Students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative UC GPA falls below 2.0 OR when their Berkeley GPA falls below 1.5 for a single semester (even if their cumulative GPA remains above a 2.0).
Encourage students who are on probation to visit the L&S advising office early in the semester, to complete an on-line probation workshop, to attend an in-person probation workshop, and to use resources such as the probation website and the Student Learning Center.
Students on 2.0 probation have the following fall or spring semester to raise their cumulative UC GPA to 2.0.
Students on 1.5 probation have the following fall or spring semester to earn a term Berkeley GPA of 2.0 and maintain a cumlative GPA of 2.0.
There are numerous strategies for getting off ("clearing") probation that include repeating D or F grades and attending summer session (although a student cannot clear probation based on summer grades alone). Again, probation students should consult with an L&S adviser for program planning advice.
Students who do not clear 2.0 or 1.5 probation at the end of their probationary semester become "subject to dismissal" and after review, may be dismissed from the College.
A few students each semester are allowed to continue at UC Berkeley even though they did not clear probation. Students may submit written appeals which include explanations of their academic record and the steps they have taken and will be taking to improve their situation and redeem their GPAs. Contact the L&S Advising Office for more information.
When students are unable to improve their academic performance and clear probation (described above), they will be subject to dismissal from the University. Each student's case is reviewed individually to determine if dismissal is the appropriate action. Dismissal often gives students the break they need to get their lives back together before continuing their education.
Students in dismissal status cannot continue their studies at UC Berkeley. They may decide to pursue their education at another institution or may pursue other interests.
Dismissed students are welcome to schedule an appointment with an L&S advisor to discuss their situation and the options available to them.
While dismissal status is considered permanent, some students request special permission to return to UC Berkeley after successfully attending a different educational institution.
The dean will only consider readmission after dismissal if a student demonstrates tangible readiness to return by significantly improving academic performance, resolving personal problems, and providing evidence of a sound academic plan for the future.
Students should review information about readmission after dismissal before speaking with an L&S adviser about their options.
Students may be placed on probation in the major and subsequently dismissed from the major if their GPA in upper-division major coursework falls and remains below 2.0. Students placed on probation in the major who cannot raise their major GPA to at least a 2.0 by the end of the following semester can be dismissed from the major.
Students are notified by their major department in writing when they are placed on probation or dismissed from the major. Department advisors should notify the L&S Advising Office promptly (forward a copy of the letter sent to the student) when a student is placed on probation or dismissed from the major.
When students are dismissed from the major, an L&S adviser will contact them and ask that they declare another major or re-declare the same major once back in good standing (students are given one semester to get back to "declared" status). If students are unable to meet these conditions, uture registration is not allowed. L&S advisers work with these students to determine their options, such as completing the prerequisites for a new major at a community college.
Unlike probation and dismissal in the College, probation and dismissal in the major are not noted on the transcript.
Each department develops its own policies for determining honors in the major. See the major department for details.
Students must have at least a 3.3 overall GPA to be eligible for Honors in the Major.
Honors in the Major is noted on the transcript and a gold foil is attached to the diploma.
Honors in the Major cannot be granted retroactively. Students who plan to get Incompletes in the thesis course should drop themselves from the current degree list. Otherwise, in cases where the thesis course is not a requirement for the major, students will be processed for graduation without Honors in the Major.
After each term, "Honors to Date" is noted on the student's transcript automatically by the Registrar for students who meet the following criteria:
The Dean's Honors List is posted after each fall and spring semester. There is no official notation on the transcript for the Dean's Honors List.
Students can graduate with Distinction in General Scholarship. The level of distinction (Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors) is noted on the student's transcript and diploma.
Students can put themselves on the degree list via Tele-BEARS when registering for their last term. This feature is available untll the Adjustment Period ends. After that, students can put themselves on the degree list by submitting the Petition to Add to the Degree List at 206 Evans Hall.
The deadline to add to the degree list without a fee is Friday of the third week of classes. The deadline to add with a $5 fee is the Friday of the eighth week of classes.
After the eighth week and through the last day of classes, students can add to the degree list by submitting the Petition to Late Add to the Degree List, a $5 check made out to UC Regents, and a major approval memo signed by the major adviser, to 206 Evans. The major approval memo must indicate what courses (if any) the student needs to complete and the grades that must be earned in order for the student to finish all requirements for the major.
When students place themselves on the degree list, they should also come to the L&S Advising Office for a degree check to make sure they have completed all college requirements. Encourage students to request degree checks one semester before they intend to finish so they can register for appropriate classes during their final term.
Students who forget to add themselves to the degree list do not graduate, even if all requirements are complete. These students need to place themselves on the next term's degree list.
The official date of graduation is the last day of finals.
Students who wish to drop from the degree list must submit the Petition to Drop from Degree List at 206 Evans Hall.
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Departmental advisors must tell their students whether they have completed or will complete major requirements with their current study list.
The College sends out the Statement Concerning Completion of the Major to each department after the eighth week of the term. This form contains the names of majors who have added themselves to the degree list. Use this form to specify the coursework, units and grade points needed by each student to complete major requirements.
A Letter of Intent verifies that successful completion of current courses will fulfill the student's remaining requirements for the degree.
Students must bring a Request for Letter of Intent to Graduate, and a statement from their major department confirming that they are completing all major requirements, to 206 Evans Hall.
A Certificate of Completion is a statement of degree completion generated by the Registrar's Office. It is considered just as official as a final transcript or diploma.
Students may Request a Certificate of Completion to verify graduation status to employers and graduate schools during the 8-10 week gap between the end of a term and the posting of final degrees to transcripts, and the 3-4 month gap until diplomas are issued.
Students waiting for transfer work or incomplete grades to be posted cannot receive a certificate.
The certificate is a statement of degree completion, not a transcript, and thus does not list grades, courses, or GPA.
Approximately four months after the date of graduation (the last day of finals), students may obtain their diplomas in person at the Office of the Registrar, 120 Sproul Hall, or may submit a Diploma Request Form to have it mailed to them.
Students may also order their diplomas on Tele-BEARS when enrolling in classes for their final semester.
Each department runs its own commencement in its own way. In some departments, the major adviser is responsible for organizing the event. In others, the manager, faculty or students may coordinate it. Some departments allow anyone to "walk" who may graduate spring, summer, or the following fall, while others limit attendance to those on the spring and previous fall degree lists.
There are a lot of details so it's really important to know which ones you are responsible for tracking. Depending on your department, you may be responsible for any of the following:
For helpful resources in planning the commencement ceremony, visit seniors.berkeley.edu.
Please note that some of this information may not apply to your department. Use this outline as a guideline.
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