Department Policies

All departmental policies are strictly enforced, with some exceptions. To be granted an exception, students must have a petition approved by our Academic Standards Committee by filling out the Petition for Exception to Policy Form. If you have any questions about these policies please connect with your Academic Advisor to discuss them.

Academic Misconduct
Course Repeats
Minimum Grade
Prerequisites
Academic Standards
Full Major Status
Upper-division Transfer Course Policy


Academic Misconduct

Read the full ME Academic Misconduct Policy (.pdf) and the general Academic Misconduct Definition for Department (.pdf) for the Department that apply unless your instructor has provided course specific instructions.

Definition of Academic Misconduct

Per the University’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: “Academic misconduct” includes, but is not limited to, cheating, misrepresenting one’s work, inappropriately collaborating, plagiarism, and fabrication or falsification of information (see https://regulations.utah.edu/academics/6-400.php for more details). It also includes facilitating academic misconduct by intentionally helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic misconduct.”

A primary example of academic misconduct would be submitting work that is copied from another student or an outside source as one’s own work. Other examples include showing your work to another student struggling with an assignment or posting solutions or exams to websites.  See the documents above for more details.

ME EN course instructors have the right to define what constitutes academic misconduct for their specific class. Such definitions should be provided in the course syllabus or as an attachment provided with the syllabus. If a student has questions about the course definitions, they should seek clarification from the instructor. The departmental definitions of academic misconduct will apply by default and should be referenced if the instructor does not provide course-specific definitions.

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Course Repeats

When a College of Engineering class is taken more than once, only the grade for the second attempt is counted. Grades of W, I, or V on the student’s record count as having taken the class. Departments enforce these guidelines for other courses as well (e.g., math, physics, biology, chemistry). Attempts of courses taken at transfer institutions count as one attempt. This means a student may take the course only one time at the University of Utah. Please work with your department advisor to determine the value of repeating courses. Students should note that anyone who takes a required class twice and does not have a satisfactory grade the second time will need an approved petition to count the third attempt in the course for graduation. It is the responsibility of the student to work with the department of their major to determine how this policy applies in extenuating circumstances.

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Minimum Grade

Students must pass all technical coursework (engineering, math, and science courses) with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. Students with a catalog year of 2015-16 or earlier may pass their technical coursework with a grade of ‘C-‘ or higher.  See your degree audit for your declared major if you are unsure of your catalog year.

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Prerequisites

The Mechanical Engineering program requires a C- or better in all prerequisite classes and prerequisites are strictly enforced.  If you are enrolled in an ME EN (or other engineering) class for which you received a grade below C- in one or more prerequisites during the following semester, you will be dropped from the class if you do not get a petition for an exception approved.  The Math department also enforces prerequisites and requires a C or better in all prerequisite classes.

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Academic Standards

Good Standing

In order to remain in the status of Good Academic Standing in the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program, you are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.5, you will be subject to the status changes described below (Departmental Academic Warning, Probation, Suspension, or Dismissal).

Departmental Academic Warning

You will be placed on Departmental Academic Warning if your cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 from Good Standing for the first time.

Advising requirement:  Each semester on Departmental Academic Warning, you must meet with your ME Academic Advisor during the first month of the semester to create an Academic Success Plan.

Continued Departmental Academic Warning:  You may remain on Departmental Academic Warning while improving your cumulative GPA as long as you earn semester GPAs of 2.5 or above and complete the Departmental Academic Warning advising requirement.  Otherwise, you will be placed on Departmental Academic Probation.

Departmental Academic Probation

You will be placed on Departmental Academic Probation if:

  • At the end of a Departmental Academic Warning semester, your cumulative GPA and semester GPA are below 2.5 or you did not complete the Departmental Academic Warning advising requirement
  • Your cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 from Good Standing for a second time

Advising requirements:  Each semester on Departmental Academic Probation, you must:

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor during the first two weeks of the semester to create an Academic Success Plan
  • Update your academic advisor on your progress towards achieving your Academic Success Plan before the withdraw deadline

Continued Departmental Academic Probation:  You may remain on Departmental Academic Probation while improving your cumulative GPA as long as you earn a semester GPA of 2.5 or above and complete the Academic Probation advising requirements.  Otherwise, you will be subject to Departmental Academic Suspension.

Departmental Academic Suspension

You will be subject to Departmental Academic Suspension if:

  • At the end of a Departmental Academic Probation semester, your cumulative GPA and semester GPA are below 2.5 or you did not complete the Departmental Academic Probation advising requirements
  • Your cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 from Good Standing for a third time

As a result of Departmental Academic Suspension from the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program, your CIS status will be changed to Pre-Mechanical Engineering, which will prevent you from enrolling in ME EN courses without special permission.

Advising requirements:  Each semester on Departmental Academic Suspension, you must:

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor before the first day of class to create a course schedule and an Academic Success Plan, both of which must be approved by the ME Academic Standards Committee. Note that you may enroll in ME EN courses only with permission, and your credit load may be limited.
  • Meet with your academic advisor monthly to report on your progress towards achieving your Academic Success Plan and academic goals

Academic requirements:  Your Academic Success Plan will include academic requirements that must be satisfied in order to continue in the program.  Such requirements could include but are not limited to semester GPA, cumulative GPA, Full Major Status GPA, and course grade(s).

Continued Academic Suspension:  You may remain on Academic Suspension while improving your cumulative GPA as long as you earn a semester GPA of 2.5 or above, complete the Academic Suspension advising requirements, and satisfy your Academic Suspension academic requirements.  Otherwise, you will be subject to Departmental Academic Dismissal.

Departmental Academic Dismissal

You will be subject to Academic Dismissal from the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program if:

  • At the end of an Academic Suspension semester, your cumulative GPA and semester GPA are below 2.5 or you did not complete the Academic Suspension advising requirements or you did not satisfy your Academic Suspension academic requirements
  • Your cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 from good standing for a fourth time

As a result of Departmental Academic Dismissal from the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program, your CIS status will remain as Pre-Mechanical Engineering and you will not be permitted to enroll in ME EN courses unless you are readmitted.

Readmission Process:  If you wish to return to the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program after being dismissed, you must:

  1. Wait for a dismissal period of at least one full academic year.
  2. Meet with the ME Academic Advisors to develop a plan for readmission. Your initial meeting must take place at least one full semester before your desired return semester.
  3. Receive permission from an ME Academic Advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies to apply for readmission.
  4. Complete the online admissions application.
  5. Meet the current admissions standards.

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Full Major Status

Students must be accepted to Full Major Status in order to take any ME EN course except ME EN 1000. For information on how to receive or apply for Full Major Status consult the Future Students page for either First Year students or Transfer Students.

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Upper-division Transfer Course Policy

Generally, required upper division ME courses (e.g. ME EN 3xxx level and ME EN 4xxx level) and technical electives must be taken at the University of Utah to earn a Bachelor’s degree or BS/MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. Some courses must be taken at the University of Utah. Any requests to consider classes as substitutes for these courses will automatically be rejected. Courses that cannot be transferred include Engineering Design I and II (e.g. ME EN 4000 and 4010, respectively).

Exceptions:
Up to two (2) Approved Upper Division Courses can be transferred to the University of Utah and used in place of Required Core Upper Division ME EN Courses.
Up to one (1) Approved Technical Elective Course can be transferred to the University of Utah and used in place of an Approved ME Technical Elective.

Requirements:
No more than two courses in total (core courses + tech elective) can be transferred.
Any course being transferred must be approved via the Course Articulation Form.
Students must earn the required department minimum passing grade (currently a C) in any course for those credits to be transferred.

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