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Students who show significant, measurable progress toward the development of skills appropriate to enrollment in college-level courses may petition the Admissions and Records Office for a waiver of the limitation on remedial course work. Students will receive a response, in writing, indicating the granting/denial of the petition. If the petition is granted, students will be informed of the specific period of time or the specific courses approved beyond the 30-unit limit. Students will not be allowed to enroll in courses beyond the 30-unit limitation without a waiver, which will only be granted in extenuating circumstances for students who show significant, measurable progress. The 30-unit maximum enrollment limitation is based on end-of-term units earned with any grade.

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• procedures for challenging the content of student records; • the cost of producing copies of records; • the categories of information designated as directory information; • the locations of any required logs or records; • definitions of officials and employees and legitimate educational interest and; • the right of a student to file a complaint with the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Any student wishing to review this policy in its entirety may do so by contacting the Admissions and Records Office.



A student may, upon successful completion of appropriate remedial course work or upon demonstration of skills levels, which will reasonably assure success in college-level courses, petition to be reinstated to proceed with college-level course work. The petition is to be filed with the Admissions and Records Office.


A student may enroll more than once in an activity, performance or skills course. These courses designated as repeatable are indicated with the statement, “May be taken for credit ___ times.” The maximum number of times the class may be taken will be given in that statement. Courses that have a designated skills level (beginning, intermediate, advanced) may be taken for a combined total of four times. Example: a student who has taken beginning voice three times and intermediate voice once has completed the maximum number of repetitions allowed for the course, despite the different skill levels. This policy applies to all activity courses.

Review and Release of Student Information In accordance with Title V (California Code of Regulations) and the provisions of the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, the North Orange County Community College District has established an official policy for student review of and release of student records and students are guaranteed the right to the privacy of their records. This policy allows for the student to review his or her records after contacting the Admissions and Records Office. The policy also describes when student records will be released to a third party and allows the release of student directory information unless the student informs the Admissions and Records Office that he/she does not want such information released. This policy is available for student review and includes: • the types of student records and information maintained; • the official responsible for the maintenance of each type of record; • the policies for reviewing and expunging records; • the right of each student to access of his or her records;

Privacy Release Pursuant to the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, the North Orange County Community College District has established Board Policy 5040 (BP 5040) — Student Records Privacy, which covers the release of student records. The College may make public, without prior student consent, only certain directory information. This information will consist of the student’s name, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous public or private school attended by the student, and any other information authorized in writing by the student. Students who wish to have this directory information further restricted may do so on the online College Application for Admission or by making the request in the Admissions and Records Office. No other student information will be disclosed without prior student consent except to college officials and employees of the District with legitimate educational interests unless pursuant to a court order or lawfully issued subpoena, or as otherwise authorized by applicable federal and state laws. A copy of the District policy is available on the District website,

Study Load Most full-time students take 12–14 units. Students must take a minimum of 12 units to be classified as full-time. The maximum load for any student is 19 units, exclusive of work experience and guidance classes. After the first semester of enrollment, a student may, with counselor’s approval, carry more units if during the preceding semester he or she earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 in a program of 12 or more units. It may be pertinent for students to consider the following semester unit requirements for particular privileges and activities.

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Students who do not attain full eligibility status for college-level work within the 30-unit limit will not be permitted to enroll in remedial/precollegiate basic skills courses unless a waiver is granted. Students will be referred to adult education non-credit courses per State regulations. The Admissions and Records Office will explain to students their enrollment limitation status at the end of the semester.

Cypress College 2012-2013 Catalog  

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