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Open University Guidelines

Who may participate in Open University?

  • Enrollment in Open University is open to non-matriculated students only. This includes: former Cal Maritime students who have been inactive (matriculation closed) or graduated (alumni); students who have been academically disqualified from Cal Maritime or other institutions; international or non-resident students not enrolled in a University program, and members of the general public.
  • Students who received a sanction of suspension or expulsion at the California Maritime Academy may not enroll through Open University. Questions regarding sanctions should be directed to the Commandant’s Office.
  • Open University is not open to students who received an approved Leave of Absence/Withdrawal or elect to not enroll in a semester at the California Maritime Academy. Students with an approved Leave of Absence are still matriculated and therefore, not eligible to register in Open University.
  • Students interested in taking courses offered in an impacted program (check the Admissions website) must secure the approval of the department chair and academic dean on the Open University form. For a listing of courses which require “safety sensitive clearances,” visit the Open University website located under the Office of the Registrar.

For academically disqualified students, what are the guidelines?

Academically disqualified students may elect to enroll at Cal Maritime through Open University to register for courses in which grades of “D” or “F” or "WU" or "IC" was earned. CMA repeat rules apply to Open University courses. All grade attempts for a repeated course will be recorded on students’ transcript and averaged into the GPA calculation. In accordance with the University Academic Standing policy, students disqualified for a third failure of a course must successfully complete the course prior to readmission. It is recommended that academically disqualified students meet with the department chair for advising prior to enrolling in Open University.

How many courses may I take through Open University at the California Maritime Academy?

Students may enroll in up to three (3) courses per semester and may not exceed 7 units, but may not enroll in directed or independent or individual study, research, thesis, field work, cooperative education or cruise.  A maximum of 24 semester units earned through Open University in a non-matriculated status may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree. All units attempted through Open University will be calculated in the student’s grade point average.

As an Open University student, what other regulations are required of me?

  • Open University students must comply with university and department regulations regarding prerequisites, withdrawals, repeats, grading, and student conduct.
  • Health, medical, and food services are available at additional cost; arrangements are made with the Cashier’s Office.
  • Open University students are not eligible for financial aid, campus housing privileges, campus student employment, tutoring, participation in the Corps of Cadets, and watch-standing.
  • Open University students will be issued a temporary Cal Maritime email address and access to university learning platforms, such as Moodle, which may be required for the course(s). Upon completion of the semester, students may view their grades online or request an official Cal Maritime transcript.
  • Open University students are not members of the Corps of Cadets and should not dress in uniform. Students will not be permitted to conduct business on campus or attend classes wearing shorts, tee shirts, sandals, or similar attire.