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[zinema]
What happens if you fail a couple of courses your first quarter? Do you go on academic probation? What if you had a medical reason for failing these courses and you can have it verified by a doctor's note? Who at the university would I contact?

Also, would they give me a second chance to make up these classes after my condition improved?

Thanks in advance for any replies.
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[User Picture]From: sun_star_n_moon
2009-10-30 02:40 am (UTC)

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If you fail the courses and you do nothing about it, you'll go on academic probation or academic disqualification. (depending on how bad your GPA is) If its your first quarter on academic probation/disqualification then that usually means you go to an adviser and explain yourself. They tell you do better and then send you on your way. (Just dont get put on academic probation/disqualification ever again or you'll have bigger problems)
You can read about that here:
http://daviswiki.org/Academic_Standing?action=show&redirect=Academic+Probation

However...if you have a good solid reason for failing you can have the course dropped by petitioning the dean, which you can read about here:
http://registrar.ucdavis.edu/csrg/drop_add.html#DroppingC
[User Picture]From: zinema
2009-10-30 02:44 am (UTC)

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Thanks for the response. I wanted to drop two courses but then I was told I'd be penalized, financial-aid wise. The last thing I need right now is to lose money for rent, groceries and bills.
[User Picture]From: sun_star_n_moon
2009-10-30 02:52 am (UTC)

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Yes......meeting financial aid qualification does complicate things.

However, I'd say drop the courses if you can.

Otherwise those Fs will be haunting your transcript for a good long time. Although its true that if you retake a course (and you can always retake courses at least once if you got an D or F in them) and that if you get a better grade, the better grade replaces the old crappy grade. But still academic probation/disqualification leaves a blemish on you record that never quite goes away.

So I guess it comes down to how much are you willing to pay not to have those blemishes on your record.

[User Picture]From: zinema
2009-10-30 02:59 am (UTC)

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So if I failed two courses this quarter, but was able to make them up next quarter, would that redeem my academic record in any way?

Also, if I explain to the adviser my situation, would they still put me on probation?
[User Picture]From: sun_star_n_moon
2009-10-30 03:08 am (UTC)

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If you retake the courses and get better grades the second time around, then your GPA will be redeemed.

If your GPA is below a 2.0 then you will be put on academic probation/disqualification regardless of the situation, which will show on your record until the end of time. (I think)
(This is why its best to drop the classes if you can. Then you can avoid that dip in your GPA)

But all this info Im giving you, Im basing off my own experiences. I may be wrong on some of the points. Its always best to double check with an adviser on this sort of stuff. They may have solutions that I dont know of. And the sooner you go, the better usually. (Definitely try to go before the quarter is over with)
[User Picture]From: zinema
2009-10-30 03:11 am (UTC)

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Thank you, sun_star_n_moon. You've been a great help! :)
[User Picture]From: _terra_
2009-10-30 05:08 am (UTC)

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Someone correct me here, but I don't think your academic standing follows on your transcripts though. If they do. I doubt they count for much in the end. The most people look for after undergrad is your over all GPA, major GPA, and certain grades for core classes. I have the feeling your academic standing is not THAT important to anyone who may want your transcripts later on.
[User Picture]From: jennifairy11
2009-10-30 04:19 am (UTC)

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I was in a similar situation last year, I was sick for the first 6 weeks of school and I was doing really poorly in all my classes. I ended up withdrawing from all of my classes in the 6th week, which was a bad idea because then I had to PAY BACK all of the financial aid that I didn't use. I guess my advice here is don't do that, because it really sucked to have to pay $2000 because I couldn't go to school.
[User Picture]From: jennifairy11
2009-10-30 05:32 am (UTC)

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P.S. Your icon is hypnotizing. I can't stop watching it.
From: pbpanther
2009-10-30 05:59 am (UTC)

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Have you tried asking your professors for incompletes?
From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-30 07:00 am (UTC)

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If you haven't turned in any work for these classes, your instructors are supposed to assign a grade of ENWS (enrolled no work submitted). This does NOT show up on your official transcript.

If you have a doctor's note, go to your advisor, and petition for a late drop. Your advisor will issues PTD # (petition to drop).

If you do nothing and receive the failing grades, you will most likely go on academic probation. You will meet with an advisor, make empty promises, and blah blah blah.

You can repeat up to 16 units worth of D/F grades.

I recommend seeing your advisor ASAP, producing the medical documentation, and dropping ASAP.

Financial aid is NOT cut off immediately. Basically, you need to complete 39 units each year for the assholes in financial aid to be happy. If you don't complete 39 units, you're placed on "financial aid probation." You'll have to file SAP appeal-- believe this is a very lengthy process. Those cunts make me sick!! I digress.

But um yeah, stop stressing. You have a doctor's note, so you're ok. Shit happens -- I KNOW. I've been in school for so damn long. But alas, I'm done after this quarter.
[User Picture]From: kingjesse2
2009-10-30 12:35 pm (UTC)

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If your total GPA ever dips below a 2.0 OR you get an F in a quarter you are put on Academic Probation. That really means nothing and you don't have to worry about it. If you do this 2 quarters in a row, you are put on disqualification. That's when you have to go in and talk to someone. If your reason is good enough then they give you one last chance. If it isn't a good reason or you get like all Fs that quarter, they'll send you packing.

If you dip below a 1.5 at any point, you are instantly put on academic disqualification.

The good part is however, as sun_star_n_moon said, you can always retake a class you got a D or F in. If you retake it and pass, your new grade is reflected in your GPA, but the old grade is not. However the old grade does stay there forever. Also, if you manage to go one quarter getting higher than a 2.00 and no Fs, then the cycle I described above is broken. There is technically no limit to the amount of times you can get on Academic Probation so long as they are not consecutive. Trust me-I've tested this (but do not recommend it)
[User Picture]From: kingjesse2
2009-10-30 12:36 pm (UTC)

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Oh one last thing. If for some inexplicable reason you fail a class twice you actually have to get special permission for the dean of your college to retake the class a third time. I know you didn't ask but I thought you may wanna know
[User Picture]From: czarandy
2009-10-30 01:18 pm (UTC)

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Were these /math/ courses?
[User Picture]From: lar1
2009-10-31 12:11 am (UTC)

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Go see an advisor from the dean's office of your college.

If you're in L&S, it's in the Social Sciences and Humanities building (across from the bookstore). Make an appointment online. I can personally recommend Caitlyn Yee.

If you're in biosci (hopefully not -- don't take these guys too seriously), it's in Life Sciences, south of Briggs. Call to make an appointment.

The advisors or the undergraduate coordinator (I'm assuming you're an undergrad) in your department can also give you advice but, ultimately, you'll probably need to go to the dean's office.