Academic & Progress Renewal

Santa Monica College will disregard a selected number of units for classes a student previously completed at SMC in which the student’s performance was substandard. Students who wish to have previous coursework disregarded must meet the requirements for academic renewal or progress renewal.

Academic Renewal

Academic Renewal is a process designed to facilitate a student’s completion of a degree or certificate program—and/or the student’s removal from academic probation—by disregarding up to 30 semester units of the student’s previous coursework. The student must discuss his or her situation with a counselor and file a petition for academic renewal. Final approval of the petition will be granted by the Admissions Office.

To qualify for academic renewal, the student must meet the following criteria:

   1.   The student’s educational objectives have changed to the extent that repetition of the coursework at SMC is no longer appropriate; and

   2.   The student has not already repeated the coursework at SMC or equivalent coursework at any other institution, resulting in a grade of A, B, C, Pass, or Credit; and

   3.   The coursework to be disregarded is limited to classes where the student received a grade of D (1.0), F (0.0), or FW (0.0); and

   4.   The student has completed a minimum of:

   •   36 consecutive semester units with a 2.0 GPA, or

   •   24 consecutive semester units with a 2.5 GPA, or

   •   15 consecutive semester units with a 3.0 GPA

   at an accredited college or university after having completed the coursework to be disregarded; and

   5.   At least two years have passed since the student’s completion of the most recent coursework to be disregarded.

All disregarded coursework will remain in the student’s permanent record, and the student’s transcripts will be annotated to make it readily evident that any disregarded course(s) may not be used to satisfy certificate, degree, or general education requirements.

Progress Renewal

Progress Renewal is a process designed to facilitate a student’s completion of a degree or certificate program—and/or the student’s removal from progress probation—by disregarding up to a maximum of 30 semester units of the student’s previous coursework. The student must discuss his or her situation with a counselor and file a petition for progress renewal. Final approval of the petition will be granted by the Admissions Office.

To qualify for progress renewal, the student must meet the following criteria:

   1.   The student’s educational objectives have changed to the extent that repetition of the coursework at SMC is no longer appropriate; and

   2.   The student has not already repeated the coursework at SMC or equivalent coursework at any other institution, resulting in a grade of A, B, C, Pass, or Credit; and

   3.   The coursework to be disregarded is limited to classes where the student received a notation of W (Withdrawal), MW (Military Withdrawal), or NP (No Pass; formerly NC-No Credit); and

   4.   At least two years have passed since the student’s completion of the most recent coursework to be disregarded; and

   5.   The student has completed—without receiving a notation of NP (No Pass), NC (No Credit), W (Withdrawal), or I (Incomplete)—a minimum of:

   •   36 consecutive semester units with a 2.0 GPA, or

   •   24 consecutive semester units with a 2.5 GPA, or

   •   15 consecutive semester units with a 3.0 GPA,

   at an accredited college or university after having completed the coursework to be disregarded.

All disregarded coursework will remain in the student’s permanent record, and the student’s transcripts will be annotated to make it readily evident that any disregarded course(s) may not be used to satisfy certificate, degree, or general education requirements.

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