Academic Probation is a warning that your academic performance is below the minimum required for graduation. An undergraduate student is subject to academic probation if at any time the cumulative grade point average or institutional grade point average falls below 2.0. If this occurs, the student must meet with their advisor to identify academic difficulties and to complete a probationary contract.

The student services center is committed to providing you with the information and guidance necessary for you to get back on track. Most students seem to benefit from following the guidelines of time management and terms of a probationary contract. Our focus is to help you identify and discuss the possible causes of poor academic performance with you and suggest some ways you may resolve these issues.

If a probationary student does not comply with contract requirements, a hold may be placed on registration. Compliance includes maintaining regular sessions with an academic advisor and registering for courses recommended on your probationary contract. Records are kept to document students’ use of services and progression.

Probation Contract

A Probation Contract is designed to help the student make steady improvement towards improving their GPA. A contract may include:

  • Reduction in number of units attempted
  • Change in program (major)
  • Enrollment in courses prescribed by the advisor, e.g., writing
  • Re-enrollment in courses in which the student previously received a failing grade
  • Career counseling and / or attend C.L.A.S.S. workshop or tutoring

An undergraduate student may be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:

  • The grade point average (GPA) based on total/cumulative units attempted at all colleges falls below a 2.0 (C average).
  • The GPA on all units attempted at CSU Dominguez Hills falls below a 2.0 average.
  • Withdrawal from all or a substantial portion of a program of studies in two successive terms or in any three terms.
  • Repeated failure to progress toward the stated degree objective.
  • Failure to comply, after due notice, with an academic requirement or regulation. (example: failure to take placement tests, failure to complete a required practicum, failure to satisfy GWAR).
  • The conditions for removal of academic probation are not met within the period specified.
  • A student shall be removed from academic probation when the cumulative and Dominguez Hills grade point average is 2.0 or higher.

Reasons Why Students Fall on Academic Probation

  • Working and attending school full-time
  • Financial difficulties
  • Work and family responsibilities
  • Lacking support from family and friends
  • Not paying attention to deadlines – particularly the one for dropping classes
  • Trying to take to many units
  • Lack of Interest in courses
  • Deficiencies in basic skills or learning disability
  • Poor Study skills
  • Not going to your instructor with questions until you’ve gotten a D in the midterm
  • Poor time management

Responsibilities of Probationary Students

As a probationary student, you are required to keep an appointment with your assigned advisor at least twice during the academic semester. Students should take the initiative in seeking advisement and develop close relationships with their advisors.

The probationary student and advisor shall establish a written probationary contract and agree on specific limitations. The student shall be removed from academic probation when the cumulative grade point average in all college work attempted and the cumulative grade point average at CSUDH is 2.0 or higher. An extension of time may be granted to meet the required 2.0 GPA if all requirements of contract are met and is making progress towards the degree. In order to do this effectively, students should:

  • Be aware of the grades needed to clear probationary status.
  • Secure a copy of the current course schedule and know what courses you should be taking (or retaking).
  • Become familiar with general education requirements, graduation requirements and program requirements.
  • Consult with an advisor when having academic difficulty.
  • Students must consult with their academic advisor before dropping or adding courses or changing their curriculum.
  • Develop a study schedule and routine that will provide structure and support.
  • Pay close attention to deadlines – particularly the one for dropping classes without getting an F.

Failure To Adhere To The Above Responsibilities Can Jeopardize Your Status As A Student And May Result In Termination From The University.

If you have a STEPS probation hold you will need to register for and attend a STEPS workshop.