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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are alternative study places to the library?

A: While the William Robertson Coe Library boasts enough study space for about 1,500 students, including the McMurry Reading Room (located in the west wing of the library) and 19 study rooms, there are a multitude of other locations that make for good study nooks around campus. Here are just a few suggestions of spaces you can reserve, but you can seek out your own hidden nooks around campus as well. There are study rooms available in most of the residence halls and in Washakie Center. The Math Assistance Center (MAC) is located in Ross Hall 29 and offers two study rooms. The Law Library has four group study rooms. The classroom building has five locations, and the College of Business has ten. Aside from reserved space, there are many other libraries around campus including the Mathison Library in Hoyt Hall where you will find original wallpaper from 1915, the lobby of the Robert & Carol Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, where you can study under a display of birds of prey, and the Williams Conservatory, where you can study amid lush foliage.

Q: I’m struggling academically. What resources are available?

A: Free tutoring is available at the STEP Tutoring Center on Level 1 of Coe Library or in Washakie. In addition, you can get help at the Writing Center in Coe Library, the Math Assistance Center in Ross Hall, the Oral Communication Center in Ross Hall, and engineering tutoring offered by Tau Beta Pi.

Q: What is academic probation?

A: A student is placed on academic probation if he/she is not making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree. Probationary status begins at the end of the semester when the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0. When this action is taken the student is notified by letter. A student is removed from probation at the end of the semester or summer term in which his/her cumulative grade point average is 2.00 or above. Students who fail to earn a semester grade point average of 2.00 in the next semester or summer term attempted will be suspended from UW. Students on probation who register for a semester or summer term and then withdraw will be suspended as it is considered an attempted semester or when their GPA for any one semester is less than 1.667. Read the University Regulation for complete information on Academic Probation.

Q: What is academic suspension?

A: A student will be suspended and their enrollment at UW will be terminated when their cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 for two consecutive semesters. When this action is taken the student is notified by letter. A student who is suspended is not permitted to petition for reinstatement until one full semester, exclusive of summer term, has elapsed. Students may petition for reinstatement only once per semester. If denied the student cannot petition for reinstatement until the next fall or spring semester, unless there are documented extenuating circumstances justifying immediate reinstatement. A suspended student cannot enroll in any UW credit classes including on-campus, online, correspondence and Outreach. Read the University Regulation for complete information on Academic Suspension.

Q: Can a student be reinstated after being suspended?

A: Academic reinstatement is possible. Each UW academic college is entitled to have an academic reinstatement policy that is more restrictive than the general university policy. Academic reinstatement requires a petition that must be submitted no later than 15 days before the beginning of the semester or summer term in which the student wishes to register. The decision for reinstatement of a suspended student is made by the dean (or designee) of the college in which the student wishes to enroll. The reinstated student will be placed on academic probation for his/her first semester or summer term of reinstatement. The reinstated student must remain in the college in which he/she has been reinstated for that semester. Students placed on academic suspension are eligible for a maximum of three reinstatements. Any student placed on academic suspension for the fourth time is not eligible for reinstatement for a minimum of five years from the end of the last term of attendance. Read the University Regulation for complete information on Academic Reinstatement or Renewal.

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