Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Policies

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering educate undergraduate and graduate students, giving them the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need for success in technically oriented careers. The schools provide students with a range of educational opportunities by which they may achieve excellence in the major branches of engineering, computer science, informatics, construction management, aviation, technology, human systems engineering, environmental resource management, and technological entrepreneurship and management.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering take pride in their diversity, their economic and cultural heritages, and the quality of their graduates. The schools strive to be integral to the community they serve and a lifelong presence in the lives of those within their compass. The schools' educational and research programs are built around the following principles: entrepreneurship; use-inspired research and scholarship; a focus on the individual; the intellectual fusion of unique and distinct disciplines; social embeddedness in the local, national and international communities; and global engagement.

More information is available at https://engineering.asu.edu/.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Aspirations

Graduates from any of the schools' programs will possess a solid technological background. Additionally, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering aspire to develop leaders who are well-read, well-spoken and knowledgeable about current business practices. Experiential education is recognized as a complementary praxis and integral to the overall academic experience. To this end, the schools offer enhanced curricula, special courses and extracurricular activities to enrich the student's stay and to offer every student opportunities to achieve the schools' aspirations.

All the programs within the schools are professional programs, and professionalism is an important component of all the curricula. The schools strive to help students understand and value the various aspects of professionalism, including ethical behavior, a desire for lifelong learning, the ability to communicate with others, and an awareness of how the profession fits into society and impacts it. As the first step in ethics, all students are expected to follow the student code of conduct and rules of academic integrity defined by the university as outlined at https://provost.asu.edu/academic-integrity.

Academic Integrity

Students enrolled in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are required to maintain high levels of integrity and honesty in their academic progress. The ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy is strictly enforced and followed. A student with an alleged violation is required to discuss the violation with the professor. A student charged with a violation of the student academic integrity policy will have the opportunity to appeal the charge and be heard by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering standards hearing board, which provides recommendations to the dean or the dean's designee. The dean or dean's designee will review the recommendation and render a decision. If the decision is suspension or expulsion, the student may appeal to the Office of the University Provost. Policy information is located at https://provost.asu.edu/academic-integrity.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering have developed and enforce a number of academic standards. These standards are designed to support students and ensure the quality of the schools' graduates.

Undergraduate Policies

Academic Standing

Student Responsibilities

Students need to make many decisions as they complete their degrees. While the schools and the university have a number of resources available (e.g., faculty, courses, advisors and tutors) to help with decision-making, students are expected to take responsibility for their decisions.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Good Standing

Students are expected to select and successfully complete courses that lead to the timely completion of their degree programs. Students are said to be in good standing if they fulfill all the following:

  • maintain acceptable GPAs
  • enroll and complete critical tracking requirements
  • complete courses each semester that are applicable to their degrees

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Probation

There are many reasons why some students do not make satisfactory progress. These students are placed on Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering academic probation to ensure they get the extra attention and resources they need that will help them get back in good standing. Working with an academic advisor to plan a strategy for success is crucial. Students may be required to reduce their course loads (13 credit hours maximum), retake courses or even take courses outside of their programs.

To return to academic good standing in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, students with probation status need to earn a minimum semester GPA of 2.25 and earn a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00 at the end of the probation semester. If enrolled in only one course, a grade of "C+" (2.33) or better and a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00 is required to obtain academic good standing. Students who meet either the semester GPA requirement or the cumulative ASU GPA requirement at the end of their first probationary semester may be continued on probation. Courses completed during summer sessions are not used to reevaluate a student's probationary status.

Conditions for Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Probation

A student is placed on college or university probation status when specific academic expectations are not met. Some conditions trigger an automatic placement on probation whereas others trigger an automatic review of the student's case to determine if probation is warranted. When a probation review is triggered, the final decision and any conditions of probation are determined at the program level.

Automatic probation is triggered by any of the following:

  • two successive semesters with GPAs less than 2.00
  • an ASU cumulative GPA less than 2.00

Automatic review (borderline) is triggered by any one of the following:

  • a semester with a GPA less than or equal to 2.00
  • a cumulative GPA in the major of less than 2.00

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Continuing Probation

A student in current probationary or continuing probation status at the university level is placed on college continuing probation status when specific academic expectations are not met. When a continuing probation review is triggered, the final decision and any conditions of continuing probation are determined at the college level.

