Registrar's Office

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Pending Probation Lock and Probation Lock (PLOCK)

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Guidelines and Procedures

Student Status

  • Students who have been on continuous probation for TWO consecutive semesters will be placed on Pending Probation Lock at the beginning of the THIRD semester. In order to continue after the semester, students must achieve a SFSU and OVERALL GPA of 2.0 or above by the end of their THIRD term.


  • A Pending Probation Lock (PLOCK) email notice is sent to students at the beginning of their THIRD semester on academic probation.
  • Students will have their THIRD semester to raise their SFSU and/or OVERALL GPA(s) to 2.0 or above.
  • Students who fail to comply will not be allowed to register in regular semester courses after their THIRD term.
  • Students on PLOCK status may return to SF State without reapplying to the University if they meet the PLOCK Checklist and Procedures based on the semester and year they were placed on PLOCK status.

What to Do

  1. During your THIRD semester you must raise your SFSU and/or OVERALL GPA(s) to 2.0 or above. Then, you will be automatically reinstated by the Registrar's Office after your final grades are posted. You do not have to petition for reinstatement.
  2. During your THIRD semester, if you do not raise your SFSU and/or OVERALL GPA(s) to 2.0 or above, a hold will be placed on your record. If you added classes during Early Priority registration for the following semester, you will be automatically dropped. For future enrollment, follow the procedure in the form below.

Disqualification/Probation Lock Reinstatement Form

Note: The Registrar's Office will not accept Academic Standing Petitions for PLOCK students. You can only be reinstated by raising your SFSU and/or OVERALL GPA(s) to 2.0 or above.

Where to Go For Advising

Academic Advising is strongly suggested but not mandatory.

Declared majors: The department of your major
Undeclared majors: Undergraduate Advising Center
Undeclared EOP: EOP Office
Liberal Studies: Liberal Studies Office

If You are Planning to Seek Advising, Bring the Following Documents for Your Appointment

Frequently Asked Questions

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Last updated 1/28/15 by TB

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