Undergraduate Student Course Repeat
|Definition:||This policy is applicable only to courses taken at CSUSM and will be followed when allowing undergraduate students to repeat courses.|
|Authority:||Academic Senate recommendation.|
|Scope:||This policy applies to all undergraduate students enrolled in CSUSM.|
|Responsible Division:||Academic Affairs|
|Related Documents and Forms:||Document 1|
GRADE POINT AVERAGE(S)
The grade point average (GPA) is a measure of academic scholarship and performance. The grade point average is computed by multiplying the number of units earned by the quality-point value of the grade assigned. The total quality points are then divided by the number of units attempted, subject to application of the Course Repeat Policy described in this catalog. Note that there are separate policies for undergraduate students and for graduate/postbaccalaureate students.
A student´s overall GPA is based on the record of all baccalaureate-level and/or postbaccalaureate-level courses attempted by that student. A student´s institutional (or CSUSM) GPA is based on the record of all baccalaureate-level and/or postbaccalaureate-level courses attempted by that student at CSU San Marcos. Some degree programs may require students to achieve a minimum grade point average in courses applied toward major requirements, or a minimum grade in each of these courses.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT COURSE REPEAT POLICY
Undergraduate students may repeat up to five courses in order meet graduation requirements. Repeating a course does not expunge the earlier attempt from the student´s record, but it may improve the student´s grade point average (GPA). The following policy, applicable only to courses taken at CSU San Marcos, will be followed when allowing undergraduate students to repeat courses:
- A course taken at CSU San Marcos in which a grade of C- (1.7) or less is received may be repeated for purposes of omitting a prior grade from the GPA calculation and satisfying requirements. A course taken at CSU San Marcos in which a grade of NC is received may also be repeated. All course repeats should be done in consultation with the student´s academic advisor.
- All attempts for a given course will be maintained as a part of the student record and will appear on the student´s transcripts.
- If a course previously taken for a grade is repeated CR/NC, the original grade(s) will continue to be calculated in the GPA.
- Unless the student submits an Undergraduate Student Course Repeat Request Form to the Enrollment Services Information Center, all grades will be used to calculate the student´s GPA.
- If a student submits an Undergraduate Student Course Repeat Request Form to the Enrollment Services Information Center, then one prior grade earned in the course is ignored for the purpose of calculating the GPA. Since CR/NC grades do not enter into the GPA calculation, it is not necessary to submit this form when repeating a course in which a grade of NC was earned.
- An Undergraduate Student Course Repeat Request Form cannot be filed until the student has completed the repeat. An Undergraduate Student Course Repeat Request Form cannot be filed if the student received a grade of CR, NC, F, I, RD, SP or U the last time that the course was repeated.
- A maximum of five (5) different courses may be repeated at CSU San Marcos. If a student wishes to repeat a course, and the course is not scheduled to be offered during the student´s expected time to degree, then the program director (or designee) of the program offering the original course may approve substitution of a different course to be repeated instead. If a course with variable topics is repeated, then with the pair of exceptions stated immediately below, the same topic (identified by specific course number and suffix) must be repeated in order to omit the earlier grade from the GPA calculation. If the topic has been converted to a new course, and is identified as such in the catalog description of the new course, then the new course may be taken to repeat the topic. If the same topic is not scheduled to be offered again within the term of the student´s expected time to degree, the program director (or designee) of the program offering the course may approve substitution of a different topic offered under the same course number.
- Transfer courses are not counted in the repetition limit. If a student has taken courses at other institutions, the policies of those institutions will be used in computing the overall GPA.
- A course repeated at another institution will not replace the course taken at CSU San Marcos in the institutional GPA computation.
*Please see attachement above for Undergraduate Student Course Repeat Request Form