Satisfactory Progress, Probation, & Dismissal

State law requires you to maintain “Satisfactory Progress” while enrolled at a community college.

To maintain “Satisfactory Progress” and stay in Good Standing, you must have:

  • Attempted 12 or more units.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher. (Plan with GPA Calculator)
  • And/or have completed more than 50% of the units attempted.

If you do not meet “Satisfactory Progress” by completing courses and/or earning successful grades you will be placed on Probationary Status. After reviewing the types and levels of probation, go to Resolution of Probation to find out how to get off probation and/or temporarily remove holds to registration.

Probation Types 

There are two types of probation:

  • Academic Probation (A): A student shall be placed on academic probation when the cumulative (GPA) falls below 2.0 ("C") in all graded units.
  • Progress Probation (P): A student shall be placed on progress probation when the number of units for which entries of "W", "I", "NP", and "NC" are recorded reaches or exceeds fifty percent (50%) of all units attempted.

Probation Levels and Resolution

Select the level of probation below, to learn more about your academic standing and the next steps:

Type:

  • Level 1 Academic Probation (A1): "Level 1" Academic Probation occurs when you have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below a 2.0 for one semester.
  • Level 1 Progress Probation (P1): "Level 1" Progress Probation occurs when you have not completed more than 50% of the courses you attempted for one consecutive semester.

Resolution of Level 1 Probation:

To get off probation is easily explained, earn higher than a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and complete more than 50% of all units attempted. But if you are currently on Probation, how do you register? Well, the level of your probation status will dictate what you need to do to be given temporary access to register (add/drop) for courses.

Students on Level 1 Academic or Progress Probation are required to complete the State Center Community College District Online Probation Workshop.

Type:

  • Level 2 Academic Probation (A2): "Level 2" Academic Probation occurs when you have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below a 2.0 for two consecutive semesters.
  • Level 2 Progress Probation (P2): "Level 2" Progress Probation occurs when you have not completed more than 50% of the courses you attempted for two consecutive semesters.

Resolution of Level 2 Probation:

To get off probation is easily explained, earn higher than a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and complete more than 50% of all units attempted. But if you are currently on Probation, how do you register? Well, the level of your probation status will dictate what you need to do to be given temporary access to register (add/drop) for courses.

Students on Level 2 Academic or Progress Probation are required to meet with a counselor and will be expected to set guidelines and complete:

  • A Work-In-Progress form to be submitted to a counselor listing the student’s grades for the current term and verified with instructor signature, in order to receive approval to register for classes for the following term.
  • A Retention Agreement form to identify student success strategies, establish registration guidelines, unit limitations, and course selections.
  • Note: Completing the Online Probation Workshop will not clear the Level 2 probation hold.

Once a meeting with a counselor occurs, guidelines are set and/or documents are completed, the student will have restricted access to register (add/drop) courses.

Continuing Per Board Policy (CPBP): Students on CPBP are really on “Dismissal” status, but because of their satisfactory performance from the previous semester, the college will temporarily allow the student to register and continue to take courses. CPBP is really your last stand before potentially being dismissed, so “count your blessings” and make every opportunity count to earn A’s and B’s get back into “Good Standing”.

Resolution of Probation

To get off probation is easily explained, earn higher than a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and complete more than 50% of all units attempted. But if you are currently on Probation, how do you register? Well, the level of your probation status will dictate what you need to do to be given temporary access to register (add/drop) for courses.

Students on CPBP standing must meet with a counselor to register (add / drop).

 

Type:

A student shall be placed on Dismissal status (Academic/Progress) and will be dismissed from attending college, exclusive of summer session, if, during each of three consecutive semesters, the student's performance falls under one or the combination of the following two conditions:

  1. The student's cumulative (GPA) is 1.99 or less
  2. The percentage of units in which the student has been enrolled for which entries of "W", "I", "NP", and "NC" are recorded reaches or exceeds fifty percent (50%) of all units attempted.

A student will be required to sit out of all State Center Community College District Colleges and Centers for ONE semester as a result of their first dismissal, TWO semesters for a second dismissal, and FOUR semesters for a third dismissal.

Resolution of Dismissal:

  • Dismissal & Readmission: Students will be dismissed from the college/district, therefore will be required to sit out of all State Center Community College District Colleges and Centers for:
    Dismissal & Readmission:
    Dismissal Number Time Dismissed
    1st Dismissal 1 Semester (FA or SP)
    2nd Dismissal 2 Semesters (1 year-FA/SP)
    3rd Dismissal 4 Semesters (2 years-FA/SP/FA/SP)

    After sitting out the designated time frame, a dismissed student who wishes to be readmitted must meet with a counselor to complete the Readmission Process.

  • Appealing Your Dismissal: If you went into dismissal status due to extenuating circumstances that occurred during the Fall or Spring term, you should check your student email to confirm your status and what the necessary steps are to complete an appeal. All appeals must be submitted prior to the start of the following term (Fall or Spring). Please note: The email will include the deadline to complete the appeal and the Academic/Dismissal Appeal form. Examples of extenuating circumstances: verified cases of accidents, illnesses, death in the immediate family, jury duty, declaration of war, natural calamity, military conscription, family or job displacement, instructor error, or other circumstances beyond your control, which are justifiable in the judgment of the college president or his/her designee. If the appeal is not approved, the student will be dismissed and must follow Dismissal & Readmission process.

To check your current student status, on Web Advisor go to the “Registration Eligibility Status”.