Students may petition to have their academic record reviewed for academic renewal of substandard academic performance under the following conditions:

  1. Academic renewal may be applied to two distinct terms/sessions of work and is a one-time irreversible option.

  2. Academic renewal cannot be used to disregard prior academic credit or course work which has been applied toward an associate degree or certificate earned at Cuesta College.

  3. For any term/session in which course work is to be disregarded, substandard academic work in that term/session will be disregarded, excluding satisfactory academic work.

  4. If grade alleviation has already been applied two times for course included in requested term/session to be disregarded, the course will not be eligible for academic renewal without repetition and will remain on the academic record. No more than two substandard grades may be alleviated from the calculation of the student's GPA for a course.

  5. A period of at least one year must have elapsed since the completion of the work to be alleviated.

  6. To alleviate course work, the student must have:

    • Completed a minimum of 12 semester credits since the term(s) to be alleviated with at least a 3.0 GPA; or
    • Completed 18 semester credits since the term(s) to be alleviated with at least a 2.5 GPA;or
    • Completed 24 semester credits since the term(s) to be alleviated with at least a 2.0 GPA
  7. Recalculation of the GPA will be used toward qualification for graduation with honors.

  8. Academic standing for the term/session(s) will be adjusted.

  9. Permanent academic records will be annotated in such a manner that the record of all work remains legible, ensuring a true and complete academic history.

The student initiates the request by filing a Petition for Academic Renewal without Course Repetition in Counseling Services. The petition must be signed by the student and counselor.