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Chapter 9. Fiscal Support Subchapter 2. Limitations On State Aid Article 1. Open Courses   

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(a) Enrollment may be limited to students meeting prerequisites and corequisites established pursuant to section 55003,

(b) Enrollment may be limited due to health and safety considerations, facility limitations, faculty workload, the availability of qualified instructors, funding limitations, the constraints of regional planning or legal requirements imposed by statutes, regulations, or contracts. The governing board shall adopt policies identifying any such limitations and requiring fair and equitable procedures for determining who may enroll in affected courses or programs. Such procedures shall be consistent with one or more of the following approaches:

(1) limiting enrollment to a "first-come, first-served" basis or using other nonevaluative selection techniques to determine who may enroll; or

(2) limiting enrollment using a registration procedure authorized by section 58108; or

(3) in the case of intercollegiate competition, honors courses, or public performance courses, allocating available seats to those students judged most qualified; or

(4) limiting enrollment in one or more sections of a course to a cohort of students enrolled in one or more other courses, provided however, that a reasonable percentage of all sections of the course do not have such restrictions; or

(5) limiting enrollment using any selection procedure expressly authorized by statute; or

(6) with respect to students on probation or subject to dismissal, the governing board may, consistent with the provisions of sections 55031 and 55032, limit enrollment to a total number of units or to selected courses, or require students to follow a prescribed educational plan.

(c) A student may challenge an enrollment limitation established pursuant to subdivision (b) on any of the following grounds:

(1) the enrollment limitation is either unlawfully discriminatory or is being applied in an unlawfully discriminatory manner;

(2) the district is not following its policy on enrollment limitations;

(3) the basis upon which the district has established an enrollment limitation does not in fact exist; or

(4) any other criteria established by the district.

(d) The student shall bear the burden of showing that grounds exists for the challenge. Challenges shall be handled in a timely manner, and if the challenge is upheld, the district shall waive the enrollment limitation with respect to that student.

(e) In the case of a challenge under subdivision (c)(1), the district shall, upon completion of the challenge procedure, advise the student that he or she may file a formal complaint of unlawful discrimination pursuant to subchapter 5 (commencing with section 59300) of chapter 10. Completion of the challenge procedure shall be deemed to be an effort at informal resolution of the complaint under section 59327.

Authority cited:

Education Code 66700

Education Code 70901


Education Code 70901

(Amended By Register 2008, No. 21.)