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Academic Probation Support

Many students face academic difficulty at some point in their college careers—you are not alone! There are many people across campus that are here to support you in your academic journey.

Academic Probation Policy

Students whose term, CPSLO, or Higher Ed GPAs fall below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation (AP). Being on academic probation causes many students (and supporters) to feel confused, overwhelmed, and stressed. If that's you, take a deep breath-we're here to help!

Know Your Status

First, it helps to understand your status. The academic probation policy breaks down varying levels of severity into two statuses: Academic Probation Status and Disqualification Status. Be sure to read the difference between these statuses and learn more about which applies to you. Note that disqualification status does not automatically equate to dismissal from the university.

Next Steps

Students in the College of Science and Mathematics may be required to participate in a tailored intervention as a means of providing support and to promote student success.

First-Year Students

First year students (freshmen) on academic probation for the first time after fall or winter quarter must participate the First Year Success Program coordinated through the Mustang Success Center. FSP is in place to motivate and encourage students, not to punish them. Students will work with a Cal Poly faculty, staff, or graduate student who has volunteered to serve as a resource and academic coach. You will receive an email outlining the steps you need to take.

New Transfer or Continuing Students

In Academic Probation Status

New transfer students and continuing students who are on Academic Probation for the first time will be required to register for and attend an AP workshop to learn how to navigate the AP policy, calculate major GPA, find campus resources, and more. Check your Cal Poly email for sign up information.

Students who have been on AP multiple terms are encouraged to attend the workshop as well.

In Disqualification Status

Terms Used In This Section

Disqualification: Academic status that may lead to dismissal.

Dismissal: Administrative action that prevents students from enrolling at Cal Poly for any future quarters. Dismissal may result from academic disqualification or administrative-academic disqualification status, or from a disciplinary proceeding. Dismissed students may or may not be allowed to return to Cal Poly, depending on the reason for the dismissal. 

Reinstatement: Administrative action that restores students’ eligibility to enroll at Cal Poly. Reinstatement may result from the approval of an appeal of disqualification or the removal of a disciplinary sanction.

Students who have been disqualified will need to submit an appeal to be reinstated. If a student does not submit an appeal or if the appeal is not accepted, the student will be dismissed from the university.

Please check your email for a link to the appeal form.

If your appeal is accepted, you must set up an appointment with Associate Dean Camille O'Bryant by the date in your email to establish an Academic Success Contract.

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