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Title 5: Course Repetition and Withdrawal


The California Community College Board of Governors recently passed revisions to Title 5 regarding course repetition that will take effect during the 2012 summer semester. Students will only be allowed to enroll in a course three times if they received a substandard grade (D, F, NP or NC) or withdrew from the class with a “W.” Students with extenuating circumstances may seek approval to enroll in a course for the fourth time through the petition process. These changes do not contain a grandfather clause so any student that has already taken a course the maximum number of times will no longer be able to take the same class within the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

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.

  • If a student, through a combination of substandard grades (D or F) and withdrawals on their student record, may only take a class three times.
  • If a student, through a combination of substandard grades (D or F) and withdrawals, 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, 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, the district will not be able to claim apportionment for that course.

These changes are effective Summer 2012. Please keep these changes in mind as you plan your Spring 2012 courses. If you plan on taking a course for the fourth time in the Spring 2012 semester, this will be the last opportunity you have to successfully complete the course while attending classes in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.