Courses that may be repeated for credit are designated by the word "repeatable" in the Ohlone College Catalog. Students cannot register for a course for which the repeatable limit has been reached. Enrollment will not be allowed in a non-repeatable class that was previously completed with a grade of C or better. Enrollments will also not be allowed in a course that has already been repeated the maximum times allowed, per Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. A course with a letter grade, including a W, counts as an enrollment.
Any course may be repeated one time to improve a substandard grade (D, F, or NP) previously received in the course. In such cases, only the most recent grade and units will be computed in the student's GPA and unit totals. However, colleges are required, by law, to post both grades on transcripts.
Per Section 58161 of the California Code of Regulations, students may enroll in a non-repeatable course a maximum of three (3) times if the student has earned a substandard grade (D or F) or a W in the course. Effective Summer 2012, once a student has enrolled in a non-repeatable course three times the student will not be allowed to enroll in the same course again at Ohlone College. A course with a letter grade, including a W, counts as an enrollment. While this new policy is effective Summer 2012, it is applied retroactively to all Ohlone students, regardless of when the student enrolled in the non-repeatable course. Refer to Policy for Repeating Courses has Changed for instructions for completing this petition.
If a student has enrolled in a non-repeatable course twice at Ohlone College, then the third enrollment at Ohlone will become the ﬁnal enrollment at Ohlone, regardless of the grade earned by the student. For example:
- During Fall 2016 a student received a W in ENGL-101A, a non-repeatable course.
- During Spring 2017 the same student received an F in ENGL-101A.
- The next time that the student takes ENGL-101A, regardless of the grade (A, B, C, D, F, P, NP, or W), is the last time ENGL-101A can be taken at Ohlone College.
Important: Policy for Repeating Courses has Changed
The California Community College Board of Governors passed revisions to Title 5 regarding course repetition effective Summer 2012.
Students will only be allowed to enroll in a course not designated as "repeatable" (ENGL-101A, for instance) three times if they received a substandard grade (D, F, NP, or NC) or withdrew from the class with a W. Please refer to Repeating Courses for more information.
In order to enroll in a non-repeatable class for a 3rd and final time, students must meet with an academic counselor and the counselor must email firstname.lastname@example.org, copying the student using the student's Ohlone email, the following information:
- Subject Line: RE: Course Student Repetition for (Student's Name)
- Student's Name:
- Student's ID number:
- Class, section and synonym (Priority 1):
- Class, section and synonym (Priority 2):
- Class, section and synonym (Priority 3):
- Statement: Student is aware that this is their third and final attempt taking this course at Ohlone College.
Every attempt will be made to register student's in classes or to be put on the waitlist. However, if we are unable to register students in classes due to section capacity, the student should contact the instructor on the first day of class to inquire if there is room and to see if they can obtain an add authorization code. Add authorization codes does not override section capacity. Instructors should contact their Division Office to see if their section capacity can be increased, or drop student's who do not attend/participate within the first week of class.
We will resume paper Student Petition Forms (PDF) when we return to campus and paper petitions will need to be submitted to the Admissions Office. Please check back regularly for updates.
*Note: Course repetitions will not be accepted directly from the student. In addition course repetitions should be submitted after priority registration emails have gone out.
Students must complete the petition and obtain a Division Dean's signature verifying that they have discussed the following:
- This will be the final time the student will be allowed to enroll in this class at Ohlone College.
- The student has considered strategies to ensure that he/she will successfully complete the course.
After obtaining the Division Dean's signature, the student must submit the petition to the Admissions Office. It is highly recommended that the student identify at least 3 open sections of the class (in the section entitled: "Please list all classes related to this petition").
Students can begin submitting petitions to enroll in a course for a third time once registration begins for former students and for new students who have completed orientation. The Admissions and Records Office will start to process these petitions 5 business days after registration begins for former students and for new students who have completed orientation. For these dates, go to the Academic Calendar.
If the requested sections are not open, the student will be added to the waitlist (if available). If the waitlists for all requested sections are closed, the student will be contacted by email and advised to request additional sections.
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