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These policies are subject to change. They are published in each year's Sierra College catalog. The latest catalog is linked to on the Publications page.

Admissions Policies

Academic Enrichment (High School Students)

Academic Renewal

Academic Renewal

Past substandard academic performance may not, for a variety of reasons, be reflective of a student’s subsequent demonstrated ability. Academic renewal permits the alleviation of all or part of such substandard academic performance at Sierra College in cases where the past work may impair the student’s progress toward a legitimate educational or career goal. Grades approved for renewal will remain on the student’s transcript; however, the grades will no longer be included in the computation of the student’s GPA.

A request for academic renewal must meet the following guidelines:

  1. The student must have completed a minimum of 18 units with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher in all courses attempted since taking the courses to be alleviated.
  2. A minimum of 12 months must have elapsed since the substandard grades were earned.
  3. The number of units alleviated may not exceed 30 units, or be in excess of the number of units satisfactorily completed by the student since taking the courses to be alleviated, whichever is lower.
  4. Academic Renewal can only be applied to “D” and “F” grades. A student seeking academic renewal must meet with a Sierra College Counselor to complete an Academic Renewal petition. The petition must be signed by the counselor before it is submitted to a campus Admissions & Records Office. If any of the required 18 units are earned at another college, an official transcript must be submitted with the petition. The Academic Standards Committee will review the request. For further information, contact a counselor. 

Annual FERPA Notification

Privacy Notifications

FERPA Guidelines

Sierra College is committed to the protection and confidentiality of student educational records by adhering closely to the guidelines established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - a federal legislation established to regulate access and maintenance of student educational records. 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords student certain rights with respect to their education records:

  1. The right to inspect their education records.
  2. The right to request an amendment of the records that the student believes are inaccurate. 
  3. The right to control disclosures of their records except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. (It is important to note that all rights to access move to the student when that student is in a post-secondary education institution; parents, spouses, and significant others have no inherent right to access to student educational records.) 
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged violations of FERPA rights.

Definition of educational records: for the most part include, with certain exceptions, all records maintained in any medium, which can identify the student.

As provided for in FERPA, a student’s personal information cannot be released to any other person without the written consent of the student. Photo identification will be required to access information. The Office of Admissions and Records maintains official student records.

Under Section 76230 of the Education Code, current and former students have an absolute right of access to their own records. One exception, under Section 76231 of the Education Code, is that students may waive their right of access to confidential reference letters.

Under Section 49061 of the Education Code, parents of community college students do not have a right of access to their children’s student records. Regardless of whether the student is under the age of 18.  Also, under federal law (Section 1232g, of Title 20 of the United States Code) there is a general right of parental access to student records, but not for college students, regardless of age.

Under Section 76244 of the Education Code, a District must make a reasonable effort to notify a student in advance of the production of his or her records under subpoena.

The Federal Solomon Act requires colleges to release full directory information to the U.S. Armed Forces.

For further information on FERPA please use the link below:

Attendance

Sierra College regards regular attendance and participation in all classes as an important student obligation. Attendance is an integral part of student success.

Attendance at First Class: Students must attend the first scheduled meeting of each class in which they are enrolled or risk being dropped from the class by the professor. If illness or emergency prevents a student from attending the first class session, the student must notify the professor in advance. A student who registers for a class and never attends is still responsible for dropping the class.

Attendance during Semester: A professor has the right to drop any student who has accumulated six hours of class absence (excluding excused absences) for a three-unit, three hour per week full term course. All other courses will be prorated in a ratio of one hour of absence to nine hours of class meeting time. Any exceptions to this attendance policy will be communicated to students by professors in the class syllabus. A student dropped by a professor in error may petition for reinstatement to the class. Contact a campus Admissions & Records Office for further direction. 

