Probation and Dismissal

Probation Standards

A student shall be placed on Probation if:

  • Academic Probation-The student has attempted at least 12 units and has earned a GPA below 2.0 for all work attempted.
  • Progress Probation- The student has enrolled in at least 12 units and has received a “W,” “I,” or “NP” in 50% or more of all units enrolled.

Removal from Probationary Status

A student shall be removed from probationary status and revert back to good standing if:

  • Academic Probation-The student who has been placed on Academic Probation shall revert to good standing when the student has attained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all units attempted.
  • Progress Probation- The student has reduced the percentage of units to below 50% in which a “W,” “I,” or “NP” was earned.

When a student earns a grade point average of less than 2.0 while on either academic or progress probation, he/she will not be allowed to register until after having completed the requirements established by the Counseling Department. (SBCCD Administrative Procedure 4250)

Dismissal Standards

For the purposes of this section, semesters shall be considered consecutive on the basis of the student’s enrollment in the fall semester followed by the spring semester (e.g., the fall semester of 2013 followed by the fall semester 2014 shall be considered consecutive if the student was not enrolled in the spring semester of 2014).

A student on academic and/or progress probation shall be dismissed for one semester when one or more of the following conditions exists:

  • The student has earned a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 in all units attempted in each of three consecutive semesters.
  • The student has received non-evaluative symbols of “W,” “I,” or “NP” in 50% or more of the units for which he/she was enrolled in each of three consecutive semesters. (SBCCD Administrative Procedure 4250)


A disqualified student may appeal his/her dismissal by filing a Petition for Academic Exception with the Academic Exceptions Committee. Petitions may be obtained from the Admissions and Records Office (CCR-111).

A student may be reinstated after one semester from the date of disqualification. A student enrolled following dismissal shall be on probationary status and subject to dismissal. If the scholastic achievement of a student readmitted after disqualification continues at a probationary level, the student may be disqualified for one year. (SBCCD Administrative Procedure 4250)

Consequences of Probation and Dismissal

Students on probation will be subject to impacts on their priority.  Release of probation holds will be dependent on participation in required activities (workshops and SEP plan development) and successful completion of all courses for the semester they are competing.   For those receiving the Board of Governors Grant (BOG) who reach dismissal status (after 2 semesters on probation) they will have no longer be eligible to receive the grant. Reinstatement of the grant will be made when the student reaches good standing.