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Academic Information and Regulations

Academic Credit and Regulations

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Probation and Disqualification

Academic Probation

Undergraduate students are placed on academic probation if at any time their cumulative grade-point average in all college work attempted or their cumulative GPA at California State University, Long Beach falls below 2.0 (C). Graduate students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative grade-point average or grade-point average on all courses applicable to the degree falls below 3.0. Other post-baccalaureate students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative grade-point average falls below 2.5.

Undergraduate students will be removed from academic probation when their cumulative grade-point average in all college work attempted and their cumulative grade-point average at California State University, Long Beach is 2.0 (C) or higher. Graduate students will be removed from academic probation when their overall grade-point average and grade-point average on all courses applicable to the degree are 3.0 (B) or higher.

Other post-baccalaureate students will be removed from academic probation when their overall grade-point average is 2.5 or higher.

Administrative Academic Probation

An undergraduate or graduate student may be placed on administrative-academic probation by action of appropriate campus officials for any of the following reasons:

  • 1. Withdrawal from all or a substantial portion of a program of studies in two successive semesters or in any three semesters, unless the withdrawals were directly associated with a chronic or recurring medical condition or its treatment;
  • 2. Repeated failure to progress toward the stated degree objective or other program objective (when such failure appears to be due to circumstances within the control of the student);
  • 3. Failure to comply, after due notice, with an academic requirement or regulation which is routine for all students or a defined group of students (e.g., failure to take placement tests, failure to complete a required practicum).

Academic Disqualification

Students who remain on academic probation for more than two consecutive semesters are subject to academic disqualification.

Undergraduate students on academic probation are subject to academic disqualification when:

  • 1. As freshmen (fewer than 30 semester-hours of college work completed), their grade-point average falls below 1.5 on all units attempted or on all units attempted at California State University, Long Beach;
  • 2. As sophomores (fewer than 59 semester-hours of college work completed), their grade-point average falls below 1.7 on all units attempted or on all units attempted at California State University, Long Beach;
  • 3. As juniors (60 to 89 semester-hours of college work completed), their grade-point average falls below 1.85 on all units attempted or on all units attempted at California State University, Long Beach;
  • 4. As seniors (90 or more semester-hours of college work completed), their grade-point average falls below 1.95 on all units attempted or on all units attempted at California State University, Long Beach; and

In addition to the above disqualification standards applicable to students on probation, individuals not on probation may be disqualified when both of the following circumstances exist:

  • 1. At the end of any semester, if the student has a cumulative grade-point average below 1.0; and
  • 2. The cumulative grade-point average is so low that in view of the student's overall educational record it seems unlikely that the deficiency will be removed within a reasonable period.

Graduate and post-baccalaureate students are subject to disqualification if while on probation they fail to earn grades of sufficient quality to remove themselves from probationary status. Disqualification will bar such students from any further enrollment at CSULB.

Disqualification From Impacted Programs

Students who fail to maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 will be immediately removed from an impacted major and placed in the undeclared category or in a general category appropriate to the discipline. To be reinstated as majors in the impacted program, they must reapply at the time when change-of-major requests are normally accepted.

Administrative Academic Disqualification

A student who have been placed on administrative-academic probation may be disqualified from further attendance if:

  • 1. The conditions for removal of administrative-academic probation are not met within the period specified;
  • 2. The student becomes subject to academic probation while on administrative-academic probation;
  • 3. The student becomes subject to administrative-academic probation for the same or similar reason for which they have been placed on administrative-academic probation previously, although not currently in such status.

In addition, an appropriate campus administrator may disqualify a student who at any time during enrollment has demonstrated behavior so contrary to the standards of the profession for which the student is preparing as to render her/him unfit for the profession. In such cases, disqualification will occur immediately upon notice to the student, which shall include an explanation of the basis for the action, and the campus may require the student to discontinue enrollment as of the date of the notification.

For students who subsequently become eligible for reinstatement (see below), disqualification under the provisions of the preceding paragraphs constitutes a break in "continuous enrollment" within a degree major program; therefore, students disqualified may not elect any regulations in effect prior to disqualification.