Auditing

Auditing allows students to attend a course without officially registering. There is no record of attendance and no grade will be issued. Completion of assignments and tests is not required. Students may audit one course per semester with the instructor’s permission. Please note priority is always given first to students who register for credit and auditing is on a space available basis. Field trip courses may not be audited. A $15 per unit non-refundable audit fee will be charged and any other appropriate course fees. Contact an Admissions & Records Office for an audit petition and further information.

Challenging Courses

Students may request to challenge a course offered by the college if they have prior knowledge or experience in the subject area. To be eligible to challenge a course, a student must:

  1. NOT be enrolled in the course;
  2. Not have completed nor enrolled in a more advanced course;
  3. Have approval of the challenge request from both the course professor AND division dean;
  4. Have not challenged more than 15 units and
  5. Be currently enrolled in and complete at least one course other than the course being challenged.

A course in which a student enrolls and receives a grade of “D”, “F”, “NP”, or “I”, may not be challenged at a later date, nor may a course be challenged again to improve the grade. Units received through the challenge process do not count toward the 12 units in residence required for the associate degree or the full-time enrollment necessary for honor roll determination. Some private institutions will not accept course credit earned through the challenge process.

To request a challenge, a student must file a “Challenge Petition” form within the first four weeks of the semester or the first week of the summer session. Regulations are stated on the Challenge Petition. Please note: Many courses are not available for the challenge process. Appropriate challenge fees must be paid when the petition is submitted. For California residents, this is equivalent to the enrollment fee. Nonresident and international students must also pay the appropriate nonresident/international student tuition. BOGW fee waivers do not cover challenge fees. Fees paid are non-refundable. 

Degree Petition

Students desiring an associate’s degree must file a petition with a campus Admissions & Records Office by the following semester deadlines:

  • Spring and Summer Degree and Certificate Petitions must be submitted by March 1
  • Fall Degree and Certificate Petitions must be submitted by October 1

Students submitting a degree petition must have: a) in progress and/or successfully completed a minimum of 60 degree credit units (12 units of which must be completed at Sierra College); and b) an overall GPA of at least 2.0. Students may apply for multiple degrees. Courses required in majors may be used to fulfill major requirements for more than one degree. Students requesting a duplicate diploma must submit a $10.00 fee per diploma requested. 

Dropping/ Withdrawing Courses

As a registered student it is your responsibility to drop courses you do not plan to attend. The professor's signature is not required.

Enrollment Status

Students are responsible for their enrollment status at all times. Credit will not be given for courses in which the student is not officially enrolled. For purposes of student enrollment verifications, a full-time student is considered to be one enrolled in 12 or more units during a semester. A half-time student is one enrolled in 6-11.5 units and a part-time student is one enrolled in less than 6 units. For the summer session, 4 units is considered full-time.

Grade Disputes and Grade Change Petitions

Education Code specifies that the instructor’s determination of student grades shall be final except in cases of:

  • Mistake—some unintentional act, omission, or error by the instructor;
  • Fraud—a deliberate misrepresentation of the truth for the purpose of inducing another to part with something valuable or to surrender a legal right;
  • Bad Faith—intent to deceive, in an act of dishonesty;
  • Incompetence—a lack of ability, legal qualification, or fitness to discharge a required duty.

A student who feels that an instructor has given an evaluative grade (A, B, C, D, F, P, NP) based on a mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence and has evidence to substantiate the claim, must take the following steps:

First Step — discuss the matter with the course instructor no later than sixty (60) instructional days after the end of the term or semester. If the concern occurs in the summer or between semesters and the student is unable to contact the course instructor, the student should contact the appropriate area educational administrator. If the concern is not resolved satisfactorily at the first step, then continue to the second step.

Second Step — within ten (10) days from completing the first step, discuss the matter with the appropriate educational administrator/area Dean. The administrator will attempt to resolve the dispute and will respond to the student in writing within ten (10) days. If the concern is not resolved satisfactorily at the second step, then continue to the third and final step.

