Academic Probation- CAFES

Many students face academic difficulty at some point in their college careers—you are not alone!  There are many people across campus that are here to support you and your academic journey.  Here are some things to know:

Understand the Policy and Resources Available

The Mustang Success Center has put together a comprehensive webpage that covers the following topics:

  • Understanding the Academic Probation & Disqualification Policy
  • Frequently Asked Questions about being on Academic Probation/Disqualification
  • What is next?
  • Getting back on track
  • Academic Support




What is the CAFES Academic Probation Policy?

CAFES employs a variety of interventions for students who find themselves on academic probation. Interventions are listed below and differ according to the student’s year in school:

First-Year Students

New first-year students on academic probation after fall and/or winter quarters must participate in the “First Year Success” program coordinated through the Mustang Success Center. All first-year students will be contacted by the Mustang Success Center to complete their academic probation requirements.

New Transfer Students on Probation for the First Time 

New transfer students on academic probation for the first time in fall or winter quarters will participate in the Transfer Academic Success Program. Be on the lookout for an email about this program.

All Other Students

All other students on academic probation will be contacted by the CAFES Advising Center or by their individual academic advisor. Interventions for this student group varies depending on a student’s term GPA and/or their Cal Poly cumulative GPA.

CAFES Advising takes a targeted approach to students on probation. For those students in academic disqualification status, or in danger of disqualification status, CAFES Advising believes a personal, one-on-one approach best serves students. As such, a student’s assigned academic advisor will reach out to the student directly to help ensure academic success.

What is the CAFES Academic Disqualification Policy?

CAFES students will be placed on academic disqualification status if their Cal Poly GPA or their higher ed GPA falls below the following progress levels:



Academic Progress Level IV (75.1%-100%)

1.950 Cal Poly Cumulative or Higher Ed GPA

Academic Progress Level III (45.1%-75%)

1.850 Cal Poly Cumulative or Higher Ed GPA

Academic Progress Level II (20.1%-45%)

1.700 Cal Poly Cumulative or Higher Ed GPA

Academic Progress Level I (0%-20%)

1.500 Cal Poly Cumulative or Higher Ed GPA

Students who are on academic disqualification status at the end of fall and/or spring quarters may appeal for reinstatement. An appeal form will be made available to students on academic disqualification.

Note: Students will not be dismissed due to academic disqualification status at the end of the winter quarter, but they will be placed on an academic success contract.

What is the CAFES Academic Dismissal Policy?

A student who does not appeal their disqualification, or a student whose appeal is not approved, will be dismissed from the university. A dismissed student is no longer an active Cal Poly student and will be disenrolled from courses. 

CAFES students on academic dismissal status will need to consult with their department regarding the possibility of being readmitted to Cal Poly in the future.

What is the CAFES Readmission Policy?

Academic dismissal for CAFES students does not have to be permanent. To be readmitted to Cal Poly in the future, a dismissed student must demonstrate success in major related courses at another academic institution. Once they've demonstrated success (by meeting the terms of the readmission contract), they will reapply and be admitted into their original major.

Students have two choices for their readmission contract:

  1. Complete a minimum of 22 semester or 32 quarter units of pre-approved courses at another institution and achieve a GPA of 2.75 or better
  2. Complete a minimum of 12 semester or 16 quarter unts of pre-approved courses at another institution and achieve or GPA of 3.0 or better

​In both instances, the expectation is that the student will earn a B- or better in the pre-approved courses.

Before taking courses at another institution, dismissed students must consult with their respective department. A department representative will establish the list of pre-approved courses to take at another institution.

When a student is nearing completion of their pre-approved courses, and are on track to attain the required grades and GPA, they can apply for reinstatement via the link found here.

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