Registration Policies

In accordance with District policy, all classes are open to enrollment and participation by any person who meets the academic prerequisites of the class and who is otherwise eligible for admission to Chabot College.
Students are cautioned that some classes and programs may prove to be so popular or so limited by physical facilities and/or availability of qualified instructors that all students who apply cannot be accommodated.

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved changes that established system-wide enrollment priorities designed to ensure classes are available for students seeking job training, degree attainment or transfer, and to reward students who make progress toward their educational goals.

New students who have completed college orientation and assessment and who have developed education plans, as well as continuing students in good academic standing who have not exceeded 100 units, will have priority over students who do not meet these criteria. Among these students, active-duty military, veterans, current and former foster youth and homeless students will continue to have Level 1 registration priority for courses. Students in the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS and CARE), CalWORKs, Foster Youth, and Disabled Students Programs and Services will also have priority.

Students wanting to enroll in a course with a prerequisite must satisfactorily complete that prerequisite before they are allowed to register. A course has a prerequisite to ensure that a student has the appropriate body of knowledge to successfully take the course. Courses with a co-requisite require that a student either has taken the co-requisite before or is taking it at the same time as the courses.

For more information on pre-requisites, you can visit the Counseling Prerequisite Clearance site.

The following classifications have been established based on unit load:

  • Full-time student - Registered for 12 or more units
  • Three-quarter time student - Registered for 9.0 to 11.5 units
  • Half-time student - Registered for 6.0 to 8.5 units
Eighteen (18) units per semester are considered to be a maximum load for a student. In order to take more than the maximum, an approval form must be obtained from a counselor. The College reserves the right to place unit limit restrictions due to fiscal constraints. 
Students are responsible for officially withdrawing from classes by the deadline date listed in the current Class Schedule. There is no automatic withdrawal process. Failure to follow the proper withdrawal procedures may result in a grade of “F”. Requests to drop from a class that are received by the “NGR” (No-Grade-of Record) deadline will not appear on a student’s academic transcript. If a student withdraws from a course after the “NGR” deadline but on or before the “W” (withdrawal) deadline, a “W” will appear on their transcript. A “W” notation will not affect the student’s grade point average; however, excessive “W” notations may affect: (1) progress status, (2) status as a full-time student, (3) eligibility for financial aid and other benefits, (4) athletic eligibility, or (5) ability to repeat a course (based on Title V regulations). Refer to the Class Schedule for important deadline dates.
Students who intend to withdraw from the College must initiate withdrawal procedures for each class in which they are enrolled. Students are held accountable for clearing all obligations with the College including fees, library books, equipment, and lockers. The deadline for withdrawal from classes with a guaranteed symbol “W” is Friday of the twelfth instructional week. Refer to the Class Schedule for deadlines.
The instructor may drop students who miss the first meeting of a course. In addition, an instructor may initiate a drop if the student is absent for a total of four (4) consecutive or six (6) cumulative instructional hours and/or two (2) consecutive weeks of instruction.

The College recognizes that the most recent completion of a course should most accurately reflect a student’s academic progress. Therefore, students may repeat for credit those courses taken for which grades of D, F, NP, W were received. The most recent grade (A, B, C, D, F, P/NP) received must be calculated into the GPA regardless of whether this grade is lower or higher than the original grade.

Effective Summer 2012, under the new Title 5 regulations, a student may only enroll in a course 3 times, through a combination of substandard grades (D, F, NP, or NC) and withdrawals (W). All prior course attempts at the Chabot Las Positas Community College District will count toward the limit. Students may seek approval to enroll in a course a 4th time through the petition process.

  1. Significant Lapse of Time (3 years or more) AND:
    1. There is an established recency prerequisite established by the course curriculum
    2. There is an established recency requirement as established by another institution of higher education 
  2. Extenuating Circumstances – previous grade resulted from verified extenuating cases of accidents, illness, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. 
  3. Special Needs courses (continued need must be demonstrated for each enrollment).
  4. Extraordinary Conditions – one of previous enrollments noted on student transcript resulted due to fire, flood, or other extraordinary conditions OR if the District was unable to keep the college open for at least 175 days due to fire, flood, epidemic, emergency created by war, or other major safety hazards.
  5. Legally Mandated Training – necessary to meet legally mandated training requirements as a condition of paid or volunteer employment.
  6. Significant Change in Industry or Licensure Standards – student must demonstrate the significant change in industry or licensure standards since the student previously took the course, AND the student’s need to take the course again for employment or licensure.
  7. Military Withdrawal – student on active or reserve duty in U.S. Military received orders compelling withdrawal. Upon verification of orders, enrollment does NOT count in maximum number of enrollments nor withdrawals.
  8. Portion of Variable Unit Open Entry/Open Exit Credit Course – enrollment required to complete ONE TIME the entire curriculum of the variable unit course as described in the course outline of record. May NOT repeat any portion of the course, unless it is
    1. Legally mandated 
    2. A special class for students with disabilities 
    3. Justified by extenuating circumstances 
    4. To alleviate substandard work recorded for that portion of the variable unit course. 
  9. Cooperative Work Experience – enrollment in a cooperative work experience course (up to 16 credit hours).