Academic Policies at College of San Mateo - Academic Renewal Policy
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Academic Renewal Policy

Any substandard course work (i.e., D+, D, D-, F, and NP) which is not reflective of the student's current demonstrated scholastic ability may be alleviated and disregarded in the computation of the grade point average under the following conditions:
    1. A period of at least one year must have elapsed since the work to be alleviated was completed; and
    2. A student seeking alleviation must have met one of the unit/grades benchmarks listed below:

      • Completed 9 units of course work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5
      • Completed 15 units of course work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
      • Completed 21 units of course work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5
      • Completed 24 units of course work with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0

    3. The substandard course work to be alleviated must have been taken at Cañada College, College of San Mateo, or Skyline College. However, the course work upon which the application for alleviation is based may be completed at any college or university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or equivalent agency.
To request Academic Renewal, a student must file a formal petition with the Office of Admissions and Records. It is available to download from collegeofsanmateo.edu/forms . When academic work is alleviated from the computation of the grade point average, the student's permanent academic record shall be properly annotated in a manner to ensure that all entries are legible providing a true and complete record of academic history.