Appeals, Holds, & Policies

ATLAS Can Assist with the Following Requests

Credit/No Credit (CR/NC)

Some courses may be taken for Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading. A CR/NC grade will not affect your GPA. Visit Understanding Grades and Grading for more information.

To request to change a course grading option to CR/NC , submit an Enrollment Options request on your MyCSULB Student Center (view instructions here).

Extra Unit Petition

If you wish to register above the allotted unit cap for a term (ex: more than 18 units in Fall or Spring), you must receive approval before enrolling.

Submit your request in MyCSULB Student Center. For more information, please visit Student Unit Load.

Hold Resolution

View any registration holds on your MyCSULB Student Center. Click on the link in the Holds box for more information about resolving your hold. Holds can take several business days to be removed, so plan ahead!

Holds that ATLAS may be able to assist with:

  • No Major Declared Hold for CLA pre-majors or students wishing to declare a CLA major: contact an ATLAS Advisor.
  • First-Year Mandatory Advising: Visit the CLA FMA Website for instructions.
  • College Advising Hold or Major Exploration Hold: contact an ATLAS Advisor.
CLA Course Credit Requests

To receive specific major or minor credit for a class you have taken at a Non-CSULB institution, please complete the CLA Course Credit Request Form. Make sure to attach a course syllabus (from the term you took the class).

Repeats (Including 3rd Attempts)

In the event that you do not pass or complete a course, you have the opportunity to repeat the course.

If you do not successfully pass a course on the 2nd attempt, a 3rd attempt petition is required to retake the course. If your major is in the College of Liberal Arts, submit a Repeat Limit Exception request on your MyCSULB Student Center (view instructions here).

Please Note: Beginning Spring 2023, 3rd attempt requests for PSY 100 and PSY 220 will no longer be approved due to Psychology’s high level of impaction and limited course availability.

Additional Policies, Petitions, & Appeals

Academic Warning, Disqualification, & Reinstatement

Academic Warning occurs when a student’s CSULB and/or Overall GPA is below a 2.0.

Academic Disqualification means dismissal from CSULB if a student is unable to improve their academic standing after being placed on probation. Once a student is disqualified, they must reapply to the University using the Reinstatement Petition.

The University Center for Undergraduate Advising (UCUA) is the primary resource for Academic Warning, Disqualification, and Reinstatement support.

Dropping & Withdrawing

You must drop or withdraw from a class if you no longer intend to complete it. Check Key Dates and Deadlines for drop and withdrawal deadlines.

For information about the different types of Withdrawals, visit Dropping and Withdrawing.

Leave of Absence (Educational or Military Leave)

Complete a Leave of Absence (Educational or Military Leave) request on your MyCSULB Student Center to request up to two semesters off.

Your space at CSULB will be reserved for you until you return from approved leave.

Other Academic Appeals

Typically, appeal requests involve issues such as:

  • Errors on your academic record
  • General Education substitutions or waivers
  • Reinstatement
  • Exceptions to the Grade Forgiveness/repeat policy

To file an appeal, follow the instructions on the Appeals website.

Contact the Office of the Registrar (Student Records) by submitting a help ticket for additional questions about exceptions to academic policy.

Readmission to CSULB

If you were admitted to CSULB, completed at least one semester in a baccalaureate degree program, and would like to return to the University, visit the Readmission Website for information.