Disqualification and Probation Policies
Enrollment Priority Alert: Students who have been on Academic and/or
Progress Probation, and/or Readmitted Disqualified status, for 2 semesters
or more, will be subject to lower enrollment priority.
for students who have been DISQUALIFIED from SMC
If there were legitimate, extenuating
circumstances which led to your disqualification and you are seeking
reinstatement for the next semester, please complete a ‘Disqualified Student
Petition for Reinstatement’. When you petition for reinstatement, you may
or may not be allowed to return to SMC, in accordance with the reinstatement
guidelines. Please follow the steps below.
1. Log-in to Corsair Connect, under ‘SMC Quick Links’ click
on ‘DQ Student Petition’. Complete and submit the petition.
2. Once you submit the DQ Petition, a
message will appear that your petition was successfully completed, and stored
in your Corsair Connect portal.
3. Important: In order for your ‘Petition for
Reinstatement’ to be processed, you MUST see any SMC counselor. If you are a member of a
special program, such as the EOP&S program, please see a counselor in one
of those programs to review your petition.
- Call the SMC Counseling Department at 310-434-4210 for the current
office hours and availability of counselors. Depending on the
time of the semester, students will be seen on a "first-come,
first-served" basis, or by appointment.
Remember, the process for
petitioning for reinstatement will only be complete AFTER you meet
with an SMC Counselor. Continuing students who become disqualified after
enrolling in classes for the next semester (fall or spring) will be
administratively dropped from all classes, UNLESS readmitted by a
Definitions of 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 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
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.
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
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
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.
unit maximum in Fall and Spring Semesters 5 unit maximum in Winter and Summer Session
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
- 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
- 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.