Bakersfield College

Probation/Dismissal Reinstatement/Dismissal Appeal

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In other words, we help students construct a Probation Pathway or roadmap consisting of various tools. The purpose of the guidelines listed below is to identify your needs and provide appropriate support and/or academic interventions. These tools are meant to help you succeed in your courses and achieve your goal of earning a college degree, certificate, or credential. They will help you build self-confidence and develop the skills and abilities necessary for a successful career.

Please remember that as long as a student’s academic standing is in question, we expect them to adhere to the sections and sub-sections listed below every semester until they return to “Good Academic Standings.”

Once the system has determined your level of academic risk, you may use the following tabs below to help you understand the reasons you have been placed on either Academic Probation, Progress Probation, Continuing Probation, or Dismissal Status.

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Counseling: (661) 395-4630

Fabiola Johnson, Counselor

Dr. Michael McClenic, Program Manager

Sarah Villasenor, Counselor

Academic Probation/Progress Probation 1

Probation is designed to inform the college that there are students in distress. It is our ultimate goal to communicate with you, the student and find out how we can help you be more successful in achieving your goal of obtaining a degree. In order for us to help you, we need you to understand what probation is and how you got there.


A student who has attempted 12 or more semester units and who then earns a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester shall be placed on Academic Probation for the following semester. Furthermore, a student who has attempted 12 or more units shall be placed on Progress Probation 1 when the percentage of all units attempted for which entries of ‘W’ (Withdrawal), ‘NP’ (No Pass), and/or I (Incomplete) reaches or exceeds 51.

Students who are placed on probation will have a hold placed on their registration, and will not be able to register for courses until they complete an Academic Success Probation Workshop. A student shall be removed from probationary status when the cumulative GPA reaches 2.0 or higher, and/or when the percentage of all units in which a student has attempted for which entries of ‘W’, ‘NP’, and/or ‘I’ are recorded below 50 percent.

If removed from probationary status the student will be limited in the number of units for which they can register.

Academic Probation/Progress Probation 2

A student will remain on probation if at the end of a current semester, the GPA is still below 2.0 and is moved to probation 2, this is a way to inform the student that they really need to focus on improving their academic performance.

A student is placed on Academic Probation 2 when their cumulative GPA remains lower than 2.0. As a result, unit registration decreases to 12 units maximum. If student’s GPA still fails to meet the 2.0 or higher requirement at the end of the second consecutive semester, you are then placed in Academic Dismissal. Progress Probation 2 occurs after the second consecutive semester. This means the number of units completed did not reach the fifty one percent or more of the units attempted. In other words, the grades earned would have had a “W”, “I”, “IP”, “P”, and/or “NP”.

The students need to really seek help from the counseling and focus on identifying what changes need to be made. They need to make improvements on their academic performance with the counseling department working to help them.

Academic Dismissal

Students who fail to relieve themselves from academic probation are put in Academic Dismissal. These are students that if at the end of the third semester, their GPA doesn’t meet the 2.0 or higher requirement. As a result, unit registration decreases to 7 units. At the end of the third consecutive semester, if your academic standing is still poor, then you are dismissed for a primary term (Fall or Spring).

Dismissal Reinstatement

After the temporary dismissal, the students have an opportunity to come back and get re-established. This stage is known as Dismissal Reinstatement. However, to go through this stage, students have to know why they were dismissed.

Students are dismissed from attending Bakersfield College when one or more of the following occur. If a student has been on academic and/or progress probation for three semesters they will transition to Academic Dismissal or if the student has earned a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 for three consecutive semesters.

The student may also be placed on Academic Dismissal if they have received non-evaluative symbols of ‘W’, ‘I’ and/or ‘NC’ in 51 percent of more of the units for which he/she was enrolled for three consecutive semesters.

Students on dismissal are required to meet with a BC Counselor. Please call (661) 395-4421 to schedule an appointment.

Continued Probation

A student who is dismissed is ineligible to attend Bakersfield College. He/she may request to be conditionally readmitted the following semester upon petition to the BC Counseling Center. A readmitted student may be restricted to specific courses or programs and will be limited in the number of units for registration.

Dismissal Appeal

Students have the right to appeal their dismissal status. It is available only for extenuating circumstances. Students must be able to provide documentation of the extenuating circumstance. For more information, contact our BC Counseling Department at (661) 395-4816.

Dismissal Appeal Petition

The student has the right to appeal a proposed dismissal action if the student feels that facts exist that warrant an exception to the dismissal action.

The student must file an appeal by doing the following listed requirements:

  • Completing the BC Dismissal Appeal Petition Form
  • Identifying barriers to success, including corresponding documentation
  • Discussing the maximum units allowed
  • Discussing key campus resources for academic success
  • Discussing key habits for academic success
  • Submitting a CSEP (Comprehensive Student Educational Plan)

The student will be limited to a maximum enrollment of 7 units. A special “Readmit Continuation” will be placed on the student’s academic status, which will encourage the student to follow the needed requirements as indicated on the Bakersfield College Student Success and Support Program Plan (SSSP). The academic counselor will assist the student regarding any/all of the following, as appropriate.

If student is suspended at the end of: And wants to readmit for the: Follow this procedure:
Fall 2016 or before  Summer and/or Fall 2017
  • No appeal.
  • Complete reinstatement form via face-to-face workshop. Automatically admitted with a 7 unit limit.
Spring 2017 Summer and/or Fall 2017 Student submits the BC Dismissal Appeal Petition Form addressed to our Probation/Early Alert Program Manager, Dr. Michael McClenic in the BC Counseling Center
Students dismissed at the close of the Spring 2017 will be dismissed for the Fall 2017 semester and will be able to return in the Spring 2018 semester, if appeal is not approved. Students dismissed at the close of the Spring 2017 semester, may be allowed to continue enrollment onto the following Fall 2017 semester, if they attend and successfully complete the Summer 2017 term with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

A student who is academically dismissed for a primary term (fall or spring semester) and/or has had multiple dismissals, must complete the BC Dismissal Appeal Petition Form with a counselor. Additionally, the student must complete and submit the BC Dismissal Appeal Petition Form along with the aforementioned documentation.


A student appealing a recent dismissal must complete the Reinstatement-Dismissal Appeal Petition. The Dismissal Appeal Petition must be submitted to the BC counseling Department by the following dates:

  • May 11, 2018 For Summer 2018
  • August 10, 2018 For Fall 2018 (For continuing students not attending Summer 2018 semester)
  • January 4, 2019 For Spring 2019
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