Final Step — the student may appeal the educational administrator’s decision in writing to the Academic Standards Committee. The Academic Standards Committee will respond in writing within twenty (20) instructional days of receiving the appeal during fall and spring terms and within sixty (60) instructional days during a summer term. The decision made by the Academic Standards Committee is final. Any approved grade change must be submitted on a “Grade Change Petition” form to a campus Admissions & Records Office within one year of course completion. 

Fee And Expense Information

GE Certification

The certification process guarantees that a student has met certain general education requirements by completing specific cousework. If you don't have a Certification when you transfer, you may not be granted proper credit for the courses you have completed.

Students may choose the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern, called "IGETC", or the California State University General Education pattern (CSU GE). The University of California System accepts IGETC, while the California State University System excepts either IGETC or CSU GE.

What is the Difference Between IGETC and GE Certification?

  • IGETC
    • Students who choose this pattern are usually those who transfer to a U.C. Not all majors use this pattern; check with a counselor.
    • Counselors are the only college staff who currently "certify" theIGETC pattern
    • If you have chosen this pattern you should have met with a counselor to plan coursework.
  • GE
    • Students who choose this pattern are those who transfer to a CSU
    • Only the records office staff certifies transcripts for CSU GE; GE Certification is done at the time of transfer, and must be accompanied by an official transcript.
    • You should have met with a counselor to plan for this GE pattern.

Grade Changes

Education Code specifies that the instructor’s determination of student grades shall be final except in cases of:

  • Mistake—some unintentional act, omission, or error by the instructor;
  • Fraud—a deliberate misrepresentation of the truth for the purpose of inducing another to part with something valuable or to surrender a legal right;
  • Bad Faith—intent to deceive, in an act of dishonesty;
  • Incompetence—a lack of ability, legal qualification, or fitness to discharge a required duty.

A student who feels that an instructor has given an evaluative grade (A, B, C, D, F, P, NP) based on a mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence and has evidence to substantiate the claim, must take the following steps:

First Step — discuss the matter with the course instructor no later than sixty (60) instructional days after the end of the term or semester. If the concern occurs in the summer or between semesters and the student is unable to contact the course instructor, the student should contact the appropriate area educational administrator. If the concern is not resolved satisfactorily at the first step, then continue to the second step.

Second Step — within ten (10) days from completing the first step, discuss the matter with the appropriate educational administrator/area Dean. The administrator will attempt to resolve the dispute and will respond to the student in writing within ten (10) days. If the concern is not resolved satisfactorily at the second step, then continue to the third and final step.

Final Step — the student may appeal the educational administrator’s decision in writing to the Academic Standards Committee. The Academic Standards Committee will respond in writing within twenty (20) instructional days of receiving the appeal during fall and spring terms and within sixty (60) instructional days during a summer term. The decision made by the Academic Standards Committee is final. Any approved grade change must be submitted on a “Grade Change Petition” form to a campus Admissions & Records Office within one year of course completion.

IGETC Certification

The certification process guarantees that a student has met certain general education requirements by completing specific cousework. If you don't have a Certification when you transfer, you may not be granted proper credit for the courses you have completed.

Students may choose the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern, called "IGETC", or the California State University General Education pattern (CSU GE). The University of California System accepts IGETC, while the California State University System excepts either IGETC or CSU GE.

What is the Difference Between IGETC and GE Certification?

  • IGETC
    • Students who choose this pattern are usually those who transfer to a U.C. Not all majors use this pattern; check with a counselor.
    • Counselors are the only college staff who currently "certify" theIGETC pattern
    • If you have chosen this pattern you should have met with a counselor to plan coursework.
  • GE
    • Students who choose this pattern are those who transfer to a CSU
    • Only the records office staff certifies transcripts for CSU GE; GE Certification is done at the time of transfer, and must be accompanied by an official transcript.
    • You should have met with a counselor to plan for this GE pattern.

