Counseling and various counselors at LPC.

Frequently Asked Questions

Probation/Repeating Courses/Dismissal

Q: Why am I blocked from registering?

Answer: There are many possible reasons. Some of the more common reasons are academic probation, progress probation, academic or progress dismissal, owing money to Las Positas College, not meeting a course prerequisite, or overdue library materials.

Q: What is Academic Probation?

Answer: When a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 (“C” average).

Q: What is Progress Probation?

Answer: When 50 % or more cumulative units are withdrawals, non-credit, or incompletes (W, NC, or I).

Q: What happens when students are placed on academic and/or progress probation?

Answer: Students on academic and/or progress probation are blocked from registering and must see a counselor to discuss strategies for improving their academic standing. During this meeting, students must complete a Probation Clearance Form and submit it in person to the admissions office prior to registering for classes.

TIP: To avoid delays in registering for classes, make a counseling appointment at least one week in advance of your registration date.

A student will be dismissed from LPC after three consecutive semesters of academic and/or progress probation. Summer sessions are excluded.

Q: Can I repeat courses? 

Answer: Yes, you can repeat courses once in which you received a "D", "F" or non-credit (NCR) grade. If you are repeating a course taken at Las Positas College, only the most recent grade will be calculated into your grade point average. However, both grades will appear on your transcript.

Q: What are the limitations on repeating courses?

Answer: You are limited to one attempt to repeat a course. After that, you must meet with a counselor and complete a Petition to Repeat a Course. The petition then needs to be approved by the dean of counseling, which can take up to 1 week. If you wish to repeat courses, especially those taken at another college, you are strongly advised to check with a counselor regarding equivalencies and potential credit limitations at transfer colleges.

NOTE: If you repeat a course taken at another college, Las Positas College cannot erase or change grades for classes taken at other colleges.

Q: What are my options for improving my grade point average (GPA)?

Answer: You can repeat courses in which you received “D” or “F” grades (see above question). You can also petition for academic renewal.

Academic renewal is a process where “D” and/or “F” grades can be removed from your grade point average without repeating the courses.  To be eligible for academic renewal, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at Las Positas College, and
  • Had at least two years pass since the courses to be removed were taken, and
  • Complete 12 units consecutively at LPC and/or Chabot College with a 2.5 GPA or higher; OR
  • Complete 20 units consecutively at LPC and/or Chabot College with a 2.0 GPA or higher;  and
  • Complete an Academic Renewal Petition and submit it to the admissions office. Students can only petition for academic renewal once.

Q: I’ve been dismissed and want to enroll in classes. What should I do?

Answer: You must meet with a counselor, complete a Petition for Readmission, and submit it to the admissions office.

  • Readmission can take 1-2 weeks.
  • Readmitted students will be required to adhere to a special readmission contract until they are in good academic standing.

Q: I have been recently readmitted to LPC after being dismissed. What must I do to be able to sign up for classes?

Answer: Counselors are committed to working with you to improve your grades and reach your educational goals. You are required to:

  • Complete a Readmission Student Contract with a counselor prior to each semester’s registration until you are in good academic standing.
  • Meet with all your instructors at least twice each semester to discuss class progress and complete/sign a Progress Report at the 7th and 12th week of the semester;
  • Meet with your counselor at least twice each semester to:

Discuss class progress and submit instructor signed Progress Reports.

Counseling Office

Building 1600
First Floor
Room 1616

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