Enrollment Policies

The following policies, with corresponding links to the entire policy, are some of the most frequently requested academic policies that affect students’ eligibility to enroll in classes. For more a complete listing, see the Sonoma State University University Catalog – Regulations and Policies.

Department or Instructor Consent Required Adding of any classes with this indicator require you to meet with the department and obtain a permission number in order to add the class.

Grade Information 
Explanation of grading system abbreviations

Leaves of Absence 
Information for students who find it necessary to leave school for a period of time and return to normal studies at a later date.

Preferred Name 
The preferred name option is available to all students, but it is especially valuable to students who are known by a first name that differs from their legal first name.

Reinstatement from Disqualification 
Steps to apply for reinstatement to the university following academic disqualification 

Repeat of Courses 
Eligibility to repeat a course, repeating a course which received C- or below, repeating a course which received C or above, grade replacement, grade averaging, graduate and post-baccalaureate repeat policy

Residency Reclassification 
There are four main eligibility requirements that must be fulfilled in order to be a California resident for purposes of tuition at the Sonoma State University and other campuses of CSU System.

Withdrawing from the university at different points during the semester, dropping from full-time to part-time, withdrawal and financial aid, how to withdraw

Changes in Rules and Policies

Although every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this website, students and others who use this website should note that laws, rules, and policies change from time to time and that these changes may alter the information contained in this publication. Changes may come in the form of statutes enacted by the Legislature, rules and policies adopted by the Board of Trustees of the California State University, by the Chancellor or designee of the California State University, or by the President or designee of the campus. It is not possible in a publication of this size to include all of the rules, policies and other information that pertain to students, the institution, and the California State University. More current or complete information may be obtained from the appropriate department, school, or administrative office.

Nothing in this website shall be construed as, operate as or have the effect of an abridgment or a limitation of any rights, powers, or privileges of the Board of Trustees of the California State University, the Chancellor of the California State University, or the President of the campus. The Trustees, the Chancellor, and the President are authorized by law to adopt, amend, or repeal rules and policies that apply to students. This website does not constitute a contract or the terms and conditions of a contract between the student and the campus or the California State University. The relationship of students to the campus and the California State University is one governed by statute, rules, and policy adopted by the Legislature, the Trustees, the Chancellor, the Presidents and their duly authorized designees.