Incompletes

If, due to an emergency or for justifiable cause, a student has not completed academic work at the end of the semester, an incomplete “I” grade may be requested. It is the primary responsibility of the student to request an incomplete. If a student feels an incomplete is warranted, the student may obtain an “Incomplete” petition from a campus Admissions & Records Office and submit it to the professor for approval. If approved, the professor will file a written record of the required conditions for removal of the “I” and the grade to be assigned in lieu of removal. The student may not re-enroll in the course, but instead works with the professor to complete the required academic work no later than one year after the end of the term in which the incomplete was assigned. The student must submit a grade change petition upon completion of the work.

Late Registration

How to Add a Full-Semester Course After the Semester has Begun

In order to register for courses that begin within the first two weeks of the semester a unique Add Code, issued by the instructor, is required. Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Attend the first class session of each class you wish to add.
  2. If there is space available, the instructor will provide you with a 4-digit Add Code you will use to register in the class.
  3. After obtaining an Add Code from the instructor, log in to mySierra to add the course.
  4. Register yourself in the class prior to the add/drop/refund deadline by visiting your mySierra page, clicking on the add/drop classes link, and inputting the CRN number. Once the CRN number is submitted, it will then ask you for a four digit add code, input the code and submit the registration.

    NOTE: Students requesting to add class past the “W” deadline will be denied.

Important Reminders

  • You must have a current application on file and processed prior to registering for classes.
  • If you obtain an instructor signature in lieu of an Add Code, you must register in person at an Admissions Office
  • Late Start or Fast Track classes may be added prior to their start date without an Add Code, provided there is still space in the class (if the class is full, you must follow the same steps as indicated above)

Matriculation

Matriculation in its usual use, means, “The steps one takes to get to and through college.” At Sierra College, Matriculation means an agreement between the college and each student as to the steps both will take to help ensure the student succeeds.

Agreement:

Sierra College will:

  • Assess students’ basic educational skills and career goals
  • Orient students to the college’s programs, services and policies
  • Provide top-quality instruction and services
  • Offer a wide variety of courses
  • Offer services to support students’ education
  • Follow up on students’ progress toward educational goals

Students will:

  • Participate in Assessment and Orientation
  • Declare an educational major
  • Meet with a counselor to design an educational plan
  • Attend courses and work hard to complete them
  • Seek out support services as needed
  • Strive to make progress toward goals

Matriculation and Registration:

Students must complete assessment, orientation and counseling prior to registration. New students who complete at least two of these components will be allowed to register during the regular registration period.

Overload Petition

Students may not enroll in more than 18 units without submitting an overload request. To be granted an overload of up to 20 units, a student must:

  1. Have completed 12 or more units with a 3.0 GPA.
  2. Not be on probation.
  3. Be eligible for English 1A by assessment or satisfactory completion of English A, E.S.L. 30W, or equivalent.
  4. Meet the reading proficiency requirement by assessment or satisfactory completion of English 1B, 1C, 11, 50, N, History 35, Philosophy 4, or equivalent.

If a student’s GPA is 2.8-2.9 and all other requirements have been met, student must have completed 30 or more college units. If a student wishes to enroll in more than 20 units, in addition to the above listed requirements, a student must have completed 18 or more units, of which 15 units must have been completed in a single semester. This request will be reviewed for approval by the Dean, Student Services.

Pass/No Pass

“Pass/No Pass” grades exist to permit students to attempt a class in which they are interested but feel the risk of failure may be high. Students may elect to take one regularly scheduled course per semester on a pass/ no pass basis unless the catalog expressly limits the grading for a particular course to a letter grade only (A, B, C, D, F). It is important to keep in mind that some CSU and UC campuses may have limitations on the number of pass/no pass courses that may be used to meet degree requirements. The UC system allows a maximum of 14 semester units graded Pass/No Pass of the 60 transferable semester units required for admission. The provision is subject to the following regulations:

