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Prerequisite of C- Grade for Advancement

Departments may designate a "C-" as the minimum grade required for students to advance to the next course in a sequence if: (1) the C- minimum is clearly indicated under the catalog description for the class, and (2) "or consent of instructor" is included along with the C- prerequisite in sequenced courses to allow individual students the opportunity to make a case for exceptions.

A footnote under the university grading policy in the catalog alerts students to the possibility that certain sequenced courses may have a C- prerequisite for advancement.

C- prerequisites are enforced by departmental faculty or advisors - and not the Office of the Registrar - during the Add/Drop period.


Academic Senate Resolution: AS-528-99/CC "Resolution on C- Prerequisites" (PDF).  Adopted 1 June 1999.

Cal Poly Catalog: "Grading Symbols".

Campus Administrative Policy: 210.13 "Prerequisite of C minus (C-)".

Last updated: 9/11/2023

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