Repeatability of Courses
Courses may be repeated under the following circumstances:
Substandard Work: A student has up to three enrollments in the same course (SAC and SCC combined) to receive a passing grade. After two
attempts, the student loses the ability to register for the class online.
A repeat form must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office. After three attempts, the student can no longer register for the course within this college district.
Non Repeatable Course: A student who earns a D, F, NP or W grade may repeat the course twice to improve the grade of the substandard
work. The last grade earned will count in the GPA calculation. Courses
repeated under the provisions of this section will be indicated as
repeated on the permanent academic record of the student. A student
may not repeat a course to change a grade of C or better. After three enrollments, the class must be completed outside the Rancho
Santiago Community College District.
Significant Lapse of Time: Students may be permitted to repeat the course no less than 36 months since the most recent grade was
obtained AND 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 (Title 5, §55043).
Students may submit a Petition for Course Repetition Exception Form
to repeat the course. Grades awarded for courses repeated under this
provision shall replace the original grade. Only one repetition may be
used for significant lapse of time (W grade counts towards repetition).
Legally Mandated Training: Repetition of courses for which the student is legally mandated by statue or regulation. pursuant to Title
5 Section 55040, of the California Code of Regulations, Santa Ana
College has adopted the following policy with regard to repeating
courses for which the student has certified or documented that course
repetition is legally mandated. Student may submit a Petition for
Course Repetition Exception Form to repeat a course.
Course repetition shall be permitted in cases where such repetition
is necessary for a student to meet a legally mandated training requirement as a condition of continued paid or volunteer employment. Such courses may be repeated for credit, any number of times, regardless of whether or not substandard work was previously
recorded, and the grade and units received each time shall be included
for purposes of calculating the student’s grade point average. Santa
Ana College reserves the right to require a student to certify or
document in writing that course repetition is necessary to complete
legally mandated training pursuant to this section.
Variable Unit Courses. When a course is designated as repeatable and is also variable unit, the number of repeats dictates how many
times the course may be enrolled in for credit. A variable unit course
which is not designated as repeatable may be registered for until the maximum number of units has been attempted. No portion of the
class may be repeated to improve grade point average.
New regulations governing the repetition of credit courses in the
California Community College system effective Fall 2013 have eliminated certain repeatability in the Art, Dance, Kinesiology (activity
courses), Music, and Theatre departments. While students will not, in
most cases, be allowed to repeat active participatory courses in these
departments, students will still be allowed to enroll in a series of active
participatory courses that are related in content (commonly referred to
as a family of courses) a maximum of four times.
A family of courses may include more than four courses, but students
are limited to a maximum of four courses in any family. Further, all
grades, including W, will count toward the four course enrollment
limitation. Students can repeat Art, Dance, Kinesiology (activity
courses), Music, and Theatre Arts courses that are included in Families
of Courses in which an NP, D, F, or W was assigned; however, all
enrollments count toward the 4 enrollment maximum for each family
For further questions regarding enrollment into a Family of Courses,
contact the Admissions and Records office.