How to Remove a Probation Hold

If you are on academic or progress probation, you must schedule an in-person appointment with a counselor in order to have your probation hold lifted. No walk-ins or drop-ins are allowed.

Call to Schedule an Appointment Now:
  • Merced Campus: (209) 381-6478
  • Los Banos Campus: (209) 826-3495
Tips for Planning Ahead:

Check your campus email for communication to remove a probation hold before the semester begins.  If you don't remove a probation hold in advance, you will need to wait until the second week of the semester to get an appointment with a counselor.

Policy About Academic Probation

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Academic Probation?

If you have attempted at least 12 units and earned a grade point average (GPA) below 2.0 based on all units recorded on your permanent record:

  • You will be notified that you have been placed on academic probation.
  • Your probation status is not affected by a break in attendance.
  • You will be removed from academic probation when your cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.

 2. What is Progress Probation?

If you have enrolled in at least 12 units and the entries on your permanent record of “W” “I” (incomplete), and/or “NP” (No Pass) reach 50% of your cumulative units or more, you will be placed on progress probation.  Your probation status is not affected by a break in attendance.

You will be removed from progress probation when the percentage of your units graded as “W,” “I,” and “NP” drops below 50% in this category.

3. Can I be dismissed from the College if I am on Academic Probation or Progress Probation?

Yes, you can be dismissed from the College. You will be notified in writing if you are dismissed from the College.

  • If you are on Academic Probation you will be subject to dismissal if you earn a cumulative grade point average of less than 1.75 for all units attempted in each of three consecutive semesters.
  • If you are on Progress Probation, you will be subject to dismissal if the entries on your permanent record of “W,” “I,” and/or “NP” reach 50% of your cumulative units or more for three consecutive semesters.

4. When would my academic or progress probation status change?

 While units accumulated during a summer session are used in the calculation of your GPA, your probation status changes only at the end of a regular semester when grades are recorded.  

5. Is There an Appeal Process for Probation and/or Dismissal?

Yes, you may appeal provided that unusual and verifiable circumstances occurred that were strongly instrumental in leading to your probationary or dismissal status.

Reasons for appeal might include: 

  • Your health
  • An emergency in your family
  •  An extreme change in your financial situation which did not allow you to continue your education
  •  Other reasons may also be considered