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    • stack of booksProbation & Dismissal Policy
      Probation and Dismissal There are two forms of probation: Academic Probation and Progress Probation.
      Academic Probation A student is placed on Academic Probation when the student has:
      1. attempted at least 12 units, and
      2. earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA)below 2.00.
      Progress Probation A student is placed on Progress Probation when the student has:
      1. enrolled in a total of at least 12 units, and
      2. the cumulative percentage of all units in which the student has enrolled for which entries of “W”, “I” and “NP” are recorded reaches or exceeds fifty percent.
      Upon recording of Academic or Progress Probation, a student shall have their registration restricted, be required to participate in a prescribed counseling intervention and be limited to enroll in a maximum of 12 units in subsequent semesters, and 4 units in a winter or summer session, while on probation. (BP 4250, AP 4250)
      Clearing Probation
      1. Academic Probation - The student shall be cleared from Academic Probation when the student’s cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher.
      2. Progress Probation - The student shall be cleared from Progress Probation when the student’s cumulative percentage of units with “W”, “I” and “NP” drops below fifty percent. (BP 4250)
      Probation and Dismissal Status
      1. Probation
        1. Academic Probation - occurs at the end of that first semester in which the student has attempted at least 12 units and has earned a cumulative grade point average below 2.0, or
        2. Progress Probation - occurs at the end of that first semester in which the student has attempted at least 12 units and the cumulative percentage of all units in which the student has enrolled for which entries of “W”, “I” and “NP” are recorded reaches or exceeds fifty percent.
      2. Continued Probation
        1. Continued Academic Probation - occurs when the student in a second consecutive semester continues to have a cumulative grade point average below 2.0, or
        2. Continued Progress Probation - occurs when the student in a second consecutive semester continues to have a cumulative percentage of all units enrolled recorded as “W”, “I” and “NP” at fifty percent or higher.
      3. Dismissal occurs after three consecutive semesters of Academic or Progress Probation. The student shall be dismissed for at least two semesters.  If the student has enrolled in a Winter or Summer term before the Dismissal status has been determined through the posting of the previous semester’s grades, the student shall be dropped from all classes.
      For the purposes of this section, semesters shall be considered consecutive on the basis of the student’s enrollment, so long as the break in the student’s enrollment does not equal two primary terms or more.
      Appeal of Dismissal A student who is subject to dismissal may request an appeal of dismissal through the Counseling Department by the stated deadline prior to the beginning of the following semester. If approved, the student shall be required to participate in a prescribed counseling intervention and complete a contract, which shall include the number of units in which the student shall enroll. If the student chooses not to make the request, or the request is denied, the student shall be dismissed for at least two semesters.
      Reinstatement after Dismissal A dismissed student may request reinstatement through the Counseling Center after an interval of two semesters. Requests must be made NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS BEFORE the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters only. Requests for reinstatement will not be allowed after the above stated deadline or for Winter and Summer terms. If approved, the reinstated student shall be required to participate in a prescribed counseling intervention and complete a contract for reinstatement, which shall include the number of units in which the student shall enroll.
      A reinstated student shall remain on a probationary, reinstated status until clearance of probation and must see a counselor with an academic progress report for unit clearance prior to every registration period. A reinstated student shall also remain on contract until clearance of probation. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the contracts may result in subsequent dismissal. (BP 4250, AP 4255)
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    • check listWhat is my next step?
      • If I am on Academic or Progress Probation:
        • Schedule an appointment with a counselor
      • If I am on Continued Academic or Progress Probation:
        • Schedule an appointment with a counselor
      • If I am returning from Academic or Progress Dismissal:
        • Attend an in-person Reinstatement Workshop or a Reinstatement Counseling appointment by February 25, 2022
        • Call the Counseling Center to schedule your workshop or appointment
        • Your registration date will be restored after you complete the workshop or appointment
    • lined paperMore Information
      Here are some helpful handouts that you can save and/or print out:

      How to return after Probation

      How to return after Continued Probation

      How to return after Dismissal