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• A student will be considered “absent” if is there is no evidence of participation in an academically-related activity for the course for more than one week or if the student accumulates a consecutive or non-consecutive lack of academically-related activities of more than a week that is more than the number of times the class meets per week. For example, in a three-unit online class that would typically meet on campus three hours a week, one week’s worth of missed academically-related assignment(s) or activity(ies) could be grounds for dismissal. A student who has not submitted assignments or participated in an academically-related activity for one week may be dropped from the course.

Catalog Rights

• A student who must miss one or more classes because of a field trip or other authorized activity, such as athletics or music groups, will be issued an Authorized Absence Excuse (available in each division office) by the instructor under whose supervision the activity will occur. The student shall have this excuse signed by the instructors of the classes that will be missed before the absence occurs. It is recommended that these transactions be carried out at least two days before the activity. The signed excuse must be presented to the instructor in charge of the activity, who shall in turn file it with the Admissions and Records Office upon the conclusion of the activity.

For the purposes of meeting graduation or certificate requirements, students may elect to meet the requirement of either

• In the event a student is absent for a prolonged period of time it is expected that contact will be made with the respective instructors immediately to advise the instructor of this absence and the reasons for it. The instructor may then decide whether or not the student may continue in the class or withdraw. It should be noted that failure to make this contact and follow through with the decisions made at this time could result in the student receiving a grade of “F” or “NP” in the class.


While an instructor may drop a student who has poor attendance, it is the student’s responsibility to officially drop the class through myGateway. Failure to officially withdraw within the published deadlines may result in the assignment of a substandard grade. Refer to the Class Schedule for further instructions on “How to Add/Drop a Class.”

Auditing Auditing is available for students who have successfully completed a class for credit the maximum times allowed at Cypress College. Enrolled students who wish to audit a class must file a petition with the Admissions and Records Office. The petition is available at the Admissions and Records Office. The petition must be submitted during the second week of the class. Upon consultation with the instructor and the dean of the division involved, the Admissions and Records Office will review the petition for approval or denial. Once the request has been approved, students will not be permitted to change from an audit to a credit status. Auditing a class does not result in a grade posted to the student’s transcript. For required fees and additional information, contact the Admissions and Records Office.

The courses required for a specific degree or certificate, or general education may change from one catalog to the next and, therefore, may change during the period of time that a student attends the college. Catalog rights, established when a student first takes classes at the college, protect the student from being held for additional requirements that may be added to a later catalog.

(1) The catalog that was in effect at the time they began taking courses at Cypress College, or (2) Any catalog that is or has been in effect during the time that they have maintained continuous enrollment before graduation, or (3) The catalog that is in effect at the time they file an application for a degree or certificate. Students maintain catalog rights by maintaining continuous enrollment at Cypress College — that is, by receiving a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “F,” “CR,” “P,” “NC,” “NP,” “RD,” “W,” or “I” on their transcripts for at least one course per academic year. Documented military or medical leave or attendance at another regionally accredited institution of higher learning will not be considered an interruption of enrollment. This policy supersedes all previous catalog rights provisions and applies only to programs at Cypress College. The academic year is considered Fall and Spring and does not include the Summer term for continuous enrollment purposes.

Challenging Prerequisites, Corequisites, or Other Limitations on Enrollment Grounds for Challenge

Where a student is denied enrollment in a program or course on the grounds that the student does not meet a prerequisite or corequisite, or on the basis of other limitations on enrollment, the student may challenge such prerequisite, corequisite or limitation on one or more of the following grounds: 1. The prerequisite, corequisite or other limitation on enrollment has not been established in accordance with the district’s process for establishing prerequisites, corequisites, and other limitations on enrollment. 2. The prerequisite, corequisite or other limitation on enrollment is either unlawfully discriminatory or is being applied in an unlawfully discriminatory manner. 3. The basis upon which the district has established an enrollment limitation does not in fact exist. 4. The student has the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course or program despite not meeting the prerequisite or corequisite. 5. The student will be subject to undue delay in attaining the goal of his or her educational plan because the prerequisite or corequisite course has not been made reasonably available by the college.

Academic Policies

• No absence excuses a student from making up class work missed. Students should realize that undue absences may adversely affect their grades.

Cypress College issues a new catalog each year. The information published in the catalog is in effect for the academic year beginning with the Fall semester and concluding with the Summer session.

Cypress College 2012-2013 Catalog  
Cypress College 2012-2013 Catalog  

The 2012-2013 Cypress College Catalog provides detailed information about courses, degrees, transfer programs and certificates at Cypress Co...