Additional Academic Policies

Academic Probation

Academic Probation is determined on a semester by semester basis and not on a student's cumulative GPA.  

A student must maintain a semester GPA of 1.7 in order to remain in good standing.  Failure to maintain a 1.7 GPA for the semester will result in the student being placed on academic probation for the following semester. If the student achieves a 1.7 GPA or higher during the probationary semester, he/she is removed from probation and is once again in good standing.  
Failure to maintain a 1.7 GPA in the probationary semester will make a student liable to academic suspension for at least one semester. Returning students who were on academic suspension will re-enter classes on academic probation. Failure to maintain a 1.7 GPA in that probationary semester will make the student liable for termination from his/her program.

A student wishing to appeal the probation or suspension must contact the Student Relations Committee for his/her campus.  

The Veterans Administration will be notified when a veteran is placed on academic probation and suspension or is terminated from the program. This may result in the discontinuation of VA education benefits.

Access to Student Records

Golden Gate Seminary recognizes the need to maintain the confidentiality of student records. No one except Seminary personnel will be given access to student records. Seminary personnel may gain access only for the purpose of addressing issues related to the academic standing of the student. Exceptions may occur when the student requests in writing that access be granted, when the welfare of the student or others requires access, when accrediting agencies require access to carry out the accreditation function, or for compliance with a judicial order.

A student has the right to view information in his/her permanent file and may do so by contacting the Registrar. Personnel from the Registrar’s Office will retrieve the file and will be present during the examination. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary does not issue copies of transcripts or documents received from other institutions.


Exceptions to academic policy are occasionally allowed for compelling cause. A request for an exception should be presented in writing to the office or faculty committee responsible for the policy. Questions about the proper place to send a request may be directed to the Office of the Registrar or to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The party responsible to respond to such requests will by virtue of the request be authorized to examine any pertinent record or contact any party from whom information is needed to make an informed decision.