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Academic Disqualification Policy

A student at Golden West College who is on academic or progress probation shall be disqualified whenever he or she meets one of the two conditions listed below:

Academic Disqualification

Any student on academic probation for two consecutive semesters shall be academically disqualified. However, any student on academic probation whose most recent semester grade point average equals or exceeds 2.0, or whose cumulative grade point average equals or exceeds 2.0, shall not be disqualified but shall be continued on academic probation.

Progress Disqualification

Any student who is on progress probation for two consecutive semesters shall be disqualified for lack of satisfactory progress. However, any student on progress probation whose most recent semester work indicates fewer than 50 percent units of “W”, “I” and “NP” shall not be disqualified but shall be continued on lack of progress probation.

Note: Based upon recent changes as established and approved by the college, students who have been disqualified two or more semesters must sit out the next regular semester. There is no appeal. Prior to readmission, the student must meet with a counselor to develop an educational contract.

Any student disqualified from a college within the Coast Community College District may be dismissed for a minimum of one semester. A student dismissed from one District college shall not attend another District college during the semester of disqualification.

Title 5, Section 55756

Academic Renewal Policy and Procedure

This Academic Renewal Policy for Golden West College is issued pursuant to Section 55764 and 55765 of the California Administrative Code (Title 5) regulations. The purpose of this policy is to disregard past substandard academic performance of a student when such work is not reflective of their current demonstrated ability. It is based on the recognition that due to unusual circumstances, or circumstances beyond the control of a student, the past substandard work will negatively affect their academic standing and unnecessarily prolong the rate at which he/she may complete his/her current objectives.

Therefore, under the circumstances outlined below, Golden West College may disregard from all considerations associated with requirements for the Certificate of Achievement/ Associate in Arts Degree and general education certification up to a maximum of thirty (30) semester units of course work from two semesters taken at any college. These circumstances are:

  1. The student has requested the action formally and has presented evidence that work completed in the term(s) under consideration is substandard (less than a 2.0 grade point average) and not representative of present scholastic ability as verified by the current level of performance. Verification must consist of:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 12 semester units of course work at any regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 subsequent to the course work to be disregarded.
    2. At least 12 months has elapsed since completion of the most recent course work to be disregarded.
  2. Agreement that all units taken during the semester(s) to be disregarded, except those courses required as a prerequisite or to satisfy a requirement, in the student’s “redirected” educational objective.
  3. An understanding that the student’s permanent academic record shall be annotated so that it is readily evident to all users of the records that units disregarded, even if satisfactory, may not apply to certificate, degree or general education certification requirements.
  4. Agreement that all course work remains legible on the student’s permanent record ensuring a true and complete academic history.

If another accredited college has acted to remove previous course work from Certificate of Achievement, Associate in Arts or Bachelor Degree consideration, such action shall be honored in terms of that institution’s policy. Units disregarded by another institution shall be deducted from the thirty semester units maximum of course work eligible for alleviation at Golden West College.

Students requesting removal of previous course work for certificate or degree consideration shall file a petition at the Admissions and Records Office. The petition shall outline the semesters of course work to be disregarded and shall include evidence verifying (1) that work completed during this period is substandard, and (2) the expiration of at least 12 months since the end of the last term to be excluded. All official transcripts must be on file at Golden West College.

The Administrative Director of Student Services or his/her designee shall act to approve the petition and make the proper annotation on the student’s permanent record upon verification of the conditions set forth herein.

NOTE: It is possible that other colleges or universities may not accept the Academic Renewal Policy.