FYI Alerts, Academic Warning & Probation
Students who are not performing well academically at UMBC will first receive a warning that they need to improve, along with suggestions for how to improve. These warnings can take three forms:
- Freshman Year Intervention (FYI) Alert Notice –
Students who have not yet earned 30 credits at UMBC will receive an "Alert" message in their myUMBC account near the mid-semester point if a professor indicates that the student is at risk for receiving a "D" or an "F" grade in an academic course. The "FYI notice" is specific to a course, so it is possible to receive one or more notices in a semester.
The FYI alert message points the student toward a web page that contains information about tutoring, study groups, study skills workshops, and other helpful resources.
The FYI alert is an "early warning" message that gives the student time to make adjustments that can lead to success in the course. It does not become a part of the student's record at UMBC.
- Academic Warning –
A student receives an Academic Warning if they are in good academic standing (cumulative GPA 2.00 or higher) but their grades for the semester are weak, showing signs of deteriorating performance. In other words, a student in good academic standing whose semester GPA drops below 2.00 will receive an Academic Warning letter (by e-mail and paper letter) to alert them to a developing problem. The Academic Warning letter suggests strategies and resources for improving academic performance. It also explains the consequences of continued poor performance in future semesters.
- Academic Probation –
A student is placed on Academic Probation the first time their cumulative GPA drops below 2.00 and in subsequent semesters if the cumulative GPA remains below 2.00. After three consecutive semesters on Academic Probation, a student may be suspended or may remain on Academic Probation, depending on their current semester performance.
A student on Academic Probation receives a formal letter (by e-mail and paper letter) notifying them of their status and a permanent notation is placed on the student's transcript just below the grades for the semester. The letter suggests ways to improve academic performance and may require participation in an academic success course, supplementary advising, or other interventions.
Students on Academic Probation are fully eligible to continue taking courses at UMBC, either part time or full time. However, a reduced course load may be one of the strategies suggested for improving a student's grades.