Course Repetition


A course repetition occurs when a student who has previously received an evaluative symbol (i.e. A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D+, D, D-, F, W, P/NP, CR/NC, RD, I) in a credit course, re-enrolls in that course and receives an evaluative symbol OR attempts a course and receives an evaluative or non-evaluative symbol for the course (i.e. A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D+, D, D-, F, W, P/NP, CR/NC, RD, I) and wishes to enroll again in the same course. All course attempts in a student’s academic record count toward this enrollment limitation.

If a student receives a grade of D, F, NC, NP, or W in a course that is not designated as repeatable the student may repeat the course to improve the grade; however, the listing of the original grade will remain on the student’s permanent record. A student may repeat a course no more than two times (three enrollments total) unless there is another provision that allows the repetition. When a student has repeated courses to alleviate substandard coursework, the first two substandard grades may be excluded in computing the student’s grade point average (GPA). The course repetition will be annotated on the transcript and all work will remain legible insuring a true and complete academic history. The repetition of course policy, applies to courses taken in other accredited colleges or universities and similar policies at other colleges and universities will be honored.


Students attempting a course for the third and final time from which they previously withdrew or received substandard grades, must submit a completed "Final Attempt - Course Repetition" form to the Office of Admissions and Records, or College Center Registration Desk, and the enrollment must be completed with an Admissions and Records staff person.  Contact the Office of Admissions and Records for more information.


Course Families are established by the Curriculum Committee, and identified in the college catalog, for active participatory courses in physical education/kinesiology and visual or performing arts with similar educational activities. Although a course cannot be repeated, a student may attempt up to four courses in a subject family. This limitation applies even if the student receives a substandard grade (i.e., D+, D, D-, F, NP, NC) or a W. Enrollment limitations are monitored district wide for a subject family. 


Title 5, section 55041-55045 allows repetition of courses where substandard grades have not been received, in cases of special circumstances, and only by petition of the student.  Students may be eligible to repeat a course if one of the exceptions below applies.  Students must submit a Course Repeat Petition, a written statement, and documentation supporting the reason for the request, to the Office of Admissions and Records or a College Center Registration Desk.  Submission of the completed petition does not guarantee approval.  Contact the Office of Admissions and Records for more information.

Special circumstances are defined as when the college district:

  1. finds that the student’s previous grade is, at least in part, the result of extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accidents, illness, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student; or
  2. the course is required for legally mandated training; or
  3. the course is a special class for students with disabilities which the student needs to repeat for a reason described in Title 5, section 56029; or
  4. another institution of higher education to which the student seeks to transfer has established a recency requirement which the student will not be able to satisfy without repeating the course in question, and where at least 36 months have elapsed since the student last took the course; or
  5. finds a significant change in industry or licensure standards necessitates repetition of the course for employment or licensure.


Courses designated as repeatable are identified in the college catalog and shall include the number of times a course may be repeated. Courses may be deemed repeatable if they meet one of the following exceptions:

  1. Courses for which repetition is necessary to meet the major requirements of CSU or UC for completion of a bachelor’s degree. The District shall retain supporting documentation that verifies that the repetition is necessary to meet the major requirements of CSU or UC for completion of a bachelor’s degree;
  2. Intercollegiate athletics courses in which a student athlete is enrolled to participate in an organized competitive sport sponsored by the District, or a conditioning course which supports the organized competitive sport; and
  3. Intercollegiate academic or vocational competition courses designed specifically for participation in nonathletic competitive events between students from different colleges and sanctioned by a formal collegiate or industry governing body. The participation in the event must be directly related to the course content and objectives. Enrollment in these courses is limited to no more than four times, even if the student receives a substandard grade or W during one or more of the enrollments