Students

Policies & Principles

The College of Engineering maintains certain policies and principles to help students uphold high academic standards and achievement throughout their time at UW.

Students should be aware of these policies and understand the role they play in their UW engineering education.

Continuation policies

While the University has general regulations governing scholastic eligibility for continuation, the College of Engineering and the engineering departments have adopted additional requirements. Choose the academic continuation policies below based on your date of entry to the University of Washington.

Engineering Undeclared status policies

The following criteria and procedures will be applied to Engineering Undeclared students.

  1. Complete at least one required mathematics, science, computer programming, or engineering course each quarter.
  2. Maintain a GPA of 2.50 or higher in their mathematics, science, English composition, computer programming, and engineering courses. Note: this means an average of a 2.50 GPA across the aforementioned courses, not a 2.5 in each individual course. 
  3. Declare a major after completion of 3 or 4 quarters at the UW. You must be placed in to an engineering major after completion of 6 quarters at the UW (excluding summer quarters). Students who are unable to place in to a major before exceeding this requirement will be dropped from Engineering Undeclared status.

Review and notification of progress

  • Your progress will be reviewed each quarter. If your performance fails to meet the standards outlined above, you will receive a warning letter suggesting to meet with an engineering advisor.
  • Students on warning status who fail to meet satisfactory progress requirements after one quarter will be placed on probation and a hold will be placed on their registration. To remove the hold, you must meet with a College of Engineering advisor.
  • Students on probation status who fail to meet satisfactory progress requirements after one quarter will be dropped from Engineering Undeclared status.

Students dropped from Engineering Undeclared status as a result of not meeting continuation requirements may appeal for continuation as an Engineering Undeclared student by writing a letter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The letter should describe any extenuating circumstances and may include any additional information in support of the appeal that the student believes is relevant.

Pre-engineering status policies

In order to maintain pre-engineering status, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be registered for at least one pre-engineering prerequisite course each quarter (mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering fundamentals, English composition)
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative engineering prerequisite GPA
  • Maintain a 2.0 in each engineering prerequisite course
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative UW GPA across all coursework
  • Have completed less than 5 quarters and 105 credits (see Pre-engineering Extension Policy below)

If you don't meet one of these requirements, you will be moved from pre-engineering to pre-major status. Students moved to pre-major status will work with advisers in the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Academic Advising office or Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Advising in Mary Gates 141.

To gain or re-gain pre-engineering status, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be registered for at least one pre-engineering prerequisite course each quarter (mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering fundamentals, English composition)
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative engineering prerequisite GPA
  • Maintain a 2.0 in each engineering prerequisite course
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative UW GPA across all coursework
  • Have completed less than 5 quarters and 105 credits

If you are interested in gaining or re-gaining pre-engineering status, contact the Pre-Engineering Advising Office in Loew 301 at 206-543-1770 and schedule an advising appointment to determine if you are eligible for pre-engineering status.

Having pre-engineering status is not required at the time of application into an engineering department. For example, a student who has completed all prerequisite coursework and meets eligibility requirements for an engineering department but is currently a declared physics major can apply.

Pre-engineering extension policy

Per university policy, if you have not declared a major but have completed 105 or more credits and 5 or more academic satisfactory progress quarters, you will receive a registration hold. You will not be allowed to register for the next quarter. Transfer students who enter the UW with 105 or more credits are expected to declare a major before registering for their third quarter at the UW.

Pre-engineering students in this situation may be eligible for a pre-engineering extension after meeting with a pre-engineering adviser.

  • You must be eligible to apply to engineering departments/majors in the following quarter  (minimum 2.0 in each prerequisite course and a 2.5 cumulative prerequisite GPA).
  • The extension is only granted for one quarter.
  • The extension will expire at the end of the quarter in which it was granted. The following quarter, you need to declare a major outside of the College of Engineering, request a pre-major extension, or transfer to a different institution.

Students who would like to remain at the UW and pursue a major outside of the College of Engineering, but need additional time to be able to declare that major should request a Pre-Major Extension through the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising office in Mary Gates Hall 141.

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:

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.