** The reinstatement information below has been altered from the print version of the CSULB Catalog. "Disqualified undergraduate students" has been correctly altered to "Disqualified students" in regards to students taking course through the CCPE. (07/01/10) **

Reinstatement

In order to be considered for reinstatement to CSULB, a disqualified student must demonstrate progress toward the degree. This demonstration can be achieved by:

  • 1. Completing courses through the College of Continuing and Professional Education at CSULB; or
  • 2. Completing classes at other regionally accredited academic institutions.

All classes considered for reinstatement in the student's petition must be applicable for degree credit and toward the student's General Education or major requirements.

Progress toward meeting the GPA requirement can be demonstrated by reducing the deficiency in grade-point average by one-half at CSULB or by making equivalent grades in courses taken at other regionally accredited academic institutions. Grades earned at other regionally accredited academic institutions will not reduce the deficiency in the CSULB grade-point deficiency. Grades earned elsewhere are only indicators of academic ability.

After reducing the deficiency in the CSULB grade-point average and/or demonstrating academic ability at other regionally accredited academic institutions, the student may petition the Academic Appeals Committee for reinstatement. The petition must present evidence that the student is likely to achieve a satisfactory grade-point average and to complete requirements for the degree. The Academic Appeals Committee will only consider the petition for reinstatement of students who have remained outside of the university for at least one regular (fall or spring) semester after their dismissal.

Petition forms are available through Enrollment Services and must be filed by December 1 for the spring semester or August 1 for the fall semester. Petitions received after that date will be returned to the student to be submitted for consideration for a future semester. (PS 09-06)

Disqualified students taking courses through College of Continuing and Professional Education will be eligible to enroll in a limited amount of courses. Fall and Spring Semesters: 6 units or two courses, as long as enrollment in these two courses does not exceed 7 units. Summer Session: 6 units or two courses, as long as enrollment in these two courses does not exceed 7 units. Winter Session: 4 units.

The University Center for Undergraduate Advising offers Reinstatement Workshops for Undergraduate Students who have been academically disqualified. The workshops help students to learn how to become reinstated to the university. For more information or to sign up for the workshop call (562) 985-7847 or visit the University Center for Undergraduate Advising, located in the Horn Center Room 103.

Academic Appeal of Disqualification

Undergraduate students who have made academic progress and believe that there were extenuating circumstances that led to their academic disqualification may file an appeal asking to extend their academic probation for an additional semester. Students must submit their appeals immediately following notification by Enrollment Services that they have been disqualified. The Appeal of Disqualification information and form are available through the University Center for Undergraduate Advising.

Academic Renewal

An undergraduate student may petition to have all the grades and units received during one or two semesters (or up to three quarter terms) of undergraduate work disregarded in the computation of grade point averages and academic standing. The work so disregarded may have been taken at any collegiate-level institution but no work taken during the disregarded terms, even if satisfactory, may apply toward baccalaureate requirements. All grades and units attempted will remain on record. At least five calendar years must have elapsed since the work in question was completed and the student must have subsequently completed 15 semester units with a 3.0 GPA (or 30 semester units with a 2.5 or 45 semester units with a 2.0) at CSULB before filing a request for disregarding the coursework.

At the time of filing the petition the student must have either already met all requirements for graduation other than one or more grade point averages or all other remaining requirements are in progress during the semester of filing. No student may use academic renewal to raise any grade point average above what is required for graduation.
Students shall submit petitions for academic renewal to Enrollment Services. Final determination shall be made by the provost (or designee) in consultation with the Academic Appeals Committee. The petitioning student must certify that the work to be disregarded was substandard and not reflective of her or his current scholastic ability or present level of academic performance. This certification must include a statement explaining the extenuating circumstances causing the substandard performance during the terms in question. The student must also provide evidence that it would be necessary to complete additional units or semesters in order to qualify for the baccalaureate degree if the request were not approved. (PS 09-08)