Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Undergraduate Programs for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Standards of Academic Performance (SAP)

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Policy on Academic Performance

Approved by CCAA 2 May, 2007
Revised 2 September, 2010
Revision Approved by CCAA 11 October 2010

The following conditions must be met to be considered in good academic standing in the Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (AAE) degree program:

  1. A quarter point-hour ratio of 2.0 or above in all courses taken at The Ohio State University (QPHR)
  2. A cumulative point-hour ratio of 2.0 or above in all courses taken at The Ohio State University (CPHR)
  3. A point-hour ratio of 2.0 or above in all required pre-major courses taken at The Ohio State University (SPHR)* 
  4. A point-hour ratio of 2.0 or above in all major courses taken at The Ohio State University (MPHR)†

*Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering SPHR courses: Math 151, 152, 153, 254 (or equivalents); Chemistry 121; Physics 131,132, 133; Engineering 181 and 183 (or equivalents); ME 410 or H210; AERO 200.  If a course is taken multiple times, all grades earned will be used in the SPHR calculation with the exception of any grades that have been “forgiven” according to University Faculty Rule 3335-8-27.1 (Freshman forgiveness rule).

† Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering: all Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering courses, excluding AERO 200.  The MPHR will be based on the best grade earned in a given course.  Therefore, if a course is taken multiple times, only the highest grade earned will be used in the MPHR calculation.

Academic Sanctions

The University has established two forms of academic sanctions for students not performing to minimum academic standards or who are not making progress towards their degree.

  1. Academic Probation: Any student who has accumulated fifteen or more deficiency points shall be placed on academic probation (see University Rule 3335-9-25A).  If the student’s college or school considers a student’s progress as unsatisfactory in meeting the conditions placed on his or her probation, the college or school shall be empowered to dismiss him or her from the University (see University Rule 3335-9-26).

     
  2. Probation by Special Action: If at any time the preparation, progress or success of a student in his or her academic program is determined to be unsatisfactory, the college or school in which the student is registered shall be empowered to place him or her on academic probation (see University Rule 3335-9-25B).  A student on special action probation is subject to dismissal from the AAE program if he or she fails to meet the conditions placed on his or her probation.

Special Action Probation (SAP)

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering has three forms of SAP:

  1. SAP for grades
  2. SAP for lack of progress
  3. SAP after reinstatement

SAP eligibility is determined at the end of each quarter. 

After being placed on SAP, the satisfaction of SAP terms, return to good academic standing, continuation of SAP, and departmental or college dismissals are determined at the end of the student’s next quarter of enrollment.  All exceptions to the SAP policies below are brought before the Academic Standards and Progress subcommittee of the College of Engineering CCAA.

1)  SAP FOR GRADES Students can be put on SAP for failure to meet the conditions to be considered in good academic standing.

  • Students are eligible for SAP for Grades if they fail to maintain a 2.00 QPHR, CPHR, and SPHR (pre-major students) or MPHR (major students).
  • Students on SAP for Grades will be required to earn at least a 2.00 QPHR during their next quarter of enrollment.
  • Students on SAP for Grades will be continued on SAP for Grades:
  • until they achieve at least a 2.0 CPHR and SPHR (pre-major students) or MPHR (major students), as long as they continue to earn at least a 2.00 QPHR.
  • if they withdrawal from or receive an incomplete for a course (“W” or “I” marks on transcript).
  • Students on SAP for Grades will return to good academic standing when they achieve at least a 2.0 QPHR, CPHR, and SPHR (pre-major students) or MPHR (major students) without receiving any “W” or “I” marks on their transcript.
  • Students on SAP for Grades will be dismissed from the Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering program (DD) if they fail to earn at least a 2.00 QPHR. 
  • Major students who are dismissed from the Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering program with less than a 2.0 CPHR are also subject to College Dismissal (CD). 

2) SAP FOR LACK OF PROGRESS Students can be put on SAP for failure to make progress towards a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

  • Students are eligible for SAP for Lack of Progress if they are in good academic standing but have:
  • multiple “W” or “I” marks that prevent them from making progress in the AAE curriculum.
  • enrolled in consecutive quarters without taking courses in the AAE curriculum.
  • Students on SAP for Lack of Progress, during their next quarter of enrollment, will be required to:
  • enroll in at least one course in the AAE curriculum, earn at least a 2.0 QPHR, and complete all AAE curriculum courses in which they enroll (no “W” or “I” marks); or
  • transfer to another department or college by the first Friday of the quarter.
  • Students on SAP for Lack of Progress will be continued on SAP for Grades if they:
  • complete a quarter that includes courses in the AAE curriculum without receiving any “W” or “I” marks on their transcript.
  • earn at least a 2.00 QPHR but do not have at least a 2.00 CPHR and SPHR (pre-major students) or MPHR (major students).
  • Students will be removed from SAP for Lack of Progress and will be in good academic standing if they:
  • complete a quarter that includes courses in the AAE curriculum without receiving any “W” or “I” marks on their transcript.
  • achieve at least a 2.0 QPHR, CPHR, and SPHR (pre-major students) or MPHR (major students).
  • Students on SAP for Lack of Progress will be dismissed from the College of Engineering (CD) if they fail to meet the terms to continue on SAP or return to good academic standing.   

3) SAP FOR REINSTATED STUDENTS All students who are reinstated to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are automatically placed on SAP for their next quarter of enrollment. 

A student dismissed from the department may petition to be reinstated after three academic quarters.  Students may apply during the third quarter.  The academic advisor will receive the petition and forward it to the AAE Undergraduate Studies Committee.  Students can be reinstated a maximum of two times.

  • Students on SAP for Reinstated Students will be required to earn at least a 2.00 QPHR at the end of their next quarter of enrollment.
  • Students on SAP for Reinstated Students will be continued on SAP for Grades:
  • until they achieve at least a 2.0 CPHR and SPHR (pre-major students) or MPHR (major students), as long as they continue to earn at least a 2.00 QPHR.
  • if they withdrawal from or receive an incomplete for a course (“W” or “I” marks on transcript).
  • Students will be removed from SAP for Reinstated Students and will be in good academic standing if they achieve at least a 2.0 QPHR, CPHR, and SPHR (pre-major students) or MPHR (major students).
  • Students on SAP for Reinstated Students will be dismissed from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (DD) if they fail to earn at least a 2.00 QPHR at the end of their next quarter of enrollment.
  • Major students who are dismissed from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with less than a 2.0 CPHR are also subject to College Dismissal (CD). 

Appeal of Departmental Actions

A student who feels that their performance may have been affected by special circumstances may petition in writing to the Chair of the Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Program Undergraduate Studies Committee.  If a student finds this review unsatisfactory, an appeal may be made directly to the Academic Standards and Progress Committee (ASAP) through the college designee to this committee.

Notification of Departmental Policy for Academic Standards to Students:

All incoming freshman, transfer students, and students new to the major receive and sign a copy of the academic standards policy.