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ACADEMIC RENEWAL (ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE 4240) Students may request that up to 45 units of coursework (three consecutive quarters plus a summer session at De Anza or Foothill College) be disregarded and not calculated into their cumulative GPA, when such work does not reflect their current ability. Only non-passing grades will be excluded from the cumulative GPA.
Academic renewal at De Anza College does not guarantee that other colleges will accept this action, which is at the discretion of the transfer institution. Once a degree or certificate has been awarded by De Anza or Foothill College, courses taken prior to the awarding of the degree or certificate cannot be excluded.
Requests for Academic Renewal form can be submitted online. Approval of Academic Renewal requests is subject to the following conditions:
■ At least three quarters must have elapsed since the last quarter to be disregarded was completed.
■ Since the last quarter to be considered for Academic Renewal, students must have completed at least:
Academic freedom encompasses the freedom to study, teach and express ideas and viewpoints, including unpopular and controversial ones, without censorship, political restraint or retribution. Academic freedom allows for the free exchange of ideas in the conscientious pursuit of truth. This freedom exists in all service areas, including but not limited to teaching, librarianship, counseling, coordinating and all faculty- student interactions. Academic freedom is the bedrock principle of all institutions of learning and must be extended to all faculty regardless of their status as full-time, part- time, or probationary.
Faculty members have the principal right and responsibility to determine the content, pedagogy, methods of instruction, the selection, planning and presentation of course materials, and the fair and equitable methods of assessment in their assignment in accordance with the approved curriculum and course outline and the educational mission of the district, and in accordance with state laws and regulations. These rights and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the faculty member’s choice of textbooks and other course materials, assign- ments and assessment methods, teaching practices, grading and evaluation of student work, and teaching methods and practices.
De Anza College is committed to excellence in the pursuit of learning and academic achievement by its students. To further this goal, the college is committed to providing academic standards that are fair and equi- table to all students in an atmosphere that fosters integrity on the part of student, staff and faculty alike. The student’s responsibil- ity is to perform to the best of his or her potential in all academic endeavors. This responsibility also includes abiding by the rules and regulations set forth by individual faculty members related to preparation and completion of assignments and examina- tions. The submission of work that is not the product of a student’s personal effort, or work which in some way circumvents the given rules and regulations, will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of the faculty to clearly define the requirements and rules applicable to their courses for all students. An applicable paragraph of the California State Educational Code (§ 76130) states: “Code of Student Conduct: The college has an obligation to specify those standards of behavior essential to its educational mission and campus life. The following types of misconduct for which students are subject to disciplinary sanction apply at all times on campus as well as to any off-campus functions sponsored or supervised by the college: cheating, plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false information in the classroom or to a college officer.”
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15 units with a 3.0 GPA, or 30 units with a 2.5 GPA, or 45 units with a 2.0 GPA.
Work completed at another institution, including upper division coursework, may be considered.
■ A student may be granted academic renewal only once.
■ Academic renewal actions are irreversible.
■ A substandard grade in any course that has been deactivated may be disregarded from the student's cumulative GPA and may be granted an exception to the minimum requirements for academic renewal.
■ The college will disregard from unit requirements/totals and GPA courses selected by the student.
■ The student transcript will be annotated in such a manner that all work – including work that
is disregarded through academic renewal – remains legible to ensure a true and complete history.

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