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Course Repetition

On June 11, 2011 the Board of Governors, the governing body for the California Community Colleges, adopted new regulations that limit the number of times a community college district could receive state funding for a student who has enrolled in the same credit course. The maximum number of times a student may enroll in the same credit course is three times.

  • A student may only take a class three times through a combination of substandard grades (D, F, NP or NC) and withdrawals (W) on their student record.
  • If a student, through a combination of substandard grades (D, F, NP or NC) and withdrawals (W), wishes to take a class for the fourth time, they must submit a petition to the Admissions and Records Office. Petitions will only be approved based on extenuating circumstances.
  • Military Withdrawals do not count in terms of repetition restrictions, nor do withdrawals that occur due to fire or flood (Title 5 Sections 55024 and 58509)
  • This rule does not contain a grandfather clause. If a student has already reached the maximum allotted number of course repetitions, they will not be able to enroll in the class again within the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.
  • Students who are granted a fourth enrollment in a course by petition will be required to receive a letter grade.
  • Courses whose GPA has been alleviated through academic renewal is not an exception that permits repetition of a credit course.

These changes are effective Summer 2012. Please keep these changes in mind as you plan your course schedule. If you need support, you are encouraged to see a counselor or participate in the array of student support services and tutoring available on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions
Repetition Scenarios

Repeatable Courses

Course is necessary to meet major requirements of CSU/UC for completion of a bachelor's degree

  • Districts may designate a course as repeatable if CSU or UC (not a private college) requires their students to repeat that course as part of the major requirements.
  • A district will only be paid for four enrollments, but the regulations do not set a student limit. The student limit is whatever is “necessary to meet the major requirements of CSU or UC for completion of a bachelor's degree."

Intercollegiate athletic courses (includes related conditioning courses)

Districts may designate two types of courses as repeatable pursuant to this section:

  • Those courses in which the student athletes are enrolled to participate in an organized competitive sport sponsored by the district
  • A condition course which supports the organized sport

Students may repeat as many times as they want, but the district will only be paid for 350 hours of enrollment (175 in the sport and 175 in the corresponding conditioning course)

Intercollegiate academic or vocational competition

One of the three types of courses that may be designated repeatable pursuant to district policy, if the following conditions are met:

  • The course must be specifically designed for participation in non-athletic competitive events,
  • The competition must be between students from different colleges,
  • The competition must be sanctioned by a formal collegiate or industry governing body, AND
  • The participation in the event must be directly related to the course content and objectives.

Course Repetition By Exception

Significant Lapse of time

A course may be repeated due to a significant lapse of time of no less than 36 months if there is an approved recency prerequisite for the course or program, or another institution of higher education to which the student seeks to transfer has established a recency requirement. Only the last grade will be included in determining GPA.

Class Designated for Students with Disabilities

A student with a disability may repeat a special class any number of times when an individualized determination verifies that such repetition is required as a disability-related accommodation.

Extenuating Circumstances

A course may be repeated (with a passing or substandard grade) if there are extenuating circumstances which justify the repetition. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accidents, illness, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. The student must file a petition with appropriate documentation. Only the last grade will be included in determining GPA.

Occupational Work Experience Courses

A student may repeat a course in occupational work experience as long as he/she does not exceed the limits on the number of units of cooperative work experience stated in the course description. The grade received each time shall be included for purposes of calculating the student's GPA. Only if:

  • The district only offers one course in occupational work experience in a given field,
  • The one course offered is NOT offered as a variable unit open-entry /open-exit course,
  • The student permitted to enroll in the course again does not exceed a total of 16 semester or 24 quarter credit course in Cooperative Work Experience Education, AND
  • The student does not exceed the max of eight credit hours earned in one enrolment period in occupational work experience education.

Legally Mandated Courses

A student may repeat a course any number of times if it is determined to be legally mandated. Proper documentation must be submitted to the Admissions & Records Office. Only the last grade will be included in determining GPA.

Industry/Licensure Requirements for Employment

A student may repeat a course as a result of a significant change in industry or licensure standards such that repetition of the course is necessary for employment or licensure. Proper documentation must be submitted to the Admissions & Records Office. Only the last grade will be included in determining GPA.

Family of Courses in Exercise Science, Visual or Performing Arts

A student may not take courses in Art, Exercise Science, or Music that are related in content and have a similar primary educational activity more than four times. Courses subject to this limitation are designated in the Course Description section. The limitation applies if a student receives a substandard grade or “W" during one or more of the enrollments.

The following is an example scenario (Dance 082 has a sequence of A-B-C-D):

SemesterCourseGradeCan Repeat?
Fall 2012 DANCE 082A B No - Passed the course
Spring 2013 DANCE 082B C No - Passed the course
Fall 2013 DANCE 082C W Yes - Did not complete the course
Spring 2014 DANCE 082C F No - Limit of 4 in family reached
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