Probation and Dismissal
Updates and Announcements:
A registration hold has been placed on students who were placed on either Academic and or Progress Probation and who have not completed the Student Success Seminar. To remove the hold students must complete the Student Success Seminar. Please note the holds may take up to 72 business hours to clear once students complete the seminar.
What is Probation?
There are two types of probation: Academic Probation and Progress Probation.
A student will be placed on academic probation if the student has attempted a minimum of twelve (12) graded cumulative semester units and has earned a grade point average of less than 2.0 at the college. A student on academic probation will be removed from academic probation when the student's cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher.
A student will be placed on progress probation when the student has attempted a minimum of twelve (12) cumulative semester units and the percentage of all units for which entries of "W", "I", "NC", and "NP" were recorded reaches or exceeds 50 percent of the total units attempted at the college. A student on progress probation will be removed from progress probation when the percent of units in the categories of "W", "I", "NC", and "NP" drops below 50 percent of the total units attempted at the college
What happens when a student is on either Academic Probation or Progress Probation?
A student who is placed on academic and/or progress probation must complete the online Student Success Seminar by the "Last day to Withdraw from Classes/College" as indicated on the Academic Calendar. If the student fails to complete the seminar by this date, a registration hold will be placed on the student's account and he/she will not be able to register for courses in the subsequent semester (a hold will not be placed on registration for summer courses). A student can release the hold by completing the Student Success Seminar.
Students' financial aid may also be impacted by academic or progress probation. Check with the Financial Aid office to see if this is the case for your situation.
Additionally, a student is at risk of being "Dismissed" from the college for one regular semester (fall or spring) if she/he fails to remediate their academic standing (see Academic Dismissal and Progress Probation Dismissal).
What is Dismissal?
A student will be placed on academic dismissal if the student has earned a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 in all units attempted at the college in two (2) consecutive semesters - a summer session is not considered a semester. For purposes of this section, semesters are considered consecutive on the basis of the student's enrollment. For example, a fall semester followed by a fall semester will be consecutive if the student was not enrolled for the intervening Spring Semester
A student Placed on academic dismissal will be dismissed from the college for the subsequent semester. The student may petition the Dean, Educational Programs-Student Support Services, to be reinstated and if approved will be permitted to enroll in the following semester.
A student who has enrolled in at least twelve (12) semester units since summer 1983 at Santa Barbara City College, will be placed on progress dismissal when 50% or more of the cumulative units in which he/she has enrolled at the college are W, I, and No Pass grades for each of the two (2) most recent regular fall or spring semesters. For purpose of this section, semesters will be considered consecutive on the basis of the student's enrollment. For example, a fall semester followed by a fall semester will be consecutive if the student was not enrolled in the intervening spring semester.
A student placed on academic dismissal will be dismissed from the college for the subsequent semester. The student may petition the Dean, Educational Programs-Student Support Services, to be reinstated and if approved will be permitted to enroll in the following semester.
I received a dismissal email notification, is there a way I can appeal this decision?
Yes, see FAQ for more details.
What can a student do to avoid being dismissed from the college?
When a student is placed on Academic and/or Progress probation, the student will receive a Pipeline email notification from the college regarding their academic standing and will be allowed to continue enrollment in the subsequent semester. To avoid dismissal in the future, the student must improve their academic standing during this subsequent semester by completing all courses with passing grades. Completing the Student Success Seminar, talking to an academic counselor and to professors or finding a tutor, are just a few of the steps students can take to improve their academic status and avoid being placed on dismissal.
How do I return to school once I've been dismissed for one semester?
A student placed on academic or progress dismissal and who has spent at least one semester out of attendance, may reapply of admission and will be readmitted. Returning students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic counselor in person to discuss and review their academic plan.