policy, Chapter 209, which explains how student academic misconduct proceedings work and a student’s rights in the process.

Under the old Student Conduct Code, the College of Engineering Academic Misconduct Process included an Agreed Settlement option where faculty could handle misconduct issues directly with students. Under the new code, all alleged academic misconduct by College of Engineering students must be reported to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Academic misconduct process

  • The instructor sends documentation of the case to the COE AD for Academic Affairs using the online reporting tool.
  • A Conduct Officer is assigned and a conduct proceeding will be initiated. The fact finding process will focus on gathering all of the pertinent information necessary to determine whether or not a violation of the Student Conduct Code occurred.
  • An investigative interview will be scheduled for the student to review the alleged violation(s) of the Student Conduct Code.
  • During the investigative interview, the student is provided with an overview of the Student Conduct Process and their rights.
  • The student has the opportunity to provide their account of what occurred, present relevant evidence, and provide names of witnesses for further consideration by the Conduct Officer during the fact finding process.
  • During the fact finding process, the Conduct Officer may initiate a full hearing and the student will be notified of this decision.
  • At the conclusion of the fact finding process, the Conduct Officer will make a decision regarding whether there was a violation of the Student Conduct Code based on a “preponderance of evidence” standard, and if so, the Conduct Officer will also determine what sanctions are appropriate for the violation(s). This written decision is called an Initial Order.
  • The student has the option to request an administrative review of the decision within 21 days of service of the Initial Order.
  • If an administrative review is not requested the Initial Order is considered final.

For more details about the student conduct process, please visit Student Governance Policy, Chapter 209.

Technology expectations

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