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Good Standing, Probation and Dismissal

General

Students enrolled at Allan Hancock College are required to maintain a specific level of academic and progress performance to be in good scholastic standing. This performance is based on the provision of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations and the Governing Board of Allan Hancock College. If a student cannot meet minimum academic standards after attempting at least 8 semester units, he/she will be placed on a probationary status. Allan Hancock College identifies two types of probation: academic and progress probation. Students on academic and/or progress probation will be assisted by faculty in the counseling department to regain good standing and ensure academic goal completion.

Good Standing

Allan Hancock College requires students to meet the minimum standards to be in good standing. Good standing is achieved when a student meets or exceeds a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and completes more than 50 percent of his/her cumulative units with a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) or P (pass).

Academic Probation

Academic probation occurs when a student has attempted at least 8 semester units at Allan Hancock College and has earned below a 2.0 cumulative GPA. He/she will be placed on academic probation after semester grades are final.

First Academic Probation

A student is placed on first academic probation when his/her cumulative GPA is below a 2.0. If the student enrolls for another semester, as a first academic probation student, the following may occur at the end of the semester:

  • Possible Outcome 1: The student’s cumulative GPA meets or exceeds a 2.0
    Result: The student regains good standing.
  • Possible Outcome 2: The student’s cumulative GPA is below a 2.0
    Result: The student is placed on second academic probation. A student on second academic probation will lose priority registration privileges and the BOG fee waiver.

Second Academic Probation

A student is placed on second academic probation when his/her cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 for two consecutive semesters. At this level, the student is restricted to 9 units and has lost priority registration privileges and the BOG fee waiver. If the student enrolls for another semester, as a second academic probation student, the following may occur at the end of the semester: 

  • Possible Outcome 1: The student’s cumulative GPA meets or exceeds a 2.0
    Result: The student regains good standing.
  • Possible Outcome 2: The student’s cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 for two consecutive
    Result: Being unable to meet the college’s minimum academic standards is a serious matter; as a result, the student is dismissed from the college and required to sit out for the subsequent primary semester, including summer if dismissed after spring. If the student wishes to return, he/she is required to proceed with the reinstatement process.

Progress Probation

Progress probation occurs when a student has attempted at least 8 semester units at Allan Hancock College and has not completed more than 50 percent of his/her cumulative units with a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) and P (pass), he/she will be placed on progress probation after semester grades are final.

First Progress Probation

A student is placed on first progress probation when he/she has not completed more than 50 percent of his/her cumulative units with a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) and P (pass). If the student enrolls for another semester, as a first progress probation student, the following may occur at the end of the semester:

  • Possible Outcome 1: The student completes more than 50 percent of his/her cumulative
    Result: The student has regained good standing.
  • Possible Outcome 2: The student does not complete more than 50 percent of his/her cumulative units.
    Result: The student is placed on second progress probation. A student on second progress probation will lose priority registration privileges and the BOG fee waiver.

Second Progress Probation

A student is placed on second progress probation when he/she has not completed more than 50 percent of his/her cumulative units. At this level, the student is restricted to 9 units and has lost priority registration privileges and the BOG fee waiver. If the student enrolls for another semester, as a second progress probation student, the following may occur at the end of the semester:

  • Possible Outcome 1: The student completes more than 50 percent of his/her cumulative
    Result: The student has regained good standing.
  • Possible Outcome 2: The student does not complete more than 50 percent of his/her cumulative units for two consecutive semesters.
    Result: Being unable to meet the college’s minimum academic standards is a serious matter; as a result, the student is dismissed from the college and required to sit out for the subsequent primary semester, including summer if dismissed after spring. If the student wishes to return, he/ she is required to proceed with the reinstatement process.

Dismissal

A student who does not meet the college’s minimum standards after two consecutive semesters on either academic or progress probation, he/she will be dismissed from the college and required to sit out for the subsequent primary semester, including summer if dismissed after spring. A dismissed student wishing to reenroll is required to go through the reinstatement process.

Reinstatement

A dismissed student wishing to take courses may submit a reinstatement application to the Counseling department after sitting out for the subsequent primary semester, including summer if dismissed after spring, for enrollment consideration. Once a student completes a reinstatement application, he/she is required to meet with a counselor for a recommendation. The application is then reviewed by the probation committee for a final decision. If the student provides reasonable assurance that he/she is prepared to succeed, his/her reinstatement application will be approved under certain conditions listed on the reinstatement contract. The deadline to submit a reinstatement application for a specific semester is available online under “academic calendar”. The application may be downloaded from our college website under “Counseling” or a student may obtain a copy from the Counseling department.

Reinstatement Appeal

The Probation Committee reviews each reinstatement application submitted to the Counseling department and the dean, Student Services/Counseling or designee, acts on appeals in the event a student is denied reinstatement and is requesting additional consideration.

Notification of Academic Standing

All students are notified via myHancock email of his/her academic standing once grades are finalized at the end of each semester.

Reinstatement Appeal

The Probation Committee reviews each reinstatement application submitted to the Counseling department and the dean, Student Services or designee, acts on appeals in the event a student is denied reinstatement and is requesting additional consideration.

Notification of Probation Status

A student on any level of academic and/or progress probation will be notified after grades are final through his/her myHancock email account. The email will inform the student of his/her probationary status and the necessary steps to take.