  1. The course must be outside the student’s major.
  2. Students must submit a Pass/No Pass petition by the end of the first 30% of the semester or summer session. Check the class schedule or with a campus Admissions & Records Office for deadlines.
  3. A grade of “A,” “B,” or “C” will become a Pass, a grade of “D” or “F” will become a No Pass.
  4. A “Pass” grade may not be repeated. A “No Pass” grade may be repeated only once and for a pass/no pass credit only.
  5. Once filed, the petition for Pass/No Pass option cannot be withdrawn nor the decision be reversed; however, changes in major may result in Pass/No Pass grades being changed to letter grades after review by the Academic Standards Committee.

Prerequisites, Corequisites, and Advisories

It is the intent of Sierra College to guide students to courses in which they will have the greatest chance of academic success. Therefore, some courses listed in this catalog have either a prerequisite, a corequisite, or advisory preparation. If no prerequisite, corequisite or advisory information is indicated there are no conditions of enrollment. The following are the definitions for prerequisites, corequisites and advisory preparation:

“Prerequisite” means a condition of enrollment that students are required to meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program.

“Corequisite” means a condition of enrollment consisting of a course that students are required to simultaneously take in order to enroll in another course.

“Advisory” means a condition of enrollment that students are advised but not required to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or educational program.

Students who have met the prerequisite or corequisite at another college, must make evidence of this completion available. Students who cannot demonstrate that they have met a prerequisite or corequisite may be dropped from registration in a course.

Any prerequisite or corequisite may be appealed by a student on one or more of the grounds listed below:

  1. The student has the knowledge or ability to succeed in the course or program despite not meeting the prerequisite or corequisite;
  2. The student will be subject to undue delay in attaining the goal of his or her educational plan because the prerequisite or corequisite has not been made reasonably available;
  3. The student believes that the prerequisite or corequisite has been established in violation of regulations and/or the College’s policy and procedures; or
  4. The student believes that the prerequisite or corequisite is unlawfully discriminatory or is being applied in an unlawfully discriminatory manner.

To appeal a prerequisite or corequisite, students must obtain a Prerequisite Appeal form from an academic division office or a Counseling Center. Once submitted, the appeal will be reviewed within five working days. If the appeal is approved, the student will be permitted to enroll in the course or program. Prerequisite/Corequisite Appeal Petition

President's Honor Roll and Dean's List

Full-time students earning a grade point average of 3.5 or better are included on the President’s Honor Roll each semester. Those students who earn a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.499 are placed on the Dean’s List. To qualify for the President’s Honor Roll or the Dean’s List, students must complete 12 or more units of graded work (A, B, C, D, or F) at Sierra College. Credit by Examination and courses taken for Pass/No Pass do not apply.

Probation and Dismissal

Academic Probation: A student who has attempted at least 12 units at Sierra College and has earned a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 in all units attempted, shall be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation may be held to a student educational plan developed with a counselor.

Progress Probation: A student who has enrolled in at least 12 units at Sierra College and has entries of “W,” “I,” or “NP” in fifty percent or more of the total units attempted, shall be placed on progress probation. Students on progress probation may be held to a student educational plan developed with a counselor.

Students on academic OR progress probation will not be allowed to register for more than 13 units until they have been removed from probation.

Removal from Probation: Pursuant to Section 55032 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations, students on academic probation shall be removed from probation when the cumulative Sierra College grade point average is 2.0 or higher.

Students on progress probation shall be removed from probation when the percentage of “W,” “I,” and “NP” units at Sierra College drops below fifty percent.

Dismissal: Pursuant to Section 55033 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations, students on academic probation shall be subject to dismissal if their cumulative grade point average is less than 2.00 in all units attempted in each of two consecutive semesters*, excluding summer.  Students who are on progress probation shall be subject to dismissal if the percentage of “W,” “I,” and “NP” units in at least two consecutive semesters* reaches or exceeds fifty percent, excluding summer.

