When a student fails to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), they risk being placed on Academic Warning, Academic Probation, or face Academic Suspension.
If a student does not meet the 4/3 or 8/3 minimum at the end of B- or D-Term, the student is placed on academic warning.
No punitive actions are taken for being on Academic Warning. A student is urged to consult with their advisor and Academic Advising if necessary.
If a student on academic warning at the next review still fails to meet either the 4/3 or 8/3 minimum, they are placed on academic probation.
Punitive actions taken include exclusion from financial aid eligibility, team sports, accepting a Co-op position, and the Global Perspectives Program.
A student who earns zero credit (excluding physical education and military courses) in A- or C-Term is placed on Academic Probation if they were previously making SAP. A student already on academic warning or probation is placed on academic suspension.
If a student on academic probation at the next review still fails to meet either the 4/3 or 8/3 minimum, they face academic suspension. Such a student is said to be suspended from WPI.
The punitive action can be reversed by reapplying after waiting two terms from the initial suspension. Academic suspension is separate from a suspension that is adjudicated by Campus Hearing Board.
This process is a tiered system. Generally, you can only move one step at a time. The exception is for earning zero credit in A- or C-Term. If a student re-enters WPI after suspension, the student is considered to be on probation.
All parts of the process can be appealed to the Committee on Academic Operations.