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Disqualified and Probation Policies

Please note:  Effective Summer/Fall 2014, students who have been on academic and/or progress probation and/or readmitted disqualified status for two semesters or more will be subject to lower enrollment priority.

 

Click on the link below to access the SMC Disqualified Student Petition for Reinstatement. SANTA MONICA COLLEGE DQ Form.pdf


IMPORTANT NOTE:
Students who become disqualified after enrolling for the following semester will be administratively dropped from all classes, unless readmitted by a counselor.

ACADEMIC PROBATION

To remain in good academic standing at Santa Monica College, students must maintain a C (2.0) or better grade point average.
Students will be placed on academic probation if they:

• Fall below a C (2.0) cumulative grade point average in 12 or more SMC units attempted;or
• Transfer to SMC while on disqualification status at another college or university; or
• Are readmitted after disqualification from SMC.

Students on academic probation are limited to enrolling in a maximum of 9 units in a Spring or Fall semester and 5 units in a Winter or Summer session.

 

ACADEMIC DISQUALIFICATION

A student who begins the Fall or Spring semester on academic probation will be disqualified if the student fails to achieve a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of the semester.

 

PROGRESS PROBATION


Students enrolled in at least twelve (12) semester units will be placed on progress probation if the percentage of units in which a student receives a grade of W (Withdrawal), I (Incomplete), or NP (No Pass) for that semester reaches or exceeds:

50% of units enrolled, after enrolling in 12-30 units;

40% of units enrolled, after enrolling in 31 units or more.


PROGRESS DISQUALIFICATION


Students who have been placed on progress probation at the end of a Fall or Spring semester will be disqualified from Santa Monica College at the end of the subsequent semester when the percentage of units in which a student receives a grade of W (Withdrawal), I (Incomplete), or NP (No Pass) reaches or exceeds:

50% of units enrolled, after enrolling in 12-30 units;

40% of units enrolled, after enrolling in 31 units or more.


UNIT LIMITATIONS

Probationary Students: 9 unit maximum in Fall and Spring Semesters
5 unit maximum in Winter and Summer Session

Disqualified Students: 0-6 unit maximum in the Fall and Spring Semesters
0-3 unit maximum in the Winter and Summer Sessions

Readmitted Disqualified Students who are enrolling for the next semester/session will be limited to 3 units in the subsequent Winter/Summer session and 6 units in the subsequent Fall/Spring semester

 

REINSTATEMENT OF DISQUALIFIED STUDENTS

Students who have been disqualified (dismissed) from Santa Monica College due to poor academic performance or unsatisfactory progress and who have been away from SMC for one semester or less must file a Petition for Readmission in person with a counselor, who will determine whether reinstatement is possible and what conditions the student must meet in order to enroll at SMC.

Other requirements for reinstatement at SMC include:

  • After a 1st disqualification, if a student is allowed to reinstate, the counselor will specify a maximum number of units the student can enroll in, up to a maximum of 6 units per term;
  • After a 2nd disqualification, a student must wait for one semester and possibly one intersession before requesting to be reinstated; and
  • After a 3rd disqualification, a student must wait for one year before requesting to be reinstated.