Upon notification of dismissal, the student will not be eligible to enroll in any classes for one semester. A student who has been dismissed may request readmission after one semester. Contact a counselor for further information.

* For purposes of these conditions, semesters shall be considered consecutive on the basis of the student’s enrollment (e.g., fall semester followed by another fall semester shall be consecutive if the student was not enrolled in the spring semester.)

Automatic Dismissal Appeal - Students that make satisfactory term progress (2.0 GPA) will be granted an automatic dismissal appeal for the upcoming term but will remain on a probation status limited to 13 units.

Dismissal Readmission - A student who has been dismissed may request readmission after one semester. To be readmitted a student must apply for the semester they wish to attend, meet with a counselor, and submit a completed Dismissal Readmission Petition.  A copy of the student’s most recent SEP must be attached.  

Repeats, Non-Repeatable Courses

  • A non-repeatable course may be attempted up to a maximum of three times per credit course if a substandard grade (“D,” “F,” “NC,” “NP”) or a withdrawal* (“W”) was earned. Enrollment attempts include any combination of withdrawals and substandard repetitions. 
  • A course may not be repeated if a grade of “C” or better was earned unless the course is identified as repeatable in the catalog. Under certain circumstances, students may repeat courses in which a “C” or better grade was earned. 
  • Other defined situations when a non-repeatable course may be repeated.
  1. Lapse of Time
    A student may petition to repeat a course if:
    1. There has been a significant lapse of time since the grade was received. Significant lapse of time is defined as a minimum of seven years; each discipline has the authority to institute significant lapse of time as less than seven years by program and/or course. A list of exceptions is maintained in the Instruction Office.
    2. The District has established a recency prerequisite for a course or program.
    3. An institution of higher education to which a student wishes to transfer has established a recency requirement that the student cannot satisfy without repeating the course.
  2. Extenuating Circumstances
    A student may petition to repeat a course based on a finding that the student’s previous attempt (whether substandard grade, passing grade, or withdrawal) was, at least in part, the result of extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accident, illness or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. A student seeking a repeat under this regulation shall, prior to enrollment, follow the proper procedures by filing an appropriate petition with the Records Office.

    Upon completion of a repeated course the most recent grade earned will be computed in the GPA, regardless of the grade. The previous attempt remains on the transcript, insuring a true and complete academic history.
     

Repeatable Courses

  • Active participatory courses in physical education, visual arts, and performing arts that are related in content include groups of distinct courses with similar primary educational activities that have been separated into skill levels or variations and are separated with different student learning objectives or outcomes for each level or variation. Students are limited to four enrollments within each of these course groupings.
  • Students with disabilities can repeat special classes for students with disabilities any number of times when an individualized determination verifies that such repetition is required as a disability-related accommodation. 
  • Students are allowed to repeat courses that are necessary to meet legally mandated training requirements as a condition of continued paid or volunteer employment. These courses may be repeated for credit any number of times, and the grade received each time shall be included for purposes of calculating the student’s GPA. These courses are identified as repeatable in the course description. 
  • Students are permitted to repeat Occupational Work Experience courses any number of times as long as the16 unit limitation is not exceeded. Occupational Work Experience includes all courses numbered 95 and Personal Development 94. The grade received each time shall be included for purposes of calculating the student’s GPA. These courses are identified as repeatable in the course description.

Restriction To Access

Directory information includes name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, major, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and most recent previous school attended. Upon request, the college may release this information to military recruiters and the media. Students who do not wish this information to be released must file a “Restriction to Access” with an Admissions & Records Office during the first two weeks of the semester or the first three days of summer session.

Student ID Number

Upon admission, you will be given a StudentID Number.  You will need this number to access your student records.

Student ID Cards

The student ID card is your library card and activities card. Bring your photo ID to the Admissions and Records office on your campus to have your picture taken.  You will receive your student ID within a few minutes.

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