To return to academic good standing in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, students with continuing probation status need to earn a minimum semester GPA of 2.25 and earn a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00 at the end of the probation semester. If enrolled in only one course, a grade of "C+" (2.33) or better and a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00 is required to obtain academic good standing.

Automatic continuing probation is triggered by any of the following:

  • a probationary student does not attain a semester GPA of 2.25 or greater and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 at the end of the probation semester
  • a probationary or continuing probationary student obtains a semester GPA of 2.25 or greater and has a cumulative GPA less than 2.00

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Ineligibility

Students who are on continuing probation and fail to meet the schools' retention standards become ineligible to continue working toward a degree within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Ineligibility occurs if the continuing probationary student does any of the following:

  • does not attain a semester GPA of 2.25 or greater and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 at the end of the probationary semester
  • has already been on probation for two consecutive semesters
  • fails to complete any courses appropriate for the degree during each semester

Ineligible students are subject to the following limitations:

  • Students who change colleges may not register for courses in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering unless the courses are required by their new majors.
  • Students who register for courses in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering may be withdrawn from these courses any time during the semester they are registered.

Ineligible students are encouraged to consider these options:

  • Students may be eligible to change their majors to other colleges if they are in university academic good standing and have acceptable cumulative GPAs; the acceptable GPA level depends on the number of hours of completed coursework. Students should contact their advisor to determine if this is an option for them.
  • Students may take nonengineering courses during summer sessions.
  • An ineligible student may apply for readmission to the college after one calendar year.
  • Students may request a status review by contacting the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Disqualification

Students who are on probation or continuing probation and fail to meet the schools' retention standards become disqualified to continue working toward a degree within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Disqualification occurs if the probationary/continuing probationary student does not attain a semester GPA of 2.25 or greater and has a cumulative GPA less than a 2.00 at the end of the probation semester.

Disqualified students are subject to the following limitations:

  • A disqualified student is not allowed to register in a fall or spring semester at the university. If the student has already registered for a future fall or spring semester, the registration is canceled.
  • A student who has been disqualified may apply for readmission to the college after one calendar year.
  • A disqualified student may not attend as a nondegree student.
  • If a disqualified student elects to attend another university or two-year college, any credits earned there will not affect the ASU cumulative GPA. A course repeated elsewhere will not result in a replacement of a grade earned at ASU.

Advising

Successful completion of a program in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering requires careful planning. While final responsibility lies with each student for becoming familiar with and understanding academic degree requirements, each program employs professional academic advisors who work with students in setting academic and career goals, understanding school and university policies and procedures, meeting degree requirements, and becoming familiar with sources of academic support within the university. Students may also work with faculty advisors familiar with the chosen fields of specialization. Students should consult with their advisors prior to registering each semester. A list of program advisors can be viewed at https://engineering.asu.edu/advising.

Students are encouraged to use the eAdvisor tool for academic planning. This service provides critical requirements and major maps, which are individualized student reports that lay out a specific, clear and accurate path to timely completion of each student's intended degree. eAdvisor is accessed at https://eadvisor.asu.edu.

Many students find it necessary to work while attending ASU. The working student should endeavor to create a careful balance of work and class responsibilities to avoid academic problems. Students should inform their academic advisors of any outside work or activity so that course loads may be adjusted accordingly.

Staff in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are available to assist individual students with many different types of advising issues. They work with students to answer general questions about policies and procedures; help with registration transactions; administer the probation, disqualification and readmission processes; oversee disciplinary actions; hear grade grievances; and, assist with other administrative matters.

Mandatory Advising

All first-year students, student athletes, and students who are found to be having academic difficulty are required to be advised before they can register for classes, including summer sessions classes. Some programs relax the advising requirement after the first year, so students should consult their academic advisor or review the My Tasks list in My ASU to determine if advising is required.

Credit/Registration

Students are required to register for courses using one of the university-provided processes. As part of the registration process, the school enforces the following registration restrictions:

Maximum Hours

Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering may register for a maximum of 19 credit hours per semester. Any student wanting to register for more than the maximum must submit a college standards petition and have an approval on file prior to registering for the overload.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Probationary Status

Students who have been placed on academic probation with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering must meet with their academic advisors and complete their probation success plans. (The success plan is designed to assist students in identifying a path to academic success and can be found at https://engineering.asu.edu/advising/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2014/11/ProbationSuccessPlan_2010.pdf.) Students on academic probation with the Fulton Schools may enroll in a maximum of 13 credit hours per semester.

