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*Formerly part of the University Handbook
Student Governance and Policies

Scholastic Regulations

Chapter 116



Satisfactory Progress


Students admitted to the University to pursue baccalaureate degrees are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the attainment of that degree, and are expected to enter a major and graduate after a reasonable number of credits.

1. By the time undergraduate students have completed 105 credits, they either must be accepted in their major or have their pre-major status extended temporarily by an adviser.

2. Students shall graduate with their first baccalaureate by the time they have completed 30 credits beyond the credits required for the first degree or concurrent degrees. Departmental advisers may grant extensions beyond the 30-credit limit.

3. Postbaccalaureate students are expected to be preparing for admission into a degree program, seeking an additional bachelor's degree, or working toward a certificate. Students admitted as "postbaccalaureate-undeclared" must declare a major by the time they have earned 30 credits beyond their last degree, and once a degree objective has been declared, must make progress toward that degree as evidenced by the courses they have completed satisfactorily. College advisers may grant extensions beyond the 30-credit limit.

4. Students who do not declare a major by the time they have earned 105 credits, or who have exceeded the graduation credit limits, or who have not been accepted in a major as fifth-year or postbaccalaureate students, will have a "hold" placed against registration, beginning the following quarter.

5. The Committee on Admissions and Academic Standards may terminate a student's enrollment if the student demonstrates lack of academic progress as evidenced by repeated course(s) or University withdrawals and cancellations. The student may be reinstated with the approval of the student's college and the committee. EOP students may be reinstated in consultation with the Office of Minority Affairs.

S-B 147, January 20, 1987 with Presidential approval.