Reinstatement (Returning from Disqualification)

Reinstatement is a process that allows a disqualified student to restore good academic standing.  This is the first step towards restoring the full matriculation status.  After the student achieves good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, the student is eligible to reapply at  reapply at Cal State Apply for readmission to resume status as a fully matriculated student. See Readmission is a separate process from reinstatement.

The Registrar’s Office processes the reinstatement petitions for all students. However we have separate forms for undergraduate [pdf] and graduate [pdf] students.  

Undergraduate Students

Simple steps for the process

  • Download the Reinstatement petition [pdf]

  • Fill in the required information

  • Select the appropriate reinstatement category 

  • Attached the appropriate supporting documents

  • Obtain the required signatures

  • Submit the completed form to Window R in the Student Services Center

The undergraduate petition requires the following information

  • The student’s major at time of disqualification

  • Intended major if reinstatement is approved

  • Personal statement

  • Supporting documentation

  • Unofficial transcript

  • Signature of Major Advisor or Department Chair

  • Signatures from Associate Deans (College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies)

Required Signatures

All petitions require the signatures from the three people below:

  • Your major advisor
  • Associate Dean from the College
  • Associate Dean of Undergarduate Studies

The only exception is the first reinstatement category (Raised GPA to 2.0 or higher), which only requires the first two signatures. 

Readmission is a separate process from reinstatement 


The readmission process allows students to become a regular matriculated student.  Students must reapply using the Cal State Apply processes and meet all regular admissions eligibility criteria, pay appropriate fees, and follow the regular term application deadlines.  To meet filing deadlines, students may need to start the readmission process before reinstatement is complete.  In addition, student should also consider submitting the Former Student Returning (FSR) petition [pdf] as part of their application.  Contact the Admissions Office for more details.


Reinstatement Category Snapshot


SJSU CUM GPA 2.0 or Better
This category is for students who have attended SJSU through Open University and brought their SJSU cumulative GPA up to 2.0 or better.  Raising their GPA does not guarantee approval of the student’s request for reinstatement.  Some departments place restrictions on reinstatement to their major degree programs.  Students should consult their major advisor(s) as early as possible.

Extenuating Circumstances
Reinstatement in this category will only be granted for serious and compelling reasons that were clearly beyond a student’s control.  Situations in this category include, but are not limited to: military service, family hardship, natural disasters, and severe medical issues.

Petitioned Grade Change
This category is reserved for grade changes following the university policy [pdf] for grade appeals and grade changes. Students should consult their advisor(s) for details.

Special Consideration
This category is reserved for students whose petitions cannot be accommodated within the categories listed above.  Typically, such students have spent substantial time away from SJSU since their disqualification and feel that their life experiences have prepared them for a successful return to school.

 

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