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Nondegree Status

Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate nondegree status in the schools must obtain advising and approval to register from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs before registering each semester.

Course Prerequisites

Students should consult the schedule of classes and the catalog for course prerequisites. Students who register for courses without the designated prerequisites may be withdrawn without their consent at any time before the final examination. Such withdrawal may be initiated by the course instructor, the program chair of the program offering the course or the dean of the college. In such cases, students will not receive monetary reimbursement.

Pass/Fail Grades

Students requesting credit for pass/fail courses taken at another institution must file an Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering standards petition. Each request is judged on its particular merits.

Non-Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Students

Students who are not admissible to programs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and who enroll in another college at ASU may not register for any 300- or 400-level courses in the schools unless the courses are required in their degree programs and the students have the proper course prerequisites.

First-Year Composition Requirement

Completion of the first-year composition requirement is required for graduation. Any student whose written or spoken English in any course is unsatisfactory may be required by the appropriate school director or program chair to take additional course work. The first-year composition requirement is at https://catalog.asu.edu/ug_grad_req.

Concurrent Degrees

Students interested in pursuing a concurrent degree should consider several aspects:

  • The degree conferral date occurs when all degree requirements are satisfied for each undergraduate degree program; that is, students receive both degrees at the same time regardless if course work for one degree is completed prior to the other degree.
  • Admission criteria, policy for double-counting credits, and other requirements and rules are defined by the school or college offering the degree program.
  • Financial Aid and scholarship limits apply and may not cover all semesters; therefore, students may need to invest more time, and hence more funds, to complete concurrent degrees.

Once a decision is made to pursue a concurrent degree, the process must be set in motion:

  • A student pursuing a concurrent degree must meet with both program advisors to learn about degree and graduation requirements of both degree programs and the eligibility requirements for filing a petition. Both advisors should review the graduation plan that outlines courses the student will take each semester.
  • The student must file a standards petition form with each respective school or college offering the desired degree programs to request permission to pursue the concurrent degrees. The petition form is available online at https://students.asu.edu/node/1834. The petition form is also available in-person from the program academic advisor.

Petition approvals result in the posting of concurrent degrees in PeopleSoft. If the student later decides to ‘drop’ one of the degrees, the student should inform the University Registrar Services Graduation Office if no longer interested in pursuing concurrent degrees.

Change of Major

Students interested in switching majors to one of the programs within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering must meet the schools' admission requirements for transfer students. This requirement is true for students admitted to ASU as freshmen or transfer students. Change of major is not guaranteed, and students interested in changing majors are encouraged to make an appointment with an advisor in the program of interest to discuss the probability of success and to develop a plan of action to ensure successful advancement to upper-division courses. For admission information, students should visit https://engineering.asu.edu/admission-requirements/.

Students who were admitted as freshmen into the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, with the exception of The Polytechnic School, and who have maintained continuous enrollment in any Fulton Schools major may choose to change to any other major within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering provided they are in good academic standing. Students admitted to The Polytechnic School must meet the transfer admission requirements in order to change to a Fulton Schools major outside of The Polytechnic School.

Evaluation of Previous Coursework

Transferring from one institution to another or between programs can result in a net loss of credits that count toward the degree. Thus, it is important for students who contemplate transferring into the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering from other institutions, whether community colleges or four-year institutions, to carefully study the requirements of their degree programs to get a sense of which courses may transfer.

Credit is granted for transferred courses deemed equivalent to corresponding courses in the selected program of study, subject to grade and ASU resident credit requirements. No grades lower than "C" (2.00) are accepted as transfer credit to meet the graduation requirements of the schools. Credits transferred from a community college or two-year institution are applied only as lower-division credits. For a listing of the acceptable courses transferable to the various degree programs, prospective Arizona transfer students should consult their advisors and refer to the ASU transfer tools available at https://transfer.asu.edu.

Some courses taken at ASU or other universities may be acceptable for general university credit but may not be applicable toward the degree requirements of the schools. Determination of those particular courses applicable to a specific degree program is made within the appropriate academic unit with approval of the dean.

Currency of Coursework

Courses taken more than five years before admission to degree programs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are not normally accepted for credit in the engineering major, at the option of the program in which the applicant wishes to enroll. However, students still may earn university elective credit or general studies credit for these courses. Courses completed within the five years preceding admission are judged for their applicability to the student's curriculum.

