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Catalog Rights

Catalog Rights - Establishing and Maintaining 

For purposes of graduation from any of the colleges of the Los Rios Community College District, students remaining in attendance in one (1) session (quarter, semester, or summer session) at any California community college, or any combination of California community colleges, campuses of the California State University, the University of California, or any regionally accredited institution of higher education, shall elect to meet the requirements in effect at the Los Rios college from which the student intends to graduate as follows:

  • Requirements in effect at the time of admission to a Los Rios college OR
  • Requirements in effect at the time the student originally enrolled in an accredited college or university OR
  • Requirements for the major in a more recent catalog year may be substituted for the requirements in the catalog at the time of admission OR
  • Requirements in effect at the intended date of graduation from a Los Rios college

For maintaining catalog rights, students must remain in attendance in at least one session in each calendar year.  Absence for attendance at another accredited institution shall not be considered an interruption in attendance.  Students would need to present documentation (transcripts) to prove they were attending another college to maintain catalog rights.  

Counselors and Evaluators need to be mindful of both the semester and calendar year in which the student started, stopped and subsequently restarted (especially Spring semester starts).   Basic rule is that at a minimum, the student must attend at least one quarter, semester or summer session in each consecutive calendar year.   For example:

  • Student A starts in Spring semester 2008. The student could then “stop out” until Fall semester 2009 without breaking catalog rights (1 semester in 2008; 1 semester in 2009). Attending in Summer 2008 and/or Fall 2008 (same calendar year) would not move the Fall 2009 deadline.  The student must attend at least one quarter, semester or summer session in 2009 (Spring, Summer or Fall), to maintain their catalog rights.  
  • Student B starts in Summer session 2008.  They could also stop out until Fall 2009 (1 semester in 2008; 1 semester in 2009). Attending in Fall 2008 (same calendar year) does not change the Fall 2009 deadline. The student must attend at least one quarter, semester or summer session in 2009 (Spring, Summer or Fall), to maintain their catalog rights.  
  • Student C starts in Fall semester 2008. They could also stop out until Fall 2009 (1 semester in 2008; 1 semester in 2009). The student must attend at least one quarter, semester or summer session in 2009 (Spring, Summer or Fall), to maintain their catalog rights.

If any of these students completely stop out until Spring 2010, they would lose their original catalog rights.

A college may authorize or request substitution for discontinued courses

Students changing their major field of study may be required to complete those requirements for the major at the time of change.

Students may petition for leaves of absence from a college of the Los Rios Community College District in order to maintain catalog rights to a specified degree requirement. Leaves of absence may be granted for verified medical and military situations that prevent the student from attending classes in ay college session in a calendar year.  Such leaves shall be limited to two (2) successive calendar years.  In extenuating circumstances, a leave of absence may be extended beyond the two-year limit.