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Academic Standing and Appeals

Academic Standing
Academic Standing is determined by a student’s CSULB and Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) and is noted on the transcript after the Fall and Spring terms.  Academic Standing notations include: Good Standing, Probation, Cleared Probation, Continued on Probation and Disqualification. Please refer to the University Catalog for information regarding  Administrative Academic Probation and Administrative Academic Disqualification.

Academic Appeals
When unusual circumstances occur, students can submit a petition to the Academic Appeals Committee in order to request an exception to academic policies.  Information below gives you more information on both understanding academic standing and the academic appeals process.

 

What are the Requirements for Good Standing?

To be in good academic standing, undergraduate students are expected to maintain at least a 2.00 GPA in each of the following areas:

  • All coursework completed at CSULB (referred to as the CSULB GPA and noted on transcript as “Cum GPA”)
  • All transferable college coursework plus all coursework completed at CSULB (referred to as the Overall GPA and noted on transcript as “Combined Cum GPA”) 

What is Academic Probation?

Academic Probation is a serious warning that a student's academic performance is below the minimum requirement for good academic standing and for graduation.

Probation for undergraduates occurs at the end of any Fall or Spring term in which the CSULB and/or Overall GPA falls below 2.00.

Strategies for Academic Success
Undergraduate students on academic probation are strongly encouraged to attend the Strategies for Academic Success program.  The program offers workshops with information about University policies and procedures, the reasons why students may encounter academic problems and the assistance available to support students’ academic success. 

For more information or to sign up for a workshop, please contact the University Center for Undergraduate Advising.  

What is Academic Disqualification?

Academic Disqualification is dismissal from CSULB.

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

  1. As freshmen (fewer than 30 units completed), the CSULB and/or Overall Grade Point Average falls below 1.5
  2. As sophomores (30-59 units completed), the CSULB and/or Overall Grade Point Average falls below 1.7
  3. As juniors (60 to 89 units completed), the CSULB and/or Overall Grade Point Average falls below 1.85
  4. As seniors (90 or more units completed), their CSULB and/or Overall Grade Point Average falls below 1.95
  5. At any time, a student remains on academic probation for more than two consecutive semesters (i.e., the CSULB and/or Overall GPA remains below 2.00 for two consecutive semesters)

Please refer to the University Catalog for information regarding  Administrative Academic Disqualification

Can I Appeal My Disqualification from CSULB?

Immediately after disqualification, students can submit an Appeal of Disqualification (PDF) to the Academic Appeals Committee.  Please note the deadline to submit an Appeal of Disqualification is within days of being notified of disqualification. 

The appeal should include:

  • Evidence of significant academic progress
  • Documentation of extenuating circumstances that led to weak academic performance
  • Tangible changes which will be made to lead to future academic success
  • Any participation in intervention programs offered through the University Center for Undergraduate Advising should also be included in the appeal

Additional information about the Appeal of Disqualification can be found at the University Center for Undergraduate Advising. An approved Appeal of Disqualification will result in one additional term of probation. 

Can I Return to CSULB After Disqualification?

Students who are disqualified may return to the University if they are approved for reinstatement.  Students may apply for reinstatement once they have been out of attendance for at least one Fall or Spring term, have demonstrated an ability to succeed academically and have met the following minimum criteria:

  • Demonstrate degree progress by satisfying all Major Specific Declaration Requirements, including minimum GPA
  • Reduce the grade point deficiency at the time of disqualification by at least one-half. This can be achieved by earning A and/or B grades in transferable academic courses acceptable for degree credit at CSULB’s College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) or at an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrate an ability to complete degree requirements within established University policies, including repetition of courses, Academic Progress Rules and Timely Graduation

Meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee Reinstatement.  Students who are disqualified are strongly encouraged to attend a Reinstatement Workshop offered by the University Center for Undergraduate Advising. 

How do I Address My Grade Point Deficiency?

Students who have a considerable CSULB grade point deficiency are strongly encouraged to address the deficiency by taking courses through the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE), which count towards both the CSULB and Overall GPAs. Grades earned at another accredited college or university will not reduce your CSULB grade point deficiency but they will serve as indicators of academic ability and count towards your Overall GPA.

Students who are disqualified have the following enrollment limitations through the College of Continuing and Professional Education:

  • Fall and Spring terms: two courses, no more than seven total units
  • Summer Session: two courses, no more than seven total units
  • Winter Session: four units

Note: 24 College of Continuing and Professional Education units may count towards a CSULB degree.

If a CSULB course with a D, F or WU grade is repeated through the College of Continuing and Professional Education and a C grade or better is earned in the second attempt, the grade earned in the first attempt will be removed from the CSULB and Overall GPA.  If less than a C grade is earned in the second attempt, both grades will be included in the CSULB and Overall GPA.

CSULB courses with a D, F or WU grade which are successfully repeated at another college or university are not removed from the CSULB or Overall GPA.  However, any grade earned in the second attempt will be used as an indicator of academic ability and will factor into your Overall GPA.

Please also review the limits on repeating classes. 

How do I Apply for Reinstatement?

To apply for Reinstatement, the following must be submitted to the Academic Appeals Committee by the requested reinstatement term’s application deadline:

Submit to Enrollment Services, Brotman Hall 101, or mail to:

CSULB
Enrollment Services, Brotman Hall 101
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840

Note: transcripts for enrollment through CSULB’s College of Continuing and Professional Education do not need to be submitted.

Reinstatement Application Dates

Reinstatement Term

Application Dates

Spring semester

August 1 – November 1

Fall semester

October 1 - November 30

Reinstated students must submit official transcripts with final grades for coursework in progress during the application period by January 15.  

For more information regarding Reinstatement, please see the University Catalog, visit the University Center for Undergraduate Advising or call Enrollment Services at 562.985.1553.

Academic Appeals

When unusual circumstances exist, students may submit a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy (PDF) to the Academic Appeals Committee in order to request an exception to academic policies pertaining to:

  • General Education requirements – if requesting that a transfer course be substituted to meet a General Education requirement the transfer course syllabus and description are needed 
  • Withdrawal unit limits – prior to requesting an increase to the withdrawal limit the appropriate signatures approving the course withdrawal (PDF) must also be obtained
  • Repeat unit limits – if requesting an increase in repeat units to enroll in a third attempt (PDF) at a course, department approval must also be obtained
  • Academic Renewal – note that Academic Renewal is not used to increase the GPA beyond what is required for graduation or to alter the transcript – please see the University Catalog for detailed Academic Renewal criteria
  • Graduation requirements which are unrelated to major requirements – note that academic regulations contained in the Title 5, California Administrative Code, cannot be waived

The petition and supporting documents can be submitted to Enrollment Services, Brotman Hall 101.  Students will be notified in writing once a decision has been made.  Appeals of Disqualification and Reinstatement are also functions of the Academic Appeals Committee, however separate appeal procedures are followed.

Please see the University Catalog for grade appeal procedures and your advisor for all requests for exceptions to major and minor requirements.