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Procedures for Students with a Probation Lock Hold

Procedures for Students with a Probation Lock Hold for Fall 2014

The Registrar’s Office previously notified students on continuing academic probation (three continuous semesters), informing them that they are no longer eligible to enroll in classes through Regular University.

Students who have a Probation Lock Hold for Fall 2014 must download the Probation Lock Hold for Fall 2014 Checklist from the Registrar's web site.  Students with a Probation Lock Hold for Spring 2014 should download the Spring 2014 Checklist and follow their specific checklist.

Students must follow the checklist to guide them through the procedures that they must take
to improve their SFSU and OVERALL COLLEGE GPAs so that they can enroll at SF State in a future semester.

You can find more information at the registrar's web site: http://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/reg/plock.html

Students on Probation Lock have (from Part 1 of Probation Lock Checklist):

  • received an email (6/16/14) from the Registrar’s Office informing them that they have been on continuous probation for the past three semesters:  Spring 2013, Fall 2013, and Spring 2014 AND
  • they have a Probation Lock administrative hold on their record for Fall 2014, AND
  • The University has instructed them to attend classes through the College of Extended Learning (CEL).

In order to request reinstatement, the students on Probation Lock must follow these procedures below (from Part 2 of the Probation Lock Checklist):

  1. Improve both their SF State and Overall GPAs to the minimum 2.0.
  2. To raise their SF State and Overall GPAs, they must enroll in classes through the College of Extended Learning only.
  3. They must earn grades, in CEL classes, that are C or above. They cannot petition to be reinstated if they earn a grade below C; this includes grades of C- thru F, CR, NC, WU, I-Incomplete, Audit and W-Withdrawal. (Note:  The best strategy is to complete these classes with A's or B's)
  4. They must improve their SF State and Overall GPAs to 2.0 or above and earn C or higher grades in all CEL classes by the end of Fall 2014. (Note:  After Fall 2014, the student will be required to reapply for admission to SF State.)

NOTE:  Students are not eligible for PLOCK reinstatement if they have missed two consecutive semesters, Fall 2013 & Spring 2014, or longer.

Once they have completed these 4 steps, then they can complete Part 3 of the Probation Lock Checklist, and submit the form to the One Stop Center (SSB 101), as indicated on the Checklist.

Please note that no Biology Department or COSE signatures are required for submission of the Checklist to the One Stop Center.  However, it is highly recommended that students with a Probation Lock for Fall 2014 meet with an advisor at the Advising Center (ADM 211), or the COSE Student Resource Center (SCI 247) or a Biology Major Advisor, in order to develop a strategy to repair their SFSU and Overall GPAs to the minimum 2.0. 


Students who received notification that they are under the "PENDING" PROBATION LOCK status OR must IMPROVE their SFSU and/or OVERALL GPA to the minimum 2.0 (BOTH must be at this minimum or better) by the end of FALL 2014, or they will be on PROBATION LOCK status (see above).

"PENDING" PROBATION LOCK students should meet with an advisor at the Advising Center (ADM 211), or the COSE Student Resource Center (SCI 247) or a Biology Major Advisor, in order to develop a strategy to repair their SFSU and/or Overall GPAs to the minimum 2.0.  Students who have been on continuous probation and/or subject to disqualification for three continuous semesters will be administratively withdrawn from the University at the end of their third semester.


Students who received notification of being on "Mandatory Advising  WARNING" have their SFSU and/or OVERALL GPA below 2.0.  These probation students  should meet with an advisor at the Advising Center (ADM 211), or the COSE Student Resource Center (SCI 247) or a Biology Major Advisor, in order to develop a strategy to repair their SFSU and/or Overall GPAs to the minimum 2.0.  Students who are on continuous probation and/or subject to disqualification for three continuous semesters will be administratively withdrawn from the University at the end of their third semester.