Current Students

Continuation Policy

Continuation of Program

While the University has general regulations governing scholastic eligibility for continuation, departments in the College of Engineering have adopted additional requirements in order to make the best use of the limited facilities and resources available and to provide reasonable assurance of academic success. The following criteria and procedures will be applied to all undergraduate students for determining continuance in the major program.

Basic Criteria for Continuation

  1. Full-time students must complete 12 or more credits per quarter that are applicable to the BS in HCDE degree. An average of 15 hours per quarter is required to complete the minimum graduation requirements in the conventional 12 quarters. Once enrolled in HCDE 300 and HCDE 310, students are required to move through the core coursework as a cohort (see the course of study plan); any deviation from the stated plan requires a petition. Students who fail to maintain registration in core coursework without approval are dropped from the department.
  2. Part-time attendance is possible, subject to approval by the advisor and chair of the department. Application for part-time status should be made before the first day of the quarter. Students who receive permission to attend part time must complete at least one course each quarter applicable to their degree in HCDE.
  3. Students admitted through Direct Freshman Admission are expected to follow the course of study plan and be prepared take HCDE 300 and HCDE 310 in their junior year. Before autumn quarter of the junior year, students are expected to have the following courses completed: 5 credits of approved mathematics, 4 credits of approved statistics, 10 credits of approved science, 5 credits of approved composition and CSE 142 or CSE 160. Students who fail to do so are dropped from the department.
  4. Students pursuing two or more degrees must submit an academic plan with timeline for approval by the department. If approved, the academic plan defines the number of credits and courses applicable towards the degrees that must be completed each quarter to maintain satisfactory progress. Students may not add a second major after completion of HCDE’s second year core coursework.
  5. A student who has withdrawn from the UW or from a required HCDE course or who is dropped for non-payment of fees must obtain approval of the department admissions committee before registering or maintaining preregistration for subsequent HCDE courses.
  6. Students must maintain a quarterly minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA.  Any student whose quarterly GPA falls below 2.00 is placed on departmental academic probation.
  7. All students must maintain both an overall and an HCDE minimum 2.00 GPA (for HCDE courses that are repeated, the HCDE GPA is based only on the first time a course is taken, not the average.)

Review and Notification of Progress

The progress of each student is reviewed each quarter. If a student's performance fails to meet the standards outlined above, the student is placed on probation the following quarter. The student receives notification in writing of the reason for probation. If the student does not remove his or her deficiencies in the following quarter, the student is notified in writing that he or she has been dropped from the Department.

Appealing for Continuation in HCDE

Students may appeal for continuation in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering by writing a letter to the Department chair. The letter should describe any extenuating circumstances and may include any additional information in support of the appeal that the student believes is relevant. Issues that will be considered (and that the student may wish to address) include, but are not limited to:

  1. Cumulative GPA
  2. GPA in required courses or courses in Human Centered Design & Engineering
  3. Number of course repeats, incomplete grades, and withdrawals
  4. Difficulty of previous course loads (type of courses and number of credits)
  5. Personal statements
    • Adequacy of college preparation
    • Reasons for choosing HCDE
    • Applicable employment experience
    • Maturity
    • Record of honors, activities, and service
    • Other (includes health, financial, and family problems)
  6. Grading practices of transfer institutions
  7. Letters of recommendation
  8. Appropriate test scores (SAT, etc.)

The letter and supporting material will be transmitted to the Admissions Committee of the Department. The appeal must be made within 30 days of notification of placement on probation, or dismissal. A response to the appeal must be made by the Committee within 30 days.

Any student denied continuation may request a personal interview to discuss or amplify any matter in their continuation policy statement. No student shall be denied this right.

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University of Washington policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.