General Education Development

Students admitted to the university after successful completion of a GED examination are directly admitted to the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (BSE or BS) program within their majors, provided they meet the minimum ACT or SAT score required for freshman admission to the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, an Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering student must have a minimum cumulative ASU GPA of 2.00 in addition to having a GPA of at least 2.00 for the courses in the major.

University Graduation Requirements

In addition to program and the Fulton Schools' requirements, students must meet all university graduation requirements. A well-planned program of study enables students to meet all requirements in a timely fashion. Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor in planning a program, to ensure they comply with all necessary requirements. University graduation requirements can be found at https://catalog.asu.edu/ug_grad_req.

Reinstatement/Readmission

Readmission

Undergraduate degree-seeking students who previously attended ASU in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering but have not been enrolled at ASU for one fall or spring semester or no more than two consecutive semesters are eligible to return through quick reentry. Students do not need to submit a new application or application fee, but they must contact an academic advisor in their program for registration.

Undergraduates who have been away from the university for three or more semesters and want to return to ASU in an Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering program are required to apply for readmission through the admission services office. Readmission requests are processed as follows:

  1. School of Engineering students seeking readmission to the same program they left and who left ASU with either academic good standing or probation status are readmitted to the degree program they left with the same academic standing (i.e., good academic standing or probation) they had when they left ASU.
  2. Students seeking readmission to an Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering program other than the program they left and who have an ASU GPA of 3.00 or greater are readmitted to the degree program with the same academic standing (i.e., good academic standing or probation) they had when they left ASU.
  3. Students seeking readmission to an Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering program other than the program they were in when they left ASU with either academic good standing or probation status and who have an ASU GPA less than 3.00 are subject to the process of admission by change of major. These requests for readmission are reviewed on an individual basis. If the request for readmission is approved, the student is readmitted to the new degree program with the same academic standing (i.e., good academic standing or on probation) he or she had when leaving ASU.
  4. Students seeking readmission to an Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering program and who left ASU with either ineligible or disqualified status are subject to review by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the program. Readmission is only considered after a student has remained out of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering for a minimum of 12 months. A student is required to supply proof he or she is now capable of successfully completing courses in the discipline by the completion of at least 15 hours of appropriate course work with a GPA of 3.00 or higher and a cumulative (ASU plus transfer) GPA of at least 2.50. If the readmission request requires a change of major, then they student must complete the review process for admission by change of major. If readmission is approved, the student will return with continued probation status in the appropriate degree program.

Once readmitted, returning students are required to meet with a program advisor before enrolling in courses at ASU.

Other Special Requirements

Advancing to Upper-Division Courses

The faculty in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering have identified a set of critical requirements in the first four semesters of each program whereby performance in these critical requirements is a key component in progressing in the chosen major. These critical requirements include a set of courses and performance levels required in those courses and are outlined on the major maps.

Graduate Policies

Policy for Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress

A student who has been admitted to a graduate degree program in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, with either regular or provisional admission status, must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or greater in all the following:

  1. all work taken for graduate credit (courses numbered 500 or higher)
  2. coursework in the student's approved plan of study
  3. all postbaccalaureate course work taken at ASU (overall GPA)

A student will be placed on academic probation if one or more of the student's GPAs listed above is less 3.00. Students will be notified by mail when placed on academic probation.

A student will earn academic good standing by obtaining a 3.00 or greater in the GPAs listed above by the time the next nine hours are completed. Coursework such as research and dissertation and any course that is graded with a "Z" (in progress) or "Y" (satisfactory) cannot be included in these nine hours.

A student may be recommended for dismissal from a graduate program if the student fails to increase all the GPAs listed above to 3.00 or greater by the time he or she completes at least nine credit hours as defined in the previous paragraph.

A student may appeal actions concerning dismissal by petitioning the program in which they are enrolled.

Academic units in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering can expand this policy statement to include additional policy governing the satisfactory academic progress of the students in their graduate programs.

Additional Graduate Policies

Full details of policies related to graduate students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering can be found on each program's Web page. For a list of programs, students should visit https://engineering.asu.edu. University policies related to graduate students can be found at https://graduate.asu.edu.

Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs to remain in good academic standing and they must abide by all university policies including those of the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.