Probation and Dismissal

What is Academic Probation?

If you have earned at least twelve (12) units, and your cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0, you will be placed on Academic Probation. Earned units are those units for which entries do not include "W," "I" and/or "NC.”

What is Progress Probation?
A student who has attempted a total of at least twelve (12) units shall be placed on progress probation when the percentage of units in which the student has attempted, for which entries of "W," "I" and/or "NC" are recorded reaches or exceeds 50%. Attempted units are those for which a student was enrolled.


  • Loss of “Good Academic Standing” status
  • Loss of Priority Registration
  • Possible Academic Dismissal, if unable to improve academic standing
  • Possible Financial Aid implications (Please contact the site you plan to attend for further information.)

How to Return to Good Standing:
To be removed from Academic Probation, you must bring your cumulative grade point average to a 2.0 or above.

To be removed from Progress Probation, you must complete more than 50% of the units you have attempted.


A student will be placed on Academic or Progress Probation in the event that he/she demonstrates substandard academic performance. For more information about Academic and Progress Probation, please see Probation & Dismissal.

The Probation Process includes 3 actions necessary for improving your academic standing:

  1. Watch the video below, and complete the Self-Assessment  
  2. Meet with a Counselor/Advisor
  3. Return to Good Standing by successfully completing your classes


Academic Dismissal

A student who is on academic probation shall be subject to dismissal if the student earned a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 in all units earned in three (3) consecutive semesters.
***A student who should be dismissed after their second term, but he/she earned a semester GPA of a 2.0 or better during the determining semester, will be allowed to continue on academic probation the following term.

Progress Dismissal

A student who has been placed on progress probation shall be subject to dismissal if the percentage of units in which the student has attempted for which entries of "W", "I" and "NC" are recorded in at least three (3) consecutive semesters reaches or exceeds 50%.
*** A student who should be dismissed after their second term, but he/she successfully completed more than 50% of the attempted units during the determining semester will be allowed to continue on progress probation the following term.

Dismissal Processes

Once you are on Academic Dismissal, you will need to complete the Readmission Process after a one semester absence to return to CR.
Next Steps:

  1. Begin the Next Steps for Readmission by completing the Readmission After Dismissal form and scheduling an appointment with Counseling and Advising. For more information, please see Probation and Dismissal Forms & Resources.
  2. Contact Financial Aid to discuss how your status may impact your eligibility for future aid.
  3. After receiving a recommendation for readmissionfrom a Counselor, the Academic Appeals Committee will consider whether or not students may be readmitted. The following criteria will be considered:
    1. Documented extenuating circumstances
    2. Other college credit or non-credit coursework showing marked improvement after the semesters on which disqualification was based
    3. Improved GPA as a result of grade changes, fulfillment of incomplete courses, or academic renewal.
    4. The student participates in a corrective program designed to assist him/her in improving academic skills.

Readmission Form

  • Complete the Readmission Formif you are on Academic Dismissal and would like to return to College of the Redwoods after one semester.
Appeal for Reinstatement
  • Complete the Appeal for Reinstatementif you are on Academic Dismissal, but you believe facts exist that warrant an exception to the dismissal action.
    • You must file the appeal with the Office of Admissions and Records within ten (10) working days after the dismissal message is sent.
    • The decision of the Academic Appeals Committee will be communicated to the student in writing (which includes email notification) by the Office of Admissions and Records
  • If the dismissal appeal is granted, a student will be reinstated to probation level 2 for an additional semester. At the end of the additional semester, the student’s academic record will again be evaluated to determine whether the student may be removed from probation, should be dismissed, or should be continued on probation. (See Probation & Dismissal)
Academic Probation, Dismissal, and Readmission Policy
Visual Guide to Levels of Probation & Dismissal

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