Continuation and Honesty Policy

Expectation of Satisfactory Progress  

  • Students are expected to make satisfactory progress towards the attainment of the degree. Under normal circumstances, a Statistics major attending full-time would be considered making satisfactory progress if he/she/they complete all major prerequisites by the end of the Sophomore year (with 90 cumulative units) and completes the major requirements (core courses, major electives, and capstone) during Junior and Senior years. Students must complete at least one (1) course towards major requirements each quarter they enroll, with the exception of summer quarter OR complete a minimum of three (3) courses applicable toward their degree program in a year excluding summer quarter. Lack of academic progress may be evidenced by low scholarship as well as excessive course repeats, course drops, or University withdrawals and cancellations.  
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in major requirements, with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each class used to satisfy major requirements (e.g., core courses, major electives, and capstone). Courses used to satisfy major requirements cannot be taken on a satisfactory/non-satisfactory basis except during UW sanctioned Extraordinary Circumstances Quarters. 
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and thereby avoid appearing on the University’s Low Scholarship list. 


Review and Notification of Progress  

The Statistics Department will review the performance of undergraduate students after each quarter. If a student fails to meet the general expectations of satisfactory progress outlined above in any quarter in the program, the following actions will be invoked.  
Students will be notified of probation or dismissal from the major as soon as practicable after review of the previous quarter’s grade reports. Failure to meet one or more of the general expectations of satisfactory progress may also result in the following actions.


If at the end of the quarter, the student fails to meet the general expectations of satisfactory progress, the student will be placed on probation. Once on probation, the student must achieve a cum GPA higher than 2.5 and meet all the general expectations of satisfactory progress (listed in this Continuation Policy) in the following quarter to avoid dismissal from the major.

Dismissal from the Major 

Students on probation for two consecutive quarters will be dismissed from the Statistics major. The student will be notified in writing of the change in major status and will be re-coded as a pre-major or extended pre-major. 

Appeal Procedures 

A student who has been placed on probation or has been dismissed from the major and believes that some facts in the student's documentation have been overlooked or misinterpreted may request reconsideration of the probation or dismissal from the major by writing a letter to the department. Included in the letter should be any additional information in support of the student or any other information that the student believes is relevant. In general, appeals to alter the student's status without evidence of new or additional information will not be considered. The appeal must be made within 14 days of the notification of placement on probation or dismissal from the major and will receive a response from the Statistics department within 14 days from the response of the student’s appeal.

Academic Honesty 

The UW community is committed to maintaining the highest level of academic integrity.  Cheating (in all its forms) will have serious consequences. Please, visit the UW Academic Misconduct page for more details on academic misconduct.  

Any student -- including a first time offender -- who is suspected of cheating will be reported to the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct who will investigate the matter further. It is always a good idea to actively take steps to minimize the chances of falling under an umbrella of suspicion.  

  • Sit away from usual study partners in an in-class test situation. 
  • Check with instructors for expectations on collaboration and outside help (including the internet) on homework and other take home assessments.