Effective Fall quarter 2009, California State University, Bakersfield, will adopt new administrative and academic policies regarding grading symbols, minimum standards governing the assignment of grades, policies on the repetition of courses, academic renewal, and grade appeals. These new policies are set forth by Executive Order 1037, directed by the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University system.
As a student, it is your responsibility to adhere to these new policies that may affect your progress toward your degree. The information contained in this communication is designed to help you understand these policies as you continue to plan and take courses here at CSUB. You are also encouraged to speak with a staff or faculty advisor at any time to help you facilitate your successful graduation from CSU Bakersfield.
Undergraduate students may withdraw from no more than 28 quarter units. Only units attempted at CSU Bakersfield apply toward the 28 quarter-unit maximum limit. These units include courses taken through Open (Extended) University.
Withdrawals after the census date, but before the 8th week (refer to the Academic Calendar) will result in a grade of "W."
Withdrawals after the 7th week of instruction must be for accident or serious medical illness where the cause for the withdrawal is clearly beyond the student's control and the assignment of an Incomplete (I) grade is not practical and must be accompanied by a completed Medical Withdrawal Form and additional proper documentation. Approved withdrawals of this nature will not count against the 28 quarter-unit maximum limit.
|Math 140||W||5 units|
|Comm 108||W||5 units|
|Engl 110||W||5 units|
|15 units of W|
13 units remain for withdrawal based on 28 limit maximum.
|Soc 100||W||5 units|
|Phil 102||W||5 units|
|Biol 100||B||5 units|
|10 units of W|
3 units remain for withdrawal.
The circumstances that must accompany the request for Academic Renewal follow:
If another institution has acted to remove coursework from consideration via renewal, such action shall be honored in terms of that institution's policy. Elimination of any coursework from consideration shall reduce by one term the three-quarter maximum on the application of Academic Renewal to the student's record at CSUB.
Academic Renewal is not intended to permit the improvement of a student's GPA beyond what is required for graduation.
The Incomplete (I) symbol is recorded when a student has been doing satisfactory work in a course, but for unforeseen reasons judged appropriate by the instructor, the student should be permitted additional time to complete the requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to bring pertinent information to the instructor and to reach agreement on the means by which the remaining course requirements will be satisfied.
Undergraduate students may repeat courses (100 level or higher, excluding CR/NC courses) only if they earned grades with a C- or lower. Course repeats with "Grade Forgiveness" are allowed when the higher grade replaces the lower grade (C- or lower) for the purpose of GPA calculation only. All grades remain on the student's transcript. The grade for the most recent course registration will be used for GPA calculation. There is a notation next to the lower grade indicating that the point value of that grade has been excluded in GPA calculation.
Undergraduate students may repeat an additional 18 quarter units in addition to the 24 quarter units where grade replacement was permitted. In these cases, the repeat grade will not replace the original grade; instead both grades, original and repeated, will be calculated into the student's overall and CSUB GPA. The limits to the policies above apply only to units completed at CSU Bakersfield.
|Fall 2008||Winter 2009||Fall 2009|
|Biol 100||F||Biol 100||D||Biol 100||B|
|Math 140||A||Soc 100||B-||Phil 201||C|
|Engl 110||B+||Thtr 232||A||Mus 101||A|
24 units allowed in policy
-10 units used (Fall, Winter)
=14 units remaining for grade forgiveness
Biology 100 was repeated for Grade Forgiveness in Fall 2009. Grade values for previous Biology courses (Fall 08 & Winter 09) will be forgiven. Unit values for both courses will be considered toward the 24-unit limit.
Understanding the policies and guidelines discussed in this brochure is important to your success as a student at CSU Bakersfield.
If you have any questions or need help in interpreting how this may affect your academic career and progress, please talk to your advisor within your major or visit any advisor in the Student Success & Retention Center. Additionally, if you are receiving financial aid, you are encouraged to consult with a financial aid counselor to determine how these policies may influence your financial aid package.
Student Success & Retention Center
Administration East- Building 5
Telephone: (661) 654-2700
Fax: (661) 654-6950
Request forms and processing questions that fall under this policy may be obtained at
Admissions and Records Office
Student Services-Building 10
Telephone: (661) 654-3036
Fax: (661) 654-3389